Saturday, August 2, 2014

Ostentation Is A Flowery Word



"Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood."
--William Penn


Did You Know . . .?

When a person has delusions that a stranger or a famous person is deeply in love with him/her, it's called erotomania.



On this day in 1939 (when I was two months old), from his home on Long Island, New York, German-born physicist Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging "watchfulness and, if necessary, quick action" on the part of the United States in atomic research. Einstein, a lifelong pacifist, feared that Nazi Germany had begun work on an atomic bomb. But after the war, Einstein deplored the use of the deadly weapon against the population centers of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and he urged international control of atomic weapons.



rococo {ruh-KO-ko}
1. a style of architecture and decoration, originating in France about 1720, evolved from Baroque types and distinguished by its elegant refinement in using different materials for a delicate overall effect and by its ornament of shell work, foliage, etc.
2. a homophonic musical style of the middle 18th century, marked by a generally superficial elegance and charm and by the use of elaborate ornamentation and stereotyped devices.
3. ( initial capital letter ) Fine Arts.
a. noting or pertaining to a style of painting developed simultaneously with the rococo in architecture and decoration, characterized chiefly by smallness of scale, delicacy of color, freedom of brushwork, and the selection of playful subjects as thematic material.
b. designating a corresponding style of sculpture, chiefly characterized by diminutiveness of Baroque forms and playfulness of theme.
4. of, pertaining to, in the manner of, or suggested by rococo architecture, decoration, or music or the general atmosphere and spirit of the rococo: rococo charm.
5. ornate or florid in speech, literary style, etc.



(2 Aug 1932 - 14 Dec 2013)
Peter O'Toole was an Irish stage and film actor. He achieved international recognition playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, The Lion in Winter, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Ruling Class, The Stunt Man, My Favorite Year, and Venus. He holds the record for the most Academy Award acting nominations without a win.

(born August 2, 1964)
Mary-Louise Parker is an American actress best known for her lead role on Showtime's television series Weeds. Parker has appeared in films and series such as RED, RED 2, Fried Green Tomatoes, Boys on the Side, The West Wing, and Angels in America.

(Aug 2, 1924 - June 21, 2001)
Carroll O'Connor was an American actor whose television career spanned four decades. O'Connor first attracted attention as Major General Colt in the 1970 movie Kelly's Heroes. The following year he found fame as Archie Bunker in the sitcoms All in the Family and Archie Bunker's Place. O'Connor later starred in the NBC/CBS television crime drama In the Heat of the Night from 1988 to 1995. At the end of his career in the late 1990s, he played the father of Jamie Buchman (Helen Hunt) on Mad About You.

(born 2 August 1971)
Alice Evans is a British actress cast alongside Glenn Close in 101 Dalmatians and with James Cromwell and Vince Vaughn in Blackball. She has since appeared in both television and film, including The Mentalist and Brothers and Sisters, as well as LOST, Grimm, and a turn as the villain Esther on The Vampire Diaries.


As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
--Albert Einstein


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