Shakespeare's Plays - Dates



William Shakespeare  1564 - 1616

All dates for the plays are approximate.

Play Year
Henry VI, Parts I–III 1591
Richard II 1592
The Comedy of Errors 1592
Titus Andronicus 1593
The Taming of the Shrew 1593
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 1594
Love's Labour's Lost 1594
Romeo and Juliet 1594
Richard II  1595
A Midsummer Night's Dream 1595
King John 1596
The Merchant of Venice 1596
Henry IV, Parts I–II  1597
Much Ado about Nothing 1598
Henry V  1598
Julius Caesar 1599
As You Like It 1599
Twelfth Night 1599
Hamlet 1600
The Merry Wives of Windsor 1600
Troilus and Cressida 1601
All's Well that ends Well 1602
Measure for Measure   1604
Othello 1604
King Lear 1605
Macbeth 1605
Antony and Cleopatra  1606
Coriolanus 1607
Timon of Athens 1607
Pericles 1608
Cymbeline 1609
The Winter's Tale 1610
The Tempest 1611
Henry VIII 1612

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare



The Bard of Avon

A nyone interested in Shakespeare, go visit the MIT Global Shakespeare Project, which holds the complete works of 'The Bard' along with digital copies of original documents, dating back to the 1600s. The Project collects and collates information on modern performances in addition to providing a study resource for scholars, teachers, educators and students.

Take a look at the Shakespeare Electronic Archive.

Another gem MIT hosts, is The Complete Works in HTML. Includes all plays and poetry.

Checkout the links below:

Comedy History Tragedy Poetry
All's Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Cymbeline
Love's Labours Lost
Measure for Measure
Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merchant of Venice
Midsummer Night Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Winter's Tale
Henry IV, part 1
Henry IV, part 2
Henry V
Henry VI, part 1
Henry VI, part 2
Henry VI, part 3
Henry VIII
King John
Richard II
Richard III
Antony and Cleopatra
Coriolanus
Hamlet
Julius Caesar
King Lear
Macbeth
Othello
Romeo and Juliet
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
The Sonnets
A Lover's Complaint
The Rape of Lucrece
Venus and Adonis
Funeral Elegy by W.S.

Hamlet - Act V Scene I



The Graveyard

H AMLET
Let me see. [Takes the skull] Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come; make her laugh at that. Prithee, Horatio, tell me one thing.

HORATIO
What's that, my lord?

HAMLET
Dost thou think Alexander looked o' this fashion i' the earth?

HORATIO
E'en so.

HAMLET
And smelt so? pah! [Puts down the skull]

HORATIO
E'en so, my lord.

HAMLET
To what base uses we may return, Horatio! Why may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander, till he find it stopping a bung-hole?

HORATIO
'Twere to consider too curiously, to consider so.

HAMLET
No, faith, not a jot; but to follow him thither with modesty enough, and likelihood to lead it: as thus: Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth into dust; the dust is earth; of earth we make loam; and why of that loam, whereto he was converted, might they not stop a beer-barrel? Imperious Caesar, dead and turn'd to clay, Might stop a hole to keep the wind away: O, that that earth, which kept the world in awe, Should patch a wall to expel the winter flaw!

Hamlet - Act II Scene II



A Room In The Castle

I have of late—but wherefore I know not—lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises, and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air—look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire—why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors.

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving, how express and admirable! In action, how like an angel, in apprehension, how like a god! The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?

Man delights me not. Nor woman neither.

Why Is Modern Art So Bad?



Why Is This Guy So Right?

A n interesting perspective, by Robert Florczak of Prager University, on the decline in standards on what is purported to be, and often passed off as art. He's right!

Reading the comments below the video on YouTube, there's a lot of disagreement with Florczak. Why? Being confrontational, daring, counter-culture, or polemical does not make for great 'Art'. Its okay to like modern art, but to hold it up for close inspection, reveals the paucity of profundity, quality, refinement and inspiration.

Tracey Emins "Bed". Is it art? Some think so, and willingly pay millions. £2.2 millions ($3,379,860) to be precise. Its expressive. But is it great Art?

As with all forms, there is a high and a low, a good and a poor, a better and a worse. Guess where much modern art sits.

Killing Time Movie Poster

C ame across a great poster, for the movie Killing Time, but haven't seen the movie yet. Its only available on VHS at Amazon. I don't have a VHS player.

The movie rated poorly on IMDB only receiving a lowly 5.3 from critics with mixed reviews. Some loved it and classed it as Art-House or Indie / Concept. Others found the directing wanting, though the plot has potential. Guess I won't be seeing this one, unless it surfaces on cheap DVD release.

Superficial Muscle Groups Of Human Body



Greek Salad Recipe


A greek salad makes a wonderful side dish for any barbeque meat. It has a wonderful acidic flavour cutting the olive oil.

Here's a simple recipe that makes a great salad in minutes. If you have no romaine, you can use other lettuce leaves.

Ingredients

1 cucumber, chopped
2 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
150 g pitted kalamata olives
125 g brine-cured black olives
100 g feta cheese, crumbled
300 g romaine lettuce
salt and pepper optional

HIT Machine Triple Drop Set



A nother workout, similar to the dumbbell routine I posted on, recently. This one's for machines, using a similar protocol; working to failure on a triple drop set. Reduce the weight for 2nd and 3rd set by 5 - 10 lbs. Keep time between sets to a minimum, to maintain intensity.

A couple of exercises, such as dips or chins, don't use machines, a free-weight is used.

  • Start with a light warm up
  • First set aim for 8 - 12 reps
  • Use a weight to induce failure in 8-12 rep range
  • Reduce weight 5 - 10 lbs for next 2 sets
  • Take the last 2 sets to failure
  • If you reach failure in less than 8 reps, no sweat
  • Reduce weight quickly and progress to next set
  • Minimise time between drop sets
  • Alternatively work sets 2 & 3 without reducing weights

Split routine workout will balance over 2-weeks

HIT Dumbbell Triple Drop Set



W orkout for dumbbells if you can't get to the gym or the hotel does not have a full range of weight machines. Maybe you want to workout with dumbbells for a while to vary your routine or change your exercise sets.

One advantage of dumbbells over barbells; you can work single leg, single arm, one side of the chest of upper back, if its weaker than other side.

  • Start with a light warm up
  • First set aim for 8 - 12 reps
  • Use a weight to induce failure in 8-12 rep range
  • Reduce weight 5 - 10 lbs for next 2 sets
  • Take the last 2 sets to failure
  • If you reach failure in less than 8 reps, no sweat
  • Reduce weight quickly and progress to next set
  • Minimise time between drop sets
  • Alternatively work sets 2 & 3 without reducing weights

Split routine workout will balance over 2-weeks

Red Rock West - Movie

Red Rock West (1993)

N ic Cage has been prodigious in his output over the years, including too many duds. This effort is very watchable, with good performances from Cage, Hopper and Lara Flynn Boyle. An IMDB comment suggests its a film-noir. I guess it is.

Give it a shot.

Name: Red Rock West
Year: 1993
Director: John Dahl
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 98 min
Rating: 7.0 / 10



Columbia Pictures Logo


Spirit Of America

I love the Columbia Pictures Logo. The female holding the torch of freedom which represents the Spirit of America.

Her name is Columbia, named after the discoverer of the new world, Christopher Columbus.

Here's some history on the logo, and an interview with the artist Michael Deas who painted the original from which the digital image was rendered.

Wikipedia has some info on the logo on its Columbia Pictures page.

Google Translate For Smartphones



Android And iOS App

T ranslate phone app from Google, is insane. Available in 27 languages. Details on Google's Blog. Read about it.

Watch the video to get an idea, how well this app performs. After you watch the vid, go get it.

Suspend, Hibernate, Shutdown Difference

Suspend

S uspend does not turn off your computer. Suspend puts everything into RAM, and shuts off processes except to maintain memory, and detect start-up triggers.  It stops computer operations of all applications and peripherals, and puts the machine into a low-power mode. If the battery runs flat or the computer switches off, the current session and all unsaved changes will be lost. Various triggers can resume the machine state, by pressing a key or pressing and releasing the power button. Sometimes called 'sleep mode'.

Hibernate

Hibernate saves the contents of computer memory to the swap file on hard disk, powers off and shuts the machine down. When resuming, the saved state is restored to RAM. On machine by power up, the kernel reloads the memory contents from swap. To resume your previous session, press the power button, similar to a cold boot. No power is used when the computer is hibernating.

Dr Evil Monologue - Group Therapy

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery  (1997)

Dr. Evil
The details of my life are quite inconsequential.

Therapist
Oh no, please, please, let's hear about your childhood.

Dr Evil
Very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink, he would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Some times he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy, the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical, summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds, pretty standard really. At the age of 12 I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen, a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum, it's breathtaking, I suggest you try it.

Therapist
You know, we have to stop.

Lost Your Smartphone? Google Will Find It!

Google Phone Finder

G oogle has a new feature for people who lost or mislaid their Android smartphone. It's called Google Phone Finder.

Open Google search in a browser and type "Find My Phone". If you have access to an internet connected computer, Google will search and locate your Android phone.

Whether its nearby or left it in a bar, restaurant or taxi, Google will ring the phone or show you its location in Google Maps.

Google Phone Finder can ring your lost smartphone for 5 minutes. If your phone was on silent, it will ring at lowest volume setting.

Another useful tool, is Android Device Manager, which can be used to find misplaced Android Tablets.

Android Device Manager also allows you to secure wipe personal data from Android devices, essential if you want to sell or give away the phone.

Bad Education - Movie

Bad Education (2004) 

Y ou'll need no urging to watch Bad Education, if you're familiar with Almodovar's work. A tale of sexual abuse in post-war Spain. Gael Garcia Bernal's brilliant performance deserved an oscar. Great script, great directing, great acting. Dark, funny, layered, entertaining. Spanish with English subtitles.

Go watch it.

Name: Bad Education
Year: 2004
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Stars: Gael Garcia Bernal, Fele Martinez, Javier Camara
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Runtime: 106 min
Rating: 7.5 / 10

Neuroprotective And Disease-Modifying Effects Of The Ketogenic Diet


Behav Pharmacol. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2008 May 5.
Published in final edited form as: Behav Pharmacol. 2006 Sep; 17(5-6): 431–439.
Maciej Gasior,a Michael A. Rogawski,a and Adam L. Hartmana,b
The publisher's final edited version of this article is available at Behav Pharmacol
Article Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2367001/

Introduction

T he ketogenic diet is a high-fat content diet in which carbohydrates are nearly eliminated so that the body has minimal dietary sources of glucose. Fatty acids are thus an obligatory source of cellular energy production by peripheral tissues and also the brain. Consumption of the ketogenic diet is characterized by elevated circulating levels of the ketone bodies acetoacetate, β-hydroxybutyrate and acetone, produced largely by the liver. During high rates of fatty acid oxidation, large amounts of acetyl-CoA are generated. These exceed the capacity of the tricarboxylic acid cycle and lead to the synthesis of the three ketone bodies within liver mitochondria. Plasma levels of ketone bodies rise, with acetoacetate and β-hydroxybutyrate increasing three-fold to four-fold from basal levels of 100 and 200 µmol/l, respectively (Musa-Veloso et al., 2002). In the absence of glucose, the preferred source of energy (particularly of the brain), the ketone bodies are used as fuel in extrahepatic tissues. The ketone bodies are oxidized, releasing acetyl-CoA, which enters the tricarboxylic acid cycle.

Rodgers To Be Sacked

Liverpool 2015 / 2016

My prediction for the new season:
Liverpool FC will achieve nothing. Probably finishing 5th, 6th or lower in the Premier League.

  • Liverpool will not qualify for the Champions League.
  • Liverpool will not win any cups.
  • Rodgers will be sacked.

Rodgers has spent an additional £77.5 million this year on mediocre talent and wasted another year achieving nothing.

Following his sacking, Liverpool's hierarchy will look to bring in Jurgen Klopp, after his one-year sabbatical.

High-Fat Keto Diet Induces A Unique Metabolic State


Excerpts - A High-Fat Ketogenic Diet Induces A Unique Metabolic State In Mice

These are excerpts. Go read the whole article:
http://m.ajpendo.physiology.org/content/292/6/E1724.full

Abstract

K etogenic diets have been used as an approach to weight loss on the basis of the theoretical advantage of a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. To evaluate the physiological and metabolic effects of such diets on weight we studied mice consuming a very-low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet (KD). This diet had profound effects on energy balance and gene expression.

C57BL/6 mice animals were fed one of four diets: KD; a commonly used obesogenic high-fat, high-sucrose diet (HF); 66% caloric restriction (CR); and control chow (C). Mice on KD ate the same calories as mice on C and HF, but weight dropped and stabilized at 85% initial weight, similar to CR. This was consistent with increased energy expenditure seen in animals fed KD vs. those on C and CR. Microarray analysis of liver showed a unique pattern of gene expression in KD, with increased expression of genes in fatty acid oxidation pathways and reduction in lipid synthesis pathways. Animals made obese on HF and transitioned to KD lost all excess body weight, improved glucose tolerance, and increased energy expenditure.

Unthinkable - Movie

Unthinkable (2010)

A powerful, disturbing, thriller on the interrogation of a suspected terrorist, and the moral issue it raises. The movie is somewhat bloody with gore during interrogation scenes. It's not violent, but very graphic. Strong performances from Jackson, Moss, and Sheen.

Not for the squeamish.

Go watch it.

Name: Unthinkable
Year: 2010
Director: Gregor Jordan
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Sheen
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 97 min
Rating: 7.1 / 10

Snow Cake - Movie

Snow Cake (2006)

G reat performances from Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss. The movie is at times, slow paced and appears to stall. Stay with it. It's funny, touching, and entertaining.

Highly recommended.

Go watch it.

Name: Snow Cake
Year: 2006
Director: Marc Evans
Stars:  Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss
Genre: Drama, Romance
Runtime: 112 min
Rating: 7.6 / 10