Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 18, 2013)
Word of the Day

titivate

Definition:(verb) Make neat, smart, or trim.
Synonyms:slick up, spiff up, spruce
Usage: I hope that my plan to titivate the restaurant will help draw more customers to our establishment when we reopen next month.
Article of the Day

Diegesis

Writing teachers often begin with one simple instruction: "Show, don't tell." Plato and Aristotle explored the same concept, but used the terms "diegesis"—which equates to telling—and "mimesis," a form of showing. In diegetic texts, the narrator explicitly relays action to the reader, while mimetic texts draw the reader into the characters' world. Diegesis functions differently in films. The world that characters explore is considered diegetic. What aspects of films are deemed non-diegetic? More...
This Day in History

Steamboat Willie Released (1928)

In 1928, Walt Disney created cartoon icon Mickey Mouse, who made his debut in the silent film Plane Crazy. That same year, Mickey also appeared in Steamboat Willie, written and directed by Disney and animator Ub Iwerks. An immediate hit, the film was Disney's first attempt at using sound and the first fully synchronized sound cartoon. Music is prominently featured, and Mickey first appears in the film whistling the song Steamboat Bill. Who provided the voice for Mickey? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Daguerre (1787)

Originally a scene painter for the opera, Daguerre was a French inventor who devised one of the first practical photographic processes—the daguerreotype. He, in collaboration with Nicéphore Niépce, found that a permanent image could be formed on a silver iodide-coated copper plate if it was exposed to light, then fumed with mercury vapor and fixed by a solution of common salt. His daguerreotype process was announced in 1839 at the Academy of Sciences. Who acquired the patent for the invention? More...
Quotation of the Day
At the gates of the forest, the surprised man of the world is forced to leave his city estimates of great and small, wise and foolish ... Here is sanctity which shames our religions, and reality which discredits our heroes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Today's Holiday

Latvia Independence Day (2015)

Independence Day marks Latvia's declaration of independence from German and Russian occupation on November 18, 1918. The country remained independent until World War II, when it was absorbed by the Soviet Union. Like the other Baltic republics, Latvia proclaimed its independence from Soviet Russia in 1991, on August 21. More...
In the News

Depression Is Aging

Depression's effects are not just in our heads; they extend to the basic building blocks of our beings: our cells and DNA. People who are or who have been severely depressed actually appear older under a microscope. As part of the natural aging process, telomeres—sections of DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes—become shortened. However, this process appears to accelerate in people who battle depression. Their cells exhibit a greater degree of shortening than those of people who have never been depressed. More...
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