Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 08, 2015)
Word of the Day

formalism

Definition:(noun) A method of aesthetic analysis that emphasizes structural elements and artistic techniques rather than content.
Synonyms:modernism
Usage: Many artists were still interested in depicting traditional narratives and came to find the doctrine of formalism limiting.
Article of the Day

Tiger's Eye

Tiger's eye is a yellow-brown, semiprecious chatoyant gemstone consisting of quartz with parallel veins of silicified altered crocidolite. The gems are usually cut en cabochon, meaning with a convex, rounded surface that is polished but unfaceted, in order to best display their chatoyancy. Notable sources of tiger's eye include the US, Canada, China, Brazil, Namibia, India and Burma. What is tiger iron? More...
This Day in History

Entente Cordiale Signed by France and UK (1904)

The Entente Cordiale was an agreement that settled numerous colonial disputes and ended antagonisms between Britain and France. It granted freedom of action to Britain in Egypt and to France in Morocco and resolved several other imperial disputes. The agreement was consequently upsetting to Germany, which had benefited from their antagonism. The Entente paved the way for Anglo-French diplomatic cooperation against Germany before World War I and for what later military alliance? More...
Today's Birthday

Edmund Husserl (1859)

Husserl was a German philosopher and the founder of the phenomenological movement. His philosophy is a descriptive study of consciousness for the purpose of discovering the structure of experience—the laws by which experiences are had. Husserl concluded that consciousness has no life apart from the objects it considers and, in his later work, moved toward idealism and denied that objects exist outside consciousness. Husserl had a major influence on what German philosopher? More...
Quotation of the Day
One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

creature of habit

One who prefers the comfort and reliability of routine and habitual behavior. More...
Today's Holiday

Hana Matsuri (2016)

Hana Matsuri is a celebration of the Buddha's birthday, observed in Buddhist temples throughout Japan, where it is known as Kambutsue. The highlight of the celebration is a ritual known as kambutsue ("ceremony of 'baptizing' the Buddha"), in which a tiny bronze statue of the Buddha, standing in an open lotus flower, is anointed with sweet tea. People use a small bamboo ladle to pour the tea, made of hydrangea leaves, over the head of the statue. The custom is supposed to date from the 7th century, when perfume was used, as well as tea. More...
In the News

France Bans Skinny Models

France has sent shock waves through the global fashion industry by passing a surprise law making it a criminal offence to employ dangerously skinny women on the catwalk. Under the new law, anyone running an agency found employing undernourished ... More...
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