General Discussion, Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Astronomer and physicist Galileo di Vincenzo Bonaiuti de’ Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy on February 15, 1564. He was the first astronomer to advance the theory that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the solar system.

Galileo studied speed and velocity, gravity and free fall, the principle of relativity, inertia, projectile motion and also worked in applied science and technology, describing the properties of pendulums and “hydrostatic balances”. He invented the thermoscope and various military compasses, and used the telescope for scientific observations of celestial objects. His contributions to observational astronomy include telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, observation of the four largest satellites of Jupiter, observation of Saturn’s rings, and analysis of lunar craters and sunspots.

“Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.”


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30 Responses to General Discussion, Wednesday, February 15, 2023

  1. Lucille says:

    Stellars…have a blessed day!

    Beautiful Madeira Island….

    The coast near the capital city of Funchal

    10 Best Things to Do This Summer on Madeira Island

    There are plenty of excellent things to do this summer on Madeira Island. One of Portugal’s 2 autonomous regions, it’s best known for crisp sea views, clifftop hikes, and a year-round summer climate. It’s easy to see why this island is one of Europe’s most visited vacation spots.

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    • Lucille says:

      I chose to feature Madeira today because on Valentine’s Day I watched a 1939 film starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer entitled “Love Affair” which was partially set in Madeira.

      If you want to use up a box of Kleenex, ladies, here it is….

      It’s the original film (though this copy is colorized from b/w using an older and not yet perfected colorization process) and is basically the same script which was re-made into “An Affair To Remember” with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr (1957). Both of these versions were big hits for their times.

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      • Lucille says:

        Incidentally, the fox fur Irene Dunne wears in her introductory scene is to die for…sigh. I adore it, broad shoulders and all.

        And Dunne does her own singing (unlike Deborah Kerr whose voice is dubbed by the most famous dubbing singer ever, Marni Nixon, who also did “The King and I” for Kerr).

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        • Stella says:

          I love the big shoulders (1940’s and 1980’s!). Here is a family pic of my cousins Doris and Bette, and my sis Shirley (on the right) taken in the 1940’s:

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          • Lucille says:

            Good afternoon, Stella! Such a distinctive look. I wish I’d kept the fox coat one of my aunts gave me. Instead I donated it to a church fundraiser sale.

            She’d purchased the broad-shoulder full-length in 1945 simply in order to meet her fiancé at the dock when he returned from Europe at the end of World War II. She was very beautiful and he very handsome. The war had greatly affected him and they never married. For the rest of her life, she carried a photo of him in her wallet; but she never wore the coat again.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          There is a lady at my church who is always dressed so beautifully and in now retro styles. I finally asked her if she sewed her clothes or where she got them. She said they were from her mother and aunt and most were from the 40’s and 50’s.

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    • weather257 says:

      “Have some Madeira, M’dear!”
      Mornin’ Lucille!!

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  2. geoffg12 says:

    When I lived in Louisville, CO, we used to ski frequently in Vail and other resorts. Vail, IMHO is the best skiing in the world. My wife was more of a snow bunny; but always looked stellar in her silver fox parka, with detachable hood and matching ski pants by Bogner. I agree that fox fur that Dunne wears is beautiful.

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    • Stella says:

      I love Colorado, although I am not a skier and visited always in the summer and fall. A very beautiful state – everywhere! I particularly like southwest Colorado scenery.

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    • Lucille says:

      Good day, Geoff! I bet your wife looked delightful in her fox parka…and stayed toasty warm.

      At one time a friend of mine had a vacation estate in Aspen. When he and his family went there at Christmas every year, his wife would wear her beautiful furs in the evenings. I don’t recall seeing her in fur parkas, though.

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  3. Sharon says:

    Re the quote about math above –

    A few years back, I came across a documentary type thing on youtube presented by some massively smart and happy mathematician. He was explaining the theories and realities of very complex math stuff.

    I barely passed high school algebra but decided to watch the video. It was absolutely delightful! This man was so full of the knowledge of his subject, ecstatic to have the chance to tell others about what he found so wonderful about it and its applications–and he had a broad smile on his face the entire time.

    It’s fun to listen to people who love what they are doing–explaining what they are doing and why they love it. I think that’s the simple reason we enjoy Lucille’s art shares and Stella’s recipe ideas–and everybody’s dog stories. Life is good.

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all!

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  5. Stella says:

    Good morning everybody! Gray and blustery here.

    I wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable today.

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  6. auscitizenmom says:

    Afternoon All. It is 30* and the sun is peeking through the holes in the clouds. Went to Bible study this morning and just got back a little while ago. Last week the subject was cremation, today was angels, and next weeks’ subject is suicide. Pastor broke up the dismal line of subjects with a more cheerful one. Probably a good idea. It was very interesting anyway.

    Well, hope you all have a nice rest of the day.

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    • Lucille says:

      Good afternoon, aus! I read an article just yesterday on suicide and the Christian believer. It’s a very difficult subject. Over the years I’ve heard everything from a person not entering heaven, to all things are forgiven if you believe in God.

      The article actually didn’t come to a conclusion either way. It was suggested that we pray for those around us and for ourselves, too, that our true belief in Christ will be what we cling to, and not dwell on what depresses us but pray for God’s deliverance from self-destructive thoughts.

      It’ll be interesting to hear what your pastor has learned through his studies. about it.

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  7. texan59 says:

    Just saw a comment about Nikki Haley………….”Mitt Romney in a skirt”

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