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Filk Music

Filk is a musical genre that grew out of the science-fiction and fantasy fan community. During the early days of science-fiction conventions, many participants would gather for late-night singing sessions. The phenomenon has since spread to include professional recordings and conventions devoted entirely to filk. Though filkers have been known to write songs about a variety of topics, most songs reference specific works of fiction or cultural aspects of fandom. How did the genre get its name?

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Luciano Pavarotti (1935)

Originally a schoolteacher, Pavarotti only began his vocal training in his 20s but nevertheless became one of the most successful tenors of all time. He made his professional debut in 1961 and then debuted at La Scala in 1965 and the Metropolitan Opera in 1968. A popular favorite, Pavarotti was noted for the rich and ringing clarity of his voice as well as for his immense personal charm. At the peak of his career, his concerts drew hundreds of thousands of attendees. Where did he last perform?

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3 hours ago, oldtexasdog said:

Luciano Pavarotti (1935)

Originally a schoolteacher, Pavarotti only began his vocal training in his 20s but nevertheless became one of the most successful tenors of all time. He made his professional debut in 1961 and then debuted at La Scala in 1965 and the Metropolitan Opera in 1968. A popular favorite, Pavarotti was noted for the rich and ringing clarity of his voice as well as for his immense personal charm. At the peak of his career, his concerts drew hundreds of thousands of attendees. Where did he last perform?

 

”On 10 February 2006, Pavarotti sang "Nessun dorma" at the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Turin, Italy, at his final performance. In the last act of the opening ceremony, his performance received the longest and loudest ovation of the night from the international crowd. Leone Magiera, who directed the performance, revealed in his 2008 memoirs, Pavarotti Visto da Vicino, that the performance had been recorded weeks earlier.[27] "The orchestra pretended to play for the audience, I pretended to conduct and Luciano pretended to sing. The effect was wonderful," he wrote. Pavarotti's manager, Terri Robson, said that the tenor had turned the Winter Olympic Committee's invitation down several times because it would have been impossible to sing late at night in the subzero conditions of Turin in February. The committee eventually persuaded him to take part by prerecording the song.”

Nessun sincronizzazione labiale. 🤫

 

 

 

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Maybe not worthless information - but timely...

 

A division of FEMA publishes statistics fires related to cooking.  On this annual "Darwin" cooking activity, there is a spike (last bullet).  What is the activity likely driving that spike?

 

From their statistics:

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Hint:

 

Bonus question: What state has the most turkey fryer accidents?

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COAL ASH IS MORE RADIOACTIVE THAN NUCLEAR WASTE


DECEMBER 16, 2010 LAUREN STANFORD 

 

Coal ash, the waste produced by coal plants, is actually more radioactive than that generated by their nuclear counterparts. In fact, the coal ash emitted by a power plant—a by-product from burning coal for electricity—carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy.

 

At issue is coal’s content of uranium and thorium, both radioactive elements. They occur in such trace amounts in natural, or “whole,” coal that they aren’t a problem. But when coal is burned into coal ash, uranium and thorium are concentrated at up to 10 times their original levels.

 

Coal ash is currently exempt from toxic waste rules and instead can be reused in almost limitless applications under the “beneficial use” rule. Around the country, it’s used, unmonitored, in road construction and to some extent in running tracks, including at schools. It’s used to make everything from carpets to fertilizer to cinder blocks, and sometimes gypsum board and roofing shingles.

 

The EPA is being urged at a minimum to adopt the hazardous waste classification for coal ash when it decides between the proposals currently under consideration.  A decision from the EPA related to fly ash classification is expected in early 2011.


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste

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51 minutes ago, RichP714 said:

COAL ASH IS MORE RADIOACTIVE THAN NUCLEAR WASTE


DECEMBER 16, 2010 LAUREN STANFORD 

 

Coal ash, the waste produced by coal plants, is actually more radioactive than that generated by their nuclear counterparts. In fact, the coal ash emitted by a power plant—a by-product from burning coal for electricity—carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy.

 

At issue is coal’s content of uranium and thorium, both radioactive elements. They occur in such trace amounts in natural, or “whole,” coal that they aren’t a problem. But when coal is burned into coal ash, uranium and thorium are concentrated at up to 10 times their original levels.


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste

Why aren't they capturing it and using it for fuel in Thorium or fast breeder Uranium reactors? Uranium is as rare as Plutonium and Thorium is everywhere!

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