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The most famous of the women of Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Maniapoto in the nineteenth century was undoubtedly Rihi Puhiwahine Te Rangi-hirawea. She knew many of the notable chiefs and leading women among the tribes of her turbulent times, when tribal wars were fought. It was a time when some of the greatest Maori poets were in their prime, and, inspired by these events, they composed and sang songs of love and hate, peace and war, jollity and derision. Puhiwahine was the greatest of them all. Her songs are still sung at many gatherings of her people.

· October 20 at 2:23am ·

Professor Eduardo Miranda, a Brazilian scientist and composer, designed a musical bio-computer which allows him to perform a piano duet with slime mould.

This slime mould, Physarum polycephalum, is a single-celled organism that forms colonies visible to the naked eye.

To capture the slime mould’s response to sound, the bio-computer translates electrical energy generated by movement into sound.


When the piano keys are played, the slime mould responds by changing its shape, and this movement creates electrical energy.

By capturing the slime mould’s electrical energy and transforming it into sound, this new technology allows the slime mould to provide an auditory response to the music that is being played to it.

“Biocomputer Music” and other research in computing and biology can help develop technologies that will allow brain waves to replace keyboards so disabled people can express themselves musically.

As Professor Miranda stated:

“Music is something everyone can relate to, but our work has also shown that it can have amazing and positive impacts on those with the most serious of neurological conditions, as well as presenting their effects in new and innovative ways”.

This video shows some details of how this slime mould piano works:


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· October 19 at 6:56am ·
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Conclusive proof that cheese does not give you nightmares, but it might keep you awake. Made from what appears to be a healthy speed of cheese genres, this kit probably won't survive too much percussive battering - best play with it Caerphilly.

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Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008) was a Palestinian poet and one of the leading artists of the Arab world.

His poetry was able to transcend mere politics and reach for the human condition itself. As once described, he was “the voice of the fragmented soul.”

In the ’60s, he began publishing poetry and articles for newspapers and magazines.


He faced house arrest and imprisonment for his political activism and for publicly reading and publishing his poetry. His poem “Identity Card” was turned into a protest song.

In 1970, he attended the University of Moscow for one year. From there he moved to Cairo and Beirut, where he worked in the research and publishing institutes.

In 1981 he founded and edited the journal “Al-Karmel”.

His poetry became more sophisticated over the years, and he soon gained international fame.

During his career, he published around 30 collections of poetry and prose, which were translated into more than 22 languages, while several of his compositions were put to music.

He earned numerous awards for his literary works. His acceptance speech for the Prince Claus Fund of principal prize in Amsterdam in 2004 was perhaps the most elegant:

"A person can only be born in one place. However, he may die several times elsewhere [...]

[...] Poetry is perhaps what teaches us to nurture the charming illusion: how to be reborn out of ourselves over and over again, and use words to construct a better world, a fictitious world that enables us to sign a pact for a permanent and comprehensive peace ... with life."

Darwish on LT: []

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The earliest surviving evidence of rhyming is the Chinese Shijing (circa 10th century BC).

Classical Greek and Latin poetry usually didn’t rhyme but the ancient Greeks knew rhyme, which is evident in “The Wasps” by Aristophanes.

In the 7th century, the Irish had brought the art of rhyming verses to a high pitch of perfection. Also in the 7th century, rhyme was used in the Qur'an.


Rhyme entered European poetry in the High Middle Ages, in part under the influence of the Arabic language in Al Andalus.

Arabic language poets used rhyme extensively from the first development of literary Arabic in the 6th century, as in their long, rhyming qasidas.

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The Seven Sages of Ancient Greece was the title given to seven wise men who were philosophers, statesmen and law-givers in Ancient Greece.

Their names were put up on the wall of the temple at Delphi, as dedications to the god Apollo.

Plato provided the earliest list of the so-called Seven Sages, although there is a controversy on who these men were.


Their names are known to most of us due to their genius, but the historians still disagree on a couple of names on that list.

According to the most acceptable opinions, the names of the Seven Sages are: Solon, Chilon, Thales, Bias, Cleobulus, Pittacus, and Periander.

Perhaps one of the most famous quotes belongs to Chilon: “Know thyself”. Another well-known saying is by Solon: “No man is happy. He is, at best, fortunate.”

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· September 21 ·

When it comes to recording drums, stone rooms are perfect for enhancing character and liveness of sound.

It was first popularized by the drum sound on Led Zeppelin’s "When the Levee Breaks" that was recorded in the hallway of Headley Grange, a three-story stone house, for the lack of special acoustic rooms.

Similarly, Deep Purple had to take their recording of “Machine Head” to the corridor of an old hotel in Switzerland after the theater that was their original recording loc...ation had burned down the night before during a Frank Zappa concert.

But when Phil Collins recorded his solo debut "In The Air Tonight" in the Studio 2’s stone room at the Townhouse, it has inspired a whole generation of drummers and recording engineers, and remains a fairly popular way of recording drums to this day.

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