"25 years ago today, Luxembourg company SES launched its first satellite, the Astra 1A, making Luxembourg an important player in the world of interspatial technological development and broadcasting." - wort.lu
Becoming Holy Roman Emperor in the 15th Century was no picnic. An aspiring emperor had to spend years playing dozens of petty princes and powerful warlords off each other… just to obtain the many crowns traditionally associated with Empire. Sigismund of Luxembourg began as King of Hungary in 1387.
Forty-four years later, he traveled to Milan, daring his Venetian enemies to challenge his coronation with the Iron Crown of the Lombards. He was finally elected Holy Roman Emperor two years later — the last of the House of Luxembourg.
Today is Armistice Day in many European and Commonwealth countries; Veterans Day in the United States.
A Thankful Village, it was said, was one which lost no men in the Great War because all those who left to serve came home again. For example… “Thirty men went from Catwick to the Great War and thirty came back, though one left an arm behind.” It was also said that such villages have no war memorials - or that if they do, they are a thankful reminder of all who served. Any community which enjoyed this rare distinction must have been Thankful indeed, in an age when family and community life broken by war was the norm.
I can put on $120 worth of clothes and shoes and be taken seriously almost anywhere I might want to go. So that’s what I do. Not everyone gets to do it. These facts are worth thinking about.
I can add that one of the tricky things about living abroad is that all the clothing-codes are different from what I grew up with. So once in a while, I lose that sense of privilege that the author describes: “Almost anywhere I am, no one would argue that I didn’t have a right to be there.”
It’s just a little slip, a bit of discomfort, when I know that I’ve made myself conspicuous. Just enough to remind me of the privilege that I always had, as I made my way through American society.
Physicist Gabriel Lippmann developed a sensitive meter which was used in the first ECG machine. He is most known for having developed the first method of color photography and so earning the Nobel Prize in Physics.
“There has never been any good reason for us [USADA] not to be the agency doing the samples. The reason is that they want to control the results. They want to control who is tested and they want to control what is tested for, so they don’t have any issues… It is not by surprise that there hasn’t been any positives from the Tour of California.”
I’ve been trying to avoid getting angry about the Tour de France, but I just passed my limit.
the truth is, Froome avoided the potentially disastrous consequences of a full-on bonk 4km from the finish by getting the necessary sugars he needed by flagrantly tearing up the rule book - and even worse, he didn’t even break the rules directly himself, he got a team-mate to do it for him.
"But then Movistar and Saxo Bank just stopped attacking. I couldn’t figure that out. I mean you have 100 kilometers still remaining and the yellow jersey is totally isolated. You can do a lot of things in those situations. But you do not start to ride tempo for him. You are just playing into his hands."
Bob Jungels: “I only lost seven seconds. It is always strange in these short efforts. For me personally it was just a little bit too short, but I gave my all.” Jungels was the last rider out of the start house for the evening prologue. He continued: “It was nice with all the crowds cheering us on and I was happy with how my ride went.”
"The Luxembourg line-up includes Laurent Didier und Bob Jungels for RadioShack Leopard Trek. Andy Schleck is not pitched to compete. Ben Gastauer (Ag2r – La Mondiale) and Jean-Pierre, better known as Jempy, Drucker (Accent Jobs – Wanty) are also part of the line-up. Additionally, Christian Helmig will compete for Team Differdange and finally, Luxembourg’s national team is joining the international competition." — wort.lu
"Today, in stage four, he’ll be wearing the blue jersey, as king of the mountains. But it looks like a lot of calculations preceded ‘Operation Mountain Jersey’. ‘On the plane, I was looking at the Bible, the road book, exhaustively,’ according to Willem. ‘I have knowingly evaluated what could be a realistic goal. And the blue jersey in stage three was an obvious choice. Today (yesterday ed.) wasn’t a lucky shot. I like to cycle with my legs and with my head." — Thanks, bdrammel of reddit!
The race was part of Jens Voigt’s preparation for the Amgen Tour of California. … “Every lap we passed the Castle Church where Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of that church in 1517. Very cool,” continued the 41-year-old winner. —RSNT website
Selections from the writings of Kierkegaard by Søren Kierkegaard, 1923,University of Texas edition, in English
"By faith Abraham received the promise that in his seed all the generations of the earth would be blessed. Time passed, the possibility was there, Abraham had faith; time passed, it became unreasonable, Abraham had faith.” I don’t remember which intro-level philosophy course at UIUC had me pouring over those badly photocopied pages in the “course pack” when I first read Kierkegaard. I do remember reading the Bible with new eyes from then on.
We did this tour last year, and it was worthwhile. Several of our friends didn’t realize that the tour is only available during the summer and missed the chance! This year, it’s July 15 to August 31, except Wednesdays. (from wort.lu)
The report’s summary reads as though the US government is the only one on earth, but that’s hardly an uncommon error. It’s still worth looking over: “When you use the Internet, you entrust your conversations, thoughts, experiences, locations, photos, and more to companies like Google, AT&T and Facebook. But what do these companies do when the government demands your private information? Do they stand with you? Do they let you know what’s going on?” - Electronic Frontier Foundation
The beloved Queen of the Netherlands abdicated in favor of her son, Willem-Alexander. The Guardian’s multimedia coverage is pretty good. They also departed from the English tradition of referring to Dutch kings as William — which I find personally infuriating.
"The civil marriage will take place in Königstein im Taunus in Germany, the home of the bride, on September 17…A religious ceremony will follow on September 21 at the Sainte Marie-Madeleine de Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume basilica." - Wort.lu
I see plenty of AWACS planes over our home, but not many fighter jets. Saw just one today, and wondered why — until Anita showed me a story by the local English-language royal-watcher. Click on the title to see the connection!
The 254km race was so good that the result wasn’t known until the final three seconds when Cancellara came out of Sep Vanmarcke’s slipstream on final straight of the Roubaix velodrome to pass the Belgian and lift his arms in celebration. This was the moment the race was won.