Sunday, May 29, 2011

Nelson Algren and Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir visited Nelson Algren in Chicago in 19.. They were lovers.  In de Beauvoir's novel "The Mandarins"......

Frank Sinatra starred in

Nelson AlgrenAuthor of "Ipso Facto" and "A Walk on the wild side"

Simone de Beauvoir author of "The Mandarins"

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cocophone - Glory Shoes

Holbrook is off to see "Love in Dublin" tonight.  "Love in Dublin" is two plays by Paul Kennedy showing at the newly re-opened Focus Theatre.  I recently found out that there will be music by Cocophone.  I downloaded their "Special Offers" EP from their Bandcamp site.  Please support the band and download their music.  In the meantime, you can watch an unofficial video by GroundskeeperXI for their song "Glory Shoes"

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blaise Pascal 2

This snippet of Blaise's life or la vie de Blaise (all corrections to my French are welcome) I learnt from 'A Slice of Pi' by Liz Stracham.  Apparently Blaise's father wanted him to learn Latin and Greek before he tackled maths, but one day he found him writing with coal on a garden wall, writing out a proof that all angles of a triangle add up to 180 degrees. So after that, the father let his son study maths and he went on to great heights in mathematics including lots of work on the Theory of Probability.