4/09/18 – Another Story

CURRENT EVENTS (RECIENTES ACONTECIMIENTOS)

This Story May or May Not Be True

The Apollo 11 astronauts, who were training in one of the remote deserts of the western USA, came across a Native American.

The Native American asked the astronauts what they were doing and they replied that they were training for a mission to go to the moon.

The Native American asked the astronauts if they would do him a favor.  He said his people believed that holy spirits lived on the moon and would the astronauts pass on a message from his people in their native language to the holy spirits that lived on the moon.

The astronauts memorized the Native American’s words, but the Indian would not tell them what the words meant, when they asked him. 

When the astronauts returned to their base, they found a translator who could tell them the meaning of the words they had memorized.  The translator said the memorized words were.

Don’t believe a single word these people are telling you.

They have come to steal your land.

(Source: Sapiens – A Brief History of Mankind)

PHYSICAL TRAITS (RASGOS FÍSICOS)

Honor Thy Temple (Honra Tu Templo)

Learn to accept your flaws, they make you unique.

CHARACTER TRAITS (RASGOS DE CARÁCTER)

The Foundation for Being Extraordinary

(La Fundación para Ser Extraordinario)
Don’t give up.

SOCIAL TRAITS (RASGOS SOCIALES)

LEARNING TRAITS

(CARACTERÍSTICAS DE APRENDIZAJE)

Growth Keeps You Extraordinary

(El Crecimiento te Mantiene Extraordinario)

Don’t believe everything you read.

MISCELLANEOUS (VARIADO)

The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary

(Las Probabilidades y Los Fines de Ser Extraordinarios)

BOOK OF THE WEEK (LIBRO DE LA SEMANA)

Bill Gates suggested to me and 1 million of his other closes friends, that I read this book.  I’m not going to suggest you read or not read this book.  But you should know first off, it isn’t brief.  Also, I believe regardless of what your positions are, you may find some of the author’s assessments and predictions disturbing.  I did really enjoy reading the early part of the book about pre-history, but as time went on the author and I had to part ways.  Still, the book has many important things to say, so if you do try to tackle this book, you may want to read some of it and skim some of it.

Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Noah Harari

Human history has been shaped by three major revolutions: the Cognitive Revolution (70,000 years ago), the Agricultural Revolution (10,000 years ago), and the Scientific Revolution (500 years ago). These revolutions have empowered humans to do something no other form of life has done, which is to create and connect around ideas that do not physically exist (think religion, capitalism, and politics). These shared “myths” have enabled humans to take over the globe and have put humankind on the verge of overcoming the forces of natural selection. (Source: Amazon)

MOVIES OF THE WEEK (PELÍCULAS DE LA SEMANA)

Surviving Desire

This film is way cooler than the reviews make it appear.  In fact, it is so cool that I cannot even describe it, so I will show you a clip.  Of course, most of you will not like it.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK (MÚSICA DE LA SEMANA)

Walk Like an Egyptian

By The Bangles

But when it comes to walking like an Egyptian, check this out

King Tut

By SNL – Steve Martin

LAST WEEK’S POLL What do you do at parties?

How many invitations to parties do you receive in a year?

Five or less  47.06%  (8 votes) 

Six to ten  35.29%  (6 votes) 

Eleven to fifteen  11.76%  (2 votes) 

More than 15  5.88%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Of the invitations to parties that you receive, what percentage of them do you attend?

More than 50% to 75%  37.5%  (6 votes) 

Less than 25%  31.25%  (5 votes) 

More than 75%  31.25%  (5 votes) 

From 25% to 50%  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 16
Of the parties you are invited to, how often is a gift expected?

More than 50% to 75%  43.75%  (7 votes) 

More than 75%  25%  (4 votes) 

From 25% to 50%  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Less than 25%  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

 THIS WEEK’S POLL – Truth?

 

ART OF THE WEEK (ARTE DE LA SEMANA)

Here is something to think about.

I found this in Part One – The Cognitive Revolutions

of 

Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind.

EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

(PERSONA EXTRAORDINARIA DE LA SEMANA)

Cleopatra

Actually, the above picture is Elizabeth Taylor, portraying Cleopatra 

Cleopatra VII (69 – August 10 or 12, 30 BC) was a queen and last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. She was also a diplomat, naval commander, administrator, linguist, and medical author.

As a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, she was a descendant of its founder Ptolemy I, a Macedonian Greek general and companion of Alexander the Great.

After the death of Cleopatra, Egypt became a province of the Roman Empire, marking the end of the Hellenistic period that had lasted since the reign of Alexander (336–323 BC). (Source: Wikipedia)

On September 2, 31 B.C., Octavian’s forces soundly defeated those of Antony and Cleopatra in the Battle of Actium.  Later, with Alexandria under attack from Octavian’s forces, Antony heard a rumor that Cleopatra had committed suicide. He fell on his sword, and died just as news arrived that the rumor had been false.

On August 12, 30 B.C., after burying Antony and meeting with the victorious Octavian, Cleopatra closed herself in her chamber with two of her female servants. The means of her death is uncertain, but Plutarch and other writers advanced the theory that she used a poisonous snake known as the asp, a symbol of divine royalty. According to her wishes, Cleopatra’s body was buried with Antony’s. (Source: History.com)

THIS WEEK’S JOKE (BROMA DE LA SEMANA)

TALK TO ME (HÁBLAME)

Thank you Carol, Darlene, Poetic Bells, Reocochran & Roijoyeux, for commenting on last week’s post. 

BLOG & FACEBOOK

And my thanks to LA Feedback Film Festival, Melissa, Nanette, Nick, Nidhi, Poetic Bells, Reocochran & Shreya, who started following my blog.  

And thank you Amy, Barbie, Michelle & Taylor, for liking my Harmony Books & Films Facebook page.

And thank you Carol, Cindi, Colleen, Darlene, Donna, Kristie, Patty, Richard & Trina, for sharing my FB post.

BOOK (LIBRO)

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

10 thoughts on “4/09/18 – Another Story

  1. Thanks for some great stories, Bill. I liked the story about the Apollo 11 astronauts. The pic of the beware of dog was funny, I love Steve Martin. Loved the old Saturday Night skits with him in them.

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  2. This was an especially excellent post, Bill! We’re going to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas from April 18-28, to visit our dear friend, Kate. (You met her.) If we really like the place, we may look at properties there. Que tengas buen dia. Judy

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  3. I loved the Steve Martin video! :’) How he always does that with a straight face, knowing what’s coming but not letting anything seep through, is amazing.

    Great post, as usual, Bill 🙂

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    • Thank you Samantha for letting me know you enjoyed the post. I’ve used that Steve Martin video several times, it is one of my favorites. I was also captivated by that 30,000 year old handprint on that cave wall.

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      • Sure thing! I easily get amazes by really old, astonishing findings of such sorts. Imagine how it got there – on purpose? By accident? And imagine what they might find in another 30,000 years: maybe they’ll find my footprint somewhere! You gotta love history. And the future. And the present (might as well add that one now I’m at it).

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