Friday, March 27, 2009

Que Nadie Duerma Recordemos a Beniamino Gigli Con Solamente Dos Arias

En la fotografía vemos al gran tenor italiano, Beniamino Gigli, interprentando a "Enzo" en la "Grande Opera" de Almicare Ponchielli, "La Gioconda", en un tiempo muy cercano a su debut en la ciudad de Rovigo, Italia en 1914. Esta foto es una fina cortesía de la colección de Leonardo Ciampa. La foto está considerada dentro del dominio público por su antigüedad.

Gigli's interpretando la Aria del supremo compositor barroco, Georg Friedrich Händel, "Ombra mai fu" de la ópera "Xerxes"

Beniamino Gigli en una única y apoteósica grabación, realizada el 4 de octubre de 1949, cantando la aria más famosa en la ópera para tenor. Esta aria es parte de la última e inconclusa ópera (ambientada en la China) del gran compositor y maestro italiano, Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini, "Turandot", del acto III: "Nessun dorma" o sea, " [Que] Nadie Duerma [en Pekín]". Es la aria del príncipe Calaf, y narra el triunfo del amor sobre el odio. Beniamino la canta como ningún otro. El Conductor es el inglés Stanford Robison.

Debido a que sacaron el vídeo pongo la grabación del LP de Beniamino Gigli cantando el  "Nessun Dorma!" de RCA Victor Red Seal, Cat No: 10-3761-A, grabado en el Año 1949, en el país de Canada, con el formato: "10" Shellac Record"

Para los amantes de la opera y el "Bel Canto" o "Canto Bello" acá la letra de esta hermosa aria, para que la entonen acompañando al immortal Beniamino Gigli:

Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma!
Tu pure, o, Principessa,
nella tua fredda stanza,
guardi le stelle
che tremano d'amore
e di speranza.

Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me,
il nome mio nessun saprà!
No, no, sulla tua bocca lo dirò
quando la luce splenderà!

Ed il mio bacio scioglierà il silenzio
che ti fa mia!
(Il nome suo nessun saprà!...
e noi dovrem, ahime, morir!)
Dilegua, o notte!
Tramontate, stelle!
Tramontate, stelle!
All'alba vincerò!
vincerò, vincerò!

◙ JMK reviewed this post on Jan 10 2010 ◙

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Dawn of the Web 3.0-Virtual Communities to Real Actions or more of The Same Paleolithical & Political Issues

Jules Verne "The Father of Science Fiction"
Photograph by Felix Nadar [French Photographer]

Many of these things has been made, written and spoken about, by many people from many countries for a very long time, before “chitty chitty bang bang” and “Mary Poppins.” Evenly before Jules Gabriel Verne would write any of his well read books, e.g., Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869–1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873), for just put it into some context.

Therefore, it is kind of natural that at the time of the dawn of the Web 3.o, e.i., Virtual [Web] Communities into Real actions [WC2A] we should watch these types of communities develop all over the map. This is the case of "Steampunk", I would let this video from 'Make Magazine' to explaine what Steampumk is or what it does, but with this post I am actually starting a narration about "the New Anthropology of the web", meaning how the web is changing our social life in unexpected, perhaps meaningful, and actually global ways.

Steampunk, in effect is one of a kind community but there are others out there and so from caves to tribes, from feudal territories to industrial cities, from metropolitan urbanizations to the "tribes of the Web" or WC2RAs. The geography has changed, the map is not, as never before, the territory, as I said and wrote it before, "No because the map isn't the territory means that the territory doesn't exist", in effect it does exists, only we do not know it in its totality and we keep changing it too.

The geographical landscape it seems divided "concurrently" by objects of desire rather than by political limits or nationalisms; weapons and frontiers are useless practices of power that came from a 20th century and from a rustic past before that era. "From here to the eternity" and beyond we have other types of challenges, which are beyond the mere and mortal problem of survival and, why not? living as we should, it seems to be our priority.
We should live as we always dream about we should live, with creativity, with beauty, with love and fun...or whatever makes us happy with the only limitation posted by the "golden rule". Today, as in any other time in our known and written history, humans have the possibility to reach their dearest dreams, or why should they live otherwise or in any other way? if we have all this amazing human intelligence to solve the most arduous problems, besides of having all those many cultures and technologies all behind of us, incidentally to support a long waited and written about "quasi-utopic" change? Some people, still prefer to live in caves though. They build cages and jails for themselves, their children and the best of the rest, everything, no matter what is the same color for them, that is the color of money. They don't look or car for beauty; they just want to eat, reproduce and go to sleep in the interim, without even asking why. They are in the sole business of survival and; so they live a life many times worst than those humans who endured the life at the Lower Paleolithic.

Therefore and nonetheless, we have the technology, the skills and the Web, why looking into paleolithical or political solutions, when we should look into better human horizons for, and of, development
for all of us and not just for the fewer or the so called "chosen" ones? It is beyond me... still the Web 3.0 is near its sunrise and the Steampunk community could be an early sign of the very truth of this last statement.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Gutenbergian Tim Berners-Lee and His Proposed New and Emerging Web of Data

This is an image of t DBpedia's answer to the Query: "German musicians with German and English descriptions'. DBpedia is one of the "Interlinked-hubs" that uses the W3C LOD Linked data principles developed by Tim Berners-Lee.

Tim Berners-Lee is not a billionaire, well he does not need to be one. He has already changed the world, in at tremendous and meaningful way, by creating the World Wide Web in 1980. Should I state in a semantic way too, that he is the father of the Web? Of course, yes. Tim continues envisioning new transformations for our info-world; he wants the world to get better and better; for instance, with "the semantic web" and now with his latest answer to our caotic hiperlinked world, the LOD [Linked Open Data] principles wich is daring to define the new and emerging Web of Data [WOD]. "Data is relationships" as Tim Berners-Lee Himself explained in this [Below] TED presentation in which he points to the power behind data and numbers. Currently, Tim Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C] and also senior researcher at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence [AI] Lab [CSAILThefore, lets hear from Tim's what he means by stating that as there are data in every place so, we should demand the sharing of "unaltered data", not only from governments but also by institutions and individuals... here is Tim....

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Britain's [Really] Got Talent: Connie Talbot or the Hope That She Shall Bring

This is the singer Conny Talbot during the recording her first album, "Over the Rainbow" at the Olympic Studios in October 2007, Conny was 7 then.
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From time to time we have somehow watch some of these reality shows about finding new start and talents, well, at least I have done it sometimes. Any way, this moment is unbelievable emotional. Because, it is all too real, and really, Conny could "touch" the hardest heart with his voice singing this beautiful and unforgettable song .... Besides the lyrics of the song with the ages of the singer blends so harmoniously with the feeling of hope and hope that we all need specially when we are facing unmanageable change or crisis... there the YouTube of it, precisely when she started to be recognized as a star when she interpreted "Over The Rainbow" at the "Britain's Got Talent" show.

"Over The Rainbow" From The Wizard Of Oz movie (Original Interpreter Judy Garland)

Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?

Imagine all the People

Here is Conny's voice , there is "something" special in "there" reminiscent of that the emotional atmosphere. It is all full of beauty and its is eternal, the sound, the images, the sharing, and of course, Lennon's melody and the way she is able to sing it. The truth is that somewhere "over the rainbow" we should start imagining again. Be those bluebirds flying for all of us here during our lives over this earth or at least, lets do not stop desiring the best for all of us. This rendition translates into our needs for liberty, beaut,y justice and innocence. Yes! I am a dreamer too...

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