Wednesday, August 17, 2016

161st post

I really like Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, as you can see from below,

and so do a lot of other people, news organizations, websites, etc. They

have information on about 95% (I'm just guessing) of  subject matter and

deliver it in a clear and concise manner. I donated $30 USD to Wikipedia

recently and I think it was well worth it.

Christ the Redeemer:

Thanks to BBC News.

“By seeing how the small tiles covered all the curved profiles of the fountain,

I was soon taken by the idea of using them on the image which I always had

in my thoughts,” wrote Da Silva Costa. “Moving from the concept to the

making of it took less than 24 hours. The next morning I went to a ceramic

studio where I made the first samples.”

For the material, Da Silva Costa chose soapstone, according to his great-

great-granddaughter, Bel Noronha, partly because it had been used by

the 18th Century sculptor Aleijadinho (“the cripple”) in the state of Minas

Gerais, just north of Rio. After losing his fingers to disease, Aleijadinho

miraculously continued to carve ornate statues using a hammer and chisel

tied to what was left of his hands. That these were still in good condition

120 years later, in Da Silva Costa’s view, testified to the stone’s durability."

Olympic symbols

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The Olympic symbols are icons, flags and symbols used by the International

Olympic Committee to elevate the Olympic Games. Some — such as the

flame, fanfare, and theme — are even more common during Olympic

competition, but others, such as the flag, can be seen throughout the year.....


The Olympic motto is the hendiatris Citius, Altius, Fortius, which is Latin

for "Faster, Higher, Stronger".... It was proposed by Pierre de Coubertin

upon the creation of the International Olympic Committee in 1894.

Coubertin borrowed it from his friend Henri Didon, a Dominican priest

who was an athletics enthusiast....

Coubertin said "These three words represent a programme of moral

beauty. The aesthetics of sport are intangible."... The motto was introduced

in 1924 at the Olympic Games in Paris.... A more informal but well known

motto, also introduced by Coubertin, is "The most important thing is not to

win but to take part!" Coubertin got this motto from a sermon by the Bishop

of Pennsylvania during the 1908 London Games...."

This is day 12 of the XXXI Olympiad.

Simone Biles

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Simone Arianne Biles is an American artistic gymnast. Biles is the 2016 Olympic

individual all-around, vault and floor champion. She was also part of the

gold medal-winning team dubbed the "final five" at the 2016 Summer

Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Wikipedia

Born: March 14, 1997 (age 19), Columbus, OH

Height: 4′ 9″

Country represented: United States of America

Education: University of California, Los Angeles

Parents: Nellie Biles, Ronald Biles, Kelvin Clemons, Shannon Biles

Siblings: Adria Biles, Adam Biles, Ron Biles Jr."

And the medal count for this evening:

USA:                           28 gold, 30 silver, 28 bronze for a total of 86.

Great Britain:             19 gold, 19 silver, 12 bronze for a total of 50.

China:                        17 gold, 15 silver, 20 bronze for a total of 52.

Russia:                       12 gold, 12 silver, 15 bronze for a total of 39.

Germany:                   11 gold, 8 silver, 9 bronze for a total of 28.

The top five only picked up 6 olympic medals since this morning.

France, Italy, Japan and The Netherlands have 8 gold medals each

and if some countries in the top 5 should falter, we might see a horse

race to the finish. Sounds like I'm at the Kentucky Derby don't it,                

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