What kind of a Finn name is “Sibelius”?

What kind of a Finn name is “Sibelius”?

I finally started to read a book on Sibelius. So at last I learned the answer to today’s title question: What kind of a Finn name is Sibelius?

None!

His great-grandfather, Johan Martinpoikka (son of Martin) settled on a farm named Sibbe. As was the custom in that place and those times, the family took on the name of the farm. But they almost immediately Latinized it, which may have a fashion at that time, too (most Finns before and after added an ala or an inen and let it go at that, for their last names). Sibelius sounds more ancient Latin than any modern tongue. The Sibelius family was Swede-speaking, though living in Finland. The composer was christened Johan Julius Christian, but was called Janne by relatives and friends, and adopted the French form of the name, Jean, after his uncle Johan who used the moniker when travelling. So Sibelius was born a Swedish-speaking Finn with a Latin last name; though he grew up to learn Finnish and fully immerse himself in Finnish myth, he would adopt as his public Christian name a French form of that oh-so-common name, John.

Well, I certainly have no cause to object. Sibelius was certainly no ordinary John. He was the greatest composer to emerge from north of Europe. His symphonies, especially, rank him with Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and . . . arguably, no one else. Even Brahms and Schubert play second to Sibelius’s muse.

Finland’s traditional naming practices seem weird to us today. My great-grandfather, Abraham, was a Hautakoski (which means grave rapids, or cemetery brook). He married a woman named Anna and moved onto the family farm in Kaustinen. So, naturally, he became a Wirkkala! (Pronounce that, or, if you are in Finland, or me, spell that, with a V: Virkkala.) And it appears from Sibelius’ great-grandfather’s original name, Martinpoikka, that a Scandinavian-style naming system also played a part in the chaos of Finnish names. (My last name would be Ernipoikka, in that system.)

None of this strikes me as nearly as interesting as the Latvian system of naming. I have a friend who, when you address him, you call him simply Oscar. But when you talk about him behind his back, you call him Oscars. With an added s! Latvia has a grammar of names.

In America, of course, this is all very alien. As Butch the boxer said, This is America, honey. Our names don’t mean shit.

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11 2014

They’re dead; are they winning?

They’re dead; are they winning?

The basic feature of Islamic terrorism is so painfully obvious, I often marvel at the number of people who keep forgetting it, who miss the point: our enemies kill themselves in order to kill others, and this deed is its own propaganda. Fighting them requires a fair deal of sophistication, for one must fight their propaganda above all else. Indeed, one must undermine their propaganda at every step. In doing actual fighting — you know, the killing that our military is trained to do, and that Republicans so much like ordering — we must not prop up their propaganda.

My critique of George W. Bush and his evil side-kick/mastermind Dick Cheney is that they do not understand this. They think killing, conquering, and rebuilding is all that it takes. They are fools. Consider this latest from Cheney:

The fanatics may have thought they could attack us with impunity — because terrorists had done so previously. . . . They did not know America, and they did not know George W. Bush.

The fanatics did attack with impunity. They are dead. And they got precisely what they wanted: they exchanged their lives for many more thousands of Americans dead. There is absolutely nothing we can do about them.

What about those who supported them? Funded them? Trained them? Many of them are now dead, too. And they got what they wanted.

What did they want? The fulfillment of their own prophecies. They want America to behave like a conquering, anti-Islamic empire. America, in the way it over-reacted and under-reacted to the tragedy, did just that. America solidified its military bases in the mid-East. It lashed out, seeking to conquer. In the course of its war first with the Afghan government and then with the Iraqi government, it has killed thousands upon thousands of innocent Islamic people. All proving how evil an empire it is. All feeding the frenzy to turn yet more poor Islamic trash (and not-so-trash) into terrorists willing to exchange their lives for others.

America can win against people who risk their lives to kill American soldiers on the battlefield. And the world’s sole Super Power can certainly win against people who are not its enemies, who are collateral to any fight; just bomb then into non-existence. But what about armies of those who sneak around, killing themselves so others may be killed?

They are nearly unstoppable, because in a free society there are so many ways to bring oneself into contact with many others, and press DETONATE or otherwise kill by explosion . . . or infection.

The key in any war on terrorism is to present decreasing incentives for those who hate you to switch from normal hatred to terrorist suicidal mass-murderer.

In their conduct of the war since 9/11/01, the people in America’s Bush administration have done just the opposite. They’ve increased the incentives for Islamic men to become terrorists. Democratic Senator John Kerry would no doubt have botched the response, too — he seems to be a hopelessly misguided fellow when it comes to defense — but even his worst would not have been as bad as what America got, with the best that the Bush administration delivered.

No nation under attack should rationally encourage a suicidal mindset in its enemies. Especially in the nuclear age . . . or in an age when biochemistry is giving anyone with technical savvy the power to kill millions.

Americans should not be asking if this foreign government or that is sorry for 9/11/01. There should be no sense of triumph for any conquest of any government. Because the enemy is not a government. The enemies who attacked nearly three years ago are all dead. And yet they may be winning.

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11 2014

Plotting the Great Canadian Novel

Plotting the Great Canadian Novel

A story in Canada’s National Post struck me as so bizarre that I felt as though I were reading satire, not reportage. And yet, there it was, dated June 1, not April 1; there was not one overt sign of japery. It seems that a study indicates that more than half of Canadians would like a two-tiered health-care system, allowing some choice. You see, Canada’s socialized system is often so slow that people die waiting for treatment. Many go to the much-maligned Evil Uncaring America for timely, life-saving service. So enter (for Canadian purposes of balance) a health care economist at the University of Alberta:

Prof. Smythe said there may be some argument to be made in favour of private medicine from a libertarian point of view, but he said there is no economic case to be made for it.

No economic case for it! How droll. Such a weird, counterfactual statement seems to come not from a professional but from a fictional character — say, from a character in a Tom Sharpe novel titled, perhaps, Bend Over the River:

Dr. James Smythe’s name gets switched, in a database glitch, with Mr. James Smythe, garbageman. When he goes for a check-up and is diagnosed with cancer, he is made to wait for treatment to begin. After many months’ delay, he starts to complain, and then someone notices that they have the wrong info in the computer on him, and a contract-worker tech guy finds the snafu. Within minutes a doctor cheerily speeds Smythe on to chemo, apologizing: if we had known you were a major health care economist, of course, we would have given you treatment right away. But take heart: ‘There are no inefficiencies in government-provided health care.’
Not long after, Smythe dies of congestive heart failure, a complication of chemotherapy.
Meanwhile, Jim Smythe, the garbageman, quickly got an X-Ray for a sore wrist by paying a veterinarian some cash under the table. The X-Ray was clear, but while leaving the vet’s, the Mounties arrest everyone involved, and impound the animals in cages, too. One escapes, bites a Mountie in the ass, and — because the embittered vet said the dog was under observation for rabies — the Mountie must endure a painful series of rabies shots. Alas, the final series of injections was noticeably painless, and the Mountie mysteriously develops breasts. At trial, Smythe falls in love with the Mountie, and they all live happily ever after.

Well, that’s somewhat like a Sharpe plot. Get the point?

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11 2014

Having Trouble With Music Downloads? Read These Tips

If you are someone who spent many years collecting a lot of music albums, CDs or cassettes of your favorite music in the past, you know how much time and space that takes up. But the current music downloads that are available today are easy-to-use in so many ways. This article will get you started with some great advice.

If you really like an artist, always consider buying their entire album, rather than purchasing music track by track. It is almost always less expensive to buy an entire album than it would be to purchase 10 individual tracks, so using this method will save you money in the long run.

If you’re downloading music from a little known source, make sure you have recently updated antivirus software running during the download. Anytime you aren’t sure of where the file is coming from, it's a must to protect your computer. These files could be laced with malware and spyware. You’ll need top antivirus protection to secure your computer. Learn how to make your own beats when you click here. It’s really easy with this rap beat maker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYoorSkzfn4. It’s really simple with this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xnLLAtAwB0 which is a great hip hop beat maker.

Don’t try to download music from a place where you can’t trust where it’s coming from. For instance, you shouldn’t use pirating software to get your music. This is because you could end up downloading a virus or spyware. It’s also against the law to do this, so only get downloads from trusted sources.

Many artists have put up their own music for download at under one dollar per song. This is a good way of getting a copy of your favorite song and directing all proceeds back to the artist instead of to a third party distributor. The artist gets paid in full for his work, and you get a great song.

Safety is key when it comes to downloading music. That means you shouldn’t download any music for free if it isn’t offered directly by the artist, production company or some other promotional company. If you do, it is illegal and you can face major fines if you are caught.

Make sure you have broadband internet connection if you download music online. If you have a dial-up connection, the download will be much slower and the files will take forever to transfer. So if you want to enjoy your music right away, a broadband connection is the way to go.

If you are looking for free, legal music downloads, consider using a free music archive. A couple popular ones are Free Music Archive and The Internet Archive. These are nonprofit sites that contain all kinds of free, legal music from many genres. These are great for securely and legally experiencing some new artists or getting some rare tracks from some of your favorites.

Never download any music without having a current antivirus program running on your computer. This is essential because it will protect your computer in two ways when it comes to downloading music files. First, it scans the file to ensure it is safe, and if anything is downloaded that isn’t safe, the virus program detects this and can remove the virus or harmful file.

Always have an updated anti-virus program on any device that you download music on. There are many people who would love to have access to the files on your system. If you do not have a good anti-virus program on your device, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to hacking attempts and viruses.

Prior to downloading music, make sure you are on a broadband connection. Music files are not the same mammoth size as video files, but when you download lots of them, the overall download size can add up pretty fast. If you’re on a slow connection this can eat up a lot of time.

When deciding on a site to download your music from, check out reviews for their user interface. This is especially important if you are a newbie. Some have very complex user interfaces that can be difficult to navigate. Others are more user friendly, and they are a better choice for a beginner.

You have to always pay attention to the size of the files you’re downloading. A music file is going to regularly be anywhere between two and five megabytes. If you notice anything much smaller than this, beware. This is usually only going to be a text file and might contain a harmful virus.

With so many different types of music out there and coming out often, you need a service that is going to give you the best availability. You don’t want to find out about a song only to realize that it's not available with your service. Look at online reviews, and make sure you choose an authoritative downloading service within the industry. Otherwise, you will find yourself unhappy and switching back and forth between services with your music split up among them.

If you want a discount on your music downloads, look for gift card deals at local retailers. A lot of music download venders (iTunes, Spotify, etc.) have gift cards, and sometimes these cards are offered at a discount to their face price. So a $50 iTunes card may be sold for $45. It’s a way to save a little money on your music.

One major plus to downloading music online is that it is generally cheaper than buying a CD. You can usually find many whole albums under $10. On top of that, you may only listen to a few songs on a CD. With music downloads, you can usually buy just the tracks that you want, which saves you even more money.

If you want to quickly find songs you might like, check out the lists on Billboard.com. They provide you with a ton of ideas thanks to informing you about which songs are hot right now in each genre. They also have historical lists you can peruse as well for all genres.

After reading this article, you may now realize that music downloads are something that anyone can use with ease. You will love having your favorite music to listen to at a moment’s notice in whatever listening device you choose to use. You will be tapping your fingers and toes quickly enough!

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03 2015

For Improved Results Give These Search Engine Optimization Tips A Try!

The best websites out there grow organically in popularity, in the sense that their recognition is grass-roots and not necessarily always purchased through sponsored advertising. You can find out how you can also work to grow your site organically by implementing the great search engine optimization tips (SEO) in the text below.

Select a keyword specific domain name. Having a keyword in your address makes it easier for people to find when searching the internet for that keyword. Remember, not all people coming to your site will be from advertisements, some people will come from searching for products that are on your site.

Most importantly, you must keep visitors interested. Keeping there focus on your site is how you gain success. You want people to return to your site and stick around once there. Little things can help your search engine rankings.

Be satisfied with your own site. If you are not, you may be constantly changing the content, which can confuse both search engines and readers. Find your niche and stick to it. Providing yourself with the confidence and security of your well-established website can help you find what else you may need to do to optimize it. Check out this Twiter page to get some general information on search engine optimization https://twitter.com/toseoagency.

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When setting up a page for SEO, avoid the temptation to set up text or links specifically to manipulate search engines. For example, text that is the same color as the page background, text that is invisibly tiny, or links that are only a few pixels wide, will set off alarms at the search engine. These "black hat" methods can get your site banned entirely from the listings.

Learn what kind of experience they have in SEO. To make an educated choice, you need to be aware of all risks and potential downsides that may be involved.

When you decide to optimize your business website for search engine indexing, give the process a try for yourself before spending money on SEO consultants. While SEO is a pretty deep field with lots of esoteric subjects to learn, you can make some pretty impressive efforts with just a little study. Trying your own hand first will also make you a better judge of your SEO consultant’s performance if you hire one.

There are ways to get search engine optimization content onto your site even if you have no clue how it works. There are people out there that can be paid to ensure that your site is in SEO format. These people can range in price, but are worth it as they can help to build your site to generate money.

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Using strong keywords can be beneficial when it comes to search engine optimization. Using keywords most relevant to your business or product will drive it to the top of different search engines, and help drive people to your site. Using too many keywords may flag you as a spammer so keep it to a few strong relevant keywords.

While content is key to any successful search engine optimization, it’s important to remember that ultimately you are writing for other people, not the search engines. High-quality, readable and informative content is going to ultimately win you more visitors than text packed with keywords. Quality wins out over quantity in the end.

A great way to increase search engine optimization is to use your keywords or keyword phrases in any images you have on your page. Many people are directed to pages via image searches on different search engines. Make sure that all images on your page have popular keywords that will direct traffic to your page.

Search engine optimization, also known as SEO, might sound confusing but with a little practice it can become something that is more than easy! SEO involves writing articles with keywords in the proper place and with the right amount of keyword density. Search engine optimization can be accelerated with backlinks, tags and even social networking. You have to pay more attention to how your articles and content are being written!

Search engine optimization is important for online success. It helps you rank highly on search engines and if anybody it going to buy your product, click your ads or even give you a donation they absolutely have to be able to find your website in the first place. Most people do go beyond the first search results page and rarely beyond the second page. Do yourself a favor and make your webpage more available to potential readers with SEO.

This article has made it clear to you that there are many ways to skin a cat when it comes to SEO. You may not need to apply all these tips in order to increase your ranking, or you may have to apply even more. It all depends on your site’s market and other factors. You should just focus on using these tips for the time being if you want a solid start.

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03 2015

Getting The Most From Search Engine Optimization Tips

Search engine optimization techniques are vital to help your site rise above the hundreds of others you’ll be competing against. People use search engines to find products, new companies, and information. Using the helpful tips contained in this article, you can quickly boost the amount of traffic reaching your website.

Advertising is sometimes a good choice, but do not count on it to improve your SEO. Advertising can bring you extra traffic, but it has nothing to do with your rankings.

Instead of writing AP styles for SEO, try writing SEO. This means that keywords should be repeated as often as you can without making the flow of the writing stilted. As search engine rankings are built off the presence of keywords, your content will shine if you pay close attention to the words you use.

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You want to make sure that your keyword is included in your domain name. Make sure your website is easily found when people search for it. Not everyone will come to your site through links or ads; you need to be prepared for users coming in through searches for your product.

Keep in mind that spiders cannot identify obscure URL names, so be mindful of this when you create new pages. Put relevant keywords and meaningful names in your URLs to help the spiders.

There are a few things that you can do to optimize your search engine results. These tags are perfect for giving a “snapshot” of your site, through descriptions, on the search results page. You should use this tool wisely, and make sure the meta tag information is succinct and informative. Doing so will increase your website’s traffic and raise your rank on search engines.

You can boost the amount of search engine results to your website if you use social marketing basics to take advantage of the available free social networking sites. Most of them are free to use, such as Twitter, Facebook or even the online review sites. There are a large number of social networking sites out there, and some of them are geared toward certain topics. Join the sites that relate to your business and use them to promote your products and services.

It is important to produce and add new content frequently. Commit yourself to publishing a certain number of stories each week. Websites that show the ability to generate an ever changing supply of unique content receive higher marks from search engines than sites with static material. If you want your website to have a high page rank, you must have a constant flow of new content.

Don’t duplicate any content on your sites if you want to keep out of a search engine’s spam filter. Sometimes you might even be posting duplicate content and not even know that you are. Repeating the exact same product description across multiple pages might just be a time-saver for you, but search engines cannot tell the difference between time-saving and spamming.

An HTML title will yield better SEO results, if you use keywords and phrases in them. The title tags have more weight than any other words that appear on the page. Your site will attract more visitors if you chose strong keywords.

Duplicate the first sentences of your content as a meta description tag. Some search engines will use this text, rather than your actual tag, as your website’s description in the search results. Bad content here can be very problematic.

Successfully optimizing your site for search engines may seem intimidating, but as this article has shown you, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Knowing the few basic principles that determine how the search engines work, can help you tweak your site to attract more visitors than ever. Before you know it, you’ll have a slew of new customers.

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03 2015

The Tie-up Between Plastic Surgery and great Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is one thing that both women and men have considerations with. It additionally affects individuals of many ethnic, societal, and fiscal backgrounds regardless of Rhinoplasty toronto cost. One person could have been verbally and bodily abused once they were younger and folks would possibly not assume smartly of themselves because of a physical sickness that reasons a visible deformity. Individuals react to low vanity in many ways. A few get mad so much, others devour an excessive amount of, and others do not eat enough. Those aren’t the most productive ways to carry vainness and in up to date years, extra people are the usage of the plastic surgery as a technique of constructing their vanity better.

It may be a wonder to you that extra males are getting plastic surgery to raise their self-esteem and the way in which they are viewed at the job. This can be a shock to some people, because society as a norm, consider that females get plastic surgery way more than men do. Contemporary analysis states that forty % do not like the form of their noses and use the Best toronto plastic surgeons . Because of this rhinoplasty, or the process of the nose being reshaped, is the kind of cosmetic surgery that a large number of males make a selection. Different men get alterations to their upper and decrease eyelids in addition to their chins and neck traces. African-Americans also get a lot of plastic surgery.

In a up to date article in the mag Ebony, African-American people are getting cosmetic surgery in document numbers. Historically, African Americans appeared down on plastic surgery as a result of they felt it supposed that they didn’t like the way they appear and they sought after to appear more European. This is no longer the way it’s, and African-Americans shouldn’t have a problem with the usage of cosmetic surgery to give a boost to how they feel about themselves. Additionally, there are extra African-American plastic surgeons that can help individuals of color get plastic surgery. The most typical types of plastic surgery that African American citizens use are rhinoplasty and breast discounts. It is very important research plastic surgeons prior to them working on you.

At the same time as you might be on the lookout for a plastic medical professional, be sure that they are certified and certified because you wish to have an skilled skilled to perform on you. You should even have your physician do a physical on you to just remember to are smartly enough to have cosmetic surgery. You additionally want to take into accounts what you plan to achieve from the surgery and what parts of your frame are inflicting your issues with low self-esteem. Plastic surgery is just the start of your street to getting a wholesome self-esteem.

Cosmetic surgery is step one in making your vainness better. There are other things that you’ll be able to do to totally enhance your vanity all the method. Getting remedy out of your minister or a psychotherapist is a good idea as a result of they are going to will let you find the reason for your low vainness and come up with concepts so as to closing a lifetime or a long time upon getting plastic surgery. Also, attempt to restoration relationships which can be having problems and don’t devour while you get wired. Instead, opt for a stroll or do different different types of exercise. There are advantages to plastic surgery additionally.

Cosmetic surgery is a good way to lift your vainness however it can also make your physical well being better. As an example, if your breasts are too large, your again will ceaselessly harm, and you are going to have issues discovering a bra that fits you properly. When you get surgical operation to cut back effective lines or bags under your eyes, your skin will glance cleanser and more youthful. Identical to any surgery, you’ll want to talk about it together with your doctor earlier than you have got it done to ensure that you know in regards to the surgical treatment will help and what dangers come with it, and think on it before you choose whether to have the surgery or no longer. Whether or not or not you select to have cosmetic surgery, be sure you to find ways to lift your vanity as a result of that is very important.

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02 2015