Povestea celui mai cunoscut portret al lui MIHAI EMINESCU

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Jan Tomas, cehul care a realizat cel mai mediatizat portret al lui Eminescu.

Dintre cele patru fotografii-portret certificate ca fiind ale lui Eminescu, una singura a facut „cariera”.

Ea a ajuns sa se identifice cu efigia poetului national, cu intreaga sa poezie, cu poezia romantica in general si poate chiar cu intregul romantism european.

Daca am face o statistica riguroasa a tuturor multiplicarilor acestei imagini (tinand cont de toate caietele si manualele scolare, de editiile populare ale poeziilor, de editiile critice si de lux, de afise, pliante, plicuri, timbre filatelice si postale, bancnote, monede, medalii etc.) am ajunge la peste un miliard de exemplare.

Eminescu este, fara indoiala, mai mult decat un brand. Este un simbol, oricat ar incerca unii sa-l profaneze.

Fotografia blazon din 1869 s-a impus de la sine, prin eliminarea naturala a tuturor celorlalte.


Cele patru portrete care alcatuiesc „careul de asi” al imagologiei Eminescu…

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Four Key Charts for a Climate Change Skeptic

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De la codoi ni se trage

Watts Up With That?

Skeptics often get asked to show why they thinks climate change isn’t a crisis, and why we should not be alarmed about it. These four graphs from Michael David White are handy to use for such a purpose.

By Michael David White

10,000 Years of Climate Change.jpgClimate Models Fail to Predict Warming Trends.jpg140 Years of Climate Change on Two Scales.jpgThe Banality of Climate Change.jpg

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Cugir, amintiri din viitor

A trecut cam multa vreme de când nu am mai scris cațe ceva la rubrica mea draga ” HALL OF FAME”. Bineînțeles ca este vorba de galeria oamenilor de seama din CUGIR.Nu mai explic acum ce înseamnă pentru mine „oameni de seama „. Reamintesc doar ca apreciez foarte mult pe cei care au făcut ceva pentru acest micuț și frumos oraș sau care măcar pentru faptul ca au spus acolo peste mari și tari ,unde au ajuns faimoși , au menționat doar  ca s-au născut la CUGIR.
De ce vreau sa scriu despre profesorul de matematica VIRGIL  OLARU? Pai va răspund imediat! Prin  anii 80′ când  dragostea m-a adus pe mine pe aceste meleaguri , mi-a fost dat sa citesc în ziarul SCÂNTEIA , la rubrica „FAPTUL DIVERS ” care alături de o mica rubrica de sport și pagina externa era cam tot ceea ce se putea citi din acel ziar o știre incredibila. Se spunea la acea rubrica din  cel mai citit ziar din ROMANIA ca o clasa întreagă de la un liceu din CUGIR , clasa al cărei mentor era un profesor de matematica care era de loc de prin munții APUSENI , a intrat la facultate…

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Ciumăfaie – Wikipedia

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Ciumăfaie – Wikipedia.

Planta este adusă în Europa ca să servească la prepararea alifiilor pentru vrăjitoare. Datura mai era folosită în Europa ca afrodiziac, iar în China și Peru se punea în bere. În prezent se folosește datorită florilor frumoase ca plantă de ornament, find frecvent confundată cu Brugmansia. Toate părțile plantei in special semințele maronii-negre sunt toxice.

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File:Illustration Silybum marianum0.jpg – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Its potent extract is used in medicine under the name silymarin (a flavonolignane complex consisting of silibinin A and B/silybin/silymarin I, isosilibinin A and B, silicristin/silymarin II, silidianin). Silibinin is used against poisoning by amanitas, such as the Death Cap (Amanita phalloides)[3] as well as in cerebral edema and acute hepatitis therapy.

Mary thistle has been grown as a medicinal plant in monastery gardens since ancient times. The seed is the part of the plant used medicinally.

Cultivated fields for the production of raw-material for the pharmaceutical industry exists on a larger scale in Austria (Region Waldviertel), Germany, Hungary, Poland, China and Argentina. In Europe it is sown yearly in March-April. The harvest in 2 steps (cutting and threshing) takes place in August, about 2–3 weeks after the flowering.

No More Industrial Revolutions?

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By Valentin Chirosca

Market state have not new narkets ! the result: 

The American economy is running on empty. That’s the hypothesis put forward by Robert J. Gordon, an economist at Northwestern University. Let’s assume for a moment that he’s right. The political consequences would be enormous.

In his widely discussed National Bureau of Economic Research paper, “Is U.S. Economic Growth Over?” Gordon predicts a dark future of “epochal decline in growth from the U.S. record of the last 150 years.” The greatest innovations, Gordon argues, are behind us, with little prospect for transformative change along the lines of the three previous industrial revolutions:

IR #1 (steam, railroads) from 1750 to 1830; IR #2 (electricity, internal combustion engine, running water, indoor toilets, communications, entertainment, chemicals, petroleum) from 1870 to 1900; and IR #3 (computers, the web, mobile phones) from 1960 to present.
Gordon argues that each of these revolutions was followed by a period of economic expansion, particularly industrial revolution number two, which saw “80 years of relatively rapid productivity growth between 1890 and 1972.” According to Gordon, once “the spin-off inventions from IR #2 (airplanes, air conditioning, interstate highways) had run their course, productivity growth during 1972-96 was much slower than before.” Industrial revolution number 3, he writes
created only a short-lived growth revival between 1996 and 2004. Many of the original and spin-off inventions of IR #2 could happen only once – urbanization, transportation speed, the freedom of females from the drudgery of carrying tons of water per year, and the role of central heating and air conditioning in achieving a year-round constant temperature.
Over most of human history, in Gordon’s view, the world had minimal economic growth, if it had any at all — and “there is no guarantee that growth will continue indefinitely.” Gordon’s paper suggests instead that “the rapid progress made over the past 250 years could well turn out to be a unique episode in human history.”



Economics in Denial — Social Europe Journal

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English: Overview on the CAPRI economic model.

English: Overview on the CAPRI economic model. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Valentin Chirosca

Something get strange. Computing power is working according with…garbage in garbage out !

“as a policymaker during the crisis, I found the available [economic and financial] models of limited help. In fact, I would go further: in the face of the crisis, we felt abandoned by conventional tools.”

via Economics in Denial — Social Europe Journal.

What went wrong ? Models as above are math models.
„During America‘s industrial age, mathematics and science instruction was designed to meet the demands of citizens whose work lives changed relatively little over their lifetimes. In the 21st century, the situation has changed dramatically. Our society has become technologically and information-driven, and our students need to know more than the basics in mathematics and science to cope with accelerating changes.”

This means for us changing strategy. From basic „wait and see” strategy to „think and act”

Business terminology is: „An abstraction of reality, generally referring in investments to a mathematical formula designed to determine security values. Economists also use models to project trends in economic variables such as interest rates, economic activity, and inflation rates”.

via: model business definition

A well-constructed economic model has an aesthetic appeal well-captured by the following lines from Wordsworth:
‘‘Mighty is the charm
Of these abstractions to a mind beset
With images, and haunted by herself
And specially delightful unto me
Was that clear synthesis built up aloft
So gracefully.’’
No one complains about poetry, music, number theory, or astronomy as being ‘‘useless,’’ but one often hears complaints about economic theory as being overly esoteric.

Keynes was only half joking when he said that economists should be more like dentists. Dentists claims that they can make peoples’ lives better; so do economists. The methodological premise of dentistry and economics is similar: we value what is useful. None of the ‘‘policy subjects’’– engineering, medicine, or dentistry–is much concerned about methodology, and economists, by and large,
aren’t either.

“But there is also a strong belief, which I share, that bad or, rather, over-simplistic and overconfident economics helped create the crisis. There was a dominant conventional wisdom that markets were always rational and self-equilibrating, that market completion by itself could ensure economic efficiency and stability, and that financial innovation and increased trading activity were therefore axiomatically beneficial.”

Adair Turner, Head of the U.K. Financial Services Authority (2010)

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