Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 22, 2020)
Word of the Day

reconnoiter

Definition:(verb) To make a preliminary inspection of, especially in order to gather military information.
Synonyms:scout
Usage: I resolved to go out for a few minutes to reconnoiter, and make myself acquainted with any facilities for flight or hiding which the situation of the house might present.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Comparative Adverbs

Comparative adverbs, like comparative adjectives, are used to describe differences and similarities between two things. Comparative adverbs and comparative adjectives sometimes have the same form. However, even when the forms are the same, how can we tell the difference between the two? More...
Article of the Day

Keystroke Logging

A keystroke logger is a program or device that captures every key struck on a keyboard, thereby creating a record of what has been typed. Software-based keystroke loggers can be installed clandestinely, via a computer virus or Trojan horse, allowing hackers to steal passwords and other confidential information. Some employers use keystroke loggers to track the computer use of employees, while governments use them to spy on suspected criminals. What countermeasures can defeat keystroke loggers? More...
This Day in History

Edvard Munch's The Scream is Stolen at Gunpoint (2004)

Edvard Munch completed four versions of his most famous work, The Scream, an expressionist depiction of modern humanity's spiritual anguish. In 1994, the version belonging to Norway's National Gallery was stolen, but it was soon recovered in a sting operation. A decade later, thieves stole the version belonging to the Munch Museum. Despite rumors that the painting had been burned, the Oslo government offered a hefty reward for information leading to its recovery. What was its fate? More...
Today's Birthday

Denis Papin (1647)

Unappreciated in his time, Papin was a French physicist and inventor who significantly advanced the development of steam power. In 1679, he invented a steam digester that was the forerunner of the pressure cooker, in the process demonstrating the influence of atmospheric pressure on boiling points. His observations of his digester then led him to design a steam-driven piston that became the basis for early steam engines. Despite his innovations, he died in relative obscurity. Where is he buried? More...
Quotation of the Day
The power to guess the unseen from the seen, to trace the implications of things, to judge the whole piece by the pattern, the condition of feeling life in general so completely that you are well on your way to knowing any particular corner of it—this cluster of gifts may almost be said to constitute experience.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

arm's length

A distance intentionally kept from something or between something, equal (literally or figuratively) to an arm's span. Typically used in the phrase "keep at an arm's length." More...
Today's Holiday

Bayreuth Festival (2022)

This internationally famous, month-long festival in Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany, celebrates the music of Richard Wagner. Performances are in the Festspielhaus (Festival Theater) designed by Wagner himself specifically for the presentation of his works. The festival was launched with the first complete performance of the four-opera Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), triumphantly presented in the new Festspielhaus (Festival Theater) on Aug. 13, 14, 16, and 17, 1876. Except for wartime interruptions, the festival has been staged every year since then. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: useful

alpha version, preview version, beta version - Alpha version describes a development status that usually means the first complete version of a program or application, which is most likely unstable, but is useful to show what the product will do to, usually, a selected group—and is also called preview version; the beta version is usually the last version before wide release, often tested by users under real-world conditions. More...

index fossil - One useful for dating and demonstrating the relation between strata in which it is found. More...

putti - Cupids that make themselves useful, as in old paintings; the singular is putto. More...

decorative arts - Any of the arts that create entities that are both useful and beautiful. More...

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