Wednesday, August 20, 2014

a musical cul-de-sac (final)


A step away from rock 'n roll for this twelfth and final offering in this series. This is perhaps the widest range of interpretations from an all time classic - Somewhere Over the Rainbow from the Wizard of Oz.

First, Pink, who's voice I really like and she doesn't cut off the lead-in stanzas.

A moving tribute to the late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and his version. Careful this one can really become an earworm.

Yes, an acoustic rendition from Jimi Hendrix

A solo vocal and guitar offering from Eric Clapton

For a old, old friend this presentation from Barbra Streisand, one of the truly great voices of our time.

Speaking of great voices - Ray Charles

And Judy Garland from the Wizard of Oz (1939).

-painting by Scott Gustafson

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A little test for all of us


A few months ago there was a graphic circulating around the web titled - The World As 100 People. Basically it divided the world's population into percentages. For instance - gender. If there were only 100 people on the planet, 50 would be male and 50 would be female. That surprised me just a little but I realized I was thinking first world, where women outnumber men. The rest of the earth's population balances the gender split out.

I jotted down several of the others categories that really surprised me. Let's see how you do. Answers way down below.



A. If the world had only 100 people how many would be over 65 years of age? Hint: don't get caught in the same logic trap I did. The question might be better stated as: What percent of the current world's population is over 65?

B. What if we divide the population into Europeans, Africans, Asians and people from the Americas. Which is the largest grouping and just how big is that group? All answers are between 1 and 100.

C. Chinese, Spanish, English, Arabic, Hindi, Bengali, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese are the 9 most spoken languages on the planet. What percent of the world speaks languages other than these nine?

D. Here's one that really threw me. How many can read and write and conversely how many cannot?

E. What percent of the world have access to the Internet?



A. Only 8% of the world's population is over 65 years of age.

B. Asians account for 60 out of every 100 bodies on the planet. 15 Africans, 14 from the Americas and 11 Europeans.

C. A whopping 62% of people speak languages other than the top 9.

D. 83 out of every 100 persons can read and write. I thought the literacy rate was so much lower.

E. 30% can access the internet, 70% cannot.

Here's the graphic you might have seen used to illustrate the original story.

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