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Archive for July, 2015


Thank you

Thank you

Dear friends

Thank you for all your wishes sent via text, email, facebook. I am eternally grateful for my life, the people in it, my beloved family, the luck i have and the person i became. The wisdom to chose between right and wrong and the ability to chose the right direction and to be honest and straight. The love i am able to give and thankful to all the love i receive every day. The ability to smile when i should cry and to know when people need a hand.
PS even receiving all today my birthday is tomorrow
Lots of love

Salzburg festival And standing ovations for Placido Domingo

Salzburg festival And standing ovations for Placido Domingo






dagmar toscatosca


summer starts funny



Gardenwork cools down

It is baking in Prague, and i am proud of my organic veggies, still need to learn, but they are delicious










and here is what I think











lots of love





DO NOT GET MARRIED Unless You Ask Your Partner These 15 Questions. Or Else You’ll Wish You Had.

Josh Murdoch LivingDO NOT GET MARRIED Unless You Ask Your Partner These 15 Questions. Or Else You’ll Wish You Had.

We often hear friends wondering where they’re making the right move in marrying their significant other. The NYTimes surveyed what critical questions partners should be asking

each other before taking the final leap, and this list of 15 questions is what relationship experts came back with.

1) Have we discussed whether or not to have children, and if the answer is yes, who is going to be the primary care giver?

2) Do we have a clear idea of each other’s financial obligations and goals, and do our ideas about spending and saving mesh?

3) Have we discussed our expectations for how the household will be maintained, and are we in agreement on who will manage the chores?

4) Have we fully disclosed our health histories, both physical and mental?

5) Is my partner affectionate to the degree that I expect?

6) Can we comfortably and openly discuss our sexual needs, preferences and fears?

7) Will there be a television in the bedroom?

8) Do we truly listen to each other and fairly consider one another’s ideas and complaints?

9) Have we reached a clear understanding of each other’s spiritual beliefs and needs, and have we discussed when and how our children will be exposed to religious/moral education?

10) Do we like and respect each other’s friends?

11) Do we value and respect each other’s parents, and is either of us concerned about whether the parents will interfere with the relationship?

12) What does my family do that annoys you?

13) Are there some things that you and I are NOT prepared to give up in the marriage?

14) If one of us were to be offered a career opportunity in a location far from the other’s family, are we prepared to move?

15) Does each of us feel fully confident in the other’s commitment to the marriage and believe that the bond can survive whatever challenges we may face?

Those that fail to ask each other the above questions may one day find themselves at the center of an explosive dispute — with much graver consequences than if had you fully shared your perspectives on these topics beforehand.

So, if you and your partner are looking to get married, make sure to ask each other this list of questions first, and hopefully you’ll be able to lay all your cards on the table and clarify any uncertainties between the two of you

. If you are able to negotiate and reach a compromise on the above, you’ll be in a great place with your partner.

If these important questions prove helpful to you, share them with your friends, too.

H/T New York Times

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    Anxiety can be Inherited from your Parents

    photo credit: Wild monkey (rhesus macaque) with baby sits on the slope in Kam Shan

    Country Park, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Yevgen Sundikov/Shutterstock.

    Does the thought of being late to a meeting make your pulse race? Does setting foot in a crowded shopping center make your palms clammy? Do you start to sweat if you think you left your phone at home? If you find yourself experiencing stress in these sorts of situations, then it might be inherited genes that are to blame.

    A team of researchers, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has already shown that an anxious temperament is a trait that can be inherited. Now they’ve continued their research to map regions of the brain that express anxiety in rhesus monkeys and see if they show signs of inherited anxiety. The research on rhesus monkeys is an important, translatable tool in understanding what causes depression and anxiety in human children, and if left untreated can lead to other mental illnesses later in life. Dr. Ned Kalin, the senior author of the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explained to IFLScience that “What we’ve done, basically, is establish a way to model the early risk that children have in rhesus monkeys.”

    During the study they found that a strong and overactive connection between three areas of the brain could be linked to inherited anxious behavior. The identified regions of the brain responsible for a stressed-out state were the prefrontal cortex (near the forehead), the limbic system and the midbrain (both in the center of the brain). This conclusion came from a study of nearly 600 rhesus monkeys.

    In order to create this brain-map that correlates to anxiety, the team gave the monkeys a marker that built up in regions of the brain that received the highest blood flow. The monkey was then exposed to a situation that a human child would find mildly stressful. Dr Karin described the experiment. “We exposed them to a stranger for 30 minutes and during the time the material that we give them gets taken up into their brain. It gets locked into brain regions that are more active during that experience of being exposed to someone that might be anxiety-provoking.”

    Then the monkeys received a positron emission tomography (PET) scan so that the team could measure where the tracer was taken up in the brain and in what quantity. These results were then compared to how the monkey physically reacted while being exposed to the stranger: whether they were very anxious, not at all anxious or somewhere in the middle. This effectively created a map that identified regions in the brain associated with anxiety.

    The next step was to determine which components of anxiety the monkeys inherited from their parents and which were environmental anxiety. The team looked at the individual level of anxiety that each monkey had and then examined how this correlated to the anxiety expressed in their relatives. The brain regions thought to be inherited expressed the exact same patterns of anxiety markers in the brain. Dr Kalin concluded, “What we found was that roughly 30% of your likelihood of developing anxiety in inherited.”

    This is a significant result. “Roughly a third of the risk is related to what is passed down from your parents and grandparents to you. We’ve always known that these complex disorders have multiple underpinnings, including genetic, as well as environmental experience.”


    Happy birthday, Nikola

    10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla

    July 10, 2015 | by Morenike Adebayo

    Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla!

    Born on July 10, 1856, in Smiljan (now Croatia), Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, engineer and physicist. Tesla is most famously known for his contributions to thedesign of the modern alternating current electricity system.

    Though he died poor in 1943, his reputation and inventions have caused a recent popular culture resurgence, where he’s now being depicted in movies, graphic novels, music and video games.

    In 1960, the General Conference on Weights and Measures introduced the term “tesla” to the International System of Units for the SI unit measure for magnetic field strength.

    Here are 10 unusual facts about Nikola that you may not have known:

    1. Tesla was an environmentalist

    The inventor was concerned about people quickly consuming the Earth’s resources and was an advocate of renewable fuel. He researched methods of using natural energy from the ground and the sky to minimize the human impact of fossil fuel consumption. In fact, Tesla created artificial lightning in his own lab.

    2. Tesla was born during a lightning storm

    Quite fortuitously, Tesla was born during a particularly violent lightning storm. Reading this as a bad omen, the midwife asserted that this meant Tesla would be a “child of darkness.” Tesla’s mom, probably affronted by this woman’s assertion, immediately replied: “No. He will be a child of light.” Go, Tesla’s mom!

    3. Tesla was a humanist

    As a humanist, Tesla believed in improving the quality of human life but not for financial gains. And this is why, despite his many inventions and contributions to society, he died poor.

    4. Tesla thought of wireless internet… in 1901

    Tesla had an excellent imagination but didn’t put all of his ideas into practice. While developing transatlantic radio, he envisioned a system of collecting information, encoding it and broadcasting that information to a hand-held device – what we now have as mobile Internet on our phones. Tesla also imagined, but never created, the technology for radio astronomy, a particle beam “death ray,” radar and X-rays.

    5. Tesla had a strong capacity for memory

    Tesla’s memory was eidetic, which means he could recall entire books and images in great detail. He allegedly used his potent imagination to temper the vivid nightmares he had as a child.

    6. The U.S. Government has classified Tesla’s stuff

    When Tesla died, the Office of Alien Property seized all of his possessions. It eventually released most of his possessions to his family, and a few items were donated to the Tesla Museum in Belgrade. Curiously, Tesla died in 1943, yet some of his personal documents still remain classified to this day by the U.S. Government.

    7. Tesla may have had obsessive compulsive behavior and insomnia

    Tesla claimed that he needed only two hours of sleep a night. But it’s unclear whether this was because he wanted to or because he actually couldn’t sleep any more than that.

    Tesla was also obsessed with the number 3, and used 18 napkins (a number divisible by 3) to clean his dining room before eating his evening meals. He detested round objects, jewelry, and touching hair.

    8. Edison and Tesla were not arch-nemeses

    It would be delightful to imagine Edison and Tesla as bitter enemies, constantly one-upping each other with their latest inventions. However, in actual fact, they collaborated in designing direct current generators before Tesla quit to pursue his dream of the alternate current induction motor. Perhaps, a more accurate description of their relationship is as ‘business rivals.’

    9. Tesla helped relieve renowned author Mark Twain of some… issues…

    On his quest to create more efficient electricity, Tesla believed he had created an earthquake machine, which shook his building and his neighborhood in Manhattan whenever he conducted his experiments. He later found out that he had actually created a high frequency oscillator, where a piston beneath a platform built into his lab fluctuated quickly with movement.

    Friends with the digestive-challenged Twain through their gentlemen’s club, Tesla invited him to stand on the platform while the oscillator was switched on. After 90 seconds, Twain quickly dashed off to void his bowels.

    10. You can get free Wi-Fi from Tesla

    An Indiegogo campaign was launched by web comic creator Matthew Inman to raise funds for The Tesla Science Center. Raising $1.37 million, which was matched by a grant from New York State, the Tesla Science Center was purchased in May 2013.

    Possibly building on the astonishing results of this campaign, a separate crowdsourcing campaign was launched to create a seven-foot-tall statue of Tesla in Palo Alto, California, in May 2013. Raising $127,000 from 722 backers, the statue was erected in December 2013 with a time capsule and a Wi-Fi hotspot free for anyone to use.

    [H/T: PBS]