Word of the day: quixotic
Definition: adj. extravagantly and romantically chivalrous; regardless of material interests in comparison with honour or devotion.
Synonyms: romantic, wild-eyed
Etymology: Don Quixote, hero of Cervantes’ romance f. Sp. quixote thigh armour (more…)
from Oxford: quixotic
1 extravagantly and romantically chivalrous; regardless of material interests in comparison with honour or devotion.
2 visionary; pursuing lofty but unattainable ideals.
Derivatives: quixotically adv. quixotism n. quixotry n.
Etymology: Don Quixote, hero of Cervantes’ romance f. Sp. quixote thigh armour
from Wordnet: quixotic
adj : not sensible about practical matters; unrealistic; “as quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood”; “a romantic disregard for money”; “a wild-eyed dream of a world state” [syn: romantic, wild-eyed]
from Wikipedia: quixotic; Quixotic may refer to: Quixotism, deriving from the novel Don Quixote Quixotic , an album by Martina Topley-Bird Quix*o*tic, a Washington D.C.–based rock band DJ Quixotic, a Los Angeles–based record producer
Quote of the day: All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible. by William Faulkner
Birthday of the day: Pedro González de Mendoza; Pedro González de Mendoza (May 3, 1428 – January 11, 1495) was a Spanish cardinal and statesman.
Joke of the day: A young and foolish pilot wanted to sound cool on the aviation frequencies. So, this was his first time approaching a field during the nighttime. Instead of making any official requests to the tower, he said: ‘Guess who?’ The controller switched the field lights off and replied: ‘Guess where?’
Thought of the day: Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
Fact of the day: 752 – Mayan king Bird Jaguar IV of Yaxchilan in modern-day Chiapas, Mexico assumes the throne.
Biography of the day: Vannevar Bush; Vannevar Bush (March 11, 1890 – June 30, 1974) was an American engineer and science administrator, known for his work on analog computing, his political role in the development of the atomic bomb, and the idea of the memex?seen as a pioneering concept for the World Wide Web. A leading figure in the development of the military-industrial complex and the military funding of science in the United States, Bush was a prominent policymaker and public intellectual (‘the patron saint of American science’) during World War II and the ensuing Cold War. Through his public career, Bush was a proponent of democratic technocracy and of the centrality of technological innovation and entrepreneurship for both economic and geopolitical security. In the 1930s, he introduced the concept of the memex, a microfilm-based ‘device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility.’
Article of the day: Javan slow loris; The Javan slow loris (Nycticebus javanicus) is a primate species native to western and central Java in Indonesia, most closely related to the Sunda and Bengal slow lorises. The species has two forms distinguishable by hair length and coloration, both with a prominent white diamond pattern on the forehead. It weighs between and has a head-body length of about. Like all lorises it is arboreal, and moves slowly across vines and lianas instead of jumping from tree to tree. It is usually found in primary and secondary forests, and sometimes in bamboo and mangrove forests or chocolate plantations. Its diet typically consists of fruit, tree gum, lizards and eggs. It is usually seen alone or in pairs, and sleeps on exposed branches, sometimes in groups. Its population is in sharp decline through habitat loss and poaching, for the exotic pet trade and sometimes for traditional medicine. Listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as critically endangered, it is protected by Indonesian law, but the wildlife protection laws are rarely enforced at the local level.
Did you know: a) that Stanton windmill (pictured) has a wooden windshaft? b) that some historians consider a 1619 strike by Polish craftsmen in the Jamestown Settlement to be the first strike in North American history? c) that John Turner was the first person to be ordered deported from the United States for violation of the 1903 Anarchist Exclusion Act? d) that in 1612 Jewish teacher Jacob Barnet was arrested and imprisoned by officials of the University of Oxford for changing his mind about being baptized?