On The Town

Authors, Eugene Toth, Miscellaneous, Society

by Eugene Toth, August 16, 2015

The Broadway play “On the Town” tells the story of three Navy sailors who found the loves of their lives in New York while they had 24 hours to explore the city.   Playful Chip wanted to see the sights.  Innocent Gabey wanted to enjoy a day.  Amorous Ozzie wanted to find a love in one night.

Their adventure started in the subway.  The three sailors saw a poster of the “Miss Turnstile” contest winner, the most beautiful woman who took the subway.  The moment he saw her picture, Gabey loved Ivy.  He searched for her in the places which the description under  the poster said she loved to go to.  Gabey found Ivy in Carnagie Hall.  There she practiced singing with her insane Russian singing tutor.  Ivy agreed to a date with Gabey.

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In the middle of the city, Chip found Hildy, a plump taxi driver, trying to find a man.  Hildy immediately fell in love with Chip.  She took him to her apartment.

Ozzie found Claire de Lune, an anthropologist engaged to an indulgent fiancé.  Claire de Lune took Ozzie to her apartment, where she and her finance celebrated  before they announced their engagement at Diamond Eddie’s, an erotic club.  Whenever Claire’s husband caught Claire kissing and embracing Ozzie, Claire’s fiancé would sing “I understand.”

Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 12.19.13 PMThe three sailors caroused in bars and clubs.  They loved their women.   Finally, in the morning, all bid each other goodbye.

 

“On the Town” portrays New York’s amazing diversity—a hedonist, Claire de Lune, an innocent classical artist, Ivy, the love-driven woman, Hildy.

The sounds of New York excite and stimulate us.  At Coney Island, we hear a circus theme.  The music conveys a circus of love and fun.

“On the Town” tells some jokes.  When the couples are riding the subway to Coney Island, Hildy, the taxi driver woman observed there were only 192 more stops until Coney Island.

Periodically, two women pass by, talking about one of the woman’s bosses. Each time they are more drunk than before.  With ridiculous Brooklyn accents, they gossip.

Woman 1:          So what did you say?

Woman 2:          So I said, I may be your secretary Mr. Gadolfin, but I can’t go that far.

Woman 1:          So what did he say?

Woman 2:          So I said, I cannot do that to Mrs. Gadolfin and all those other little Gadolfins.  So I just handed in my resignation and left the office. 

Woman 2:          Now lets get a beer and we can talk about things!

For enduring reasons, Broadway producers for decades have revived “On the Town.”  Two and a half hours of comedy highlight New York’s hilarity.  Three gamboling sailors show us New York’s fun and humor.

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Giselle at the 75th Anniversary of ABT

Authors, Eugene Toth, Miscellaneous, Society

by Eugene Toth

Hiding his cape, hunting horn, and sword of a lord, Count Albrecht persuaded Giselle, a country girl, to love him.  Bursting on the scene, the hunter Hilarion showed Giselle the engraved sword of Albrecht.  Learning that Albrecht lied to her, Giselle lost her mind.  She died of a broken heart.

The Wilis

Wilis are ghosts of women who died of unrequited love.  Myrta, the queen of the wilis summoned them to initiate Giselle into their sisterhood.  Beside Giselle’s grave, eighteen wilis danced Hilarion, the hunter who loved Giselle and buried her, to death .

Below:Giselle protects Count Albrecht from the wilis.

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Myrta, queen of the wilis, condemned Count Albrecht to dance to death.  As a wili, Giselle protected Albrecht. She danced with him until four o’clock when wilis lose their power.  In a memorable scene, Russian dancer Vladimir Shklyarov, as Albrecht, vaulted into the air an amazing 36 times.

Love, death, and dancing

Dancing to the limits of endurance sets Giselle apart from other ballets. The essence of Giselle, extreme dancing, gives to this ballet authenticity.  Giselle is not a performance.  In Giselle, we see something realistic, dancing to the limits.

As a tale of dancing to death with the wilis, Giselle’s libretto by Theophile Gautier adds to the ballet’s success.  According to the playbill, Giselle is the oldest continually performed ballet. On May 23, 2015, the 75th Anniversary of the founding of American Ballet Theatre, the crowd glittered with stars.  Giselle suits the tastes of ballet’s professionals.  On her last dance as a principal dancer for ABT, Paloma Herrera on May 27, 2015 will dance Giselle.

To dance Giselle explores the limits of dancing.  By its single minded focus on ultimate dancing, Giselle has won success.  ABT’s performance proved Giselle’s power as one of the greatest ballets of all time.

The Achievements of the Han Dynasty

Authors, Blog, Drew Morris, Miscellaneous, Science and Technology, Society, Uncategorized

The Han dynasty lasted from 206 BC-220 AD and had many amazing achievements that changed the world for all and benefits our society in many ways. The Han dynasty had many achievements in science, and one of them was the seismograph. The Seismograph was an impressive instrument because it detected earthquakes from hundreds of miles away. Another scientific achievement was that they learned how to predict when the sun was going to have an eclipse. This discovery helped people because they were always ready when an eclipse came.  In medicine, doctors found new kinds of medications. This helped doctors treat more diseases and patients who were ill. Han craft workers also made an amazing invention when they learned how to create paper. They created paper by pounding the bark of Mulberry trees.  The invention of paper had a huge effect on the way people lived. Paper made it easier to record what was happening. With paper, students invented the first Chinese dictionary. Another idea that came up under the rule of emperor Wudi was Grand School. Grand School were schools that were created to help students get jobs in the local government. Grand School was the empire’s best school. They were set up in every province or state in the empire. Without Grand School and the Confucian emphasis on education, their society might not have had innovators to create these inventions. Overall, thanks to the Han dynasty’s hard work and achievements, society obtained tools and scientific advancements that benefit us to this day.

Fibonacci Sequence

Authors, Eugene Toth, Math, Miscellaneous, Science and Technology, Uncategorized

Fibonacci Numbers

by Eugene Toth

Fibonacci numbers are an amazing sequence of numbers which appear all throughout human history and throughout nature.  One may see fibonacci numbers in the great pyramid or a nautilus’ shell.  This amazing sequence of numbers have a simple pattern but a stunningly complex role in the world around us.

Pascal’s Triangle

Authors, Eugene Toth, Math, Miscellaneous, Science and Technology, Uncategorized

Pascal’s Triangle

by Eugene Toth

Mathematicians named Pascal’s triangle after the French mathematician Blaise Pascal.    Pascal’s triangle is a triangular graph.

In Pascal’s triangle each number is the sum of the two directly above it.  The numbers in each row are numbered beginning with 0 for the first row. Each number is positioned either to the left or to the right of the numbers in the rows above. The sum of the elements of a single row is twice the sum of the row preceding it.  A Pascal’s triangle can expand infinitely.

 

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Figure one – Google Searches Containing the term “ebola”

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Figure 2- Google Searches containing the term ALS . Circled are, in order, the results for August, september, and October.

Now that the Ebola Virus is seemingly becoming more and more of a threat to United States citizens, more and more citizens of the United States, and people in other countries are consulting Google to find out more about the disease and know their risk. In fact, an increase in google searches about a disease can indicate an increase of interest or worry concerning the disease. Above, the statistics for searches for Ebola or related searches peaked in October. It began to increase in August and September as well. The statistics for searches for ALS however, peaked in August and fell dramatically in September and October. As more people became aware of the threat of Ebola, it seems as if ALS became less of an interest to the public, despite the issue not have been fixed. It seems as if the public cannot care about two diseases at the same time. This also might be a coincidence. Comparing Ebola and Cancer, no clear results are seen. Cancer maintains a steady amount of “publicity” even when the Ebola virus began to be a problem for Americans. So is the publicity of diseases a fad, is it true that diseases are given attention for a few months an then forgotten? Or is the case of Ebola and ALS a special case?

 

Feel free to vote on what you think is right below, and leave a comment expressing why you think so.

 

-Omar Abdelhamid

Authors, Miscellaneous, Omar Abdelhamid, Society