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Albert Einstein - Emblem of Reason, Icon of Wisdom

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Bob Dylan came up with one way to remember Albert Einstein: “Now you would not think to look at him/But he was famous long ago/For playing the electric violin/On Desolation Row.”

This is the pure distillate of celebrity. Dylan’s folk-rock vision of “Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood” is one in which the original man has disappeared into a symbolic fog where more or less any meaning may be found. Nowadays, such content-less fame has become common, though there aren’t many out there who match Einstein for resonance. But when he first exploded into public view, there were no precedents. No scientist before or since has so completely transcended the role of expert to become a universal emblem of reason.

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Photographers caught that wit as well as the gravitas. It helped that he was astonishingly willing to play along. No one made him ride that bicycle or stick out his tongue straight into the barrel of an oncoming lens. Whatever weariness he felt at the crush of the public gaze, he was almost always willing to pause for the shot. There is a story that he was once asked—by perhaps the only person on earth who did not recognize him—what he did for a living. He replied that he was a photographer’s model.

He was just as open to sharing his ideas. Einstein took seriously questions about his science, up to the point of writing one of the best introductions to relativity for the lay reader. (Called Relativity, it’s still in print.) He handled the ridiculous questions, too, with humor and enormous stamina. He told his interrogators what he thought of Prohibition (against, though he didn’t drink), the death penalty (against, at least some of the time), and abortion (for, up to a certain point in the pregnancy). No scientist before Einstein had been so willing to stand before his public.

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Einstein on Bike

Young Albert Einstein

Einstein and Theory of Relativity

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French President Sent Emotional Letter to Disabled Torch Carrier Attacked during Paris Relay

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PARIS — French President Nicolas Sarkozy sent an emotional letter to a disabled Chinese woman who was attacked while carrying the Olympic torch in Paris, his office said Monday.

The letter to "Mademoiselle Jin Jing" hailed her courage and criticized the "inadmissible" attack on her by a pro-Tibet protester during the flame relay earlier this month.

"I want to tell you all my emotion over the way you were jostled in Paris on April 7 when you were carrying the Olympic flame," Sarkozy wrote in the letter, which was dated Saturday. The president of the French Senate gave the letter to Jin on Monday in Shanghai.

Sarkozy noted the "bitterness" in China over the attack, and insisted that several incidents by protesters during the Paris stopover "do not reflect the feelings of my countrymen toward the Chinese people."

Outrage over what is portrayed as foreign interference in Tibet fanned protests across China over the weekend - some directed at French supermarket chain Carrefour.

Sarkozy also is dispatching his top diplomatic envoy to Beijing this week, seen by some as a bid to limit the damage to France's reputation - and businesses - in China.

"I have the impression that the president and the government are trying to cling to the branches after the calamitous episode when the flame came through Paris," said opposition party legislator Andre Gerin.

"It's a way of restoring France's image when it comes to the respect that we owe China," added Gerin, who is also vice-president of the "Friendship China" group at the National Assembly.

Christian Poncelet, president of the French Senate, gave the letter to the Chinese torchbearer Monday as he arrived for a weeklong visit to China, the first of a string of high-level French visits to the country.

In the letter, Sarkozy said he would like Jin to return to Paris as his "personal guest" in the coming weeks "to try to erase this painful moment."

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"I think this is damaging to the Olympic movement. I think it is very sad. I get angry," said IOC vice-president Gunilla Lindberg. "Using the torch this way is almost a crime."

"I will be telling people that for every protester, there are a million Americans who support the Games and want them to be a success," DeFrantz said.

"This is a day about sports and about peace. Why are they making this about politics?" said a 25-year-old economics student who lives in Paris.

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Photos courtesy of ChinaRen.com

Paris Police at Olympic Torch Relay

Olympic Torch Carrier in Wheelchair Attacked during Paris Relay

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Video: Johnny Depp Quotes



*Update*
Captain Jack Sparrow almost got caught in "Pirates of the Caribbean".
Johnny Depp's popular quote
"I am doing things that are true to me. The only thing I have a problem with is being labeled."

Image courtesy India.com

Video: Young Jet Li at Wushu (Martial Arts) Competition


Young Jet Li - reigning champion for 5 consecutive years - at a wushu (martial arts) competition.

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Martial artist and retired Wushu champion Jet Li's debut movie "The Shaolin Temple" (1982 film), a must-see.
Jet Li's popular quote
"Everywhere I go, I still have time to meditate. People think meditating is sitting there, nobody bothering you, but you can even talk and still meditate."


Jet Li and Jackie Chan, two legendary superstars, in one movie - "The Forbidden Kingdom". A must-see.

Image courtesy: Wikipedia

Video: Heath Ledger's Joker Feature - Stereophonics


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He left us so young: 1979 – 2008
Heath Ledger's popular quote
"I'm still a kid. I'm like six years old. But it's just a matter of wanting to get up, it's just a big journey. I felt like when I left home that I was on a journey, and I still am."

Zuckerman Fights Murdoch for Newsday

"Mortimer B. Zuckerman, the owner of The Daily News, believes he can snatch Newsday from Rupert Murdoch without offering a dime more than the $580 million already on the table.

News Corporation executives believe the only regulatory scrutiny their deal would receive would be from the Justice Department, regarding to whether combining Newsday and The Post would be anticompetitive.

On this point, Newsday’s circulation overlaps more with The Daily News than with The Post.

However, Mr. Murdoch owns two television stations in the New York area (WNYW and WWOR) and is already in the process of seeking waivers from the F.C.C. to continue to control television stations and newspapers in the same market. "

Photo courtesy of The New York Times

Mortimer B. Zuckerman

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Legendary Aviator and "The Father of Commercial Aviation". Video: Howard Hughes


"I want to be remembered for only one thing - my contribution to aviation." - Howard Hughes jr., so he is remembered. An amazing accomplishment by one person!

Bob McCaffery pays tribute to Howard Hughes Jr. by calling him, "THE FATHER OF COMMERCIAL AVIATION".

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