The Confused Story of Desiderata

The Confused Story of Desiderata

The author is Max Ehrmann, a poet and lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana, who lived from 1872 to 1945. It has been reported that Desiderata was inspired by an urge that Ehrmann wrote about in his diary: “I should like, if I could, to leave a humble gift — a bit of chaste prose that had caught up some noble moods.”

Around 1959, the Rev. Frederick Kates, the rector of St. Paul’s Church in Baltimore, Maryland, used the poem in a collection of devotional materials he compiled for his congregation. (Some years earlier he had come across a copy of Desiderata.) At the top of the handout was the notation, “Old St. Paul’s Church, Baltimore A.C. 1692.” The church was founded in 1692.

As the material was handed from one friend to another, the authorship became clouded. Copies with the “Old St. Paul’s Church” notation were printed and distributed liberally in the years that followed. It is perhaps understandable that a later publisher would interpret this notation as meaning that the poem itself was found in Old St. Paul’s Church, dated 1692. This notation no doubt added to the charm and historic appeal of the poem, despite the fact that the actual language in the poem suggests a more modern origin. The poem was popular prose for the “make peace, not war” movement of the 1960s.

When Adlai Stevenson died in 1965, a guest in his home found a copy of Desiderata near his bedside and discovered that Stevenson had planned to use it in his Christmas cards. The publicity that followed gave widespread fame to the poem as well as the mistaken relationship to St. Paul’s Church.

As of 1977, the rector of St. Paul’s Church was not amused by the confusion. Having dealt with the confusion “40 times a week for 15 years,” he was sick of it.

This misinterpretation has only added to the confusion concerning whether or not the poem is in the public domain.

By the way, Desiderata is Latin for Things to be Desired.

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Happy Birthday, WordPress!!!

Ngayong araw, Lunes, ika-27 ng Mayo ay minamarkahan ang ika-10 Kaarawan ng WordPress.

Ang WordPress ay isang libre at open source blogging tool at isang content management system (CMS) batay sa PHP at MySQL na kung saan ay tumatakbo sa isang serbisyo ng hosting sa Web. Ito ay may maraming mga tampok na kasama ang isang plug-in architecture at ng isang template ng sistema. Ito ay ginagamit ng higit sa 14.7% ng Alexa Internet “top 1,000,000” website at noong Agosto 2011 namamahala ng 22% ng lahat ng mga bagong website. Ang WordPress ay kasalukuyang ang pinaka-popular na sistema ng blogging sa paggamit sa Web, nagpapatakbo ng mahigit sa 60 milyong mga website sa buong mundo.

Ito ay unang inilabas noong May 27, 2003, sa pamamagitan ng tagapagtatag na sina Matt Mullenweg at Mike Little bilang isang fork ng b2/cafelog. Noong Abril 2013, ang bersyon 3.5 ay nai-download na lampas sa 18 milyong beses.

Si Christine Selleck Tremoulet, isang kaibigan ni Mullenweg, ang nagmungkahi ng pangalang WordPress.

Ang WordPress ngayon nagpapagana sa isa sa pitong mga website, at 58 porsiyento ng lahat ng mga sistema ng pamamahala ng nilalaman.

Sa katunayan, 66,000,000 na mga website sa buong mundo ay gumagamit ng WordPress, kabilang ang Silicon Hills News, TechCrunch, TED at CNN.

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Independence Day, Araw ng Kalayaan? MALI!!!

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May mga bagay na malalaman na lang natin kung ano ito sa pamamagitan ng ibang tao. Halimbawa, kung hindi natin alam na aso ang pangalan ng isang hayop at tinawag itong tupa ng iba, maniniwala tayo. At kung may ibang magtatanong sa atin kung anong hayop ito, sasabihin din nating ito ay tupa, dahil ay ito ang pagkakakilala natin rito, ‘di ba?

Iyan din ang nangyayari sa pagkakakilala natin sa ating Independence Day. Tinawag ito na Araw ng Kalayaan sa halip na Araw ng Kasarinlan. May malaking kaibahan ang salitang ‘malaya’ kaysa sa salitang ‘pagsasarili’.

Ngayong araw, ika-12 ng Hunyo, ang ika isangdaan at labing-apat na taong paggunita natin sa Araw ng Kasarinlan.

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Kung Bakit Natalo si Manny

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Ang pananampalataya ay hindi katulad ng pagbabayanihan sa paglipat ng isang bahay na kung saan mas marami ang nakikisali, mas gagaan ang kakargahin ng bawat isa. Bagkus, ito ang kabaligtaran. Ang ibig kong sabihin, ang taong may dalawang relihiyosong grupong kinaaaniban, parang dalawang bahay na rin ang kanyang pinapasan.

Iyan ang nangyayari kay Manny kahit na ang kanilang labanan ay puno ng kontrobersiya.

Para sa round-by-round na detalye sa labanang Pacquiao/Bradley, mag-klik dito

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Earth Hour

EARTH HOUR 2011 | Philippines | March 26 | 8.30pm-9.30pm
Cities and towns all over the world will switch off their lights for one hour—EARTH HOUR—sending a powerful global message that it is possible to take action on global warming.

With Earth Hour almost upon us, our thoughts are with the people of Japan during this incredibly challenging and sad time for their country.

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Kung Hei Fat Choy 恭喜发财 2011

Kung Hei Fat Choy 恭喜发财
Happy Chinese New Year 2011

Chinese New Year is a product of the Lunisolar Calendar
The Chinese calendar harmonizes both the Lunar cycle and the Solar year by incorporating astronomical observations of:
a.The phases of the moon and
b.The apparrent path of the sun

How is Chinese New Year’s Day determined?
In one sentence, the Chinese New Year is the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice. It is based strictly on astronomical observations, and has nothing to do with the Pope, emperors, animals or myths. Due to its scientific and mathematical nature, we can easily and precisely calculate backward or forward for thousands of years.

The Winter Solstice occurs when the apparent path of the sun reaches its lowest point on the horizon. To an observer in the northern hemisphere, the sun reaches its lowest height of the year on that day. The shadow it casts is the longest. For an observer in the southern hemisphere, the opposite is true.

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how ‘mga Sulating Pilipino’ did in 2010

how ‘mga Sulating Pilipino’ did in 2010

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how ‘mga Sulating Pilipino’ did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. ‘mga Sulating Pilipino’ was viewed about 49,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 12 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 44 posts. There were 44 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was February 23rd with 646 views. The most popular post that day was Translate Your BLOG.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were:
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Some visitors came searching, mostly for:
the filipino is worth dying for
mga awit
filipinos are worth dying for
the filipino is worth dying for by benigno aquino
filipino is worth dying for.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1. Translate Your BLOG February2010

2. The Filipino is Worth Dying For – Benigno Aquino Jr. August 2009

3. Philippines: Politics of Popularity May 2010
14 comments and 1 Like on,

4. The Paradox of Our Time June 2010
2 comments and 1 Like on,

5. Full-screen Video on your Blogpage February 2010

Some of most popular posts were written before 2010. doroastig’s writing has staying power! He considers writing about those topics again.

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