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This Woman Playing Violin is the Most Inspiring Thing You’ll See Today

 

Manami Ito continues to inspire people around the globe with her incredible talents and dedication. In addition to being a nurse and Paralympian swimmer (she came in 4th in the 100m Breaststroke at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and 8th at the 2012 London Paralympics), she’s also an accomplished musician and speaker.

In this moving performance, Ito plays ‘Thread’ by Miyuki Nakajima on the violin. Kazushige Masuda captured her rendition on September 2, 2018 at the Takarazuka City General Welfare Center in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

 

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The Shirk Report – Volume 490

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Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com

 

20 IMAGES

Friday!
Wait for it
Me this Sunday
Google got jokes
The difference maker
I applaud this
I bet this guy is really good at making the bed
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Quick, here’s something to placate the last image
When you accidentally drop a meatball
Got your nose
What if it’s the truth but happens to be negative?
Picture a giant sunflower—now click this
Pretty sure I couldn’t even get it down the staircase behind him
Hey gurrrrrrrllll
I just ordered this, what is wrong with me
Here’s another watermelon gif just because
She’s his muse
While you wait
Until next week

 

10 ARTICLES

28-year-old MIT graduate creates leak-detecting robot that could eliminate some of the 2 trillion gallons of wasted drinking water annually
5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Classical Music
British astrophysicist overlooked by Nobels wins $3m award for pulsar work
Is This The Beginning Of The End For Facebook?
Ten Things I Never Knew About Las Vegas Until I Ran a High-Roller Suite
Humans Are Destroying Animals’ Ancestral Knowledge
Startups Flock to Turn Young Blood Into an Elixir of Youth
Elon Musk and the Meaning of ‘Off the Record’
What We Know About Art and the Mind
How to Retire in Your 30s With $1 Million in the Bank

 

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Brazil Suffers Incalculable Cultural Loss as 200-Year-Old Museum Burns

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A devastating fire in Rio de Janeiro has destroyed Brazil’s oldest and most important museum with much of its archive of 20 million items believed to be irrecoverable.

The fire at the 200-year-old Museu Nacional began Sunday after the museum closed and raged all night. Thankfully there were no deaths or injuries, however the collection at the largest natural history museum in Latin America has been decimated. [source]

 

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Brazil’s president Michel Temer called the losses ‘incalculable’, and notable items included: “Luzia”, a 12,000 year-old skeleton and the oldest in the Americas; fossils; dinosaurs; and a meteorite found in 1784.

It remains unclear how the fire began. According to Rio de Janeiro’s fire chief Colonel Roberto Robaday, the firefighters did not have access to enough water when they first arrived because two nearby hydrants were dry. Marina Silva, a former environment minister and candidate in October’s presidential elections said the fire was like “a lobotomy of the Brazilian memory”. [source]

You can read more about the tragic fire on The Guardian.

 

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Museu Nacional prior to the blaze

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Museu Nacional prior to the blaze

 

Brushstrokes in Time by David Ambarzumjan

 

19-year-old David Ambarzumjan is an amazing artist and painter living in Munich, Germany. In an ongoing series of oil paintings entitled, Brushstrokes in Time:

Ambarzumjan juxtaposes what was, what is and what can be, using outer space as a canvas to tap into different times and places and explore how the force of nature and above all, humanity shaped our earth.

 

Ambarzumjan currently auctions the miniature 20×20 cm paintings on his Instagram page, while the larger work is available as a print through Society6.

Below you will find highlights from the ongoing series along with timelapse videos that show how each painting comes to life from start to finish. For more, check out his work at the links below.

 

David Ambarzumjan
Website | Instagram | Prints

 

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Website | Instagram | Prints

 

Raw 9/11 Footage Restored and Enhanced to HD 60FPS

 

Originally filmed by Mark LaGanga for CBS News, this jarring footage and audio from 9/11 was recently restored and enhanced to 1080p 60fps. Camera locations include West Street, Vesey Street, WTC-7 lobby, and Chambers Street. Notable timestamps include:

05:48 – Inside WTC 7 at the main lobby
09:44 – View on the WTC-7 south face from west after WTC-2 (South Tower) collapsed, but before the collapse of WTC 1 (North Tower)
16:16 – Interview with Mike Benfante
17:41 – Interview declined
18:07 – WTC 1 collapses at 10:28am
21:50 – Interview with 69-year-old man

 

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Yo-Yo Ma Did a Tiny Desk Concert and Now It’s Raining on My Face

 

From NPR

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his great inspiration, and in turn part of his own life story, to an enthusiastic audience packed around the NPR Tiny Desk on a hot summer day. Ma is returning, yet again, to the Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach, a Mount Everest for any cellist. He has just released his third studio recording of the complete set and is taking the music on a two-year, six-continent tour. Ma’s first recording of the Suites, released in 1983, earned him his first Grammy.

Ma has played the music for 58 years and along the way it’s become something of a practical guide to living, pulling him through hardships and celebrating times of joy. “It’s like forensic musicology,” Ma told the Tiny Desk audience. “Embedded in the way I play is actually, in many ways, everything I’ve experienced.”

The undulating “Prelude” from the Suite No. 1 was the very first music Ma ever played. He was four years old. The soulful “Sarabande” from the Sixth Suite has served dual purposes, Ma explained. “I’ve played this piece both at friends’ weddings, and unfortunately also at their memorial services.” And the exuberant “Gigue,” from the Third Suite, with its toe-tapping beat, reminds us that Bach was far from a stuffed wig. Such is this sturdy, versatile and benevolent music, offering a full range of the human condition.

And then there is Ma. Certainly one of the most brilliant cellists of modern times, he’s also a thoughtful, curious humanitarian, with an endless thirst to understand, celebrate, and connect disparate cultures of the world.

He’s also a true mensch. As soon as he arrived at the office to play, Ma unpacked his cello – a famed 1712 Stradivarius – and immediately handed it over, with his bow, and said, “Here play something.” It didn’t matter that they’d never held a cello. It was just another one of Yo-Yo Ma’s warm and welcoming gestures, another way to open up music to anyone and everyone.

Set List
J.S. Bach: “Prelude (from Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello)”
J.S. Bach: “Sarabande (from Suite No. 6 for Solo Cello)”
J.S. Bach: “Gigue (from Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello)”

Credits
Producers: Tom Huizenga, Kara Frame; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame; Photo: Samantha Clark/NPR.

 

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