The best of the week
One of the US Navy Band's ensembles performs in Wisconsin, 2009. Six performances by the Band were promoted to featured sound status. The Signpost
thinks whoever pushed the bill through Congress to make US Government images and sound files free should be blessed; it has created a huge source of free cultural content.
This week's "Featured content" covers Sunday 15 – Saturday 21 May
New featured picture, of video game designer and producer Robin Hunicke
New featured picture showing the result of the photographic technique of focus-stack microscopy. Here, the result of "stacking" the component images is a single image of a microfossil, at the bottom, with a depth of field almost impossible to achieve at high magnification.
From this edition onwards, The Signpost
will announce new administrators at the start of the "In brief" section at "News and notes".
Four lists were promoted:
One featured list was delisted:
There were no new featured articles or delistings.
Four images were promoted. Medium-sized images can be viewed by clicking on "nom":
- Warty crab (nom; related article), found in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and eastern Atlantic Ocean. It has decreased in numbers since the 1980s and there are now concerns that it may be an endangered species. (Created by User:George Chernilevsky.)
- Focus stack microscopy (nom; related article) of a diatom microfossil. Top left are the three source image slices at three focal depths. Top right are the contributions (black is no contribution, white is full contribution) of that focal slice to the final "focus stacked" image. At the bottom is the resulting focus-stacked image with an extended depth of field. Extended depth of field by focus stacking is a powerful tool for light microscopy as at high magnification the depth of field can be extremely shallow, down to around 1 μm. Stack Microscopy. (Created by User:Zephyris.)
- Grand piano diagram (nom; related article), a schematic horizontal cross-section of a major components of a pianoforte (part names are listed on the image description page). (Created by Polish user Orem; Orem on Commons.)
- Robin Hunicke (nom; related article), a video game designer and producer known for her work with thatgamecompany and Electronic Arts. She has worked on games including MySims, Boom Blox and Journey. (Created by Charlie Chu; originally posted on Flickr.)
- "Be ye men of valour" (nom; related article), a radio recording of the original speech made by the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1940, nine days after first becoming Prime Minister. This was a response to the crisis that was happening in World War II, when the Germans had beaten the French and were apparently preparing to advance on Britain.
- Elgar's Serenade for Strings, first movement (nom; related article), one of his most well-known works, composed in 1892 and performed by the United States Army Band's United States Army Strings ensemble.
- How Great Thou Art (nom; related article), performed by Yolanda Adams at the White House Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement in 2010. The audio file was also promoted.
- La Bayamesa (nom; related article), the national anthem of Cuba, performed by the United States Navy Band. It was first performed during the Battle of Bayamo in 1868 and was officially adopted in 1902. Perucho Figueredo, who took part in the battle, wrote and composed the song. Antonio Rodríguez Ferrer wrote the introductory notes for the anthem.
- Three Navy Band march songs, all performed by the United States Navy Band:
- Oh! Susanna (nom; related article), Stephen Foster's 1848 tune, arr. Ralph Martino and performed by the United States Navy Band. The tune is commonly associated with the California Gold Rush.
- Othello, Act I, scene iii (nom; related article), a soliloquy by Othello from Shakespeare's Othello, performed by James Earl Jones at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on 12 May 2009.
- First movement of Boccherini's Sonata for Two Cellos in C Major (nom; related article), performed by Alisa Weilerstein and eight-year-old Sujari Britt at the White House Evening of Classical Music on 4 November 2009.
- Obama on the death of bin Laden (nom; related article), a momentous speech broadcast on 2 May 2011.
New featured picture: Polish user Orem's
schematic of the grand piano, a design that has evolved continually over the 250-year history of the instrument, and which is still the subject of innovation. The labelled components are listed on the description page.