Category Archives: History

March 30: Happy Birthday, Vincent Van Gogh!

Born 1853. No one has since filled these. A full-size photograph by Michael Weinberg Photography of this work may be seen here: Vincent van Gogh: Shoes, 1888 A tip of the beret to FamousBirthdays Advertisements

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March 30: Happy Birthday, Jethro Tull!

    No, no, not those guys. This guy, the guy those guys were named after:   Baptized on this day in 1674, the real Jethro Tull was a very influential British agronomist who invented several farming tools, and promoted … Continue reading

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Red River Rising

Well, not yet, but soon. This year’s record snowpack fell on saturated frozen ground. If spring rains melt it all at once, residents along the Red will face record-breaking floods. There is a huge amount of snow on the ground … Continue reading

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21 March: Happy Birthday J S Bach!

Here is my favorite conductor, at the age of 2 1/2, leading a performance of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor. It takes a great deal of self-confidence and composure to conduct with a sippy cup, don’t you think?

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Twelve Vintage Phones

“Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you!” From Oobject: coolest vintage phones      

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Memo to Oregon & Washington re Tsunami: Get Ready

It Can’t Will Happen Here At 9PM on January 26, 1700 one of the world’s largest earthquakes occurred along the west coast of North America. The undersea Cascadia thrust fault ruptured along a 1000 km length, from mid Vancouver Island … Continue reading

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Happy Pi Day

Also: Happy Birthday to Albert Einstein! (Born 1879.) Here ya go, Uncle Albert: 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494459230781 6406286208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582231 7253594081284811174502841027019385211055596446229489549303819644288109 7566593344612847564823378678316527120190914564856692346034861045432664 8213393607260249141273724587006606315588174881520920962829254091715364 367892590360011330530548820466521384146951941511609

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