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Book Review: Cosmic Numbers by JD Stein

28 Nov

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12467274-cosmic-numbers

https://read.amazon.com/kp/card?asin=B005FFPMY4&preview=inline&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_z40gAb1RRJ250

Previous book reviews included a book with an author having my maiden name as well as a book with a photograph of my niece on the cover.  This recommendation is a challenge.  Stein explains the universe with numbers and why.

A new friend who is also a recent Mechanical Engineering graduate and world traveler loaned me Cosmic Numbers.  I studied physics, chemistry, thermodynamics and differential equations completing my engineering degree…in the last millennium.  Differential equations:  my least favorite subject.  Cosmic Numbers is fantastic!  I plan to reread it and go deeper.   To engage us with his passion for science and why it matters to us, Stein wisely includes personal stories with biographical stories of the scientists credited with the discoveries.  Check out page 147.  Stein includes a theory on why James Bond is also known as 007…

Do you know a young person interested in STEM?  Stein describes how twelve scientists came to their conclusions as well as building on the work of others.  Consider recommending this book to inspire interest in STEM.

Covered Bridge (Parke Co IN)

8 Nov

Turkey Run State Park hiking trail (foot traffic only) AKA Narrows Covered Bridge

Modern concrete bridge directly behind the original covered one (notice the arches).

Downstream view

 

Built in 1882. The purpose of covering the bridge was to extend the life of the wooden supporting beams (safety).

GREAT Grandparents!

10 Sep
Murrel’s and Frank’s Reflections on the Way Their Grandparent’s Life Used to Be
Hawkins County, Tennessee
Amanda Emmaline Bruner Hall and David Franklin Hall
born September 21, 1877 and August 30, 1875
Parents of fourteen: Ralph Echel, Burley Edgar, Grady Murl, Monnie Pearl,
Kermit Roosevelt, Eula Ethel, Lillie Mae, Dana Harmon, Paul Maxwell,
Wanda Ruth, Carl, Jaunita and Jonita, Dorothy Marie
“Mandy”, “Mom”, “Big Ma-ma” out of affection for her greatness
Energetic, constant motion
Did what needed to be done
Magical cook, even a hand full of beans would turn into a tasty meal
All of the children loved her cooking
Murrel’s favorites were brown gravy, fried potatoes and creamed corn
Grady claimed his talent at a carpenter was a gift from his mother
She made her own rocking chair
She was also known to build a chicken coop
Mom would pound used nails to straighten them to reuse
She took pride and joy in raising chickens
One particular chicken to a special liking to he and followed her all over the yard
Her favorite hymn: “Amazing Grace”
Grandpa was a stone mason by trade
Inventor, liked to find easier ways to do things.
One invention cut corn stalks, another ginned cotton.
Left for California during the Depression (1930s) to earn money.
Came home and set out orchards and grape arbors.
Quilts were a necessity for the beds
The house was cold except around the cooking stove
There was never any indoor plumbing while they lived on the home place.
Cisterns collected water from the barn for animals and garden,
from the house for cooking and cleaning.
The home eventually had an organ and piano.
No electricity until 1947, twelve years after Grady’s family had electricity.
Never owned a car or truck, never drove.
Mules named Dave and Tom.
Mandy’s legacy was discovered in a cedar chest fifty years after her master piece was completed
A quilt…no a tapestry of the life and love of her family.

Made with love by Great Grandmother Hall

I look forward to sharing this treasure with my new-found third-cousin Amy.

Indy Star: Indy when the Cubs were last champs

3 Nov

From Indy Star

Indy when the Cubs were last champs

http://indy.st/2ffCtsF

The last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series was Oct. 14, 1908.The next day The Indianapolis Star reported the victory on Page 1. “Cubs Win Pennant Easily from Tigers,” the headline said. “Wherever they are talking about the world’s baseball championship tonight,” the story began, “they are cussing the wonderful Chicago Cubs.”Here are nine other things people were talking about that day, according to The Star. These are headlines only, except for the “Man Says He Was Robbed” and “Horse Stealing Disease” stories and the one about the man who fell over dead a moment after saying how well he felt and the one about the mugging of the too-trusting man from a small town. Those, due to their brevity, are reprinted in full.

Elated with Eliot’s Elegant Book Review

15 Mar

I was so elated that I purchased I Ching: The Book of Change translated by David Hinton (new to me).  I am amazed that I found Eliot Weinberger’s review in my twitter feed.  Here is the link:

http://www.chinafile.com/library/nyrb-china-archive/what-i-ching

His review is comprehensive, concise and engaging.  My study of I Ching began 17 years ago preparing collage interpretations, followed by a lull, then re-engaged last year with photo interpretations posted in Elfcroft’s Friday Photos.

Here are some gems from Eliot’s review:

“it can explain everything”

“crucial words have no fixed meaning”

“Everything is connected.  Everything is in a state of restless change.”

“Chinese characters as ideas rather than words”

“Cosmic filing system”

“microcosm of Chinese civilization”

“tease the mind”

“read in an infinite number of ways”

………the possibilites…..:)

Blast from the Past

23 Jun

Today in history, 1868, the Sholes and Glidden type-writer was patented.  Patent number 79,265 sold for $12,000.  Production began March 1, 1873 by Remington and Sons.  According to Wikipedia there are over 50 iterations of design development spanning centuries.  This is an outstanding example of continuous design improvement in action.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typewriter

Imagine writing the great American novel on this black beauty!

Underwood, right view

Underwood, right view

Underwood from 1930s

Underwood from 1930s

 

Inspiration for this post came from the Bonza puzzle of the day, a new type of crossword puzzle via smart phone app.