Kindle October 18, 2017

Favorite Cake Mix Recipes
by Southern Soup Jockeys (Author)
With the busy schedules we all have, sometimes you just need to whip up a tasty dessert with no fuss or muss. This start-with-a-cake-mix recipe collection fills the niche for need-it-now recipes.

Keep a couple boxes of ready-to-use cake mixes on your pantry shelf. Pick a recipe from this cookbook and with the addition of just a few ingredients, you’ll have a cake, cookie, bar, quick bread or coffee cake ready in the time it takes to heat up the oven. Last minute desserts are a breeze and clean up is a snap.

You’ll always be ready for unexpected guests or impromptu potluck suppers, and what’s even better; no one will know you haven’t spent hours on one of the best desserts they’ve had in years!

FYI October 18, 2017

1356 – Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroys the town of Basel, Switzerland.
The Basel earthquake of 18 October 1356 is the most significant seismological event to have occurred in Central Europe in recorded history[1] and had a moment magnitude in the range of 6.0–7.1.[2] This earthquake is also known as the “Séisme de la Saint-Luc”, as 18 October is the feast day of Saint Luke the Evangelist.

After a foreshock between 19:00 and 20:00 local time, the main earthquake struck in the evening at around 22:00, and numerous aftershocks followed through that night.[3] Basel experienced a second, very violent shock in the middle of the night. The town within the ramparts was destroyed by a fire when torches and candles falling to the floor set the wooden houses ablaze. The number of deaths within the town of Basel alone is estimated at 300. All major churches and castles within a 30 km (19 mi) radius of Basel were destroyed.[4]

The seismic crisis lasted a year. The modeling of the macroseismic data[4] suggests that the earthquake’s source had an east-west orientation, a direction corresponding with the overlapping faults on the Jura Front.[5] On the other hand, recent paleoseismologic studies attribute the cause of this earthquake to a normal fault, oriented NNE-SSW and south of the town.[6] The significant magnitude of the event suggests a possible extension of this fault under the town.

Due to the limited records of the event, a variety of epicenters have been proposed for the earthquake. Some of the proposed locations include faults beneath the Jura Mountains or along the Basel-Reinach escarpment.[1] Another study placed the epicenter 10 km (6.2 mi) south of Basel.[7]

The earthquake was felt as far away as Zürich, Konstanz, and even in Île-de-France. The maximum intensity registered on the Medvedev–Sponheuer–Karnik scale was IX–X (Destructive–Devastating). Notably, the macroseismic map was established on the basis of damage reported by the region’s 30 to 40 castles.[4][8]

From this macroseismic data, various studies have been conducted to estimate the moment magnitude of the earthquake, which have resulted in various values of 6.2 (BRGM 1998);[2][4] 6.0 (GEO-TER 2002);[2] 6.9 (SED 2004) with a follow-up report suggesting a range of between 6.7 and 7.1;[2] 6.6 (GFZ 2006);[2] and a major Swiss study by 21 European experts, with American involvement, in which four sub-groups estimated values of 6.9, 6.9, 6.5 to 6.9, and 6.5 ± 0.5 (PEGASOS 2002–2004).[2] There are also different opinions about which faults were involved.[2]

The earthquake destroyed the city of Basel, Switzerland, near the southern end of the Upper Rhine Graben, and caused much destruction in a vast region extending into France and Germany. Though major earthquakes are common at the seismically active edges of tectonic plates in Turkey, Greece, and Italy, intraplate earthquakes are rare events in Central Europe. According to the Swiss Seismological Service, of more than 10,000 earthquakes in Switzerland over the past 800 years, only half a dozen of them have registered more than 6.0 on the Richter scale.[9]


1897 – Isabel Briggs Myers, American theorist and author (d. 1980)
Isabel Briggs Myers (October 18, 1897 – May 5, 1980[1][2]) was an American author and co-creator of a personality inventory known as the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Briggs Myers created the MBTI with her mother, Katharine Cook Briggs.

MBTI personality indicator
Main article: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Briggs Myers implemented the ideas of Carl Jung and added her own insights. She then created a paper survey which would eventually become the MBTI. The test was to assess personality type and was fully developed after 20 years of research by Briggs Myers with her mother and thousands of others. In the 21st century, research into this instrument is still being put into action with dozens of articles written per year. The questionnaire is meant to help people realize their “best fit type”, the personality type that will help them succeed most in life.[3] The three original pairs of preferences in Jung’s typology are Extraversion and Introversion, Sensing and Intuition, and Thinking and Feeling. After studying them, Briggs Myers added a fourth pair, Judging and Perceiving.

Extraversion or Introversion: refers to where and how one directs his or her attention and energy — on people and things in the outer world, or alone in the inner world [4]
Sensing or Intuition: refers to how one prefers to deal with information — by focusing on the basic information, or by interpreting and adding meaning[5]
Thinking or Feeling: refers to decision making — objectively, using logic and consistency, or subjectively, considering other people and special circumstances[6]
Judging or Perceiving: refers to how one interacts with the outer world — with a preference towards getting things decided, or for staying open to new information and options[7]

In the July 1980 edition of MBTI News, Briggs Myers attributed another reason for creating the MBTI to her marriage to “Chief” Clarence Myers. Their differences in psychological type (she was an INFP and he was an ISTJ) inspired her mother, Katharine Cook Briggs, to keep studying differences among people and their actions. Cook Briggs came upon the work of Carl Gustav Jung and introduced it to her daughter who then started studying the psychological types.

When World War II began, Briggs Myers wanted to help reduce conflict among people. People were dying, hurting and harming each other, and she wanted to help them understand each other instead of hurting them. She observed that some people also hated their jobs in the military and she wanted to know what was behind that.

In 1945, the dean of the George Washington School of Medicine allowed Briggs Myers and Cook Briggs to apply the MBTI to first-year undergraduates. This included about 5,500 students and Briggs Myers studied it for years by looking at patterns among dropouts and successful students.[8]

The novel Murder Yet to Come, published in 1929, won the National Detective Murder Mystery Contest for that year. It applies her ideas about personality type into a murder mystery.[9]

Briggs Myers’ second work of fiction, Give Me Death, published in 1934, revisits the same detectives from Murder Yet to Come but also describes personality type as racially determined. In it, a Southern family commits suicide one by one after learning they may have “Negro blood”.[10][11]

In 1962, the Educational Testing Service published the MBTI for research-only purposes. In 1975, 1977 and 1979, three national MBTI conferences were held at the University of Florida, Michigan State University, and Philadelphia respectively. In 1975, Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc. published the MBTI as a tool for helping people.

In the 2000s, the MBTI is now taken by more than two million people per year and is translated into 16 languages.[8]


In 1975, Briggs Myers co-founded the Center for Application of Psychological Type with Mary McCaulley. CAPT is a non-profit organization which maintains research and application of the MBTI. It also exists to protect and promote Briggs Myers’ ideology.[3] Its headquarters are in Gainesville, Florida and its motto is “Fostering human understanding through training, publishing, and research”.[8]

Memorial research awards
The Isabel Briggs Myers Memorial Research Awards exist to further MBTI and psychological research. These awards are given twice a year. They consist of $2,000 for up to two people. They are rewarded for advancements in understanding of these topics to focus on continuous research in the field.[12]


By Lydia Magallanes: Leesville man’s fiddle version of National Anthem captivates Facebook
Leesville, LA. Grant Blakeney is known for owning local businesses like Fox’s Pizza in Leesville, but after the Leesville Lions Club Rodeo on October 7th, a video of his fiddle rendition of the National Anthem would resonate on Facebook. Since that Saturday, the post has been shared one thousand times with nearly 60 thousand views.

A senseless death but a sensible legacy.
By Rafi Schwartz: A Philando Castile Memorial Fund Has Wiped Out All Student Lunch Debt in St. Paul
By Molly Osberg: The Long, Thorny History of the Cherokee Who Owned African Slaves
By Rafi Schwartz: As Fires Rage Across Northern California, Native Tribes Are Coming to the Rescue
By Sam Barsanti: R.I.P. Gord Downie, Tragically Hip frontman
By Andrew Liszewski: Lego’s Cool Women of NASA Set Is Coming—But It Doesn’t Include the Hidden Figures Heroine as Originally Hoped
By Andrew Liszweski: Watch This Photoshop Master Use a Clever Trick to Make an Ugly Crane Disappear
By Andrew Liszweski: This Timelapse Footage of Denali Is a Mountain of Spectacular Nature Video Tropes

By Erik Shilling: Ford Will Recall 1.3 Million F-150 And Super Duty Trucks Because The Doors May Open While Driving
By Colin Marshall: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Makes 375,000 Images of Fine Art Available Under a Creative Commons License: Download, Use & Remix
By Gary Price: New Research Resource: The Social Welfare History Image Portal (Ephemera from Women’s Suffrage, Temperance, Civil Rights and Other Social Movements)
By Gary Price: Opportunities: Library of Congress Announces Librarians-in-Residence Pilot Program For Recent LIS Master’s Graduates
The Library of Congress is launching a Librarians-in-Residence pilot program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s vast collections.

The application period is Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, 2017. The Library will select up to four applicants for a six-month residency beginning in June 2018. The program is open to students who will complete their master’s degrees in an American Library Association-accredited library/information science program no later than June 2018 or who completed such a degree no earlier than December 2016.
By Joel Cunningham: Announcing Barnes & Noble’s 3rd Annual Mini Maker Faire, November 11-12, 2017

FROM DEBRA: Face masks for smoke, new houses burning create toxic waste, and more…

By Matt: Irish people can’t take Storm Ophelia seriously (21 Photos)





907 Updates October 18, 2017

By Leroy Polk: UPDATE: Multiple crashes slow traffic for Mat-Su commuters
By Joe Vigil: APD Chief discusses relations with media
By Chris Klint: FBI sex-trafficking sweep turns up Anchorage victims, suspects
By KTVA Web Staff: Search continues for pilot missing in Yukon River crash
By Liz Raines: State VPSO program struggles with local hire
By Samantha Angaiak: Elder shares words of wisdom with Elders and Youth Conference Delegates

By Dan Carpenter: Discussion on suicide prevention stresses communication
By Associated Press: Alcohol board undecided on distilleries serving cocktails

By Austin Baird: Court ruling invalidates law banning independents from seeking political party nominations

Hilton Hotel under fire from labor union
By Lauren Maxwell: New ordinance lets people report hotel mold problems
By KTVA Web Staff: Animal control re-homes first gator in the Valley
Thank you Tonya and Rich Breuchet!
By Mike Ross: Lost pet? Husband & wife rescue team builds special humane traps
By Deborah Newborn: How volcanic eruptions in Alaska could have impacted the lives of ancient Egyptians
Workforce Wedesday: Remote Camp Hospitality Services
Mic Check in the Morning: Cody Blackbird Band

Images October 18, 2017

Stacks of Duncansby, United Kingdom
Photo by Annie Spratt


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Photo by Annie Spratt


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Photo by Annie Spratt


Cape Cornwall, Penzance, United Kingdom
Photo by Annie Spratt


Uppark House and Garden, South Harting, United Kingdom
Photo by Annie Spratt


Latitude Festival, Beccles, United Kingdom
Photo by Annie Spratt


Hong Kong
See if you can spot the little red helium balloon that flew into this shot.
Photo by Annie Spratt



Supertree Grove, Singapore
Photo by Annie Spratt


Basilique Notre Dame de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Photo by Annie Spratt


Dordogne, France
Photo by Annie Spratt

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New Forest National Park,
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907 Updates October 17, 2017

Congratulations Tara Sweeney!
By Rebecca Palsha / Leroy Polk: Alaskan chosen by President Trump for top Indian Affairs job
By Samantha Angaiak: Teen whale hunter speaks to elders and youth about the importance of subsistence
By Leroy Polk: Man refuses to identify himself, troopers take him down with a taser
By Dan Carpenter: Crime concerns dominate town hall discussion on 4th special session
By Clara Miller: Indigenous peoples of Southeast are focus of Sitka conference
By Associated Press: Navy meets with Kodiak community to address training woes
By Sidney Sullivan: Wasilla police meets crowdfunding goal for new K9 Officer
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Announces Winners of the First-Ever Alaska Commercial Fishing Video Contest
Fisherman Kamirin Couch Takes Home the Grand Prize for Compelling Video on Her Fishing Roots

By Daniella Rivera: Extra officers visit Clark Middle School after abduction attempt
Condolences for his loved ones.
By Chris Klint: 4/25 soldier dies on Anchorage-bound flight
Chadrick Demond George, a warrant officer 1st class from Clarkston, Ga., was assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division according to U.S. Army Alaska spokesman John Pennell. He was 37 years old.

Photos by Senior Airman Javier Alvarez THROUGH THE LENS: Combat King
By Airman 1st Class CRYSTAL A. JENKINSS JBER Public Affairs: Paws To Read program celebrates anniversary
Reading sessions are hosted on the third Saturday of every month.

By Airman 1st Class VALERIE MONROY JBER Public Affairs: TRICARE benefits changes to take effect Jan. 1

By Patrick Enslow: Legendary mountain guide Tejas talks new book
Ric Burns Voices

FYI October 17, 2017

1091 – London tornado of 1091: A tornado thought to be of strength T8/F4 strikes the heart of London.
The London Tornado of 1091 is reckoned by modern assessment of the reports as possibly a T8 tornado (roughly equal to an F4 tornado) which occurred in London in the Kingdom of England and was the earliest reported tornado, occurring on Friday, 17 October 1091.[1] The wooden London Bridge was demolished, and the church of St. Mary-le-Bow in the city of London was badly damaged; four rafters 26 feet (7.9 m) long were driven into the ground with such force that only 4 feet (1.2 m) protruded above the surface. Other churches in the area were demolished, as were over 600 (mostly wooden) houses. For all the damage inflicted, the tornado claimed just two victims from a population of about 18,000.[2][3]


1921 – Priscilla Buckley, American journalist and author (d. 2012)
Priscilla Langford Buckley (October 17, 1921 – March 25, 2012)[1][2] was an American author who was the managing editor of National Review magazine and a sister of its founder William F. Buckley, Jr.. Another brother was retired federal judge and former United States Senator James L. Buckley who named his daughter after her and dedicated his 2010 book Freedom at Risk: Reflections on Politics, Liberty, and the State to his sister.[3][4]

Personal life

Buckley was born in New York City to William Frank Buckley, Sr., and Aloise Josephine Antonia Steiner. She graduated with a degree in history in 1943 from Smith College where one of her best friends was feminist Betty Friedan.[5][6] She worked for the CIA in the 1950s and for United Press in New York and Paris from 1944 to 1948 (NY) and again from 1953 to 1956 (Paris). She later wrote a 2001 book about her United Press days, “String of Pearls.” [7][8] Whittaker Chambers was the one who suggested to William F. Buckley that he make his sister the managing editor of National Review, a position she acquired in 1959 when the original managing editor Suzanne La Follette retired.[9] She worked as an editor of National Review for forty-three years.[10] Some of the writers whom she helped to train include Paul Gigot, Bill McGurn, Mona Charen, and Anthony R. Dolan.[11] Her 2001 memoir about international journalism was entitled String of Pearls while her 2005 memoir Living It Up with National Review: A Memoir is about her time at National Review magazine as well as stories about her travels and personal life.[12][13]

Buckley died on March 25, 2012, at the age of 90, at Great Elm, the house in Sharon, Connecticut, where she and her nine siblings grew up.[14]


John McCain: Remarks At The 2017 Liberty Medal Ceremony
May God bless them. May God bless America, and give us the strength and wisdom, the generosity and compassion, to do our duty for this wondrous land, and for the world that counts on us. With all its suffering and dangers, the world still looks to the example and leadership of America to become, another, better place. What greater cause could anyone ever serve.

Thank you again for this honor. I’ll treasure it.
By Martin: UPS drivers have a page for the dogs they meet, and I can’t handle it (40 Photos)

Murals, Mammoths and Fall Colors
By Rebecca Vesely: Can integration, tech support boost mental health access?
Carolinas HealthCare System is just one example of how a community is seeking to improve access to mental health services within the confines of a national psychiatry shortage. What other examples can you find in your communities?
By Gary Price: UPDATE October 15, 2017 Chicago Sun-Times Movie Archives Headed To U. of Illinois (via Sun-Times)
By Gary Price: Repositories: Penn Libraries to End Partnership with bepress, Calls on Others to Join Them
You can follow this journey on our Operation beprexit blog.
Hear Florence Welch’s Radio Documentary About the Making of David Bowie’s Heroes (Free for a Limited Time)

By Josh Jones: The Boston Public Library Will Digitize & Put Online 200,000+ Vintage Records
By Alexa Vazquez: The Boston Public Library Owns 200,000 Vinyl Records — And It’s Putting Them All Online
By Jen Harper: 7 Awesome Alphabet Books to Get Kids Excited about the ABCs
By Emil Wallner: Colorizing B&W Photos with Neural Networks
By Ben Brown: Help keep kids safe online with Site Blocking from Google Wifi





Images October 17, 2017

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan, United Kingdom
A zoomed in photo of the Glenfinnan Viaduct taken from the main path leading up to this magnificent structure.
Photo by Mirko Nicholson


Glen Coe, Ballachulish, United Kingdom
A lonely house sits below towering mountains in the Scottish Highlands.
Photo by Mirko Nicholson


Glen Coe, Ballachulish, United Kingdom
We took this photo in Glen Coe, Scotland of a small white cottage sitting below towering cloud covered mountains. It was early morning as we walked past dramatic mountains and through the beautiful valleys of Glen Coe. The perfect destination for any landscape photographer.
Photo by Mirko Nicholson


Skógafoss, Iceland
An Icelandic farm house and a field with horses sits below a towering snow capped mountain in southern Iceland. This photo was taken from the viewing point above the breath-taking Skógafoss waterfall.
Photo by Mirko Nicholson


Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle taken from our car window on our latest road trip to the German mountains.
Photo by Mirko Nicholson


Beachy Head, Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Taken in Beachy Head, Sussex. This image features in our latest adventure story and photo essay. The article can be found at
Photo by Mirko Nicholson


Glenfinnan, United Kingdom
A house hidden in the forest below towering mountains.
Photo by Mirko Nicholson


Albula Pass, La Punt-Chamues-ch, Switzerland
The highest point on the Albula Pass in Switzerland.
Photo by Mirko Nicholson


Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, United Kingdom
Photo by Mirko Nicholson


Lake Baikal, Russia
Photo by Mirko Nicholson


Paloheinä, Helsinki, Finland
A beautiful river in the Finnish countryside near the capital city Helsinki. We took this shot on a warm summers evening as the sun was starting to set.
Photo by Mirko Nicholson

Rucksack Magazine
Rucksack Magazine is an online journal and printed bi-annual publication. We are driven by our passion for adventure, storytelling, photography and discovery of the outdoors. All images have been taken by Rucksack Magazine Founder Mirko Nicholson.
Rucksack Magazine

Quotes October 17, 2017

Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.
Leo Babauta,
Don’t trust leadership that lacks heart and a strong moral compass.
Tina Roth Eisenberg (@swissmiss)
Every morning is a fresh start.
“The names of the three spinners [goddesses of fate] have been interpreted significantly…Lachesis, the name of the second, seems to mean ‘the accidental within the decrees of destiny’ while Atropos means ‘the inevitable’ and for Clotho ‘the fateful tendencies each one of us brings into the world.’”
Sigmund Freud, “The Theme of the Three Caskets,” in The Freud Reader

It’s not how long you see something.
It’s how intensely you feel it.
Zack Love
Failure is an event — it is not a person.
Zig Ziglar,
writer and motivational speaker
The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.
Logan Pearsall Smith,

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
George Bernard Shaw,
If you give up on your dreams what’s left?
​Jim Carrey

Imagine a world where the words you speak appear on your skin.
Would you be more careful of what you say?
(On the flip side, what if your thoughts appeared on your skin?)


Every good conversation starts with listening.