Category: FYI


FYI December 22, 2016

Date Nut Bread, 1947 recipe


Date nut bread in a can


On this day:

1807 – The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson.


1891 – Asteroid 323 Brucia becomes the first asteroid discovered using photography.


2010 – The repeal of the Don’t ask, don’t tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, is signed into law by President Barack Obama.


Born on this day:

1550 – Cesare Cremonini, Italian philosopher and author (d. 1631)


1765 – Johann Friedrich Pfaff, German mathematician and academic (d. 1825)


1839 – John Nevil Maskelyne, English magician (d. 1917)


1856 – Frank B. Kellogg, American lawyer and politician, 45th United States Secretary of State, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1937)


1888 – J. Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank, English businessman, founded Rank Organisation (d. 1972)




Daniel Terdiman: How Facebook’s Homegrown Data Centers Serve Billions of Users, Now and in the Future


Grace Hopper’s Bug A computer bug so primitive it was an actual insect.



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907 Updates December 22, 2016

Alex DeMarban: New milestone in the gas line project: The state is taking over


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John Schandelmeier: Wave the flag (or your parka) when dealing with ornery moose



FYI December 21, 2016


On this day:

1861 – Medal of Honor: Public Resolution 82, containing a provision for a Navy Medal of Valor, is signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.


1883 – The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment, the first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army, are formed.


1913 – Arthur Wynne’s “word-cross”, the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.


1919 – American anarchist Emma Goldman is deported to Russia.


1936 – First flight of the Junkers Ju 88 multi-role combat aircraft.


Born on this day:

1795 – Jack Russell, English priest, hunter, and dog breeder (d. 1883)


1805 – Thomas Graham, Scottish chemist and academic (d. 1869)


1890 – Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1967)


1892 – Rebecca West, English journalist and author (d. 1983)


1972 – Gloria De Piero, English journalist and politician, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities




by Erik Shilling: In 1912, Thousands of Women Rallied Against ‘Useless’ Christmas Giving Members of The Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving were known as Spugs.



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FYI December 20, 2016



Samuel Mudd


On this day:

1946 – The popular Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City.


1971 – The international aid organization Doctors Without Borders is founded by Bernard Kouchner and a group of journalists in Paris, France.



Depends on where, what, why and who you work for.
First Round Review: Why this former Googler thinks performance reviews are useless




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FYI December 19, 2016



On this date:

211 – Publius Septimius Geta, co-emperor of Rome, is lured to come without his bodyguards to meet his brother Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (Caracalla), to discuss a possible reconciliation. When he arrives, the Praetorian Guard murders him and he dies in the arms of his mother, Julia Domna.


1924 – The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is sold in London, England.


1995 – The United States Government restores federal recognition to the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Native American tribe.


1998 – President Bill Clinton is impeached by the United States House of Representatives, becoming the second President of the United States to be impeached.


Born on this day:

1820 – Mary Livermore, American journalist and activist (d. 1905)


1875 – Carter G. Woodson, American historian and author, founded Black History Month (d. 1950)


1899 – Martin Luther King, Sr., American pastor, missionary, and activist (d. 1984)


1901 – Rudolf Hell, German engineer, invented the Hellschreiber (d. 2002)


1915 – Édith Piaf, French singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1963)






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FYI December 18, 2016

On this date:

1655 – The Whitehall Conference ends with the determination that there was no law preventing Jews from re-entering England after the Edict of Expulsion of 1290.


1865 – US Secretary of State William Seward proclaims the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment, prohibiting slavery throughout the USA.


1917 – The resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress.


1958 – Project SCORE, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched.



1849 – Henrietta Edwards, Canadian activist and author (d. 1931)


1863 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (d. 1914)


1882 – Richard Maury, American-Argentinian engineer, designed the Salta–Antofagasta railway (d. 1950)


1884 – Emil Starkenstein, Czech pharmacologist, co-founded clinical pharmacology (d. 1942)


FYI December 17, 2016



1903 – The Wright brothers make the first controlled powered, heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.


497 BC – The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome.


1790 – Discovery of the Aztec calendar stone.


1862 – American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.


1938 – Otto Hahn discovers the nuclear fission of the heavy element uranium, the scientific and technological basis of nuclear energy.


1943 – All Chinese are again permitted to become citizens of the United States upon the repeal of the Act of 1882 and the introduction of the Magnuson Act.


Born on this date:

1797 – Joseph Henry, American physicist and engineer (d. 1878)


1900 – Mary Cartwright, English mathematician and academic (d. 1998)


1905 – Simo Häyhä, Finnish soldier and sniper (d. 2002)


1906 – Russell C. Newhouse, American pilot and engineer (d. 1998)



1913 – Burt Baskin, American businessman, co-founded Baskin-Robbins (d. 1967)





By Dr. Eric Fruits: The effect of the Portland CEO tax



Four women living alone?  How about ALONE AND AFRAID?
For many others: HOW TO BE INVISIBLE.
I just received the following email today. Permission has been received to pass it on:

“Hey Jack I just listened to a story about the latest Yahoo breech.  The story was how people not only use the same passwords for every account but also choose the same security questions on their accounts with the same answers.  This allows hackers to check all accounts once one has been cracked; i.e. General Colin Powell was easily hacked because his security question was what is your pets name?  General Powell had posted pictures of his dog and tagged the dogs pictures with the dogs name, this was the answer to his security question: what is your pets name?  The Generals accounts are all open to hacks because of the same security question and answers are used for every account.  A wise privacy person will choose different security questions and or different answers to the same security questions for each internet account.  The mothers maiden name has to be different than the true one because lists everybody’s family tree for free and it is the first thing a thief does is look up a persons mothers maiden name on ancestry.  If a person has an account at  more than one bank then each bank has to be given a different maiden name because once one is hacked then they try the same passwords and security questions at all other sites as well.  One more step in privacy.  Christopher Wheeler.
Interesting, eh?
Jack Luna

FYI December 16, 2016



On this date:

1497 – Vasco da Gama passes the Great Fish River, where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.


1773 – American Revolution: Boston Tea Party: Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians dump hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.

While Samuel Adams tried to reassert control of the meeting, people poured out of the Old South Meeting House to prepare to take action. In some cases, this involved donning what may have been elaborately prepared Mohawk costumes. While disguising their individual faces was imperative, because of the illegality of their protest, dressing as Mohawk warriors was a specific and symbolic choice. It showed that the Sons of Liberty identified with America, over their official status as subjects of Great Britain.


1930 – Bank robber Herman Lamm and members of his crew are killed by a 200-strong posse, following a botched bank robbery, in Clinton, Indiana


1947 – William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor.



1485 – Catherine of Aragon (d. 1536)


1770 – Ludwig van Beethoven, composer (d. 1827)



1804 – Viktor Bunyakovsky, Ukrainian mathematician and academic (d. 1889)


1869 – Bertha Lamme Feicht, American electrical engineer (d. 1943)


1917 – Ruth Johnson Colvin, American author and educator, founded ProLiteracy Worldwide


1961 – Bill Hicks, American comedian and musician (d. 1994)

Bill Hicks

Early on, Hicks began to mock his family’s Southern Baptist religious beliefs. “We were Yuppie Baptists,” he joked to the Houston Post in 1987. “We worried about things like, ‘If you scratch your neighbor’s Subaru, should you leave a note?'” Biographer Cynthia True described a typical argument with his father:

The elder Hicks would say, “I believe that the Bible is the literal word of God.” And Bill would counter, “No it’s not, Dad.” “Well, I believe that it is.” “Well,” Bill replied, “you know, some people believe that they’re Napoleon. That’s fine. Beliefs are neat. Cherish them, but don’t share them like they’re the truth.”

Hicks did not, however, reject spiritual ideology itself, and throughout his life he sought various alternative methods of experiencing it. Kevin Slade, elder brother of Dwight, introduced him to Transcendental Meditation and other forms of spirituality. Over one Thanksgiving weekend he took Hicks and Dwight to a TM residence course, in Galveston. Worried about his rebellious behavior, his parents took him to a psychoanalyst at age 17. According to Hicks, after the first group session the analyst took him aside and told him, “You can continue coming if you want to, but it’s them, not you.”




Moral logic & Politics~?  Will this put an end to the Electoral College and bring in Popular Vote election process?  Meanwhile, I still receive emails on the danger of Obama, ruin of our country, yada yada yada.  
Elizabeth Segran: Inside The Psychology Of The Rebel Electors Who Seek To Overturn Trump’s Election
How can an Electoral College member go against the will of voters in their state? This Harvard professor explains their moral logic.



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