Category: FYI


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.



Susan Karlin: Facebook Revamps Its Messenger App For Our Image-Driven Culture


Kevin Rowe: How I Built A Successful Startup In The Middle Of Nowhere



Videos December 15, 2016







Imagine this ad in today’s  litigious society!  Can you say lawsuit?  Ca-ching, ca-ching, sure you can!






FYI December 15, 2016

On this day:

Bill of Rights Day

1791 – The United States Bill of Rights becomes law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.


1890 – Hunkpapa Lakota leader Sitting Bull is killed on Standing Rock Indian Reservation, leading to the Wounded Knee Massacre.


1906 – The London Underground’s Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway opens.


1973 – The American Psychiatric Association votes 13–0 to remove homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric disorders, the DSM-II.
Presented with data from researchers such as Alfred Kinsey and Evelyn Hooker, the sixth printing of the DSM-II, in 1974, no longer listed homosexuality as a category of disorder. After a vote by the APA trustees in 1973, and confirmed by the wider APA membership in 1974, the diagnosis was replaced with the category of “sexual orientation disturbance”.[28]

In 1973 homosexuality per se was removed from the DSM-II classification of mental disorders and replaced by the category Sexual Orientation Disturbance. This represented a compromise between the view that preferential homosexuality is invariably a mental disorder and the view that it is merely a normal sexual variant. While the 1973 DSM-II controversy was highly public, more recently a related but less public controversy involved what became the DSM-III category of Ego-dystonic Homosexuality. The author presents the DSM-III controversy and a reformulation of the issues involved in the diagnostic status of homosexuality. He argues that what is at issue is a value judgment about heterosexuality, rather than a factual dispute about homosexuality.



1832 – Gustave Eiffel, French architect and engineer, co-designed the Eiffel Tower (d. 1923)


1863 – Arthur Dehon Little, American chemist and engineer (d. 1935)


1869 – Leon Marchlewski, Polish chemist and academic (d. 1946)


1910 – John Hammond, American record producer and critic (d. 1987)


1919 – Max Yasgur, American dairy farmer and host of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair (d. 1973)


1923 – Uziel Gal, German-Israeli engineer, designed the Uzi gun (d. 2002)


1930 – Edna O’Brien, Irish novelist, playwright, poet and short story writer


1946 – Carmine Appice, American drummer and songwriter



1966 – Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (b. 1901)


1993 – William Dale Phillips, American chemist and engineer (b. 1925)


2010 – Blake Edwards, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)






FYI December 14, 2016



On this date:

1819 – Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state.


1903 – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.


1940 – Plutonium (specifically Pu-238) is first isolated at Berkeley, California.1964 – American Civil Rights Movement: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Congress can use the Constitution’s Commerce Clause to fight discrimination.



1631 – Anne Conway, English philosopher and author (d. 1679)


1896 – Jimmy Doolittle, American general and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)


1908 – Morey Amsterdam, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1996)


1916 – Shirley Jackson, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1965)


1946 – Patty Duke, American actress (d. 2016)



1799 – George Washington, American general and politician, 1st President of the United States (b. 1732)


1943 – John Harvey Kellogg, American physician and businessman, co-invented corn flakes (b. 1852)


1998 – Annette Strauss, American philanthropist and politician, Mayor of Dallas (b. 1924)


2015 – Lillian Vernon, German-American businesswoman and philanthropist, founded the Lillian Vernon Company (b. 1927)




MonkeePuzzle: Today I learned – how to avoid death by snowblower


Diana Budds: Pantone’s New Color of the Year is Weird and Perfect


Eric Grundhauser: Exploring The Last Resort, Robert De Niro’s Forgotten ’90s Adventure Game  Also featuring Aerosmith, Cher, and Christopher Reeve.




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FYI December 13, 2016

On this day:

1636 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the National Guard of the United States.


1937 – Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanking: The city of Nanjing, defended by the National Revolutionary Army under the command of General Tang Shengzhi, falls to the Japanese. This is followed by the Nanking Massacre, in which Japanese troops rape and slaughter hundreds of thousands of civilians.


1972 – Apollo program: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin the third and final extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or “Moonwalk” of Apollo 17. To date they are the last humans to set foot on the Moon.



1780 – Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner, German chemist, invented the Döbereiner’s lamp (d. 1849)



1814 – Ana Néri, Brazilian nurse and philanthropist (d. 1880)


1903 – Ella Baker, American activist (d. 1986) Born & died on December 13.


1925 – Dick Van Dyke, American actor, singer, and dancer


1941 – John Davidson, American actor and game show host


1989 – Taylor Swift, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress




1837 – Herman of Alaska, Russian missionary and saint (b. 1756)


1944 – Lupe Vélez, Mexican actress (b. 1908)


2007 – Floyd Red Crow Westerman, American actor and activist (b. 1936)




Jon Smith: How this mail chimp employee limits his email time to 90 minutes a day.


Rhett Jones: Repairing a $30,000 Tire Is an Insanely Complicated and Satisfying Experience

FYI December 12, 2016





1787 – Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, five days after Delaware became the first.



1900 – Sammy Davis, Sr. American actor and dancer (d. 1988)


1915 – Frank Sinatra, American singer, actor, and producer (d. 1998)


1937 – Buford Pusser, American police officer (d. 1974)



1947 – Wings Hauser, American actor, director, and screenwriter


On this date:

1950 –Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leads the congregation in her first services.


1985 – Arrow Air Flight 1285, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8, crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing all 256 people on board, including 236 members of the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division

The accident was investigated by the Canadian Aviation Safety Board (CASB), which determined the probable cause of the crash was the aircraft’s unexpectedly high drag and reduced lift condition, most likely due to ice contamination on the wings’ leading edges and upper surfaces, as well as underestimated onboard weight. A minority report stated that the accident could have been caused by an onboard explosion of unknown origin prior to impact.



Videos December 11, 2016





FYI December 11, 2016

Jessica Contrera, The Washington Post: When every moment of childhood can be recorded and shared, what happens to childhood?



Rhett Jones: The Insides of Ordinary Objects in Macro Glory

Used Syrp Genie and Mini-Genie paired with Adaptalux lighting



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In The Kitchen With Matt: Easy Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies