Category: FYI


DOD – Face of Defense: Army Staff Sgt. Michael Stone’s Dedication Pays Off for Recruiting Center Leader

In 2017, Stone has lived up to his personal creed by pursuing and achieving excellence at the highest levels in U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

Stone, the center leader for the Rio Rancho Recruiting Center, Albuquerque Recruiting Company, New Mexico, finished as runner-up in the USAREC Center Leader of the Year competition. This year he also was the distinguished honor graduate in his senior leader course and was inducted into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club.

Face of Defense: Dedication Pays Off for Recruiting Center Leader

Ventipop – Remain Calm and Love Hard :: Daily Grind #163

“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“You are without a doubt my proudest accomplishments.”
Sara Chivers

Heartbreaking – Sara Chivers’ goodbye letter to her son has touched people around the world.

Remain Calm and Love Hard :: Daily Grind #163 Ventipop

Face of Defense: Marine Takes Leave to Help Hurricane Victims

Among those who headed to Texas was Marine Corps Cpl. Eric Gore, a dark-haired, easygoing and friendly chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialist at Headquarters Battalion, Marine Forces Reserve here.

Face of Defense: Marine Takes Leave to Help Hurricane Victims

Rachael Moore, USMC Veteran Trades USMC for NASA | U.S. Department of Labor Blog


After several years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including two deployments to Afghanistan, Rachael Moore was ready to trade her combat boots for business shoes. The Transition Assistance Program helped get her there.

Veteran Trades USMC for NASA | U.S. Department of Labor Blog

FYI November 09, 2017

694 – At the Seventeenth Council of Toledo, Egica, a king of the Visigoths of Hispania, accuses Jews of aiding Muslims, sentencing all Jews to slavery.
The Seventeenth Council of Toledo first met on 9 November 694 under King Egica. It was the king’s third council and primarily directed, as was the Sixteenth, against the Jews, of whom Egica seems to have had a profound distrust and dislike.

The king opened the synod by claiming that he had heard news of Jews overthrowing their Christian rulers overseas and that Iberian Jews were conspiring with these cousins to end the Christian religion once and for all. The council therefore decreed in its eight canon that all Jews, except those in Narbonensis, were to be deprived of their property, which was to be given to their Christian slaves, and enslaved themselves. Their slavekeepers were chosen by the king and were to be contractually obligated to never allow the practice of the Jewish religion again. It is, however, almost certain that, in at least some parts of Spain, these regulations were not strictly enforced; though in others, they certainly were.

The council tried to protect the life of Egica’s queen and children after his death, knowing the harm which could befall the royal family during a succession, and the bishops ordered prayers said for their souls.

The council’s minutes remain the best source of information for its period in Spanish history.

The eight canons of the synod

(1) At the beginning of a Synod all the sacerdotes (bishops) shall fast for three days in honour of the Holy Trinity, and in this time, without the presence of the laity, hold converse on the doctrines of the faith and on the improvement of the morals of the clergy. After that they shall proceed to other subjects.

(2) At the beginning of Lent, since from that time there are no more baptisms, except in case of extreme necessity, the font shall be sealed by the bishop with his ring, and so remain until the stripping of the altar at the feast of the Coena Domini.

(3) The washing of feet at the feast of the Coena Domini, which has fallen into disuse in some places, must be observed everywhere.

(4) The holy vessels and other ornaments of the Church may not be expended by the clergy for themselves, nor sold, etc.

(5) Some priests hold Masses for the dead, on behalf of the living, that these may soon die. The priest who does this, and the person who induced him to do it, shall both be deposed and forever anathematised and excommunicated. Only on their deathbed may the communion be again administered to them.

(6) All the year through, in all the twelve months, shall Exomologeseis (Litany) with intercessions be said for the Church, the King, and the people, that God may forgive them all.

(7) The older laws for ensuring the safety of the royal family are renewed.

(8) As the Jews have added to their other crimes this that they endeavoured to overthrow the country and the people, they must be severely punished. They have done this after they had (in appearance) received baptism, which, however, by faithlessness they have again stained. They shall be deprived of their property for the benefit of the exchequer, and shall be made slaves forever. Those to whom the King sends them as slaves must watch that they may no longer practise Jewish usages, and their children must be separated from them, when they are seven years of age, and subsequently married with Christians.


1801 – Gail Borden, American surveyor and publisher, invented condensed milk (d. 1874)
Gail Borden II (November 9, 1801 – January 11, 1874) was a native New Yorker who settled in Texas in 1829, where he worked as a land surveyor, newspaper publisher, and inventor; he is most known as the developer of condensed milk in 1853. Borden coplotted the cities of Houston and Galveston in 1836. Having returned to the New York area to market another product, he set up factories for condensed milk in Connecticut, and later in New York and Illinois. Demand was high for his product by the Union Army during the American Civil War. His New York Condensed Milk Company changed its name to Borden Dairy Co. after his death.

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By Ricardo Bilton: A regular New York Times kids’ section and a kids’ version of The Daily are on the way this month
By Al Cross: Apply by Nov. 27 for free Rural Computer-Assisted Reporting fellowship to 5-day IRE Boot Camp
By Anna Jasinski: Want to grab your reader’s attention? You have to genuinely appeal to their emotions.

By Amy Carle: Portraits of veteran scholars across America
As Veterans Day approaches, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the military and veterans community. From local artists to community leaders to technology innovators, veterans contribute not only to our workplace, but to our neighborhoods and culture. This dedication to serving the community is what inspired me to enlist in the California Army National Guard four years ago. I was already working at Google, but was inspired by some of the Googlers I met who had served in the military. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I’m one of the leaders of the Google Veterans Network, a volunteer employee resource group that strives to make Google one of the best workplaces for veterans and service members. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Google Veterans Network and since 2014, employees have volunteered over 7,300 hours of service with veteran organizations.

This SVA scholarship helps encourage veterans on their path to attaining a computer science or IT-related degree; applications for 2018 are still open.
By Dianna Budds: IBM’s Quest To Design The “New Helvetica”

By Colin Marshall: The Internet Archive “Liberates” Books Published Between 1923 and 1941, and Will Put 10,000 Digitized Books Online
Tulane University copyright scholar Elizabeth Townsend Gard and her students “helped bring the first scanned books of this era available online in a collection named for the author of the bill making this necessary: The Sonny Bono Memorial Collection.” Yes, that Sonny Sono, who after his music career (most memorably as half of Sonny and Cher) served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1994 until his death in 1998.

By Dennis Perkins: Jimmy Kimmel admits he was wrong, urges everyone to sign up for TrumpCare—at
By Matt Novak: ‘Real Life Iron Man’ Sets Record For Fastest Jetpack Flight
Does anyone see any possible issues with this?~~
By Adele Peters: This Electric Highway Powers Trucks Without Recharging
By Lydia Dishman: This Women’s-Only Networking App Aims To Build A Community Of Support

By Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan: How Strava, The App For Athletes, Became An App For Cities
Of course, there are inherent biases in Strava’s data. Not everyone in every city uses the app, and though it is free, it still requires a smartphone to operate–excluding people who cannot afford one.

Have you used this app?
Strava is the social network for athletes. We’re a global community of millions of runners, cyclists and triathletes, united by the camaraderie of sport. Our website and mobile apps bring athletes together from all walks of life and inspire them to unlock their potential – both as individuals and as communities. From Olympians to weekend warriors, we’re out there on the road and trail, all over the world, day after day.
By Cara Giamo: A Day in the Life of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Librarian
By Anika Burgess: The World’s Tiniest Wonders, Revealed Through Photomicrography
Use for dip size crockpots!
By Lynnette Soltwedel: Cleaning up Old Hardware
By Hometalk Hits: 31 Reasons We Can’t Stop Buying Michaels Storage Crates
By GrandmasHouseDIY: DIY Inexpensive Deck Rails Out of Steel Conduit!

By Erica Offutt: Thursday’s Best Deals: Roku Premiere+, Horizon Zero Dawn, Clear the Rack, and More


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How to Pick the Best Pressure Cooker • New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog

This article will help you reach the pressure cooker which is best for you in every way. Commonly, there are two types of pressure cookers used around: stainless steel and aluminium.

How to Pick the Best Pressure Cooker • New Life On A Homestead | Homesteading Blog

3 Keys to Emotional Stability

Adjust your perspective by focusing on the positive opportunities introduced by negative events. Also consider the foundational blessings in your life to get a broader view. We’re most vulnerable to emotional turmoil when we focus solely on negative things.

3 Keys to Emotional Stability

51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 44: Genesis – Follow You, Follow Me – Hugh’s Views & News

51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 44: Genesis – Follow You, Follow Me – Hugh’s Views & News

FYI November 08, 2017

1917 – The first Council of People’s Commissars is formed, including Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin.
The Council of People’s Commissars (Russian: Совет народных комиссаров or Совнарком, translit. Soviet narodnykh kommissarov or Sovnarkom, also as generic SNK) was a government institution formed shortly after the October Revolution in 1917. Created in the Russian Republic, the council laid foundations in restructuring the country to form the Soviet Union. It evolved to become the highest government authority of executive power in the government of the Soviet Union. The chairman of this council was thus the head of government (whereas the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet was head of state).

The 1918 Constitution of the RSFSR formalised the role of the Sovnarkom of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR): it was to be responsible to the Congress of Soviets for the “general administration of the affairs of the state”. The constitution enabled the Sovnarkom to issue decrees carrying the full force of law when the Congress was not in session. The Congress then routinely approved these decrees at its next session.

When the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was established in December 1922, the USSR Sovnarkom was modelled on the RSFSR Sovnarkom. It was transformed in 1946 into the Council of Ministers.[1]

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1878 – Dorothea Bate, English palaeontologist and archaeozoologist (d. 1951)
Dorothea Minola Alice Bate FGS (8 November 1878 – 13 January 1951), also known as Dorothy Bate, was a British palaeontologist, a pioneer of archaeozoology. Her life’s work was to find fossils of recently extinct mammals with a view to understanding how and why giant and dwarf forms evolved.[3]

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via Lifehacker: “Library Extension” Helps You Find Books At Your Local Library While You Shop for Books Online
Maria Popova Brain Pickings: An Illustrated Celebration of Trailblazing Women in Science
Great idea!
By Beyond Words Team: Day it Forward – November 2017
Every month, readers are encouraged to submit the charity of his/her choice by emailing us. (You can also easily submit a charity on one of our social media posts!)

Your submissions will be reviewed by bestselling author Sylvia Day and she will select one or more to personally contribute to for the month. The selected charity will be featured in the next month’s Day it Forward to bring more awareness to its cause and allow for readers of Beyond Words to learn about and possibly donate to help its cause, too.
By Yolanda R. Arrington: The SITREP: Puerto Rico Power Update, West Point Classmates Forever Linked & More
DOD: 3-D Printing Technology Helps Wounded Warriors
By Rina Raphael: What Kobe Bryant Learned From His New Mentor, Film Composer John Williams
By Molly Fosco: ‘American Sniper’ Screenwriter Goes Back to War in His Directorial Debut
By Baraka Kaseko and Marah Eakin: Hanson closes out its session with the anthemic new single “I Was Born”

By Brian Kahn: These Photos of the Atacama Desert Will Make You Feel Like You’re on Another Planet


By Andrw P. Collins: When You Want To Lounge But Off-Road Is Life

By Peter Monshizadeh: Here’s Why You Never Want To See Your Old Vehicle Again
I didn’t think I’d ever see it again. But before you decide to sell a vehicle of yours, ask and be honest with yourself: Can you stand seeing it become the faintest shadow of its former being?

By Ashawnta Jackson: The Revolution Was Televised, Thanks to This 25-Pound Video Rig
Portable video freed not just the means of production, but the means of broadcasting. “All of a sudden, you could make TV by yourself, says Zafian. “It was YouTube without the internet.”


Stone Flower, a monument to the victims of Jasenovac, Croatia

By Darmon Ritcher: The Misunderstood History of the Balkans’ Surreal War Memorials
Darmon Richter is a British travel writer and Ph.D. researcher, with a particular interest in the ideological architecture of Eastern Europe. He writes The Bohemian Blog, and will lead Atlas Obscura’s Past Future Monuments of the Balkans trip this spring.

Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Joyxee Island
One man’s fulfilled dream of living on an artificial island made of recycled plastic bottles.

Joyxee Island
By Chad Grills: It’s Okay to Fail 51 Times, Here’s Why
If I were dropped out of a plane into the ocean and told the nearest land was a thousand miles away, I’d still swim. And I’d despise the one who gave up.
Abraham Maslow
Let Abraham Maslow’s quote be your guide. Keep swimming, keep improving, and:

“Be realistic. Expect a miracle.”

By Anne Miller: The Science Behind Baking the Most Delicious Cookie Ever
By Josh Jones: Jimmy Page Unplugged: Led Zeppelin’s Guitarist Reveals His Acoustic Talents in Four Videos (1970-2008)

By Shep McAllister: Speed Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner Prep With an Early Black Friday Instant Pot Deal


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Medium: Alex Schult – Photography

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