FYI August 31, 2020

On This Day

1056 – After a sudden illness a few days previously, Byzantine Empress Theodora dies childless, thus ending the Macedonian dynasty.

The Macedonian dynasty (Greek: Μακεδονική Δυναστεία) ruled the Byzantine Empire from 867 to 1056, following the Amorian dynasty. During this period, the Byzantine state reached its greatest extent since the Muslim conquests, and the Macedonian Renaissance in letters and arts began. The dynasty was named after its founder, Basil I the Macedonian who came from the Theme of Macedonia, which, at the time, was part of Thrace.

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Born On This Day

1775 – Agnes Bulmer, English poet and author (d. 1836)
Agnes Bulmer (31 August 1775 – 20 August 1836) was an English poet. She is believed to have written the longest epic poem ever written by a woman. The piece, Messiah’s Kingdom, took over nine years to complete.

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FYI

By Chris Bengel, NCAA BB: Allen Iverson, Dikembe Mutombo, Michael Jordan and others react to death of Georgetown’s John Thompson; Thompson was one of the greatest coaches that college basketball has ever seen and ranks 62nd all-time with 596 wins
 
 
 
 

Al Cross and Heather Chapman at The Rural Blog: Bill Neikirk, a pioneer of D.C. economics journalism, dies at 82; set up scholarship for J-students from Appalachian Ky.; ‘Success Stories in Rural Journalism’ webinar highlights reader support for local news outlets, good work that earns it; Radically Rural goes online this year; Sept. 24 program will include sessions on community journalism, other topics and more ->
 
 
 
 

By Lori Zaino, The Points Guy: 11 of the best apps for solo travelers
 
 
 
 
By Savannah Tanbusch, Beyond Bylines: Blog Profiles: Electronica and Ambient Music Blogs
 
 
 
 

US Postal Service: U.S. Postal Service Launches New Election Mail Website
 
 
 
 
Francois Spies Product Manager, Google Images: Learn how to find image licensing information on Google Images

Jane Woodall Brand Manager, Brand Studio: The 2020 Doodle for Google national finalists are here
 
 
 
 
By MessyNessy 13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. DXVIII): This statue hanging in the cellar of an abandoned castle in Italy; Roscigno Vecchia, the Italian ghost town with only one inhabitant, Giuseppe Spagnuolo; “Be your own weatherman!” 1961 and more ->

 
 
 
 
Cision: JOHN LENNON. GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Ideas

glassic touch: Wine Bottle Apothecary Jar DIY Tutorial
 
 

 
 
 
 

Recipes

By Diana Rattray, The Spruce Eats: Keto Taco Casserole