Music April 06, 2020







FYI April 05, 2020

On This Day

1566 – Two hundred Dutch noblemen, led by Hendrick van Brederode, force themselves into the presence of Margaret of Parma and present the Petition of Compromise, denouncing the Spanish Inquisition in the Seventeen Provinces.
The Compromise[1] of Nobles (Dutch: Eedverbond der Edelen; French: Compromis des Nobles) was a covenant of members of the lesser nobility in the Habsburg Netherlands who came together to submit a petition to the Regent Margaret of Parma on 5 April 1566, with the objective of obtaining a moderation of the placards against heresy in the Netherlands. This petition played a crucial role in the events leading up to the Dutch Revolt and the Eighty Years’ War.



Born On This Day

1656 – Nikita Demidov, Russian industrialist (d. 1725)
Nikita Demidov (full name Nikita Demidovich Antufiev; 5 April 1656 – 28 November 1725) was a Russian industrialist who founded the Demidov industrial dynasty.

Peter I of Russia charged the enterprising blacksmith Nikita with casting cannon for his many military expeditions and he was ennobled with name Demidov for having strongly supported the tsar’s activities. In 1699 he set up Nevyansk’s first iron foundry and in 1725 discovered mines at Kolivan (Kolyban), whose exploitation enriched him. A museum is devoted to him in Tula.

The founder of the Demidov family, he was born at Tula, the son of Demid Antufiev (1624–1664), a free blacksmith from Tula. Nikita began as a blacksmith himself and was put in charge of producing muskets and halberds (of which he was the main supplier) for the Russian Army by Tsar Peter the Great. Conceded many privileges, Nikitia built one of Russia’s first metallurgical factories at Tula between 1694 and 1696. This produced the first Russian iron to rival English- and Swedish-produced iron for quality.

In 1699, Nikita built a new factory at Yekaterinburg. He then opened Siberia’s first iron mine at Kolyban. In 1702 the Tsar granted him permission to change his name to Demidov and put a new foundry in the Urals under his command – it became Russia’s first true armaments factory. Between 1716 and 1725 Nikita built four new metallurgical factories in the Urals. During Russia’s Great Northern War against Sweden (1700–1721), the Demidov factories became the main supplier to the Russian army, supplying cannons, pistols, swords and other munitions, producing them twice as fast and twice as cheaply as the competition and thus making a decisive contribution to the Russian victory. On 21 September he was ennobled by Tsar Peter the Great in reward for his services.

He died in his home town of Tula.

Nikita Demidov had three definitely-attested children (and a possible fourth):

Akinfiy Nikitich Demidov (1678–1745)
Grigory Nikitich Demidov (died 1728)
Nikita Nikitich Demidov (died 1758)



By Chris Finch, WVUE: History-making Saints kicker Tom Dempsey dies from coronavirus crisis
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – Legendary New Orleans Saints place kicker Tom Dempsey died Saturday night after a battle with COVID-19. He was 73.

It is unknown what the cause of death was – coronavirus has not been ruled out. However, the Saints Hall of Fame kicker recently tested positive.

Barn Finds

By Elaine Neil Orr, Women Writer’s Women’s Books: Living and Writing and Faith: Dispatch from Self-Isolation, Day 30

Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Stillness as a form of action; Virginia Woolf on finding beauty in uncertainty; lessons on survival, sanity, and connection from the 1964 earthquake

By Amanda Cerney, Matzav Review: 6 are the books of John Green, the author of “The children of the Stars, which you have to read it




By Sunyecz22 : Recipe of the Day Toaster
BrainTwitch: Parabolic Curve Art Embroidery


CutterLight: Add a Little Zip to Your Morning – Ginger Crumbled Rhubarb Muffins
CutterLight: Sugar-free, Sweet and Satisfying Banana Custard
Taste of Home: Russian Potato Salad
Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home: 28 Recipes to Make With a Bag of Tortilla Chips
By Emily Racette Parulski, Taste of Home: 24 Warm and Cozy Slow Cooker Pasta Recipes




907 Updates April 05, 2020

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: Drive-in comedy at Chilkoot Charlie’s spreads laughs amid coronavirus worries; UAA students put electric scooter startup in motion and more ->
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Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Small business owner makes 3D printed masks to aid in effort during PPE shortage; Make a homemade mask from things found in your closet; Alchohol Control Board approves to-go drinks of adult beverages from restaurants and bars and more ->

Rasmuson Foundation: Help for Alaska in the time of coronavirus

Our Third Thirds: How Do You Open Your Mail?
Craig Medred: The Finest

Military April 05, 2020 Petition to Reinstate Fired Carrier Captain Goes Viral as Lawmakers Call for Probe; Legendary Soul Singer Bill Withers Will Be Posthumously Honored With Navy Award; Wyoming Man Cracks Codes in Grandfather’s WWII Letters and more ->

Task & Purpose, T. Christian Miller and Megan Rose, ProPublica: It’s hardly shocking the Navy fired a commander for warning of COVID-19 threat. It’s part of a pattern

DOD: U.S. Navy Attack Submarine USS Delaware Joins the Fleet and more ->




Quotes April 05, 2020

I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.
Mia Hamm,
professional soccer player, Olympic gold medalist
Courage has nothing to do with our determination to be great. It has to do with what we decide in that moment when we are called upon to be more.
Rita Dove,
poet, writer, Pulitzer Prize winner, US poet laureate
Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best.
Althea Gibson,
professional tennis player, first African American to win a Grand Slam title
I can say what most conductors can’t say — I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.
Harriet Tubman,
abolitionist, political activist, Underground Railroad conductor
Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
poet, playwright, writer, scientist, statesman, theater director, philosopher
If you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.
singer, entertainer, actress
Challenge yourself; it’s the only path which leads to growth.
Morgan Freeman,
actor, narrator
Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson),
writer, mathematician, clergyman
If you can stand in space just for a little while, a new door will open, or you’ll be able to see in the dark after a while. You’ll adjust.
Jane Campion,
filmmaker, screenwriter
If you’re really looking for something in particular, it helps to take your time.
Billy Gibbons,
musician, singer-songwriter, producer
Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done.
I insist that the object of all true education is not to make men carpenters, it is to make carpenters men.
W.E.B. Du Bois,
sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, writer, editor
I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.
The problem is not making up the steps but deciding which ones to keep.
Mikhail Baryshnikov,
dancer, choreographer, actor
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Francis of Assisi,
patron saint of Italy, animals, ecology
It is wrong not to give a hand to the fallen; this law is universal to the whole human race.
Seneca the Elder,

Music April 05, 2020



FYI April 04, 2020

On This Day

1949 – Cold War: Twelve nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO /ˈneɪtoʊ/; French: Organisation du traité de l’Atlantique nord, OTAN), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949.[3][4] NATO constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its independent member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party. NATO’s Headquarters are located in Evere, Brussels, Belgium, while the headquarters of Allied Command Operations is near Mons, Belgium.

Since its founding, the admission of new member states has increased the alliance from the original 12 countries to 30. The most recent member state to be added to NATO was North Macedonia on 27 March 2020. NATO currently recognizes Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, and Ukraine as aspiring members.[5] An additional 20 countries participate in NATO’s Partnership for Peace program, with 15 other countries involved in institutionalized dialogue programs. The combined military spending of all NATO members constitutes over 70% of the global total.[6] Members agreed that their aim is to reach or maintain the target defense spending of at least 2% of GDP by 2024.[7][8]



Born On This Day

1869 – Mary Colter, American architect, designed the Desert View Watchtower (d. 1958)
Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter (April 4, 1869 – January 8, 1958) was an American architect and designer. She was one of the very few female American architects in her day. She was the designer of many landmark buildings and spaces for the Fred Harvey Company and the Santa Fe Railroad, notably in Grand Canyon National Park. Her work had enormous influence as she helped to create a style, blending Spanish Colonial Revival and Mission Revival architecture with Native American motifs and Rustic elements, that became popular throughout the Southwest. Colter was a perfectionist, who spent a lifetime advocating and defending her aesthetic vision in a largely male-dominated field. [1]




BBC News: Dr William Frankland, allergy scientist pioneer, dies aged 108

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By Peter Rugg, Inverse: An Oral History of the Indoor Rainforest Iowa Almost Built It’s not a jungle out there. But it almost was — and that made all the difference.

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Betty Crocker Kitchens: Ground Beef Dinners That Are Just Plain Good
By Carolie Stanko, Taste of Home: 60 Gorgeous Easter Cake Recipes




907 Updates April 04, 2020

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Military April 04, 2020

By Alexander Bodin Saphir, BBC News: The Tip-Off From a Nazi That Saved My Grandparents

The New York Times: At War: Personal sacrifice today, compared to World War II




Quotes April 04, 2020

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

“Endure, and keep yourselves for days of happiness.”
Virgil, The Aeneid
“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.”
Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea
“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Familiar Studies of Men and Books
“We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.”
Winston Churchill, Broadcast to the United States, 1941
“I don’t know who I am or who I was. I know it less than ever. I do and I don’t identify myself with myself. Everything is totally contradictory, but maybe I have remained exactly as I was as a small boy of twelve.”
Alberto Giacometti, Giacometti: A Biography by James Lord