Gauge: Railroad to Chariots

Next time you are handed a specification and wonder what horse’s rear came up with it The US Standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4  feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used?  Because that’s the way they built them in England, and the US railroads  were built by English expatriates Why did…

TV Commercials Remembered

One day I started to think about commercials.  I started with how different they are these days, much different than I when I was a child.  They seem more sophisticated, more, sublimely engineered to get your attention. Especially kid’s commercials.  That thought brought me to commercials that I remember from my time as a kid.  I would like to think…

Pumpkin Patch Festival via Western Train Museum

Pumpkin

On Saturday we went to the Western Train Museum’s Pumpkin Patch Festival.  You will recall that we had gone on the train a few weeks ago: http://theblogofteresa.com/trains/ . During that ride they let us know about this festival.  It was a short train ride and it was packed full of people and excited kids. When we arrived,  I understood the kids’ excitement. There was a lot for…

DNA and Chimerism

We have all heard about the guy who served 25 years or so  for a crime he did not commit.  He was fortuitously saved from further incarceration by DNA testing. Released as an innocent man we all celebrate modern science and its amazing ability to reveal the truth in these cases and exonerate the poor guy.   But what if DNA…

Patriot Josiah Bartlett

In 1774, Josiah Bartlett’s house burned down.  Although never proven, it was rumored the fire had been set by his political enemies. Bartlett was a Tory, a rebel, and Royal Governor John Wentworth was, of course, a Whig.  Bartlett had joined the Colonel assembly in 1774 and became part of the Committee of Correspondence. It was then he began his…

Emphysema Update 10.10.16

emphsyema

I have got to figure out my lighting.  Anyway enjoy the Emphysema update. It is shorter. I am going to try to keep to 10 minutes or less. As always I am not a doctor and before you start any exercise program, change or stop your medicines, take any supplements, or start to diet, check with your doctors.  While everything I say…