Saturday, February 8, 2014

Far northern war wounds in 1864

The bridge between Calais and Saint Stephen in 1864
Photo: Saint Croix Historical Society
  It was in the summer of 1864 when the Confederate Army planned to rob a bank in Calais, Maine to fund it's operations against the Union Army.
  Canada was a hotbed of Confederate spies as well as a large number of Union Spies.  Canada was still a part of the English Empire at that time.
  Three Confederate spies entered the bank in Calais the July morning, and the law was waiting for them.  The "secret" meeting during the planning stage of the robbery had been attended by a Union spy.
  Gilbert Foster, owner of a Calais business, joined the fray.  Foster's holstered pistol discharged and he shot himself in the foot.
  Mr. Foster was the northern most casualty of the U S Civil War.  But, this was not the northern most incursion by the Confederates.  That honor would go to Saint Albans, Vermont, about a quarter degree north latitude, where three banks were robbed that October.

Yesterday there was no blog.  I overslept, having to meet someone at 4:00am I woke up at 3:30!  I rushed through the basics and met him on time.  During my drive down I finally discovered that my teeth and hearing aids were among the missing.  I drove back with him, did what I needed to do, and he was at work on time.  I also visited the walk in clinic at the Eastern Maine Health Care mall and was examined for an infection which I thought was a urinary tract thing.  The infection is in my prostate which was examined digitally (finger) and nodules were found.  Those nodules need further study.  I'll keep you posted.  the geezer.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Live long and prosper, um?

I came upon a couple of illustrations in the Bangor Daily News recently that show how this State measures up to a certain foreign country.  Each State is represented so we all can see how our State measures up.
The first illustration shows the average lifespan of people who live in each state compared to one country or another in the rest of the world.  This map was compiled by Atlantic writer Olga Khazan.
Average lifespan - click to enlarge
The second map, compiled by Redditor Phaenthi  illustrates the "gross domestic product" of each state and is compared again to a foreign country.
How much we produced in dollars, per state - click to enlarge
Hey!  I have to think of these things you know!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

You otter see this!

Photo: Oregon Zoo/Twitter
  Tilly is a mother otter, she is going to teach her young ones to swim.  You would think an otter would be born to swim and not have to learn; not so.  Follow the link and watch for yourself.

The Video is a good one, and the baby learns to swim in just a few short lessons.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Las ondas del soplo de los vientos crecen, or, The winds blow, the waves grow

A large wind-wave
Please click to enlarge
  Most waves on any body of water are caused by winds.  Some waves travel thousands of miles before interacting with land.  Some waves on small puddles don't travel very far at all.  We most notice waves on the oceans or large lakes, like the Great Lakes.
  Follow this link:

      to see how some people in Spain react to a wave on the Atlantic Ocean, it's fun!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Blue fire

Blue lava from this volcano
Photo Olivier Grunewald National Geographic
  When the Kawah Ijen volcano in Indonesia erupted recently it sent out the blue lave and blue fire.  It was caused by a heavy concentration of sulfuric acid contained in the lava.
  A similar sight was seen in Ethiopia when the Dallol volcano erupted.  I'm pretty sure you can click and enlarge the photos.
Olivier Grunewald National Geographic

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Move along folks. There's nothing to see here.

  I am ill prepared for this mornings blog.  I got the new computer out of the shop yesterday.  I bought Windows 7 at Amazon and had the new PC retro-fit with it.  I knew we couldn't get along with Windows 8 or 8.1; too many steps to get to one place.
  So now I have loaded software and today I'll start loading the stuff from this PC to the other.  Oh, and I already don't like the new display, a monitor that just doesn't seem "right".  That would mean it's either too small or too short or the size of the piece you have open isn't "right".  I'm a particular person what can I say?