Monthly Archives: April 2014

Do It Yourself Learning: the Kató Lomb method revisited.

I had some difficulty but I found a pair of novels I could use for the Kató Lomb method in Swedish.  Since I already know some Swedish and can be reasonably understood (although some of my relatives claim I speak Swedish … Continue reading

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We’re lucky no large Asteroid has hit a major city, according to Astronauts Lu, Jones, and Anders

Astronauts say only luck has prevented a large Asteroid from hitting a large city around the world, according to Phys Org.  Today is Earth Day.  An event is scheduled for 8 PM PDT at the Seattle Museum of Flight, Seattle, … Continue reading

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What Causes Earthquakes: Plate Tectonics Part 2

Some time before the ’08 Stock Market and Real Estate Crash, at the height of the hype, I happened to catch an episode of Jim Cramer’s Mad Money  program on CNBC.  This program was bizarre. It combined bad entertainment with … Continue reading

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What causes Earthquakes? Alfred Wegener and Continental Drift. Part 1

  From the era of the exploration, Cartographers speculated that the continents were torn apart and or had drifted away from one another.  Abraham Ortelius speculated in 1596 on the idea of continental drift having been caused by earthquakes and … Continue reading

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The Richter Scale Calculated in J.

Taking the numbers from the South Dakota Geologic Survey Chart and running them in J, we see how truly sensitive the sensors, seismograph, and the Richter Scale are at a wide range of values.   Note that results above 10^5 are … Continue reading

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The Earthquakes in California and Chile.

Two weeks ago, on April 29, we in the Los Angeles-Orange County area of California experienced an earthquake.  I was sitting here at my computer desk reading my email when it struck.  When I felt the gentle rolling motions, I … Continue reading

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Mickey Rooney R.I.P

Another of the great stars of the 1930’s and 1940’s has passed away on Sunday.  Mickey Rooney was my Grandmother’s favorite actor.  His movie credits go all the way back to the early silent films when he was just a … Continue reading

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Back to Benny Lewis the Irish Polyglot

After getting that business off my chest about  the prison POW, gulag, or concentration camp style public school lunches (opps, I’ve violated Godwin’s law), I wanted to get back to Benny Lewis, the Irish Polyglot.  I had a few more … Continue reading

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The Face of Public Education in the U.S. today.

I promised myself that I would not take up politics on this site, and that I would remain positive and offer positive ways to help people improve their lives.  But this picture of this young man’s  face and that alleged … Continue reading

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Benny Lewis – The Irish Polyglot – Part 3: What is the Irish Language?

You say, “I thought the Irish spoke English?”  They do. But it is not the original language of the Celtic peoples of the British Isles as depicted on the map:   Irish (Green), Scots(Blue), Manx (the tiny dot of Orange … Continue reading

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