|About fifty security professionals attended.|
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
|Newton portrait |
by Enoch Seemar 1726
Levenson acknowledges the works of Sir John Craig. Craig’s book, Newton at the Mint (Cambridge, 1946) is catalogued by the libraries of both the American Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Association. Levenson also cites two other Craig monographs, "Isaac Newton—Crime Investigator", Nature 182, 149-52; and Isaac Newton and the Counterfeiters, 18 Notes and Records of the Royal Society 2, 136-45 (1963). When I proposed a review of the Levenson book to the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, editor Wayne Homren shot back: “How does it compare to Craig?” Levenson draws on the same sources as Craig: Newton’s papers, the mint archives, court records, a biography of Chaloner, Chaloner’s own petitions and letters. Where numismatist John Craig presented the facts, videographer Thomas Levenson brings them to life.
|Merchant Token 1791 Middlesex|
1penny; size larger than
US quarter dollar.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
|Green states have their own units|
(Oregon went inactive after this map was produced)
While prior military service is common in the ranks, it is not a requirement for enlistment. Ohio is exceptional in conducting annual physical fitness tests, including push ups, sit ups, a one mile run, and measurement of waist-to-hips ratio, for active deployment. Here in Texas, you can join at 65 and serve until you are 70; and you can be extended by special orders.
“The Ohio Military Reserve is a component of the Ohio Adjutant General's Department and serves under the governor as commander in chief. Its primary mission is to provide a fully-manned and mission-ready civil support and sustainment brigade to support the state's Emergency Support Function 6 (mass care) and Emergency Support Function 7 (logistics and resource support) during natural or man-made disasters or other threats to homeland security. In order to accomplish this mission, OHMR units are trained in medical support, volunteer reception and management, shelter management and logistics support in addition to basic soldier skills. Our core competencies are training to National Incident Management System (NIMS), Military Emergency Management Specialist (MEMS), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards.” -- http://ohmr.ohio.gov
U.S. Code Title 32 Chapter 1 Section 109 (1916) empowered the states to create their own guard units commanded by the state governor. The Federal government activated the Maryland National Guard to the Mexican border in 1916, along with the national guards of Massachusetts, New York, Iowa, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. World War I brought federal mobilization of all the national guards, creating the need for the home units. (Wikipedia “State Defense Force” here. Also US Code archived at Cornell Law School and with attributing footnotes at Versus Law.)
“The Dick Act prohibited states from retaining their own militia systems. Ohio was one of the states that chose not to follow the federal mandate and [chose to] maintain such a force. A principal reason for the continuation of the Ohio Militia was the desire to protect Lake Erie. There was no Naval National Guard.” http://oko.ohmr.ohio.gov/join/info_about.php
“The Maritime Regiment specifically embraces the unique structure and traditions of America’s Naval and Marine forces in preparing troops to carry out duties related to Texas’ land, marine, littoral and riverine environments. In the interest of creating the most effective response team, TMAR has forged working relationships with various groups such as the U.S. Coast Guard, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Forest Service, and the Lower Colorado River Authority. The Regiment‘s members are true volunteers who willingly accept military discipline, orders and training to answer the call to meet urgent human needs in times of peril or crisis.”
in times of natural and man-made disasters.
Among the missions of the Texas State Guard are:
Mass care/Functional needs care
Special needs evacuation tracking
Wide area damage assessment
FACT SHEET here
Thursday, November 20, 2014
|Hail Merry's marketer, Colleen, |
at Whole Foods Arbor Trails, in Austin.
The company logo is based on the chess queen,
rendered in the style of wooden dolls
created by architect Alexander Girard.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
After he started working on this,
and was living in California, Paul took acting lessons.
After a lifetime on stage, he said the lessons helped.
He performed the work in clubs several times.
Sketches of Dorian Gray trailer
"Grey Haired Rats" -- Playing piano in a rock band sucks. I've had just about every kind of electric piano ever made. They all stink. More than once, I've had to play some strange approximation of a piano provided by a stupid promoter. One time the piano was 175 feet from the stage. (No you can't move it). Once the "piano" was actually an organ (Hey, it's got keys, what's the problem?) On top of that, keyboard instruments were ridiculed by just about everyone in our crowd it seemed. Too much like British prog-rock or worse, the Doors. Peter Laughner once told me pianos are OK, sometimes, but the pedals are only for squares. -- THE STYRENES by Paul Marotta, Scat Records liner notes here.
- The Styrenes perform "OneFanzine Reader Writes" on Glasgow TV show The Beat Room in 1998.
- This fan posting of “Drano in Your Veins” has better fidelity.
- The Styrenes - All The Wrong PeopleAre Dying
- In C By Terry Riley - A 'rock' orchestration by The Styrenes - Part 1
- The Styrenes in Wikipedia here.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
|DEBRA FLANAGAN (right) |
talks to a customer at Whole Foods.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
|Fu, Lu, and Shou,|
the three gods of traditional folk religion
representing Happiness, Prosperity, and Longevity
stand under the welcoming gate.
|Southwest National Bank. The doors are in|
Chinese characters, Romanized Chinese
and Vietnamese: Ngân hàng quốc gia
|Across the street from the Southwest National Bank|
The first character means da "big" (a man with arms out).
The second character may be "auspicious".
The last two compounds are yin hang "bank"
= silver (metal under mountain)
+ capable, to do.
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Saturday, November 8, 2014
|The Plate Block|
is a set of four near the number
that identifies the printing plate.
|Greece has several series honoring her classical coins.|
Left Pythagoras on a coin from Samos. Right Rhodes.
|Dominca honors the first stamp.|
Israel remembers the Temple shekel of the Bar Kochbar Revolt.
|Hungary (left) commemorated the guilder of King Laszlo, |
one of several in this series.
a Double Grosso of Honore the Second
also one of a series.
Philatelics: the objective virtues of stamp collecting
Thursday, November 6, 2014
|Busiest store in the mall|
Getting frequent messages that my version of Safari was no longer supported, I went looking for an update. Nowhere on http://www.apple.com/safari/ did I find any link to update the software. So, I went to the Apple Store. The geniuses there showed me what I should have remembered: updates are under the Apple icon at the upper left of the menu bar. And my version of Leopard would not take the updates anyway. So, we scheduled an appointment for the next day. That night, I went to Best Buy and bought a Seagate terabyte external drive to back everything up just in case.
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Monday, November 3, 2014
Of course, most governments, even the bad ones, were smaller than today. "Gentlemen do not read each other's mail," said Henry L. Stimson, when he served as Secretary of State for President Herbert Hoover, and closed the American "Black Chamber" of cryptography.
Compared to the collecting of classic U.S. Federal coinage of the 19th and 20th centuries, stamps, covers, post cards, and other philatelic materials are inexpensive. Rarities of high value do sell at important auctions, but generally, for the price of a common slabbed Morgan Dollar, you can buy more than you can carry at a stamp show.
Letters and post cards, commemorative covers, and other artifacts deliver world history from the daily perspective of individuals. In The Maltese Falcon when Sam Spade wants to keep the locker key safe, he mails it to himself, as here, in "City". Most people do not know that today, local post offices do not sort their own mail. Just about everything is regionalized into sorting centers where automatic machinery reads and recognizes the address codes.
That Ayn Rand wrote an essay for Minkus and so was famous for her stamps, not her coins, reflects the fact that women are more often active in philatelics than they are in numismatics.
About 20 years ago, on a DoD job, one of the Navy veterans said to me that the 1940s were the last time that most people had class. Some years earlier, in fact, a designer I dated sighed that it was hard living in a "classless society." I do not wear a suit, but I do dress up to travel. It's the least you can do to help make the world a better place. (Just a couple of years ago, monitoring a security camera, I saw one of my fellow Texans remove his hat as he entered an elevator.)
Back about 1989 or so, I was teaching technical writing at Lansing Community College and one of my students worked for a contractor at a sorting center for the United States Postal Service. He said that the best way to address a letter is to put two spaces and no punctuation between the city, the state, and the ZIP code: Hometown ST 12345-6789 The machines read serif and sans serif equally well; and they can do pretty good with neat handwriting.
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