Friday, April 28, 2006

Matches

In the year 1669, phosphorous was discovered, and soon after matches were invented. In theyear 1680, Robert Boyle created a fire with sulfur and phosphorous, not really a match though.

John Walker improvised a method to strike a stick, causing friction in 1827 and the first sale was 1827. It progressed until the Diamond Match Co., hired Joshua Pusey and purchased his patent for the matchbook for $4,000.

President William H. Taft asked that the patent be released for the free use of the public, Congress thereafter taxed the matches.

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Pirates of Pennsylvania 2006

I look forward to watching the Pirates play, but 7 straight losses is a bit much to take. I will stick with it though, as they are my team.

Anyone can comment on my comments, just click comments.

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Do I need this? Do I want this? No!

Cleaning the garage is so tramatic, keep it, pitch it. Whatever is a person to do?

I say Pitch it and gain a clean uncluttered garage. Yes!

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Historical Atrocities

In pursuit of a day that is better than the last, I open my mind to any adventure.

History of the area during the 1700s seems to be a time for exploiting the next guy, to get all you can from him and set oneself up in a lifestyle that is not within one's reach normally. If one does not know any better lifestyle, how can one set
a goal for that? The early settlers (some) stole the land from native families and used their weapons to grab that which they wanted. How can we hold them in esteem? Would we do the same? I don't believe so, I know I would commit such acts, but then, my survival is not at stake.

The landgrabbers should take the blame as many settlers purchased land from them, or rented the land which they cleared and worked, only to have their rent raised. The purpose was to have the land cleared for resale, not to help the settlers.

The winters in the Northern part of USA are brutal, can one imagine how families could exist is freezing weather. Their homes were so rugged that how could not the indoors be nearly the same temperature as the outdoors. Not only the cold being a factor, but how did they start their fires? Did every family have a store of matches? Did they rub wood to start a flame? Where would they get dry wood for kindling in the winter, did they spend the summer collecting wood and trying to keep it dry until winter? If so, they would need a rainproof barn, which would probably be better constructed than their living quarters, or perhaps they used the same building. I am thinking that a good hatchet would be a mainstay of any family.

The fact that they had many children could explain why so many did survive.

Off to research matches.

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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Surviving

Perhaps, in these times, we can step back and see what have been our major accomplishments, if none, then at least we survived this long and that is a major accomplishment.

I have finally finished my book, "Tale", not really the title, but just a way to name the file. I usually use 'Poop", but I don't want to use fowl language on my first post. I really want to make 'Tale" longer, and to add some excitement to it, as it is rather dull. It is like some old fiction that I have read over the past years. When you consider that life is not all that exciting, I mean the day to day happenings. We do what we do, but I always like to add more to each day than that.

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Time to breathe.

All work is caught up, so now to be creative and follow through.

I am googled out, so time for a break, back later to survey the overseas websites.

Tat has sent me some great links for Croatia, so I may return there tonight.

I haven't heard from her for some time, so I am sure she is busy.

Later,
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