Archive for March, 2006

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

The NY Times published a book review of Sidney D. Kirkpatrick’s The Revenge of Thomas Eakins. Eakins was a Philadelphia artist in the 19th century. In the review by Deborah Solomon, I was struck by the following line: “Clearly a genius of some kind, he studied logarithms for fun, …” I gather Eakins ended up [...]

Scotch

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

From what I read in a column in this morning’s Wall Street Journal, I now understand that, in broad outline, Scotch is sold in three forms: Blends – a mix of whiskeys from multiple distilleries Single Malts – a mix of multiple barrels from the same distillery Scotch from an Individual Cask In the latter [...]

Unusual Airplane Crash

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

There was a short article in this morning’s Star Tribune about a private airplane that took off from Glendive, Montana to fly to St. Paul. This flight made the news in part because the plane crashed. What caught my eye, however, was that the plane crashed near Charleston, West Virginia. If my recollection of the [...]

Trumpeter Swan Photos

Friday, March 17th, 2006

This winter I went up to Monticello, Minnesota to photograph Trumpeter Swans. I sent a few of my pictures into a Monticello web site, and they can be seen here.

Robert C. Baker Passes Away

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Today’s NY Times had an obituary for Robert Baker, an agricultural scientist at Cornell who was instrumental in transforming the poultry industry after World War II.  Dr. Baker and his team developed a wide variety of chicken products, including: chicken baloney chicken pastrami chicken ham The article indicated that the groundwork for McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets [...]