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Sunday, April 13, 2014

TOM SWIFT

I'm not politically correct, love antiquated terms, phrases and expressions, and wish I had lived in the early 1900's, before laws against everything were passed. I also enjoy a good book. Hence I am fan of the first series of Tom Swift books dating from 1910 to 1941. Besides fun adventure and fighting the bad guys, Tom Swift and his father, Barton Swift, are inventors living in Shopton, New York, and many of their inventions have since been realized. The series has also resparked my interest in inventions and machines and has reignited dreams of my youth. In these books, cars are called autos, drivers are automobilists, a bicycle is a wheel, motor-cycle is hyphenated, and there are catchy phrases like, "That's the stuff!" The character Tom Swift was created by Edward Stratemeyer, and although written by different ghostwriters, the books were published under the collective pseudonym of Victor Appleton.
 
Collecting the actual books would be costly, yet possible, but there are many ways to acquire the series. The first 25 books are now public domain and can be read online. I bought them for my Kindle for a pittance. Once I read one, I was hooked, and said to myself, "That's the stuff!"
 
 
1910 ~ Tom Swift and His Motor-Cycle
1910 ~ Tom Swift and His Motor-Boat
1910 ~ Tom Swift and His Airship
1910 ~ Tom Swift and His Submarine Boat
1910 ~ Tom Swift and His Electric Runabout
1911 ~ Tom Swift and His Wireless Message
1911 ~ Tom Swift Among the Diamond Makers
1911 ~ Tom Swift in the Caves of Ice
1911 ~ Tom Swift and His Sky Racer
1911 ~ Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle
1912 ~ Tom Swift in the City of Gold
1912 ~ Tom Swift and His Air Glider
1912 ~ Tom Swift in Captivity
1912 ~ Tom Swift and His Wizard Camera
1912 ~ Tom Swift and His Great Searchlight
1913 ~ Tom Swift and His Giant Cannon
1914 ~ Tom Swift and His Photo Telephone
1915 ~ Tom Swift and His Aerial Warship
1916 ~ Tom Swift and His Big Tunnel
1917 ~ Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders
1918 ~ Tom Swift and His War Tank
1919 ~ Tom Swift and His Air Scout
1920 ~ Tom Swift and His Undersea Search
1921 ~ Tom Swift Among the Fire Fighters
1922 ~ Tom Swift and His Electric Locomotive
1923 ~ Tom Swift and His Flying Boat
1924 ~ Tom Swift and His Great Oil Gusher
1925 ~ Tom Swift and His Chest of Secrets
1926 ~ Tom Swift and His Airline Express
1927 ~ Tom Swift Circling the Globe
1928 ~ Tom Swift and His Talking Pictures
1929 ~ Tom Swift and His House on Wheels
1930 ~ Tom Swift and His Big Dirigible
1931 ~ Tom Swift and His Sky Train
1932 ~ Tom Swift and His Giant Magnet
1933 ~ Tom Swift and His Television Detector
1934 ~ Tom Swift and His Ocean Airport
1935 ~ Tom Swift and His Planet Stone
1939 ~ Tom Swift and His Giant Telescope
1941 ~ Tom Swift and His Magnetic Silencer
 
 
 
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Friday, April 11, 2014

MORSE CODE

I'm not a prepper. Hopefully I have enough resourcefulness to make a good attempt at survival in case of a national disaster or war. However, when an enemy invades a country, the first thing they try to take control of is communications, the media, for obvious reasons. Because of this, and because our federal government is now so unstable, it might be a good idea to get into Ham Radio, or at least have on hand a shortwave radio (with extra batteries), and to learn Morse Code. Morse Code can come in handy in a crunch, and is easy to learn if one takes a few minutes to study it, and practice it with friends. At a young age I learned the distress signal S.O.S. in Morse Code. Why not learn how to say everything else?



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Saturday, April 5, 2014

RELIGIONS OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS

One's religion ought to influence one's actions. Hopefully it does with me. And presumably it would with our presidents. Out of curiosity I today looked up the religions each of the U.S. presidents professed while in office.

George Washington  --  Episcopalian
John Adams  --  Unitarian
Thomas Jefferson  --  No affiliation
James Madison  --  Episcopalian
James Monroe  --  Episcopalian
John Quincy Adams  --  Unitarian
Andrew Jackson  --  Presbyterian
Martin Van Buren  --  Dutch Reformed Church
William Harrison  --  Episcopalian
John Tyler   --  Episcopalian
James Polk  --  Presbyterian
Zachary Taylor  --  Episcopalian
Millard Fillmore  --  Unitarian
Franklin Pierce  --  Episcopalian
James Buchanan  --  Presbyterian
Abraham Lincoln  --  No affiliation
Andrew Johnson  --  Methodist
Ulysses Grant  --  Methodist
Rutherford Hayes  --  Methodist
James Garfield  --  Disciples of Christ
Chester Arthur  --  Episcopalian
Grover Cleveland  --  Presbyterian
Benjamin Harrison  --  Presbyterian
William McKinley  --  Methodist
Theodore Roosevelt  --  Dutch Reformed Church
William Taft  --  Unitarian
Woodrow Wilson  --  Presbyterian
Warren Harding  --  Baptist
Calvin Coolidge  --  Congregationalist
Herbert Hoover  --  Quaker
Franklin Roosevelt  --  Episcopalian
Harry Truman  --  Southern Baptist
Dwight Eisenhower  --  Presbyterian
John Kennedy  --  Catholic
Lyndon Johnson  --  Disciples of Christ
Richard Nixon  --  Quaker
Gerald Ford  --  Episcopalian
Jimmy Carter  --  Southern Baptist
Ronald Reagan  --  Presbyterian
George H.W. Bush  --  Episcopalian
Bill Clinton  --  Professed Southern Baptist
George W. Bush  --  Methodist
Barack Obama  --  Muslim


At least there are no Frisbeeterians among them. As you know, Frisbeeterians are those who believe that when you die your soul goes up on the roof and you can't get it down.


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

THE M1903 SPRINGFIELD RIFLE


From the collections of the Swedish Army Museum in Stockholm

From the Manual, a U.S. Infantry Soldier in 1917
My cousin, Jim Mears, just gave me the Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the Army of the United States - 1917 - that belonged to our grandfather, Peter Haugland.

It's amazing, full of wonderful information including military discipline, weapons and their use and care, camping, cooking, taking and guarding prisoners, codes, maps, first aid, French, and many other things, even a form for last will and testament.

But for here I'll simply mention that in 1917, during WWI, the rifle the U.S. Army was using was the .30 caliber M1903 Springfield. This is a magazine rifle, just over 43 inches long, weighing 8.69 pounds, and sighted for ranges up to 2,850 yards. (Its maximum range, when elevated at 45 degrees, is 389 yards less than 3 miles.) Its bayonet weighs 1 pound and has a 16 inch blade.

The color picture of the M1903 Springfield above I found elsewhere online, but the following diagram is a fold-out from this cool 350-page Manual:




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Monday, March 31, 2014

THE DALE LUND CLUB


If your name is DALE LUND, please join the DALE LUND CLUB. There are only someteen of us in the world, and we need to stick together.




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