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Sarah Palin is the other whom Yoda spoke about.

calendar   Friday - January 15, 2010

This idea isn’t new to me, but I hadn’t seen it on this scale before. Take a look.

Fancy living in a Church? This old church in Kyloe, North Cumberland, England was purchased by a couple. They invested lots of money to keep the outside and inside as it was but the outside stayed the same.

They restored instead of renovated (3 times less money)

The couple did their best to recreate the inside like a regular home.

Here I am living in this country and these were sent to me from America by a dear friend there.  Ain’t the net the most wonderful place?

I’ll say one thing about this sort of living environment.

YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE NOT NOISY!  EVER!

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H/T Lynne P.  from email. 

I’d love to have in the bank what these folks might be paying in electric and or gas bills. That isn’t a warm part of this country.
It is pretty though.


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calendar   Wednesday - January 13, 2010

WOO - WHO GUYS IN AMERICA. Have you already seen this?  WOW!

Right I know. I go a bit crazy over finds like this.  And I always ask the same questions.  What else is out there?  What are they gonna find next?
It amazing that some of the things found have even survived this long.
I wonder if there will be anything from our current century that will have someone 500 years from now saying, wow. What a find.

Maybe, Wow. How primitive?

Be sure to go HERE FOR SOME GREAT PHOTOS .


Pictured: The 400-year-old map that shows China as the centre of the world

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:49 AM on 13th January 2010

A rare 17th Century map that shows China as the as the centre of the world went on display yesterday in Washington.

The map, created in 1602 by Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, was the first in Chinese to show the Americas, and identifies Florida as ‘the Land of Flowers’.

The 12ft by 5ft document, printed on six rolls of rice paper, is on show at the Library of Congress. It is one of only two copies in existence in good condition, and was coined ‘the impossible black tulip of cartography’ by experts strugging to track it down.

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Rare: The 17th Century Ricci Map. 1: China - 2: India - 3: Russia - 4: Europe - 5: Japan - 6: Canada - 7: US - 8: South America - 9: Africa - 10: Middle East

The map includes drawings and annotations detailing different regions of the world. Africa was noted to have the world’s highest mountain and longest river, while a brief description of North America describes ‘humped oxen’, wild horses and a region named ‘Ka-na-ta’.

Several Central and South American places are also named, including ‘Wa-ti-ma-la’ (Guatemala), ‘Yu-ho-t’ang’ (Yucatan) and ‘Chih-Li’ (Chile).

Ricci also included a brief description of the discovery of the Americas: ‘In olden days, nobody had ever known that there were such places as North and South America or Magellanica,’ he wrote, citing a name that early mapmakers used for Australia and Antarctica.

‘But a hundred years ago, Europeans came sailing in their ships to parts of the sea coast, and so discovered them.’

Ti Bin Zhang of the Chinese Embassy in Washington called the map a ‘catalyst for commerce’, and that it represented the momentous first meeting of East and West.

Ricci was among the first Westerners to live in what is now Beijing. Known for introducing Western science to China, Ricci created the map at the request of Emperor Wanli.

No examples of the map are known to exist in China, where Ricci was revered and buried. Only a few original copies are known to exist, held by the Vatican’s libraries and collectors in France and Japan.
Enlarge Catalyst for commerce: The map is thought to represent the momentous first meeting of East and West
Enlarge Intricate: The map, created in 1602, identifies Florida as ‘the Land of Flowers’

Catalyst for commerce: The map is thought to represent the momentous first meeting of East and West

The copy on display at the Library of Congress became the second most expensive rare map ever sold after it was purchased by the James Ford Bell Trust in October for $1million.

The trust also owns the Waldseemuller world map, which was the first to use the name ‘America’ and was purchased for a staggering $10 million in 2003.

Prior to its sale, the Ricci map had been held by a private collector in Japan. When the Washington exhibition ends in April, it will be housed at the Bell Library at the University of Minnesota.

The library also will create a digital image of the map to be posted online.

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calendar   Monday - January 11, 2010

AN AWESOME AMERICAN ARTIST.

I do use awesome a lot I know but then, I also do get carried away by things and especially things like this.

I can not imagine having the kind of patience it takes to do this.

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January 11, 2010
America’s top modeller goes for a ride

Model cars

Michael Paul Smith, a model-maker, has used his skills to recreate an extraordinary miniature world of motoring from a bygone era.

His townscapes are so detailed and accurate that many admirers thought at first that they were photographs.

The 57-year-old American uses his experience as an architectural modeller to build elaborate sets and even makes many of the vehicles himself — all in 1:24 scale.

His work is painstaking — it can take up to four weeks to build a single house, shop, café or garage — but the perfect results are earning him a worldwide following.

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calendar   Saturday - January 09, 2010

Bugatti car that spent 70 years under water could fetch 80,000 pounds at auction!

WOW!  nothin’ to say .... glad they brought er up tho.

London, Jan 9 :

A rare Bugatti
that lay at the bottom of a lake for 73 years is set to fetch over 80,000 pounds at auction—the price of a brand new luxury motor.

The legendary car was dumped in the water in 1936 by a frustrated Swiss official because the owner had abandoned it without paying the import tax.

The value of the car was less than the money owed and the customs officer was compelled to destroy it.

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Thus, he drove it over the Italian border to nearby Lake Maggiore — and pushed it into the deep waters.

The story became part of folklore in the nearby town of Ascona as locals debated whether the car actually existed.

After 30 years, the truth emerged after a keen diver rediscovered the Bugatti lying on its side 160 feet down at the bottom of the lake.

Since then, members of the local diving club regularly visited it and last year decided to raise it and sell it for a local charity.

Surprisingly, there was still air in the tyres and traces of the original Bugatti blue paint on the bodywork.

It is believed that 20 per cent of the vehicle is salvageable and collectors and museums are likely to be keen to buy it.

“We’’ve offered a few things in our time in the motoring department, but nothing like this,” the Sun quoted James Knight, of auctioneers Bonhams, as saying.

“Sometimes we get cars that have been hidden in barns for years, but never have we had one that’’s spent 70 years at the bottom of a lake,” he added.

The proceeds from the car’s sell will be donated to the Damiano Tamagni Foundation.

The Type 22 Bugatti, built in 1925, had four cylinders, a 1.5 litre engine and reach almost 100mph.

It was a touring two-seater with no roof and was very lightweight.

The sale is on January 23 at the Bonhams Retromobile sale in France.

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calendar   Thursday - November 26, 2009

SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR …. AMAZING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY …

I think this is gonna be my only post for today.  Grumble.  Now that the wife has a cold too (misery just loves company) and has my cough as well, it sounds like a TB ward in here.  scuse me. cough,cough.

Blind man fitted with ‘bionic’ eye sees for first time in 30 years

By Liz Hull
Last updated at 3:30 PM on 26th November 2009

A blind man who thought he would never be able to read again has had his vision partially restored after being fitted with a ‘bionic’ eye.

Peter Lane, 51, is one of the first people in the world to have electronic receivers implanted into his eye which send signals mounted in a pair of glasses to the brain.

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The technology has allowed Mr Lane, from Manchester, to see the outline of objects, such as doorways and furniture, and to read letters through a series of dots of lights for the first time in almost 30 years.

Last night Mr Lane, who suffers from a degenerative genetic disease which caused his sight to fail when he was in his mid-20s, said: ‘After not being able to see anything for so long it was an amazing feeling to see letters and words on a special screen. I was there reading “dad, mat, cat”.
‘I’m just reading small words at the moment, but it’s a start. The doctors have said they’ll get me a screen so I can read at home and I’m hoping I’ll be able to read letters I get in the post by myself eventually.

‘I get around inside my flat okay without the glasses because I know where everything is, but outside they give me more confidence and a bit more independence.

‘The images I see move and that takes a bit of getting used to, but I can see cars - they look like cotton wool. It’s exciting to be part of the trial.’

Mr Lane is one of just 32 people taking part in a worldwide trial of the technology which aims to help those with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of genetic eye diseases affecting the retina which cause progressive loss of vision over decades.

Around 25,000 people are affected by the conditions in Britain alone.

It works by fitting a camera in a pair of glasses, which then captures the image and sends the information to a video processor worn by the patient on a belt.

Breakthrough: Mr Lane is taking part in a trial of technology designed to help people with the condition retinitis pigmentosa

The processor converts the image into an electronic signal which is then sent to a transmitter, also fitted to the glasses.

The transmitter, in turn, sends a wireless signal to a wafer-thin electronic receiver and electrode panel implanted on the patient’s retina.

The electrodes stimulate the remaining retinal nerves, sending electrical pulses along the optic nerve to the brain.

Patterns of light and dark spots are then ‘seen’ by the patient, who also wears a battery pack on their belt to power the entire device.

The implant was developed by American company Second Sight and is being pioneered by just 11 doctors worldwide.

Mr Lane, a father-of-two grown up children, was one of three patients to undergo a four-hour operation to implant the receiver into his eye at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital earlier this year.

He had to wait a further two months for his eye to heal before trying out the device.

His sight began to return earlier this month.

Doctors have been thrilled by the progress of all three patients. One of them was able to see fireworks on November 5 for the first time in 40 years, while the other, like Mr Lane, was able to recognise some letters.

The hospital is now arranging for Mr Lane, who had been completely blind, to have a special projector and screen installed at home which will enlarge letters and allow him to read his own mail for the first time in years.

Mr Lane’s brother, John Lane, added: ‘What the doctors have done doesn’t sound possible, but I think it’s great. 

‘It’s good we have world experts here in Manchester who are trying to improve things for people like Peter.’

Researchers at the eye hospital said patients’ experiences had been ‘very moving’. 

Consultant ophthalmologist Paulo Stangaat said: ‘The patients are progressing much faster than we at first thought. 

‘A lot of work still needs to be carried out, but this is certainly very encouraging for both the patient and the scientific community.’

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calendar   Monday - November 23, 2009

Amazing aerial images taken by daring Allied pilots on secret missions during WW 2

These are only two of MANY aerial photos and text available HERE

See that link for some truly amazing photos.

Some interesting things to post and will, but no energy for a lot again today.  Bah. Cold rebound, feel better but just washed out.
Got a call from someone with an accent you could cut with a knife, call center in Scotland, confirming that someone will call and an ins. adjuster will call to let us know when they can visit our house re. the still leaky roof but they don’t know when that call will be. Today? Tomoro? Wed? In my lifetime?
Meanwhile, hard driving rain yesterday, last night, and again today.

From Colditz to D-Day:

Amazing aerial images taken by daring Allied pilots on secret missions during World War II

By David Wilkes
Last updated at 9:53 AM on 23rd November 2009

The detail is astonishing. At first it looks like just another castle surrounded by tiny houses and neat fields. But zooming in on the courtyard one can see figures milling around.

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They are in fact Allied officers being held in the notorious German PoW camp of Colditz and the photograph is one from an archive of aerial photographs taken by airmen - sometimes flying as low as 50ft - during secret reconnaissance missions in World War II.
Until now the pictures have been kept behind closed doors. But they are revealed to the public for the first time today via the internet amid a painstaking cataloguing process.

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In another image, precise as a hole punch through a sheet of paper, craters surround a Nazi doodlebug factory in an extraordinary photograph showing the devastation wreaked by an Allied bombing raid.

The date is September 2, 1944 and the place Peenemunde, a village on the Baltic, where the terrifying weapons Adolf Hitler hoped would win the war for Germany were designed and tested.
Others in the collection convey the human suffering experienced amid the fighting, including rare shots of a Nazi slave labour camp and of the landings on D-Day.

Alan Williams, manager of the National Collection of Aerial Photography which houses the photos, said: ‘The archive literally shows the world at war.’
Long before the days of Google Earth, the highly skilled airmen who took them flew alone, by day and night, in unarmed Spitfires relying on their wits as they risked their lives to capture the images on their plane-mounted cameras

Sometimes their planes were painted pink, as the unusual colour proved very good at hiding the aircraft against a background of low cloud. For high altitude missions, the planes were painted a dark shade of blue.

But often they still found themselves targeted by anti-aircraft missiles. Hundreds of them never returned home.
Those that did brought with them photos vital to the war effort.

Expert photographic interpreters studied the pictures using optical instruments such as stereoscopes to view them in 3D to build up detailed information for intelligence reports and models used in military planning for operations such as the D-Day landings.

The ‘detective’ teams, who were headquartered in a stately home in Buckinghamshire at RAF Medmenham - MI4’s Allied Central Interpretation Unit - included Oxbridge academics, geographers and archaeologists.


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calendar   Saturday - November 14, 2009

Another case of:  Eye Candy and brians and how nice to pass this on.

Really is.  With all the stuff out there that causes ulcers and the moonbats and libtards doing their worst ...
Here’s a bright young lady who discovered a need through her teacher, and invented something to fill the need. She’s 19 now, but was only 16 when she invented this device.

Much good luck to her.  It’s nice being able to share something positive for a change.

And she’s kinda cute too.

Teenage girl on stairlift to millions after stumbling on handrail idea for a GCSE project

By Claire Ellicott
14th November 2009

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When Ruth Amos created a design for a handrail as part of a GCSE project, her main focus was to ensure she would get a good grade.

The 16-year-old schoolgirl never expected that her design idea would be turned into a device that has helped change the lives of disabled and elderly people.

Now, three years on, she is running an expanding firm - and in a few years could potentially earn millions.

This week the teenager’s achievements were honoured when she was presented with the Young Star award at the Women of the Future awards in Central London.

Ruth, 19, from Sheffield, designed the StairSteady to help those with walking difficulties climb the stairs as part of her design and technology GCSE project.

Her teacher asked her to design a product that would help solve a dilemma for him.

He told Ruth that his mother did not want a stairlift put into her house, but could not get up the stairs without one.

Ruth designed and developed a metal bar attached to a metal stair rail. It allows those with limited mobility to use the stairs without worrying that they will fall.

Those using the StairSteady push the bar along the rail to help them balance when they want go up and down the stairs.

The bar uses friction to lock itself in place so users can pull themselves up to the next step. It will lock in place if the user falls or stumbles. When not in use, the handle can be pushed flat against the wall.
Ruth Amos with the StairSteady which has been turned into a device that helps change the lives of disabled and elderly people.

Bright idea: Ruth has been presented with the Young Star Award at the Women Of The Future awards this week in London. The ‘StairSteady’ helps change the lives of disabled and elderly people

Ruth’s design was so good that a local company made a prototype for her. She won the Young Engineer of Britain award in 2006 and started her business - all at the same time as taking and passing 15 GCSEs.

The StairSteady, which costs £470, has been so successful that Miss Amos is now considering selling it abroad.

She currently sells it nationwide, in partnership with Minivator, the UK’s second largest manufacturer of stairlifts, and it is being bought at a rate of more than three per week.

Although she would not disclose her turnover as she is in the middle of negotiations, her business is worth more than £60,000 a year.

She had been planning to go to university, but has put that on hold for three years to concentrate on the business.

‘I can’t believe how successful the StairSteady’s been,’ said Ruth. ‘It’s doing really well and we’re looking to expand our range and take the business to Europe,’ she said.

‘Often a fresh mind on an old market place is the best thing. I love running the business and I love being an entrepreneur.’

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calendar   Friday - November 13, 2009

EYE CANDY WITH A CAUSE AND PRETTY SMART AS WELL

You need to see the link for the other photos.  Pretty good story for once.  The little guy (lady in this case) hits back and wins.
Lots of determination, lots of patience, lots of time spent and worth the effort.

You should see the link below for photo with the mom’s back garden. The construction company covered the whole thing. Looks like it has a roof on it.

Beautician turns lawyer to win David and Goliath High Court battle with construction giant

By Andrew Levy

13th November 2009

Georgina Blackwell took on Belway Construction over a right of access dispute at the High Court and won

Georgina Blackwell makes an unlikely candidate to stand up in front of a judge and take on seasoned lawyers in the High Court.

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As she herself points out, she’s a young, blonde beautician from Essex.

But when her mother’s home and business were put at risk in an access dispute with one of the country’s biggest homebuilders, the 23-year-old decided she had to fight back.

The court battle revolved around a Grade II listed former school her mother had bought in Halstead, Essex.

Ranged against her was Bellway Homes, one of the country’s biggest developers. It wanted to convert land it had bought next door into luxury homes.

But Miss Blackwell emerged triumphant from her confrontation with the developers’ legal team.

Not only did she manage to overturn a previous High Court judgment, she also won her mother £75,000 compensation.

‘I’m a blonde, 23-year-old beautician from Essex,’ she said. ‘I know it doesn’t look good on paper, but I think they underestimated me.

‘I felt scared stiff by the huge courtroom and speaking in front of a High Court judge but I got a surge of adrenaline and thought “They aren’t going to intimidate me”.

‘I opened the case, gave evidence, and cross-examined their solicitor. When the judgment was read out it was fantastic. I wanted to jump up and down.

‘Bellway’s legal team sat there with no expressions, heads down. The barrister came over and congratulated me. He said I had put up a good fight.

My mum was going to lose her business and her home and that gave me the courage to stand up and be counted.’

Her mother Sandra, 52, bought the 600-year-old former school in 2003 to open a salon called The House of Beauty.

Bellway later bought an empty factory which backs on to the garden to build 43 homes.

It believed it had a right of access to cross Mrs Blackwell’s small garden, which it needed to demolish two of the factory walls. When she refused access, Bellway took her to court.

She lost the case in July and was ordered to pay Bellway’s legal costs of £22,000 and a ‘five-figure’ sum in damages. The firm put scaffolding in the garden and began demolition.

Miss Blackwell - who was offered a place to study law at Kingston University in South-West London when she was 17 but started working in the salon when her mother broke her wrist - said: ‘Our garden has three walls.
Enlarge Back to back: Bellway, whose factory is pictured to the right, took Sandra Blackwell to court to gain access to the garden in the rear of her salon, left

Back to back: Bellway, whose factory is pictured to the right, took Sandra Blackwell to court to gain access to the garden in the rear of her salon, left
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Bellway put scaffolding in Mrs Blackwell’s garden and began demolition, which was halted after they lost the court case

One of them divides us from a neighbour and the other two are where they built the factory.

‘Never in a million years did we think we would be put in a position where someone would demand access, fill the garden with scaffolding, destroy the plants, cover the house with dust, and disrupt our business.’

After hearing it would cost £5,000 for a barrister to take a fresh look at the case, Miss Blackwell decided to take it up herself.

She checked the deeds to the house and discovered that the right of access was to only one of the factory walls.

She took the case back to the High Court and on Tuesday Mrs Justice Proudman ruled in Mrs Blackwell’s favour and told Bellway to pay compensation.
Georgina with mother Sandra whose home and business were put at risk when Bellway Homes wanted to cross her land

Miss Blackwell added: ‘It’s such a massive weight off our shoulders now we know we are not facing bankruptcy. We stood up for our rights and won.

‘I always wanted to be a barrister and over the past couple of days I have been looking at university places again.’

Miss Blackwell attended a nearby comprehensive, where she passed 11 GCSEs and three A-levels. Describing how she had to turn down the university place in 2004, she said: ‘I wanted to get my degree so much, but I felt it was important to be there for my mum.’

Bellway said: ‘We do not wish to discuss the case.’

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calendar   Monday - November 09, 2009

Rare Edison Electric Pen to be sold …… 1st invention in the world to use an electric motor.

That’s what it says in the morning paper.
Did you folks already know about this invention?  WOW ... What a mind Edison had. There’s a better illustration in the hard copy but the Telegraph didn’t put it on line. Darn.  So I went looking and found a few photos.

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There’s an illustration here that shows two jars ...  but the hard copy shows one jar that looks like a mason jar with a motor inside.

From The Telegraph

One of the few remaining Edison Electric Pens that was the first invention to have an electric motor is to be sold.

In 1875 Thomas Edison launched the pen to allow multiple copies to be made from the same handwritten manuscript - although the typewriter soon made it redundant.

The machine for sale that belonged to a collector is in full working order and comes with the associated Edison Mimeograph Duplicator.

The pen’s stylus would make 50 punctures per minute, perforating the paper with thousands of tiny holes.

This paper would then be placed into the duplicator and ink would be spread over it, creating as many copies as was desired.

Run off a wet-all battery in a glass jar, the pen was initially a hit, being sold all over the world.

At the time it was boasted that up to 15,000 copies could be made from the same stencil, with up to 15 possible in every minute.

Sales literature at the time from the US stated: “The apparatus is used by the United States, City and State Governments, Railroad, Steamboat and Express Companies, Lawyers, Architects, Engineers, Accountants, Printers and Business Firms in every department of trade.”

It added: “It is especially valuable for the cheap and rapid production of all matter requiring duplication...”

Originally the whole system could be purchased for 40 dollars, and there were different sized duplicators.

Uwe Breker, who runs an auction house in Cologne in Germany, expects to raise nearly £10,000 from the sale.

He said: “The Edison Electric Pen still works today, but you can use a modern 4.5 volt battery to power it.

“There are only thought to be about two dozen of these in the world and most are in museums so it is very rare for one to come on the open market.

“The electric pen was the very first item to be driven by an electric motor and is one of the earliest items of Edisonianan available to collectors.

“On August 8, 1876, Edison was granted U.S. patent number 180857 for his new invention.

“It sold well all over the world but the development of the typewriter reduced demand for it considerably.”

The is to be sold at Breker auctions on November 21.

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Edison’s Electric Pen
1875: the beginning of office copying technology

by Bill Burns
Edison’s electric pen was the first electric motor driven appliance produced and sold in the United States, developed as an offshoot of Edison’s telegraphy research.

Edison and Batchelor noticed that as the stylus of their printing telegraph punctured the paper, the chemical solution left a mark underneath. This led them to conceive of using a perforated sheet of paper as a stencil for making multiple copies, and to develop the electric pen as a perforating device. US patent 180,857 for “autographic printing” was issued to Edison on 8 August 1876.

The electric pen was sold as part of a complete duplicating outfit, which included the pen, a cast-iron holder with a wooden insert, a wet-cell battery on a cast-iron stand, and a cast-iron flatbed duplicating press with ink roller. All the cast-iron parts were black japanned, with gold striping or decoration.

The hand-held electric pen was powered by the wet-cell battery, which was wired to an electric motor mounted on top of a pen-like shaft. The motor drove a reciprocating needle which, according to the manual, could make 50 punctures per second, or 3,000 per minute. The user was instructed to place the stencil on firm blotting paper on a flat surface, then use the pen to write or draw naturally to form words and designs as a series of minute perforations in the stencil.

Later duplicating processes used a wax stencil, but the instruction manuals for Edison’s Electric(al) Pen and Duplicating Press variously call for a stencil of “common writing paper” (in Charles Batchelor’s manual), and “Crane’s Bank Folio” paper (in George Bliss’ later manual). Once the stencil was prepared it was placed in the flatbed duplicating press with a blank sheet of paper below. An inked roller was passed over the stencil, leaving an impression of the image on the paper. Edison boasted that over 5,000 copies could be made from one stencil.

The electric pen proved ultimately unsuccessful, other simpler methods (and eventually the typewriter) succeeding it for cutting stencils. But Edison’s duplicating technology was licensed to A.B. Dick, who sold it as “Edison’s Mimeograph” with considerable success. The company is still in business today as an office products and equipment manufacturer.

http://electricpen.org/

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calendar   Wednesday - October 28, 2009

GUY FINDS BURGLARS IN MOM’S HOUSE, KILLS ONE.  MURDER SAYS IDIOT PROSECUTOR. IDIOT COURT AGREES.

My first post for this Wednesday morning seems so mundane following Drew’s posting of the Melanie Phillips editorial yesterday. Hers is the story of the planned assassination of a culture.  The genocide if I may borrow the term, of an entire history of a country.

I guess my effort here this morning has far less impact except to the poor bastard being charged with murder, for the killing of a slime punk burglar he found in his mother’s house.  Actually, he found two but sadly only wounded the other rather stop his useless breathing.

The court says he used excessive force and his violence was “gratuitous.” How might the court know that exactly?  In the heat of the moment, under stress, can anyone say with certainty exactly and without fail, how they might act?  Whatever. 
I see nothing wrong at all and in fact find it laudatory to kill someone found in a place they shouldn’t be. Like YOUR OWN HOME or your mother’s home.
Way I see it, now there’s one less criminal marauder to commit future mayhem.  And that’s a good thing. 

Accused of murder, council official’s son who knifed two burglars raiding his mother’s home

By Andy Dolan
Last updated at 12:16 AM on 28th October 2009

A man who stabbed a burglar to death after catching him in the act was charged with murder yesterday.

Omari Roberts, 23, was remanded in custody. Roberts had found two teenage burglars in his mother’s house when he arrived to visit her.

After chasing one of the youths, aged 14, from the property, he returned to find 17-year-old Tyler Juett still there.

Tyler Juett, 17, died after he was allegedly stabbed by Omari Roberts

There was a struggle and Juett was fatally stabbed in the chest, Nottingham Magistrates Court was told.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the decision to charge Roberts months after the incident in March had been taken after ‘careful consideration’.

Its lawyers believed he had used ‘excessive and gratuitous force’.

The case echoes that of Norfolk farmer Tony Martin, who became a cause celebre when he was jailed for life for murder in 2000 after shooting dead a teenage intruder at his dilapidated Norfolk home.

His conviction was reduced to manslaughter on appeal and he was released in 2003.

Yesterday the court heard that Roberts’s mother Jacqueline McKenzie-Johnson, 46, a senior official at Nottingham City Council, was not at home when her son arrived on the afternoon of March 13.

Lee Shepherd, prosecuting, said Roberts first discovered the 14-year-old, who was also stabbed during a confrontation.

Roberts chased him down the street before returning to the semi-detached house in Old Basford, Nottingham, to be confronted by Juett.

Applying for bail for Roberts, who is also charged with wounding the younger raider with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, Raj Chand, defending, said: ‘This must have been a dreadful situation for any law-abiding member of the public.

‘Someone said to me earlier that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I said that he was in the right place at the right time. An Englishman’s home is his castle.

‘He says he was in the right. He regrets what happened, but he was defending himself and his property.’

District Judge John Stobart initially said he would take the ‘rare decision’ to grant bail because of Roberts’s flawless record of reporting to police.

But he agreed to remand him in custody at least until today after the prosecution said it wanted to appeal against the decision. Roberts, who did not enter any pleas, is scheduled to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on November 10.

His address was listed in court as his mother’s house, although it is understood he did not live there at the time of the incident.

Before the hearing, CPS lawyer Ian Cunningham said: ‘I have decided that when Omari Roberts disturbed two burglars and caused injuries to them - in one case fatally - his actions were not reasonable.

‘I have looked very carefully at the public interest in this case, and I am satisfied that it requires a prosecution.

‘I also discussed the case with the CPS principal legal adviser and have decided there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.’

Mr Cunningham said legal guidelines made clear that anyone using ‘reasonable force’ to defend themselves would enjoy the full protection of the law.

He added: ‘The law also makes clear that people could be prosecuted if they act with excessive and gratuitous force.’

Nottinghamshire Police said the 14-year-old admitted burglary at youth court in May and was sentenced to two years’ detention.

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This is the idiot scum sucking would be burglar filth that happily croaked.  One can only hope that his end was very painful. Types like this deserve no less.  As I looked at this totally revolting photo, I couldn’t help but think, anything that looks like this shouldn’t be allowed to breathe anyway. He’s gone for good.  Hip-hip hooray.  Well done and kudos for the prosecution victim. 

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 10/28/2009 at 03:12 AM   
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calendar   Friday - October 09, 2009

Subversive grade-schoolers

I do NOT believe it. Some subversive is teaching grade-schoolers a song that does NOT praise The Øne, President DingleBarry Øbama, (who, by the way, also won the Nobel prize for wishful thinking).

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Oops! Sorry. Pasted the wrong file. [You can edit that out can’t you? No problem.] Here is the subversive video. Can you believe someone is actually teaching this song? It’s so 19th century.

H/T Meridian Magazine.

All joking aside, this is an awesome performance. Something got in my eyes while watching this and I kept having to wipe the tears away.

Some things deserve a “Wow,” and this performance by two six-year-olds, two seven-year-olds and an eight-year-old at a Texas Tech University Basketball game some months ago is one of those.

To misquote Art Linkletter, kids sing the darndest things.


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