Silent 3's medicated musings
Yet another blog that will take up gigs of space, be accessable to anyone on the face of the earth, and will be read by (maybe) three people... If I'm lucky.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
There Will Be No Bacon Shortage
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Sometimes, all you need is a headline...
Son of Comet Kohoutek ?
from the article:
"If it lives up to predictions, it will be many times more spectacular than the last bright visitor, Comet McNaught"
... and if it fizzles like Kohoutek, it should be named Comet Came To Naught.
Worldwide bacon shortage 'unavoidable'
Yahoo! News - Bacon shortage allegedly coming in 2013
Is it pork-ageddon? Britain's National Pig Association has sounded the alarm that the world should brace for an "unavoidable" bacon and pork shortage next year.
The cause of the trouble is high pig-feed costs caused by what it describes in a press release as "the global failure of maize and soya harvests."
The organization notes that new data shows that pig herds are declining at a significant rate, not just in Britain, but around the world.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The Truth is out there...
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Market and Muster Day: Sunday, September 23rd
Market & Muster Day is formerly known as Harvest Day and will occur on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012, from 10AM to 4PM. Witness colonial townspeople gather at their market place and soldiers assemble to drill. While the soldiers march and fire their muskets, historic crafters will be demonstrating and selling their wares.
Families will enjoy a wide array of activities including face painting, hayrides, a pie contest, and puppet shows. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the pie contest!Shop at our market and buy local produce, colonial baked goods, and other items.
Admission is $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 5-11, 5 and under free. This event will occur rain or shine.
Washington Crossing Historic Park commemorates the site of General George Washington's famous Delaware River crossing on Christmas Day 1776. The 500 acre park also includes the Thompson-Neely House, an 18th century farmhouse used as a hospital to care for sick and wounded Continental soldiers, and Bowman's Hill Tower, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Recreational areas of the Park are available for picnicking, hiking and wildlife-watching.
Washington Crossing Historic Park is located at the intersection of Rtes. 32 and 532. Individuals with disabilities, who need special assistance or accommodations to participate in this program, or for additional information, please call 215-493-4076.
Proceeds benefit The Friends of Washington Crossing Historic Park, a non-profit organization. This program is sponsored by The Friends of Washington Crossing Park in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
FW: Talk Like A Pirate Day Links
Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day
my friend Sam sent me some Pirate-Day related links
What's a Pirate's favorite letter?
Instructions: How to talk like a pirate.
Video: Talk Like a Pirate Day: The Five As.
Here's an English-to-Pirate translator.
Krispy Kreme is giving out free doughnuts for talking like a pirate (or wearing an eye patch) today.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
where else would the "crunchy" come from?
Serenade Foods, Inc., a Milford, Ind., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,250 pounds of crunchy chicken strip products that may contain foreign materials—fragments of plastic.
Some assembly required.
The Battle of the Clouds
The Day of the Battle
The troops under Cornwallis set out at midnight but the going was slow. A British officer recorded in his journal that there was "frequent halting on account of the night being very dark." Cornwallis' column was headed toward White Horse Tavern. Knyphausen's column set out at dawn. Accompanied by General Howe, this column went up the Wilmington Pike toward the Boot Tavern. At Turk's Head, Howe splintered off another column. This column consisted of the Guards Brigade under Captain Matthew. It marched along the Pottstown Pike toward the Indian King Tavern. All three British columns were bellying up to bars.
Around 9 A.M., Washington learned of Howe's advance. Hoping perhaps to catch the enemy unprepared and strung out along their marching paths, he ordered his troops forward to meet the British. The Americans marched slightly south and formed a three-mile line that stretched from one bar, the Three Tuns Tavern, westward to another, the Boot Tavern. It seems only fitting that all the action was centered around bars — because the weather was about to pour.
The Battle of the Clouds commenced at about 1 P.M. when Washington ordered Count Casimir Pulaski, the recently appointed "Commander of the Horse" (Cavalry), to scout the British position and delay their advance. Cornwallis espied Pulaski and the 300 militia he was leading and sent the 1st Light Infantry charging at the Americans. The Americans "shamefully fled at the first fire" and delayed the enemy not at all. A dozen American casualties resulted from this encounter, while the British were "without the loss of a man."
The first meaningful encounter came when Generals Wayne and Maxwell, who had been detached forward to observe the enemies movement on the Chester-Dilworth Road, met Knyphausen's column near the Boot Tavern. Scouting ahead of Knyphausen's column were Hessian Jagers under Count Von Donop. These Hessians unexpectedly came upon the force led by Wayne and Maxwell who charged them. One observer recorded that Donop "was almost cut off," from Knyphausen, but extracted himself after skillfully executing some maneuvers to his left. He rejoined Knyphausen.
Grenadiers were sent to reinforce the Jagers. These units formed an advance line against Wayne and Maxwell, who had taken a position "on high ground among some cornfields." The Jagers, taking a page from the popular image of the Americans, were skilled in "irregular fighting." They fought from behind fences and in fields and woods. At the White Horse Tavern, they "had an opportunity to demonstrate to the enemy their superior marksmanship and their skill with the amusettes." After an intense exchange of fire, the Americans fell back into to a dense forest, "leaving behind a number of killed and wounded."
On a high ground just west of the White Horse Tavern, the British formed a line of battle. Washington was forced to withdraw to "a valley of soft wet ground, impassable for artillery." About this time, Matthew's troops pulled up on Knyphausen's left. They were unopposed and had a clear path into the exposed American flank. Washington, seeing he was in for trouble, ordered a withdrawl to higher ground. Now, the armies were set for a reprise of their Brandywine engagement just five days past. But things looked bleak for the Amercians.
All of a sudden rain began to pour in buckets.
Major Bauermeister would later describe the deluge in a letter: "It came down so hard that in a few moments we were drenched and sank in mud up to our calves."
Low clouds rolled through the valley and driving rain obscured the hilltops, hiding the combatants from each other. Powder was soaked; muskets sodden and useless. Tens of thousands of paper cartridges were ruined. General Henry Knox, commander of the American artillery recalled this as "a most terrible stroke to us." Not only could neither side fire a shot, but the British were even unable to make a bayonet charge. The wind and mud prevented it.
Washington retreated across the Schuylkill still keeping his army between the British and the supply cities.
Thus the Battle of the Clouds yielded few casualties. In the words of historian Edward Gifford, Jr., "It was the peace of God."
It was also another missed opportunity for Howe
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Original Lee's closes
A piece of my childhood is gone.
A delicious piece.
The original Lee's Hoagie shop at 19th Street and Cheltenham Avenue in West Oak Lane - which dates back to the 1950s - has closed.
Partner Allan Lewin tells me that it changed ownership last year and was reflagged as Lee's at Cheltenham. But "when it wasn't running to the standard we needed it," Lee's corporate asked the new licensee to remove the "Lee's" name altogether. It closed.
Lewin says the building owner is trying to work a deal with Lee's to install a new operator.
The other Lee's locations are unaffected.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Remote-control tech turns cockroaches into beasts of burden - Future of Tech on NBCNews.com
Scientists have outfitted a cockroach with a high-tech backpack that allows them to remotely control where it scurries.
While the concept may sound terrifying, anyone buried alive under rubble in an earthquake will shout for joy at the sight of one of these bugs. The shout will be relayed to rescue teams.
Search and rescue robots are already in use. Many were showcased during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Friday, September 07, 2012
You don't have to be a chemist to appreciate the graphical abstract.
Palin complains Democrats attacked ‘little people like me’ at convention
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Cheetah robot 'beats Usain Bolt'
Testosterone Drops in Dads Sharing Beds With Kids
Testosterone Drops in Dads Sharing Beds With Kids
Nature's way of saying, "If you've run out of places for your kids to sleep, you don't need more kids."
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Perfume of War: Iran Makes Musk to Conceal Troops
In one of the more bizarre military inventions from Iran, the U.S. arch-enemy has reportedly developed a perfume machine to hide troops during combat.
Wouldn't a shower be more sensible?
"Fools! I'll destroy them ALL!"
I see the morbid horror flicker in your eyes
But rest assured I'm gonna help to ease your pain
I'm gonna put a thousand tiny implants in your brain
Panics the people of Earth.
Mock my theories now!