Happy Holidays!

Posted by Harry Bishop on Dec 23rd, 2011
Dec 23

May you and yours enjoy an overabundance of fun & festivity, an environment of tolerance and care, and a break from the worries of the year.

Brain Freeze – cause, cures, and prevention

Posted by Harry Bishop on Dec 2nd, 2011
Dec 2

Most people sometimes fall victim to sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.

No it’s not a life-threatening illness, it’s what we all as kids commonly called “brain freeze”!

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US Thanksgiving Math

Posted by Harry Bishop on Nov 27th, 2011
Nov 27

Thanks to UtterlyBoring.com for pointing out this one…

Where parts of my family are from, explained (sort of)

Posted by Harry Bishop on Nov 18th, 2011
Nov 18

Not sure who to attribute this to, as I found it online as just an image with no text, but it’s a neat sort of explanation of many terms surrounding the British “areas”…

From imgur.com

Dickie Rice (1939-2011)

Posted by Harry Bishop on Sep 19th, 2011
Sep 19

Cousin Dickie

Richard “Dick” B. Rice, 72, of Moncton, with his family at his side, passed away peacefully at The Moncton Hospital on Sunday September 18, 2011. Born in Charlottetown, PEI, he was the son of the late Richard and Helen “Peggy” (Farris) Rice. Dick was a retired air traffic controller with over 32 years service, having started his career in Gander, NFLD (1964) and retired in Moncton (1996). He was a former volunteer for Moncton Minor Hockey and Moncton Minor Baseball Associations. He enjoyed watching all sports on television and had a vast collection of old vinyl records that he took great pleasure in transferring to modern day CD’s and he also enjoyed socializing with his friends and spending time with his family.

Dick will be sadly missed by his wife of over 46 years, Elizabeth “Betty” (Hamilton); sons, Kevin M. (Jennifer) of Halifax, NS and Darren A. (Nancy) of Moncton; precious grandsons, Bradley and Griffin; several cousins in Moncton and PEI.

Sharing of Memories and a Celebration of Dick’s Life to be held at Ferguson Knowles Funeral Home Reception Centre, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995) on Friday September 23, 2011, from 4:00 to 7:00pm. Interment, Fair Haven Memorial Gardens.

In Dick’s memory, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at www.fergusonknowlesfh.com

Legacy of the Space Shuttle

Posted by Harry Bishop on May 3rd, 2011
May 3

I know, it’s still not about watches, but it IS about another machine with lots and lots of parts!

As a followup to yesterday’s post, here is a video narrated by William Shatner about the legacy of the US Space Shuttle program. While waxing positive about the future, it’s another milestone without a concrete plan forward at this point. It’s good that he talks about all the so many people that made this program a success, not just the newsworthy ones.

Thanks to malbonnington.com for this link!

Manned Space Travel

Posted by Harry Bishop on May 2nd, 2011
May 2

Reading some recent posts about the Seiko Spacewalk, it saddened me to then see this comic and realize what it was saying. I never thought that I might one day be alive when we have no living person with us who has ever walked on another world. The moon has come and gone, will we ever go back, or beyond?

Image from XKCD.com

WWII Stalag Masons

Posted by Harry Bishop on Apr 26th, 2011
Apr 26

Like all dictatorial regimes, the Nazis were terrified of what the Craft (Freemasonry) represented – for much of its history membership of the Craft was an admission of being a champion of human dignity, political freedom and democracy. This was best stated when in 1938, Hitler’s publishing house issued Freemasonry, Its World View (Weltanschaung), Organization and Policies, by Dieter Schwarz, with a preface by Reinhard Heydrich, second in command of the Gestapo. To demonstrate why every new Nazi member must confirm, by his word of honour that he does not belong to a Masonic lodge, it says:

Masonic lodges are … associations of men who, closely bound together in a union employing symbolical usages, represent a supra-national spiritual movement, the idea of Humanity … a general association of mankind, without distinction of races, peoples, religions, social and political convictions.

This is perhaps one of the greatest backhanded compliments ever paid to the Craft.

Authored by United Masters Lodge no 167, Lodge of Research in Aukland, New Zealand. Shared with their kind permission.

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