Vector Computations without the Benefit of Modern Trigonometry

Navigating from point to point is a relatively simple task for most surveyors or mariners.  You establish a compass bearing from where you are to your intended location then measure out the distance (or in the case of sailing a speed and a time) to the new location giving what we call today a vector.  …

Government Red Tape

Today, “Red Tape” is a derisive term for rigid conformity to formal government regulations that slow or prevent action and decision-making. Usually applied to government and corporate bureaucracies, we associate “red tape” with filling out of seemingly unnecessary paperwork and various low-level rules that make conducting one’s affairs slower and more difficult.  It may surprise …

Jewish Pirates in Jamaica

Under Muslim rule in Spain, Jews were largely protected from persecution.  This led to an explosion of Jewish culture and learning in Iberia and a very prosperous merchant class.  With the Reconquista and the expulsion of the Moors from Spain, many Jews began fleeing from Spain because of the persecution of the Spanish Inquisition and, …

Strike the Pose…!

Okay, I’m very much a proponent of protecting copyrights and intellectual property but this is WAY OVER THE LINE. Perhaps Vogue should be sued by Cornwall for usurping the centuries old name of this hamlet. https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/vogue-magazine-threatens-sue-cornish-7072632?utm_source=join1440&utm_medium=email&utm_placement=newsletter Never allow corporations to push the publicans around less you have no more publicans and only corporate “best interests.”

Colonial Hospitality – Spiced Pineapple Mead

They say “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”[i] and this has become my view on mead.  Technically, mead should not be part of my portfolio[ii] as it was not particularly popular in colonial America.  Keeping bees and processing honey into mead, while a straightforward and simple process, was not nearly as …

Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. May 14, 1796 – Edward Jenner publishes his procedure for smallpox vaccination.  His procedure differed from previous attempts at vaccination in that he injected a milder “attenuated” version of …

Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. May 14, 1787      Constitutional Convention Four years after the United States won its independence from England, 55 state delegates, including George Washington, James Madison and Benjamin Franklin, convene in …