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Disney Day

 Wonderful rainy day at Disneyland.. As well as some amazing food!

         

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Hist 390 blog post: 1950-2000; The Lego Brick

One of the coolest inventions of the twentieth century would have to be the Lego. Although there were original prototypes of the block itself, the lego brick was an innovation worth the name. The originals were made of traditional wood craftsmanship that could only be stacked. The block was a creation of Ole Kirk Christiansen of Denmark, a toy craftsmen by trade. The blocks lacked the luster to create instead of just building. In 1954, Ole Kirk’s son, Godtfred Christiansen, decided to invest his time into marketing and redesigning the lego block into the Lego Brick.

Godtfred designed the modern, and now most popular toy, the LEGO. He filed his patent in 1958, but it was deemed legal in 1961. His design reimagined the basic wood block into an interlocking brick, utilized for building and creating. The patent itself shows the the dimensions, as well as the shapes and mathematic values that attribute to the interlocking abilities. tumblr_m3lob61jBq1rse1ipo1_500 The previous model was made using a cellulose acetate compound, much like the chemicals used in cigarette production, which if heated could create a UV radiation. Seeing as how this was a product marketed to children, Christiansen used a reformulated polymer known as ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) which is a hard, rubberized plastic, safe for children.

In the years since the lego brick was released, the Lego corporation has expanded to cater to a larger market, not only marketed towards children but adults alike. Lego stores, lego conventions, and of course, Legoland have been created in wake of the brick’s uprising. Artists have also created masterpieces using the interlocking toys to omit the ease of creation with this product.

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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Hist 390 post 3; The Electric Guitar

389577697_5c6c9ad0a5  The 1931 electric guitar was an expansion to what was known as the greatest instrument ever created. Until this point, simplistic versions of string instruments assisted in giving musicians a defined sound, whether it be the guitar, cello, violin, banjo, ukulele, or other unique stringed ensembles. The electric guitar pushed the acoustic style to the side and helped generate ridiculous melodies that energized music lovers world wide.

The electric guitar started as a prehistoric contraption noted as the “frying pan” resembling an early banjo. The technology of the device is what attracted musicians. It was the first device that you could connect to an amplifier to transfer the sound into speakers for a larger audience. The mechanisms inside the guitar utilized a system of telephone transmitters and tiny microphones connected with diodes, much like complex machinery. This omitted the sound from the neck, through the bridge, then down to the “pan”  in order to create the “twang” sound. When played, the sound changes drastically from a simple, acoustic strum to a deep (sometimes pitchy if picked too hard) register that echoes in a stellar fashion. attached is the 1937 mechanics inside the 6 year old frying pan. Guitar

This innovation is used in every country as of date. The electric/amplified guitar expanded and further changed how modern musicians create music. It’s also created new genres as well as cultures in music that primarily use this device. Metal, rock, country, jazz, pop, and instrumental genres utilize the electric guitar accordingly. eguitar_infographic2

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Bedazzled Patron for Dirty 30

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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Hist 390 Blog Post 2; 1850-1900

Patent of the Incandescent Light Bulb

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On January 27, 1880, Thomas Edison patented the incandescent light bulb. This gave him full rights and legal representation, as well as reproduction and marketing of this invention. The incandescent light bulb helped pave the way for useable electricity for productive use in a work and home setting setting alike. This document shows the internal, as well as external mechanics and engineering that went into creating the light bulb, as well as the mechanism required for active electrical charge. The production of the lightbulb led to the need for the “better lamp”, in which Edison’s creation using the wired fuse allowed for optimal charge for lighting. In this time, it became more of a necessity to have a lamp in everyday settings. It allowed for every day work to become easier and for more hours to accumulate for labor workers.

Socially, the invention of the incandescent light bulb created a sense of new “freedom” for people to do more with their time. Creating an efficient light source added hours to the day. Economically, this bulb provided a sense of luxury for such buildings and steamers for accommodations and transportation purposes. People became highly impressed with this luxury, which was a way to harness electricity and use it effectively.

The impact of the incandescent light bulb allowed for a propulsion of engineering that led to the expansion of electricity in commercial settings and homes alike. In Today’s culture, incandescent light bulbs have become an economically savvy necessity. The new version allows energy savings in electricity which is ideal for cost effective living. Saving money is a large consumer target, since electricity is an expensive utility in our current society. Certain forms of this original technology could’ve been considered highly dangerous due to the fuse that was connecting contrasting wires. The flammability caused concern for household use because electrical fires were becoming more evident. Fortunately, with advancement in the engineering of the incandescent light bulb, the invention has proved to be the safest of all bulbs for replaceable use in homes and the work environment.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Homemade Oven Steak French Fries

Ever get the insatiable desire for ranch fries but don’t want to drive to some fast food joint to get them? Well, my potato loving friends, I have your solution! Oven baked french fries! Easy to make and insanely addicting. Also, if you have a bag of potato laying around that need to be used before they expire, this is a quick delicious way to use those bad boys up!

So start with your favorite potatoes.. Personally I like rose potatoes because they are meaty. Chop them with a BREAD knife because it will allow an even cut without snags or funky marks.

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Slice one way, then proceed to separate the medallions into slivers. Vary them in size so that your fries are all unique. If you’re a technical person, go for the gold and cut them precisely(TO EACH THEIR OWN).

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After cutting the taters up, put them in a bowl of HOT water and add some salt. This will allow them to soak in liquid to keep them plump. seal the bowl with plastic wrap and squeeze the air out. Less wiggle room, better sponging. Let sit for an hour.

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Pre-heat your oven to 450F degrees. I use a pizza pan because you can evenly spread the fries out for full coverage. Cover with foil and spray with Baker’s Joy so they don’t stick to the foil.

Drain the water from the bowl, and dump the potatoes on a paper plate. Using the same bowl, pour EV Olive oil(liberal amount), garlic powder, onion powder, cracked pepper, and Montreal Steak seasoning in and stir with a fork until mixed. This will be the flavor to your fries.

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Start to add blanched fries into the bowl and mix them with tongs until coated. Follow by placing fries on the pizza pan, spread out for optimal cooking.

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Cook for about 20 minutes. You’ll start to smell them immediately because the Montreal has chunks of roasted Garlic in it. Once done, flip the fries over and put back in the oven for 10 minutes. Put them on a paper towel to soak some of the cooked oil up from the fries.

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Then Voila! serve up in a cute bowl and add your favorite sauce or dip. You now have bitchin steak fries made in the comfort of your own home :)

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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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The Comet; Hist390 Blog1750-1850

The Comet; Hist390 Blog1750-1850

Henry Bell was one of the most popular inventors of his time, not only for the functionality of his inventions, but for the progress and productivity of his that they offered. He was an engineer out of Scotland who trudged forth in creating machinery of optimal power that used both science and technology. Bell’s early interest in steam power and the advancement it provided allowed for him to research and develop his most successful project in the steam passage boat. In 1812, Bell set forth and released the first steam powered boat subsequently named The Comet. The vessel traveled at five miles per hour on a three horsepower steam engine. It allowed for transport across channels in record times compared to the previous wind directed ships.

The document attached is an original advertisement for this particular ship when it was first released, found on the Helensburgh Heritage Trust website containing historical technologies produced, and or reconstructed in Scotland.  The advertisement states that the ship is strictly for passengers, and that the travel schedule is set for transportation between Glasgow, Greenwich, and Helensburgh which allowed travel from Scotland to England and back. This advertisement offers “elegance, comfort, safety and speed” which was ideal for passengers considering most transportation via ship allowed none of these accommodations or luxuries. Initially, the steam boat was petitioned to the British government for use of transporting the necessary supplies for armed forces from province to province. When the vessel was inspected, it was further devised as a good source of transportation for people rather than supplies and weapons. The fact that it traveled quicker and more smooth than cattle ships assisted in the acquired method of travel for aristocrats and the wealthier class. Soon it became an all inclusive method of transportation for all classes and individuals.

The creation of the steam powered boat was a successful invention at best. Advancement in the power and energy used to produce the power evolved to created the vessels that we know today as freight ships, ocean liners, and cruise ships. Without the initial technology created by Bell, our ships today wouldn’t have the productivity or usefulness necessary to ship. Bell’s inventive nature could even attribute to the technology that our military carriers and vessels have today. The science behind calculating the wind and knots in accordance with water pressure and steam accumulation per mile is extraordinarily technical. I know I don’t have the scientific nor mathematic mind to accomplish such feats. Bell could be considered a pioneer of modern nautical technology with his innovation of the Comet.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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