Author Archives: Sean

About Sean

Software developer in the Twin Cities area, passionate about .NET technologies. Equally passionate about my own personal projects related to family history and preservation of family stories and photos.

Woman Suffrage

woman suffrage. Article #44 Vol 12, pg 733. It’s always a bit amazing how long it takes to convince society to grant a basic human right that was previously being withheld.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony began working … Continue reading

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Zuid-Holland

Zuid-Holland. Article #43 Vol 12, pg 940. Zuid-Holland (South Holland) can effectively argue for my attention in a number of different ways.  It’s home to the 4th largest port in the world (Rotterdam).  It includes some of the famous “flower fields“, … Continue reading

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Orchil

orchil. Article #42 Vol 8, pg 985. What’s more exciting than a purple dye that you somehow extract from a boring brown lichen? Britannica tells us that “orchil” can refer to the dye extracted from the lichen, or to the lichen … Continue reading

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Great Mogul Diamond

Great Mogul Diamond. Article #41 Vol 5, pg 446. The Great Mogul Diamond was the largest diamond ever discovered in India.  Discovered in 1650, it was estimated at  780 carats as a rough stone and then very badly cut by a … Continue reading

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Carbet Mountains

Carbet Mountains. Article #40 Vol 2, pg 846. There are a handful of things that we need to know before understanding exactly where (and what) the Carbet Mountains are. For starters, we need to find the Caribbean Sea. (Hint–it’s near Florida). … Continue reading

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Sports Medicine

sports medicine. Article #39 Vol 11, pg 177. Here’s the basic idea of sports medicine (the four steps that comprise sports medicine today). Preparation of the athlete.  Focus on conditioning and training. Break it to the athlete that he’s going to … Continue reading

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Baron Johan August Gripenstedt

Gripenstedt, Johan August, Friherre. Article #38. Vol 5, pg 505. Baron (Friherre) Johan August Gripenstedt (1813-1874) was a Swedish politician who served as Minister of Finance for ten years (1856-1866) and Member of Parliament for six years (1867-1873). Gripenstedt was a … Continue reading

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