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Software developer in the Twin Cities area, passionate about software development and sailing.

Samuel Kirkland

Kirkland, Samuel. Article #34. Vol 6, pg 890. Samuel Kirkland (1741-1808), was an American minister and missionary to the Iroquois before and during the American Revolutionary War.  He was a friend to the Oneida and Tuscarora nations and, working for General … Continue reading

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Personality

personality. Article #33. Vol 9, pg 312. Simply put, a person’s personality is a description of the way that the person thinks, acts and feels. The science of personality, however, goes far beyond a simple description.  We tend to act in … Continue reading

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Espionage

espionage. Article #32. Vol 4, pg 561. You can make anything sound sophisticated just by using a French word for it.  Take the word “espionage”.  When we describe it as “obtaining secret information by means of secret agents or monitoring devices”, … Continue reading

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Quinine

quinine. Article #31. Vol 9, pg 862. Quinine, used to treat Malaria, has the distinction of being the first chemical compound to be successfully used to treat an infectious disease.  Quinine is made from the bark of the Cinchona tree and was … Continue reading

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University College

university college. Article #30. Vol 12, pg 186. In the British educational system, a university college is an institution that teaches college courses but does not itself award degrees to the students.  Instead, another university awards the degrees. “university college.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 15th ed. … Continue reading

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Zuiderzee

Zuiderzee. Article #29. Vol 12, pg 940. With 20% of their country being below sea level, the Dutch have always had to fight to keep the North Sea out. In the 13th century, a large marshy area in the north part … Continue reading

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Local Group

Local Group. Article #28. Vol 7, pg 431. The term “local” is clearly relative.  In the context of the astronomical term “local group”, the term “local” doesn’t refer to your neighborhood, your city, country, or even your own solar system.  “Local … Continue reading

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Felix Mottl

Mottl, Felix. Article #27. Vol 8, pg 369. Felix Mottl (1856-1911) was a Austrian conductor, best known for conducting the operas of Richard Wagner.  He was the conductor at the Karlsruhe Opera from 1882 to 1903.  While there, he was known … Continue reading

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Michael VIII Palaeologus (Byzantine Empire)

Michael VIII Palaeologus (Byzantine Empire). Article #26. Vol 8, pg 93. In the grand map of history, Michael VIII Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor from 1261-1282 is a bit of a blip. From 324-1453 AD there were 93 Byzantine emperors, so we can be forgiven … Continue reading

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Muscat

Muscat. Article #25. Vol. 8, pg 438. Muscat, with a metropolitan population of over 700,000, is the capital of Oman, at the bottom of the Arabian Peninsula.  Muscat was a Portuguese colony from 1508 to 1650 and there are two 16th-century … Continue reading

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