Haddon Musings

Annie Oakley’s birthday was celebrated on August 13.  When I read the biography about her that was written to celebrate her birthday I was very moved by how this woman used what talents were available to her and cultivated those talents to lift herself out of poverty and have a life of her own making.  I thought that you might want to learn a little more about her during this Olympic Competition time because I am sure that she was a gold medalist.

The following comes from Biography.com

Early Life

Annie Oakley was born Phoebe Ann Moses (or as some sources say, Mosey) on August 13, 1860, in Darke County, Ohio. She is remembered as one of the leading women of the American West.

Both Moses’ father and her stepfather died when she was a child, and she went to live at the Darke County Infirmary, where she received schooling…

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The Greatest Light Show Ever

Windows into History

northern lightsSnippets 88.  In the last snippet we looked at an account of the northern lights seen in London in 1739, published in the Royal Society of London Journal, one of the greatest sources of historical information available. Established in 1665 as the first exclusively scientific journal in the world, it has been in continuous publication ever since.

Fast forward 120 years and we find in the same journal an account of perhaps the most spectacular aurora seen in recorded history, written by Balfour Stewart. A noted physicist from Scotland, Stewart was appointed director of Kew Observatory in the same year, and would go on to be awarded the Rumford Medal by the Royal Society in 1868. The amazing sights described were caused by an intense solar flare.

During the latter part of August, and the beginning of September, 1859, auroral displays of almost unprecedented magnificence were observed very widely…

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Book Review: Invisible Influence by Kevin Hogan


An In-Depth Look At The Persuasive Influence Which Can Be Cast Upon Others

Zy Marquiez
August 17, 2016

In plainspeak, this book regards social engineering, which is a tool that individuals may employ to influence others to take specific actions.  Admittedly, these actions could be positive or negative depending on the intent of the social engineer.

Kevin Hogan has only become recently known to me.  However, with his execution of this particular book he’s certainly earned my respect.

Invisible Influence is a very pragmatic and easy to follow book that allows people to see how they can socially engineer actions within other individuals.

The book is essentially split into two parts.   The first part, which predictably sets the stage for the second part, wasn’t as useful for me personally.  It’s not that the information was not  practical, or noteworthy.  It’s just that for me personally, would have appreciated more…

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