Breathing Underwater

When I was building the domed city of Aquataine, one of the first things I researched was, “How will these people breathe underwater?” It doesn’t matter whether you are onboard a space station, or in a submarine, or in a city underwater, there are three things you have to do—make oxygen to replace what all … Continue reading Breathing Underwater

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Could I do my ancestors’ jobs?

Gun Stock Milling Machine Man, would I love to try! Ancestry.com posted a video (which is labeled as Episode 1 and hopefully will lead to a new TV series) shows a researcher who tries her hand at being a tailor like her ancestors. She works with a tailor shop to make a custom blazer for … Continue reading Could I do my ancestors’ jobs?

“Okay Google, why do you ask such ridiculous questions?”

We've talked about the Google Maps app before, including the difference between Stella (The smart one), and her dumb sister Gladys (who just gives bad directions, doesn't seem to know where to go, and might actually send you flying into a ditch if you're not careful). This morning, I thought I had Stella with me, … Continue reading “Okay Google, why do you ask such ridiculous questions?”

Why is this called a “Patrick Desk”?

This name has been bothering me. Patrick Desk. Why would anyone call this piece of furniture a Patrick Desk? Who the hell is Patrick? I might have the answer. All research on this slant-front desk calls it just that. . . a slant-front desk, or a Governor Winthrop desk. Was Governor Winthrop’s first name Patrick? … Continue reading Why is this called a “Patrick Desk”?