Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
AdamGSwanson pumps out a great roll of The Charleston! He needs a little 3 In One on the pedals, though.
VictrolaMan posted this timely song just a few days ago, on Burns Day; just in time for our annual Groundhog Day celebration. VictrolaMan's notes: "
Uploaded by victrolaman on Jan 25, 2012
Here is Edison Recording Artist, Bob Roberts singing the "Woodchuck Song" which begs the question: "How much wood could a Woodchuck chuck, if a Woodchuck could chuck wood?" . The Song, composed by Davis & Morse, was originally introduced in the 1903 Broadway Production of "The Runaways" by Vaudeville performer, and Stage Actress and Singer Fay Templeton. The record is an early 1904 Edison two minute black wax Gold Moulded cylinder, and the Edison Phonograph is a 1910 Edison Model 1A Amberola, the very first internal horn Edison Phonograph, which was first shipped to dealers in February of 1910. The 1A was the only Edison Amberola that was capable of playing both the early two minute Black Wax Cylinders as well as the new Edison 4 minute Amberol black wax cylinder records that were first produced in 1909."
Saturday, January 28, 2012
CutterMedia posted this work of art. Their writeup: "This is an accurate 1/16 scale operating model of the engine which powered the Civil War Ironclad USS Monitor. It was invented and built by John Ericsson in 1861 and was extremely compact for it's 300 horsepower at that time. Only one engine was ever built exactly as displayed, and it was retrieved from the ocean floor by the US Navy in 2001, and resides in the Mariners Museum ,Newport News VA, for conservation work. The model required over 3000 hours to build and all pieces including fittings and fasteners were
made from scratch ."
Friday, January 27, 2012
Tonight, a recycled old record. We came home late, and don't have time to wind up the old Brunswick. George O'Connor was a great performer before microphones, and "I Ain't Got Nobody" is a classic that is still performed by musicians today.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Ruger keeps on introducing new models, and their catalog has guns for just about every need. Last year they came out with a ten shot version of their Single-Six, an eight shot .22 caliber SP101, a five shot .357 SP101 (both with fully adjustable sights), and their polymer frame LCR in .22 Long Rifle. You have to check their website on a regular basis to keep up with all the new products. One of their latest introductions is the SR22 Pistol, which I first saw reviewed by Jeff Quinn on Gunlblast.com. There are people commenting online about this new pistol being awfully similar to the Walther P22, but if you read Jeff's review, you will see that it has some important differences from the P22. Walther's little .22 has a reputation for being finicky about the ammo you feed it, and my experience is in line with that. The P22 does run well on high quality, plated ammo, but the review on Gunblast showed that Ruger's SR22 will run well on most ammo you put in it. The Walther has a slide that is made of a zinc alloy, and the word on the Internet is that it is subject to failure. If you are using it as a defensive pistol that is a problem. The new Ruger's slide is made from aluminum alloy, and I expect that durability will not be an issue. The SR22 has a hammer drop safety, so it can be safely decocked. The Walther's hammer must be thumbed down, which can lead to unintentional discharges.
Hickok45 just posted his own review of the SR22 Pistol, and he also found that it runs well on many brands of ammo. This gun looks like it can fill both recreational and defensive roles. If you are in the market for a .22 pistol, give these reviews a look.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Gie him strong drink, until he wink,
That's sinking in despair;
An' liquor guid to fire his bluid,
That's pressed with grief an' care:
There let him bouse, an' deep carouse,
Wi bumpers flowing o'er.
Till he forgets his loves or debts,
An' minds his griefs no more.
Solomon's Proverbs, XXXI 6,7
John Barleycorn, A Ballad
There was three Kings into the east,
Three Kings both great and high,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn should die.
They took a plough and plough'd him down,
Put clods upon his head,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn was dead.
But the cheerful spring came kindly on,
And show'rs began to fall;
John Barleycorn got up again,
And sore surpris'd them all.
The sultry suns of summer came,
And he grew thick and strong,
His head weel arm'd wi'pointed spears,
That no one should him wrong.
The sober Autumn enter'd mild,
When he grew wan and pale;
His bending joints and drooping head
Show'd he began to fail.
His colour sicken'd more and more,
He faded into age;
And then his enemies began
To shew their deadly rage.
They've ta'en a weapon, long and sharp,
And cut him by the knee;
Then tied him fast upon a cart,
Like a rogue for forgerie.
They laid him down upon his back,
And cudgell'd him full sore;
They hung him up before the storm,
And turn'd him o'er and o'er.
They filled up a darksome pit
With water to the brim,
They heaved in John Barleycorn,
There let him sink or swim.
They laid him out upon the floor,
To work him farther woe,
And still , as signs of life appear'd,
They toss'd him to and fro.
They wasted, o'er a scorching flame,
The marrow of his bones;
But a miller us'd him worst of all,
For he crush'd him betwen two stones.
And they hae ta'en his very heart's blood,
And drank it round and round;
And still the more and more they drank,
Their joy did more abound.
John Barleycorn was a hero bold,
Of noble enterprise,
For if you do but taste his blood,
'Twill make your courage rise;
'Twill make a man forget his woe;
'Twill heighten all his joy:
'Twill make the widow's heart to sing,
Tho' the tear were in her eye.
Then let us toast John Barleycorn
Each man a glass in hand;
And may his great posterity
Ne'er fail in old Scotland!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Ken adds a little water as we cool down the fire line just below the timberline.
Ken is survived by his wife, Misty, her daughter, and brothers in Kansas and Oklahoma.
Fire photo credit: Mike Skinner, KDF
Gary Bahre has been stopping by for several years to admire our engine accumulation, and he is a darn good old iron restorer. We called him recently to see if he needed more projects, and in a few days he showed up with a trailer, and his friend Jim Phillips, who also does fine restorations.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Scott Joplin's Ragtime Dance, performed by BachScholar.
It has been nearly forty years since the Mrs. and I met in college. Early in our dating, I had her over to the apartment I shared with four roommates. The first thing she heard from them was "Wait until you hear the kind of music he listens to!" They were referring to Joshua Rifkin's recordings of rags by Scott Joplin. That turned out to be a good thing since she liked them, too. All these years later we are still listening to that music, most recently as performed by the BachScholar on YouTube.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
This ad from the May 1924 issue of The American Thresherman magazine shows us a glimpse of an important and little remembered industry. On a related note, pulley advertisements are also scattered through these old magazines. All that horsepower produced by steam engines had to be moved to the machines they ran, and flat belts were the method. An interesting thing I have noticed is how horse-power sweeps used tumbling rods to run threshers and other machines. They are the equivalent of power take off shafts today, but they were not used on steam engines when they came into common use. I guess one reason belts were used for threshing was to lessen the fire hazard of a steam engine near a straw stack; but it is odd to think that horses spun power take off shafts long before they reappeared on gasoline powered tractors.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Stranded today, and he can figure on cutting lumber from them in about forty years.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
He and a buddy jumped out of a helicopter so they could rescue two helicopter crewmen who had crashed and were surrounded by enemy. Troy landed successfully, but his buddy broke a leg when he hit the ground. So...Troy fought his way to the crashed helicopter, fought his way out while carrying one man, threw him into a helicopter, then did the same trip again for the second crewman. Then he had to rescue his buddy with the broken leg and throw him into a chopper. The chopper couldn't set down during these rescues, and Troy flew out of there hanging onto a helicopter skid with one leg and one arm. When he finished retelling all this for me, Troy handed me the hat and said, "Look at where this thing was made!"
Monday, January 16, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Ted Lewis really lets loose with his clarinet on this old masterpiece. Critics still make disparaging comments about the clarinet playing of Ted Lewis, but it always makes me smile. This record was posted by CylinderPhonograph.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
We were digging through some old photos recently and found this nice shot of Mrs. True Blue Sam, our Skips, Merky and Cracker, and an abandoned
UPDATE! ASM826 of Random Acts Of Patriotism took pity on my faded photograph, fixed it up and e-mailed it back. Looks just like 1978! Many thanks!
The video below is Tom Geier's Spence engine, courtesy of PileOfIron.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Ruger's notes: "Dave Spaulding is back again, this time with the Ruger SR1911™, to show some basic training tips designed to enhance your skills with the Ruger SR1911. In this episode Dave explains how the superior ergonomics of the 1911 evolved and how to use them to the shooters advantage."
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
The Great Crush Collision March, by Scott Joplin.
From The writeup on YouTube: CORY HALL (b. 1963) is a retired concert artist, college professor, and church organist who currently devotes his time to making YouTube videos and composing. He wishes to inspire and offer advice to aspiring pianists and musicians worldwide via videos with his thought-provoking performances and tutorials. An independent scholar as well as performer, Hall holds graduate degrees in piano and historical musicology from The Eastman School of Music and The University of Kansas. BachScholar™ website: http://www.bachscholar.com.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Winter is a great time to be in the woods, and lots of people are out working up firewood during the weekends now. It's a good time to review the basic cuts you need to drop a tree where you want it. This tree is a black oak snag, with very little top left, and pretty well balanced. We made a high stump because there was some rot down low, and I wanted to work in solid wood. The stump height is more important on sawlogs, where a tall stump represents dollars left behind in the woods. I like to cut stumps off as close to the ground as possible when I work up a tree, so the tractor and cart can roll over them with no problem.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
show about moonshining on the Discovery Channel, and we have fun spotting bogosity in the well produced depiction of the way moonshiners might work. One of the sad truths about real moonshining is that much of it is made primarily with sugar. The corn in the mix does little more than provide a little flavor, and that type of whiskey isn't what moonshining used to be. Not so many year ago, moonshiners would soak their corn, let it sprout, dry it, then take the malted corn to a mill and have it cracked before they mixed their mash. The enzymes produced in the sprouted corn converted the corn starch to sugar, and that produced the alcohol, instead of cane sugar in poorly crafted illegal whiskey. I bought this burr mill many years ago from the miller who ran it near Martin, Kentucky, and I asked him whether his mill had ground malted corn; and YES it did! (The red Sears engine in the background ran this mill.)
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Dropping a black oak snag. The cuts are shown in order at the beginning.
There was rot down low, and I wanted to stay in solid wood. A low stump isn't all that important when the whole tree is going into firewood.
DavidN23Skidoo 14 hours ago
What is with the incredibly high stump?
Monday, January 2, 2012
"Dave Spaulding is back again, this time with the Ruger SR1911™, to show some basic training tips designed to enhance your skills with the Ruger SR1911. In this episode Dave discusses where to position your hands to best take advantage of the classic 1911 ergonomics." Courtesy of RugerFirearms.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Uploaded by bsgs98 on Dec 5, 2011
Words and music by Henry Winston and Fred Ham
Ted Lewis and His Band
Recorded Dec. 4, 1923, Chicago
Walter Kahn, Dave Klein - cornets
Harry Raderman - trombone
Ted Lewis - clarinet, director
Dick Reynolds - piano
Harry Barth - tuba
John Lucas - drums
Ted Lewis was born June 6, 1892 in Circleville Ohio. With his brother Edgar, he played in a local boys' band. Ted organized his own band in 1910. In 1916 he went to New York, worked at the College Arms Cabaret before joining Earl Fuller's Band. During this time he also toured in vaudeville. In 1917 he formed his first professional band. In the mid 1920s he had his own night club and appeared there often. His career spanned more than 60 years. He worked mostly as a band leader, featured on clarinet and vocals, sang in a lazy, half-talking style that earned the title "The High-Hat Tragedian of Song." His famed trademark was the battered top hat and catch-phrase "Is Everybody happy?" During his career he employed many famous jazz musicians including: Harry Raderman, George Brunis, Don Murray, Muggsie Spanier, and Jimmy Dorsey. His recordings in the 1930s often featured outstanding personnel such as Benny Goodman and Fats Waller. In the 1930s and 1940s, he led larger sweet-styled bands, and toured with his own show in the 1950s. His last major engagement was at New York's Latin Quarter in 1965. He appeared on TV several times in his later years. Ted died in New York on August 25, 1971.