Category: General

Jul 17

HMS Beagle library goes online

The Guardian newspaper reports that Charles Darwin’s library of books – all 404 of them – that he kept onboard the HMS Beagle are now online over at the Darwin Online Beagle Library project. From the article: The lost collection of books that kept Charles Darwin company aboard HMS Beagle and provided inspiration for his later works on evolution has …

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Jul 01

Big Bear Old Miners Association Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, July 12, 2014, Bartlett Parking Lot, Big Bear Lake! The 2014 Big Bear Old Miners Association International Chili Society sanctioned Chili Cook Off will take place beginning at 10 AM and continuing until 8 PM on Saturday, July 12 at the Bartlett Street Parking Lot in the heart of Big Bear Lake Village Admission …

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Mar 23

How Bogart became Bogie: The making of an icon

Stephen Whitty of the Star-Ledger has posted an article over at about one of my all-time favorite movie stars, Humphrey Bogart. From the article: Close your eyes and you can still see him. The fedora, pulled low. The trench, belted tight. The shoulders hunched up, and the eyes squinting with suspicion. The right hand, …

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Mar 11

Chili Cooking the Ninja Cooking System way

I’m a chili snob.  There.  I said it.  A little personal insight into the twisted mind of Shawn E. Bell. For decades I’ve cooked chili, attended chili cook-offs, sampled great (and not so great) chili, and traveled wherever there was chili to be had.  I’ve amassed hand-written notebooks and computer directories that are chock full …

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Jan 29

1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe preserved by Library of Congress

CSX2287 and I have had a long and tumultuous relationship.  I have been deeply involved with Cobras, Daytonas, and GT40s since I made a mistake and sold a car for much less than I should have.  Once you make a really expensive mistake like that, you either hate your stupidity or you gain the kind …

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Jan 06

Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes

On this date in 1854 Sherlock Holmes was born. One of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes was a “London-based consulting detective whose abilities border on the fantastic.” Mr. Holmes was famous for his logic, reasoning, and forensic science skills. All but four of the Sherlock Holmes stories were narrated by Dr. …

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Nov 10

Happy Birthday, United States Marine Corps!

On this date in 1775 Captain Samuel Nicholas formed two battalions of Continental Marines into the first naval infantry. Since their inception, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) have helped to found a country, beaten back evil and tyranny and create men who stand head and shoulders above the rest. They truly are the few …

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