Beowulf and Typical Teen Stuff

Cascadia Weekly just published an interview with Rosalind Reynolds

https://www.cascadiaweekly.com/cw/currents/back_in_time_with_beowulf

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">The <a href="https://sylviacenterforthearts.org/event/unsung-by-rosalind-reynolds/2021-03-19/">show, Unsung, opens Fria Mar 19</a> at 7:30.The show, Unsung, opens Fria Mar 19 at 7:30.

Tweed ride thots

Thots on 2015 tweed ride possibilities

Non-facebook page. FB is convenient but not all-inclusive. Blog?

– historically appropriate venue: Roeder Home
– keg
– invite a photographer with a field camera (WCC) with polariod back
and demonstrate a phosphorous flash
– kids crafts table before hand
– start ride at library?
– have handouts on historical spots (not all, just a one or two between parks)
– contra dancing or banjo at final stop
– bbq for food
– judges for best bike, kids bike, best costume, best kids costume, best blog story
– a stop in Fairhaven, and a story from the Bham Bureau Historical Investiations?
– Before-hand crafting table near farmers market:
. yarn mustaches
. paper top hats
. round framed glasses
. bike mustache badges

– flyers
– earlier notification
– tea and scones for snack (sip-t?)
– bellingham radio museum display, old time radio music? (who does the sat/sun radio show)?
– parasols?

Net Neutrality | Electronic Frontier Foundation

FTA:

The FCC has a poor track record of getting net neutrality right. In January 2014, a federal court rejected the bulk of the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet order. The rules that the court threw out, however, were deeply flawed. Protecting net neutrality is a hard problem, with no easy solutions. … [W]e are asking folks to contact both the FCC and Congress and send a clear message: It’s our internet, we won’t let you damage it, and we won’t let you help others damage it.

via Net Neutrality | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Timeline of NSA Domestic Spying | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Quick summary:

It is intended to recall all the credible accounts and information of the NSA’s domestic spying program found in the media, congressional testimony, books, and court actions. The timeline also includes documents leaked by the Guardian in June 2013 that confirmed the domestic spying by the NSA. The documents range from a Top Secret Court Order by the secret court overseeing the spying, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court), to a working draft of an NSA Inspector General report detailing the history of the program.

Timeline of NSA Domestic Spying | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

When These Experts Savage U.S. Drone Policy, It’s Time to Worry – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic

From the article:

…the Obama administration hasn’t rigorously evaluated whether its drone strikes are helping or harming national security; it is setting dangerous precedents; it isn’t doing enough to prevent proliferation; and it is undermining democracy with excessively secretive practices that could also undermine the program’s long-term efficacy.

via When These Experts Savage U.S. Drone Policy, It’s Time to Worry – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic.

Family Veterans

At my request for our kid’s school veteran’s day project, I asked my mother, Jennifer, to root out some family veteran’s photos.

This set is the oldest vet in the family (on the Flesher side, at least): Henry Flesher. Fought in the Revolutionary War. Obviously, this isn’t a “photo” since they weren’t invented then, but he founded the city of Weston, VA so he got “lithographed” at some point.

Henry Flesher, Revolutionary war

Henry Flesher, Revolutionary war

Henry Flesher sign revolutionary war sign

Henry Flesher revolutionary war sign.


Here’s Chang in uniform (Navy) in 1943, first week in November (Grampa Bob was 3 weeks old).

Here’s Chang in uniform (Navy) in 1943, first week in November (Grampa Bob was 3 weeks old).

Dad, Mary, and Chang in his Navy uniform, 1943.

Dad, Mary, and Chang in his Navy uniform, 1943.

Mary, Bob, and Chang, 1944, summer or tropical Navy uniform.

Mary, Bob, and Chang, 1944, summer or tropical Navy uniform.


Here’s Grampa Bim, probably just after he enlisted in 1942. Marine uniform.

Here’s Grampa Bim, probably just after he enlisted in 1942. Marine uniform.

This is my uncle Jack Aden Williamson (Margaret’s brother) – your great-uncle and Liam and Jesse’s great-great. Likely at the very end of WWII, probably in the Philippines.

This is my uncle Jack Aden Williamson (Margaret’s brother) – your great-uncle and Liam and Jesse’s great-great. Likely at the very end of WWII, probably in the Philippines.

This is Bim’s sister Lois, a WAVE (Navy) in 1944. My aunt, so your great-aunt, and the kids’ great-great. Here’s a bit of history about the WAVEs: http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/prs-tpic/females/wave-ww2.htm

This is Bim’s sister Lois, a WAVE (Navy) in 1944. My aunt, so your great-aunt, and the kids’ great-great.
Here’s a bit of history about the WAVEs: http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/prs-tpic/females/wave-ww2.htm

Lieutenant Harold W. Flesher at his wedding to Margaret Williamson Flesher, January 1, 1946. Dad’s in his marine uniform.

Lieutenant Harold W. Flesher at his wedding to Margaret Williamson Flesher, January 1, 1946. Dad’s in his marine uniform.

And so Jennifer concludes:

I know we had relatives on the Williamson/Parker/Inman/Cake side (Margaret and Gramma Gladys) that fought in the Civil War. Being as everybody was from Tennessee back then, some were on the Union side and some were Confederates. I don’t know if I can come up with photos (or even names) without some serious digging and asking my various Williamson cousins. I know this side of the family also had members who fought in the Revolutionary War; Gramma Gladys was invited to join the Daughters of the American Revolution, in fact (she didn’t). Gramma’s husband Jack was in WWI (Army, I think) but I don’t have a photo at hand.

All said ancestors on both sides are either turning in or applauding from their graves to have ended up with such a bunch of peacenik descendants!