On this day in history: In 1841, the first steam fire engine was tested in New York City. In 1884, the first long-distance telephone call was made from Boston to New York. In 1905, fingerprint evidence was used for the first time to solve a British murder case. And in 1912, the first cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. The trees were a gift from Japan.
On this day in history: In 141, the 6th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet took place. In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book Uncle Tom’s Cabin, subtitled “Life Among the Lowly,” was first published. In 1885, John Matzeliger of Suriname patented the shoe lacing machine. And in 1888, the Sherlock Holmes Adventure, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” began.
20 Quick Tips To Improve Your Productivity – I found this to be the best article on productivity that I have ever read. This list prioritizes things like Bible reading and memorization, along with more mundane productivity tips. Well worth reading!
The Deadliest Garden In The World – This was morbidly fascinating. There is actually a garden that cultivates poisonous and deadly plants… on purpose. And it’s really quite beautiful.
On this day in history: In 1521, Ferdinand Magellan discovered Guam. In 1820, the Missouri Compromise was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed by U.S. President James Monroe. The act admitted Missouri into the Union as a slave state, but prohibited slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory. And in 1854, at the Washington Monument, several men stole the Pope’s Stone from the lapidarium.
The Upside Down AeroPress Coffee Brewing Tutorial – I use my AeroPress often, and I usually use it inverted. I think it gives me more control over the coffee brewing process, and results in a better cup of coffee. Here’s a tutorial explaining how to do this. And you can pick up an Aeropress on Amazon, because why don’t you have one?
How It’s Made: Pen & Pencil Edition – The Well-Appointed Desk gathered a few videos together about how certain pens, pencils, and other writing tools are made. Some of these are very interesting. It’s unfortunate that the final one in the post is no longer available. Enjoy these!
4 Benefits Of Rising Early And How To Master Morning Wake-Ups – I have become increasingly convinced that my best times are in the mornings. When I can arrive at the office a couple of hours before everyone else, I can enjoy the solitude and quiet before the day gets crazy. I use it for personal study and devotion, and kick things into gear for “work” as others are arriving.
What Is Love? – This may be one of the most inspiring short videos you’ll ever see.
On this day in history: In 1827, New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration. In 1867, Dr. William G. Bonwill invented the dental mallet. And in 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting U.S. Presidents to two terms.
Third Wave Coffee – Third wave is the most recent wave of coffee to impact our culture, and is the current state of the coffee industry. Where will it go from here?
Clean Up Your Phone For Increased Productivity – This is an area that many people neglect, and their phone gets clogged up with unnecessary apps and sludge. Take some time now and delete apps that you don’t use, clean up the storage that gets filled up with, well, nothing really, and speed up your phone and your own productivity.
Squadron Of Hope – This is a beautifully filmed video of a protected reef near Indonesia. Hit the full screen button and enjoy.
On this day in history: In 1880, Thomas Edison observed what became known as the Edison Effect for the first time. In 1991, On this day, Sotheby’s announced the discovery of a long-lost manuscript of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. And in 2000, Charles M. Schulz’s last original Sunday Peanuts comic strip appeared in newspapers. Schulz had died the day before.
Second Wave Coffee – Second wave coffee took the coffee industry to a whole new level. And it changed the way we view, and drink, this wonderful beverage.
On this day in history: In 1911, the 40th president of the United States, and former movie star, the “Great Communicator,” Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, a small town in northwestern Illinois. In 1926, the National Football League adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college class graduated. And in 1932, dog sled racing happened for the first time in Olympic competition.
First Wave Coffee – Coffee comes in waves. Seriously. There is first wave coffee, second wave and third wave. Over the next three weeks I’ll share an article about each wave, giving some excellent history of coffee and how we view it.
The World’s Longest Trail – I enjoy hiking. I have some goals of trails I’d like to see, and even complete. But the world’s longest trail is expected to be complete later this year. It’s called The Great Trail, and it stretches across Canada.
10 Ways To Create More Margin In Your Time – We all want that extra edge when it comes to getting things done. Up earlier, work later, multi-task, we try it all. But in doing so, we often make life more difficult. It’s really simple. These ten things are where you should start.
Fukushima – This video is composed of still images, brought to life and set to music. It’s hauntingly eerie, and yet beautiful and captivating.
On this day in history: In 1649, England’s King Charles I was beheaded. In 1798, the first brawl in the U.S. House of Representatives took place. Congressmen Matthew Lyon and Roger Griswold fought on the House floor. In 1847, the town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco. And in 1933, The Lone Ranger was heard on radio for the first time. The program ran for 2,956 episodes and ended in 1955.