Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Ghosts and Legends Tour on Saturday, Oct.27

Halloween Ghosts and Legends Tour

The Bay County Historical Society sponsors trolley tours that leave the Antigue Center on Water Street every Saturday at 2pm in the warmer months. This last Saturday they had a Ghosts and Legends Tour that went to Pine Ridge Cemetery and to Elm Lawn.

These cemeteries are the resting place for people like James Birney, son of the great abolitionist, Andrew Walton, a member of Berdan's Sharpshooters, Charles Newkirk, an early Michigan Doctor and George Wellman, a deputy US marshall killed in the line of duty in the Johnson County Range War.

This tour continues to be very popular.

Friday, October 19, 2007

USS Liberty - a reality snapshot

This is one of the most revealing videos an American could ever see. It describes the actions of the federal government in dealing with the 34 deaths on the USS Liberty in 1967. It leaves me with the opinion that we will never be told for sure what happened that day. I find it very difficult to believe that the attack was an accident. As an ex-navy officer, I know that surveillance ships look like nothing else and that navy customs and procedures in the sixties would have made it very unlikely that the Liberty had no flag either on the jack staff or on the mast.

I originally got interested in the Liberty because of the plaque found by the naval gun at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Bay City.  I have yet to learn of the city's connection to this ship and if it is closer than that we all have as American citizens.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

StumbleVideo - AssumeThePosition.mpg

StumbleVideo - AssumeThePosition.mpg

This video is one of the best presentations I have seen. The presentor does and says things that I would never dare say but his methods including the graphics and ideas are unbeatable. He would get his point across.. He would also get a great rating.. Finally, he would have to have great energy, creativity and would earn the rating.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

New Methods of Photography

New system makes any digital camera take multibillion-pixel shots from PhysOrg.com

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center, have built a low-cost robotic device that enables any digital camera to produce breathtaking gigapixel (billions of pixels) panoramas, called GigaPans.


Gigapan cameras and Historical Records

Imagine a day when historians can walk around in pictures of settings that time has removed from reality. Imagine an ability to look at the smallest screw in that picture. The ability to make those photos seems to be upon us.