Still Here

First internet access in days. Here’s where we are.

At the bottom of the hill is this river.

These aren’t the best, and there’s no editing software on this computer. I found a computer I could use at the public library. Just wanted to post something.

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
–John Muir

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The 25th Bicycle Corps

An Army unit, the 25 Bicycle Corps, under command of Lt. James Moss, undertook to test if bicycles were going to be useful as military transport. The 25 Infantry was a black unit in a segregated army, and the men that were selected for the Bicycle Corps came out of that unit. That being important to the story if only because of the adventure that follows.

21 soldiers, a reporter, an Army surgeon, and Lt. Moss rode bicycles loaded with equipment from Ft. Missoula, Montana to St. Louis, Missouri. It took 41 days. They did this in 1897, long before any part of their journey would have been paved.

I would write more, but it has been done for me. The journals, news reports, maps, daily history, biographies of the riders, and more can be found at The 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps. A tip of the hat to Steven who suggested the story to me and a thank you to Mike Higgins who captured such a wonderful piece of American history in such detail.

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
–Amelia Earhart

A Story Well Told

Epijunky, at Pink Warm and Dry, has a story from her work as a paramedic. It’s about why she does the work she does and the compassion we can all pray we receive when our turn comes around.

I linked her for a second reason, as well. This is about writing, and having the opportunity to read the words of someone I never have had the chance to read until the web came along. A concise vignette about the crossing paths of two people, this story deserves to be recognized.

Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.
–Mark Twain

More Thoughts on the Four Rules

Alan at SnarkyBytes has an interesting post about the 4 Rules and how rule 1 cannot always be applied. His post and the comments make a starting point for discussion.

N.C. Hunter safety has “Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.” as their primary rule, and if I was writing gun handling rules, I would probably start with that one. There are several circumstances where all of us handle guns and while we always check the chamber and magazine, after that we act securely in the knowledge that the gun is unloaded.

Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety.
— William Shakespeare, King Henry the Fourth, Part I

The First Digital Camera

From an idea, a 100×100 pixel digital black and white CCD chip and parts from broken cameras, the inventor tells the story of the development of digital photography. This is pure geekery, but I had to share.

Where a new invention promises to be useful, it ought to be tried.
–Thomas Jefferson