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Welcome to my
Commonplace Book!

In the late Middle Ages, scholars started using “Commonplace Books” to collect knowledge of all kinds. These were not journals, but more like scrapbooks to gather quotes, letters, scientific formulae, and personal thoughts. Famous commonplace books were maintained by Thomas Jefferson, Francis Bacon, Henry David Thoreau, and Mark Twain. Sherlock Holmes himself solved a number of crimes by referencing his commonplace books!

This website isn't so much a blog as my own digital commonplace book where I keep items of personal interest.

I hope you enjoy it!

Men of Iron

Men of Iron

Fred Dibnah was a steeplejack in Britain for much of his life.  He would singlehandedly ascend and tear down 200’ industrial chimneys, literally brick-by-brick, after they’d finished their usefulness...and without any safety equipment.

Fred was an excellent communicator and made a number of television series celebrating the Victorian age of steam, engineering, and architecture.  His enthusiasm was contagious, and he always had a twinkle in his eye when talking about his beloved machinery.

This episode, Men of Iron, is one of my favorites from his series, Fred Dibnah’s World of Steam, Steel, and Stone,.

 

Relaxing w/ Celtic Knots

Relaxing w/ Celtic Knots

Enron Building, Houston TX

Enron Building, Houston TX