Archive for October 2009

Information Reformation

I wrote the following article over a dozen years ago when I was a technology evangelist at Sun Microsystems. Back in the mid-’90s, we were experiencing the early part of the first wave of “The Web.” Today, with the advent of Web 2.0 technologies we’re seeing an explosion in different dimensions. Wikis, social networking, mass…

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History of October 31

HISTORY OF OCTOBER 31 On October 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk named Martin Luther nailed to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany 95 propositions or theses and marked the beginning of the Reformation. Of course, the Reformation began long before that, but this date proves to be a convenient coat hanger for…

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History of Halloween

HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN Halloween (Allhallows Even) is the evening of October 31. In its strictly religious aspect this occasion is known as the vigil of Hallowmas or All Saints’ Day, November 1, observed by the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches. In the fourth decade of the 8th century, Pope Gregory III moved this holiday to…

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History of Daylight Saving Time – Ending

HISTORY OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME – ENDING Daylight Saving Time, or DST, is a brilliant campaign to convince people that we’re getting more daylight each day, when in reality we’ve simply changed our clocks and then forgotten about it within two weeks. DST begins each year at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March…

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History of Kirking of the Tartans

HISTORY OF KIRKING OF THE TARTANS This Sunday all over the world many churches will observe the Kirkin’ o’ th’ Tartans, a celebration of Scottish heritage and culture. What is The Kirking of the Tartans? Etymologically it simply means: Kirking, from the Scottish Gaelic word kirk which means church, in this usage it means “blessing.”…

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History of Garden of the Gods

HISTORY OF GARDEN OF THE GODS Colorado Springs is known for many attractions that make it a tourist destination in Colorado: the Air Force Academy, the US Olympic Training Center, the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, the Broadmoor Hotel, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, Pikes Peak, Glen Eyrie, even the headquarters of Focus on the…

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History of Christopher Columbus

HISTORY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS The man who sailed from Spain to discover America was neither Spanish nor did he actually discover America. But it was true that: In fourteen hundred and ninety two Columbus sailed the ocean blue He was actually Italian, born in 1451 to a wool merchant in Genoa and first went to…

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