Friday, March 30, 2012

The District of Maine

Prior to 1820, Maine was a part of Massachusetts...which would explain why the Massachusetts Historical Society would have a really cool map from the late 1790s on their website.  As I know from my own family research, Maine was still actively being settled at this time...primarily by people (like younger sons) being crowded out of the Boston area.

Below is the southwestern quadrant of a four-paneled map -- the most populous part of the district, then, and still the most populous part of the state, now. 


[As usual, you can click the map for a larger version; however, to see the really detailed version, click the hyperlink above to go to the actual website.]

The town I grew up in -- Auburn -- wouldn't exist for another 40+ years and is shown here as "Poland".  The town of Minot would soon be carved out of Poland, and then Auburn would be carved out of Minot.  The counties would evolve too.  Poland is shown here as part of Cumberland County.  Oxford and Androscoggin Counties would later occupy the more northern parts of Cumberland.

Visit the Massachusetts Historical Society here to view the other three quandrants, other maps of Massachusetts, and scads of other fun historickie stuffe.

[Hat-tip to the Internet Scout Project for providing the introduction.]

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Happy Birthday, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe!

My favorite Mies building has got to be the Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic.  So, considering it is his birthday, I thought I'd treat myself to some fun Tugendhat eye-candy.

Little did I know that a newly-renovated/restored Tugendhat opened to the public earlier this month!

Click here for the fantastic website.

How's that for a birthday present!?

To whet your taste, here are a couple of my favorite views....









[Photography by David Židlický of Atelier Židlický.]

Friday, March 23, 2012

Awesomest Image du Jour CLXXXVII

Ask yourself this:  how many times have you seen a shark high-five someone?

Never, right?


Now you have.  (You're welcome.)

[Image source: Paul Spielvogel/CATERS NEWS via The Telegraph; hat-tip:  @pourmecoffee.]

As Seen on the Twitter LIV

"A man comes from dust & in dust he will end. In the meantime it is good to drink a sip of vodka." ~ Yiddish Proverb
Mar 23 via SocialOomph Favorite Retweet Reply

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Liberal Zionism is not oxymoronic

Who knew?

Check out Peter Beinart's Zion Square at The Daily Beast and find out why.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

As Seen on the Twitter LIII

BREAKING: Tebow Looking Forward to Meeting First Jew #Tebow #NFL #jets #jews
Mar 21 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

As Seen on the Twitter LII

If ignorance is bliss, why is the world so unhappy?
Mar 21 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Awesomest Image du Jour CLXXXVI

Spring has sprung!


Amateur photographer and married lady, Mark Lenhart, captured this wonderfully-fizzy image of what happens this time of year in the American capital.

You may wish to follow him at @mlenhartdc.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

As Seen on the Twitter LI

The collapse of Bear Stearns was four years ago this week.
Mar 15 via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

As Seen on the Twitter L

On this day in 1781 Uranus was discovered. This is a classy Twitter feed and I am above making jokes about this.
Mar 13 via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

Friday, March 9, 2012

As Seen on the Twitter XLIX

Romney now out in MS saying 'y'all'. To the good people of Jackson, please, don't let him near the turkey fryer.
Mar 09 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

As Seen on the Twitter XLVIII

You think anyone @AIPAC cares that Santorum thinks they're all going to burn in hell?
Mar 06 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

Monday, March 5, 2012

As Seen on the Twitter XLVII

Did he call you a slut too? RT @ralphreed: Rush: apology accepted. Let's move on and talk about the issues. We're with you.
Mar 05 via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Friday, March 2, 2012

Awesomest (and Rather Timely) Comic Strip du Jour CLXXXV

And, now, to start the moth of March off right, I give you the sweetly cynical stylings of...Tom Tomorrow!

[Click to enlarge.]


Thank you, Mr. Tomorrow.

[Source: This Modern World; via the artist's own Twitter feed:  @tomtomorrow.]