Monthly Archives: March 2014

Rene Descartes, born in 1596, mathematician, Father of modern philosophy,            if you have ever made a graph and used Cartesian coordinates, you are using a system that Descartes came up with.  He used the Latinized form of his name which would have been Cartesius. His mother died when he was a year old, he was a sickly kid and was allowed to remain in bed for as long as he wanted,  he was however a brilliant kid,  he did most of his work in bed for the rest of his life, when he died his body was returned to France from the Swedish ruler Christina, Berzelius had possession of his head, but it was finally returned to Cuvier in France, In his discourse on method, he doubted everything, but the existence of doubt implied that there was something he was doubting, “cogito ergo sum” I think therefore I am. He died in 1650 at age 54.

Archibald Couper, born in 1831, chemist, he was a sick kid but wrote a paper on using dotted lines for bonds but it took two months, Kekules paper looked like it came in first. This stressed him so much it ended his career, but he lived 30 more years. He died in 1892 at age 61.

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Dog Tip of The Day, March 31

The weather is getting nicer out and it is time to start thinking about some outdoor activities with your dog.  If you are traveling there are many hotels that are dog and cat friendly.  Always call and check.  Some hotels have a slight charge for the extra cleaning, but some don’t increase the charge at all.  Be sure to take a crate and supplies to clean up after your pets.  Don’t forget poop bags.

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Made in America

Bubba Rope makes rope for towing vehicles, Made in America. You can find it at  www.bubbaroap.com.  This is a good thing to have if you ever have to pull a car out of a ditch.

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Science Birthdays, March 30

Robert Bunsen was born on this day in 1811, a German chemist he investigated emission spectra of heated elements. He discovered cesium and rubidium.  He developed the Bunsen burner which are still used in laboratories today.  He died in 1899 at the age of 88.

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Dog Tip of The Day, March 30

When you are taking a dog for a ride in the car, there really isn’t a good place for them.  They don’t like seat belts.  A crate is probably the best idea, but not 100% safe in an accident.  I do have a crate in the back of my truck, but because of the winter, I have been letting my Shepherd ride in the pulled down back seat of my truck (his truck).  My tip is always have a leash and collar on the dog in the event you do crash or have to restrain the dog.  Cats are best kept in a kitty carrier during car rides because they don’t like leashes and collars, if they do, then have it on them.

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Made in America

Mighty Max makes carts for various purposes, but with summer on its way, you might want to look at a Mighty Max yard cart, Made in America in Texas.  www.mightymaxcart.com.

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Science Birthdays, March 29

Sanctorius Sanctorius, born in 1561, he was a physician who measured weights of humans as they perspired. This was the beginning of the study of metabolism. He measured body temp using the first clinical thermometer, a water level thermometer. He also invented a device to measure pulse rate. He died in 1636 at age 75.

Sir Harold Jones, born in 1890, astronomer he measured the distance to the sun. He died in 1960 at age 70.

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