YouTube Excellence #2: Geography Now

Credit: Geography Now It’s time to learn Geography NOW! This is the catchy start to the YouTube show, Geography Now. A favorite of mine for years, it features its host, Barby (cool Aussie word, also girl’s doll), goes over, in general, each country that exists in the world which has been recognized by the U.N….

Fighting Robots

These are robots which I classify as being used to compete for fun or sport however they are large robots and not the smaller ones used for home entertainment. MegaBots / Great Metal / FutureWise /      

ToT Facts #1: Vermont vs Bahrain

For use elsewhere, credit: Tome of Trovius, https://tomeoftrovius.com     Vermont GDP https://www.bea.gov/iTable/iTable.cfm?reqid=70&step=10&isuri=1&7003=200&7035=-1&7004=sic&7005=1&7006=xx&7036=-1&7001=1200&7002=1&7090=70&7007=-1&7093=levels#reqid=70&step=10&isuri=1&7003=200&7004=naics&7035=-1&7005=1&7006=xx&7001=1200&7036=-1&7002=1&7090=70&7007=-1&7093=levels   Bahrain GDP http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2017/02/weodata/weorept.aspx?pr.x=32&pr.y=19&sy=2015&ey=2016&scsm=1&ssd=1&sort=country&ds=.&br=1&c=512%2C672%2C914%2C946%2C612%2C137%2C614%2C546%2C311%2C962%2C213%2C674%2C911%2C676%2C193%2C548%2C122%2C556%2C912%2C678%2C313%2C181%2C419%2C867%2C513%2C682%2C316%2C684%2C913%2C273%2C124%2C868%2C339%2C921%2C638%2C948%2C514%2C943%2C218%2C686%2C963%2C688%2C616%2C518%2C223%2C728%2C516%2C558%2C918%2C138%2C748%2C196%2C618%2C278%2C624%2C692%2C522%2C694%2C622%2C142%2C156%2C449%2C626%2C564%2C628%2C565%2C228%2C283%2C924%2C853%2C233%2C288%2C632%2C293%2C636%2C566%2C634%2C964%2C238%2C182%2C662%2C359%2C960%2C453%2C423%2C968%2C935%2C922%2C128%2C714%2C611%2C862%2C321%2C135%2C243%2C716%2C248%2C456%2C469%2C722%2C253%2C942%2C642%2C718%2C643%2C724%2C939%2C576%2C644%2C936%2C819%2C961%2C172%2C813%2C132%2C199%2C646%2C733%2C648%2C184%2C915%2C524%2C134%2C361%2C652%2C362%2C174%2C364%2C328%2C732%2C258%2C366%2C656%2C734%2C654%2C144%2C336%2C146%2C263%2C463%2C268%2C528%2C532%2C923%2C944%2C738%2C176%2C578%2C534%2C537%2C536%2C742%2C429%2C866%2C433%2C369%2C178%2C744%2C436%2C186%2C136%2C925%2C343%2C869%2C158%2C746%2C439%2C926%2C916%2C466%2C664%2C112%2C826%2C111%2C542%2C298%2C967%2C927%2C443%2C846%2C917%2C299%2C544%2C582%2C941%2C474%2C446%2C754%2C666%2C698%2C668&s=NGDPD&grp=0&a=   Vermont Area Census of Population and Housing, 2010 CPH-2. Population and Housing Unit Counts Pages 1 & 41 https://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html https://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/cph-2-1.pdf   Bahrain Area Demographic Yearbook Collection, 2011-2015,  DYB 2012 – individual tables & notes, Table 3 https://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic-social/products/dyb/index.cshtml https://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/dyb/dyb2012/Table03.pdf…

Historic Findings: Venezuelan Rock Art

cookelma / 123RF Stock Photo Along the Orinoco, a massive river cutting Venezuela in half, a large amount of rock art has been found, specifically in the Atures Rapids. They’re located on the bend in Venezuela where the countries border starts going south and where the Orinoco merges with the Meta River at the Colombian…

Brownstone Cafe

As you can see from the sign, this is the Brownstone Cafe, located in Middletown, PA, USA. The cafe itself was formed from the lobby of what was originally a bank and the original vault is still in the back. The stone it was made from is called brownstone (which you’ve probably already guessed) and…

Sustainability #6: Pela Case

    Credit: Pela Case Credit: Pela Case The cases themselves come in a variety of colors (limited by the need to keep harmful dyes out of the compost) and can stand up to stress which makes them good for an alternative to the plastic. They’re available for the iPhone and Samsung so sorry Nokia…

Historic Findings #21-40

Historic Findings: Seljuk Tablets Tablets found in the south of Turkey add to their early history Historic Findings: Turkic Khaganate A memorial mound to a long dead Yabgu may hold secrets of the ancient Khaganate of the steppe. Historic Findings: Ile-Ife Glass The glass beads from Ile-Ife have been analyzed more thoroughly  Historic Findings: Griffin…

Historic Findings: Cities of the Americas 2ADBC

Recent discoveries have emerged out of the Pre-Colombian city of Chan Chan. The city used to be the capital of the Kingdom of Chimor before the Incans overran them and has coughed up four wood sculptures. 3 were males but 1 was a woman, an unusual finding for their culture. Further work will likely be…

Historic Findings – Nigeria, UAE, Egypt

anekoho / 123RF Stock Photo Buddha Statue at Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai Historical Park,Thailand   Focusing on the Danube basin in modern day Romania, researchers are suggesting that the hunter-gatherers and farmers that lived in the area actually lived side by side without an exact switch from one to the other. Hunters & Farmers  …

Plastic Homes

Credit: New China TV   Concept Plastics (Conceptos Plásticos) is a Colombian company creating homes from trash. The sheer waste of plastic around the Earth is tremendous when you think of how it could easily be recycled for a different purpose. To put this into perspective, people have built houses from used beer cans. How…