April 11, 2021

White bronze tombstones: A technological advancement in death.

The American Industrial Age brought with it innovations to much of American life. The electric light, automobiles, refrigerators and other inventions completely changed how we live. There was innovation in every aspect of our lives and burial of the dead was not exempt.

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Culture
April 11, 2021

Fraternal Societies and the Business of Death.

Fraternal societies have played a huge role in death in the US. From the symbols of brotherhood (and sisterhood) etched on tombstones to the purchase of land for cemeteries, fraternal societies changed how we bury our dead into a uniquely American thing. Around 1850 (which starts the Golden Age of Fraternalism in the US) we saw a distinct shift from Christian religious symbols on tombstones (cherubs, lambs, bibles, urns, willows, etc.) to many not-so-secret symbols of fraternal orders. Ironically, members of these clandestine groups wanted to let everyone know they had a secret.

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Culture
April 7, 2021

Throwback Thursday: The teaman

Hills Above Kathmandu: March, 1988
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photography ThrowbackThursday
April 2, 2021

iPad Pro: Working with PDFs.

A how-to with no pricey apps involved.

PDFs have always been a pain to work with. That’s because Adobe created them as a final format and that makes them pretty much uneditable. Unlike a word processor document, you can’t go back and make complex changes to a PDF on any device or in any app. What your iPad (and iPhone as well) can reasonably do is create, mark up, remove pages and send PDFs.

Yearly subscription rates for PDF editor apps can run in the range of $60 annually, but I’ve limited the how-tos to below free and built-in Apple apps, like Books and Files.

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iOS
March 6, 2021

How to make a pizza in the Pizzeria Pronto Pizza Oven.

With proven recipes.

Of all the grilling gizmos out there, a pizza grill is the most curious and some would think the most frivolous. Basically the Pizzeria Pronto is a gas kettle grill with stacked pizza stones inside it. If you’re thinking you could use this to cook burgers, it doesn’t work that way. You’re pretty much limited to thin pizza and flatbread, but it excels at these with its 700°-900º heat. If you’ve priced a wood-fired pizza oven, looked into building one from stone or even looked at adding pizza-making capability to your grill, you know the costs can be astronomical. The Pronto sells for $350 with legs. Get the cover and you can leave it on the deck year round.

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food
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