Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Medieval Murder Mystery

On August 02, 1100 about sunset, a group of men were finishing a stag hunt. On any other day in medieval England, a party of nobles searching for a deer probably wouldn’t have turned any heads but in this case the group included William Rufus, also known as King William II. Along with William was his brother Henry, Walter Tirel, the Count of Poix, and William de Breteuil. At the end of the hunt, one of the men would be lying on the forest floor, dead, with an arrow impaled in his chest.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Defiance at all costs: Nicola the first female Sheriff and the Battle for Lincoln Castle

Who was Nicola de la Haye?

She successfully defended Lincoln Castle against the French forces led by Prince Louis in 1217. This happened after the death of King John. A little back story: The English Barons, fed up with King John and his overbearing rule had actually offered the English throne to the French just after John reneged on the Magna Carta.  John felt betrayed by his barons and went on a rampage. In turn, the rebel barons fought back. After John died, Royalists, on behalf of John's son, Henry III kept up the fight when the rebel barons and Louie refused to back down.

Gerald of Wales (1146-123) had written about the insurrection and campaign in his The instruction of a Prince. In the document, Gerald stated “that England, so oppressed for so long under the insufferable yoke of servitude, would see at last complete liberation and liberty.” I wonder what he thought about events after John's death?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Expansion Teams and the Las Vegas Golden Knights

2017 -2018 NHL Season to date

It has been a fun first half of the National Hockey League. The surprise feel-good story has been the Las Vegas Golden Knights. A Cinderella story, no doubt, of a team that by League history, should be near the bottom of the pack but is sitting in the number TWO spot. Amazing! Everyone has been asking how this team compares to other expansion teams. One writer did his research and here is an excerpt (a link to the full article is at the bottom of this posting and I encourage you to read it).

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Looking ahead: February 16, 2018

Writer's block is a horrible condition. I hope it has been purged for a long time.

This date is special for being Chinese New Year. Gung Hay Fat Choy. Am I writing about The Year of the Dog? No, even though I obviously love dogs - especially one chocolate colored crazy Chinese Shar-Pei (how appropriate for this new year).

The main purpose of this post about February 16 concerns every person in the United States of America but most of them will go about their business without noticing the benchmark. Why is this date special and why should every American care?

Read on and see. I promise, this is not a pyramid scam. I'm not asking you to buy anything and this isn't a story about politics, mass killing, or contain any harassing images.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

It's Breeder's Cup time!

This week is the 34rd running of the Breeder’s Cup Championship races. Nothing beats the excitement, pageantry, and beauty of horseracing. The realm of horseracing stems from the rough & tumble world of child races in Mongolia, the country fair circuits, sulky racing with rapid-fire trotters & pacers, to the high-stakes realm of the modern racetrack. Some places, such as Dubai, run their meets without any waging allowed just for the love of the sport while other tracks survive with the assist of casino-style slots on site.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Best of the wrinkly dogs: The Shar-Pei Nationals

The Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America held their annual National Specialty show this year in Sacramento (CA) from October 9th through 13. Prior to the Nationals, the Golden State Chinese Shar-Pei Club held a specialty show. I was able to attend on Thursday, October 12th. This was my FIRST Shar-Pei Nationals and I had a ball.

The lady in blue is Deanna Liskey. We met when I lived in CA and joined the Chinese Shar-Pei Club of Northern California in 2000. 

SPAID testing table

Raffle items

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Automation is killing jobs

I'm going to date myself with this post. I remember a time before answering machines, mobile phones, personal computers, and self-serve kiosks. Folks had manners (for the most part - there have always been exceptions). Technology has been lauded as a wonderful part of civilization. Yes, science has given us medical marvels and taken us to the Moon and back but have all the modern wonders been to our true benefits?

Let us take a look.