The continuing adventures of Beau Yarbrough

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

Thursday, February 28, 2008, 10:33
Section: Miscellany

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

Lunar eclipse slide show

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 13:00
Section: Miscellany

Peter put together this slideshow of the lunar eclipse last night. Neat stuff.

I think the ghost moon you see in some photos is a reflection of the lens on the camera’s mirror. Or something. He’s the award-winning photographer, not me.

Child bankrupts Make-A-Wish Foundation with wish

Thursday, February 21, 2008, 7:55
Section: Miscellany


Secrets of the Great Seal

Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 17:44
Section: Miscellany

Amazingly, it turns out that National Treasure wasn’t a great primer on national history: Great Seal Secrets Revealed!

The Seal will remain at the State Department but the interactive exhibit is designed to travel and curators hope it will dispel the rumors and educate Americans about the real meaning of the symbols.

Among the highlights:

_That known Masons like the first U.S. president, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin had no role in designing the final seal, which uses elements of traditional heraldry, such as the unfinished pyramid to symbolize a work in progress, arrows for war and an olive branch for peace. Masons share some of those symbols, but they have never been exclusively the domain of the order.

_That the phrase “Novus Ordo Seclorum” below the Roman numerals for 1776 at the base of the pyramid translates as “A New Order of the Ages” that began with independence and does not imply the United States will be the lynchpin of a sinister “New World Order.”

_That the words “Annuit Coeptis” (“Providence favors”) and the eye of providence that hovers over the pyramid refer to unexpected interventions of fate that assisted the colonists in creating a new country.

_That the references to 13 refer to the number of colonies that formed the original United States.

The last athletic supporter you’ll ever need

Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 14:41
Section: Miscellany


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