CARTE DE VISITE

15 May 2014

My best man came to me and asked me for help on how to set up a short podcast he wanted to record.  Recordings were for his daughter’s class, as they travel in New York on a field trip.  He wanted to make his recordings and have them time-released each day of the trip - since he wouldn’t necessarily be in an area with an internet connection.

Start-to-finish, this was a fun project to help produce.  I thoroughly enjoy podcasts and think they are a fantastic medium.  I get such a kick, posting a recording and seeing it automatically pull-down on any android device or iPhone.  Publishing at its finest!

Here’s the link to his podcast; it’s first recording posts on May 17th, 2014.  It takes its inspiration from Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac.”

My best man came to me and asked me for help on how to set up a short podcast he wanted to record. Recordings were for his daughter’s class, as they travel in New York on a field trip. He wanted to make his recordings and have them time-released each day of the trip - since he wouldn’t necessarily be in an area with an internet connection.

Start-to-finish, this was a fun project to help produce. I thoroughly enjoy podcasts and think they are a fantastic medium. I get such a kick, posting a recording and seeing it automatically pull-down on any android device or iPhone. Publishing at its finest!

Here’s the link to his podcast; it’s first recording posts on May 17th, 2014. It takes its inspiration from Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac.”

5 Jan 2014

Some favorite history items

This week I had a discussion with my neighbors about our mutual love of history, as a topic of study. I can’t say that I was as big a fan of history when I was in high school, but I wish I had been. The truth is, my love of learning came late. Now I’m passionate and excited by all the resources that are available. Here are a few of my favorites. Hours and hours of investment but every bit, worth the time to watch, listen and read.

+ A YALE course on the Civil War (free)
There’s a video version as well, but since it’s just a “talking head” lecture, it’s easier to plug in to the audio and be free to do stuff. I can now say that I have completed a class at Yale and am proud of it. 16ish hours worth. Gave me a VERY healthy respect for Lincoln and his keen legal mind that he brought to bear. Also gave me a deeper understanding (and respect, in some senses) of the South.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/civil-war-reconstruction-era/id341650730?mt=10

+ HARDCORE HISTORY
These are extensive but phenomenal. The older ones that were really good are archived off and for sale - so only the most current ones are still available for free. So many great questions are raised in these episodes. Dan Carlin’s exploration of the Eastern Front during World War II was extensive and amazing - something I had never studied. His episode on World War I was equally engaging and, in many ways, I find that period more fascinating than the later wars to come.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dan-carlins-hardcore-history/id173001861?mt=2

+ STUFF YOU MISSED IN HISTORY CLASS
“Lighter” than Hardcore History. Back in October (2013) they did a fun one on the history of the building of the haunted house at Disneyland… Also fun: “The Radium Girls”, “The Surprising Life of Henry Ford (2 parts)” and “HH Holmes and the Mysteries of Murder Castle (2 parts)”
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stuff-you-missed-in-history/id283605519?mt=2

+ GREAT TALES FROM ENGLISH HISTORY
For all of you who “can’t keep the English kings straight.” Thoroughly entertaining. I still get them mixed up but this is far far more interesting at least.
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Tales-English-History-Extraordinary/dp/0316067571/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388977151&sr=8-1&keywords=robert+lacey

+ DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT ANYTHING
I’m throwing this out there because this was a great book to have when my wife and I were dating. We would pull it out when we were at a restaurant, waiting for our server or food. The history snippets are short (a couple pages) and then have 5 trivia questions at the end. We would take turns reading and quizzing…
http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Know-About-Anything-About®-ebook/dp/B000UKOMZ4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1388943814&sr=8-3&keywords=don%27t+know+much+about

+ Some token HONORABLE MENTIONS:

KEN BURNS DOCUMENTARIES
Naturally, Netflix/Amazon has a whole bunch of copies (streaming/DVD) of Ken Burns documentaries. The Civil War one is one that people like to refer to but these were also entertaining and informative:

    The War (WWII)
    http://www.amazon.com/Necessary-War-December-1941-1942/dp/B007Q218X8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388977572&sr=8-2&keywords=ken+burns+the+war

    The National Parks
    http://www.amazon.com/Scripture-Nature-1851-1890-HD/dp/B004D1T7ZQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1388977602&sr=1-1&keywords=ken+burns+national+parks

    The Shakers
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Shakers/dp/B002P3EQ7I/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1388977618&sr=1-1&keywords=ken+burns+shakers


THE RAPE OF EUROPA
http://www.amazon.com/The-Rape-Europa-Menemsha-Films/dp/B0022XL5ZW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1388991086&sr=8-2&keywords=the+rape+of+europa

AT HOME: A SHORT HISTORY OF PRIVATE LIFE
http://www.amazon.com/At-Home-published-Doubleday-Hardcover/dp/B00ES28K5I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1388991417&sr=8-3&keywords=bryson+history+home

21 Sep 2012

A great day out at Griffith Observatory.

16 Sep 2012

Sleeping cat with soldier, 1915.
Awesome.

Sleeping cat with soldier, 1915.
Awesome.

27 Jun 2012

My mother’s grandfather.

My mother’s grandfather.

26 Jun 2012

Just found an amazing picture of my mother’s grandfather…

Just found an amazing picture of my mother’s grandfather…

3 Apr 2012

9 Feb 2012

There are some things that are significant in life that you just don’t realize the enormity of until years later.  This photo represents one of those occurrences.

On November 19th, 1987, my father and I were fortuitous enough to meet with Ruth Blanchard, one of the last remaining survivors of the Titanic, and record a personal interview.  She lived in Santa Barbara and so did we.  I was only 14 at the time (I’m on the far left in the picture; she is second from the right).  Sometimes you’re just lucky enough to be this close to living history.

Back then, I thought this was a neat experience.  But now, as the years pass, and the lives of all the remaining survivors pass with them, I treasure this moment.  Not many others will have had this experience.  Nor will others hear the subtle details that only an actual witness to this event can convey.   

A couple years ago, we digitized the interview, which makes it all the more easier to share with you now.

The interview: mp3

There are some things that are significant in life that you just don’t realize the enormity of until years later. This photo represents one of those occurrences.

On November 19th, 1987, my father and I were fortuitous enough to meet with Ruth Blanchard, one of the last remaining survivors of the Titanic, and record a personal interview. She lived in Santa Barbara and so did we. I was only 14 at the time (I’m on the far left in the picture; she is second from the right). Sometimes you’re just lucky enough to be this close to living history.

Back then, I thought this was a neat experience. But now, as the years pass, and the lives of all the remaining survivors pass with them, I treasure this moment. Not many others will have had this experience. Nor will others hear the subtle details that only an actual witness to this event can convey.

A couple years ago, we digitized the interview, which makes it all the more easier to share with you now.

The interview: mp3

8 Aug 2009

Wow..

So weird.  Chester Conklin was from our family line.  Aside from that novelty, I’m so glad Hollywood is not making movies like this anymore…

For those not in the local know, Fiesta is an “Old Spanish Days” festival of Santa Barbara.

Below is also a still of Chester: