Daily Archives: January 19, 2017

Today’s Birthday:James Watt (1736)


Today’s Birthday:
James Watt (1736)

A largely self-taught Scottish engineer and inventor, Watt greatly impacted the Industrial Revolution with his development of the Watt engine. Asked to repair a model of Thomas Newcomen’s steam engine, he instead made improvements to it that resulted in a new type of engine. One such design enhancement, the separate condenser, radically improved the power, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of steam engines. The watt, a unit of power, is named for him. What other unit of power did he develop?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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This Day in History:Apple Lisa Launched (1983)


This Day in History:
Apple Lisa Launched (1983)

In 1983, after five years of development, Apple released the Lisa, the first personal computer with a graphical user interface. Although the Lisa was a commercial failure—due in part to its initial price tag of $9,995—it had a significant impact on the computer industry. It is often rumored to have been named after the first daughter of Apple’s Steve Jobs, though several acronyms have been ascribed to the name. What project did Jobs join after being forced out of the Lisa project?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Rudyard Kipling


Quote of the Day:
Rudyard Kipling

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
But when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Jug Bands


Article of the Day:
Jug Bands

Jug bands are musical groups that use a mix of traditional and improvised instruments—usually ordinary objects modified for making music, such as the jug, washtub bass, washboard, spoons, stovepipe, and kazoo. Early jug bands were typically made up of African-American vaudeville and medicine show musicians. Emerging in the urban South, the bands played a mixture of Memphis blues—before it was formally called the blues—ragtime, and Appalachian music. How does one play the jug?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:petrous


Definition: (adjective) Of, relating to, or resembling rock, especially in hardness; stony.
Synonyms: stonelike
Usage: The veterinarian removed several rounded, petrous objects from the animal’s wound.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch