February 27th, 1829 – The Battle of Tarqui

The Battle of Tarqui, also known as the Battle of Portete de Tarqui, took place on February 27th, 1829 at Portete de Tarqui, near Cuenca, Ecuador. It was fought between troops from Gran Colombia, commanded by Antonio José de Sucre, and Peruvian troops under José de La Mar. It was a victory for Gran Colombia. […]

The New “The Ghost Rebellion” Cover Art

The chase is on! After the destruction of the Diamond Jubilee, Agents Eliza D Braun and Wellington Books are in hot pursuit of Dr Henry Jekyll. While he continues his experiments on the aristocracy of Europe, he leaves a trail of chaos and despair in his wake. However, when Eliza and Wellington run him to ground in India, they are […]

Symposium Session – Polka Dance Workshop

Dance Basic Polka Presented by Don Dodson, Leah Dodson, & Patrick Lusher. This is a Social Ballroom dance class teaching basic Polka steps, but with an emphasis on having fun.

February 26th, 1909 – Kinemacolor

Kinemacolor was the first successful color motion picture process, used commercially from 1908 to 1914. It was invented by George Albert Smith of Brighton, England in 1906. He was influenced by the work of William Norman Lascelles Davidson and, more directly, Edward Raymond Turner. It was launched by Charles Urban‘s Urban Trading Co. of London in […]

Book Review: The Victorian Steam Locomotive: It’s Design & Development 1804-1879

In the forward to G. D. Dempsey and D. K. Clarke’s (2015) The Victorian Steam Locomotive: It’s Design & Development 1804-1879, Dr. Pete Waterman begins by stating that even people who are enthusiastic about the age of steam power can sometimes be blasé about its history. It is hard in this day and age of technological wonders to comprehend the magnitude of the innovative process behind the development of the steam engine. In just over 90 years we moved from the simple idea of boiling water, to making steam to generate power, to the steam engine we know to this day. As Waterman explains, the engine design has not significantly changed since the Victorian era; it has been tweaked here and there, but essentially remains the same. For those of us who are steam train enthusiasts, we might say that it is hard to improve on perfection!

February 25th, 1836 – The Colt Revolver

Samuel Colt received a British patent on his improved design for a revolver in 1835, and two U.S. patents in 1836, one on February 25th (later numbered U.S. Patent 9430X) and another on August 29th (U.S. Patent 1,304). That same year, he founded his first corporation for its manufacture, the Patent Arms Manufacturing Company of Paterson, […]

Pandora Cinematheque – Vampires From Mars?

When you’re a drunk at a small-time bar somewhere in Texas, you’d think nothing of a smooth-tongued, clean shaven, irritatingly friendly young man who tries to tell you a story. That is, until he buys you a beer. And then tells you he’s an alien. Our latest Pandora Cinematheque offering is Bar Talk – enjoy!

Symposium Games & Contests – Combat Croquet

The Queen of Hearts’s Combat Croquet “Alice thought she had never seen such a curious croquet-ground in her life; it was all ridges and furrows; the balls were live hedgehogs, the mallets live flamingoes, and the soldiers had to double themselves up and to stand on their hands and feet, to make the arches.’” Will you be […]

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