A Beautiful Afternoon at West Point

 Posted by on October 11, 2012  West Point
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The fall weather at West Point generally isn’t the best.  This week has been typical fare: cold, overcast, windy, and just rainy enough to dampen our woolen pants and sting our eyes as we rush between classes.  Today, however, was absolutely clear.  Blue skies, a light breeze, and just chilly enough to need a jacket (or an ACU top, in our case).  I took a quick webcam picture from the fifth floor of Jefferson Hall, looking north up the Hudson River.

Tesla: Man of the Century

 Posted by on October 8, 2012  Projects & Recreation
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Back in 2009, the theme for National History Day (a high school history competition) was “The Individual in History.”  As my entry, I chose to research the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla and create an informative website examining his story.  So… who was he?

Nikola Tesla was the genius and visionary who ushered mankind into the twentieth century.  Despite this, his name is not particularly well-known, and he died alone and penniless in a New York City Hotel.

Almost every facet of the technology that defines our modern-day existence can be traced to an invention of Tesla’s.  Whenever you turn on a light or listen to the radio you pay homage to Tesla’s genius.  The world is run on his alternating electric current, we detect submarines with his radar, and we diagnose illnesses with his x-ray.

Check out the website I made here.  It won 1st place in the Senior Website division at both the local and regional National History Day competitions.  Unfortunately, it didn’t move on after the state competition that was held at Millersville University the weekend of May 6-7, 2009.  Let me know what you think!

Fun Fact:  Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower, designed both to communicate via radio signals across the Atlantic and to wirelessly distribute free energy, was recently bought by ‘The Oatmeal,’ a webcomic, after it was threatened by demolition to make way for a shopping center.  You can read their webcomic entitled “Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived” here.

And here is a link to a book by Tesla, courtesy of Project Gutenberg.  There are some crazy diagrams and ideas inside.

This post was based on content from two posts originally hosted on blog.thebookrook.com.  One was published February 16th, 2009, and the other April 21st, 2009.

Oct 042012

I completed my Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project on May 5, 2009.  The Eagle Project is one of the requirements for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank awarded in Boy Scouts. The project involved building a fence and arbor for the Carlisle Salvation Army, as well as cleaning up their entrance courtyard and refinishing some benches. You can read the complete project write-up here (.pdf format) and you can download it here (.doc format).

This post was originally published on May 5, 2009 on blog.thebookrook.com.