If there's a hot-button item among travelers (other than airline fees), it's whether to allow cellphone voice calls on airplanes. The Department of Transportation and the Federal Communications Commission seem to be at odds over whether to change the current rules prohibiting such calls. The DOT is asking fliers for their opinions, even though the agency won't be making the decision, at least not on technical grounds. The FCC last year started the process of considering changing its rule that prohibits such on-board phone calls above 10,000 feet. DOT concedes that the FCC has the authority to decide "whether cellphones or other mobile devices used during flight would interfere with cellular networks on the ground and should continue to be banned." But the DOT, which oversees the Federal Aviation Administration, says it has the authority to decide whether permitting voice calls on an airplane is "an unfair practice to consumers." From its website: "Allowing voice calls on passenger aircraft may be harmful because people tend to talk louder on cellphones than when they're having face-to-face conversations. They are also likely to talk more and further increase the noise on a flight, as passengers would not be simply talking to the persons sitting next to them but can call whomever they like. An Associated Press-GfK poll last fall found that 48% of Americans oppose allowing cellphones to be used for voice while flying, compared with 19% who support it. Since then, only Delta Air Lines has said up front it won't allow voice calls. Meanwhile, the FCC points out that even if the agency changes the rules, it would be up to airlines to decide whether to allow voice phone calls in flight. They would have to install an access system (similar to Wi-Fi), but they wouldn't be required to do so. Back to the DOT. The agency wants to know what you think about the potential rule change. It's collecting comments until March 26. http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=DOT-OST-2014-0002-0018 Mary Forgione
As mountain streamlets freely flow with water cool and clear, from towering grandeur, snow adorned, a source of strength all year. Dosia Carlson
The Alps are the youngest and highest mountain system in Europe. They stretch across the western and southern part of the continent in a broad arc. The mountain range starts near the Mediterranean Sea on the border between France and Italy. Then it curves north and eastward through northern Italy, Switzerland Liechtenstein, southern Germany, Austria and Slovenia. The Alps are about 1,000 km long, the broadest section over 260 km wide. During the Ice Age, which started about a million years ago, the Alps were covered with a thick blanket of snow. Glaciers moved down valleys and made them wider and deeper. As they moved they took rock and other material with them, creating moraines. When glaciers started to melt water filled up behind these natural dams and created the alpine lakes we know today. The largest of these glaciers is the Aletsch in Switzerland which reaches a length of about 25 km. The longest glacier of the eastern Alps is the 8 km long Pasterze, at the foot of the Großglockner. The ice and snow of the alpine regions helped create the large rivers of today: the Rhine, Rhone, Danube and the Po. http://www.english-online.at/geography/alps/alps-tallest-mountain-range-in-europe.htm The Swiss Alps are often called 'Europe's water tower'. Nearly 60 billion cubic metres of water are stored in its glaciers. Even though their ice is called 'eternal', many alpine glaciers' lives may come to an end within this century. For 150 years, most of them have been more or less constantly retreating, and since the eighties, their shrinkage has visibly increased. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/jul/22/glacier-europe-water-crisis
The “Cthulhu Mythos” is a name given to the superficial elements of H.P. Lovecraft’s tales: the fictional New England towns; the extraterrestrial “gods”, and the magical grimoires (see “His Creations”). However, Lovecraft never used the term “Cthulhu Mythos” himself, on rare occasions referring to his series of connected stories as his “Arkham cycle.” Instead, the term “Cthulhu Mythos” was coined by August Derleth after Lovecraft’s death. As such, one could easily make the argument that Lovecraft never wrote any Mythos stories. These elements have been used by a multitude of writers, several of them members of the “Lovecraft Circle.” The Mythos has so captured the imaginations of readers that it is perhaps better known (and more widely read) than Lovecraft’s own work. Many horror authors began their careers writing Mythos fiction, eventually moving on and finding their own voices. Some of the members of the Lovecraft Circle that incorporated elements of the Mythos into their own work included Robert Bloch, August Derleth, Robert E. Howard, Henry Kuttner, Frank Belknap Long, and Clark Ashton Smith. Later authors who also continued this tradition include Ramsey Campbell, Lin Carter, Stephen King, T.E.D. Klein, Brian Lumley, and Colin Wilson. http://www.hplovecraft.com/popcult/mythos.aspx
Shadows Over Baker Street--"Sherlock Holmes enters the nightmare world of H.P. Lovecraft"-- is a collection of short stories with Sherlock and Dr. Watson as principal characters in horror stories. In A Case of Royal Blood, Holmes and H.G. Wells join forces. In The Mystery of the Hanged Man's Puzzle, Holmes says: "Goodly intentions are no use without goodly sums of money, Watson"
Mast Brothers Chocolate This artisanal chocolate factory creates bean-to-bar handmade candy in small batches and sophisticated flavors. Founders Michael Mast and his older brother Rick—two bearded Iowa boys—came to New York to pursue careers in film and cooking, respectively. The pair discovered a flair for chocolate-making at Brooklyn dinner parties (finding later success at local farmers' markets and boutiques), and turned their creative focus to cacao instead, sourced from small farms in Ecuador, Madagascar, and Venezuela. The brothers produce around ten flavors, from a blend of almond and sea salt to the popular salt-and-pepper bar. Each is wrapped in gold foil and thick Italian paper in vintage-inspired floral, paisley, and patterned prints. Visitors congregate around the long kitchen table to taste their spoils and watch the unhusked chocolate nibs be ground with a stone granite roller.
Ecce in Latin means behold. Ecce Panis, an artisan bread making company based in New Jersey, means Behold the Bread. In Latin Phrases and Quotes, the meaning for ecce signum is listed as: behold the sign; here is the proof. http://latin-phrases.co.uk/dictionary/e/
Who was Dick Donovan? by Bruce Durie 'Dick Donovan' was the pseudonym used by Joyce Emmerson Preston Muddock (1843-1934) for almost 300 detective and mystery stories and 28 novels written between 1889 and 1922. Muddock also had a long but financially disastrous career as a journalist and wrote: novels; historical fact and fiction; guide books and a rather self-aggrandising autobiography. Far from being an imitator of Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, Muddock’s fictional detective predated the Baker Street sleuth in the public’s ken and was, for a time, equally or more popular. Intriguingly, “Joyce Emmerson Preston Muddock” was itself a pseudonym. Muddock was named at birth, much more prosaically, “James Edward Muddock”. His characters included not only Dick Donovan, the Glasgow Detective, but also Russian Secret Service agent Michael Danevitch, Vincent Trill of the Detective Service, private detective Tyler Tatlock and early forensic criminologist Fabian Field among others. Today, his horror tales are better known than his detective fiction, thanks to frequent reprints, and what he considered his “serious” fiction and historical writings have been completely consigned to the remainder bin of literary history. One of his historical novels, “Young Lochinvar” was an early silent film, made by Stoll and starring Owen Nares. Muddock did not start the tradition of using a pen name the same as that of the detective - Honeyman’s “James McGovan” stories did likewise, and everyone was cashing in on the earlier publishing success of the real-life James M’Levy, The Edinburgh Detective - but Muddock may well have embedded it as a technique for the genre. It was later adopted by his American counterparts such as Ellery Queen and Hank Jansen. He may also be responsible for the term “Dick” as applied to a private detective in America, where his works were hugely popular. This one-man industry makes Conan Doyle's 60 Sherlock Holmes stories look thin by comparison. The first Dick Donovan story – “The Saltmarket Murder Case” (Jan 1888) – is one of the earliest locked-room mysteries. Find bibliography at http://gadetection.pbworks.com/w/page/7930475/Donovan,%20Dick