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  • Historic New Ipswich
    I've added a Flickr group featuring archival photos from New Ipswich


    Posted Sep 15, 2014, 3:15 AM by John Poltrack
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  • Historic New Ipswich I've added a Flickr group featuring archival photos from New Ipswich
    Posted Sep 15, 2014, 3:15 AM by John Poltrack
  • Remembering 9/11 "If This Is Goodbye" is based on the last telephone call of a woman trapped in the World Trade Center on 9/11.Twin Towers NYCIn Spring of 2001 ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2014, 3:03 PM by John Poltrack
  • 29053366 902869993114 How did Google know what day it was?Hint about title - base-36 Find Bizarro comics on Amazon
    Posted Sep 10, 2014, 3:30 AM by John Poltrack
  • Fight "Team Cable"- Join the September 10th Internet Slowdown day To be part of this, please go to the link  Battle for the Net There is only one person capable of explaining what "Net Neutrality" is, that person is John ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2014, 3:27 PM by John Poltrack
  • A New Look for the blogs! See it LIVE at http://poltrack.blogspot.comA new look for the blogs based on the dynamic templates provided by Google's BloggerThis is the Classic look (the ...
    Posted Sep 7, 2014, 9:06 AM by John Poltrack
  • By the sea By the sea by John Poltrack on 500pxOne of  my more popular photos posted on 500px. Taken at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NHPhoto was taken with ...
    Posted Sep 7, 2014, 5:20 AM by John Poltrack
  • Gnarled Gnarled by John Poltrack on 500px
    Posted Sep 6, 2014, 5:22 AM by John Poltrack
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Historic New Ipswich

posted Sep 15, 2014, 3:15 AM by John Poltrack   [ updated Sep 15, 2014, 3:15 AM ]

I've added a Flickr group featuring archival photos from New Ipswich


Remembering 9/11

posted Sep 11, 2014, 5:16 AM by John Poltrack   [ updated Sep 11, 2014, 3:03 PM ]

"If This Is Goodbye" is based on the last telephone call of a woman trapped in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Twin Towers
Twin Towers NYC

Breakfast at the Twin Towers in NY
In Spring of 2001, my wife and daughter and their friends had an outing in NYC
They had breakfast in the Towers


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One World Trade Center under construction

September 11th memorial bench on Bell Island, Norwalk, CT
Bell Island, Norwalk CT 
NT Skyline visible, the smoke of the burning towers was visible on that day

What A View!
On September 11, 2001
"What a view" is someone ironic now

Icon of Tragedy, Sign of Comfort
Miracle Cross found at Ground Zero
Now located in memorial museum

Chris in NYC
My cousin Chris in NY, one of the few photos I have showing the towers


In Memory of September 11, 2001
My cousin Chris at Bell Island in 2008

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Memorial wall of Firefighters who died on 9/11

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posted Sep 10, 2014, 3:16 AM by John Poltrack   [ updated Sep 10, 2014, 3:30 AM ]

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How did Google know what day it was?

Hint about title - base-36









Fight "Team Cable"- Join the September 10th Internet Slowdown day

posted Sep 9, 2014, 3:16 PM by John Poltrack   [ updated Sep 9, 2014, 3:27 PM ]


To be part of this, please go to the link  Battle for the Net




There is only one person capable of explaining what "Net Neutrality" is, that person is John Oliver



A New Look for the blogs!

posted Sep 7, 2014, 8:39 AM by John Poltrack   [ updated Sep 7, 2014, 9:06 AM ]


Dynamic View
A new look for the blogs based on the dynamic templates provided by Google's Blogger
This is the Classic look (the most like the old look)

When this was first announced it was a little too buggy for me, however over time it has stabilized.
It still has some warts but sites like Southern Speakers offer great CSS suggestions with fixes and enhancements.

The major enhancement in my estimation is the user ability to pick from a varieties of viewing options.
In the upper left corner is a pull down menu with multiple ways of viewing content. The right side has a fly out menu with several choices.

I think the look is cleaner and less cluttered, but it is  a change and that does make folks uncomfortable.
I like it so much that the same format will be applied to my other blogs, my birthday present to the world.

Oh yes one more benefit, my readership has gone up with this format, obviously Google is promoting it.

The Magazine Look

Sidebar Look

Better slide show option from the right hand fly-out menu

Mosaic Look

Timeslide Look

By the sea

posted Sep 7, 2014, 5:20 AM by John Poltrack


One of  my more popular photos posted on 500px. Taken at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH
Photo was taken with an IR Converted Olympus E-PL1

1/1000 sec f/4.0
18mm





Gnarled

posted Sep 6, 2014, 5:17 AM by John Poltrack   [ updated Sep 6, 2014, 5:22 AM ]


Seacoast Science Center




2014 MMMJ Bluegrass, Potluck and Fireworks Festival

posted Aug 11, 2014, 2:32 AM by John Poltrack   [ updated Aug 12, 2014, 3:57 AM ]



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Fireworks

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French Cable Station Museum

posted Aug 4, 2014, 3:11 AM by John Poltrack   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 3:25 PM ]


French Cable Station Museum
French Cable Station Museum located at the corner of Cove Road and Route 28, Orleans, MA
508-240-1735

There is a wealth of information available about the history of the Atlantic Cable and underseas communication on a web site created by Bill Burns.


Cable Hut
Cable Hut located at Nauset Light Beach in Eastham



Cable
A spool of the original cable is at the museum

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Heurtley magnifier
Wheatstone Bridge
Light source for mirror galvanometer
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Artificial Line
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Transatlantic Cable
The cable was cable insulated with the latex of Gutta-percha tree
So much insulation was required that it led to a collapse of the supply.
Typical human behaviour

French Cable Museum
Mirror Galvanometer
Ink for siphon jet
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Magnet for tape recorder
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Electrostatic Generator
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July 18, 2014 - Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair

posted Jul 19, 2014, 3:39 PM by John Poltrack   [ updated Jul 20, 2014, 2:28 AM ]

Remax Balloon
Read about the Hillsborough Balloon Festival from this link

Fire me up
After partially inflating a balloon with a gasoline powered fan, a blast of propane powered flame warms it up


Remax in IR
Tethered rides for $15

Smokey
Smokey the bear was a big hit

Night Glow
NIght Glow, a blast of straight propane gives 
a bright fire that lights the entire balloon. Not efficient for altitude
but it looks and sounds great

Fire me up
Heating it up

Wrap it up
Packing up Smokey was a big task

Night Glow
Another Night Glow photo

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