click links in text for more info
SUMMARY / RELATED TOPICS

John Dan Kemp

John Dan Kemp, Jr. is an American lawyer and jurist, the Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Born in Batesville, Kemp attended Mountain View High School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas in 1973, followed by a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1976. While attending the University of Arkansas, he was a member of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Kemp was a city judge and city attorney in Mountain View before being elected as a circuit judge in Stone County, Arkansas in 1986, which position he held for 29 years. In 2015, Kemp decided to challenge sitting Justice Courtney Goodson for the Chief Justice position. Kemp defeated Goodson to win the seat

Barr Beacon

Barr Beacon is a hill on the edge of Walsall, West Midlands, England near the border with Birmingham. It gives its name to the local secondary school Barr Beacon School, it is the site of a beacon where fires were lit in times of impending attack or on celebratory occasions. The site is on green belt land and is of local importance for nature conservation, as defined by Walsall Borough Council, who have designated some 60 acres of it as a Local Nature Reserve. Barr Beacon was owned by the Scott family of Great Barr Hall, nearby. Following the death of Lady Mildred Scott in 1909, the estate was auctioned off in 1918. Birmingham's Lord Mayor made a plea for the site to be secured as a public park. Colonel J. H. Wilkinson of the Staffordshire Volunteer Infantry Brigade responded by purchasing it transferring it to a trust, it opened to the public on Easter Monday, 21 April 1919. In 1972, the trusteeship of Barr Beacon passed to Walsall Council; the council now manages Barr Beacon on behalf of the Barr Beacon Trust.

With a management committee comprising local councillors and representatives of interest groups. During both 2002 and 2003 the site attracted an estimated 200,000 visitors; as one of the highest points in the West Midlands, Barr Beacon has panoramic views. According to the Walsall Council website, visible landmarks include The Wrekin, Cannock Chase, the Lickey Hills, Lichfield Cathedral, Aldridge Airport, Birmingham city centre, at least eleven counties are visible, including Powys in Wales. On one summit is Barr Beacon Reservoir, a South Staffordshire Waterworks Company covered drinking water reservoir with radio masts and on the other a war memorial consisting of a raised dais, covered by a copper-clad wooden dome supported by eight columns. On the night of 5 March 2010, thieves stole some of the copper roofing, damaging much more in the process. In early 2013, the copper sheeting was replaced using green zinc-coated panels, CCTV was installed. Beacon Way Computer generated summit panorama

John Perry (engineer)

John Perry was a pioneering engineer and mathematician from Ireland. He was born on 14 February 1850 at Garvagh, County Londonderry, the second son of Samuel Perry and a Scottish-born wife. John's brother James was the County Surveyor in Galway West and co-founded the Galway Electric Light Company. Perry worked as Lord Kelvin's assistant at the University of Glasgow, became professor of mechanical engineering at Finsbury Technical College, he was a colleague of William Edward Ayrton and John Milne at the Imperial College of Engineering in Tokyo, 1875–79, was a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 1900 he was elected president of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, from 1906–08 served as president of the Physical Society of London. Perry was a great admirer of Lord Kelvin. In the printing of his 1890 lecture on spinning tops, Perry inscribed the following acknowledgement: "This report of an experimental lecture is inscribed to Sir William Thomson, by his affectionate pupil, the lecturer, who hereby takes a convenient method of acknowledging the real author of whatever is worth publication in the following pages."

The book was reprinted by Dover Publications in 1957 as Spinning Tops and Gyroscopic Motions. Although others had been working on developing practical gyrocompasses, Perry collaborated with Sidney Brown to further develop these and they were awarded U. S. Patent 1,291,695A: "Gyro-compass" by John Perry, Sidney George Brown, filed August 1917. Perry received an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow in June 1901. In 1895, Perry published a paper challenging Kelvin's assumption of low thermal conductivity inside the Earth, thus disputing Kelvin's estimate that the Earth was only 20–400 million years old, but this had little impact, it was not until the discovery in 1903 that radioactive decay releases heat and the development a few years of radiometric dating of rocks that it was accepted that the age of the earth was many times older, as Perry had argued. Perry's reasoning held that if the interior of the Earth was fluid, or fluid, it would transfer heat much more than the conductivity which Kelvin assumed, he stated that "much internal fluidity would mean infinite conductivity for our purpose."

Kelvin rejected this idea as there was no evidence of tidal deformation of the Earth's crust, in response Perry made a reference to Kelvin's favourite demonstration of the slow deformation of shoemaker's wax to illustrate the supposed qualities of the presumed luminiferous aether thought to be necessary to transmit light through space. Perry wrote that "the real basis of your calculation is your assumption that the solid earth cannot alter its shape... in 1000 million years, under the action of forces tending to alter its shape, yet we see the gradual closing up of passages in a mine, we know that wrinkling and faults and other changes of shape are always going on in the earth under the action of long-continued forces. I know that solid rock is not like cobbler's wax, but 109 years is a long time, the forces are great." The failure of the scientific community to accept a fluid interior to the Earth held back ideas in geology until the concept was revived by proponents of continental drift, in the 1960s geophysical models were still being constructed on the basis that the Earth was solid.

"Perry, John". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/39459. Works by John Perry at Project Gutenberg Works by or about John Perry at Internet Archive

Takahe Collage

Takahe Collage is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow. The album is named after the native New Zealand takahē bird. "Tendenko" is a phrase from the Sanriku Coast region. It teaches that in the event of a tsunami, to go to higher ground, instead of trying to save other people or things; this is credited with saving lives during the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami since everyone was focusing on getting to higher ground."Grand Owl Habitat" refers to an assemblage by the surrealist Joseph Cornell. It was released on an LP of the same name. All music is composed by Masami Akita. Masami Akita – music, front cover Joe Beres – design Comes in a DVD-size Digipak

Laurentius Blumentrost

Laurentius Blumentrost was the personal physician to the Tsar and first president of the Saint Petersburg Academy of Sciences, from December 7, 1725 to June 6, 1733. Blumentrost was born in Moscow on October 29 or November 8, 1692, his father, Laurentius Blumentrost the Elder, a man of German origins, was personal physician to Tsar Alexis. Laurentius taught his son Latin and Greek, He studied under Justus Samuel Scharschmidt and at Pastor Glück's Lutheran school in the German settlement in Moscow. In 1706, he began to attend university at Halle Oxford and Leiden, where he studied under Herman Boerhaave, defended his thesis, De secretione animali, in 1713 and received a medical degree in 1714. On his return to Russia, Blumentrost was appointed personal physician to Princess Natalia, Tsar Alexis's daughter and Tsar Peter the Great's sister, he continued his studies in Amsterdam. After his return to St. Petersburg, Peter the Great sent him to the Olonets Governorate to study the Marcial mineral springs in Kondopozhsky District.

When Robert Erskine, the Tsar's Scottish-born personal physician, died in 1718, Blumentrost was appointed to the position. He kept Johann Daniel Schumacher, Erskine's assistant who had studied at the University of Strasbourg and had been in charge of the Imperial Library and the Kunstkamera under Erskine, on as his secretary. In 1724, on the Tsar's orders, he founded the Saint Petersburg Academy of Sciences; the first session was held after Peter's death, on November 12, 1725, it opened in December with Blumentrost as its first president. Most of the members were recruited abroad. In 1727 Leonhard Euler joined the Academy at Blumentrost's invitation in a letter sent via Daniel Bernoulli, he remained president of the Academy under Empress Catherine I. This led to discord among the members. After the Tsar's death, Blumentrost lost his influence. Nicolaas Bidloo did not approve of his treatment methods and he did not dare appear before the new Empress, Anna, he remained president of the Academy until 1733 and returned to St. Petersburg, where he lived in the palace of the Empress' sister, Catherine Ivanovna, Duchess of Mecklenburg.

The Duchess of Mecklenburg died on June 14, 1733. The Empress ordered an investigation of Blumentrost. For a few years he had a private medical practice. In 1738, under the patronage of archiater Johann Bernhard Fischer, he became head physician at the Moscow military hospital and director of the hospital school. Empress Anna did not trust Blumentrost because of his devotion to the two daughters of Peter the Great and Catherine and Elizabeth; when Elizabeth became Empress, he came back into royal favour. She raised his salary. In 1754 he was appointed curator of the newly opened University of Moscow. Blumentrost died in St. Petersburg on 27 March 1755 of hydrothorax, he is buried at the church of St. Sampson the Hospitable, now Saint Sampson's Cathedral. Blumentrost's brothers Ivan and Christian were court physicians. Ivan was personal physician to Peter I and had studied in Halle and Leiden, he fell out of favour under Empress Anna and died in poverty in 1756.