“Tin-Can Island” Comes To Life

The island of Niuafoʻou (meaning “many new coconuts”) is the most northerly island in the kingdom of Tonga. It has been an active volcano for thousands of years. The 1946 eruption was a particularly violent one and in December 1946 Niuafoʻou’s inhabitants were evacuated and resettled on the island of ʻEua. ʻEua and Niuafoʻou share…

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Undercover Ink

Throughout history, tattoos have played an important role in the espionage game. This article from history.com tells the story. I wrote it for the blog in Simplified Gregg. Attachment: undercover-ink.pdf

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“The 7 Social Sins” – Notehand

Here are “The 7 Social Sins” (also known as “The 7 Deadly Social Sins” and “The 7 Blunders of the World”) in Notehand.  This list was originally written by Frederick Lewis Donaldson, but is often attributed to M. K. Gandhi because he published it in his newspaper Young India in 1925.  For a key, click…

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Text to Speech Project — Help Needed

Many years ago (at least two computers) I wrote a program using Python and Cepstral (a TTS engine) to convert text to mp3 files. I made a good start at “recording” all of Simplified Functional Edition 2, but didn’t finish it, and planned to offer the service to anyone with text files. Then I found…

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I used my shorthand!

I’ve been reading shorthand for about two years now, after abortive attempts to learn about 25 years ago.  I’ve done a little writing, but nothing regular.  Mostly, I’ve been reading. This weekend I used it for real!  During a certain training session, I was assigned to be an observer, to notice how the trainee interacted with…

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The Last of the Wayanas – Part 2

In this second and last part of his essay, Dr. Bois describes the public health challenges that this fascinating tribe faced in the 20th century. The selection is written in Anniversary by yours truly. Attachment: the-last-of-the-wayanas-part-2.pdf

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