August 19, 2017

Show Your Work In the Best Light With Spotlight Presentation Remote

Logitech Spotlight Presentation Remote

I happened to see this tool demonstrated at the end of a Ted Talk today and it made me think it would be a spectacular device for speakers in any information delivery environment.

Instead of laser pointers or extra long pointing sticks, this is remote actually shows a much larger highlighted area on any screen. This is what the Amazon site has listed as the remote’s attributes:

  • Advanced wireless presentation remote goes beyond laser pointing so you can interact with content on the room screen
  • Precisely highlight or magnify specific content right on the screen with the simple touch of a button
  • Track presentation time and set vibration alerts to stay in command until your final slide
  • Navigate your slides without looking down using intuitive forward and back buttons
  •  Universal compatibility on most devices, operating systems and leading presentation software such as Windows, Mac OS, PowerPoint, Keynote, PDF, Google Slides and Prezi
  • Logitech’s remote comes in two colors Gold or Slate and will fit neatly in any case. Owners report a very long battery life as well.


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Saturday Odds & Sods: I Can’t Stand The Rain

Landscape in the Rain by Vincent Van Gogh. It was the week from hell in New Orleans. There turned out to be much more human error involved in the flood I wrote about Monday. It has led to an orgy of recrimination and paranoia. The bottom line is that the city’s pumping system is in poor… [Read more…]

Documentation that John Nordgren’s middle name was Gormley

John Nordgren’s middle name was Gormley

This newest documentation is also proof that you should always revisit sites like Ancestry again and again, because new information is being added all the time. That’s where I found this birth record for my great aunt Edith Elvera Nordgren.

It’s a little hard to decipher the document because it doesn’t seem like a normal birth record. It doesn’t have any identifying official notations at the top of the page, other than “Register of Births in _______ County, State of Washington”. In looking at the locations where the children and their parents lived, it was quite a spread out area, but I suspect it was all in Whatcom County even though it’s not noted on the sheet.

Specifically, for Edith’s family the details for her, and them, are hard to read. What I can see is that Edith is listed with her full name, date of birth, gender, her mother’s name*, mother’s age and mother’s place of birth; in the line for her father it list his first and middle name**, age, and place of birth. It also lists the father’s vocation and who he is working for at the time.***

*The mother is listed as Anna Lena Anderson. This is Anna Lena’s married name, not her maiden name, which was Andreasdotter.

**Since Edith is listed as Edith Elvera Nordgren, but the year is 1907, that means that John G was already going by the surname of Nordgren which leads me to believe he had changed his surname from Andersson some time before. He came to America as Johan Andersson. His brother John Bernt went by the surname Larson. The mother of the two boys was Anna Lena Jönsdotter Larson who had also come to the United States. We know this because she is listed in census records, and she is buried in Minnesota. (Originally, the surname was probably Larsson when they were living in Sweden.

Also, keep in mind that John had filed more than once for Naturalization, and eventually made it in 1907. Was he already going by Nordgren because that was the name he filed under and did it for continuity?

***John Gormley Nordgren was listed as an Engineer working for C I Hood. I have not yet found the company in Washington State business records. It could have been an out of state company doing business here.

Still, some mysteries remain for John G Nordgren. We know he lost his hand somehow because my mom remembered that he had a hook prosthesis.

  • The oldest child, Andrew was born in Minnesota.
  • The next two children, Hulda (my grandmother) and Olive Josephine, were both born in Iowa. Why were they living in Iowa? What occupation was John working that allowed him to take his wife and little son to Iowa? Did they know someone there? Or, was it just there was a job he could do? This time frame is the late 1800s. My grandmother was born in 1896, her sister the next year.
  • The next child, Esther, was born in Sept 1899 in Bellingham, Washington. Sadly, Esther died in October of that same year. Great grandmother Anna Lena was under great stress (my assumption) by having to have two babies born right after each other while they were in Iowa, and then sometime after 1897 the family made another major move which took them from the Midwest (Iowa) to Washington State. Could that have contributed to the loss of the baby Esther? Or, was there some other reason like illness involved?

I do know that from Washington State birth records that all of the children born here were delivered by midwife. Two more children, Oscar and Edith were both delivered by that method. Midwifery in those days had to be somewhat more primitive than present day midwifery.

 

 

 

Aaron Carapella – He’s Bringing Awareness of Tribal Nations Traditional and Current Names

Tribal Nations Maps by Aaron Carapella

Aaron Carapella has created a whole collection of maps designating the true tribal nation’s traditional and current names and placing them on maps that encompass the North and South American continents, Alaska and the Caribbean. To see the variety of what Aaron has created, please visit this page and see how you can order one (or more) today. (I’m not an affiliate, just a friend).

Would you like to see these maps in schools? You can also do so by donating to Aaron’s GoFundMe page as well. What a great idea to bring true Native American and indigenous people’s history and awareness to our children and adults alike!

This endeavor by Aaron isn’t a big money maker for him. He has done this as a labor of love and history and it’s been made available to us all through his hard work. Let’s help him by donating, or buying a map. You may notice some watermarks in the image, but they won’t be on the actual maps.

 

 

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