I’m in love! Ten episodes, a minute a piece, tracking the history of the English language.

Just FYI, two of the seven words in the title of this post aren’t of English or Germanic origin. Which ones?


Have you ever thought to yourself, I wish I had a bottle of wine divided into four individually-sealed servings? Well here it is! STACKED Wines, based in Newport Beach, CA, has beautifully packaged  an entire bottle of wine into four shatterproof glass.

They make Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Merlot, all from California-grown fruit. I just tasted it on Saturday and I have to admit, it was pretty good. The wine is only sold in Southern California stores, but they can distribute throughout California and many other states through their online store.

via Drinking Made Easy


Soda. Pop. Coke. Fizzy drink.

Seeing as how most soft drinks were made by chemists, it’s not surprise that there are some strange origins to many of the sodas we all know and love. I’ve scoured Wikipedia to bring you some of the more interesting stories.

Continue reading ‘[Best of Wikipedia] Soft Drink Origins’



Episode 403: How to Give

Some really great points about getting started in philanthropy. Listen to the podcast.


I love it when magazines cover these sorts of things. Epicurious has found a wine they would recommend from every single state in the United States. Just because I think this is cool, doesn’t mean I’m exactly running to the store to buy some North Dakota mudwine. Time Magazine did the same thing a while back, but graded each of them and was far more reliable. Cross reference between the two to get a better idea of what’s actually worth trying.

[Click to check out the article on Epicurious]



Charles A Thresher

American Pioneer

This is the second of four parts of the journal of my great-great-great-grandfather, a pioneer of Kansas, Charles A Thresher. I have transcribed (the nearly impossible to read handwriting of) his memoirs here for all to share. I’ve done all the hard work but it’s worth noting a few important transcription edits. Anything in [square brackets] is my edits to make a word intelligible and I’m 95% confident it’s what he intended. If something is in {curly brackets} it’s my best guess what he wrote. I’ve also included links to anything that might be an obscure reference that I was able to clarify with this magic of the internet.

Continue reading ‘[From Sea to Shining Sea] Charles A. Thresher – Part 2’