Thursday, March 26, 2015

History: The Year is 1544

I've uploaded year 1544 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

The Battle of the Shirts and the Audacity of Running for President -- The Scottish clans are battling it out because some guys are a little too timid to run the clans. And I talk about how a large ego is a prerequisite for running for President.

A Little "Rough Wooing" for Scotland -- King Henry the 8th wants a bride for his son and he is going to beat the tar out of Scotland to get one. I talk about no love lost between nations and how treaties get signed.

The Father of Electrical Engineering is Born... Darn It! -- William Gilbert will perform experiments in magnetism. He will coin the word "electricity" and will bring about everything from the electric motor to the magnetic strip on the back of your credit card.

The Battle of the Shirts and the Audacity of Running for President

A battle in July between several Scottish clans over a question of leadership becomes so heated that they pull off their plaids (a tartan wool cloth worn over the shoulder) and fight in their shirts. The battle takes place in the Great Glen which is a major travel route through Scotland. The battle itself was caused by a power vacuum created when King James the 5th of Scotland had several clan leaders arrested. When their seconds stepped into their places, one particular man, "Ranald of the Hens", was a little too humble for a Scotsman. Every time the fatted calf was killed in celebration, he would say, "Chickens would be enough." Thus when the leaders returned it became a battle over who was best suited to lead the clans and in the end, Ranald was not it. [1] [2] [3]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Ranald of the Hens was a capable leader, but not sufficiently self-aggrandizing to lead the clans. This reminds me of the obvious esteem in which US presidential candidates hold themselves. It takes real brass ones to run for that job but if a candidate thinks that his opponent could do a better job, then he should step down and vote for that better person. In the past I've seen presidential candidates act like a place-holders, and I wondered why they hadn't stepped aside early on to make room for someone else. Bill Clinton was a second-tier candidate who believed in himself. The first-tier candidates thought that President George H.W. Bush (the Elder) was unbeatable after Gulf War I, so Bill Clinton stepped in and even with his liabilities (which were legion) he won because he believed in himself... and because he lied his backside off but if you can't take a joke, you shouldn't vote. [4]

A Little "Rough Wooing" for Scotland

King Henry the 8th is looking to Scotland for a wife for his son, Edward, who is all of 7 years old at this time. Mary of Scotland (one day to become Mary, Queen of Scots) is a baby. Nevertheless, royalty is always looking ahead to what is on the horizon. The Scottish seem reluctant so King Henry puts major pressure on the Scots in the first "wooing" of the war. The forces of England sack and burn Edinburgh and take two ships belonging to King James the 5th. Presently, this is called a war, but later historians will use tongue-in-cheek to call this war the "Rough Wooing" of Scotland by England. This little war of affection is going to take a few years, but Prince Edward is still young. [5] [6]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
There is no love lost between nations. They only have their separate interests. I found it mystifying that while the Mullahs of Iran are shouting "Death to America" they are also negotiating a treaty with the United States. Perhaps it has always been this way. The Great Seal of the United States features an eagle with 13 arrows in one claw and an olive branch in the other symbolizing "a strong desire for peace, but will always be ready for war." The peace treaty between the Allied Forces and Japan after World War II was signed on the deck of the Missouri, the battleship at anchor in Tokyo harbor. Some people think that simply talking things out and signing treaties solves problems because they see treaties being signed and the problems ending. They fail to realize that the major treaties were signed after a contest of arms or a threat of arms so peace seemed the better option at the time. [7] [8]

The Father of Electrical Engineering is Born... Darn It!

The man who coined the word "electricity" is born this year in Colchester, England which is a small but wealthy town on the east coast of England. When William Gilbert grows up he will go to college and perform experiments with the compass. Apparently Columbus thought that magnetism was caused by an attraction to the North Star (Polaris). Others believe that garlic interferes with magnetism. (Perhaps these people are carrying garlic in tin boxes!) In any case, his experiments and reports from sea captains will convince him that magnetism comes from the earth itself. He is considered by many to be the father of electrical engineering. [9] [10]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
We are talking about magnetic north, though it is not exactly north and it tends to travel over time. The magnetic field of the earth is caused by the spinning of molten iron at the earth's core. A magnet has a directional force between positive and negative poles. When Paula Abdul sings, "Opposites attract!" the phrase comes from the notion that the positive pole of the magnet is attracted to the negative pole of another but if you flip it around, positive-to-positive or negative-to-negative the lines of force repel each other. One can create a magnetic field by running an electric current through a wire looped around an iron core such as a nail. This is the basis for many modern devices from the electric motor to the charger for an electric tooth brush. Often these devices must be shielded from each other so that they don't interfere with or damage each other. You also need a shield when someone tries to read that magnetic strip on the back of your credit card or the RFID chip in your ID badge, library book or bag of potato chips. "Hands up! Don't eat!" You are being tracked.[11] [12]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1544, Wikipedia.

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