The Perseid Meteor Shower

meteor showerAugust brings us the Perseid Meteor Shower. For anyone that has never experienced a meteor shower the Perseid, which is thanks to the Comet Swift-Tuttle, is a perfect opportunity! They are called the Persieds because they appear to come from the Constellation of Perseus.

The Perseids /ˈpərsiːɪdz/ are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The Perseids are so called because the point from which they appear to come, called the radiant, lies in the constellation Perseus. The name derives in part from the word Perseides (Περσείδες), a term found in Greek mythology referring to the sons of Perseus.

Perseids. (n.d.). Retrieved July 30, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perseids
Now if you are in NH and you want to watch these it should be a great year for viewing  as this year will be a big year because they expect an outburst.  What this means is that they will appear at twice the normal rate. The rate could top 100 to 200 per hour.
So if you have never seen a meteor shower this is the perfect year to do so. They are common in the first half of August.
What I normally do to watch them in Concord, NH is make a cup of hot chocolate and go out on my back porch at 11 pm.  Remember look to the Northeast and do not forget to look at the widest area of sky, Binoculars and telescope are not required, I find it better to not use them at all when viewing a meteor shower.

 

The light pollution in Concord is not that bad and my eyes adjust in about 15 minutes after going outside. For those of you outside of the city the viewing will be even better.   For more information on what meteor showers are and what causes the Perseids specifically go to this website: http://www.space.com/32868-perseid-meteor-shower-guide.html. This years showers have already started, so you can see them tonight but August 12th is when they will be peaking.

 

They are viewable now as I said and I am sure after our next stated on August 10th,  we can look up to the northeast when we are by our cars and catch a few as we are talking.

 

For those of you who are HAM radio operators remember that there is also a chance to talk using the ionized trails of the meteors and  to communicate with stations or other Ham Radio Mason nets up to 2250 Kilometers away.   More information here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteor_burst_communications

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Public Domain Masonic Reading and the Kindle

Newtons PrincipiaThere are many titles that are free to read and own because the copyright expired and the books enter the public domain or when originally written the author did not copyright the book. It is common that can get most of these books in the eBook PDF form. Many times a PDF can be very clunky to read like we read a normal book because it can be hard to save what page we are on or to take notes.

To make the eBook easier to read you may want to add them to your kindle device or kindle reader library so that it will be easier to read and easier to add notations or highlights to pages. This blog post will tell you how to do get the public domain NH Grand Lodge Recommended Masonic reading onto your Kindle and/or into your Kindle Library.

First, where can you find the list of public domain books? That is easy, on the New Hampshire Grand Lodge Website under recommended reading for masons, here is the link: http://www.nhgrandlodge.org/suggested-reading-for-masons/ . To make it easy I have also added the list of public domain eBooks here.

Public Domain books available in the PDF Format, as listed from the Grand Lodge of NH.

Use the following steps to add the books to your Kindle Device and/or into your Kindle library.

  1. Select the book you want to read by selecting the book link.
  2. Once the pdf is in your browser window Select the [download] option
  3. Once you download the book you can then email it to your Amazon Kindle Account
  4. Follow all the directions on this Amazon help Page: http://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle/email , and send yourself the book. Please note you have to add the email you will be sending the pdf to an approved list, Amazon does this for your safety.

Next time you log into the Kindle Device or Application the book that you emailed yourself will be there and then you can read it at your leisure.

As I have noted you do not need a Kindle device to do this, you just need the kindle App and this is available for Android or iPhone devices or your tablet computer and of course for Windows and Macintosh. If you don’t have the Kindle reader application and you want to download it for your device you can do so at the Amazon.com website or you can get the application in your phones application store.

The kindle reader is free of charge.

The list on this blog post is just those recommended on the NH Grand Lodge website as recommended reading for Masons. There are many more out there, you can always check your lodges website or other places to find more public domain books available for free. As always be careful of what you read make sure it is accepted reading material, if you are unsure simply ask the lodge.

Please note there are many other books in the public domain, and in all categories, science, history and all the liberal arts: here is a link explaining public domain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain

You can also download for free a PDF eBook that is in the public domain that contains the Harris Lodge History as part of a History of Warner, New Hampshire, for One Hundred and Forty-four Years, from 1735 to 1879.

You can also get The First Six Books of The Elements of Euclid (1847) for some light summer reading!

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Become an Editor – Wikipedia Freemason Portal

Square and CompassI posted a page yesterday regarding famous masons. The post referred to a Wikipedia page that is created based on public editors. It is really cool because it is a huge free encyclopedia. This is great because information is freely shared. They actually have a whole portal on Freemasonry including histories, quotes, notable masons, and more.

This is actually run as a project and anyone can join Wikipedia.   There is actually a project on WikiPedia for this portal. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Freemasonry  The page lists that people can participate.

It is fun to participate in sites like this, and of course it can be educational.

The quotes section on the page only has four quotes, I am sure there are more but contributors are surely needed. Signing up for Wikipedia is easy so that you can start contributing.   If you do not have an account simply sign up for one it is free:  https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:CreateAccount&returnto=Portal:Freemasonry

Here are some of the things you can do, as quoted from the portal page, have a great day!

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Famous Masons in History

Bolivar_Arturo_MichelenaThroughout history there have been many famous masons. On multiple websites you can find listings of different masons and many are not all inclusive. There are many reasons for this:

  • Some websites are interested in individual sayings or masons
  • Some have a few lodge brothers of note
  • Some times the list is simply incomplete.

Most people know that one of our founding fathers George Washington was a mason but there is another founding father of a different continent that was a mason that I wanted to point out in this post.

Simón Bolívar,  a central figure in South America and is the equivalent of George Washington, to South America,  as he fought for and won independence from the Spanish.  Take a look around when traveling in South America ; Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima, or Caracas, I am sure you will find statues to him. Just as today you can find statues to George Washington all over the USA.

There is a public list of Notable Freemasons on Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_FreemasonsLink opens in new window

Now the list is sorted alphabetically from last names of A-Z.  You can browse through and read this list and find out more about the two Masons I mentioned on Wikipedia; Simon Bolivar and George Washington.

One of the things I like about Wikipedia  is that they are very straight forward about their sources.  When it comes to this list they know it is incomplete, however they publish right on it that you can help make it better and add to the list:

“This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.”

I hope you have found this post helpful, and you enjoy browsing the list and reading more about notable masons in history!

Also at the bottom of the Wikipedia page they list all 434 sources that they used to get this list – so if you will be asking them to add someone be sure to have a valid source.   A source could be:

  • A book you read
  • An Official Lodge Web Site
  • Government Documents

Basically anything that a college professor would accept as a source!

Enjoy the list and when reading it it is hard to not see how the values of the Fraternity have impacted the world that we live in today.

 

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2016 Officers of the Lodge

Lodge Officers

Worshipful Master Karl R Olson
Senior Warden Edwin J. Geffken
Junior Warden Trent C. Zanes
Treasurer Donald H. Wheeler Jr.
Secretary Robert W. Lawrie
Senior Deacon David M. MacAllen
Junior Deacon Andrew J. Bennert
Chaplin Harvey J. Greenberg
Marshall Ronald F. Piroso
Senior Steward Justin H. Dearborn
Junior Steward Victor R. Wright
Historian Fred W. Courser, III
Organist Warren F. Williams
Tyler James D. Hanna

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