The Earliest of Automobiles

The first legitimate automobile is considered to be the Cugnot Steam Tractor. It is considered an automobile, because the vehicle was able to propel itself on its own.          The innovative three-wheeler, designed in 1769 by Nicholas Joseph Cugnot, the motivation for its creation was the war effort. The French Minister of War, Etienne-François, had wanted a device that could carry heavy artillery equipment or other various odds and ends along the battlefield.

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Laura Clawson on Art

As I was catching up on some old e-mails, I came across one from the Summit Alumni Network (see Summit Brain Training for more information), I came across a great way to view art, specifically postmodern art. I’ve been to modern art museums and personally, random paint splatters on a canvas doesn’t speak to me artistically. But Summit grad Laura Clawson brings up a great point when she mentioned this in an interview with the Summit Alumni Network:

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Not-So-Final Fantasy

Below is an excerpt from one novel I’ve (more or less) been working on. Comments and/or criticisms are greatly appreciated!

Chapter III: The Battle at Redfort

Eighteen miles away, in the Village of Redfort, the orcs had arrived. The men of the village had sent their wives and children away to Roderiam and had arrayed along the wooden fortifications of the village, ready for battle. The 500 men of the King were also there, and had organized an effective setup for the reinforcements at their command.

A minute later, the orcs pounded on the gate of the village. A dozen men stood with bows drawn, facing the door, and waiting for them to break through. When they did, the archers shot ten of the orcs through the head, and they all fell immediately, the archers fled from the second wave and men on top of the gate dropped rocks and shot at them from above, while the archers regrouped for a counter attack.

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P86: “Songs to Burn Your Bridges By”

phpthumb_generated_thumbnailHard rock outfit Project 86 have been around for quite a while. Their debut came in 2000, entitled Drawing Black Lines, followed by Truthless Heroes 2002, and Songs to Burn Your Bridges By in 2004. Following these releases were And the Rest Will Follow (2005), Rival Factions (2007), Picket Fence Cartel (2009), a live compilation, XV. Live. (2010), Wait for the Siren (2012), and their latest, Knives to the Future (2014). Although their success might not be immediately evident, they are one of the essential Christian hard rock artists of today.

Songs to Burn Your Bridges By (2004): 14 tracks, 50 minutes

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Hail Mary

When you think of prominent women in history, one comes to mind in particular; Mary the mother of Jesus. She suffered many hardships and mistreatments, though it may be nothing compared to what many women of the persecuted church faced, she still had a hard life initially. She was a chaste, humble, and thoughtful young woman, which are very desirable qualities, by any standard. Continue reading