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Day of Inventions

Day of Inventions

August 12 is a day of inventions. On this day in history, Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine; Henry Ford's Model T rolls off the assembly line; and the IBM personal computer is released.

In addition to books about these and other inventions, modern inventors will find PubWEST imminently useful.

My favorite invention, other than running water and the printing press, is duct tape. If I could invent one thing it would be a combined washing machine and dryer or a car that ran on garbage like in Back to the Future 2.

Just Duct It!

Just Duct It!

Duct tape was originally invented by Johnson & Johnson to provide a waterproof seal for munitions boxes during World War II. Whether you want to make prom dresses, wallets, handbags, ties, or use it for its more traditional purposes, duct tape is one of the most beloved and versatile products ever invented.

Woodstock Remembered

Jefferson Airplane: The Woodstock Experience

Have you heard the joke that if you can remember Woodstock, then you weren't really there? Those 32 musical acts on August 15 through 18, 1969 have gone down in history as the exclamation point for the sixties and came to define a generation.

Whether you were there or wish you were, you can experience the sights and sounds in their entirety through the documentary or recordings from the historic event.

Some of the musical acts during the festival included:

Tony Award Winning Musicals of the 1950s

The Tony Awards honor the best live theatrical productions. Many of these recipients naturally made their way to the big screen. Musicals were a mainstay of popular culture in the 1950s, and as the Tony winners from this decade show, a rich time for fans of the genre.

Fabulous Farmers' Markets

Not ready to grow your own vegetables but still want to partake of the freshest produce? Farmers' Markets are a dream come true. From flowers, artisan bread, local honey, pastas and vegetables - the Farmers' Market has it all! It's easy to find the closest one, and they often go until Halloween!

My favorite farmers' market is the Old South Pearl Street Farmers' Market. Featuring the best of my neighborhood and the rest of Colorado, it's always a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. Which local Farmers' Market is your favorite? Even when the season is over, you can still partake of the best of Colorado's produce by joining a local CSA!

The Best of Banda

Banda is more than one type of music as it incorporates many different important influences including cumbia, corrido and bolero. These ensembles are usually a big band (10-20 people) with an emphasis on brass and percussion, including the tambora, and are best known for their rancheras.

Batter Up!

Baseball has fascinated Americans since the 1800s. It is no wonder then that so many films have been made about this intriguing sport. After cheering for the Rockies, give one of these films a turn at the plate. Which baseball film is your favorite?

Music to Move to

Nothing gets me moving more than the song Eye of the Tiger, but these albums provide a motivating soundtrack to get one moving and energized - whether it is cleaning the house, working out at the gym or having a dance party in the living room!

Happy Birthday Sam Elliott!

Born August 9, 1944, Sam Elliott is most often cast as a cowboy, a role he seems to be born for, with his amazing moustache and rich deep voice.

Battling Heaven

Not all cinematic angels are cherubs, or as kindly as Clarence. Angels, humans and demigods occasionally must be called upon to don armor and fight the ultimate battle of good versus evil. Defying destiny and clashing swords with evil incarnate, these brave few save mankind from doom and destruction.

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