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Erzbergbahn

Posted by on 23 Sep 2017 | Tagged as: blog

Erzbergbahn
 I road on this Austrian train in 1970. Lots of snow and National Geographic photographers hanging out of every door and window to get some fabulous photos.   Some footage is from 1973 and looks much like it did when I road
this train.
I spoke with a man yesterday and he asked about the locomotive in Cottage Grove, Oregon. I never rode that one when I lived in Cottage Grove.
And I never rode on the Heber Creeper when living in Provo, Utah.
He’d ridden on the Heber Creeper.

Who else has been on a locomotive?

Giving Stuff Away

Posted by on 13 Jul 2017 | Tagged as: blog

Giving Stuff Away

A photographer, who is very good at it, posted this comment on a forum under the title “Giving Stuff Away”, a few days ago:

“Ahead of a book I will have to sell, and a web page I have to finish to sell images, I have been giving away images, about 1 every two weeks. To those who sign up for the email list. I just posted this one. See if I get any responses. I am up to 940 on email list.”

My first reply:

I offered a booklet (hardcover) for comments recently.
Got 3 comments only.
All three people have bought from me so the booklet can be like a bonus to them for their business.
But giving away to get, I don’t believe it works.
In my regular work, someone calls, I go, do the work, get paid.
I gave nothing to them for free to get the business. Why should it be any different with digital products?

A street vendor with a pickup full of oranges gave me a slice to taste, a free sample. The next time I saw him, he gave me a whole orange free. Sure I’ll remember him next time he’s in town.
That’s giving a free sample, not the whole pickup load.

My intellectual work is just as valuable of a product as are oranges.
This contest I mentioned in my first reply has ended and the booklets are on their way to the people who commented.
I’m not giving them the books. I am buying their comments.
Captain Molan didn’t give that image away, he bought email addresses with it.

He replied to me:
“I agree. It’s a form of advertising. It’s a fair trade for me. People sharing this off creates the buzz that helps the word spread.
My goal is to have book sales and speaking gigs through the book. The images are an important part of all three. I learned a while ago just selling photos would be a struggle.”

Trading value for value is not giving, each party profits.

One respondent said her ebook was given away free online and now “I had to send an actual act of Congress to get it down, but it’s still all over the net as a free eBook.”

Free.
Is anything really free.
I’m a really conservative guy, but when it comes to getting a job done right,  I don’t skimp on the quality of products used even if it costs more.

Free shipping.
Buy one get the second one free.
You are paying for that and it is all figured into the cost.
And the free content online is pages and pages of repitious talk about how good the product is if you’ll only buy it.

Incentives or lost leaders but not a gievaway.

Just giving is what charities are. I don’t ever intend on receiving in return for my gifts.

So trading, buying, advertising with my “free” whatever is not really giving.
Let’s stop saying it is

Today is July 4th 2017 celebrating July 4th 1776

Posted by on 04 Jul 2017 | Tagged as: blog

Today is July 4th 2017 celebrating July 4th 1776
241 years ago The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer under British rule. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America.
John Adams was a leader in pushing for independence, which was passed on July 2 with no opposing vote cast. A committee of five had already drafted the formal declaration, to be ready when Congress voted on independence.

John Adams persuaded the committee to select Thomas Jefferson to compose the original draft of the document, which Congress would edit to produce the final version. The Declaration was ultimately a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The next day, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail: “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.”
But Independence Day is actually celebrated on July 4, the date that the Declaration of Independence was approved.

Of the 56 signatories, 31 were relatives of mine.
From 2nd cousin 9 times removed Ben Franklin to Carter Braxton 14th once removed.
John Adams 3rd cousin 8 times removed.
Thomas Jefferson was an 8th cousin 7 times removed.
That’s some interesting informoation.

Why is this document important?
Abraham Lincoln said of it:
“”Let us revere the Declaration of Independence.” “Let us readopt the Declaration of Independence, and with it the practices and policy which harmonize with it.”
“I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence. …… It was not the mere matter of the separation of the Colonies from the motherland; but that sentiment in the Declaration of Independence which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but, I hope, to the world, for all future time. It was that which gave promise that in due time the weight would be lifted from the shoulders of all men. This is a sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence.”
He called our country based on these principles “the last best hope of earth.”

Alan Keyes started an organization called the Declaration Fountain to renew those principles.
“The Declaration Foundation has as its aim the restoration of that which is the foundation of the common ground which binds us all, whatever our backgrounds as Americans.”
“I think if we don’t soon recover the understanding they had at the beginning, then we shall continue down the road of a debased and dejected freedom that will in the end become such a burden to us, such a violation of our dignity, that we shall gladly give it up.”
“We want to restore to this country that understanding of law which is the ground for our claim of freedom. And in education, and in law, and in public policy, we want to begin to inspire people once again to have the boldness of their declaration convictions.”
(http://www.faithandfreedomfoundation.com/articles/keyes-principles-reborn.php)

So today instead of just wasting huge amounts of money on fireworks, perhaps it would be well to consider the document and the principles embodied in it.

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Lincoln’s Ghost in Pleasant Grove, Utah

Posted by on 24 Jun 2017 | Tagged as: blog

Lincoln’s Ghost at the Utah Patriot Camp.
“Wednesday, June 7! Camp will begin at 9:30. We’ll start with the flag ceremony and the Gettysburg Address. At about 9:40, we will separate and go to the different stations. The six groups will rotate through the six stations. ages 5 to 13 and older teen leaders.”

It went well.

Fun when kids’ questions arise.    ”So if you’re a ghost, how come I can feel you?”

One girl writes poetry herself and was very interested in the fact that Lincoln did too.

“How many did he write?”   Do what I told her,  ”google it”.     You’ll find all we know about.

It took place at this school.

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Honoring the Fallen

Posted by on 29 May 2017 | Tagged as: blog

Today I got up and went to the cemetery in my town to witness the Memorial Day program

“Honoring our Nation’s Heros”

The local American Legion Post 90 conducted it.  With help from a boy scout troop, they presented the colors.

Vice Commander Maynard Sorensen (Navy) was in charge;

the Post Chaplain Dennis Hancey (Army) offered the opening prayer;

Anna Dee Packer widow of a veteran read the list of those buried in the cemetery who had served in the military.

Among the list of deceased veterans of the armed forces of the United States of America were many who I had known, even two cousins.

The 3 men from Post 90, Maynard Sorensen. Dennis Hancey, Jim Flohr, and three Boy Scouts made up the Color Guard.

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The colors were presented, Hancey and Flohr fired the Springfield rifles in salute and Taps was played on the trumpet by Sorensen.

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After that the Hymn  of the Coast Guard “Eternal Father Strong to Save” was sung by local tenor Robert Proffit.

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Then the Mayor of Ivins, Chris Hart delivered a stirring speech, even reading from the Constitution’s Bill of Rights as part of his remarks.

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A lot of people and flags.

Later in the day I stopped by the Santa Clara town Cemetary to see their new Military Memorial as well as the rest of the cemetery.     The pioneer part was decorated with a few flags and hundreds of yellow Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata).

The sign on the monument for the departed military veterans said “All Gave Some”  ”Some Gave All”.

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War seems such a waste.  So many die.

Just how many in the United States alone is told about in this article by Mike Huckabee.

“People these days are awfully spoiled. We think we’re making a big sacrifice if our hotel room doesn’t have free wi-fi.   But Memorial Day is about honoring the men and women of the US military who truly made the greatest of all sacrifices to secure our liberty.
Memorial Day was born after the Civil War, when families would take a day to tend and decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers. It soon spread to the North, and became known as Decoration Day. Eventually, it became a national holiday to honor all American military veterans who gave up their homes, their families, their very lives — everything they had, or ever dreamed of having – and sacrificed it all for their country. And just how many have made the ultimate sacrifice? You might be stunned at the answer.
From the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812, through the Civil War and Spanish American war, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all the other wars, police actions and rescue missions since 1776, over one million, three hundred and eight thousand Americans in uniform have laid down their lives for their country. 
Imagine if all those soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen could come back to life for a parade in their honor. Picture them marching past in rows of ten, each row taking just 10 seconds to pass. That parade of fallen heroes would march on and on, row after row, hour after hour, 24 hours a day, for over 15 straight days!
That is the enormity of the sacrifice that’s been made to preserve our freedom and security. And it doesn’t even include the millions more who gave their limbs, their sight, and the best years of their lives, all for us. These heroes laid down their lives for such American ideals as freedom, liberty, equality, democracy, fighting tyranny and defending the helpless; bedrock principles that they passed down to us. It is now our sacred duty to preserve them for future generations.
Every Memorial Day, the VFW sells poppy pins. I hope you’ll buy one and wear it proudly. The poppy became the symbol of Memorial Day thanks to the famous poem, “In Flanders’ Fields,” by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae. He wrote it in memory of his friend Alexis Helmer, whom he watched die in battle in World War I. The poem goes:
“In Flanders’ fields, the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row…”
Today, as we fly our flags, attend parades, visit veterans’ hospitals and tend the graves of our loved ones, let’s stop to think of all the rows and rows of crosses in veterans’ cemeteries. Let’s be humbled to reflect that each and every cross marks the resting place of a genuine American hero.
McCrae’s poem ends:
“To you, from failing hands, we throw the torch.
Be yours, to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep,
Though poppies grow in Flanders’ fields.”
If you really want to memorialize these greatest of American heroes, then take up the torch they passed to us. Hold it high. And never let it drop!
Here’s wishing you and your family a safe and free Memorial Day.” 

Why is it that so many feel they must defame great people?

Posted by on 27 May 2017 | Tagged as: blog

 

Today Yahoo News has this advertised:
10 Troubling Stories From The Life Of Lincoln

So I go to the link then to the read more link to get the article.

10 He was afraid to carry a knife: he struggled with crippling depression.
So what?
An illness is troubling?
What is wrong with this writer.

9. He jumped out of a window: in Congress to block a vote on an important issue.
So what?

I wish more Congressmen would do more to prevent bad votes, or to support  good ones for that matter.

8 He stopped his first political speech to fight someone.
So what?
Wrestling was a big thing in the day.

7 He started a riot.

Not really, just a street fight with some fighting for him and some against him.
So what?
Physical fighting was a big deal to settle issues then.
And young men often fight to prove things.

6 He watched his first love die.

So what is so wrong about someone who must witness the passing of a loved one?

5 He was considered hideous.
Do we all need to be beautiful as the world considers beauty?
At least he could joke about it.

4 There were rumors…
That’s where I stopped reading.
Rumors are started by waging tongues to destroy and truth is generally far from them.

3 He almost cheated on Mary Todd (his wife) with…
More rumors meant to defame and far from truth.

2 He nearly fought a duel..
So what?
That was a thing in the day and because of his quick wit in the stilled
use of the broadsword, the duel was averted to his credit.

1 He nearly left Mary Todd at the altar
So it’s a crime to have doubts before you wed?

 

Why is it that so many feel they must defame great people?
Do they feel it makes them better?
Everyone has flaws or parts of their lives that others think of as flaws.
Let the writer’s life be looked at with the same critical eye, and let’s see how his
insignificant life stands up.

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What did Abraham Lincoln’s voice sound like?

Posted by on 09 Apr 2017 | Tagged as: blog

What did Abraham Lincoln’s voice sound like?

An article in the Smithsonian by Megan Ganbino startsout,

“I suspect that when people imagine Abraham Lincoln and the way he sounded, many imagine him as a bass, or at least a deep baritone. Perhaps this is because of his large stature and the resounding nature of his words. Certainly, the tradition of oratory in the 1850s would support the assumption. “Usually people with centurion, basso profundo voices dominated American politics,” says Harold Holzer, a leading Lincoln scholar. Then, of course, there are the casting choices of film and TV directors over the years. “It can’t get any deeper than Gregory Peck,” says Holzer. Peck played Lincoln in the 1980s TV miniseries The Blue and the Gray.”

Read more at:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ask-an-expert-what-did-abraham-lincolns-voice-sound-like-13446201/#Oj5bVd0RdiqVztXQ.99

My response:

Walter Houston & Henry Fonda (there have been many other Lincoln portrayers)  sounded good as A. Lincoln.

Also when he spoke in public, he spoke to be heard which was most likely higher than his normal voice.

But what does it matter how he sounded?

No one worries about how Julius Caesar sounded or Shakespeare or Dickens.

 

Comments

Posted by on 25 Mar 2017 | Tagged as: blog

I just spent one and a half hours reading through and deleting all but two of 2,259 comments posted to my website pending file.   I sent them all to the spam folder and then emptied it.

Some were blatant ads, some straight forward links, some made no sense, some were in German, some in Russian, some in squares, whatever language that is supposed to be, but most were generic statements applied with no thought  to indiscriminate  pages at random by some computer software.

The one that I approved was from a hosting company but was applicable to the page it was on.

It told of Abraham Lincoln and was on The Lincoln’s Ghost Returns 2010 page.

The other got lost somewhere but i wrote it’s point down where I could keep it.

My point: if you want a back link from me, read the post or page and make your own real comment.

 

Free Content

Posted by on 10 Mar 2017 | Tagged as: blog

Free Content

I think this is overrated.  In fact a ridiculous idea.

Let me explain.

A number of years ago I was selling an air pellet pistol using Craigslist or KSL Classifieds.

A young man from Salt Lake City called and we arranged the sale.

He said he sent a check.  I didn’t wait for it as I had enough money for postage, so I sent the gun.

I called him a couple of days later and he had received the gun and was delighted with it.

He asked if I had received the check.  ”No”, was my reply.

“Well it should get there in a day or two”,  he said.

It never came.  I called back and the guy had moved and changed his phone number too.

I was out of the gun and the postage.

He had gotten free content.

Yesterday I came out of the bank and a man had a pickup full of fresh oranges.

The money I had was to fix a truck tire.

“I’ve got no money”, I said.

He was cutting an orange and gave me part of it as a sample.

“Maybe next time you’ll remember me,” he said.

That was a sample to let me know how good the product was not a whole orange and certainly not a whole bag.

Today I was awakened by the dog barking to announce a lady in the yard.

She had come to pay me for some dried cut bamboo that she had got from me a week ago.

She had also got some earlier.

She paid me $10 more than our agreed price with, “The extra is for trusting me.”

I gave no sample to her for her to buy my farm produce.

No free content nor had the street vendor given more than a sample of free content.

So why must I give free content online?

Explain that.

What business sense does it make to only give things away?

This has been my experience.

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An update 3/11/2017

I wrote a comment about it on a forum.

I said:

“I don’t like the free content idea.
I may give samples but if I give everything away for free then,

I don’t sell any donuts, can’t pay the bills, have to close my store.

The internet should be no different.”

One man replied:

“Here’s a free copy of a small e-book I wrote:

Wiz’s Ten Steps to Staying Focused On Your Objectives

I could privately send you a link to where you can buy it on my website

or Amazon but I bet you I get more mileage from giving it away for free then

I would from promoting its sale here.

I sell enough of them to have made it a project worth doing in and of itself,

but I have earned many times more from giving it away for free. Go figure.”

My reply:

“That’s great for you but I never got paid for giving my stuff away for free.”

 

Then I thought about Amazon, perhaps the biggest online marketer in the world.

Does Amazon give away “free content”?

I signed in and found this:

AmazonSmile
Want Amazon to donate to your favorite charity (at no cost to you)?
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No cost? Don’t I still have to pay for products and shipping?
I typed in “free” and got some e-books and books and the like that looked like trash novels, or junk, or  porn to me that were free online but cost for paperback.
Then I typed in “free stuff”.
I got some jewelry that was 1 cent to 98 0r 99 cents and higher.
but not free.
What about free content?
Well if I want to read some of a book I can look inside for free.
I tried a free e-book “Best Jokes 2014″ Inside were 2 photos ads for some book with naked people displayed and nothing about jokes.
So much for free.
They do have:

Order with Free Shipping by Amazon

All orders of $35 or more of eligible items across any product category qualify for FREE Shipping.

Or free prime:

About Amazon Prime

Receive all the benefits of Amazon Prime including FREE Two-Day Shipping for eligible purchases, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, and the ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for $99 a year or $10.99 a month. We also offer a Prime Video membership for $8.99 a month that only includes Prime Video as a benefit.

So this free actually does cost.

I typed in “free content” and got this page:

https://goo.gl/KOObKn

 

Some things on this page weren’t free.
Free?  Is anything really free?
Remember the old adage “You get what you pay for” ?
Meaning if you want something of value you must pay for it.
I’m not talking about “gifts” nor “loss sales leaders” (A loss leader (also leader) is a pricing strategy where a product is sold at a price below its market cost to stimulate other sales of more profitable goods or services. With this sales promotion/marketing strategy, a “leader” is used as a related term and can mean any popular article, i.e., one sold at a normal price.-Wikipedia)
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Free content.  Why pay for anything if it can be had free?

While I Lived in Austria

Posted by on 26 Feb 2017 | Tagged as: blog

While I lived in Austria Dec. 1969 to Oct 1971 I experienced some interesting things.

 I wrote some of my blog entries about my  experiences there as an LDS missionary:

 http://jaybeacham.com/2013/01/24/the-danube-bike/

JayBeacham.com-A Voice as an Instrument » Kennst du den Wolfgangsee?

http://jaybeacham.com/2015/09/06/romanian-freedom-fighter/

And I saw three plays while in Vienna because a member was an usher at one of the theaters; he got us tickets at three different places.

In the description of this song, the Impossible Dream”,  tells about my mission some.

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/c6b1f12f5

I also saw the Operetta “the Land Of Smiles” in German

And a Russian opera which was trash.

Also while in  Leoben, I saw the movie “Paint Your Wagon”.   A member had asked us to watch it and tell

him about the Mormon in the show and if that could have been true or not.

No it couldn’t have been.  Just Hollywood.

What an interesting time to be in Vienna, Austria.

The Salt Talks were happening in Vienna while I was there.

We often walked past the American Embassy.

It was a great feeling to see the 2 Marines  at the door.

The Vietnam war was going then.

We didn’t know much of what was going on in the USA but we did about Europe.

Here’s another song description that tells some about my time in Austria.

http://www.singsnap.com/karaoke/r/b887da133

A different time a different me.

What a great experience for a young man to have.

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