Eight years ago in January of 2013. we lost our friend, Translator aka Dr. David Smith. He suffered from depression and his untimely death left those of us in the blog communities who knew him wondering if we could have done more to help him through his struggles. The holidays are rough on people who …
Nov 26 2020
We lost our friend, Translator aka Dr. David Smith, seven years ago last January. He suffered from depression and his untimely death left those of us in the blog communities who knew him wondering if we could have done more to help him through his struggles. The holidays are rough on people who suffer from …
Nov 22 2018
We lost our friend, Translator aka Dr. David Smith, five years ago last January. He suffered from depression and his untimely death left those of us in the blog communities who knew him wondering if we could have done more to help him through his struggles. The holidays are rough on people who suffer from …
Dec 22 2013
Doc passed away earlier this year. He is missed.
This is the time of the year that I get creative in the kitchen, and almost all of what I prepare is given away to friends and family. I had hoped to be ready to ship tomorrow, but I got behind and will have to ship Tuesday. Perhaps too late for Christmas, but certainly not for the rest of the holiday season.
I vary my menu year to year, but a couple of things are standard. One is Lizzies, a sort of fruit cookie that is reminiscent of fruit cake, except Lizzies are good. Another is chocolate fudge, with black walnuts. Both of these were always around during my childhood, because my mum loved everything about Christmas and was an excellent cook.
Jan 22 2013
It is with the heaviest of hearts that I bring this sad news, Translator, aka Dr. David W. Smith died this past Sunday, January 20.
Dr. David W. Smith, 55, of Richmond, KY, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013.
Dr. Smith was born in Fort Smith Arkansas on March 2, 1957, to Roy W. and Geraldine Sandlin Smith. He was a self employed Scientific Consultant.
Survivors include his three sons: Geoff, Justin and Jon Smith; his former wife: Teena Smith; one brother: Richard Smith; as well as a host of other family and friends.
Private services will be conducted at a later date.
The Combs, Parsons & Collins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
David was our friend and fellow traveler through the universe who shared with us his passion for science, music and cooking. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends. We grieve with you.
Though we share this humble path, alone
How fragile is the heart
Oh give these clay feet wings to fly
To touch the face of the stars
Breathe life into this feeble heart
Lift this mortal veil of fear
Take these crumbled hopes, etched with tears
We’ll rise above these earthly cares
Cast your eyes on the ocean
Cast your soul to the sea
When the dark night seems endless
Please remember me…
May we all find Peace. Blessed Be.
Jan 12 2013
On the Third Day was the third album released by the band, issued 197311 in the US on United Artists and 197312 in the UK on Warner Brothers (they had previously been contracted to Harvest). It made #52 in the US but did not chart in the UK.
Jeff Lynne produced the record and wrote all of the material with one exception, and you can tell that immediately. I did not think that it was a very good album, but that is just an opinion.
That is not to say that it was a bad album, but I sort of hold a band like ELO to a higher standard. In all fairness, they had some stiff competition, since The Who released Quadrophenia that year, The Rolling Stones released Goat’s Head Soup, and Pink Floyd released Dark Side of the Moon!
Jan 10 2013
Those of you that read this regular series know that I am from Hackett, Arkansas, just a mile or so from the Oklahoma border, and just about 10 miles south of the Arkansas River. It was a rural sort of place that did not particularly appreciate education, and just zoom onto my previous posts to understand a bit about it.
Back not that long ago there simply were things that could not be purchased on Sunday. In some areas this still exists, but only regarding the sale of alcohol. For example, in some places no alcohol in any manner can be sold on a Sunday, in others restaurants can offer it but not package stores, in still others only beer can be had on a Sunday, and in many there are no restrictions on the sale of alcohol.
In Arkansas, until comparatively recently, there were LOTS of things that could not be offered for sale on Sunday under pain of prosecution. This was not confined to Arkansas, but it seems to have lasted longer there than in many places.
Jan 07 2013
Magnesium, with a Z = 12, is an extremely common element in the crust of the earth, but it is never found in nature in the elemental state. It is the second member, after beryllium, in the alkaline earth series of elements. It is above calcium in that same group, and has significant biological roles.
As is the general trend for elements on the left hand of periodic table, magnesium is less reactive than calcium, just as beryllium is less reactive than magnesium. This is due to the fact that elements in the first and second columns have their electrons more tightly bound the higher in the column they appear because of less shielding from other electron shells.
Jan 05 2013
It has been a while since I started this series. My contributions here, and at my other regular blogs, have been quite spotty for a number of reasons. Part of it has to do with it having been the holiday season, and things get a bit odd then, but for the most part the holiday season treated me pretty well, except for when it did not.
Another distraction, one that is absolutely necessary for me to do, is to work on cultivating my nascent consulting business. I write well, am a great scientist, and have skills that include things from analytical chemistry to health and safety expertise to technical writing to expert testimony. One of my friends that I met here who does consulting work has agreed to work with me over the telephone to assist me in establishing my business. Any others who might be able to help are strongly encouraged to pitch in as well, because I am sick and tired of feeling useless!
In any event, it is time to get back to what I do well in this series, or at least I think that I do, and that is to provide embedded music, some historical background, and my commentary to bands that catch my interest. With this in mind, we shall look at the second effort from The Electric Light Orchestra, called ELO 2.
In my opinion it is a very much better album than their debut one. The band had settled down a bit, and Jeff Lynne was very much in control, for good or ill, by then. Let us get started!
Dec 22 2012
I apologize for not being around much lately, but I have been busy doing Christmas baking and sorting out some personal issues. Monday I shipped off two boxes of goodies, one to the former Mrs. Translator for her and the two sons that will be able to spend time with her for the holidays, and the other to Eldest Son and his bride who are unable to come home for Christmas.
There are some really good seasonal songs playing these days, and I shall share some of them with you tonight. Most of them are from my childhood, and many of them are from Goodyear’s Great Songs of Christmas, Volume 5 from 1965, so I would have been eight at the time. I rooted around through my vinyl and alas no longer have the record. Others are from different sources.