Monthly Archives: December 2018

Comment on The Pocket Watch by Brendan Cleary

I really enjoyed the opening statements that mentioned time to be a valuable element in society. I think it highlights the importance of time and the technology that the idea of time has brought us like the clock and eventually the pocket watch. Touchi…

Comment on Revised Short Research Paper – Greek Fire: A Dangerous Weapon and Mysterious Secret by jndickey

Joel, this is a really interesting topic to write about. The mystery surrounding Greek Fire is awesome. You bring some interesting facts, I had no idea Greek Fire was such a valuable defense for the Byzantine Empire. I find it impressive that one, this one weapon system contributed so much to a single empire, and two, that its composition still baffles scientists and historians today. I’m curious though, what were the social impacts for the Byzantine citizens? You mention that many empires knew of Greek Fire and feared the weapon but how did Byzantine feel about their own weapon? Was it of cultural significance, did it symbolize any powerful figures of the time? This is a good read with some good food-for-thought.

–Jordan Dickey

Comment on Revised Research Paper: Horseshoes by rbouldin

Hey, Lauren! This is a great paper, thank you for sharing! While I was reading I was wondering why exactly hoof protection became a necessity for domestic horses, when wild horses seem to get on just fine with their natural hooves. So I did a bit of research and the answer is actually quite interesting! Wild horses travel up to fifty miles daily for food, which causes their hooves to be worn into a thicker and harder state in dry climates (almost like how humans develop calluses). Since domesticated horses do not travel nearly as far and since they may be relocated to wet climates, their hooves often do not undergo natural hardening, making them vulnerable to damage under laborious conditions. So horseshoes really do draw a pretty direct comparison to actual shoes in protecting horses’ feet from damage and soreness!

The Groma by David Barney

Roman empire commonly used the Groma as a device to survey land for development. The origin of the device predates the Roman empire. Roman architect Vitruvius described the Groma as coming from the ancients. The device served many needs for military, agricultural, and civic needs. The Groma assisted the military in the construction of fortifications. …

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Comment on The Story of the National Road by davidbarney

Interesting article! Being from Maryland I find it really cool that I don’t have to go very far to visit this historic road. I’ve been to Cumberland before and I would not expect it to be the origin of such an important road. I noticed that you mention that a lot of small towns were created along the road. Why is there a lack of major cities on the road? I read the first article provided and saw that while newer interstates roads had bypassed the road, it seemed that railroads had already ended the excitement for the road.

Comment on Cardwell “Printing Press” by Gabriel Morris

I really like how this blog covered the various places that some form printing press popped up. You mentioned that the printing press didn’t catch on at first in China due to the complex characters, which got me thinking when it made another appearance in China because printing today is widely available everywhere. I wonder if the concept was picked up again off previous Chinese designs, or if Gutenberg’s press design diffused eastward.

The Groma by David Barney

Roman empire commonly used the Groma as a device to survey land for development. The origin of the device predates the Roman empire. Roman architect Vitruvius described the Groma as coming from the ancients. The device served many needs for military, agricultural, and civic needs. The Groma assisted the military in the construction of fortifications.…