Flame throwers and snow removal.

Mayor of Boston to President of M.I.T.- Should we use flame throwers or chemicals to melt the snow?

President of M.I.T. to Mayor of Boston- Salt works.

Sourced from MIT Archives.

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A Nation of Free Men.

At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it?– Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never!–All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.

From Lincoln’s Lyceum Address,  January 27 1838 (173 years ago, today)

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All pictures sourced from here.

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Obligatory Raw Denim First Wash Post

I bought my APC New Standards from the good folks at Stel’s in October of ’09.  For my friends who don’t read menswear blogs (guilty) these jeans are raw denim.  They come out of the factory never having been washed at all.  They are a dark, uniform indigo.  Since the color has never been washed out at all, they develop fade/ wear lines where your body actually bends and moves.  In essence, they become shaped and colored to you in a totally custom way. The “whiskers” on the backs of the knees weren’t there when I got them.

They have been worn for 15 months without a wash.  I don’t wear them as much in the summer, but when I wear jeans, it’s usually these.  I kept holding off on the first wash because I was wanting to see their break in continue.  However, they were getting a bit saggy and dirty.  I’ve been thinking about washing them, and when I saw this, I knew it was time.

Washing these was a tad emotional. They have been with me through some breakups, a move, the end of one job and the beginning of another.  But they were too stretched out.

Pre Wash:


Post- Wash Fit:

I soaked them for about an hour with Woolite and pretty warm water (because I wanted them to shrink down a bit). They now fit lots better (especially around the knees and waist). Also, they didn’t lose much color or fade.

Operation clean jeans is a success.

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Kilian Martin

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Nosce te ipsum.

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