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Hosta ‘Morse Code’

On Jul 13, 2003, hostafishing from Brecksville, OH wrote:

This is a seedling selection from `Goddess of Athena’. This variety is 10 years old. It is a dwarf with foliage a mere 3″ tall. Flower scapes are 6-8″ tall. Formally growing in zone 5. Plants will be tested for hardiness in zone 4.

On Jul 12, 2003, saturns from Cleveland, OH wrote:

A slow growing special dwarf gold hosta which belongs as the centerpiece in a collectors garden. The dots and dashes are disguishable at a glance. Truly a WOW factor hosta.

The Spread of Information

With the first test of the telegraph system being a resounding success for Samuel Morse in May of 1844, sending the message “What hath God wrought” from the capitol in Washington D.C to his assistant and business partner Alfred Vail in Baltimore, the implications of this new communication system were seemingly endless.

When Morse code and the Telegraph found widespread use in the early 1850’s many of the ramifications of this development were being felt by the American people. Now political parties could send messages regarding campaigning in the states at the snap of a finger, abolitionists could send messages and information regarding meetings and rallies to different groups around the country, and even slave owners in the south could receive information and news regarding trading companies on the coast about their goods being shipped overseas to Europe.

The first Telegraph Message sent successfully reading: “What hath God Wrought”

Along with the economic and political aspect of increased communication over vast distances, social issues became increasingly nationalized due to the sharing of new information. With rising tensions between northern and southern states over the issues of slavery being a major theme of this time period, the question of Texas and the expansion of slavery in the south became a more heavily contested issue as information began flowing more freely between the slave states of the south and the free soilers of the north. The introduction of an instant system of communication physically linking the northern and southern parts of the nation increased drastically the amount of conflict between the two regions and physical clashes between the two warring parties.

News of the Mexican-American war between 1846 and 1848 were now beginning to be received more quickly as telegraph systems began expanding west following the settlement of new lands. Information regarding the election of 1848 also became a major push factor due to the introduction and use of the telegraph. This growing network of communication managed to somehow bring the nation closer together for several years as people basked in the light of this new technological masterpiece, while helping sow the seeds of dissent between the factions leading the United States and inevitably bringing the nation to the brink of war in the coming years over the issue of slavery.

DIY Morse Code Bracelets

I’ve been meaning to put my collection of Miyuki seeds beads to good use. They’ve always been one of those things that I can’t restrain myself from hoarding every time I step inside a bead store. The perfectly uniform, cylindrical beads come in nearly every shade of color imaginable and their itty bitty size make them that much more appealing. I’ve got a thing for anything miniature. So inspired by Sashi’s seed bead bracelets and George Frost’s morse code jewelry, I recently made a handful of mini seed bead bracelets, each encoded with secret little messages.

You’ll need:

Because the Miyuki Delica seed beads are super tiny, you’ll need a wire beading needle to help you string the beads onto the embroidery floss. Thread the embroidery floss through the beading needle.

You’ll pick 4 colors for each bracelet. A base color, a color for the dots, a color for the dashes and a color separating the dots and dashes. Here I’m using red for the base color, green for the dots, turquoise for the dashes and gold as spacers. Thread on a few base color beads.

Add a spacer bead – in this case, gold. Then spell out the first word with dots (green beads) and dashes (turquoise). Separate each letter with a gold spacer bead. Here I’m spelling out “I LOVE YOU” and the first word is “I” with is translated with just two dots.

Add a few more base color beads and translate the next word, which is “LOVE” – and then “YOU” next. Add a few more base color beads.

Thread on a crimp bead. Your crimping pliers have two notches – the first squeezes the tube closed with an indentation along the middle of the bead. The second notch is used to fold the crimp bead into a tube shape. Add another crimp bead onto the other side of the bracelet and crimp it closed.

The closure for the bracelet is simply a tiny small bead, with an opening just big enough to snuggly slide up and down the embroidery floss to tighten. Thread both ends of the embroidery floss through your wire beading needle. Thread on the gold bead – it will be a super tight fit! Crimp on two more crimp beads an inch and half down from the ends of the last seed beads. Trim away any excess and you’re finished!

Best Friends, XOXO, I Woke Up Like This, I’m So Fancy, WTF . . . say it with morse code!