What were some of the best items that were invented during World War II?

John Eilermann. The Second World War brought a lot of damage and change to people’s lives. Despite the terror people experienced during this time, this period also pushed great minds to find ways to make life easier.

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Photocopying and Xerography

John Eilermann. At the start of the 1940s, physicist Chester Floyd Carlson started developing his electrophotography invention, the technology used for photocopying. Despite facing the last years of the ’30s and beginning of the ’40s in perfecting the technology, the experiments that started in his kitchen became a process that is necessary for many processes up to this day.

Ballpoint pen

John Eilermann. Having ballpoint pens is more convenient than the fountain pens, which smudged and needed time to dry. These new pens were light, easy to use, and dried quickly. While an initial idea for the ballpoint pen started in the 19th century, it was only during the 1930s when Hungarian-Argentine László Bíró built upon the idea. After several tweaks and exhibitions, his invention was patented in 1943 and soon became a commercial success.

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Microwave oven

John Eilermann. American engineer Percy Spencer was the one who developed radar technology for combat. However, he wanted to use the technology for purposes other than for warfare. He saw the potential for creating a microwave oven when he noticed a candy bar melting in front of an active radar set. After seeing this, he continued to develop the idea and used other food items like popcorn kernels. Many experiments later, he came up with a model that used a high-density electromagnetic field generator to an enclosed metal box.


Useful tips in journal writing

Writing a journal can be a liberating activity, whether you choose to write it in the morning, or wait until the day ends, and write every thing before bedtime. The act of writing alone frees the mind of some needless rigidity. Sometimes our best ideas are slow to come, until we decide to write things down in a journal. John Eilerman St. Louis

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Today’s blog explores some ideas and useful tips about journal writing. John Eilerman St. Louis

Morning pages

Some suggest, as the day starts, to free-write, as much as possible, using a system called “morning pages.” These are (at the very least) three longhand pages of stream-of-consciousness writing – no rules, no filters, no structure. The purpose is to free the mind, and put every thing down on paper. John Eilerman St. Louis

Best time to write

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Writing in the morning is like a warm-up before an exercise, allowing blood to flow easily inside the veins. In a similar way, a morning journal affects the mind, throughout the day, to think clearly. Some advise, that morning journal should always come first, allowing no distractions from gadgets. On the other hand, journaling at night has relative peace and quiet, which makes writing more reflective in nature. John Eilerman St. Louis

Pen versus keys

Booklovers often argue about the touch and the smell of paper. On the other hand, several writing applications – with advance features – are showing signs of replacing the good old-fashioned notebook. This doesn’t have to be the case, always. Handwriting allows for a better grasp at the information we need to write. And it sharpens the writer’s thinking as well. John Eilerman St. Louis