Archive for July, 2010


‎7.31.2010 … goodbye ATL … hello CLT … home again … Lucky Charms mystery … who and why?

random, (my) children: I admit this is not nearly as serious as the ice cream fiasco, but WHO TOOK ALL THE MARSHMALLOW CHARMS out of the new box of Lucky Charms and left me with the sweetened oat cereal and WHY??

games:  OK, so I  think I would like this game…

The concept is simple: Your opponent reads you the first sentence(s) from a work of great literature—categories include children’s books, mysteries, nonfiction, novels, poetry, Shakespeare’s plays, and short stories—and you name the title and/or author. If you answer correctly, you get a cute little book token…collect eight and you win.

via Bas Bleu – “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night” Board Game.

internet, 1984:  Big Brother is watching … The Web’s New Gold Mine: Your Secrets –

history, culture, place, sense of place: The Tuttle farm must have a powerful sense of place.  I pray Mr. Tuttle XI does not regret his decision.

Since 1635, the Tuttle farm has been passed from father to son and after years of thought, Will Tuttle has put what’s known as the country’s longest family-run farm on the market.

As the 11th generation Tuttle man to farm this now 134-acre plot of land in New Hampshire, Will Tuttle says he has no regrets. “I’m not a museum curator, I’m a farmer,” Tuttle says.

He’s tall, lean and tanned from head to toe, apart from his red cheeks and white beard. Shaking his head underneath the beating sun, he adds, “I wasn’t the first one. I may be the last one. You can’t live anybody else’s dream, and 57 years is enough.”

via America’s oldest family farm for sale –

movies, culture, quotes:  I must admit I missed all the subtle and not so subtle nuances of this film the first time I saw it as a teenager.

In Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. — Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the Dawn of the Modern Woman, writer Sam Wasson shows how Paramount made a Hollywood hit out of a story about a call girl when some magazines deemed it too shocking to serialize.

“If Audrey [Hepburn is] playing a call girl and George Peppard is playing a gigolo, the problem is not a lack of sex; the problem is too much sex — such that they’re so tired by the time they actually do get together that they don’t get together,” Wasson says. “You see that in that scene when [Holly] first climbs into bed with [Paul]. They’re not sleeping together — but they’re two gigolos — because it’s the end of a long day’s work. And George [Axelrod] is clever about suggesting all of this. He can’t come right out and say they’re gigolos, obviously, but the implication is strong. And it’s because of that that the movie has the conflict that it has and the legs that it does.”

Salesman: “Do they still really have prizes in Cracker Jack boxes?”

Paul: “Oh, yes.”

Salesman: “That’s nice to know. It gives one a feeling of solidarity, almost of continuity with the past. That sort of thing.”

via Holly Golightly: Breaking Rules In A Little Black Dress : NPR.


‎7.30.2010 …. homeward bound … detour … home tomorrow ..

Snippets from ZA Molly: Just got off the phone with Molly and her box came … everyone loved Reese’s peanut butter cups, CLS  and Davidson tshirts, silly bandz and ranch dressing! She went to the Gateway School (with Will from CLS) this morning and was inspired by the extent of the mission and will be going back.  This afternoon she is a participant in an athletics meeting (i.e., a track meet) … then down to Durban for the races tomorrow.

random: My coffee name is “Molly” … when Molly was little it always made her smile.  Coffee Aliases Give Cup of ‘Joe’ New Meaning : NPR.

green, Chicago: So when will Charlotte and Atlanta get these?

It’s not every day that you can stroll down a Chicago sidewalk and think you’ve been magically zapped to Paris.

But I was cruising down Ohio Street Thursday when — zut alors! There was a row of rental-bike docks that looked a lot like Paris’ famous Velib’ stations.

Half a dozen guys were fiddling with the machines, making sure everything would work on Friday when Chicago debuts its first city bike-share program.

via Rent-a-bikes are a slice of Paris in Chicago –

literature, faith, religion:  Interesting … but title is misleading.

The “Interview with a Vampire” author, who wrote a book about her spirituality titled “Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession” in 2008, said Wednesday that she refuses to be “anti-gay,” “anti-feminist,” “anti-science” and “anti-Democrat.”

Rice wrote, “For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian … It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.”

Rice then added another post explaining her decision on Thursday:

“My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn’t understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me,” Rice wrote. “But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been or might become.”

via Anne Rice leaves Christianity – The Marquee Blog – Blogs.

art, photography, mysteries:

The great Ansel Adams negatives debate began Tuesday, when the first reports surfaced touting Fresno resident Rick Norsigian’s accidental discovery of the images. He says he picked them up at a garage sale for just $45 some 10 years ago and kept them under a pool table until he recently decided to have them appraised.

And although a handful of esteemed photography and art experts have testified as to their authenticity, many others, including Ansel’s own grandson, were never so sure. In fact, Matthew Adams recently told AOL News in an exclusive interview that he thought it was “irresponsible” and “inaccurate” to claim the negatives were long-lost works by his grandfather.

Has the debate finally been settled? Have a look for yourself at an excellent composite comparison of the two images in question, available at PetaPixel.

via Woman From Oakland, Calif., Claims to Have Solved Ansel Adams Mystery Once and For All.

architecture, culture:

But the most unfortunate development in the postmodern period was that the commercial mainstream figured out how to appropriate historic styles to its own ends. Walt Disney World, which opened in 1971, with its Main Street and Frontierland, was only the most obvious example. These cookie-cutter, sentimental simulacrums of the past, without the dirt and diversity of real history, became a tool for branding and product placement. Though Disney did later commission hotels from Graves and Stern, whose buildings were more inventively designed.

Postmodern design, at home and downtown, fueled a fairy tale view of history that in turn abetted this desire for getting and spending. It stimulated the economy, but its glance backward merely obscured social fissures and helped us ignore looming economic risks. The verdict on postmodernism isn’t all negative, though: It led to the preservation of numerous public buildings; it made architecture fun again, and it gave the next generation of architects something to react against, just as Venturi, Moore and Stern had done vis-a-vis modernism in the late ’60s.

via When Less Was No Longer More – Opinionator Blog –


7.29.2010 … is going to the White House for breakfast … (a diner in Atlanta :)) ‎… and now “pate” of the South at Nancy G’s … why are visits to Atlanta always a feeding frenzy?

Obviously there was more in the news than this … but loved my day with the Lindsey family…

movies:  Agree?  Disagree?  The Way We Were, Barbra Streisand, … | 20 ‘Classic’ Movies You Call Overrated | Photo 1 of 21 |


7.28.2010 … get to see the Atlanta family today …

Places: Are you settled?

I have lived in New York for 32 years, but it was only in 2000, when I moved downtown, that I finally felt settled in the city.

I feel a calm and security that I did not experience in my decades of residence on the Upper East and Upper West sides. This is not to say I was unhappy or discontent with earlier digs or did not consider the first brownstone apartments and the later and progressively larger prewar spreads as homes – because I did, ever more intensely so as they began to fill with children, animals and the pieces of furniture, like a dining room table or a grand piano, that are the badges of permanent domesticity. And it is fair to say that my respective neighborhoods, each in turn, provoked my interest and allegiance; when I moved a mere seven blocks down Broadway, it involved considerable shifting of routine and considerable disorientation. I did not know until I came to New York how intimately you can relate to your streetscape and how personal and grounding experiencing architecture can be. But until I moved downtown, I didn’t know the nature of my sense of place in the city.

via New York State of Mind – Opinionator Blog –

film/lit, bookshelf, movies:

Daniel Craig has a new mission. The current star of the James Bond films has signed on for the English-language remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

via Bond star Daniel Craig to star in ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ –

‎green:  I would rent one!

Want to try out an all-electric car for a few days before you decide to buy? Enterprise Rent-A-Car is going to start renting Nissan Leaf electrics beginning in January.

There will only be 500 initially and they will be dispersed among eight cities: Phoenix; Tucson; Knoxville, Tenn.; Nashville; San Diego; Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle. Charging stations will be installed at select locations, including several of the Enterprise “hybrid branches” – designated locations that offer hybrids and other environmentally friendly rental options.

via Enterprise to start renting Nissan Leaf electric cars – Drive On: A conversation about the cars and trucks we drive –

culture, friendships, salt:

To anyone paying attention these days, it’s clear that social media — whether Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or any of the countless other modern-day water coolers — are changing the way we live.

Indeed, we might feel as if we are suddenly awash in friends. Yet right before our eyes, we’re also changing the way we conduct relationships. Face-to-face chatting is giving way to texting and messaging; people even prefer these electronic exchanges to, for instance, simply talking on a phone.Smaller circles of friends are being partially eclipsed by Facebook acquaintances routinely numbered in the hundreds. Amid these smaller trends, growing research suggests we could be entering a period of crisis for the entire concept of friendship. Where is all this leading modern-day society? Perhaps to a dark place, one where electronic stimuli slowly replace the joys of human contact.

Of course, we learn how to make friends — or not — in our most formative years, as children. Recent studies on childhood, and how the contemporary life of the child affects friendships, are illuminating. Again, the general mood is one of concern, and a central conclusion often reached relates to a lack of what is called “unstructured time.”

Structured time results from the way an average day is parceled up for our kids — time for school, time for homework, time for music practice, even time for play. Yet too often today, no period is left unstructured. After all, who these days lets his child just wander off down the street? But that is precisely the kind of fallow time so vital for deeper friendships. It’s then that we simply “hang out,” with no tasks, no deadlines and no pressures. It is in those moments that children and adults alike can get to know others for who they are in themselves.

If there is a secret to close friendship, that’s it. Put down the device; engage the person.

Aristotle had an attractive expression to capture the thought: close friends, he observed, “share salt together.” It’s not just that they sit together, passing the salt across the meal table. It’s that they sit with one another across the course of their lives, sharing its savor — its moments, bitter and sweet. “The desire for friendship comes quickly; friendship does not,” Aristotle also remarked. It’s a key insight for an age of instant social connectivity, though one in which we paradoxically have an apparently growing need to be more deeply connected.

via Is true friendship dying away? –

weather, Charlotte:  Yesterday, for a brief period, it rained like I have rarely seen it rain … As I said … I am not sure if it is raining cats and dogs (mine are inside) or if the bottom just fell out. I do know that my garage is flooded and my front yard , too, and it is the first time they have flooded in 7 years.

FIFA World Cup 2010:

Some of the record $3 billion brought in by the 2010 World Cup is helping fund a program to develop soccer in Africa. But FIFA, the organization that governs world soccer, hasn’t managed to deliver fully on its pledge.

Despite its name, the 20 Centers for 2010 program will not be completed by the end of this year — or even 2011.

Each of the 20 centers FIFA has committed to build — as part of its pledge to create a positive legacy for the World Cup — must include a soccer field, an educational space and a health care facility. The first Football for Hope Center was completed in Khayelitsha last year.

On the eastern edge of Cape Town, Khayelitsha is one of the largest and most dangerous townships in South Africa. On a recent day, the roads hum with the sound of minibuses and street vendors; a group of men on the sidewalk chant a traditional Xhosa song.

via FIFA Hits Snags In Fulfilling World Cup Vow In Africa : NPR.


‎7.27.2010 … missing my peeps … even jbt out of state today …

faith, missions, family, Gray: My nephew Gray is in Lesotho on this mission trip.  What a great experience and so great that I can follow from home!

The Give Love Mission Team is headed out tonight at 7:30 p.m. It’s a long flight (about 16 hours!). And aside from 6 youth and 10 adults, we have a lot of luggage to get there as well. We’re taking more than 200 blankets to the kids at the Ministry of Insured Salvation Orphanage from the North Avenue kids at Vacation Bible School, guitars, art supplies, and all kinds of goodies. Please pray for safe travels, team unity, and that God would be preparing our hearts for what we’re about to encounter. Be praying for the precious kids we’re about to meet, too!

via North Avenue Missionaries.

education, internships, Davidson:  Davidson, just like most liberal arts colleges, is struggling to incorporate internships into the college experience.

But besides the financial question, students who attend liberal arts colleges can find it’s difficult to get credit for internships, says Lauren Valentino, 22, a recent graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., who wrote a thesis on unpaid internships.

“Liberal arts colleges maintain a distinct identity from other institutions through their non-vocational curriculum, which explains why they are less willing than some other universities to grant credit for internships,” Valentino says.

via Unpaid internships can cost — or pay off for — college students –

culture, high school: What will I say about my generation in 20 years?

I was witnessing a truth. Within our bodies of 67 or 68 years lived all the people we had ever been or seemed to be. All the success, all the defeat, all the love and fear. We were all here.

We went to Urbana High School between 1956 and 1960. We were the first post-Elvis generation, and one of the last generations of innocence. We were inventing the myth of the American teenager. Our decade would imprint an iconography on American society. We knew nothing of violence and drugs. We looked forward to the future. We were taught well. We were the best class.

via Talking ’bout my generation – Roger Ebert’s Journal.

news, random, LOL, truth – stranger than fiction:  I have seen this story before, but it is definitely one instance where truth is stranger than fiction.

Three street-muggers in Sydney, Aus chased a visiting med student down an alley and took his iPod and phone. Unfortunately for them, the alley they chased him down was next to the local ninja martial arts school, and a student ninja was lurking in the shadows. He got his teacher, and five ninjas stole out into the night and kicked ninjed the muggers’ asses.

via Muggers chase victim into crowd of ass-kicking ninjas – Boing Boing.

history, my nerdiness: I must be a real nerd because I found this article on the history and future of the electrical grid fascinating.

During the Depression, when power lines first electrified rural America, a farmer in Tennessee rose in church one Sunday and said—power companies love this story—”The greatest thing on earth is to have the love of God in your heart, and the next greatest thing is to have electricity in your house.”

via Electrical Grid – National Geographic Magazine.

culture, health:  We aren’t looking so good.  You should read the article …. talks about our generations drug use and unknown interactions with prescribed drugs when we are old …

The generation known as baby boomers may go into old age broke and fat, researchers say.

Particularly, those among the first decade of boomers – now at retirement age or within 10 years of it – may find a combination of unhealthy living and unwise personal finance decisions will leave them in rough shape after age 65.

They may not mind so much, however, because researchers say they also are more likely to be stoned on drugs than either their elders or those younger.

via Some N.C. boomers: Fat and flat broke –

news, Charlotte, weather: Definitely hot here.

Charlotte hit 101 degrees on Sunday, a new record for the day, in a summer that so far is the city’s third-hottest on record, according to the National Weather Service.

via 101° –

Apple: New Apples?

Will Apple launch new Mac Pros, iMacs, and the Magic Trackpad tomorrow?.

vuvuzelas, FIFA World Cup 2010:  Never thought about who invented them … just assumed they were a plastic version of an ancient african horn … but instead they evolved from a bike horn!

I invented the vuvuzela 35 years ago but, of course, it’s only since the start of the World Cup that it has become quite so well known globally. Whatever people may say about the sound it makes, it has never been so popular. That makes me proud; I see so many visitors taking vuvuzelas home with them, to Europe, South America and beyond.

I know people have complained in the past. One football squad objected to the noise when they played in South Africa, but I think it’s only polite to accept the customs of any country you visit, and this is our culture. Our players expect it and the sound encourages them – it’s the sound of our support. Many people say they don’t like the noise, but I’ve been blowing the vuvuzela for decades now and I’ve never heard of anyone going to hospital or dying because of it.

I approached someone who ran a manufacturing company and he made the first plastic version – a yellow one very much like those you see today. We called them Boogieblasts and sold them at games. I changed the name to vuvuzela in 1992, after Nelson Mandela was released and South Africa was allowed to compete internationally again – the name means three things in Zulu: “welcome”, “unite” and “celebration.”

via Experience: I invented the vuvuzela | Life and style | The Guardian.

FIFA World Cup 2010, marketing: Very interesting. .. Did Nike master the social network marketing and win despite Adidas’ sponsorship?

Two contenders, Adidas and Nike, each have a shot at becoming undisputed market leader when the whistle blows on July 11 and the final game concludes. Coming into 2010, their records show them evenly matched: each is estimated to have earned $1.5-1.7 billion in football merchandise sales in 2008 and 2009, and each controls about a third of the total market.

via The World Cup Brand Winner: Adidas or Nike? – Elie Ofek – HBS Faculty – Harvard Business Review.

culture, followup:  I forgot to include the illustration for Does Language Influence Culture? – …  The Tower of Babel’ by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, 1563.  That illustration really enhanced the article.  Also loved Ann Sheaffer Gibert’s comment:

I came to the same conclusion when I studied Hebrew. Language must shape how our brain works, and different language structures reflect (or cause) different cultural standards.

The Tower of Babel' by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, 1563

travel, Ireland:  Really enjoyed this article on Ireland  … hope to go back and it will give me some new insights into what I am seeing.

I have been wandering in a zig-zag way around its country parts, Waterford to Donegal, contemplating the three great quandaries that have obsessed Ireland during my own lifetime: the old, old miseries that arose centuries ago from the interference of the English; the recent hubris and nemesis of economics; the tragic loss of faith and trust in the Roman Catholic church, for centuries the very essence of Irishness.

To my mind there is something transcendental to the charm of the Irish, the very emblem of their national identity. They are no nicer than other peoples, no less bitchy, no less quarrelsome, no less murderous indeed, but without doubt they are, come boom or bust, come faith or disbelief, come peace or war the most charming of nationalities. I cannot make out how deeply they have been affected by the three great communal anxieties that have lately afflicted them, but I can vouch for the fact that in externals, at least, they are just as they always were.

Call it national character, call it community resilience, or call it, most mystically, spiritually and irresistibly of all, simply the luck of the Irish.

via / Travel – On a journey across Ireland.

RIP:  My friend Eleanor is a friend of Leah … her story is compelling …Leah Siegel, ESPN producer whose struggle with breast cancer inspired thousands, dies at 43 | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Latest News.

faith, followup: I also loved the  Henri Nouwen post that Cary referred to here.  But Cary culls it down to one question … and my list is way too short.

A valid question is “What are the names of the poor whom you interact with?”

via Knowledge Leads to Empathy « Jubilee Year.

children’s/YA literature, faith, history:  I look forward to reading this book by the Pope.

On July 22nd, the Vatican press office announced that Pope Benedict XVI has authored a children’s book entitled, The Friends of Jesus. The twelve friends to the famed Messiah are the Twelve Apostles.

President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, Spanish priest Julian Carron, wrote the prologue to the book. He also offers this comment about the publication: “[The Pope] takes us by the hand and accompanies us as we discover who Jesus’ first companions were, how they met him and were conquered by him to the point that they never abandoned Him.”

via Pope Benedict XVI to Publish Children’s Book – GalleyCat.

politics, The President: Sorry, Mr. President, this seems ridiculous … That is just too much for some face time with you.  And the people who pay such an  exorbitant amount expect something in return.

Chicagoans next week will have the chance to wish President Barack Obama “happy 49th birthday” for $30,400 ($60,800 a couple).

That’s the admission price for a Democratic National Committee “birthday” reception to be held at a the home of real-estate billionaire Neil Bluhm in Obama’s hometown on Aug. 5, the day after his birthday.

via Happy $30,400 birthday, Mr. President – Mike Allen –

tv, gLee: I hope Season 2 is as uniquely fun as Season 1. A ‘Rocky Horror’ Episode, and 9 Other ‘Glee’ Spoilers – Yahoo! TV Blog.


‎7.26.2010 …. cancel and reschedule …

places, Pineview, Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project:  Love this question!  My grandparent home is Pineview GA … what a great place.

A few days ago, over on the Facebook Page, I asked the question, “What childhood places were most important to you?” I answered, “For me, the Plaza library in Kansas City. It has been renovated, and while it’s gorgeous and new, I wish I could still visit the library the way it was.”

More than a hundred people posted a response to this question, and I was struck by how frequently people mentioned a happy memory connected to a place associated with their grandparents.

Some themes:

— the contrast between their usual home and their grandparents’ home – spending time on a farm, say, or visiting a very different city

— being in the kitchen of their grandparents’ house

— special activities they did when they visited their grandparents, like sewing or fishing

via The Happiness Project: Do You Have Happy Memories of a Place Associated with Your Grandparents?.

BP oil spill: As we said during the cold war …  Tony just got shipped to Siberia.

Tony Hayward, who became the face of BP’s flailing efforts to contain the massive Gulf oil spill, will step down as chief executive in October and be offered a job with the company’s joint venture in Russia, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made by the British company’s board, which was meeting Monday in London to decide Hayward’s fate. The decision is the board’s to make, and it was unclear if it had formally done so.

It’s not yet clear what Hayward’s role will be with TNK-BP. He left the board meeting Monday without speaking to reporters, climbing into a silver Lexus that sped off.

via Report: BP’s Tony Hayward to leave as CEO; offered job in Russia –

movies, followup:

Last night I watched  Funny Face .  I had never seen it before  and had seen it on a list of movies with great dance scenes.  Funny Face starred Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. The third lead was Kay Thompson. So I asked my facebook friends … Does anyone know what she is most famous for? Eloise! Of all people, my friend Tim answered the question.  I have to admit that I did not know the answer. But her Funny Face character is similar to Meryl Streep’s Devil Wears Prada character. So I looked her up on imdb. Interesting. She only made a few movies, but was very talented.  Look her up … Kay Thompson (I).

Davidson, basketball, Steph Curry:

While watching the 2010 USA Basketball Showcase, it is virtually impossible to not notice the incredible amount of talent on the court. Every single player can play and play quite well.

One player who stands out to me, however, is Golden State’s Stephen Curry.

The Davidson product simply must make the USA squad; it’s vital that he does.

via The Case for Stephen Curry To Make the USA National Team | Bleacher Report.

why:  And why cancel and reschedule … well that is what I did this morning … I always make appointments for my kids in late July before the August vacations … all my kids are out on their own this year … two in Boulder, one in South Africa.


‎7.25.2010 … loved celebrating my ninja girl’s birthday … transition from childhood to adulthood is a fun period in life. I am blessed with not just my children, but beautiful nieces and nephews and kith children. It is a privilege to be your mom, aunt, godmother, kith aunt and ninja mama! …

Charlotte: I hate to say it but we are a little dull …’s top 10 questions about Charlotte | CLT Blog.

architecture, design, green:

Norman Foster at London's Gherkin

He was asked why no explicitly green buildings made the list, which was topped (no surprise) by Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

Trynauer replied that there are a lot of very interesting green buildings out there, at least at a small-scale. Then he continued: “These buildings in general don’t look so hot because they have to do a lot of things that buildings traditionally never did.”

Like, say, saving energy? Adapting to local climates? Or using local materials that don’t cost tens of  thousands of dollars to transport?

None of that is new.

Architects did those things for centuries before International Style modernism spread its tentacles after  World War II. At its worst, the International Style imposed a universal aesthetic that ignored local building customs and used air-conditioning, florescent lighting and other technologies to “liberate” architecture from the vagaries of nature.

Surely the next time Vanity Fair undertakes its survey, the perceptions of its respondents will have caught up with reality–and the world’s best green buildings, both sexy and environmentally responsible, will make its list.

via Cityscapes: The blind spot in Vanity Fair’s world architecture survey: green design.

iPad: old blog post … but after almost 90 days with mine, i think he was spot on … The real test will be if I leave my laptop at home when I travel in September …

I said during the live blog that iPad could be the match and kerosene setting the whole tablet market ablaze. Apple isn’t trying to control old or new media. It’s just offering a platform for content creators and sellers. Apple wouldn’t mind controlling all digital media, but it’s something that’ll happen only if those behind the content let Apple seize control. Apple is the conduit. Another part of that match and kerosene thing.

Today, we finally got the match after so much smoke. We’ll see whether the market turns the flame into a conflagration.

via Goldman: My iPad Takeaways – CNBC.

Chicago, travel, food:  I haven’t been for a while, makes want want to go for a visit. Postcard from Chicago | Food and More with John Kessler.

travel, NC, beach:  I’m game!

A Mint Hill man hopes to turn an abandoned tower standing 60 feet above the white-capped waves of the Atlantic into one of North Carolina’s most distinctive vacation getaways.

The tower’s 5,000 square feet of living space includes seven bedrooms, a kitchen and a rec room. Guests would come by boat or helicopter. They could expect fabulous views of sunrises, sunsets, sea turtles and even migrating whales.

via B&B on the sea? –

art, photography, icons, end of an era: I love this story.  And, yes the picture of the Afghan girl is a true ICON!  Can’t wait to see what McCurry has done  with the last role of Kodachrome.

McCurry snapped a picture that ended up on the cover of National Geographic’s June 1985 issue. “The Afghan Girl” became one of the magazine’s most widely recognized photographs — and one of the century’s most iconic. To get that shot, McCurry used a type of film that has become iconic in its own right: Kodachrome.

The film, known for its rich saturation and archival durability of its slides, was discontinued last year to the dismay of photographers worldwide. But Kodak gave the last roll ever produced to McCurry. He has just processed that coveted roll at Dwayne’s Photo Service in Parsons, Kan. — the last remaining location that processes the once-popular slide film.

What’s on that landmark roll of film is still under wraps. It will be the subject of an upcoming documentary by National Geographic. What is known is that the first and last images are in New York City, McCurry’s home base. And between those frames are photographs from India, where McCurry established his career as a master of color photography.

via Exposed: The Last Roll Of Kodachrome : NPR.

culture, language:  Another great article … I just love Sundays!

The idea that language might shape thought was for a long time considered untestable at best and more often simply crazy and wrong. Now, a flurry of new cognitive science research is showing that in fact, language does profoundly influence how we see the world.

Language is a uniquely human gift. When we study language, we are uncovering in part what makes us human, getting a peek at the very nature of human nature. As we uncover how languages and their speakers differ from one another, we discover that human natures too can differ dramatically, depending on the languages we speak. The next steps are to understand the mechanisms through which languages help us construct the incredibly complex knowledge systems we have. Understanding how knowledge is built will allow us to create ideas that go beyond the currently thinkable. This research cuts right to the fundamental questions we all ask about ourselves. How do we come to be the way we are? Why do we think the way we do? An important part of the answer, it turns out, is in the languages we speak.

via Does Language Influence Culture? –

BP oil spill, famous last words:  Well, he said, “I just want my life back.”

In the U.S., Mr. Hayward became a lightning rod for criticism, after his poor performance before a congressional panel and an infamous gaffe in which he complained that “I want my life back.” The chief executive abruptly returned to London and handed over the reins of dealing with the Gulf to managing director Bob Dudley.Â

via BP Board Is Negotiating Exit of Hayward –

recipes:  May try this today … sour cherry pie with almond crumble | smitten kitchen.


‎7.24.2010 … yesterday blurred into today … and I’m getting a little old for that … GREAT outing with Johns freshman hall crew …. wonderful food and drink … and even better conversation … had some things for the first time … Green Man Beer and “Appalachian Grown” Trout Dip not sure the actually product maker, but I think I ate the pint of dip!

Davidson ’82:  Next year, let’s get a few more … great evening, Mike McGrady!  What do friends talk about 32 years after becoming friends … and some not seeing each other for 20+ years … well, family, life and this year, the  World Cup.  It’s strange, but it felt like 1978.  It was nice not to feel 50!  And thank you,  Martina,  for hosting a group of unknowns!


firsts, favorites:  Loved the Green Man Beer and the Appalachian Grown trout spread … thanks, jerome … I may have to drive to Asheville to see you just to get some more!  Greenman Brewery.

iPad apps, followup, the law:  Flipboard really is beautiful, but is it legal?

Flipboard, the new iPad app that renders links from your Twitter feed and favorite sites in a beautiful, magazine-style layout, has a problem: it scrapes websites directly rather than using public RSS feeds, opening it to claims of copyright infringement.

Unlike some similar news apps like Pulse, Flipboard appears to eschew the older syndication standby RSS to instead grab URLs from Twitter and Facebook feeds. While news sources that maintain their own automatic Twitter feeds tend to link the same stories as they do in their RSS feeds, there’s one critical difference: RSS also allows content to be included in the feed, whereas Twitter provides only the URLs that link back to the full website. (Unless, of course, the site only writes 140 character news stories.)

Back in the ancient days of the mid-aughts, there was a healthy debate online about whether or not news outlets should provide full content feeds or simply headlines and excerpts. Rather than rehash that debate—one that’s still ongoing—just remember this: whether a company chose to publish “full feeds” or excerpts, the choice remained theirs.

A new class of “feed readers” have ditched RSS and built their own content scrapers. The ever-popular Instapaper—the adblocker it’s okay to like!—is a scraper: a reader views a story in their web browser (along with ads and other web chrome); clicks “Read Later”; Instapaper uses some sorting magic to figure out what part of the already-downloaded HTML is content and which is cruft.

From a licensing and copyright perspective it’s a little bit iffy, but since content providers get at least one pageview every time someone uses Instapaper there has been a sort of truce. (One made more steady by the fact that many of those working in the media who might get frustrated by scrapers are also fans of long-form content—exactly the sort of reader to which Instapaper caters.)

via Is Flipboard Legal?.

RIP:  I know his voice so well, but when I saw Mr. Schorr’s picture I realized I had no visual of him.  I will miss his voice on NPR. Rest in peace, Daniel Schorr.

Daniel Schorr, a longtime senior news analyst for NPR and a veteran Washington journalist who broke major stories at home and abroad during the Cold War and Watergate, has died. He was 93.


Schorr’s Legacy: Speaking Truth To Power

Schorr, who once described himself as a “living history book,” passed away Friday morning at a Washington hospital. His family did not provide a cause of death.

As a journalist, Schorr was able to bring to contemporary news commentary a deep sense of how governmental institutions and players operate, as well as the perspective gained from decades of watching history upfront.

Schorr joined CBS News in 1953 as one of “Murrow’s boys,” the celebrated news team put together by Edward R. Murrow. He reopened the network’s Moscow bureau, which had been shuttered by Joseph Stalin in 1947. Ten years later, Schorr scored an exclusive broadcast interview with Nikita Khrushchev, the U.S.S.R. Communist Party chief — the first-ever with a Soviet leader. Schorr was barred from the U.S.S.R. later that year after repeatedly defying Soviet censors.

via Journalism Legend Daniel Schorr Dies At 93 : NPR.

Alluring headlines:  Maybe not alluring … but definitely caught my attention … I tried to describe this last night at dinner after one of the guys from 4th rich joked that you needed a p—– to grill … that male bonding boy base humor.  i didn’t want to grill anyway … South African doctor invents female condoms with ‘teeth’ to fight rape –

Jane Austen: A little Jane humor for your weekend.  The creator of this one has a very weird sense of humor …

YouTube – Jane Austen’s Fight Club.

iPad:  I am growing very fond of mine … but it was not immediate.  RIP: Why the iPad ‘killers’ are already dead – Computerworld Blogs.

random, news:  Why do I feel sorry for the bear?

A bear got into an empty car, honked the horn and then sent it rolling 125 feet into a thicket, with the bear still inside, a Colorado family said.

via Bear Takes Car on Short Joyride in Colorado – CBS News.

culture, fads, libraries:

Call it a hunch, but it seems to me that the thing is in the air that happens right before something — families with a million kids, cupcakes, wedding coordinators — suddenly becomes the thing everyone wants to do happy-fuzzy pop-culture stories about. Why?

via Why The Next Big Pop-Culture Wave After Cupcakes Might Be Libraries : NPR.

language, Sarah Palin: just love the illustration, article struck me a funny, too.


Far be it from me to criticize Willy Shakespeare and his protégé Sarah Palin. Ol’ Billy pushed the boundaries of literature and we’re better for it. Now, thank goodness Sarah will do the same. Just as her daughter has re-defined abstinence before marriage as “I can do it, but you’re a slut”. I have misuderestimed Sarah, who has redesignafied herself into a wordsmith to add depth and feeling to our needlessly boring language.

So, I thought I would create a few new words to bring about a more worldly and insightful national conversation in America today. Their use will help to explainify things. Please feel free to use them habfitually.

via I’ve been Repoodiated – The redefining of America by Trevor Irvin |


7.23.2010 … if you google “tuxedo nc”, you get all the NC locations for Men’s Warehouse (and Bob had to explain that one to me :) … ) … it takes a little effort to find Tuxedo, NC where John and I will go for a mini Davidson reunion … can’t wait to see McGrady and family, Hay/Beck clan, Trobs, Trey, Sellars … in Tuxedo, NC!

Arizona immigration law: This one’s going to the Supreme Court, don’t you think?  At least it will be more interesting for law students than the mud flaps case!

About 30 protesters blocked traffic, many wearing T-shirts that said “Stop the Hate.” Several unfurled a large, white banner that blared “Stop SB1070. We will not comply.” Others in the group held a banner in Spanish saying: “There is no problem with immigration; there is a problem with capitalism. Revolution is the solution.” After two hours, the police cleared the intersection and arrested seven people.

via U.S. Lays Out Case Against Arizona Law –

book shelf:  I love cozy mysteries.

Do any writers today write mysteries and fantasy for adults that aren’t, well, excessively adult? Why can’t I find anyone who writes like Dorothy Sayers or Rex Stout or C.S. Lewis? I’m not looking for “Christian” books, but books with characters I wouldn’t actually mind knowing for once.

via Gentle Reads and Cozy Mysteries | Dear Book Lover by Cynthia Crossen –

history, oral history, places, Pineview:  Abbeville, GA is 10 miles or so from Pineview GA … where my Dennard family is from … Abbeville is the county seat of Wilcox County and I have many memories of going over to the courthouse with my grandfather who was on the County Commission for many years.

Whoever wrote the history section posted on FB has a sense of humor …

“It is widely believed that Abbeville, Georgia was settled by French Huguenots and that it was home to Vice President John C. Calhoun, but it was neither; these events took place in Abbeville, South Carolina. But it is believed that Hernando de Soto passed through what is present day Abbeville, Georgia. Abbeville was home to the Georgia Normal College and Business Institute.”

Facebook | Abbeville, Georgia.


7.22.2010 … degraying is done … quiet time at chez teague (i.e. two bassets and a cat have weasled their way into the ac and onto my bed) …

Apple iPad, LOL:

An enterprising Japanese blogger has transformed his iPad into a virtual sushi platter. It’s a revolutionary idea with one nasty flaw: your iPad might be left with an unwelcome fishy smell.

The first experiment (above) involved turning a less-than-appealing package of supermarket tuna sushi and turning it into something more appetizing. After re-plating the sushi on his iPad, it suddenly became delicious!

via Introducing the iDish | The Food Section – Food News, Recipes, and More.

archeology, places, history:

British archeologists are calling the discovery of an underground structure next door to the famous Stonehenge columns the biggest find there in five decades.

via Shadow Stonehenge Discovered At Historic Site : NPR.

random, news: “part high-tech Huck Finn”

Even in the age of the search engine, Mr. Harris-Moore seemed untraceable and unknowable, part high-tech Huck Finn, part cunning criminal.

via For ‘Barefoot Bandit,’ Life on the Run Started Early –

graphics, entertainment:  FROM MY NIECE … Loving this Dirty Harry typographic poster/video!

Dirty Harry typographic movie poster on the Behance Network.

iPad apps:  Really like this one … and it will only get better.

The stealthy Kleiner Perkins-backed startup called Flipboard has now been revealed to be, as some suspected, a social application for the iPad. The new Flipboard iPad app bills itself as a “social magazine” – that is, one which aggregates status updates, tweets, photos and articles from those you’re connected to on social networking sites, like Twitter and Facebook. These updates are beautifully laid out into an easily digestible view which you can flip through with your fingers.

via Flipboard, New “Social” iPad Magazine will be Powered by Semantic Data.

food, sports: disgusting …

The all-you-can-eat food — the nachos, hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, lemonade, sodas and ice cream — that he was entitled to with the purchase of a ticket in the Orioles’ Left Field Club Picnic Perch was that big of a draw.

“It’s an easier walk,” Cavalier said.

The left-field sections at Camden Yards are part of the growing trend of all-you-can-eat style options in major league ballparks. At a cost of $40 per ticket in the section, fans are entitled to a buffet-style choice that includes all the above-mentioned foods and even salad — you know, in case you are feeling guilty.

via All-you-can-eat sections in major leagues expanding – MLB –

design, retro:  Like the look … but comments say dangerous.

Italian bespoke appliance manufacturer Meneghini rebuilds old iceboxes with modern fridges inside, an exceedingly winning combo (especially the ones with portholes!). They’re insanely expensive (five figures!), but they’re fun to day-dream about!

via Fridges built from old iceboxes – Boing Boing.

archeology, NYC:

The 18th-century boat unearthed last week at the World Trade Center site is about to make its first journey in more than 200 years.Starting on Monday, archaeologists will dismantle the ship’s crumbling wooden beams and move them to storage to study them further, said Steve Coleman, spokesman for the Port Authority.

via 18th-Century Boat to Leave World Trade Center in Pieces Monday –

favorites:  I am a redbox fan.

The DVD rental service Redbox has already helped put Blockbuster on deathwatch notice, and now the company has its sights on the Netflix-dominated segment of the home entertainment market. Though a concrete plan is not worked out, Redbox is looking to the web and figuring out the best online distribution model with which to compete with Netflix and others. According to a report from Bloomberg, it’s not even definite the company will make the digital leap, though they would be stupid not to.

via Redbox Heads Online, Challenges Netflix to a Brawl – Cinematical.


Instead of bridesmaids and groomsmen, there will be “head counselors” when Serena Orgel, 35, and Josh Young, 36, get married this September at Lake Bryn Mawr Camp in Honesdale, Pa. During the weekend festivities, guests will sing songs in a talent show and roast marshmallows at a bonfire. The newlyweds plan to paddle away in a canoe with a “Just Married” sign. Guest attire? “Camp chic,” says the bride-to-be.

via Sleep-Away Camp Weddings –

Kagan nomination:  done deal

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to endorse Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The final tally was thirteen “aye”s to six “nay”s, with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joining the committee’s twelve Democrats to vote in Kagan’s favor. Today’s editions of USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post all have coverage of this step toward confirmation, as do NPR, Slate, CNN, and Politico. C-SPAN has video coverage of the nearly three-hour committee meeting.

via SCOTUSblog.

Davidson:  Congrats, Annual Fund!

THANK YOU, Davidson alumni, for a remarkable year in supporting the college and the Annual Fund. Together we raised record-breaking dollars, received a record-breaking number of gifts, and… wait for it… we’ve made Davidson NUMBER ONE in the country in Annual Fund participation (this year, 61%).

via Notes From the Alumni Director: Number One. Yes, Number One..

random, Great Recession:

While many communities are fearfully contemplating extensive cuts, Maywood says it is the first city in the nation in the current downturn to take an ax to everyone.

The school crossing guards were let go. Parking enforcement was contracted out, City Hall workers dismissed, street maintenance workers made redundant. The public safety duties of the Police Department were handed over to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

At first, people in this poor, long-troubled and heavily Hispanic city southeast of Los Angeles braced for anarchy.

Senior citizens were afraid they would be assaulted as they walked down the street. Parents worried the parks would be shut and their children would have nowhere to safely play. Landlords said their tenants had begun suggesting that without city-run services they would no longer feel obliged to pay rent.

The apocalypse never arrived. In fact, it seems this city was so bad at being a city that outsourcing — so far, at least — is being viewed as an act of municipal genius.

“We don’t want to be the model for other cities to lay off their employees,” said Magdalena Prado, a spokeswoman for the city who works on contract. “But our residents have been somewhat pleased.”

That includes Mayor Ana Rosa Rizo, who was gratified to see her husband get a parking ticket on July 1, hours after the Police Department had been disbanded. The ticket was issued by enforcement clerks for the neighboring city of Bell, which is being paid about $50,000 a month by Maywood to perform various services.

via A City Outsources Everything. Sky Does Not Fall –

The President, race issues:

The election of Barack Obama, America’s first black president, was supposed to be a sign of our national maturity, a chance to transform the charged, stilted “national conversation” about race into a smarter and more authentic dialogue, led by a president who was also one of the nation’s subtlest thinkers and writers on the topic.

Instead, the conversation just got dumber.

The America of 2010 is dominated by racial images out of farce and parody, caricatures not seen since the glory days of Shaft. Fox News often stars a leather-clad New Black Panther, while MSNBC scours the tea party movement for racist elements, which one could probably find in any mass organization in America. Obama’s own, sole foray into the issue of race involved calling a police officer “stupid,” and regretting his own words. Conservative leaders and the NAACP, the venerable civil-rights group, recently engaged in a round of bitter name-calling that left both groups wounded and crying foul. Political correctness continues to reign in parts of the left, and now has a match in the belligerent grievance of conservatives demanding that hair-trigger allegations of racism be proven.

“This is the way race plays out all too often these days — as soon as the accusation of racism is made, good will, the benefit of the doubt, presumption of innocence all go out the window. It’s seen as a virtue to jump to the least charitable conclusion when the issue is race — those who reserve judgment are accused of naivete or complicity,” he said.

Though Obama’s candidacy was widely hailed as a new day for race in America, there were always dissenters, and the Sherrod episode seems to suggest the skeptics had a point. On the right, writer Ramesh Ponnuru warned against freighting Obama with too much racial baggage: “What if Obama becomes our first black president, and he comes to be seen as a failure in office?” he asked, calling the notion that voting for Obama would improve race relations “a risky gamble.”


Others believe that Obama’s election, with its implication that America was over its race problem, has paradoxically brought out the bigots.

“People who in the past would have been reluctant to express their feelings [now] feel free to do so,” said David Bositis, a senior research associate at the liberal Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington.

Others say that the current uproar is simply a symptom of the country’s enduring racial obsession – something only the naïve could have expected Obama to banish.

The recent public flaps “tell us that all the talk about post-racialness aside, the race question is still a burning question in American life. People will use it in all sorts of different ways. But it doesn’t surprise me,” said Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy, author of “Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word.”

Blair Kelley, a professor of history at North Carolina State University, put a similar observation more bluntly on Twitter Tuesday in response to this reporter’s inquiry.

“The ‘national conversation on race’ has always been this stupid,” she wrote. “Just much less frequent.”

via So much for that ‘conversation’ on race – Ben Smith –

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