‎8.30.2010 … busy, busy … cars in shop … lots to do!

gLee, tv:  Enjoy!

YouTube – “Glee” in the 2010 Emmy Opening Skit.

NASA, the future: So there is still hope for our program.

This is the big program, the one that pushes boundaries. The GCDP is designed to “develop novel aerospace capabilities that have more technical risk yet higher potential payoff” than the sort of tech being developed for NASA’s mainstream missions. The program is even focused on “developing radically new approaches to NASA’s future space missions and the nation’s significant aerospace” needs.

NASA’s asking for input from NASA centers, university sources, federal-funded R&D centers, “private or public companies” or even government research labs.

via NASA Finds Cash to Fund Fast, Clever, Unusual Tech For Future Space, Air Missions | Fast Company.

google, marketing:  Love the  use of the british style booth!

Instead of a boring old ad campaign of TV commercials, YouTube videos, billboards, and what have you, Google decided to do something a little bit more fun. The company is constructing several old-style British phone booths that will be using the new Google Voice feature–all for free. The phone booths, modeled on a 1957 vintage example, will be installed in high-traffic areas, like college campuses.

via Google Plans Adorable, Green, and (Most Importantly) Free Google Voice Phone Booths | Fast Company.

places, Davidson, green: Perfect place for a nature preserve.

A public site visit and planning workshop are scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 5:30 p.m., at the site of a planned town nature preserve off Jetton Street, behind Davidson Day School.  Tuesday’s meeting is aimed at helping to identify trails and a kayak/canoe launch site on Lake Davidson.

The 8-acre nature preserve was first proposed to meet open space requirements years ago during planning for the so-called Northeast Quadrant, off I-77 Exit 30. Tuesday’s site visit comes as the result of a formal agreement between Davidson Day School, which owns the land, and the town, according to Parks & Recreation director Steve Fraher.

via Site visit Tues. to plan Lake Davidson nature preserve | DavidsonNews.net.

places, Charlotte, education, sports, people: Go Big Mike!

Michael Jordan and the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats will announce a $250,000 donation Monday to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system to help fund middle-school athletics programs this academic year.

Jordan, an NBA legend who made a fortune with his basketball skills and marketing savvy, bought the Charlotte Bobcats this spring. At the time, he talked of the importance of making the franchise an active contributor within the Charlotte community.

via Michael Jordan lends schools a hand – CharlotteObserver.com.

religion:  Say a prayer for our youth.

Dean says more American teenagers are embracing what she calls “moralistic therapeutic deism.” Translation: It’s a watered-down faith that portrays God as a “divine therapist” whose chief goal is to boost people’s self-esteem.

Dean is a minister, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of “Almost Christian,” a new book that argues that many parents and pastors are unwittingly passing on this self-serving strain of Christianity.

She says this “imposter” faith is one reason teenagers abandon churches.

via Author: More teens becoming ‘fake’ Christians – CNN.com.

language, culture, quotes:  I really like this quote, and the whole article is interesting.

“Languages differ essentially in what they must convey and not in what they may convey.”

via Does Your Language Shape How You Think? – NYTimes.com.

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