Archive for November, 2010


11.29.2010 … My father-in-law … Thank you for 30 years of treating me as your daughter.

RIP: My father-in-law … Thank you for 30 years of treating me as your daughter.  Carroll Hoyt Teague Jr. Obituary: View Carroll Teague’s Obituary by The Courier-Journal.


This Service of Lessons and Carols is adapted from the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols that has been celebrated annually at King’s College, Cambridge, for almost a century. The nine Scripture lessons are those traditionally used at the festival, while the carols provided to accompany each passage have been selected from the Presbyterian Hymnal.

via Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) – Resources – A Service of Lessons and Carols.

quotes,  Advent:

Psalm 122

A song of ascents. Of David.

1 I rejoiced with those who said to me,

“Let us go to the house of the LORD.”

2 Our feet are standing

in your gates, Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is built like a city

that is closely compacted together.

4 That is where the tribes go up—

the tribes of the LORD—

to praise the name of the LORD

according to the statute given to Israel.

5 There stand the thrones for judgment,

the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

“May those who love you be secure.

7 May there be peace within your walls

and security within your citadels.”

8 For the sake of my family and friends,

I will say, “Peace be within you.”

9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,

I will seek your prosperity.



‎11.28.2010 For the past few years, Johns dad/my father-in-law has been wrestling with Parkinsons disease. Two weeks ago he fell injuring his head. Yesterday he died of complications of that injury. We were blessed as a family to all be here celebrating Thanksgiving and the gift of his life to each of us.


pop-ups, NYC, LOL:

So I’m happy to report that Charmin (a Procter & Gamble brand) has finally solved the puzzle as only Americans can, by turning the experience from a solemn bodily function you’re not supposed to discuss into a theme-park ride, and with a celebrity endorser, no less—Kim Kardashian, who officially inaugurated its Times Square-area pop-up toilets store with a pair of giant scissors and a visit to the loo on Nov. 22.

I discovered the Charmin “Enjoy the Go” restrooms (whose 15 immaculate stalls, I’ll state straight off, are situated at 142 W. 42nd St., if you happen to be in the vicinity) on my way back from a colleague’s going-away party, and sadly just after I’d availed myself of the bar’s nondescript men’s room.

via Times Square Loo Tunes –

LOL, spirituality, random:

‘Laughter and spirituality go together!'”

via Career Changer Susan Sparks – Lawyer Turned Minister –



‎11.27.2010 … Be still and know that I am God … trying to be very still today … And very grateful for blessings …

kith/kin, me, faith:  Today someone very special to me died.  So I pondered the quote as the day proceeded … “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) … trying to be very still today … and very grateful for blessings …

Charlotte, random:  I have never noticed the boathouses on Lake Norman … I’ll have to look.

Picturesque boathouses dot Lake Norman’s shores, nestled among the changing leaves on trees. The lake is also lower in the fall and winter, exposing views of the shoreline not seen otherwise.

via Charlotte news, Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Bobcats, weather, traffic, sports, banking, North Carolina, real estate, jobs, cars |

food – southern, pimento cheese: 🙂


We don’t usually think of pimiento cheese as a restaurant dish, but with the uptick in upscale Southern cuisine, it’s more popular than ever. It’s not just for grocery store containers and home cooks anymore.It’s a versatile dish, too. Maybe that’s why chefs enjoy tweaking the formula. You can play around with the type of cheese, though cheddar is mandatory for some. But even with the cheddar as the major player, you can mix it up by adding other cheeses to the formula. Even the pimiento seems fair game for substitution which begs the question, without the red pimiento, is it still pimiento cheese?.Wherever you stand on these issues, we want to hear about the best pimiento cheese you’ve had in a restaurant. Your mama might make the best, but since we can’t just show up in her kitchen, let’s stick with the places where anyone can grab a bite. Who makes the best pimiento cheese in and around Atlanta?

via Best pimiento cheese | Best Of The Big A.

Rock Hill SC, Charlotte, public art: I like this one!

Gallery Up organized a collection of knitted or crocheted swatches from local crafters to decorate Main St. in downtown Rock Hill. This project was inspired by other recent Òurban knittingÓ happenings across the world and provides a creative new way of seeing commonplace objects such as sign posts, benches and trees. This sculpture by Robert Hasselle on Main Street was decorated.

via Photos – Urban Knitting –

CMS, Charlotte, Joni Trobich, kith/kin: Very proud of my good friend Joni for her continued support and dedication to Charlotte’s public schools.

At least one Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board member may want to let PTAs raise money for teacher salaries, but national and state PTA rules forbid that, the head of the Mecklenburg PTA Council says.

“Anyone who has ever been involved with PTAs’ financial operations should be aware of that prohibition,” Council President Joni Trobich said in an e-mail after reading about board member Tim Morgan’s proposal.

Parents started talking about raising money to save teacher jobs last summer, when Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was laying off hundreds. Trobich and Superintendent Peter Gorman shot the idea down then, saying it raises a host of ethical and practical questions.

via PTA official: We can’t pay for teachers –



11.24.2010 … Over the river and thru the wood, Trot fast my dapple gray! Spring over the ground, Like a hunting hound! For this is Thanksgiving Day.


11.23.2010 … just trying to keep everyone safe and healthy …

media, new: They keep trying …

Rupert Murdoch, head of the media giant News Corp, and Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple, are preparing to unveil a new digital “newspaper” called the Daily at the end of this month, according to reports in the US media.

via Rupert Murdoch creates ‘iNewspaper’ – with the help of Steve Jobs | Technology |

Jane Austen: Since I own Marvel’s P&P, I will probably buy Emma … but Jane is strange in comic book form.

Artist, Janet K. Lee couldn’t adds, “Some people geek out about baseball stats, others geek out about Star Trek – I however, geek out about Jane Austen. Getting to play in her world is a geek-girl’s dream come true!”

via Marvel Adapts Jane Austen’s “Emma” – Comic Book Resources.


Great Jane Austen Inspired Blogs Keep Janeites Connected and a Grand Austenesque Book Giveaway! « Austenprose – A Jane Austen Blog.

libraries, architecture, Chicago, NYC, Seattle, Atlanta:  I can’t see why Atlanta is on this list.  Flavorwire » The Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the US.


11.22.2010 … the boys are back in town …

First Presbyterian Church, end of an era, Dr. Bill Wood, followup:  Nice article in the local paper … but does show both sides of his legacy.

Members of First Presbyterian may have been saying goodbye to their spiritual leader of 27 years, but Charlotte was also witnessing the retirement of a minister who had long been a community leader.

Wood, 67, worked with business leaders – many of them Presbyterian – and other clergy to open centers for the city’s homeless. He filled his 2-block church campus with schools and programs for children. He commissioned a fresco of the Good Samaritan by artist Ben Long that has become an uptown landmark. And he chaired the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Library board when ImaginOn, the children’s library and theater, was built.

jAnd in 2004, Wood made headlines with his quotable response to Mecklenburg County commissioner Bill James’ comment that urban blacks “live in a moral sewer.”

“There are a few moral sewers in south Charlotte as well,” Wood told the commissioners, referring to James’ district.

via Wood leaves legacy of growth, outreach at First Presbyterian –

Where were you when?, history, anniversaries:  I was 3. I do not remember anything other than my sister telling me what she remembered.

My first “Where were you when?” event is probably the first moon walk.

Forty-seven years later, it all seems part of another world defined by black-and-white television, the black-and-white certainties of the Cold War and black-and-white racial relations. Even if he had served two full terms as president, JFK (born in 1917 and afflicted with Addison’s disease) almost certainly would be long dead by now. Few remain who were close to John Kennedy (aside from his daughter, Caroline) following the deaths of Ted Kennedy last year and “ask not” speechwriter Ted Sorensen three weeks ago.

Today’s Americans – no matter what age – have become hardened by the shock of wrenching events from the 9/11 attacks to the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy and the shooting of Ronald Reagan. But for teenagers born after World War II, this was not how it was supposed to be in 1963. Assassination meant John Wilkes Booth and Mrs. Lincoln’s evening at the theater.

via JFK Assassination Anniversary: Eternal Flame Flickers but Still Burns.

gardening, urban farming:  New term … “urban farming.”

Growing food in dense cities like New York might seem like an oxymoron, but why shouldn’t we grow food right next to our plates to reduce the waste? Today, most Americans live in urban areas. And as the population densities have shifted around the country, we should re-examine backyards. They can be more than places to relax; they can be places to grow vegetables.

There are more than 10,000 acres of unused land in New York City, according to the Department of Planning, and 1,500 of those acres are in Brooklyn. On top of that, there are countless privately owned sunny backyards. Farming 36 backyards in Crown Heights or Bay Ridge is the equivalent to farming an acre. In other words, Brooklyn is ripe for decentralized urban farming.

via Is Decentralized Urban Farming the Future of food? – Food – GOOD.

water resource management, history: very interesting.

This tension between Western states was anticipated by John Wesley Powell, the great frontier explorer and head surveyor of the West for the federal government back in the 1880s. (You might remember him from history class as the one-armed maniac who lead the first European American expedition down the then-ferocious Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.)

Powell saw that water management—mostly for irrigation—would be a pivotal issue throughout the arid Southwest, one that state governments would be wrestling with forever. So he proposed state boundaries based on watershed, as seen on his map below.

via John Wesley Powell’s Watershed States Map – Environment – GOOD.

random, culture, habits:  Cell phones = 21st century cigaraettes?

And while it’s unlikely that the negative effects of cell phones are anywhere close to those of smoking, it does raise the question: Will our grandchildren look at us talking on our cell phones the moment our plane touches down, or while sitting in the doctors office, with the same mix of nostalgia and moral superiority that we feel toward those dated characters on Mad Men?

via Are Cell Phones the Cigarettes of the 21st Century? – Health – GOOD.

google street view, random, public art:  Does this constitute “public art?”

Google’s Street View feature has captured private moments before, but “Street with a View” is the first example of public art we’ve seen that was designed specifically to be documented by Google’s roving cameras, and viewed online through Street View.

For “Street with a View,” artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley enlisted the help of a full cast of artists and performers to set up a series of tableaux—including a parade, a sword fight, a rooftop escape, and a perplexing giant chicken—along Sampsonia Way in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They then invited Google to drive through the scene and immortalize it in its Street View feature.

via The Most Exciting Street in the World – Design – GOOD.

blogs, favorites, quotes:  Ordinary Courage may be my new favorite blog … and I like her quote of the week and this passage about TGIF ..

Quote of the week:

“Don’t try to win over the haters. You’re not the jackass whisperer.”

— Scott Stratten, author of Unmarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging.

via quote of the week  – my blog – Ordinary Courage.


T.G.I.F is based on my theory on twinkle-lighting. I think twinkle lights are so universally loved because they are the perfect metaphor for joy. In our culture we’re taught to believe that joy and happiness should be a constant. They’re not.

Joy is glorious precisely because it comes in moments – mostly ordinary moments. Most of us tend to miss out on those bursts of heart-light because we’re so busy chasing down “the extraordinary light” or we’re too afraid to enjoy them because we know that they are fleeting.

A joyful life is not a “flood light” of joy. That would eventually become unbearable.

I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, and inspiration.

via itiwjm read-along – chapter 3 tgif – my blog – Ordinary Courage.

random:  OK, I am a sap, but I love the things … Welcome Back – Heathrow Airport (T-Mobile).

Jane AustenJuvenile Jane: Radio 4 discovers the ‘sexy and surreal’ tales of a young Jane Austen – Telegraph.

churches, music, history, Charlotte:  I think I will make it a point to go to a service at St. Perter’s.  It is a lovely church.

Carolinas Medical Center. The Urban Ministry Center. Thompson Child and Family Focus.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church founded all three – beginning when it started Charlotte’s first hospital, which grew into CMC. This weekend, the 176-year-old parish makes a new contribution to Charlotte life. This one could outlast them all.

It weighs 10 tons. It reaches up to embrace the rose window at the sanctuary’s rear. It can be as stirring as the fieriest minister.

The church’s new pipe organ actually could drown out the minister if the player saw fit. After all, its message is supposed to reach beyond the church’s walls.

“When we come together for worship,” says the Rev. David Pittman, the church’s rector, “what we’re there for is to offer to God our very best. That includes the music. The organ will make that offering of praise … the best we can offer.”

The organ – which replaces one from the 1930s – is the crowning feature of a yearlong renovation of the sanctuary. St. Peter’s will introduce the instrument with a pair of concerts tonight and Sunday afternoon by Janette Fishell, professor of organ at Indiana University. The dedication service is Sunday morning.

via 10 tons of pipe dreams –

college, NC, Great Recession:

North Carolina is giving low-income students more than $210 million in grants this year to help them go to state community colleges and universities.

But that money is likely to slow to a trickle in the near future, when families may need it most.

Of the $210 million, only about $34 million is a sure thing that state leaders can count on; it’s money reserved for scholarships from state lottery proceeds.

The rest will be hard to come by, particularly because North Carolina’s largest single source for financial aid – the state’s escheats fund of unclaimed property – is nearly tapped out.

About 90,000 to 100,000 low- to middle-income students now receive state grants, which do not have to be repaid. Most students also take on loans to pay for tuition, room, food and books. The state grants are layered on to other forms of financial aid, including the federal Pell Grant for low-income students and other grants and loans provided by universities.

via College aid pool for N.C. students is running low –

Davidson basketball:  ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♪¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Sweet Caroline… Good times never seemed so good ! ♪♫•*¨*• .¸¸♪♪¸¸.•*¨*•♫  … Davidson 64 – Western KY 51!  (Aside – from Lisa –  … Puerto Rico Tip Off Tourney Results: UNC 1 win- 2 losses. Davidson 2 wins- 1 loss. 🙂  )

Jordan Downing has already earned a nickname from his coach: The Microwave.

“He heats up pretty quick,” Davidson coach Bob McKillop said.

JP Kuhlman had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Downing scored big baskets off the bench to lead Davidson to a 64-51 win over Western Kentucky on Sunday in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.

via Davidson defeats Western Kentucky 64-51 –

college, Myers Park HS, UNC-CH, Rhodes Scholarship, kudos:  Kudos to Paul and his family and to all the people and organizations that supported him to win this great honor.

Steven “Paul” Shorkey Jr., a UNC Chapel Hill senior from Charlotte, was one of 32 Americans awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University in England, the university announced today.

Shorkey, 21, a 2007 Myers Park High graduate, is the only North Carolinian to win the Rhodes this year. He’s a Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC, where he’s double majoring in business administration and psychology.

via Charlotte student wins Rhodes Scholarship –

technology, Charlotte: dead last among 27 metro areas, no kudos here …

A call-quality survey J.D. Power and Associates conducted of more than 26,000 customers this year showed the Queen City finishing dead last among 27 metro areas.

Which prompts a simple question from frustrated Charlotte cell phone owners: Why?

The major carriers, battling for supremacy over a $150 billion-a-year industry, aren’t talking – at least not in the kind of detail necessary to pinpoint the answer. Private media research firms like J.D. Power and Nielsen have the data but won’t share it, at least partly because they market their information to carriers.

And government regulators have so little insight into call quality that, if they sought to study Charlotte’s networks, they would need to buy the private firms’ data.

Still, clues have emerged in a series of interviews and site visits the Observer conducted in recent weeks. The list of culprits appears to include:

Charlotte’s growth, which has strained carriers’ networks and staff. The increasing use of bandwidth-hogging smart phones hasn’t helped, either.

So many cell sites are being built or upgraded that call quality suffers during the wave of construction.

And in some areas, there simply may not be enough towers.

via Can you hear me now? Sorry, Charlotte callers –

college, kids, gap year:  I think it seems like a great idea.  More U.S. students taking ‘gap year’ break – Travel – Travel Tips –

history, future, China: So much for the thought that we were going global … this article just suggests the axis is changing.


“We are the masters now.” That was certainly the refrain that I kept hearing in my head when I was in China two weeks ago. It wasn’t so much the glitzy, Olympic-quality party I attended in the Tai Miao Temple, next to the Forbidden City, that made this impression. The displays of bell ringing, martial arts and all-girl drumming are the kind of thing that Western visitors expect. It was

It was the understated but unmistakable self-confidence of the economists I met that told me something had changed in relations between China and the West.

One of them, Cheng Siwei, explained over dinner China’s plan to become a leader in green energy technology. Between swigs of rice wine, Xia Bin, an adviser to the People’s Bank of China, outlined the need for a thorough privatization program, “including even the Great Hall of the People.” And in faultless English, David Li of Tsinghua University confessed his dissatisfaction with the quality of Chinese Ph.D.s.

You could not ask for smarter people with whom to discuss the two most interesting questions in economic history today: Why did the West come to dominate not only China but the rest of the world in the five centuries after the Forbidden City was built? And is that period of Western dominance now finally coming to an end?

via The Return of China –

movie, Harry Potter:  Love the quote: “The key to this franchise is 18-34 year olds and their aging process.”

Warner Bros. executives credit an audience that has grown up on “Harry Potter” with the success of the decade-long series.

“The key to this franchise is 18-34 year olds and their aging process,” says Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. “When we first started ‘Harry Potter’ and cast 10-year-old Daniel Radcliffe in the title role, parents drove their 10-year-olds to see the movies. Today, those same kids are now driving themselves to the midnight shows.”

Roughly 10 percent of the first film’s audience was 18-34 year olds, adds Mr. Fellman. By contrast, that age group composed 25% of the audience for “Deathly Hallows.”

via ‘Potter’ Charms Aging Audience –

history, Oh_Please, kumbaya:  There are lots of myths in history … why do we have to ruin this one … and besides it may well be true.  Tea Party, go away!

Forget what you learned about the first Thanksgiving being a celebration of a bountiful harvest, or an expression of gratitude to the Indians who helped the Pilgrims through those harsh first months in an unfamiliar land. In the Tea Party view of the holiday, the first settlers were actually early socialists. They realized the error of their collectivist ways and embraced capitalism, producing a bumper year, upon which they decided that it was only right to celebrate the glory of the free market and private property.Historians quibble with this interpretation. But the story, related by libertarians and conservatives for years, has taken on new life over the last year among Tea Party audiences, who revere early American history, and hunger for any argument against what they believe is the big-government takeover of the United States.It has made Thanksgiving another proxy in the debate over health care and entitlement spending, and placed it alongside the New Deal and the Constitution on the platter of historical items picked apart by competing narratives.

There are other debates about Thanksgiving — whether the first was in Jamestown, Va., or Plymouth, Mass.; whether it was intended as a religious holiday or not. But broadly, the version passed on to generations of American schoolchildren holds that the settlers who had arrived in the New World on the Mayflower in 1620 were celebrating the next year’s good harvest, sharing in the bounty with Squanto and their other Indian friends, who had taught them how to hunt and farm on new terrain.

All very kumbaya, say Tea Party historians, but missing the economics lesson within.

William Hogeland, the author of “Inventing American History,” agreed. “Across the political spectrum, there’s a tendency to grab a hold of some historical incident and yoke it to a current agenda,” he said. “It doesn’t always mean there’s no connection, but often things are presented as historical first, rather than as part of the agenda first.”

via Thanksgiving and the Tea Party –

boys, me, music: OK, so my boys came in on the redeye this am and this is the song in my head … YouTube – Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town.


11.21.2010 … Bill Wood’s last day at FPC …

First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte: FPC will miss you, the Teague family will miss you and I will miss you.  Thank you, Dr. Wood for 27 years.  You brought me into adulthood in the Presbyterian church and you baptised each of my children into the church (three of 800!)    I can’t wait to see what you will do next. fn.20101121-1

Chicago, architecture: 50 years old … makes me feel old.Marinacity

Monday will mark the 50th anniversary of the official ground-breaking for the great city-within-a-city and its iconic, corncob-shaped towers of concrete.

They were the world’s tallest concrete structures at the time of their completion in the 1960s. And they remain among the most photographed and beloved architectural symbols of Chicago.

Their curvy balconies offer ample space for dinner parties and al fresco romance. In this vertical village, your “neighbor” might be the person you wave to in the tower next door.

via Cityscapes | Chicago Tribune | Blog.

college, applications: Where is this going …

Since I wrote about the early returns on early-admission programs last Friday, the enduring popularity of binding early-decision programs this year has come into increasingly sharper focus.

I note, in scrolling through the nearly three dozen institutions (and counting) represented on the chart above, that binding early submissions to Vanderbilt are up more than 30 percent; those to George Washington are up nearly 20 percent; and that Dartmouth has seen an increase of nearly 14 percent. (Blogger’s disclosure: I am a Dartmouth graduate.)

Bucknell (30 percent); Lehigh (14 percent); and Bowdoin (10 percent) also caught my eye. They join Northwestern (now reporting a 26 percent increase) and the University of Pennsylvania (18 percent), which I wrote about last week.

via College Admissions Advice – The Choice Blog –


Groupon, the Chicago-based Internet company that offers deep discounts on products and services, discovered Friday that a tout from Oprah Winfrey can be too much of a good thing.

After the talk-show host mentioned Groupon on her “Favorite Things” segment Friday morning, the company’s website crashed. Visitors received this message: “We are experiencing unusually high volume on our site right now. Please check back later.”

A Groupon rep said the site was up again by the afternoon.

Winfrey mentioned Groupon’s partnership with Kiva, a microfinancing company that offers small loans to low-income entrepreneurs worldwide. She chose Kiva as one of her “2010 Favorite Things” and noted that a $10 Groupon would buy a $25 Kiva loan.

The Kiva deal is still on: “Whether you give the credit as a gift or make the loan yourself, Groupon and supporting sponsors will add $10 to every $15 purchase, up to $500,000,” the company reports on its site.

via Oprah plug leads to website crash :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Metro & Tri-State.

Africa, wildlife:

Yet the chances of saving thenorthern white are remote. Short of re-engineering it from frozen samples in the future, the best hope of preserving its genetic stock is to breed the last individuals with southern whites. That means the end of a creature that has probably been distinct for a million years. Indeed, the decline of the African rhino—which includes the black rhino as well as the white—is among the sorriest and most instructive tales in conservation.

When President Theodore Roosevelt came to east Africa in 1909 an estimated 300,000 rhinos roamed the region. Now there are perhaps 2,000. The problem is not that the rhinos are half-blind, lumbering, and often infertile—which they are. It is economic: the ornamental and medicinal value of rhino horn makes it hard for the rhino to pay its way alive.

via Game conservation in Africa: Horns, claws and the bottom line | The Economist.

movies, Disney Princesses, childhood, RIP:  a part of my childhood and most American little girls …

Once upon a time, there was a studio in Burbank that spun classic fairy tales into silver-screen gold.But now the curtain is falling on “princess movies,” which have been a part of Disney Animation’s heritage since the 1937 debut of its first feature film, “Snow White.” The studio’s Wednesday release of “Tangled,” a contemporary retelling of the Rapunzel story, will be the last fairy tale produced by Disney’s animation group for the foreseeable future.

via Disney Animation is closing the book on fairy tales –

random, history: very interesting

With that wax cylinder, the oldest known recording of a spiritual titled for its recurring plea, Mr. Gordon set into motion a strange and revealing process of cultural appropriation, popularization and desecration. “Come By Here,” a song deeply rooted in black Christianity’s vision of a God who intercedes to deliver both solace and justice, by the 1960s became the pallid pop-folk sing-along “Kumbaya.” And “Kumbaya,” in turn, has lately been transformed into snarky shorthand for ridiculing a certain kind of idealism, a quest for common ground.

Conservative Republicans use the term to mock the Obama administration as naïve. Liberals on the left wing of the Democratic Party use it to chastise President Obama for trying to be bipartisan. The president and some of his top aides use it as an example of what they say their policies are not.

via Long Road From ‘Come By Here’ to ‘Kumbaya’ — On Religion –

politics, media, Oh_Please:

Ms. Palin’s search traffic, since the start of 2010, is roughly 16 times that of Mitt Romney, 14 times that of Newt Gingrich, 38 times that of Mike Huckabee, and 87 times that of Mr. Pawlenty. (It is about six times greater than these other four candidates combined.)

Ms. Palin, in fact, draws almost as much search traffic worldwide as the man she would face if she wins the Republican nomination: Barack Obama. And her name is searched for about 30 percent more often than the President’s among Google users in the United States.

via Election Forecasts – FiveThirtyEight Blog –


In a study published in the journal Nature, researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland detail how they caught 38 atoms of anti-hydrogen — the simplest type of antimatter — and stored them for about two-tenths of a second. Sci-fi geeks or mad papal aides shouldn’t celebrate yet, however.

Scientists (Briefly) Trap Elusive Antimatter

An image taken by the ALPHA annihilation detector shows untrapped antihydrogen atoms annihilating on the inner surface of the ALPHA trap. The events are concentrated at the electrode radius of about 22.3 mm.

“[Thirty-eight atoms is] an incredibly small amount,” said Rob Thompson, head of physics and astronomy at Canada’s University of Calgary and one of the paper’s 42 co-authors. “Nothing like what we would need to power ‘Star Trek’s’ Starship Enterprise or even to heat a cup of coffee.”

via Scientists (Briefly) Trap Elusive Antimatter.

bookshelf, Mark Twain:  OK, this sounds interesting.

When editors at the University of California Press pondered the possible demand for “Autobiography of Mark Twain,” a $35, four-pound, 500,000-word doorstopper of a memoir, they kept their expectations modest with a planned print run of 7,500 copies.

“Autobiography of Mark Twain” is a smash hit across the country.

Now it is a smash hit across the country, landing on best-seller lists and going back to press six times, for a total print run — so far — of 275,000. The publisher cannot print copies quickly enough, leaving some bookstores and online retailers stranded without copies just as the holiday shopping season begins.

via Mark Twain’s Autobiography Is Flying Off the Shelves –

fashion:  I never thought about what raven meant …

Audesson says it’s because they believe getting older corresponds to going lighter.

“People also believe in the blonde myth,” says Audesson. “The media has taught us that being blonde makes women feel sexy, hot, attractive, powerful, and men look more at blondes than brunettes. But in reality, what really happens when some women go lighter, is they end up looking washed out, so they don’t wind up with any of those qualities.”

The ideal woman to have dark hair is one with a dark or olive complexion and dark or very light eyes, according to Audesson. Age can be a factor, too. “Younger to middle aged woman look better with very dark hair,” he says. Also, women who are naturally darker — including Hispanics, Asians or Middle Easterners — should lean towards the darker shades of hair color as their natural complexion complements it better.

via Thinking of Going Dark This Winter? Pro Tips for Raven Locks – StyleList.


“With people getting partially molested at checkpoints, all that is going to be a real shock for them,” said Greg Wells, senior vice president of operations at Southwest Airlines. “TSA will create an issue for us. It’s going to slow things down.”

via Will Turkey Day Fliers Cry Foul? –

politics, religion, President Obama:  Interesting analysis

The Wisdom books force readers to face uncomfortable truths. “There is no remembrance of the first things nor of the last things that will be,” says Ecclesiastes. In a footnote, Alter observes: “This is a radical and deeply disturbing idea for the Hebrew imagination, which, on the evidence of many earlier texts, sets such great store in leaving a remembrance, and envisages the wiping out of remembrance as an ultimate curse.”

And yet, and yet. All is not lost, which should give the president some hope amid the shadows, and should keep the Republicans from thinking that their own course will now be unimpeded. “And I saw that wisdom surpasses folly as light surpasses darkness,” says Ecclesiastes. “The wise man has eyes in his head, and the fool goes in darkness.” The world will never bend itself totally to our purposes, but Job’s example offers us some hope: endure in tribulation, and perhaps all may be well.

via Obama and the Book of Job – Essay –

inspiration:  I just liked this … tgif + a celebration giveaway – my blog – Ordinary Courage.


history, Gettysburg AddressSeven Score and Seven Years Ago: What You Don’t Know About the Gettysburg Address – TIME NewsFeed.

politics, media, fair is fair:

Joe Scarborough, a co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was briefly suspended Friday after Politico uncovered donations he had made to political candidates.

Mr. Scarborough’s donations to friends and family members totaled $4,000. His suspension will keep him off “Morning Joe” for two days.

Those donations were a violation of a policy at MSNBC and its parent, NBC News, which prohibits political contributions without advance approval. That prohibition also ensnared Keith Olbermann, MSNBC’s highest-rated host, earlier this month, after the same publication reported that he had donated to three candidates. Mr. Olbermann’s donations were all made this year, and they totaled $7,200. Those donations prompted a two-day suspension of Mr. Olbermann — and a rash of criticism of the policy.

via Joe Scarborough Suspended For Two Days For Political Donations –


11.20.2010 ‎… Sweet Caroline… Good times never seemed so good … Davidson 70 – Nebraska 67!

Davidson Basketball: I’m singing …  Sweet Caroline ..

Davidson coach Bob McKillop is going to maximize this team and it’ll be a factor in the Southern Conference with Appalachian State, College of Charleston and Wofford. The Wildcats had a near-miss at Penn, were overmatched against West Virginia and got a solid win over Nebraska by making 11 3-pointers.

The Wildcats are a young squad, but have pieces with De’Mon Brooks able to slice into the lane, Brendan McKillop able to make 3s (6-of-11 on Friday) and balance from Jake Cohen (19 points) and J.P. Kuhlman(11).

McKillop was pleased with the way the Wildcats responded over the past 24 hours. He said the competitiveness Davidson showed against West Virginia was the first step toward maturing. Beating Nebraska was a major point forward and McKillop said the win was a lift for his team’s confidence.

Davidson isn’t going to beat itself and now it has some confidence that it can win. That’s a dangerous combination for SoCon teams that are used to seeing the Cats as a contender.

via Davidson building, Huskers stumbling – College Basketball Nation Blog – ESPN.

food, chocolate:  🙂

Ms. Leaf, a culinary historian, cookbook author and chocolate-tour guide, was trying to educate my palate about the subtle pleasures of dark chocolate. I didn’t reveal my prejudice because I didn’t feel like breaking her heart, but I find the fuss over chocolate composed of ever-escalating quantities of cacao—into the 70%, 80% and even 90% range—highly disturbing.

I like to think I know a thing or two about chocolate, that I’m even something of an autodidact, my education commencing in early toddlerhood and crescendoing at the age of 8, when I spent all my money for the entire summer—five dollars—in Ireland, our first stop, on Cadbury Dairy Milk and Cadbury Flake bars.

via Chocolate’s Dark Cult –

astronomy:  New Planet in another Galaxy …

That’s probably because the Jupiter-size world originally occupied a Jupiter-like orbit, much farther from its star than Earth is from the Sun. It spiraled in to its present orbit only after HIP 13044 shrank back to a more dignified size — another common stage of life for stars, which return to their original dimensions when they start burning the helium in their core. A tiny handful of planets have been seen orbiting stars that are currently red giants, but this is the first to be found in the next chapter of a star’s life.

via A New Planet — from Beyond the Galaxy – TIME.


college, Harry Potter: These kids grew up with HP.  This does not surprise me one bit.

A sociologist looking to underscore the narrative of Generation Y’s prolonged immaturity would have had a field day with the fourth annual Quidditch World Cup, the Harry Potter–inspired sports competition that drew legions of muggles to midtown Manhattan this past weekend. Quidditch is, after all, an event inspired by a magical sport in a line of far-fetched children’s books that most of this weekend’s competitors read way back in elementary school. Indeed, at the event’s opening ceremony, many of the 700 athletes arrived dressed in costumes, capes and T-shirts, singing songs from 1990s Disney musicals while masses of media surveyed the endless Potter in-jokes proudly scrawled on their attire (“Pwning Myrtle”). The high point of these people’s lives, it might have appeared, was sometime around 1998.

via Harry Potter’s Quidditch Sport Brought to Life with World Cup – TIME.



‎11.19.2010 … lots of birthdays today … best to all … no singing “Sweet Caroline” …

random, gift ideas, sticky notes:  Just what I need … 🙂

Origami Sticky Notes.

iPad:  Surprise, surprise …

New rumors are circulating that the next iPad will have front- and back-facing cameras, and FaceTime. We looked at what you might expect from the iPad 2 back in August, but in the intervening months, much has come to light that paints a different picture.

via iPad 2: A Clearer Picture of What to Expect – TheStreet.

random, YouTube:  Not only random … but weird.  Enjoy!

YouTube – 2010 ESPY’s ‘The Darkside’ Trailer Sandra Bullock and Peyton Manning (Spoof on The Blindside).

gLee, tv:  ‘Glee’ exclusive: The cast will perform Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ for the Super Bowl episode — and that’s not all |

theater, pop-ups, London, travel: Now this is a new one … pop up theater in London!

The trend began a year ago, when Kevin Spacey, who runs the city’s Old Vic Theatre, discovered spooky tunnels under Waterloo subway station. He organized a spontaneous series of stage performances there by the theater group Punchdrunk. The shows were a hit, and it became cool to think outside the black box.

This summer, Spacey and his Old Vic colleagues created a 160-seat theater in the tunnel, with Art Deco cinema seats and The Bunker bar.

via London: Pop-up theater – This Just In – Budget Travel.

restaurants, pop-ups, San Francisco:  Some more fun restaurants.

Mission Chinese Food

Operating out of an existing chinese hole-in-the-wall—like a restaurant within a restaurant—Mission Chinese Food is a modern, pan-asian venture started by some of San Francisco’s most popular serial pop-up restaurant entrepreneurs.

via San Francisco: A few of our favorite pop-up restaurants – This Just In – Budget Travel.

Beatles, London, travel:  I would do this …

We think it’s most fun to jump on the subway and negotiate the city on foot with an A-Z city street guide in hand. You get to discover London in your own way and stop and see other sights en route. Those who prefer a tour should contact The Beatles in London, for walking tours of these five sights and others

via London: A Beatles walking tour – This Just In – Budget Travel.

brands, hotels, travel: Are you as loyal?

Equally interesting was the nose dive in hotel brand loyalty. According to the survey, 39 percent of travelers say they are faithful to one hotel brand, down from 59 percent a year ago. Travel industry watchers have noted for several years that travel brand loyalty, be it to hotels, airlines or rental car agencies, has dipped. But 20 percentage points in a year?

via Business travel: travel brand loyalty on the wane –

random, gift ideas:  But who would use this?  Stainless Steel Lunch Box.

archeology:  10 Mastodons!

Denver Museum of Nature & Science chief curator Kirk Johnson today called the accidental discovery of an Ice Age fossil site at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village “one of those once-in-a-lifetime finds.

“Not only will it completely shape our understanding of life in the Rockies during the Ice Age, but it will become forever iconic for the kids of Colorado,” said Johnson, who is also vice president of the museum’s Research and Collections Division.

via Snowmass tally: 10 mastodons, 4 mammoths, one “once-in-a-lifetime” find – The Denver Post.



11.18.2010 … beautiful day in Carolina …

Christmas, business, advertising, change:  This was one of my favorite things about Christmas … going downtown to see the Christmas windows.  We took our kids in Chicago and they loved it too … very magical.  Most kids will never have that experience.  Some change I do not like.

Many department stores are competing to add high-tech special effects to their holiday displays this season. Saks, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s are among the big stores deploying computer-assisted animation, projection shows and interactive features to amp up the drama. The goal is to grab the attention of consumers accustomed to the fast pace, interactivity and sophisticated effects of smartphones and videogames.

Retailers’ holiday window decorations date back to the late 19th century, when stores began using large plate-glass windows to showcase their wares, according to William L. Bird Jr., author of the 2007 book “Holidays on Display.” Christmas-themed sets were powered by spring mechanisms, steam and eventually electrical power. Department stores’ downtown displays became free entertainment destinations that families took annual pilgrimages to see.

via Designing Holiday Windows 2.0 –

Davidson basketball: Let the games begin … I hope to hear “Sweet Caroline ,” soon.

Let the Games Begin! Day 1 of the fourth annual Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off is finally here. Davidson and West Virginia will get the party started at 12:30, followed by Nebraska vs. Vanderbilt at 2:30 p.m. Both games are on ESPNU

via Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

politics, business: interesting …

Still, the omission – let’s call it a “No-bama” — does seem to be a curious lapse considering that Buffett supported Obama in the 2008 elections and after. When people criticized Obama for not moving quickly enough to revive the economy, Buffett publicly called for patience on financial recovery. On the eve of the presidential election, Obama penned his own thank-you letter of sorts, saying he was “proud” to have the support of Buffett and other business leaders. Is this relationship unequal?

The mid-term election “shellacking” delivered to Obama and the Democrats – his words – was at least in part owed to opponents’ efforts to badge the financial bailouts as an Obama intervention, whether that was a fair characterization or not. So in this case, is Obama getting zero credit for the government’s financial rescue and all of the blame?

via Is Warren Buffett’s ‘Thank You’ to America a Dis to Obama? – Deal Journal – WSJ.

special needs, gLee: gLee effect … I like this story … watch the video clip!

The Sparkle Effect was created by cheerleading coaches in Iowa. The idea is to allow those with special needs the opportunity to cheer side-by-side with their peers. Some young ladies are showing us how it works here in the Twin Cities.

via The Sparkle Effect at Anoka High School.

high school, football, Westminster: I like this story, too.

Hardin is spending his senior season serving as the school’s first-ever “student assistant coach” after having his playing career abruptly end last year because of a severe concussion.

“This is my way of staying connected to football, the sport I’ve loved so much for as long as I can remember,” Hardin said. “It has been awful not being able to play. It changed the direction of everything in my life. So I’m very thankful to the coaches for allowing to me to still be a part of the program.”

via Westminster football standout switches to coaching after concussion No. 7 | Prep Zone: High School Sports.

Davidson, kudos:  Kudos to Professor Shaw.  I would love to nominate several professors from classes that I took over 28 years ago … I am still talking about quite a few Davidson classes … the Emergence of Professions, Urban Development, History of Economic Thought … to name a few.

He was nominated without his knowledge by Alex Pitsinos, a 2010 Davidson graduate in economics who took Shaw’s course as a sophomore. It was his first political science course at Davidson, and made a big impression. Pitsinos said, “I had a lot of great courses at Davidson, but none other affected me and my friends to the point that we were still talking about them in our senior year.”

“Foundations of Liberalism” examines the different interpretations of the liberal tradition-from John Locke in the seventeenth century to John Rawls in the twentieth. Shaw begins by explaining that all current American political movements are “liberal” in the sense of sharing a fundamental commitment to the core liberal values of individual rights, political democracy, toleration and economic liberty.

via Liberal? Conservative? Award Recognizes Professor Shaw’s Course for Its Unbiased Examination of Both

Kruger, South Africa, places:  I loved where we stayed … but this looks pretty cool.

With the black mamba tutorial over, a Land Rover delivers me to the base of an ancient Leadwood tree, home of the only treehouse at the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve. It’s dead and bone dry, its scraggly branches curl against a darkening sky like the fingers of a fairy-tale witch. Thirty feet up, a two-tiered platform abuts the tree—bed and dining table on top, chemical flush toilet below. The large bed is shrouded in mosquito netting and a small dining table is set for dinner. An insulated cooler stores the evening meal, morning breakfast and your choice of wine or beer. At the foot of the bed are extra blankets to ward off the night cold and a two-way radio to call for help.

The family-owned property dates back four generations to Guy Aubrey Chalkley, a Virginian gold miner turned stockbroker who bought it in 1933. Mr. Chalkley had arrived in South Africa in search of gold and to hunt big game, but his descendants say he became an early conservationist.

Today, Lion Sands shares a porous river border with Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s biggest game reserves. The Big Five—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo—are in abundance, as are wildebeest, wild dogs and warthogs. Tawny Eagles hunt from the sky while packs of hyena skulk for prey through thorny underbrush.

via A Treehouse Night at the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve in South Africa –

gardening, locavore:  I will gladly barter my yard for produce. 🙂

But James Lucal in Seattle has them all beat. He not only brings home the local produce, he got a local to grow it for him directly outside his home. And yet he spent almost nothing for this luxury, and lifted not so much as a trowel to make it happen.

Welcome to “urban sharecropping,” the hippest, most hardcore new way to eat local. In the latest twist in the farm-to-table movement, homeowners who lack free time or gardening skills are teaming up with would-be farmers who lack backyards. Around the country, a new crop of match-makers are helping the two groups find each other and make arrangements that enable both sides to share resources and grow their own food.

via The Rise of the Lazy Locavore –

gift ideas, food – Southern, books, me: I love cookbooks (especially Southern cookbooks), but I hate to cook.   Cookbooks with a Southern Twist.

gift ideas: I like this one … Holiday CD to benefit Atlanta Humane Society | Atlanta INtown Paper.

food, kith/kin, my dad:  My dad’s hamburgers are still my favorite … “Lindsey Burgers”  They contained both fat and butter …

Most of the chefs make a big deal about the kind of meat served at their restaurants. Mr. Lagasse blends ground chuck, short rib and brisket; others promote their Angus, Kobe or grass-fed beef. Some beef experts say the main secret behind tasty celebrity-chef burgers is simple: They pile on the fat, whether from beef patties with 30% fat content or from patties basted in butter. That alone may make their burgers delicious at a time when supermarket ground beef may contain as little as 8% fat.

via Burger Chains of Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Hubert Keller, Marcus Samuelsson and Other Celebrity Chefs –

water resource management, NC, SC:

“Today is a beautiful day, a gorgeous day for a settlement concept to be proposed to you,” S.C. Deputy Attorney General Bob Cook told the bi-state commission. “I’m here to tell you today that the settlement concept is not only a better result, but it’s a fair resolution for both states.”

The deal is built from a compact that a 70-member stakeholder group from both states previously crafted and signed in August 2006. That pact, called the Comprehensive Relicensing Agreement, is required for the renewal of Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp.’s (NYSE:DUK) 50-year federal license to use the Catawba to generate electricity. The renewal is still pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The new settlement deal places strict drought protocols on any entity that pulls water from one of Duke Energy’s reservoirs along the river.

via Settlement reached in N.C.-S.C. water war | Charlotte Business Journal.

Bones, tv: My other favorite show …‘Bones’ exclusive: A proposal in February! (Plus, scoop on the Brennan-centric and sniper episodes) |

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