Archive for October 4th, 2011


10.4.2011 … Think Pink 2011, pink Charlotte Observer, kudos Charlotte Observer … second Genesis class at FPC … God and violence … and Molls had a XC PR … woohoo!

Think Pink 2011, Charlotte Observer, kudos:  Anyone else have a pink newspaper today?  Kudos to the Charlotte Observer for starting the month long Brest Cancer Awareness Month with an impressive sign of support for the movement.

Tuesday Bible Study, FPC, blogging:  The  second Genesis class at FPC  focused on Cain and Able/God and violence … and my blog came in handy because I could easily find an article I clipped last week … I love being able to search and find something that I have read and tagged!

CLS XC, kith/kin:  Molls had a XC PR … woohoo!

 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, literature, free:

Six writers joined the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist this morning, running for this year’s $50,000 prize (in Canadian currency).

Follow the links below (via Globe Books) to read free samples from the six books shortlisted for the prestigious prize.

David Bezmozgis for The Free World

Lynn Coady for The Antagonist

Patrick deWitt for The Sisters Brothers

Esi Edugyan for Half-Blood Blues

Zsuzsi Gartner for Better Living through Plastic Explosives

Michael Ondaatje for The Cat’s Table

via Free Samples of the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist – GalleyCat.

Kathy Reichs, author websites: The only “author website” I look at is Elizabeth Musser, and that is because Elizabeth is a good friend.  Kathy Reichs is one of my favorite writers … so maybe I will check it out.

Authors: masters of language, but often not the web. Even some writers with massive Twitter followings and social media campaigns don’t have useful websites. Does it matter? Depends on how you want to be perceived when people are searching for you. When we asked this week on Twitter and Facebook for the best author websites, we received the names of only a few that impressed us.

via Author Websites: 7 Of The Best Writers’ Sites (PHOTOS).

Occupy Wall Street:  As I mentioned yesterday, 10/3 the protests have tea party potential …

The coalition of thousands of anti- Wall Street protesters in New York and cities across the U.S. has the potential to grow into the “Tea Party of the Left,” said Brayden King, who’s written on social and political movements at Northwestern University.

“They have to figure out what it is they are about in order to become the force of change in the Democratic Party like the Tea Party has been in the Republican party,” King, an assistant professor of management at the Kellogg School of Management, said by telephone from Evanston, Illinois. “Without that, it will be hard for politicians to figure out how to position themselves without just saying that ‘we’re mad too.’”

The demonstrations that began Sept. 17 in Lower Manhattan as Occupy Wall Street have spread with help from social media to cities including Boston, Chicago, Denver and Seattle. Signs and slogans have voiced opposition to everything from bank foreclosures and corporate influence in politics to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and insufficient job prospects.

via Wall Street Protests Have ‘Tea Party’ Potential, Professor Says – The Washington Post.

Nancy Grace,  Amanda Knox, journalism, media:  Why is nancy Grace sounding off … and why is she sounding off in People??   Who gave her a soapbox? (I guess you figured me out … not a big fan of NG type “journalism.”

Nancy Grace doesn’t see an innocent young woman in Amanda Knox, who was tried and convicted of the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher – and then set free Monday after a successful appeal.

“I think that it was a miscarriage of justice,” Grace told PEOPLE Monday night after performing a waltz on Dancing with the Stars. “I only hope that Ms. Knox makes something of her life now because she’s certainly been given a second chance.”

She added, “Very few people are given the chance that she has been given today.”

Knox, a University of Washington student who had been studying in Perugia, Italy, had faced a sentence of 26 years in prison, but the appeals court later overturned the most serious charges.

If Grace’s crisp verdict on the matter sounds familiar, that’s because her reaction to another massive case starring another young woman was even more fierce. Grace famously didn’t hold back when it came to her opinions on the trial of Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of murdering her young daughter, Caylee. Said Grace at the time: “The devil is dancing tonight.”

via Amanda Knox Decision ‘Miscarriage of Justice’: Nancy Grace :

Georgia Tech, student pranks:  Pranks have gone on in college … it is sad that everything is so expensive.  Maybe they just love the letter “T.”

Georgia Tech students just can’t get enough of basic reading and writing, it seems. But all that fervor over a certain letter in the alphabet causes an arithmetic problem for the school. Theft of every possible ‘T’ off Georgia Tech buildings, signs and receptacles has cost the school over $100,000 in repairs.

The tradition of thievery of Tech’s ‘T’ started in the 1960s, when students started pilfering the letter off Tech Tower. But only one ‘T’ doesn’t go far, so students at the Atlanta school have gotten a touch greedy lately. CBS Atlanta reports the ‘T’ has already gone missing from a brand-new building and can’t be found on smaller items either, such as the book return bins in front of the school’s library.

With repair costs piling up, school officials are practically begging students to stop the incessant pranking and student leaders instituted an amnesty program in the hopes of getting some of the ill-fated letters back in the proper hands (and proper buildings).

You know what else starts with a ‘T’ that could be the result of all this mischief? Yup — ‘T’uition hikes.

via Give Me a ‘T’: Students Stealing Bevy of Letters on Georgia Tech Campus – TIME NewsFeed.

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