Archive for September, 2013


9.29.13 … brotherly love …

Golden State Warriors, Seth Curry, Stephen, Bleacher Report:

I don’t know how I missed this …

Golden State Warriors Will Reportedly Sign Seth Curry, Stephen’s Little Brother | Bleacher Report

There will be two members of the talented basketball family lining up for the Dubs during the 2013-14 season. According to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group’s Twitter feed, the Warriors have officially announced the signing of Seth Curry.

The contract, as reported by Rick Bonnell is an unguaranteed deal that essentially amounts to a training-camp invite. It’s a start in the right direction, but it’s not by any means an indicator that he’ll be on the roster during the regular season.

via Golden State Warriors Will Reportedly Sign Seth Curry, Stephen’s Little Brother | Bleacher Report.


9.29.13 … George H.W. Bush, same-sex marriage, atheism, closets, logs, specks … nice socks …

Former President George H.W. Bush,same-sex marriage, Maine: So what was his public statements on this in the past?

Another prominent Republican has come out in support of same-sex marriage — or at least, in support of one particular same-sex marriage.

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara served as an official witnesses Saturday at the Maine wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, co-owners of a Kennebunk general store. Thorgalsen posted a photo on Facebook of the 41st commander-in-chief signing a set of documents for them at an outdoor celebration: “Getting our marriage license witnessed!”

via George H.W. Bush is witness at same-sex marriage in Maine.

George W. Bush, earlier this year, said that he “shouldn’t be taking a speck out of someone else’s eye when I have a log in my own,” in response to a question about the conflict between Christian values and gay marriage, while H.W.’s granddaughter Barbara has openly supported gay marriage.

via George H.W. Bush Quietly Endorses (At Least One) Same-Sex Marriage – Abby Ohlheiser – The Atlantic Wire.

Bill Maher, Atheism The New Gay Marriage’, Nonbelievers,  ‘Out Of The Closet’:  I just thought this interesting …

There are no admitted atheists serving in Congress, and in a recent interview, comedian Bill Maher said that while he wouldn’t be the one to break that trend, the tide was shifting in the favor of nonbelievers.

“[Atheists are] out there, they’re thinking it, they’re just afraid to say it,” Maher said during an interview with TheWrap. “But that’s changing. It’ll be the new gay marriage.”

Maher’s remark came in response to a question about whether he would ever consider seeking office. He called himself the “the last person who could ever win,” citing his lack of faith as just one reason. Maher is a vocal atheist, and in 2008 he starred in “Religulous,” a film that poked fun at a variety of organized religions and their beliefs.

Maher went on to point out that the number of Americans who say they don’t believe in God has increased, while congressional representation has only fallen, from one admitted atheist — Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), who lost in 2012 — to zero. But Maher said he had hope for the future as more and more people “came out of the closet” as atheists.

via Bill Maher: Atheism Will Become ‘The New Gay Marriage,’ As Nonbelievers Come ‘Out Of The Closet’.


9.27.13 … ‘A woman’s voice may do some good’ – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

US Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, women’s issues, Women Rule:  I have always admired and respected the women chosen to our court.  I love this article by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and discussing Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  

The following essay is part of a series in which dozens of women will reveal what women they most admire. The series is part of “Women Rule,” a unique effort this fall by POLITICO, Google and The Tory Burch Foundation exploring how women are leading change in politics, policy and their communities.

Waste no time on anger, regret or resentment, just get the job done.

via ‘A woman’s voice may do some good’ – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg –


9.26.13 … GREAT DAY TO BE A CLASS OF ’82 WILDCAT… @AstroMarshburn comes home …

Davidson College Class of ’82, Tom Marshburn, NASA, ISS, @AstroMarshburn, public art, Jaume Plensa!:  It was a GREAT DAY TO BE A CLASS OF ’82 WILDCAT … Thanks, Tom (and Ann & Grace).  We walked the campus. Love the new sculpture (which looks a bit like Tom in his spacesuit loaded into the Soyuz rocket!)*


Then we gathered for a reception and dinner at Carol Quillen, President of the College.


We then ambled down to Duke Performance Hall   where Tom spoke for about an hour.  Tom was great.




John and I with Davidson’s own Big Bang Theory cast! — with Tom  Marshburn and others.


Dr. Bill Marshburn

And here’s a summary of his talk …

The fact that people a hundred years ago could figure out the laws of physics, how things move, without seeing it, is really amazing,” Marshburn said.

Marshburn described an experiment one of his fellow astronauts conducted during his spare time, in which granules of salt loose in an air-filled plastic bag began to clump together, something that could never be seen on Earth. This discovery was important to the way physicists theorize the formation of the universe.

“We understood how basketball-sized objects could come together to form planets, but we didn’t understand how particles could come together to form basketball-sized objects,” Marshburn explained.

Other experiments conducted on the space station have important real-world application here on Earth. One such experiment looked at capillary action, the process by which water flows through narrow spaces without the assistance of outside forces. What astronauts on the ISS learned about capillary action is currently being used to develop a handheld device that could conduct simple blood tests that currently require an entire medical laboratory.

“The reason why fluid engineers and physicists were doing the experiment was because it would be nice to have fuel tanks in space that don’t need pumps,” Marshburn said. “It turned out there were engineers on the ground that figured out that fluids in space act like very tiny amounts of fluid, microliters of fluid, [act] on the ground … That’s one of my favorite [experiments] because the medical application is so clear. A spaceflight need translated into a solution for NASA, but also for a medical purpose on Earth.”

While he’s unsure if his future holds a second sojourn aboard the ISS, Marshburn said that the most beautiful thing he saw in space was looking at the Earth and knowing it was his home.

“Looking at the planet Earth, the thing that jumps out at everyone first is the Bahamas, the emerald greens and blues. But over time as I looked at the Earth, I began to fall in love with the Earth again. And you learn to recognize places … and after that, my favorite place to look at was my home.”

via Back at home, Marshburn recounts the ‘magic of space’ |

*(updated 9.26.13 @ 10;00PM) John Syme writes the best Davidson College stories and now I’m thinking that sculpture at the beginning really does look like Tom 🙂 …

At the end of his presentation, when Marshburn’s PowerPoint relinquished the screen to his computer’s desktop, the juxtaposition of astronaut and regular guy came into focus: next to desktop folders marked “Cosmonauts” and “Award Debriefs” were others marked “Invest and Retire” and that old, familiar standby, “Files I Never Use.”

And in the “Launch Pad Tunes” folder? U2’s “It’s a Beautiful Day,” Joe Satriani’s “Summer Song” and Muse, maybe a little “Uprising”?….

He also regaled us with the story of the “party of the century,” held in the JJ House that year, a costume party with the theme of dressing up as your repressed desire. Already as a 20-year-old, though, he knew his own desire to be an astronaut, and showed up wrapped in tin foil and sporting a borrowed motorcycle helmet….

via Daybook Davidson.

**(updated 9.27.13 @ 9:00AM) One friend spotted the picture of the sculpture and recognized it as a Jaume Plensa.  It is indeed a Jaume Plensa!



9.26.13 … woohoo … John’s taking a staycation … me, not so much …

staycation, Reedy Creek Park: So exactly what is a “staycation”?

A staycation is a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance, sleeping in their own beds at night. They might make day trips to local tourist sites, swimming venues, or engage in fun activities such as horseback riding, paintball, hiking or visiting museums. Most of the time it involves dining out more frequently than usual. Some people may include one or two overnight visits at relatives, friends or a longer trip. Staycations achieved popularity in the US during the financial crisis of 2007–2010.[1][2]

via Staycation – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

And what are “we” doing?  I get to walk/hike with him daily. 🙂

So Wednesday, we ventured to Reedy Creek Park …


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And here is a little background for you:

History and Description

The area that is now known as Reedy Creek Nature Preserve has long been used by humans. Native American artifacts have been discovered from the preserve dating back to the Woodland period. John Selwyn received a land grant from King George and occupied the area from around 1745 to 1767. The land was sold to the Robinson family and the Robinson Rock House was built in the late 1700’s. Over the next 200 years the land was subdivided and owned or occupied by several families including the Teeters, Norketts, Griers, Wallaces, and McLaughlins.

In 1981, the City of Charlotte purchased the land and created Reedy Creek Park. Ownership of the property was transferred to Mecklenburg County after the merger of the City and County Park and Recreation Departments in 1991. Reedy Creek Nature Center (formally Reedy Creek Environmental Center) was built shortly thereafter in 1992.

In 1997, with the passing of the Nature Preserve Master Plan, the area was separated into Reedy Creek Park encompassing approximately 125 acres and Reedy Creek Nature Preserve encompassing, to date, approximately 727 acres. The nature preserve’s rolling topography includes mixed pine and hardwood forests, open fields, three lakes, and the headwaters and two tributaries of Reedy Creek. The preserve also protects the South Fork of Reedy Creek natural heritage site, a unique area harboring an unusual assemblage of plant species more typical of the mountain region. The historical significance of the area is also well represented with cabin ruins and the remains of the Robinson Rockhouse.

via Reedy Creek.

It really was fun and the history is very interesting.  It is heavily wooded and hilly.  I could not imagine farming cotton on this land.


9.26.13 … Reveille vs. Revelry vs. Reverie …

Reveille Cafe, Marietta GA, kith/kin, Driving Mama Lindsey: I took my mom to lunch with my sister in Marietta.  My sister sent me the name of the restaurant.  I laughed.  I had no idea how to pronounce it or that it meant what it meant.  i was expecting a French bistro! But it was a great breakfast oriented diner. 🙂



Reveille “rev-uh-lee” noun

1.wake-up call:the sounding of a bugle to awaken military personnel

2. signal to awake: any signal that it is time to get out of bed

Alteration of French réveillez “wake up!

via Reveille Cafe.

Word Tidbits: Reveille vs. Revelry vs. ReverieA recent incident sparked this post: I heard someone singing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B and, yet again, use the word revelry instead of reveille. I thought perhaps I should point out to folks that the two words have absolutely nothing to do with one another. If you substitute one for the other youll be blowing nonsense. Then I thought of reverie, a third word that sounds similar but, again, has a very different meaning.Reveille, as you may guess from the spelling, comes to us from the French imperative réveillez with its understood vous. If you shout, “Réveillez!” you mean, “Wake up!” The term in English refers to both the bugle call at sunrise that signals time for troops to form up and the actual formation that results. Thus when the Bugle Boy of Company B plays reveille in boogie woogie fashion it makes the company jump to its positions and perhaps dance about once there.Now, should Bugle Boy, whom Ill just call BB to save repetition, get those soldiers jumping they may turn to revelry instead of standing at attention as they should. Revelry pretty well opposes military order and discipline. Its the word for partying, merrrymaking, and general festive good times. I suppose BB could play a song called Revelry but thats not what The Andrews Sisters meant.Reverie stands utterly opposed to both revelry and the focus of soldiers organizing themselves into ranks. Rather than stiff attention or cheery dancing, someone in a reverie daydreams, is lost in thought and as likely to bump into his or her fellows as anything else. As its early in the morning I suppose some of the troops might be lost in reverie, their minds still in their beds and on their dreams. But if BB blows something so mellow and emotive as to encourage that condition the company will never get into reveille.Thus you can see that our vigilant BB leaps from his bunk to play reveille at the base of the flag, not to incite revelry or plunge his fellows into reverie. If he gets a little boogie into the steps of the others perhaps that enthusiasm would be no bad thing. But partying and woolgathering have no place in forming up ranks at the crack of dawn, whatever soldiers do on their off time. Click the song name above to find a series of different versions of the song. En Vogue manages to have poor BB playing reverie. You may be rolling your eyes as much as I did when I heard it.

via One Step Forward: Word Tidbits: Reveille vs. Revelry vs. Reverie.


9.26.13 … Another 9/11 followup … “A picture is worth a thousand words” … BOATLIFT An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience …

9/11, followup, photography, “A picture is worth a thousand words :  Unfortunately I lost the link to the owner of this photo.  I apologize.  I think it s very powerful.

BOATLIFT An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience:  

via ▶ BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience – YouTube.

Uploaded on Sep 7, 2011

Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Produced and directed by Eddie Rosenstein. Eyepop Productions, Inc.

BOATLIFT was executive produced by Stephen Flynn and Sean Burke and premiered on September 8th at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: Remembrance/Renewal/Resilience in Washington. The Summit kicked off a national movement to foster community and national resilience in the face of future crises. See to become a part of the campaign to build a more resilient world. The film was made with the generous support by philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, Chairman Emerita, TotalBank (

via ▶ BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience – YouTube.

The Wall Street Journal Sept. 12 2001:

This is what The Wall Street Journal looked like from Sept. 12, 2001:



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