Posts Tagged ‘gift ideas

31
Dec
11

12.31.2011 … Meilleurs vœux 2012!

New Year’s Eve, as seen from the car, NC, billboard alert, freaky weather, broccolini, zombies: Morning car ride to SC Outlets …

My question for you … why does Gaffney SC need a Beach Barbecue Restaurant?   Daddy Joe’s Beach House BBQ & Grill.

Only in NC … 🙂

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My favorite billboard: “now featuring zombie paintball” … Near Charlotte .

It is gorgeous outside … The daffodils are shooting up … John is turning his garden … And what to our eyes did appear …. A very tasty head of broccolini!

twitter favorites, quotes, Brene Brown:

BreneBrown (@BreneBrown)

12/31/11 1:28 PM

What is vulnerability? It sounds like courage and feels like truth.

via 12.31 « Dennard’s Clipping Service.

New Year’s Eve, graphics, Facebook, 1000 words:

Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, New Year’s Eve, YouTube:  What Are You Doing New Years Eve? by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt – YouTube.

Mitt Romney, President Obama, historical allusions, 2012 Presidential Election, “let them eat cake”: Come on, Mitt … You need a better quip-writer.

Mitt Romney on Thursday sought to portray President Barack Obama as out of touch with the struggles of everyday Americans — a charge he himself has often faced — by comparing the president to a former French queen who was overthrown during the French Revolution.

“When the president’s characterization of our economy was, ‘It could be worse,’ it reminded me of Marie Antoinette: ‘Let them eat cake,'” Romney said, referring to the infamously dismissive remark toward the poor attributed to the queen.

“This is not a time to be talking about, ‘It could be worse.’ It’s a time to recognize that things should be better,” Romney said during an interview on his campaign bus with The Huffington Post. “And the president’s policies have failed the American people, have led to 25 million people still being out of work. He didn’t cause the recession, but he has made it deeper and has made the recovery more tepid and the pain last longer.”

via Mitt Romney: President Obama Out Of Touch Like Marie Antoinette.

Christmas cards,Vimeo, Group Hug, kudos:  Great video card!

 Christmas Card to Friends

A friend of mine, Grant Harold, sent me a song he wrote for Chrismas this year, and I liked its simple message. So I rang my friend Nathan Deceasar and asked if he wanted to join me in turning it into a card for friends. Grant and Nathan and I call our little trio “Group Hug”

I hope these holidays have been a time that you’ve gotten to share with people you love.

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Song: Christmas Is Free.

Christmas Card to Friends on Vimeo on Vimeo

 

 

April Uprising, acts of courage, Egypt, Wedad Demerdash:  One person … one act of courage.

And, according to one reading of the events that unfolded, it all began with a little-known act of courage on the part of a matronly, middle-aged millworker who wears a head scarf and was inspired to act because she couldn’t afford to buy meat for her family.

It was she who helped organize the initial strike by disgruntled workers in December 2006 that culminated in a nationwide call for a work stoppage on April 6, 2008. The date inspired the 6th of April Facebook group, which was used to rally the protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January.

When the men of the mill balked at joining the banned strike action, she seized the initiative and led her female co-workers out into the factory grounds. Chanting “Where are the men? Here are the women,” they marched around the mill until the men were shamed into joining them. After three days, the workers won.

Amid the upheaval of the past year, the part labor played in the birth of the revolution has been largely forgotten. But workers joined the revolutionaries in the square in February and have continued to stage strikes throughout the year, taking on a far greater role in Egypt, with its strong industrial base, than labor has in other countries where uprisings have taken place.

The strikes continue to this day, and although they have been eclipsed by the far-better-publicized demonstrations in Tahrir Square, future Egyptian governments will need to address at least some of the demands of an increasingly organized labor movement if the country’s unrest is to be tamed.

This is the story of Wedad Demerdash, 44, a mother of four and, perhaps, the original revolutionary.

via An act of courage that launched a revolution – The Washington Post.

Maurice Sendak,  children’s/YA literature, Where the Wid Things Are, creativity:  Very interesting interview … Sendak is definitely a curmudgeon!

There are very few creators alive today truly worthy of being called “creative genius.” Children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, beloved for Where The Wild Things Are and other gems, is certainly one of them. This affectionate 5-minute micro-documentary from Tate Modern zooms in on the iconic creator, uncompromising and idiosyncratic and brilliant as ever at the age of 83, to reveal the creatively restless and lovably grumpy workings of his heart and mind.

My books are really books that are impressed and in love with the memory of comics and how important they were to me as a child… I didn’t live near any famous person, I didn’t see Michelangelo go to work in the morning. I just lived in Brooklyn, where everything was ordinary — and yet, enticing and exciting and bewildering. The magic of childhood, the strangeness of childhood, the uniqueness that makes us see things that other people don’t see…”

via Inside Maurice Sendak’s Idiosyncratic, Infinitely Creative Mind | Brain Pickings.

TateShots: Maurice Sendak – YouTube.

Shrimp Bisque in Puff Pastry, recipes, Sunday Supper:  Next Week, maybe!

Our all time favorite, showstopper, the thing we crave all year and makes our mouths water is….

The Shrimp Bisque in Puff Pastry …. I am not kidding… You have not lived until you try this amazing soup.  You don’t just eat it like regular Soup, you have to break up the buttery croissant topping and fold it into the Soup.  When mixed with the chunks of shrimp and the creamy soup….It really is that good!

via Shrimp Bisque in Puff Pastry for a Special #SundaySupper « Family Foodie.

Apostrophe Protection Society, grammar, kith/kin:  I am always fighting with my kids on this … now a resource!

The Apostrophe Protection Society was started in 2001 by John Richards, now its Chairman, with the specific aim of preserving the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark in all forms of text written in the English language.

The rules concerning the use of apostrophes in written English are very simple:

1. They are used to denote a missing letter or letters, for example:

I can’t instead of I cannot

I don’t instead of I do not

it’s instead of it is

2. They are used to denote possession, for example:

the dog’s bone

the company’s logo

Jones’s bakery (but Joneses’ bakery if owned by more than one Jones)

… but please note that its, which is usually used as a possessive adjective (like our, his etc), does not take an apostrophe:

the dog ate its bone and we ate our dinner

… however, if there are two or more dogs, companies or Joneses in our example, the apostrophe comes after the ‘s’:

the dogs’ bones

the companies’ logos

Joneses’ bakeries

3. Apostrophes are NEVER ever used to denote plurals!  Common examples of such abuse (all seen in real life!) are:

Banana’s for sale which of course should read Bananas for sale

Menu’s printed to order which should read Menus printed to order

MOT’s at this garage which should read MOTs at this garage

1000’s of bargains here! which should read 1000s of bargains here!

New CD’s just in! which should read New CDs just in!

Buy your Xmas tree’s here! which should read Buy your Xmas trees here!

via Apostrophe Protection Society.

just liked this, gift ideas, maps, historyCassini Maps – Keyword Product Search | Personalised Historical Map Place Mats & Coasters.

25
Nov
11

11.25.2011 … Louisville labyrinth walking … Shalom!

Labryrinths, Louisville KY: I made two walls today  and loved both!

Labyrinth walk (and the walk is the grass!) — at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Shalom!

Labyrinth #2 — at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Louisville, KY.

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travel,gift ideas, frugal gift ideas: 

On the other hand, coming up with creative, personalized gifts that don’t cost much takes some effort. This year’s frugal suggestions won’t please everyone. You’ll have to think a bit about whether the traveler in your life will like an item and actually use it. I’ve also added some free alternatives, aimed at those in the gift-receiving minority who still believe what their moms told them: the best gifts are the ones you make yourself. (The good news: none involve finger paint.)

via Ten Gift Ideas for the Frugal Traveler – The New York Times.

Thanksgiving, music, playlists:  Another one for you …

GIVING THANKS: AN APPRECIATIVE, GRATEFUL PLAYLIST

Thanksgiving is a holiday whose purpose is telegraphed in its title: not only to be with family and to eat but also to give thanks. Expressing gratitude is also a persistent theme throughout pop music.

via Culture Desk: Giving Thanks: An Appreciative, Grateful Playlist : The New Yorker.

apps, holiday greetings:  Poor USPS …

“Last year was a huge tipping point in terms of people sending things electronically and by mobile,” Ms. Newkirk said. “A lot of our clients didn’t have snail mail addresses anymore and wanted to send texts and e-mails and feel good about it.”

The United States Postal Service numbers back that up. This holiday season, the post office expects to deliver 2.7 billion letters and process 801 million pieces of mail on Dec. 20, the busiest mailing day of the year. That is down from 3.4 billion holiday letters and 960 million pieces of mail on the busiest day in 2008.

SINCERELY INK Matt Brezina, co-founder and chief executive of Sincerely, a start-up, believes it is not just Great-Aunt Ethel who wants printed cards. He introduced an app, Postagram, to turn photos stuck on Instagram, Facebook and cellphones into printed postcards.

The company’s newest app, Sincerely Ink, applies that idea to holiday cards. The designs are fairly traditional (think snowflakes and Christmas trees), and when the season ends, the app will be updated with cards for coming holidays.

In typical Apple fashion, the cards are elegantly designed and addressed in cursive. Users choose from 21 templates, add a photo, write a message and choose addresses from their phones’ address books. For $2.99 in the United States, Apple mails the card and sends a notification to the sender’s phone when the card is scheduled to arrive.

via Smartphone Card Apps Send Holiday Greetings – NYTimes.com.

travel, shopping, London:

Gulliver assumed that London owed its success to the presence of John Lewis (where he tries to do all his shopping), but in fact the city scored most highly for the variety of its goods and shopping locations. It was also praised for its accessibility: it receives 950,000 passenger flights a year, which is almost 200,000 more than the next city on the list. The British capital’s status as shopping nirvana is compromised by its high prices, though, and it was ranked 24th for overall affordability. If you’re seeking a bargain, you’re better off heading east to Sofia, Bratislava, Bucharest, Kiev and Belgrade. (Or, more simply perhaps, to Primark.)

Some keen shoppers may be surprised to learn that Madrid and Barcelona shared second place ahead of Paris and Rome. The report attributed the Spanish cities’ prominence to their “strong and extensive attractions for the shopper, including good cuisine, convenience, and low prices for brand names.”

One last point to highlight in passing is the absence of large shopping malls in Europe’s cities. The continent’s biggest urban mall is about to open in London, but will not even make it into the world’s top 20 by floor space.

via Shopping: London’s top shops | The Economist.

CloudFTP, hardware, cloud storage:

CloudFTP is a pocket size adapter that can turn any USB storage device into a wireless file server, sharing files with WiFi-enabled devices (iPad, iPhone, computer etc.). It can also automatically connect to the Internet to backup and synchronize your USB data with popular online Cloud storage services like iCloud, Dropbox and box.net.

via CloudFTP. Wirelessly share ANY USB storage with iPad, iPhone by Daniel Chin — Kickstarter.

tweet of the day, planking:

@USATODAYcollege look! We’re planking with USA Today! pic.twitter.com/pBCUpWKQ

pic.twitter.com/pBCUpWKQ

via Twitter / @AMK2K: @USATODAYcollege look! We’ ….

banking,  history, President Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln’s Last-Known Check …

Last year, Ms. Draeger, an avid Lincoln fan, pulled out each check and gaped. “It reads like a who’s who of American history,” she said. “It’s everybody that you studied growing up and read their literature and, you know, they were your heroes.”

The collection includes checks for as little as $1.56 (from Franklin Delano Roosevelt) and as much as $10,000 (from Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain). The Abraham Lincoln check—made out in the amount of $800 to “Self” and dated April 13, 1865—was perhaps the president’s last check. By the end of the next day, he was shot.

Huntington didn’t know what to do with the collection, though. It was sent to an appraiser with the intent of auctioning off the checks by the end of this year. Then Huntington decided to display them in Pittsburgh. The public’s response led it to cancel the auction.

“When you look at checks like these, it can remind you how America was built with a lot of these local community banks,” said Dan Walsh, Huntington’s Cleveland president. “The community bank was really the heart of the way the community developed and the hopes and dreams of a lot of people.”

via Cached at Huntington: Lincoln’s Last-Known Check – WSJ.com.

Cyber Monday, tips,  online deals:  Skipped Black Friday … probably skip Cybr Monday.

Maybe you purposely avoided Black Friday’s mayhem. Or you still have holiday shopping to do. Either way, here are ways to prepare for Monday’s online version of Black Friday:

via Cyber Monday: Tips to get the best online deals | Atlanta Bargain Hunter.

 

20
Feb
11

2.20.2011 … we’ve seen alot today … north and south …

Egypt Uprising, Middle East Unrest, Bahrain, military might:

There comes a moment in the life of almost every repressive regime when leaders — and the military forces that have long kept them in power — must make a choice from which there is usually no turning back: Change or start shooting.

The Legacy of 18 Days in Tahrir Square (February 20, 2011)

Egypt’s military, calculating that it was no longer worth defending an 82-year-old, out-of-touch pharaoh with no palatable successor and no convincing plan for Egypt’s future, ultimately sided with the protesters on the street, at least for Act 1.

In so doing, they ignored the advice of the Saudis, who, in calls to Washington, said that President Hosni Mubarak should open fire if that’s what it took, and that Americans should just stop talking about “universal rights” and back him.

As the contagion of democracy protests spread in the Arab world last week, Bahrain’s far less disciplined forces decided, in effect, that the Saudis, who are their next-door neighbors, were right. They drew two lessons from Egypt: If President Obama calls, hang up. And open fire early.

via When Armies Decide an Uprising’s Fate – NYTimes.com.

Jane Austen: 🙂

In this book, Rachel M. Brownstein considers Jane Austen as heroine, moralist, satirist, romantic, woman, and author, along with the changing notions of these categories over time and texts. She finds echoes of many of Austen’s insights and techniques in contemporary Jane-o-mania, a commercially driven, erotically charged popular vogue that aims to preserve and liberate, correct and collaborate with old Jane. Brownstein’s brilliant discussion of the distinctiveness and distinction of the novelist’s genius clarifies the reasons why we read Jane Austen—or why we should read her—and reorients the prevailing view of her work. Reclaiming the rich comedy of Austen while building a new narrative of authorship, Brownstein unpacks the novelist’s fascinating entanglement with her readers and admirers.

via Why Jane Austen?.

Harry Potter, parenting:  Since the HP books and movies were such a big part of my kids childhood, I loved looking back on these images of Harry, Hermione and Ron as they grew up in the movie versions.

http://www.instyle.com/instyle/package/general/photos/0,,20164501_20440996_20873748,00.html.

culture:  Very interesting perspective …

The paper posits a triangle, with the family, the individual, and the state in the corners, and argues that the Nordic countries prioritise a different dynamic than Germany or the United States. As Bagehot summarises:

Americans favour a Family-Individual axis, this suggests, suspecting the state as a threat to liberty. Germans revere an axis connecting the family and the state, with a smaller role for individual autonomy. In the Nordic countries, they argue, the state and the individual form the dominant alliance. The paper cited, by the way, is entitled: “Pippi Longstocking: The Autonomous Child and the Moral Logic of the Swedish Welfare State”. It hails Pippi (the strongest girl in the world and an anarchic individualist who lives without parents in her own house, with only a monkey, horse, a bag of gold and a strong moral compass for company) as a Nordic archetype.

This framework provides a way to think about how Americans think about the state. My colleague notes below that America has an exceptionally small government, and that the reasons may be historical, cultural, or institutional, or all of the above, and that the causal connections reinforcing the small-state approach would be difficult to untangle. Whatever the causes of America’s underlying moral logic, though, it’s interesting to think how this plays out today. It makes sense that if America posits a strong family-individual axis—as a hedge in the absence of state support, if not in opposition to it—that Americans would be more preoccupied with issues that pertain to individuals and the family, and would drag those issues into the political realm. (This new bill from South Dakota, however, which would make it a “justifiable homicide” if you kill someone to prevent them from killing a fetus, is taking it rather far.)

via Family and the state: The underlying moral logic | The Economist.

gift ideas, whiskey:  We have a few single malt lovers in my family!

Anyone can drink and enjoy booze, but if you really want to know about a certain type of liquor, you’re gonna need to try more than what you’ll find at the local state store.

via 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die | Uncrate.

random, resort living:  Wouldn’t that be fun instead of a golf cart!

Inspired by Audi’s classic racers and based on a limited-edition pedal car model, the rear wheel-drive Type C is powered by a small electric motor and a lithium-ion battery that propels one human — up to 5′ 11″ — at speeds of up to 18 mph, and as far as 15 miles. Sure, it’s not a speedster by any means, but it’s a much sportier way to get around the island than that golf cart you’ve been driving.

via Audi Auto Union Type C E-Tron Study | Uncrate.

NBA basketball:

But the fact is that Griffin jumped over a car and dunked an ally-op thrown from a sunroof; McGee dunked three balls on a single jump; Serge Ibaka dunked after snatching a stuffed animal from the basket with his teeth. These are not meaningful feats, but they are impressive nonetheless. Griffin admitted afterward that he worried about meeting the astronomical expectations. Just think what they will be like next year.

via Once again, Clippers rookie Blake Griffin dunks over high expectations – Lee Jenkins – SI.com.

random, history, WWI: You go girl!

Florence Green, from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, was 17 years old when she joined the Women’s Royal Air Force, in the late summer of 1918. Come the 11th day of the 11th month, she was working as a waitress at RAF Marham, when the pilots greeted news of the German surrender by clambering into their planes and bombing nearby RAF Narborough airfield with bags of flour. Narborough, not to be outdone, retaliated with their own daring raid, this time dropping bags of soot.

Yesterday the Air Force marked Mrs Green’s birthday with the delivery of a rather more traditional nature: a cake. At 110, Mrs Green joins a highly exclusive club of “supercentenarians” – only around one in 1,000 of those with a letter from the Queen on the mantelpiece push on to this next landmark.

via Florence, the last Great War veteran in Britain, turns 110 – News, People – The Independent.

green, bicycles, London:  I still have never been able to rent a bike …

Two-thirds of London’s “Boris bikes” have had to undergo repairs in their first six months of operation, new figures on the state of the capital’s fleet of cycles for hire have revealed.

Transport for London (TfL) has disclosed that their repair teams are being called out to fix the rental bikes at the rate of more than 30 every day of the week, as the strain of millions of journeys takes its toll.

via Two-thirds of London’s Boris bikes need repairs – Home News, UK – The Independent.

04
Dec
10

12.4.2010 … barking dogs are winning again … :)

art, Africa, NYC: I found this article very interesting and insightful.  What do you think?

Africa is everywhere, so pervasive in our lives that we barely see it. Since it is in all likelihood the continent where human evolution began, it is literally in the bloodstream of everyone. DNA aside, huge portions of everyday life and cultural achievement are unthinkable without Africa.

What would Modern art be like if Matisse had never gone to Morocco or if he, Picasso and the German Expressionists had never set eyes on the sculptural innovations of sub-Saharan Africa? Very hard to say. And popular music? Around the world, it incorporates sounds and rhythms that originated in Africa. More locally, jazz — not Abstract Expressionism — was the first American art form of international stature.

via ‘Global Africa Project’ at Museum of Arts & Design – Review – NYTimes.com.

fashion, comedy, Conan:  Poor, Conan!

It all started Wednesday night when O’Brien had fashion expert and “Project Runway” star Tim Gunn on his show. Talk turned to a new fashion craze known as jeggings. That’s leggings styled to look like tight jeans for you less fashion forward folks.

Anyhow, Gunn let it be known that jeggings are not just for the ladies, at which point, O’Brien vowed to wear a pair for an entire show. And that he did on Thursday night.

via When Conan met jeggings – The Marquee Blog – CNN.com Blogs.

issues:  We have a almost adult picky eater at our house and he had reflux as an infant.  hmmm.

Researcher Nancy Zucker at Duke says these exceptionally picky adults may be suffering from a previously unrecognized illness called selective eating disorder (SED). They’re not just being bratty, Zucker tells LiveScience’s Robin Nixon. Rather, selective eaters may experience food differently than other people: they tend to reject food because of look or smell, rather than taste, and they often have had early negative associations with food, like stomach problems or acid reflux in infancy, LiveScience reports.

via Does Extremely Picky Eating in Adulthood Signal a Mental Disorder? – TIME Healthland.

blogsDamn You Auto Correct! – Funny iPhone Fails and Autocorrect Horror Stories.

restaurants, locavore: Add to the  list.

Charleston, South Carolina, is no stranger to restaurant buzz, but lately there’s a roar about chef Sean Brock’s new establishment, Husk. We stopped by earlier this week to find out if the food and drink lived up to the hype, and came out preaching the Brock gospel. (Click here to see a gallery of photos from our visit.) If you haven’t heard, Brock abides by one rule at Husk: All ingredients must come from the South, from the triggerfish and the pork to the mustard and the butter (both of which are whipped up in the kitchen). “This isn’t about Southern dishes,” says Brock, “it’s about Southern food. And no one has better ingredients than the South.”

via The Most Southern Restaurant Ever.

art, NYC, technology:  Another reason to go to NYC.

It was a view bequeathed by another gilded age, the 19th century one that gave rise to the Park Avenue Armory, in whose vast drill hall all this art-historical re-enacting was taking place. In other words, the traveling Peter Greenaway painting-cinema-lecture-installation-whatever-it-might-be extravaganza had finally come to town.

via Peter Greenaway’s ‘Last Supper’ at Park avenue Armory – NYTimes.com.

technology, change, end of an era:  I was talking with a photographer  friend last night and he says a friend (Pulitzer Prize winning) uses his iPhone wiht various apps almost exclusively.

The point-and-shoot camera, which has been a part of American households since 1900, when George Eastman introduced the Kodak Brownie, is endangered. Like other single-use devices — the answering machine, the desktop calculator, the Rolodex — it is being shoved aside by a multipurpose device: the smartphone and its camera, which takes better snapshots with each new model.

via In Smartphone Era, Point-and-Shoots Stay Home – NYTimes.com.

Advent, advertising: I think this is creative advertising.  Share a Red Cup of your favorite Holiday Coffee at Starbucks | Starbucks.

favorite blogs, quotes:  I always enjoy Cary … but liked this one especially.

“Search me, God, and show me my heart.  Test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23, 24).

via Corrections, Retractions, Forgiveness and the Holy Spirit « Holy Vernacular.

NYC, places, Times Square, urban planning, urban redevelopment:

The plan, to radically make over 13 acres, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue, primarily fronting 42nd Street, outlived three mayors, four governors, two real estate booms and two recessions. It faced widespread derision in the beginning from jaded New Yorkers who were wise to grand plans. It faces occasional derision today from New Yorkers who speak of the old Times Square with newfound fondness.

It embodied both the hubris of urban master planning and its possibilities, and showed the value of ripping up blueprints and starting over in midstream. And it has been a touchstone experience for a city that is now building, or trying to build, several multibillion-dollar projects, including ground zero, the Atlantic Yards, Willets Point and the Hudson Yards.

“So often, people say New York can’t build large-scale projects anymore,” said Lynne B. Sagalynn, a professor of real estate finance at Columbia University and the author of “Times Square Roulette: Remaking the City Icon.”

But, Professor Sagalynn said, “Times Square is an example of how a city was able to think on a grand scale and carry it out.”

via Times Square Redevelopment Is Complete – NYTimes.com.

The Rebirth of 42nd Street – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com.

cabins:

Not too many luxury weekend getaways sport plastic-coated canvas tents and a communal, co-ed bathroom.

via Camping Out: A Luxury Compound in Aptos, Calif. – WSJ.com.

Apps: App Review: Djay for iPad — Engadget.

gift ideas:  Some of these look fun. 10 cool games – chicagotribune.com.

Atlanta,zoos, pandas: Ok, so I love the pandas.

Melissa Ruggieri, mguggieri@ajc.com, Melissa Ruggieri

Two members of Zoo Atlanta’s medical staff takes measurements on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, of the baby giant panda born to Lun Lun.

He’s 2.2 pounds, 35 centimeters from nose to tail and squeals when his mommy momentarily lumbers away.

In a few years, he’ll haul almost 300 pounds on a 3-foot frame and, presumably, be more interested in a bamboo stalk than the whereabouts of his mother.

But for now, the 1-month-old panda cub at Zoo Atlanta is behaving exactly as he should.

via Panda cub thriving at Zoo Atlanta  | ajc.com.

19
Nov
10

‎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 | EW.com.

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 – chicagotribune.com.

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.

 

18
Nov
10

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 – WSJ.com.

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 – WSJ.com.

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 – WSJ.com.

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 – WSJ.com.

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) | EW.com.

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‎11.8.2010 … wow, PBS’s Sherlock has my head spinning … now I will have to watch the whole series to figure out what happened … studying forgiveness with my ChristCare group … blessed …

Billy Graham, Charlotte, evangelism:  Happy Birthday, Rev. Graham.  It is hard not to know who Billy Graham is if you live in Charlotte.  I frequently drive down Billy Graham Boulevard (on my way to the airport) and by the Billy Graham Library.  His column appears regularly in our paper.  But on my recent trip to South Africa, Simon, our guide in Kruger,  asked me if I knew Billy Graham … knew in the sense of knew who he was … I said yes and told him that Charlotte, my home, was Rev. Graham’s childhood home and the home of his world-wide ministry.  Simon spent several minutes retelling of his multi-day encounter with Rev. Graham as a guide to him, his family and traveling party.  He was touched by Mr. Graham.  And when Rev. Graham left he gave him his “expensive” animal and plant guide … well used and well-worn now.  He truly touched Simon.  Rev. Graham knew Simon and Simon knew Rev. Graham.  I know Rev. Graham a little better now.  If someone who reads this knows how to get a message to Rev. Graham.  Tell him Simon says hello and thank you.

It will be a quiet celebration today in Montreat, as Billy Graham gathers with family to mark his 92nd birthday.

via Graham still looking to serve the Lord at age 92 – CharlotteObserver.com.

law, copyright, me: I hope I show adequate legal and intellectual respect for the work of others … My blog is a “clipping service.”  The comments are mine.

What makes this story astonishing, really, is that unless it’s an incredibly elaborate hoax, this isn’t some isolated example. This is how this magazine apparently did business for years — and that lends credibility to the idea that Griggs may have honestly thought that she was allowed to just copy whatever she wanted from the Internet. Again, she was crediting the authors. Not always the sources, but at least the writers. It’s a weird head-fake in the direction of treating people fairly, which smells a little bit like — just as she told Gaudio — she actually thought this was fair.

There’s much about this that isn’t known, and it’s important to hold to your skepticism about some of what’s happened since this turned into a meme (for instance, some additional obnoxious responses showed up on Facebook yesterday purporting to be from Griggs, but not everyone thinks they actually were). Griggs hasn’t been heard from directly since all this happened.

Internet justice is always swift and often severe, which can be satisfying at a moment like this if you happen to be a person who creates content. At the same time, it’s a really sobering reminder that in this case, the mob may very well be correct, but what would it have taken to slow it down if it weren’t true?

via The Day The Internet Threw A Righteous Hissyfit About Copyright And Pie : Monkey See : NPR.

bookshelf, quotes, Great Recession: Maybe I will get this book for my kith/kin children …  “All these big institutional investors essentially got sold oregano when they thought they were buying weed,” Taibbi tells NPR’s Guy Raz.

Since then, Taibbi’s columns have been a destination for those trying to understand what happened in the aftermath of the financial meltdown. His new book, Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids and the Long Con That Is Breaking America, tries to make the subject even clearer in the colorful language Taibbi’s readers know well.

“All these big institutional investors essentially got sold oregano when they thought they were buying weed,” Taibbi tells NPR’s Guy Raz.

via ‘Griftopia’: The Financial Crisis Easily Explained : NPR.

LOL. As Seen On TV :  The egg thing reminds me of a scene in Bridget Jones Diary!  An As Seen on TV Thanksgiving: Products that could help.

Facebook, British Monarchy: I “Liked” them …

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has joined Facebook, adding a presence on the world’s most popular social network to the royal family’s accounts on Twitter, photo-sharing site Flickr and YouTube.

The British monarchy‘s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/TheBritishMonarchy) does not allow users to “friend” the Queen or to send her messages, but offers updates on royal news and diary events.

via Britain’s Queen Wins 60, 000 Fans on Facebook Debut – NYTimes.com.

parenting, motherhood, culture, me:  I bought into cloth diapers and organic food (but not homemade) … silly me.

In the oscillations of feminism, theories of child-rearing have played a major part. As long as women remain the gender most responsible for children, we are the ones who have the most to lose by accepting the “noble savage” view of parenting, with its ideals of attachment and naturalness. We need to be released from guilt about our children, not further bound by it. We need someone to say: Do the best you can. There are no rules.

via Erica Jong on the Madness of Modern Motherhood – WSJ.com.

If I had a million dollars …:  Just the description makes me want one. 🙂  Canon G Series: The Aspirational Point-and-Shoot | Plugged In – WSJ.com.

business, urban life, pop-ups: As I have said before I want to live in a city big enough to support pop-ups.  They are a modern-day indicia of a BIG city.

The two-year pilot program provides temporary seating platforms for restaurants not eligible for sidewalk cafés licensed by the Department of Consumer Affairs because of narrow sidewalks or zoning restrictions.

The owners of Fika Espresso Bar and Bombay’s Restaurant, located near each other on Pearl Street in the Financial District, housed the city’s first pop-up café, which went up in August and is expected to come down in the next two weeks.

The first curbside wooden platform, measuring 6 feet wide by 84 feet long provided space for about 50 chairs and 14 tables, and attracted throngs of lunch goers.

“My business went up by about 14%,” estimated Prashant Bhatt, owner of Bombay’s Restaurant. “If you come at lunch time there’s no place to sit outside.”

The business owners split the cost of the pop-up café, which they said was slightly more than $10,000 each.

via Pop-Up Cafés to Reappear in 2011 – WSJ.com.

random, men, consumer products, gift ideas:  OK, years ago  (pre-internet) my law associates and I would get into these highly intellectual conversations about certain topics (i.e., is the chocolate milk product Yoohoo or Yahoo … we called a 7-11 to find out).  One topic was why is a man’s “makeup” bag called a “dopp” kit … We found the answer from an older army man … But anyway here is a great Christmas idea for the man  who has everything (and the answer to the question) …

Dopp kit, Il Bisonte; John Allan’s mint conditioner; Sephora travel dental kit; Mason Pearson pocket brush; Kiehl’s Facial Fuel eye de-puffer; Jurlique Chamomile Soothing Mist; Diptyque Tam Dao body lotion; Anthony facial scrub; John Allan’s ocean shampoo; Lightfoot Pure Pine shave creme soap; Marvis Classic Mint travel toothpaste; Clark’s Ultra Rich Lip Balm; The Art of Shaving pure badger brush; Jack Black Double-Duty face moisturizer; Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte soap.

via The Best Ways to Fill Your Dopp Kit – WSJ.com.

Apple, IBM: Good article … two of my favorite stocks.  Like the illustration, too.

Illustration by The New York Times

The two companies have long been cast as polar opposites, even before Apple’s commercial during the 1984 Super Bowl that depicted a female rebel (Apple) striking a blow against a corporate Big Brother (I.B.M.).

Today, Big Blue is seen as a machine — a company that caters to big corporate and government customers and is known for steady improvement and five-year profit plans. Indeed, I.B.M.’s profit rose 12 percent for the third quarter, the 31st consecutive quarter that the company delivered higher earnings. Apple, by contrast, is seen as a consumer-product hit factory that is on a roll.

Yet I.B.M. and Apple can be viewed as the yin and the yang of high-tech innovation, as two companies with more in common than is generally understood. There is a lot of eureka invention and deep science in I.B.M.’s varied businesses, industry experts say. And Apple’s continuing success, they add, is explained in good part by its ability to make innovation a managed system, more machinelike.

via Apple and I.B.M. Aren’t All That Different – NYTimes.com.

Great Recession:  Hope so …

But positive indicators can and do disappoint, so I decided to consult an expert on these matters: Ian Shepherdson, chief United States economist at High Frequency Economics. As a reader of economic tea leaves over the last five turbulent years, Mr. Shepherdson has a darn good record. For instance, unlike the throng of economists who failed to see the housing crisis coming, Mr. Shepherdson warned his clients in fall 2005 that real estate would crash and a recession would ensue.

He was early, of course, and now acknowledges that he was not nearly emphatic enough in his warnings. But he was fundamentally right back then and has been consistently on target since. So, I am happy to report that he sees the beginnings of a turn in the economy that could translate to a rise in gross domestic product growth and an improving employment picture in the second half of 2011.

via Forecaster Ian Shepherdson Sees an End to Economic Gloom – NYTimes.com.

random, culture, Charlotte: Enjoy … and let me know if you hear about such an event in Charlotte!

Knight Foundation is funding 1,000 Random Acts of Culture over the next three years. So if you live in any of these eight cities – Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Paul and Miami – be on the lookout and have your cellphones ready.

via What a Joyful Noise: 650 Singers Burst into Hallelujah as part of Random Act of Culture | Knight Arts.

random, kith/kin, new blog:  I could so see some of my friends doing this!  On the Road with Honey: Atlanta to Chicago by Kevin Austin | LikeTheDew.com.

media, journalism, boundaries:  I always thought the New Yorker was more literary than political commentary.  They certainly jump right into the fray with their covers!

In his inaugural address in January 2009, President Barack Obama promised a new era of diplomacy in foreign affairs. “To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history,” he said. But, he continued, “we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”

He didn’t know that he might as well have been speaking to the Republicans.

The November 15, 2010 cover of The New Yorker features Obama offering to shake the hand of Republican congressman John Boehner, who is expected to take over as the next Speaker of the House. Instead of offering his hand to shake in return, Boehner offers Obama his fist.

The illustration is by Barry Blitt and recalls his controversial July 2008 cover for the magazine, which featured Obama wearing a turban and giving a fist bump to Michelle Obama in the Oval Office.

via John Boehner Gives Obama ‘Terrorist Fist Bump’ On New Yorker Cover.

tv, Sherlock Holmes, me: wow, PBS’s Sherlock has my head spinning … now I will have to watch the whole series to figure out what happened …

In with three criminally clever whodunits, A Study in Pink (October 24), The Blind Banker (October 31) and The Great Game (November 7), consulting detective Sherlock Holmes teams up with former army doctor John Watson to solve a dizzying array of crimes with his signature deductive reasoning. From the writers of Doctor Who, Sherlock is co-created and written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.

via Masterpiece | Sherlock | PBS.

recipes, chicken, comfort foods:  Roast chicken is one of my favorite “comfort foods.”  I will try this … Rozanne Gold’s “Opinionated Way to Roast a Chicken” | The Food Section – Food News, Recipes, and More.

The Supreme Court, politics:  great article …

One of the legacies of the pitched battle ten years ago is that voters appreciate now, in a way they did not before Florida 2000, that our elections, like any human endeavor, are fraught with errors. Bush v. Gore thus opened eyes and lowered expectations. Voting in America is guaranteed by law but not in fact. The votes of some simply don’t get counted.

So did the Court lose respect among Americans for its ruling in Bush v. Gore? Did it lose legitimacy? You can argue it both ways and scores of legitimate scholars have gleefully done so. If the Court did lose some credibility, and I think it did, clearly it did not lose enough to generate much of an anti-Court backlash. The Justices are still going strong– witness their landmark corporate speech case this past January in Citizens United. And so are their critics. Bush v. Goredidn’t change the world. The world changed shortly after Bush v. Gore and it’s likely never going to change back.

via Bush v. Gore: The Disputed Election Fades Into History.

architecture, design,Chicago: As my kids say … fail …

Sprucing up a dull city plaza sounds good in theory, but the outcome depends upon the vision of enlightened clients and the talents of skilled designers. Both, unfortunately, are in short supply in the tidy but clinical revamp of the Plaza of the Americas, a small public space whose importance is magnified because it provides one of the few openings along densely-packed North Michigan Avenue.

When it opened in 1965, the plaza possessed a multitude of smaller touches that made it a welcoming public space. Planter boxes filled with shrubs, trees and flowers lent color to the cityscape. The planters had broad ledges where pedestrians were free to sit. Multi-colored lights made the plazas’s fountains sparkle at night. The plaza’s aggregate surface, with its varied hues of crushed stone, was a cut above dull gray concrete.

But flash forward to the first decade of the 21st Century, and the picture looked very different. The aggregate was crumbling and the plaza’s drainage grates were failing. In winter, water would pool up and turn into dangerous sheets of ice. The plaza’s undergirding was deteriorating, too. That raised a simple but contentious question: Who would pay to fix things up?

via Cityscapes | Chicago Tribune | Blog.

Jane Austen, movies:  Mollywood … Mormon film industry!

Alert Janeite Sylvia M. let us know that a new, modern-set version of S&S, called Scents and Sensibility, is in production for release in 2011. It looks like it is a product of the Mormon film industry, which also produced a modern-set version of P&P a few years back. Not much info available yet about the new movie, but well, hello Brandon.

(Somebody else told us about this–it has something to do with perfume–and we wish they would remind us about it comments! Sorry!)

via AustenBlog.




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