Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia

06
Mar
15

3.6.15 … “The gene itself, which is identified as DRD4-7R, has been dubbed the “wanderlust gene,” because of its correlation with increased levels of curiosity and restlessness, for the most part” …

The Wanderlust Gene: Why Some People Are Born To Travel: I must have it …

As told on one psychology blog, the inherent urge to travel can be traced back to one gene, which is a genetic derivative of the gene DRD4, which is associated with the dopamine levels in the brain.

The gene itself, which is identified as DRD4-7R, has been dubbed the “wanderlust gene,” because of its correlation with increased levels of curiosity and restlessness, for the most part.

In reality, however, those who carry this genetic information typically share one common theme, a history of traveling.

via The Wanderlust Gene: Why Some People Are Born To Travel.

 

35 Most Amazing Restaurants With A View, bucket list, lists, restaurants, travel: 

These places are breathtaking. I’ve just added more places to my bucket list.

via 35 Most Amazing Restaurants With A View. #25 Is INSANE..

 

CSD students video wins C-SPAN honorable mention | DavidsonNews.net, Selective Service System, whether women should be required to register for the US military draft along with men, IMO:  I have always thought that women should be required to register for the US military draft along with men and that all should serve even in peace times.

Community School of Davidson seniors Julia Conlon, Anna DeGrauw, and Zac Halsey have won an Honorable Mention in C-SPAN’s national 2015 StudentCam competition. Julia, Anna, and Zac will walk away with $250 for their documentary, “Selective Service System,” which investigated whether women should be required to register for the US military draft along with men.

via CSD students video wins C-SPAN honorable mention | DavidsonNews.net.

Davidson NC, locally-owned bookstores, At Main Street Books time to turn the page | DavidsonNews.net:  I always stop in …

Main Street Books is opening  a new chapter in downtown Davidson next week.  Longtime owners Barbara Freund and Betty Reinke will stroll off into the sunset and leave the marvelous business of books behind.  As of today (Friday, March 6, 2015) they’ve sold the shop, The good news is that the new managers, Adah Fitzpatrick and Catherine Hamilton-Jenson, will continue to grace our town with reading material and we look forward to getting to know them.

But for today, we look back on a wonderful 28 years of “turning pages.”  Main Street Books occupies the Archie Brown Building built in 1901 earning it the notoriety of being the oldest building on Main Street.  Back in the 1970’s Mrs. Chester Dale (Harriet) ran The Christian Book Store in this space before splitting the space between “Shalom” Book Store and Marshall Case’s Realty Company.  When Mrs. Dale sold the building to Ed Harris in the mid 1980’s, the main floor was renovated to include air-conditioning and better lighting with the balcony (yes, there was a balcony in the store!) sealed off for separate office space and bathrooms.

Mrs. Dale insisted the building remain a book store and on Town Day, May 2, 1987, her vision was realized as Main Street Books opened its doors with owners Barbara Freund, Joyce Patch and Catherine Hall.  Six months later, Catherine Hall dropped out and eight years later, Joyce Patch “retired” to make room for Betty Reinke.  So for the past 20 years, residents and visitors have found Betty or Barbara at their “perch” by the front door greeting all, making friends from near and far, and selling lots of books.  Barbara worked Tuesday and Thursday; Betty on Monday and Wednesday; and they switched off Fridays and Saturdays.  Dependable subs were Virginia Hundley, Phyllis Young and Sue Toumazou.

via At Main Street Books, time to turn the page | DavidsonNews.net..

Dr. Weil in the Labyrinth, labyrinth walking:

“As to “doing” the labyrinth, the task is simplicity itself. “You just follow the path,” says Dr. Weil. “It takes about 20 minutes.” He says there is no particular mindset one must bring to the experience, but he notes with a smile that “grimly determined to finish it as quickly as possible,” probably isn’t the best way to go. One of Dr. Weil’s favorite activities is watching groups walk the path. “It’s interesting, because they look like planets, with some of them going retrograde,” he says.

But many people walk it alone. Nancy Olmstead, Dr. Weil’s executive assistant, has done so more than 20 times. “When you are done walking, you experience two things that would seem to be contradictory: you feel really relaxed, and really energized,” she says. “There are not too many things in the world that make you feel that way.”

Jace has also walked it many times. “I like the metaphor,” he says. “One path. One entrance. One exit. We all walk it.” As for the doctor himself, “I would say that it is at least relaxing. It’s a nice walk. It is centering.”

One of Dr. Weils favorite activities is watching groups walk the path. “Its interesting, because they look like planets, with some of them going retrograde,” he says.

Because I knew that simply following the path would take me to the exit, I realized I was free to focus on the walk itself. I was amazed to find a strange, beautiful collection of objects lodged between and atop the rocks: a tiny stone Buddha, several glass beads, a quartz crystal. I had missed most of them on the way in; but marveled at all of them on the way out.

“I never quite know how they get there,” says Dr. Weil of the artifacts. “People just leave little gifts.” Gifts indeed. The lesson was clear: Focus on the journey. The destination will take care of itself.

via Dr. Weil in the Labyrinth.

Downton Funk (Uptown Funk / Downton Abbey Mash-Up) – YouTube: 

Downton Funk You Up

Don’t believe me? Just watch…

via ▶ Downton Funk (Uptown Funk / Downton Abbey Mash-Up) – YouTube

YA Historical Fiction for Downton Abbey Fans | Lisa Parkin:  YA fiction, historical fiction Philadelphiaand written by someone with a great name … and zombie fiction.

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard — Its late 1800s in Philadelphia. And zombies are loose in the city. The historical landmarks in the city are fun to pick out…during all the eating of brains.

via YA Historical Fiction for Downton Abbey Fans | Lisa Parkin.

14 Foodie Terms That Have Lost All Meaning, “artisanal”: I am glad to know what is is supposed to mean.  Enough!!

“Artisanal”

When it first started appearing on menus, it came with the promise of ingredients lovingly transformed by a culinary master. Now, “artisanal” is a descriptor on frozen dinners and canned soup. Those can artisans apprentice for decades!

via 14 Foodie Terms That Have Lost All Meaning.

29
Apr
11

‎4.29.2011 … Cary gets the award for the best stateside Royal Wedding partyer. Ask her what s

‎Royal Wedding:  … to awaken at 4 or to dvr … that is the question …. well I dvr’d and began watching a little after 6 … It appears I missed the entrance …

so what was your favorite … the dress , the carriages, the hats, the homily,  the balcony kiss, the second balcony kiss?

Royal Wedding copycats, shanzhai (山寨) culture, China:

The British aren’t the only ones who can put on a royal wedding.

On April 18, a Chinese couple in Nanjing organized a regal celebration for themselves complete with British-like ceremonial garb (including the famous Beefeater-style hats), a horse-drawn carriage for the procession and an archway of swords, according to the Associated Press. Total price: more than 50,000 yuan (US$7,600).

That’s a bargain, of course, compared to the estimated cost of the real royal wedding on Friday—the range is broad and starts at 20 million pounds (US$33 million)– of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Of course, that figure includes the costs of the wedding itself, as well as the price of security and street cleaning. And the couple’s horse-drawn carriage will have five horses; the Chinese couple’s carriage in Nanjing had just one.

The ceremony was that latest manifestation of China’s shanzhai (山寨) culture – a tradition of deliberately cheap fakery that has produced comically bad knock-offs of everything from iPhones to television shows, even pandas.

As with most things shanhzai, the Chinese wedding didn’t go off smoothly. The wedding parade of 50 people, a dozen cars and the horse-drawn carriage hit a glitch, according to reports, when firecrackers – a traditional element of any Chinese celebration – went off prematurely. The horse got rattled and handlers had to step in to calm it down.

via Latest China Knock-off: The Royal Wedding – China Real Time Report – WSJ.

TED, favorites:  I love the TED videos … do you have a favorite?

Robotics, pianos, brains — these are the lectures TEDsters love most. Which ones have you seen? And which have yet to touch you?

via Greatest Hits of TED Videos | Fast Company.

movies, horror/scary movies:  Well, it’s good to know that I don’t need a scary movie to feel alive …

This nerve-racking opening sequence of the Scream franchise, like many other iconic scary movie scenes, has the same physical effect on everyone who sees it. Your brain and body react as if you were the one answering the phone. The haunting images and sounds on screen signal the release of fight-or-flight hormones adrenaline and cortisol. As though you were running away from the masked murderer yourself, your heart rate and breathing speed up, your energy levels soar, and your senses sharpen.

The result: You literally feel more alive.

“Certain people tend to seek experiences that make them feel with all of their fibers,” says Lawrence Rubin, PhD, a psychologist in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Referred to as Big T (for thrill) personalities, these types value uncertainty, novelty, and curiosity when making decisions.

via Fear Factor: Why We Love Scary Movies – Emotional Health – Everyday Health.

movies, movie characters:  I must not like anxiety either … because I really don’t like movies with central characters who display anxiety.

Anxiety on the Silver Screen

Anxiety disorders and other mental illnesses can add tension, drama, and sometimes even laughs to films.

via Anxiety on the Silver Screen – EverydayHealth.com.

Charlotte, pollution, The Daily:  Well the iPad daily doesn’t allow me to “clip” … big negative.  But this is about Charlotte …. #10 in pollution!!

– WWW.THEDAILY.COM.

2010 Democratic national Convention, Dan Murrey, Davidson College, kudos:  Congratulations to Dr. Murrey on his new position … Davidson grad 🙂

Former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Dan Murrey on Thursday was named executive director of the Charlotte in 2012 Host Committee in preparation for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx made the appointment, and said the city is eager to make the most of the convention.

“We have done our homework and we’re now ready to get going. We are building a leadership team that will assure Charlotte, our region and the entire state of North Carolina make the most of this unprecedented opportunity,” Mayor Foxx said in an announcement on the official host committee site, charlottein2012.com.

Dr. Murrey is a former at-large Mecklenburg County Commissioner and surgeon at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, where he also serves as CEO. He also received a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

In a press release Thursday he said: “I’m humbled and excited about the opportunity to show the rest of the world why we love living and working in this city, state and region.”

“My job is twofold: to work closely with the Democratic National Committee and our local partners to host a successful convention and to create an inclusive and interactive environment so all residents of our region have an opportunity to play host to visitors from around the world,” Dr. Murrey said.

via Dan Murrey to chair DNC 2012 host committee | DavidsonNews.net.

Civil War, history, statistics, technology:  Interesting … I am amazed half of Americans have any concept of states’ rights.  But read the article, the use of modern technology to go through data in fascinating.

A new poll from the Pew Research Center reports that nearly half of Americans identify states’ rights as the primary cause of the Civil War. This is a remarkable finding, because virtually all American textbooks and prominent historians emphasize slavery, as they have for decades. Even more striking, the poll shows young people put more stock in the states’ rights explanation than older people. The 38 percent of Americans who believe slavery was mainly to blame find themselves losing ground.

Of course, there’s no denying that states’ rights played an important role as the language of secession. But how might historians convey a more precise, comparative sense of the role slavery played in the states’ decision to secede? New computer-assisted techniques allow historians to draw clearer conclusions from immense amounts of data, including newspapers, public records and legislative proceedings. And few states left behind a better, more information-rich record of their secession debates than Virginia.

via The Causes of the Civil War, 2.0 – NYTimes.com.

Epic Southern Storms 4/27, follow-up:

Residents of Alabama, Mississippi and four other Southern states picked through their splintered communities Thursday as state and federal authorities mobilized to clean up and rebuild after scores of powerful tornadoes killed nearly 300 people in the most deadly storm cluster to hit the nation in 37 years.

The funnel clouds traveled as fast 60 miles per hour, destroying homes and property across six states over two days. Twisters blew apart churches in the small rural town of Smithville, Miss., flattened homes in the tidy suburbs of Birmingham, Ala., smashed poultry barns, uprooted power poles and flung cars wildly about.

The region was “hit and hit and hit again,” said Melissa McDonald of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

via Deadly Tornadoes Slam Alabama, South, Killing Hundreds – WSJ.com.

iPhone, marketing: White iPhone … finally!

“Finally” is the headline on Apple’s homepage today announcing the arrival of the white iPhone. It’s Apple poking fun at itself for a long, drawn-out techno failure, and indicates how it’s spun the affair into incredibly positive PR.

via The Great White iPhone: How Apple Spun A Tech Fail Into A PR Win | Fast Company.

Apps, Philadelphia: Philly, Philly … are you that corrupt?

Philadelphia residents have a new weapon for fighting municipal corruption: An iPhone app that lets them send photos and video of money-wasting city employees directly to the controller’s office.

via Philadelphia Launches Anti-Corruption iPhone App | Fast Company.

23
Sep
10

9.23.2010 … absolutely beautiful moon last night …

random, viral videos:

YouTube – OK Go – White Knuckles – Official Video.

nature, yesterday:

For the first time since 1991, the full moon will shed light on the beginning of fall—the Northern Hemisphere’s autumnal equinox, which in 2010 officially begins Wednesday at 11:13 pm ET.

via Autumnal Equinox: Why First Day of Fall 2010 Is Different.

random, wildlife: i blew my horn …

The international conservation charity, WWF, is asking people everywhere to make September an action month to stand with the worlds embattled rhinos and the “rhino warriors,” the men and women who struggle to protect the pachyderms from poachers.September solidarity with rhinos is to culminate with “Make Noise for Rhinos Day,” during which people are asked to blow their vuvuzelas, the plastic replicas like the one in the photo above of the traditional African noise-maker made notorious by the recent World Football Cup tournament. Vuvuzelas were also used outside BP world headquarters in July by demonstrators wanting to express their displeasure at the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

via Blow your horn for rhinos – NatGeo News Watch.

Charlotte:  Anybody game to do this walking tour? Free walking arts tour podcast of downtown Charlotte and a meetup too – Charlotte Metro, NC Local News – Fwix.

iPhone, Apple apps:

When I recently received my new iPhone 4, I took great delight in organizing my apps into folders, finding new apps in the app store, and seeing how beautiful various apps looked on the new screen. Then I used it for a couple of days and realized, not counting pre-loaded Apple software, I use exactly five apps: The New York Times, Dropbox, Pandora, MenuPages, and Skype. Why am I wasting time collecting and organizing all these apps? We’re in an app bubble.My app library–littered with exactly 87 apps I used once and never touched again–now reminds me of a graveyard of defunct company logos from the dot com boom. Like the go-go days of 1999 when everyone had to have a Web site, today everyone wants an app. iPhone, iPad, Android apps for all, plus Blackberry for the very ambitious.

via The Great App Bubble | Fast Company.

Apple:

THE advertisement for Newsday’s iPad application starts blithely enough. A man in a shirt and tie sits in the kitchen, reading the New York newspaper on his tablet computer. He turns the device on its side and watches the live feed from a traffic camera. Then a fly lands on the table. The man quickly raises the iPad and smashes it down, shattering the glass. The ad implies that the iPad is superior to old-fashioned print in all sorts of ways, just not every way. It is a joke—but also a good summary of how newspaper and magazine outfits have come to feel about Apple’s product in the eight months since it was unveiled.

via Print on the iPad: A smashing success | The Economist.

The recent loosening of Apple’s developer rules, particularly the company’s decision to remove a prohibition against “intermediary translation or compatibility layers” in iOS apps, hasn’t done much for Adobe.

via Flash in the Pan: New Apple Rules Do Little for Adobe | John Paczkowski | Digital Daily | AllThingsD.

politics: When I heard a summary on NPR this am, I thought “stupid” move by the GOP.  I do like these two provisions …

Reforming Congress:

– Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority

– Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote

via “Pledge to America” Unveiled by Republicans (Full Text) – Political Hotsheet – CBS News.

random, Philadelphia, cities:

Six years after the state Legislature legalized gambling, Philadelphia is set to become the largest U.S. city with a casino.

The opening Thursday of SugarHouse Casino, Pennsylvania’s 10th casino, comes after years of community protests and delays. Now, casino officials expect thousands of gamblers to attend the first official day of business at the casino’s 1,600 slot machines and 40 table games.

via Philly to Become Biggest U.S. City with Casino – CBS News.

economy, movies, end of an era:

Troubled video-rental chain Blockbuster Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and said it plans to keep stores and kiosks open as it reorganizes.

The move, long expected and pre-arranged with bondholders, effectively ends an era that Blockbuster dominated – of Americans visiting video-store chains for the latest movie-rental releases. Increasingly, Americans are watching movies via video subscription services like Netflix Inc., video on demand and vending machine services such as Redbox.

In a submission to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York on Thursday, the company said it reached an agreement with bondholders on a recapitalization plan.

via Blockbuster Bankrupt: Video Chain Files For Bankruptcy Protection.

politics:

Polls show the Republican candidate having gained ground in a key Senate race, Wisconsin — and Republicans have put another Senate race, in West Virginia, squarely into play. But strong polling for Democrats in two Pacific Coast states, California and Washington, have somewhat offset these gains and Republicans are only modestly more likely to take control of the Senate than they were a week ago.

via Senate Forecast: Republican Takeover Chances Improved, but Democrats Are Building Pacific Firewall – NYTimes.com.

Apple, Adobe: Cutting adobe out still makes no sense to me.




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