McCarter Under Construction

I spotted this last week and have just now gotten around to taking a photo and commenting on it. It appears that my former place of employment, McCarter Presbyterian, is undergoing some extensive renovations. All of the brickwork is off the front. I’ve got no idea what’s happening with the interior. I just hope they … Continue reading McCarter Under Construction

Fourth Fireworks

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Our family was somewhat scattered, and the drought was causing some concerns about lighting fireworks in the Upstate, so we decided on a different path for this year’s Fourth.

First, we headed over to Paul’s for some of his world-famous ribs and blistering rounds of bumper pool and bocce balls. No mercy was spared on either account.

For our fireworks, there were several option. We could brave the crowds downtown, or we could brave the religious nutjobs over at Redemption World Outreach Center. John Ellenberg has a hanger at the municipal airport, which would have a great view of the RWOC. Chip and I remembered his access code, and toyed with the idea of using his parking lot to view the fireworks.

We loaded up the convertible and headed to the Haywood Road Area. It was already a zoo, and there was stepped up security, so we decided not to try John’s place. As it turns out we parked on the road overlooking the hanger. It was a good thing, because they were launching from the end of John’s building, so we were actually in the fallout zone for the fireworks. The display was pretty cool.

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July 4th Reflections

Military OK, I get it. Our military history is inextricably linked to our pursuit of freedom and democracy. Even the very fireworks we use to celebrate this day are a reflection of the munitions used to secure such freedoms. While July 4th was the actual Signing of the Declaration, only a long and bloody conflict … Continue reading July 4th Reflections

Libraries and Museums – Not There Yet

This photograph of Nina Simon over at Museum 2.0 pretty much sums up my experience with museum and library websites over the weekend. This was also the conclusion of Simon’s paper describing museums and libraries in the 21st Century.

This all got started this past weekend as I was reviewing websites for a graduate course I’m taking. I was not only looking at museums and libraries, but historical societies, as well. My intent was to see what actual resources were offered on their various websites and to see how they have bought into social networking. What I found was a bit discouraging. Continue reading “Libraries and Museums – Not There Yet”

A Cautionary Technology Tale

This is an absolutely true story which took place last Thursday, June 26. The names have NOT been changed to protect the innocent because we enjoy giving Noel Kane-Maguire grief about this. Every summer the Furman Chemistry Department hosts a corporate luncheon to show appreciation for the sponsors of their summer research program. Professor Noel … Continue reading A Cautionary Technology Tale