In 1948…

Warner Brothers shows its first color newsreel. NBC begins its first nightly newscast. Ceylon, later Sri Lanka, gains its independence. Hell’s Angels is founded. Arturo Tosconini makes his television debut with the NBC Orchestra. Land Rover makes its first appearance. The World Health Organization was founded. Julia Child enrolled in the Cordon Bleu Cooking School … Continue reading In 1948…

Embeddable Google Books

From I stumbled across this post on the Google Operating System Blog about a method of embedding Google Books into blogs and web pages… Google made it easy to embed in a site any book available at Google Book Search. You can add a fully-functional widget using this code: <script type=”text/javascript” src=””></script> <script type=”text/javascript”> … Continue reading Embeddable Google Books

The Elements

The Elements

Over the weekend Laura told me that they were looking for artwork for the new Chemistry Department offices. Furman has completed a renovation of Plyler Hall, which is now part of the Townes Science Center on campus. The Chemistry Department has large blank walls that are just begging for some artwork. Laura suggested something semi-abstract dealing with the classical elements, so I thought I would see what I could create. The image above is the result. Continue reading “The Elements”

Copenhagen @ Furman

This is the “Year of Science” at Furman, and many activities have been planned to highlight the sciences, including dedication of the new Townes Center for Science later this season. One of the activities is a production of Michael Frayn’s “Copenhagen” at the Furman Playhouse. We (and about half of the chemistry faculty) went to … Continue reading Copenhagen @ Furman

More Upstate Ghosts

While at the Open Book the other evening I picked up a copy of John Boyanoski’s More Ghosts of Upstate South Carolina. I had enjoyed John’s first book immensely because it was one of the first to focus on hauntings of the Upstate area. Most of the ghost books deal either with the state at … Continue reading More Upstate Ghosts

A bit confused…

I’m a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight….. If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you’re “exotic, different.” Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story. If your name is Barack you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim. Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you’re a maverick. … Continue reading A bit confused…

Owings Pioneer Days 2008


This morning I was feeling much, much better than I had the past couple of days, so I decided to head down to Owings for their Pioneer Days. I had gone last year and really enjoyed myself, and really didn’t want to miss this year’s event. It was enjoyable again this year, but this year I noticed something very distressing. More on that later.

I left Greenville early so that I could get there before the parade started. As I was driving down the Interstate it looked like a wall of clouds hovering over the Gray Court exit. Under this cloud the humidity skyrocketed. Unfortunately, hot and humid was the way it was going to be. Continue reading “Owings Pioneer Days 2008”