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Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Presentation Slides

Last Tuesday (11/10/09) Ben, Kristen and I presented the basics of social media at the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. Presenting the basics is always difficult, because you're never certain how much the audience knows about the topic. While it's challenging, I love presenting to groups ... Continue reading

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Digging in to Lawrence’s Cash for Clunkers numbers — and asking for your help

A big part of my job involves meetings. Meetings about what we can do to make our Web site better for all of you, meetings about what sort of content we should be creating, meetings about how we'll cover the Turnpike bridges coming down and even meetings ... Continue reading

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Swine flu (?!?) on two wheels

First of all, you shouldn’t have to disinfect yourself after handling this blog. I’m not contagious anymore. At least, I don’t think so. The week leading up to Halloween, my wife, son and I battled what I thought were head colds. No biggie. I actually had a ... Continue reading

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On-camera review: “2012”

Eric and guest host Trevan McGee review the new apocalyptic disaster porn movie “2012″ starring John Cusack and directed by Roland Emmerich. The Mayan prophecy says the world will end in 2012, and Hollywood has co-opted that premise for a flick with lots of state-of-the-art CGI special ... Continue reading

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Cool weather, precipitation expected early next week; perhaps even — SNOW

Low pressures are also referred to as cyclones. In the middle latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, mid-latitude cyclones are what we see on a weather map as a low pressure often with a cold front and warm front attached to it. By the early part of next ... Continue reading

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What would a Monarch Butterfly look like floating in outer space?

Monarch butterflies like to travel. Thanks to Monarch Watch, Chip, Jim, Ann, Jackie, the Critter Crew (student hourly employees), and volunteers from the community the beautiful creatures will soon be taking it to a new level. Space. Recently, Chip, a friend and neighbor, knocked on our door ... Continue reading

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Join turnpike’s CEO watching Sunday’s bridge blast online

Count Michael Johnston, president and CEO of the Kansas Turnpike Authority, among those who will be following Sunday’s scheduled turnpike bridge blast online at LJWorld.com. Explosions are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday, to drop a 250-ton stretch of original steel bridge structure along the turnpike onto a ... Continue reading

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We’re Up and Running… If Only We Could Come Up With a Good Name

Welcome to our new blog - for now the very unimaginatively named “Social Media Blog.” It’s funny how challenging thinking of a name was. We tried to be creative. We tried to be funny. I liked one co-worker's suggestion, “Whit and the Brit," though while that describes ... Continue reading

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I read it online!

I mourn the loss of the newspaper. The paper that you can hold in your hands, smell, spread out on the floor on a Sunday morning. I shudder to think that a day will come when no newspaper will arrive on my doorstep. I won’t just miss ... Continue reading

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Guts

There’s a quote attributed to Leonard Bernstein cited on promotional materials for NaNoWriMo: “To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.” That really sums up what NaNoWriMo is all about. We come in and we think we know what we ... Continue reading

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Someone asked for a different Question

One time I was riding down a highway in Oklahoma with one of my cousins. We'd been drinking and he didn't drive very well to begin with. So we are cruising along and here comes the State Trooper. He pulls us over and comes up and starts ... Continue reading

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Review: Tap Dogs dance in every way imaginable

This review of the Tap Dogs show Wednesday night at the Lied Center comes from Dean Bevan, a retired English professor at Baker University. He can be reached at bevan@ku.edu. The Tap Dogs held the stage at a near-capacity Lied Center for 90 minutes Wednesday evening, rocking ... Continue reading

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2009 is the time

I've wanted to write a novel for years, but have never actually sat down and done so. I heard about NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2007, but it was already mid November. I marked it on my calendar for 2008, but we moved to Lawrence and ... Continue reading

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Day 11

A friend of mine asked me if I had entered an essay and I was proud enough to say no, that I had joined the other NaNoWriMo writers this year. Sure, I've joined in previous years, but I never got further than 5,000 words. So far, this ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight 11/11/2009

Previous: IPS 11/4/2009 Next: IPS 11/20/2009 prosepector identified the this week's subject on the first try. See the end of this post for the answer I have to admit that the subject of this week's photo is only "In Plain Sight" if you're in the right place. ... Continue reading

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And the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner is … (crickets)

For the latest edition of ConferenceChatterTV, Clinton Lake style, check out the video below, which includes my picks for each Big 12 game in week 11: • I can't remember a time when the Heisman Trophy race was so wide open. It begs the question: If the ... Continue reading

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When will we get our first snow?

The record for the earliest snowfall in Topeka was set on October 9, 1970. Up to this point, we haven't received our first snow, so we won't break any records. (There have been reports of a few snowflakes mixing in with rain for areas around Junction City, ... Continue reading

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Well, I for one didn’t get an invite…

As America watched President Obama speaking from Ft. Hood yesterday, I was at work less than a mile from Van Fleet Hall, the Headquarters building of III Corps. I stepped outside around 1:00pm, and looked over towards the HQ building, where I could hear the 1st Cav ... Continue reading

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Strippin’ Ain’t E-Z

Made you look you dirty crook, you stole your mother's pocketbook! :P Okay, so I actually made myself chuckle there... If nothing else becomes of this blog, atleast it was worth a little laugh for myself. :D The title of this blog is a spin on the ... Continue reading

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A few notes about how fog is created

Fog is essentially a stratus cloud that forms in contact with the ground. Clouds will typically form when relative humidities near 100%. In other words, when the temperatures drop to the dew point. However, often only dew forms when that is the case. While there is not ... Continue reading