Entries from blogs tagged with “Social Responsibility”

Smart Grid or Slave Grid?

Locally Westar has introduced Smart Grid technologies that are billed as helping individuals track and manage their power usage and also help the power company manage its load. Does this technology, though pose a threat to civil liberties in ways we haven't thought about yet? I don't know... but a cousin in Canada sent this link to me from a Canadian Libertarian think tank...not a site I would normally visit...but it does provide an interesting take on the new smart grid technologies.

http://www.mises.ca/posts/articles/the-smart-grid-as-the-slave-grid/

For the record, neither my cousin or I use old style incandescent bulbs and personally I like my smart meter. So check the article out. What do you think? Are these fears real or vastly overblown?

Reply 5 comments from Notaubermime Paul Decelles Chris Golledge

Mike Finnigan (Phantom Blues Band) and Monophonics: a must see, The Bottleneck @ 8 pm tonight

If you've lived in Lawrence for any length of time, you've heard the stuff legends are made from. Amazing keyboardist, song writer and vocalist Mike Finnigan (he originally landed in Lawrence to attend KU on a basketball scholarship) makes it big.  Ok, make that huge!  

Back in the day, we danced to Finnigan and Wood and held our breath. We knew he was bound to leave us. And we wanted him to. He had music to share with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Taj Mahol, Cher, Ringo and Leonard Cohen (yes, I picked a few at random). 

Finnigan and Woods hit, Crazed Hipsters, is a frekin classic. 

I was thrilled to hear Finnagin and his band were playing at The Bottleneck last night and again tonight. I hadn't heard him play for years. 

He may be the old kid on the block, but he brought a new kid with a newbie old sound along  His son, Kelly Finnigan, and band Monophonics (mono phonics.com/).  

The pride with which father introduced his son last night was obvious - and for good reason. Kelly has stage presence, voice, soul and talent to die for.  He may not resemble his dad physically, but he inherited the music gene and then some.  

In a society where offspring of famous talents (think Julian Lennon and Presley), often disappoint, Kelly surprises and just keeps bringing it. And bringing it.  His performance of My Baby Shot Me Down was my favorite of the night, but each performance was brilliant.

Monophonics isn't 'just' Kelly Finnigan - here then are the rest of the band, each one a stand out in their own right: guitarist, Ian McDonald,  Myler O'Mahony, bassist Alex Baly, saxophonist Ryan Scott, trumpeter drummer Austin Bohlman. 

With voice and soul reminiscent of Joe Cocker, Kelly oozes stardom. 

The Monophonics music is described as psychedelic soul - known these days as black rock. 

Students, if you've completed summer finals, treat yourself to this two in one concert for $16.  If you have a final tomorrow, you know you either know it by now or you don't!

Music lovers of any generation really do not want to miss this concert. 

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So how does 2012 stack up weather wise?

There has been a lot in the news about the great drought of 2012 and what the high temperatures might be telling us about what is happening to climate. So rather that rely on "some people say" as a source, I decided to check climate data from NOAA to get some perspective on the situation. NOAA has a great time series of statewide data for important weather parameters including average temperatures, precipitation and several measures of drought severity.

First of all how does 2012 stack up so far temperature wise for Kansas?

My firs NOAA data plot shows June's historical temperature data just by itself:

Notice that June just by itself really isn't so extreme historically. But my impression as a biologist who spends a lot of time doors, is that this year HAS been abnormally warm so lets look at year to date historical data shown in my next plot:

This shows a quite different story. As you can see the year to date temperature through June is very extreme. The year to data average temperature for the state is 55 degrees F. The next closest year to date average for Kansas appears to be 1986 at 54 degrees F. Going back to the 1930's, 1934 is the dust bowl year that comes closest at 53 degrees F. So temperature wise- so far this year is historically abnormal. However many of the record highs of the 1930's still stand.

Another concern is of course the several drought and NOAA provides several drought indices. Not being familiar with how these indices relate to each other I chose just to plot the basic Palmer Drought Severity index which uses local temperature and precipitation data to provide an index of drought severity that can be used to examine historical data: Negative values of the index represent more severe local drought conditions.

Notice that 2012 does not even come close in severity to the earlier droughts, including some relatively recent droughts of the 1980's. What is interesting is that the Palmer index suggests that the drought of the mid 1950's was in some respects more intense than the drought of the 1930's.

So the data suggest that yes it has been really abnormally warm so far in 2012. On the other hand the Palmer data suggest that the current drought is not (At least through June) as severe as a number of other droughts we have had.

One problem we have of course looking at historical data is that agricultural practices have changed since the 1930's. Much of the marginal land that was farmed then is not farmed now or is farmed using large scale irrigation. Farmers today tend to use tillage and other conservation practices that that probably are moderating local temperature and precipitation to some degree compared to earlier years. This might explain the greater number of extreme highs during the 1930's when conservation practices were not as widespread.

If you want to have your own fun looking at climate data, check out the NOAA site at:

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/temp-and-precip/time-series/

There is a pull menu where you can select your state or region. You can also filter the data in various ways. This is a good way to check one's perceptions of climate change against historical data so you won't have to rely on what "some people say" or the infamous "they say" as a data source!

A link the drought indices is here: http://www.drought.noaa.gov/palmer.html

If you are into looking at extremes in terms of temperature and precipitation weather underground has a link to climate data. Go to www.wunderground.com and select the climate tab. Have fun!

Reply 12 comments from Paul Decelles Chris Golledge Autie Gr Frankie8 Ken Lassman Roedapple

We have a winner for Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s The Divorce Girl: a story of art and soul

We had 25 entries from fifteen different contestants in The Divorce Girl giveaway. The Divorce Girl: a story of art and soul is Kansas State Poet Laureate's latest book which has been released as of July 7th by Ice Cube Press.

Goldberg has scheduled readings from July 7th, 2012 through January 13th, 2013 in Kansas, Missouri, Vermont. Minnesota, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Florida, and Tuscon. Additionally, Goldberg will host Skype book group sessions through WOW program. Her book may be purchased locally at The Raven bookstore.

Drum roll please.....

Our winner is Frankie8!

Congratulations to Frankie8!!! I'll be in touch via the secure ljworld messaging service to find out how to get your book to you. I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I have.

Thank you to the other contestants. I encourage all of you to purchase the book and embrace it at upcoming book clubs. Goldberg does make appearances at them to discuss her book.

Reply 3 comments from Ronda Miller Frankie8

Eyes on you

Have you ever felt like someone is looking at you? That strange feeling of someone staring right through you with those empty, hollow eyes.

Reply 9 comments from Snap_pop_no_crackle Geekin_topekan Autie Riverdrifter Roedapple Tange

What you’ve recently done to deserve a round of applause

I was zipping back across town early this morning when I noticed a gentleman with a long tool changing gas price numbers on the sign at Westside 66 to a lower number.

My first thought was that if I had not been driving, I'd have given him a round of applause. I then wondered what, if anything, I've done recently that would warrant applause; that of course led to this blog topic.

So go ahead, toot your own horn, break your arm patting yourself on the back.

What have you done recently that makes you deserving of a bow and a round of applause?

Reply 58 comments from Ronda Miller Frankie8 Roedapple Floridasunshine Pywacket Ladyj Ron Holzwarth Benjamin Roberts Camper Ronaldo Ignacio and 9 others

GIVEAWAY!!! Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg’s novel ‘The Divorce Girl: A Story of Art and Soul’ free book GIVEAWAY!!!

No, I'm not giving away the book's entire plot, but if you leave a comment, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a copy of State of Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg's soon to be released novel, 'The Divorce Girl: A Story of Art and Soul'.

I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of the book a couple of months ago. I made time to read 'The Divorce Girl' when I recently house sat east of Lawrence on my friend Richard Gwin's gorgeous property. I alternated between picking blackberries, (and ticks) and reading the exquisitely written novel. It was one of the best weeks I've had in years!

'The Divorce Girl' is told through the eyes of main character Deborah Shapiro. This isn't your run of the mill coming of age story about a girl growing up and surviving turbulent times. It is set in New Jersey and is a tenderly written, intricately woven masterpiece of blending varied cultures, poignant human flaws, child abuse and a never ending search for oneself through internal and external processes.

Goldberg's idea of giving main character, Deborah, a camera, which then enables her to carefully scrutinize every person, place and thing without (too much) suspicion, was not only brilliant, but masters movement throughout the book as well.

This novel is officially set to be released July 7th by Ice Cube Press (www.icecubepress.com) Be the first on your street to own a copy!

Goldberg is the author of 14 books, including upcoming non fiction "Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other'.

Besides being our state Poet Laureate, Goldberg is the founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College where she teaches. You may follow her at www.CarynMirriamGoldberg.com

Books may be purchased from The Raven Bookstore - 8th E. Seventh St., Lawrence - at a ten percent discount. Goldberg is happy to make an appearance at your book club.

Entrees may be continued until midnight Saturday, July 7th. The winner will be announced Sunday. Happy summer reading and good luck!

Reply 44 comments from Oldguysrule Ronda Miller Hedshrinker Ladyj Redrondafan Roedapple Partlow Kdrasko Smila Frankie8 and 7 others

What it was, was football

I am saddened by the loss of Andy Griffith. Of the nine million times I have watched the wisdom of Andy. Everything from Romeo and Juliet with the Wakefields and Carters to out thinkin the Darlins, which weren't tough at all. The conversation with Floyd out in front of the barber shop about the weather. "No Floyd. Calvin Coolidge didn't say that". Gomer doing favors for the man that saved his life. Talking dogs. Escape convicts. I'm sure many of us can relate. Farewell Andy. And Gomer, get that gun outta your mouth.

Reply 8 comments from Pywacket Gart Rockchalker52 Blue73harley Snap_pop_no_crackle Tange Roedapple

When was the last time you experienced a bait and switch?

It had been decades since I'd seen Bill Lynch play. I'd stopped going to dances and local performances once I had children and only recently did I fall back in with the 'in' crowd who enjoy meeting and dancing our caloric needs and weekend nights away.

I was excited this past month when I learned Lynch would be coming to town and would perform this past weekend.

I was disappointed however at how a local business used a big name performer such as Lynch for their bait and switch.

Here is what happened. Online tickets were a few dollars more than those purchased direct from the business - which opens daily at three for drinking and ticket purchases. My son is more likely the age group who frequent the establishment, so I sent him in - three days in a row - to get tickets.

The problem was that their computer 'was down' and they couldn't run any tickets off. I wised up and started calling in advance rather than send my son in a fourth or fifth time in the heat. Each time I was told they still had no means to run the tickets off, but the problem would be solved the next day. There was even discussion that they were bringing in another computer specifically for the purpose to run off tickets.

Saturday, the day of the concert, I called and still no tickets had been printed. I expressed concern that the performance would be sold out. I was assured that it would not be and that I could even wait until that evening to purchase my ticket at the $13 fee.

I arrived early to insure getting a ticket and to save seats for additional friends. No one was at the door at that time. At some point I went to get water for our group and the bartender asked me to go get my wristband. I went to the doorman/ticket taker and was surprised when he told me the price was $16. I mentioned all the times I'd tried to purchase tickets. I was referred back to the bartender (perhaps he is a manager). He wasn't interested in how many times I'd attempted to get tickets or that I'd been assured I could purchase them that evening for the original fee. He said they still had to pay for the price of running off the tickets. I asked why they couldn't just f' ing stamp my hand. I got a look that told me if I didn't back down, I'd be escorted from the establishment. I went to buy my ticket. The doorman said, "So you get the $13 price?" I could have lied, but I did not. I told him I was required to pay the $16.

An hour later, I mentioned to a friend in the bathroom what had occurred. Several other women spoke up and said they had the same experience.

My questions: How much extra money did the establishment make by doing this? (there were probably a couple of hundred people there)

How could they say the extra charge for tickets at night cost $3 more than tickets during the day that they never had?

When did they become able to run tickets off?

Is this a common practice used by this establishment?

I would gladly have paid more for a performance by Bill Lynch. The issue wasn't about the price, it was about the practice by the establishment that cost many people time and effort.

Please share your experiences with bait and switch practices.

Reply 60 comments from Oldguysrule Ronda Miller Poppet Purplesage Paul R.  Getto Overplayedhistory Budwhysir Ron Holzwarth Jackmckee Blue73harley and 14 others

So we can go fishin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFlaoDPgLWY&NR=1&feature=endscreen

Now I will tell you...sometimes we got to do we we got to do. I gots a cousin in Oklahoma that will stick his arm up some hole....I do better with the other.

Reply 12 comments from Riverdrifter Oldbaldguy Autie Prospector Ladyj Tange Roedapple

When online friends die: a goodbye to Multidisciplinary

In this world of online formats where anonymity allows people to share the utmost in personal likes and dislikes, family histories and life experiences are cried about, laughed over, examined intellectually or thrown out as an off the cuff remark, it's easy for members of a forum such as the ljworld to become family. 

Upon graduation from The World Company Citizen Journalism Academy five years ago,  I began writing blogs.  I was naive, inexperienced and technically challenged to say the least. 

One commenter who immediately assisted me with support and knowledge was Multidisciplinary - multi. 

Her off beat sense of humor, knowledge of online forums, quick wit, astute wisdom, array of sites to supply photos and links to back up conversation really added much to our blogs. She even invited me over to her house on numerous occasions to teach me first hand how to scroll blogs and put folders together.

I have to admit, I first thought, because of multi's handle, that she was a he and also a police officer.  She got a kick out of that.   

I was saddened to learn last evening that she passed away on Monday of this week.

I know there were times multi and I gave each other digs, other times she managed my song title blog sites when I was too busy to alphabetize it myself, and she suggested numerous blog topics for me to write about. She also became much like the twin sister we always joked that we, as Scorpio woman, were.   I'll miss her in ways I'm just beginning to realize. Her outgoing personality, outrageous sense of humor and embracing hug made her a popular favorite at our backyard group gatherings. 

Many of us have special memories of Multi, please share yours. 

http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/at-random/2012/jun/27/when-online-friends-die-a-goodbye-to-mul/edit/#discussed

Reply 165 comments from Ronda Miller Riverdrifter Roedapple Whitney Mathews Ladyj Rockyinn Pywacket Thebcman Grammaddy Camper and 47 others

IPS 6/24/2012 (Solved)

Previous: IPS 6/14/2012
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hujiko quickly identified the subject this week.

This is the 163rd post since since December 20th of 2007. Within the next week or so, I'll post an index of all those photos.

But, in the meantime, I am in dire need of subjects and ideas. I know there are more interesting things out there, but they have become increasingly difficult to find and I need your help.

This means YOU!.

I've added an appeal with ways to contact me below.


This week, I thought it best to just post the complete photo from the start. It may be obvious (or maybe not), but anything less than the entire photo is just an anonymous bunch of flowers.

IPS 6/24/2012 (1 and only)

IPS 6/24/2012 (1 and only) by David Klamet

The burroughs Creek Rail trail, looking south from 15th St.


Suggestions for subjects or ideas are ALWYAYS welcome, you can contact me via my LJW account here. Or directly via email at dave at klamet.net. You can send an idea, or even a photo if you like and if I use it, you'll receive the thank of millions, .... or thousands, well, maybe hundreds....

The image(s) above is(are) of a part of a photo of a subject somewhere in the area. I'll add additional parts of the entire photo over the next few days. You are invited to try to guess the subject and location. I'll notify the first person who correctly identifies the subject or location of the entire photo. That subject or location won't be revealed until later, after the answer is obvious. I suggest that people indicate that their guess is "Final" as opposed to just speculation and limit themselves to one final answer per person.

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50 Shades of Blackberries: just in time for Father’s Day

Ok, the blog title was simply to get your attention. Although there are numerous shades of color as the blackberry ripens from a tiny green pod, moves into an array of reds (they almost look like raspberries), to a dark purple, and then to the deeper shade of black, for the purposes of this blog, berries are either ripe or not.

I spent an agonizing hour, ok, that's an exaggeration, last Sunday picking a berry here and a berry there, everywhere a berry berry, but the majority were not ripe. Today, oh what a difference a week makes!

I place both hands palm side up, fingers curved upwards under clusters of the ripest berries. I wiggle my fingers ever so gentle and both hands are filled with delicious, warm ripe fruit. Take the right hand and place the berries into the bowl beside you. Take the left hand and fill your mouth with berries. Begin again.

When the fruit it ripe, it is truly that easy.

Items to take: water, long sleeved shirt and heavy pants, shoes with hard soles or boots, socks, sun screen, strap around bag or back pack for keys, cell phone, etc., a friend with compulsive disorder (they just don't stop picking), bug spray (ticks are as thick as the berries), plenty of containers (not too large as your berries will become heavy and squish the bottom ones), and a healthy appetite.

It seems as though berries give off heat. Regardless of how cool the morning is, I find I'm covered in sweat from head to toe within minutes of entering a berry patch. Maybe it's the speed in which I'm picking, or the extra calories I'm getting from the berries, or the competitive spirit as my cousin Teresa and I knock each other into the brambles when we spy the fattest, juiciest berries hanging, as always, just out of reach.

Please share berry picking sites, any items I forgot, and your favorite recipes - I hear there is a great blackberry yogurt soup.

If anyone is interested, we can have a berry picking contest. Find someone willing to time you for half an hour and then count your berries once your time is up and report back to me. The winner will receive a gift to be announced.

Reply 1 comment from Ladyj Fosterrhoda Ronda Miller Riverdrifter Thuja Tomato Camper Collinsalissa Oldguysrule Cait McKnelly and 13 others

In Plain Sight 6/14/2012 (Solved)

Previous:IPS 6/2/2012
Next:IPS 6/24/2012

Alia Ahmed identified this week's subject. See the bottom of this post for the subject and complete picture.

Many years ago, I was watching coverage of the Olympics, I saw a short segment that I still remember. It was about the last man to finish the marathon. He was never a contender, and he finished the race hours after the winners and far behind everyone else, but I guess he was too determined to stop.

Some days I think I know how he felt.

I have been creating an index of all the IPS (and SMTS)posts. I started on December 20th of 2007. I'm up to Feb 6, 2011 and my count is 127. Whew. Just thinking about it makes me tired. I surely didn't know what I'd gotten myself into.

But by golly, don't get your hopes up, I'm not done yet. One reason I finally got around to creating an index of my posts is so I could be sure I hadn't done this week's subject already. It turns out, I only duplicated one subject in all that time, and that was a special case anyway.

I think I'm up to about 160, and I don't want to stop before 200.


The image(s) above is(are) of a part of a photo of a subject somewhere in the area. I'll add additional parts of the entire photo over the next few days. You are invited to try to guess the subject and location. I'll notify the first person who correctly identifies the subject or location of the entire photo. That subject or location won't be revealed until later, after the answer is obvious. I suggest that people indicate that their guess is "Final" as opposed to just speculation and limit themselves to one final answer per person.

After all this time, I FINALLY used this subject...

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Have you spotted a bear recently in Douglas County?

I'm serious. I'm a face book fan and read one friend's report about finding bear scat numerous times the past couple of weeks. Apparently her husband has heard a bear making ghastly bear sounds, the horses are too afraid to come out of the barn, and the family dog has returned home smelling to high heaven and scared.

I'm hearing reports of the bear scat sightings north of Baldwin City and surrounding a several mile area running east and west of a friend's farm. My friend reports her berries are still intact.

So reports of cougars and bobcats may be taking a back seat to bear sightings.

I didn't realize this was bear country, did you?

What's the strangest animal you've witnessed in your own back yard?

Reply 1 comment from Jean1183 50yearresident Frankie8 Pywacket Ronda Miller Tange Blue73harley Liberty275 Jackmckee Hollowaydora and 29 others

Horse Racing Enthusiasts Abuzz for I’ll Have Another’s Running of The Triple Crown - it’s gotta be heart - BREAKING NEWS - IHA scratched because of tendonitis

Like a giant horse fly descending for a feeding, the world of horse racing enthusiasts is abuzz with weather reports, strategies between jockeys, trainers and owners, the fresh horse meat coming into Saturday’s third leg of the Triple Crown, nerves, and jokes such as Letterman’s about his pick for The Kentucky Derby – ‘the horse I picked to win was so slow, the jockey packed a sandwich.’

With IHA’s (I’ll Have Another) winnings presently at $2,693,600 – including first place purses from the last three races he won, Santa Anita Derby, and of course the first two legs of the Triple Crown, which include The Kentucky Derby and Preakness – he wins a mere $600,000 in contrast this Saturday at Belmont when he noses his way across the finish line.

Why such a vote of confidence when only eleven horses have won the Triple Crown in the past 137 years? (Sir Barton, Gallant Fox, Omaha, War Admiral, Whirlaway, Count Fleet, Assault, Citation, Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed) Because I’ll Have Another has the heart.

I’ve read horse racing blogs and rags about IHA’s eleventh spot coming out of the shoot, how 25 year old jockey, Marion Gutierrez, and trainer, Doug O’Neil, are pre running the race, while IHA rests, beginning today with the assistance of retired jockey Richard Migliore who will assist Gutierrez with strategy. Migliore has personally won more than 4,450 races – many of them at Belmont. (Jockey Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey was their first choice, but he was required to decline because of his position as NBC analyst)

There are those who say I’ll Have Another’s post position, 11 out of 12 (the higher the number, the further the horse has to run to covet the spot by the rail), is no big deal since the Belmont is a mile and a half long race. This race allows plenty of time to compensate for a rough start out of the gate.

IHA was purchased for a mere $35,000 early in 2011. For that amount one can buy 3 nice Harleys, one decent shotgun of English manufacture, a used fifth-wheel camper, or a pre-owned Corvette. In other words, IHA was a damned fine investment. With more than a hundred million wagered on Saturday’s race, breeding fees following his win at more than his purchase price per shot still take some time to add up.

Only 11 horses in the 137 years running of the Triple Crown have captured horse racing’s greatest achievement, winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. None are presently alive. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978 and 11 horses have managed to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown since before losing at Belmont.

What does IHA get out of a win? Likely a run in the Breeder’s Cup, retirement and stud service on a farm in Kentucky – not a bad life after this past year’s whirlwind ride on the fast track of horse racing.

So while people in the know discuss how if it rains IHA doesn’t have a chance (the race he did lose was on a muddy track), how he has competed against 40 horses to take the winner’s circle this Saturday, and how jockey and trainer are strategizing the running and the winning, it gets down to the heart of one horse on one Saturday in June.

The weather can be perfect, the trainer can be an expert, the jockey can be the most experienced in the field and know his horse inside and out, but it comes down to IHA. We know he is fast, we know he has stamina (this is his third race in five weeks), but does he have the heart that when given his nudge will take him across the finish line first making him the twelfth to take The Triple Crown. There are many who are betting he does.

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IPS 6/2/2012 (Still going)

I guess when you fall off the front page you fall off the edge of the earth.

I just added a 3rd image, no one has attempted a guess of a subject in the current space time continuum.

http://www2.ljworld.com/weblogs/in-simple-words/2012/jun/2/in-plain-sight-622012-1/

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Venus Transit in Progress

Well, I have a telescope and the last transit of Venus across the face of the sun for over a hundred years is happening right now.

I've set up a somewhat crude rig to project the Sun's image on some white posterboard.

As Lawrence suggested in the comments, DO NO LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN! It is very unlikely that you could see it anyway.

Sun will set soon. Transit will go on without us.


BTW: And here is the last IPS post. No one has identified the subject.

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In Plain Sight 6/2/2012 (Solved)

Previous: IPS 5/23/2012
Next: IPS 6/14/2012

It is time to give it to 'frankie8'. See the bottom of this post for the answer.

Still trying to my rhythm back, hopefully I'll do this on a regular basis, even if turns out to be less than once a week.

To that end, you can help by sending suggestions for subjects. I've done more than 150 of these, at last count, and my "dry periods" have gotten, as you might notice, somewhat longer.

You can send a private message though my account here on the LJW site. Or, to "myfirstname@mylastname.net". Uh, don't actually send it to that address, there is a little decoding you need to do first.

In other news, I'm finally getting around to compiling a list of subjects and links to all the IPS (and before that SMTS) posts. You'd have thought I'd have done that before now, being a software engineer and all. I chalk it up to using my underdeveloped right brain for this.


The rapidity with which the last few subjects have been identified has been, shall we say, distressing. To counter this disturbing trend, I have trekked far off the beaten path to find a subject this week. Of course, far is relative term.

OK, this is the complete photo. I'll provide more hints if this isn't enough.


The image(s) above is(are) of a part of a photo of a subject somewhere in the area. I'll add additional parts of the entire photo over the next few days. You are invited to try to guess the subject and location. I'll notify the first person who correctly identifies the subject or location of the entire photo. That subject or location won't be revealed until later, after the answer is obvious. I suggest that people indicate that their guess is "Final" as opposed to just speculation and limit themselves to one final answer per person.

A piece of play equipment, or maybe sculpture in front of Pinkney Elemenatary.

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Things That Aren’t Downtown

I'm spending a day downtown, mostly in the library, while my car is in the shop.

This has, not surprisingly, given me a chance to consider how the character of downtown has changed.

While walking up to Milton's this morning for breakfast, I was reminded of a visit to the doctor when I was young. His office was over one of the shops on the east side of the 800 block of Mass, as near as I can recall (it was 50 years ago!).

Don't know of any businesses above any of these shops now, at least the kind without music to loud for my middle (ok, maybe late middle) age ears.

I don't see any grocery stores near downtown anymore. Nor drugstores.

Is there anything to do downtown during the day besides shop, eat, and get a haircut? Is there anything to life besides these three things?

In the evening there are the bars and Liberty Hall. It and Ernst and Son hardware are the only things I remember from the downtown of my youth. Did I miss anything?

BTW, I still have time to do an IPS post this week. It could happen!

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