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SXSW Bingo
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This is my completed SXSW Bingo card, brought to you by the very kind and generous folks at Harvest, the time-tracker of kings!

Completing the card won me a Kindle 2, something I have always coveted but would never have bought for myself, even though I read a lot, so it was more than worth the effort it took to get these photos!

Follow @harvest on Twitter, and its makers @bjhess, @dannyw and @EvilPRGuy.

Follow me on Twitter: @lauraehall

Know-it-all

The Fail Whale (not on a computer): a man from Keen footwear (http://www.keenfootwear.com/) standing outside of the Convention Center twitpic.com/28wyl

Hash Tag Hand Signs: My fellas @jeyb and @guyp oblige twitpic.com/22lqh

Someone wearing this t-shirt: The Harvest guys promised they’d hook me up with a shirt photo if I got all the other squares, so this was the last photo I took. Thanks @EvilPRGuy, @bjhess and @dannyw! twitpic.com/25us8

BJ Novak making people laugh: Mr. Novak had a panel with some other hilarious comedy writers. He’s the blurry one in the middle, wearing a hat! twitpic.com/23×79

Someone wearing a Snuggie: Surprisingly, especially considering how cold it was at the start of the conference, no geeks at SXSW seemed to have a Snuggie with them…not even for the purpose of ironic humor (though supposedly someone spotted one out on Sixth Street). So, we bought one. I was happy to have the excuse. twitpic.com/250rh

Food!

A food blogger eating food: @GoGameMei is great – she blogs about food at eatfamilystyles.com AND her job involves running around in costumes giving people random gifts and inventing secret handshakes! twitpic.com/23x4s

Tacos: D at Iron Cactus, eating soft tacos twitpic.com/22y79

Free cupcakes: Ice cream and cupcakes on their way into the burlesque show Pasties and Pastries at Emo’s. It turns out the girl on the left is @Silona, whose panel I attended the last day of the conference! twitpic.com/22y8s

A pie chart in a presentation: Scott Belsky from Behance talks about "Making Ideas Happen" – great panel, lots of very useful tips and interesting research. twitpic.com/23x1u

Double fisting: D with two alcoholic beverages twitpic.com/22y6o

Just for fun

People playing Rock Band: Lots of gaming going on at Screenburn twitpic.com/22klw

Techy mom: A mum in the Lego pit in the Conference Center with her son, she was very nice and let me snap this pic! twitpic.com/23×32

FREE SPACE

Geek girl: Oh…that’s me. twitpic.com/22l2e

Pair programming: @jeyb and @guyp with some handy PHP script on a netbook. twitpic.com/22lv4

Celebrities

Someone who is internet almost famous: @guyp won a game show in the UK called "In It To Win It" and got 20k pounds! He was also a star employee during the ARG Perplex City with a very clever video series and he does lots of stuff online to this day. It’s only a matter of time. twitpic.com/22ko5

Gary Vaynerchuk with a glass of wine: I hovered at the front of the ballroom before @garyvee’s panel just so I could ask him to pose with an imaginary glass of wine. Thank you, @garyvee! twitpic.com/2514y

Guy Kawasaki Twittering: I tracked down the secret AllTop party for the net elite (held at Allen’s Boots) and luckily they had extra invites, so I was able to snap a pic with @guykawasaki! Thank you!! twitpic.com/2510x

A famous actress: We spotted @feliciaday a few times during the conference, but never got a chance to speak to her (once she was walking intently down the street, and once I was going up an escalator while she was going down, though I squeaked out a quick ‘hi’). She was really happy to help with the bingo squares, and offered to be the ‘geek girl’ as she hadn’t brought her Kindle 2. I’m glad she was so nice and friendly, because I like her work as much as I admire her true understanding of the workings of the internet and its culture. twitpic.com/23×89

Scobleizer: I was running up to the Trade Show because someone had spotted a Kindle up there, and I saw Robert Scoble (@scobleizer) crossing the street outside, so I hauled butt to catch up with him. He was very nice and posed with me and very politely didn’t mention anything about ‘the crazy girl charging down the street toward me with a camera.’ twitpic.com/250w7

Gadgets

Something built with an Arduino: Spotted at DorkBot, this is a series of lights used to control one of the bleepy things twitpic.com/23x9l

Old school arcade cabinet: In Champion’s across from the convention center twitpic.com/23wx7

Someone using Kindle 2: Found at the Blurb booth (thanks @AndruEdwards!) twitpic.com/250y6

Cowboy hat: @micahsaul wore this cowboy hat all through Interactive! I was lucky to see him on Sixth Street early on in the week. twitpic.com/22y82

Someone using a Zune: This space is particularly evil as NO ONE at Interactive has a Zune. We had to go to a Best Buy to find one. twitpic.com/250q3

the Yule Lads’ home
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According to Icelandic folklore, Dimmuborgir is the home of a homicidal troll named Grýla, her third husband Leppalúði and their sons The Yule Lads/Yuletide Lads. Though Grýla has psychopathic tendencies, the children aren´t quite so murderous, and are more mischievious than anything. Originally told as a scary story to stop children misbehaving, the Yule Lads have now been merged with the idea of Santa Claus. Children either get gifts or rotten potatoes in their shoes at Christmas depending on whether they’ve behaved well or not.

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Half a Row
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A mix of ready-to-eat and unripe Concord grapes from our backyard vineyard made for a perfectly set, tangy jam that I canned to give away for Christmas gifts! I have another 5 lbs of grapes in the freezer for a second batch!

yummysmells.blogspot.com/2011/10/j-in-your-pb.html

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Borden Legacy Monument Unveiling – June 2016
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June 9, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces. This short vid shows the unveiling.

As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to honour the service of our women and men in uniform, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today visited Canadian Forces Base Borden to participate in the unveiling of the new Borden Legacy Monument, part of the CFB Borden Centennial Celebrations.

The monument is a gift from the local communities of Simcoe County to honour the two million sons and daughters of Canada who have trained at CFB Borden over the last 100 years. It will continue to pay tribute to the over 20,000 sailors, soldiers and aviators per year who train at the base to serve this country.

During the unveiling, an urn containing battlefield soil patriated from Vimy, France, was enshrined in a niche in the monument. More than 66,000 Canadians made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War, including at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Quotes
“Today, we all come together to take part in these centennial celebrations, united in common purpose. The Borden Legacy Monument is a fitting honour to those who serve in uniform to protect our values and way of life at home and abroad.”

Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
“The monument unveiled at Borden today, during the Centennial celebrations, is a longstanding symbol of honour and remembrance bestowed upon all the women and men who wear the uniform in service to Canada. It demonstrates one community’s proud commitment to and passion for the Canadian Armed Forces.”

Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister
“On behalf of the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, I am honoured by this gift to CFB Borden. Those involved in the Legacy Project, led by Honorary Colonel Jamie Massie, have thereby shown the greatest respect to our military personnel – those who have come before, who are here today, and who will serve Canada in the future.”

General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff
Quick Fact
The battlefield soil was retrieved from Vimy, France, in June 2015, during a ceremony attended by Lawrence Cannon, Canadian Ambassador to France, a delegation from Simcoe County, members from Base Borden, French Forces, and the Vimy Foundation.

docs.simcoe.ca/ws_cos/idcplg?IdcService=GET_FILE&Revi…

Article by: Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner Mon. Dec. 15, 2014.

Canadians who have gone to war during the last century, and those who will go in the next one, will be honoured by a new monument at the Angus gate of Canadian Forces Base Borden.

“What I want to do is pay honour to the history to the people who served our country 100 years ago,” said Honourary Col. Jamie Massie, of the Borden Legacy Project. “And a 100 years from now I want soldiers to go through those gates and to be motivated and inspired by this monument.

“To me it’s about being Canadian and serving the Canadian Forces.”

CFB Borden’s 100th anniversary is 2016, when a century ago, the base was training soldiers for the First World War.

Massie, who spoke to Barrie city council Monday night about the legacy project, noted many of the Canadian troops who went overseas from 1916 until 1918 were trained at Borden – where the original training trenches were restored in 2011.

“You go look at these trenches and how they trained, their optimism about going there,” he said, “and then they show up there and ended up with these absolutely devastating conditions of battle.”

Many who trained at Borden also fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9-12, 1917, when 15,000 Canadian infantry overran the Germans, but with a terrible toll – 3,598 soldiers killed and 7,000 wounded (Canadian War Museum, Tim Cook).

It was that battle which changed Canada from a British colony into a nation, as noted by Gen. Arthur Currie, commander of the Canadian Corps during the latter part of the war.

And Massie said it’s only fitting that the monument contain Currie’s words.

“To those who fall I say, ‘You will not die, but step into immortality. Your mothers will not lament your fate, but will have been proud to have borne such sons. Your names will be revered for ever and ever by your grateful country, and God will take you unto Himself.’”

Massie also has a personal connection to Vimy Ridge. His grandfather fought there with the 48th Highlanders and lost his left leg during the battle

“He lay bleeding in the mud for 18 hours before they picked him up. Then they took him and they cut his leg off,” Massie said.

His father also trained at Borden and served in the Second World War.

The monument will include soil from the Vimy battlefield, with the French government’s permission, that Massie himself will travel to France next June to collect along with other dignitaries.

“It (the soil) represents not just the DNA of those 3,500 who died and 7,000 wounded, but represents the repatriation of Canadian soldiers, who were lost and buried and forgotten,” said Massie. “To me the monument will inspire and motivate because we are living to the standard that Gen. Currie promised his troops, that we wouldn’t forget them.”

The monument will be created by Marlene Hilton Moore, a local artist who creates public art with striking human figures and architectural forms, along with personal art in on-going exhibitions in galleries and museums.

Her Borden Legacy Project will include walls of highly polished black granite, wings of white granite and a First World War bugler. Beyond the bugler will be a contemplation area, nestled among maple trees and four, black, polished granite benches.

“The idea is to create a place where. . .you can have a very quiet and beautiful place to sit and contemplate the meaning of the monument,” Hilton Moore said.

“It will be a reflection point, a chance to think of how lucky we are to have the freedom that we have,” Massie said.

The monument will be paid for with privately donated funds, and Massie said most of the money has already been raised.

“This is an opportunity for our community to say thank you for 100 years,” he said. “All of these people have trained at the base and they have all done their part to bring us the freedom that we share, and we all live with freedom, we live with democracy and we have justice and rule of law, which is what makes us Canadian.”

Base Borden is also an economic driver in the community, with 950 soldiers who work at Base Borden that live in Barrie with their families.

On June 1, 2016 some of the Vimy soil will be left with Barrie’s Cenotaph, when it’s relocated in Memorial Square. The Vimy soil will then be marched back to Base Borden on a gun carriage.

The Borden Legacy Project will be unveiled in mid-June 2016, marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of CFB Borden.

Soil from Vimy Ridge to be featured in Borden memorial
Nov. 2014, Barrie Advance Article by Laurie Watt
As the CFB Borden turns 100, Grey and Simcoe Foresters Major John Fisher unveiled a project to commemorate not only the base, but the local people who trained there and fought in the First World War.

Known as the Borden Legacy Project, the memorial –— designed by nationally acclaimed, local sculptor Marlene Hilton Moore –— will include some Vimy Ridge soil and serve as a gateway to restored trenches rediscovered a few years ago, just inside the base’s Angus gates.

“The legacy project is the creation and donation of a large, beautiful memorial tied into the Vimy trenches that have been restored. It’s a memorial to all those who’ve served since 1916,” Grey and Simcoe Foresters Maj. John Fisher said.

“Its two walls with inscriptions on them, are dark and light granite. They’re long and angled — a sculpture more than a chunk of rock. There’ll be a large bronze bugler on a base as well. The pathways to the back will lead into the Vimy trenches.

“It will be quite the emotive experience as you walk through this and into the woods and into the trenches, where the soldiers trained before they went over to France.”

Announced at the Spirit Catcher Awards gala in Barrie Tuesday night, the 0,000 project celebrates the link between the base and Barrie, where the Simcoe Foresters were based in the Mulcaster Street armoury.

Fisher recalled the historic night, Jan. 27, 1912, when Minister of Military and Defence Sir Sam Hughes announced a new base would be built on the Simcoe Pines Plain and a new armoury would be built in Queen’s Park in Barrie. The announcement occurred at a regimental dinner at the Queen’s Hotel and set in motion the construction of the armouries, which opened in 1915, and the base, which opened in 1916.

Fisher added the project will also celebrate the many men who fought and died in France.

“Thirty-six battalions left Barrie between mid-September and mid-November 1916 and they went to England and then broken up and sent into France,” said Fisher, recalling the 157th and 177th Simcoe Foresters and the 147th and 248th Grey Battalions.

The face of the project will be Leonard Webster, a Penetanguishene boy who went overseas as a captain with the 157th, the founding battalion of CFB Borden, and who died three days after arriving in Vimy.

Soil from Vimy Ridge to be featured in Borden memorial

Stan Howe

A new memorial is planned for the entrance to Base Borden. Major John Fisher presented the design, featuring an inscribed wall and a statue of a bugler.

I Do Victoria
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Makes a truly unique and personal wedding gift with I Do Victoria. A lasting memory Design for Everyone from the engagement to the Wedding Day. www.cafepress.com/myvirtuallady

Victoria 4th of July
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Like Victoria for the 4th of July, show you support for Independence Day with this American Flag style design. www.cafepress.com/myvirtuallady

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minimal easter
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A visit from the minimalist easter rabbit. aesthetic outburst

Pataphysical Time Travel
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Image by fabola
The good doctors at Pataphysical Studios gathered at Dr. Rindbrain and Dr. Judy’s home on a rainy Saturday to contemplate the passage of time and make art about it.

We celebrated Dr. Skidz’ 70th birthday in style, with small gifts ranging from an illuminated tie to an antique telephone, hearty spirits, a nice chocolate cake and stock in the Mind Shaft Society.

We then discussed our first sketches and models for the Time Machine — and sketched out more ideas about our next pataphysical invention.

We enjoyed this opportunity to cheer our old friend and design our upcoming time travel experience together.

Fire in the hole!

View more ‘Pataphysical photos: www.flickr.com/photos/fabola/albums/72157623637793277

View our Time Machine slides:
docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Y-0SCKxvIOaM8wnz6h9TRl1Ek…

View more Time Machine photos:
www.flickr.com/photos/fabola/albums/72157659761749014

Learn more about Pataphysical Studios: pataphysics.us/

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Noadi’s Art Packaging – Boxes
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Some examples of the packaging I use for my jewelry and ornaments.

From my Squidoo lens on Creative Packaging Ideas

Visitors Pass, “Wanna Be”, MOMA
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Image by Tony Fischer Photography
MOMA:

"…The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, on 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It has been singularly important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world. The museum’s collection offers an unparalleled overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, and electronic media.

MoMA’s library and archives hold over 300,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, as well as individual files on more than 70,000 artists. The archives contain primary source material related to the history of modern and contemporary art. It also houses an award-winning fine dining restaurant, The Modern, run by Alsace-born chef Gabriel Kreuther.

The idea for The Museum of Modern Art was developed in 1928 primarily by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (wife of John D. Rockefeller Jr.) and two of her friends, Lillie P. Bliss and Mary Quinn Sullivan.[4] They became known variously as "the Ladies", "the daring ladies" and "the adamantine ladies". They rented modest quarters for the new museum and it opened to the public on November 7, 1929, nine days after the Wall Street Crash. Abby had invited A. Conger Goodyear, the former president of the board of trustees of the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, to become president of the new museum. Abby became treasurer. At the time, it was America’s premier museum devoted exclusively to modern art, and the first of its kind in Manhattan to exhibit European modernism.[5]

Goodyear enlisted Paul J. Sachs and Frank Crowninshield to join him as founding trustees. Sachs, the associate director and curator of prints and drawings at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, was referred to in those days as a collector of curators. Goodyear asked him to recommend a director and Sachs suggested Alfred H. Barr Jr., a promising young protege. Under Barr’s guidance, the museum’s holdings quickly expanded from an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing. Its first successful loan exhibition was in November 1929, displaying paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, and Seurat…."

find out more at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_Modern_Art

The Decline of 63rd and Halsted #2
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Looking west from 63rd and Union, just past Aldi (the former site of the Southtown Theater). The red-brick buildings of Kennedy-King College are at the left and right, the Halsted Green Line Station is to the left out of the picture. The fabled 63rd and Halsted intersection is in the near distance; the beige three-story building on the southwest corner was once home to Kresge’s, a Woolworth’s competitor and the ancestor to K-Mart (it was gutted by fire over the night of August 27-28 and will likely have to be torn down); beyond it, past the tall building with the flag, was the Englewood Wieboldt’s department store. Sears occupied an Art Deco building on the northeast corner, which, by the way, opened in 1934, in the middle of the last Great Depression.

In the 1950’s 63rd and Halsted was the second-biggest shopping district after the Loop. Sear’s, Walgreen’s, Kresge’s (a Woolworth’s 5 and Dime competitor and ancestor of K-Mart), and Wieboldt’s anchored the intersection, and dozens of smaller stores radiated in all directions. A few blocks east of the intersection was the elegant Southtown Theater, which had swans swimming in a pool in the lobby and where my mom’s 1936 Englewood H.S. graduating class saw "Mutiny on the Bounty" as their class outing. Next to Sears was the Englewood Theater; Hillman’s grocery store was in the basement of Sears, an Art Deco jewel whose giant clock had a minute hand that stayed stationary and then visibly moved to mark the minutes.

Decline came with the building of Evergreen Plaza and Ford City. Store owners responded by turning the shopping district into a mall, complete with awnings over the sidewalks, creating huge parking lots by tearing down houses and stores, and routing car traffic around the intersection and making it a pedestrian and bus only mall.

These Band-Aids failed to arrest the decline. Sears and Wieboldt’s closed in 1976, and most of the other stores followed. Today, the new buildings of Kennedy-King College rule this intersection, but you can’t buy a lawnmower or a flat-screen TV at Kennedy-King College. A few rickety sidewalk awnings remain, the stores whose entrances they sheltered having long since been demolished.

I doubt that this shopping district or the Englewood neighborhood can ever be revived; the tipping point both with housing and retail has been reached. It’s over.

The giant shopping area west of the Dan Ryan between 83rd and 87th has brought a new player to the game. Among the big names: Jewel, Food 4 Less, Home Depot, Lowes and at 83rd and Stewart… Wal-Mart, the Sears of the 21st Century.

Interestingly, the Sears stores in Ford City, 61st and Western, 71st in South Shore and on State St. in the Loop have all closed for lack of business. Sic transit gloria?

UPDATE: I wondered why this pic suddenly had 109 views on September 4 after months of 2, 3, 4, 5 views a day. Turns out the city has this cockamamie idea to open a Whole Foods. In Englewood. Englewood! I’ve seen Whole Foods’ prices, and they’ve got a loooong way to go to equal Fairplay, Food-4-Less and Wal-Mart Market in the low-priced department.

Perhaps this is the city’s appeasement gift, after taking a chunk of Englewood’s eastern edge (and several hundred homes) to expand a railroad intermodal yard. Or maybe it’s the city’s way of telling Englewood that gentrification is imminent. In any case, Englewood residents would be wise to examine this gift horse’s teeth. Closely.

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Obama Poster Orange
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Here’s a fresh batch of homemade Obama posters for you. Download free printable posters here.. Five color combos and three sizes to choose from. Show your pride. Spread the word.

Limited edition prints are available at:
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www.hyperakt.com/blog/2008/11/05/obama-history-prints/

T-shirts are available here:
www.zazzle.com/hyperakt/gifts?cg=196188931608134266

Christmas in the Garden
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For Christmas my nieces & nephew made me mosaic stepping stones for my garden. I’ve been waiting for the weather to be nice enough to put them out. Since it looks like the hard freezes are over, I put them in the garden yesterday. One of the stones has their names on it and the other is a small flower shaped stone. Both are jeweled with colorful pieces of glass.

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“Bad Ass” Aggie Ring Goes to the Art Deco Edison Memorial Tower and “Big Ass Lightbulb!”
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Can YOU find the adorable little Aggie Ring in this photo?

I could tell that Aggie Ring was impressed. After several moments of silence he spoke out and said, “If my Eyes of Texas aren’t deceiving me, that’s the biggest damn lightbulb I’ve ever seen! I guess it’s true… Everything IS bigger in Jersey!”

The Aggie Ring woke me up early this morning. In fact it was even before 11:30 a.m. so I knew he wanted to do something. I asked the Aggie Ring, “What do you want to do Aggie Ring?” The Aggie Ring replied, “I want to go see the lightbulb!” I wasn’t sure what he was talking about so I said, “What lightbulb?” The Aggie Ring said with emphasis, “Let there be LIGHT!” Then it hit me. Aggie Ring wanted to drive him up the Parkway to the site of Thomas A. Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory so he could see the Art Deco Edison Memorial Tower and “Big Ass Lightbulb!”

Other than the time he told me that he thought Elvis took our change in a tollbooth on the New Jersey State Turnpike, Aggie Ring has great ideas. It’s only about a 20 to 25 minute drive up the Parkway from our house so Aggie Ring and I set off to see the Edison Memorial Tower. The last time we’d been there it had been in horrible shape and they were beginning work on restoring it. That was a bit over a year ago so I assumed that Aggie Ring figured out that they would be finished with the conservation work on the historical site.

When we drove down the little side street where the tower is located the Aggie Ring was overwhelmed with awe at the restored site. Aggie Ring was truly “speechless!” It’s just as beautiful as the day it was built. They did an incredible job on the restoration. After a few moments sitting in the car just looking out the window Aggie Ring broke his silence and asked me, “Did you bring a cigar? Edison loved his cigars and I think he’d have wanted you to smoke a cigar while you’re looking the place over.” Unfortunately I had left my cigars at home so the Edison “smoke out” will have to happen on a future date.

The laboratory building is no longer at this site but it’s still impressive to think of not only the electric lightbulb, but all of the other great inventions that Mr. Edison invented here. Aggie Ring said, “Imagine. He did all this stuff without the help of an Aggie Ring!”

The Aggie Ring and I walked around the tower and took some photos of the “Big Ass Lightbulb” and the historical plaques at its base. The Aggie Ring and I are planning on going back some evening when the lightbulb is illuminated. Aggie Ring said, “It would be cool if you could get a photo during a thunderstorm when there’s lightning behind the tower.” I told Aggie Ring, “You’re crazy! I’m not standing out in a field during a lightning storm with an Aggie Ring on my finger! Maybe if we can get a VMI grad to come with us. Their rings are so damn big a lightning bolt would hit one of them before us!”

Aggie Ring said, “It’s a good thing Edison invented the lightbulb or there’d be a lot of Waggies drinking their tequila shots by candlelight!” I told the Aggie Ring, “True… Those Waggies love their tequila the invention of the lightbulb makes it a lot easier for them to pour the tequila and do body shots!”

Aggie Ring asked me to provide some info on the Edison “Big Ass Lightbulb” Memorial Tower for your educational enlightenment (“Get it?” Aggie Ring said):

Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Menlo Park Museum, New Jersey

"Let there be light." Thomas Alva Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory and Memorial Tower. Those of us on the Jersey Shore call it the "Big Ass Lightbulb!”

The Edison Tower, located on the site of the original laboratory at Menlo Park, New Jersey, to which Thomas Alva Edison moved in 1876, was erected in 1937 as a monument to the great inventor. The Tower is the gift of William Slocum Barstow to the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation Incorporated in behalf of the Edison Pioneers. It was dedicated on February 11, 1838, the ninety-first anniversary of the inventor’s birth.

Rising 131 ft. 4 in. above the ground, the tower looms as the highest discernible object for many miles. Surmounting the 117 ft. 8 in. concrete-slab structure is a 13 ft. 8 in. replica of the original incandescent lamp which, when illuminated, can be seen for a distance of several miles. It once served as an airplane beacon. The Tower is designed for pressure of wind at a velocity of 120 miles per hour. In its construction, which consumed slightly less than eight months, approximately 1200 barrels of Edison Portland cement and 50 tons of reinforced steel were used.

The large bulb on top of the Tower was cast by the Corning Glass Works. The replica bulb contains 153 separate pieces of amber tinted Pyrex glass, 2 in. thick, set upon a steel frame. The bulb is 5 ft. in diameter at the neck and 9 ft. 2 in. in diameter at the greatest width and weighs, without the steel frame on which it is placed, in excess of three tons. Before the restoration, inside this Pyrex glass bulb were four 1000 watt bulbs, four 200 watt bulbs, and four 100 watt bulbs. A duplicate of each was arranged as automatically to cut in should its companion bulb fail.

The Edison Tower has been completely restored and when complete, the bulb is now illuminated with modern Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. Mr. Edison would be pleased with this, I’m sure.

While we don’t have any records of exactly what was said when Mr. Edison perfected his invention, I suspect one of his workers shouted out something like this: “Holy Mother of Baby Jesus on a Donkey!” “Mr. Edison, You’ve done it!!! You’ve perfected the Electric Light!!! You truly are King of Kings!!!!”

The tower is located on a mysterious plot of land and exactly at midnight on the night of a full moon, it would be a perfect site for the ritual sacrifice of virgins. Too bad we don’t have any of those in New Jersey! 🙂

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Aggie Ring says, “The Road Goes On Forever, and the Party Never Ends!”

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Secret Santa Gift: Flower Pens
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My Secret Santa liked gardening and funky pens, so what better way to combing the two than with flower pens? I was quite crafty and made these myself. They went over quite well at the Secret Santa Gift Exchange. Yay!

Side by Side
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black sesame and lemon ginger marshmallows

Staff Appreciation Day (Supportive Living Week 2014)
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As part of Supportive Living Week, Staff Appreciation Day was held on Wednesday, April 23rd. Executive Director, Nancy McCaffrey, held a chili cook off for the staff. Eight employees entered the contest that was complete with homemade cornbreads, all the fixings and 3 different cakes for dessert. Everyone voted on their favorites and after lunch, the winners were announced.
1st Place: J’Nice J.
2nd Place: Veronica L.
3rd Place: John R.
Each prize came with a gift card to a western themed restaurant. All staff were allowed to wear jeans and western wear to help get in to the spirit of things.

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Nice Homemade Gifts photos

Check out these Homemade Gifts images:

Handmade by Little Hands
Homemade Gifts
Image by Chiot’s Run
Handmade gifts I received from my nieces & nephews (ages 3-10). They really got into the handmade/homemade spirit for Christmas this year.

Each of the oldest nieces & nephew decorated a terracotta pot for me. Most likely my sister found these pots at a garage sale and kids painted them for me. They will certainly look fabulous this summer on my back porch filled with a few succulents. I might seal them with some sealer to make sure the paint doesn’t come off or wear away.

They also made me a batch of paint swirl ornaments. My sister said even the three year old picked out which colors of paint she wanted in the ornaments my sister helped her make.

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Festive Bulgur Mix
Homemade Gifts
Image by yummysmellsca
Nutty-tasting, wholesome bulgur wheat gets jazzed up with herbs and spices, dried fruit, almonds and pumpkin seeds for a vegan pilaf fit for any king’s (or queen’s) table.

www.yummysmells.ca/2014/06/festive-bulgur-mix.html