SHUTTLE MISSION IMAGERY

June 17, 2008

( 10 June 2008 ) Astronaut Karen Nyberg, STS-124 mission specialist, looks through a window in the newly installed Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery is docked with the station. Photo S124-E-008613.

I love this image because it show weightlessness and the earth.  I wonder what part she’s looking at…?

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“Suburbia is the New Slum” or “Inner City as the New American Dream”

June 16, 2008

As an urban dweller, I found this article from CNN quite interesting.  

Although I’m relatively young, I still find myself drawn to the appeal of the non-urban lifestyle, but I think much of that may simply be because I live in a city that has many of the liabilities of the urban communities described in this article, such as pollution, traffic, crime, congestion, but where the particularly high cost of living and lack of public transportation, or a “Walkable Urbanism”, minimize the benefit of the urban lifestyle that this article describes as so appealing.


BLOG READABILITY? NAH…

June 12, 2008

So Barb over at Church of the Masses checked her blog’s readability level with this Blog Readability Test from CriticsRant. Aparently her blog’s reading level is Junior High School. I won’t tell you what this blog’s reading level is… you can check for yourself if you’re curious. But what I thought was interesting was this:

If you can tell me what really wrong with this picture, you’ve been living with “the internets” for far too long.

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ORU LAWSUIT: NEW LEADERSHIP? NOT YET.

June 11, 2008

Dr. Debbie Sowell, Dean of InstructionWe’ve just heard that Interim President Ralph Fagan will be stepping in to fill Mark Lewandowski’s position of Provost, according to an email received by the current student body (pictured below).  Dr. Debbie Sowell (pictured left), will step in under him as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Sources say that Dr. Sowell is a woman of strong character – that her appointment is a good thing.

(click the image to view the email)

Ron Luce

And just in case people aren’t up on the info, here is the current list of the ORU Board of Trustees, according to this Tulsa World article. And ORU’s website (complete with bios). We thought it was interesting that Ron Luce (pictured right) is on the Board now.

(click the image to view the list)

Lots of position-shuffling going on at ORU these days!


JUNE JUNE JUNE

June 11, 2008

In their recent newsletter, the kids at That Yarn Store posted a list of celebratory dates in June

June 13 Blame Someone Else Day
June 13 Sewing Machine Day
June 17 Eat Your Vegetables Day
June 17 World Juggler’s Day
June 18 Go Fishing Day
June 18 International Panic Day
June 18 National Splurge Day
June 19 World Sauntering Day
June 20 Ice Cream Soda Day
June 21 Finally Summer Day
June 21 Go Skate Day
June 21 National Hollerin’ Contest Day
June 22 National Chocolate Eclair Day
June 23 National Pink Day
June 23 Take Your Dog to Work Day
June 24 Swim a Lap Day
June 25 Log Cabin Day
June 25 National Catfish Day

The kids over at Holiday Insights can confirm most of these.

Speaking of small businesses, if you’re looking for yarn or a place to teach you to knit, forget Target, shop at that yarn store over in Eagle Rock. What’s the name of that place again?

The thing is, they seem very near to closing.  They seem to understand market economy theory, just not how to market themselves. They appear to be trying to market themselves in a loosey goosey sort of way with their irregular hours and down home website. But if they want to compete with the big boxes, they’ve got to get up to speed with what today’s consumer wants and expects. In podunk Kansas, I’m sure that they’d have their finger on what their local consumer wants and expects. It’d be pretty obvious and most small business owners would understand it tacitly, being a direct part of the marketplace themselves. But in Los Angeles, the marketplace is one of the most cosmopolitan cultures in North America! You can’t assume you know what your market is going to need, want or expect. So you HAVE TO assume the worst. You have to assume that they want the box store feel. So how does a small business in a little midwest niche of Los Angeles compete with box stores? Well, among other things, by having regular hours. That Yarn Store is well-located. It has a big sign and seemingly lots of neighbourhood outreach. But they have to be able to reach out on many different levels: to the consumer who appreciates local and to the consumer who wants convenience, organization, and easy-to-remember hours. Consumers who know that Target is open 9 am to 9 pm don’t want to have to check That Yarn Store’s website before they leave their apartment to know what their hours are. Their hours should be easy to remember.

Well that’s the end of my rant, here’s a link to their rant about why they might have to close their doors soon. I hope they don’t. I have several friends who knit.

And here’s their blog.


AND BECAUSE EVERY GOOD BLOGROLL HAS A COUPLE OF ACTORS…

June 10, 2008

And because good things come in threes, we’d like to also announce that…

Dan & Erin’s Blog

…has been added to our blogroll.  They’re the cutest international couple north of the border, a dynamic thespian duo, and very very good friends.  Welcome!


AMY’S BLOG*A*LICOUS

June 10, 2008

I’d also like to welcome the beautiful and talented:

Amy Renzulli

To our blogroll.  Amy is a fabulous photographer and designer.  Just go check out her blog and scroll through the pictures.  You’ll be in awe.