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Selden Deemer
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Attended Robert College (Istanbul)
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Snowpocalypse 2016
Many parts of the east coast had it much worse than New Castle, which received only ~12" of snow, although strong winds created much deeper drifts in some places. After 4 hours of shoveling snow, I'm looking forward to some comfort food tonight. And maybe a Gulden Draak.

I didn't pack a camera for this trip, and I've been pleasantly surprised at how good a job the camera in a 2012 Nexus 7 works — with the proviso that it's a forward facing camera, so photography requires some gymnastics, and a lot of guesswork in bright sunshine..
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Sign the "Lemmium" Petition

Apparently, awareness of science isn't as dead as I thought it was.
A petition is calling for late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister to be honoured by having a newly discovered heavy metal named "Lemmium" in his memory.
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December 27. Azaleas blooming in December? Ridiculous.
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Poor azaleas; 25° this morning. It's tough being a plant, because you can't relocate.
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The Hermitage
My family bought this house, on ~2 acres of land, in 1949 for $9000, and I spent much of my childhood, starting at age 4, helping fix the place up — I can think of no better practical education. Our first winter we had electricity, but no central heat, 7 fireplaces, and no indoor toilets. 

Buildings like this are irreplaceable. It was a grand old house.

The photos below date from the 1930's.

See also: NRHP registration, 1972: 
http://focus.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NRHP/Photos/73000522.pdf
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Fine Weather for Hacking
On October 9 we got a call that a pine was leaning against our mountain cabin. The same storm toppled a much larger hickory, doing little damage other than to some dogwoods in its path.

Approaching 70, I'm starting to feel my age with this stuff, and I have the greatest respect for those woodsmen who felled much larger trees with axes and 2-man saws before the invention of the gasoline chainsaw.
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This being said, Selden, should you want help one day ....
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Kensey Johns, Jr. House
An interesting tale.... The Kensey Johns, Jr. house was built around 1820, and has had only 4 owners. Most recently it sat unoccupied for several years. Parking in New Castle is notoriously scarce, and the new owners wanted to expand and convert an existing outbuilding to a 2-car garage. The local historical commission denied their request. 

Denied their garage, the new owners donated the house to an inner city soup kitchen in Wilmington, the Sunday Breakfast Mission, which managed to persuade multiple contractors and decorators into repainting and staging the entire house pro bono, charging $20 a head for designer showcase tours this fall. Each decorator got to do a different room, accounting for the wide range of styles.

The staging is now over, the display furnishings have been removed, and the house is now on the market for $749,000, with proceeds going to the Sunday Breakfast Mission.
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Rushad Eggleston
Through the usual serendipitous internet exploration, I stumbled on cellist extraordinaire Rushad Eggleston this morning. I had  no idea that contemporary cellists were so.... "interesting."
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Central Asian Throat Singing
If you have ever seen the cult movie documentary "Genghis Blues," the unlikely story of an American blues singer who won first prize in a Tuvan throat singing championship, you will know what to expect in this video — sort of! 
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Fun and Games
Ibm has directed Watson at personality analysis. I submitted two different personal texts, and got wildly differet results. Give it a try, either with your own information, or writings of some historical figure. 

At this point in Watson's development, a fortune cookie or "Your daily horoscope" seems just as accurate.
Enables deeper understanding of people's personality characteristics, needs, and values to help engage users on their own terms
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A friend asked: "What Watson do with Adolph Hitler?" so I used the first 2 chapters of Mein Kampf (21500 words):

You are shrewd and skeptical.
You are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them. You are independent: you have a strong desire to have time to yourself. And you are calm-seeking: you prefer activities that are quiet, calm, and safe.
Your choices are driven by a desire for well-being.
You are relatively unconcerned with both tradition and taking pleasure in life. You care more about making your own path than following what others have done. And you prefer activities with a purpose greater than just personal enjoyment.

The first sentence seems on the mark, not so sure about the second paragraph. Three and four, also seem close.
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Scottish Solstice Concert
We went to the kickoff performance of Celtic fiddler Jamie Laval's 2015 holiday tour in Duluth, GA tonight. It's a great show, with a harpist, dancers,  three small bagpipes, 2 highland pipes, and a Breton bombard that overpowers all of them. A raucous time was had by all.

If you live near any of these venues, in North Carolina, consider taking it in:

Asheville
Sunday, Dec. 27, 2:00 matinee and 8:00 evening shows
Isis Music Hall
743 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC
Tickets: $28-32 Adults / $16-$18 Students 22 & under
[Tickets & Info]  (828) 575-2737

Charlotte
Monday, Dec. 28, 7:30 pm
Great Aunt Stella Center
926 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC
Tickets: $28-$34 Adult / $20 Students / $28 wheelchair
[Tickets & Info] (206) 226-5663

Lincolnton
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 7:30 pm
Lincoln Cultural Center
403 E Main St., Lincolnton, NC
Tickets: $24-$29 Adult / $16 Students
[Tickets & Info] (206) 226-5663

Tryon
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 7:30 pm
Tryon Fine Arts Center
34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, NC
Tickets: $30 Adult / $12 Students
www.tryonarts.org (828) 859-8322 
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That sounds wonderful :-)
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Hermitage Fire, February 18, 2007
Pawing around through some old SD cards tonight, I stumbled on these photos that I took of the house I grew up in. It was bitterly cold on February 18, and the nearest fire hydrant was frozen. Someone from Comcast had accidentally disconnected the fire alarm that went to the local fire station. By the time the fire was reported, the place was beyond saving.

The Hermitage was on the National Register of Historic Places, so state and federal fire investigators pawed through the place for two days. The eventual finding was arson, with the fire probably set by two teenagers, but evidence was insufficient to prosecute.

The original wing, roofless on the left, dated to the early 18th century, and the rear wing to the mid-18th century. The biggest, 3-story wing was built between 1800 and 1810 by Senator Nicholas Van Dyke. 

Today, nothing but an overgrown lot remains, slowly disappearing as the forest takes back the land.
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Such a shame - it must have been a beautiful house.
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3rd Birthday!
Neighbor's daughter's 3rd birthday. I am exhausted from watching hyperkinetic little kids. 
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Library Automation Consultant / Retired
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Computers & Operating systems (OS X, Chrome OS, Linux), Answering questions
Employment
  • Biblio Solutions, LLC
    Library Automation Consultant / Retired, 2013
  • Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies
    Assistant Library for Public Services, 1971 - 1978
    Responsible for reference services, library instruction, inter-library loans, circulation, public relations, reference (and other as needed) acquisitions, and for training and supervision of student assistants. Helped plan an expansion to the existing library building.
  • University of Petroleum & Minerals
    Library Systems Analyst, 1978 - 1983
    Planned and coordinated changes in library organization, staff training, and retrospective conversion in the implementation of DOBIS/LIBIS, an integrated library information system marketed internationally by IBM. Responsible for liaison with data processing center staff, including defining specifications, modifications, and enhancements to the system, as required by UPM Library.
  • University of Michigan
    Library Systems Analyst, 1983 - 1985
    Provide general support for Systems Office activities, with special emphasis on microcomputers & communications. Responsible for staff training, evaluation and testing of microcomputer hardware & software. Work with a wide variety of micro hardware and software, including IBM-PC, Zenith Z-150, Osborne, Macintosh, and Altos 8000 microcomputers, using Enable, Condor, SuperCalc, WordStar, Smartcom, MacWrite, MacPaint, MacDraw, and a wide variety of Macintosh public domain software.
  • Emory University
    University Library Systems Administrator, 1985 - 2012
    Responsible for liaison with computing center staff, including defining specifications, modifications, and enhancements to library systems required by Emory University Libraries. Team lead for central library automation services, including operation of Unicorn-based integrated library system, Primo, MetaLib, SFX, and EZproxy, and LibX plugin. Project lead 2007-2008 for implementing Ex Libris Primo as a charter customer. Primary technical support for EndNote, including instruction, customer support, development of custom import filters, Z39.50 connections, and maintenance of the EndNote@Emory web site.
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New Castle, Delaware - Delaware - Turkey - California - Saudi Arabia - Michigan - Georgia
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Sometime motorcycle adventurer; fulltime enthusiast
Introduction
I retired at the end of 2008 after a 25-year career working for Emory University Libraries. Being a Top Contributor on the Google Chromebook Central product forum keeps me so busy that I don't have time to be bored.
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Chromebook Central TC, Iron Butt Saddle Sore 1000 (>1000 miles in <24 hours on a motorcycle)
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  • Robert College (Istanbul)
  • University of Michigan
  • UCLA
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Bugaboo is an exit ramp restaurant, suitable if you are on a cross-country trip and nothing better is available. Large portions of cheap food, overly salted. Three stars is generous.
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My wife and I ate at Southbound for the 5th time last night. The place just keeps getting better. The only drawback is that since it's in a converted factory building with bare brick walls, it can be noisy downstairs. The upstairs dining room is much quieter, but open only Thursday-Saturday. Among the small plates, the wood grilled octopus with potatoes, green tomatoes, and creme fraiche is especially worth noting. We weren't quite prepared for the entire tentacle that was served, but once we got over the visual shock, it was tender enough to cut with a fork, and the flavors of each component of the dish were extraordinary. Highly recommended, but be prepared for how it looks!
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reviewed 7 months ago
*Update:* In the past 2 years, Sprig has slipped. Service and the vibe are still good, but each meal I have had this year has been less satisfying, to the point that I do not plan to return. Chicken in a red wine sauce tonight was so overcooked that it must have been prepared before noon, and kept on a hot plate for 7 hours. Expecting the crisp, bright green beans I had in the past, I was disappointed by mushy, overcooked "Southern style" beans. I am lucky enough to live only 2 miles from Sprig, and over the past 2 years it has become my favorite place to eat out. My wife and I have never experienced anything but outstanding service, and perfectly prepared food, made from locally sourced ingredients. The bar staff really cares how they make mixed drinks, and at one time I set a goal of (responsibly) working my way through Sprig's cocktail menu — but they keep changing it, so I gave up. Of the mixed drinks that I have tried, Sourwood Smash is my favorite. To take advantage of available ingredients, the menu changes seasonally, so there is always something new, although some things, such as the outstanding onion rings and the Sprig Burger are always on the menu.
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I have traveled past Franklin, NC for years, and never stopped to eat, because it appears to have nothing but fast food and chain restaurants. A few years ago, a friend recommended Caffeé REL, which has become my favorite place to eat in this part of North Carolina. A Hot Spot gas station in downtown Franklin is an unlikely place to find a French bistro, but that is exactly what you step into when you walk through the front door. The food is varied, and the service is excellent. The staff are well trained, and there is very little turnover — usually a good sign of a well-run restaurant. As others have observed, Richard can be a little eccentric, but I have never had a problem with him — quite the opposite, as he is quite willing to strike up a conversation. My favorite entreé is the Shrimp Grits (better than I have had anywhere else in the south), and my favorite dessert is Richard's grandmother's towering Belgian chocolate cake. Ask for a piece on your birthday, and it's on the house, but be prepared to share, as a single slice will easily feed 2-3 people.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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After reading some of the negative reviews, I was pleasantly surprised by a Black Friday "European Recliner" (it's Chinese, of course) purchase experience. Salesperson was polite, not pushy, didn't try to upsell me or pad the price, and I was in an out of the store in 35 minutes, with the chair in a carton ("some assembly required") in the back of my car. The chair is comfortable, and more adjustable than I first realized; everything operates smoothly and seems well-engineered, with a robust steel frame. Fit and finish are very good — much better than I expected at the $286 price. It's "pleather" (polyurethane leather) of course, but has a decent feel. As far as I can determine, exactly the same chair is listed as "on sale" at Target for $520 (regular price $650).
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Dinner here far exceeded my expectations. Beer, service, and food were all excellent, especially the pork potstickers, which are offered as an appetizer, but are ample enough for an entreé.
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reviewed 2 years ago