Smoky Mountain Family Historian

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Where Ya Been, Where Ya Going?

I got this meme from Everything and But Nothing:

Bold the states you’ve been to, underline the states you’ve lived in and italicize the state you’re in now

Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C. /

Eastman's Encyclopedia of Genealogy

Dick Eastman reports that his new online wiki-style Encyclopedia of Genealogy is off to a good start.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Christian Carnival

. . . is up at Wallo World.

History Carnival #3

. . . is up at Detrimental Postulation.

Carnival of the Recipes #28

. . . is up at Rocket Jones.

Reading & Digesting Books

George Ambler at Leading Forward gives some pointers on getting the most out of your reading. I'm sure that Michael Gorman thinks this approach is too simplistic if only because it was written by one of those "blog people."

Michael Gorman on Blogs

Michael Gorman, president of ALA, does not think much of bloggers. In a Library Journal article entitled "Revenge of the Blog People," he implies that bloggers are of inferior intellect. As a librarian and a blogger, I knew this was begging for comment when I first read it; however, I didn't want my response to be reactionary so I decided to reflect on the article for a time. My impressions have not changed. Gorman "doesn't get blogging." I don't want to reiterate things other bloggers have said about Gorman's post. There's a good roundup at Instapundit. I heard Gorman speak at a conference a few years ago. He was one of two keynote speakers. Gorman tends to be one of those persons who tries to impress people by his command of the vocabulary of the English language. Persons who try to show off their vocabulary have never impressed me. I've always been more impressed by those who could have used those very large vocabularies, but chose instead, to use the simple words and sentences to relate their ideas. I honestly cannot give very many of the details of Gorman's speech at the conference (although I have notes in my office); however, I can tell you that I remember much of what the other speaker at the conference related to us. The one thing I do remember is that Gorman was so controversial in his comments at that time that some of those in attendance met over meals to discuss what was wrong with Gorman's talk. It makes me wonder if he enjoys stirring controversy. Like some of the other librarians linked at Instapundit, I have not joined ALA. I simply cannot support an organization which lobbies for causes with which I strongly disagree. I am a conservative and a Christian, and ALA is anything but those. I am a member of the Association of Christian Librarians, a group primarily composed of college and university librarians.

Mississippi's State Parks Get Funds

It's sad to think that legislators even considered closing them. I have memories of camping at many of Mississippi's State parks through the years. Those weekends or weeks were nice get-aways.

Distinguished Faculty

A letter to the editor in the Ole Miss newspaper by a non-tenure track faculty member questions the practice of limiting such awards to only tenured faculty. It's interesting. Some will interpret it as "sour grapes." Others will agree with her premise.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Stitching QOTW

This week's questions and my responses are:

Do you participate in round robins? NO
If so, how many have you participated in? N/A
Do you participate in more than one at a time? N/A
Summarize your experiences (good and/or bad). N/A
If not, have you thought about it? Not really. I don't really know enough about the concept, and I am rather picky about what I stitch.

Monday, February 21, 2005

School Librarians

In a day and age where many school librarians are being cut from staffs due to budget constraints, it's nice to see Mississippi reaffirming the value of these professionals.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

I love this!

A new photographer!

Friday, February 18, 2005

State Fish

I heard on the radio this morning that Tennessee is considering changing its state fish from the large-mouth bass to the small-mouth bass. Why not just make it the bass? That way when they decide to make it some other species of the same fish, it's already covered?

1805 Georgia Land Lottery

Dick Eastman has a great post on this rich Georgia resource. Those of us who had ancestors in Georgia at that time have used this resource (or should have).

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Stitching Bloggers QOTW

Stitched with Love and Cat Hair asks: What is your favorite fabric to stitch on?

My reply: 14 ct. Aida. I guess it's my old favorite.

Carnival of New Blogs

Blogs must be less than 3 months old to be featured. The First New Blog Carnival Showcase Extravaganza is up at Simon World.

New Education Carnival

The first Carnival of Education is up at The Education Wonks.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Heritage Foundation Library

When I went to the National Genealogical Society's conference in Pittsburgh, I had the opportunity to meet a couple of people connected with Heritage Foundation Library in Hilton Head, South Carolina. There's a nice article about their library LowCountryNOW.

Valentine's Poem

A food-related poem at Chef Shane's blog for Valentine's Day.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Yummy Looking Dessert

Paula Deen had a great looking dessert this morning on Food Network. It was called Chocolate Bundles with Chocolate Ganache.

Lincoln Blogging

PowerLine has a nice tribute to Abraham Lincoln on the anniversary of his birthday.

Easongate

As someone who rarely watches CNN, Easongate had little meaning for me. InstaPundit has done quite a bit of blogging on the downfall of Eason Jordan. He has now resigned. This case fell on the heels of Rathergate which led to the retirement of the veteran CBS anchor. Today's Scrappleface is great though!

Carnival of the Recipes #26

. . . is up at Anywhere But Here.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Buried at Wal-Mart

I've heard the joke about the husband who wants to be buried at Wal-Mart so his wife will come to visit, but this is a case of being buried UNDER Wal-Mart.

Genealogy Cruise

Why are these cruises always held during the academic year?

Senior Projects

Dave Shearon has a good post up about senior projects. He says some parents don't want their children to have to do them. As a college professor, I'm all in favor of them. Too many students come to college unprepared to do college work. Doing this kind of project in high school is good preparation for college. I'm also in favor of having them read!

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Deep Throat

If Kevin McCarthy is right, Deep Throat achieved great heights post-Watergate.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Carnival of the Capitalists 2-7-05

Catallarchy is this week's host.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Check Your Sources, Prof!

A professor who needs to check his sources.

Update: Ahhh - I knew I recognized his name. He's the Colorado dude who made those controversial remarks. Glenn Reynolds offers some comments and links.

New Toy

I'm excited. My new Nikon Coolpix 5200 Camera is on its way. I can't wait to try it out!

Unusual Cake

This has got to be the most unusual cake I've ever seen. (via Boing Boing)

Southern Cooking

There's a new Southern recipe blog called Collard Patch. Thanks to Boing Boing for the tip.

Copyright Gone Awry

. . . in Chicago's Millennium Park.

Ossabaw Island Slaves

There's a big archaeology dig on Ossabaw Island now to explore some of the remains of slave culture there. Ossabaw is near Savannah, Georgia.

History Academies

Glad to see that Rep. Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) were instrumental in getting a piece of legislation for history academies established. Does anyone besides me find it shocking that Harvard and Princeton don't require a course in American history for graduation?

Friday, February 04, 2005

Carnival of the Recipes #25

. . . is up at The Glittering Eye. The Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake over at Not Exactly Rocket Science looks good.

History Carnival #2

. . . is up at History News Network.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Greed

It's pretty bad when they want such astronomical royalties for model ships and planes.

Copyright and Electronic Memories

A marine reservist has died in Iraq. He maintained a Web site with his memories while over there. Now his parents are trying to be able to gain access to them because they are precious to them. The company which hosted their son's web site says that guarding the privacy of their customers prevents them from giving the parents access. The parents argue it is part of the estate.

What does this have to do with genealogy? LOTS! Think of all the genealogists out there who post scrapbooks of their memories online. What happens to those when they die? A legal decision on the above case could prevent the next of kin from gaining access to those "precious memories." Let's hope not.

I can only hope that the courts side with the parents!