Saturday, March 29, 2003

The RED ELVISES were every bit as much fun as we thought they would be. The show was a blast! They substantially extended their song "I Wanna See You Bellydance" to include a number of audience participants as bellydancers. The Handlebar was the perfect place to see them. You could get close and enjoy their antics. It was great fun.

Thursday, March 27, 2003

The RED ELVISES are going to be at the Handlebar this Friday night. I have never seen them live before, but I really like their music. They are equal parts Dick Dale, Stray Cats, and They Might be Giants, with real Russian accents. I think it's going to be a great time. I got inspired enough to do a promotional email for their appearance. The good folks at the Handlebar sent it out to their mailing list of 3000 last night!

Ben Stein shook my hand. Today, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. The right place was the Mailboxes, Etc. on Main Street in downtown Greenville, SC. I was getting my mail and exchanging a bit of information with the proprietor when I looked up and watched Ben Stein walked through the door. I recognized him immediately, and was at that time remembering that he was in town for a speaking engagement at Furman to which I had previously been invited. He had come into the Mailboxes, Etc. because he had something that he wanted to ship back to his home in California. Not shy about speaking with him, we exchanged a few pleasant words while he transacted his business. He said that he really was enjoying his stay in Greenville, and that he had just visited the Confederate War Museum. I asked him about his plans for the evening speech and he said that about half of his speaking material was brand new. He had put together new material in response to the war, and felt that we should all be thankful for the people who fight on behalf of our country. He was candid, warm, and quite friendly. Although he said several nice things about Greenville while we talked, his last words as he walked out of the door meant the most to me. A man who had never met me before, and would certainly have no reason to think that he would ever see me again took just a moment to make my day. As he walked out the door.... He called me by name.

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

The GSATC is launched. With a lot of hard work from all the right people, the mother of all IT networking groups, the Greenville Spartanburg Anderson Technology Council is born. The GSATC exists to network the groups that network IT professionals. There are lots of great IT support groups in our area, but many of them never find their audience. The GSATC helps by marketing those groups to each other and to the community at large. Today we had our first public event with a debut at the Business and Technology Expo. The show went great. We handed out 200 flyers, talked to lots of people and got the word out for the GSATC. I expect we will have a great kick off meeting on April 9, 2003. A lot of people seem excited about it. And here we go...

Sunday, March 09, 2003

I married my friends! It ended up with "By the powers vested in me..." but let's start at the beginning. Several years ago, following the lead of my friend, the Reverend Alan Joyce, I became an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church. Giddy with excitement, I then upgraded my involvement with the ULC, and after meeting their stringent liquidity requirement I also received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the same fine institution. That was 1994. Since that time, I have done very little with the credential. A few weeks ago however, a friend (after a suggestion by your faithful servant) explained that he would like for me to conduct his upcoming wedding ceremony. I happily agreed and proceeded to bolster my call from above with a civil endorsement to conduct weddings as well. (I became a Notary Public.) Now, I am able to conduct weddings in the state of South Carolina, and have now married my friends. Let me be the first to introduce Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Shanin.

Saturday, March 08, 2003

My brother David is on the web. Ok, I cheated. I put him on the web, but still... He has a page on the Family website now. These are pictures from his office.

Dave Eckels

Book Review: Tao Te Ching: A New English Version. This is a beautiful, lyric translation of the Tao Te Ching. It's simple, clear prose makes it very approachable, especially for those who may be new to the material. I own both the full size paperback and the compact edition. Both are wonderful. The compact edition sacrifices none of the words, yet fits neatly in a shirt pocket. It's great for travel, although some readers may find the print a bit smallish.


Friday, March 07, 2003

The Greenville Spartanburg Anderson Technology Council is online! In just a few weeks, the work of the GSATC board will bear fruit. We will have the first meeting of the GSATC, a group dedicated to bringing together the IT community in Greenville for the purposes of networking and educating the greater IT community. The website is at

Thursday, March 06, 2003

How do you take care of your brand new Betta? Linda brought a Betta Splendens home a few days ago and I have been scouring the web in an attempt to determine how to keep him (or her) happy, healthy, and alive. So far, is the most complete website I have found. It claims to be the largest site on the web about Bettas. It does have a lot of information, and the author seems to be very knowledgable. Take a look.

Monday, March 03, 2003

The Future We Were Promised, a collection of the rediscovered works of A. C. Radebaugh. The Lost Highways Archive have a number of prints of the futuristic work of A. C. Radebaugh on display, for sale, and best yet, for online viewing. Brought to you by the same people who imagined the Family Car on Mars, the Future We Were Promised is a delightful array of automobile advertisements for Chrysler, Desoto, and Dodge; many annual issue covers of MOTOR magazine; and dozens of other illustrations of how this commercial artist envisioned an idealized future from his vantage of the 1950s. If you like cars with fins, you are going to love this show. See it online.

I long time ago I wrote a TealInfo Folio for my Palm. It contained a simple, easy to reference list of FRS Frequencies, GMRS frequencies, and the NOAA weather frequencies as well. I did it mostly because I was intrigued with the nice looking folios you can make with TealInfo. I submitted the FRS Frequencies folio to PalmGear and then Teal Systems submitted it as well under a different name. Between the two entries, this simple piece of software, for which I was sure there would be no interest at all, has been downloaded almost 500 times!

Saturday, March 01, 2003

I just made a nifty, new update to It has the blog on the front page.