Monday, March 31, 2008

April is National Poetry Month -- How will you celebrate?

It's not too late to plan for National Poetry Month. It starts tomorrow. Maybe you could blog a new Haiku every day, or better yet, a Limerick.

The Greenville County Library System has a number of programs scheduled, and they all start with a little bit of poetry and some sidewalk chalk.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 the Greenville County Library System staff will kick off National Poetry Month by inscribing their favorite verse on the library sidewalks. This “Poetry Fools Event” will begin at 10:00a at all library branches.

National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets as a month-long, national celebration of poetry. The concept was to increase the attention paid-by individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our poetic heritage, and to poetry books and magazines. In the end, the Academy hopes to achieve an increase in the visibility, presence, and accessibility of poetry in American culture. National Poetry Month has been successful beyond all anticipation and has grown over the years into the largest literary celebration in the world.

My taste in poetry is pretty pedestrian. How many techno geek poets are there? I've written a bit of poetry myself. I've even read bits to my family and friends. It is not without some shouting down by my inner critic however, as I obsessively plague myself with the following quote from Heinlein's Lazarus Long:

A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.

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What if Darth Vader's nephew managed your local grocery?

Chad Vader explores the possibility in this very funny video.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Why you should start your startup BEFORE the recession ends

Think the recession is a good reason not to start a business? I think you're probably wrong. In a post at The Industry Standard, Melissa Chang nails down Five reasons why a recession is a good time to start a company.

A recession is actually a great time to nurture and incubate a small company. Here are five reasons why:

1) A recession forces founders to be frugal. Starting a company without a lot of money is an excellent discipline for entrepreneurs and for every early-stage company. While it may feel painful to track every dime, the lessons that frugality teaches are invaluable. Having limited capital leads to creative thinking, healthy deliberation about expenditures, and the need for founders to pay very close attention to cash flow, budgets and balance sheets.

Read: Melissa Chang


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Podcast: John Warner previews Innoventure 2008

At tonight's Tech After Five event with the GSATC, I caught John Warner and asked him what we should expect at the upcoming Innoventure conference. If you're wondering what the value of the event will be to you, this should make it perfectly clear who benefits from Innoventure and why. There is no better event in the upstate to see what tomorrow might bring.

mp3: [Download Audio]

qv: Innoventure 2008 Conference - March 25,26


Calling all South Carolina Bloggers and Podcasters

I'd like to put together a list of all of the Bloggers / Podcasters / Videocasters in South Carolina. Are you interested in putting together such a list or being part of that group? Then add your info using the form below!

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Meet Vampire Singles

A friend of mine says she is a fan of a band called "Vampire Weekend"

I'd never heard of them so I did a search.

The following sponsored link (advertisement) appeared at the top of my search results:
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I thought Vampires only came in singles. You mean there are couples and maybe even six packs?

qv: Search: Vampire Weekend


Saturday, March 08, 2008

Success with long exposure night photography

One of the upcoming episodes of our Live call in for Your Day is going to feature digital photography. We'll talk about whatever the callers want, but getting tough pictures captured successfully usually seems to be a recurring theme. Here is a long exposure night shot in fog that I took in downtown Greenville. If you like it, why not give it a click and mark it a fave at Flickr. If you've got a photo question you'd like us to answer on the show, why not put it in a comment on this post or drop me an email at the address on the sidebar.

GreenvilleSC West End 200802-150

qv: Phil's Flickr Photos

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