Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Pounding the pavement

The last Tuesday in November, and the demolition of the old Bank of Carbondale building continues, as I pounded the pavement around Town Square drumming up support for a new newsletter. With many print newsletters under my belt, this should be a piece of cake (no pounds intended).

I also paid a visit to City Hall and recorded a brief interview with someone who knows who to talk to about how the section of Illinois Avenue known as 'The Strip' got stripped. Apparently, the Planning Department still has copies of previous plans that lead to the current semi-decimated state of the street; some photos, too.

Speaking of photos, here's the latest on old Bank of Cdale bldg. 
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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Chin up

Been taking it on the chin lately, Bloggee. A certain journalist-blogger has seen fit to blast me indirectly at the end of a recent post to his own blog because I only sign my first name to mine. Jim Muir's dump comes at the end of his rant against anonymous employees of Shawnee Correctional Center, which I mostly agreed with: Anonymous mudslingers are chickenshits. But I felt compelled to comment on his apparent belief that the opposite of a by-lined journalist is a 'coward'.

Blogs took another (glancing) blow earlier this month when a certain City Councilman disparaged the credibility of blogs at a City Council meeting. But don't take my word for it, believe your ears.

But I won't let these guys dishearten me. In fact, I'm planning to launch a new blog shortly -- one that will likely find its way into print even before my blook is published in January. Getting it out will be "chin up" exercise before editing the 900-plus pages of this blog into an award-winning blook.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Now you see it

Here's a site that gives you a "Google Video of the Day" such as this fun take on: Matrix Ping Pong. How'd they do that? You can browse through Googles Video yourself at random, or through a specific search.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

President Poshard

It's good to see the SIU's Board of Trustees has chosen Glenn Poshard to be the system's President: The Chair of the SIU Board of Trustees, Roger Tedrick, called Poshard's [unanimous] selection "a watershed decision in the University's proud history," along the lines of say . . . what?
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Saturday, the wrecking crew took the day off. Tomorrow, too, probably. The Daily Egyptian that the Bank plans a park area. Once the building is razed, the south wall of ABC Liquors building will be exposed; a wall in need of a graphic artist.

Friday, November 18, 2005

The DE reports: Stage Company in Carbondale no more.

The demolition of the old Bank of Carbondale building on the corner of Main and Washington Streets continued with a bang yesterday, as bricks and mortar flew. Each day, this blog will publish another photo documenting the process. As old as the building is, perhaps some anthropological excavation can take place, after it is razed . . . before it becomes a parking lot.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Historic building demolition begins

Today began the demolition of the old Bank of Carbondale building on the corner of Main and Washington Streets. As it progresses this blog will provide some "time lapse" photos of the process.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Hard Rain

Southern Illinois was "due" for some severe weather, and yesterday it rained up a storm: causing flooding across Jackson County: "The storm system, which began late Monday night with severe thunderstorms, dumped anywhere from six to 10 inches of rain across the region, said National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Shanklin."
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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Back to Blogger

For the past year, I've been using Wordpress instead of Blogger, for reasons explained at the time the switch was made. But now that Picasa photo organizing software allows users to post images directly to Blogger, I'm switching back. . . . Beginning now, with some photos snapped around town.... Who knows? Maybe they'll make into my blook.