Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Well this video is of IL Ave Playground in East St. Louis where our class will be working this weekend. We expect a lot of work and action to take place then so look for more excitement in the next video.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
In my estimation this is an example of transformative technology. It is a flip video camcorder that is not much bigger than some cell phones, has three function buttons and takes very good quality images. Easy video for the masses and people like me who can't deal with a zillion features that boggle the mind. Watch for video uploads to this blog.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I am forever doing battle with the squirrels. I love feeding the birds but not paying to fatten up these varmints! I may have a Ph.D. but those little #@*!?#!+s beat me every time. And to add further humiliation Kathy finds it very amusing and has named the little monsters.
Friday, March 14, 2008
My Noble Hall office is between a number of dorms and I couldn't help but be impressed by some students who must have been experiencing problems with their TV. In a moment of frustration it was tossed out of a 4th story window to the sidewalk below.
I have no idea what this really represents but I saw a group of 5-6 female students in a circle looking toward the ground and in what appeared to be a deep conversation. Later after they departed I checked out what they had left behind and although it is not apparent in this image it says something like "We mis you and wish you were here Maria" None of my business but it sure raises some issues in my mind.
Monday, March 10, 2008
I'm not supposed to eat bacon but occasionally do. This is from our local Homer butcher who cures the bacon for a week and then cuts it off a slab as you order it. The curing for processed meat in the grocery store takes a day at best and is not from locally raised pork. Obviously this bacon is very different and much better than that from the grocery store, but I'm still not supposed to indulge.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Here I am with Mrs. Drake who is the energy behind the Illinois Avenue Playground project first done by U of I students in 1993. Joining us is Irma Golliday the Director of the ESL Park District. Mrs. Drake is very passionate about this little park and the sign that represents it. We are trying to repaint and fix up the sign for her. In addition the FAA 391 class is working on a project to establish an adopt-a-park program for local residents to help beautify and maintain the park.
This cheap part that should cost a few bucks actually is a $52 item from General Electric. Due to a manufacturer's defect the cold water dispenser in our refrigerator freezes up and this is a heater (!) to keep it flowing. Yes, a heater in a refrigerator. To add insult to injury as my Grandmother would have said, the bill for labor cost has yet to arrive. Think twice about purchasing GE appliances.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
A friend from East St. Louis, Riley Owens, asked me to see what I could find out about a velum document he had that was dated 1700. This is Alvan Bregman the Rare Book Librarian at the U of I looking it over. He was actually able to read the Old English. Bottom line is it's not valuable but an interesting old legal document.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
One of the projects taken on by our Action Research class is to form an adopt-a-park neighborhood group for the Illinois Ave. Playground in East St. Louis. Here is a local youth lending a hand, Janni and some of our students cleaning up the park.
One of our ongoing ESLARP Outreach Weekend projects is to help preserve materials from the Dunham estate in the two old homes that were used for storage. What you see here are items taken from an unopened large crate that had been sent from Africa some years ago. The chair appears to be intricately inlayed with ivory, the sculpture/table(?) is very unusual and the masks are always interesting. All these items were moved to the museum for safe keeping.