This is another example of two West Virginia guys doing some really cool tools in the world of Web 2.0.
Things of interest to me.
Some residents of Charleston's East End already have free wireless Internet access, and the rest should have it by the end of the year, the program manager for East End Main Street said Tuesday.
After months of delays, the free wireless Internet has been in testing mode for the last month, Ric Cavender said.
On Thursday, East End Main Street officials, along with Gov. Joe Manchin and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, will announce more details about the project. The news conference is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Thursday in front of the East End mural in the 400 block of Elizabeth Street. Attendees should bring laptop computers, Cavender said.
About 200 users have logged on to test the East End wireless network in the last 2 1/2 weeks, he said - pretty good considering East End Main Street didn't announce the test.
June 16, 2008
Dear W.Va. Bloggers:
Saturday’s meeting to prepare for the June 20 “aBetterWestVirginia Day” blogging project was very productive. After much discussion of West Virginia’s image, attendees recognized our blogging effort should serve to “define West Virginia from the inside out” and create “new stereotypes” of the state.
Your involvement is welcomed, and should you feel compelled, HERE’S THE BREAKDOWN:
· PREPARE a simple blog post that communicates your vision for a “NEW STEREOTYPE” of West Virginia. Feel free to discuss initiatives, events, people, places, opportunities, etc., that help to positively “DEFINE WEST VIRGINIA FROM THE INSIDE OUT.” There are no right/wrong answers. Your individual thoughts and perspective serve as the fuel for this effort.
· PUBLISH your blog post evening of June 19, or preferably, during early morning on June 20.
· NOTIFY me via email (email@example.com) soon as you’ve posted. I’ll create a central listing of “aBetterWestVirginia Day” blog posts at www.aBetterWestVirginia.com, and news media across the state will be referred there.
p.s. – Feel free to circulate this message to other bloggers and know that I am available for your questions/comments.
The UNDERGROUND KITCHEN is not a restaurant. It's like a giant dinner party with great friends you haven't met yet. And a surprise menu prepared from local ingredients by hometown gourmands.
Our goal was simple: lure unsuspecting charlestonians to an undisclosed location, feed them a delicious meal, and have enough fun that we feel like doing this again. Charleston’s very first UNDERGROUND KITCHEN was a success on all counts.
WASHINGTON -- There's alarming news on the cultural front. After 60 years, the Men's Dress Furnishing Association, its membership down from 120 to 25, is disbanding. The association is the trade group of American necktie makers.
This could leave us naked to the looming menace of foreign neckwear, but that doesn't seem to matter much anymore because a key reason for the group's demise is that men no longer seem to be wearing neckties.
All of this was front-page news in The Wall Street Journal, whose readers constitute perhaps the last great bastion of tie-wearers in the United States. But, according to a Gallup poll cited in the story, only 6 percent of American males wear ties to work, down from 10 percent in 2002.
That seems low to me but maybe not. On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," host Joe Scarborough doesn't wear a tie nor do any of the other males on the show except conservative voice Pat Buchanan, very much a traditionalist and maybe the exception that proves the rule. When a conservative Republican ex-congressman eschews a tie it means this trend has struck deep into the body politic.
The episode that features "Comfort Food" will show host Guy Fieri showcasing the Huntington cafe's cornbread, as well a Baltimore cafe with a variety of French Toast, a third-generation family place in San Antonio with comfort food Texas-style and a bakery-turned-restaurant in south Florida.