Archive for June, 2008

After having some great prospects like Pat Calathes from St. Joe’s the A10 yet again proved why it was a poor league by landing zero of its players in the draft. Why are any of the guys in the A10 going to get a shot when no one knows who they are because of the horrible A10 TV contracts of the last few years. Hopefully our new commish will fix that.

On another note, why did the Bobcats pass up Lopez to pick yet another guard? If your rationale is having two guards on your roster, you don’t fix that by using your first round pick on him. You use your 20th pick to do that. Traditional NBA herd mentality, draft PGs because the Bulls drafted a PG. Then we traded next year’s first round pick for a guy that will take a year to develop? Sounds to me like we gave up what will be another lottery pick. I hope Larry Brown proves me wrong.

Augustin’s a great player and I’m glad to have him in Charlotte, I just don’t get why GM Michael Jordan makes the decisions he does

As posted on NinerNation.net,

Draft Day 2008

2:20 PM- Playing Poker at the Taj in AC

Bob Johnson: “I wanna put together a team that will help us relocate to Miami”
Rod Higgins: “What do ya mean? Some of these guys are furniture movers?”
MJ: “Get me a drink Rod”

3:40: draft planning @ Del Frisco

Rod Higgins: “I’ve never heard of half of these guys and the ones I do know are way past their prime”
Larry Brown: “Most of these guys never had a prime”
MJ: “This guy here is dead”
Bob Johnson: “Cross him off then”

6:50 pm- Private Dance Room-Scores

Bob Johnson: Any ideas?
MJ: On how we can get worse?
Bob Johnson: Mmmmm…
MJ: How about a series of fines for good play? Maybe a $30,000 bonus to the guy voted Least Valuable Player.
Bob Johnson… we’re coddling these guys too much. Yeah!

9:40 pm MSG

David Stern: ” with the 20th pich, the Charlotte Bobcats select PePe LePew, France

9:41 pm- Backseat of a Limo heading back to AC

MJ: “I think he’ll fit right in with our team concept.”
Larry Brown: “That reminds me, I was going to ask you. What exactly *is* our team concept?”

9:57 pm- Pay phone outside othe Taj
Larry Brown to Agent- “Can you see if the Sixers will let me have my job back”

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I still have about 200 photos I’m editing for a future upload to Flickr as soon as ConnectedFlow fixes their FlickrExport plugin for iPhoto but in the meantime I thought I would post some of my favorite shots of the last few weeks. You can find directions to these locales and descriptions of the photos on my photography blog @ http://jritchphotography.wordpress.com/

I will still be posting evidence of my photography on this blog but i’ll mostly be linking to the other site because I like the way it presents the shots better 🙂

Courthouse Falls, an easy one to hike to

Kiesee Falls, a difficult one to hike to

Bird Rock Falls, Near my residence

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UNC Charlotte’s new front entrance will open on Thursday, June 26th providing a much needed change to the university area. The additional traffic light will slow down cars on University City Blvd. leading to a friendlier environment for pedestrians.

I received this notification today confirming the new traffic pattern,

The construction of the new
Main Entrance on Route 49 (University City Blvd) is near
completion. As a result, the new
Main Entrance will be open to incoming and outgoing traffic on Thursday,
June 26
. A traffic signal
has been installed at the new entrance and will be fully operational when the
new entrance opens. The old
entrance will no longer be accessible after the new entrance
Please inform
campus visitors of the change and use caution while adjusting to the new traffic

The old sign, pictured immediately below had been long overdue for an upgrade. An upgrade that will finally lead to an appropriate entrance for one of the largest universities in the state.


will soon be this,

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From the Urban Planet Charlotte Forums

I gotta tell you guys what happened on the train this morning. It was the 7:52 train heading inbound. I got on at 485 and stood in the back. At I believe Archdale a man tried getting on the train with a shopping cart full of big boxes and some bags. The conductor got on the p/a and told the guy he couldn’t bring the cart onboard, so the guy started unloading these boxes from the cart and putting them on the train. We all watched in disbelief. There must’ve been 10 or more big boxes, maybe 10 small boxes, and some bags of something. As it turned out, the bigger boxes were cases of beer, the smaller boxes were cases of cigarettes, and the bags were full of raw shrimp. This guy planned to take these somewhere to sell them. It took him maybe 2-3 minutes to load everything on the train. We couldn’t believe it. Finally we started moving again and this guy stood there with his boxes, smiling and asking at least twice why everyone was in a bad mood and nobody was smiling. “It’s Friday,” he said, “cheer up and smile!”

So at New Bern he decided it was time to get off the train. Of course, New Bern’s stations are on the outside of the train, so he had to unload all of these boxes from the far side of the traincar. More than one fellow passenger helped him get his boxes out, for the sake of speeding up the process. When he was finally done he cheerfully thanked those that helped and asked if anyone wanted a beer on him. We all politely smiled and chuckled at what we thought was a joke…until he broke open a case of Budweiser, grabbed a bottle in each hand, and ran back to the open train door, offering the beer to anyone that would take it. At first everyone resisted but then people started taking the beer, probably just hoping it would help get rid of this guy quicker…BUT…he went back to the case of beer, grabbed a couple more, came back to the train, and offered them up. By the time he was done he had probably passed out 8 beers. He then ran to the next train door up, and did the same thing. Finally the conductor managed to close the doors, and as we pulled away from the station we could see this guy giving a couple of beers to some Pepsi employees, through the barbed wire fence. It was crazy. And there we were, all laughing and smiling about it, with a train full of people holding beers.

But I thought the funniest part of the whole thing was that there was this older woman not far from me on the train who was riding for the first time. She wasn’t even sure which stop was hers but she knew she had to get to BofA Corporate Center. As this whole crazy event unfolded she was asking “I’ve never been on here before…is it like this all the time???” Could you imagine something like this being your first impression of the light rail?


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Started this book over a year ago and just finished it today. How many times does Friedman have to say “the world is flat” for us to get it? I’ve never read a book with so many anecdotal and innocuous stories just to prove that the title is far from misnomer.

Most of the content just seemed like common sense after reviewing modern econ theories and histories. This resulted in skimming about 1/4 of the book, mainly the stories that repeatedly resulted in “Hey guess what, here is yet more proof that the world is flat”

I can’t bash the whole book though.

While the story of globalization presented by Friedman is about 300 pages too long, it does contain some great advice on how America can change its policies to better enhance innovation among its future workforce. Information about the perfect storm facing the American workforce was intriguing and alarming. Stories of how less developed countries can harness our new world were encouraging.

Great for someone unfamiliar with modern economic theories and initially bitter to globalization. If you’ve read anything on modern global trends and economic principles released in the last 3 years, this book is not worth the price tag. Also, if you are familiar with “The internets” you probably have already figured out most of what Friedman is talking about.

I’m sure the stories presented in this book were revolutionary a few years ago… but apparently in a flat world books about globalization go out of date rather quickly.

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In a recent Charlotte Observer article on UNC Charlotte’s Master Plan open forum for the community, one of the participants was quoted as saying,

“Students who are 18 to 21 years old really don’t make the best
neighbors,” said Richmond Baker of the Wyndham Place neighborhood.
“They are really disruptive to communities near school.”

I think this quotation exemplifies the attitude regarding UNC Charlotte’s growth among the community. Two years ago when I attended an open forum hosted by University City representative on Charlotte City Council, Mike Barnes, there were many angry residents complaining of various things but after 2 and a half hours no one mentioned UNC Charlotte once. Not even once. The reality of the situation is that UNC Charlotte was here 60 years ago and it will be here 60 years from now. If you don’t like the fact that students will live in and around a university then you need to move.

This university is completely irrelevant in the minds of the people that live within a 2 mile radius of it. It is a great school. It has a great educational environment along with world class facilities and faculty. Tons of accomplished alums are continuing successful careers and 5 of the Fortune 500 CFOs graduated from here. Why do people completely ignore it?

There is a stigma attached to UNC Charlotte’s abbreviation, UNCC. It sounds like a community college. Like CPCC. RCCC. GTCC. Also, and it frustrates members of the university administration to no end, but until we have football and we change our given name (a full name change is not necessary, just change the name we call ourselves) the community will continue to view us as irrelevant.

Light rail to campus in 5-6 years from uptown and a building in center city will help. The first truly urban university building in the state of NC will be quite an accomplishment. However, the citizens of Charlotte must have an emotional connection to the campus. Charlotte can’t own the school until they can focus on the campus instead of the “University of North Carolina” and citizens won’t love the school until they play football.

I wish it could be another way but to believe that it was would be denial.

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I’ve been wanting to take a picture of the Sears/ABC Store building ever since I first saw it last summer because I thought it exemplified the reality of mountain life better than about any other thing in Brevard.

Time after time I passed the building and never stopped to get a picture until Mandeep and Jessica were in town last weekend. They even offered to pose, exemplifying their true feelings about the odd building and its implications for drunkeness and appliance purchasing.

After submitting the shot to consumer advocacy and education blog the Consumerist and its Flickr Pool the shot got selected for their weekly Friday finds. The most hilarious part about the whole thing is reading the comments on ABC stores by Consumerist readers…

Oh North Carolina, why do you restrict liquor purchases to singular locations?

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Now that UNC Charlotte is considering the adoption of Google Apps, Information Technology Services stated they wanted to hear from some students on how we use email. To answer their call for a window into student technology use, I wrote up this quick essay which captured my thoughts on the topic:

E-mail was originally created as the next evolution of US Postal Service mail. It was designed to become the electronic equivalent to what we now affectionately term “snail mail” in the same way that voicemail was designed to replace the receptionist. E-mail has served this purpose for many years adequately. In the last 3-5 years with the advent of the internet as a social medium, more than just a technical and limited modicum of communication, the messages and interactions that take place through an email address (evolved past existing just as the abbreviation of “electronic mail”) have become the equivalent of asynchronous instant communications.

Students use synchronous message technology whenever the corresponding groups can communicate at predesignated or instantaneously convenient time, however the modern campus communication solution should embrace the intersection between synchronous and asynchronous communication.

This leaves the student email policy maker with a decision on choosing between two principles: embrace both time modes of communication and harness the collaborative power that current technologies allow or stick with the past definition of email as a mere replacement for paper.

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