Maps, Rocks, and Places

Geography is about more than the capitals of countries you’ve never heard about.  Geography is about place, and anything that has a place is geography.  Geographers study the distribution and spread of disease.  They study how landforms are changed by the forces of man and nature.  They study the diffusion of slang terms.  They look at the distribution of particular styles of architecture within a community as a surrogate for the origin and culture of the people who live there.  Anything that has a place or a distribution in space is fair game.  Geography is about us and our world.  And most of all, geography is about maps.  Beautiful maps.

Geography is deep in our roots at the Turtlshel Project.  Come in and find out more than you ever knew there was.  And maps.  Beautiful maps.

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Sometimes there’s just nothing better than jeans and a pair of Chucks.  Or a good jacket.  A fine Oxford shirt.  Or a bow tie.  Bow ties are cool.  We’re not high fashion here – we just like to look and feel good.

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Learn Something New, Be Something More

Version 3.1 of YOU is just around the corner.  Maybe they’ll be announcing it at the next MicroApple Developers’ Conference.  I wonder what kind of FEATURES it will have.  Maybe a new degree, or a bunch of new skills?  Or maybe YOU 3.1 is just totally badass.  Upgrading YOU is up to YOU.  Be what you want to be.

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You have questions.  You do, really, I promise.  Or somebody had a question.  We have answers.  Lots of answers.  We have answers in search of questions.  We have answers in search of answers.  We even have answers that like foreign films and long walks on the beach.

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Quote of the Week – Thomas S. Monson

Quote of the Week – Thomas S. Monson

This is my plea tonight, because when we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the Spirit of Christ, for the Christmas spirit is the Christ Spirit. It will block out all the distractions around us which can diminish Christmas and swallow up its true meaning.

There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus Christ.

Because He came to earth, we have a perfect example to follow. As we strive to become more like Him, we will have joy and happiness in our lives and peace each day of the year. It is His example which, if followed, stirs within us more kindness and love, more respect and concern for others.

Because He came, there is meaning to our mortal existence.

Because He came, we know how to reach out to those in trouble or distress, wherever they may be.

Because He came, death has lost its sting, the grave its victory. We will live again because He came.

Because He came and paid for our sins, we have the opportunity to gain eternal life.

Because He came, we are gathered tonight to worship Him, in bonds of brotherhood and love.


Thomas S. Monson – Because He Came


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MLS Cup Right Now!!!

MLS Cup Right Now!!!

This is so exciting.  MLS Cup is right now.  And it isn’t even blacked out.  Just waiting for kick-off.  Go SKC!!!!


UPDATE: This has been quite the match.  11 degress.  Frozen ball.  Everyone running around like popsicles.  RSL scored right as MLS realized they out to black us out.  GRRRR.  But thank you to friends in Hong Kong who hooked us up.  You know who you are.

UPDATE: Beautiful tying goal from Zeus’ corner.

UPDATE: I probably ought to just be tweeting all this.

Nelson Mandela, Dead Today at 95

Nelson Mandela, Dead Today at 95

I was in music class, singing some silly song or other with the rest of the fifth graders.  Somehow an announcement came.  I can’t remember whether it was over the intercom, or a messenger came from the office.  In my memory it is a messenger from the office with a note, but that memory doesn’t feel reliable.  The music teacher wept.  That part I know happened for sure.  Apartheid, South Africa’s system of racial segregation and minority white rule, was over.

I cried too.  I didn’t know what Apartheid was.  I wasn’t sure whether I was crying for a happy thing or a sad thing.  The teacher explained about Apartheid.  It was foreign to me, sitting in that music room with the children mostly of engineers and machinists from around the world.  We learned about Nelson Mandela.  I never did know what connection my music teacher had to South Africa or Apartheid or Nelson Mandela to make her weep.

I understand there are many views of Mr. Mandela and the methods he used to achieve the successes he had.  Many in my parent’s generation, for example, have a completely different view.  Regardless, he has been a hero during the time I have known of him.

Nelson Mandela died today at the age of 95.

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