Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Travel Dichotomy

I traveled to a conference in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago. It was interesting to reflect on the atmosphere in my hometown vs. that of the conference venue. Isn't it great how even though it's annoying to stand in security lines at the airport, modern technology lets us go to such extremes as these within the course of one day:

Leaving in this morning, this was the view.

This was the view mid-afternoon.

And then that evening.

This guy was pretty good with the spray paint.

Above Fremont Street, just outside the hotel I was staying at, they have a TV that spans four blocks, with music videos and other stuff playing throughout the night. (Fast forward to 1:40 for Break on Through.)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Top 10 Things I Learned from TwHistory

I've had the opportunity to work on the TwHistory project over the past year and a half. It's been really fun and interesting. I've never been much of a history connoisseur myself, but it's turned me around.

I've surely learned more than 10 things from TwHistory research, but these are a few that come to mind:
  • There was a girl who really would stand at the bow of the Titanic after her nightly escapades.
  • Fort Bridger was just a couple small log cabins.
  • No one really won the Battle of Gettysburg.
  • Never leave the percussion cap on the hammer of your rifle.
  • If you don't burn towns as you march through them, the ladies treat you nicely.
  • Don't tie up the prophet's horse within rope's distance of a sinkhole.
  • If you're considering deserting the army, be prepared to dig your own grave and then be shot in it.
  • Only 3 of the 4 smokestacks on the Titanic were real; the last one was decoration.
  • The best time to raid the enemy's camp is just when they're sitting down to dinner.
  • History can be fun and interesting.