August 2010 Archives

Bath is hosting a public art exhibition with 100 large sculptures of lions, painted by artists, located in various places around the city. Some of the money for charity will be given to help protect dwindling numbers of lions in the wild. (London hosted a similar public event this year with 250+ elephants.)

During the lion-spotting, I came across one lion that was painted white and covered with many mobile-scannable barcodes (known as QR or QuickResponse barcodes). Using a mobile phone, the barcodes could be scanned, and this would display the location of another lion via a web URL; a URL to the official Facebook and Twitter groups were also present. (I remember first seeing this technology back in 2006 and blogging about it as an innovative way to share and market information.)

I enjoyed the innovative use of technology and art, and others who walked by the lion stopped to interact with the exhibit/technology as well.








A Trip to the Amish Country

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I have posted a few photos from Ohio's Amish Country that were taken this week.




Alabama Wedding

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I have just returned from my brother's wedding, which required a 9-hour road trip to northern Alabama (through Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee). (Along the way, we stopped off in Nashville, TN to see a replica of the Parthenon in Greece and between both journeys, I started and finished reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The wedding was held at a golf club with a picturesque on-site church and a fishing pond next to an open indoor/outdoor reception venue. (The presence of people fishing in the pond and the rocking chairs on the 'porch' in the motel lodging on-site was very southern.) The colours were orange and yellow, and lemonade and iced tea were served in large punch bowls with floral displays. There was a traditional wedding cake and a groom's cake (in the shape of the Ohio State football team logo).

On the way back, we stopped off at Hartselle, Alabama. This is a small village with several antique and craft shops. Down the road is the US Space and Rocket Center, and we stopped off at this museum to browse and to also look at the Star Wars exhibition, which consisted of props and costumes and models for the films. The final stop on the trip back was to the Jack Daniels whisky distillery.

I have published a few photos from the wedding below.




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