Trick or Treat Mini-Swiss 2006 Monday, Oct 30 2006 

Thirty-three chess players competed in the 15th annual Trick or Treat Mini-Swiss held Sunday, October 29th in the Hamilton Williams Campus Center. Chess Master Allen Bennett won all three of his games in the top section. Micahel Boris Vilenchuk, currently ranked #5 on the list of U.S. 12 year olds, finished second with 2.5 points. Jim Dohnal, Marysville, returned to competitive chess after about thirty years and captured top honors in the ten-player section B. Murray Weber, Upper Arlington, Dennis Woodland, Utica, and Will Kirby, Columbus, shared second place in the section. In section C, Greg Clemens, Zanesville, and J. W. Holes, Cincinnati, shared first place honors with 2.5 points. In section D, Rob Bradford, Delaware, and Mark Sullivan, Whitehall, also tied for first place with 2.5 records. Overall, it was a “treat” to observe these chess players work on their games.

Hocking Hills Saturday, Oct 21 2006 

Concles Hollow

Conkles Hollow

The blue sky and leaves at their peak made this a perfect day for a drive in the Hocking Hills area. A quick view of the Cantwell Cliffs was followed by a hike around the Conkles Hollow rim trail. The vistas of the valley featured contrasting yellow and brown leaf colors. After the recent rains, the trail was a bit muddy. Lots of other friendly and considerate visitors were on the trail. A small group of re-enacters camping near the parking area offered a view into the area’s history. The visit to this scenic area of Ohio concluded with a short walk to see Cedar Falls. The water burst over the cliff with its unique twist. My pictures don’t do justice to the beauty of this autumn day.

Claude AnShin Thomas Friday, Oct 20 2006 

Claude AnShin Thomas, author of At Hell’s Gate : A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace (Shambhala, 2004) and a Buddhist monk, is in Columbus this weekend. I was privileged to hear him at a community forum this evening. He shared from his spiritual practice and life experience. Meditation is a way of living, being aware of what is distracting in the present moment. We must live differently; live into a new way of thinking. Healing is learning to live with the experience. Mindfulness practice helps us to find reconciliation from emotional suffering and offers the possibility of transformation. Are you awake!

Columbus Zoo Sunday, Oct 15 2006 

Golden Pheasant

Golden Pheasant

What better place to walk on a beautiful fall day than the Columbus Zoo? Take note of the colorful plumage of the Golden and Reeves pheasants in the new Asia Quest exhibit. The mandrill presented an interesting pose. The fall flowers will soon be gone. Enjoy them while you can.

EDUCAUSE Friday, Oct 13 2006 

Yesterday I returned from the EDUCAUSE annual conference, “Spurring Innovation & Marshalling Resources,” in Dallas. EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. This annual conference combines outstanding programs and exhibits with plenty of networking opportunities.

The big name speakers included Vinton Cerf, an evangelist for Google, and Ray Kurzweil, inventor and futurist. I attended a variety of interesting presentations: the University of North Carolina’s program for experimentation with emerging technologies; Emory’s creative use of physical space for computing; the University of Pennsylvania’s development of tagging for books, journal articles and web resources; a report on surveys at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan on how faculty like to learn about technology; copyright infringement from the inside (at Cornell); the information fluency initiative at the University of Central Florida; and the results of this past year’s MISO (Merged Information Services Organizations) survey. I also attended the Gartner 2006 update and several short thought provoking presentations from EDUCAUSE’s emerging technologies committee.

Vendors provided interesting and entertaining exhbits as well as hosting special events. One night I enjoyed food and beverage from the 50th floor of the Hyatt Regency. I even won a 2G iPod nano! The conference-wide social event was at the Eddie Deen Ranch in downtown Dallas. The food was excellent and plentiful. The entertainment featured several musical groups including Ronnie Milsap. A magician dressed as a Western dude awed us with his baffling tricks. How did he do that? A longhorn bull was available as a prop for pictures. If I receive enough requests, perhaps I’ll post my picture. Great conference! Hope to see you next year in Seattle.

OSU vs. Bowling Green Sunday, Oct 8 2006 

Attending my first Ohio State football game was quite an experience.  The clear blue sky and moderate temperature created perfect conditions for enjoying the day.  I had no idea to what lengths “real tailgaters” prepare for game day.  The flat screen TVs and sound systems were unexpected outside buses and motor homes adorned in scarlet and gray.  My introduction to tailgating also included a live band, Swarm.  I was impressed with the lack of congestion entering and leaving the Ohio stadium.  Although more than 100,000 people participated in this ritual event, it felt intimate.  Our seats in the south end had a great view of the game.  Oh, and Ohio State won 35-7.

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