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The Vatican Museum and Twitter

Last month we were in Italy for a few days, meeting our daughter who had been studying for the semester in Siena. She is majoring in History, Art History, and Medieval Studies and had reserved for us tickets for the aperitivo at the Vatican Museum. Opening at 7 pm with a drink and small portions of meat, cheese, and vegetables (with multiple servings) for our aperitivo, the museum was far less crowded in May and […]

International SBL – Ajax Stadium Tour anyone?

Next week I will be headed to the Netherlands for a few business visits and the International SBL meeting in Amsterdam. My family will be coming with me and my son is quite the little football/soccer player so we are going to take a tour of the Ajax stadium. Anyone can stop by, according to the site, but groups of ten or more can “choose to make a large tour of 2 hours, including an […]

Im Freiburg

I am very fortunate to be able to travel for Penn State this summer. I was recently named as chair of Freiburg “Faculty Implementation Committee Team,” or “FIT.” Last spring a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between PSU and the University of Freiburg. This is a university-wide agreement and we already have decades of collaboration between our two universities from philosophy to forestry and now energy and honors. In a few weeks over a […]

Hebrew Alphabet Soup – OSU Library

Tonight we had a great dinner on the 11th floor of the newly renovated Ohio State University library. As you enter you walk over a very cool metal “sculpture” of the English alphabet mounted in the floor. While waiting for the elevator I noticed that they had the paleo-Hebrew alphabet! Very cool! No, wait… You see the problem? The letters are correct, but they are “reading” from left to right instead of right to left. […]

Two observations, no, scratch that, two complaints about hotels

I travel a decent amount in this job so I spend a fair amount of time in hotels. When I was in college and graduate school I worked in hotels. (I was the weekend manager for a small hotel in Oxford for just over 3 years.) I have opinions about hotels. Sometime in the last five years someone decided that cleaning staff should close the drain stopper in sinks and tubs, presumably to indicate that […]

Tweets from the road

Read in reverse order. One more flight today. 6 flights in 3 days. @ San Diego International Airport (SAN) Mine! Mine! @ Edgewater Grill BMW: CHiPs has moved up in the world. @ Starbucks (Piazza Carmel) Bird @ Starbucks Coffee (La Costa) Drinking coffee in CA can cause cancer. Who knew? @ Starbucks Coffee (La Costa) Waiting in the LV airport…with Lion King music, you know that haaaaiiii lahaaiii bit, […]

Measuring up

We had a great time last week seeing old friends and family. On Lake Oneida we went to this quaint little old amusement park, Sylvan Beach. Pulled the boat up to the shore, waded on land and right into the park. You can see more pictures of that on flickr. (Sadly, my Sony A100 DSLR appears to be on its last legs. The autofocus motor is making horrendous sounds during start up.)