Monday, December 29, 2008

Mm, Mm, Good 

That's what Campbell soup is for its inclusive new Swanson ad campaign that includes a two-mom family in one of its spotlights on celebrity chefs.  The rabidly anti-gay American Family Institute is, of course, demanding that Campbell pull the ads:

“Not only did the ads cost Campbell's a chunk of money, but they also sent a message that homosexual parents constitute a family and are worthy of support.”
Yeah, and?

To Campbell's further credit, the company is basically telling the AFA to take a corporate hike:

"Our position on this is pretty straightforward,” company rep Anthony Sanzio told AdAge. “Inclusion and diversity play an important role in our business, and that fact is reflected in our marketing plan. For more than a century, people from all walks of life have enjoyed Campbell's products, and we will continue to try to communicate in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them.”


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Posted by Beth Henderson at 7:11 AM
Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Puppy, and Trek 


More Tree 


Christmas Tree 


Space Truckers, Year of Astronomy 

NASA announced yesterday that it has awarded contracts to two companies to haul cargo between Earth and the International Space Station.   SpaceX and Orbital Sciences will deliver 20 tons of material for a total of $3.5 billion through 2016.  This program is designed to bridge the gap between the retirement of the space shuttles and the launch of the replacement line.  

Also of note is that 2009 is the UN-designated International Year of Astronomy.  This year was chosen as it includes the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of an astronomical telescope.  The main theme is "The Universe, Yours to Discover."  So get out there and discover it.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 6:37 AM
Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Hard Working Solar 


Hard Working Solar
Originally uploaded by RSLS
The big snow hit before we pulled up the solar driveway lights, so our
plow guy piled them up ok our doorstep. Where they still sit, of
course. Today the sun came out, and I'll be darnedif they aren't
shining away in their partially buried state!

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 7:02 PM
Saturday, December 20, 2008

Amtrak to Wilmington and Back 

I'm back from another business trip, so that means... pictures!  These were all taken from the iPhone, which also geotags each shot as it's taken.  That means I can put them on the map using the coordinates logged, rather than having to try to figure it out based on time and context.  The iPhone GPS is pretty accurate, too.  Many pictures from the train it placed actually on the tracks on the map.  Anyway, check out the photoset for lots of stories.  

Info not included in the photoset:  Two new restaurants - Potstickers and Home Grown Cafe, both in Newark, Delaware.  

Potstickers is in a nondescript plaza-style shopping area, surrounded by Home Depot, Best Buy, Red Lobster, etc.  But don't let that fool you - it's freaking delicious!  Chinese and sushi.  One of the guys I was traveling with had tried sushi once but didn't like it.  We convinced him to try it again and he now wants to know where a good sushi place is in the greater Boston area.  I sent him to Samba in Framingham, of course.  The three of us shared the Potsticker's Angry Tuna Roll, the Sea Dragon Roll, Volcano Roll and of course an order of Peking Style Pork & Napa Cabbage Potstickers.  We also had the Honey Teriyaki Salmon in case the hesitant one didn't like the sushi, but it was hardly touched.  At the end of the meal we all had a bite just so it wouldn't go completely to waste.

Home Grown Cafe is in Historic Downtown Newark (Delaware, not NJ) and is a funky place with a wide variety of patrons, from college students to business folks to retirees.  Good food, good atmosphere.  It's on the main street and parking seemed like it could be tricky, but we lucked out and got a spot right in front.  I had the Pan Asian Hot and Sour Soup (very spicy) and the New Skool Gyro (good, but the lamb was just a little tough).  Also a very good latte.  My dining companion (the sushi convert) had the Mushroom Soup and the Pan Seared Salmon, both of which he said he enjoyed very much. 

Anyway, click on the photo, taken as the train was about to enter Penn Station, to go to the complete set:




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Posted by Beth Henderson at 8:05 AM
Friday, December 19, 2008

New Haven 


New Haven
Originally uploaded by RSLS
Here at the New Haven station, snow removal crews are hard at work.
What's really cool is that I'm checking my mail (both work and
personal), IM-ing, updating facebook, streaming podcasts, doing
Christmas shopping, checkimg my location by GPS and taking/posting
photos all from my iPhone on the train. It's a little slice of heaven!

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 2:36 PM

NYC 


NYC
Originally uploaded by RSLS
Heading into Penn Station.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 12:51 PM

Outside Rahway 


Outside Rahway
Originally uploaded by RSLS
The snow has begun on the Acela route. The Girl is picking me up at
the commuter rail station this evening in her Subaru.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 12:26 PM

Training Day 


Training Day
Originally uploaded by RSLS
Outside the Wilmington Amtrak station. Only rain here. I expect to
hit the snow around NYC.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 10:56 AM
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thomson-Reuters 


Thomson-Reuters
Originally uploaded by RSLS
I've gotten as far as Stamford now. We'll be going through NYC soon.
This is SOOO much better than flying. And I'm getting better at the
little iPhone keypad!

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 2:38 PM

Commuter Rail 


Commuter Rail
Originally uploaded by RSLS
Train to Boston.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 6:49 AM
Sunday, December 07, 2008

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120708_1232.jpg
Originally uploaded by RSLS
Zakes Cakes!

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 12:34 PM