Public Art in and Around Indianapolis

While doing a little online research last weekend I came across the Indianapolis Public Art websiteEven better they have a Public Art Locator that pinpoints pieces on a Google map.  It’s pretty amazing the number of statues and sculptures in the area.  I wanted to share the site with the IndyScan visitors since it’s an awesome resource.

What are some of your favorite pieces in Indianapolis?  I’m a big fan of the Brick Head on Mass Ave. and the Solders and Sailors monument.

Tweets from 1939

Every once in a while a great idea comes along that, once you hear it, is so obvious!

On Aug 31, 2011 a British man named Alwyn Collinson started a 6 year project that uses Twitter to send out messages from World War II.  These messages are reports of the war as they happen on the same day and time over 70 years ago.  The messages are brief and often have links to related historical images.

@RealTimeWWII has grown in popularity over the months and as of the time of this writing has 160,000 users following the action.

As you can imagine there’s a lot of information to be relayed and the timing of the messages are what makes this so unique.  Mr. Collinson uses an online scheduling tool called SocialOomph to keep the entire project moving.

I first learned about this project from an article in the New York Times.  They have a great writeup that also talks about other similar projects.

If you’re a WWII fan you should check this out. An RSS feed is also available but requires a Facebook account to access.

Book Review: Sh*t My Dad Says

After a 3 month reading hiatus I’m one again getting a lot of use out of the Amazon Kindle I purchased last last year.   The latest title to be delivered by WhisperSync is “Sh*t My Dad Says” by Justin Halpern.

From the Publisher: After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him…

What started as a Twitter account that posted the various things his father said, Mr. Halpern collected the quotes and stories and turned them into a book.  CBS has even picked the concept up and is turning it into a sitcom staring William Shatner!  I personally think Jerry Stiller would have been a better choice…

About the Book: Sh*t my Dad Says is a very quick read.  With short chapters and pages of one liners it’s a book that’s easy to pickup and read for a few minutes at a time.  If you take it on a trip you could finish it in a day. If you are easily offended by profanity (especially the F-Bomb) you will not like this book.  If you’re unsure, check out the Twitter feed first.

The star of the book is the dad.  The constant stream of one liners that come out of his mouth are priceless, unique and hilarious.  You want to keep reading so you’ll keep laughing.  Unfortunately the book ends too soon.  Amazon is selling the Kindle version for $9.99 & I’ve seen the book in stores for $14.99.  This is one of those titles you can buy, read & pass on to friends & family.

If you’re looking for a fun and witty book for the summer, add Sh*t My Dad Says to your list.

Signal to Noise

hlg_twitter_firedI realized the other day that I really was not using Twitter as mush as i used to…  I realized that following 250+ people just created to much noise & no matter how hard I tried I just could not keep up with the noise.

So, in a last ditch effort to keep my Twitter activity alive I decided it was time to thin the herd.  Reviewing all of the people I was following made me realize i just was not interested in a lot of these people.  I started un-following with abandon & managed to trim things down to a more reasonable 100.

I’m going to make it a point to keep the number I’m following on Twitter to 100.  if I want to add someone, someone has to go…

Anyone else find twitter to be unusable over a certain number of “friends”?