Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Paint dot net

I have been playing with the newest release of paint.net, my favorite free photo software. I like this impressionistic version of this rarely seen view of the town of Clendenin:
Here is the original shot:

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Charleston's Riverfront Plan

In yesterday's Gazette Jim Balow wrote that the riverfront plan has been completed and submitted to city council members. This morning I get get an email from the Charleston Riverfront folks that seems to have lots of things written between the lines. An excerpt of that email follows:
It appears that the City of Charleston now has a Riverfront Master plan that was announced this morning in the Gazette newspaper by James Balow in the Today section.

Little information was given to Mr. Balow other than a notification that the Master Plan was available but only available to those who want to pay 20.00 for a copy of

All I can really inform you of is that plan “A” was chosen and that the cost of the 4-mile stretch of upgrades will be approximately 27.1 million dollars.

I have not received any kind of notification as to any details about a public meeting to unveil the choice that our City Counsel and Mayor have made on our behalf.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

President Manchin?

At 6:00 today a local TV news story dared to raise the proposition of our own Governor Joe Manchin as a candidate for Vice-President or even President. This is not the first time I have heard such musings.

In the height of the Sago mine drama my co-worker walked into my office and told me to note the time and date because he was going to be the first to predict "Manchin for President 2008." I scoffed. Not that I don't think he could have what it takes, but that he's from West Virginia, for crying out loud. That would be like a governor from Georgia or Arkansas getting elected to the White House. How crazy would that be?