MLK Day in Chapel Hill


Above is a candid pic by Nathan L. Walls, showing yours truly at Saturday’s hum & soc sci session. The teeshirt is from the Swedish Skeptics and reads “I am skeptical” in an obscure North-European language.

Yesterday’s highlights were

  • An informal brunch with congressman Brad Miller, who came across as low-key, thoughtful and friendly, with a serious interest in science policy and gender equality issues. Few US politicians ever come across as half as trustworthy in the media. I wonder if I’ve ever actually talked to a Swedish congressman?
  • A sunlit 7 km walk into Chapel Hill along a six-lane highway.
  • Dinner, geocaching and general sightseeing in near-deserted Chapel Hill.
  • A moonlit 7 km walk back to the Holiday Inn.

I’m calling a taxi before I leave the motel to head for the Morehead Planetarium. Chapel Hill hasn’t got many museums, and furthermore most are closed today because of it being Monday and/or MLK Day. The latter seems like a strange reason to me, because people are more likely to visit a museum when they don’t work, right?

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  1. #1 Jonathan Jarrett
    January 21, 2008

    But some of us museum staff like to take our holidays at the same time as the rest of our families too you know! Not me obviously! but some…

  2. #2 Libertarian Girl
    January 21, 2008

    The museum staff, in many cases such as the UNC art museum, are public employees and are required by law to have MLK Day off.

  3. #3 Bob O'H
    January 21, 2008

    Pah! Not obscure enough. Try “Olen skeptinen”.

    (anyone care to translate into slangi?)


  4. #4 Lassi Hippeläinen
    January 21, 2008

    “(anyone care to translate into slangi?)”

    Not possible with the printable subset of slangi. For us street kids it’s the default attitude anyway, so we have no need to print it…

    The Finnish skeptics do have a t-shirt, but it isn’t printed in Finnish, and it fits only extraterrestials:

  5. #5 Nathan L. Walls
    January 23, 2008

    I’ll speak up as base10 and the photographer in question. Thanks for presenting!

  6. #6 Martin R
    January 24, 2008

    Thanks for participating!

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