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On Thursday night I went to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro blogger MeetUp. Actually, I did not plan on going – my wife was out of town and I had kids on my hands on a schoolday, so I told Anton in advance that I would not be coming this time.

But, the previous day both of my kids bugged me about some online stuff, asking me how certain things are done and I had no idea how to help them! I promised I’d ask my blog friends. But then, I had an Eureka moment and asked my kids if they would rather ask my blog friends in person! They were quite enthusiastic about it so we went all three of us to Open Eye Cafe.

Anton has posted the minutes of the meetup so you can see who was there and what we talked about.

About half of the people present will be coming to and in some way be involved in organizing the North Carolina Science Blogging Conference so we talked about it a little bit.

A brand new microbiology blog – Microblogology was born right then and there – at the Meetup.

We got new Blogtogether posters so we can promote the local blogging community and draw more people to blogging.

Anton has a great idea for a Food Blogging Coneference to be held at various eating/drinking locations in the area. What would be the best place to go to taste good wines and talk/blog about them? Abel?

Anyway, my kids did not get the direct answers to their questions, but, the whole event energized them so much they both got on the computer yesterday and today and each figured out for themselves the answers to their questions: Coturnix Jr. solved his Flash problem and Coturnietta figured out how to modify her template the way she likes. And Roy got us the information needed for Coturnix Jr. to upload his Flash animations online.

Also, Rob helped me properly report the unusual appearance of the blue-thraoated hummingbird in North Carolina and also drew my attention to yet another discovery of a new bird species.


  1. #1 Abel Pharmboy
    October 7, 2006

    Well, I am partial to your neck of the woods and The West End Wine Bar; great atmosphere with couches, live jazz, and an incredible selection of wines by the glass.

    An alternative is that I have been accumulating my monthly shipments of North Carolina wines to the point I could have a blind tasting, much like Erleichda had for Virginia wines.

    Plenty of other options, but West End has always been at the top of my list.

  2. #2 steve s
    October 8, 2006

    Damn. I wasn’t paying attention. I probably walked past Open Eye today on the way to Starbucks while you guys were there.

  3. #3 coturnix
    October 8, 2006

    That was Thursday. Come by next time!

  4. #4 Owen
    October 8, 2006

    I think you missed the plum in the pie – “This description is noteworthy in that one of the two birds caught by the team and used in the description as a type specimen was released unharmed, a DNA sample and photographs having been taken. This is the first time that a live specimen has been used for the description of a new bird following the approval by the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature of such techniques last year.” Finally an end to taxonomic butchery? Or what happened to the second bird?

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