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Charleston Blue Moon

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Why are the experts telling us that on August 20/21 of this year, we will be experiencing a Blue Moon?  It was my understanding that a Blue Moon typically describes the second full moon in a single calendar month (an event which occurred every two to three years).  Apparently, the “rule” has been simplified for so many years, we lost track of the real definition.

Dating back to 1946, there was a misinterpretation of the “Blue Moon” term in Sky & Telescope, a misinterpretation that exists to this day.  Originally, the term Blue Moon was used to describe the third full moon in a season with four.  Confused?

Normally there are twelve (12) fully lit (or full) moons per year – three for every season in the year.  When a season has four (4) full moons, the third full moon of the season is described as the “Blue Moon.”

The term has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon. A literal “blue moon” (the moon appearing with a tinge of blue) may occur in certain atmospheric conditions, such as volcanic eruptions and exceptionally large fires, which leave particles in the atmosphere.

Owing to the rarity of a blue moon, the term “blue moon” is used colloquially to mean a rare event, as in the phrase “once in a blue moon”.

According to Wikipedia, the term’s origin was suggested to have been made for “intercalary month” arose by folk etymology, the “blue” replacing the no-longer-understood belewe “to betray”.  The original meaning would then have been “betrayer moon”, referring to a full moon which would “normally” (in non-intercalating years) be the full moon of spring, while in intercalating year, it was “traitorous” in the sense that people would have had to continue fasting for another month in accordance with the season of Lent.

July 4, 2013

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Have a very safe Fourth of July!  

God Bless the United States of America.

Talking About a Home

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Talking About a Home, “A Home Show on the Radio,” airs every Saturday, from 1pm to 2pm on 94.3 WSC-FM and online at www.943wsc.com.  This week Tim Barkley with Charleston Home + Design will be airing their show “On Location” at our location – eLifespaces on Meeting Street in Charleston!

Each week Tim features advice, antics, and information about local companies who can help bring your home up to its fullest potential.

Tune in on Saturday for the show to learn more about Charleston’s home + design community.

eLifespaces on WunderMap

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Our weather data goes live as eLifespaces connects our weather station to the great folks at Weather Underground.  Find us at: http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=KSCCHARL34

Weather Underground has developed the world’s largest network of personal weather stations (almost 23,000 stations in the US and over 13,000 across the rest of the world) that provides our site’s users with the most localized weather conditions available. Embracing the community aspect of the web, we have developed WunderPhotos, a section where our members upload and share photographs of weather related content; our popular Blogs section allows members to post weather-related blogs in addition to Jeff Masters’ widely-read WunderBlog.

In July 2012, Weather Underground became part of The Weather Channel Companies.

360 Hours

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Amazing what can be done in 360 hours!

We are not the only advanced technology nation on this Earth.  Time to pay attention.  :-o

The Connected You

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Observations and insights into the trends set forth at CES 2013 prompted the eLifespaces staff to create a presentation to the architectural community.

In the wake of accelerated technological adoption rates, consumer are evolving to expect the electronics in their lives provide solutions to a particular problem and want a developed solution handed to them. The Connected YouTMgives insights into the new demands being placed on our lifespaces and the technological expectations, which lay before us.

See the presentation!  Enjoy a refreshed look at how our lives are connected — to each other and the environment around us — and the evolving technological requirements being placed on structures where we live, work, and play.

Super Bowl 2013 Preparations

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

As preparations for Super Bowl XLVII move into final stages, commuters and visitors to the downtown New Orleans area will begin to see several roads and an exit near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome closed.  Since we do not have tickets, no need to concern ourselves over these details — our planning efforts will focus more closely to home.

Pregame preparations:

  • Make sure your big TV and sound systems are functioning properly.  Check this out early in the week.
  • Clean out your coolers, buckets or containers to hold drinks. Place them strategically so guests don’t always have to make a fridge run.
  • Ice >> you can never have too much.
  • Personalized drink cozies (or Red Solo Cups) >> have guests mark their initials (or symbols in the case of my friends) on them upon arrival.
  • Always stock a variety of non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Have on hand plenty of paper plates (small and large sizes), paper towels (extra absorbent), and toilet paper!
  • Check you bathrooms (all of them) stocking up with hand soap, clean towels and hand lotion.  Don’t forget the toilet paper mentioned in the item above.
  • Have trashcans strategically placed everywhere. You may want to line them with garbage bags, with extras placed in the bottom for quick-change outs.
  • Grant Clauser from Electronic House suggest to have the Puppy Bowl (http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl) playing on another TV Animal Planet Channel @ 3PM) somewhere in the house, because every now and then you need a break to calm down.

Game time

  • Have fun.
  • ‪The betting crowd is placing their money on the 49ers, who are now the five-point favorites.

Post Game

Know the phone number of your local cab companies.  No drinking and driving.  Consider engaging the services of several 18 – 20 year old who can shuttle guest home (for a fee).  Everyone wins!

Politicians Fiscal Cliff Windfall

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Plausible deniability, a term now assigned to our elected officials “set up” of this series of events to force a tax increase and substantive cut to the federal budget without ever being held accountable.  Brilliant.  They allowed this event to occur in order to protect them from repercussions by this most unpopular action.  Anyone in the House of Representatives (including Tim Scott (R-SC) who bailed to the Senate) having the designation of I-Incumbent should NOT be re-elected.  We should expect nothing less from this lot.  Jeers to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Thanksgiving 2012

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

On this Thanksgiving Day let us take stock of this year’s blessings be ever grateful for the God-given bounty that enriches our lives.

Be resolved to seek that which is true and positive and then build ideas and solutions upon that foundation. Discard the prejudices, complaining, moaning, bitching, and rhetoric that took us on the marathon of unconscious incompetence during this past election year.

As we gather to celebrate an American tradition handed down generation-to-generation, be grateful for the blessings of family, community, and country.

Personally, my day will have a few more moments for friends and laughter; and, it will have a lot more time to spend with loved ones.  I will be thankful and ever mindful of God’s grace bestowed upon us and for all who make our lives fulfilled.

Find It in Your Heart to Help a Pet

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

At the outset of 2012, Pet Helpers set its goals high.  Pet Helpers would find homes for more animals than ever before in its 35 year history. And they are making it happen!

Thanks to proactive efforts such as a robust foster care program, a comprehensive offsite adoption program, and mission-oriented adoption counseling, over 1200 animals have already found their FURever homes with wonderful families like yours.

Already, more animals have found homes than in all of 2011. But they are not done yet!  The goal is 1500 homes in 2012, and with your help they will get there.

For all who participate, THANK YOU for your continued support as the folks at Pet Helpers work towards achieving their mission of ending the euthanasia of companion animals in the Lowcountry through adoption and spay/neuter.

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