Posted by: mrpeatie | December 19, 2010

The Coolest Christmas Card I’ve Ever Received

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Posted by: mrpeatie | November 18, 2010

Dave Matthews Band — North Charleston Coliseum 11.17.2010

The Dave Matthews Band returned to Charleston last evening for a rockin’ show at the North Charleston Coliseum. This was the bands first concert in the area since they played at Joe Riley Stadium on July 4, 2008.

The set list on paper may not be as appealing to die-hard fans as some recent shows, but overall there was great mix of the classic tunes, new album songs, and extended jams that are the hallmark of their live shows.  The crowd ate it all up, singing and dancing along to most everything. And props to the opening band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, who set the tempo for the evening with a horn heavy, jazz/hip-hop sound that got everyone movin’ and groovin’.

The photos here are from the Coliseum’s Facebook page. They have a gallery of Dave doing this funny, quirky, charismatic thang throughout the night. Lowcountry Today also has a more detailed wrap-up of last night’s festivities.

Set list is below. You’ll notice they dropped #41 which is disapointing to say the least.

Posted by: mrpeatie | October 27, 2010

Midwest Storm Sets New Low Pressure Record

Even if you aren’t a big weather fan, you’ve probably seen some stories, images, or videos from the powerful storm moving across the Midwest this week. Powerful storms are somewhat common this time of year as cold fronts from Canada swoop down and collide with warmer air that is still lingering from the summer months. This storm is a record setter though.

Yesterday in Minnesota the storm set a new record with the lowest pressure for a non-tropical, land-based system with a barometric pressure reading of 954mb. Although the storm is quite different from a hurricane, that central pressure is the equivalent pressure you would find in a Category 3 hurricane.

The weather map below shows the powerful storm yesterday with its tightly packed isobars. Isobars are those lines which connect points of equal atmospheric pressure. The closer together they are, the stronger the winds.

Posted by: mrpeatie | October 26, 2010

Peeps & Company

While walking around National Harbor outside of Washington, DC one evening last week, my heart skipped a beat when I stumbled across a Peeps & Company store. Although it was closed, just a glimpse at all the peeps related goodness was overwhelming. They off course had a large assortment of peeps including Halloween themed peeps, but they also had peep art, peeps apparel and a peeps stuffed animal the size of a bean bag. It was a glorious sight to behold.

Posted by: mrpeatie | October 24, 2010

Niece’s First Kiss?

Posted by: mrpeatie | October 20, 2010

Clemson University Retires C.J. Spiller’s #28

Clemson University retired C.J. Spiller’s number 28 during a halftime ceremony at last weekend’s game versus Maryland. At the ceremony Spiller announced a donation of $100,000 to the One Clemson Fund. It was great to see C.J. back in Clemson and you could tell his presence had an effect on the team. His replacement, Andre Ellington, even returned a kickoff for a touchdown reminding us of the many kickoff and punt returns C.J. scored on during his days.

Spiller holds 3 NCAA records, 4 ACC records and over 30 Clemson records. He graduated in 3 ½ years and as one of the most respected Clemson athletes of his generation. Spiller received a standing ovation from the Clemson Board of Trustees when he received his diploma. During the ceremony at halftime, the Clemson band spelled out his name which was pretty cool. C.J. even dotted the ‘i’ in his name to a standing ovation.

Posted by: mrpeatie | October 16, 2010

Jupiter and Friends

In mid-September Jupiter made its closest approach to Earth 50 years and is still relatively close. If you look east in the early night sky, the brightest object in the sky (that isn’t our moon) is Jupiter. With a relatively decent pair of binoculars you can actually see 3-4 of Jupiter’s moons. Definitely worth checking out if you don’t have a telescope or do any other fancy stargazing stuff. Below are some photos a buddy of mine took with his telescope. It will look similar to this through binoculars. Be sure to check out our moon too.

The four moons below are Io (barely visible, touching the left side of Jupiter), Europa & Callisto (close together) and Ganymede (faint, far to the left).

Posted by: mrpeatie | September 22, 2010

Hurricane Igor as Seen from the International Space Station

Below are some amazing images of Hurricane Igor on September 14, 2010 as seen from the International Space Station. At the time Igor was a category 4 hurricane with 135 mph winds. You can see the full-size image at the NASA Earth Observatory web site

Posted by: mrpeatie | September 14, 2010

Momma and Baby Alligator

Taken by a co-worker at the retention pond in the Blackbaud parking lot on Daniel Island. Alligators get a bad rap around here so it’s nice to see their softer side.

Posted by: mrpeatie | September 13, 2010

Hurricane Igor Satellite Loop

Hurricane Igor is currently a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 150 mph. Igor is the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic since category 5 Hurricane Felix in 2007. Below is a visible satellite loop as the sun rises over the Atlantic from earlier this morning and then one from later in the day after sundown.

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