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Stormy day in Charleston

Stormy day in Charleston

I knew from the moment I drove in this morning that it was a good day to bring the camera along to snap some cloud shots — I was sure right. Here’s one of many weather photos from assorted down points during the day.

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Fires Near Myrtle Beach

Volumetric analysis of KILX radar over Myrtle Beach. Note small smoke plumes.
Volumetric analysis of KILX radar over Myrtle Beach. Note small smoke plumes.

It’s never good when a fire registers on a weather radar, and well enough to show up in a vertical cross-section to boot. My thoughts are with those who are under siege from wildfires near Myrtle Beach. As a San Diego native whose family has been under repeated threat from wildfires over the last several years, I’m very sensitive to such situations.

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A meeting about hashtags — no, really

A meeting about hashtags -- no, really

It seems oddly fitting that a few local bloggers, tweeters, and folks from local media outlets got together at Juanita Greenberg’s downtown, sat outside, and talked about — what else? — hashtags. These aren’t your ordinary hashtags, though — these tags are designed to standardize news tweeting in Charleston. This way, we can keep things like breaking news, weather, and other news types separate from each other so that — if the tags are adopted the way we hope — people can find news faster. Dan has a great explanation of our meeting today (the culmination of the #chshash conversation you may have seen over the last couple days). Expect to see more written on these hashtags soon.

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Hip to be Square

Hip to be Square

I’m pretty sure this is my first encounter with a square cup. Apparently this year’s rendition of March Madness is so maddening that it’s turned our cups square; at this rate, I fully expect to see pigs in flight within the next 48 hours.

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Chess

Chess

I’m part of a group helping to launch Social Media Club in the Charleston area. We meet at aloft North Charleston (aloft’s Brightkite stream). aloft (lack of capitalization is intentional) seems to be a very sweet hotel and is impossible to miss at night. The lobby area, where we conduct our meetings, is definitely progressive, especially for the Charleston area. This chess board is an example of that. Keep an eye on the #smcchs hashtag on Twitter and the Social Media Club Charleston Facebook group for more updates as we get our chapter off the ground.