Clarence Edward Hunsinger, 85

Posted in News, Personal News at 11:59 am by divinity

Published: Thursday, July 12, 2007 11:10 PM CDT

Mr. Clarence Edward Hunsinger, formerly of Athens, passed away on June 7, 2007 at the age of 85 in Hiawassee, Ga., surrounded by family members.

Mr. Hunsinger was born in 1921 in Bradford County, Pa., to the late Floyd and Anna Lane Hunsinger. Growing up in Athens, he was a standout track and field and football athlete. He joined the Army Air Force and served throughout W.W. II. Subsequently, he married Phyllis Arlene DeVoe of East Smithfield and started a family while earning his degree in Parks and Recreation at Penn State. Following a brief employment in New Jersey, he returned to Athens where he was Director of Parks and Recreation for over 16 years. Among other achievements, he directed the development of Round Top Park which overlooks the Valley today.

In 1969 the family moved to West Palm Beach, Fla., where he accepted the position of Director of Parks and Recreation for the city until retirement in 1980. For the ensuing 27 years Mr. and Mrs. Hunsinger have enjoyed life, family and travel, as well as establishing a mountain home in Hiawassee, Ga., and a winter home in Flagler Beach, Fla. In April of this year Mr. and Mrs. Hunsinger celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

Mr. Hunsinger is survived: by his wife, Phyllis Hunsinger of Hiawassee, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Walter Fischer of Flagler Beach, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Jeanne Marie Hunsinger of Lewisville, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Marguerite Hunsinger of Flagler Beach, Fla.; sisters, Jean Isbell and Janet House both of Homosassa Springs, Fla.; grandchildren, Audrey Herbruck, Andrew Fischer, Edward Hunsinger Jr., Brent Hunsinger, Stephanie Fischer, Lauren Hunsinger and Sabrina Vaccaro; as well as three great-grandsons.

Memorial services were held at McConnell Memorial Baptist Church in Hiawassee, Ga.



Pearls Before Breakfast

Posted in News, Random at 10:29 pm by divinity

Monday, April 9, 2007 1 p.m. ET
Post Magazine: Too Busy to Stop and Hear the Music
Can one of the nation’s greatest musicians cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour? Gene Weingarten set out to discover if violinist Josh Bell — and his Stradivarius — could stop busy commuters in their tracks.

HE EMERGED FROM THE METRO AT THE L’ENFANT PLAZA STATION AND POSITIONED HIMSELF AGAINST A WALL BESIDE A TRASH BASKET. By most measures, he was nondescript: a youngish white man in jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a Washington Nationals baseball cap. From a small case, he removed a violin. Placing the open case at his feet, he shrewdly threw in a few dollars and pocket change as seed money, swiveled it to face pedestrian traffic, and began to play.

It was 7:51 a.m. on Friday, January 12, the middle of the morning rush hour. In the next 43 minutes, as the violinist performed six classical pieces, 1,097 people passed by. Almost all of them were on the way to work, which meant, for almost all of them, a government job. L’Enfant Plaza is at the nucleus of federal Washington, and these were mostly mid-level bureaucrats with those indeterminate, oddly fungible titles: policy analyst, project manager, budget officer, specialist, facilitator, consultant.

Each passerby had a quick choice to make, one familiar to commuters in any urban area where the occasional street performer is part of the cityscape: Do you stop and listen? Do you hurry past with a blend of guilt and irritation, aware of your cupidity but annoyed by the unbidden demand on your time and your wallet? Do you throw in a buck, just to be polite? Does your decision change if he’s really bad? What if he’s really good? Do you have time for beauty? Shouldn’t you? What’s the moral mathematics of the moment?

On that Friday in January, those private questions would be answered in an unusually public way. No one knew it, but the fiddler standing against a bare wall outside the Metro in an indoor arcade at the top of the escalators was one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made. His performance was arranged by The Washington Post as an experiment in context, perception and priorities — as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?

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Google Gadgets

Posted in Cool Sites, Fun Stuff, Geek, News at 9:52 am by divinity

Yes, more free stuff from Google. Google has announced that Google Gadgets are available! What once was only available on your Google homepage can now be embedded in your website. Once they fix some annoying resize issues I’m sure you’ll see the sidebar of this site fill up with useful (and not-so-useful) gadgets.

via Lifehacker


Get the aluminum foil ready

Posted in Geek, News at 11:05 am by divinity

I’m so happy that I got my passport renewed earlier this year, and got a good old-fashioned one without RFID. But I’m not sure how I feel about the airport in the city I’m moving to being the first one to install the readers. This is not a security measure. This is an easy way to track your movement. Also an easy way for people to steal your information. While you’ll definitely notice someone reaching into your pocket for your passport, you may not notice the guy quietly sitting with his laptop in the terminal, downloading data from your RFID enabled passport.


APC Magazine » Unlock work internet or risk losing staff: Microsoft

Posted in News at 9:21 am by divinity

I don’t think I could work for a company that restricts Internet usage. I wouldn’t be able to get my job done!
APC Magazine » Unlock work internet or risk losing staff: Microsoft


Caltrain commuter rail pulls WiMAX at 79 mph

Posted in Geek, News at 2:47 pm by divinity

Caltrain commuter rail pulls WiMAX at 79 mph – Engadget
“The Caltrain commuter rail service has hooked up 16 miles of their track between Millbrae and Palo Alto, using WiMAX backbone from Redline, connectivity from Nomad and in-train WiFi routers from Sensoria to provide speedy connections to commuters while traveling at 79 mph”

Yay! My commute in California just got a lot better! Maybe they’ll have the whole line hooked up by the end of the year. I can hope, right? Otherwise I’ll only get a few minutes of a connection, but enough to pull down and send email.


Wikiality! – We’re no fans of reality…

Posted in Cool Sites, Fun Stuff, Geek, News, Random at 11:58 pm by divinity

There’s a new site on the web, prompted from Stephen Colbert’s new addition to the common vernacular: wikiality


Man’s snake-in-mailbox joke leads to federal criminal charges

Posted in News, sf0 at 3:03 pm by divinity

Another sf0 task gone bad…

WZZM 13 Grand Rapids – Man’s snake-in-mailbox joke leads to federal criminal charges


Google-Earthing the North Korean Military

Posted in News at 3:13 pm by divinity

Open Source » Blog Archive » Google-Earthing the North Korean Military

Ordinary geeks using Google Earth to keep tabs on North Korea.  Kind of surreal to zoom in and see this kind of stuff.


‘Bridge Troll’ Arrested After Confrontation With Deputy

Posted in News, sf0 at 9:50 am by divinity

This sounds like an SF0 task gone bad…

TheDenverChannel.com – News – ‘Bridge Troll’ Arrested After Confrontation With Deputy

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