Drive by Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway using Google Maps

Click on the link below:,+VA&sll=36.668488,-80.682821&sspn=0.050257,0.076818&ie=UTF8&t=h&layer=c&cbll=36.750365,-80.405989&panoid=rpyFs87FX0K7HP2iqKo3Og&cbp=12,33.61,,0,5&hq=&hnear=Mabry+Mill,+Floyd,+Virginia&ll=36.750473,-80.40606&spn=0,359.94524&z=15

Click on the map image.

Press the UP ARROW cursor key to go north on the Blue Ridge Parkway. (The DOWN ARROW goes south.)

Press the RIGHT ARROW cursor key to look at Mabry Mill on the south side of the roadway.

Hold down the RIGHT ARROW cursor key to pan around 360 degrees.

Nice technology.

Politicians Beware

Seth Godin describes how traditional political strategy clashes with the digital age of information.

Link: Meatball Sundae on Squidoo.

The traditional way to run a political campaign is to control your message. Control what you say and when you say it. Control who hears it.

Tell one story to your raving fans, and a more moderate story to people in the center.

As voters have seen again and again, politicians are good at this. Some people call it lying. But in general, politicians have gotten away with it.

The top-down, control-the-message strategy worked in the past for a few reasons:

* Media companies were complicit in not embarrassing the people they counted on to appear on their shows and authorize their licenses.
* Politicians could decide where and when to show up and could choose whether or not they wanted to engage.
* Bad news didn’t spread far unless it was exceptionally juicy.

But George Allen discovered that the rules have fundamentally changed. Allen’s challenger asked S.R. Sidarth, a senior at the University of Virginia, to trail Allen with a video camera. The idea was to document Allen’s travels and speeches. During a speech in Breaks, Virginia, Allen turned to Sidarth and said, "Let’s give a welcome to Macaca, here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia," said Allen.

… YouTube reports that Allen’s slur has been watched on YouTube more than 318,000 times. Add to that the pickup from the broadcast media (which picked it up because it was popular, not because it was "important"), and you see why George Allen lost the election.

The ironic part of the appearance is that the first words out of Allen’s mouth on the tape are, "Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re going to run positive campaign." The story didn’t match the facts, and the facts showed up on YouTube.

11-year old Starts Recycling Business

An 11-year old green entrepreneur — some good news from Virginia.

Link: Galax Gazette – Galax, VA

HILLSVILLE – One of Carroll County’s youngest entrepreneurs, an 11-year-old recycler, received recognition from local government officials Tuesday.

Typically, businesses owners recognized by the Carroll Board of Supervisors have more longevity than 11-year-old T.J. Stroupe, who collects old cell phones and printer cartridges from about 73 businesses and government offices in the Twin Counties for recycling.

T.J.’s mother, Tina, gave him a recycling startup kit for his 11th birthday, which fulfilled his dream of owning his own business, a dream he’s had since he was age 7.

Stroupe has said he would use the money he makes from recycling the e-scrap on his home schooling education and saving up for an acre of land that he and his mother could live on.

Instead of throwing away cell phone and ink cartridges, so they end up in the landfill, Stroupe has convinced more than 70 businesses to turn over their old items to him.

“It’s kinda tellin’ other people, ‘Hey, don’t just throw them away – you can give them to me,’” he said recently. “Every year people throw millions and millions of these things away.”

Cell phone batteries leak in the landfill making them “dangerous to the earth,” Stroupe said.

The recycling business has at least encouraged people to think about what they throw away.

A web site for his company has been posted at

via Journey Reflection