Meg Makes

Meg Makes

Recycling paint

Wednesday at the tweetup, someone attending asked me if I might know where to recycle paint locally.

I had no idea, so I asked the newsroom's recycling guru, copy editor Aubrie Williams, if she knew. I thought I'd pass it along, in case anyone else has paint they need to recycle:

Finding our community at the tweetup

Last night, The News-Gazette put together its third tweetup at Jupiter's at the Crossing in southwest Champaign.

Typically, when I mention a tweetup to those who don't understand it, they get a panicked, confused look in their eyes. "What do you do there?" they ask. "You meet people from the Internet in person?"

OK, yes, it's a real-life meetup. And yes, people tweet  at the tweetup. But it's not a bunch of dorky people hiding behind their computer screens.

Not many choices in the funky fridge department

I hate my refrigerator.

It came with my house, all 9 cubic feet of it. It's fairly new, but my faith in it evaporated upon seeing "damaged" scrawled on the back of it in black permanent marker. Eventually, rust start creeping along its bottom, which I'm guessing is a problem with the defrosting feature.

Pecha Kucha Night Champaign-Urbana looking for presenters

The next Pecha Kucha Night Champaign-Urbana is scheduled for April 16, and organizers are looking for presenters.

From organizer Christina Tapp:

"Call for Presenters! :: Pecha Kucha Night C-U Vol. 3

Local chocolate maker to start selling his product

I wrote a story about Urbana chocolate maker Dan Schreiber late last year. Since then, he's continued to test his product and pursue selling his chocolate in the retail market. You can read all about his most recent efforts on his blog.

Concert tonight at Allen Hall

I got this press release too late to publish in the paper, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to post information about tonight's concert here. The News-Gazette's features department is talking about starting its own blog, and this sort of thing would be perfect to post there. I'm hoping that will happen soon.

Tim Eriksen in Concert

7 p.m. Thursday, February 11 (tonight)

Main Lounge of Allen Hall
1005 W. Gregory, Urbana
Free and open to the public

 

The News-Gazette is on Google Buzz

I first heard about Google Buzz yesterday. The timing seemed perfect, because I'm leading a discussion this weekend with The News-Gazette's Editor and Publisher John Foreman at a journalism conference about innovation. I'll probably talk about social media; I'm passionate about it. People are always wondering about "the next big thing," and I have a feeling this might be it.

Switching to CFLs

I try to be pretty careful about making my home energy efficient. I've weatherstripped, insulated, caulked and replaced my incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents as they burn out.

I was talking to Ameren Illinois Utilities spokesman Leigh Morris yesterday, and he told me that CFLs generally save consumers $5 per year per bulb. I told him that I replace my bulbs as they burn out, because throwing away perfectly good bulbs feels wasteful.

He quickly convinced me otherwise.

ChampaignTaste haiku winners married

After serving as a judge for local food blog ChampaignTaste's secret food shame haiku contest, I have a cute anecdote to share.

Turns out the first-place winner, Allen, is married to the second-place winner, Cheri. The judges had no idea.

The blog's author, Lisa Morgan, e-mailed me about it this weekend. "They wrote to see about the prizes and told me the story," Morgan said.