While vacationing with relatives in Buffalo this week we made our first destination the Buffalo Museum of Science to see its fantastic new dinosaur exhibit. What made the 3-D robotic dinos exceptionally interactive was that each giant had his/her own (and regularly updated) Facebook Fan page. An interactive computer monitor is displayed in front of each mega-animal’s exhibit so you can learn more about the “human” side of these Jurassic friends. The posts are both amusing and clever as in the one for T-Rex whose interests include “meating someone.” According to Mark Sommer’s Buffalo News article titled, “T-Rex wants to be friends with you,” the idea was the brainchild of Thom Furtado the museum’s director of operations and exhibits. Furtado says no one had ever used Facebook to interact with a museum exhibit like this before but something tells me this certainly won’t be the last time. My prediction: You’ll be getting a friend request from a stegosaurus near you soon!
Thanks to the magic of twitter (Chris began following me and I returned the favor), I was fortunate today to stumble across Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity blog. Chris just happened to have posted one of my favorite poems of all time about the Journey to Ithaca by Constantine Cavafy. I love what both Chris and the poet have to say about the journey sometimes being as important as the destination. Since I graduated from Cornell (in Ithaca, New York) I saw the double entendre when my brother presented the poem to my husband and me as a framed wedding gift some 15 years ago. I hope you will enjoy the read and thanks Chris for sharing. It was the highlight of my day.