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Welcome to our blog of our 2013 trip. We Have been camping since our honeymoon. Each summer we take a trip to a new part of our country. We try to stop at local fairs & festivals, take tours of manufacturing plants, do a little kayaking, and try to get an up close look at how people live! Join us! This Bog runs from our most recent post backwards. At the end of this year,I have left the past years blog. Double click on any picture to get a larger image. These are all low res versions. If you see one you really like, let me know and I'll send you a better image.

Liz & Bruce on the way to Minnesota, last year

Friday, August 9, 2013

August 1-4,2013

After leaving Lexington we went over to The Raleigh Durham area. My Sister Shirley Rodgers lives in the nearby community of Fuquay-Varina. Shirley was in IT when she lived in Ohio, and continues that today with her job in the NC State Library.  She suggested a State Park, Jordan Lake, which we loved. You've heard my moan about the sorry state of CT State Parks before, and this is a reminder, of what they could be. Jordan Lake is a flood control/water  supply reservoir west of Raliegh. The park has about 500 sites, most near the lake, and with electricity and water. The cost is $22.
The picture, above is from our site, where we launched the kayaks.  The picture, left is of Shirley demonstrating the new robot in the brand new $115 million (+donor support) Engineering library. She volunteered a tour for us , and we quickly accepted. This "Bookbot" is an automated book storage and retrieval system that enables NC State to keep 2 million books (in 1/9 the space) and have them at the touch of anyone with an internet connection. The books are all kept in the drawers, you see below. The machine is 50' wide by 160' long and 50' tall. When a book is called for, the computer consults it's directory, finds the drawer it placed the book in when returned, and then sends the bookbot for it.
The bookbot retrieves the entire drawer to the clerk at the top, who finds it in the drawer, takes it out, and sends it on it's way, either by handing to the person at the pick up point, or some other delivery system. There are two floors of operators, like the one pictured below, who control the machine. They take out the books, scan the bar code, and reverse the process for returned books.It was interesting to note that a book is stored in the next available drawer that will accept it. This means that after a period of time this device will feed the most frequently withdrawn books to the front of the system.
The building itself is an amazing array of multi media, digital video, and computer technology.
Shirley, in the next picture is demonstrating one of the couple of hundred types of chairs the library has, in a "game" room. This is a practical lab that gives students and their professors the ability to develop computer games - not to play them.The monitor you see there is capable of displaying three games or various types of Wii, or integrating games. Above my pay grade. But this is a skill that is in demand in the "triangle" area with several game companies located there.
They have several very large monitors similar to those used in stadiums, a variety of special use labs for creativity, simulation, etc. They have loner digital & video camera's and a 3D printer available for engineering students to make use of. All in all a great effort, and a beautiful facility.
We spent a few days kayaking and just enjoying the scenery, running to Camping World , etc, etc.
Here is a movie I shot, with my new WATERPROOF digital video camera.

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