Luray Caverns, Virginia and Shenandoah

Click for Photo Gallery of Luray Caverns and Shenandoah During the previously reported busy, holiday weekend, Mercedes and I had the opportunity to visit the Luray Caverns, in Luray, Virginia. We also spent a few days cruising Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, hiking White Oak Canyon and Cedar Run.(more on this later, RE: bears!).

IMO, Luray itself has very little going for it, and I suspect that if it were not for the tourism generated by the caverns the whole town would just fall into an even greater state of disrepair and collapse. While the caverns themselves are indeed remarkably beautiful and ethereal to most, and intellectually captivating to the armchair geologists out there, they have clearly fallen victim to commercialism and exploitation by the local population.

There was one gem of a shop in Luray, however. A Moment To Remember was definitley an oasis in a Pizza Hut kind of town. The cafe showed great care in the smallest of details and knick knacks, and it easily falls right on par with the most comfortable of coffee shops in Cambridge and Davis Square. Highly recommended both for the homemade pies as well as the sawdust, bar room atmosphere.

For now, though, here are some photos of the cavern and a few of the waterfalls in White Oak Canyon in the National Park. Remember, stalactites hang tight to the ceiling and stalacmites might... oh, whatever...

UPDATE 7/30: Recently added some small video clips from our tour of Luray Caverns. Each is about 15 seconds to a minute.

Dundalk, Maryland Fourth of July Parade

Click for Photo Gallery of July 4th 2003 in Dundalk


Now that I'm finally catching up from the very busy recent holiday weekend, I've been able to post some of my photos from the annual parade in Dundalk, MD. This is where I grew up, went to school, and worked for many years.

Here's a few of my photos from this year's parade.

I try to return often for the July 4th weekend, which is also my birthday (oh, the agony when I found out the fireworks were not for me :-( !!! ). Sometimes I make the parade, which starts way too early for me (anything before 10am is way too early).

And, here's a few more photos from the local rag, the Dundalk Eagle. EDITOR'S NOTE: The Dundalk Eagle website is one of the worst websites I have ever seen. The usability and readability is just awful. My apologies.

FuseboxMX Reborn as MACH II

I've seen a variety of discussion on Mach II recently. Mach II is formerly known as Fusebox MX. The creator of Fusebox, Hal Helms, describes Mach II as:



Mach-II is a robust, object-oriented framework built on an event-based, implicit invocation architecture. The Mach II training course is intended for students who want to quickly learn how to make the best use of object orientation in the Mach-II framework. Students need no prior knowledge of object orientation or Mach-II, but should have a basic familiarity with ColdFusion MX.

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Coldfusion Technotes Published Week of 07/12/03