So I watched the live television coverage of graduation on Brainerd’s public access channels this evening. It looked like it may have been a little wet outside on the field…
Actually, I thought it was pretty funny, in a schadenfreude sort of way of course, when I looked at the radar image taken 5 minutes before the scheduled beginning of the ceremony and saw this:
There was simply no way that the heavy downpours, as the National Weather Service was calling them at the time, were going to bypass Brainerd. It was nice that a beautiful rainbow appeared after the showers passed through, though.
On another note, out of the five graduations that have been broadcast live so far, this year’s definitely featured the worst audio and visual quality. There was something wrong with the exposure settings of the telecast, so not only was all of the video horribly overexposed at times, it was so overexposed that it was causing a fairly constant buzzing and cracking sound in the audio. And the audio itself wasn’t anything great either; in fact, there wasn’t even any sound – except for the annoying buzzing – for the first 20 minutes or so of the program.
But anyway, the real reason for this post is because I found a couple of pictures to share. I don’t know why I never got around to posting them back in April when I took them, but, in any event, now you have something to look at during the next lull in posting. Both pictures were taken inside this small lounge area inside the Center for Innovation on the western fringe of the UND campus. It’s a large office building that the university rents out to different people and businesses so as to provide assistance to innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to launch new ventures, commercialize new technologies, and secure access to capital from private and public sources.
The pictures show the wildest looking wall I think I’ve ever seen. Click on the pictures below to view the full-size images as PDF files and notice how many different colors you can see as well as how many things – ranging from a functioning calculator to a couple of coffee mugs – are embedded into the wall.