Earthquake trembles warehouse at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

"Clouds form over the warehouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, August 22, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland."

Here’s my account of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that was just felt up and down the East Coast:

I was sitting at my desk in the Warehouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards scanning photographs from the 1960’s of former Orioles’ player Dick Brown, when we felt some shaking coming from upstairs. We work in a warehouse, so this type of noise is commonplace. The noise quickly got louder and louder, though, until the entire building was shaking violently. It was at that point when I heard the receptionist scream “Everybody out!” and we knew that was the cue to go. 

Everyone evacuated quickly and calmly, and we were out of the building within seconds. As we waited outside, nearly everyone was on their smartphones, tweeting, texting, and calling as word quickly spread that there were reports of the tremors as far north as Toronto. 

It was incredible to see how rapidly the Twitter world exploded! Within seconds there were reports coming in from all over the world. Behold, the power of social media. 

Feel free to share your experiences here if you’d like. 

Luke Scott robs Matt Holliday of ninth inning homer.

"Baltimore Orioles left fielder Luke Scott brings back a home run from St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday in the ninth inning of an interleague baseball game Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in Baltimore."
"A crime scene body outline with Baltimore Orioles left fielder Luke Scott is shown on the left field wall at Orioles Park at Camden Yards Wednesday, June 29, 2011. The image was drawn the day after Scott's home run saving catch against St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday."

Here’s a before and after of Luke Scott’s catch in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game. Check out the highlight here!

One of the other players created this masterpiece the next morning, but it was taken down before the game that night. If I had to guess, I’d say either Felix Pie or Adam Jones was the mastermind behind this operation.

The photo I took of the body outline was tweeted on Birdland Insider. If you’re on Twitter, check out the post here!

Phi Beta Kappa hosts discussion on revolution, social media


"Panelists field a question from the audience during a discussion titled "Revolution In 140 Characters: How The Internet/Social Media Are Affecting Global Politics" at Goucher College Monday, April 12, 2011."

Last night, I attended a panel discussion hosted by Goucher College’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which I was recently elected into.

Among the panelists was my academic advisor and mentor, Dr. John Turner, who is always a pleasure to listen to. He and the other panelists spoke about the advantages and potentially harmful effects that the Internet and social media have in shifting global politics and in creating revolution. It’s a topic that couldn’t be more relevant, given all that’s transpired in the world over the past several months.

That’s why it was such a shame that this discussion was so poorly attended. That was to be expected, though, as it was scheduled at the same time as a lecture across campus by Jean-Michel and Céline Cousteau, the son and granddaughter of renowned oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

I had my camera with me so I grabbed some nice shots. I was most pleased with this one.

Ravens Fabian Washington discusses injury, Twitter updates — Baltimore Sun Video

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The Baltimore Sun’s Ed Lee had a chance to catch up with Baltimore Ravens cornerback, Fabian Washington, today at training camp at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.

Washington, who tore a ligament in his knee last November, began training camp this year on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. He discussed his rehab process.

He also commented on two of his latest Twitter updates. He explained the terms “going HAM” and “Rick Flair mode,” which he used in several of his recent tweets.

It’s fascinating to me that these small updates tweeted by notable figures are so often used as legitimate sources of information for journalists.

So, on that note, follow me @bjweiss22 on Twitter or keep checking back into this blog for video updates throughout Ravens training camp!