Assuming no one calls from the found dog signs I’ll be putting up tomorrow, it looks like Drex has a new playmate. Her name is tentatively Frida. I think someone abandoned her today. She’s very sweet and submissive and gets along surprisingly well with Drex. They both seem to have agreed that he is the Alpha of the two. Beyond that he doesn’t really care. Hopefully she can stop him from freaking out during thunderstorms.
- Cities and Ambition –
“A friend who moved to Silicon Valley in the late 90s said the worst thing about living there was the low quality of the eavesdropping.”
I’ve always judged cities by the quality of the homeless and convenience stores, but there’s all sorts of different metrics I suppose.
- What if politicians pandered to economists?
- The AJC now has foreclosure listings
From my new tiny video camera. The sound quality is impressive, the degree to which YouTube Crunches it is not welcome.
In Time magazine no less.
- Zinger of the day – Cop’s special treatment after DUI examined – it’s the usual “How did this happen” finishing with “But he said he didn’t anticipate any criminal charges against anyone involved in Stephens’ release.” Lame.
- Bike boxes
- John Templeton has passed away – he started his financial company in the 1930s! That fills me with awe for some reason, I’m not sure why.
- PublicDomain4U.com – cool stuff
After years of looking the other way, Atlanta police recently cracked down on a monthly bicycle ride through the city streets that includes blocking cars and flouting traffic laws.
At least 10 officers, eight on motorcycles and two in patrol cars, followed more than 300 bicyclists through downtown Atlanta, Little Five Points and Virginia-Highland on June 27 from about 6:30 to 8 p.m. Most of the bicyclists stopped for red lights they normally would have ignored. At least two bicyclists were ticketed for disobeying traffic laws.
Highsmith, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech, said Critical Mass would not be the same if the bicyclists followed the rules.
“The little bit of disruptiveness and the civil disobedience is a part of raising awareness [about bicycles] in a more conspicuous way,” he said.
The group wants both better infrastructure for bicycles, including bike racks and lanes, and to show drivers that they, too, can hop out of the car and onto a bike.
Now honestly, if the cyclists are lobbying for better infrastructure, how does NOT using the infrastructure that’s already there help matters? Why should anyone pay for more bike lanes when the existing lanes aren’t being used and the people agitating for them are as boorish as possible?
Not that many people will care about this, but it’s been a pet peeve of mine for years…
Last night I saw Tom Waits playing the Fox Theater. The show was wonderful; he did about half the songs I was hoping he would do. The only fly in the ointment was the massive array of hoops that TicketMaster made everyone jump though; only two tickets per household, original credit card required to enter, ticket checks every 20 feet, etc. It was a bit like the old Soviet Union. Security was much tighter at the show than at my visit to the capital last year actually.
And an addendum – I was talking to a long time Waits fan after the show and she said that the security concerns probably were Waits’ idea; apparently he’s willing to go a long way in his vendetta against scalpers.
I actually donated money to a political candidate for the first time in my life. Go Barr!bob