This is where I post stuff.

Most were written by me. Some of these posts were originally published elsewhere, and I just reposted them here for one reason or another. Others are original to this page - probably because I couldn't find anyone to publish them. There are also a few items from other sources that I wish to share/highlight.

I come to praise maglev - not the other thing

(This essay originally ran in AltDaily)

As government operatives, media types and ideologues continue to machinate over whether and how to extend light rail to Virginia Beach, I feel compelled to stand up and speak out in defense of emerging technology.
 
ODU maglevA proposal has been made by American Maglev Technologies (AMT) - the same company behind ODU's maglev experiment several years ago - to build a maglev train line as the proposed light rail system in Virginia Beach, at no cost to taxpayers.
 

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In Yer Face, Facebook!

Bastards... I posted this 45 second video clip from a TV show to Facebook, and they flagged it for copyright infringement. So, guess what, Facebook... IN YER FACE!

A local radio show gains some national notoriety:

What makes a block better? Some folks obviously know

(Note: I originally wrote this for the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement)
 
 
buildabetterblock categoryI'm in awe... And, I've seen the future.
 
Why and how is really simple: I visited the Better Block Project and the proposed Norfolk Arts District.
 
I only made it down there for a couple hours. But, if you'll pardon the expression, I'm still basking in the afterglow of the experience more than a day later. There was nothing about it that wasn't impressive and inspirational. It left me hungering for more.
 
(Note: HRCCE Chairman Chris Bonney has provided some of his own impressions HERE)
 

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No Dancing in Norfolk

For some reason, WTKR NewsChannel 3 didn't post this on their website (It's a shame. They did a great job on it). So - citing the Fair Use Doctrine, I'm posting it on my website for folks to see:
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Up and over the New Jordan Bridge

I just realized that I shot this and posted it on my Facebook page, but never here.

I took my first trip over the new Jordan Bridge on Jan. 6th, and being a geek, shot video. It turned out pretty well. The worst part of the drive is that you can’t stop to enjoy the amazing view. Look directly ahead as we reach the peak and you can see Town Center off in the distance.

Awesome bridge...

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