August 5th, 2004

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Another job

Looks like I'm going to be editing another book going out through Immanion Press, this time a short story anthology. I'm psyched! I know, I know, I have work to do but this won't start until after the con ("after the con" being that magical time frame in which I have infininite time). Editing is a good way to sharpen writing skills so I'm all for it!
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Picture Post: Good Development in Atlanta

Those who know me, off- or online, know I'm pretty interested in "development," i.e. building new neighborhoods, new buildings, transit planning, neighborhood revitalilzation. I'm sure I know much, much more about neourbanist planning, traditional neighborhood developing, city planning, pedestrian-friendly zoning etc. than I do about current sitcoms, sports, or cars combined. I think about this stuff all the time and can talk about it as comfortable as I can talk about web design, even though it's not my "job" and I don't have any degree in it.

Anyway, this started out as me just sort of following along with Caleb's interests
but it's a terribly interesting subject -- it's all around us, after all -- so these days more and more I wind up going on bike rides with Caleb around town to check out new developments, take pictures for "visual preference surveys," etc. It used to be that we could mainly only find "good stuff" in other cities, like Washington, Chicago, Boston, Cologne, but now Atlanta has turned a corner and we're starting to see some things we can be proud of.

Here are some pictures from a recent treck Caleb and I made first through the Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park and then heading south to the amazing new Glenwood Park neighborhood (which his firm designed larged parts of) that's being built.



Brand-new townhouses in Inman Park. Caleb was flabbergasted the first time he saw them (on a night trip some weeks earlier), saying they are the first true traditional Baltimore-style to be built in the city (besides the old Baltimore Row building, the only rowhouses ever built in Atlanta). They are very nice and super authentic!


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Bikes and Kudzu

madame_mercredi's recent post about her trouble-laden biking expedition inspired me to put out there some pics from a recent trip (same one as those other pics I just posted) showing me and my bike. Not that my trip was trouble-laden, just that it got me thinking, I haven't ever posted too much about the biking I do.



Me taking a swig of water out by the rowhouses in Inman Park.
(Note: Yeah, I have long legs.)


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Oh, and that reminds me something I've been wanting to say for a while....

The majority of the American public thinks of bikes as either kids' toys or sports/exercise equipment. For me they are TRANSPORTATION. In general I don't take my bike out to exercise, race or whatever... I'm taking it out because I want to get to someplace, like go shopping, meet a client, go to a party, etc. Like driving a car, it's a very everyday sort of thing and despite what people might think (considering I live in Atlanta, known as very hostile place for pedestrians and bikers), rather easy. I don't really feel at all scared or intimidated by traffic except on a few streets which I simply avoid (just like some car drivers won't go on certain interstates or areas). All in all, a great form of transportation.
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Software Recommendation

If you need to send and receive faxes but don't want a fax machine or one of those prone-to-breakdown multi-function monsters, check out an in-computer solution.

I've a program from Symantec called WinFax that lets me receive faxes via my regular phone line, hooked up to my computer for the odd moments my broadband is down, and it's so fantastic to be able to say "Yes, I have a fax." Of course, I have to be alerted the fax is coming or I'll answer my phone, but it's still fab.

Even BETTER though, is being able to send faxes. The tool lets me create cover pages right there and then just "attach" any documents I'm sending, whether they're Word, Publisher, or whatever... it "prints" them and sends them just like I've scanned them into a fax machine. Quite cool and really cheap!

For the most part I avoid faxes like crazy... I mean, why fax when you can email? But for the clients who insist on sending or receiving them or for occasional financial or legal transactions where you have to fax, it's great.
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