Take the Mobile Device Dependency Quiz.

Do you suffer from Mobile Device dependency? My smartphone is a curse and I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. Take the test to see if you have a problem relationship with your mobile device:  What's your score? Swap out "Mobile Device" with "Alcohol" and that's the same test medical professionals… Continue reading Take the Mobile Device Dependency Quiz.

Quick Ugly Housing = Future Affordable Housing?

Is Raleigh getting ugly, or is it just me? Raleigh is quickly looking like a second-tier replica city dictated by developer's profit margins. All of our new housing developments are plywood wrapped in terrible materials; they're poorly designed, unfriendly to the street, and, frankly, an eyesore. Elan City Center could be one of those at Clark+Oberlin, on N Boylan, S… Continue reading Quick Ugly Housing = Future Affordable Housing?

My NYE Wishes for Raleigh: A List

I think about Raleigh all the time. I want to make it better, I want to contribute, I want to provide services to encourage a thriving urban center. Here are some of my wishes for the New Year. I wish for increased ridership on public transportation; dedicated bike lanes; attainable rents for startup businesses or… Continue reading My NYE Wishes for Raleigh: A List

Notes of Civility

A letter on civility from Anton Chekhov to his older brother, a drunk painter and writer, from Letters of Note. To my mind, civilized people ought to satisfy the following conditions: 1. They respect the individual and are therefore always indulgent, gentle, polite and compliant. They do not throw a tantrum over a hammer or a lost… Continue reading Notes of Civility

Thoughts on Passion and Creating

James Rhodes, a concert pianist, speaks on how creativity is "beaten into submission", that we have allowed our daily tasks and the internet to dominate our lives. James asserts that we devote the extra time in our lives to doing something creative, whatever that may be. He goes on to describe his lifestyle as a concert pianist–it's… Continue reading Thoughts on Passion and Creating