Monday, May 23, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
We are looking in to ways to make the map better in case we need to use it again in the future. I am sure this type of model would work well for coordination of volunteer efforts, both in 'normal' times as well as in times of crisis. If so, we, as a community, only have to decide that it is.
* Four-way stop people, jeez!
** I highly recommend looking at the TDOT Traffic History Fusion app. Zoom in to your neighborhood or to a place where a road was blocked near you. Then click on a dot to see average daily traffic flow through that point. For quite a few locations on the closure map, there were traffic flow stations showing an average daily flow of thousands of cars. Even with a dip in the average amount of traffic, a lot of residential areas saw huge increases in traffic overflowing off of these major roads like Shallowford and Germantown.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I like houses, especially historic houses. Usually when I visit an historic site, it is intentional. How appropriate that I met this house by Chance.
Almost a year ago I was riding with some friends from upstate New York down to the city. One of the riders lived north of the city and we detoured through Harriman state park to take her home. We pulled into the driveway and to her house, which is part of Stony Point cooperative community. This white house is in her front yard. We got out and she pointed to the house and told us how John Cage, David Tudor and others had lived there in the 50's. Cage later built another cottage further up the hill. I was absolutely fascinated.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
It is a bit confusing trying to catch up on this type of thing if you haven't been gathering it along the way. Even though there is a lot of room for improvement, we have come a long way in the last 6 to 12 months. This time last year, there was no CrimeReports map, no Right2Know, no regular Tweets from CPD, no Chattarati Public Safety blog, and I am sure several other things that contribute to our ability to monitor public safety issues.
Friday, February 25, 2011
I highly recommend taking the time to do this type of data house keeping before something happens, whether hardware failure or theft. If you have a Mac, you have a lot of power to secure your data and your computer. While a bit pricey, Apple's me.com accounts give you a decent amount of storage, syncing between devices, and back to my mac features. (There is speculation that this service will drop in price by as much as 100% in the near future.) For pdfs of tax returns and other types of sensitive info, you can use encrypted disk images to store them. For other things that are not as sensitive, I use Evernote to keep them. If you can do basic scripting, OSX's Automator app can help you do other security measures limited only by your creativity and time you want to spend on it.
Strangely, our burglary does not appear on the crimereports.com map. Not that I really need it, just saying…..
Oh, you will see to the right a Wolfram Alpha widget I created to compare stats on 2 Zip Codes. You can enter any two zips and get a basic geographic and demographic comparison.