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Re: “Let the Bitch-Fest Begin!

I like the NC Journal blogthing aggregator a lot. In particular, I think it's interesting/encouraging/useful that NCJournal plays a role as an intermediary between blogs and its readers, and uses technology and actual journalists to bridge. Not every citizen can pay attention to blogs (actually, most don't).

Here's an interface suggestion: Make the "16 more…" text be a link that expands the box to show the additional posts.

Comment: There should be a list of blogs that are included in the aggregator somewhere (transparency of how things work is good).

Feature ideas: - Tag cloud that shows what's hot on Humboldt blogs in the aggregator at a given moment.

  • Complete (maybe wiki?) list of humboldt blogs. Right now the most complete list I know of is at the Myrtletown blog: http://www.myrtletown.net/viewthread.php?Humboldt_County_Blogs

  • Related content (including blog posts) for normal Journal stories? I'm not sure what off-the-shelf technology exists, but I know there are some things.

Posted by Aaron Antrim on 04/27/2009 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Bwhaaaaa

It's so true. And for most people, fuel is still a relatively small portion of overall transportation costs (vehicle depreciation, insurance, maintenance, registration). See Transportation Cost Implications (www.vtpi.org/tca/tca09.pdf)

Posted by aaronantrim on 09/11/2008 at 7:18 AM

Re: “That’ll speech ’em.

This is mildly fascinating to me.

TriMet is the obvious key component of Portland's strongly environmentally-driven transit strategy.

I've admired a lot of what TriMet has done — they are more aggressive about developing and promoting transit than any other agency I can think of. Incidentally, they were the first on Google Transit and have one of the top-rated transit websites in the U.S.

Surely, for a transit agency which is a progressive leader, they must have a good reason for denying the ads? Though, I must admit I am surprised that they found these ads to be a significant problem.

Posted by Aaron Antrim on 02/20/2008 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Woolley Bows Out

Hank:

Just how do you learn about things so quickly? I am seriously considering changing all my email passwords.

-Aaron

Posted by Aaron Antrim on 02/11/2008 at 5:25 PM

Re: “In The News

Dear Anonymous,

Green Wheels has been aggressive and outspoken about improving transit in Humboldt County. That's why we created Jack Pass, which has ridership up 30% and has resulted in new trips.

Next, we are strongly advocating for bus rapid transit strategies to be implemented in our area. You can read more on BRT here:
www.green-wheels.org/brt

Light rail is simply not viable with our low populations. Plus, BRT would offer many advantages light rail can't match at lower cost.

We are working in the General Plan process for transit oriented development, and speaking out for improving areas that are already developed with regard to transit and walkability.
More on the General Plan here:
www.green-wheels.org/generalplan

By the way, Anonymous, who are you? It's much nicer to correspond with people of known identity!

Posted by Aaron Antrim on 12/21/2007 at 12:06 PM

Re: “In The News

On the hybrid cars myth: They are great pieces of technology, and work well in many applications, but in my view they have often distracted us from an approach that is more effective at reducing emissions and offers many other benefits: moving away from the single-owner single-occupant automobile model, and focusing on mobility management and land use solutions.

Check out my column on "hybrid hype" for why other solutions like biking, walking, Flexcar, and transit (which incorporate hybrid technologies) offer more compelling solutions in many cases:
www.green-wheels.org/hybridhype

I could go on for quite a while, but I think what I should do is start to record some of my thoughts and links and excerpts from relevant studies I've noticed in the Green Wheels blog (www.green-wheels.org/blog).

Posted by Aaron Antrim on 12/21/2007 at 3:18 AM

Re: “'Sound, Credible Science'

I have to note that the link to the "credible scientific organization debunking the CO2 myth" went to a blog with two posts on it. The website of the organization the author is part of (www.sepp.org) does not present itself professionally, and opens with thin rhetorical arguments against the "myth" of "global warmism," mixed with attacks against Al Gore.

I wanted to offer something constructive for technical purposes, though. When you are printing long URLs or including them into an email, this website can be handy: www.tinyurl.com

Posted by Aaron Antrim on 12/19/2007 at 4:59 PM

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