Sadly. Just not doing anything hideously stupid and embarrassing to the state.
Are increasing tuition costs making you rethink college plans for yourself or your children?
The combination of escalating costs and 20th century learning models have begun to make attending post secondary institutions less appealing for most potential students. Students are leaving with higher student loan debt and entering a market that doesn’t value their diploma. It is becoming more difficult to encourage my children to enter the university system, soon even the community college system will be unreasonable. It is time that we confronted a system that is clearly broken.
I alternate between listening to podcasts and audiobooks on my travels around Arizona in the car (and RV). I find myself regularly adding new podcasts and removing existing podcasts. My five favorite current podcasts are HBR Ideacast, Story Tellers AZ, Don’t Sell Me Bro, The ScrumCast and Haste. Three of those five happen to be recorded at Gangplank Studios. Which reminds me that I am surrounded by really smart people everyday. That makes me happy. However, this morning it dawned on me that the intro/outro music for some of those podcasts were done by Hepnova and KrysVS. Many are produced by the Spellwight the Podcasting Wench. Just another example of people exchanging talents and raising the boat. The power of a community studio in effect. I can’t wait for the music studio. Maybe it’s just me but it’s the little things in the community that make me happy.
It is easy to get depressed about the lack of vibrancy around Arizona. It can feel hopeless at times. However, if you look at the little things, the moments of clarity and serendipity. Notice the people doing awesome around you. Those struggling, trying and fighting for something better. It makes it all worth it.
I am reminded today the teachings of Lao-tzu, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Arizona we have a long way to go, but we definitely walking towards the goal.
In the words of Gary Smalley, “Arizona you are good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like you!”
Who will win Arizona’s Republican presidential primary?
I suspect Mitt Romney will fair best. He tends to align best with the Arizona style of Republican politics.
We are wired to create. It is in our DNA. We have it systematically beaten out of us on a regular basis. We are told we aren’t good enough to try things. We lose our curiousity and our ability experiment with things we don’t understand.
As the new year approaches, consider getting back in touch with your inner creator. Make something in the new year. Try out a new medium. Get uncomfortable.
There are plenty of places in Arizona to get support in your creative endeavors. Stop by The Lab 137, Heatsync Labs, Maker Bench, Gangplank (Chandler, Tucson, Avondale) to be inspired and meet people fighting to let their inner creator out.
Is Tempe’s modern streetcar the best use of limited transit dollars? Why or why not?
No. We need more regional connectivity. We need to be connecting cities in ways that have fewer stops and run with higher frequency. Bus Rapid Transit is a good start. The Tempe proposal is fixated on area that already has reasonable connectivity let’s move to areas in the Southeast Valley that need to be connected.
Would razing foreclosed homes or forgiving underwater mortgages help the local housing market?
Razing makes sense if the home has become serious blight. In cases, where the structure is still in tact, but vacant it probably makes sense to repurpose them. Let them be used commercially as boutiques, art galleries, etc. This is a time in which we should be looking at space creatively and trying things that normally would be off limits.
I love to read. I love libraries. I have blogged before about my obsession with books. I regularly put out book reviews. I am extremely active on Goodreads. So today, is a special day for me. Many of the Metro Phoenix area libraries have started to lend digital books for the Kindle. Starting with 28,858 titles isn’t too shabby.
Libraries Supporting the Initiative
It is important that we face the brutal facts about Arizona’s startup community. Before you think I am being negative please read Harsh Reality Needed.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really like history. I admire architecture. I love Phoenix. I enjoy good photography. Roll them all into a single coffee table book and I am in. I loved the size, feel and composition of this book. Giant pictures with just the right amount of history to compliment the photograph.
If you are interested in the history of Phoenix or live in Phoenix and are in need of a great coffee table book this is a must have.
There are a few things that kept this from being a 5 star for me.
1. The angles of then and new photos in some cases were off enough to lose impact. The ones where the angle was identical were much more enjoyable.
2. Other cities were included. At first I thought this was nice, but the depth was so shallow and some cities were not included which made it so not including any of them would have been a better choice.
* disclosure: the Thunder Bay provided me a copy of this book for review