Where I've been

It seems like clockwork I'm doing this thing where even thinking about blogging makes me cringe, which seems to directly contribute to the fact I haven't done it regularly in...

Ad Blocking on the Mobile Web

It's no surprise to me that the number one paid app on the App Store right now is a Safari ad blocker. A year ago, I would have found it perplexing, but not anymore. For a long time I grappled with the idea of ad blockers, part of my conscience felt that publishers need to make money, while another part of me would be annoyed when a rogue ad would crash my browser tab; but those were simpler times. Times...

"Density is going to destroy walkability" and other ridiculous notions.

Last night Tacoma's planning commission held a hearing regarding the proposed changes to the comprehensive plan. Specifically, the infill of new housing and conversion of historic single family homes into duplex and triplex configurations. Naturally, it can be expected for people to get upset in a situation like this, after all: their neighborhoods are changing. But do their objections make any sense? The prevailing argument against residential infill and conversion of existing structures is that the character of the neighborhoods...

"Tacoma isn't cool."

Recently, I listened to an episode of the Move to Tacoma podcast where Tacoma author/wise-guy—just kidding—Erik Hanberg mentioned that Tacoma is not cool. More specifically, that Tacoma should stop attempting to beat Portland and Seattle at their own games (to paraphrase, he mentioned that Tacoma is not Portland of the north.) The podcast touched on these themes briefly before moving on to talk about what is great about Tacoma—affordability, accessibility, etc. The Move to Tacoma podcast...

How to destroy municipal broadband in 60 days!

The above Tacomic, by Tacoma's RR Anderson, illustrates the absurdity of the entire proposed plan to lease Tacoma's Click! network out to Wave, a Kirkland based for-profit telecommunications company, for 40 years. In his own words, RR Anderson writes Crybaby Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) says CLICK! needs upgrades and oh by the way is losing tons of money because yeah Cable TV sucks a big one and nobody wants to pay for an outhouse full of channels they never watch....

We're Number One!

Recently I read a statistic about property crime in Washington vs other states in the U.S.—we're number one! And as Tacoma has the highest crime rate in the state of Washington, that very likely puts us near the top of the list for property crime in the country. I don't like reading statistics like this, as they make me feel like I'm not living in a safe place. Sometimes these statistics can be hard to ignore. Living in...

Growing Pains

My family moved to the south Puget Sound when I was very young—aside from a few scattered memories of previous homes, I essentially grew up here. When I was five, we moved to Parkland, and while I tell people I grew up in Tacoma it wasn't until I was 22 that my husband and I got our first apartment in the city. I still remember the very moment I fell in love with the city. It was the summer...

Speed, Your Blog, and Why it is So Important.

Recently I blogged about switching to a new blogging platform. In this post I mentioned how fast the new platform was, and how I had reduced the amount of working parts in the system significantly. The act of switching from WordPress to Ghost sped up my blog, which is more important than a lot of bloggers realize. As bloggers, one of the most important things we try to do is engage new readers. We do this through networking with other...

"How to Twitter" or Why you need to forget your misconceptions.

Regularly, I see some opinions that irk me. "Twitter is stupid." "I don't understand the point of Twitter." "I already have Facebook, why do I need Twitter..." As an avid Twitter user, I find these thoughts off-putting. When Twitter first came onto the scene, a lot of people brushed it off as silly. Facebook had already launched, and was quickly becoming the new "MySpace"—that is, the one social network that would dominate the industry over the next decade. While...