Wednesday, May 30, 2007
More on Akron's Dirty Book Business
I first covered Elora's Cave on GABB here.
Labels: Akron Business
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Red Light Galleries
In Akron is the place to be ‘till June 17. Don’t miss the chance to view and purchase some of the (woefully underpriced) work of Boring Daughter #2!!
Labels: plug - shameless
Monday, May 21, 2007
Extra Special Garbage Week!
This act of amnesty, though, apparently taxed our sanitary warriors because when I came home today my city-approved-must-be-facing-the-right-direction-or-we-won't-touch-it trash can was in not in front of my house. Nope, it was visiting the neighbor's.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Am Fem is the domain of Angela, young woman with some apparent web design chops who runs a mostly personal blog. It's compelling, especially as she has some pretty trying life circumstances.
Angela set up a blog for her fiance Chris called Crovin. He seems not to have the fire in the belly -- he hasn't posted since April 29. We'll keep an eye on that one.
Derek offers A Subset of Derek. As he puts it, "An incomplete account of my life, thoughts and feelings."
Andrew Shears runs the boards at Radio Free Ohio. He's a Ph.D. student in Geography at the U.
Check them out and enjoy.
Labels: Akron Blogs
Saturday, May 19, 2007
B&N on SOBCon
- Lots of times blog posts are all about me, me, me me. What my cat had for lunch, all the boring, self-centric stuff. She wants to make one thing clear: When I tell people I have 160 articles of leadership on the web they get very impressed. When i tell people I’m a blogger they think I’m weird”
Back to Chris's conference experience, her posts are all worth reading, here, here and here.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Pink Shoe Envy Almost Killed Me.
Life circumstances aren't letting me get anywhere near a rock show these days. If you are as domesticated as I am, check out this video of "Chillout Tent" made as an entry for the band's video contest.
It's the best I've seen of the sumissions, though the embedded Quicktime player keeps crashing so I haven't seen many.
Labels: Akron Blogs
The Pink Shoe: Nature Scenes
UPDATE: Redhorse was the first to notice that I had embedded the wrong link. It's fixed now.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
United Way Blog Is Off to a Good Start
Two recent posts of note include one spotlighting the UW's involvement in an early childhood education advocacy project called BornLearning and another promoting a cause-linked online shopping site called Giveline.com.
As of yet, there is little indication that anyone else is reading -- hey, it's kind of like GABB! But of course there must be content before there will be readers.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Paula Neal Mooney: What Bloggers Earn
$0. Thanks for asking.
Akron Bloggers Issue 17 Roundup
Dane Bramage (note that I disagree with his figures.)
Psychobilly, with takes on other local issues thrown in.
Village Green who explains why she's an angry voter.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
The Miller Way . . .Amish Edition
- I have mentioned many times before that Jake's father grew up Amish. He left the Amish when he was 16. He had not yet joined the Church so he was not excommunicated and still gets to spend time with some of his family that is still Amish. Linda was never Amish but her parents were. So...when you think about it, Jake is a pure bread Amish by blood. Like many people, I am so fascinated by the Amish and their way of life. Jake is soooo over it.
The one caveat I would off in all this is that several different sects of Amish live in the area, each with different beliefs. The accuracy of Delilah's mythbusting may vary depending on which sect is under discussion.
Labels: Akron Blogs
Akron's Dirty Book Industry
In the meantime, I found Ellora's Cave, an Akron publisher of "Romantica" or "Erotic romance." Or bodice-rippers with a Penthouse Forum level of frankness.
Here's how Ellora's Cave describes their product:
- In a piece of Ellora’s Cave Romantica® literature, sexual language is typically expressed in frank adult terms, rather than couched in flowery phrases. In other words, rather than describing lust in a woman's body as "a whirlwind of electricity that jolted through her love valley" as is generally found in mainstream romance novels, an author of Romantica™ might say, "intense desire coursed through her body, making her wet with arousal." (E-rated and above titles typically use much more graphic language than that.)
Final note. Fans of Romantica will no doubt object to the title of the post. Fans of the old Spy Magazine may recognize the homage.
Labels: Akron Business
Monday, May 07, 2007
Boring on Issue 17
- So, out of the $18 million coming out of your pocket, 2.5 is spend on new police. That’s less than 14%. $9 million – that’s half of the planned take from your wallet – is for “job creation and retention”.
For the uninitiated, I’ll translate. “Job creation and retention” = “Mayor’s slush fund for corporate welfare”. Alternately, “Cash for politically connected businesses”. A more literal translation from the ancient tongue would be “a tax on stupid people and those who can’t vote against me”.
Labels: Akron Politics
Keeler on Stewart's Erection.
- I'll be clear - I hope it doesn't go in. It would look stupid there and would be a total eyesore and would hurt the rural character of Bath somewhat (although minimally). But Stewart owns the property, and he can do what he wants with it. He knows that his business won't suffer - people come from all over to eat at his massively overpriced restaurant, and that won't stop, and even if a handful people boycott his place, it wouldn't hurt him in the pocketbook. He is a businessman and is trying to make money. Like it or not, he has the right to put in his 130 foot tower.
Labels: The Burbs
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Local Bloggers Tagged with Specialty Memes
Poetry Recommendations at The Word Cage.
Local poet Penultimatina got tagged with a meme asking what living poets she would recommend to those of less poetic bent. She names 13.
Branding and Marketing on Why She's Obsessed.
Chris Brown's responds to a meme asking for five reasons why she blogs about marketing. By the way, any blog about branding should have a cool logo and Chris now has one:
Labels: Akron Blogs
The Pink Booties
Labels: Akron Blogs
2028 Chestnut Blvd
Cuyahoga Falls OH 44223
There’s a secret to having a good, small restaurant. I’m going to give it away:
Take a page out of the Jimmy’s Café playbook, and limit the menu.
1. Pick a style. One you like. One that you can actually prepare well. In Jimmy’s case, it’s Louisiana.
2. With only one Chef, stick to things that can be prepared in bulk ahead of time: gumbo, jambalaya, red beans & rice, soups. Fill out the menu with a lot of varieties of po’ boy sandwiches – you can train somebody to prepare those - and serve up a mean iced coffee and Italian sodas.
3. Round out the experience with good service and quirky décor.
4. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Honestly, I’ve been to some restaurants with menus so extensive, you knew that they had some kid microwaving entrees from Sam’s Club.
We went to Jimmy’s to celebrate Boring Daughter #2’s 18th birthday on Wednesday. An eye opener. Mrs. Boring & I will be headed back, assuming we can figure out how to manage the chauffeuring and get there before the kitchen closes.
Most entrees, in the $9.00 range (the po’ boys, with a side). Most of the Boring Gang had the sweet potato casserole as a side, and raved about it. The Cole Slaw is also very good, kinda quirky.
This is the sort of place that should become an Akron area institution.
I didn’t make note of the hours, but as I recall, the kitchen closes at 7.30 M-T, but they are open to 10.00 on Friday and Saturday.
Cross posted: TBMD
Single Move Placates Two Major Local Employers
Sterling will purchase the FirstEnergy building located on property adjacent to their Ghent Road campus. FirstEnergy states it had not intended to sell the property, but it seems to make sense given their expansion on White Pond Drive. The two companies employ about 4700 people in Summit County, a majority of them in Akron proper.
The city is putting up about $5.5m in funds for the White Pond facility, but the story seems to confuse the TIF contribution.
Regardless, the price tag of $5.5m is more than half what Issue 17, if passed, is expected to generate for economic development projects, leading me to suspect those funds would be used more for land banking and not infrastructure projects.
Labels: Akron Institutions
Time Warner Digital Service Scrambled
That worked, although we lost our recorded programs. Turns out about 450k digital customers had the same problem this morning due to a software upgrade. Gotta love technology.
Labels: Akron Media
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Akron Relaxing Trash Rules for Spring Cleaning
- During regular city trash pick-up the week of May 21, 2007, all refuse conforming to the city's rules and regulations placed curbside will be picked-up on trash days.
"Our residents have finally had a chance to get outside and get this work done and they have a lot of yard waste to deal with," said Mayor Plusquellic. "Similar to what we did over the Christmas holiday, we have instructed our sanitation crews to pick up everything placed curbside, regardless of whether it fits inside their regular trash container."
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Valle said, "During Spring Cleanup Week, we will pick up any extra bags and all bulk items that are now permitted under our curbside trash and recycling program. They do not have to fit in the new trash carts to be collected."
This should again make Eric Mansfield say "Hmmm." Meanwhile, if you excuse me, I have some work to do.
Akron Bloggers on Issue 17
I pointed out earlier this week that the campaign has been essentially sub rosa. Village Green gives one indication of the potential problem with a quiet, turnout-centered campaign: She would be a likely yes vote if persuaded about the necessity of the tax, but isn't sure the case has been made. She is wrestling with the near-universal misgiving -- putting $9 million in a "jobs" (i.e. subsidies to corporations" fund. It's an idea guaranteed to bring out the gag reflex on both sides of the aisle.
On the other side of the spectrum, Boring Made Dull surprised no one coming out against it some time ago. Meanwhile, Redhorse and I each had thoughts about the Bob Dyer column making fun of a boiler room caller working on behalf of the campaign.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
UA Leads the State in Commercializing Research
- UA is ranked first in the state with the highest rate of return-per-research dollar leading to the commercialization of technologies, the regent's study said.
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[University vice president for research and interim dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering George] Newkome credits the University of Akron Research Foundation, established in 2001, for UA's effectiveness in commercialization because it created the framework for entrepreneurial relationships between the university and local industry.
One of UA's technology success stories involves MemPro Ceramics Corp., a Colorado company that has been working with the university to develop industrial filtration products.
"Without a doubt, UARF's economic development goals for Northeast Ohio have been evident in all our interactions with the university," said John Finley, MemPro's chairman and CEO which recently opened an office in Akron. "Our relationship with UARF has been the single most important factor in attracting us from Colorado."
It's a good news story. I hope the Beacon picks it up.
Labels: Akron Institutions
Farewell Gucci Buddist?
She's been going through some difficult times, but this came as a surprise. A distressing surprise. I hope when things look up for her she reconsiders. For now I'm leaving her on the roll.
Labels: Akron Blogs
An Akron Blog Hits a Milestone
Labels: Akron Blogs
So What Am I Doing with GABB?
Some of you may have notice that I’ve been posting a lot on the Greater Akron Bloggers Blog (GABB). Not many of you have. Probably the rest have noticed that posting on Pho's has been a little thin. Yes, I’ve been working through some ideas about GABB and, yes, let things go a little to seed on my home blog. I’ve done enough on GABB to feel there is a viable mission for the blog.
A Brief History of Akron Blogging.
Redhorse and I started GABB a year ago. At that time, the idea was building the community of Akron area bloggers by offering a forum for people to blog about Akron-oriented stuff that would be a little off-topic on their home blogs. People contributed some good content for a while, but things gradually petered out.
The original model for GABB didn’t work for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s hard enough to keep one blog up to date. Adding unique content to a separate blog was too much for the participants. Also, many of the bloggers who got involved – most notably Redhorse and I – expanded somewhat the subject matter for our blogs. Red and I are not so much all politics all the time; we now do a little more of what the folks at Placeblogger call place blogging.
Still, there was GABB and some good came out of it. We did one meet-up last summer. Red and I had gotten to know the Chief Source folks and Mr. Boring, but none of us had met PeppermintLisa before then. We kicked around some ideas for building the blogger community, but then everyone got terribly busy and a second didn’t happen. GABB was one vehicle for keeping in touch while it lasted.
When thinking about what to do with this thing that started but suffered from a flawed format, I thought about my story. I started the Pages for me, with no thought of building an audience. Then I discovered Brewed Fresh Daily and George discovered me. He linked to me, blogrolled me, others did the same and, without really planning it, I had a blog.
We have a great blogging community here in the Akron area, most of whom don’t know each other. Or rather, we have a bunch of different communities, with thin tendrils connecting them occasionally. I’m interested in helping build the communities that arise around blogs and trying to forge connections I’m trying to revive GABB with something like the BFD model. Since we are all regional these days, think of it as BFD+ if you’d like.
Over the past few days I’ve been highlighting post on Akron-based blogs that are about Akron. Lots of the blogs around town are personal journals, and a number cover politics or business or some other passion, vocation or avocation. But all occasionally talk about something happening here in Akron and that seemed to be the best way to winnow down the wealth of posts.
Not to say I won’t occasionally also feature a post that isn’t about Akron qua Akron. It’s happened already and will happen again when something particularly tickles me or really illuminates the soul of a local blogger.
In addition to that, I will highlight news stories about the area germane to topics under discussion (the Highland Theatre, for instance) in local media. If something pops up in either the national media or blogs from elsewhere, I’ll post about that as well, especially if it seems to be flying under the local radar. And occasionally a story will appear that is so local, so lacking in deeper import, that I'll toss a post up with a quick take.
In addition to all that, I’m planning two regular features of original content. One is photos from around town. This will be just what strikes my fancy and what my crappy pocket digital camera captures reasonably well. First example is directly below.
Second, I plan to feature a Website of the Week – something Akron-based and cool. Or perhaps something Akron-based and deserving mockery. The first of these went up last week
Invitation to the Community
The original members of the blog are still on and still free to contribute any way they want. If someone wants to post a photo or highlight something particularly cool from their home blog feel free. I’ve put my imprint here mostly by default. I’m absolutely ready to let a broader community of bloggers overrun the place and make it over.
Finally, I encourage people who are interested in blogging but don’t have the time for the care and feeding of a blog to sthink about getting involved. I do want to know someone before opening it up, and want to let other people with posting privileges have some input on all that. For now, I invite 54Cermak and J.D. Amer -- bloggers who found their lives too busy to keep up blogs full time. If you guys are interested, drop me a line. In the future, invites may go out, for instance, to people who frequently post good comments.
There are other issues to consider which can wait for a later date. For example, I want to expand the sidebar to include link lists for Akron websites, but I also want to do something about this butt-ugly template and have learned not to invest a lot into the sidebar before a template change. Also, if a community grows around GABB, I want that community to have input into the look of the place.
So with that, let us declare GABB 2.o officially launched. Enjoy.
Seen Around Akron
Aladdin's parking lot, April 28, 2007
Labels: Akron pictures