Archive for April, 2008

Check out the pictures.


TarheelBlue had some nice pictures of Presidential hopeful Barack Obama playing pickup basketball with the North Carolina Tarheels. It certainly looks like Obama has some game. Maybe he can convince Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Danny Green to follow Tyler Hansbrough’s lead and return to school for another year, or two.

I wonder if Obama is playing bball with the Heels to persuade John Edwards to join his campaign…

Earlier today Mike Barber of the Daily News Record reported that JMU’s expansion plans for Bridgeforth stadium will likely be placed on hold due to lack of private donations.

JMU is planning a $52 million renovation that will add 10,000 more seats, luxury boxes, new lights, a new press box, and improved concession stands.

According to Barber, JMU’s budget calls for $10 million of the $52 million to come from private donations and $11 million to come from a 2% increase in student fees over the next three years. JMU’s initial goal was to raise $4 million in private donations by July, and Vice President Charlie King said that it’s unlikely that the university will hit that mark.

Thus, stadium work probably won’t begin until after the 2009 season.

Barber also revealed some other projects JMU’s athletic department is considering:

  • A new basketball arena at the site of the current softball field near the ISAT building
  • A new complex on Port Republic Road that would include a stadium for soccer, field hockey and lacrosse
  • A new $7 million baseball complex at the site of the current Memorial Stadium

On August 28 and February 21 I wrote about the City of Staunton’s new logo. Last summer the City hired the South Carolina planning firm Arnett Muldrow & Associates to design a logo they could use to promote city life and events. The logo is maroon, gold, and yellow, and it emphasizes the “U” in Staunton. I’m happy to report that the City is actually using the new logo to promote historical attractions, businesses, and local events. In fact, the City is pairing the logo with the slogan “As U like it.”

The main issue I have with the logo is that it is something that they could’ve gotten local high school or college students to design for FREE. Furthermore, the City could’ve had an open design competition for the new logo. The competition would’ve sparked more interested in the logo, it wouldn’t have cost the City any money, and it would’ve made the logo more organic.

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Enjoy this wonderful day (rain or shine), and remember, every day can be Earth Day. The earth-friendly acts you perform today (plant a tree, clean a stream, recycle, etc.) can, and should, be incorporated into your regular lifestyles.

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A new report published by the Vulcan project ranks the 20 worst emitting counties in the United States. Harris County, Texas (Houston); Los Angeles County, California; and Cook County, Illinois (Chicago) topped the rankings.

None of the Virginia Counties made the list.

Special thanks to TreeHugger for the update.

On January 22 I posted pictures of Charlottesville’s newest artistic bike racks. I was impressed with the City’s creativity in combining community art with practicality. The Japanese store bicycles in a completely different way. The Japanese have huge, computerized vaults that can store thousands of bikes.

These bike vaults are perfect for dense, urban areas with multi-modal transit. Imagine if bikes were treated with the same respect in America. Do you think we’ll ever “bike vaults” in the U.S.?

A few weeks ago I posted the State Farm commercial that made fun of people biking to work. The clip received a lot of criticism from environmentalists and bikers, and accordingly, State Farm removed the clip from its advertising campaign. Apparently, Farmers HelpPoint wasn’t paying attention to the situation as its newest advertisement also berates bikers.

Let’s examine the situation for a second. Why are these insurance companies trying to discourage people from biking? Is it because bikes are safer and if everyone bikes to work there will be little need for automobile insurance?

Maybe State Farm and Farmers HelpPoint should start something new and invest in bicycle insurance.

p.s. Don’t be surprised if Farmers HelpPoint withdraws this clip YouTube just as State Farm withdrew theirs.