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I’m Spatial is officially back for the summer. After my month long hiatus I decided it was time to dive back into the blogging world. May was a crazy month for me because I was finishing up the spring semester at UVA, moving out of my apartment in Charlottesville, looking for a summer job, and moving back to Staunton for the summer.

I decided to step away from the blog for the month of May to determine if I wanted to continue operating it. I’ll be the first to admit that the material I posted this past year did not contain a lot of substance. I relied heavily on YouTube and the information posted on other planning and environmental blogs to keep my blog going throughout the school year.

However, after some serious thought I decided to keep I’m Spatial. I love blogging — it’s free, simple, and limitless. I realize that my blog is not the source of ground breaking news or thought, but it has been a place for me to explore interesting topics, voice my opinion, and enhance my writing skills.

As the summer season approaches I’ve decided to jump back into the writer’s seat and rejuvenate I’m Spatial. Here are my new goals for I’m Spatial:

  • Create at least one new post every day
  • Write posts with more substance and thought
  • Incorporate my own pictures into the posts
  • Focus more on local topics
  • Write text to accompany video clips

So, keep checking for new material and feel free to drop me a line about your own thoughts and ideas.




It’s been about a month and a half since I made my New Year’s resolutions, and I want to go back and evaluate my progress for 2008.

  • Eat healthier – I’m drinking more water, and I’ve made a concerted effort to adopt a healthier diet. I’ve been eating more salad, yogurt, and vegetables (carrots, green beans, and peas), and I’ve even switched to whole wheat bread. The only thing holding me back is a beer here and there…
  • Bike more – I’m actually biking less in 2008. I don’t like the feeling of the cold wind across my face when I bike, so I’ve been walking every where.
  • Drive less – That’s not a problem. I haven’t driven my car in about a month, and I have no plans to use it in the near future.
  • Use public transportation – I took the trolley downtown a couple of weeks ago, but I don’t normally use Charlottesville’s bus service (I walk everywhere). However, whenever I’m in Washington DC I always use the Metro and/or Circulator.
  • Watch less television – I have my staples (UNC & UVA Basketball, The Wire, & English Premier League Soccer). If I watch anything else it’s usually the local news or ESPNnews.
  • Read more books – I’m reading everyday, but I’m not reading materials that I necessarily want to read. Every class this semester has provided me with lot of reading assignments.
  • Blog everyday – On average I post about 6 times every week, so I’m not actually blogging every day, but I’m close.
  • Exercise regularly – When the semester started I was running 30 minutes a day on the treadmill. Unfortunately my workout schedule has tapered off because of the workload increase.
  • Take more pictures – Hhhhmmmm. Maybe next year. I never remember to take my camera with me when I go places.
  • Donate unused items – Not yet. I’m waiting for Spring cleaning.
  • Conserve energy – I’ve kept the thermostat low, I’m taking shorter showers, I use the stairs instead of the elevator in my apartment, and I turn my computers off every night before bed. However, I’m sure the treadmill I’ve been exercising on has used a lot of electricity.

Overall, I’d say that I’ve done pretty well with my New Year’s resolutions. Grade: B

Resolutions for 2008

Happy New Year from I’m Spatial. Check out my resolutions for 2008:

  • Eat healthier
  • Bike more
  • Drive less
  • Use public transportation
  • Watch less television
  • Read more books
  • Blog everyday
  • Exercise regularly
  • Take more pictures
  • Donate unused items
  • Conserve electricity

Top 10 Posts of 2007

Happy New Year! I have a good feeling that 2008 will be a great year for I’m Spatial. As I look to the future I want to reflect on the past. Here are the top posts for 2007 — the ones that received the most Internet traffic.

10. Best Careers 2008 – 12/20/07: A list of the U.S. News’ best careers of 2008. Urban planning made the list!
9. Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls – 2/18/07: A post about Bear Gryll’s show on the Discovery Channel. This post has a few pictures and YouTube clips of Bear doing some outrageous things (e.g. eating raw fish & drinking water from elephant feces)
8. Poplar Point Stadium – 3/8/07: This post detailed DC United’s proposal for a new stadium at Poplar Point on the Anacostia River in Washington D.C. Currently, talks between the city and club have stalled, and DC United officials are looking at other possible stadiums sites.
7. What to Do With the DeJarnette Center – 5/28/07: This was a controversial post about what to do with the DeJarnette Center in Staunton, VA. Joseph Spencer DeJarnette was the director of Western State Hospital, and he was a proponent of eugenics. Should we destroy historic buildings with troubling pasts? Would preserving these buildings send a negative message to the community?
6. NBA Mock Draft 1 – 5/24/07: My first mock draft for the 2007 NBA Draft.
5. SI Declares Al Groh Worst Coach – 7/11/07: This post refers to a Sports Illustrated article that named Al Groh as the worst coach coming into the 2007 NCAA football season. Groh’s Cavalier’s ended up 9 – 4, but they had a heartrbeaking loss to Texas Tech in the Gator Bowl.
4. MLS Team Names – 2/6/07: This was one of my first posts on the blog, and it examines the weird names of current MLS teams. Furthermore, I reveal some names that future expansion teams could use.
3. NBA Mock Draft 2 – 6/15/07: My second mock draft for the 2007 NBA Draft.
2. NBA Mock Draft 3 – 6/23/07: My third mock draft for the 2007 NBA Draft.
1. JMU Duke Dog Pictures – 9/25/07: This posts has pictures of JMU’s mascot, Duke Dog, fighting Coastal Carolina’s mascot at a football game. Here’s a link to the post with a YouTube clip.

Your Life is 52% Green

Your life is pretty green – and you know a lot about how to live an eco friendly life. So congratulate yourself for being good to the earth. And maybe think about implementing some of the ideas from this quiz!

Blog Readability Score

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According to the “Blog Readability Test,” I’m Spatial’s reading level rates “genius.”

A lovely reader left this wonderful comment this morning.

“Is this the only think you’ve got to do–posting an NBA Mock Draft? That and the stupid picture, whatever you’re trying to imply, is simply a waste of time and a fraud. If you’ve got all the education you CLAIM, you should be spending your free time helping at a homeless shelter or a soup line or some relgion-based social service organization!! Instead of pissing people off grow up and do some good for the world–quit thinking of yourself/you narcissist!”

Wow. I’m glad that I elicited a response from a reader, but I wasn’t expecting such a response on an NBA Mock Draft — I didn’t know they were so controversial.

To clarify his comments about the “stupid picture,” I had posted a popular picture of Greg Oden dancing with a coed at an Ohio State party. This picture may have been offensive, so I will admit that I changed it to a “politically correct” picture of Kevin Durant covering his head with a basketball net.

“If you’ve got all the education you CLAIM, you should be spending your free time helping at a homeless shelter or a soup line or some relgion-based social service organization!!”

I suppose the reader didn’t browse through the contents of my blog. In the past I’ve used my blog to raise awareness on local events and issues that local residents might find pertinent (e.g. energy saving tips, historic preservation ideas, local recreational activities). I do like to write posts concerning professional athletics, but I do so because it’s fun and harmless. Also, during the day I work for a non-profit environmental organization on pollutant modeling and K-12 education. So I like to think that I do some good for the world, but I don’t want to pat myself on the back and be narcissistic.

For those unfamiliar with what a narcissist is, a narcissist is a person with an inordinate fascination with oneself. I guess the reader thought that I was using my NBA Mock Draft to glorify myself and my amazing NBA mock draft skills — I guess I shouldn’t have predicted that I would be the #1 pick.

Yesterday, my NBA Mock Draft was cited in a web blog for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The blogger, Dave Heller, was interested in my thoughts about former Wisconsin Badger, Alando Tucker. I think that Tucker would be a good fit for the Miami Heat at pick #20 because he’s experienced and a natural scorer. Even though the Heat need a big man to eventually replace Shaq and Alonzo Mourning, they should use this to add another scorer to help out Dwyane Wade. I don’t think that any of the good big men (Greg Oden, Yi Jianlian, Spencer Hawes, and Marc Gasol) will be available at pick #20, and Shaq might have a year or two left in him. Alando Tucker is their man.

On March 9, 2007 my blog was mentioned on D.C. United’s website.

Welcome to “I’m Spatial.” If you’ve stumbled upon this site you’re probably wondering what this blog is all about. The truth is I have no idea, but I plan on using this space to talk about my interests, beliefs, and anything else that comes to mind. Example posts may include EPL soccer, the MLS, UNC basketball, new urban communities, the principles of urban design, green buildings, James Madison University, hiking, etc. My favorite part of writing is brainstorming, and when I brainstorm I usually make long bulleted lists. I’m an analytical thinker and problem solver, and I am used to studying a problem and breaking it down into its individual components. Thus, I expect the entries of this blog to contain lists instead of long, complex prose. Enjoy and feel free to make comments or provide links you think I might like.