Thursday, December 25, 2008

Just a quick meeting coverage update

Link to Item article

This is indeed an improvement, but these remaining stipulations are still legally questionable, or just plain odd, at best. I guess it goes to show that the City and its residents just need to get used to the idea. They'll realize then, that there is nothing to worry about and we'll see more of this list dissolve.

I haven't decided yet if I'll stop recording when LynnCam begins. I like the idea of having the video posted online to be accessed any time. This way, people with no cable or Direct TV can still view the meetings.

Artist: Girlfriend's Condo
Song: Clang of the Radiators

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Use the City of Lynn Online Calendar of Events at Your Own Risk

This is the City's Online Calendar of Events

If you follow that link, you'll see that there is a City Council Meeting scheduled for tonight. However, at the last minute, but within the legal time frame of 48 hours, it was moved up to December 16th. While that may have been a wise decision with the holidays upon us, most responsible citizens do not have the Spidey-Sense to stop by City Hall during the week to read the publicly posted meetings for any such last minute changes.

If it were maintained properly, the City's Online Calendar of Events would be a great way keep residents up to date. Such online calendars do not require an IT professional to do updates, either. They're usually easy enough for anyone to go in and make changes in just seconds. No additional positions are required. The same people who already fax and physically post these messages can easily handle it if they are shown how.

In the meantime, I do not recommend relying on the City's website. Contact your City Councilor or the City Council Office if you have any question as to when a meeting will take place. I'm going to seek more reliable sources, myself. I'm also going to bring up the idea of an "Opt-in" e-mail list. The single push of a "Send" button informs everyone who wants to know. No further expenses or software needed. They already have all the tools!

And so that, my friends, is why there's no video from the most recent City Council Meeting.

Artist: Guided by Voices
Song: Your Name is Wild

Monday, December 22, 2008

Dryer down!

My condo building has two washers and two dryers per floor. It's not in the rules, but I suppose out of politeness we stick to our own floors and wait if the machines are full.

I may have to break the unwritten rule pretty soon, but with everyone snowed in and catching up on laundry I think all machines have been working non-stop since Friday. The frustration among (should I call them floormates? sounds like college..) residents is growing. Of course, there's resentment towards the unit on my floor with the most people in it. Naturally, they have the most laundry, especially with kids. All we can do is remove our clothes promptly when done and relax.

I've always thought we had enough machines per floor given the expected occupancy of each unit, but it seems to be right on the line of enough. Note to developers: A little extra would have gone a long way, especially while we wait for the repair person. :)

Do you think the laundry mats are swamped? This reminds me of Allston-Brighton!!

Would I have something more interesting to blog about? Perhaps, but I've been snowed in. Work is cancelled again and I have nothing to do but catch up on laundry and cleaning.

Artist: Sonic Youth
Song: Kool Thing

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Central Sq Status: Holidays

Artist: Archers of Loaf
Song: Nevermind the Enemy

Central Sq Status

New Feature that readers have no say in whatsoever: What I'm listening to as I post.
Artist: The Marked Men
Song: Gone Away

Friday, December 19, 2008

Continuing from...

I'm keeping the old blog up for archival purposes, and because it can not be exported into this one. So in a sense, this is not a first post. You can see my last post at the old address for the reasons why I have moved to blogspot.

I wanted to do this a while ago, and thankfully a snow day has come to the rescue.

This is the same photo after the first real snow of last season: