Saturday, May 16, 2009
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
If it's not obvious, Houston is the black "smudge" in the background. And what is the outlying Ring? It's FM1960/Highway 6 which starts the upper right corner, in Liberty county, crosses lake Houston, wraps around the west side of Harris County and then cuts back South-East going almost all the way to Galveston Island.
This is particularly interesting to me because the entire time I've lived in the Houston area, I've lived near FM1960. My current neighborhood is very near the bend under the "O" in word "World" of title on the graphic where FM1960 heads North-East.
Here's the original article I took this from: Ring Roads of the World: Houston Wins! » Swamplot: Houston’s Real Estate Landscape
Of course, this graphic is only comparing single-city metro areas. Multi-city metros like Dallas-Fort Worth are bigger still.
This occurred in the Humble/Atascocita area in a neighborhood located off of the Beltway. I personally, know someone that lives in that particular neighborhood and is now considering moving.
I've seen very little coverage of this in the Houston media so far. This is something folks definitely need to be aware of.
Some general home/safety tips:
- Take some time to look at your home/property for "hiding places" near entryways (doors and windows). Maybe you need to trim back some shrubs near your porch?
- Always keep your windows and doors locked at night or really any time when you can't monitor the entire premises.
- Leave a porch light on at night. Consider installing a timer light or motion sensor light.
- I'm not sure how deterrent monitored alarm systems are, but it is another element you should consider. We have one and are happy with it... particular because we have fire/smoke monitoring in addition to intrusion detection.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
However, folks in the Timberwood neighborhood could be really affected if they choose options "C" or "D" for runways construction (or worst case both).
While the paperwork on the EIS site is interesting, I thought that a Google Map that you can drag and/or zoom in on (and turn roads on and off) would be a better way to look at this.
So I made one:
View IAH Existing and Proposed Runways in a larger map
As usual, I included an icon showing the location of my neighborhood as well as Timberwood (the affected neighborhood discussed in the article).
You see this process repeat and they intermittently cut to a shot of a waste paper basked with paper wads piling up.
An alternate version of this scene replaces the typewriter with a pen and paper and lot of scrawling and scratching out of mistakes before balling up the page.
I suppose these scenes don't work as well today with word processors so maybe "the kids" stumbling across this post don't know what I'm talking about.
Anyway... I experience the same thing when developing software, or more specifically when starting a new project*. While many people view software development as a mechanical, technical exercise... fundamentally its still an a creative act.
Just like a writer struggling with that opening sentence
... I sit and stare at a blank text editor and think, "where do i want to begin.? Where am I going with this?".
I wonder if other software developers out there experience the same thing but whenever a I google'd for "Writer's Block" and programming (or software) I end up with links to commercial software package that helps writers brainstorm ideas to deal with Writer's block.
Inevitable just like with writers... once you do finally start, things tend to flow quickly... at least until you get stuck on the next major "plot point", but usually the biggest hurdle is where to begin.
* - I specifically mentioned "starting a new project", because enhancing or debugging an existing project is much closer to the traditional process of editing.... which is still a key skill any author should have, but it presents a different set of problems and I'm not sure that "Writer's Block" is one of them.