Friday, June 17, 2011

How to Pick Up a City Planner

It's no secret that urban planning is probably considered one of the unsexiest professions in existence, right up there with engineering or social work. All that talk about mixed-use development, electric cars, or bike-sharing isn't texactly going to get anybody sprung...

Thankfully, our friend Emily at Irish Breakfast has developed a helpful guide for how to pick up a city planner at your local zoning meeting, design charette, or organic microbrewery. Hint...we're not a tough crowd! I encourage you to practice any one of these one-liners at your earliest convenience :)

Via: Irish Breakfast

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Song of the Day: Foster the People

Hey guys, I've been swamped at work lately so I apologize for not blogging as often as I should. I came across a terrific three-peat of perfect songs during my morning commute:

Foster the People - Helena Beat
Ladyhawke - Magic
The Kills - Nail in My Coffin

Thank you, John Richards of KEXP for making my morning just a little bit brighter before an otherwise shitty day at work. Oh and by the way, if you haven't supported your local independent radio station lately, DO IT NOW!!! What are you waiting for? I gave $20 to C89.5, our local dance station, and it felt amazing to be able to give back. A real high school student volunteer answered when I called the -800 number with "may I take your pledge." Umm, yes you may! Brings me back to the good old days of working at OAG :)

Seattle is very lucky to have independent radio stations that are well-respected, play wonderful groundbreaking music, and give back to their community in tangible ways. KEXP hosts Capitol Hill Block Party and promotes local unsigned bands. C89.5 is run almost entirely by students at Nathan Hale High School. As in the students get academic credit for working at a kick-ass radio station with 57 minutes of music per hour. So jealous! While sometimes I don't really like their music choices - C89.5 tends to over-play the Top40 during rush hour and KEXP is notoriously overrun with hipster flavors - I gotta say it's so much better than the alternative. KISS 106.1, anyone? haha I'd rather shave off my nipples with a cheese grater :)

Alright I'll get off my soapbox! Here is your song of the day: