This photo is from Woodruff Park. It is one of Downtown Atlanta’s two significant parks – the other one being Centennial Park. [Read more…]
Paul Theroux is one of my 3 favorite travel writers. I read this book in 2014 almost as soon as it was published. I loved his Dark Star Safari – it remains one of the few travel books that really stuck with me.
Last Train To Zona Verde is his first travels to Africa since that books was published in 2004.
It chronicles his journeys around the west coast of Africa from Capetown (where Dark Star ended) up through Namibia and Angola. [Read more…]
EDIT: Originally published in Feb 2012, I’ve updated this post in January 2017 to reflect the current state of GoDaddy hosting for a 2017 GoDaddy Hosting Review.
This is a product review. It’s biased – but mainly because I’m an actual customer of GoDaddy in addition to other hosting companies.
You’ve probably seen GoDaddy’s Super Bowl commercials, GoDaddy girls all around the internet, and most recently their Helping Small Business commercials.
GoDaddy is certainly the market leader in domains – and trying to be in web hosting.
Are they just the right WordPress Hosting Tool to build a better blog?
I started out using them (because of the brand) but I’ve moved to HostGator for many of my sites. So.
First off – I’m so happy I switched. I was definitely worth the transition.
But now that I’ve been using HostGator for several years (and setup several websites using WordPress) – I’ve got a full pros and cons list of using HostGator that would’ve been useful to know before signing up.
So let’s dive into my HostGator review. They aren’t the best fit for everyone, but here’s what I’ve liked/disliked as a customer. If you want other options, be sure to check out Conclusion. [Read more…]
Atlanta is no Las Vegas or Phoenix. But it’s surprisingly sunny & clear. We have more clear days than Miami, and way more sun than northern cities. Like many other things (ie, density, greenspace, jobs, transit, tech jobs), Atlanta strikes the right balance. It’s on the end of the spectrum that we want that we want in a city.
A few weeks ago we went to the lovely Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth, Georgia for several nights.
This photo is from one of the overlooks looking north from Fort Mountain Cool Springs over the Cohutta Wilderness.
It’s an area that extends beyond the border with Tennessee and North Carolina and encompasses more than 36,977 acres. [Read more…]
When I originally published this post in February 2013 – I had just moved to Atlanta, GA (metro area of 5.3 million) from Athens, GA (metro area of 0.19 million).
I had loved Athens’ bike-friendly culture (though not its very bike unfriendly hills). I used to bike nearly everywhere in Athens, and wanted to keep up the same biking habit in Atlanta.
I’ve had been a bit over 2 weeks, but had already started taking MARTA to work, and biking home – while also biking around the city for the sake of exploration and exercise.
So – for anyone who was curious about biking in Atlanta – a famously car-only, traffic clogged city – I wrote up this pros / cons list.
I read Mohsin Hamid’s novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist during my flurry of post-college book reading. It was a powerful novel that was also written simply, beautifully and powerfully. It really stuck with me.
I had had How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia in my queue for quite some time before buying it and actually reading it.
Oh wow. I should have read this book even sooner.
It’s received tons of praise from nearly every part of the book critic world. In some ways – it was an almost suspicious amount of praise.
This book is one of those books – the kind that draw you in quickly and force you to see the world in a new way through someone else’s eyes.
The book is set in South Asia – though it could be either Pakistan or India. Many of the details of the book are purposefully vague. You never know any names or specific places.
Instead, the entire book is written in 2nd person. “You decide to take a stroll with your sister” or “you are taken with a friend” or “your father is ill” – which creates an incredible effect of putting yourself inside the character.
The novel is structured like a self-help book with chapters like “find a mentor” or “focus on the fundamentals” but also chronologically in the life of the main character. [Read more…]
I picked up You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice by Tom Vanderbilt solely because of his excellent book – Traffic.
My choice to pick the book up could have been an anecdote in the actual book – “why did I choose to read that book when the topic didn’t suit my usual reading habits?”
Taste is one of those highly abstract topics that gets really weird and really “meta” – very quickly. But it’s also a topic that drives our economy – and our lives. Arguably, our very identity nowadays is just a bundles of tastes.
Tom Vanderbilt addressed odd and counter-intuitive concepts in Traffic – and did so again in You May Also Like. Once I got into it, the book was a fascinating read – providing plenty of “hey sweetie, you won’t believe this” factoids, anecdotes and ideas. [Read more…]
White Flight is the term for the racially based migration in the 1950s and onwards of white Americans from the central areas of cities to the outer suburbs throughout America.
In “White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism,” Kevin Kruse looks at a city at the heart of the phenomenon – Atlanta – and uses it to argue that white flight was more than just white Americans moving away from black Americans.
With Atlanta as his microcosm, Kruse argues that the process, mechanics, language and politics of white flight reshaped the modern conservative movement.
Kruse explores the tactics of “massive resistance,” the language of “freedom of association,” blockbusting, the economics of racism, the creation of public & private spheres – and has examples and anecdotes straight from Atlanta’s experience to make the concepts real.
What’s interesting to me though as a citizen of the City of Atlanta is the incredible (as in I literally couldn’t believe it) city history he writes about.
When I moved to Atlanta in 2013, I knew more than the average transplant.
I had lived for 15 years 60 miles down the road in Athens. I had grown up listening to local radio out of Atlanta. I had seen Atlanta local news. I knew the general demography of the city (Southwest Atlanta is poor and black; North Atlanta is rich and white). I had even taken an urban geography course in college that covered gentrification and the mortgage crisis in Atlanta.
And yet, I had no real idea of the politics or the history behind it all. [Read more…]