Thursday, August 9, 2007

This is a test post

I'm in London at the moment, but looking forward to being back in Chapel Hill tomorrow.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Ditching TWC for DirecTV in Chapel Hill

I am the kind of fellow who chafes at a monopoly. A couple of years ago, when we dumped our BellSouth landline altogether for Vonage, I was practically giddy for the first few months (and we've never regretted the decision, by the way). Similarly, I have grown more and more bitter at Time Warner Cable, which holds us over an overpriced barrel for television service. When we lived on Thornwood Rd., the cable service itself was extremely unreliable and the customer service wretched. Since we've moved to Tinkerbell, the service itself has become much, much more reliable, but the customer service--along with the pricing--has remained rotten. So in a burst of rebelliousness, as well as an attempt to shave about $20 or so a month, we're about to try DirecTV, a satellite television service that is not only cheaper, but has a much better reputation for serving customers. We'll still be getting Internet by cable via TimeWarner/Earthlink, and we'll still be piping our VOIP phone service through the same lines, but at least the $70 for TV and DVR will disappear from my conscience for a while. I'll try to keep the neighbors posted on how it goes.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Chapel Hill Neighborhood Email Lists Update

If you've read the short intro letter currently posted on the home page, you know that I had hoped to use the site to create a window into the discussions taking place on various Chapel Hill neighborhood email lists.

I still think it's a nifty idea, but after having requested permission from the existing list managers and in most cases getting no response at all, I am forced to conclude that getting permission to republish RSS feeds of the discussions is probably not going to happen.

Oh well.

I hope that just consolidating links to the various lists in one place on the Internet will still prove to be useful for new Chapel Hill neighbors who decide to take to the Internet in search of community resources. At the moment, Carrboro is way ahead of us on that count. For comparison, see:

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Trader Joe's Opening in Eastgate

For those who have never experienced the snack-shopping bliss that is Eastgate shopping center:
Trader Joe's to open store in Chapel Hill's Eastgate (Durham Herald-Sun)

Friday, March 30, 2007

"Bodies Exhibition" Showing at SouthPoint in Durham

From an item in the Durham Herald-Sun:

Southpoint hosts 'Bodies' exhibit "Bodies ... The Exhibition" will open Thursday [3-29-2007] at the Streets at Southpoint. Already seen by more than three million visitors, the exhibition features real, whole and partial body specimens that have been dissected and preserved, giving individuals the opportunity to view the complexity of their own organs and systems like never before. This ground breaking exhibition provides an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body.
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Tickets can be obtained by logging on to or by calling 866-866-8265. Organizers urge the purchase of advance tickets to ensure admittance when the exhibition opens. Ticket prices are $24.50 for adults, $22.50 for seniors 62 and over and $18.00 for children (4-12). An accompanying audio tour is available for $6.00. Discounted prices are available to groups. Exhibition hours are Mondays through Thursdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

I had the good fortune to see this exhibit in Atlanta last year and I highly recommend it for both its aesthetic and educational value. You should understand beforehand, however, that the exhibit consists of what is essentially art made using real human cadavers. As a concept, that is not for everyone. And even as a fan of the work, I have to say it's not a trend I especially hope catches on. If you were paying close attention, you might recognize this exhibition as the backdrop for a scene in the most recent James Bond film.

To read more about the process used to create the work, see: Plastination [Wikipedia]
Also of interest: a recent Washington Post article on the exhibit.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Still in Beta

For those of you following along from home, the web site is still in testing mode. Once we have a working site with a reasonable collection of resources we'll take to the streets to promote it a bit, which really means that we will tell our immediate neighbors about it and hope the idea spreads through word-of-mouth. And in case I haven't mentioned it often enough already, we're actively looking for Chapel Hill neighbors with rudimentary web skillz to help add to and improve this site. Thanks for stopping by. Pardon the mess.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Welcome, Chapel Hill Neighbors!

This blog is part of a publishing platform for the web site, a collection of community resources for neighbors and neighborhoods in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.