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Faster and Faster

May 6, 2008 at 1:55pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Windstream today is holding an event Downtown at Centennial Mall and M Street to showcase its new fastest-in-town 12 Mbps DSL service. The world’s fastest talker, comedian Fran Capo, 37, of Putnam Valley, NY, will emcee the event and will be accompanied by the following:

  • Kent French, 46, of Rapid City, S.D., the World’s Fastest Clapper, holding the record of 721 claps in one minute
  • Nicky Shane, 47, of Santa Barbara, Calif., the World’s Fastest Harmonica Player, who has been playing since he was 18 and has a plethora of skills as an entertainer
  • Mary McVeigh, 26, of Northampton, Mass., the World’s Fastest Juggler, who has been juggling for 14 years and averages 100 soccer ball juggles on her foot in 30-seconds

KTGL will also be on hand broadcasting live.

I know I could go for a little 12 Mbps action, but according to Windstream’s website the fastest service I can get here at 625 Elm Street is 3 Mbps. Apparently the new speed is either only available in certain areas, or the website hasn’t been updated to reflect its availability. The website is also fuzzy about the price. All of the broadband services 1.5 Mbps and faster are available for $20 per month for the first six months. I haven’t been able to talk the website into letting me know the price after the six month trial period. (If you figure it out, let me know.)

Down in the Valley

May 6, 2008 at 1:46pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Matt Olberding has posted a few pieces of information about goings-on in Antelope Valley. Two of the items aren’t very exciting, but the third is potentially a big deal for getting Antelope Valley’s redevelopment off the ground. The City’s Capital Improvement Plan includes $6 million worth of TIF funds for a large office development near 20th and R. Rumors have been swirling that Assurity Life Insurance Co. is looking to build there. Could Assurity be the first big project among the City’s hoped-for $750 million worth of private investment in Antelope Valley?

Fire and Brimstone

May 6, 2008 at 1:41pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

If you like to watch a good online spat, you might want to keep an eye on this Journal Star article about a temporary lull in local abortions. That sort of bait is just far too enticing for the trolls to pass up.

Where in Lincoln is this?

May 5, 2008 at 2:12pm By: Mr. T Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

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Your Chance to Participate

May 5, 2008 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The last public forum for budget-related discussions is tomorrow night at Lincoln High, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. If you have something to say, it’s an excellent chance to be heard.

I’ve been told that one of the recent public meetings only had 11 participants. That’s an annoyingly low number, but it isn’t all that surprising. There are an awful lot of people in this town who seem to enjoy grumbling, but not in the fora where their voices can very directly be heard. It is a very frustrating problem for City officials.

Then again, Lincoln’s officials haven’t exactly bred trust in this sort of process over the years. Take the Comprehensive Plan public meetings from a few years ago. I closely followed the Plan creation process. It was very disappointing to see how few of the public’s specific suggestions made their way into the final product. The process felt designed to simulate a participatory atmosphere, rather than actually being participatory.

Maybe that’s (part of) the reason why more people haven’t taken the opportunity to be active in helping to shape the next budget. Or maybe many people are realists, and they know that the thing they most want axed from the budget simply isn’t going to be cut. Indeed, there are lots of budget items that will stick around, whatever the public’s opinion of them. For example, many items are required by Federal law. In other cases, the public is screaming to “cut the fat”, but the budget item is already down to skin and bones.

Or maybe folks are waiting around for the next LPS budget meeting. After all, Mayor Beutler has all but said, “They’re the ones taking most of your property tax dollar. Quit picking on us and give the folks at LPSDO a good grilling!”

I Love a Beautiful Day

May 5, 2008 at 1:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Boy oh boy, what a beautiful day yesterday for a Marathon, no? It almost made me wish I was out there running. Then I remembered that if I actually tried to run a marathon, it would probably kill me. Literally. That sort of takes the fun out of the whole thing.

Instead of running, I spent the day working outside. I mowed, played in the garden and cleaned out the garage. My big project was tearing out a rock pathway I had put in a couple years ago. Unfortunately, I put it in very, very poorly. Redoing it will probably take two more weekends, but it will be worth it to have a new path that doesn’t look so terrible.

We finished up the day with a trip to Lee’s, which was packed. Then we hopped across the street to the ice cream stand, followed by a quick trip through Pioneers Park to see the bison.

How was your weekend?

Checking In

May 2, 2008 at 4:52pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Hi folks, sorry there weren’t any new posts waiting for you this morning. I began working with a new outfit last week and, well, they’ve been keeping me busy. Here are some quick bits for the lunch hour:

  • Kohl’s is coming in October to 27th and Yankee Hill
  • City government offices are now BYOBW (bring your own bottled water). Let’s be sure not to spend the $9,000 we’ll save all in one place.
  • Several Lincoln high school teams will be in Omaha next week for the State Soccer Tournament. I’ll be there too, so sorry, no commentary from me about the teams.
  • The Lincoln Marathon is Sunday morning! I will probably watch parts of it from the area of 48th and Highway 2. If you plan to drive anywhere between Capital Parkway, Highway 2, 9th Street and 70th Street, you had best give yourself plenty of time.

Lincoln, Nebraska: Home of the Wedgie

May 1, 2008 at 3:39pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The police spokesman said they are ever vigilant and on the lookout for wedgies here.

“You might get away with that in Lincoln or Omaha,” the spokesman said. “But we’re not going to allow wedgies in North Platte.”

Read all about it.

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