Upping the Convertible Cool Quotient

But selling in tiny numbers is exactly what makes convertibles so very cool. If there were millions (or in some cases just thousands) of them on the road, they wouldn’t exactly stand out, but when you’re one of five people in 1,000—now we’re talking. more »

Apr 17, 2014 by in Columns

Future Shaped By Our Choices Now

If you expected a tropical disease epidemic to hit your community, what options would you have? If you saw the Southeastern US forest ecosystem weaken with loss of fragile plant and animal species, would you want to stop it and if so, how? more »

Apr 17, 2014 by in Shades of Green

Rapid Decompression

Young children were not playing in the road alone or unsupervised: They were holding the hands of an adult, and in many cases the adult appeared to be their father. Kids with fathers? more »

Apr 17, 2014 by in On The Beat

Meet the Real Welfare Queens

These are small-time crooks. The true American parasites are international corporations who bilk the U.S. taxpayer for billions of dollars each year. more »

Apr 10, 2014 by in On Politics (1 Comments)

How Not to Order a Baloney Sandwich

If there’s one thing I love, it’s being lied to. There’s nothing like the warm embrace of a good lie to make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. And, if the lie was told specifically to control my behavior or to take my money, that’s even better! more »

Apr 10, 2014 by in Columns

Women in Technology Comes to Gig City

At the kickoff event held at Loose Cannon, the CTC recruited about 40 people, according to Jennifer Walker, office administrator for the CTC. About 100 people attended, including the CEO of Volkswagen. more »

Apr 10, 2014 by in Technology

Cowards Are ‘Heroes’ Here

Reality. How do you teach that without such horrific examples? And how many of those examples can you use before they simply become the status quo, the new bar to be surpassed? more »

Apr 10, 2014 by in On The Beat

A Bicycle Debacle and A Hole in the Ceiling

“Never do that again. Never, ever show disrespect like that, or I’ll spank you, son, right here in the middle of Sixth Avenue.” A smile faded, and pursed lips replaced objective listening. more »

Apr 3, 2014 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)

Kindness That Comes and Goes Around

As you’ve read over the years, I’m a big believer in paying kindness forward. What a beautiful energy it involves, and who doesn’t enjoy a sweet surprise to lift the spirit or lighten the load? more »

Apr 3, 2014 by in Shrink Rap

Let the Sun Shine on City Data

After the tornadoes of 2010, the Ochs Center reached out to Ryan and other civic-minded data nerds to help local governments, and the advocates for opening data wound up creating data. more »

Mar 27, 2014 by in Technology

Displaying The Gentle Touch

“Of course I looked,” Miller said. “What am I, an asshole? I’ve never looked for a finger before?” I opened my mouth to respond but was cut off before I could do so by Gregory asking, “How many knuckles are we talking here? One, two…three?” more »

Mar 27, 2014 by in On The Beat

Rethinking TVA's Energy Future

Comfort-seeking humans have cleverly figured out how to use indirect solar energy sources. Grown men (women, too) throw hissy fits if the power goes off or the price of gas causes any inconvenience. more »

Mar 20, 2014 by in Shades of Green (2 Comments)

Working The Job I Deserve

Dominique was working in concert with an ally none would expect—and that ally was, unfortunately, his lower gastrointestinal system and its filthy, filthy products. more »

Mar 20, 2014 by in On The Beat

Computer Code, Meet City Code

Is the point of this digital “year of service” making the mechanism of government a little more efficient, or is it about finding some kind of civic killer app, bringing some of the digital mojo of the business startup world into city government? more »

Mar 13, 2014 by in Technology

Side Job at the Stop-n-Rob

I even found myself sad to leave (...), but like all aspects of said Hood, with the exception of the fryer grease, it never truly ends or stops changing, so I always had something to look forward to the next time. more »

Mar 13, 2014 by in On The Beat

Creatine vs. Coffee Cops

I took a moment to glance at the cup, a monument of brushed stainless steel with a hooked handle that, if you were good, you could hang over your gun belt or even clip it over the grip of the pistol itself when need be. more »

Mar 6, 2014 by in On The Beat

Long-Term Love Lessons: They’re All Around Us

Anyway, they both offer up plenty of love lessons. And right as my birthday approaches, what better gift than to be reminded of what we can learn from these wonderful creatures about keeping healthy, long-term relationships alive? more »

Mar 6, 2014 by in Shrink Rap

Return of the Native Web Designer

After graduating from UTC with a BFA in graphic design in 2003, he worked in Atlanta, Birmingham, Baltimore, Portland and Berlin. Last year, he moved back to Chattanooga to join the growing technology and startup community. more »

Feb 27, 2014 by in Technology

The Case for LIDAR Love

It pisses them off to be caught speeding and if it’s going to be inconvenient for them, it damn well better be inconvenient for the officer. If they would just say that, it would be easier to get behind them on the topic. more »

Feb 27, 2014 by in On The Beat

An Imperfect Union

Alas, no. The employees voted them down, and it was quickly determined by pundits and thin-skinned pro-UAW types that they must have been “scared into” voting it down by state and US senators warning them of UAW follies. more »

Feb 20, 2014 by in On The Beat (2 Comments)

The Art of Wild Love

In fact, for most species, there is innate sexual desire. Romantic courting and love seem optional to many, but the merging of DNA and genes is necessary for any species to continue to exist. That drive is strong. more »

Feb 14, 2014 by in Shades of Green

Enter The Unicorns

"GE told us they'd like to hire every single designer we could produce," says Jensen-Inman. "All of these people, they just don't want to hire one person, they want to hire lots." more »

Feb 14, 2014 by in Technology (1 Comments)

St. Valentine Meets St. Ides

Such was the quality of her intoxication, however, she didn’t even notice this…but her husband did, and went from raising his arms defensively to placing one powerful punch solidly to her forehead. more »

Feb 14, 2014 by in On The Beat

Finding Guidance from a Friendly Voice

We gain insight, find solace, find out that we’re not alone with our personal brand of suffering, when we hear the voices of others who have journeyed along a similar road, and have chosen to help us by paying forward their lessons learned. more »

Feb 6, 2014 by in Shrink Rap

Is That A Pistol In Your Pocket?

“Relax,” I told him. I explained to him that putting a gun on your hip and then getting defensive when asked about it (not to mention being insulting) sounds like someone is asking for a fight. more »

Feb 6, 2014 by in On The Beat

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