Entirely Inappropriate

It’s funny how desensitization affects some cops as compared to others (if at all, though I find that depends on what type of cop that individual was: aggressive, or a placeholder). more »

Jan 30, 2014 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)

Justice Backpedaled

So on the one hand, an outside agency made the Chattanooga Police Department look good, fair, and reasonable, while on the other making cops in general look like complete assholes yet again. Well done, boys. more »

Jan 23, 2014 by in On The Beat

Pension Fromage

That said? This isn’t about the details of the changes proposed this week. No, sir and ma’am…that would take several more pages than I’m allowed to use, but I did want to give you an idea of why it spooked us all so. more »

Jan 16, 2014 by in On The Beat

Building a Coworking Community

“I was like, that’s it, here you go—do it,” she says. “You weren’t going to jump, somebody pushed you, just go.” In coworking, she saw an unfilled niche in Chattanooga. more »

Jan 16, 2014 by in Technology

Green Goals for 2013

Because all life on Earth depends on a suitable habitat and a healthy ecosystem, what can be done to guarantee sustainability now and in the future? more »

Jan 9, 2014 by in Shades of Green

Freeze Warning, aka “Coldnado”

I closed my eyes and began speaking before opening them. “They’re not called ‘prostitutes’, Thompson. These are hookers.” I probably had to have this talk with someone every few weeks. more »

Jan 9, 2014 by in On The Beat

Hurry Up and Slow Down

More importantly, the Seattle Police Department told its 1,300-plus officers via email that until further notice, “officers shall not take any enforcement action other than to issue a verbal warning for a violation of I-502.” more »

Jan 2, 2014 by in On The Beat

How to Print An Ear

On the one hand, he calls it “a really elegant manufacturing technique that puts us that much closer to being able to directly put our thoughts into matter.” But he embraces Gig Tank 2014’s more prosaic promise of here-and-now transformation. more »

Jan 2, 2014 by in Technology

Meeting in the Middle for the New Year

I am a grammatically and morally offensive entity and a stark amateur in the world well stocked with literary professionals. David Cook, on the other hand, is the real thing. more »

Dec 26, 2013 by in On The Beat

Finding a Lifeline

I am under-simplifying this for a reason: I wish to show you the difference between a job and a career. And for those that are in it for more than the novelty of a short period of time, that’s exactly what this is. A career. more »

Dec 12, 2013 by in On The Beat

Green Reason for the Holiday Season

In Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul was observed in honor of the god Thor. Fires were lit to symbolize the warmth of the returning sun. Ancient Incas honored the sun god with a special festival during winter solstice. more »

Dec 12, 2013 by in Shades of Green

Holiday Heaven or Holiday Hell

So how do we gladden the tidings? My suggestion to you is that we absolutely have the power to allow this time of year to be an opportunity to do it more happily and healthfully. more »

Dec 5, 2013 by in Shrink Rap (1 Comments)

Stranger’s Gonna Knock You Out

Last year, a teenager punched a man out. Knocked him backward onto the concrete, then straddled him and beat him severely. The victim never regained consciousness and died nine days later. more »

Dec 5, 2013 in On The Beat

Growing Geeks

In the 18 months since its Gig Tank win, Iron Gaming reworked its business model based on what founders have seen at gaming events around the country and in the overall gaming industry. more »

Dec 5, 2013 by in Technology

That Thin Blue Line Sticker

“Them ‘blue line’ stickers...” They mean something, you know. Most are aware it’s obviously in support of cops and would even correctly guess, if pressed, that it’s about the line between “order and chaos”. Let me take it a bit deeper, though: more »

Nov 28, 2013 by in On The Beat

Right to Remain Stupid

Before it was over there were three cops with three sets of hands on him getting him in handcuffs as he continued to choose that exact moment to not do a single thing he was being told to do, and even the evangelist started recording the goings on. more »

Nov 21, 2013 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)

Don’t Use that Tone of Voice

“It’s not unusual,” she says. “It happens every day. We were trying to normalize that for our users and say ‘oh, it’s not a big deal, don’t worry about it,’ but we realized we were sending the message that we don’t value our customers’ customers. more »

Nov 21, 2013 by in Technology

Earth-Friendly Holidays

Further, separating wants from needs will help save the Earth. How badly does one need an indoor flameless marshmallow roaster for $69.95, heated outdoor cat bowls ($49.95), or an automatic flameless LED candle ($39.95) from Hammacher Schlemmer? more »

Nov 14, 2013 by in Shades of Green

Home of the Homeless

“What?” the complainant said. “Where?” “He was in your car, ma’am. At the McDonald’s.” “But I don’t understand…” she trailed off, now taking her own turn to tilt her head in confusion. more »

Nov 14, 2013 by in On The Beat

Still Floating After All These Years

Two of those founders—Nathan Derrick of SupplyHog and Fynn Glover of RootsRated—will judge the next competition on Nov. 19 and present updates on their progress from pitch to profitability. I sat down with them for a preview. more »

Nov 14, 2013 by in Technology

Mindful Is As Mindful Does

When I asked my colleague, Lisa, from the Center for Mindful Living here in Chattanooga, she described mindfulness as “being present with awareness and kindness…with all our attention.” more »

Nov 7, 2013 by in Shrink Rap

The Other Southside: Chattanooga Spotlight

For perspective, the beauty and comparable safety of the Tennessee Aquarium lives in the 100 block of Market Street, but Alton Park Boulevard is what its name turns into by the 3000 block and I’ve always been glad about that. It deserves better. more »

Nov 7, 2013 by in On The Beat

A Domestic Call: Big Brain On Brad

But the silence wasn’t just out of fear of his immediate reaction (there was none, remember—he had given himself the I.Q. of a kumquat), but also of respect for somehow making a weird situation even weirder, all on our own. more »

Oct 31, 2013 by in On The Beat

Remembering Rodney: A Poorly Timed Tribute

On that night, Rodney King was a convicted felon on parole driving with an estimated .19 BAC on the Foothill Freeway in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles with two passengers onboard. more »

Oct 24, 2013 by in On The Beat

Teaching Awesome Online

“It is 100 percent written here in Chattanooga, handmade code,” Dantzler says. “It’s not off-the-shelf stuff that we’ve duct-taped together. It’s a real and complete ecosystem that we’ve built.” more »

Oct 24, 2013 by in Technology

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