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Major Reservations: Why Cities Are Worried About Airbnb

Using Airbnb in San Francisco and New York may not be so breezy by the end of this year. Right now, a visitor can hop on the site, find an apartment or house that a local isn’t using and click “Book It.” A few housekeeping matters later, a tourist has connected with someone willing to share their home, that host has made some extra money and Airbnb has taken a slice. 862 more words

Episode 9: Is the world louder now than it used to be?

(image credit: flickr user hebedesign)

After repeatedly failing to find a room on the campus of Carnegie Mellon that is silent enough to record our podcast in, we asked ourselves this question. 123 more words

American Dream: The Happiest States

How happy is your state?

Each year the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index measures the well-being of all 50 states. This year, for the first time, North Dakota jumped to the top, scoring the highest in work environment and physical health. 16 more words



A different view of The Tower of London that once dominated the Thames, now with all the new buildings in the background looking a bit lost… 13 more words


Review: Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Join a group of city kids as a thunderstorm bursts overhead.  It starts with just a “tap tap” of rain and the umbrellas come out.  Then a “boom boom” enters and a “crackle” of lightning too.  Puddles form and the wind swells.  So the children head down into the subway to get underground.  Lots of people gather and shelter in the subway, including some very wet dogs that shake themselves dry on everyone.  People stop, talk with one another, share umbrellas.  Then the storm ends and there is a gorgeous surprise in the sky. 115 more words

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Here’s what I’ve been up to lately, the late winter/ early spring edition!

First up was a Numbered Days loft party. This one was Olympics themed (yeah, I’m a bit behind on the blogging), and had a ton of fun games and activities in addition to having awesome DJs and dancing. 379 more words