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Think Lafayette

Think Lafayette is a pet project that I co-founded with a long-time friend. This site is a group blog that covers life and recreation in the Greater Lafayette, Indiana, area. We promote cool businesses and young movers and shakers in the local scene. A group of interesting, cool, and creative young professionals have come together…

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Slim Coincidence

This was another fast project done all the way back in 2006, with a hand-coded splash page for a young professor who wanted something cozy done with an illustration of a bird and a bookworm. This page links all of her work online, including curriculum vitae and blog.

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Endorsement: For president — Barack Obama

This week the Journal and Courier endorsed Mitt Romney for president. The takeaway: while the editorial board had high hopes during Obama’s first term, he didn’t accomplish everything he promised, so we might as well go with the other guy. The J&C was dismissive of the adversarial congressional environment, where the last four years have…

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Can a Music Video Make Your City Desirable?

Fort Wayne, Indiana, has been on the bad end of some press lately, from being named the fattest and dumbest city in the nation, to the most riddled with cholesterol.  Ouch. This, along with the ever-present issue of brain drain, inspired a promotional campaign that pulled together the city’s hip-hop scene to make a video…

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Take Me To Your Liter

Attached is the latest play on the soda vs. pop maps that clutter up your Facebook wall.  The point of the exercise is less about how we name our food and more about how to use technology to map geographic variations, in this case tracking a language variation related to a common household purchase on…

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Window Shopping

Out and about this week, I had the opportunity to drop by a handful of charming local shops. American Treasures and One Earth Gallery This Lafayette staple carries a variety of Native-American and international fair trade items, including a huge array of hand-crafted gold and silver jewelry. Genevee’s StudioThis full-service salon also has a vintage…

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Sticking Around Lafayette

In 2010, novelist Patricia Henley wrote a thoughtful piece for the Smithsonian magazine on how she came to the Lafayette area, her decision to make this her home, and the persistent conversation among other Indiana writers who are “always trying to decide whether to go or stay.” I happened across this essay again the other…

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Happy Fourth of July!

Have a happy Independence Day, folks. We hope to see you downtown for the free annual Stars & Stripes show at Riehle Plaza, 200 N. Second Street in downtown Lafayette, featuring live music at 7pm and fireworks a little after 10pm. It’s going to be a hot one again, with temperatures in the 90s. Stay…

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TL Profiles: Ed Finkler on the GLA Open Source and Development Community

TL: For nine years, Ed Finkler served as web lead and security researcher at The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)  at Purdue University. He participated in open source web app development in his free time for years, including developing Spaz, a long-running, award-winning micro-blogging client. Today Ed is a…

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Thanks Again, Forbes!

Forbes magazine has once again recognized the Lafayette area as a community of choice, this time as #15 in a list of the best small cities for business and careers, measuring job growth, education ranks, and cost of doing business metrics. We come in right between Johnson City, TN, and Sioux City, IA. Earlier this…

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Seeking A Cure for Brain Drain

Earlier this month, we were proud to report that Lafayette, Indiana, was ranked among the top smartest cities in the United States. We could conclude that our scores were artificially high because of the number of students represented in the area, but their findings controlled for age and thus they believe that the number of…

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