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Edward Jensen
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Building capacity for nonprofits through information technology and social media
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via This is why you save PBS. Continue reading
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via This Monday: IBM Watson on Jeopardy! Continue reading
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And now for something completely cute. Continue reading
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A timely republishing of an xkcd comic on misconceptions. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at Edward Jensen
via Miss the State of the Union? Watch here, courtesy of YouTube and the PBS NewsHour. Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 26, 2011 at Edward Jensen
A review of the Mass in b minor performance as part of the 2011 Arizona Bach Festival Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Edward Jensen
Despite disagreeing on a lot, there is one thing that we agree on: Six are dead. Fourteen are wounded. A community, state, and nation is in shock. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at Edward Jensen
Here's an interesting map I found online. The author of this post took the state name and completed it with the first autocomplete recommendation of Google. There are some interesting insights that may or may not be figured out by this map. Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 10, 2011 at Edward Jensen
We're at that interesting time of year wherein we look back on the year that was and look forward to what the next year might have in store for us. What have we learned? Where do we go from here? Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2010 at Edward Jensen
It seems like a popular thing this year is flash-mob performances of Handel's Hallelujah chorus from Messiah. Here are three examples, including one from Scottsdale, Arizona. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at Edward Jensen
A post that appeared on The Episcopal Cafe this morning is definitely interesting: the traditional Christmastide poem 'Twas the Night before Christmas...but a postmodern version. "Liberation to all, and an excess of meaning!" Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at Edward Jensen
The Minnesota Vikings' season thus far has been quite deflating to many Minnesota sports people. Even the Metrodome, the home of the Vikings, is equally deflated. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2010 at Edward Jensen
If we're so concerned about Federal spending, why are we spending $738 billion in this fiscal year on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Edward Jensen
I wonder what a Brutalist gingerbread house would look like. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2010 at Edward Jensen
The most boring day in recent history (i.e. since 1900) was 11 April 1954. (h/t mental_floss) Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2010 at Edward Jensen
To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the everwatchful providence of almighty God. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2010 at Edward Jensen
Posted Nov 22, 2010 at Edward Jensen
You all know about the "temporary" parking lot that's going to be built on the site of the former Sahara/Ramada Inn. There's another temporary lot that is at the end of its temporary status and instead of not being a parking lot, the owners of the land are petitioning the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2010 at Edward Jensen
Sean, Thanks for the reminder. I've updated the post with this information. Cheers, Edward Jensen
Today, the City of Phoenix Board of Adjustment signed off on the City's request for a parking lot on the former Sahara/Ramada Inn site, which was also the ASU Residential Commons for the first two years of the Downtown Phoenix campus's existence. Despite a wonderful presentation by Sean Sweat (@PhxDowntowner... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2010 at Edward Jensen
Yesterday was Jon Stewart's and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. I took part in the CenPho (Central Phoenix) version up at Lux Coffee (Campbell & Central). I'll post some pictures later (probably to Twitter, where I'm @edwardjensen) from my morning. Anyway, Jon Stewart's Moment of Sincerity monologue/speech... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at Edward Jensen
I think I need to offer a bit of clarification on my last post. I love the discussion that's been started. Yet in reading through your comments, it seemed like I did a poor job at getting my intended point through. Most everyone seemed to latch on to the idea... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2010 at Edward Jensen
Thank you, Dustin. The intent of the post wasn't to dish dirt on CityScape. Far from it. It seems like there are two downtowns. There's the downtown Phoenix for ASU students. These are those who live in Taylor Place who have all the basic services taken care of for them. They have a restaurant, they have a convenience store, and they have resources for their life and studies all located in or near the residence hall. If they want to venture out for something different, then CityScape might serve up utility value for them. Then there is the downtown Phoenix of those who live here year-round. (Like me.) We want a place that fosters an urban lifestyle. We want nice, green public spaces. We want local businesses to support. We want to not have to drive everywhere. What do our city leaders want? Do we want to cater to ASU students? Or non-students? I'm prepared to argue that it's the former.
Sean, I'm not setting pedestrianism aside. I know urban theory; I know that pedestrianism is the defining characteristic for urban living. When I say that the PCC and the Sheraton are good, I mean on the whole for downtown Phoenix. Are there design elements that we urbanists lament? Of course.
Impact on pedestrianism aside, the Sheraton and Convention Center are generally good. Could they have been designed a bit better? Of course.