BhamOS: science fiction comes to life in the magic city

Totally, 100% accurate depiction of a smart city. Definitely not Tron promo art.

The idea of “smart cities” has been around even longer people have been using “smart” as a synonym for “connected.”  All through popular media, the “grid” is becoming aware of its residents, helping them get to work faster, safer, and less stressfully.  Sure, there are those inconvenient robot uprisings and security exploits, but those are all just plot points, right?

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Coming up this week…

So I’ve noticed there hasn’t been an “upcoming events” post in a while – we seem to be focusing on single events.  And to top it all off, birmingham365 is giving me an error page on my laptop.  So I’ll do it myself!  Coming up this week in Birmingham (keep in mind that none of the artist links should be considered worksafe unless your job is to listen to music)…

Chief Keef forgetting you can’t call people on your money – Source:hiphopdx.com

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Friday night fracking: Energen expects to expand

Energen Plaza in Birmingham (yeah, it’s that building!) Rehosted from Flickr

You’d be forgiven for not knowing what Energen is.  The Birmingham-based oil drilling company doesn’t exactly show off.  But today, the “exploration and production” company announced a plan to significantly expand their American drilling operations in a conference call with slides available here.

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Can You Make Money with Airbnb in Birmingham?

Perhaps you’ve heard of Airbnb.  Maybe it’s been positive, maybe it’s been controversial, and maybe you’ve used it yourself, but the odds are pretty high that you haven’t used it in Birmingham, AL.

Airbnb is available all over the world, but centers on places people visit.  Who knew!  Source: secretagent.com.au

The idea of renting a place to stay from someplace cheaper than a hotel (and probably more likely to let you use a kitchen) is attractive, and home sharing has been around probably since there were homes: the Greeks felt a duty to let travelers stay in their homes for the night, and some of us are familiar with the time-honored tradition of couch-surfing.  The internet, and especially Craigslist, made all that easier.  But today, home-sharing has gone commercial, interactive, and centralized, thanks to our new obsession with the “gig economy.”

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Followup: CrossPlex Village isn’t all fun and games

Jefferson County Millennial Democrats’ Facebook profile banner

Yesterday morning, I wrote about the City Council’s approval of a proposed CrossPlex Village near Five Points West.

Yesterday afternoon, I was able to get in contact with the most visible voice of dissent: the Jefferson County Millennial Democrats.

Speaking with their treasurer, Emma Colburn, I was able to get a more in-depth analysis of why they object to the development approval.

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