pete rorabaugh

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Author: Pete Rorabaugh

  • Madison Yards endangers pedestrians and cyclists

    TL;DR version: Bill Kennedy Way in Atlanta is already dangerous for cyclists. It just got more dangerous with Publix opening in the Madison Yards development by Fuqua. Please help me advocate for signage/lanes/policing now so that drivers can be trained to be safer.

  • Corralling Digital Notifications

    TL;DR version: with the exception of phone calls, I’m experimenting with limiting digital communication to two specific times (7a-8a and 4p-5p) each day. I’m curious to hear from others who have done something similar and have valuable suggestions. I’ve been thinking critically about the time I spend engaging, responding, and generally maintaining digital communications for…

  • February’s Hip Hop Book Club

    First off, happy Black History Month to everyone. And Happy Groundhog Day. Put on your booties, cuz it’s cold out there today. So, I rounded up a group of nine friends and invited them into the project I talked about in a previous post. I’ll begin with by expressing my thanks and encouragement to them…

  • Hip Hop Book Club (Rationale)

    I’ve been a fan of hip hop music and culture since my teens, but I’ve gone through periods of time where I fall out of familiarity with new artists and innovators. I’ve found some success with podcasts and public play lists on Spotify to introduce me to new music, but I’ve always felt like that…

  • Your Parties Are Cold Comfort

    The recent Op-Ed published in The New York Times by a “senior official in the Trump administration” offers, on one’s first partisan reading, a gleefully deep gash exposing the current White House calamities. I am a non-party affiliated American, but I’ve grown accustomed to the emotional rush of each successive Trump-fire news story, hoping beyond hope…

  • After 6 months, over 2000 carless miles

    After 6 months, over 2000 carless miles

    After several years’ worth of on and off bike and transit commuting from where I live in East Atlanta Village to where I work at Kennesaw State University, I decided to donate my car at the end of 2017. It’s been six months since I’ve been completely carless, and I thought it was time for…

  • Collaborators for theme week on FX’s Atlanta?

    Collaborators for theme week on FX’s Atlanta?

    I am looking for scholars and fans who are passionate about FX’s Atlanta to join me in a theme week on the show at In Media Res. Have a look at what IMR content looks like (pop culture/media studies topics, 5 themed posts over one week, 400-word curator’s notes paired with clips/images) and let me…

  • “Good Old Neon” and the problem with thinking

    I just finished reading David Foster Wallace’s story “Good Old Neon” from Oblivion (2004) while commuting to work. I’ve always been an appreciator of Wallace while not always feeling like I could go down the rabbit hole with him. Everything I’ve ever read about him coupled with his nonfiction endears him to me. His creative prose…

  • Whose communalism?

    This week I listened to an episode of a podcast called Cults on Jim Jones and the People’s Temple. I won’t say I am obsessed with learning about that story, because I am not (things I can can admit to info obsessions with: Malcolm X, The Clash, graffiti), but I am drawn to the story because…

  • Kendrick in Atlanta tonight

    Kendrick in Atlanta tonight

    I did some research on attending the (FREE, yes, FREE) Kendrick Lamar show tonight at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Kendrick’s show, while not showing up anywhere on the ATLChampGame show line-up, will occur only during the halftime of some big football game. (Please forgive any of the snark or ignorance here related to the…

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