Uppity? (From today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution)“Nashville, the honky-tonk hamlet known more for Stetsons than skyscrapers, is getting downright uppity.” The story suggests a new skyscraper planned for Nashville is intended for southeastern “bragging rights” and also rounds up some other economic development news around the southeast. Strangely, however, the article is written with a somewhat bizarre point-of-view that implies a fear that if other cities in the south are vibrant, it is somehow a threat to Atlanta. The article includes some quotes reassuring the Atlanta homefolks they shouldn’t worry ’cause things are still swell: “We still have an engine for business that you don’t see in the rest of the Southeast, which is led by the airport,” (the president of Central Atlanta Progress) said. “Other cities may be on the rise, but we are still in the No. 1 position.”

While I am a proud booster of Nashville, I can say that I have never, in 27 years of living and working here, heard any Nashvillian express one ounce of Atlanta envy (on a macro level, that is — desire for better restaurants and retail, being a micro exception). Not being like Atlanta is one of the things Nashvillians are most proud of and “becoming another Atlanta,” with its sprawl and lack of planning is one of the “fears” I’ve heard universally expressed since the day I settled here. Believe me, people in Nashville are happy to let Atlanta have all the bragging rights they want.

(via: Nashvillepost.com)

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Commencement Speech 2.0

Commencement Speech 2.0: Tim O’Reilly delivered the commencement speech yesterday at the Berkeley School of Information. For the majority of the readers of this weblog who may be wondering why that guy from Fox News would be speaking at Berkley, please note that it was NOT Bill who spoke — the speaker was Tim O’Reilly, the guy who publishes computer books and coined the term Web 2.0. There are some great quotes in the speech and it’s worth reading, which is more than I can say about the vast majority of commencement speeches being delivered in this window of time we call spring graduation.


“Web 2.0 has ignited a new feeding frenzy among venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. It’s perhaps too early to call it a bubble, but once again, enormous fortunes are being created by people with little more than a bright idea and an instinct for how to harness the power of new technology. You are among those who have a place at the starting gate of the new race for wealth. And I want to take this opportunity to caution you. Some of you may end up working at highflying companies. Some of you may succeed, and some of you may fail. I want to remind you that financial success is not the only goal or the only measure of success. It’s easy to get caught up in the heady buzz of making money. You should regard money as fuel for what you really want to do, not as a goal in and of itself. Money is like gas in the car — you need to pay attention or you’ll end up on the side of the road — but a well-lived life is not a tour of gas stations! >Whatever you do, think about what you really value. If you’re an entrepreneur, the time you spend thinking about your values will help you build a better company. If you’re going to work for someone else, the time you spend understanding your values will help you find the right kind of company or institution to work for, and when you find it, to do a better job.”

(via: Nicholas Carr)

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