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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize TechCorridor.io, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

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Tom Brokaw on his 50 years at NBC, donating his papers to the University of Iowa

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As he celebrates a milestone 50 years at NBC, Tom Brokaw tells TODAY he’s planning to donate his papers and memorabilia to the library at the University of Iowa.

Source: Tom Brokaw on his 50 years at NBC, Donald Trump’s ‘unforeseen’ win – TODAY.com

Belgium, USA dominate IC cyclocross World Cup

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Two American women and three Belgian men ended up on the victor’s podium for the Women’s and Men’s Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup races in Iowa City on Saturday.

Source: Belgium, USA dominate IC cyclocross World Cup

Draft – The Journal of Process

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Featuring stories, first drafts, and interviews with authors of note, draft is a unique print publication emphasizing the importance and diversity of the creative process. We’re interested in mechanics, techniques, approaches, triumphs, failures, concussive frustration — everything that goes into crafting a great piece of creative writing.

Source: Draft – The Journal of Process

Despite what you may have heard, Leonardo DiCaprio is probably not buying a house in Iowa City any time soon.

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Despite what you may have heard, Leonardo DiCaprio is probably not buying a house in Iowa City any time soon.

Source: Despite what you may have heard, Leonardo DiCaprio is probably not buying a house in Iowa City any time soon.

Longtime downtown Chait art gallery to close

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Chait Galleries owner Benjamin Chait said in his retirement he will spend more time on his own art and with his family.

Source: Longtime downtown Chait art gallery to close

I practically lived above this gallery for a year when Busy Coworking was still in existence. I hope someone fills the void they’re leaving.

Iowa City’s Solar Tree: Groundswell for Downtown Public Art Showcase

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Incorporating the original purpose of the Black Hawk Mini Park to serve as “guardians of the land,” and as a hands-on follow-up to Iowa City’s recent commitment to the Compact of Mayor’s climate agreement, the 100 Grannies’ proposal is based on the globally acclaimed “Energy Tree” in Bristol, England’s central Millennium Square, which combines “community collaboration, artistic excellence, and science in a public art installation and renewable power source designed to engage the public in energy issues and address social inequality.”

Source: Iowa City’s Solar Tree: 100 Grannies Lead Groundswell for Downtown Public Art Showcase

Iowa City Council Candidates Inspire Vote With Climate Action, Green Economy Initiatives

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While the nation focuses on the presidential caucus races, the extraordinary campaigns of four Iowa City council candidates in November’s upcoming election have inspired local voters to put the famed “UNESCO City of Literature” in the forefront of flourishing green economy and climate action proposals.

Source: Iowa City Council Candidates Inspire Vote With Climate Action, Green Economy Initiatives

Don’t forget to vote tomorrow!

I Left the Coast for a Simpler Life in the Midwest – and You Can, Too

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Longing for a simpler, less-expensive life? Don’t fear the seasons or the slower pace of small, Midwestern cities like Madison, Wis.

Source: I Left the Coast for a Simpler Life in the Midwest – and You Can, Too – The Simple Dollar

You’re welcome to join us in Iowa City as well.

 

 

City of Iowa City in early stages of switching to LED lighting

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Officials expect city-owned streetlights to be converted over the next four years.

Source: City in early stages of switching to LED lighting

Good news, but “32 million kilowatt hours” is staggering. If correct, that means running 100,000 street lights costs over $4,000,000 a year. Fortunately, that seems to be for more than just Iowa City.

 

Iowa City City Council supports biking

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On Monday, the Iowa City City Council voted to help fund a bike-sharing grant with the University of Iowa, authorized the creation of dedicated bike lanes to parts of First Avenue and Mormon Trek Boulevard, as well as changes to the city’s biking ordinance.

Source: City Council supports biking – The Daily Iowan

I hope there are more bike paths in the works as well.