I’m not exactly sure how this plays out in less populated areas, but I like the idea. Placeblogger is an attempt to create blog/web communities in local areas. As the page says, “Placeblogs are sites devoted to a particular neighborhood, city, town, or region. They’re watercoolers for local discussion, a place to find out where to eat or a reliable plumber, or talk about the news of the day.” Right now, there is only six places listed for West Virginia and none in our specific area. Hopefully that will change if the idea takes off.

I really like the tagline though: “towards an annotated world with blogs, wikis, forums, maps…”

Via Boing-Boing

Find your parking space before you park

Here’s a nifty idea from a startup in Chicago. Their software/interface allows you to search for a parking spot before you get there. They also have plans to act as a clearinghouse for parking spaces for those looking to rent/lease/buy/sell a more permanent place.

Of course, I have no idea what happens if the space you’ve found is taken by some random person who chose to spend their time looking for an actual available space in real time instead…. but presumably that’s outside the purview of the ParkWhiz people.