Friday, October 31, 2008

i tried to be chill

but you’re so hot that I melted…

not much in Downtown news, but some exciting things insteand…

Early voting hours have been extended on Saturday – don’t worry. This will end soon…

In Downtown news:
Progress Energy I progress
Halloween things: Tir Na Nog, 5 Star, Solas, Capital City Grocery, City Limits, Amra’s
The new Comprehensive Plan will be out December 3

In Raleigh news:
Steam tunnels part 2
Check out the State surplus
Hansborough is out indefinitely (thanks Charlotte)

In local-ish news:
Jay-Z will be in NC tomorrow
Thanks Mom, for never doing this to me…
Landmines in Fayetteville!
A restaurant to honor Heath Ledger

In irrelevant news:
Cops and doughnuts – that’s just too easy… (thanks Katie)
A new holiday! (thanks Charlie)
Perhaps no Jackson 5 reunion…

Yo Mammas Big Fat Booty Band is at Lincoln
Amos Lee is here on Saturday
Trees Across Raleigh is Saturday
Capital City Cheers Wine Festival is Saturday too
The City of Oaks Marathon is Sunday

Fun Stuff:
Fun dog pictures! And some Halloween ones too! (thanks Emily)
White people LOVE Halloween!
Award winning cakes!
You Can Vote However You Like... [youtube] (thanks Jim)

Secret castles!
Some Friday history

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
Poor kid… (thanks Steve)
This wedding is not to be missed (thanks Katie)

Happy Halloween!!! Sorry for the delay – busy Friday morning! I hope everyone has a great night!!

Ashton Mae Smith

Thursday, October 23, 2008

pay my respects to grace and virtue,

give my condolences to good...

Did you know you can print a ballot specific to your districts and take it in with you when you vote?

In Downtown news:
Love for Saucer
A place you may not even know exists
Holy Aiken is having a fall sale

In Raleigh news:
The fair through time
Durham may get Plensa
“the use of high-intensity colors or fluorescent pigments is prohibited.” Well, that’s Cary…

In local-ish news:
The White House Christmas tree will come from NC
The DMV is getting rid of those weird holograms
Woman wrestles deer.

In irrelevant news:
There is an Atheist bus campaign in London
Voter fraud – “as American as Apple Pie” (thanks Charlie)
"… of the voters that turned out, 87% voted for me. The other 13% were just too drunk to raise their hands, but…they too would have voted for me," Vilda said.

Get a cupcake for a cause!
Second Empire 5k on Saturday
Nash Square gets more trees on Saturday
Hogwarts Halloween on Sunday

Go see Phantom this weekend
Mark your calendar for the Wake County Library Book Sale –it’ll make you look smart
Art Garfunkel is coming

Fun Stuff:
And you thought you had talent… (thanks Catherine)
Underwater photography
Where do all those bizarre words and phrases come from?
Even a chimpanzee can ride a Segway! Sorry, Eric. (thanks Katie)

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
Well, no one likes a smelly burglar…

It’s Little Friday!!

Ashton Mae Smith

Thursday, October 16, 2008

all i do is keep the beat,

and the bad company…

James Taylor is playing a free show on Monday (thanks Emily)

In Downtown news:
A new diner?!
Triangle GreenDrinks is getting together tonight

In Raleigh news:
Going to the fair? Stop and see Steve and Dan for corn, right in front of the Grandstrand!
Then – name a roller coaster!
A French Village in North Raleigh?
A men’s brothel in Raleigh!?

In local-ish news:
Some Presidential wanna-bes are going to be in NC
Official changes to Halloween in Chapel Hill
Linen’s N’ Things is going to close

In irrelevant news:
All you can eat pancakes are back at IHOP
Madonna and Guy Richie divorcing?
“horses are known to get 'punch drunk' from eating too many apples” (thanks Steve)

Art Raleigh is this weekend
Monsters of Mock on Saturday
Corey Smith is at Lincoln on Sunday

Turkey Trot in Ridgewood Shopping Center at the end of November

Fun Stuff:
This guy is my hero.
How to cook for cheap
Vote in the People’s Design Awards
Sometimes quotations marks are funny.

I cannot believe it has been a year since these commercials! A guaranteed laugh. [youtube]
People biting law enforcement
“Research at NCSU shows that the happiest, most productive bee colonies are ruled by queens with roving eyes and a taste for insect whoopee.”

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
I’d sue somebody if they turned me into a brunette too!

And Finally, Today’s Sign that We Might Just Make it After All:
Folks rescuing folks.

Hope everyone has a great Thursday!

Ashton Mae Smith

Thursday, October 9, 2008

i asked the boy for a few kind words

he gave me a novel instead…

The Really Busy Person’s Guide to Political Activism. Annd, have you registered to vote yet? (thanks Charlie)

In Downtown news:
Edison looks so good :) Scroll to the bottom
New trees for Downtown?
Downtowners doing good things

In Raleigh news:
There is a new guitar shop on Hillsborough Street
More on the new NCSU housing project
A Bull Durham sequel?!

In local-ish news:
Democrats are up 6 to 1 for new voter registration in NC
NC has the most expensive gas in the lower 48
Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, oh my!

In irrelevant news:
Show your political leanings with your shoes
Extravagant gift ideas
Liquidity in the today’s economy (thanks Emily)

Check out’s Launch Party tonight
The 1 year anniversary of Dos Taquitos Centro is today too
Old Habits and Blue Dogs on Friday
Blue Grass at Capital City Friday evening
Works of Heart AIDS fundraiser on Saturday
Autism Run on Saturday
Purple Armchair’s CHAIRity Gala is Saturday too

Ray Lamontagne will be here next week
The Collectors Gala is coming in November

Fun Stuff:
How much does it cost you to drive to work?
Why shouldn’t barcodes be fun?
This site is called ‘Cake Wrecks’

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
“Their babies would be sold for as little as $127, the police said.” Some things just make your insides hurt. (thanks Katie)

Hope everyone has a great Little Friday!

Ashton Mae Smith

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

look at the stars

look how they shine for you…

Check out’s Launch Party this week (thanks Evan)

In Downtown news:
Join on Facebook to stay in touch! – Clearly only when I’m not there for you :)
New bars!
So what’s the deal with First Friday?

In Raleigh news:
“…Broughton struggled to meet the magnet program's objectives of reducing high concentrations of poverty and supporting diversity and maximizing use of school facilities.” (thanks Charlotte)
The Crescent project in Cameron Village got approved
Foster’s Gone Ugly

In local-ish news:
The new RDU terminal is opening soon!
Ha. Raleigh issss greater than Charlotte!
I really think there should be graduated consequences (thanks Steve)

In irrelevant news:
Mail Goggles I get…can I have one for texting?? (thanks Steve)
It’s almost time for High School Musical 3!!
Netflix on demand, on your tv?

Albannach is at Tir Na Nog tonight
Thursday is the 1 year anniversary of Dos Taquitos Centro
Old Habits and Blue Dogs on Friday
Works of Heart AIDS fundraiser on Saturday
Autism Run on Saturday
Purple Armchair’s CHAIRity Gala is Saturday too

Fun Stuff:
How to Dance Like A White Guy [youtube] (thanks Katie)
More political games from J.Ross

Today’s Sign of the Impending Apocalypse:
This kid is 4 years old – and has corporate sponsors for the go kart he drives…. Seriously. 4. (thanks Matt)

Register to vote. Happy Wednesday!

Ashton Mae Smith