Lately, many of you have published stories highlighting your favorite neighborhood spots and events.
When you share these stories, you share valuable insights that can help people connect with each other and explore new places. When you write about neighborhood happenings in the past and future, you contribute to the larger story of where your community is coming from and where it’s headed.
Many of your neighborhood stories are set in Seattle (the birthplace of Intersect!). Matt Rosenberg shared some gorgeous photos of sunset at West Seattle’s Alki Beach, and Matthew Bodaly posted mouthwatering pictures of the Incredible Feast at the U District Farmers Market in North Seattle.
You’ve also published stories about neighborhoods around the country. Alex Dweezy’s story about the hottest day ever recorded in Los Angeles is funny, but it also made the Intersect crew glad that we weren’t in LA during the heat wave. And Patricia Aro’s story about her first home in Brooklyn shows how our memories and identity can be linked to a specific place.
In fact, that’s a theme that ties together many of your neighborhood stories: Where we’ve been is part of who we are. Or, as Patricia puts it, “Brooklyn will always be part of my story.”
Thanks for the great neighborhood stories. We’re looking forward to seeing more of them, and to learning how your neighborhood inspires you.
Tim Haywood’s Intersect stories are poignant, fun and above all — hilarious. The commentator on everything from spandex and scrunchies to the people who annoy him at the gym took some time this week to talk stories, being 10 and how much he regrets his years with a mullet.
What do you like about telling your stories on Intersect?
First and foremost, I like the Seattle connection. I work downtown and live in West Seattle, so a lot of my perspective revolves around northwest urban living. Seattle also possesses a quirky culture in which a lot of Intersect’s writers and I am fully immersed, so it seems like a natural fit.
I enjoy analyzing subjects of which I feel a certain expertise—aging, fatherhood, teenagers, marriage—stuff that people can relate to and is a little on the lighter side.
How do you define a great story?
It can be 1000 pages or one paragraph, but it must make me care. If I care, whether about the outcome or the characters themselves, it’s a great story.
What’s your favorite story (fiction or non) of all time?
Actually, I have two: Dr. Suess’s “The Lorax” and Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Who is your favorite character (fiction or non) of all time?
Randall McMurphy from the aforementioned “Cuckoo’s Nest.” He had so many layers and such integrity, he was willing to fight the system at any cost. The story’s other characters represented various human traits and values, thereby weaving it into a perfect tale.
Who’s the most interesting person you’ve ever met?
My mom. She passed away twelve years ago, and I still think about her every day. She encouraged creativity in all of her children, and when combined with a wicked sense of humor, it made her one highly interesting character. She said and did some outlandish things, but she also taught me how to be compassionate. I could go on and on about her. Looks like I am.
What’s your favorite place you’ve ever been?
A beach at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, called Magens Bay.
From your experience, what is the most interesting age?
Two questions from now, I predict that you’ll be asking about 10-year-olds, but I’ll still say ten. It’s a crossroads between your child self and your adult self, before hormones muddy the waters. I also have daughter who’s ten, and I can visualize what I imagine to be her adult self pretty clearly.
If you could relive one day in your life, what day would it be?
I’ll bet Uncle Rico in “Napoleon Dynamite” would love to be asked this question. I’ve got to say my wedding day, way back in 1989. It was literally a perfect day; all my best friends and family were there, the weather was beautiful and I really hate to use this term, but I was walking on sunshine…with a freshly trimmed mullet.
If you could go back and give your 10-year-old self advice, what would it be?
Don’t wear your hair in a mullet for ten of your prime years. I’d also tell me to get that college degree, but take classes that interest me. I was a business major and then a CPA for five years after college, and although I learned a lot, I swerved several times on my career path, hitting several bad job deer and muskrat.
Dogs or cats? Both.
Print books or digital? Print. Love the smell and feel.
Pen or pencil? Pen. Pilot G-2 05.
Coffee or tea? Coffee.
Ski vacation or beach vacation? Beach.
Last up, give a shout out. Who’s another Intersect storyteller whose stories you’ve enjoyed reading?
I really enjoy Scott Galiher. His yarns are very succinct, yet profound, which is very difficult to do. A lot of us, myself especially, love to drone on and weave our eloquent prose, but Scott cuts to the chase with some cool morality and character studies.
The weather can spark some amazing stories — especially when it takes us by surprise.
Several inches of snow stunned Seattle Monday, sending families, schedules and commutes into a billowing frenzy.
The activity inspired some great stories from neighbors in the area. Fun, informative or inspiring, they paint a picture of an event that brought people together.
Who knew a little snow could spark so much storytelling? Here’s just a sample…
- Striking panoramas of a neighborhood during and after the storm from Kristi Waite, told from our new iPhone app.
- An account of how a family pulled together to help its neighbors from Mike Jensen.
- Resilience in the face of terrible commutes from Adam Eivy, who drove — for hours – and Marie Montemayor, who abandoned her bus and walked.
- A collection of beautiful moments captured in photographs by Valentina Vitols.
- New memories for someone who’s just joined us from a mother, Beth Anderson, and reflections on someone who’s passed on from a daughter, Kristi Waite.
- A shared smile from David Nelson over something he finally got to put to good use.
- Adorable pet moments from Dana Dyksterhuis, Matt Rosenberg and the inimitable Elmo Bandito
- Hilarious musings on Seattle’s snow craze from Tim Haywood.
Stay warm and be safe, all!
It’s here! The “Post to Intersect” iPhone application is now available for download on the iTunes app store.
With the app, Intersect users can contribute to the story of their communities and neighborhoods on the go, sharing text and photos at time and place intersections where people can easily find and learn from them.
We’re thrilled to go mobile — and we know our users want a lot from the experience. This first version of our app for the iPhone lets people post stories and photos simply and quickly to the site, with the option of adding the story’s location. Later versions will make it easier to browse and interact with stories, which you can already do on the iPhone and iPad’s browsers.
Have other ideas? Let us know what you’d like the app to do at email@example.com and we’ll take a look!
iPhone users participating in our beta can download the app on iTunes or on their phones. Not in our beta? Not a problem.
Just use the invitation code “iPhone” at intersect.com to create an account.
For more on how to use the iPhone, check out our Help pages. BlackBerry and Android users, stay tuned …
Some Seattle-area users are already posting snow pics to various intersections around the city! Check them out here.
The category is just perfect: “No longer stealth.“
“Startup companies can’t stay in stealth mode forever. And 2010 saw a number of cool new Seattle area companies take the covers off their ideas for the first time,” reads the category post on Seattle tech news site Techflash.
“Now, here’s your chance to vote on which one shows the most promise.”
We’re honored to be recognized among a number of great local companies for this fun new award.
Go to Techflash to vote! And spread the word! It’s not a secret
Check out our Buzz page for more on what people are saying about Intersect.
“With real time information streaming in from all over the web, what’s now needed is a set of tools for editing and curating that information. By adding dimensionality to this hosepipe of information Intersect becomes more than just storytelling – it’s also a site for collaborative curation of information,” Bisson wrote on ZDNet UK.
“The more I think about it, the more that last point makes sense, and the more important it actually is. We shouldn’t get caught up in thinking that social sites and services like this compete with the Facebooks of this world. Instead we should seize on them as a tool for finally making sense of that ever growing social network ….’”
Thanks for checking us out, Simon. And yes, we know we share the name of the sci-fi computer system on NBC’s “Chuck.” (If he wants the Intersect back, maybe he should come talk to us.)
Read the rest of Bisson’s take on Intersect here.
Every now and then, we Intersect staffers don’t mind getting a little silly.
So when we gathered outside our office today to document our nicer-than-normal “Formal Friday” outfits (a weekly ritual) and designer Nadja Haldimann suggested we get airborne in the pics, we got ready to get our bounce on.
Below are some behind-the-scenes shots of the high-flying craziness. See the whole gallery — including program manager Bob Gale in cartoonish mid-air frenzy — in Nadja’s storyline here.
We do get work done around here. We promise.
David, who’s got a thing for trains, had drawn a doodle he wanted delivered to “the man who made Intersect.”
Intersect founder Peter Rinearson got the drawing this week.
“Intersect was ‘made’ by a team, and is still being made. Our users are now helping make Intersect,” Peter wrote about the doodle. “But as the person who had the idea for Intersect, I’m grateful to accept David’s gift.”
David’s not the only one with a thing for train art, it turns out. Peter kept a sketch of a train he made in elementary school for years. Now it’s on his storyline.
Thanks again, David and Jack!
The Nieman Journalism Lab, a Harvard University project out to help journalism figure out its future, today posted its take on Intersect, calling it a place where “storytelling, time and location get all mashed up.”
“Part blogging tool, part social network, Intersect lets users tell stories as they are pegged to a certain time and place in a way that would eventually create a timeline for each user,” wrote Nieman’s Justin Ellis.
“But pulling back wider, Intersect will allow communities to share a more complete narrative of certain events.”
Let the mashing continue! Read the rest of the post here.