All posts tagged Laramie Atlas

  • Oh goodness, here we go

    Alright, have I been the worst blogger? Yes, and I’m sorry. But graduating, packing, cleaning, and saying good-byes is a bit more time consuming than I would have imagined. Let’s see if I can play a little catch up:

    02 | PASSED MY THESIS DEFENSE (and revisions!) and presented my research at UW Undergraduate Research Day. Although I was scared, blinky, and felt unprepared, it actually went over really well and I got to here all my lovely peers’ research too. Bob, Courtney, Chris (who’s group won best senior design project)…Way to go everyone!

    02 | Laramie: A Gem City Atlas opening reception was May 2nd. If you’re in Laramie, it’ll be up until June 18th at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. You should check it out. Here is a digital version of the map I made, but I assure you the print version is different. And you’d be missing all the other wonderful work by the other participants.

    03 | Ummm…so I graduated! BA in English, with honors. Minors in Graphic Design and Professional Writing. Cum lada. I’m going to miss the English department!!!

    04 | Movies watched (or re-watched): The Invention of Lying (I really liked this one!), Black Swan, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog (always good), Rio (probably a little too cheesy for me, or I wasn’t in the right mood), and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    05 | Our lease ends May 31st so Carissa and I have been packing and cleaning like mad to get ready. Of course we had to listen to some dance music to cope with our plight:

    06 | I traveled home on Saturday listening to Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt on audio book. Have I told you how much I love listening to that particular audiobook? It’s a lot. (And what better way to celebrate earning an English degree by listening to one of my favorite English majors?)

    07 | In the works: I’m working on a logo for HealthBreak that’s been really fun. I’m also soooo close to redesigning this blog…maybe June.

    08 | Really enjoying this 5-year diary I bought. My first entry was on graduation day, for obvious reasons. Won’t it be nice next year when I get to see what I was doing a year ago. And then in five years?! That’s kind of unimaginable to me right now.

    09 | Planning on running away to Portland with Katie. I just need to find a job first.

    10 | Bought a new ukulele, case, and chromatic tuner. Impulsive? Maybe.

    Here’s a picture of Sarah playing the ukulele during open mic night at Coal Creek. She is truly wonderful, talented, and lovely. Gosh darn it!

  • 110: Mapping

    I love using NPR as sources on my research project. I’ve decided I’m an audio learner.

    Listen to the This American Life Episode 110: “Mapping”

    Sorry I can’t embed the audio player. WordPress can be very lame sometimes.

  • Laramie Atlas: Salons & Saloons

    Another update. So this is the map I’m working on now:

    My the inspiration came form the all the things I’ve heard about Laramie, specifically “did you know that Laramie has the most bars per capita out of any city¬† in the United States?” I don’t even know if that’s true, but I’ve heard it several times since I’ve been here. What I think that is more surprising is the number of beauty salons in Laramie. In this tiny town that we all like to make fun of, there are actually more beauty salons than there are bars.

    What does this say about our conception of Wyoming and the west? From a marketing perspective, Wyoming pours its heart into making everyone think about the rugged cowboy, but in Laramie we seem to just want to have people who get acrylic nails and their hair dyed every three weeks. Laramie is a special city in Wyoming. As the home to the states only major university, it has this special vibrant, youthful population that is always rotating.

    Like many of the other mappers in my class, I will be discussing how Laramie subverts our expectations.


    And that’s where I get lost.

    *I’ve been posting way too much recently. You must think I don’t even go to school anymore.

  • Laramie Atlas: Intro

    For my honors thesis project for UW I am taking a graduate school class with visiting eminent writer Rebecca Solnit and UW professor Alyson Hagy. For this class, my peers and I are going to create an Atlas of Laramie, Wyoming that detail things besides just the intersections and highways based on the Rebecca’s recent work Infinite City an atlas of San Fransico.

    I have decided to record my progress on this project on my blog for several reasons.

    1. I think it will help me organize my thoughts and research.
    2. It will motivate me to try to think about thinking about organizing any thoughts that are supposed to have come by now and to research things that I should be doing but have been avoiding since it’s been so cold (-45 degrees with windchill this, if you hadn’t heard).
    3. I like blogging.
    4. I feel really confused about this project and that I have no idea what I want to do so I hope if I just look at stuff I post I’ll see a trend.
    5. I’m suffering a pretty severe case of senioritis.

    Where I am right now:

    I don’t want to talk about or show something that everyone already knows or thinks they know about Laramie. I am interested in how Laramie has been branded and how Laramie does and does not fit the way it’s been marketed. Laramie is not like other cities in Wyoming because we have the state’s only university here. Though many of the students will groan at the idea—Laramie has a special and vibrate culture.

    Think about it: Roughly every 4-6 years a large part of the population is cycled through. The only constant in this is that the population is generally young 20-somethings bringing with them interests and conventions of their generation. In order to keep students happy, UW then brings in many cultural performances that Wyoming wouldn’t otherwise have. I mean, how likely is it that another place in Wyoming would have a delicious vegetarian restaurant like Sweet Melissa’s?

    The short of it is that I would like to discuss some ways that Laramie subverts our expectations of the American West.

    Next Time I’ll talk about my first map.