Central Florida is shrinking

When we were getting estimates from movers to take us out of the Central Florida area, one made the comment that for the first time in a very long time they consider Florida an “outbound” state. In other words, more people are leaving than moving in.

And the moving industry is very slow even though there are a lot of people moving out. I suspect it’s because a large portion of the people leaving have foreclosed or short-sold their homes and can’t afford movers.

Anyway, today my friend Jennifer pointed me to these numbers from the Orlando Sentinel:

Central Florida lost 9,700 residents in the past year, reversing a decades-long trend of population growth for the Orlando area, according to estimates released Wednesday.

“This is a 180-degree turn for the Orlando area,” said William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution in Washington. “It’s jaw-dropping, in a way.”

The region’s population drop accounted for about 17 percent of the state’s total loss of 58,294 between April 1, 2008, and April 1, 2009, according to the estimates by the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. It’s largely the result of people leaving the area in search of jobs. Orlando ranks near the top of the state in unemployment and was listed as one of the worst cities in the country to be looking for work by Indeed.com, a site that aggregates job listings on the Internet.

Speaking of job listings, cities, and Indeed.com, did you know that Washington, DC is supposedly the best place to be?
june 2009 unemployment by city

LOST on Hulu

dharma-huluI’ve had plenty of conversations with people who tried the show LOST once or twice but gave up because they were confused.

I understand. LOST is the best show I’ve ever seen because of it’s story-telling and complexities. To appreciate the show, you’ve really gotta start at the beginning and keep going (don’t quit in season 3 when it slows down a bit).

Last season was incredible and in 2010 the last season will start. Never have I seen a show that kept me enthralled with the story lines, character development, and story-telling devices. All of them change and it’s incredible.

Well, now you don’t have to be lost about LOST. You can now watch almost every episode of LOST for free on Hulu. I don’t know how long they’ll keep them online free, but now is the perfect time to start the show over from the start – the way it was written.

Thanks Hulu!

My Twitter Purge is On

I’ve been following over 700 people on Twitter and even though I’ve set up ways to filter and sort them, it’s just too many for me. So I’ve begun a purge.

First round was easy – If I don’t recognize you and can’t remember why I follow you AND you don’t have your name and location filled out on your bio, you’re unfollowed. Out! I found about 200 like that.

The way I see it is if I can’t remember you, and you can’t tell me who you are, why am I following you? And yes, I’m doing this organically, not with the help of bots or services.

I’m deciding on my next round of criteria. What would you suggest?