TED Speakers: Stuart Brown
From EFF's Secret Files: Anatomy of a Bogus Subpoena
In a report released today, EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston tells the story of a bogus federal subpoena issued to independent news site, and how the site fought back with EFF’s help. Declan McCullagh at also has the story.
Change is Easy on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
neon sign
PINBALL: Pinball Repair Guides. Collector buys pinball, arcade, coin operated sport games, baseball pitch bat, manikin mannequin games
Fixing the past: the art of collecting pinball machines - Ars Technica
Leading Game Room Supply Company || Pinball, Video Games, Billiards... || Game Exchange of Colorado || Sales: 303.288.6500
"Since 1981, Game Exchange of Colorado has been the premier provider of home entertainment games and equipment throughout Colorado and much of the United States. We have an incredible inventory of new and used pinball machines, billiard tables, video games, and other entertainment products, including poker tables, arcade games, air hockey tables, shuffleboard games... even game room furniture!"
pinball playing field restoration in chicago
Tilt -
Pinball hall’s move will put it closer to where the tourists are - Las Vegas Sun
notes on tim arnold's pinball museum planned move in las vegas, from june 2009
Campus Pinball on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
2007 black and white "spy camera" photo of Campus Pinball, location which burned in Oct 2009
A look at Ann Arbor pinball history -
my story in about history of pinball in Ann Arbor and in Michigan; trying to accumulate enough details to get a proper timeline
CamWorld: Archives: 1999: April
Wednesday, April 28, 1999

Ed Vielmetti's Vacuum is a new weblog that focuses mostly on Ann Arbor. [Wow!] With that thought, it'd be pretty cool to see weblogs pop up that cater to folks in San Francisco, New York City and Austin. Any takers?
Sports bloggers talk about PR | Sports PR Blog
What is your relationship with Michigan like? Generally speaking, what type of relationship would you like to see teams/athletic departments give to the bloggers covering them?

Brian @ MGoBlog: I haven’t had much of one to this point but this fall MGoBlog is going to be accredited media, which will be an interesting experiment. I’ve started to email the SID, Bruce Madej, questions, and he gets back promptly. Michigan has a policy now that requires various things of online media before they hit a “we will accredit you” threshold, and they seem remarkably hip to the new media game.
Museum 2.0: How to Design from Virtual Metaphor to Real Experience, and an Example
The library created a book drop for every tag. To see pictures of their setup, go here. But for simplicity's sake, imagine a library that does this for just one tag, say, amazing books. When you return books to the library, you’d have a choice: drop it in the regular book drop or the book drop for amazing books. Then, the library staff would take the books in the “amazing” book drop and put them on the shelf called “Books other patrons recommend.” The librarians could also scan those books and add the “amazing” tag to them so that it is captured in the collection database.
The Associated Press proposes new formatting for Web articles --
The Associated Press is proposing that publishers attach descriptive tags to news articles online in hopes of taming the free-for-all of news and information on the Web and generating more traffic for established media brands.

Tags identifying the author, publisher and other information — as well as any usage restrictions publishers hope to place on copyright-protected materials — would be packaged with each news article in a way that search engines can more easily identify.
Newspaper to bloggers: Shut up pipsqueaks! - The Future of Journalism - Open Salon
After lauding the journalistic might of the Plain Dealer's newsroom with a staff of 240, Didiun goes on to dismiss the the blogsphere, where Schultz has been taking a lot of heat from the likes of BuzzMachine's Jeff Jarvis, a journalism professor at the City University of New York.

"It's really a bunch of pipsqueaks out there talking about what the real journalists do," Didiun says. It sure sounds like the Plain Dealer's "reader rep" thinks that his paper's readers need to be protected from what the blogosphere has to say about what's being published in his newspaper.
Global edition of French paper cuts costs, leaves readers in stitches - Shaping the Future of the Newspaper Blog
However, in an effort to cut back on spending, the online content is translated not by professionals, but using automatic software, which has resulted in confusing, and often comical, translations of headlines and stories. "The Chinese car in ambush" and "Internet Explorer: mistrust!" are two examples of awkwardly translated headlines taken from La Tribune's Web site.
Comments Dead, Twitter Holds Smoking Gun
At the recent Real-Time CrunchUp 2009, Khris Loux, CEO of one of the web's largest commenting services, announced the
"death of the comment". This declaration was extremely significant as Loux's JS-Kit is currently installed on over 600,000 sites. He blames the death on social media sites like Twitter and Flickr and the rise of "parallel channels away from [the] product". In essence, dialogue has moved from a singular destination to a series of parallel but separate social networking channels.
Alaska’s tab for ethics complaints about Palin: $1.9 million |
If public-records requests are expensive, the Palin administration’s practices help make them so, says Gregg Erickson, a Juneau economist and former state revenue official who publishes a specialized newsletter on Alaska budget issues.

“They have taken the position that a lawyer has to look at every single record before its release. If a lawyer has to look at it and review it, and maybe write a legal opinion on it, well, that’s going to be expensive,” says Mr. Erickson. Court fights also add to the costs, he says.

Citizens and journalists who sought public records have been socked with huge bills. At one point, the Palin administration presented the Associated Press with a bill of $45 million for copies of official state e-mails sent to Palin’s husband, to the McCain campaign, and to federal agencies.
What is the fastest way to draw an image from discrete pixel values in Python? - Stack Overflow
I wish to draw an image based on computed pixel values, as a means to visualize some data. Essentially, I wish to take a 2-dimensional matrix of color triplets and render it.

Do note that this is not image processing, since I'm not transforming an existing image nor doing any sort of whole-image transformations, and it's also not vector graphics as there is no pre-determined structure to the image I'm rendering- I'm probably going to be producing amorphous blobs of color one pixel at a time.
On gathering feedback, in person and online -
I like UserVoice, I really do; but it couldn't stand up to a dedicated person spamming it with foul language over and over again, and until there's enough spam control to deal with that operational issue in real time it's just going to have to be de-emphasized for now. (suk)
ÜberTwitter Download
Welcome! You are moments away from experiencing a truly advanced Twitter client developed especially for BlackBerry devices. We are in our third Beta test phase now, but encourage you to download and try this version as we continue to refine and develop the product.
MediaShift Idea Lab . Saving Journalism, One Idea at a Time | PBS
We've become accustomed to a media world dominated by monopolies and oligopolies. So we -- and especially the paid journalists who remain in the craft -- tend to imagine that just a few big institutions will rise from the sad rubble of the journalism business.

That's not where it's going, at least not anytime soon. We're heading into an incredibly messy but also wonderful period of innovation and experimentation that combines technology and people and pushes great and outlandish ideas into the real world. The result will a huge number of failures but also a large number of successes.
Apartment Therapy DC | Hot or Not? Stencil Graffiti in Savannah GA
Stencil Graffiti in Savannah GA: Hot or Not?
Hot: That little zebra is street art; walking by him would make me smile!
Not: That little zebra is defacing the beauty of that building; walking by him would make me scowl!
Facts dog Cleveland newspaper defender - The Future of Journalism - Open Salon
This blog is going to ask for your indulgence. It is frankly obsessed with the 15-minute video at that both Katharine and I wrote about yesterday. We're thinking of changing the name of this blog to the How Crazy Was That Cleveland Plain Dealer Video? Blog.

It's just such a stunning example of newspaper-industry hubris and cluelessness. True confession: I'm writing about it for the second time, and I still haven't made it past the 10-minute mark, where Cleveland Plain Dealer "reader representative" Ted Diadiun refers to bloggers as "a bunch of pipsqueaks."
How typoes are delt with on the Innernet : Greg Laden's Blog
You know, Joel, there is a law that any internet spelling or grammar flame must itself contain a grammar or spelling mistaek. :) :) :)
Andrew Alexander - The Stumbles That Led to an Ethics Blunder -
The crash occurred July 2, when disclosed details of a Post flier seeking underwriters for the first dinner to be held July 21 at Weymouth's District residence. The damage was predictable and extensive, with charges of hypocrisy against a newspaper that owes much of its fame to exposing influence peddlers and Washington's pay-to-play culture. The Post's reputation now carries a lasting stain.
Ann Arbor Area Events & Activities for Preschoolers
I am a stay at home mom to a 3.5 yr old. I have been living in Ann Arbor for 6 years. I have been tracking events of interest for our playgroup for a few months now via a Word document. I decided it was time to go "public" with the list. Way back in college, I minored in computer science and am always online now. So a website, Twitter account, Facebook group, and blog seem the way to go.
10 Reasons Your Mother Is Unverified Voracity | mgoblog
Though I'm not entirely opposed to this style—witness this very post—most of the blog's popularity derives from columns titled things like "Teeth and Blood" and "You Were Killed By A Bear And I Am Sad" and 5000-word exegeses on half of a Michigan football game, which are neither search engine- or link-friendly. With some limited exceptions (like throwing the name of each committed recruit into the post title, and providing SEO-friendly headlines for actual news posts) my philosophy has been to make the content as good, and as difficult to replicate, as possible. (Evidently I feel a good, weird title goes a long way.) The cookie cutter is eschewed.
the imponderabilia of actual life: Libraries & State Parks - Hammocks Subject to Availability
If you're in Michigan and you have a library card (and if you don't have a library card, what's wrong with you?), there's a great deal going from now to the end of September, combining two of my favorite things: books and nature. You can go to your local library and get a free pass for any state park (98 of them!), good for seven days (usually there's a $6 vehicle fee, unless you've got an annual pass). It's part of their new Park & Read program:
Musematic » ROFL…just read this facebook post from my friend Becca
Becca: Hey, I just saw this thing on the television, it’s called the “news” or something like that-these people sit there and read stuff that’s been on the internet for days already. Has anyone seen this? I hear they talk about the weather too, but I left before finding out.
YouTube - Saving Newspapers: The Musical
This is a redux of #79. The music is the same, but I enlisted the lip-dub and acting chops of my friends down at the East Bay Express, the local alt-weekly here in the East Bay. Yay!
Meanwhile, in Baltimore, just before 6:05 o'clock one morning last week, hundreds of curious citizens climbed up on their roofs, breathed deeply of the fresh air and partook of an absolutely new fall sport: Sputnik spotting. That evening a Baltimore disc jockey announced his favorite 1957 fall song: Shine on, Harvest Moons.
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The blinking GIF image at the brand new Ann Arbor Journal, used to denote new news stories; this is in lieu of having an RSS feed.
How to stop blogging : Article : Nature
But some of the most valuable scientific meetings are more focused and deliberative, and are by invitation only. These intellectually intimate gatherings are valuable precisely because the researchers who attend feel free to speculate and to stimulate their colleagues, and to try to establish new research agendas. Whether an attendee is a blogger or a reporter or a practising researcher is immaterial. The meeting is 'off the record', and all have to sign up to that.

Closed or open? Meeting organizers need to be clear in their minds which of these two approaches is appropriate, and be explicit about it from start to finish. The consequence that, in competitive fields, presentations at open meetings will become even more protective and boring is an inevitable consequence of the Internet.
Ann Arbor Schools Musings: What's In A Name?
If you're going to be "hyperlocal," that is not what blogs look like. Some of my favorite blogs are anonymous, others are attached to real people's names, but they generally: share information; aggregate information; analyze information. And the best do all three, but they are not generally breaking news. [Take a look at some of the blogs that will be on the parenting section of Ann; they are well-written and interesting, but they are not news breaking.] In addition, although some of the most credible bloggers I know do use their real names, others don't. They seem credible to me because their voice comes through (yes, as in "writing voice"), they provide thoughtful analysis, they cite verifiable sources.
I Am Stunningly Uninterested In Diller And Malone’s Opinion Of Twitter
A lot of people wondered how Google would ever make any money with a search engine. That problem was obviously solved. In any community with vast numbers of highly energetic and passionate users, there will be a variety of ways to make money. The only thing that can stop these services are high costs (YouTube and Facebook suffer from this) or someone building a better mousetrap (Facebook did this to MySpace who did this to Friendster).

By the way, News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch isn’t impressed, either, saying that the site is “a tough investment to justify because it has not yet come up with a sustainable way to make money.” He also gave the exact wrong answer to two questions: “Asked if he was considering buying Twitter, Murdoch said, “No.” Asked about selling MySpace, he said, “Hell no.”"
Rupert Murdoch reporters in the UK illegally hacked thousands of peoples' data - Boing Boing
British journalists working for Murdoch papers have been on a crime spree, hiring private eyes to illegally hack into the voicemail and data of thousands of people, including " tax records, social security files, bank statements and itemised phone bills"; Murdoch has paid out over £1M so far to hush it up. The head of the Conservative party's communications is a former Murdoch exec who from the time that much of this crime was committed by his staffers.
Blogs-on-Paper Idea Runs Out of Steam - Bits Blog -
Not hilarious. It makes sense. Over 90% of Politico’s revenue comes from its print edition, even though it’s only distributed in D.C. The truth is, as the CFOs of both the NYTimes and WSJ will tell you, print advertising, on a CPM basis, generates 75x more revenue than Web ads.
— Patricia
John Palfrey » Citizen Editors
In the past several weeks, I’ve been playing with a new format that my friends at TopTenSources developed. We’ve seen the Citizen Journalist; this idea is the Citizen Editor. Several of us have been using a new bookmarklet-style tool that makes it very easy to tag a story when you’re reading it, provide a bit of analysis, and have it posted to a dedicated website on the topic. It’s in many ways what lots of bloggers do anyway. I remember Dave Winer showing me an aspect of Manila that renders a river of news and then lets you check off stories that you want to appear somewhere — dead simple and fun; this idea is in the same vein, only using different tools and with a different output.
Engage citizen editors
Time was, newsrooms were instantly fact-checked by a handful of groups, sometimes with a political point of view, sometimes simply hobbyists and aficionados. Gun owners, railroad buffs, retired English teachers … we knew them fairly well.

Today, the Internet has brought countless communities of interest together. Some of them blog and some of them chat among themselves. They can connect with each other — and with us — using only a few keystrokes and the “send” button.

They are the citizen editors of our journalism.
United Breaks Guitars | Dave Carroll
United has demonstrated they know how to keep their airline in the forefront of their customer’s minds and I wanted this project to expand upon that satirically. I’ve been done “being angry” for quite some time and, if anything, I should thank United. They’ve given me a creative outlet that has brought people together from around the world. We had a pile of laughs making the recording and the video while the images are spinning on how to make “United: Song 2” even better than the first. So, thanks United! If my guitar had to be smashed due to extreme negligence I’m glad it was you that did it. Now sit back and enjoy the show.
News Innovators on the Frontline: | News Innovation
The kind of people who are affected by The Ann Arbor News becoming are generally less hardcore about their sports coverage.

But with the transition to the web, they are promising to link out a lot, so having more of a two-way relationship with the local news sites would help, probably just in terms of Google ranking and maybe some traffic. Right now I link to them and The Free Press fairly often, and I don’t think I’ve ever received a link from any of those sources. That seems a little unbalanced.
Chef of Ann Arbor restaurant to compete on show | | Detroit Free Press
Chef Eve Aronoff — chef-owner of eve restaurant in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown district — will compete this fall on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Las Vegas,” the sixth season of the top-rated cable series, the network announced today.

Aronoff, 40, was classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but her contemporary cooking style is known for its bold, exotic flavors and eclectic international influences that range from Cuba and Africa to Vietnam. Her intimate restaurant, opened in 2003, features a seasonally changing menu, an outstanding wine list and a casually sophisticated ambience.
~ Akoha - Come Play it Forward
We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve completely sold-out of our initial print run of VIP Starter Decks. Many thanks to all our players for making the first edition of the VIP Starter Kit such a success.

Based on feedback from the community we’ve taken this opportunity to improve the original VIP Starter Deck.

Along with being much shinier and easier to read we’ve added more of your favourite missions (”Thanks Someone”, “Make Someone Smile” and “Give Someone a Surprise Gift” and removed a couple of missions that weren’t getting as much love (”Send Drinks to a Couple in Love” and “Give a Compact Florescent Bulb”).
Michael Wolff on Politico |
Four old-media veterans may have solved the future of news with the Politico Web site, whose audience of six million obsessives and insiders consumes–and feeds–a real-time download of power data. The twist? Politico’s print version is what’s helped make it profitable.
The Death of Print | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters
Relying on an advertiser-supported business model is archaic, not to mention dangerous. If it is to survive, the print industry needs to revisit the era when they answered to the reader. When they fought to bring down crooked politicians instead of fighting to clutch onto advertisers. As we can all see now, the advertisers were never loyal companions anyway.
“We posted weekly.pdf to the website. Isn’t that good enough?” « Jon Udell
It’s turning into a nice case study of how organizations and individuals can negotiate shared responsibility for calendar information that’s of common interest. But that’s a story for another day. First things first. I need to give people a reason to care about using a calendar program — any calendar program, could be Outlook or Apple iCal or Google Calendar, so long as it exports iCalendar — in preference to a spreadsheet or word processor. Although the geek tribe can scarcely imagine why, that first step is a doozy.
Ann Arbor, MI - Sine Wave Field
[RA: Architect Maya Lin's shaped earth "Wave Field" is 10,000 square feet and has rippled the University of Michigan campus since 1995.]
The Shimm: Ann Arbor's Finest 1980's-era Michael Jackson Impersonator
Ann Arbor's "Michael Jackson Guy" reacts to Michael Jackson's Death from John McCarthy on Vimeo.

Ann Arbor, MI is cool for a lot of different reasons, this dude is one of them.
From Skepticism to Citizen Journalism via a Tea Party « Emerging Technologies Librarian
I learned to mistrust the US popular press several years ago. A friend of mine is positioned high enough in the military to have a sense of the big picture and low enough to have a sense of what is going on in the lives of the “grunts”. It is an interesting point of view, and I have found little tidbits that cropped up in conversation to sometimes be wildly different from what was reported by our media. I learned to use the online resources and search engines available to access news media reports from around the world, and have also found that the richest information often comes not from the big name feeds but from the small town local press where the events unfolded. It is a natural extension of this to take a serious look at citizen journalism, the shift toward reporting major events and news from the viewpoint of the common person.
Click Nothing: Live and Let Die
What I am saying at a higher level of abstraction is that meaning does not come from playing a game... it comes from playing WITH a game. It is the manipulation not only of the actors in the game that is meaningful, but the manipulation of the game itself. This discussion is not about how to make a game more meaningful. It is about how games mean.
The Mosaic Foundation of Rita and Peter Heydon - ArborWiki
The Mosaic Foundation of Rita and Peter Heydon is a charitable foundation run by Rita Heydon and her husband Peter Heydon.
Palin attorney warns press on 'defamatory material' - Jonathan Martin -
“Just as power abhors a vacuum, modern journalism apparently abhors any type of due diligence and fact checking before scurrilous allegations are repeated as fact,” the Anchorage attorney wrote.
Cops & Doughnuts - Clare City Bakery
What began as a crazy idea among police friends is quickly becoming an international phenomenon. There is a doughnut shop and bakery in Clare, Michigan that has been in constant operation since 1896. This foundation business was within weeks of closing when the members of the Clare Police Department came to the rescue. All of them. That's right, all nine members of the local police department banded together to save this historic business. Dubbed "Cops and Doughnuts," the business boasts handmade confections of all types. Join us for a warm fresh doughnut and a steaming cup of coffee while you enjoy the police decor and friendly, and very safe, atmosphere. Come and see the new store in Clare that everyone is talking about.
Inside-Out Branding: Marketing Ideas for Leaders of Growing Businesses » Blog Archive » Washington Post Announces Influence/Access Menu & Price List
Due to the tremendous number of inquiries received in the past week about our new, flexible access programs, The Washington Post is pleased to present a menu of customer-driven ways our readers can leverage the Post’s brand to gain invaluable influence and exposure. That’s right, we’re throwing out all of the rules of good journalism, separation of publishing/editorial and all good decorum with a wider-than-ever menu of options!
Constantinos A. Doxiadis :: Archives
The "Constantinos A. Doxiadis Archives" are hosted at the Benaki Museum - Pireos St. Annexe, Athens, Greece. They contain nearly all of Doxiadis' original writings, projects, drawings and photographs, as well as the full body of his correspondence, professional memoranda and notes. A significant part of the catalogue is available for on-line search.
Lunchtime Prowl: Grandy or Charlie, Fu-Te Ni's Pitches, Big Al's Back, and Shaving Cream Pies
Here’s one of his latest posts at The Wayne Fontes Experience, about Dave Birkett leaving the Oakland Press’s Detroit Lions beat for a gig covering the Michigan Wolverines at the new It's a big loss for Lions coverage, and it's troubling to see good reporters (Danny Knobler, Jon Paul Morosi) move on. Detroit sports fans are losing out.
Get Your API Right « Trek
Every project I’ve worked on in the last two years has heavily involved the use of web APIs. Libersy at the time (no idea about now) had an architecture that was extensively API based, even for communication between internal applications (an architecture I strongly argued against, bee tea dubs). Since then I’ve futzed with web APIs almost exclusively. From very narrow focused uses like University of Michigan’s Bluestream Service, to more broad but still fairly local APIs like the Ann Arbor District Library’s soon-to-be-updated API, all the way to APIs of major web applications like Twitter and Flickr.
Home - Whereabouts Project
This work is funded in part by the National Science Foundation under grant EIA-0303587 as "An Infrastructure for Wide Area Pervasive Computing" and by a grant from Intel. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or Intel.
TalkingPoints: An RFID-based Orientation System for People With Blindness
Its goal is explore the possibility of using technology as a means for blind individuals to orient themselves in both outdoor and interior spaces, and to learn more about their surroundings during their normal walking from place to place, or when they choose to explore an area to learn what's nearby. Currently, we do this by tagging objects of interest with an RFID reader, and providing an RFID reader and computer to read the tags. Unlike ordinary RFID readers, the TalkingPoints reader speaks the information conveyed by the tag to the user.
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Merchants Say Bring Back the Beat Cops
Several people identified “Arthur” as one of the more aggressive panhandlers, known for walking with a single crutch. Rebecca Konieczny, owner of the Busy Hands yarn and gift store, said she’d gotten so mad that she followed him up and down Main Street, calling the police from her cell phone. Someone else suggested that perhaps merchants start carrying mace and pepper spray, to which Martelle responded: “I can’t condone the use of mace on the homeless population.”
Lard: After decades of trying, its moment is finally here. - By Regina Schrambling - Slate Magazine
Only one thing may put lard back on the slippery slope: Google the word as news, and it might as well be lard-fearing 1969 all over again. Newspaper food pages still routinely advise using olive or canola oils rather than "fattening" or "artery-clogging" lard. Or they print idiotic utterances like "you get all the lard you need at McDonald's" (a chain that actually abandoned beef tallow for frying its fries only to be saddled with a trans-fatty substitute). Occasionally an article will make a valid point—lard is still anathema to vegetarians and halal observers—but more often there will be surprise that lard does not taste anything like pig.
Handling CSV Files in Python | Linux Journal
As a buddy of mine always says "the nice thing about standards is that there's so many to choose from". Take CSV files for example. CSV, of course, stands for "Comma Separated Values", more often than not though, it seems that CSV files use tabs to separate values rather than commas. And let's not even mention field quoting. If you deal with CSV files and you use Python the csv module can make your life a bit easier.
Parsing CSV
In this tutorial you will learn how to parse a simple CSV (comma separated values) file. This is the sort of file produced by spreadsheets and other programs when a text-only, portable format is required for exporting data.
Michael Wolff on Politico |
Four old-media veterans may have solved the future of news with the Politico Web site, whose audience of six million obsessives and insiders consumes–and feeds–a real-time download of power data. The twist? Politico’s print version is what’s helped make it profitable.
freefromeditors: Crain's Bill Shea has pointed give-and-take with another journalist
Found this column by Crain's blogger Bill Shea on some Michigan Citizen charges against the Detroit Free Press and its coverage of soon-to-be former Detroit Councilperson Monica Conyers.

The story is one thing, but the comments back and forth between Bill and the subject of his story is also good reading.
Washington Post sells access, $25,000+ - Mike Allen -
For $25,000 to $250,000, The Washington Post has offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, non-confrontational access to "those powerful few" — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and — at first — even the paper’s own reporters and editors.

The astonishing offer was detailed in a flier circulated Wednesday to a health care lobbyist, who provided it to a reporter because the lobbyist said he felt it was a conflict for the paper to charge for access to, as the flier says, its “health care reporting and editorial staff."
Vrijdag 26 juni: Ann Arbor en Detroit
Vandaag stond Ann Arbor op het programma, een charmant universiteitsstadje dat in gotische stijl is opgetrokken. Alweer geïnspireerd door de Engelse universiteiten, natuurlijk. Goed afkijken, is ook een kunst. In Amerika zijn ze trouwens ook dol op de Griekse en Romeinse bouwstijlen. Als ze ergens een zuil kunnen tussen wringen, zullen ze het zeker niet laten. Zelfs moderne gebouwen worden met klassieke zuilen versierd. Bij mij roepen al die zuilen eerder een gevoel van slechte imitatie op.
Save journalism? Beats us, panel says - Patrick Gavin -
“At any given moment, there is a panel taking place somewhere in the world discussing the future of journalism,” Aspen Institute president and longtime journalist Walter Isaacson said at the end of Tuesday night’s panel discussion titled, “What’s the News Worth to You?”
The Day Reagan Was Shot - CBS News
Haig answered the reporter: “Constitutionally gentlemen, you have the president, the vice president and the secretary of state, in that order, and should the president decide he wants to transfer the helm to the vice president, he will do so. As for now, I’m in control here, in the White House, pending the return of the vice president and in close touch with him. If something came up, I would check with him, of course.”
Some Community Tips for 2007 | fortuitous
If I had to give a reason why most newspaper blogs are filled with cranky screeds posted anonymously, I'd have to say having a generic blank comment form is key. Most every community that I contribute to offers a comprehensive user profile/history page, letting members customize to their hearts content and allow their profile to reflect their personality. When I think of mainstream news, TV, and newspaper sites trying to solicit comments from readers, I've yet to find something close to even a basic community site. The New York Times requires me to register to read most stories, but their blog system gives me a blank generic comment form when I want to comment on a blog post.
Writer - Windows Live
Writer makes it easy to share your photos and videos on almost any blog service—Windows Live, Wordpress, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, and many more.
Free Music Archive: The Dirtbombs
Live at WFMU on The Cherry Blossom Clinic on 7/12/2002
the collective Chickens and Political Will: Part Deux
Back in December, my friend Andrew Cluley, a news reporter at 89.1 WEMU FM, interviewed my friend KT (Kristin Tomey) after she spoke out in favor of Ann Arbor ordinances favorable of chickens. Since I could not find the archive of the audio that ran on WEMU's website I decided to post it myself below:
Family Learning Institute - Ann Arbor, Michigan
First Gens is a group at the University of Michigan made up of students who are the first in their family to attend college. The group's President Chyrisha Brown (also an FLI work study office assistant!) led the discussion, talking about the challenges they faced in middle school and high school, preparing for a college education that no one else in their family had ever achieved. Their message inspired the FLI students, families and coaches that attended the seminar. Our thanks to Dwight Lang, U of M faculty advisor to the First Gens group, Jeff Harrold (FLI Board Member and U of M Academic Advisor) and to all of the First Gen students who presented.
Bob Frankston - Opportunity for Innovation
Perhaps the most difficult concept is the need to invert our usual “procurement” model of problem solving – we can’t dictate the solutions but instead need to create (generative) opportunity and then accept the solutions that arise.

We can only dictate solutions for the short term but we’re rewarded for short term thinking. This makes it doubly difficult to “sell” the idea that we need to create opportunity. Not only is the reward deferred but we can’t say what it will be.
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newspaper for "tweens"
The Social Customer Manifesto: Is "Community" a Lie?
"Create the ability for community members to communicate as they want to. Brand managers and most companies want to control the conversation. If your users are truly part of the community, they will do nothing to hurt and/or destroy the community in which they live.
20 Visualizations to Understand Crime | FlowingData
While a lot of this crime data is kept confidential to respect people's privacy, there's still plenty of publicly available records. Here we take a look at twenty visualization examples that explore this data.
Pittsburgh Needs Eated.: Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake
I tried the "Rhubarb upside-down cake" on a whim, and was pleasantly surprised when the cake turned out perfectly. If other recipes turn out this well, I might buy the book. The content is well balanced and conveniently organized by season and ingredient.
SPECIAL REPORT: When There's No Print Edition, Do Readers Flock to the Web?
Those interested in the vitality of newspapers — a topic that extends as far as the White House these days — are keeping a close eye on the P-I's experiment, as Seattle is the first major newspaper to fully pull the plug on print and try to make a go of it online. Many other newspapers are tentatively moving in this direction. Perhaps they're not kicking print to the curb completely, but they're cutting back on editions and dropping weak days in print.
Aggregate, Curate, Publish To Create Local Media
The good news is I wouldn't have to build that aggregation and curation system. Our portfolio company has built it and they launched it earlier this week. It's called For Publishers (OIP). If you are interested how it works, you can click thru and read that post. If you want to see what the curated pages created with OIP look like, here's one from Milwaukee Wisconsin.
Mediactive » What Pays for Newspaper Journalism? Not the “Cover Price”
Cowell doesn’t mention that the advertising is the most important part of the financial equation in paying for journalism, not the cover price. It has been so for as long as he’s been a journalist. The word “Advertise” appears three times on this Web page (and “Advertisements” once), but not in Cowell’s column.
Ombudsman Blog - Froomkin Departs, Leaving Angry Loyalists And Questions
Froomkin acknowledges the drop but told me much of it can be blamed on a change in format and poor promotion. He said that shifting White House Watch from a column to a blog when Obama took office was disruptive to his audience and "dramatically reduced the number of page views per reader.” He also said poor promotion, especially through links from the home page, had caused traffic to dip. “I felt that with adequate promotion, page views would have been much higher,” he said.
Alan Cowell: Letter from Britain - The New York Times
Here, I should disclose an interest. I worked at Reuters for almost a decade. To my knowledge I was the last - or, as journalists prefer to say, one of the last - Reuters correspondents to file a dispatch by carrier pigeon. That was some years ago (or, as journalists prefer not to say, many years ago) and the birds that flew my dispatches in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland revived the means of pretechnological communication first used by Reuters in the mid-19th century.
Letter From Europe - Is Free News Really Worth the Price? -
If this sounds highfalutin’, let me offer a personal counterpoint. As the last Reuters correspondent known to have to sent dispatches by carrier pigeon many years ago from Matabeleland, I thought, until events in Iran, that twittering was, quite literally, for the birds (birds other than my cooing messengers, of course). » Naive Bayes Classifier
Is less more? Can a few lines of gawk developed in a day or two stand in for a sophisticated state-of-the-art JAVA package? In the general case there may be software engineering advantages to working with rich languages like JAVA. However, in the specific case of a Naive Bayes classifier for discrete data, it is interesting to test if less is indeed more.
Reinventing classifieds: MinnPost launches “real-time advertising” » Nieman Journalism Lab
In a phone conversation this morning, Kramer described the project as “an effort to move beyond banner ads,” which have proven lucrative for the site, but also limited. MinnPost charges, on average, $15 per thousand impressions for its display advertising, but because the ads are for local businesses, they’re only served to readers in Minnesota. (That’s one reason the CPM is so good.) As a result, the site had several weeks this spring when marketers’ demand for advertising space exceeded the site’s supply of local readership.
A Newsroom Organization - The Next Newsroom Project
would rather the journalists who work for me walk the dog and talk to their neighbors or hit their neighborhood coffee house, or head straight to court/city hall to see what's happening rather than come in and cruise the wires and local newspapers.
The great thing is technology allows us to have a virtual meeting online. Arm journalists with laptops, webcams and phones and call the editorial meeting wherever and whenever they are. Too long have journalists been removed from the people they serve. (If not in reality, at least in the minds and attitudes of our community members.)
Reuters Editors » Blog Archive » Rethinking rights, accreditation, and journalism itself in the age of Twitter | Blogs |
But the point, I hope, is clear.
The old means of control don’t work.
The old categories don’t work.
The old ways of thinking won’t work.
We all need to come to terms with that.

Fundamentally, the old media won’t control news dissemination in the future. And organisations can’t control access using old forms of accreditation any more.
PDFMiner is a suite of programs that help extracting and analyzing text data of PDF documents. Unlike other PDF-related tools, it allows to obtain the exact location of texts in a page, as well as other extra information such as font information or ruled lines. It includes a PDF converter that can transform PDF files into other text formats (such as HTML). It has an extensible PDF parser that can be used for other purpoes instead of text analysis.
Pasta&Vinegar » Blog Archive » "Paper direct"
Encountered last week-end in Venice, Los Angeles. Still about press, I am fascinated by foreign press available as these A3 sheets of papers sold straight from the printer. Far from the complex e-paper technology, these very low-cost one-sided magazines show an interesting trend about the importance of physical artifacts. Besides, the name of this service (”paper direct”) is conspicuously relevant in these times of frenetic digitalization. Given that it’s printed locally, it’s an up-to-date instantiation (that prevent you from waiting two or three days to have the same newspaper coming from the guts of an Airbus/Boeing Cargo flight).
echovar » Blog Archive » Real-Time Writing: A Transvaluation of All Values
As a story plays out across the Network, as new information is uncovered, the inputs are routed through the mixing board of the writer’s keyboard. A writer must now listen to how the whole jam is sounding— the writer is a player down in the groove with other players. As we learn to write through a real-time medium, we’ll need to look to the values, standards and practices of live performance. But these performances aren’t necessarily the traditional one-to-many events unfolding within a proscenium. We’ll need to dig into the performance theories of Richard Schechner and the Happenings of Allan Kaprow; revive the thoughts of Michael Kirby and The Art of Time, and the work of Fluxus. The journey from text on a page to hypertext on the Network is not a small adjustment to a business model; it’s a transvaluation of all values.
The Local vs. Localism: Hyperlocal Media Wars | Notorious R.O.B. - Conversations on Marketing, Technology, Real Estate
Localism ain’t it, unless it undergoes a total transformation of focus away from trying to sell real estate. The Local ain’t it, unless it too undergoes a transformation and embraces the community on which it is reporting — and in fact, actually does some, you know, reporting. The answer may be in social media, like MaplewoodOnline and Baristanet, as more and more journalists leave the newspaper business (by choice or not) and end up having to learn whole new skills in web-based, local, community-powered media.
Crisis Communications Online: Social Media Usage during a Crisis with Leysia Palen - PR Podcast / On the Record...Online PR Podcast
Crisis communications used to be the handled exclusively through official channels like press releases, spokespeople and media relations. But today, through the power of socially distributed problem-solving, a first draft of history more nuanced and accurate than ever before is emerging from social media, and increasingly, people are turning to unofficial sources first, particularly in times of crisis.

In this episode, social media crisis communications researcher at the ConnectivIT Lab at the University of Colorado at Boulder Leysia Palen shares what she has learned about social media usage during a crisis, assessing the credibility of citizen journalism and user generated media during a crisis, and how organizations might align with unofficial back channels in the future.
William Allen White: Country Editor, 1897-1914, by Walter Johnson, Kansas Historical Quarterly, February, 1947
Although he had had to borrow money to buy the Gazette, his outside earnings soon freed him of any responsibility to Emporia's wealthy for the Gazette's editorial position. For the rest of his lifetime, he carried out the following editorial creed: "What we want, and what we shall have is the royal American privilege of living and dying in a country town, running a country newspaper, saying what we please when we please, how we please and to whom we please."
The imperative of localism and local news | Howard Owens
Once people could no longer pick up the local gazette and find out who was visiting from California and when Helen Carter was going to sell her famous peach pies, the papers became less relevant to their lives.

Without that relevancy, society and democracy suffered. People became not only less informed, but less involved in their communities.

Consider that 57 percent of Americans say that if their local newspaper went away, both online and in print, they wouldn't miss it and it wouldn't hurt the civic life of their towns. The numbers are just as dismal when the question is isolated just to regular newspaper readers. This is in keeping with an earlier Harris poll that found nearly two-thirds of Americans say their local newspaper doesn't serve its community well.
Newspapers started small, cheap and with different standards | Howard Owens
For more than a decade, we expected to build online news organizations that could support a super structure of the modern newspaper newsroom -- with the all the reporters and editors and big story packages (look at all the emphasis we put on big Flash multimedia productions) and that we could keep doing journalism just the way we always did it.

While we bemoaned shovelware (taking the same exact print story and repurposing it for the Web), we took little time to really examine what might might be different about online publishing that should change the way news is gathered and presented.
What Happens When Your Local Paper Goes Online-Only? It Loses Most of Its Staff | Peter Kafka | MediaMemo | AllThingsD
I’ve been asking Mark Josephson that question for months, and now he has an answer: Josephson, the CEO of local news platform, figures the local, online-only newspaper of tomorrow, for a decent-sized city, will have a staff of 20 people. That’s 20 people, period. Perhaps 6 of them will be “news gatherers.”

Josephson was kind enough to model his future newspaper in a spreadsheet for me, and I’ll get to that in a minute.
Movable Type Monday: 4.26, Themes, Feedback Forms, and More | The Blog Herald
I thought I’d take some time this week to mention a couple of new sites built with MT. First, has a story about The San Francisco Appeal, an online newspaper dedicated to local SF news. Somewhat similar, ChicagoNow is a collection of blogs providing news and information about Chicago neighborhoods. Owned by Tribune Media and developed by Byrne Reese, ChicagoNow is a community site for all of Chicago. Soon, they will be rolling out Motion-based functionality.
Evaluating the Moderation of Newspapers
Editor & Publisher recently remarked about the difficulty in maintaining and moderating user comments:

..traffic volume has made it difficult for any but the wealthiest media operations to monitor user comments as diligently as they do letters to the editor or “talk backs” to news directors. The combination of virtually open access and limited oversight has turned these public squares into mosh pits, without the latter's youthful exuberance or bonhomie.

Trying to adhere to policies that work to keep rules in place without disrupting or silencing the passionate voices of their readers have challenged media operators. Yet, many news media have taken steps in striking a balance between quality and quantity.
Saxpix: Photography by Andy Sacks - Historic
photos of late 1960s Ann Arbor street protests
Adactio: Journal—Revealing Design Treasures from The Amazon
For a lot of products, such as alarm clocks, you’re only going to write a review if you have a negative experience. How does Amazon get people to write reviews? Most people don’t leave reviews. About 0.7% of people who buy something leave a review. But because Amazon has such a huge amount of customers, that equates to quite a lot. So the next time someone says, "we should have reviews; that works really well for Amazon," you can respond with "sure, we should have customers too; that works really well for Amazon." » Back When Food Was Really Local
To browse through The Food of a Younger Land is to be transported into a time when mothers improvised recipes because of shortages of certain ingredients and fathers brought home fresh game from the woods and mussels from the ocean. The book describes the “sugaring off” parties in Vermont, where people hosted neighborhood celebrations as they finished off the annual tapping of sap from trees for maple syrup. It describes the making of persimmon beer among Mississippi African-Americans. In and around Darlington, South Carolina, people would host outdoor gatherings and serve “chicken bog,” a distinctive chicken-and-rice dish. Nebraskans loved buffalo barbeque and Wisconsin folks enjoyed sour-dough pancakes.
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The Robert Knilands interview - News Tracker Blog on
A conversation with one of the most outspoken voices on the subjects of newspaper design and editing. For more of his views, see
Strange Attractor » Blog Archive » Name calling isn’t going to get us anywhere
Also, although John spends more time and slightly more emphasis on comments directed towards ‘curmudgeons’, I would say that the abuse that he saw hurled toward Jessica da Silva by veteran journalists isn’t isolated to comments on blogs. The commenter Robert Knilands (aka Wenalway) may seem your run-of-the-mill troll, but he expresses a virulent form of prejudice too frequently directed towards online and young journalists by some - and I stress, only some - print journalists. Robert Knilands says:

It can’t survive, though, as long as young journos are getting opportunities they are unqualified for and posting ignorant blog entries. All that does is destroy the present and the future.
Wenalway Banned |
Wenalway is now banned from He will not be allowed to post under this screen name, his real name, any other screen name, or anonymously.

I tried to reach an agreement with him, but I failed. I apologize for having to take this step, but feel it's necessary for us to continue to have any sort of polite discussions on this site. If you disagree, please email me or post in this thread to discuss.

I'll be implementing some controls on him over the next few days. In the meantime, please ignore any comments submitted by Wenalway. If you respond to his insults, I'll eventually unpublish the response along with Wenalway's garbage.
The Air Force’s Rules of Engagement for Blogging [Updated] — Global Nerdy
You’ve probably seen many articles on companies and organizations saying that they take social media seriously. Here’s one such organization that you might not expect: the United States Air Force. Take a look at the Air Force Blog Assessment chart, reproduced below:
Hear Me Stumble Around White House, Recovery, and Data GOV web sites « As Your World Changes
Using recorded sessions, I analyze my techniques and problems. Sighted readers will experience some of the confusions and frustrations of a visually impaired person trying to learn the interaction and structure patterns of these website’s. Visually impaired users may glean some ways to avoid pitfalls and determine the value of these government information resources for their purposes. I complain about absence of headings, careless links, and tricky interactions beyond my capabilities although I appreciate the effort to provide high quality government information.
Start-ups stifled by noncompetes - The Boston Globe
First, he looked at Michigan. During the decades of that state’s greatest economic growth, from 1915 to 1985, noncompete agreements were illegal. In 1985, the law changed - and Marx found that inventors were suddenly less likely to move from one company to another, and specialized inventors were much less likely to move. (I’d observe here that the last 25 years in Michigan have not been a good era to emulate.)
The New York Times > Member Center > Site Help > Frequently Asked Questions About Comments
Gawker - Why Newspapers Shouldn't Allow Comments - Media
Newspapers have more important things to do than worry about comments—like, say, report the stories that blogs so desperately need in their 24-7 quest for content! After all, blogs are often not equipped to regularly break the news, and we need content to chew on.

As Arthur Sulzberger's relation Benjamin Dolnick lamented in the comments section of Carr's NYT story (noticed by Choire Sicha at Radar): "If you ever want to lose faith in humanity, read any comments section on the internet."

P.S. Also, nobody wants to hear the tired old "free speech" argument as a defense of comments. We've had free speech in this country for well over two hundred years, long before it was ever an option to comment on newspaper websites and blogs.
Online readers' comments raise prickly issues for publications
Brown agreed that reader comments are a "really significant" development in online journalism.

"You could have a situation where you put up a story … and this amazing thing happens where people start taking your story apart, going through the facts — doing all sorts of background and fact-checking — better than any editor can do, because you've got this crowd-source effort to go through every line of it," he said.

"At worst, it can be like YouTube's comment section where it's sort of like a bathroom in a subway station with all sorts of comments on the wall. Everybody's completely anonymous. No one has any sense of their reputation within that community, everyone's a troll."
Doug Feaver - Listening to the Dot-Comments -
I am writing in defense of the anonymous, unmoderated, often appallingly inaccurate, sometimes profane, frequently off point and occasionally racist reader comments that allows to be published at the end of articles and blogs.
Dana Milbank - The Choler of Online Comments -
I discovered all this from the helpful feedback provided to me in the "reader comments" section at the end of my past four columns on I undertook this exercise on the advice of former editor Doug Feaver, who wrote on these pages recently that journalists need to take the comments seriously ["Listening to the Dot-Comments," op-ed, April 9]. Further, he added in his blog, "those who don't are making a mistake."
It's time for the newspaper industry to die
Nowhere in the comments section, however, did readers hear anything from a staffer at the Tribune. No one with that authority stepped in to admonish the rude, correct those who posted wrong information, or to respond to those who had questions about the story. Without that leadership, the Tribune lost the opportunity to forge a community based on these readers' common interest in this engaging story. Readers were left just to argue among themselves.
Daily Egyptian - That's enough.
You heard me. That’s enough.

Comment privileges for new stories at are revoked until the Daily Egyptian has reason to believe our readers are mature enough to use them.

Congratulations. It is not easy to offend college students who spend most of their time in a newsroom, but some of you have persevered, pursuing standards of bad taste to depths so subterranean we could not help but take note.
If you're not doing comments right, you shouldn't do them at all | Howard Owens
This issue came up on the Online-News discussion list this week, so I know many newspapers are struggling with comment management at the moment. It also came to a head this week in Batavia, where the Daily News was hit by a particularly ugly comment thread in which a socket puppet attacked fellow elected officials, one politician is posing as a defender of said politician, and a community activist brought to light unfounded allegations against a city councilman (I won't dignify the charge by repeating it here, and because I know these people, it's pretty easy to figure out who's who).
Derek Powazek - 10 Ways Newspapers Can Improve Comments
So, instead of just poking him for sounding like Grandpa Simpson, I’d like to help fix the problem. Here are ten things newspapers could do, right now, to improve the quality of the comments on their sites. (There are lots more, but you know how newspaper editors can’t resist a top ten list.)
How Mathew Ingram Manages a News Site That Gets 5,000 Comments a Day
"I've also seen a noticeable change in tone in comments and other interactive forums, like As soon as someone from the paper steps in and makes a comment, the whole tone changes. If you just give people a blank wall and a spray paint can, you get a predictable outcome. But as soon as anyone says we should stick to the topic or knock off the personal attacks, it has a noticeable effect.
On The Media - Comments on Comments
There's been a bit of a backlash recently against the angry commenter on newspaper websites. Some are calling for newspapers to stop allowing comments sections all together. But what about democracy on the web? Bob, with the help of "This American Life"'s Ira Glass, ruminates on the dark side of the comments section.
More Bamboozling - Errol Morris Blog -
A thousand years hence, it will be easy to miss the fact that the text comes from two different periods of time, separated by 62 years. Will all information (regardless of when it was produced) end up packaged in one agglutinated mass? Perhaps this is an example of an unintentional falsification — where we completely loss track of context, where there is no longer a before and after. Only an endless present.
John Harris interviews Kraftwerk's Ralf Hütter | Music | The Guardian
What he says next is probably not intended as his verdict on Twitter - a Kraftwerkian development, if ever there was one - but it may as well be. "Everybody is becoming like ... " - he pauses - "a Stasi agent, constantly observing himself or his friends."
Hearings Today on Hydrogen-Solar-Maglev Supertrain for Michigan « the transport politic
Poor Michigan. How they can’t see the obvious insane B.S. of this plan is beyond me.
Detroit Make it Here | Blogging away the blight: Journalist starts a movement to remake Detroit neighborhood
Neighborhood blogs and social media are particularly important at a time when daily and weekly papers are cutting just about everything to stay afloat, Morgan said. Consider Gannett Co. Inc.’s recent decisions to close the Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Troy, Southfield and Rochester editions of the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers; and replace the Ann Arbor News with a smaller news organization,, with print editions only twice a week.
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First Draft: Nobody Knows What To Do
ps. I got kind of annoyed at the end of the thing, because I keep going to these things expecting them to be the Throw The Thieving Bastards in Prison Panel, the You Killed Newspapers On Purpose You Fuckers Symposium, a shame-the-greedy-corporate-assholes party that never really materializes. I think maybe I'm gonna have to host that panel some day, preferably out back of a tavern, with some feathers and a nice hot barrel of tar. Press Freedom of Information - topic
These issues raise thorny problems for public-access advocates who say that at least some public officials are using electronic communication to evade the strictures of open-meetings laws. “It is a growing problem, and it is a problem which many states and municipalities are only beginning to think about in any systemic way,” says Charles N. Davis, executive director of the Freedom of Information Center at the University of Missouri.

“There are many instances out there where public officials are using personal e-mail for public business, mixing and mingling their e-mails with private and public business and using three-way and four-way e-mail conversations to hold quasi-public meetings,” Davis said.
Open Meetings Laws in Michigan | Citizen Media Law Project
Governmental bodies may hold meetings by by written, telephonic, electronic, wireless, or other virtual means. However, an electronic meeting is still subject to the notice requirements and must be held at a designated place and time. While the law is not certain on this point, it appears that email communications between members of a governmental body may constitute a meeting if they involve deliberation on public business.
Citizens' News Service - Ann Arbor: What City Council Says in Private
Are you curious about the secret email messages that Ann Arbor City Council members send to each other during public Council meetings in which all communications are supposed to be open to the public? Now you can read what they say in private when they should have been listening to public comments and their colleagues conducting council business. These City Council e-mails were obtained by the Freedom of Information Act. Read all about it here.
These telegrams were communicated back and forth from late July of 1913 until the end of the strike between James MacNaughton, then Second Vice President of the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company (C & H), Quincy Shaw, the president of the company. The telegrams were sent via the Western Union Telegraph Company, written in code. The two simply took a number of key words and replaced them with random words, so that the communications would not be made public. They were trying to keep as much of a lid on the strike as they possibly could by doing this.
This Blog Sits at the: The Pittsburgh Pirates and artisanal baseball
We play artisansal baseball. We make our wins in very small batches. This is handmade baseball. Bad to a purpose. Sure, we could do the vulgar, crowd pleasing thing, but, really, wouldn't that be a distortion of our game, a compromise of our aesthetic, a corruption of what we stand for?
Get Out of the Printing Business, Moody's Tells Newspapers
Moody's calls it a "structural disconnect" with just 14% of cash operating costs, on average, devoted to content creation, while about 70% of costs are devoted to printing, distribution and corporate functions. The remaining 16% of costs are related to advertising sales -- another example of devoting too few resources to the principal revenue driver.
Community-College Teachers Don't Need a Ph.D. -
The kind of education I've had, you can't get in a university.
Google recruiter: Company kept 'do not touch' in hiring list - San Jose Mercury News
California has especially tough rules barring companies from restricting their employees' job hunting. Many companies across the country require employees to sign so-called noncompete agreements, in which the worker agrees not to be hired by a competitor within a certain period of time. But California law generally regards such pacts as unenforceable, said Bob Taylor, a Palo Alto attorney who specializes in antitrust law, among other areas.

As a result, Taylor said, California "is one of, if not the most, difficult states for employers to prevent employees from taking jobs with competitors."
Cabinet of Wonders: Semaphore as Information Network
As a result, with the success of the Lille line, optical telegraph lines were built over the entirety of France over the next twenty years or so. Napoleon loved the system, having his own portable station built which he carried with him on campaign. He also poured money into building more of the network. It wasn't cheap, because each station had to be manned by a highly-trained person, who observed the signal from other towers and knew how to pass it on. But the French system of fast communication was one of the key ingredients in France's success during the Napoleonic War, and so they hung onto it as long as they could. Claude Chappe himself remained in his position as the head of the system for over 30 years, until there was an administration change.
Semaphore Station at Staten Island (1838)
Apparently the first illustration of telecommunications in the United States, in 1838. On the left the semaphore station of Staten Island in New York Bay. This was an intermediate between Sandy Hook and Merchants' Exchange in Manhattan, New York. (From Semaphore to Satellite, published by the International Telecommunication Union, Geneva 1965)
Claude Chappe - LoveToKnow 1911
CLAUDE CHAPPE (1763-1805), French engineer, was born at Brulon (Sarthe) in 1763. He was the inventor of an optical telegraph which was widely used in France until it was superseded by the electric telegraph. His device consisted of an upright post, on the top of which was fastened a transverse bar, while at the ends of the latter two smaller arms moved on pivots. The position of these bars represented words or letters; and by means of machines placed at intervals such that each was distinctly visible from the next, messages could be conveyed through 50 leagues in a quarter of an hour. The machine was adopted by the Legislative Assembly in 1792, and in the following year Chappe was appointed ingenieur-telegraphe; but the originality of his invention was so much questioned that he was seized with melancholia and (it is said) committed suicide at Paris in 1805. ( (50 leagues) per (quarter hour) = 690 mph
Gawker - Dave Eggers Reassures Us That Print Lives, Via Email - Dave Eggers
We believe that if you use the hell out of the medium, if you give investigative journalism space, if you give photojournalists space, if you give graphic artists and cartoonists space— if you really truly give readers an experience that can't be duplicated on the web— then they will spend $1 for a copy. And that $1 per copy, plus the revenue from some (but not all that many) ads, will keep the enterprise afloat.
telegraphic codes and message practice
Buell's Mercantile Cypher (1860) appears on eve of the Civil War and near the end of the canal transport for which it provides language. Code compilation was still tentative at this time; its phraseology is practical but too specific and even politely long-winded, giving it the tone of an exercise book. The nature of the markings throughout the present copy suggest that it was used for preparation for another code, based on and incorporating some, and rejecting much else, of its content.
telegraphic codes and message practice, 1870-1945
The codes did not appear out of nowhere. Their immediate tributaries were nautical and coastal signal systems (typically involving flaghoist combinations), and visual telegraphs such as the Chappé optical telegraph system that operated across France from the mid-1790s well into the 1840s. With all of these systems, each sign or combination of signs represented a word or phrase in a code dictionary.
Of Secret Codes, Abbreviations, and Knowledge Lost and Gained « The Henry Ford Blog
It turned out that what I had instead was a commercial telegraphic code. From the 19th through the mid-20th centuries, telegrams were integral to business and personal communications. Telegraph codes proliferated as a way to correspond economically and privately. Readily available code books such as the ABC Universal Commercial Electric Telegraph Code, not to mention many others, were published, with many businesses creating in-house codes. According to telegraphy historian-enthusiast John McVey, “Thousands of codes were published or issued privately, but they are largely forgotten now. They present a finely-grained window into their respective domains and their time. And they provide instances of sometimes stunning visual, technical, lexicographic and unwitting poetic achievement.”
The New “Freedom” | Front Porch Republic
You might even call it “utopic” in Thomas More’s wry sense: a seemingly good or perfect place which is really no place at all. Computers displace us. They displace us physically - they enable us to talk to anyone, anywhere, and so forth - but they also displace us emotionally and intellectually. They confuse and distract us.
/Ground: Acorn Crop Crashes?
Logan's alternative is nimbly and seductively argued. He shows a map in which the distribution of early settled societies throughout the temperate zone appears exactly to coincide with the geographical spread of the 400-odd species of oak. He cites many cultures - in north America, ancient Mesopotamia, the highlands of Mexico - where a style of living midway between nomadic gathering and rooted agriculture was evident long before the advent of cereal farming. You could, I suppose, call it fixed foraging, the communal exploitation of a long-lived local resource. The resource was the oak tree, always there in one form or another - just above the waterline, if you were fisher-people, just below the uplands if you were hunters. And its first and most fundamental gift was the acorn, prolific, nutritious (you just needed to leach out the tannin with water), storable, cookable.
Seasoned Acorn Jelly (Dotori Muk Muchim) at My Korean Kitchen
In my memory, I don’t think I liked the seasoned acorn jelly that much because of its bitter taste, but now I love it, it is like an adult appreciates good food more than a child. It has a slightly bitter taste from the acorn jelly and a slightly sweet and salty taste from the sauce, which I love, and this recipe is like that.
seven random (food) facts
1. From an early age I was taught what was good to eat in the north woods and how to find it. If you're walking with me and suddenly I dive into the bushes and come up with a handful of berries, you'll understand. Locally this means that the first day of blueberry, raspberry, juneberry, and strawberry season are holidays, and I employ a small army of berry-picking advance scouts to keep me informed of when opening day is and how conditions are.
Harvesting the wild: acorns by Jackie Clay Issue #79
When all are done, get out your food grinder. Put a fine knife on the grinder and run the shelled acorns through it. This makes a coarse meal. Place this in a large crock or glass bowl. Then add boiling water to cover and let stand an hour. Drain and throw away the brownish, unappetizing water. Repeat. Then taste the meal. It should have a bit of a bitter tang, then taste sweet as you chew a piece. Continue leaching out the tannin as long as necessary.
How to eat
To get the tannic acid out of acorns, you need to leech them, that is stick them in boiling water for a few minutes, pour the water out, then repeat repeat repeat perhaps 25 times. Leeching is facilitated if you shell (obviously) the acorns and also chop them into fine pieces. Make sure to cut out any discolored or rotten portions of the nuts, and any grubs (unless you want to eat those too- I can vouch that they aren't poisonous but I don't know about the little cells that they build around themselves).
Harvesting the Acorns
The reason I ask this: When I was a child, my grandfather had me pick up a small bucketful of acorns from under our pin oak tree. A day or two later, he asked me to come over to his house and he fed me acorns. The only problem I have is he never told anyone how in the world he prepared them.

Here is some information about eating acorns or rather acorn meal. The tannins have to be removed to avoid the bitterness. I don't know what your grandfather might have done to remove the tannins in whole acorns unless the type of acorn had less tannins to begin with and could have been removed by soaking the whole acorn.
Climate change driving Michigan mammals north (Includes interview) - Digital Journal: Your News Network
It’s a very complicated system. Oaks have “mast” cycles, which means that some years they produce tons of acorns and some years they produce few or none. Our oaks in Michigan do this as well. Mice eat acorns, and not surprisingly, in the New York study mouse numbers are linked to the mast cycles. More acorns, more white-footed mice.
My Paper Crane
My friend Katie told me about a recipe she found for making acorn cookies. I’ve been excited to try them and found a recipe and changed it a little last night. The kids and I shaped the acorns, dipped the tops in chocolate, and then rolled them in ground walnuts. I added some finely ground coffee beans in with the walnuts for a coffee/walnut sort of flavor. The kids preferred their cookies just dipped in chocolate. If you have a nut allergy or just don’t like nuts you could try crushed cookies or something similar.
FOIA information --
good howto to manage FOIA requests in Illinois; many suggestions are relevant anywhere, though some of the details of the FOIA law vary from state to state
Social media success doesn’t start with ROI
“What’s the ROI of your receptionist? What’s the ROI of your parking? What’s the ROI of the paint on the walls? What’s the ROI of the landscapers,” said Scott as he continued on his ‘I hate the ROI-obsessed business culture’ rant. “The idea that everything has to come back to a measurable ROI is ludicrous. ” - Book review - Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide - Thomas Keller
So, standing in a bookshop with towers of cookery books inviting me on armchair culinary tours of just about everywhere, wondering what might come after Flavours of Southern Patagonia, my eye was drawn to a cover depicting rows of bright scarlet on a black background, that looked like an oil painting but turned out to be stalks of rhubarb. At first I thought they must be raw; no Sargasso sea of greenish-pink threads my mother used to overboil, and which - guided by Raymond Blanc - I can now cook intact. But not keep red.
Vanilla Sous-Vide Rhubarb recipe and food photography by Madalene Bonvini-Hamel Food Fanatic and chef From the British Larder - The British Larder
Use this delicious vanilla sous-vide rhubarb on individual rhubarb tarts or serve with Fabien’s delicious buttermilk pudding. Keep the rhubarb and vanilla flavoured syrup and use to glaze the rhubarb tarts or as a base to make a delicious rhubarb and stem ginger sorbet. I also like to serve the vanilla sous-vide rhubarb cut in pieces for breakfast along with natural yoghurt, drizzle the vanilla rhubarb syrup over for that extra yumminess.
Cooking in a vacuum / A far cry from boil-in-a-bag, French sous vide technique mesmerizes Bay Area chefs
Which is why Chris Whaley, chef at Picco in Larkspur, vacuum-seals rhubarb in a heat-proof plastic bag with white wine-vanilla syrup, gently poaches it in a water bath, and spoons it atop individual almond tarts. At first bite, the rhubarb seems uncooked because it's so pleasingly crunchy. But it's not at all stringy or tough. It's just a whole new, delicious rhubarb.
Rhubarbaria - recipes for rhubarb
Mary Prior has compiled an anthology of recipes ancient and modern that highlight rhubarb. It first came to us as a medicine but has successfully naturalized as a culinary favourite. Drawing on the cuisines of England, Scotland, Scandinavia and other parts of northern Europe, America and New Zealand, she provides a rhubarbaric dish for every occasion. There is particular emphasis on recipes from Shetland, because the author spends half the year on the islands and rhubarb has a special place in Shetland’s cookery.
Librarians as Enemies of Books by Randolph G. Adams
It is said that, upon one occasion, an academic person met Mr. A. Edward Newton. Newton has written extensively on the subject of book-collecting, and, as any dealer will attest, has probably done more to increase the appreciation and the reading of English literature than many a professor or librarian. To Newton the academic announced, "I am a scholar; to me a photostat is as good as the original." Newton swiftly countered, "Any man who would make a remark like that, would probably just as soon kiss a pretty girl through a piece of plate glass." The librarian should be careful how he makes light of the collector's enthusiasm lest he reveal his own shortcomings.
Paper Tiger No More: Guest thoughts from SI's Richard Deitsch on Wednesday's forum
If I’m Champion, Dearing, Kraner or any of the suits speaking at these forums, I’m getting on the phone tomorrow with Gary Graca, the paper’s top editor and a sharp kid, and figuring out a creative way where both entities can benefit from each other financially and editorially.
What to expect from the new
design and business model notes for the new citizen-powered Gannett property in Tucson AZ
WSJM AM 1400 & FM 94.9 - Ripe For The Picking
It won't be long before one of Southwest Michigan's largest crops starts making an appearance at area farmer's markets. MSU Extension District Fruit Educator Mark Longstroth says the region is one of the largest producers of strawberries in the state, and they're typically ripe for picking in mid June.
Diana Dyer, MS, RD: Only 5 more months until fresh rhubarb! / Lentils Curried with Rhubarb and Sweet Potatoes
So with only 5 months until we can harvest fresh rhubarb, we'd better keep eating our canned and frozen rhubarb. I'm going to be taking some of our canned stewed rhubarb to a Michigan Lady Food Bloggers "Summer in January" gathering where we are bringing food that reminds us of summer. However, there are many ways to use rhubarb in savory dishes. Here is a favorite of mine as it combines so many unusual flavors and healthy foods all in one dish! I took it to the last Slow Food book club. There was not much left over, but I was glad to see a little that I could take home to enjoy the next day.
French Toast with Duck Bacon & Rhubarb Compote
This is a delicious, unusual and quick brunch that I made for my friend Pat Smith visiting from Ann Arbor, MI. I like the balance between sweet, salt and tart tastes, as did Pat. French toast is something I knew in France as pain perdu or lost bread, I never had it for breakfast until I came to this country. There, it is always served as a dessert and mostly to use up stale bread. My batter is pretty simple and the secret is in the bread: I use good french sourdough country bread. The duck bacon is of course from d’Artagnan, it’s slight gaminess reveals itself only after the pleasant tartness of the fresh rhubarb. There is no need for extra maple syrup as I sweeten the rhubarb compote with it.
Rhubarb Pie | Ann Arbor District Library
Line an agate or white-lined pie plate with good pastry. Have all ready a pint of rhubarb, cut in thin slices. Beat an egg, and into it beat
1 1/4 cups of sugar, 2 tablespoonfuls of flour and a scant 1/2 teaspoonful of salt, mixed together and stir the rhubarb into the mixture. Turn into lined plate, dot with bits of butter, and cover with pastry. Brush the lower edge of paste with water, before putting the upper crust in place, then press the edges together firmly, and brush over again with water. Bake
in a moderate oven until the pastry is well browned.
Kitchen Chick: Galette of Rhubarb
Strawberries and rhubarb are the classic pairing that everyone knows about, but in Michigan, rhubarb is ready well before strawberry season. I wanted to find a simple recipe that used only rhubarb, but oddly so many of my cookbooks don't feature rhubarb-only dessert recipes.
Rhubarbarita: The Splendid Table Recipe Box
On top of the ice, pour equal amounts of rhubarb juice and a tasty tequila like Patron Gold. I suggest that this is not the moment to be shy or to go light
The Rhubarb Compendium, Table of contents
Rhubarb is an wonderful plant, with many uses and application. a rhubarb plantSince June 1994 these web pages have been available to anyone interested in gaining an understanding and appreciation of this fine vegetable. This compendium is a collection of rhubarb information from many sources. Some of the information is from world wide web pages or postings to various news groups (rec.gardens,,, some is from my own personal rhubarb growing experience, and some has been directly contributed by friends, associates, and visitors to The Rhubarb Compendium.
Michigan Spring: Rhubarb | The Farmer's Marketer
"The hothouse rhubarb industry prospered for decades. At one time root houses appeared on virtually every farm in Macomb County. The crop became so important that in the late 1940s and early 1950s, an annual Rhubarb Festival was held in Utica, complete with a queen and her court. A headline in the Utica Sentinel in October 1953 proclaimed Utica the “Rhubarb Center of the World.”
Mother's Kitchen: Rhubarb Pie
Here's my recipe for rhubarb pie. Make it with a lattice top, because for some reason, that is what rhubarb pies always have. If you are pie crust phobic, a lattice top is very forgiving. All you need to do is cut your top crust into slices, and lay a row of slices on top of your pie. My favorite trick is to lay the center cross lattice first, weaving over and under. Then place the outboard cross lattices from that center stripe, weaving them opposite of the one next to it.
Recipes :: What can you do with an armful of rhubarb? :: Farmers' Almanac
Those who are self-conscious about using white crystal sugar can blend rhubarb with raisins, dates, prunes, honey, maple syrup, and even molasses. Consider other sour foods such as lemons, vinegar, sorrel, and sour cream. They make wonderful sweet and sour combinations: lemonade, chutneys, pickles, sweet and sour spareribs, Chinese hot and sour soup. Try substituting rhubarb, either raw, cooked, or as strained juice, in some of these dishes. Why not rhubarbade or rhubarb chutney?
Distraction, scatter, gather, focus, discardia: a five part cycle
Herein a recipe for producing what looks like some kind of careful long term reasonable insight into a question, but what is really a coping strategy for the complete inability to be attentive to anything for very long.
Pork Chops With Blueberries (Bracioli Ai Mirtilli) | Global cooking | Home-cooking rocks!
a very simple recipe for pork chops cooked in blueberry sauce. should work for a lot of other meats
The Finest Blueberries in North Central Arkansas at Cline Berry Farm
arkansas blueberries
ケルンパンチカード | [備忘ログ]
nice photo and story of edge punch cards and the associated needles and hole punchers; article in japanese, google translate does a decent job of making it readable
Spotify vs OllyDbg
introducing the "medusa float", the number which when rounded crashes your debugger, providing a measure of copy protection.

2^63 - 0.5 = 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111.1
Main Page - YAAARC - Ypsilanti Ann Arbor Area Robotics Club
YAAARC is the sound you make as your robot drives off the edge of the workbench.
Michigan State Normal College, Yearbook, 1904-1905
with a careful accounting of all of the courses taught and a list of students
exquisite synonym |
admirable, attractive, charming, choice, comely, consummate, cultivated, dainty, delicate, delicious, discerning, discriminating, elegant, errorless, ethereal, fastidious, fine, flawless, impeccable, incomparable, irreproachable, lovely, matchless, meticulous, outstanding, peerless, perfect, pleasing, polished, precious, precise, rare, recherché, refined, select, selective, splendid, striking, subtle, superb, superior, superlative
Dusty Diary: Response to Reader Question: Am I Living in Allie's Relative's House?!
one way to write local history is to read old diaries and fill in the blanks; dusty diary does this for ypsilanti
The History of Eating Utensils
The Department of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences houses the Rietz Collection of Food Technology. Containing nearly 1,400 items, this collection was assembled by Carl Austin Rietz, an inventor and businessman in the food industry. His interest in the industry led him on travels around the world to collect objects used in the production, processing, storage, presentation, preparation, and serving of food.
Feedback loops of attention in peer production - Huberman et al
Frequent contributors get more feedback, which makes them contribute more; getting positive feedback loops going is critical to the success of crowdsourced sites. With data from Digg and Youtube.
erikfrey's bashreduce at master - GitHub
mapreduce in bash - this would be well worth getting running
Infrastructure Upgrade: Online CD Previews | Ann Arbor District Library
A forthcoming edition of the Ann Arbor District Library catalog will have CD sample previews in it.
Wolf Spider
Some nice photos of this backyard arthropod from Atlantic Mine, MI
Ann Arbor Westside Farmers Market on hold due to zoning restrictions
a complex story, to be sure, of government regulation and what you can do in a parking lot in Ann Arbor;
Metro Times - News+Views: Why Di?
News hits spent last week over at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice taking in the trial of Diane Bukowski, a freelance reporter for the Michigan Citizen arrested last November after she allegedly crossed a police line to take photos of a double-fatal motorcycle accident.
The Michigan Citizen | US weekly Newspaper, Newspaper, International Newspaper | Detroit, Michigan
The Michigan Citizen has been published every Sunday on a weekly basis since November of 1978. It was founded by Charles D. Kelly and is currently published by his daughter, Catherine Kelly. The Michigan Citizen targets the states African American and progressive minded community. From block club presidents to mayors, school board trustees to state legislators, activists and self-help advocates, The Michigan Citizen reaches those shaping the future of our communities
RCFP: Diane Bukowski of The Michigan Citizen convicted on two felony counts « Al-Masakin News Agency
Diane Bukowski of the weekly Michigan Citizen was convicted Friday of two felonies, each punishable by up to two years in prison. According to the Free Press,

Bukowski said she identified herself as a reporter and showed her credentials to three state troopers. She said she was taking a photo of two yellow tarps and a crushed motorcycle when police arrested her and deleted some of her photos.

According to a report in The Michigan Citizen, the court earlier granted in part the prosecutor’s request to “preclude argument, the asking of questions, and the introduction of any other evidence purporting to show that defendant was acting in her capacity as a reporter during the events in question,” and “rul[ed] essentially that only Bukowski could testify regarding her role as a reporter.”
Michigan Welfare Rights Organization: Michigan Citizen Reporter Diane Bukowski’s Conviction Statement
(statement by Diane Bukowski)

As many of you know, I was convicted Friday, May 1, 2009 on two felony counts of “assaulting/resisting/obstructing” state troopers. The charges related to my coverage last Election Day Nov. 4 of a high-speed state trooper chase down E. Davison which ended with the deaths of Detroiters James Willingham, a father of ten, and Jeffery Frazier, an autistic young man beloved in his community.
YouTube - Journalist Diane Bukowski convicted
Reporter Diane Bukowski calls for a federal investigation into Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's office
The Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — On May 1 Michigan Citizen Reporter Diane Bukowski paid a high price for her years of relentless advocacy reporting — a Wayne County jury returned a guilty verdict against Bukowski on two felony counts for crossing yellow police tape on Nov. 4, Election day, 2008.

Bukowski maintains her innocence.
Michigan Messenger » Detroit journalist’s conviction viewed as political retaliation for reporting
The conviction of a Detroit reporter on felony police obstruction charges last week has prompted warnings about a chilling of press freedom as well as calls for a federal investigation of the Wayne County prosecutor’s office.

Diane Bukowski, 60, a reporter for the African American-owned weekly Michigan Citizen, was arrested Nov. 4 as she documented the scene of a police chase and crash that killed two people on Detroit’s northeast side. She now faces a possible sentence of up to four years in prison.
Faculty Profile: Dana Richter
Dr. Richter’s research involves fungi and how these organisms interact with trees, insects, forests ecosystems and wood. He conducts and publishes research on topics as far ranging as tree diseases, mushroom diversity, seedling survival, resistance of adhesives and wood preservatives to fungi, and the ability of fungi to mold and decay wood. He has developed a solid track record with industry to conduct decay and mold-stain testing of wood products.
On morel grounds - | News, Sports, Jobs, Marquette Information | The Mining Journal
Dana Richter, a research scientist of pathology and mycology in the Forest Resources and Environmental Science Department at Michigan Tech University, also loves and knows morels.

"Morels can be found just about anywhere, commonly in apple orchards, around poplar trees, dying elm trees, where ferns grow, sometimes even in pines," he said. "They grow on the ground. South wooded slopes are favorite spots. They often appear in the same place every year."
Editorial: Blues worth looking into - Saginaw, Michigan Columns, Letters & Opinion - The Saginaw News –
reader "rwcheck" publishes a commentary pro-blue cross rate hike in response to saginaw news editorial; who is this rwcheck person? and does their rhetoric line up with the other advocacy groups out there?
David Waymire, Partner at Martin Waymire Advocacy Communications
David earned his bachelors degree in journalism from Northwestern University, with a major emphasis in his studies on economics and history. He served as a reporter at Belleville, Illinois News Democrat, before moving to Michigan in 1980 where he reported for the Flint Journal. In 1982, David joined the Booth Newspapers Capitol Bureau covering state politics and economic issues.
Clients of Martin Waymire Advocacy Communications
lots of names here you would recognize of businesses and government bodies in michigan that have hired this pr firm
Martin Waymire Advocacy Communications
Started by two of Michigan's most experienced and accomplished public relations experts, Roger Martin and David Waymire, MWAC combines their understanding of public policy, communications skills and contacts with reporters around the state with an aggressive style that can be a formidable tool for associations and companies seeking to advance their issues.
Basic benefits plan includes surcharge: Bills seek cheaper individual health coverage - Detroit News and Information - Crain's Detroit Business
rates will undoubtedly go up, it's just a question of how; several interesting PR names here like "David Waymire — a spokesman for the Michigan Association of Health Plans and Put Michigan People First, a coalition of insurers, seniors and the disabled "
This is madness! The Good Place (Michael L. Umphrey on gardening, teaching, and writing)
collective action on the AP exams
How Do You Get To Work?
interviews of how people get where they are going
The Athens NEWS :: Athens, Ohio Company with worthless gift-certificate program files for bankruptcy
The company’s huge (over 1,000-page) bankruptcy filing estimated that it has 5,000 to 10,000 creditors. It listed its assets, in the form of personal property, at more than $1.02 million, and its liabilities, in the form of “creditors holding unsecured priority claims,” at more than $460,000.
Gift check creditors likely to get little
30 cents on the dollar, says bankruptcy trustee; some resellers of gift certs were keeping the money it is alleged
that image of the spreadsheet in the PDF you sent me is not the public record you are required to share
my continuing foia fables
A2DDA Blocks Asterisk Parking Data | VoIP Tech Chat
Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority blocks independent development of applications that access public data.
The Mythology of Parking
It's also important to combat perceptions of parking shortages. Often, people complain of parking problems when actual counts show that only 60 to 75 percent of spaces are occupied. The key is to use pricing and time limits to free up the most visible spaces--particularly the "front door"
Barcodes-on-the-fly helper, version 0.4
This utility will generate printable barcodes in the CODABAR (NW-7) format based on the information you provide. The authors hope that libraries and others will be able to print cheap disposable barcodes for, among other things, books on loan from another library.
Homeless Dave is kicking winter's butt to get you this story.
U-M names Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellows
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellows program has named eight international journalists for 2008-2009 in addition to the 12 national journalists selected in April.

While on leave from regular duties, Knight-Wallace Fellows pursue custom-designed sabbatical studies and attend special, twice-weekly seminars at Wallace House, a gift from CBS newsman Mike Wallace and his wife Mary.
Explore Munising Michigan Blog | Munising, Mi - Upper Peninsula
munising, michigan blog. snow!
Blue Cross is warned by AG on Medicare practices | | Detroit Free Press
Michigan's Attorney General's Office has warned Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to immediately stop what it believes are deceptive business practices that make it difficult for seniors to buy supplemental Medicare policies.
Minor League baseball team announces schedule :: Sports :: Ypsilanti Citizen
The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti, belonging to the Frontier Baseball League, have announced their 2009 schedule and ticket packages.

The Sliders will be playing all of their 45 home games at Eastern Michigan University’s Oestrike Stadium this season. After this season, the team will move to Waterford as the Oakland County Cruisers, where their new stadium is currently being constructed.
Customer Service
Citizen Request System | Check Status

The City of Ann Arbor is pleased to present our online Service Request System. Please use the map and forms below to submit service requests to the City.

If your request is a life threatening emergency, dial 911.
The Book Cover Archive
The Book Cover Archive
, for the appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design
All covers are the copyright of their respective publishers
Use Asterisk, Cepstral, and Perl to Get Parking and Weather Updates | VoIP Tech Chat
The parking garages in Ann Arbor provide nice signs in front displaying in brightly lit numbers, the amount of available spaces remaining. Ann Arbor also posts this information on the web at the A2DDA website. An idea came to mind that basically, you can tell the available spots either from the website or right when you reach the garage — but what if you wanted to know while driving to the garage?

So, with that long introduction, we present “using asterisk, cepstral, and perl to get parking and weather updates.” Ok, for the non-techs, don’t panic! We’ll talk about the techie stuff in a little bit. The bottom line is using Asterisk, Cepstral, and Perl, you can check the internet for the spaces available and let the caller know — all in real time. For a working example, call +1 (212) 937-7844 and press 6 (this is not a toll-free number).
LiveJournal Migration Made Easy « Blog «
In light of recent news, some LiveJournal users may be looking to move their blogs elsewhere. Lucky for you digital nomads, we’ve got a quick and easy way to build your new home on the LiveJournal import tool.
Playbill Listing Detail: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead @ Performance Network
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Performance Network

This classic play has been a hit for over 40 years. A favorite of actors and literati, its broad comedy and pantomime appeals to everyone.
Show Dates:
Performances from 08 Jan 2009
Closing 22 Feb 2009
MLK Day Youth Program @ U-M
Program Profile: Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with children and teens in grades K-12 through a full day event designed specifically for them.

This Year's Event: Monday, January 19, 2009
8:30am to 3:00pm in the Modern Languages Building (MLB at 812 E. Washington)
Language Log: A shitload more brevity
Digress. (Especially (auto)biographically. Note that Gorky was born Aleksey Maksimovich Peshkov, and "Maxim" derives from his Father's name, the "-ovich" being a patronymic ending. Thus does one Maxim beget another. Hopefully, more on Russian and other naming conventions in a later log. And perhaps someone more literary or political than I will have something to say about "the father of Soviet literature and the founder of the doctrine of socialist realism," and the reason Nizhny Novgorod was for many years hard to find on a map. The Nizhny Novgorodites are still proud of Gorky as far as I can tell, but not enough to have their city bear his name. (Beaver, Utah is not named for me (or vice versa (note the embedded parenthetical - these are good)), but it is apparently the birthplace of Butch Cassidy, ne Robert LeRoy Parker. So why "Butch"? Well, he once worked as a butcher. His most famous partner in crime (aka Harry Longabaugh) was nom de guerred in a reverse Gorky manoever:
Energy monitor sees $7.5 million in funding round | Green Tech - CNET News
Each Sentilla Mini computer is essentially a Texas Instruments MSP430 microcontroller with a TI/Chipcon CC2420 low-power wireless radio that runs on two AAA batteries, according to the company. The computer is roughly the size of a dime and is loaded with Sentilla Point, a Java-compliant software platform.

In corporate-speak this type of service is referred to as a "demand-side energy management solution."
APMS—What Are the Technology Options? - Advanced Parking Management Systems - ITS Report
When planning advanced parking management systems, two main decisions need to be considered: "What type of system will count the number of vehicles in the facility?" and "How will the various components of the system communicate with each other?" -- Help Topics -- About Your Prescription
Your prescription provides us with your doctor's recommendation for clear and comfortable vision. Please take a brief moment now to review your information with our 3 samples shown here. They represent 3 different ways of writing the same prescription:
Changes to the University of Michigan OAI data provider -- [BLT] Blog for Library Technology
Michigan jobless claims system gets overwhelmed - Detroit Business News and Information - Crain's Detroit Business
Michigan's unemployment claims application system is getting swamped as the economy continues to worsen.

Callers to a Michigan statewide phone line handling applications for jobless benefits got an "all circuits are busy now" message Tuesday afternoon. The state's Internet system for unemployment claims was running but at times was slowed down by heavy volume.
HealthPort :: ROI Overview
The release-of-information (ROI) process is time-consuming, paper-intensive, and highly regulated. Most healthcare provider organizations outsource the process. Many have chosen HealthPort.

Innovative ROI technology combined with quality services and trusted expertise yields a proven solution for hospitals, clinics, and physician practices. Over 7,600 healthcare organizations use HealthPort Release-of-Information (HealthPort ROI) technology, services, or both. You can outsource the entire function or just a few tasks.
For Patients & Families at University of Michigan Health System
The results of all laboratory tests, X-rays, other diagnostic studies, and medical treatment you have received while you are hospitalized or treated as an outpatient are documented. Also included are physician reports from examinations, surgery, treatment and medications, and observations by nurses and other members of your health care team. This information is combined to make up your medical record.

If you have any questions regarding copies of your medical records, please contact the Release of Information Unit at 734-936-5490.
Notional Slurry » I don’t own the Public Domain
A few days ago, Barbara and I discovered the Google Book Search Partner Program, and reading things over we wondered how some of the books we’ve scanned which are in the Public Domain might be submitted and shared.
getDowntown Blog»Blog Archive » The Bike Commuter Tax Benefit: What We Know So Far
A couple of people have recently asked me what’s going on with the new Bike Commuter Tax Benefit that is set to take effect in January of 2009.

The Text from HR 1494 section 211 Transportation Fringe Benefits to Bicycle Commuters can be found here.
Official Google Mobile Blog: Getting directions to businesses now easier on Google Maps for mobile
One of my favorite things about Google Maps for mobile is finding businesses on the go. Today we launched a server-side change that makes it easier to get directions to businesses. You can now get directions to restaurants, stores, and other points of interest by entering their names in the start or end point. Consider this example:
About My Twitter Hiatus
"i can't hear you la la la"
Artist Sentenced on Drug, Weapons Charges
A world renown artist will soon be a free man after spending a year in a half in the Leon County Jail.

James Boggs was sentenced Friday afternoon to time served on weapons and drug charges.

Court records show he must serve another four years probation, including completing a mandatory drug treatment program.

Boggs was arrested back in September 2006 after deputies found a gun, an axe and methamphetamines in his van.
ALPS: The Age-Layered Population Structure for Reducing the Problem of Premature Convergence
To reduce the problem of premature convergence we define a new method for measuring an individual's age and propose the Age-Layered Population Structure (ALPS). This new measure of age measures how long the genetic material has been evolving in the population: offspring start with an age of 1 plus the age of their oldest parent instead of starting with an age of 0 as with traditional measures of age. ALPS differs from a typical evolutionary algorithm (EA) by segregating individuals into different age-layers by their age and by regularly introducing new, randomly generated individuals in the youngest layer. The introduction of randomly generated individuals at regular intervals results in an EA that is never completely converged and is always exploring new parts of the fitness landscape. By using age to restrict competition and breeding, younger individuals are able to develop without being dominated by older ones.
Lentils: A Legume For The Ages : NPR, January 7, 2009 · As a comforting, versatile food quick enough for weeknight cooking, lentils will keep you well fed all winter. But they're especially good to eat this time of year. People in many countries eat lentils to ensure prosperity in the year to come. With 2009 still young, it can't hurt to try for riches of every sort — both earthly and spiritual. At the very least, you'll enjoy a rewarding meal.
U student newspaper to eliminate one daily edition
Starting this month, the independent student newspaper at the University of Minnesota will cease publication on Fridays and expand its coverage online.
Ronald and Nancy Bishop, activists from Ann Arbor, die within days of each other - Ann Arbor News - The Latest News, Blogs, Photos & Videos –
For many years, Drs. Ronald and Nancy Bishop worked passionately on social justice causes in Ann Arbor, particularly in the areas of education and civil liberties.

At the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, they were tireless volunteers, said Ken Phifer, minister emeritus of the congregation.
Dave's landslide blog: Ash flowslide at Knoxville, Tennessee
That such a failure should occur is extraordinary, given that the danger of flowslides has been known for over 40 years. The only fortunate aspect of this is that no-one was killed, which seems to be a matter of luck given the volume and mobility of this landslide. However, coal ash is an unpleasant material (which is why it is stored in ponds like this), sometimes containing lad, arsenic and mercury amongst other heavy metals, although in very low concentrations. The major issue will probably be dealing with the sludge before it enters the watercourses.
Prensa Libre - Edición electrónica - Centro Múltimedia
Momento del derrumbe en Alta Verapaz Un geólogo captó en video el momento en que se produjo el derrumbe de un cerro de la Aldea Los Chorros, en San Cristóbal Verapaz, donde fallecieron más de 30 personas el domingo.
Train Wreck « The Edge of the American West
In addition to being a thoroughly wretched president, Franklin Pierce delivered the most inarguably depressing opening sentence in the history of American inaugural addresses. On 4 March 1853, the fourteenth President began his unremarkable 3,334-word speech by harshing even the mellowest of mellows. With snow plummeting from the sky, Pierce observed to his audience that

[i]t is a relief to feel that no heart but my own can know the personal regret and bitter sorrow over which I have been borne to a position so suitable for others rather than desirable for myself.
Is Librarianship A Profession? | Wildly Appropriate
Just noticed (now that I’m using again) that at some point last year, Brian Kerr sent me a link to this sobering blog posting entitled Is Librarianship A Profession? Raises some eyebrow-knittingly uncomfortable questions that everybody who’s in or thinking about “library school” needs to read. It’s not all doom and gloom, and I’ll be a spoiler by quoting from Ms. Salo’s conclusion:
- Are tire chains legal in Michigan?
MCL 257.710 of the Michigan Vehicle Code covers the use of tire chains, and states that a person may "use a tire chain of reasonable proportion upon a vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice, or other condition tending to cause a vehicle to skid." If used, the chain must not come in contact with the surface of the roadway.
Jerry Harju / Meet the Author
Jerry Harju Jerry Harju is a humor writer and book publisher who lives in Marquette, Michigan. He received a degree in engineering mechanics from the University of Michigan in 1957 and completed his formal education with a MS from the University of Southern California in 1985. After thirty years as a manager in the aerospace industry in Southern California, Jerry began writing as a second career. He has written eight books and writes a column for the Marquette newspaper.
there is no gap
blog from independent bookseller karl pohrt of shaman drum
Some 30,000 crows in, around Ann Arbor -
Ten dead crows and two very ill crows were recently found along railroad tracks west of the Gandy Dancer restaurant in Ann Arbor. The live crows exhibited symptoms of poisoning and have since died.

Given the large crow population locally, Leslie Science and Nature Center staff members took some questions about crows to the experts at the Washtenaw Audubon Society, which counted almost 30,000 crows in Ann Arbor in the group's annual Christmas Bird count on Dec. 20.
Unpleasant Google Trends Subversion:
✈ ▌▌. Typically this is a 4chan kind of thing.
LiveJournal: The Russian Bear Slashes a Social Network
The bubble in social networking has burst, decisively. LiveJournal, the San Francisco-based arm of Sup, a Russian Internet startup, has cut about 20 of 28 employees — and offered them no severance, we're told.

The quirky site, part blog and part social network, is best known for its users' weird obsessions — like the troublesome clique of Harry Potter erotica writers, whose outré tastes ran afoul of LiveJournal's efforts to comply with U.S. child-pornography laws. (Oddly, the site also gained a following in Russia, which led to its acquisition by Sup.) All that adds up to an environment even more distasteful to advertisers than the typical social site.
Behind the scenes: University of Michigan's Pfizer site acquisition - Michigan Business Innovation - Nathan Bomey - Michigan Business Review -
Turns out the university was already considering whether it should acquire the site. All 174 acres. (Or 175, or 177 depending on whom you believe.) And, of course, we now know the university is close to sealing a deal to purchase the whole site for $108 million.

Don't kid yourself: The university had a vested interest in the future of that property, which is nestled right next to U-M's North Campus. If Pfizer had opted to raze the 30 buildings to save on its tax bill, U-M would've been devastated.

"There's a lot of resources there. There's some tremendously good laboratory space. We didn't want that to be taken down," U-M's Stephen Forrest told me. "You don't want a resource like that to be razed."
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WWJ Newsradio 950 - Bad Christmas, So Borders Brooms The Corner Offices
After a disappointing Christmas season, Ann Arbor-based Borders Group Inc. broomed its senior management Monday, appointing a new CEO, CFO, marketing chief and administrative chief.

The media retailer named Wildridge Capital Management founder Ron Marshall, 54, to be its new president and CEO, replacing George Jones, effective immediately. The company cited Marshall's work helping "drive a turnaround of $4 billion supermarket retailer Pathmark Stores Inc." as well as other experience.
WWJ Newsradio 950 - Ann Arbor Network Gear Firm Gets Big Order
Picometrix LLC, a subsidiary of Ann Arbor-based Advanced Photonix Inc. (NYSE Alternext US: API), Monday announced a multi-year agreement with an industry leading optical subsystem manufacturer to supply 40 gigabit-per-second optical receiver components to be incorporated into subsystems which are installed in next generation telecommunication networks.
this is harold liked nine kinds of pie
So tonight I’m putting the kids to bed and the youngest picked Harold and the Purple Crayon from the shelf as the book she wanted read to her. You know the one, where Harold walks along and makes up the story with his crayon as he goes, ending as he “made his bed, got in it, and drew up the covers.” (The pun doesn’t escape the four year old.)

The iPhone was in the pocket, and I vaguely remembered an animated version of Harold. So about a minute later we were watching this.

I’m old enough to think the book’s still better (the kids preferred the animated version), but if there was any remaining doubt that we’re living in the future, let that doubt be cast aside.
Automated snow mapping system
The automated snow mapping system is based on a synergy of GOES-Imager, NOAA-AVHRR and DMSP-SSM/I data and produces daily snow cover maps for the North American continent. The original map is prepared in a Platte Carre (lat-lon) projection with a 1/25 of a degree grid size.
NIC IMS Home Page
The National Ice Center (NIC), a tri-agency operational center, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Navy, and the United States Coast Guard, prepares a daily Northern Hemisphere Snow and Ice chart. This chart, prepared on a polar stereographic projection is centered on the North Pole with a 60 degree latitude of true scale, provides information on the areal coverage of the snow and ice. The visible and Near-infrared imagery of the polar orbiting satellites (POES) and geostationary orbiting environmental satellites (GOES) are the primary tools for the analysis of this snow and ice cover. Low resolution visible data are augmented whenever possible by the visible high resolution imagery and visible GOES, GMS, MTSAT, and METEOSAT data. In addition, ground weather observations, synthetic aperture radar (SAR), microwave scatterometer returns, weather prediction, sea ice models, buoys, flights, and DMSP visible and microwave products
Purse woven of asbestos fibers - The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary
In his Autobiography, Franklin wrote: "I had brought over [to London] a few Curiosities among which the principal was a Purse made of the Asbestos, which purifies by Fire. Sir Hans Sloane heard of it, came to see me, and invited me to his House in Bloomsbury Square, where he show’d me all his Curiosities, and persuaded me to let him add that to the Number, for which he paid me handsomely."
Twitter authority frenzy led to Twitter phishing meltdown | Rational rants |
But I don’t come here to question the people scammed, rather to damn the notion of authority in toto. Given that we are attempting to build systems that don’t reinforce old power structures, which is a cardinal rule in the hacker ethic, there should be no need for ranking systems. A tiny fraction of the world’s population uses Twitter, so we don’t need to tell everyone who is “best,” “most influential” or otherwise, except, perhaps a form of cocktail party game. Beyond that game, it doesn’t matter, but everyone seems set on codifying the tweet powers that be.
EarthNC - Nautical Data for a Digital World » Blog Archive » EarthNC National Buoy Data Center Weather Buoys for Google Earth
wxbuoys.jpgThe EarthNC National Buoy Data Center (NDBC) Buoy Weather Google Earth file displays hourly weather observations for U.S. and international lakes, coastlines, and oceans based on available feeds from the NDBC. This KML file is refreshed at approximately 30 minutes after the hour each hour. It will automatically refresh in Google Earth.
Morse Mania - morse code software practice tutor for the Macintosh. CW ham radio amateur license exam
"I don't mind you coming here and wasting all my time." | Just What I Needed – The Cars
PennTags /project/34574 : mobile
some mobile links via penntags
Veblen: The Theory of the Leisure Class: Cover
Theory of the Leisure Class as ebook; I think it will work on a mobile phone as-is.
Contemplating the Consumerist sale and the adpocalypse
In conclusion, the online advertising experiment in which so many of us have engaged is really only ten years or so old. Those who say that it's "mature" are not only mistaken, but they drastically underestimate what a true break the web is from the offline media that came before. We've had a few hundred years to learn to monetize print, over 75 years to monetize TV, and, most importantly, millennia to build business models based on scarcity. In contrast, our collective effort to monetize post-scarcity digital media have only just begun.
BeThink:: "I'm Dying;" Please Ponder My Plea
i think you question the reality because "Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer often don't occur until the disease is advanced" (Mayo Clinic) yet two years of symptoms; no other signs of this person on the net; the only other "kwickkick" in TX is who says she's female. The whole thing is just too much like other scripted net dramas to not have at least a little reserve. The complete lack of any other personal details in any other posts is also awkward. (not for attribution; "do not share")
BLDGBLOG: In the winter of light
How amazing it would be to find that architectural styles begin to change – moving away from the Clement Greenberg-like flatness of international modernism toward a new era of ornamentally active deep surfaces – if something as simple as when photographs are taken were to change.
All the works of Frank Gehry, photographed in the anemic, angular light of midwinter. I sense a book idea here, if any enterprising photographers might be reading this...
On the Brittleness of Software and the Infeasibility of Security Metrics
I've sometimes quoted Lord Kelvin:

``If you can not measure it, you can not improve it.''

``When you can measure what you are speaking about, and
express it in numbers, you know something about it; but
when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in
numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory
kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have
scarcely in your thoughts advanced to the state of *Science*,
whatever the matter may be.''

But I've reluctantly concluded that current architectures are not
amenable to metrics of the sort I want. Here's why.
rt @vielmetti : @valdiskrebs if retweetrank is an important metric, we'll create bots that retweet our own words. "to measure is to destroy"
Modern Foraging: Tried and True versus Novelty: Scientific American
But dining out is trivial. These findings have more serious implications related to other recent work on brain chemistry and cognitive disorders. Exploratory and inattentive foraging—actual or abstract—appears to be linked to decreases in the brain chemical dopamine. Similarly, many problems related to attention—including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, drug addiction, some forms of autism, and schizophrenia—have been associated with a dopamine deficit. It is possible, psychologists say, that computer foraging might reveal one’s underlying cognitive style—either having persistence or lacking it. It is even possible that simulated foraging could have long-term effects on thinking style and possibly even lead to therapies for cognitive disorders. That is something worth exploring.
/Message: Nature Or Nurture In Social Networking
cf. also veblen "pecuniary emulation"
The Goodspeed Update " Information Design and Public Transit
stem-and-leaf plots, that's what they are called. some transit designs, almost all of which are different and better in some way. waiting for the design competition "one schedule twenty ways" envisioning all of the ways to show a route.
Heikinpäivä Mid-Winter Festival: Hancock Michigan
Finnish speaking residents of the CopperIn 1999, the Finnish Theme Committee of the City of Hancock created a new Finnish-American celebration - Heikinpäivä. The celebration’s themes are taken from Finnish folk saying associated with the name day for Heikki (Henrik’s day, 19 January).
Country still recall the proverbs their parents and grandparents brought with them from Finland. In particular, the weather proverbs connected with St. Henrik's Day have been retained in the Hancock area, where huge amounts of winter snow are the norm. “Karhu kylkeänsä kääntää” (The bear rolls onto his other side), “Heikki heinät jakaa” (Heikki divides the hay) and ultimately, “Talven selkä poikki” (winter’s back is broken). The bear - an ancient Finnish and Saame symbol -- figures well in the celebration, as do Saame and winter sports themes.
National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center - The ultimate source for snow information
Now I’ll sing my song
To make the snow come down
And I’ll do my snow dance
Whoops! I almost lost my pants
I’ll holler and yell,
And really give it---

It’s Heikki’s snow dance song,
Heikki’s snow dance song
NWS/Storm Prediction Center - Watch, Warning, Advisory Display
some maps, some text products; the most visible one is the national advisory map.
Company Closes; Customers Without Product - Detroit Local News Story - WDIV Detroit
SALINE, Mich. -- A local granite company went out of business but did not tell its customers who had already paid thousands of dollars to get their kitchen remodeled, police said.

Doors at the Rock Tops Granite Company’s showroom in Saline were locked Friday. Customers told Local 4 they had no idea it was coming.
The Quaker Economist #162 — Jack Powelson
It seems strange to be writing one's own obituary, but that's the way life and death go. When I was in college I chauffeured an elderly retired judge who wrote his own obituary for the newspaper. The least I can do is write mine for The Quaker Economist, the journal I founded eight years ago.
FeedMagick2 is a toolkit for filtering, sorting, blending, converting, munging, and tweaking syndication feeds in RSS and Atom as well as XHTML content and other XML formats. It provides relatively simple modules that can be strung together in pipelines to process feeds on the web or command line.
ViaPost: save money on post by sending physical post direct from your computer
Send physical post direct from your computer to any UK address
programming: like pulling teeth (tecznotes)
Henry Ford's "faster horse" line comes to mind, as does perpetual beta wunderkind Flickr: starting with something that works enough to elicit use and reaction trumps big, up-front design when your changes are low cost. There are contexts where change is high-cost: skyscrapers, movies, mass-produced objects. Software, especially the astounding percentage of the world's software that's written by companies for their own internal use, is not one of them.
Jenni Russell: Shorn of the rituals of old, death maroons us in grief | Comment is free | The Guardian
When it happened I realised that I, like many of us, had neither the public ritual nor the private knowledge to tell me how to get through this. I needed to talk to those who had already lived through it, and who could tell me what had helped them. I wanted to talk about my father with those who had cared about him. Lastly, and almost most importantly, I wanted the close friends of mine who had never met my parents to know what had happened. And I wasn't sure how far it was reasonable to ask for any of this from anyone.
Derek Powazek - Making The Bloody Thing Up
In 1992, the features editor of Autocar magazine decided to play a little joke. He rewrote the ledes of the stories in the year-end “Road Test Yearbook” so that the dropcaps spelled out a message for attentive readers, spread across many pages.
DLIST - OPACs, Open Source and Patron Perceptions: a look at what happens (and what can happen) when open source software is a library's public face
More libraries are moving toward using open source software (OSS) as their public faces. Meeting public expectations for ease of use and Web 2.0 features in these interfaces is one of the reasons libraries are making this change. Community plays a vital role in supporting OSS, and as more libraries use OSS the community of user-librarians is strengthened. Involving the public more actively and directly in this community would further strengthen it, and would support the values of OSS and of libraries.
Dan Cohen’s Digital Humanities Blog » Blog Archive » Virtual Museum of the Gulag Seized
Depressing and not getting enough notice: masked police recently raided the office of the Russian human rights group Memorial, which has been digitally cataloguing the artifacts and names of those affected by the Soviet Gulag. The police took drives containing biographical information on more than 50,000 victims of Stalinist repression and over 10,000 digital photographs, among other unique archival documents. We worked with Memorial on our Gulag history project. (Thanks to Elena Razlogova for bringing this to my attention.)
scraplab : when i was younger...
When I was younger, every now and again, my grandmother would cut out an interesting article from a newspaper or magazine, and post it to me. Usually they were about a great feat of British engineering, what with me being a boy and engineering being a good, wholesome, boy activity.
FactoryCity: in 2009, I want to defeat the password anti-pattern once and for all!
and replace it with some other anti-pattern
ASCII by Jason Scott / Eviction, or the Coming Datapocalypse
Mobiles in Malawi
using sms in malawi to improve compliance for healthcare and to decrease cost of information gathering travel
we dont do retro » Blog Archive » “Consumers consume; designers design. End of story.”
In 2006, Fast Company published a debate article entitled Can Anyone be a Designer? Andrew Keen and Joe Duffy argued the pros and cons and in the end neither one managed to convince the other (the title of this piece was one of Keen’s closing arguments), but the article raised some interesting questions which services such as those offered by FluidForms are increasingly bringing to the attention of professional designers. Questions not only about who has the right to call themselves a ‘designer’, but also about how design itself is defined.
The Best Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Scientific Lab Test vs. Incandescent - Popular Mechanics
I’m a degreed electrical engineer who has designed a lot of power related hardware so naturally I was interested in CFLs. I’ve installed various brands with some being pure crap (Ikea) to some lasting a very long time. I decided to take apart the first few that failed and see what the problem was. I don’t recommend people doing this because of the mercury inside the bulbs. One bulb actually burned the circuit board inside. What I found was poorly designed electronics being the main cause of failure. When designing for the high volumes, an engineer is going to be pressured to squeeze every penny out of the design and that means riding the edge of failure. There is no reason that a CFL can’t last for a very long time but you are probably going to have to pay a little extra for a good product. At this time, I know of no standards regarding these types of bulbs. Until we get some standards and methods of certifying these standards, we’re going to be seeing a lot a variance in quality.
Michigan Poetry
ideasonideas - Eric Karjaluoto discusses design, brands and experience » Blog Archive » Why your web startup will fail
The problem with ideas isn’t having them. Shit–I have plenty of ideas. The challenge is to be able to determine which ones are worth acting upon
Light Bulbs Burn Out Quickly
The problem with the premature failure of the light bulbs has nothing to do with the wattage or the wiring. My first guess is that it can be traced to the person who has installed the light bulbs or previous owners of your home. I think they are twisting them into the socket too tightly.

The flickering of light bulbs in lamps and fixtures can also be caused by bulbs that have been installed too tightly into light fixtures.
Tenn. Sludge Spill Challenges 'Clean Coal' Future : Discovery News
Dec. 25, 2008 -- When an earthen wall holding back 525 million gallons of ash slurry gave way at the coal-fired Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee in the wee hours of Monday morning, the resultant flood ruined a picturesque rural landscape, inundated more than a dozen houses, and blanketed as much as 400 acres of land with potentially toxic muck.
The Hartman Group, Inc. : HartBeat
From the boardroom to the concert stage to a deserted island, and everywhere in between, people are caught up in the wave of reality television. Like it or not, watch it or not, "reality" is in; people can't seem to get enough of it. For all practical purposes, however, "the real" is really the unreal; reality TV is anything but real - it is mere entertainment, albeit, of a cultural kind. Reality TV is a villain who has distorted the essence of what is real beyond recognition.
High Impact Photography - WHAT'S YOUR PAPARAZZI 4 HIRE ?
Your Paparazzi for Hire is a new Boston based fun-filled, bright lights experience that makes you feel like a superstar for any party, event or special occasion! Your Paparazzi for Hire is a "reality marketer" that makes the act of being pursued for photographs more meaningful and fun than the actual photos that are produced. Our photographers and reporters become your very own powerful status symbol.
David Grazian: On the Make
Public relations consultants, event planners, and a new breed of urban hustler—the so-called “reality marketer” who gets paid to party—all walk a fine line between spinning hype and outright duplicity
BBC - History - Timelines - British Timeline
Royalty Free Photos - Big Stock Photo
High Resolution Stock Photography: Download Free Stock Photos and Royalty Free Images
White Rose Research Online
We have developed an Eprints ArXiv import plugin based on the PubMedID and PubMedXML plugins. This plugin imports the following metadata from ArXiv: item type, article title, abstract, authors’ names, journal title, volume, issue, page number(s), date and DOI. Furthermore it also extracts links to the full text PDF and the ArXiv abstract page (entered in the Official links field). The data is pulled from ArXiv using the ArXiv API. help - The arXiv API
The goal of the API is to allow application developers access to arXiv data, search and linking facilities with an easy-to-use programmatic interface. This service is available for beta testing and the specifications may change without notice.
YouTube - Shouting in the Datacenter
acoustic interference with drive performance
Unusual disk latency : Brendan Gregg
Acoustical interference with drive performance. Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer: Peter Turchi: Books
It's not uncommon to compare the writing of a story to the mapping of a world, but no one has so fully, or so seductively and rewardingly, performed as extended a meditation on this illuminating metaphor as Turchi. A fiction writer, anthologist, and the director of the MFA writing program at Warren Wilson College, Turchi parses with equal insight, knowledge, and elan the making of maps and the writing of fiction. Both involve purposeful omission; both require compression; both are subjective in their perspective, orientation, and emphasis; and both create illusions. Turchi's lively, idiosyncratic, and marvelously well-illustrated history of mapmaking (many cartographic quests are as quixotic as any in literature) is matched by reverie-inducing selections from Melville, Stevenson, Nabokov, Calvino, and Carver, as well as priceless musings on the Marx Brothers and the Road Runner. Ultimately, Turchi contrasts realistic and postrealistic approaches to storytelling How To Use Twitter To Land An Interview With David Frost
1. Fly to a posh hotel. 2. Twitter that you are at a posh hotel, and ask if anyone is nearby.
The Ann Arbor Chronicle " Column: Change, You Can't Bank On It
bank architecture (and hidden messages in the bricks)
Android netbooks on their way, likely by 2010 » VentureBeat
technology trend: "netbooks" turn into enormous mobile phones. see more at tag netbook+android

The image above shows a netbook Asus EEEPC 1000H running on Google’s mobile operating system Android. Huh? You thought Android was for mobile phones, right? Well, as we’ve written before, Google is planning to use Android for any device — not just the mobile phones.
Community leaders spearhead Ann Arbor Region Success Strategy -
Rick Snyder is tired of action plans and grassroots committees that don't accomplish anything.
Program for the Future Conference — Program for the Future
The 1968 DemoEngelbart dreamed of technology and tools that increased our Collective Intelligence and gave us a stunning example of how it works. Now it's up to us to take up the challenge. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Engelbart's astounding demo, the Program for the Future is bringing together some of the best minds in science, media, business and education -- and we hope you will be among them -- to explore the question: what's next?
Dave French’s U-Brew « PPNA Happenings
If you haven’t noticed the U-Brew store on Washtenaw Avenue has a big ‘FOR RENT’ sign in the window and the store is all but packed up. Today I stopped in to see Dave and asked him what was going on. The bad news is that the store is closing but for a good reason. Dave told me he plans on going into full scale production of ‘Frog Island’ beer and he needed a place with a loading dock as well as time to promote the beer. Dave found a place in Scio Twp. that fit his needs so he’ll be moving away from Ypsilanti and will no longer serve as a U-brew store. If you need beer making supplies I believe Mike still sells them at the old farm bureau on Forest avenue and Dave is closing out some of the items at his store (good time to pick up a car boy or Mead. For folks, like me, who enjoy stopping in and talking with dave and picking up the occasional supply the closing of the store is a sad piece of news
Managing internet growth - at
the internet is growing by one zomgabyte a year, will we keep up?
Now That I See It - Book In Progress by Dan Klyn | Wildly Appropriate
DJ Earworm - Music Mashups » United State of Pop 2008
This year in the charts, we’ve gone all soft. The songs are sexy and defiant, less macho than in previous years. Accordingly, I’ve selected Coldplay as the instrumental track, giving the whole year a sort of symphonic feel. This edit is called “Viva La Pop”, and I hope to post more edits soon.
Dialogue with Les Harrison: Books and Digital Object " Fill His Head First with a Thousand Questions
on the variety of editions of a given work and the impact on scholarship
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert | Excerpt
Edge: THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS: A Talk with Daniel Gilbert
Stumbling on Happiness: Daniel Gilbert | Blog
Are You Happy? - The New York Review of Books
Gilbert Lab Homepage Dan Gilbert Harvard
Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy? | Video on
TED | Talks | Dan Gilbert: Why are we happy? Why aren't we happy? (video)
vernors ginger ale syrup
" I like Vernor's cuz it tastes like it's already got the bourbon in it. "
Crackpot Scandal In Mathematics
The academic publication system arguably pioneered many of the SEO techniques - self-linking, linking to your mates, mutual cross-linking networks, adding lots of outgoing high-value links to your material to improve index rankings, and so on.

If you're a new researcher in an obscure field, one of the best ways to advance is to assemble a group of researchers interested in similar topics, hold a conference so everyone can get to know each other, publish the conference proceedings, and then you all publish like crazy citing each other's papers - this then bootstraps the whole group's rankings.

Another thing you see happening is that journals are wary of single-author papers, so it's kinda accepted that if you write a paper all by yourself, you invite a few mates to be co-authors, to make the thing look more legitimate and to improve its statistical ranking
the limerick « The Snowclones Database
There once was an X from place B,
That satisfied predicate P,
He or she did thing A,
In an adjective way,
Resulting in circumstance C.
HotStuff 2.0 » About
“HotStuff 2.0″ is an automatically updated blog developed by Dave Pattern (Library Systems Manager, University of Huddersfield, UK).

RSS feeds from nearly a thousand library related blogs are collated on a daily basis and analysed in an attempt to discover new and/or interesting topics.

A daily blog post is generated using a single word that has seen a marked increase in usage over the last few days. A “Word Wheel” image shows the strength of the links between that word and other words that have also recently seen an increase in usage.
WAIS-discussion digest #37: More on Public Libraries - alt.wais | Google Groups
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 92 16:35:20 -0800
From: Steve Cisler <>
Subject: Re: Electronic Publishing and Public Libraries

My background is in public libraries, though I work in a corporate
library and my job, like Brewster Kahle's, is to promote the use of our
technology in all sorts of libraries (and similar institutions). This is a
reply to his posting about Reading Rooms in public libraries.

About five years ago a consultant named Keith Henson called me up
with the idea he called "Gutenberg Express" and he wanted to know
what libraries could afford to participate in an on-demand printing
operation where the information was shipped weekly on digital platters
the size of laserdiscs in order to build an archive of electronic works for
library users to access. There would have been printing and binding
machines (similar to ones used for phone directories). This project did
not achieve lift-off.
The Future of Libraries as Places | The Institute For The Future
So libraries are more popular than ever. Another unanticipated outcome of the end of cyberspace. But what's most interesting is just how different the activities of these 21st century undergrads are from what I used to do in libraries during the 1990s. Whereas most of my peers looked to libraries as a place of solace and quiet focus, for these students they are intensely collaborative spaces.

The powers-that-be seem to be responding to this on some level. A few years ago, NYU invested a significant amount of money in revamping the two lower sub-surface levels of the library. These spaces are buzzing around the clock, bringing together the three catalysts of creative, collaborative knowledge work - snacks and coffee, computers and networks, and deeply motivated men and women.
Free Decimal Correspondence « Everybody’s Libraries
numbering system largely congruent with ddc, but not using the same words and not in any kind of depth.
[0812.5087] Estimating Time-Varying Networks
(note: most sociology analysis uses static networks, and fails miserably on nets that change over time as all do. here's some plausible start)

Abstract: Stochastic networks are a plausible representation of the relational information among entities in dynamic systems such as living cells or social communities. While there is a rich literature in estimating a static or temporally invariant network from observation data, little has been done towards estimating time-varying networks from time series of entity attributes. In this paper, we present two new machine learning methods for estimating time-varying networks, which both build on a temporally smoothed $l_1$-regularized logistic regression formalism that can be cast as standard convex-optimization problem and solved efficiently using generic solvers scalable to large networks. We report promising results on recovering simulated time-varying networks.
Speak Up › Dr. Copperplate and Mr. Gothic
Designed by Frederic Goudy in either 1901 or 1905, depending on which source you choose, Copperplate Gothic occupies a strange niche in the typographic world: It’s wide, it has no proper lowercase (only small caps) and, despite its Gothic (= sans) classification, it features the smallest, peskiest serifs known to humankind. Characteristics that on their own, and in other typefaces, render pleasant forms become an odd Frankenstein in Copperplate Gothic. And when you break down the character set to its individual forms it’s like picking ripe from rotten cherries — some are delicious, others are rather offensive.
Latest Patents
simple, straightforward dump of new patents day by day by company, not all companies there but lots of tech companies represented
Index of /ics/data/arch/social/network/twitter_friends
" There's a crapload of data in these larget Twitter datasets extracted by "
Twitter Technology Blog: We Got Data
Twitter API Wiki / FrontPage
Twitter API Wiki / REST API Documentation
Build Your Own Social Home!
TwitterBot & Twitter API Implementation ‎(CodeWolf's Tech Ramblings‎) RSS feeds of new patents, by keyword
a feed of new patents
Talk Of The Nation's Tribute To Lives Lost In 2008 : NPR
Talk of the Nation, December 31, 2008 · Talk of the Nation reached out to friends and colleagues at NPR to ask them to remind us of some of the remarkable people who died in 2008. Here are their responses:
Wikipedia’s Best Kept Secret | בלוג לשיווק באינטרנט, ייעוץ שיווקי וחיים באינטרנט
WordPress has an API for remote editing, via the XML-RPC protocol. But did you know that MedidWiki (the wiki platform used by Wikipedia) has an API as well?! — However it remains sadly unexploited at the moment.
MediaWiki API
Is there a Google Analytics API? - Google Analytics Help Center
Hacking SCADA: Industrial Network Security From the Mind of the Attacker
Hacking SCADA takes an evolutionary leap into Industrial Network Security by examining SCADA systems and networks from a hacker's point of view in an effort to help fix the root of the problem, and not just "treat the symptoms." It takes an in depth look at the vulnerabilities and solutions in a way that other standards and best practices guidelines fall short.
National Grid - Outages by County
outages by county, niagara mohawk
Databasing trusted feeds with « Jon Udell
jon udell uses delicious as a trusted database
Outage Data - Ameren - Missouri - Trends
Similar to the Illinois data for Ameren, power outage and recovery times county by county
Outage Data - Ameren - Illinois - Trends
8 days of power outage data, so that you can see how fast they recover from storms. (nice level of detail)
Ameren - Outage Information
storm center
ScienceDirect - Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics : Electric utility distribution analysis for extreme winds
The objectives of this paper are to evaluate the performance of an urban power delivery system during four winter storms and to compare the results with those provided in the literature for other systems subjected to extreme wind events such as hurricanes (Davidson et al., 2003. Electric power distribution system performance in Carolina hurricanes. Nat. Hazards Rev. February, pp. 36–45) and the French 1999 winter storms (Le Du, M., Rassineux, B., Cochet, P., 2002. The French Power Network Facing the 1999 Storms. Power Systems and Communication Infrastructures for the Future: Proceedings of the CRIS Conference, Beijing, September). A combined statistical–geographic information systems approach is used. Suggestions regarding the development of improved design criteria are provided.
United States Patent: 6006159: nextbus
A system for notifying passengers waiting for public transit vehicles of the status of the vehicles, including the arrival times of vehicles at stops. The system includes global position determining devices located in the vehicles for determining the location of the vehicles along their routes. A central processor or computer is coupled to the global position determining devices for receiving the locations of vehicles therefrom. The processor is programmed to compute and update from the present location of the transit system vehicles and electronically stored information a transit data table which includes status information for all the vehicles in the system, including the location of scheduled stops, connections to other transit vehicles at the stops, and the arrival times of vehicles at their stops. The vehicle status and other information, including news and advertisements are then made available for public access
United States Patent: 6374176: nextbus
A system for notifying passengers waiting for public transit vehicles of the status of the vehicles, including the arrival times of vehicles at stops. The system includes global position determining devices located in the vehicles for determining the location of the vehicles along their routes. A central processor or computer is coupled to the global position determining devices for receiving the locations of vehicles therefrom. The processor is programmed to compute and update from the present location of the transit system vehicles and electronically stored information a transit data table which includes status information for all the vehicles in the system, including the location of scheduled stops, connections to other transit vehicles at the stops, and the arrival times of vehicles at their stops. The vehicle status and other information, including news and advertisements are then made available for public access
About NextBus Predictions
NextBus uses Global Position Satellite (GPS) technology and advanced computer modeling to track buses and streetcars on their routes. Taking into account the actual position of the transit vehicles, their intended stops, and the typical traffic patterns, NextBus estimates the bus arrivals with a high degree of accuracy. This estimate is updated constantly as the vehicles are tracked. The NextBus system is covered by U.S. Patents 6,006,159 and 6,374,176. The system is also produced under license from ArrivalStar, Inc. U.S. Patents 5,623,260; 6,411,891; 6,317,060; 6,415,207; 6,313,760 and 6,278,936.
Google Patents -SEO by the Sea
I’ve located all of the granted Google patents that I could find that were either listed in the assignment database at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or noted in their granted patents database as assigned to Google. I haven’t included Google’s pending patent applications.
adaptive path » blog » Alexa Andrzejewski » Create Your Own Magnetic Prototype
Enter magnetic prototyping. I ran as fast as I could to the nearest OfficeMax to pick up a pack of Inkjet Magnet Sheets ($12) and a portable magnetic whiteboard ($20). Returning to Creative Suite, instead of trying to lay out screen designs, I simply took all of my data elements and UI widgets and replicated them dozens of times to make sheets of customized UI stickers. I cut out the bits and pieces, and in minutes, I had a working model of my UI idea, complete with movable parts — no ActionScript needed!
Google Organizing the World’s Transit Information (Using Your Phone) -SEO by the Sea
In the Google Labs, Google Transit provides some information about public transportation, with the most extensive coverage of tranportation information available in Japan, covering all regional and national rail networks, domestic airlines and ferries. But the system described in this patent document goes far beyond making published schedules, routes, and stopping points available to people traveling.
Google LatLong: Map making in new worlds
We are pleased to announce the launch of Google Map Maker,, for 43 new countries and territories, including Argentina, Costa Rica, and Fiji. Map Maker now allows people to create complete maps for 164 countries across the world. As we expand the launch of Map Maker to more countries, we never forget that for any user it's all about the world they live in. Map Maker is all about making your local data rich, complete and vibrant. Just take a look at how our users transformed the map of Islamabad, Pakistan in this time lapse video.
Review: Ditching car OK with Net transit planners - BusinessWeek
Now, I can let the computer figure it all out for me. Services from Google Inc., individual transit agencies and other sites now cover many cities with decent transit systems. The sites work much like the online maps for driving directions: Plug in where you are and where want to go, and the computer spits back transit options.

The services are far more comprehensive today than they were just a few years ago.

With them, I devised a way from Seattle's Space Needle to a friend's house all by myself. I avoided driving my entire time in Los Angeles, that capital of motoring. I even found out a quicker route to the airport in my own city.
YouTube - The Future of Information Retrieval Part 1
Interviews with prominent experts in the field of information retrieval, internet search and text mining.
Interviewer: Peter Kawinek FOIA decision delayed Two Different Faces of the Left - Michigan Liberal Supports our FOIA, Communications Guru Hates
Freedom of Information Act Compliance
The Michigan Freedom of Information Act gives the public the right to request to inspect and receive copies of public records, and to subscribe to regular issuances of public records.

Other statutes also require governmental units to make public records available for inspection and copying, including the Michigan Penal Code (MCL 750.492) and the General Property Tax Act (MCL 211.10a, regarding assessing records).
How Michigan FOIA law works | | The Detroit News
The Michigan Freedom of Information Act:

• Provides for disclosure of public records held by state and local governments, school boards, universities and other public bodies.

• Records covered can include not just paper documents but e-mails, photos, maps, and audio recordings, among other records.

• A public body has five days to respond to a request for records, though they frequently request and receive a 10-day extension.
Michigan Freedom of Information Committee
advice on foia requests for michigan residents
on the impact of winter storms on electrical reliability
True Change: How Outsiders on the Inside Get Things Done in Organizations | sacha chua :: enterprise 2.0 consultant, storyteller, geek
True Change: How Outsiders on the Inside Get Things Done in Organizations

Janice A. Klein, 1st ed, ISBN 0-7879-7473-0

… changes in organizational strategies usually create micro challenges at the working level. These become opportunities for outsider-insiders throughout the organization to identify gaps between current work practices and changes needed to address the new strategic objectives. … Here is an opportunity for outsider-insiders within each functional group to identify gaps and introduce new ways of working collaboratively to achieve the company's strategic objectives. (p53)
Postful Adds Postcards « Postfully Yours
postcard sending api
Mail: Send Snail Mail via Email with Postful
Address and send traditional snail mail via email on the cheap with web site Postful. In contrast to a similar service called eSnailer, which sends snail mail for free but requires you to sign up for a "special offer," Postful asks for a relatively low fee of $.99 for the first page and $.25 for each additional page. Whether it's to keep in contact with a Luddite lacking an email address or you just really hate buying stamps and finding a mailbox, Postful is a potentially worthwhile tool. You can even set up unique Postful email addresses for frequent contacts so that, for example, you can include your email-less grandparents in an email you're sending.
University Press of Florida: Glazed America
"Mullins does a fine job of examining the doughnut not as a singular thing or symbol, but as a complex object that elicits many subtly different--sometimes contradictory--ideas about us. He grapples with the complicated social history of this particular food item not by merely examining its physical history, but by tracing the rich and complicated connections between doughnuts and people across time, space, ethnic identity, and national boundaries."--Jamie C. Brandon, coeditor of Household Chores and Household Choices
Designing The Holy Search Box: Examples And Best Practices | Design Showcase | Smashing Magazine
On content-heavy websites, the search box is often the most frequently used design element. From a usability point of view, irritated users use the search function as a last option when looking for specific information on a website. If a website’s content is not organized properly, an efficient search engine is not only helpful but crucial, even for basic website navigation. In fact, search is the user’s lifeline to mastering complex websites. The best designs offer a simple search box on the home page and play down advanced search and scoping.
oakland crime maps XI: how close, and how bad? (tecznotes)
Did you know that Oakland Crimespotting is still kicking hard, with hundreds of alert subscribers and a smooth, regular flow of timely data from the Oakland Police Department? The project has essentially been on auto-pilot since we re-launched it back in March, but holiday side projects have been a favorite activity of mine for years, so this time I'm thinking about the relatively short time horizon Crimespotting offers.
Think Differently!!: Book Review: Malcolm Gladwell on Success
The same criticisms can be made in relation to Gladwell's book Outliers. Gladwell seeks to persuade through stories based on carefully selected anecdotes or research reports. He shows us what he wants to, in a way designed to entertain and engage us and to garner assent. He does not immerse us in the details of the case studies or the discussions in the social science literature to an extent that would enable us to form our own objective judgements. We are shown what Gladwell wants us to see, in the way he wants us to see it. Gladwell's work is classical persuasive rhetoric, not a well developed argument in social science.
The Sound of Young America: Doughnuts, Explained: Dr. Paul Mullins, author of "Glazed America: A History of the Doughnut" interviewed on The Sound of Young America
Paul Mullins is chair of the department of anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. His book, "Glazed America: A History of the Doughnut," explores the symbolism and history of America's favorite deep-fried dough circle. - Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic 2009: Red Wings and Blackhawks ready to play - 12/31/2008
The puck is set to drop in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field just after 1 p.m. ET as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings in the first-ever NHL game at a baseball venue.
RubyForge: Postful Web-to-Mail API Client: Project Info
ruby client for postful
The Real Paul Jones » Steve Cisler - first Internet librarian
Steve Cisler: Librarian knew a lot about a lot - San Jose Mercury News
Steve Cisler " CommunityNetworking2008's Weblog
Letter from San Francisco: The Internet Bookmobile
Paul's Web Space 2.0 - Politics, Culture, Technology: Steve Cisler RIP
Now With Baby: Cool Username
Have you ever sat down and actively tried to think of a cool username? As some of you know, I use the name liberty4all on twitter. It's great and all, but I use it in other places too and I run into two problems. The first problem is that someone else also uses liberty4all as a username. This means that I sometimes I have to think of another username, which increases my chances of forgetting it and never logging in again by about 80%. The other problem is that people refer to me by my username. This drives me nuts for this particular name. I don't know why.
Ann Arbor City Services A-Z
list of city departments with phone numbers; could be very usefully annotated to link to the respective department web pages
Slashdot | Home Generators (or How DTE Energy Ruined My Holidays)
We are among the thousands without power in the northeast. Day four actually, and we've decided to look into generators so that next year's New Year's doesn't involve fears of frozen pipes bursting and hypothermic babies and cats. At the very least we just need enough juice to run the furnace blower, but if we're going to lay down the cash I'd like to know what it would take to get a little more power ... like enough to run a fridge, router, laptop and lightbulb. I know nothing about this sort of thing, but figure there are more than a few experts out there so I call out to the wisdom of the mob. What am I looking for? How difficult is the wiring? What will it cost me? On the extreme edge, what would it take to get off the grid entirely? (And on a side note, thanks to DTE Energy for telling us we had power when we didn't, for losing the ticket for our neighborhood, for telling us it would be back every single day when it wasn't,
Science for SEO: "A few Chirps about twitter"
"A few Chirps about twitter" gives valuable insight into how we use the application and why we use it.

It is a paper written by Balachander krishnamurthy (AT&T Labs), Phillipa Gill (Uni Calgary) and Martin Arlitt (HP Labs - Uni Calgary)

"Our goal is to characterize a novel communication network in depth, its user base and geographical spread, and compare results of different crawling techniques in the presence of constraints from a generic measurement point of view".
United States Patent: 7469827 - Google Transit
1. A method of providing transportation-related information, comprising: receiving location information indicative of a group of passenger-carried wireless telephone devices on board a mass transit vehicle selected from a group consisting of a bus, a train, and an airplane; generating mass transit vehicle schedule information based at least in part on the location information indicative of the passenger-carried wireless telephone devices on board the mass transit vehicle; and transmitting data relating to the mass transit vehicle schedule information to a remote device in response to a user request.
MD5 considered harmful today
paper detailing collision attack on md5 + sequence number attack on ssl certs = complete man in the middle attack on https
Conference Recordings - 25C3 Public Wiki
recordings from 25c3 conference in germany
The Santa Barbara Independent The Chaparral Is Not Our Enemy
Chaparral Is a Unique Ecosystem: Much of Southern California is home to a unique environment characterized by cool wet winters and warm dry summers. This Mediterranean climate occurs in only five regions in the world and in all cases supports brushy vegetation such as the chaparral found in much of Santa Barbara County. The species are unique. Of the 1,500 native plant species in Santa Barbara County, over half exist only in California; as many as 150 are found only in the Santa Barbara region. Santa Barbara’s chaparral is also home to many endangered species. At least 50 of the 109 endangered plant species in Santa Barbara County occur in chaparral, including some found only in the foothills above Santa Barbara.
AATA Mobile Ride Guide
great idea, when it works
25C3: speakers
speakers from 25c3; video to come as it gets postprocessed
bug in driver for zune 30s causes them all to fail on the last day of a leap year; $MSFT promises a fix by 2012

Seizing The Media
Public production libraries will be built in sisterhood with the public libraries that now exist. Within each production library will be the facilities to produce print, audio, visual, and database material. "Librarians" will serve as technicians, maintainance, and repair people. Production libraries will give people a larynx through which to speak. The media seized, corporations silenced, and the State under relentless scrutiny, we will reconect and celebrate who we are.
Michigan Messenger » Power outages leave people cold and on their own
“We don’t have any reports of any needs out there at this time,“ said Gail Novak, chief of Oakland County Response and Emergency Preparedness.

According to DTE, 28,000 households in Oakland County are without power.

“I think the power outages are sort of sporadic,“ Novak said, “I know its going to get warmer today… I haven’t gotten calls from Edison [DTE].”

“If we have a need for shelters communities will set them up,” she said, adding that she is unaware of whether any communities have taken this step.

“In the meantime,” she said, “if you want to stay warm you can go to the malls.”
Michigan Messenger » As Wayne County freezes, emergency officials pass the buck
As thousands struggled to cope with freezing temperatures during widespread power outages this week, emergency management personnel and equipment — including generators — remained idle in Wayne County as vacationing officials passed the buck on responding to the weather emergency.

“I’m sure there are plans [for dealing with winter power outages],” said the lone employee in the Wayne County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management on Monday, “but I haven’t been here that long, and I really do not know what they are.”
Indirect reciprocity provides only a narrow margin of efficiency for costly punishment : Abstract : Nature
We find that punishment strategies typically reduce the average payoff of the population. Consequently, there is only a small parameter region where costly punishment leads to an efficient equilibrium. In most cases the population does better by not using costly punishment. The efficient strategy for indirect reciprocity is to withhold help for defectors rather than punishing them.
Nabble - WikiMedia API - PyMW-API - Python interface to MediaWiki API?
Google Research Publication: MapReduce
Metro Times - Motor City Rides
In five years, this guy Al McWilliams has built up Quack! Media into one swingin' media empire. By doing everything from making demented Super Deluxe videos, distributing Found Magazine and releasing records by area powerhouses Tally Hall, the Hard Lessons, Great Lakes Myth Society and the whole Suburban Sprawl roster, the dude has already left an indelible footprint on Michigan's creative scene.
Obama Brings "Game" To Golf - Political Hotsheet
The president-elect played 18 holes Sunday with a few local friends and a staffer, Eugene Kang. Kang, a University of Michigan alum, has been playing golf since the age of ten and undoubtedly helped the president-elect’s score. Around the 9th hole, Mr. Obama bumped into his traveling press corps hanging out by the snack bar.
ANR | Vegetarians and Straight Edgers, 1906
H. Martin, "Just a Few of the Regular Diners at a Broadway Physical Culture Restaurant."
Illustration for "Eating Walnut Croquettes and Broiled Peanuts with the 'Straight Edgers' and
Indulging in Date Butter and Nut Sandwiches at a Vegetarian Restaurant,"
New York World, Sunday, June 10, 1906
The Associated Press: Obama's online backers key to pushing his agenda
Obama's unmatched database gives his incoming administration a clear advantage over its Republican rivals, who have seen decades of datamining overcome in the matter of months. GOP leaders, though, insist they are not deterred.

"I'm impressed with what Obama did, but did they do anything innovative? No," said Cyrus Krohn, the Republican National Committee's online director. "They did things creatively."
YouTube - Naschie2000's Channel
The Case of M. S. El Naschie | The n-Category Café
El Naschie is editor in chief of the journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals. This journal is published by Elsevier, one of the biggest players in the science publishing business.

But here’s where things get interesting: this journal also lists 322 papers with El Naschie as an author!
Earthen Jar (Ann Arbor, MI) - Menu
earthen jar menu, with names and descriptions of dishes; if you want to make something at home this would be a good place to start. tnx @jhritz
Play Diplomacy online ::: web version of the classic Diplomacy game
"yooper christmas" game
How to Present Like Steve Jobs | BNET
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs
Text of Steve Jobs' Commencement address (2005)
BibliOdyssey: Monograph of Spiders
Hahn's most significant publication was the dual-titled 'Monographie der Spinnen / Monographia Aranearum' (Monograph of Spiders) which was issued in instalments between 1820 and 1836. Of the eight or so (near-) complete copies of this work in the world that have survived, none is apparently a definitive version. The history of the publishing is complicated, involving a change in printers following a quarrel, a small number of subscribers, unauthorised episode issues and, when combined with a sixteen year period of publication, the scarcity of complete works becomes understandable.
As if Things Weren't Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S. -
Prof. Panarin, 50 years old, is not a fringe figure. A former KGB analyst, he is dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry's academy for future diplomats. He is invited to Kremlin receptions, lectures students, publishes books, and appears in the media as an expert on U.S.-Russia relations.

But it's his bleak forecast for the U.S. that is music to the ears of the Kremlin, which in recent years has blamed Washington for everything from instability in the Middle East to the global financial crisis. Mr. Panarin's views also fit neatly with the Kremlin's narrative that Russia is returning to its rightful place on the world stage after the weakness of the 1990s, when many feared that the country would go economically and politically bankrupt and break into separate territories.
What Lurks Behind Cheney’s Passion for Secrets?—By Scott Horton (Harper's Magazine)
As noted here just before Christmas, Murray Waas has published the essence of the FBI’s interview with Dick Cheney concerning the Valerie Plame matter. In light of what we have now learned, it’s worth recalling that the Bush Justice Department repeatedly refused to share these notes with Congressional oversight, and finally responded to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with a claim that the interview notes had been classified, at Dick Cheney’s request, as “secret.” The Justice Department’s letter can be found here.

Apart from the intrinsic value of the Plame interview–in which we get a good sense of why prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald essentially labeled Cheney an un-indicted co-conspirator in both his opening and closing statements at the trial leading to the conviction of Cheney’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby–the whole affair also points to Cheney’s outrageous manipulation of national security classifications
The Man Behind the Torture - The New York Review of Books
Perhaps the most powerful lawyer in the Bush administration is also the most reclusive. David Addington, who was Vice President Dick Cheney's counsel from 2001 to 2005, and since then his chief of staff, does not talk to the press. His voice, however, has been enormously influential behind closed doors, where, with Cheney's backing, he has helped shape the administration's strategy in the war on terror, and in particular its aggressively expansive conception of executive power. Sometimes called "Cheney's Cheney," Addington has twenty years of experience in national security matters—he has been a lawyer for the CIA, the secretary of defense, and two congressional committees concerned with intelligence and foreign affairs. He is a prodigious worker, and by all accounts a brilliant inside political player. Richard Shiffrin, deputy general counsel for intelligence at the Defense Department until 2003, called him "an unopposable force."
An Oral History of the Bush White House: Politics & Power:
Lawrence Wilkerson, top aide and later chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell: Cheney brings this accumulation of power and ability to influence the bureaucracy to a fine art. He surpasses Kissinger even. This is all the more ironic because Cheney was the antithesis of this when he was chief of staff of the White House under Gerald Ford and when he was secretary of defense. He was very deferential. He was not trying to insinuate himself.

But he turns everything on its head and he becomes the power. And he does it through his network. This is a guy who’s an absolute genius at bureaucracy and an absolute genius at not displaying his genius at bureaucracy. He’s always quiet.

So are most of his minions, not all of them. [David] Addington [the vice president’s counsel] is brilliant, and Addington is a strange beast, and Ad ding ton is sort of the Ayman al-Zawahiri for Cheney, the brains trust. [Chief of Staff Lewis] Libby was the doer. Libby was a real bureaucrat’s dream.
Google to Push for More Electrical Efficiency in PC’s - New York Times
“We now have 70 compliant designs from 15 to 20 manufacturers,” said the adviser, Chris Calwell, vice president and director for policy and research at Ecos Consulting. The new designs are just becoming available in commercial products, he said.

Modern PC designs shift the control of voltage to the motherboards, making the multiple voltage requirements of industry standard power supplies unnecessary, wrote Urs Hölzle and William Weihl, the authors of the Google paper, “High-Efficiency Power Supplies for Home Computers and Servers.”

Google executives said Monday that they were not familiar with the existing effort. They said the project was complementary with their plan and that they were trying to start an industry discussion of the issue.
15 Types of Posts to Make a Blog Easier to Write and More Interesting to Read
These also work as 15 types of stories that Cosmo would run; easy to read, easy to write, crank out the word count without thinking too hard about it. - Server makers get Goooogled
Google has designed and procured the boards solely for its own use to date. But now companies such as Rackable Systems Inc. (Fremont, Calif.) and others say they expect to be shipping similar boards soon.

Rackable, a system integrator that built Google's first 10,000 systems, launched a so-called CloudRack in late October, geared for big data centers. Early next year Rackable will ship for the enclosure its first 12V-only motherboards with two servers per board. Boards sporting four and six servers are running in Rackable's lab, said George Reitz, the company's vice president of sales.
Couch, State by State, Mizoguchi and more -- the Barnes & Noble Spotlight for December 29, 2008. - Barnes & Noble
Once upon a time, Donald Barthelme, Jonathan Lethem, and Umberto Eco attended a film festival together. The featured flicks were Kiss Me Deadly, Fitzcarraldo, and Repo Man. Inspired by this odd bill of fare, the trio set out to collaborate on a novel. The result was Benjamin Parzybok’s debut, Couch . Not the way it happened? Well, it’s a genesis story competely in keeping with this gonzo odyssey.
Ex-aides say Bush never recovered from Katrina - Yahoo! News
"He became vice president well before George Bush picked him," Wilkerson said of Cheney. "And he began to manipulate things from that point on, knowing that he was going to be able to convince this guy to pick him, knowing that he was then going to be able to wade into the vacuums that existed around George Bush — personality vacuum, character vacuum, details vacuum, experience vacuum."
Four Reasons to Love CouchDB, Part 1
InternetNews Realtime IT News - Work Ethic 2.0: Attention Control
stop reading this bookmark and GET BACK TO WORK YOU SLACKER. "Columnist David Brooks, commenting in the Dec. 16th New York Times about Malcolm Gladwell's latest book called "Outliers," made a statement as profound as it was accurate: "Control of attention is the ultimate individual power," he wrote. "People who can do that are not prisoners of the stimuli around them."
Viewing Large Images - OpenLayers, GSIV, ModestMaps, DeepZoom, and Python « Itinerant Source
One problem unlike all the other tools mentioned here, which have python based tile cutting implementations, Deep Zoom was utilizing a Windows only based program to process images and cut tiles. I had a couple of hundred gigabytes of images to cut, and not a windows system in sight. But based on this excellent blog write up by Daniel Gasiencia, I constructed a python program using PIL that can be used as a command line tool or library for constructing Deep Zoom Compatible image pyramids. It can be found here, hopefully its useful to others. As a bonus, it runs in a fraction of the memory (1/6 by my measurements) needed by the GSIV image tile cutter and faster as well ( 100 images in 5m vs 1.25hr). Unfortunately the Seadragon Ajax Library is not opensource, but non commercial usage seems to be okay with the license, and i’ll give it over to some lawyers to figure it out.
Technology Review: Parallel Universe
But here's the thing: while the hardware problem of overheating chips lends itself nicely to the hardware solution of multicore computing, that solution gives rise in turn to a tricky software problem. How do you program for multiple processors? It's Anwar Ghuloum's job to figure that out, with the help of programming groups he manages in the United States and China.
Why Orthodox Economics Fails - Monthly Review
Perelman’s Railroading Economics is a radical critique of this type of economics—the one that is practiced today. For some of us who studied economics, and who disagree with the theoretical paradigm behind it, what Perelman says rings true. In economic classes very few professors allow philosophical discussions. Students are trained to construct utility maximizing and equilibrium models without a discussion of the political philosophy and theoretical paradigm behind them. So, students come to accept many of the assumptions that supposedly undergird these models. For example, in economic theory—which has been reduced to microeconomics today—it is assumed that more is better, that individuals are rational (that is, utility maximizing individuals), and that the market is efficient. The students, either because they agree with this philosophy of economic liberalism, or because they are not made aware of it, end up accepting it as an accurate portrayal of social reality.
Generalizability coefficient for Mechanical Turk annotations « Research Remix
In case you aren’t familiar, a generalizability coefficient is a measure of reliability for annotations. A rule of thumb is that a gen coef of 0.7 is good if you are going to use the annotations to evaluate a system, but >0.9 is necessary if you are going to use the annotations to refine the system on a case-by-case basis. Hripsek et al. wrote a nice paper about this. I’ve refined their approach a bit to account for the fact that when using Mech Turk you don’t have a fixed set of annotators across all the questions, based on the excellent tutorial by Michael Brannick here on the Shrout and Fleiss approach.
Ann Arbor's Bello Vino store to close because of economy - Ann Arbor, Michigan Business News - with The Ann Arbor News –
Bello Vino Marketplace, on Ann Arbor's north side, will close later this month. The store said it "tried various strategies to make it through the current economic downturn with little success."

The 5-year-old store, which anchors the Plymouth Road Mall along with Rite Aid, is known for selling locally-grown produce and ready-to-eat foods as well as a wide selection of wine.
sipsコマンドは使えるかも - 印刷屋のdeveloper日記
a variety of examples of using the osx sips command line tool; text in japanese, but you can figure it out
OS X Command-Line Party Tricks - MacResearch
Kirkville - Image Manipulation from the Command Line - Covert ICNS to image file formats using sips
sips (scriptable image processing system)
Interestingly, the man page for sips doesn't tell you about a lot of the syntax it recognizes. Probably most importantly it neglects to mention that "sips -h" and "sips -H" give much more information (and note that -h and -H give different help - you need both). You can flip images, rotate, change width and height, and much, much more.
Mac OS X Manual Page For sips(1)
sips -- scriptable image processing system.
The depths of OS X: SIPS
image conversion utility carefully and cleverly hidden within mac os x
AltSearchEngines " Blog Archive " How to Search for Influencers with Datanetis
From Datanetis’s experience, social network marketing using influencers is comprised of two cycles. The first is the closed friends cycle, from the results it seems as if they almost decide simultaneously to follow the leader. This first wave peaks around 4-5 weeks from the beginning of the campaign. The second wave peaks around 9-10 weeks traversing through the rest of the social sphere. This may indicate that the customers are going through different decision making processes at different locations on the social network graph (influencers affinity). This knowledge offers Datanetis customers ways to fine tune their campaigns over time.
New mining boom may be in store for Upper Michigan - Michigan News, Updates, Photos & Video | Detroit, Lansing -
"There is definitely a potential for resurgence in mining in the U.P., but to what degree I don't know," said Jon Cherry, a project manager for Kennecott Minerals Co., which plans a nickel and copper mine in Marquette County. "The low-hanging fruit, the easily identifiable and developed ore bodies are gone. It's harder and more expensive to develop what remains."
Kuwait Cancels Joint Venture With Dow Chemical - Mergers, Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds -- DealBook - New York Times
Dow Chemical said Sunday that the government in Kuwait had changed its mind and chosen to scrap the $17.4 billion joint venture between Dow and the Kuwaiti state-run Petrochemical Industries Company.

The reversal is a setback for Dow, the chemicals giant based in Midland, Mich. The joint venture, called K-Dow Petrochemicals, was seen as an important way for Dow to reduce its exposure to the ups and downs of the commodities business, as well as to raise cash to defray the cost of Dow’s pending $15 billion acquisition of rival Rohm and Haas.
donut-cam at Randy's Donuts - Axis 2100 Network Camera
!Lil' Orbits Automatic Mini Donut Machine - turning donuts and doughnuts into dollars!
Space Saving
•portable, lightweight donut factory that requires minimal counter space
Easy To Operate
•fully automatic
•only 7 basic components
•variable speed control to pace output to sales demand
The hole story A field guide to Chicago's doughnuts - Chicago Tribune
Watching Google AdWords: The Mysterious Mechanization of Meaning in the Google Brain | Berkman Center
By viewing AdWords as a network of grey surveillance, we can analyze it not as a single source of Big Brother type surveillance, but instead as the hub of a network of surveillance like activities. Each of these activities may or may not amount to surveillance or have a significant, direct impact on the individual subject, but together they have potentially profound impacts on social discourse (and through that discourse on the individual subjects of surveillance). The meanings of Network Neutrality
When I sat down to write this, I had hoped for a simple, straightforward mapping between Ed's taxonomy and mine. Unfortunately, no. All three of Ed's points -- about engineering, economics and free speech -- bear in different degrees on all six of my issues. But there's one big plausible fourth point -- about organizational culture -- that's arguably missing. The telephone companies and cable companies are institutions that see themselves as providers of applications, and much of the NN discussion is about adopting the network architecture to this central cultural perception. Put in pro-neutrality language like Ed's other three, it'd be something like Layered Functionality.
High winds knock out power to 200,000 | | Detroit Free Press
By 2:30 p.m., DTE was reporting 200,000 power outages, including 85,000 in Wayne County and 65,000 in Oakland County — up from a total of 140,000 this morning. Meanwhile, Consumers Energy had 140,000 outages, higher than the 96,000 outages earlier in the day. Most of those customers were in Genesee, Midland, Ottawa and Kalamazoo counties. - The Monroe Evening News, Monroe, MI
newspaper for monroe, mi; often has good coverage of DTE because of the Fermi 2 plant there - The Monroe Evening News, Monroe, MI
LET has served the county since 1980 and operates a variety of services to meet the needs of 400,000 riders annually. In the City of Monroe, LET operates buses on eight fixed routes with 40-minute schedules. Frenchtown and Bedford townships feature door-to-door Dial-A-Ride services.

For more information about fares or routes, call 242-6766 or visit
Niles Michigan - The Niles Star
very thin online newsppaer for niles, mi
"I Was Walkin' Along The Street"
I've gotten totally re-obsessed with Kathy Acker, the East Village writer who died in 1997. It started with this recording of Acker reading a poem [Warning: audio, 2 minutes, 28 seconds, and not really safe for work!] that was released in 1980 on the LP "Sugar, Alcohol & Meat" by Giorno Poetry Systems and recently digitized by UbuWeb. Her New York accent is one that has largely disappeared since; she sounds amazing. Then I found this, which is an incredibly long mp3, the first 3/4s of which is a Michael Brownstein reading. The end, though, is a monologue which then becomes a stageplay by Acker about a woman, her suicide, her grandmother, and her psychiatrist. It is absolutely not safe for work, what with its endless use of a certain word for ladyparts that goes over well in Scotland but not at all (yet!) in the U.S.
Family Man Librarian » Losing librarianship?
Since my job change at the end of September, I’ve noticed that my professional interests and reading habits have shifted quite a bit. In particular I’ve noticed that most of the library blogs to which I’ve subscribed don’t seem as relevant any more. Consequently I’ve unsubscribed from most of them. I wonder, am I losing librarianship? I’m proud to be a librarian, don’t get me wrong. And I’m not exactly thrilled about all aspects of corporate life and the silly pap that I sometimes need to consume as part of that. But I do really like my new, expanded role focusing on search and taxonomy, with the opportunities for learning new things and expanding my horizons. As part of that I’m looking around for other sources of information in the blogosphere and elsewhere that will help me keep well informed and current, and I don’t have as much time for keeping up-to-date with purely library-related things.
2008 Strawberry season field report, SE Michigan
I went strawberry picking with the boys on Father's Day at Rowe's Produce Farm in Rawsonville, about a mile s. of the Rawsonville Road exit between Ypsilanti and Calder Dairy. Mmmm.

Some notes to self for next year.
The End of Brand Advertising - Seeking Alpha
Don’t expect it to last, though. As the brands recognize that they are being bilked – rather, that there is at best a tenuous link between consumption of their goods and consumption of the free content they are sponsoring, they will be less likely to foot the bill. For the beneficiaries of free content, the internet is unraveling this whole ecosystem with unwavering speed.

If you are a media company, or a shareholder in a media company, there is a good reason to worry about what the next ten years hold in store. The enemy is not Google or the internet, but rather increased intelligence and analysis of advertising spend, which will irrevocably change the way advertisers allocate their dollars.
History:  1909 Review of Ann Arbor RR by Michigan Railroad Commission
The property of this Company was inspected July 21 and 22nd [1909] and extends from the State line in Monroe county to Frankfort in Benzie County. The rail in the track from the State line to Owosso is 70 pound steel and in good condition. From Owosso to Frankfort the rail is 60-70 and 85 pound. The 60 pound rail is considerably worn and is being replaced with 70 and 85 pound steel. All of the 60 pound rail will be taken out this season. The tie renewals have been quite extensive. An extra number of ties have been distributed for use this year. On all straight track cedar ties are being used, provided with tie plates and on curves oak ties are generally used.

In many places right of way fences were found to be in an unsatisfactory condition. Numerous complaints have been made to the department of poor fences at different points along the line. These complaints were taken up on the annual inspection and orders issued for the renewal of fences.
Laying of Cornerstone for Ypsilanti Masonic Temple, 1909 | Ann Arbor District Library
ypsilanti's finest in their finest regalia
Why CouchDB Sucks - Die in a Fire - Eric Florenzano's Blog
So does CouchDB suck? No, it's by far my favorite new database technology on the block. What it's good at doing, it's great at doing, but that doesn't mean that it should be used for everything. With the kinds of scaling issues that we're seeing with today's highly-interactive web applications, we need to make use of a broad range of technologies, and use each one for its greatest strengths. That's called using the right tool for the job, and that's never gone out of style.
Full-Text Search in CouchDB Using... CouchDB @ Irrational Exuberance
CloudKit - An Open Web JSON Appliance
Machine Learning (Theory) » Adversarial Academia
The adversarial viewpoint has a validity in proportion to the number of people subscribing to it. For those of us who would like to deemphasize the adversarial viewpoint, what’s unclear is: how?

One concrete thing is: use Arxiv. For a long time, physicists have adopted an Arxiv-first philosophy, which I’ve come to respect. Arxiv functions as a universal timestamp which decreases the power of an adversarial reviewer. Essentially, you avoid giving away the power to muddy the track of invention. I’m expecting to use Arxiv for essentially all my past-but-unpublished and future papers.
BBC NEWS | Europe | Festive goat up in flames again
Skeptic: eSkeptic: Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
I think it would be too easy to say that a skeptical person would and should have avoided investing in a Madoff fund. The big mistake here was in throwing all caution to the wind, as in the stories of many people (some quite elderly) who invested every last dollar with Madoff or one of his feeder funds. Such blind faith in one person, or investment scheme, has something of a religious quality to it, not unlike the continued faith that many of the “Drakers” continued to have in Oscar Hartzell even after the fraudulent nature of his scheme began to become very evident. So the skeptical course of action would have been not to avoid a Madoff investment entirely but to ensure that one maintained a sufficient safety net in the event (however low a probability it might have seemed) that Madoff turned out to be not the Messiah but Satan. As I avoided drinking a full glass of Madoff Kool-aid, maybe I’m not as lacking in wisdom as I thought.
embeddedness and trust as a governance mechanism: the case of bernard madoff "
This key intuition, that economic activity is embedded, has led to a more normative or prescriptive agenda as well — not only is an embedded conception of economic activity more realistic, but it is also argued that embeddedness has significant advantages over market-like relations. Rather than search for partners, or monitor another’s performance, or write up hard-to-specify contracts—one might instead benefit from a more mutualistic and trusting relationship with increased joint effort, information and resource flow. Trust, in essence, forms a governance mechanism.

While the virtues of embeddedness are extolled, it seems that the other side of the argument gets short shrift. (This came to mind as I was reading the Bernie Madoff link that Fabio provided in the previous post.) In the Madoff case it appears that trust indeed was the relied-upon governance mechanism for the investment activity, and from what I have read (the Madoff wikipedia site has lots of details)
first person account of the madoff scam "
Essay : In Distrust of Movements by Wendell Berry « the irresistible fleet of bicycles
My third condition is that this movement should content itself to be poor. We need to find cheap solutions, solutions within the reach of everybody, and the availability of a lot of money prevents the discovery of cheap solutions. The solutions of modern medicine and modern agriculture are all staggeringly expensive, and this is caused in part, and maybe altogether, because of the availability of huge sums of money for medical and agricultural research.

Too much money, moreover, attracts administrators and experts as sugar attracts ants — look at what is happening in our universities. We should not envy rich movements that are organized and led by an alternative bureaucracy living on the problems it is supposed to solve. We want a movement that is a movement because it is advanced by all its members in their daily lives.
§ 91. A short history of telephone numbers
In the USSR there were also ten letters standing beside numerals on a dial: А, Б, В, Г, Д, Е, Ж, И, К, Л. The letter З wasn’t used not to be confused with three.
NPR: Stan Rogers
GIS Data Sets - NOHRSC - The ultimate source for snow information
Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Detroit/Pontiac: Huron River at Ann Arbor
flood predictions and river levels, huron river at ann arbor
V e g a n D a d
When you have kids, supper has to be on the table every night. And when you are a vegan, the drive-thru, the deli counter, and TV dinners/frozen convenience foods are not an option. So, you do the best you can. This blog is a record of what my family eats. It's not always a totally complete meal, not always photogenic, and sometimes it's leftovers. But, it is a realistic look at a vegan family in a northern Ontario city that is not always vegan-friendly.
Michael Joyce
Michael Joyce is no longer maintaining a public web presence. However a public site of student theses and projects continues to be available as does information regarding Ted Nelson's first use of the term "hyper-text" at Vassar in 1965. episode iii, the backstroke of the west
this translation is classic. darth vader is actually shouting, "nooooooooooooo..." (on screen: "do not want")
Linden Lab decommissions over 23,000 islands in 24 hours [updated] - Massively
With the new higher-priced, lower-specification Second Life void simulator packages coming up in the first week of January, we've been expecting a sudden decline in simulator numbers as customers shed their virtual land holdings. From the first of December to midnight on 22 December, we saw a net reduction of only 1,535 which was far from the sorts of numbers we were expecting so late in the month.
Exclusive: Why Reuters Left Second Life, And How Linden Lab Can Fix It
I can add details: For a year and a half, I reported under the byline "Eric Reuters" in Second Life, before settling in at my new home here at SAI.

So what happened? Is Second Life dying? No, but the buzz is gone. For all the sound and fury over recent price hikes and layoffs at Linden Lab, Second Life has a community of fanatically loyal users. Since Linden Lab derives its revenue from user fees, not advertisements, Second Life is much more likely to survive the Web 2.0 shakeout than most other startups.
When the Whole World Mumbles - Well Blog -
Perhaps it’s because my hearing loss is genetic and not age-related, but I am not at all embarrassed about my new bionic ears. Now, whether it’s a close friend, a casual acquaintance or a co-worker, I greet them the same way.

“Look, I have hearing aids!” I exclaim while pulling my hair back to show them.

At first people seem embarrassed by my candor. But once I get them talking, they share their own stories of parents, friends and spouses who remain in denial about their hearing loss.
Houston - Rocks Off - Meet Paul Ford, the 763 mp3 Guy: He Covered the Waterfront like No Other, from Over 1,000 Miles Away
And here’s the thing – Ford never left New York City. Instead, he downloaded the SXSW 2008 Torrent File, which included single mp3s from 763 of the bands that went to Austin. (Just under half the total acts that appeared there.) And then he listened to every single one of them and wrote a six-word review of and assigned a rating to each one.
Phonautograph - GHN
The first sound recordings were captured by the French inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville in 1857. He used a device called the phonautograph to record the sound. The phonautograph consisted of a cone-shaped speaking horn with a flexible covering on the small end. A sharp point was attached to the flexible diaphragm, and it touched the surface of a piece of paper. The paper was covered with a thin layer of black soot, and if it were moved beneath the stylus as someone shouted down the horn, the resulting vibration of the diaphragm would be captured as a squiggly line in the soot on the paper. Scott intended his invention to be used to study sounds, and never considered reproducing the original sound. The phonautograph could record but not play.

Thomas Edison’s phonograph was inspired by this—Leon Scott’s phonautograph. The phonautograph could record music, but not play it.
Finding Aid >James M. Ashley, 1860-1960« Mss-002 Provenance: Received fc™ After <b style="color:black;background-color:#ffff66">James</b> M. Astìefs death, his memoirs were lo
The papers of James M. Ashley (1824-18%), radical Republican congressman and railroad executive from Toledo, consist of memoirs -written in the last year of his life, a few letters written to him by his son, Charles S. and a fragmentary political proposal. Ashley died before he could complete his memoirs and, although they ignore his later business career, they do discuss his youth, ideological development and political campaigns to 1886. Their value is enhanced by the absence of other Ashley papers, due to a fire at his home.
James Ashley - Ohio History Central - A product of the Ohio Historical Society
In 1869, President Ulysses Grant appointed Ashley governor of the Montana Territory. A majority of the people residing in Montana favored the Democratic Party and opposed Ashley's Radical Republican views. He served as governor for fifteen months and returned to Toledo after President Grant removed him from office. Ashley then became involved with railroad construction and helped to establish the Toledo, Ann Arbor & North Michigan Railroad. He ran for the United States House of Representatives in 1890 and 1892, but Ohioans refused to elect him in both elections. He died on September 16, 1896, in Alma, Michigan.
Speak Up › Otl Aicher: An Expanded, Abridged Story
By now some of you are aware of the stress-inducing book we are working on, Graphic Design Referenced. This week I had the pleasure of writing the entry of German designer Otl Aicher. Unfortunately I got carried away and wrote much more than the word count I knew I had to meet. So, since the book will only have a 285-word version I wanted to share the extended one for anyone that might be interested in learning more about this great designer or just getting an abridged version of his story — this post also combines a segment of what we are writing for our entry on Summer Olympic identities. Most of the information here is taken from the wonderful monograph, Otl Aicher, written by Markus Rathgeb. And don't miss the Otl Aicher Flickr Pool.
72 Exhibition
The Exhibition
Otl Aicher
Vitsoe / Bibliotheque
Exhibition Posters
Changes at Google Scholar: A Conversation With Anurag Acharya
In its own quiet way, Google Scholar has become a major force in scholarly communication. For many researchers, faculty, and students, it is the first search tool used, challenging the popularity and utility of veteran databases licensed—often at considerable cost—by academic and corporate libraries. Yet announcements about changes in the constantly evolving service seem to occur rarely and with little ballyhoo. For example, did you know that Google Scholar has launched its own digitization project, separate from the high-profile Google Book Search mass digitization? Or what about the new Key Author feature? Or the expansion into non-English languages and non-U.S./Western European content? A conversation with Anurag Acharya, the designer and missionary behind Google Scholar, helped us catch up on the latest developments.
Google Librarian Central - Article 12/2006 - 3
When I interned at Google last summer after getting my MSI degree, I worked on projects for the Book Search and Google Scholar teams. I didn’t know it at the time, but in completing my research over the course of the summer, I would become the resident expert on how universities were approaching Google Scholar as a research tool and how they were implementing Scholar on their library websites. Now working at an academic library, I seized a recent opportunity to sit down with Anurag Acharya, Google Scholar’s founding engineer, to delve a little deeper into how Scholar features are developed and prioritized, what Scholar’s scope and aims are, and where the product is headed.
Scott Rosenberg’s Wordyard » Blog Archive » Google Blog Search loses its bearings
The Google Blog Search results have generally been the fastest and most useful tool of this kind (Google displaced Technorati, which had long served in this role, some time ago). But a couple of months ago Google Blog Search started becoming pretty much useless. Instead of only reporting links from the “main” blog content, it reported all links on a blog page, including the so-called “sidebar” or blogroll, where many bloggers place a lengthy static list of blogs they read.
110 best books: The perfect library - Telegraph
completely arbitrary to have a list of the best books, of course, but it's a good list nonetheless
ann arbor is overrated. » Blog Archive » Dogwhistles
Observer writer Vivienne Armentrout has announced her candidacy for the 5th Ward, running on a “quality of life” platform. Now, “quality of life,” as it’s used in A2, is what all the hip blogging kids would call a “dogwhistle.” It signals to a certain constituency that you’re willing to speak their language, while appearing innocuous to outsiders. (Paradoxically, local dog park advocates don’t really have any dogwhistles.) The constituency is, of course, the anti-density crowd.
About Vivienne | Vivienne ArmentrouT
Since moving to Ann Arbor with her husband Charlie (a physicist) in 1986, Vivienne has focused on community service and on her work as a free-lance editor, writer, and publisher. Previous to the move to Michigan, Vivienne was a college professor at California State Polytechnic University and holds a Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Pathology. She will bring her experience in public service, together with her love for Ann Arbor as a livable community, to represent you on City Council at a crucial moment in our city’s history.
Jargon 4.2, node: kremvax
kremvax: /krem-vaks/ n. [from the then large number of Usenet VAXen with names of the form foovax] Originally, a fictitious Usenet site at the Kremlin, announced on April 1, 1984 in a posting ostensibly originated there by Soviet leader Konstantin Chernenko. The posting was actually forged by Piet Beertema as an April Fool's joke. Other fictitious sites mentioned in the hoax were moskvax and kgbvax. This was probably the funniest of the many April Fool's forgeries perpetrated on Usenet (which has negligible security against them), because the notion that Usenet might ever penetrate the Iron Curtain seemed so totally absurd at the time.

In fact, it was only six years later that the first genuine site in Moscow,, joined Usenet. Some readers needed convincing that the postings from it weren't just another prank. Vadim Antonov, senior programmer at Demos and the major poster from there up to mid-1991, was quite aware of all this,
University of Michigan moves ahead with parking ramp plans despite concerns from city, residents - Latest from the Ann Arbor News -
Faculty and staff would be the primary users of the parking structure. Ten percent of the spaces would be for visitor parking. A stop for shuttle buses heading to the medical campus, along with a bicycle rack and walking paths, would be built, according to Cunningham and a description of the project in the agenda materials made public for the regents' meeting. Regents will be asked to approve the project and authorize the hiring of a parking consultant and architect.
Sabra Briere - City Council - Contact Me
I have been involved in civic and community activities for over 30 years, serving on school and city committees and non-profit boards. As a single parent, I worked to support my family while attending the University of Michigan, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in History in 1986. My husband and I live in an old house with three cats. I work for a non-profit.
Arbor Update: Interesting Things Afoot in AATA Land
From what I see, the previous executive director had a very top-down style. That has created an AATA culture where the staff, while very competent, aren’t empowered to speak up. Everything I hear about the interim ED, Dawn Gabay, tells me that she was a great operations manager, but that’s a different skill set than what is needed for an Executive Director.
Uni. of Sheffield Psychology Department Reading Group
cognitive psychology readings group
Mind Hacks: Tips and Tools for Using ... - Google Book Search
The brain is a fearsomely complex information-processing environment--one that often eludes our ability to understand it. At any given time, the brain is collecting, filtering, and analyzing information and, in response, performing countless intricate processes, some of which are automatic, some voluntary, some conscious, and some unconscious. Cognitive neuroscience is one of the ways we have to understand the workings of our minds. It's the study of the brain biology behind our mental functions: a collection of methods--like brain scanning and computational modeling--combined with a way of looking at psychological phenomena and discovering where, why, and how the brain makes them happen. Want to know more? Mind Hacks is a collection of probes into the moment-by-moment works of the brain. Using cognitive neuroscience, these experiments, tricks, and tips related to vision, motor skills, attention, cognition, subliminal perception, and more throw light on how the human brain works.
Joseph E. Stiglitz on capitalist fools: About Us:
The truth is most of the individual mistakes boil down to just one: a belief that markets are self-adjusting and that the role of government should be minimal. Looking back at that belief during hearings this fall on Capitol Hill, Alan Greenspan said out loud, “I have found a flaw.” Congressman Henry Waxman pushed him, responding, “In other words, you found that your view of the world, your ideology, was not right; it was not working.” “Absolutely, precisely,” Greenspan said. The embrace by America—and much of the rest of the world—of this flawed economic philosophy made it inevitable that we would eventually arrive at the place we are today.
Reversal of Fortune: Politics & Power:
How Did We Get into This Mess?

A unique combination of ideology, special-interest pressure, populist politics, bad economics, and sheer incompetence has brought us to our present condition.
Information and the Change in the Paradigm in Economics
For more than a hundred years, formal modeling in economics has focused
on models in which information was perfect. Of course, everyone recognized
that information was in fact imperfect, but the hope, following Marshall’s dic-
tum “Natura non facit saltum” was that economies in which information was
not too imperfect would look very much like economies in which information
was perfect. One of the main results of our research was to show that this was
not true; that even a small amount of information imperfection could have a
profound effect on the nature of the equilibrium.
Bio | Susan Crawford blog
Susan Crawford joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School on July 1, 2008. She teaches internet law and communications law. Last year she was a visiting professor at Michigan and at Yale Law School (spring 2008). She is a member of the board of directors of ICANN and is the founder of OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet that takes place each Sept. 22. Ms. Crawford received her B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and J.D. from Yale University. She served as a clerk for Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (Washington, D.C.) until the end of 2002, when she left that firm to enter the legal academy. Susan, a violist, also lives in New York City.
File Retrieval and Editing System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The File Retrieval and Editing SyStem, or FRESS, was a hypertext system developed at Brown University in 1968 by Andries van Dam and his students, including Ted Nelson and Bob Wallace. FRESS was a continuation of work done on van Dam's previous hypertext system, HES, developed the previous year. FRESS ran on an IBM 360-series mainframe running VM/CMS. It implemented one of the first virtual-terminal interfaces, and could run on various terminals from dumb typewriters up to the Imlac PDS-1 graphical minicomputer. On the PDS-1, it supported multi-window WYSIWYG editing and graphics display. Notably, the PDS-1 used a lightpen rather than a mouse, and the lightpen could be "clicked" using a cathartic foot-pedal.
Computer-based educational communications at the University of Michigan
A series of studies at the University of Michigan has explored information systems as a basis for learning environments (Zinn, 1974). Currently staff at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) is looking at educational uses of computer-based conferencing, for example, computer-based seminars and computer-assisted curriculum development. Departments trying other uses, for example, computer-based committee work and computer-aided proposal preparation, find the basic software developed at CRLT to be applicable. However, some of the procedures described here are modified for the various purposes. A paper now in preparation by the same authors reports the history of computer-based conferencing at the University of Michigan. In brief, the activity did not become practical until the spring of 1975 when the CONFER I program (in Fortran) was completed by Robert Parnes.
Karl Zinn - IAE-Pedia
One of the first places to start exploring computer conferencing systems was the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan. In 1971 Karl Zinn received funding from the National Science Foundation and the Exxon Education Foundation to study methods of using computers in education. He started experimenting with existing computer conferencing systems in 1972, but found them expensive and restrictive to use. In response to this, Robert Parnes developed Confer in 1975 as a dissertation project. Confer ran on the University's immense MTS mainframe system (see also here) and its use was initially limited to those few students and faculty that had computer accounts in those days.
Business card? He has your profile - Los Angeles Times
The PayPal Inc. veteran took some of the $10 million he made in 2002, when EBay Inc. bought the online payment service, and started financing some of the biggest success stories of today’s consumer Internet industry: social network Facebook Inc., user-submitted news site Digg Inc., photo-sharing service Flickr and blogging-tools powerhouse Six Apart Ltd., to name a few. Companies in which he made early investments have sold for a collective $1.4 billion, and he has many more in the pipeline. Interview with Reid Hoffman, CEO of LinkedIn
Mad Farmer Liberation Front
Your mind will be punched in a card and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something they will call you.
When they want you to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something that won't compute.
Love the Lord. Love the world. Work for nothing.
Mr. Wendell Berry of Kentucky
During the otherwise quiet course of his life as a poet, Wendell Berry has become mad at what contemporary society has made of its land, its communities, and its past. This anger reaches its peak in the poems of the Mad Farmer, an open-ended sequence he's found himself impelled to continue against his better instincts. These poems can take the shape of manifestos, meditations, insults, Whitmanic fits and ravings--and are often funny in spite of themselves. The Mad Farmer is a character as necessary, perhaps, as he is regrettable. Here are gathered the individual poems from Berry's various collections to offer the teachings and bitcheries of this amazing American voice. After the great success of the lovely Window Poems, Bob Baris of the Press on Scroll Road returns to design and produce an edition illustrated with etchings by Abigail Rover. » Article » Jesse Bernstein Appointed to AATA Board.
Jesse Bernstein, president and CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed to the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority board of directors.

Bernstein was sworn in by Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje on June 19 and took his seat on the board at its July 23 meeting.
Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce President Jesse Bernstein talks about the announcement's impact on the business community -
Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce President Jesse Bernstein talks a
Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce President Jesse Bernstein talks about the announcement's impact on the business community.
UM SPH Faculty Profile for Jane Banaszak-Holl
Research Interest & Projects

Service changes in nursing home chains; women and social support in the nursing home; marketing of quality among nursing homes.
UM SPH Academic Courses
This course provides an overview of key issues confronting modern organizations, with an emphasis on healthcare organizations but attention to supplier, customer, and other partnering organizations. The issues will be studied from several perspectives to familiarize students preparing for work in health care organizations with a working understanding of both organizational dynamics and approaches to understanding them. Students completing the course should understand fundamentals of how organizations are formed, governed, designed, and improved. They will also learn how workers and organizations related to each other, and how organizations relate to their environment and other organizations.
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Yale Law School | Prepare to be super-crunched—A Commentary by Ian Ayres ’86
We are in a historic moment of horse-versus-locomotive competition, where intuitive and experiential expertise is losing out time and time again to a new kind of statistical analysis. The same principles apply, as I demonstrate in my book Super Crunchers, to economic forecasters, wine connoisseurs predicting the future prices of vintages and Hollywood producers deciding whether to "green-light" a script. Huge data sets of digital information are allowing a new breed of number cruncher to discover empirical correlations between seemingly unrelated things.
Ian Ayres
Ian Ayres is a lawyer and an economist. He is the William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School and a Professor at Yale's School of Management. (Ayres Resume)
John Allen | Ann Arbor District Library
When Virginian John Allen and New Yorker Elisha Walker Rumsey met in Detroit in February 1824, they shared a strong sense of adventure as well as a history of questionable financial deals. Seeking to improve their fortunes, the two men set out to found a new town. Their timing was good--Michigan Territory was just opening up, and government land was selling for $1.25 an acre.

Other Reading:
John Allen and the Founding of Ann Arbor,
by Russell E. Bidlack, 1962
Robert Axelrod - The Complexity of Cooperation
In brief, the simulation data on which Axelrod supposedly bases his conclusions about the evolution of norms is woefully inadequate, even if one thought that his Norms Game were a good representation of the Game of Life in which real norms actually evolve. One simply cannot get by without learning the underlying theory. Without any knowledge of the theory, one has no way of assessing the reliability of a simulation and hence no idea of how much confidence to repose in the conclusions that it suggests. It does not follow that the conclusions on norms and other issues which Axelrod offers in his Complexity of Cooperation are without value. He is, after all a clever man who knows the literature of his own subject very well. But I do not think one can escape the conclusion that the evidence from computer simulations that he offers in support of his ideas has only rhetorical value. His methodology may table some new conjectures that are worth exploring.
Robert Axelrod's Home Page
Detroit through two lenses: Snapshots 50 years apart | | The Detroit News
Photographer Robert Frank immortalized them in "The Americans," a picture book of poetry and masterpiece of modern photography that changed the way we look at ourselves. Its main character: Detroit.

In creating "The Americans," Frank snapped 28,000 shots from 1955 to 1956 over the course of three road trips across the United States. The genius lay in editing the photographs down into 83 daggers, which he plunged into the heart of the Ozzie and Harriet myth of the 1950s.
Bentley Historical Library Finding Aids
Karl L. Zinn, a specialist in computer-assisted instruction, joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1963 as a research associate with the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. Promoted to research scientist in 1969, Zinn was instrumental in establishing the MERIT computer network and developing CONFER, the first computer-based conferencing systems on campus. Papers document the development and utilization of CONFER and contain extensive examples of print-outs of conferences, particularly those relating to the use of computers in instruction. Topical files chronicle various technological issues, including the development of MERIT and early uses of computers in the classroom.
Fraser Speirs – There is More Than One Mobile Context
multiple meanings of the world "mobile" with multiple implications for use
Michigan Historical Collections - Google Book Search
ann arbor, a history of its early settlement
ECONOMICS: Learning with Regret -- Cohen 319 (5866): 1052 -- Science
In the 1970s and 1980s, researchers in economic psychology such as Herbert Simon challenged the strong assumption made by economic theorists that individual decision-making is purely rational. Economists responded with vigorous new lines of work that addressed many of these concerns. Since then, experimental and behavioral economics have flourished and have been honored with the Nobel Prizes awarded to Vernon Smith and Daniel Kahneman. Recent advances in psychology are raising new challenges to economic assumptions. On page 1111 of this issue, Marchiori and Warglien (1) open a fresh avenue by which we can use models of neural networks to understand how humans learn as they make economic decisions.
Early Diagenesis: A Theoretical Approach - Google Book Search
Diagenesis refers to changes taking place in sediments after deposition. In a theoretical treatment of early diagenesis, Robert Berner shows how a rigorous development of the mathematical modeling of diagenetic processes can be useful to the understanding and interpretation of both experimental and field observations. His book is unique in that the models are based on quantitative rate expressions, in contrast to the qualitative descriptions that have dominated the field.
Robert Berner music compositions 1952-2007
CiteULike: Measures of Clustering Quality: A Working Set of Axioms for Clustering
Aiming towards the development of a general clustering theory, we discuss abstract axiomatization for clustering. In this respect, we follow up on the work of Kleinberg, ([1]) that showed an impossibility result for such axiomatization. We argue that an impossibility result is not an inherent feature of clustering, but rather, to a large extent, it is an artifact of the specific formalism used in [1]. As opposed to previous work focusing on clustering functions, we propose to address clustering quality measures as the object to be axiomatized. We show that principles like those formulated in Kleinberg’s axioms can be readily expressed in the latter framework without leading to inconsistency. A clustering-quality measure (CQM) is a function that, given a data set and its partition into clusters, returns a non-negative real number representing how strong or conclusive the clustering is.
Shai Ben-David's Home Page
In recent years much of my research has been directed towards providing mathematical analysis for popular machine learning and data mining paradigms that seem to lack clear theoretical justification. I have looked into the performance guarantees one can provide for Support Vector Machines (with pessimistic conclusions), at Semi-Supervised Learning (once again, coming up with some inherent limitations of that approach), at the Learning-To-Learn paradigm (providing some theoretical justifications to common practices), at the Stability method for determining the number of clusters in a data set (see my COLT06, COLT07 papers on that and a recent submission), and quite a few more topics.

Clustering is a really large area that also suffers from the lack of mathematical foundations, and I have been working extensively trying to address the theoretical challenges of developing such a theory (see my recent submissions with Ackerman as well as my ’05 paper with von Luxburg)
Bob Ufer - Five Decades of U of M Football
Bob UferThe name Bob Ufer is woven deep into the fabric of University of Michigan athletics. Enthusiastic, optimistic, loyal and hardworking are adjectives that quickly come to mind when describing the legendary Bob Ufer -- a stellar U of M athlete and much loved broadcaster who worked tirelessly to promote academic and athletic achievement during his life.
Unbundling for innovation: An Essay by Phil Agre, UCLA » Experience-Is-King
It follows that the design process of the future will require a more sophisticated understanding of the user community. This starts with anthropological fieldwork, and it includes participatory design processes, mock-ups and prototypes, and systematic mapping-out of the whole universe of potential applications niches. A good place to start, as I’ve mentioned in the context of wearable devices, is with relationships. Think of the unbundled-and-disembedded cell phone functionalities not as devices for making phone calls, but as infrastructures for maintaining relationships. What is the informational architecture of a user’s ongoing relationship with a family member, a school, a doctor, a video game company, and so on, and what could those architectures become? What issues, privacy for example, are at stake in the design and ongoing renegotiation of that architecture?
Information Retrieval Systems
The main idea of the semantic web is machine-readable ontology standards. An "ontology" is a theory of the categories of things that comprise a given domain. Familiar examples of ontologies include taxonomies and controlled vocabularies. Every computer system uses an ontology. Computer systems that are built independently of one another, however, often cannot interoperate because they use different ontologies. Now that computer systems are heavily networked, numerous user groups have begun standardizing their ontologies. The semantic web consists of mechanisms for "marking up" ontologies and then processing them.
Philip Agre - Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Phil Agre's Home Page
7-Day Forecast for Latitude 42.27N and Longitude 83.76W (Elev. 892 ft)
The Ann Arbor, Michigan Aviation Weather Report and Forecast - Wind Speed, Temperature, Wind Direction, Precipitation Forecast
aviation weather for ann arbor, includes wind speed,
A Guide to the Best Doughnuts in New York | Serious Eats : New York
Over the last three weeks, Serious Eater Robyn Lee and I have subwayed up and down the boroughs, making many doughnut stops. The doughnut variation and varieties we found were endless and fascinating. From the high-end indulgences where doughnuts ran more than $4, to the low-brow 70¢ numbers, we ate them all with great gusto. We even took a dip in at Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme for "quality checks." We ate and we ate. And then ate some more. We analyzed, downed cups of coffee, and then continued. Below, we bring you the best of New York City doughnuts.
Networking on the Network
Here, then, are some of the fundamentals of professional networking. They will sound cumbersome and abstract. You will be able to skip some of the steps as you get established in your field, but if you are starting from zero then the process really is quite complicated. 1) Know your goals. 2) Identify relevant people. 3) Court these people individually. 4) Meet these people face-to-face at a professional meeting. 5) Exchange drafts. 6) Follow up. Lets look at each in turn.
The value of a property with a name name at any instant is the value of the name-value pair with name name in the list returned from the algorithm for getting the list of name-value pairs at that instant. (see also: buffalo buffalo buffalo)
Hypermedia Bibliography

The following is a bibliography of items on "hypermedia" compiled at Brown
University and circulated previously on the ListServ Information Retrieval List
(IRLIST-L). The mark-up language is that of Pro-Cite, a popular bibliographic
system for microcomputers.
Ed Vielmetti facts - Freebase
when a user-edited system generates data, it's a stretch to call those data elements "facts".
Aalborg Bibliotekerne
Tim Giago: The Slow Death of American Newspapers
Even as my weekly newspaper, Indian Country Today, continued to grow, I refused to put it on the Internet. I figured, and I believe quite correctly, that if readers could get the paper free on the Internet, they would not subscribe to it. And I think that in an effort to keep up with technology, the decision by newspaper publishers to put their newspapers on the Net has been the cause of their continuing decline. When I sold Indian Country Today it was not on the Internet and it had a weekly circulation of 24,000. It is now on the Internet and its weekly circulation has declined to 7,000.
“…ideas are fucking worthless.” - 0xDECAFBAD
…that’s what’s got me so bothered about people musing in their weblogs about projects they’d like to do. Stop talking about it an just build it. Don’t make it too complicated. Don’t spend so much time planning on events that will never happen. Programmers, good programmers, are known for over-engineering to save time later down the road. The problem is that you can over-engineer yourself out of wanting to do the site… [Andre Torrez, Even You Can Do It]
FINL Vol. 2, No. 2 Hunter-Gatherers Efficieny
Madsen and colleagues found that one person could collect an average of 200 pounds of the sun-dried grasshoppers per hour. At 1,365 calories per pound (compared with about 1,240 calories per pound of cooked medium-fat beef and about 1,590 calories per pound of wheat flour), this amounted to an average return of 273,000 calories per hour of effort invested. According to Madsen, "Even when we took a tenth of this figure, to be conservative, we found this to be the highest rate of return of any local resource. It is far higher than the 300 to 1,000 calories per hour rate produced by collecting most seeds (such as sunflower seeds and pine nuts) and higher even than the estimated 25,000 calories per hour for large game animals such as deer or antelope."
Save and Share Bookmarks, Blog and Only Then Use Twitter « Onlinesapiens Blog
the strategy says bookmark first, then blog, and only then twitter. as long as you have a plan, that's ok by me.
timetablepublisher - Google Code
The TimeTablePublisher is a single system that allows a transit agency to examine, modify, and transform raw scheduling data into easy-to-read timetables for customer information purposes. The application simplifies and accelerates the production of printed on-street schedules and web schedules, which is often a very time-consuming and manual process for most agencies. This results in more accurate, current, and consistent schedule information for the customer.

The TimeTablePublisher is designed to use data directly in the Google Transit Feed Spec (GTFS) format, so it can be very easy for an agency to implement. In addition, it can connect to, and read from, other sources of data including a database, a comma separated text file, and XML. An easy-to-use interface, as well as a tool that compares the changes between two service dates, makes it easy to format and edit the data.
Trillium Solutions blog » Blog Archive » Open source and open data make for transit innovation
And the second part of that is that — because Portland has a “creative class” type of person — people approached our executive management, and our General Manager challenged us to make resources available to this creative class in order to promote innovation. So these forces combined, and we took that and tried to take the resources that we have, the tools that we have been using internally, and leverage that and re-use it and face it to the public.
The Stupid Cancer Blog.: F@#%king Insurance Companies
And one last note…if your insurance company denies a claim you think you legal right to be reimbursed for, do not give up. Insurance companies often deny claims they know they’re supposed to legally pay. They just want to see if you’ll go away and pay it yourself when the hospital comes after you. Stick to your guns and get nasty if you have to. Some insurance companies have a secret rule that says, “Deny every claim three times.” That’s because they know the majority of people, when faced with 3 denials, will simply give up and pay the bill themselves. Don’t be one of those folks!
Law Firm Web Strategy : The Problem with Twitter
"It’s an easy equation really. Blog something of value first, and then go chat with your friends about it."
removable boot cleats. thanks!
ITS at TriMet
David T. Crout. TriMet. ITS Oregon Lunch Presentation. September 26, 2008. 64 slides on Trimet operations - bus locations, reporting, predicting when the bus is coming, schedule displays inside and outside. impressive.
Transportation Research Board - Journal Article
The accuracy and the precision of Transit Tracker, the Internet- and telephone-based real-time arrival information system of the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), are analyzed. Although Transit Tracker estimates the arrival times of both bus and rail vehicles, this analysis is limited to bus vehicles. Archived data from TriMet's automatic vehicle location (AVL) and automatic passenger counter systems were used to compare actual bus arrival times with Transit Tracker estimates drawn from logs created in the estimation process. Accuracy was evaluated primarily by calculating the mean of the difference between the actual bus arrival times and the arrival times estimated by Transit Tracker. Precision was determined largely by the degree of variation in the estimates and measured by the standard deviation of the difference between the actual bus arrival times and the arrival times estimated by Transit Tracker.
arrival countdown information (pdf)
Three U.S. and five international agencies have measured
the public’s reaction to real-time arrival information. In a
few cases, survey results were obtained directly from re-
sponding agencies or were available in papers examined
during the literature search and review.
Boston Public Transportation Examiner: Q & A with Dan Grabauskas: Volume 2
A: We have already started working on the design for a system to provide real-time arrival countdown information to both bus and subway customers.

Because of the age of much of the MBTA's infrastructure, delivering highly accurate arrival countdown information involves significant technical challenges that do not apply in every city (for example: some parts of the T's subway were built in the late 1800s, D.C.'s Metro was built in the 1970s).

The MBTA is committed to delivering this information, and to do so as accurately and reliably as possible. We plan to allow customers to access the information on electronic signage in major stations as well as via mobile devices and on the MBTA's award-winning web site.
Readers vent on Metro bus service during snowstorms
After several days of intermittent Metro bus service because of the winter storms, some people are getting frustrated. We asked readers to send us their comments. The frustration is likely to continue; because of icy streets Metro will be operating about half its regular weekday service on Wednesday.
TriMet says it's doing 'extraordinary job' - Breaking News From Oregon & Portland -
"We're driving in the same conditions everyone else is, but we're doing it in 40-foot rectangular buses," said Steve Banta, executive director of operations. "We're doing an extraordinary job, from my perspective. This is a very good effort for foul weather."

Regardless, TriMet canceled two-thirds of its bus routes, forcing thousands of would-be riders to hike to stops that were open or find another way to work or shop. Some stood waiting for buses that never came. About 130 stalled and stuck buses littered the region at one point.
Metro still scrambling as riders grow frustrated
What annoyed many passengers who rely on public transit was what they saw as a lack of information from Metro. The online bus tracker was not working, and getting through by phone was difficult. Canceled routes were posted, but other buses ran on "unpublished routes." That made it almost impossible to figure out when, or whether, buses would arrive, leaving no choice but to brave it out at bus stops.

Metro spokeswoman Linda Thielke said the bus tracker system often doesn't work during snowstorms because many buses change routes and don't pass the electronic detectors that usually track their movements. "There's a disclaimer on there (that says) in times of adverse weather the information is not updated on bus tracker," she said.
Appeals Court seat filled by Douglas Shapiro -
GRAND RAPIDS -- A Ypsilanti lawyer was appointed to the Grand Rapids-based state Court of Appeals seat vacated by Judge Michael Smolenski, who stepped down because of a neurological disorder. Douglas Shapiro, 54, will serve through Jan. 1, 2011. The appeals court serves west and southwest counties, but also extends east to include Eaton, Jackson and Washtenaw counties. Shapiro, whose appointment was announced Tuesday by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, is a personal injury lawyer backed by the Michigan Justice Association.
behind the times: Java Fork/Join + Groovy
Fork/Join for Java is a framework developed by Doug Lea, based on his original paper from June 2000. Fork/Join algorithms are parallel versions of divide-and-conquer algorithms. If a task is small, then it is calculated sequentially on a single thread. If a task is large, then it is divided into several parts and each part is added to a queue for later computation. Queued tasks are free to divide again, be worked on by any worker thread, or queue up waiting if the maximum number of threads has been reached. When all the pieces have been divided up and calculated, then a final result is calculated off the partial results of the distributed pieces. "Fork" refers to the division of tasks, and "Join" refers to the merging of results.

Fork/Join is similar to MapReduce in that they are both algorithms for parallelizing tasks.
The Design of Software - The MapReduce Hammer
The best, imho, is a standard implementation with different facades to allow programming any of the common models (master-worker, fork-join, map-reduce) that allows chaining. This allow the cleanest representation of the task rather than coercing one model to act like another. This is how I went about it, so I'm fairly biased.
nubic-ec2 - hadoop on EC2
Gates 381: "A Closer Look at GPUs" Published in October CACM
An updated version of Mike Houston and I's ACM Queue article "GPUs: A Closer Look" was republished in the October 2008 issue of Communications of the ACM as "A Closer Look at GPUs" (also available on my web page). The text has been improved slightly from the original version, and various references to GPUs on the market have been updated to reference current product lines. A historical note to readers: this work was the basis for my talk at the Beyond Programmable Shading class at SIGGRAPH08. It undergoes constant improvement and I personally feel that as the most recent iteration, the SIGGRAPH talk constitutes the most evolved and finely tuned description of GPU architecture concepts. However, the article does go beyond the scope of the talk to describe a precise, but simple, model of the modern real-time graphics pipeline (and resulting workload) that was not presented at SIGGRAPH due to time constraints
Beyond Programmable Shading
Fundamentals gives an introduction to parallel programming architectures and environments for interactive graphics and In Action explores case studies of combining traditional rendering API usage with advanced parallel computation from game developers, researchers, and graphics hardware vendors. There are strong indications that the future of interactive graphics involves a programming model more flexible than today's OpenGL/Direct3D pipelines. As such, graphics developers need to have a basic understanding of how to combine emerging parallel programming techniques with the traditional interactive rendering pipeline. This course gives an introduction to several parallel graphics architectures and programming environments, and introduces the new types of graphics algorithms that will be possible.
Aw man, the cable's out
So to recap: We know governments have cut undersea cables for intelligence purposes in the past. We know that a goal our own government has acknowledged to be at the top of its intelligence agenda would probably require cutting undersea cables. But only paranoid kooks think "covert government action" is among the plausible explanations for a series of a series of severed cables. Who's out of touch wtih reality here?
Your Orthopaedic Connection: Toe and Forefoot Fractures
Nearly one-fourth of all the bones in your body are in your feet, which provide you with both support and movement. A broken (fractured) bone in your forefoot (metatarsals) or in one of your toes (phalanges) is often painful but rarely disabling. Most of the time, these injuries heal without operative treatment.
"It was the train from hell' - Amtrak from Chicago arrives 12 hours late in Ann Arbor - Ann Arbor News - The Ann Arbor News Online - Michigan Newspaper -
as a rule, it is not a good idea to take amtrak arb-chi in the coldest weather; delays are the norm as the temperature goes down, and the rolling stock doesn't do well in the bitter cold.
95 Old School Games You Can Play Online | AMOG - Alpha Males of the Group
These games aren’t lost forever. You can still play many of them online. If you love the old classics, this list should have you busy for months. Below is a list of 95 old school video games that you can play online. Click on each title to link directly to the game. Also, we’ve reviewed and rated each game for you, our loyal AMOG readers.
Run SETI@home on your NVIDIA GPU
NVIDIA (a leading GPU manufacturer) has developed a system called CUDA that uses GPUs for scientific computing. With NVIDIA's assistance, we've developed a version of SETI@home that runs on NVIDIA GPUs using CUDA. This version runs from 2X to 10X faster than the CPU-only version. We urge SETI@home participants to use it if possible. Just follow these instructions:
me, 2.0: oops command lives
years ago i saw my dad working in a terminal and i could have sworn i typed "oops " when he made a typo and it worked: the command was fixed and rerun, he didn't need to retype the whole thing. i always wanted the oops command. | choconancy | Blackbird – Bobby McFerrin
a capella
LIT SOUP: Borders
a word to the wise, use your borders gift cards and gift certificates NOW
The Ultimate Branding Strategy | Andrew James
YOU are the ultimate brand. just take care for when the iron hits - ow - it sizzles
detroitblog " Blog Archive " Hang time
on the "chip-in sportsmans club" a hangout for former auto workers who chipped in and bought a building
Turn off my "internet presence" on web sites that I no longer use, like this one.
part of the end of web 2.0 is cleaning up debris from web sites that I no longer use, follow, or care to maintain.
The State of Transit Routing - O'Reilly Radar
What's also interesting is the potential of these routing tools beyond actual specific individual routes. Taken in amalgamation the routing distances form a new topography of the space. Given a point in the city, how far can I travel in 20 minutes? in 40 minutes? for less than $1.75? This type of map is known as an isochrone. Tom Carden and MySociety developed London Travel Time Maps that allow users to highlight the spots in London given a range of house prices and travel times.
Did Company Use Fake Facebook Groups to Market to Students? -
Uh oh. Somebody cut the cake. I told them to wait for you, but they cut it anyway. There is still some left, though, if you hurry back. — Crooked Timber
"hyper-timid incrementalist bullshit"
Vacuum - Edward Vielmetti: retrenching on web 2.0 - controlling your presence by turning off abandoned services
working my way through old, abandoned, or otherwise mostly forgotten web sites to make sure that whatever remnant "presence" I have there is consistent with current reality (or, if not, then clearly marked as a historical artifact). very tedious work, these internets.
/Message: JP Rangaswami on Continuous Partial Asymmetry
yet another systematic rationalization of more and more sophisticated ways of ignoring people with technology
The Ancient Latvian Religion - Dievturiba
(iii) Dievturība — both the name and the systematized Latvian way of looking at the world are twentieth century phenomena. Using the Latvian Dainas3 as their main source of orally transmitted wisdom and traditional values, a group of intellectuals, writers and artists after many meetings and debates decided that instead of synchretizing the ancient Latvian wisdom within the Christian dogma, the uniquely Latvian encounter with the sacred is worthy enough to carve its own destiny.4 Starting with a small group of convinced enthusiasts, the movement gained momentum in the mid-thirties and is very much alive today.
gregdingle's genetify at master — GitHub
An unobtrusive way to A/B test and optimize webpages
DNR - Remembering Michigan's Historic Moose Lift
On Jan. 20, 1985, separate convoys carrying men and equipment set out from Michigan on a mission to reach the 3,000-square-mile Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Over the next two weeks, this team of wildlife biologists and veterinarians from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, working with a team of Canadian specialists from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, would locate, capture, transport and release a number of wild moose to form the nucleus of a new population in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
National Snow Analyses - NOHRSC - The ultimate source for snow information
NIPSCO News/Press Releases
Editor’s Note: News media can access outage updates by calling the 24-hour NIPSCO Storm Hotline at 219-647-4333. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TELEPHONE NUMBER SHOULD NOT BE PUBLISHED AND IS FOR THE NEWS MEDIA ONLY.
A Gentle Introduction - Cascading
a framework for designing hadoop pipelining project
Just One Club Card - Combine All Of Your Club Cards
CSL860: Routing in the Presence of Faults
This class studies the effect of faults on the routing properties of networks. We largely focus on random fault models. Apart from routing, we will also study the more general problem of emulating a fault-free network on a faulty version of itself. We will formalize the routing problem and relate it to the expansion (isoperimetric constant) of a graph. We will introduce percolation as a model for the study of random faults and discuss some basic techniques of this area and their applicability to the study of routing. The square mesh will be primary network we will work with but we will also look at the butterfly and expanders. The class assumes only a basic working knowledge of probability and graph theory.
From Surprise and Coincidence to Parallel and Uncertain: Hello world for map-reduce
What Hadoop has been missing to date is a good way to write a hello-world application in just a few lines of code. It has often been said that the ability to do simple things simply is a critical capability for a new technology. Hadoop, and map-reduce programming in general, does not lack a good hello-world example; the word-counting example provides that. What is missing is the ability to write this program in just a few lines of code. The word-count example that comes with the Hadoop distribution is over a hundred lines of code, most of which are impossible to motivate for a new user.
distributed matlab (part 1 of 3) - compiling at Econ Steve
hadoop + matlab
Welcome to Hama project
Hama (means a hippopotamus in Korean) is a parallel matrix computation package currently in incubation with Apache. It is a library of matrix operations for large-scale processing and development environments as well as a Map/Reduce framework for a large-scale numerical analysis and data mining, that need the intensive computation power of matrix inversion, e.g., linear regression, PCA, SVM and etc. It will be useful for many scientific applications, e.g., physics computations, linear algebra, computational fluid dynamics, statistics, graphic rendering and many more.
MATLAB plug-in for CUDA
This MATLAB plug-in for CUDA provides: acceleration of standard MATLAB 2D FFTs and CUDA/MEX example plug-in and build environment using Chris Bretherton's Fourier spectral simulation of 2D fluid flow MATLAB scripts from his course material at the University of Washington.

When MATLAB makes 2D FFT calls of any size, the NVIDIA plug-in intercepts them and handles them with a MEX file that in-turn utilizes an optimized CUDA FFT implementation on the GPU.
Bryan Catanzaro
A major shift towards heterogeneous multiprocessor systems-on-chip is now in progress. Despite decades of research into parallel computing, the general computing world would much rather continue using serial programming models because of their ubiquity and ease of use. However, power efficiency problems and poor interconnect scaling have forced the industry towards multiprocessor platforms-on-chip. Today's multiprocessor platforms, such as Graphics Processing Units, Network Processors, and multi-core general purpose processors, have between 2 and tens of processors on a die. Tomorrow's multiprocessor platforms will have richer, more heterogeneous computing resources, with hundreds or thousands of processing elements on a single die.
PC World - Nvidia announces "personal supercomputer"
Nvidia, working with several partners, has developed the Tesla Personal Supercomputer, powered by a graphics processing unit based on Nvidia's Cuda parallel computing architecture. Computers using the Tesla C1060 GPU processor will have 250 times the processing power of a typical PC workstation, enabling researchers to run complicated simulations, experiments and number crunching without sharing a supercomputing cluster, Nvidia said.
The Phoenix System for MapReduce Programming
Phoenix is shared-memory implementation of Google's MapReduce model for data-intensive processing tasks. Phoenix can be used to program multi-core schips as well as shared-memory multiprocessors (SMPs and ccNUMAs). Phoenix was developed as a class project for the EE382a course at Stanford. The paper on Phoenix won the best paper award in the HPCA'07 conference.

The current distribution of Phoenix runs only on the Solaris operating system. If you want to use Phoenix on a Linux system, please use this modified file for the MapReduceScheduler. In general, it should be simple to port the code to any OS with support for shared-memory threads. See the Porting notes in the scheduler README file.
Mars is a MapReduce framework on graphic processors (GPUs). We develop this framework aiming at providing a generic framework for developers to implement data- and computation-intensive tasks correctly, efficiently, and easily on the GPU. Mars hides the programming complexity of the GPU behind the simple and familiar MapReduce interface. Therefore, the developers can write their code on the GPU without any knowledge of the graphics APIs or the GPU architecture. We have implemented six common tasks in web applications and our results indicate that Mars is up to over an order of magnitude faster than its CPU-based counterpart for these applications on a quad-core machine.
HiPC - International Conference on High Performance Computing
NVIDIA CUDA is a general purpose scalable parallel programming model for writing highly parallel applications and unleashing the massive computing performance of NVIDIA's many core GPUs. It provides several key abstractions – a hierarchy of thread blocks, shared memory, and barrier synchronization. This model has proven quite successful at programming multi-threaded many-core GPUs and scales transparently to hundreds of cores. Performance speed-ups on a range of applications ranges from 20x to 100x. This tutorial will cover the CUDA architecture and programming model. The CUDA tools and libraries will also be discussed. It will also include a brief about CUDA applications in various domains.
P16: Practical Progress: Supercomputing for the masses: Nvidia CUDA
One thing CUDA doesn't provide is a way to manage and process massive datasets. The cards have somewhat limited memory, and you have to write an app that runs on the host and feeds the card with data. For search applications like topic clustering -- which I'd like to use this for -- CUDA alone doesn't provide an answer.

Perhaps it would make sense eventually to use Hadoop plus CUDA -- write your map/reduce tasks in CUDA, and rely on Hadoop to distribute data around a cluster of Nvidia-accelerated boxes?
The Ruins Of Detroit Industry: Five Former Factories
photo series with five old detroit car plants (fisher body, hudson, piquette, highland park, packard)
Extra! Interview with David Gray founder of | Meetings Podcast
Today our guest is David Gray Visual Thinker and founder of David founded Xplane to help people communicate clearly in an increasingly complex world. David and I talk about his company Xplane, his blogs, books and conferences on the show.

Some great links to explore to learn more about David, his company, his blogs, conferences and all the visual thinking communities he is involved with.
IDEAS IN FOOD: Pressured Cooked Citrus
What if we could utilize an entire citrus fruit without any bitter pithy qualities? I also wondered if we could then serve whole cooked tender citrus fruits? Well, you can. I started with a batch of clementines cooked in elderflower water. I cooked them for fifteen minutes and the fruit and rind was tender and firm, like eating a yogurt. Pretty wild. Actually, fifteen minutes was a bit long for the clementines, the peels split a bit, though as a puree this pure essence of clementine is remarkable
yes, I added unicode reverse once upon a time as a tag, and damned if I can find it again to remove it so that this tags page is actually sensible again.
The Goodspeed Update » Blog Archive » The Paradox of Cheap Parking, in Real Time
The parking lots and structures in downtown Ann Arbor are operated by a quasi-public organization, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA). Together with their parking vendor, last April they implemented a system that provides real-time information about the number of parking spaces available in several lots and garages through digital signs at each garage and through their website. An old Ann Arbor friend Brian Kerr wrote a simple script to scrape that page every 20 minutes and record the number of spaces available at each facility. After letting it run for about two weeks, he posted the data file online. Subsequently a local blogger interviewed the DDA’s IT manager about how the system was implemented, and even posted some charts encouraging visitors to match the chart with the garage. The data sparked a bit of interest on local blogs but the conversation soon died out.
University of Michigan to buy former Pfizer Inc. site - Crain's Detroit Business
The mayor said he learned of the deal only recently, and didn’t know if the move of David Canter from head of the Pfizer Ann Arbor campus to director of health care of U-M’s nonprofit William Davidson Institute had anything to do with the sale.
S.F. Caltrain station offers valet parking for bicyclists
The bike station, funded by public transit agencies and operated by a private company, Warm Planet Bikes, has been in quiet operation on a limited basis since July, with around 70 to 80 people parking their bikes there every day.

Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, said the effort is a good example of how government can make it easier for people to get out of their cars by allowing people to "combine biking and transit to get around the region in a healthy, sustainable and convenient way."
Online TDM Encyclopedia - Public Transit Encouragement
* Improved information. The on-board AVL system is at the heart of TriMet’s TransitTracker real-time passenger information system, which provides bus arrival information over the Internet, by phone, and at nine bus stops equipped with electronic signs. The upgrade of the Orbital communications system, made possible with Streamline funds, will provide buses with Automated Stop Announcement (ASA) capabilities, similar to what already exists on light rail.
TDM database - TDM Resource Centre - Information Network - Urban Transportation Showcase Program - Transport Canada
Schedule adherence improved by 23% in Baltimore, 12.5% in Kansas City, 8.5% in Hamilton (Ontario), and 4.4% in Milwaukee after AVL installation. Customer complaints have fallen by 26% in Denver since AVL installation. Assaults on bus operators and passengers dropped by 20% in Denver. New Jersey Transit’s revenues increased by 12% after automated fare collection installation. The system also saves millions of dollars per year in fare media handling costs.
Victoria Transport Institute - Online TDM Encyclopedia
Transportation Demand Management (TDM, also called Mobility Management) is a general term for strategies that result in more efficient use of transportation resources. This Encyclopedia is a comprehensive source of information about innovative management solutions to transportation problems. It provides detailed information on dozens of demand management strategies, plus general information on TDM planning and evaluation techniques. It is produced by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute to increase understanding and implementation of TDM.
Arbor Update | The Buses are Alive, with an Increase in Ridership
last year's bus status report
Jet Set, Meet the Bus Bunch -
Daniel Kwon, 22, a student from Berlin, said he had heard about BoltBus from his brother: “He said it was actually cleaner than the other buses. Not only does it have Wi-Fi, it arrives on time. I am German,” he said, with a laugh, “so I believe transportation should be punctual.”

Mr. Kwon’s brother was right about most things: the BoltBus was indeed spotless, including the rest room, and it did have Wi-Fi. Nevertheless, there was one problem: the BoltBus arrived in Washington 30 minutes late.
BTB Party Bus gets a move on using vegetable oil - Ann Arbor, Michigan Business News - with The Ann Arbor News –
grease fueled evening bus service, privately run
The Ride - Ann Arbor Transportation Authority | ROUTE 17: AMTRAK - DEPOT ST.
New bus route to Casey's, Amtrak
Roddy MacLeod :: Blog :: More than 35 bloggers help celebrate launch of ticTOCs
The launch of ticTOCs, the U&I funded Journal Tables of Contents Service, is getting a good reception from bloggers around the world.
Did Cheney Confess to a Felony?—By Scott Horton (Harper's Magazine)
Annals of Medicine: The Checklist
hm, maybe i need some more checklists in my life
Beer, wine to be made downtown Ann Arbor - Ann Arbor, Michigan Business News - with The Ann Arbor News –
Ron Jefferies, owner of Jolly Pumpkin, will serve as president of the new company.
The group plans to invest $5.8 million in the project and will hire 67 people between the Ann Arbor and Traverse City sites in its first year of business. The owners plan to create 158 manufacturing-type jobs in five years.
Ann Arbor's Chris Kolb to head Michigan Environmental Council - Ann Arbor News - The Ann Arbor News Online - Michigan Newspaper -
Chris Kolb, a former state representative from Ann Arbor, will become the next president of the Michigan Environmental Council.
Chris Kolb: Takes over environmental council post on Jan. 1.
Kolb will take over on Jan. 1 from Lana Pollack, who is retiring from the job after 12 years.

The Lansing-based council is a nonprofit advocacy group of 70 environmental, public health and faith-based groups. Its 18-member board of directors announced Kolb's hiring Monday in a press release.
Conan Smith to head Ann Arbor Democratic Party
Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith, D-Ann Arbor, has been elected chairman of the Ann Arbor City Democratic Party.

Smith will lead a 28-member executive committee that includes officers also elected by roughly 100 members Saturday. He said his initial goals will be to build on the infrastructure left behind by the party's presidential campaign and prepare for the 2010 state election cycle.

Other officers are: LuAnne Bullington, vice chair for organization; Lou Glorie and Susan Baskett, co-vice chairs for programs; Barbara Petersen, vice chair for communication; Mary Hall Thiam, vice chair for outreach and inclusion; Juan Montalvo, vice chair for membership; Yousef Rabhi, vice chair for campus relations; James Daniels, vice chair for fundraising; William Hampton, vice chair for major events; Anne Banister, treasurer; and Danny Ignacio, secretary.
What do I need to use GizmoCall?
Internet connected computer with a browser and Flash version 9 or better. A headset is recommended for optimum call quality.

Who can I call?
You can call any other GizmoCall, Gizmo5 users, 800 numbers, or SIP address for no charge.
TRIS Online: Information Systems, Geographic Information Systems, and Advanced Computing
This collection of 11 papers is concerned with information systems, geographic information systems, and advanced computing for transportation applications. Specific topics discussed include the following: computer-based regional incident management training; an innovative approach to the development of large-scale information systems; multiday household travel surveys; information technology as a critical element of the transportation infrastructure; an automatic vehicle location system to locate London bus stops; enhancing in-car navigation systems; use of a Global Positioning System to identify crash locations; a decision support tool based on a geographic information system for the selection and evaluation of adaptive traffic control strategies; modeling multiscale urban environments to forecast travel supply and demand; Bayesian combination of travel time prediction models; and transforming transportation data models from Unified Modeling Language to Web Ontology Language.
Records 1 - 10 of 1056 for ht:"automatic vehicle location"
1056 people are looking for their bus.
Ever since the beginnings of bus mass transit, the people behind the systems have harbored a relatively simple wish: they have always wanted to know where their buses are, at all times, day and night. For Baltimore Mass Transit Administration, all that wishing is over. Working with Westinghouse Electric, the MTA has put together a computerized bus tracking system that can track the minute-by-minute performance of all its buses. The Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) system, its development and application are discussed.
rst2a - reStructuredText to Anything
Every time a spec was needed, invariably, a debate over the format of the spec would arise - with developers preferring a plain text document on a wiki, and business people preferring traditional tools such as Microsoft Word based on a set template.

Cue reStructuredText - an easy-to-read, plain text document format designed to keep content and the style/formatting of content separate. Author the content once, then present it in a variety of formats - like html and pdf - with infinite possibilities for styles and templates.
ReportLab - Open Source Software
This library implements a flexible layout engine named Platypus that builds documents from components like headlines, paragraphs, fonts, tables, bitmap images, vector graphics, etc. These flowable elements are placed in a document "story" following a set of templates for frames, pages and the entire document itself. In addition to the standard 14 PostScript fonts there is full support for custom embedded Type-1 as well as for Asian fonts. The included graphics subpackage provides a set of primitive shapes as well as reusable widgets building on them. Among the sample collections is a very useful set of business chart diagrams, including bar charts, line charts and pie charts. Different renderers can be used to create vector graphics (in fact, even full document pages) as individual components not only in PDF, but also in EPS and in a variety of bitmap formats including JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP and PICT.
The Commoditization of Massive Data Analysis - O'Reilly Radar
There is a debate brewing among data systems cognoscenti as to the best way to do data analysis at this scale. The old guard in the Enterprise IT camp tends to favor relational databases and the SQL language, while the web upstarts have rallied around the MapReduce programming model popularized at Google, and cloned in open source as Apache Hadoop. Hadoop is in wide use at companies like Yahoo! and Facebook, and gets a lot of attention in tech blogs as the next big open source project. But if you mention Hadoop in a corporate IT shop you are often met with blank stares -- SQL is ubiquitous in those environments. There is still a surprising disconnect between these developer communities, but I expect that to change over the next year or two.
RNC Committee Members
comprehensive list of republican national committee email addresses; surprised that this is in the open
Top Conservatives on Twitter
From that community servant leadership comes the moral authority by which other likeminded netizen-warriors will collectively work to return our country to the principles upon which it was founded.
NextBus Mini HTML Site
Using satellite tracking, not schedules, NextBus tells you when the next public transit vehicle will arrive. (Mobile site)
Future Tense: Where's your bus? The satellites know
In the Twin Cities, Metro Transit spent more than $12 million to outfit its buses with automatic vehicle location equipment. The NexTrip system uses global positioning satellites to monitor the location of a bus as it travels the street. The location is compared to the bus schedule to predict departure time for different stops.
ack -- better than grep, a power search tool for programmers
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U ack --thpppt!
Some Web sites back online after disruption - Ann Arbor, Michigan Business News - with The Ann Arbor News –
The AATA Web-based bus-tracking service was not online on Wednesday, said interim Executive Director Dawn Gabay. She said she hoped the service would be restored Friday. Meanwhile, the remainder of the AATA Web site was functioning by midafternoon.

"It's been difficult all the way," she said.
Chrysler To Idle All Factories For At Least a Month -
Chrysler Halts ALL North American Production
Chrysler to idle North American plants
BBC NEWS | Business | Chrysler plants close for a month
Re: [RFC] Convert builin-mailinfo.c to use The Better String Library. []
C++ is a horrible language. It's made more horrible by the fact that a lot
of substandard programmers use it, to the point where it's much much
easier to generate total and utter crap with it. Quite frankly, even if
the choice of C were to do *nothing* but keep the C++ programmers out,
that in itself would be a huge reason to use C.
UMTRI Research Information and Publications Center
The UMTRI Library houses one of the world's most extensive collections of literature on traffic safety. It reflects the diversity of disciplines that the field comprises: biomechanics, lighting, vehicle dynamics, driver behavior, and injuries from motor-vehicle crashes. The collection is also strong in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, crash causation, driver distraction, and the automotive industry. Its collection includes more than 110,000 items and more than 210 periodical titles. The library's catalog can be searched online. The library also continues to add its catalog records to TLCat, a union catalog that comprises the holdings of nineteen different transportation libraries.
Glendon Swarthout - Willow Run
Willow RunWillow Run was Glendon's very first published novel, in 1943, written after putting in nine-hour days as a riveter at the famous B-24 bomber plant outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He wrote it in six months, for he knew there was a market for a patriotic book about the war effort on the home front during this biggest of all wars. Sure enough, he got a small advance from a publisher and the novel was hurried into print after a page one rewrite. Glendon always acknowledged it in his backlist of titles, but he was embarrassed by Willow Run, referring to it sourly as "a piece of crap" in a short autobiography he wrote the year before he died, which is included in the latest compilation of his short stories, Easterns and Westerns, to be published by Michigan State University Press, summer of 2001.
Knight Wallace Fellows at Michigan
Joanna Mills, assistant editor, BBC World Service News.
How is the way crime is covered in the media impacting society?
Crain's Blogs: Mary Kramer - Crain's Detroit Business
Yes, I know. Times change. And already, I read 3 papers online: The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and New York Times.
But I still like print. There is one thing that you can't get from reading a publication online -- even our own Crain's. It's serendipity.
Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts - Bounded Generosity -
Night after night, hundreds of those primo, $300-a-game seats behind home plate have been empty at Nationals Park. After our colleague Paul Farhi wrote about all that embarrassingly empty acreage, Army Lt. Col. Luke Knittig had a nifty suggestion: Why not fill those seats by giving them away to uniformed military personnel, he wrote in a letter to The Post.
Ann Arbor-based Web hosting firm's eviction sends clients scrambling -
The eviction this week of a local Web hosting firm temporarily crippled the Web sites of several nonprofits and businesses. lost its office space in Swisher Commercial's Northern Brewery building on Jones Drive due to "chronic late-payment of rent," said Doug Smith, a Swisher Commercial agent.

Smith said his attorney advised him not to comment further. But IAS's Web site lists dozens of clients, including the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, Eastern Michigan University Foundation, Zingerman's and Michigan Radio.
AncientFS: Ancient Unix File Systems on Mac OS X
AncientFS is an open-source MacFUSE file system that will mount ancient Unix data containers in read-only mode, making their contents available as regular volumes on Mac OS X. Examples of "data containers" include file system disk images, tape images, incremental file system dumps, tape archives, and library archives. Once mounted, you can browse the volume in the Finder, of course, but the true flavor of ancient Unix data can only be had through the command line.

When you use AncientFS, even though you are mounting an ancient disk image on a modern day operating system, the mounted volume will preserve aspects of the original file system as far as possible. You will see the original inode numbers, file permissions, timestamps, block and character device numbers, and so on. Information on used/available inodes and disk blocks will also be correct when possible.
Mac OS X Internals: The Blog » Blog Archive » More User-Space File System Goodies
values of β will give rise to dom!
IT Conversations | O'Reilly Media Emerging Technology Conference | Eric Rodenbeck: Information Visualization is a Medium
"In what Rodenbeck claims as only the beginning, he foresees a future where information visualization will be both analysis and spectacle, subtly combining beauty with an unlimited ability to explore and play with data. Mimicking McLuhan, Rodenbeck also suggests that the process of visualization is embedded within culture and when dealing with massive amounts of data it becomes difficult to predict what conclusions are possible. For Rodenbeck, that means the visualization must allow, even encourage, people to "play" with data and hopefully draw their own conclusions."
squareONE explorations » Blog Archive » OBSERVING THE OBSERVER - NOT!
Community newspapers can really raise a high velocity and high volume ruckus. The key point here is that–what I’ll term–the community consciousness model is itself the product of local journalists really having a stake in the community, of their direct engagement, and subjectivity rather than objectivity. This is contrasted with The Plain Dealer’s stake being quite different, more professional, more detached, and resulting in ‘just another story’ at a scale oriented toward a wide readership as opposed to a local, (or micro,) readership.
cityofsound: Postopolis!: Eric Rodenbeck, Stamen
Kitten Tuesday « Flickr Blog
somehow flickr's cute pictures of cats are not so cute any more.
Cheney was key in clearing CIA interrogation tactics - Los Angeles Times
Cheney's comments also mark the first time that he has acknowledged playing a central role in clearing the CIA's use of an array of controversial interrogation tactics, including a simulated drowning method known as waterboarding. "I was aware of the program, certainly, and involved in helping get the process cleared," Cheney said in an interview with ABC News.
Fibreculture Journal Issue 13
'2.0' is understood by Tom O'Reilly, who framed the term, as a technical and business corrective to the shortcomings of the early Internet. It points to ways that new and emerging technologies can be exploited in the 'right' way to provide for the web 'a fuller realization of [its] true potential' (O'Reilly, 2005).
delicious blog » Tag the season… in bulk!
continuing signs of life at delicious always welcomed; this time it's bulk tag edit.
Development of a Methodology to Measure Mobility in Urban Transportation Corridors
The objective of this study is to develop a methodology to measure mobility in urban transportation corridors to support project level decision making. Transportation agencies struggle with measuring mobility, and measures are very seldom multimodal. Both VTrans 2025 and VDOT’s FY08 Business Plan stress the importance of multimodal mobility measures, yet measures developed by VDOT to date are for automobile travel and do not include other modes (e.g., transit, pedestrians, or bicycles). The proposed research will first measure the mobility choices that are currently available in a particular corridor; i.e., it will identify the potential in the corridor for multimodal mobility. This can then serve as a baseline for further analysis and for the identification of ways to increase multimodal mobility in the corridor. The project’s scope will be limited to the mobility of people in an urban corridor rather than freight.
tap tap tap ~ The design session
This was a huge improvement to our design session workflow. In one fell swoop, Wolfgang managed to chop out all the shortcomings of image handling in iChat by using Skitch now.

So from a designer’s point of view, how’s this all work? Well, Wolfgang created a nice screencast to step you through the process…
The Ann Arbor Chronicle " Local Groups Scramble After IAS Eviction
hosting provider down, non-profits scramble to get back online
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Jones Drive (near Broadway)
office furniture and equipment piled on curb; landlord says “chronic non-payment of rent” caused eviction of web hosting company IAS; provides service for AATA; AATA website currently down;
How to get to the library by bus - scoring the public transit system
some measures of public library integration with public transit, including travel times and quality of transit-oriented directions
ticTOCs Journal Tables of Contents Service
The ticTOCs Journal Tables of Contents service makes it easy for academics, researchers, students and anyone else to keep up-to-date with newly published scholarly material by enabling them to find, display, store, combine and reuse thousands of journal tables of contents from multiple publishers. With ticTOCs, it only takes a tick or two to keep up to date.

The ticTOCs Consortium consists of: the University of Liverpool Library (lead), Heriot-Watt University, CrossRef, ProQuest, Emerald, RefWorks, MIMAS, Cranfield University, Institute of Physics, SAGE Publishers, Inderscience Publishers, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Open J-Gate, and Intute.
Welcome to IEEE Xplore 2.0: Prediction of Transit Vehicle Arrival Time for Signal Priority Control: Algorithm and Performance
We develop an algorithm for predicting the arrival times of a transit vehicle at signalized intersections, with a focus on meeting the accuracy requirement associated with signal priority control applications. The algorithm uses both historical and real-time Global Positioning System (GPS) vehicle location data. There are no data from other detectors, such as loops or cameras. The arrival time prediction is formulated as an optimal a posteriori parameter estimation problem, where the model is consisted of a historical model and an adaptive model that adaptively adjusts its filter gain based on real-time data. The estimates generated by these two models are fused in a weighted average derived from the solution of the parameter estimation problem. The prediction algorithm adaptively adjusts its weight distribution using error variances obtained from the two models.
Old Bailey Online - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 - Central Criminal Court
A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.
Adactio: Journal—The tragedy of The Commons
The Commons is not just one of the finest achievements on Flickr, it’s a shining example of just how great the web can be. If the project dies because of the idiotic actions of some short-sighted bean counters at Yahoo, it will be a great loss for you, me and our culture.

My trust in Flickr has been shaken. I’m beginning to think that entrusting Flickr with my photos, my data and my memories might prove to be an ill-judged decision.
kewlchops: Not quite what I had in mind.
(It would be unfair to give anyone affected by the lay-offs special treatment.) It's not just my treatment I worry about here. Such a sudden movement makes it especially hard to continue the program effectively, at least for a while. So silly. I sent a few tersely helpful emails before my email account was closed. Couldn't resist. Don't let The Commons die, you buggers! Can't you see how wonderful it is?!?!?
NPR: The Shoe As A Campaign Metaphor
Hence the Code Pink chant: "Condi, Condi, Condi Rice! Your policies suck but your shoes are nice!"
Soo Michigan / Soo Ontario New Year's Eve Fireworks
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – On behalf of Mayor John Rowswell and Members of City Council and Mayor Tony Bosbous and Commissioners from Sault Michigan, you are hereby invited to attend the first ever International Family Fun Night Celebration to be held at the Essar Centre on December 31, 2008.
How To Write - Fowler - Google Books
How to Write is an introductory guide to writing, aimed at people who think they can't write, or for whom writing is an ordeal. Broken down into short topic-based chapters on everything from beginning to revising, it demystifies the writing process by taking the reader through each stage necessary to bring a piece of writing to a decent finish. The book also offers a wealth of invaluable practical considerations, including when and where to write, when to printout and when to edit onscreen, what type of pen works well for revisions, and the hazards of the paperclip. The author is a seasoned writer whose encouraging but uncompromising guidance will delight as well as instruct.
John Lawler retirement wiki
John is retiring from the University of Michigan at the end of Fall term 2008; this site exists to thank him for 37 years of eclectic inspiration.
Book - John Urry, Kingsley DENNIS - After the Car
It is difficult to imagine a world without the car, and yet that is exactly what Dennis and Urry set out to do in this provocative new book. They argue that the days of the car are numbered: powerful forces around the world are undermining the car system and will usher in a new transport system sometime in the next few decades. Specifically, the book examines how several major processes are shaping the future of how we travel, including:
Pew Research Center: Future of the Internet III: How the Experts See It
# The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people in the world in 2020.
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Librarian Josie Parker fractures her leg stopping a thief from stealing a holiday donation jar. WDIV's Bora Kim reports. "Librarian turned superhero"
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Founded in 1885 and headquartered in New York City, PB is a leader in the development and operation of infrastructure to meet the needs of communities around the world. The firm provides strategic consulting, planning, engineering, and program and construction management services to both public and private sector clients.
New Mobilities: Ce-more about what's happening in the mobile world
The Centre for Mobilties Research (CeMoRe) studies and researches the newly emerging interdisciplinary field of 'mobilities'. The concept of 'mobilities' encompasses both the large-scale movements of people, objects, capital, and information across the world, as well as the more local processes of daily transportation, movement through public space, and the travel of material things within everyday life.
Library 2.0: An Academic's Perspective: It's the Mobility, Stupid
I was especially happy to see the item about new scholarship. But the mobile phones item caught my eye because I've been frustrated over the past few years by the fact that libraries haven't put much effort into optimizing their services for mobile devices, be they phones or anything else. My own library hasn't been much inclined to take this on for our Web site, despite my proposal to focus on this need.

I was struck by this passage in the report: "The ability of almost all phones to access email, instant messaging, the web, and calendaring increases the ways in which students and instructors can communicate—and is eroding the digital divide." Just take a walk around campus and observe the cell phones in use, and you can see the potential truth in this statement.
"irving fisher" debt deflation - Google Search
Irving Fisher's 1933 paper on debt, deflation, and depression; via the St Louis Fed.
SteveLendmanBlog: Excess Debt and Deflation = Depression
After the 1929 crash and deepening downturn, Fisher analyzed what happened and in 1933 wrote his "Debt-Deflation Theory of Great Depressions." It raised disturbing questions about the roles of the Fed, Wall Street and Washington, and, as a result, was largely ignored. Given the book's relevance today, this article reviews the most significant of his "49 tentative conclusions."

He believed two major factors cause depression - excess debt (based on easy credit and loose lending practices) and deflation, especially in combination. Others also affect business cycles, but they're secondary to the main ones.
Outsourcing to Ohio « The Apostate
So this American-sounding person sounds smart and less annoying and picks up on my impatience and allows herself to be hurried through the list of offers. At the end, she asks, “Is there anything else I can help you with today?” And I say, “Yes, can you tell me if you’re American? I mean, you sound American, but it’s been so long since I’ve talked to someone who isn’t an Indian when I call in to my credit cards…” and she starts laughing. Says I’m the third person to ask her the question that month, and they all say the same thing about Indians. But yep, she’s in Ohio!
Towards responsible use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by the healthy : Article : Nature
In this article, we propose actions that will help society accept the benefits of enhancement, given appropriate research and evolved regulation. Prescription drugs are regulated as such not for their enhancing properties but primarily for considerations of safety and potential abuse. Still, cognitive enhancement has much to offer individuals and society, and a proper societal response will involve making enhancements available while managing their risks.
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Five Steps for Putting on a Holiday Craft Show
White put the word out at the condo complex, which has more than 400 units, but also contacted others she knew, like Laura Wolf, who does handywoman tasks for many residents at Chapel Hill. Wolf uses weathered wood to make her unique birdhouses – some are made from old porch posts. She was setting up her table on Wednesday afternoon, bringing the outside in with sweeping evergreen branches to frame her work.
Detroit Free Press mulls scaling back home delivery: WSJ - MarketWatch
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Son1's 6.830 Papers
annotated overview of readings for the MIT databases class, 6.830
Cornell University - CS 683
In many contemporary applications of algorithms, it is necessary to design algorithms which make better and better decisions as information is revealed to them over time. The central theme of this course will be a family of algorithms for online learning and prediction, and the applications of these algorithms to game theory and the design of electronic markets. The emphasis will be on mathematical techniques for designing, analyzing, and applying these algorithms. Topics will include algorithms for predicting from expert advice, adaptive game playing, Nash equilibrium and correlated equilibrium, evolutionary game theory, multi-armed bandit problems, Markov decision processes, optimal stopping, pricing and auction theory, universal portfolios, collaborative learning and reputation mechanisms.
Ackerman and Ben-David, "Measures of Clustering Quality: A Working Set of Axioms for Clustering."
refutes the Kleinberg clustering impossibility paper by suggesting internally consistent clustering quality metrics (perhaps "quality scores"), including "weakest link" (a scaled diameter metric) and other measures I can't quite understand
Toy Industry Hall-of-Famer Betty James, ran Slinky company, dead at 90
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. - Betty James, who co-founded the company that made the Slinky and ran the business after her husband left to live in a religious cult, has died. She was 90.
Referential communication in AUTONOTE, a personal information retrieval system
This paper is concerned with the mechanisms of human intelligence and natural language communication, and with the design of an interactive computer program that incorporates and utilizes analogous mechanisms to improve man-machine communication. AUTONOTE2 is an improved personal information retrieval system. It includes, in addition to AUTONOTE (a presently running system), (1) mechanisms allowing the user to employ certain kinds of noun phrases to describe the items he wishes to store and retrieve; and (2) mechanisms enabling the system to maintain a map of what the user is referring to. Though extremely limited by comparison with the analogous human capabilities, these mechanisms add significantly to the descriptive power available to the user, and to the ease and efficiency of communication with the system. Furthermore, because AUTONOTE is a file oriented system, these additions add little to the present low cost of using the system
A History of Online Information Services [Review]
By focusing on the period from 1963 to 1976, the authors capture the emotion and revolutionary nature of moving from a fundamentally print information service system, to one that is chiefly based on online systems without getting lost in the expanse of the entire evolution from Vannevar Bush to the networked web. Service, as opposed to system, is the key word in the book's title. By focusing on overall services rather than narrowing in on the systems themselves, the book transcends its encyclopedic narrative and somewhat numbing detail to present a balanced focus on people, events, and products. This holistic approach enables the writers to interject compelling biographical narratives of the key players who took developing online systems from experimental to fundamental components of information service. The best example is chapter five, where the long and winding development of DIALOG is bolstered by insights into integral service developers such as Roger Summit and Van Wente.
A History of Online Information ... - Google Book Search
Every field of history has a basic need for a detailed chronology of what happened: who did what when. In the absence of such a resource, fanciful accounts flourish. This book provides a rich narrative of the early development of online information retrieval systems and services, from 1963 to 1976--a period important to anyone who uses a search engine, online catalog, or large database. Drawing on personal experience, extensive research, and interviews with many of the key participants, the book describes the individuals, projects, and institutions of the period. It also corrects many common errors and misconceptions and provides milestones for many of the significant developments in online systems and technology.
Free Online PDF Editor - Edit PDF on the Web - PDF Hammer
Whirly Ball of Ann Arbor - Home
imagine 5 on 5 basketball, in bumper cars, with jai alai scoops for the ball. in ann arbor on varsity drive. a lot of fun for adults.
Free book usage data from the University of Huddersfield " "Self-plagiarism is style"
dave pattern has liberated a bunch of checkout data from huddersfield, in a data format that's plausibly reusable and browsable. what do you do with all of this? there's some network graph to create and then slice through to see how that book network lives and changes over time. n.b. recommendations "people who checked out x also checked out y" are weird in public libraries because of parents checking out books for their kids - not necessarily bad weird, just not the same as Amazon. which is ok.
Burst Media Study Reveals the Perils of Ad Clutter - MarketWatch
little surprise that cluttered pages have lower "quality scores" by whatever metric you want to measure. you would be surprised how much you can improve web pages with firefox + adblock plus, using it to remove logos, flash, and other non-advertising crap from sites. subtract, not add.
Ethan Zuckerman on how to engineer serendipity online |
two related problems here. serendipity takes a lot of time, and it doesn't have a neat precise ROI. some systems manage to inject enough ambient random interestingness - e.g. facebook, twitter, delicious - where you view a stream of things that are related to people you know, but not necessarily things you were searching for. alas, only non-serindipitous search has been precisely monetized.
I think grad school is making me crazy | Adventures in Corporate Education
Why should anyone be surprised that grad school drives them crazy? Isn't that part of the whole point of it?
Red Hot Lovers, Ann Arbor, MI
My favorite is the Chicago Dog. Last time I was in there, though, they no longer had cranberry juice, which I always used to order with my meal to help digest it. Also: waffle fries with cheese (yum).
It seemed like a good idea at the time... | Psychology Today Blogs
i.e. if the bus stop sign is hard to read, less people will ride the bus. / So, no wonder it is difficult for us to figure out what is driving our behavior. Very simple aspects of our environment that make information easy or hard to process can influence the likelihood that we will engage in different behaviors.
Jon Kleinberg, "An Impossibility Theorem for Clustering"
e.g. better, faster, cheaper, pick any two; three reasonable conditions for a clustering algorithm that cannot be simultaneously satisfied
About : BarfBlog
This blog is a central location where Dr. Doug Powell and food safety friends provide rapid and brief commentary on food safety issues, post videos, powerpoint presentations and podcasts.
The Aldo Leopold Archives
Aldo Leopold is considered by many to have been the most influential conservation thinker of the 20th Century. Leopold's legacy spans the disciplines of forestry, wildlife management, conservation biology, sustainable agriculture, restoration ecology, private land management, environmental history, literature, education, esthetics, and ethics. He is most widely known as the author of A Sand County Almanac, one of the most beloved and respected books about the environment ever published. The Leopold Collection houses the raw materials that document not only Leopold's rise to prominence but the history of conservation and the emergence of the field of ecology from the early 1900s until his death in 1948.
Links to Google Books added to MadCat library catalog
"madcat" u of wisconsin catalog now has google books, hathi trust integration for full text where available.
[0812.1536] Mountain trail formation and the active walker model
Abstract: We extend the active walker model to address the formation of paths on gradients, which have been observed to have a zigzag form. Our extension includes a new rule to simulate an aversion to falling, which prohibits direct descent or ascent on steep inclines. It is shown that simple modification of the active walker model is unable to reproduce the zigzag trails. Further augmentation of the model to incorporate persistence of direction (representing a reluctance to change direction too suddenly) leads to appropriate pattern formation. The need to include persistence of direction to explain mountain trails indicates that a similar rule should also be included in the standard active walker model.
A Community Strategy for Success — Community Success
More than 70 community leaders, and six individual co-chairs have launched this region's most comprehensive initiative to ensure the smart and successful growth of the Ann Arbor region well into the 21st century. At the very time when the economic climate sees private and public sector organizations pulling back, these leaders in local business, education, government and non-profit enterprise are pulling together to launch Ann Arbor Region Success.
Recipes of the Old German Restaurant : And Other Traditional German Recipes: 紀伊國屋書店BookWeb
Gekochte Kartoffelklosse 44(1)
Kaese Spatzen 44(5)
Kaesespaetzle 49
The New News
Two new local internet news sites – the Ypsilanti Citizen and the Ann Arbor Chronicle – are proving that you don't have to order paper by the ton and ink by the barrel to give a community its news. The Chronicle and the Citizen, free of that cumbersome paper and ink, represent a nimble new breed of journalism that's fresh, timely and intensely local.
Techdirt: Landgrab For Ownership Of Library Catalog Data
There's been an interesting (and somewhat troubling) behind the scenes fight going on concerning library catalog data over the past few months. The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) is a nonprofit, made up of member libraries that basically tries to help facilitate access to information among libraries. That seems like a good thing. One of its offerings is WorldCat -- basically a big online catalog of library collections, so that it's easy for anyone to find books that are available at other libraries. This, obviously, seems quite useful, and many libraries agree and are a part of WorldCat. However, a month ago, OCLC announced new policies for WorldCat that effectively allowed OCLC to claim ownership over the records that any library put in its system -- and, upon doing so, limiting what libraries could do with that data (such as, say, giving it to competing cataloging services).
YouTube - New York Subway
"Interior New York Subway, 14th St. to 42nd St.", dirixida por Billy Bitzer en 1905
The Best and the Brightest Have Led America Off a Cliff | | AlterNet
The nation’s elite universities disdain honest intellectual inquiry, which is by its nature distrustful of authority, fiercely independent and often subversive. They organize learning around minutely specialized disciplines, narrow answers and rigid structures that are designed to produce certain answers. The established corporate hierarchies these institutions service -- economic, political and social -- come with clear parameters, such as the primacy of an unfettered free market, and with a highly specialized vocabulary. This vocabulary, a sign of the "specialist" and of course the elitist, thwarts universal understanding.
Is your subway system a platform? (Scripting News)
Does it have an API? Permalink to this paragraph

Funny thought perhaps, or maybe only in the Bay Area -- but our subway system -- BART, has an API. And it's kind of fun. I spent a couple of hours today hacking together an application, it's not all that useful, but one of these days something else will get an API that plugs in nicely and something interesting will happen.
Image evolution
turn your logo or avatar into a polygon approximation of same
Ross Net Impact | Forum 2009
You are invited to join Ross Net Impact for Forum 2009: Next practices to address future challenges. This year's Forum will explore the changing role of business in society given recent economic challenges and political changes. Corporations across the globe are increasingly recognizing the value of incorporating social and environmental issues into their core strategies, and are now seeking the tools to implement real, positive change. Business leaders will convene with faculty and students to discuss how the public, private, and non-profit sectors should address the host of complex and interconnected social and environmental issues now impacting business. Through a series of keynote speeches, panels, workshops, and roundtable discussions, we hope to “move the conversation forward,” sparking ideas that will help lead to the next level of a sustainable, just society.
The CIA and its reporter friends: Anatomy of a backlash - Glenn Greenwald -
What happened with John Brennan is very straightforward and ought not be particularly controversial. This is someone who explicitly defended some of the most controversial Bush interrogation and detention policies. Everything that Obama said about such policies, and everything his supporters believe about them, should, for that reason alone, preclude Brennan from being named to any top intelligence post, let alone CIA Director. It's just as simple as that.
BLiSS PiT and Abstract Art
WEDDINGS; Catherine Taylor, John M. Berner - New York Times
Published: August 7, 1994

Catherine Ann Taylor, a daughter of Paul and Lucienne Taylor of Orono, Minn., was married yesterday to John Marshall Berner, a son of Robert and Elizabeth Berner of North Haven, Conn.
Relish :: Gallery Project: Step Right Up! // Ann Arbor, Exhibition, Gallery Project, Mary Morgan, Portraits, The Ruiners
I took a break from working on orders yesterday to join Mary Morgan in visiting the Gallery Project space on S. Fourth Ave., where artists are in the process of installing their pieces for a new show that starts tomorrow, December 10. I don’t normally cover (non-performing) art, but this exhibit is just so cool I couldn’t resist.
PocketMod: The Free Recyclable Personal Organizer
The PocketMod is a new way to keep yourself organized. Lets face it, PDAs are too expensive and cumbersome, and organizers are bulky and hard to carry around. Nothing beats a folded up piece of paper. That is until now. With the PocketMod, you can carry around the days notes, keep them organized in any way you wish, then easily transfer the notes to your PDA, spreadsheet, or planner.
800-CEO-READ Blog: Jack Covert Selects: Super Crunchers
One tool Ayres talks about is randomization. The medical community uses randomization extensively in the testing of new pharmaceuticals. Larry Katz, a former chief economist for the Labor Department, found that by providing job search assistance to the out-of-work, people found jobs faster and the federal government could reduce payment of unemployment benefits by two billion dollars. The same type of number crunching can even be used to prove if basketball players are shaving points at the end of game to cause their team not to cover a point spread.
Airspeed: Ghost Airports - A Tour of Paul Freeman's Abandoned and Little-Known Airports Archive
aviation history via abandoned airfield
OBD-II Trouble Codes - OBD-II DTC Trouble Codes Repair Help Site
This site is the premier OBD-II ( a.k.a. OBD2 ) trouble codes resource site. Instead of just giving you a cryptic description of what a trouble code means, we offer a lot more information on trouble codes: troubleshooting tips, symptoms, and possible solutions. We strive to give you the most troubleshooting information as possible, in one site. We also feature OBD-II forums, where you can post questions regarding an issue you're having, or help other people with their problems. We also have general Car Repair Forums. This site is always growing, so check back again soon.
Daily Routines
Daily routines are culled from books, newspapers, magazines, and Web sites. To submit a daily routine, e-mail dailyroutines [at]; please be sure to include your source.
World Usability Day - SlideShare
What would it take to get you out of your car? Usability for public transport. Delivered 13 November 2008 for World Usability Day, UTS, Sydney, Australia (less)
Social media business strategy and more -
Since then, I still use the technique. I write about the types of speeches I hope to give. It works all the time. I often hear from various verticals with an association meeting who want to better understand something I brought up in a blog post, or they’ll ask me to further customize something to a specific industry. In both cases, I love the opportunity. It’s a great way to find new places to speak.
Turning the iPod Touch into a phone | Apple - CNET News
The Truphone application allows users with a Wi-Fi connection to make and receive phone calls via voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, with other iPod Touch owners, users of the Google Talk's messaging service, and customers of Truphone's Internet telephone service. The company said it expects to add the ability to handle landline calls.
Solidarity (USA): Eviction Blockades Defend Working Neighborhoods, Stop Foreclosures « Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign
Amidst the soaring cost of living and a national foreclosure crisis across the country, some residents in Boston are sticking up for their right to housing and to keep properties out of the banks’ hands. On Tuesday July 15, supporters for Roxbury resident Paula Taylor came together to stop the bank from evicting her and repossessing her house, in a technique called an “eviction blockade.” The action was successful and Taylor retained the right to live in her house.
Freelancers Insurance Company :: Freelancers Insurance Company to Begin Operating January 1, 2009
Members of Freelancers Union learned today about the formation of Freelancers Insurance Company (FIC), a new, wholly-owned, for-profit subsidiary of the nonprofit membership organization Freelancers Union. Freelancers Union, which arranges health insurance coverage for its eligible New York-based members and their dependents, will make plans from FIC available to those same members starting on January 1, 2009.
Marks and Meaning PowerPoint template - Marks and Meaning | Google Groups
Here's a PowerPoint template you can use to make contributions to Marks and

If you make a contribution you'll retain the copyright to your work, and
I'll be your editor; that is, you will grant me permission to edit it,
perhaps illustrate your ideas, and reprint it in my book.

You will note that there are master page templates for left-hand pages and
right-hand pages; that's to ensure that the page numbers are on the outside
of each page, as Kent has noted.
Ann Arbor police use stun gun to zap unruly suspect in downtown restaurant - Ann Arbor News - The Ann Arbor News Online - Michigan Newspaper -
Ann Arbor police used an electronic stun gun to zap a man who they say assaulted and robbed his former girlfriend and her mother inside a downtown restaurant Monday night.

The man entered the Parthenon Restaurant at 226 S. Main St. at about 7:20 p.m. and confronted the 28-year-old woman who was sitting in a booth with her mother, Detective Sgt. Jim Stephenson said.

The man grabbed the woman's laptop computer and pulled her to the ground as she tried to fight him off, Stephenson said. He also pushed the victim's 49-year-old mother to the ground when she got involved, before running out of the restaurant.
Study Hall - The Ann Arbor News - About the Author
Welcome to Study Hall, a blog covering education issues in Washtenaw and Livingston counties.

We’re the education team of the Ann Arbor News, a group of experienced journalists covering 20 traditional public school districts, several charter schools and more than a few private schools in two counties.
sansa® Store: Clip Series MP3 Players
We didn't name it the Sansa® Clip for nothing. Clip it to your jeans. Clip it to your jacket. Clip it anywhere you want. But our smallest MP3 player still has big sound and a screen so you can sort through your music, FM radio stations and audible books with ease. It also has a built-in mic and is available in four fashionable colors. Because limiting size shouldn't limit features.
The History of Peaine Township
Peaine Township was formed in March of 1847, and comprised all of Beaver Island. The first Township meeting was held on May 1st of that year at Alva Cable's store and Indian trading post. In 1848 James Jesse Strang and some followers formed a colony on Beaver Island, building houses and roads and planting crops. As they strengthened their hold, they began to impose rules that drove away the earlier settlers. Strang was assassinated in 1856 and most of his followers were expelled from the Island. Within a few weeks some of the earlier settlers, mostly fisherman, returned to the Island, as well as many newly-arrived Irish immigrants. James Cable, nephew of Alva Cable, also had a trading post at the South End and a dock to supply cordwood to Great Lakes steamers during the 1840's and 1850's.
Eight rebellious U.S. regions and secessionist efforts -
Beaver Island, a small island in Lake Michigan, became the home of Mormon leader James Strang and his followers -- called Strangites -- in 1848. Two years later, Strang declared himself king of the church -- complete with crown, scepter, robe, and a harem of 15 wives.

However, most of the island's inhabitants were his followers, so he essentially became King of Beaver Island. The power got to his head, and he began forcing his rule onto the non-believers, causing some violence between the two factions.
Battle of the Overpass | | Michigan History
The UAW began its campaign by putting up billboards saying "Fordism is Fascism" and "Unionism is Americanism". Small clandestine union meetings were held throughout the Rouge plant in order to develop leaders. But Walter Reuther decided that the UAW had to make a bold move to show the workers that the union was as strong and powerful as the Ford regime. An initial attempt involving flying low over the plant in a plane with a loudspeaker was ineffectual. Reuther decided to make a stand, and scheduled a massive leaflet campaign at the Rouge plant for May 26, 1937. He got a license from the city of Dearborn, opened two union halls nearby, and made two reconnaissance trips to the Miller Road Overpass at Gate 4.
The Reo Ramblers at the 1937 sit-down strike « Michigan in Pictures
Lansing Auto Worker declared during the event, “Reo Strike Is Nation’s Model Demonstration.” Under the stress of wage reductions and layoffs resulting from the nation’s Depression, Reo workers shut down the factory and occupied it for a month. Workers remained peaceful, engaging in activities such as checkers, volleyball, and singing with the Reo Ramblers. The strike was successful and reenergized the local UAW chapter.
Recipes: Spiced Cranberries (Fourmilog: None Dare Call It Reason)
So, what are you supposed to do with all this stuff? Couldn't be simpler—just pick through the cranberries and throw out all of the spoilt ones, plonk of all the ingredients into a pot, bring it to a boil, simmer until all of the cranberries have popped, stir well and frequently throughout this process, then keep the crombobulating glozmo at a simmer for 45 minutes and then let it cool overnight. Ladle into conserve jars and, ideally, store a while before serving (but it's yummy even if you make it in a panic the day before Thanksgiving).
VegCooking Blog : Archives : Spanish Style Home Fries
Most home fries recipes I've seen contain just a few basic ingredients, like salt, pepper, oil, garlic, and onions, but this one uses other ingredients that are more common to Spanish cuisine—paprika, parsley, and turmeric. OK, saffron is technically the ingredient common to Spanish cuisine, and turmeric is just an inexpensive way to cheat.
Ben Casnocha: The Blog: So You Want to Get on the Speaking Circuit...
4. The best speakers "do" something by day. People who speak for a living (ie, full time) don't do anything else day to day which makes them less credible and interesting. They are usually "motivational speakers." Standing on stage and issuing opinions is not very hard. By contrast, if you're a professor, or run a business, or otherwise have a professional job that requires you to interact with the world on a regular basis, and then allows you to draw upon such real world experience in your speaking, you are more credible.
The Back Page
Michael Nielsen

Michael A. Nielsen
When Robert Hooke discovered his law of elasticity in 1676, he didn’t publish it in the ordinary way. Instead, he published it as an anagram: “ceiiinosssttuv.” He revealed this two years later as the Latin ut tensio, sic vis, meaning “as the extension, so the force.” This ensured that if someone else made the same discovery, Hooke could reveal the anagram and claim priority, thus buying time in which he alone could build upon the discovery.
Explained: What are the murals on the walls of the Graduate Library's Reference Room? | The Michigan Daily
But students curious about the figures and images in the murals are left guessing –– there are no descriptions in the Reference Room for the paintings. So what, then, are those two huge works of art?

As it turns out, the oil-on-canvas paintings are titled “The Arts of Peace” and “The Arts of War,” and were originally created for the Manufactures and Liberal arts building at the World’s Columbian Exposition, also called The Chicago World’s Fair, held in 1893.

Gari Melchers, a Detroit born artist, created the two works. Melcher would go on to paint murals for the Library of Congress and the Detroit Public Library.
The US car industry in Michigan - then and now | Business |
1937: Workers on strike occupying a Fisher Body plant in Flint, Michigan. One of the many industrial disputes to effect the US car industry
MediaShift . Dealing with Friend Inflation on Twitter, Digg | PBS
For Bastide, the object isn't to read the massive influx of daily tweets, but rather to use Twitter as a networking tool, almost a more collaborative version of email. "So here's what I do," he said. "Obviously, if someone sends me a direct message, I'll answer that. And if someone sends an @reply [a method of publicly responding to someone's tweet], depending on if it needs an answer or not I will answer that as well. Sometimes I'll post a question for something and I'll get 40 or 50 responses, and I can't respond to all of them personally."
America is losing its position at the centre of the internet, according to a new study by TeleGeography Research | Technology |
"The US used to be a primary hub for many regions," said Eric Schoonover, a senior analyst at TeleGeography. "A lot of data still comes through the US, and a lot of content there is served out to other countries … but its importance is declining, though it has by no means gone away."
Is Google Ready to Make (Unpleasant) History? | Peter Kafka | MediaMemo | AllThingsD
Mahaney reaches this conclusion after chatting up industry insiders at a search industry marketing confab in Park City, Utah (someone has to go to these things). In a nutshell, he has something approaching a gut feeling that next quarter may be the first time in the history of search that the industry doesn’t actually grow. In analyst-speak, “Q1 could actually be the real inflection point quarter–i.e., the first negative sequential growth quarter ever for Search.”
Estate Auction - Knotty Pine Antiques
Ypsilanti Specific on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"In 1882 the Ypsilanti Paper Company drilled a well near to its paper mill in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with an idea of securing pure artesian water needed in the process of paper making."

Water was found--and with the well came the the accidental discovery that the water cured cancer. (A laborer at the mill consumed the water for four months and his skin cancer disappeared; word spread and soon afflicted pilgrims were flocking to Ypsilanti. Ypsi was for a time famed for its mineral water and known for its numerous sanitariums.)
Algonquin Round Table - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Algonquin Round Table was a celebrated group of New York City writers, critics, actors and wits. Gathering initially as part of a practical joke, members of "The Vicious Circle," as they dubbed themselves, gathered for lunch each day at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 until roughly 1929. At these luncheons they engaged in wisecracks, wordplay and witticisms that, through the newspaper columns of Round Table members, were disseminated across the country.
Mermaid Tavern - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mermaid Tavern was a tavern on Cheapside in London during the Elizabethan era, located east of St. Paul's Cathedral on the corner of Friday Street and Bread Street. It was the site of the so-called Friday Street Club (the Tavern's entrance was on Friday Street). The Club, meeting monthly, was allegedly founded by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1603, and included some of the Elizabethan era's leading literary figures, among them Ben Jonson, John Donne, John Fletcher and Francis Beaumont, Thomas Coryat, John Selden, Robert Bruce Cotton, Richard Carew, and others—including, perhaps, William Shakespeare.
Florentine Camerata - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Florentine Camerata was a group of humanists, musicians, poets and intellectuals in late Renaissance Florence who gathered under the patronage of Count Giovanni de' Bardi to discuss and guide trends in the arts, especially music and drama.[1][2] They met at the house of Giovanni de' Bardi, and their gatherings had the reputation of having all the most famous men of Florence as frequent guests.[3][4][5] The apex of influence for the Camerata was between 1577 and 1582, gaining influence before this time, and dying off afterward.[6]
Workers occupy Chicago factory | FSRN
Workers at Chicago's Republic Windows and Doors are occupying the factory, after management closed operations Friday. Plants and other businesses with 100 or more employees are required by federal law to provide workers with a 60-day notice before layoffs and closures; but Republic Windows and Doors says it had not choice but to close the plant, because Bank of America, the company's principal creditor, is refusing to make the company a loan. After workers picketed a Bank of America headquarters last Wednesday, the banking giant offered to sit down with Republic representatives and workers in a meeting arranged by Illinois Representative Luis Gutierrez. But company representatives never showed up to the meeting, and management shut the plant's doors – that's when workers decided to occupy the factory in protest, demanding the $1.5 million they are owed in severance and vacation pay.
My World #8: Back at home, but there’s still snow
You can’t really tell from this photo, but when I took this picture of the sun, it was snowing. I was ready to head out the door to work, and just stopped long enough to take this on the run. I had never seen sunshine and snow at the same time. It’s very pretty, but pretty eerie at the same time.
Ypsilanti's Ainsworth site has seen a parade of owners and uses - Ann Arbor, Michigan Features News - with The Ann Arbor News –
The property on which the building stands was purchased by Oliver Ainsworth and his business partners in 1886. On the site they built a fine mill and elevator, which was destroyed by fire on Dec. 3, 1887. The building had only been completed six months before.
JJR combines with Arizona firm - Washington Business Journal:
Floor Associates will combine with JJR, resulting in a national urban design and landscape architecture firm called JJR|Floor.

Madison, Wis.-based JJR has offices in D.C., Ann Arbor, Mich., and Chicago and was founded in 1961 as Johnson, Johnson & Roy.
Dar Williams Live in Ann Arbor Downloads
Dar is currently touring in support of her latest studio album, Promised Land, which you can still catch if you live in the New England area. If not, I've provided three quality recordings from a September show at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan for free download.
Creation of Ann Arbor State Bank approved by FDIC -
Ann Arbor State Bank has received approval to begin operations from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and plans to open at its William Street building in mid-January.
City reaches deal with group over building Ann Arbor skatepark - Ann Arbor News - The Ann Arbor News Online - Michigan Newspaper -
The city of Ann Arbor and the Ann Arbor Skatepark Action Committee have reached an agreement over the building of a skate park at Veterans Memorial Park.

Under the deal, the city will provide the land for the skate park and the committee will be responsible for raising the money to design and build it, according to City Council Member Leigh Greden. The cost is expect to run several hundred thousand dollars.
Communities plan for a low-energy future |
Transition Towns (or districts, or islands) designate places where local groups have organized to embrace the challenge of adapting to a low-oil economy. As the movement’s website ( states, it’s an experiment in grass-roots optimism: Can motivated citizens rouse their neighbors to act in the face of diminished oil resources and climate change?
Tribune Files for Bankruptcy - Mergers, Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds -- DealBook - New York Times
The Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection in a federal court in Delaware on Monday, as the publisher of newspapers like The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune struggled to cope with rising debt and falling ad revenue.

Tribune, which was acquired last year by billionaire real estate investor Samuel Zell, had hired bankruptcy advisers like Lazard and the law firm Sidley Austin in recent weeks as it negotiated with creditors over debt covenants. (Read the bankruptcy petition here.)
About ISFA
The International String Figure Association (ISFA) was founded in 1978 by Hiroshi Noguchi, a Japanese mathematician, and Philip Noble, an Anglican missionary stationed in Papua New Guinea. ISFA is a small, not-for-profit organization funded solely by membership dues and private donations. The primary goal of ISFA is to gather, preserve, and distribute string figure knowledge so that future generations will continue to enjoy this ancient pastime. We also encourage the invention of new string figures, and enjoy sharing them with one another.
I’m an Organizing Junkie » Menu Plan Monday
I’m an Organizing Junkie is home to Menu Plan Monday. I truly believe that menu planning is one of the best places to start in your quest to get organized. Each week over 200 ladies share what’s on their menus for the week and we’d love to have you join us! It’s a wonderful opportunity to keep your menu planning efforts on track week after week not to mention the many great ideas and recipes that come from reading the menus of the many other participants.
The Pearl Harbor Day Page
[Beacon_Lighted] In the San Francisco Bay area, the events of this day are memorialized by the illumination of a prewar aircraft beacon atop Mount Diablo. This light was decomissioned on that day as a defensive measure and was obsolete as a navigation aid by the end of the war. It was refurbished in 1962 and is now turned on for only one evening a year. On the evening of December 7th, a few remaining military survivors of the attack will gather with family and friends to memorialize their fallen shipmates and comrades by playing "Taps" and lighting the beacon, which may be seen from many places in the bay area. The public is welcome at these events and are advised to enter the park before 4:00 P.M.
James Governor’s Monkchips » Asymmetrical Follow: A Core Web 2.0 Pattern
But Twitter wasn’t designed for whales. It was designed for small shoals of fish. Which brings us to one of the big issues with Asymmetrical Follow - it introduces unexpected scaling problems. Twitter’s architecture didn’t cope all that well at first, but has performed a lot better since the message broker was re-architected using Scala LIFT, a new web application programming framework). The technical approach that is most appropriate to support Asymmetrical Follow is well known in the world of high scale enterprise messaging- its called Publish And Subscribe.
ED43 - The Cake on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
the ed43 cake from eastern accents
Mark 1:6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
so if you were to make a recipe from locusts and wild honey, what would it look like, and would it be good nourishing food or something that would be desperation survival food?
Grasshopper Recipes
Known as an easily acquired and tasty snack, people have developed a number of tasty grasshopper recipes that satisfy the most discriminating of palates. I highly recommend you try your hand at catching wild grasshoppers and make a practice survival meal centered around them.
Our History | American Druze Society - Michigan Chapter
The 'El-Bakaurat Ed-Dirziyat' meetings were held once a month, and the members met on the first Sunday of every month. Organized meetings were conducted, and impeccable records were kept. Dues of .50 cents per member were collected monthly, and absent members without a valid reason for the absence were fined 25 cents. A 25 cent fine was also levied on a member for tardiness, as well as for talking out of turn. If a member talked badly of another member in public, and if a member's conduct was not conducive to the Druze Social Values, the member was suspended from the meetings for a definite period of time.
Balloon Juice » Blog Archive » The Auto Industry As a Play

Dramatis Personae

BIG THREE, a manufacturer of automobiles
UAW, Big Three’s employee
MITT ROMNEY, an idiot
The Social Fabric and Annual Cycle of Residential Colleges
thoughts on the design of a residental college (undergraduate); consider what the analogous routines are for residents of a college town.
Tom Hume: Thoughts on the demise of Trutap
So I find myself being a bit confused by his post. Does he really expect businesses backed by US hedge funds not to experience knock-on effects from the credit crunch? In a world of many social networks and services, is there not a role for aggregators? Are applications not a route for delivering superior user experiences? And if the demise of trutap was really inevitable, could we not have expected a prediction of it from him before the fact?
Infovore » If Gamers Ran The World
nice gamer perspective on management, collaboration, learning, coordination, flexibility. compare with the corn farmer perspective (measure ratio of inputs to outputs, and then get back to your tractor)
Facette: Faceted Tagging for Delicious
if this used the machine tags style syntax instead of the weird parens syntax it might just work for me; eg. warning:weird-syntax instead of weird-syntax(warning).
"scans from an old moped maintenance library book"
beautiful vintage book mold; I'm sure you've seen a lot of this @vaguery @logista
A taxonomy of punched cards can take many forms: by size, by number of recording punches, by the method used to sort or retrieve the information, by whether the card is punched internally or only on the edges, and other methods, such as whether the card contains other information-handwritten or typed, or recorded via an encased microfilm image. The usual approach classifies them as machine sorted or hand sorted and then subclassifies them with one or more of the noted criteria. Such a system is used in this brief tutorial, with the caveat that some punched-card systems, such as optical coincidence punched cards and large files of edge-notched cards (which are usually hand sorted) may employ machinery for sorting purposes.1 In all cases, sorting refers to the process of arranging cards in a predetermined order.
Impressive Math magic with 16 index cards » Fun Math Blog
Here is one of my very favorite Math tricks that’s sure to impress your friends (and yourself the first time you try it). I learned this trick over 30 years ago and amazingly enough I still remember it.Binary sorting trick
Jams, Jellies & Preserves - Wild foods grown by Mother Nature and offered by Wild Pantry
Autumn Olive Jam - This jam tastes like a mix of wild red plums and cranberries. $6.00 4 oz. jar; 8 oz. jar. (out of stock at present 10/2007) - plus shipping. out of stock due to drought
Artisan bread in five minutes a day : the discovery that revolutionizes home baking / Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois ; photography by Mark Luinenburg
a no-knead bread book; gotta read it because it's on hold.
Mother Goose rhymes
mother goose rhymes formatted suitable for mobile phone. gopher ftw
IET : TechNews - Early Aggie IT: Before key words, students used notched cards and knitting needles
"They came with holes pre-punched along the edges," Buckland said. "Suppose you assigned the first hole the meaning 'UC Davis' and the second hole 'UC Berkeley,' and so on. Then every time you had a card related to UC Davis, you cut away the card between the edge and the first hole--such that there was a valley or notch, not a hole."
Relish :: Play It Safe // Ecology Center, Hannah Montana,, High School Musical, Tree Town Toys
First, though, let me start with some positive feelings. In October, I had the opportunity to photograph children for’s 2nd annual Consumer Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Toys. is a project of the Ecology Center, a non-profit, environmental organization based in Ann Arbor. The website, designed by Inner Circle Media, launched this past week. I got to work with some very fun kids, whose parents eagerly lent their children to the cause.
Nicks 41 Speedway - Ishpeming Michigan
Web - 9/25/2004 This 1/4 mile drag strip was built in the early 70s on the grounds of the old Dexter Landing Field on US-41 near Ishpeming. Coincidentally, the Evergreen Drive-In was on the lot next to it! By all accounts this track was non-sanctioned and was built by racing enthusiasts who felt that the old runway would make a great drag strip!
Remembering on the web - 5 reasons why online bookmarking is the wrong tool
I think delicious lets to do that; up to a degree of course. If you look at John Udell’s subscriptions, you know what he is going to read; and if you know what he is going to read, you can guess what he is going to write about. A portal to John Udell’s mind. Now try to beat that. I would have killed to take a look at an Umber geek’s bookmarks or installed programs list. delicious is an absolute favorite.
This Is Your Life (and How You Tell It) - New York Times
By contrast, so-called generative adults — those who score highly on tests measuring civic-mindedness, and who are likely to be energetic and involved — tend to see many of the events in their life in the reverse order, as linked by themes of redemption. They flunked sixth grade but met a wonderful counselor and made honor roll in seventh. They were laid low by divorce, only to meet a wonderful new partner. Often, too, they say they felt singled out from very early in life — protected, even as others nearby suffered.
British surgeon tells of how he carried out amputation via text message - Telegraph
Start on clavicle. Remove middle third. Control and divide subsc art and vein. Divide large nerve trunks around these as prox as poses. Then come onto chest wall immed anterior and divide Pec maj origin from remaining clav. Divide pec minor insertion and (very imp) divide origin and get deep to serrates anterior. Your hand sweeps behind scapula. Divide all muscles attached to scapula. Stop muscle bleeding with count suture. Easy! Good luck. Meirion
Singapore's Land Transport
The author has an interest in land transport who happens to work in the industry. He would like to share his observations on the developments of the land transport system and policies. He hopes his readers benefit from his sharing and participate in the development of a land transport system that benefits the users.
SinGeo - Visualize Singapore
u michigan museum of art seeks drupal + flash + ajax contractor
The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) currently has the need for a web developer who specializes in designing Drupal themes that incorporate Flash and AJAX elements.
Introducing the Media Socialists… at theory.isthereason
Possibly the most overdue plug I ever had to make, I’d like to introduce you to a consortium of bloggers which I’ve had pleasure of being part of. Birds of a feather to flock together, and in this case, it’s the meetups, conferences and online conversations we’ve shared through our blogs that has brought us here. Together, we aim to help our various Singaporean agencies participate in social media, both in the cultural and technical sense. This is all in hopes of building active citizenry, highly responsive organizations and ultimately, a socially responsible and transparent way of life in Singapore.
YOU Magazine - December 2008 - Deliver on Your Promises by Jason and Jodi Womack
How do you feel after a day of completion? You know, when you end a day and you have closed more loops, completed a project or two, returned some phone calls...even read a magazine from cover to cover and are ready to recycle it or donate it to the local library! It may seem a paradox, but here is a "workplace performance" truth: When you have structure built up around your workflow systems, you have more freedom to be creative and innovative with your work.
Googling Security: book that opens your eyes to how much you disclose to Google - Boing Boing
In slow, methodical steps, Conti builds his case: our complacency, Google's capacity for building compelling services, and the inadequacy of our browsers and other tools in alerting us to potential information disclosure have created a situation where Google ends up in possession of an alarming amount of information about us, our beliefs, our movements, our finances, our health, our employment and our social circles.
Bootstrapping Knowledge Representation
ABSTRACT. The symbol-based, correspondence epistemology used in AI is contrasted with the constructivist, coherence epistemology promoted by cybernetics. The latter leads to bootstrapping knowledge representations, in which different parts of the cognitive system mutually support each other. Gordon Pask's entailment meshes and their implementation in the ThoughtSticker program are reviewed as a basic application of this methodology. Entailment meshes are then extended to entailment nets: directed graph representations governed by the "bootstrapping axiom", determining which concepts are to be distinguished or merged. This allows a constant restructuring and elicitation of the conceptual network. Semantic networks and frame-like representations with inheritance can be expressed in this very general scheme by introducing a basic ontology of node and link types. Entailment nets are then generalized to associative nets characterized by weighted links.
Optimization Online - Finding good nearly balanced cuts in power law graphs
Abstract: In power law graphs, cut quality varies inversely with cut balance. Using some million node social graphs as a test bed, we empirically investigate this property and its implications for graph partitioning. We use six algorithms, including Metis and MQI (state of the art methods for finding bisections and quotient cuts) and four relaxation/rounding methods. We find that an SDP relaxation avoids the Spectral method's tendency to break off tiny pieces of the graph. We also find that a flow-based rounding method works better than hyperplane rounding.
METIS - Family of Multilevel Partitioning Algorithms | Karypis Lab
METIS is a family of programs for partitioning unstructured graphs and hypergraphs and computing fill-reducing orderings of sparse matrices. The underlying algorithms used by METIS are based on the state-of-the-art multilevel paradigm that has been shown to produce high quality results and scale to very large problems.
Expander graph - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In combinatorics, an expander graph is a sparse graph which has high connectivity properties, quantified using vertex or edge expansion as described below. Expander constructions have spawned research in pure and applied mathematics, with several applications to theoretical computer science, design of robust computer networks, and the theory of error-correcting codes.
Isoperimetric inequality - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The isoperimetric inequality is a geometric inequality involving the square of the circumference of a closed curve in the plane and the area of a plane region it encloses, as well as its various generalizations. Isoperimetric literally means "having the same perimeter". The isoperimetric problem is to determine a plane figure of the largest possible area whose boundary has a specified length. A closely related Dido's problem asks for a region of the maximal area bounded by a straight line and a curvilinear arc whose endpoints belong to that line. It is named after Dido, the legendary founder and first queen of Carthage. The solution to isoperimetric problem is given by a circle and was known already in Ancient Greece. However, the first mathematically rigorous proof of this fact was obtained only in the 19th century. Since then, many other proofs have been found, some of them stunningly simple.
Surface area to volume ratio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In chemical reactions involving a solid material, the surface area to volume ratio is an important factor for the reactivity, that is, the rate at which the chemical reaction will proceed. In some industries it is abbreviated sa/vol.
It is a matter of common experience that communities exist in networks ... Although not precisely defined, communities are usually thought of as sets of nodes with better connections amongst its members than with the rest of the world. - Google Search
network structure of communities
Building a Bluetooth-enabled, Linux-controlled LED sign
This detailed book chapter describes how to add a Linux-based, Bluetooth-connected control interface to a scrolling LED sign. The 35-page chapter is excerpted from Make Projects: Small Form Factor PCs, a 232-page O'Reilly book featuring nine interesting and instructive embedded projects, many based on Linux.

(Click for larger view of book cover)

The Make Projects book was written by Duane Wessels and Matthew Weaver. Weaver works on small-form-factor access points and solar-powered servers, for a wireless ISP in Colorado. Wessels previously authored O'Reilly books on HTTP caching and on Squid, the open-source caching HTTP proxy server he co-developed and maintains.
Official Google Reader Blog: Square is the new round.
Out with the old rounded corners, drop shadows and heavily saturated colors -- in with a softer palette, faster components and a fresh new look. (Rounded corners are so Web 2.0, and we're trying to get past that.) (Still not a Web 3.0 design, not a clipped corner in sight.)
Happiness Can Spread Among People Like a Contagion, Study Indicates -
Cass R. Sunstein: The Daily We
Second, the public forum doctrine allows speakers not only to have general access to heterogeneous people, but also to specific people, and specific institutions, with whom they have a complaint. Suppose, for example, that you believe that the state legislature has behaved irresponsibly with respect to crime or health care for children. The public forum ensures that you can make your views heard by legislators simply by protesting in front of the state legislature building.
Cass Sunstein: " 2.0" | Salon News
What gets lost in these polarized times, Sunstein writes, are traditional civic virtues like civility, self-criticism and open-mindedness. He uses experiments and statistical analyses to back that up: One study of hyperlinking patterns on the Web shows that political bloggers rarely highlight opposing opinions -- of 1,400 blogs surveyed, 91 percent of links were to like-minded sites. A central problem, Sunstein argues, is that Americans now think of themselves more as consumers than as citizens. When it comes to the Internet, we demand the right to reinforce our own beliefs without embracing the responsibility to challenge them.
University of Chicago Law School > Chicago Judges Project
Are judges political? This is a much-disputed question, usually explored abstractly and in theoretical terms. Our goal is to produce a comprehensive study of judicial behavior on federal courts. We want to know how judges vote, in different cases, and whether their votes can be predicted by features of their appointment and their background. How, for example, do Republican and Democratic appointees differ in their votes in cases involving sex discrimination, affirmative action, environmental regulation, and campaign finance?
» Sunstein speaks on Extremism I&D Blog
He thinks the concept of group polization should replace the notion of group think in all fields. Group Polarization involves both information exchange and reputation. His thesis is that like-minded people talking with other like-minded people tend to move to more extreme positions upon disucssion - partly because of the new information and partly because of the pressure from peer viewpoints.
bicycle studded tires built by Homeless Dave
1. drill holes in tire 2. insert sheet metal screws 3. reassemble tire with a double tube 4. ride on ice - CRY ON CUE - los angeles, California - Reggae -
cry on cue • ”love + trust “ Reggae is such a broad word, describing Jamaican influenced music from Finland to the Far East.
ProgressMichigan | Fund Michigan Transit Now
According to Cambridge Systematics, Michigan could create over 6,000 jobs by investing in public transit. What’s more, implementation of a public transit system – like the ones being considered in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Detroit, and along the Woodward Corridor – would help bring Michigan into the 21st century, creating vibrant cities that attract young professionals. Building modern systems of public transit in Michigan, such as light and commuter rail, will help connect people to their jobs, their schools, and to communities.
University of Michigan Ann Arbor Central Campus map
The map below is formatted for a Web page (72 dots per inch) and MAY NOT print with detail (depending on the type of printer you have).
Vacuum - Edward Vielmetti in Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104: community organizer's checklist: weekly lunch meeting
A checklist of things to do for the weekly lunch.
change mobile
mobile version (eg blackberry) of site, as remixed by Cerado.
WWJ Newsradio 950 - Google AdWords Hit The MSU Classroom
Four teams of Michigan State University MBA students gave presentations on the Google AdWords campaigns they ran for Michigan nonprofits as part of a course called integrated marketing communications. At Google, the probram is called Keywords in the Curriculum.

"The Google perspective is that as the Michigan economy is transitioning, we feel we are equipping these soon-to-be-professionals with a set of skills they can deliver to the workplace immediately," said Jake Parillo, manager of Midwest Region communications and public affairs for the search giant.
WebMetricsGuru » Automated Ads to figure out what your creative ought to be, plus more.
It is technology that could cause a shift in the advertising world. The creators and designers of ads have long believed that a clever idea or emotional resonance drives an ad’s success. But that argument may be difficult to make when analysis suggests that it is not an ad’s brilliant tagline but its pale-yellow background and sans serif font that attracts customers.
At last, their breakthrough tips for sourcing passive candidates from blogs are revealed in this exciting and exclusive CheatSheet not available anywhere else. Be among the first to apply these guaranteed methods. Improve your sourcing techniques by following simple formulas and examples you can apply to your most difficult requirements. We promise you will get incredible results with these revolutionary search strings that will easily produce leads for you from blogs and Web 2.0 sites.
community organizer education (blog | blogs) (comments | rss | feed | archives | posted | tags | trackback) ~cv -job -jobs -send -submit -you - Google Search
resume search on blog
Reading Wake Up and Live!
This is an unusual self-help book in that it spends nearly half its pages exploring why people are not successful. For many, reading it might be uncomfortable, but believe me the payoff is there.

Maybe the long wind-up in Wake Up and Live! is necessary because the solution proposed by the author, Dorothea Brande, is so simple that if it were offered straight up most would breeze on by.
Gretchen Rubin: 12 Surprising And Productive Brain Exercises
Here are Dorothea Brande's twelve mental exercises. Note: she wrote these in 1936, so you need to adapt of few of them.
The Science of Memory: An Infinite Loop in the Brain - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
Can someone who cannot forget even fall in love? Can they forgive, either others or themselves? Price's life has had its share of suffering, including family strife, her mother's cancer and, later, the sudden death of her husband Jim. Because she was hounded by bad memories, grew depressed and feared that she was going crazy, she sat in front of her computer on June 5, 2000 (a Monday) and typed a single word into Google: memory.

That was how Price found James McGaugh, and became part of a scientific case study.
InterWeb Nostalgia pt. 1 « American Stranger
At your command, your OLIVER will take notes (or refrain from taking notes) on what you do, what you read, what you buy and where you buy it. It will know who your friends are, your mere acquaintances. It will know your value structure, who is prestigious in your eyes, for whom you will do what with what priority, and who can have access to which of your personal files. It will know your organization’s rules pertaining to proprietary information and the government’s rules relating to security classification.
Pandemonium [Tesugen]
I liked the passage in Emergence about how Oliver Selfridge of MIT came up with his “Pandemonium” idea. He had been experimenting in the 1950s with teaching computers to learn, and as he re-read John Miltons Paradise Lost the image of shrieking demons enlightened him.

This gave birth to a new paradigm for pattern recognition which Selfridge dubbed “Pandemonium” (Greek for “all the demons”), where the task is split between a number of demons voting (or “shrieking” in his metaphor) to higher levels of demons, with a super-demon collecting the votes.
Vacuum - Edward Vielmetti in Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104: links for 2007-11-30
links bookmarked during the NSFNET reunion last year
NSFNET reunion, a perspective
Thanks to everyone I saw there (cja, mayabe, dsobeloff, glee, srh) and especially to those who were young enough in 1987 to disagree with the networking orthodoxy of the time (because we had nothing to lose and everything to win).
Ficlets Will Be Shut Down Permanently - People Connection Blog: AIM Community Network
7. I knew this was coming, I just didn't know the day. I tried, with the help of some great people, to get AOL to donate ficlets to a non-profit, with no luck. I asked them just to give it to me outright since I invented it and built it with the help of some spectacular developers and designers. All of this has gone nowhere.
sonimi's favorites on Flickr
sonimi is favoriting checklists on flickr; a very nice collection worth noting.
“If You’re Really Serious, Come Out Here.” « Slow Food On Campus
In Braddock, Pennsylvania, 10 miles east of Pittsburgh, a new mayor has come to revive a town of 20,000 that has been decimated by the closing of the steel mills. The new mayor, John Fetterman looks at this ruined town as an incredible opportunity for a new beginning. Since he stepped into office, Fetterman has encouraged many new social and environmental programs and organizations that will help stimulate the economy, boost morale and encourage a vibrant community.
Braddock Urban Farm grows organic produce, Fossil Free Fuel reconfigures diesel engines to run of recycled vegetable oil and artists are starting to show up lured by ridiculously low rents and cheap studio space.
Guess what? Automated news doesn't quite work. - Techmeme News
in a week where many news organizations are doing layoffs, techmeme announced a new hire.
Annals of Medicine: The Checklist: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
In 2003, however, the Michigan Health and Hospital Association asked Pronovost to try out three of his checklists in Michigan’s I.C.U.s. It would be a huge undertaking. Not only would he have to get the state’s hospitals to use the checklists; he would also have to measure whether doing so made a genuine difference. But at last Pronovost had a chance to establish whether his checklist idea really worked.
The Day The Web Went Dead -
Angry calls from customers began to flood both companies, and it quickly became clear that Sprint had made a grave strategic error. In the unlikely event that Cogent caved completely, Sprint stood to gain $1.5 million or so in annual revenue, which would add .004% to the company's $40 billion in annual revenue. The downside was vastly higher. Sprint is first and foremost a wireless company, deriving only 6% of its revenues from its Internet division. Sprint's future relies on attracting high-paying broadband wireless customers--and it was those customers who were all cut off from part of the Internet as a result of its fight with Cogent.
Give List
Times are tight. We know, we know. We've all seen the scary headlines. Too many of the scary headlines. And we're all feeling the pressure in other ways too.
But, still, we want to contribute what we can to making the world the better place.
The GiveList gives you ideas and inspiration for just that: ways that you contribute without spending or buying. Or maybe giving while buying and spending a little less than usual.
(Not so) Little Feat: Reunite Gondwanaland
My Husband made me a hat once. A basic white baseball cap I used during field work. He painted a map of a late Devonian Earth on it, and emblazoned it with the slogan, "Reunite Gondwanaland."
Google Friend Connect: Add social features to your site
Grow traffic by adding social features to your site

Google Friend Connect means more people engaging more deeply with your website -- and with each other.

Set up a new site

Enrich your site
Choose engaging social features from a catalog of gadgets by Google and the OpenSocial developer community.

Attract more visitors
Your users can easily invite friends from social networks and contact lists to visit and join your site.

No programming whatsoever
Just copy and paste a few snippets of code into your site, and Friend Connect does the rest.
Gannett Blog: Roll call III: Say goodbye to more of your friends
With your contributions, I'm building another roster of newspaper-by-newspaper layoffs and job cuts, as publishers notify individual employees losing their jobs in the 10% layoff now underway.

(Updated at 2:42 p.m. ET.) We've now accounted for 26 papers. Total layoffs and other job cuts: 946 (including publishers' early estimates).
Tracking social networks with Google Analytics using filters | Advanced Web Metrics
The result is a report that aggregates all visits from your social network in a similar way to how organic visitors or Google AdWords visitors are automatically aggregated by default. It provides an at-a-glance view to ascertain the importance/activity of social networks to you. In this case, visits from social networks are clearly important - the third most important medium accounting for 17.65% of visits to this site. Without the filter, that would be difficult to ascertain, requiring the manual identification and counting of each social network referral. As always, you gain further detail by clicking the report link.
The 40th Anniversary of Doug Engelbart's 1968 Demo
In 1968, Doug Engelbart presented interactive computing to the world, including word processing, email, hypertext, the computer mouse and more...

The 40th Anniversary of Doug Engelbart's 1968 Demo video: Long after Ike, miles of trash piles
huge piles of debris along the texas coast post-Ike
Jerry_2008_marconi_ccasa.JPG (JPEG Image, 2476x1586 pixels) - Scaled (39%)
Creating Entrepreneurial Communities
Creating Entrepreneurial Communities Conference

Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Lansing Center, Lansing, Mich.

Join us for Tuesday, November 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for a pre-conference reception with our featured speakers. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar.
Here's A Money Hobby That Might Make You Rich
This ad was written by one of the all-time "naturals" of direct response copywriting, Dr. Ernest Weckesser.

What's unique about him is he had no ad agency or direct marketing background but was a university professor at the time he jumped into the direct response game.

Though this ad was written 32 years ago, it's infinitely more sophisticated than 90% of biz-op ads today. > ruby
flesch-kincaid in ruby
GitHub: vielmetti / theride
commuter tools for riders of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority bus system
Growl lets Mac OS X applications unintrusively tell you when things happen.
Michigan Oracle User Summit Keynote - SlideShare
Desc: David C. Bloom's industry-keynote address from the 2008 Michigan Oracle User Summit (less)
Corporate Information - Google Management
Francois Delepine
Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis

Francois is responsible for financial business partnerships with Google's engineering, operations, products, marketing and G&A organizations, and he also manages the corporate FP&A activities and the financial systems group. He joined Google from Hyperion, where he was in charge of emerging businesses; including three fast-growing product lines the company had acquired through its M&A activities.

Earlier, Francois was Vice President of Corporate Finance, overseeing Hyperion's financial planning and analysis worldwide, as well as treasury, procurement, real estate, and the enterprise performance management group. Prior to joining Hyperion, Francois was CFO at Kadiri, a human capital management software company and CFO of Xtime, a service CRM software company.
Google Gears Down for Tougher Times -
Google hired a new vice president of financial planning and analysis, Francois Delepine, who sought to standardize and more tightly manage the budget process. Finance teams started allocating more new hires to groups that generated the most revenue per head, say people familiar with the matter. To better predict revenue, the company implemented quotas for ad-sales representatives and tied the pay of more employees to performance, these people said. Different departments were required to budget the same amount for the same item, whether it was a server computer or a business-class ticket to Europe.
Fact Triangles
To help students master the facts, you may use Fact Triangles. These triangular cards have three numbers on each corner, an asterisk, or solid dot in the corner, which contains the sum or product, and the operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) in the center.
Save the Wild UP » New Sulfide Mining Documentary Show Times and Locations
"Mining Madness, Water Wars: The Great Lakes in the Balance" is a timely, compelling documentary that lays bare a controversial proposal to blast a mine beneath a blue ribbon trout stream in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The 33-minute story is told through the passionate voices of scientists, community activists, tribal officials, and others who care about protecting our most precious asset water. Watch a short excerpt that focuses on one aspect of the controversy — the apparent disregard for Native American treaty rights.
Walt at Random » Blog Archive » Liblog profiles (Liblog Landscape 2007-2008, 11)
In this case, the answer actually is in the chapter discussed here–Chapter 12, Liblog Profiles, which makes up somewhat more than half of The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008: A Lateral Look.

And, for those who somehow missed it over the past week or so, the book is on sale for an introductory price of $22.50 from now through January 15, 2009, only from Lulu.
Help with Price per ton for Gran Deicing Mat [Archive] -™ - Snow Plowing & Ice Management Forum Powered by Moose River Media
Submitting a bid for a contract and I need help or some input concerning pricing my salting for this job. I price all my lots per bag or by lbs.(still basically per bag) but this particular request is requesting my price be per ton. Now I do not use a v-box or other bulk applicator so I am confused as to how to charge. The manager at the lot stated the previous contractor would use approx. 1 to 1.5 tons for the lot which really seems like alot since I figured for about 20 bags and thats more than enough. Now I don't have any experience with dealing with bulk salt but I know it is much cheaper. What kind of prices are people getting per ton of salt spread? And how should I approach this?
Economy, costs forcing paper to make changes - Jackson, Michigan News - Jackson Citizen Patriot –
• The Citizen Patriot will offer condensed-story graphics on governmental and school board meetings. We hope to give you more information in less space, while still writing in-depth articles when necessary on topics of high interest and importance.
Blue Cross: Financial disaster possible without legislative fix - Crain's Detroit Business
Mark Bartlett, CFO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, said Monday that Blue Cross is headed for financial disaster and possible loss of its membership in the national BlueCross BlueShield Association unless the state Legislature modifies the individual health insurance market this year.

In a 45-minute telephone press conference, Bartlett and Andrew Hetzel, vice president of corporate communications, said Blue Cross has submitted more than 300 pages of financial documents to Michigan Attorney General Michael Cox that supports its case for quick legislative action.
FREE - Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce
free events on the ann arbor chamber's calendar for businesses
Fireworks Displays in Michigan for 2008
Currently listing 547 Fireworks displays in Michigan for 2008
Dave Gray's reading list
A lot of people have asked me to recommend books on visual thinking, visual learning, the brain, business, etc., so I have compiled this list. I've added a brief note to each book so you can see why I think it's important.
Morning Coffee: still devastated in Galveston, horror grows in Zimbabwe
A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Zimbabwe. A cholera epidemic has claimed more than 400 lives and Save the Children Africa specialist Sarah Jacobs tells The Takeaway it’s “raging through the country,” and conditions are appalling. There are also reports of an outbreak of anthrax, which is destroying cattle. Families are so hungry that many are eating the infested cattle. It’s striking to note how prosperous this country once was, and what it has become over two decades. Listen You can follow BBC coverage of the story here.
John Meyer - CDDRL
John Meyer is a professor of sociology (and by courtesy, education) emeritus, at Stanford; a faculty member at CDDRL; and a senior fellow, by courtesy, at FSI. He received his PhD from Columbia University, and taught there for several years before coming to Stanford. His research has focused on the spread of modern institutions around the world, and their impact on national states and societies. He is particularly interested in the spread and impact of scientific activity, and in the expansion and standardization of educational models.
Amazon SimpleDB
A traditional, clustered relational database requires a sizable upfront capital outlay, is complex to design, and often requires a DBA to maintain and administer. Amazon SimpleDB is dramatically simpler, requiring no schema, automatically indexing your data and providing a simple API for storage and access. This approach eliminates the administrative burden of data modeling, index maintenance, and performance tuning. Developers gain access to this functionality within Amazon’s proven computing environment, are able to scale instantly, and pay only for what they use.
S&P says J.G. Wentworth may need capital; cuts credit ratings | Philly | 11/28/2008
"Wentworth received an additional margin call of $16.9 million on Oct. 22, 2008, the payment of which was waived until Nov. 21, 2008. The payment has not yet been made," S&P added. Wentworth makes most of its money by selling asset-backed securities. Because such asset-backed transactions are tough to make in the current market, Wentworth has been reporting losses, S&P said. Wentworth is owned by New York investment firm JLL Partners.
Two Wheel Trade-Ins -
Two Wheel Tango has gone greener! We are now accepting trade-ins for new bike purchases, and offering affordable high quality used bikes to the community!
A fork in the road (An important announcement about I want Sandy)
i want sandy shut down, users complain and grieve
'The Tyranny of Structurelessness' by Jo Freeman
Contrary to what we would like to believe, there is no such thing as a 'structureless' group. Any group of people of whatever nature coming together for any length of time, for any purpose, will inevitably structure itself in some fashion. The structure may be flexible, it may vary over time, it may evenly or unevenly distribute tasks, power and resources over the members of the group. But it will be formed regardless of the abilities, personalities and intentions of the people involved. The very fact that we are individuals with different talents, predisposition's and backgrounds makes this inevitable. Only if we refused to relate or interact on any basis whatsoever could we approximate 'structurelessness' and that is not the nature of a human group.
Untitled 1 - Boing Boing
Untitled 1
Posted by Mark Frauenfelder, April 24, 2008 2:16 PM | permalink
Only Collect « a historian’s craft
And the work is: Only Collect; that is to say, collect everything, indiscriminately. You’re five years old. Don’t presume too much to know what’s important and what isn’t. Photocopy journal articles, photograph archives; create bibliographies, buy books; make notes on every article or book you read, even if it’s just one line saying “Never read this again”; collect newspaper clippings and email them to yourself; collect quotes; save your ideas for future papers, future projects, future conferences, even if they seem wildly implausible now. Hoarding must become instinctual, it must be an uncontrollable, primal urge. And the higher, civilizing impulse that kicks in after the fact is organization, or librarianship. You must keep tabs on everything you collect, somehow; a system must be had, and the system must be idiot-proof. That is to say, you should be able to look back on it six months for now and not be completely stymied as to why you’ve organized things that way.
Mark Maynard - the december coupon is for beezy's
This month, you’re in for a special treat, my friends. Two-for-one breakfast items at Beezy’s (between 7:00 and 9:00 AM), or a free espresso drink with the purchase of a salad or sandwich (between 2:00 and 5:00 PM). All you have to do is print this handy coupon, and take it in with you… So, if you’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to come out to Ypsi and see what all the fuss is about, now’s your chance… Enjoy.
The Center for Cell Phone Applications in Healthcare (C-PAHC) is Medical Records Institute's platform for studying and advocating the development and adoption of cell phone technologies for use in healthcare.

C-PAHC is a membership-based organization that envisions the development of a wide range of healthcare applications for mobile phones, smart phones, and PDAs and investigates current and developing technologies and how they will impact the healthcare industry.
Cindy Kallet: Biography
Cindy Kallet is a songwriter, singer and guitarist with five solo albums to her credit: Working On Wings To Fly and Cindy Kallet 2 on Folk Legacy Records, and Dreaming Down A Quiet Line, This Way Home, and Leave the Cake in the Mailbox - Songs for Parents and Kids Growing Up (chosen for the 2004 Parents' Choice Gold Award ) on the Stone's Throw Music label. She has also recorded two trio albums, Angels in Daring and Only Human (Overall Music) with Ellen Epstein and Michael Cicone, as well as a collaborative effort with Gordon Bok entitled Neighbors (Timberhead). Recently she has also been joining musical forces with Grey Larsen. Cindy has taught and performed extensively throughout North America. Her love for the natural beauty of the New England coast has been the inspiration for many of her songs.
Eric Joiner's - The Logistics and Supply Chain Blog!
excellent chronicle of international shipping news and opinions
Wiley InterScience :: JOURNALS :: Dental Traumatology
Aiming to assess the presence of selected anaerobic microorganisms in root canals of human teeth with chronic apical periodontitis, 25 central and lateral upper incisors presenting with radiographic evidence of chronic apical periodontitis were studied. I he pulp chamber was opened under aseptic conditions and samples of die root canal content were collected with sterile absorbent paper points, which were placed and dispersed in lest lubes containing reduced transport medium (RTF)Aliquots were dried on glass slides and stained by indirect immunofluorescence for detection of. Actinomyces viscosus, Fusobacterium nucleatum, Porphyromonas gingivalis and Prevotella intermedia. The results showed a positive indirect immunofluorescence reaction in 24 of the 25 samples. Fourteen were positive for die specie Actinomyces viscous, 12 for Prevotella intermedia, 10 for Fusobacterium nucleatum and 4 for Porphyromonas gingivalis.
So Fucked: Lays Off 80% | FuckedStartups
I predict it will shutdown in couple of months time. Social networking on mobile has not caught on yet - will not be for awhile (too cumbersome). The majority still uses mobile for just phone calls, texting and sharing simple media (pic). With $14.5 millions in previous funding, you would think they spend some on R&D or have a backup plan - maybe a web-based one.
The Pownce Blog » Blog Archive » Goodbye Pownce, Hello Six Apart
We have some very big news today at Pownce. We will be closing the service and Mike and I, along with the Pownce technology, have joined Six Apart, the company behind such great blogging software as Movable Type, TypePad and Vox. We’re bittersweet about shutting down the service but we believe we’ll come back with something much better in 2009. We love the Pownce community and we will miss you all.
What's New, NMU? for the week of Dec. 1, 2008 | NMU Alumni Association
“When we can [renovate], what should we do?” Wong asked in his convocation address. “What should our new library look like and have in it? How can we build it so it remains a highly functional facility 20 years later? With our talent, our IT infrastructure and notebook computers, we must begin to think and talk about this. The tradition and power of reading won’t change, but the nature, scope and challenge of managing information in meaningful ways will—it’s doing so already.” Oral Health Topics: Root Canal (Endodontic) Treatment
Once upon a time, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called a root canal therapy you may save that tooth. Inside each tooth is the pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth, it runs like a thread down through the root. When the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If you don't remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it. After the dentist removes the pulp, the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Then your dentist places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger.
Where'd all the acorns go? - Washington Post-
Zell began to do some research. He found Internet discussion groups, including one on Topix called "No acorns this year," reporting the same thing from as far away as the Midwest up through New England and Nova Scotia. "We live in Glenwood Landing, N.Y., and don't have any acorns this year. Really weird," wrote one. "None in Kansas either! Curiouser and curiouser."
David Farber, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Delaware, has been known to utter strange and wondrous remarks, which his students have dutifully recorded. Here is a sample.
Upper Peninsula Ski Hill Round-Up : The Premium Upper Peninsula Blog
The Western Upper Peninsula is home to 10 ski hills and some of the finest skiing and snowboarding in the Midwest. Among the hills you’ll find great variety… family resorts, backcountry skiing, terrain parks, touristy resorts, and more secluded hills. I haven’t been to all of them yet, so far I’ve been to six of the ten. You can expect to see me as a regular at Marquette Mountain this season.
Desperate newspaper industry needs innovative focus on jobs - Michigan Business Innovation - Nathan Bomey - Michigan Business Review -
2) TURN THE BUSINESS AND LOCAL PAGES INTO THE JOBS PAGE. Reassign half of your staff to do one thing: Find out where all the jobs are. Find out who is hiring. If a restaurant is hiring 30 workers, that's huge news. If a new business is hiring 50 software engineers, that's a breaking story. This section would strive to tell readers where you can find a job. This section would tell readers how to format a resume and give tips on how to give the best interview. It would identify trends in hiring, show job seekers what industries are thriving and give tips on how to make career transitions.
How Detroit Drove Into a Ditch -
Two incidents in 1936 and 1937 formed this lasting labor-management divide: the sit-down strike at GM's factories in Flint, Mich., and the Battle of the Overpass in Detroit, in which Ford goons beat up union organizers. But the United Auto Workers prevailed, and as the GM-Ford-Chrysler oligopoly emerged in the 1940s, the union gained a labor monopoly in American auto factories. As costs increased, the companies routinely passed them on to U.S. consumers, who had virtually no alternatives in buying cars. Homepage
You know you're hardcore Jersey when you get these...
ann arbor road closings
The following road and/or lane closures are planned in the City of Ann Arbor due to a community event or scheduled a construction project. Please see the details below, and plan your commute accordingly.
Oldest Ever Lolcat Found *gasp* (Iz From Teh 1905) « Lolcats ‘n’ Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?
This captioned cat picture postcard was found by Tracy Angulo in a Seattle antique store. Tracy tells us that the photograph is from 1905, which would make this officially the oldest cat picture with a caption, AKA lolcat, that we’ve seen.

The differences are clear. Proper grammar and a more formal tone was in vogue back then. But the similarities to modern-day kitten struggles and lolcats are amazing. ALL CAPS is still cool, but most importantly, she also no can has cheezburger. More than a hundred years later, all that’s changed is the spelling.
Revenge of the Nerds
What happened next was that, some time in late 1958, Steve Russell, one of McCarthy's grad students, looked at this definition of eval and realized that if he translated it into machine language, the result would be a Lisp interpreter.

This was a big surprise at the time. Here is what McCarthy said about it later in an interview:

Steve Russell said, look, why don't I program this eval..., and I said to him, ho, ho, you're confusing theory with practice, this eval is intended for reading, not for computing. But he went ahead and did it. That is, he compiled the eval in my paper into [IBM] 704 machine code, fixing bugs, and then advertised this as a Lisp interpreter, which it certainly was. So at that point Lisp had essentially the form that it has today....
The Sir John Soane's Museum Web Page
Welcome to the web page of the house and Museum of Sir John Soane, R.A., architect.

Soane was born in 1753, the son of a bricklayer, and died after a long and distinguished career, in 1837.

Soane designed this house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art. After the death of his wife (1815), he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections. Having been deeply disappointed by the conduct of his two sons, one of whom survived him, he determined to establish the house as a museum to which 'amateurs and students' should have access.
Steven's Egg Record 2008 - AboutUs Wiki Page
This is the record of how many eggs my trio of backyard hens has produced since I acquired them in May 2008. As a rule, three hens should lay two eggs every day on average. In reality, this will vary according to how many hours of daylight there are, with less in winter and more in summer.
typepad mobile, some missing useful features
what's missing from typepad mobile: a search function to find old posts
FStream is a little WebRadio listener/recorder software.
Learning to cope with fragmentation « Glider Gun
Having been troubled by many of the issues discussed above in the past, we decided to turn this approach on its head with the new version of Trutap. We judiciously apply some carefully chosen prior knowledge of the features common to the devices we’re targeting and let the handsets tell us the rest when we run the application. We can reliably tell on the fly what a device’s screen size is, and whether it supports features such as camera, phonebook or Bluetooth. This way, all devices run essentially the same version of the application.
Texas eBird — Avian Knowledge Network
Texas eBird is a project developed by the World Birding Center, FERMATA Inc, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. It provides a simple way for birders to keep track of the birds they see anywhere in North America. You can retrieve information on your bird observations, from your backyard to your neighborhood to your favorite bird-watching locations, at any time for your personal use. You can also access the entire historical database to find out what other eBirders are reporting from across North America. In addition, the cumulative eBird database is used by birdwatchers, scientists, and conservationists who want to know more about the distributions and movement patterns of birds across the continent.
SF Signal: Do Science Fiction Fans Hate Libraries?
OK that might be a little extreme, but hear me out. My friend Megan is a librarian at a major metropolitan library. She recently asked me "why don't sci-fi and fantasy readers use libraries?" I was taken aback - I figured that genre fans everywhere used libraries and that would include readers of science fiction. But no, apparently they don't.
Kids and Native Plants: schools and Monarch Waystations
Numerous Michigan schools have registered their butterfly gardens as Monarch Waystations.

As their website says "...we need to create, conserve, and protect milkweed/monarch habitats. We need you to help us and help monarchs by creating "Monarch Waystations" (monarch habitats) in home gardens, at schools, businesses, parks, zoos, nature centers, along roadsides, and on other unused plots of land. ... By creating and maintaining a Monarch Waystation you are contributing to monarch conservation, an effort that will help assure the preservation of the species and the continuation of the spectacular monarch migration phenomenon."
InsectaPod Cast :: a podcast about people, insects, and the environment
The trapdoor spider is an elusive hunter with lighting-fast striking capabilities and a unique hidden home. In episode 3, we speak with MSU Professor Richard Snider about what makes these creatures so unique. Then we visit Jason Boget of Preuss Pets in Lansing and learn that when it comes to spiders, it's often what's underneath the surface that enthusiasts find compelling.
Ripstop Repair Tape at
Ripstop repair tape mends clothing, tents, packs, and bags; choose from five colors, black, navy, red, royal blue, and forest green.

* Tape is 3 inches wide and 18 inches long; easy to use; instructions included
Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester and Curcumin: A Novel Class of Heme Oxygenase-1 Inducers -- Scapagnini et al. 61 (3): 554 -- Molecular Pharmacology
In this study, we analyzed the potency of curcumin as an inducer of HO-1 expression and heme oxygenase activity in astrocytes, and we explored whether a similar effect could be obtained with caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), another structurally related phenolic originating from plants. CAPE is, in fact, an active component of propolis derived from the bark of conifer trees and carried by honeybees to their hives. The similarity to curcumin is striking because CAPE is also a Michael reaction acceptor that has a broad spectrum of biological activities, including anti-inflammatory (Natarajan et al., 1996; Michaluart et al., 1999), antioxidant (Chen et al., 2001), and anti-cancer effects (Frenkel et al., 1993; Huang et al., 1996). We report our finding that CAPE is a potent inducer of HO-1.
Phytochemical compounds involved in the anti-infla...[Fitoterapia. 2002] - PubMed Result
Two ethanolic propolis extracts (EPE) with and without the caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), CAPE and galangin (major components of propolis) were investigated for anti-inflammatory activity in rats using carrageenin foot oedema, carrageenin pleurisy and adjuvant arthritis. In our experiments, EPE with CAPE and CAPE alone significantly inhibited carrageenin oedema, carrageenin pleurisy and adjuvant arthritis. In contrast EPE without CAPE and galangin did not exhibit anti-inflammatory effects in acute and chronic inflammation. These results suggest that the anti-inflammatory activity of propolis is due to CAPE.
[Propolis' antimicrobial activity: what's new?] [Infez Med. 2007] - PubMed Result
Propolis is characterized by multifactorial activities, but only some of them have been substantiated by clinical and experimental evidence. It is widely acknowledged to exert antimicrobial activity against a wide range of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses), but also exerts antiinflammatory, anaesthetic, healing, vasoprotective, antioxidant, antitumoral, antiulcer and hepatoprotective activities. The wide spectrum of activities has led in recent years to the development of new technologies to improve propolis properties of the traditional hydroalcoholic extract. This paper reviews the antimicrobial properties of propolis, focusing on respiratory pathogens. These characteristics make propolis a valid option for therapy of upper respiratory tract infections.
the clear sky chart for ann arbor, mi
from, this is just the graphical forecast; very compact and useful generally
International Space Station - Sightings over Ann Arbor
space station, shuttle sighting data.
MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: TMJ disorders
Try massaging the various muscles that may be involved. Probe all of the muscles of the face, shoulders, and back of the neck. (Avoid the area around the throat.) Press on the muscles to identify extremely painful points. Massage the painful spot with hard, slow, short strokes. Do this several times a day until the muscle is no longer painful when pressed.

To massage the masseter muscles on each side of your jaw, place your thumb inside your mouth and squeeze the thick muscle in your cheek (toward the back of your mouth) with your fingers. To get at the harder-to-reach jaw muscles inside your mouth, use your index finger to probe for tender areas behind the teeth, and use the finger to massage these spots.

Other home-care therapies, such as moist heat or cold packs on the face, vitamin supplements, or biofeedback are useful for some people. Exercising several times each week may help you relax, strengthen your body, increase flexibility, and increase your ability to handle pain.
Christmas and holiday cards for geeks: Top 11 - Telegraph
"i am so blogging this" - 3 wise men
1st commercial ship sails through Northwest Passage
The Canadian Coast Guard has confirmed that in a major first, a commercial ship travelled through the Northwest Passage this fall to deliver supplies to communities in western Nunavut.

The MV Camilla Desgagnés, owned by Desgagnés Transarctik Inc., transported cargo from Montreal to the hamlets of Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk, Gjoa Haven and Taloyoak in September.
Depression modern | Marginal Utility | PopMatters
So, the danger in a depression now is not so much that people will starve but that we will be deprived of the usual consumerist tokens we have come to depend on to express our identity. We won’t be able to afford to spend on brand distinctions and will in effect feel declassed. Chances are we wouldn’t get “homey” or immediately snap into those virtuous behaviors I occasionally tout as replacements to consumerism—being more active and creating things for ourselves, etc. More likely we just feel disoriented, transformed from a somebody into a nobody without the trinkets that grant us self-knowledge, the things we are accustomed to that let us make manifest and material what we want to believe about ourselves. We would have to learn to make those things for ourselves, and this would be a painful adjustment.
Glass House Cafe, Ann Arbor, MI
the cafe in the palmer commons is upscale, $10 breakfast and $15 lunch
Homegrown Evolution: How to Stake Tomatoes
Our tomato staking method around the Homegrown Evolution compound is simple and lazy. We plant our tomatoes and then surround them with rolled up concrete reinforcing wire. Normally used to reinforce concrete slabs, reinforcing wire comes in 3 1/2' by 7' sections. We use a circular saw with a metal blade on it to cut off the bottom rung, so as to leave spiky wires with which to stick the reinforcing wire tubes into the ground, but this is not absolutely necessary.
Urban Library Journal in DOAJ « LACUNY Blog
Urban Library Journal, an open access, refereed journal of research and discussion dealing with all aspects of urban libraries and librarianship, welcomes articles dealing with academic, research, public, school, and special libraries in an urban setting. All topics are welcome, but the editors are particularly interested in innovative services to special populations, including multicultural patrons, disabled patrons, teenagers, non-traditional students, transfer students, and graduate students. ULJ is published by the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY).
Shelter Library | Who Is The Ann Curtis Group?
The Shelter Library, which ran for almost three weeks near the Baton Rouge River Center when its convention center became an emergency shelter, has been moved to Renaissance Village. It awaits Cox Communication's installation of Internet service to get up and running. "They're moving heaven and Earth to get this open," said Curtis, who works for ProQuest, a publisher that specializes in library services. Mary Stein, assistant director of administrative services for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System, said the Shelter Library will open Dec. 1. The EBR Library will be in charge of its day-to-day operation.
Perry's Greed
Dennis, I have over 100,000 people on my email list. You have no idea how many people email my office and ask questions - hundreds and hundreds every month. I could EASILY spend all day dispensing free advice. The demand for it it ENDLESS. I could spend every single breakfast, lunch and dinner time slot dispensing free advice and the line would never stop.
Battle for the smart-phone's soul | The battle for the smart-phone's soul | The Economist
In 2009 each platform will be trying to win the hearts and minds of software developers, says Roberta Cozza of Gartner, another market-research firm. But even if one comes out ahead, it is unlikely that the market will consolidate soon. Strong economic interests are keeping each platform alive. Google wants to get its services and advertising on mobile phones. Nokia is also betting on services as a source of growth. And handset-makers and operators will probably continue to support LiMo, if only because they do not want to depend on Google or Nokia.
Airport, Romulus Police Disagree On Patrols - Detroit News Story - WDIV Detroit
The Wayne County Airport Authority has even begun circulating fliers that read, "The Romulus Police Department has dramatically increased its patrols at the entrances and exits to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, using unmarked vehicles. Please be careful to observe all speed limits and traffic laws."

Airport officials said they plan on turning the flier into a billboard and will leave it up until the Romulus police stop targeting those entering and leaving the airport.
Cranksgiving Ann Arbor: A quick thank you...
First of all, huge thanks to everyone who came out, rode, donated, and overall kicked ass. Near the end there, I announced that the total haul was 852 lbs of food. But I was wrong. I wasn't counting the non-race donations, and I was totaling individual weights, and rounding-error stack-up blahblahblah... well John from Food Gatherers shot me an email yesterday and when they weighed it all on the big scale back at the warehouse - 1005 lbs.
Gerald Ford Library in Ann Arbor Hosts National Press Club Forum on Journalism's Future
WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Press Club, the world's leading professional organization for journalists, is teaming up with the Gerald Ford Library to look at where the news business is going and how to protect its core values.


The Dec. 3 event, The First Amendment, Freedom of the Press and the Future of Journalism, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the library, 1000 Beal Ave. in Ann Arbor. It is free and open to the public.

Speaking on the panel will be:

Jonathan Wolman, editor and publisher of the Detroit News;

Omari Gardner, news editor/digital media at the Detroit Free Press;

Marla Drutz, vice president and general manager WDIV-TV in Detroit; and

Vincent Duffy, news director, Michigan Public Radio.
iGNITE Magazine: Interested in Community Organizing??
A master's degree or similar life experience is preferred though unnecessary. Candidates must have a college degree or be graduating prior to June 1, 2009. Also, candidates must display a workmanlike diligence, be driven to produce sustained results, have proven capacity to build relationships of trust, create and execute a plan, act professionally, feel comfortable working with religious institutions, be accountable and willing to hold others accountable, demonstrate disciplined thought and action, and work in a team setting. OTs must also have access to a car during their training and be flexible regarding relocation.
Spam Statistics from TRACE :: Marshal
The SVI is a measure of the volume of spam sent to a representative sample of the honeypot domains that we monitor. Recently, spam volume dropped sharply when major spam botnets were disabled following the take down of the McColo network.
o2 Michigan
o2 Michigan is a local chapter of the o2 international network for sustainable design. o2 Michigan is a proud participant in the international movement toward the creation of places, environments and products that support humane and ecologically sustainable* lifestyles. Join us for "GREEN DRINKS" every month (see venue details on sidebar). Newcomers of every discipline are welcome.
GM Covered With Giant Tarp Until It Has Money To Work On Cars Again | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
DETROIT—The General Motors Corporation announced Monday that it has covered its main production plant with a 500,000-square-foot blue tarp until it can get some revenue together to work on its cars again. "The rear-axle assembly line is all out of whack, and the carburetor department needs a complete rebuild," CEO G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. said while wiping his hands with an oily rag. "It's going to be at least a $50 billion job. Goddamn piece of shit American car industry." According to Wagoner, the automotive giant spent its last $18 on cinder blocks to help secure the tarp.
Arbeit 2.0: Wir die Telearbeiter! | Phlow
Digitale Bohéme und so… | Ich habe nie die alte Arbeitswelt des Musikjournalismus erlebt. 2000 erhielt ich meinen ersten Job als Online-Redakteur und Texte, Bilder, Töne und Video gab es immer in Form von Bits und Bytes. Wie Redaktionen früher Texte eingereicht wurden, ist mir ein Rätsel. Wurden Plattenkritiken früher gefaxt oder auf Diskette ans Magazin geschickt? Eine Kolumne über Vergangenheit und Gegenwart.
Rands In Repose: Dumbing Down the Cloud
It’s a fair question. Sync is trying to be useful, sync is trying to be helpful, but sync is giving you a choice, and while you are generally good at choices, you will screw up. And when you do you will never, ever blame yourself, you will blame sync.
Zimride | A Carpool Community
Zimride is the leading provider of online social rideshare and carpool matching systems in North America. Launched less than one year ago, over 300,000 people are currently using Zimride. We hope that you will come on board with us as we seek to expand the carpooling community and build a more sustainable transportation system. Find out more...
Academic Freedom Lecture Fund Home Page - Cass Sunstein
Cass R. Sunstein

Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

"Is the Internet Really a
Blessing for Democracy"
Placemaking Pays Off | Project for Public Spaces (PPS)
An estimated 50,000 people don ice skates each winter, and more than a million visitors enjoy the park throughout the year. Workers from nearby local office buildings frequent Campus Martius, but the wide range of activities also bring in people from Detroit’s suburbs—some of whom haven’t ventured downtown in years. Bob Gregory, President of Detroit 300 Conservancy, says, “The quality of the space attracts everyone from rich to poor. The park has delivered on its promise to be a gathering spot for everybody.”
H.U.N.I. - Highland United Neighbors, Inc.
We are vibrant neighborhood with tremendous diversity in household make-up, economics and ethnicity. All Highlands residents have one thing in common, we love our neighborhood with an unparalled passion. In Highland you get the feel of small town, old world charm, proximity to the “big city” and award-winning restaurants and shopping - all within walking distance!
Motorola, could you please tell your viral marketer to get out of our comments? - Boing Boing Gadgets
"Follow the money," they say, but in this case we don't have to, because all we have to do is follow the link. Motorola, if you could be so kind as to tell your viral marketer to fuck right off we'd sure appreciate it. Perhaps you could spend the money instead on making your phones something that people actually want to buy.
Teeter Talk: Kay Yourist
KY: I guess I was just lucky. I was raised in a household where my father was an artist, and so I had exposure to lots of art classes, and whenever clay came along I was mesmerized. And I used to go with my dad to the library a lot and he would read art books, and I would go with him and read art books, too. And I pulled one book off the shelf one day, it had step-by-step pictures. And I swear those pictures were like one-inch square--a whole book, every page of maybe 100 of these one-inch square little pictures of a man throwing a pot on a pottery wheel from start to finish.
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » HD Totter Watch: Potter on a Totter
Many readers of Teeter Talk will have surely seen Yourist Pottery Gallery’s sign from the Plymouth Road side as they’ve headed into or out of Ann Arbor across Broadway Bridge. A smaller number will have seen the signage from the more lightly traveled Broadway Street side. And some readers will have also seen the place from the inside. Last Friday, I took the totter to the potter: Kay Yourist.
ProgressMichigan | Fund Michigan Transit
Michigan legislators need to Move Michigan’s Public Transit into the 21st Century!

A 21st century state must have modern transportation options to attract 21st century jobs and workers.

Michigan has the opportunity to launch a quality rapid transit system, including a Metro Airport commuter train, a Grand Rapids rapid transit line and more.

These projects will help jumpstart Michigan’s economy, create jobs and strong vibrant communities. Yet many Michigan legislators say we can’t afford to invest in transit. But can we afford not to?
Tree Town Log: Ann Arbor city government events, December 2008
one page, both sides, PDF, suitable for printing out; not really an online calendar
The Brain, v5 (beta) for Mac OS X
"I've tried to use The Brain on the Mac. Oh, I've tried. Because there really isn't another tool like it. And I love Harlan. But I just can't make the Mac version work for me. The UI / feature set has become really bloated, the Javaness of the app makes it really sluggish, I wish I could turn off about two-thirds of the features and just keep "the plex" as a lightweight way to that type of mapping."
Mailing lists run by the State of Michigan
2009 SXSW Interactive Panel Picker - Shift Happens: Moving from Words to Pictures
People are hardwired for visualization yet we rely significantly on text. Most games, graphic novels, magazines, interfaces, IKEA instructions, and many other forms of communication take advantage of people’s natural visual thinking ability. Panelists will discuss how to leverage visual techniques to improve your games, websites, movies, communications, or presentations.
QUT | ePrints Archive - Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City
I hope that this book will stimulate your mental metabolism with a rich and multi-faceted degustation menu. Sampling the 'dishes' prepared for this urban smorgasbord will take you on a tour de force covering a great range of timely and significant topics and issues such as sustainability, digital identity, surveillance, privacy, access, environmental impact, activism, participatory planning, and community engagement. The book exposes research accounts which seek to convey an appreciation for local differences, for the empowerment of people and for the human-centred design of urban technology. Both contributors and coverage are international. They are not limited to cases based in Europe and America only. Rather, I purposefully sourced chapters covering Asia, Africa and Australia by a most engaging and prolific group of authors not afraid of presenting challenging and controversial ideas.
Showdown - Markdown in JavaScript
Showdown is a JavaScript port of the original Perl version of Markdown. You can get the full source code by clicking on the version number at the bottom of the page.
The Ubiquitous Librarian: Where can I find this book? Floor plan maps in the catalog
It is always fun helping a friend at another school find information via their library’s website. I guess it would be like visiting England or Australia where they speak the same language, but the accent is just a bit different. Anyway, I discovered a very cool finding aid to help users locate items in the stacks. CloudBurst - cloudburst-bio
Next-generation DNA sequencing machines are generating an enormous amount of sequence data, placing unprecedented demands on traditional single-processor read mapping algorithms. CloudBurst is a new parallel read-mapping algorithm optimized for mapping next-generation sequence data to the human genome and other reference genomes, for use in a variety of biological analyses including SNP discovery, genotyping, and personal genomics. It is modeled after the short read mapping program RMAP, and reports either all alignments or the unambiguous best alignment for each read with any number of mismatches or differences. This level of sensitivity could be prohibitively time consuming, but CloudBurst uses the open-source Hadoop implementation of MapReduce to parallelize execution using multiple compute nodes.
there's always something to talk about: this week in eating: the best of ann arbor
it's been fun to mentally walk through ann arbor, pondering all of its incredible eating. as the result of all of this thinking, and after much hemming and hawing and revising, i've come up with my long-overdue top 5 restaurants in ann arbor. (and 6 runners-up, because how can you limit it to just 5?)
Scientific Applications with Google Earth Conference
The purpose of this meeting is to explore scientific investigations that are enabled by global-scale reach and interactivity provided by Google Earth. These discussions will occur during a two-day meeting organized in collaboration between Google and the University of Michigan. Faculty, students, and members of the research community from all over the country will be attending. The meeting will be organized in working-groups that combine scientists and members of the Google community in an effort to explore new applications and areas for development
In depth coverage of Detroit in distress from the Financial Times
The Detroit Three - GM, Ford Motors and Chrysler - are fast running out of cash amid America’s worst slump in car sales in more than two decades
Is Community Informatics Good For Communities? Randy Stoecker
Additionally, there remains a gap between those who are good at community development but not good at information and communication technology and those who are good at information and communication technology but not good at community development. There is also a misperception in much of the field that it is the technology side that is really complicated, requiring a great deal of mystical expertise, while running a community meeting to plan a project requires no training at all. It is, in fact, quite the reverse. The reason so many community informatics projects operate with only small numbers of community participants is not that community members don’t care about such projects, but that those of us organizing the projects are so bad at recruiting, involving, and empowering them. If you can’t get 100 people involved in a community informatics project then you probably need training in how to organize, involve, excite, and empower people.
Community Organizer = Community Outreach Minister | island94
You all don’t know your lingo. A community organizer is the same thing as an community outreach minister in a church. The former is yankee and the latter is southern. The last church I belonged to did exactly what a community organizer does: got the (church) community to put a roof on an elderly (poor) lady’s house, put a floor in a poor man’s trailer, clothed a family whose home had burned down, and organized a group of families who lived on a dirt road to petition their senator for C-funds to pave the road so that the school bus could come up it and get their children. So what is your problem? Ignorance?
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Mapping the Project,
This was a very unhappy interface. And small wonder. No doubt this entire virtual environment was being encrypted, decrypted, reencrypted, anonymously routed through satellites and cables, emulated on alien machinery through ill-fitting, out-of-date protocols, then displayed through long-dead graphics standards. Dismembered, piped, compressed, packeted, unpacketed, decompressed, unpiped and re-membered. Worse yet, the place was old. Virtual buildings didn’t age like physical ones, but they aged in subtle pathways of arcane decline, in much the way that their owners did. A little bijou table in the corner had a pronounced case of bit-rot: from a certain angle it lost all surface tint.
IC adds a compass to GPS
Honeywell has developed a new IC that makes possible compass pointing and location features in mobile phones and portable navigation systems. Their HMC5843 chip-scale, 3-axis compass IC increases functionality by providing expanded direction awareness when overlaid on GPS-enabled maps.
Patriots and prunes on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
From Mrs. Frederick Peterson's CHILD HEALTH ALPHABET (NY: Child Health Organization, 1918), which has 26 nifty little rhymes and vignettes, the burden of which is generally: fatten up, kids!
Mark Maynard - tomorrow's thanksgiving farmers market
Tomorrow, at the Corner Brewery, our friends at Growing Hope will be hosting a special pre-Thanksgiving indoor farmers market (pdf). The event is scheduled to run from 3:00 to 7:00… Following is a really quick interview I just did with Amanda Edmonds, the Executive Director of Growing Hope:
Home - AmericaView
Welcome to the website of the MichiganView consortium. The purpose of MichiganView is to promote the use of remote sensing technology in Michigan by supporting research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer. The consortium consists of academic, non-profit, and government organizations that are involved in remote sensing and are interested in the public sharing of educational resources, research activities, and dataset sharing.
Tyler Erickson - MTRI Public Site - MTRI
Dr. Erickson's research interests include algorithm development for geostatistical analysis, spatial databases, and the distribution of geospatial data over the web. Dr. Erickson serves as coordinator for the MichiganView Consortium (
Laurel Papworth -Social Networks
social media (mostly in the advertising sense) from Australia
Niekamp Tool Company » Electric “G” Tractor
So the bottom line is. We now sell the Kit which includes; the Bell Housing Adapter Plate, Motor Plate, stub shaft and Pulleys with the bearings and Pilot bearing to support the Pilot shaft and clutch disk, the screws and spacers and goodies to mount the controller and contactor and Motor Cover. (If you want a complete Parts list for the kit I can email it to you.) The Kit sells now for $500.00 plus shipping and I can send you more info if you like.
Badger Blog Alliance: Talk Like A Yooper Day 2008 is Just Around the Corner
Just a friendly reminder for all of our readers-Talk Like a Yooper Day 2008 will be November 30. In case you've forgotten the rule for the date, it is the day of the first Packer home game after the opening of Wisconsin's deer gun hunt season. You may feel free to talk like a Yooper tomorrow or Monday, but if you don't see the blaze orange at Lambeau Field, it isn't Talk Like a Yooper Day.
david lynch reports on the weather from los angeles
Sharism: A Mind Revolution - Freesouls
Thus, our brain supports sharing in its very system-nature. This has profound implications for the creative process. Whenever you have an intention to create, you will find it easier to generate more creative ideas if you keep the sharing process firmly in mind. The idea-forming-process is not linear, but more like an avalanche of amplifications along the thinking path. It moves with the momentum of a creative snowball. If your internal cognitive system encourages sharing, you can engineer a feedback loop of happiness, which will help you generate even more ideas in return. It's a kind of butterfly- effect, as the small creative energy you spend will eventually return to make you, and the world, more creative.
Warning: a bad boss may be dangerous to your health - White Coat Notes -
"For all of those who work under managers who they perceive behave strangely, or in any way they don't understand and they feel stressed, the study confirms this might actually be a health risk," said Anna Nyberg, a psychologist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and lead author of the study appearing in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. "And they should take it seriously."
Featured IPhone Application: SnapTell Explorer Instantly Looks Up Any Product via Photograph
iPhone only: When you see a book, CD, DVD, or game at a friend's house you want to look up and bookmark instantly, fire up SnapTell Explorer on your iPhone and take a photo of it. Similar to a bar code scanner (except you photograph the item cover, not its bar code), SnapTell automatically looks up your item and gives you links to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Wikipedia, and straight-up search engines so you can compare prices and find out more about it. SnapTell's results aren't 100% accurate—once it gave me a strategy guide result when I photographed a video game cover—but everything else I tried it on, the results were spot-on. Here's what the result for the Halo 3 photograph looked like.
Book Review - 'War as They Knew It,' by Michael Rosenberg - Review -
An account of Michigan and Ohio State’s football rivalry during the the Vietnam years.
Food Gatherers
Recent p2pchange Bookmarks on Delicious
p2pchange = "peer to peer change", social action by mutual aid. still unpacking this tag into component parts
Plugins | jQuery Plugins
Similar to the macro-based templates in the popular javascript library Ext, jQuery templates offer ways of creating html chunks and applying an object of attributes to them via the jQuery DOM manipulation methods. Variable types default to JSP-style, however they can be customized to other variable styles for the plugin as well as for individual template objects. Via helper methods, variable functions can be applied to variables within the templates as well.
Social actions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In sociology, social actions refer to any action that takes into account the actions and reactions of other individuals and is modified based on those events. Social action is a concept developed by Max Weber that explores interaction between humans in society. The concept of social action is used to observe how certain behaviors are modified in certain environments. The impact of social action is clearly seen in the development of norms and customs and everyday interaction between people.
A Mobile Voice: The Use of Mobile Phones in Citizen Media ...
In this report we explore the dynamics of the role of mobile phones in enhancing access to and creating information and citizen-produced media. We explore trends in the use of mobile telephony with a focus on software and platforms that make content creation and broadcasting easier. We also present an inventory of current and potential uses of
mobile phones to promote citizen media and freedom of information, and present short case studies of examples--all from the community.
An old hometown mentor, and still at Obama's side - International Herald Tribune
If someone were to rank the long list of people who helped Barack and Michelle Obama get where they are today, Jarrett would be close to the top. Nearly two decades ago, Jarrett swept the young lawyers under her wing, introduced them to a wealthier and better-connected Chicago than their own, and eventually secured contacts and money essential to Obama's long-shot Senate victory.

In the crush of his presidential campaign, Jarrett could have fallen by the wayside, as old mentors often do. But the opposite happened: Using her intimacy with the Obamas, two BlackBerrys and a cellphone, Jarrett, a real estate executive and civic leader with no national campaign experience, became an internal mediator and external diplomat who secured the trust of black leaders, forged peace with Clintonites and helped talk Obama through major decisions.
Thomas L. Friedman: We found the WMD - International Herald Tribune
This is the real "Code Red." As one banker remarked to me: "We finally found the WMD." They were buried in our own backyard - subprime mortgages and all the derivatives attached to them.
Twitpay - FAQ
Why did you build it?

Because Silicon Alley Insider said it was a billion dollar business. A billion dollar business sounded good to us.

(a zero billion dollar business)
How Will Your Nonprofit Raise Money in 2012? - Social Actions
Donors of all ages will be looking for meaningful points of engagement with your organization. They'll want to set the programmatic agenda, select the beneficiaries and target areas, communicate the organization's message, and, in real-time, evaluate feedback as it comes in.

Notice something strange about those tasks? None of them involve passive check-writing on behalf of your organization. In 2012, individuals will come to your organization with the expectation of being full partners in your work, not just dollar wells to be tapped when cash is needed. Donations will be a consequence of meaningful engagement, not a measurement of it.
Twitter, Peripheral Perception, and Empathy - Eccentric Eclectica
Twitter becomes a empathic experience when I realize that all of these people are living their own individual lives and updating me on a small stream of that activity. They face the same frustrations with software installs, server configurations, and traffic. Sometimes they are out partying, sometimes they get drunk. They get angry. Somewhere, no doubt, someone is falling in love. And soon enough someone will propose marriage to someone else on Twitter, if they haven’t done it already. Twitter puts all this emotional expression into bite sized chunks that speed by on my phosphorescent computer screen. This is “Life on the Screen” a la Turkle.
Exclusive - Couch by Benjamin Parzybok (excerpt!)
He fretted about how to write his self-descriptive summary at one of the many job-networking sites he belonged to. “I am professional (still have all my teeth!),” he wrote as filler text to keep his fingers busy while he thought, “stable (no longer living out of a hotel!), competent (kung-fu coder still can’t code his ex-girlfriend back), and motivated (as big as an ogre and twice as bright).” Then a migraine took over and he closed his laptop without saving.
2008 Attendance Numbers - HOT - Gilroy Garlic Festival
Additionally, Festival revenue, which benefits over 160 local non-profit organizations, was up over six percent from 2008. Included in this amount was the sale of 10,618 servings of garlic fries on Gourmet Alley.
When you don't want to be Facebook friends - Digital Life-
Then there’s the issue of real friends versus online friends. Take Hal Niedzviecki of Toronto, who wrote about his experience throwing a “Facebook party” for the New York Times Sunday Magazine. He invited his nearly 700 online friends to meet him at the neighborhood bar. One showed up.
lis.dom » reading offline, reading online
Ezra Pound liked to say that it was not actually necessary to read an entire work in order to understand it and learn from it. I often like to think of Pound on the internet, and how right he is. I don’t mean to dismiss close reading or slow reading: I still think both are still important and have a place. But we live in a world in which so much text is produced on an hourly basis that you simply could not take it all in.
ArbCamp meeting minutes, 11-21-08 - a2geeks - Confluence
Goals for the event:

* Good turnout, high participation
* Teach others how to do this themselves, inspire many other similar events
* Share the event logistics to help the community help themselves (Mark had trouble getting WCC, which Ed said was a just a matter of talking with Charlie Penner - inside baseball we can all use). Open-source event planning.
Mobile App Design: Getting to the Point - Part II | mobiForge
I've used 240×320 as a guide screen size while mocking this up. Because of the massive range of mobile device sizes out there, it can become impractical to support every single screen size out there. (For a deeper screen-size analysis, the DeviceAtlas Data Explorer does a great job of providing useful analytics such as this). 240×320 strikes a balance of practicality and the assurance that your site will look good on a good set of mobile handsets. It's important to note here that compared to modern desktop screen sizes, this is tiny; it's about one tenth of the usual available size. The image below illustrates just how much smaller this actually is:
I Am a Slow Blog : Ruminate
Slow Blogging is in the air. And even slower blogging. I don’t know all the details of the Slow Blogging movement, nor have I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Ganley (who has been championing the concept) to talk about it. But I’m quite aware of the slow blogging idea… not just from Barbara’s blog entries, but from serendipitously stumbling across other people who had independently developed similar ideas. I’ve had similar– though less fully explored– thoughts about blogs and blogging for some time, particularly after coming under the influence of a book I’ve since recommended to many people, Carl Honore’s In Praise of Slow .
Seracon was founded in 1996 by its principal, Jan Gensheimer.

Seracon provides top-notch consulting and planning services that facilitate the growth of small market companies, along with great customer relations - a combination that can't be beat!

Through our commitment, experience, and expertise Seracon has established business relationships with our customers that will last a lifetime!

An active participant in the Washtenaw County entrepreneurial community, she is a a member of the New Enterprise Forum Board of Directors, and donates time to assisting high tech start-ups with business planning and investor presentations. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Washtenaw Technical Middle College, the only charter high school in the country that graduates students with both a high school diploma and college certificate or degree.
Blog Design That Works
pick a suitable design, and stick with it. four examples of designs that fit the content. notable is an alpha index to EVERY PAGE ON THE BLOG wow
LIFEFLIX: How to: Insulate your Windows for Winter
So I've been researching the best (and cheapest) way to insulate windows and found a couple of good resources. You can insulate your windows from both the outside and inside (heck why not do both!).
Nieman Watchdog > Showcase > Local papers find their inner watchdogs
So what exactly do I do? I am Paper Girl. I collect very simple and basic public documents from cities, special districts, schools, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (we have San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station here) and nonprofits - stuff like contracts, tax returns, audits, expense reports, financial disclosure forms, inspection reports - and I write a story about what I find five or six days a week.
Installation — Pebl v1.0 documentation
Amazon EC2 is an on-demand cloud computing solution from Amazon. It allows users to rent computing power on an as-needed basis. Pebl can reserve, create, use and terminate EC2 instances automatically.
arbcamp planning non-summary: lunch, Kai Garden, Nov 21 2008
planning lunch for arbcamp at Kai; here are my summary notes
Books of The Times - In ‘Outliers,’ Malcolm Gladwell, Author of ‘The Tipping Point’ and ‘Blink,’ Parses the World - Review -
Both the Beatles and Mr. Gates, Mr. Gladwell argues, exceeded or came close to what he calls “the 10,000-Hour Rule” — the number of hours of practice that a neurologist named Daniel Levitin says are likely required “to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert — in anything.”
Mark Maynard - the michigan geek manifesto and the reclaiming of arbcamp
on arbcamp08 and the need to generate a geek and hacker culture and community in ann arbor
Ernie The Attorney: Using Twitter during hurricanes (or other crises)
The reason I mention YatPundit and Nolanotes is that those were two people that I found to be very insightful and witty, qualities I look for in people I follow on Twitter. YatPundit was very helpful because he would watch all of the TV stations and keep up with press conferences and then distill the information into nice little twitter messages. It was much less stressful for me to check in with Yatpundit's twitter stream than to sit by the TV or radio. And, of course, once we lost power sitting by the TV was out of the question. The radio worked (on batteries) but it was too time consuming to fiddle with the dials. YatPundit became my official broadcast station, along with the few other people I followed on Twitter. To follow someone just go to their Twitter page and click on the 'Follow' button. When you are following several people their tweets all show up in one place so you can monitor everyone you are following very easily.
Ernie The Attorney: How to gather news quickly
I'm not going to tell you to use Google Reader. You're not ready for that. (If you are then stop wasting your time reading this post). You need to know about something called Alltop. It's an aggregator of news, basically like Google Reader if you don't want to figure out how to set up Google Reader. When you visit the main Alltop site, you'll want to find categories of information. Choose a few that seem interesting. I subscribe to Mac Alltop, Football, and Politics. There is one for Law (it even features this site; why? I don't know). Bookmark the Alltop sites and use those as the entry point for your news-gathering. Don't know which ones to start with? Okay, here are two of the three that TV stations use: news and sports (go here or look out the window for the weather)
Where The Deals Are Done
"There are also groups of what I call the '1099 people,'” Bernstein said. "We can't look only at full-time traditional jobs – if we don't look at 1099 income, we aren't considering our whole economy. They network at informal gatherings and lunches."
MASTERMIND: Richard Murphy
Richard "Murph" Murphy and his wife, Cara Talaska, live just off Cross St. in Ypsilanti, in a real neighborhood where they not only know their neighbors, they get together for dinners on a regular basis. They don't have a garage, so they share a lawnmower with a neighbor who does. Their 100-year-old (give or take five years) home is within walking distance of downtown, Depot Town, Eastern Michigan University and their community garden plot at Frog Island Park.

For an urban planner like Murphy, it's a little slice of paradise.
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » A Place for Petanque in Ann Arbor?
on building a petanque court in ann arbor
Daddy, Where's Your Phone? - O'Reilly Radar
Kamla Bhatt was busting my chops about the same subject when I did an interview with her last week for Mint, the Indian business site. "Tim, you don't talk enough about mobile!" she said. "In India and around the world, there is a whole new generation that accesses the internet, and they have never seen a PC. To them, it's all on their phone."
Will Lack of Relevancy be the Downfall of Google? " OUseful.Info, the blog...
“the era of the PC [i]s over,… the future belong[s] to cloud applications accessed via phones”"
Why mobile phones are the new travel guides -Times Online
Wikitude is the culmination of five years’ work for its Austrian designer, Philipp Breuss, who calls the system “augmented reality”. It’s built to run on Google’s new Android operating system for mobiles - and the first phone to have that is the just-released T-Mobile G1, which uses GPS and triangulation to know exactly where it is and which way it’s facing.
The Vigorous North: The Black Belt: How Soil Types Determined the 2008 Election in the Deep South
This is not a political blog. However, this is a story I couldn't pass up: the story of how voting patterns in the 2008 election were essentially determined 85 million years ago, in the Cretaceous Period. It's also a story about how soil science relates to political science, by way of historical chance.
Inpatient Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury - Sharp Rehab - Sharp HealthCare in San Diego
Sharp Rehabilitation Services offers comprehensive inpatient treatment for patients with spinal cord injuries.
Welcome to Open Mesh — open-mesh
This page shall become a platform for projects, knowledge, and experience related to free and open mesh networks. We want to provide informations and services covering everything in the range of technical to social aspects and visions to real-live examples.
Scott Page on diversity and organizational performance, November 21, 2008
lecture at umich, plus book search on his new book (note to self figure out how I did this embedded text search and do it again)
Explore tags on Delicious: mobile+nptech
the intersection of mobile and non-profit technology, (or) how to change the world, one cell phone at a time
jeweled platypus · hypertext · "Extra Credit on the Strange Web" for no credit
This quarter I have a bunch of classes and activities but I also wanted to contribute a little to the campus newspaper, The Daily Nexus, by writing a silly web column for its associated blog. I’ve stored thousands of bookmarks in my Delicious account, and this series of blog posts is an attempt to coagulate some of my favorite bookmarks into text-blobs presentable to a general audience.
Changing how fans follow Michigan football | The Michigan Daily
To put it simply, Cook’s website has become the place for Michigan football coverage. In just a few years, he has overthrown the ranks of professional journalists who cover the team, representing a drastic change in the culture of news coverage (in this case, the coverage of Michigan football), a change that most major newspapers have yet to adapt to. Traditional sports coverage is vulnerable to new competition in its own way. As Cook has shown, a guy in the stands can have an edge over the big-name columnists in the press box.
Bibliography — William H. Taft (1857 - 1930) - Miller Center of Public Affairs
Official Google Mobile Blog: Google Sync for BlackBerry: Now with contacts
You asked for it, so here it is. We're happy to announce that in the latest update to Google Sync for BlackBerry, we've added two-way contacts synchronization. This new functionality will enable you to sync your handheld's built-in address book with your Gmail contacts. This all happens in the background and over the air, so your information is always up to date, no matter where you are or what you're doing.
The Future home of FreshBooks Mobile Edi Client Login Page
unreleased entry point for mobile phone version of freshbooks
Africans and Their Mobiles, Part 2: Using Mobile Phones For Social Good - ReadWriteWeb
News for Developers of Internet and Corporate Applications
It's not a bad time to be a mobile software developer, even in this economy.

Rare is the mobile device maker that is not advertising for application development talent.

Recent want ads by Research in Motion, Nokia and even Motorola, are just three examples. Demand for Apple's iPhone developers, for example, is up 500 percent in just the past six months, according to employment outsourcing company oDesk.
Going mobile? Jobs in the new economy - OECD Observer
Another way of asking the question about turnover and skills is this: can firms have it both ways, as some of them appear to desire, and retain a highly skilled and flexible workforce while insisting on the freedom to hire and fire as they wish? It seems unlikely. Worried about their next job switch, workers, not surprisingly, may not care much about the fortunes of their firm unless given an incentive to do so. Businesses fear losing valuably-trained workers to competitors and this can lead to less investment in skills than is socially desirable, or indeed economically necessary to compete. This, in turn, may lead to even higher labour turnover, further discouraging training.
Telecoms Jobs From
Welcome to the Wireless Mobile Jobsboard, the recruitment hub for those seeking telecoms jobs, radio jobs, mobile computing jobs, bluetooth jobs, wimax jobs, wifi jobs and mobile telecoms jobs.

We aim to be the Number 1 choice for all professionals and recruiters by advertising more telecommunications jobs in the Mobile and Wireless industry and offering high quality services to help you further enhance your career prospects.
Trucker's Hiring Hall
Like all good things in life Truckers Hiring Hall is an easy concept to understand. Drivers who are looking to improve their situations come to us from many sources, mostly from advertising and word of mouth. They know we need certain things like a current abstract and a resume'. We complete an information form that helps determine what kind of job suits them best.
Doc Searls Hosts Mobile Identity Workshop |
In a world full of data that is quickly being accessed by mobile devices, ownership over that information — and over one’s own reputation and identity — rises in priority. Searls speaks with Jeremiah Owyang at the recent Mobile Identiy Workshop/ Unconference, produced by the Berkman Center and hosted by CNET in San Francisco.
NGI Mobile Identity Utility - SlideShare
A talk on the use of mobile technology as infrastructure for next-generation electronic identity, using the Consult Hyperion "utility model" for identity.
The Last Viridian Note
This new effort of mine is a scholarly work exploring material culture, use-value, ethics, and the relationship between materiality and the imagination. However, since nobody's easily interested in that huge, grandiose topic, I'm disguising it as a nifty and attractive gadget book. I plan to call it "The User's Guide to Imaginary Gadgets."
Dynamic Flash » Motivate yourself by doing it in public
Code hosting services have been around for a while, and big hitters like SourceForge and Google Code have done wonders for open source projects. However, GitHub has one important feature that makes it so much more useful than the more established project hosting sites: a social graph. The ability to join a network of friends and automatically see when they’re updating their projects (or adding new ones), to watch or fork those projects for my own ends, gives me the impetus to keep my own projects moving a long.
Lifeblog: Nick Desai from Juice Wireless gets it
It all comes back to the increasing reliance of people in the US on the Internet to get through day-to-day life. This is what gives us the opportunity to create these applications that integrate with the Internet. [emphasis mine] The user interface on the phone is limited. People will always want a small, lightweight phone, so you will never have a great keypad and screen. Those limitations will not go away, so you have to look at how you combat them, and the way you do it is by creating intelligent applications that seamlessly integrate with the Net experience. You won’t search an 18,000-recipe database on your phone. Where the phone comes into play is for the retrieval of the data, and that's what it is all about.
Tips for Using Delicious In (Doctoral) Research is one of my most daily visited sites. Recently, I read a great post on the delicious blog about librarians and teachers using delicious more and more in their schools. This is an idea I think is fabulous and so I thought I might spell out a few ways I go about using this social bookmarking site for my doctoral research. I’ve been using delicious for at least a couple years now and have more than 3,300 websites bookmarked on my delicious page and a ridiculous amount of tags to go along with all those sites1. I use it for my blogging, I use it to send articles to friends, and most importantly I use it for my current research. I now find it indispensable in my daily schoolwork routine.
Pukka: Made Simple - Michael Mistretta
Then along came Pukka - the app that makes adding bookmarks to so simple and seamless that you don’t even have to think about it. Pukka functions as a desktop interface to Simply opening Pukka will allow you to enter in a URL, name for the bookmark, tags, and even an optional description. A simple tap of the return key, and your bookmark will be added to in the background. Still, I thought, it’s not easy enough to add bookmarks to Then, I discovered the Pukka bookmarklet.
bpb-pb-101.jpg on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
juggling clubs
Liana’s Paper Doll Blog » Smoke Grey and Pink Butterfly Gown by Charles James via A Dress A Day
I’m thinking about Erin and her blog today because recently she wrote about a new book Outliers: The Story of Success, condensing it into a sentence: ten thousand hours of work will make you an expert in your field, and it has little to do with being “naturally talented.” That, of course, made me wonder what percentage of that I’ve already gotten through.
Children's Picture Books (Bookshelf) - Gutenberg
The illustrations in picture books use a range of media from oil painting to collage to quilting, but are most commonly watercolor or pencil drawings. Picture books are most often aimed at young children, and while some may have very basic language especially designed to help children develop their reading skills, most are written with vocabulary a child can understand but not necessarily read. For this reason, picture books tend to have two functions in the lives of children: they are first read to young children by adults, and then children read them themselves once they begin to learn to read. Some picture books are also written with older children in mind, developing themes or topics that are appropriate for children even into early adolescence.
The Medium is the Message: Mobile Optimized Library Web Sites
Libraries have been talking about optimizing their web sites for mobile devices for years, but mobile browsers have lagged in their ability to display content and have had limited functionality. In my hunt on how libraries are taking advantage of this fast-paced development today, I came across Megan Fox's Libraries on the Go: Handheld and Mobile Access to Information. The site includes many of her presentations, but also links to industry information. She also lists several libraries with mobile optimized sites, including:
ALA TechSource | On the Move with the Mobile Web: Libraries and Mobile Technologies
The fifth issue of Library Technology Reports this year looks to the very near future — and for some libraries "on the move with the mobile Web," it highlights libraries' mobile activities already developed for the present.
PURE - JavaScript Template Engine
Unobtrusive JavaScript Template Engine

No Funny Tags, No Code

Works with jQuery, DOMAssistant and Prototype
or standalone
An unnecessary Template Attribute Language - 0xDECAFBAD
A funny thing happened on the way to building a delayed real-time feed display: I got temporarily obsessed with implementing a template language in JavaScript that, as it turned out later, I didn’t need. About the feed project itself, I hope to write more soon—but for now I want to get this extra template language thing out of my system and see if anyone else might have a use for it.
Why the Drudge Report is one of the best designed sites on the web - (37signals)
unchanged for more than ten years; doesn't look like anything else; isn't the homogenized, professionalized, every site looks the same blenderfu that is the rest of the news world.
git user interface for osx
Building Ruby, Rails, Subversion, Mongrel, and MySQL on Mac OS X
get me one of them
On G-20 and GM: Economics, Politics and Social Stability | Stratfor
That sounds easy, but the transition actually will be a bloodletting. Current employees of both the automakers and suppliers will be devastated. Institutions that have lent money to the automakers will suffer massive or total losses. Pensioners might lose pensions and health care benefits, and an entire region of the United States — the industrial Midwest — will be devastated. Something stronger will grow eventually, but not in time for many of the current employees, shareholders and creditors.
PubWest Workshop: Thoughts on Social Networking | Booksquare
I cringe a little when I hear that someone is “working on a viral campaign” for a product or service. I see viral marketing as taking a fingers crossed approach to marketing — hoping that you’ve created something cool enough that others will want to pass it on to their friends — while social networking means that you take an active role in cultivating and maintaining relationships with your friends, customers, fans, and other interested parties. To me, it’s the difference between passive and proactive action.

Social networking is not a magic new concept. If anything, it’s a return to basics: talking to your customers, reminding them that they are important to you. The only difference between then and now is that your customers are everywhere and technology gives you the power to find them, listen to them, talk to them, and build relationships that extend long beyond the boundaries of a traditional marketing campaign.
RILA - Rhode Island Library Association - Annual Conference
The Rhode Island Library Association's Annual Conference
will be held on Thursday and Friday, May 28th and 29th, 2009
at the Bryant Center, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI.
The Rhode Island Historical Society
The Society has the largest and most important historical collections in existence relating to Rhode Island . These collections include some 25,000 objects, 5,000 manuscripts, 100,000 books and printed items, 400,000 photographs and maps, and 9 million feet of motion-picture film. The Society owns and maintains the notable John Brown House ( 52 Power Street , Providence ), a National Historic Landmark built in 1786; the Aldrich House ( 110 Benevolent Street , Providence ), also a National Historic Landmark, built in 1822; and the Library of Rhode Island History ( 121 Hope Street , Providence ). The Society also maintains the Museum of Work and Culture ( 42 South Main Street , Woonsocket ), a regional history museum devoted to the ethnic history of northern Rhode Island . The Society offers through the Newell D. Goff Education Center a variety of educational programs including workshops, lectures, films, and walking tours of Providence .
Early team of life savers watched over Lake Michigan, Historic Moments, Northwestern University
On Sept. 8, 1860, the Milwaukee-bound steamer Lady Elgin collided with a lumber-laden schooner, the Augusta, a few miles north of Evanston. The death toll of 287 would have been greater had it not been for the heroics of a dozen or so Northwestern and Garrett students who volunteered their help. Edward Spencer, class of 1862, was credited with the rescue of 17 people.

The tragedy led to a public outcry for better life-saving facilities. Before the U.S. government could respond, however, the Civil War intervened. Finally, after an especially harsh winter on the Great Lakes, the government presented the University with one life boat in 1871. The boat was entrusted to the senior class who supplied the crew.
Brave New World
Topical items and views on the impact of digitisation on publishing and its content and the issues that make the news. This blog follows the report 'Brave New World', published by the Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland and authored by Martyn Daniels. The views and comments expressed are those of the author.
Stanza Got Me Reading
40,000 ebook dowloads-a-day. I’ve got 35 of them sitting on my iPod. If you are a publisher, think long and hard about that number.

The reason I have 35 books downloaded onto my Stanza is: a) it is easy, b) it is free.

What does this mean for your business model? I don’t know, but I assure you that when I finish War & Peace, I’ll be buying a hard copy. And I also assure you: I love reading on that little thing.
Stephen Kaplan's Website
"This class is a theory of how the brain works down to the neural level, but related to and useful for everyday life. A student isn't expected to have a background in any brain or modeling related fields, however a student is expected to have used their own brain before :) and have some curiosity about how it works. As a result of taking this course, a student has a better understanding about how his/her own brain works, and although that knowledge may not be completely clear and precise (insofar as any theory of mind is incomplete), the student can *apply* that knowledge to real situations."

"After a year of graduate school, this is the best course I've ever taken. It's a true seminar: the more you put in, the more valuable it is (for everyone, including you). If you like to interfere in a course, you will like this one." | postcard
Make a pack of 20 Postcards, $19.99

Make a 20 pack of Postcards, with the option of a different image on every card.

These packs are delivered in a MOO-designed wrap.
A2 AppEngine Hack-a-Thon 2008 | Google Groups
E-mail group for communicating with attendees of the 2008 before, during, and after the even.
AMIA’s Local Television Task Force Report at PTV Digital Archive
The The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) has produced an extensive study of locally-based television archives. Local Television: A Guide to Saving Our Heritage examines television preservation at local stations through a collection of case studies:
BigTable: A Distributed Structured Storage System
In this lecture at the University of Washington, Google's Jeff Dean discusses the Bigtable content storage system used in google's backend.
T N T — The Network Thinker: Team of Rivals: Weaving a Diverse Network
Congratulations Mr. Community Organizer... you beat them with the strategy they mocked!

Recently, I read an excellent book by Doris Kearns Goodwin -- Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

In order to deal with a divided nation, Abraham Lincoln chose his cabinet from the best minds available. He ended up with a cabinet composed of mostly his rivals for the 1861-64 presidency. He chose these men for their abilities and experience. Lincoln knew the problems he faced were too much for one person. He knew he needed a team of experts -- all more capable than him in their specialities.
Google Research Publication: BigTable
Bigtable is a distributed storage system for managing structured data that is designed to scale to a very large size: petabytes of data across thousands of commodity servers. Many projects at Google store data in Bigtable, including web indexing, Google Earth, and Google Finance. These applications place very different demands on Bigtable, both in terms of data size (from URLs to web pages to satellite imagery) and latency requirements (from backend bulk processing to real-time data serving). Despite these varied demands, Bigtable has successfully provided a flexible, high-performance solution for all of these Google products. In this paper we describe the simple data model provided by Bigtable, which gives clients dynamic control over data layout and format, and we describe the design and implementation of Bigtable.
vielmetti's menu-planner at master — GitHub
some notes on menu planning, and maybe some code

the weekly routine is to plan a menu for next week.
this is a constraint based scheduling problem,
with the following constraints:
AAPS: Ann Arbor Open School: All About Ann Arbor Open
Ann Arbor Open offers a radical educational alternative to students, teachers, and parents in the Ann Arbor Public School District. Parents and Teachers founded Ann Arbor Open in the belief that children come to school already immersed in their learning and have their own strengths and interests. We seek to support the individual and provide guidance, stimulation, and support. Ann Arbor Open strives to be a leading educational force in open education.
chesterton, gk: what's wrong with the world
I have called this book "What Is Wrong with the World?"
and the upshot of the title can be easily and clearly stated.
What is wrong is that we do not ask what is right.
What's Wrong with the World by G. K. Chesterton - Project Gutenberg
Title What's Wrong with the World
Contents The homelessness of man -- Imperialism, or the mistake about man -- Feminism, or the mistake about woman -- Education, or the mistake about the child -- The home of the man - Three notes
Quotemeister: GK Chesterton
To answer your first question first, he said it in his wonderful and timely book, What's Wrong with the World, which was written in 1910. Part Four of the book is entitled, "Education: Or the Mistake about the Child." The famous, and much abused, line comes up at the end of Chapter 14 of that section.
Twitter Blog
(what to read when twitter is down)
The Tudumo Times: On supporting online GTD and to-do list applications
I think the problem you'd have developing the application on AppEngine is that it only supports it's own "database" (BigTable).
Apple Journal- Apple Variety Notes
“Why do we need so many kinds of apples? Because there are so many folks. A person has a right to gratify his legitimate tastes. If he wants twenty or forty kinds of apples for his personal use, running from Early Harvest to Roxbury Russet, he should be accorded the privilege. Some place should be provided where he may obtain trees or scions. There is merit in variety itself. It provides more points of contact with life, and leads away from uniformity and monotony”

-Liberty Hyde Bailey
from The Apple Tree (1922)
fruit in and of life and knowledge, by britta gustafson
This was an assignment from “Malaise, Melancholy and the Production of Art”, taught by Jacob Berman: walk for a couple of hours in a place you’ve never walked before and then write about it in the style of The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald.
P&G's McConnell Not Sure Marketers Belong on Social Networks - Advertising Age - Digital
He cited research by Morgan Stanley showing cost-per-thousand rates on banner ads falling from $3 to $1 on average during this decade. And despite rapid growth of internet audiences in markets such as Brazil and China, he said, advertisers are able to pay CPMs of about 5 cents because of the even more rapid explosion of inventory there.
Rice and bean favorites — The ultimate budget meal :: by Kim Carlson :: Culinate
a bunch of rice and beans recipes
Book: Oranges by John McPhee
First conceived as a short magazine article about oranges and orange juice, this nonfiction classic explores the botany, history, and industry of oranges. Oranges contains sketches of orange growers, orange botanists, orange pickers, orange packers, early settlers on Florida’s Indian River, the first orange barons, modern concentrate makers, and a fascinating profile of Ben Hill Griffin of Frostproof, Florida, who may be the last of the individual orange barons.
ArbCamp 08 - a2geeks - Confluence
Thursday, December 18, 7 - 9 PM
arbcamp, arbcamp08 flickr tag on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
arbcamp, arbcamp08 delicious tag
Alan’s Kiloblog » GitHub and Git: Sharing Your Code, for What It’s Worth, Without a Begging Entry into Open Source Communities
Best of all, I don’t have to run the gauntlet of anti-social software developers displaying passive-agressive behavior (such as saying dismissive and insulting things to strangers accompanied by smilies.)
Stefano’s Linotype » Blog Archive » Rule #1 for Surviving Paradigm Shifts: Don’t S**t Where You Eat
And, let me remind you: OCLC’s own monopoly sits on a pile of data that is the easiest pool of data to replicate ever: it’s relatively small (if 0.1% of the facebook users cataloged one book a day, they could replicate the entire OCLC catalog in 2 years), it’s 90% factual therefore un-copyrightable (only categorization can be considered a form of subjective creation, certainly not copying as-is information from the book itself like title, author or publisher), it’s created by people that do not work for OCLC and that can, therefore, provide their services for others if so inclined, and it’s data that very rarely changes.
Downloads - Google App Engine - Google Code
app engine for mac os x is here
Welcome to HBase!
HBase is the Hadoop database. Its an open-source, distributed, column-oriented store modeled after the Google paper, Bigtable: A Distributed Storeage System for Structured Data by Chang et al. Just as Bigtable leverages the distributed data storage provided by the Google File System, HBase provides Bigtable-like capabilities on top of Hadoop.

HBase's goal is the hosting of very large tables -- billions of rows X millions of columns -- atop clusters of commodity hardware. Try it if your plans for a data store run to big.
mysqlgame - shard 1
Are you tired of browser-based games that are thinly veiled interfaces for databases? Finally, there's a game that just is a database!

THRILL as you insert your very own row in the "rows" table!
ReleaseNotes - app-engine-patch - Google Code
# updated Django to version 1.0.1
Google App Engine - Google Code
main page for appengine stuff
Willem Buiter's Maverecon | Clarification on why I write this blog
I write this blog for me, not for my readers.
Our Lady of Perpetual Obsolescence Vinyl Rescue Mission and Orphanage » Blog Archive » Album Share - Christmas at C.P.H. - The Children of the Inpatient Music Therapy Program, University of Michigan’s Children’s Psychiatric Hospital
cph.jpgFor the past two years around Christmas, I’ve shared this wonderful album performed by the children in the Inpatient Music Therapy Program at the University of Michigan’s Children’s Psychiatric Hospital. The response has always been fantastic. Tracks from the album have found their way onto the playlists on WFMU in New York, have been used as background music in between shows at the Music Box Theater in Chicago, Illinois, and, judging from the many emails I’ve received and from my server logs, has been enjoyed by hundreds of people all over the world.
Kevin Kelly -- The Technium
Where ever attention flows, money will follow.

Almost anything else except attention can be manufactured as a commodity. Luxury goods are only luxuries temporarily. They quickly are counterfeited and commodified. Premium brands are only premium because they garner a surplus of attention.
Jan Tweepuntnul: Wie zijn de werkelijke pleitbezorgers van de bibliotheek?
Hey Jan, ben jij bij machte om zoiets als een 'superpatron' in het leven te roepen. In de VS heb je daar Edward Vielmetti, een meer dan gemiddeld kritisch biliothekgebruiker. Hier zou zoiets misschien wel als een wedstrijdje, een verkiezing oid, georganiseerd kunnen worden. De bibliotheken zouden hun voordeel kunnen plukken door te luisteren naar deze 'volksvertegenwoordiger'.
Obama Policy - 30 Profiles
profiles of 30 people candidates for Obama telecom policy team
Hexaflexagons, Probability Paradoxes, and the Tower of Hanoi
It is hard to exaggerate the importance and influence of these books. Many mathematicians of my generation (translation: old fogeys like me) grew up reading either the columns in Scientific American or the books that collected them. These books played a role in getting us interested in mathematics, and provided solace and entertainment when mathematics turned out to be hard. As a mathematician, I am delighted to have them back in print. (Yes, a complete edition on CD-ROM was — and is — available, but while electronic form is great for searching, it is terrible for reading.) As a bibliophile, I am delighted to have these in book form, especially as books that look so good; the fifteen volumes will eventually have an honored place in my shelf. Can a Folio Society edition be far behind?
Blogging? Well Maybe I Will
Blogging may not have been my first choice, but as I investigated options, it seemed the right way to go. I wanted to build a community in which people could find solace from their stressful day as a care giver. I envisioned my blog becoming an outlet for others and a way to record stories of loved ones with AD. I want my blog to turn into a community for those in need of finding assistance with their loved one with AD. This is the focus of my efforts - a place to share my ideas and hopefully get others involved in the conversation.
» The Art of Memetics: Pirate Edition
We are all part of social networks that are communicating, interacting. And this allows us to start applying cybernetic principles to psychological and social issues. Memes are not about “communication” or transfer of data. Memes are programming instructions. They are tied to actions. Memes are just the packet on this network. And the packets are usually programs which get installed on the system that accepts them. That system is you and I. Because we are components in a very large system and made up of smaller systems and components the percentage of control we are generally capable of at least at first is really small because we are constrained both by our constituting components and the system of interactions within which we are embedded.
Spiders - The truth about Miss Muffet?
Miss Patience Muffet's father, the Reverend Dr Thomas Muffet (1553-1604), believed passionately that spiders could cure many ailments. He wrote that having plenty of spiders in the house prevented gout, and that the dung and urine of house spiders cured running eyes!
Spiders in Art and Culture
Here are just some of the ways spiders have featured in the rituals, beliefs, art, entertainment and literature of people from all over the world, from ancient through to modern times.

* Spiders in history
* Spiders in Aboriginal art
* Spiders in Vanuatu
* Spiders in West Africa
* Tarantulas - the truth behind their evil image
* The truth about Miss Muffet?
* Spiderman
ASOP - The Antwerp Spider Research Project
Between September 2004 and October 2005, the first phase of a study of the spider fauna of Antwerp's inner city area was completed. Antwerp is the largest city in the north of Belgium. In the west it is bordered by the 400 meter wide river Scheldt, and the other sides by the ringway around the city. The oldest part is situated near the river. From there the city expands in concentric circles. During the first phase only the Sixteenth Century city area (marked in red) was examined. This research was noticed internationally by the press and the scientific community because of the surprising results in more than one area. The second phase (area marked in black) was started in april 2006 and runs upto april 2008. The results will be used to advise the Antwerp city council on ecological management of city green spots.
Fire Resources (Luria Library)
santa barbara luria library - community bulletin board for fire resources and recovery
21st-century disaster prep tips you won't get from officials at Stephenson blogs on homeland security 2.0 et al.
The advent of 21st century personal communications devices and services, particularly camera phones with GPS capability, GPS devices in your car, P2P software such as mesh networking, or social networking services, mean that it’s now feasible to have two-way sharing of real-time, location-based information that could save your life in a crisis.You won’t find these tips about how to capitalize on those devices and applications on, or other federal, state, and/or local preparedness sites. In some cases it’s because the services described below are private sector ones that government agencies can’t endorse.
FFholic - Dead Schembechlers: Bomb Ann Arbor Now
lyrical tune in preparation for Michigan vs Ohio State game
OCLC on the Run (Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought)
OCLC is running scared. My comments on their attempt to monopolize library records has been Slashdotted, our petition has received hundreds of signatures, and they're starting to feel the heat.

At a talk I gave this morning to area librarians, an OCLC rep stood up and attempted to assure the crowd that what I was saying "wasn't entirely true". "What wasn't true?" I asked. "I'd love to correct things." She declined to say, insisting she "didn't want to get into an argument."
Omnivoracious: The Books of the States: Michigan (17 electoral votes)
omnivoracious is doing state by state book lists - here's Michigan
Crafty Crafty: Crafty how-to guides: Bubble Wrap Curtains
For these curtains, I used two panels of bubble wrap. Each panel is 12 inches wide and 3 feet long. Your windows will probably be shaped and sized differently, so play with the bubble wrap you have available (or check out your local office supply store) until you have a panel that pleases you.
Handling Special Characters | The Social OPAC™
I am wading through the SOPAC/locum code, trying to understand it so I can implement it for a client.

I noticed in the connector file (locum_iii_2006.php), that the prepare_marc_values() function is removing anything between braces, and that there is a comment indicating uncertainty about how III is encoding.

Looking at a record returned by my client's database, I found the following as the author's name: "Chopin, Fr{u00E9}d{u00E9}ric,". I'm betting III is using Unicode since Unicode 00E9 is é, which correctly translates Chopin's first name as Frédéric.
Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow
blog on the buhr park wet meadow and kids field trips there
Wildflower Association of Michigan | Wildflower Conference 2009
The Michigan Wildflower Conference is open to all who are interested in Michigan native plants and their habitats. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., refreshments provided.
A concurrent Educators Workshop Sunday, March 8, is on developing native outdoor education habitats. A wide variety of vendors will offer high quality arts and crafts, books, photographs and original paintings. The many exhibits will bring educational information about native habitats.
Cara Shillington - Eastern Michigan University: College of Arts & Sciences
Research Interests - I take an integrative, field-based, evolutionary approach to studying the physiological ecology of ectothermic organisms, especially arachnids and arthropods (but also including reptiles and amphibians). My research concerns a variety of interactions between animals and their environments, including ecological energetics, behavioral ecology, thermoregulatory physiology and thermal ecology. My research at this time centers on potentially adaptive whole-animal functions as expressed in the context of natural habitats including intra- and intersexual variation in energetics of tarantulas, laboratory energetics in hissing cockroaches, and thermal preferences of a variety of organisms. Other areas of interest include studies of animal behavior, particularly sexual strategies and mating behavior.
CodeMash 2009
CodeMash v2.0.0.9 will be held from 7-9 January 2009. We'll be gathering once more at the Kalahari Lodge in Sandusky, Ohio. Check in opens the evening of the 6th. Day 0 of CodeMash, 7 January, is an optional day for our CodeMash Precompiler – a day jam-packed with hands-on coding sessions and introductory tutorials to all major platforms. CodeMash’s normal sessions and open spaces will be held on the 8th and 9th. Our usual Day 0 discussion panel will be held on the evening of 7 January.
Mennonite girls can cook
Welcome to our Mennonite recipe cooking blog. We hope you enjoy the pictures and the recipes as much as we have enjoyed sharing them with you. Our hospitality has extended to this forum of sharing what we have learned in our own kitchens.
People Mining
High Performance Companies are built by high performance teams. This BLOG is about how to maximize human capital within an organization and build high performance teams and organizations.
Social Actions | Find Social Actions. Create Social Change.
Social Actions connects individuals with opportunities to take action in an effort to increase the scope and impact of the citizen sector.
JoSS: Journal of Social Structure: Going the Wrong Way on a One-Way Street:
i for one welcome our new physicist overlords (they have more computing power than us social scientists)
97 Job Search Tips
Charles Apple » Blog Archive » My free-lance Electoral College project
And it hit me: There’s this big election graphic I’ve drawn three times over the past eight years. It shows who’s projected to win the electoral votes in each state — basically, aggregating info I dug up from various media web sites around the country. I’ve been showing the graphic for years in my slideshows. Occasionally, editors have told me they’d love to run something like that but the time it would take for their staff to research and build the page seems daunting.
Southeast Michigan Real Estate Blog
real estate blog for plymouth / canton / livonia / northville area - about 70% real estate, 30% goings on around town
Korean Pumpkin Soup Recipe | Recipezaar
This is one of my favorite Korean dishes, with a lovely sweet flavor and creamy texture, and this version is absolutely divine! It's exactly like the "hobakjuk" at the local porridge shop, and the proprietress is going to be missing me now that I know how easy this is to make!
Computer Underground Digest 5.36
includes text of spaf's exit from Usenet
Paper Tiger No More: Major changes announced at Ann Arbor News, Booth Newspapers
My former co-workers at The Ann Arbor News were told in a meeting this morning that most copy editing, page design and graphics jobs were being moved to The Grand Rapids Press and the Kalamazoo Gazette, as well as some advertising and support jobs. Similar announcements were made at other Booth newspapers in Michigan.
Montreal Restaurant Guide
very long spreadsheet-y guide to restaurants in montreal
Audimini : What is Online Identity Management? | Online Identity
Online Identity Management - sometimes referred to as Reputation Management - is all about how you manage the way you are presented and perceived on the internet and the effects that your online presence has on your real-world activities. It is to the 21st century what traditional offline PR was to the 20th. In practice, it's an aggregation of hundreds of different processes and theories, encompassing how people find you through search engines (SEO and Paid Search), how they engage with the image you've created for yourself online (social-networking and web development et al) and how your supporters react to and represent their perception of you when they converse and communicate with other people (viral marketing, SMO and online PR). OIM is a technical science in as much as it's an ideology; this article hopes to explore some of the basic questions around it and help you understand its relevancy a little better.
Interview @MarsPhoenix - Universe
So I started writing out some of the posts, and every time I tried to fit in something that said, you know, "the spacecraft is traveling at such and such miles per hour," I'd have to cut it down because it was too many characters. So then I'd have, you know, "Phoenix is..." and sometimes I couldn't even fit "Phoenix," so eventually I just switched it so it said "I am traveling at such and such miles per hour." Really, it was mostly to save on the characters posted to Twitter [Twitter has a 140 character limit on posts]. I waited to see how people would react, and a part of me thought that somebody was going to write back and say, "don't do that, that's silly." Instead, it just took off, and people really liked it. They liked the first-person aspect of it, even though they knew that somebody at JPL was doing it
Relevant History: Quote of the day - Donald Knuth
I have been a happy man ever since January 1, 1990, when I no longer had an email address. I'd used email since about 1975, and it seems to me that 15 years of email is plenty for one lifetime.
Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things. What I do takes long hours of studying and uninterruptible concentration. I try to learn certain areas of computer science exhaustively; then I try to digest that knowledge into a form that is accessible to people who don't have time for such study.
Brazil Leak: If a tree falls in the rainforest.... - Renesys Blog
The lesson here is that alarming is hard. We've faced the thresholding issue many times before when providing route alarming services to our customers, and there are no simple solutions. Every hijack is potentially a serious problem -- how serious it is, from a business perspective, depends on the percentage and geographic distribution of your audience who are likely to be affected by a leak from a given source. In practice, most leaks tend to fall into two categories, depending on whether they propagate: well-localized to a single regional customer space, or planetwide. Fortunately, this event was one of the former.
RED / Cameras
Typical high-end HD camcorders have 2.1M pixel sensors and record with 3:1:1 color sub-sampled video at up to 30fps. RED offers the Mysterium ™ Super 35mm cine sized (24.4×13.7mm) sensor, which provides 4K (up to 30 fps), 3K (up to 60 fps) and 2K (up to 120 fps) capture, and all this with wide dynamic range and color space in 12 bit native RAW. At 4K, that’s more than 5 times the amount of information available every second and a vastly superior recording quality. In addition, you get the same breathtaking Depth of Field and selective focus as found in film cameras using equivalent 35mm P/L mount lenses. Mysterium ™ boasts greater than 66db Dynamic Range thanks to its large 29 sq. micron pixels. And 12,065,000 pixels deliver resolution that can only be called Ultra High Definition.
The Frog Blog - Taking Aim at Thanksgiving
Early November is a transition time in the produce industry. All the high volume summer deals, such as tomatoes, corn, peaches, cherries, melons, etc. are now behind us. The local, fresh apple deal is winding down, as most of the apples have been harvested and placed in coolers for delivery throughout the winter. The citrus season is just beginning as grapefruit from Texas and Florida have begun showing up in produce sections. Florida sunburst tangerines, California and Spanish clementines are right around the corner, as are California seedless navel oranges. The big citrus push though, really takes place December through March.
The Frog Blog
regular produce reporting from Frog Holler
The Wyland Waikiki hotel by Colin Devroe
Why am I writing about this hotel? Because they were extremely accommodating. They helped out the Podcamp attendees and speakers and also were always on hand when we wanted to chat about the hotel. Something I have never, ever heard of with any other hotel.
Friends of the Free Library Philadelphia
The Free Library will take significant budget cuts that include the permanent shuttering of 20% of its buildings or 11 branches; 71 layoffs and a $1.6 million reduction to the materials (books, tapes, DVDs, periodicals, graphic novels, etc.) budget that has not been increased in 8 years. These library buildings, some of which were built with funds from Andrew Carnegie will revert back to the public properties division to be sold. The time to take action is now. Contact us (215.567.4562) to find out how you can help. Also, contact your legislators with your concerns. Click here to find your legislators. The list of branch closings can be found here. And visit WHYY's It's Our City Blog for more information and community reaction. The Friends are holding a meeting to discuss these and other issues on Monday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lovett Branch, 6945 Germantown Ave., 19119(Germantown Ave. & Sedgwick St.). All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Hope sign in Ann Arbor on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
that would be barack hope, I think
Dynamic Maps of Nonprime Mortgage Conditions in the United States
maps of the mortgage mess; these need a mejn-style cartogram to make them make more sense
The End of Cyberspace: Hypermiling (the Word of the Year) and the end of cyberspace
Game designer Amy Jo Kim recalled, "When I first got my Prius 4 years ago, I was completely transfixed by the real-time MPG display. Multi-scale feedback! I could see my mileage per tank, in 5-minute increment, and moment-to-moment. I experimented with my driving style, trying to beat my "high score" each day." A 2006 Cnet article described the Prius as "a mobilized video game... surely the most expensive, biggest gaming machine built... so far."
Perspectives - Jeff Dean on Google Infrastructure
Google does use lower quality hardware at a MUCH lower cost so, yes, they will see more hardware related failures. The two points that I find interesting are 1) hardware failures contribute the minority of outages -- software and administration are much bigger culprits, and 2) even VERY good hardware isn't good enough to avoid having to implement redundancy in software to mask failures. Once you have the reduncancy in software and can withstand hardware failures, why spend more to get good hardware?
20081108_vanderbei_big-20081108-142429.jpg (JPEG Image, 1000x367 pixels)
big version of "shades of grey" electoral map
Manifest Density - coloring your opinion
The colors themselves are also a problem. As I'm sure you all remember keenly from this post I wrote in 2006, perceptual image codecs spend more bits on brightness than on color because the color-sensing cones in your eyes have a much lousier dynamic range than the light-sensing rods. We're worse at distinguishing between levels of color than between levels of brightness. And since the percentage of the vote in any given spot on the map should always sum to 100, with negligible green (third party) contributions, the brightness will be relatively uniform (although admittedly not quite due to the perceptual differences between colors — monitor calibration and colorspace begins to enter the picture here, and is just as hideously complex as you might imagine).
ScapeToad - cartogram software by the Choros laboratory
Most 2D-maps are used to represent topographic metrics: distances and areas measured on the map (multiplied by the map scale) give traveling distances and land surfaces. In some cases, this information is irrelevant or even misleading [see an example]. As a cartographer, you may wish to use map metrics to represent other data, such as human populations or amounts of produced resources. This is what ScapeToad is for.
cart: home page
This page contains computer software and documentation for creating density-equalizing maps or "cartograms" using the technique described in the recent paper Diffusion-based method for producing density equalizing maps, Michael T. Gastner and M. E. J. Newman, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 101, 7499-7504 (2004).
CPB: American Archive Initiative Manager
"The purpose of this Request for Proposals is to solicit proposals to be the Initiative Manager of the American Archive Pilot Program. The Initiative Manager, working in close consultation with CPB, will coordinate and support the development, execution, and evaluation of grants to public television and radio stations for the collection, coding, digitization, and possible restoration of existing content."
NYT: Blogs - DealBook - Imagining a G.M. Bankruptcy
As General Motors struggles to avoid running out of cash next year, the once-unthinkable prospect of a G.M. bankruptcy filing is looking a lot more, well, thinkable. On Monday, an analyst at Deutsche Bank put a price target of zero on G.M.'s stock, concluding that, even if the auto giant didn't end up in bankruptcy protection, its future was apt to be "bankruptcy-like."
Welcome! | Netomata
Netomata makes networks more reliable and flexible by automating network configuration.

We build tools that generate complete configurations for the various devices that make up a network, starting from a simple, light-weight model of the network. Generating configurations in this manner provides a number of critical benefits by ensuring consistency, eliminating human errors, and easing both network expansion (increase in size) and evolution (increase in scope and capabilities).
The TypePad Beta Blog
Welcome to the TypePad Beta blog. This blog documents, tracks, and lets you give us feedback on the features in the TypePad beta program. Leave a comment if you've got a suggestion or a question - we love comments.
Valassis CEO under pressure as company posts worst quarter - Crain's Detroit Business
He said the balance sheet showed OK numbers for July and August, but then business plunged 15 percent to 20 percent in September as the national financial crisis deepened.

“Small and large advertisers simply cut back, particularly at Advo,” Atorino said. “It caught management off-guard and Wall Street off-guard. How fast things return to some kind of normalcy is the question.”
Your Library : The best in library website packages!
The library website development team at is currently integrating Social OPAC functionality with the Palos Verdes Library District's website (
Peter Cariani's Home Page
I firmly believe that if we are to successfully understand how the brain works as an informational system, we need to understand the precise nature of the pulse-coded signals it uses. The neurosciences desperately need to address problems of neural coding head-on, and we need to contemplate neurocomputational alternatives to rate-codes and traditional connectionist networks. One can glimpse the power of temporal pulse codes and computations that could permit neural signals to be liberated from dedicated transmission lines, much in the same way that radio and internet have transcended telegraph networks. The high dimensionality of temporal pattern codes affords more flexible means of implementing type-based logics in neural networks. I am interested in seeing these new kinds of temporal processing networks become a reality; please contact me if you know of persons or organizations interested in funding such paradigm-shifting work.
Read all about it: Simpler fonts make simpler tasks | Booster Shots | Los Angeles Times
Researchers at the University of Michigan worked with 20 students who were given the same instructions for an exercise routine printed in two different fonts. One was in Arial, an easy to read sans-serif font, and the other in Brush, a script font. They were asked to guess how long the routine would take, and were given a seven-point scale to rate the following: how quick it would feel, if it would flow naturally, drag on and feel boring, and how likely they were to incorporate it into their daily routine.
Wired Campus: Librarians Want to Out-Google Google With a Better Search Engine -
Have you ever wished for a personal reference librarian, an information guru to point you to the most reliable sites whenever you search the Web? A new search-engine project aims to simulate something like that. The trick? Weighting search results so that librarians’ picks rise to the top.

Called Reference Extract, the project is being developed by the Online Computer Library Center and the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington. OCLC is an international cooperative that shares resources among more than 69,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. A $100,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is covering planning costs.
UM Library: Nov. 13 Country Joe Performance
If you come to the University of Michigan Library today, you can see original Country Joe and the Fish albums along with other album covers and political buttons from the 1960s. If you come to the Library on November 13, 2008 at 8:00 pm, you can experience Country Joe McDonald live in person.

The University of Michigan will host 'An Evening with Country Joe' on November 13, 2008. The event will take place at 8:00 pm in the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library (North) in the Gallery in Room 100. The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and available on a first come first served basis. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Bulletin Board - Ann Arbor News -
events and meetings announcements, posted with no comments. for your event pr.
Couple on bikes at the Art Fair, 1971 | Ann Arbor District Library
By the 1971 Art Fair, psychedelic rock, long hair, afros, and tie- dyed t-shirts had replaced the hit parade music, crew cuts, suits, ties, hats and gloves of the 1950s.
Mobile Surveillance-A Primer - MobileActive Wiki
With cameras, GPS, mobile Internet come ever more dangerous surveillance possibilities, allowing an observer, once they have succeeded in gaining control of the phone, to turn it into a sophisticated recording device. However, even a simple phone can be tracked whenever it is on the network, and calls and text messages are far from private. Where surveillance is undertaken in collusion with the network operator, both the content of the communication and the identities of the parties involved is able to be discovered, sometimes even retrospectively. It is also possible to surreptitiously install software on phones on the network, potentially gaining access to any records stored on the phone.
2008 Internet Security Report | Security to the Core | Arbor Networks Security
Finally, the surveyed ISPs also said their vendor infrastructure equipment continues to lack key security features (like capacity for large ACL lists) and suffers from poor configuration management and a near complete absence of IPv6 security features. While most ISPs now have the infrastructure to detect bandwidth flood attacks, many still lack the ability to rapidly mitigate these attacks. Only a fraction of surveyed ISPs said they have the capability to mitigate DDoS attacks in 10 minutes or less. Even fewer providers have the infrastructure to defend against service-level attacks or this year’s reported peak of a 40 gigabit flood attack.
Ask 37signals: How do you make screencast videos? - (37signals)
1. Write the script.
2. Record the voiceover in Logic Express and export as MP3. Logic Express is helpful for moving tracks around, evening out volume levels, compressing tracks, adding background music, etc. Leaving extra space at the beginning helps ensure you’re ready to shoot when the audio begins.
Cracking the code: Measuring sales and marketing effectiveness of SaaS companies
The assumption here is that for most SaaS companies, the service takes a few months to get implemented, so from a GAAP standpoint, the revenue recognized in quarter N has been acquired in quarter (N-1) and therefore it is natural to use the S&M costs from the quarter (N-1) in the CAC ratio. If you use the gross margin derived from CMRR, the situation is different. The CMRR represents the revenue contracted during quarter N and not recognized yet on a GAAP basis because the service has not been implemented. Therefore it is legitimate to say that the increase in CMRR from quarter N vs. quarter (N-1) has been acquired with S&M cost of the quarter N, not (N-1), hence the need to adjust the formula.
Reflections of a Newsosaur: It’s time to rip the lid off
Because newspapers still have more staff and more time to develop stories than any other local medium, they can do this immediately by training their firepower on truly significant matters, if they quit staffing meaningless press conferences; penning fluffy features; rewriting self-serving publicity releases; laboring over elaborate but inane graphics; obsessing over crime news, and transcribing dull but unimportant civic meetings.
Pink eye (conjunctivitis) -
Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines your eyelid and part of your eyeball. Inflammation causes small blood vessels in the conjunctiva to become more prominent, which is what causes the pink or red cast to the whites of your eyes.
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Meeting Watch: County Board (6 Nov 2008)
He described a new ad campaign being developed called “MichAgain,” which is focused on retaining and attracting talent. One print ad he brought as an example showed a large hand with logos from different companies – including Borders, Domino’s and Google – clustered in the southeast Michigan part of the palm. The text reads, in part, “Where are the up and comers going? Right back where you started from.” Finney estimated it would take $1 million over two to three years to fund the campaign. “We’ll be back to you looking for the first check,” he joked. He also showed commissioners a prototype of a marketing brochure designed to be customized by any community. He said the brochure is in response to calls for Spark to help market areas outside of Ann Arbor.
Settle for Profit or Distribution
(4.2) Specified Price. In this option, the Rightsholder identifies the price for which it wants its Book authorized for Consumer Purchase to be sold. This pricing option is referred to in this Settlement Agreement as the "Specified Price." The Specified Price may only be changed by the Rightsholder and is not subject to Article IX (Dispute Resolution).
Download IHMC CmapLite
The CmapLite program empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps. It allows users to, among many other features, construct their Cmaps in their personal computer, share them on servers (CmapServers) anywhere on the Internet, link their Cmaps to other Cmaps on servers, automatically create web pages of their concept maps on servers, and edit their maps synchronously (at the same time) with other users on the Internet.
Reform AMT - HR1424
This guide is a work in progress. It will be periodically updated. ReformAMT does not provide legal or accounting advice and does not guarantee the accuracy of the interpretation of the law. Please consult your tax attorney and CPA before making any decisions or taking any actions.
LinkedIn Cuts 10% Of Staff
We’ve just heard from LinkedIn that the Sequoia-backed business network will be cutting 36 of 370 employees, or around 10% of the company. LinkedIn is saying that some of these employees will be reassigned to new roles (though the company won’t comment on how many new roles there will be).
Phoenix: Veni, Vidi, Fodi « Arcane Code
On Monday November 10th, 2008 NASA lost contact with the Mars Phoenix Lander. As Mars enters it’s winter, sunlight faded to the point where the Phoenix lander was no longer able to recharge it’s batteries. The lander made many important discoveries, but frankly one of the things it did the most was to put a human face on space exploration via it’s frequent updates on Twitter.
Praise, Curse, and Recurse: The Abysmal State of Python IDEs
In the past few weeks I've sampled numerous Python IDEs for Mac OS X. Without exception, every one of them has major problems.
The Potts House
This is a page of links to the Potts family's web projects, intentionally left in a very plain, simple text format (Web 1.0, circa 1993).
Sirpa — DBC Hjemmeside
Sirpa er en onlinetjeneste, der markedsfører og formidler bibliotekets nyheder og tilbud. Adgang til Sirpa forudsætter abonnement.
Conversations With Myself
Has anyone ever given you a large list of addresses and asked you to throw them on a map? It seems like I have been doing a lot of this lately. Here's a way to do it quickly using Microsoft Access, Google Earth, and ESRI's ArcMap. You could easily stop at plotting them in Google Earth, however I am taking it a step further to plot them in ArcMap because that's where I needed them.
Notional Slurry » Subtleties and assumptions
The point is not to bloat the system with unnecessary extravagance. It’s to consider the practical utility, the reachability of useful solutions represented in a given language. Things become easier and harder to code by hand, or to discover automatically, when you make these changes to the fundamental architecture of a system that’s the substrate for algorithmic search.
Potemkin Mutiny
In June, 1905, sailors on the Potemkin battleship, protested against the serving of rotten meat. The captain ordered that the ringleaders to be shot. The firing-squad refused to carry out the order and joined with the rest of the crew in throwing the officers overboard.

The sailors sailed into Odessa harbour but were unable to land. Fearing that the Potemkin would be attacked by other ships of the Russian fleet, the mutineers decided to leave Odessa. The crew sailed the Potemkin to Romania where they surrendered to the local authorities.
Natural Solitude: 80 Reasons to Have a Portable Snowman
80) It's cool.
79) It won't hurt you.
78) It's yours...'til it melts.
77) Just 'cause.
76) It would jump off of a building for you.
I Don’t Care About Your Personal Brand » The Buzz Bin
2) The only people who give a crap about personal brands are the personas trying to prop them up as a business model.
Gurney Journey: Is Moonlight Blue?
These facts added together suggest a mystery at the heart of how we as artists choose to portray moonlight in paintings. If moonlight is just gray-colored light, and if it’s close to the minimal threshold of our color receptors anyway, then why do so many artists paint moonlight as bluish or greenish? Do we really see it that way? Is it some kind of illusion, or perhaps is it just an artistic convention?
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. - Photomedicine and Laser Surgery - 24(6):684
Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the bactericidal effect of 405- and 470-nm light on two bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, in vitro. Background Data: It is well-known that UV light kills bacteria, but the bactericidal effects of UV may not be unique since recent studies indicate that blue light produces a somewhat similar effect. The effects of blue light seem varied depending on wavelength, dose and the nature of the bacteria, hence this study.
Taam Rio Mini Sun Deep Sea Blue Lighting Fixture
10 LEDs with flexible mounting arm. Made to be moisture resistant and easy to install. Comes complete with a UL listed transformer and moonlight mounting bracket. (blue spectrum unspecified)
LED Moonlight DIY by Fabio Iannelli
After spending a considerable amount of time online doing all sorts of research on moonlights, I realized that if I wanted a moonlight, I wanted it to act as real moonlight, not just bluish light on my tank at night time. Over the years I like many others set up cheap-o moonlights with 15W blue party bulbs you can get at you local convenience store. I kept that setup for about 2 weeks about 2 years ago. My fish acted restless during that time and seeing it was the only thing that had changed, I went back to what it was like originally, just pitch black at night.
Some of what I have noticed since setting it all up: greater polyp extension at night, increased night activity, shrimp spawn and molt more frequently, mushrooms have gotten VERY big very fast, and obviously all corals look different, especially zooanthids. I have the lights set up on a timer, to come on about an hour before my halides turn off(10PM), and stay on till about 4AM.
Blue LED - Super Bright (30 Deg.) 500TB4D
Blue LED - Super Bright (30 Deg.): 4,500 mcd
Blue LED high intensity with clear lens, 5mm Round. Color: InGaN blue (465-470 nm). Intensity: 4.5 cd (typical). Viewing angles: 30 Deg. Solder leads without stand-off.
Blue 5mm LED Specs, Data Sheet 500TB4D from
I started looking about trying to find out the spectrum that I needed to attain to simulate the moon. I found that the spectrum needed was between 470nm and 480nm. Now that I knew what was needed I went and started looking online for a LED that lay in that spectrum. I found many, but most were 464-473 which for me was too low, I wanted to aim for a main value of 475nm. I was able to find one place that had exactly what I was looking for at I ordered the 500TB4D Super Blue LED. They have a sampler kit of 15 bulbs and I went with that. I was able to print the technical datasheet of the LED from the site and started doing research online on wiring LEDs.
The Power of Writing Things Down | Dumb Little Man
One of my favorite tricks for improving many areas of my life is really simple: I write things down. This is a hugely powerful way to focus your attention, keep track of life, create a permanent record for the future, and much more.

If you think writing is a waste of time – read on for some great reasons to get in the habit of putting pen to paper on a regular basis.
How to Change the World: Looking for Mr. Goodtweet: How to Pick Up Followers on Twitter
There you have it: just about everything I know and do to attract followers. If you have more ideas, please add them to the comments for this blog, and I’ll add them to my list. I look forward to watching you blow by me in the number of followers! Just remember: “Always be linking.”
Does bacon get any better than this? :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Food
"All true religions have to have some monthly faith meeting," says one employee, when asked about the purpose of the bottomless bacon bowl.
United States. Radio Research Laboratory, Harvard University. Records of the Radio Research Laboratory : an inventory
Abstract: The Radio Research Laboratory (RRL) was established in 1942 to develop countermeasures to radar. These records document research projects. Topics include radar, radar countermeasures, microwaves, research methodology, and the relationship of federally-sponsored research to the industrial sector.
Master of 500 Hats: The Secret History of Silicon Valley: Thu 11/20 Brown Bag Lunch @ Computer History Museum (Mt View)
Next Thursday, November 20th, Steve Blank will be giving a lunchtime talk at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on the Secret History of Silicon Valley. You can check out a previous video of his talk below:
Twitter / Victor Kareh: is seeing trends in people ...
"is seeing trends in people wanting to understand the mechanics of milking a spider. "
Neighborhood walk - a set on Flickr
photos taken walking through the neighborhood - note to self do more of this street photography - note to self what's wrong with our camera?
Twitter / Edward Vielmetti: Orion visible. full moon. ...
a half hour's walk in one twitter. nice night to go out, it got me thinking about how to do stargazing better while on the move. some very simple blackberry friendly set of images with constellations and some relative positioning (e.g. from orion go up down left right) to get you something usefully homebrew. even a mobile astronomy wiki looks plausible (I bet I can build that with what I have now...) that would handle the text based links too. hmm.
Orion_constellation_map.png (PNG Image, 2559x2639 pixels) - Scaled (22%)
a map of orion from wikipedia; think about how this looks on a blackberry screen and if there's some tweak of it (inverse video) that works better.
fix buffalo today: Neighborhood Walk
Four fixBuffalo readers joined me this morning on the regularly scheduled Artspace neighborhood walk. We saw a number of really cool rehab projects in the neighborhood. Click into this flickr stream - Walking Artspace - for the latest pics.
Detroit Make it Here | Charlie Wollborg on feeling lucky
Ever try typing your name into Google and hitting the “I’m feeling lucky” button? (Go ahead — we’ll wait.) Charlie Wollborg, founding partner of Curve Detroit, has. And what’s better is that his profile on the Pontiac-based advertising and marketing firm pops up.
Phys Ed - Stretching - The Truth -
Dynamic stretching is at its most effective when it’s relatively sports specific. “You need range-of-motion exercises that activate all of the joints and connective tissue that will be needed for the task ahead,” says Terrence Mahon, a coach with Team Running USA, home to the Olympic marathoners Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor. For runners, an ideal warm-up might include squats, lunges and “form drills” like kicking your buttocks with your heels. Athletes who need to move rapidly in different directions, like soccer, tennis or basketball players, should do dynamic stretches that involve many parts of the body. “Spider-Man” is a particularly good drill: drop onto all fours and crawl the width of the court, as if you were climbing a wall. (For other dynamic stretches, see the sidebar below.)
A Quiet Windfall For U.S. Banks
"It's just like after September 11. Back then no one wanted to be seen as not patriotic, and now no one wants to be seen as not doing all they can to save the financial system," said Lee A. Sheppard, a tax attorney who is a contributing editor at the trade publication Tax Analysts. "We're left now with congressional Democrats that have spines like overcooked spaghetti. So who is going to stop the Treasury secretary from doing whatever he wants?"
Chopping the Long Tail down to size • The Register
n another surprise, 80 per cent of the revenue came from 52,000 songs. What's eye-catching about the number? Well, the typical inventory of a conventional high street record store was around 4,000 CDs. Or ... around 52,000 songs.
neighborhoodwalk - Rust Belt Bloggers
Post your media anywhere -- your blog, Facebook, MySpace, anywhere. Tag it as "neighborhoodwalk" so everyone can seek out what everyone else has posted. Then do a search and see everyone else's neighborhood.
Collaborate | Apps for Democracy
The District of Columbia's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) which is responsible for DC technology infrustructure and provides a Data Catalog, which provides real-time data from multiple agencies to citizens - a catalyst ensuring agencies operate as more responsive, better performing organizations. Apps for Democracy participants will compete to visualize this data in a manner that is most useful for all.
LukeW | Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks -a Web design & usability book by Luke Wroblewski
Forms make or break the most crucial online interactions: checkout (commerce), registration (community), data input (participation and sharing), and any task requiring information entry. In Web Form Design, Luke Wroblewski draws on original research, his considerable experience at Yahoo! and eBay, and the perspectives of many of the field's leading designers to show you everything you need to know about designing effective and engaging Web forms.
Rosenfeld Media - Future Practice Interview: Luke Wroblewski
Luke Wroblewski: What I try to encourage teams to do is reflect the core essence of their service with a few lightweight interactions. If you can make people successful along the way—even better. Will Wright, the creator of the Sims & Spore, has a belief that games should allow people to succeed within the first five seconds. That's a great philosophy to bring to gradual engagement. In fact, I think if you can use lightweight actions to allow people to accomplish something relevant to the core of your product within their first one or two interactions with your service, that's gradual engagement at its finest.
How do I add Google ads to my feeds? - AdSense Help Center
If you were a FeedBurner publisher previously, contact FeedBurner to first have your feeds imported into your Google Account. Once you receive confirmation that that process has been completed, follow the steps below to add Google ads to your feeds.
Laura Claridge, author of Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners (Nove | Author Chat | LibraryThing
Join us here to talk to Laura Claridge, author of Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners. She'll be on LibraryThing to discuss her work and answer questions through November 21st 2008
Calculate distance and bearing between two Latitude/Longitude points using Haversine formula in JavaScript
The Haversine formula ‘remains particularly well-conditioned for numerical computation even at small distances’ – unlike calculations based on the spherical law of cosines. (It was published by R W Sinnott in Sky and Telescope, 1984, though has been known about for much longer; the ‘half-versed-sine’ is (1-cosθ)/2, or sin²(θ/2) – don’t ask, I’m not a mathematician).

In fact, when Sinnott devised the Haversine formula, computational precision was limited. Nowadays, JavaScript (and most modern computers) use IEEE 754 64-bit floating-point numbers, which provide 15 significant figures of precision. With this precision, the simple spherical law of cosines formula gives well-conditioned results down to distances as small as around 1 metre. In view of this it is probably worth, in most situations, using either the simpler law of cosines or the more accurate ellipsoidal Vincenty formula in preference to Haversine! (See notes below on the limitations in accuracy of the spherical model).
Haversine formula - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The haversine formula is an equation important in navigation, giving great-circle distances between two points on a sphere from their longitudes and latitudes. It is a special case of a more general formula in spherical trigonometry, the law of haversines, relating the sides and angles of spherical "triangles".
An Excel spreadsheet, named Distance calculator, is available for the foregoing calculation. It is contained in the file. In this calculator, one enters the coordinates of each of the two points (beginning in row eight) as the pair (longitude, latitude) of quintets of sign (negative for east meridian of longitude or south parallel of latitude), name, degrees, minutes, and seconds, for each point. Then, the calculator computes and displays the solution of the navigation problem to the right, on the same row. For use on an other sphere (than the Earth), the radius may be entered near the upper-right corner of the spreadsheet. Please observe that there are many hidden columns, which may be unhidden; if you are curious.
Tinotopia » Archive » Advertising Monopolies
This suggests an interesting hypothesis:

Consumers and businesses both are best served, in advertising, by monopolies or oligopolies.

And this goes double for classified advertising: every additional place that an advertiser has to buy space, and every additional place a consumer has to look for an ad imposes large costs on both the advertiser and the would-be consumer.
Welcome to COSI Toledo
For over a decade, COSI Toledo has been exploring science and discovering fun! Now, COSI Toledo brings it all to you! With our same commitment to quality education, we offer classroom workshops, full day science festivals, family science nights and distance learning sessions via interactive video conferencing. All programs are inquiry based, cross-curricular and aligned to both Ohio Standards and Michigan Benchmarks. Find out what teachers are saying about our programs.
Save the Wild UP » Governor's UP Director Resigned to Work for Kennecott
Marquette, MI – Matt Johnson, director of the Governor’s Office for the Upper Peninsula, has resigned from his post and now works for Rio Tinto, the parent company of Kennecott Minerals. The company has an office in Ishpeming, MI, and is seeking to develop a nickel-copper mine on the Yellow Dog Plains, in addition to other mineral projects in the area.
The spreadsheet of sunshine: Who's hiring | Webware : Cool Web apps for everyone - CNET
The story I kicked off a few days ago, Tech layoffs: The scorecard, is a real bummer. On it, we're tracking the current layoffs in the tech economy. I hate the story, since each line on the sheet stands for real people who have lost jobs.

So earlier today I sent a query out to my Twitter followers: Send me good news. That led to this anti-layoff spreadsheet, the one tracking companies that are hiring. I present it here. Most recent entries are at the top. Happy hunting, everyone.
Digitization 101: Video: Brewster Kahle: A digital library, free to the world
This 20-minute video on the web site became available in September 2008, but the talk is from December 2007. At 7 minutes into the video, Kahle talks about using a $100 laptop as an ebook reader. At 9 minutes, he talks about digitizing books and about using robotic book scanners then about creating their own.
AADL Web Catalog: Gladwell, Malcolm: Outliers
15 holds on first copy returned of 1 copy
Etsy :: Search ResultsSaturday Ann Arbor Market Artisan Association
Search for monkey shirt
Holy Mozy, EMC Moves In. There Goes The Neighborhood - GigaOM
The rationale behind EMC buying Mozy is still unclear, however. But one suspects that it would be a key component to them going after small- and medium-sized businesses, much as SoonR is doing by shifting its focus to backup-and-restore features. And although the $76 million sticker price does seem rich, EMC can afford to be lavish: it’s sitting on a windfall generated by the VMWare (VMW) IPO.
Ridebuzz | Rideshare & Carpool
Anyone who would like to join us to support the development and use of a comprehensive, safe, and easy-to-use automated ridesharing system is encouraged to contact us! Newcomers are welcome! We need your input, ideas, and help!
Elias Chacour
Elias Chacour became a priest in the Melkite Catholic Church, which dates back to the Byzantine period and Constantine. Father Chacour is a man of faith, of the Christian faith. He is also a Palestinian. It is often assumed that all Palestinians are Arabs and are Muslims. However, this is a very incorrect assumption. There are actually between twelve and fourteen million Arab Christians in the world, and many of them live in Palestine, and are thus often called Palestinians.
Write or Die : Dr Wicked's Writing Lab
Write or Die is a web application that encourages writing by punishing the tendency to avoid writing. Start typing in the box. As long as you keep typing, you're fine, but once you stop typing, you have a grace period of a certain number of seconds and then there are consequences.
98 Shannock Valley 5K Results
race results, confirming an identity
Example of A+ Landing Page from the Womack Company » B2B MarCom Writer Blog
What I like about this page is that it offers products at all levels of the sales cycle. I’ve never heard of the Womack Company, so I started the sales relationship by signing up for the e-newsletter. If I like it, I might order the DVD/CD package.

I also like that it’s tied directly to the HARO ad and that it has a “home-grown” feeling versus being agency slick. Including a picture of Jodi Womack and HARO’s Peter Shankman gave the entire promo total credibility. In addition, the copy lacks hype and hard sell and is down-right friendly to boot. I’m sold.
Socialtext Launches Widget Wednesday: a Distributed Hackathon for Widgets & Mashups - WebsiteGear News
PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Socialtext, the Enterprise Social Software leader, today announced it will host Widget Wednesday on November 12, a distributed hackathon for widgets and mashups. Socialtext partners, Denodo, Newsgator, Meebo, Six Apart, Slideshare and others will participate in the hackathon to develop OpenSocial standard-based widgets and mashups on the Socialtext platform. Socialtext also announced that it will release all of the widgets it develops under an Open Source license -- to help partners, customers and developer community members create mashups leveraging Socialtext's best-in-class REST API.
Washtenaw County - New County Nature Preserve
Officially purchased in May, the Kosch Headwaters Preserve is the newest member of the growing system of Washtenaw County NAPP preserves. Representing continued collaboration with the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy (SMLC), Executive Director Jack Smiley first brought the availability of the property, and the impending development pressure, to our attention. Adjacency to the SMLC’s Springhill Nature Preserve (30 acres of already protected land); high quality plant communities; and a commitment by SMLC to assist with maintenance, restoration and trail development over the next ten years all helped persuade the County to purchase the land.
Alain de Botton, the architecture of happiness, the consolations of philosophy, how proust can change your life, essays in love, philosophy a guide to happiness - Architecture
"One of the great, but often unmentioned, causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kind of walls, chairs, buildings and streets we’re surrounded by." via mitten
Clever Devices
Clever Devices is the only transit technology company known for designing scalable, modular, and cutting-edge solutions based on an understanding of how transit systems operate in the real world. We are known for being an innovative market leader because we understand the challenges our clients face from the bus depot to the statehouse. We understand the expectations and needs of all riders, including, and especially, the need to enhance accessibility. We are the only company in the industry that specializes specifically in the creation of sustainable transit systems – it is what we do; it is all we do; and it is why we are the best.
Eternal Sunset - Backstage - All current sunset webcams, interactive and real-time maps, and webcam contribution
global webcam index highlights the places where the sun is going down
How To Be a Poet by Wendell Berry : Poetry Magazine
Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.
Database City: notes/linkbombing | serial consign
The curator of VISUALIZAR, José Luis de Vincente opened the seminar with an expansive overview of urban informatics: "Urban space is dynamic information... We've seen this in Calvino, the SI, Georges Perec - the secret lives of people and invisible cities"

Key questions: What is the role of networks and data structures in the city today? How can we use them to alter our perception of the city?

Key points: Visualization is a narrative medium. The crowd is a social and cultural object. Visualization can be realized as soft architecture.
Pewabic Pottery - History
Pewabic Pottery was founded in 1903 by Mary Chase Perry (later Mary Chase Perry Stratton) and her partner, Horace Caulkins (developer of the Revelation Kiln), at the height of the Arts & Crafts movement in America. The Pottery's first home was a stable on Alfred Street in Detroit. Four years later, Pewabic Pottery moved to a new facility on East Jefferson designed by architect William Buck Stratton in the Tudor Revival style. In 1991, the building (which still houses the Pottery) and its contents were designated a National Historic Landmark and today is Michigan's only historic pottery.
Pewabic Pottery - Museum and Education Center
Pewabic Pottery is a living treasure and offers visitors an exciting glimpse of a little known part of American history. Founded in 1903 during the Arts & Crafts Movement, Pewabic is nationally renowned for its tile and pottery in unique glazes. Today it is a non profit ceramic art education center which welcomes 70,000 visitors annually.
DeVine Preserve - Ecology Center — Newsletter
Easiest to access, the entry sign, parking lot and trailhead for the 137-acre DeVine Preserve is on the north side of Liberty Rd., one-half mile west of Zeeb Rd. in Scio Township. The land was purchased in Feb. 2003, for $1.37 million. Freeman says it’s a comparatively easy walk into the property now as it is sometimes very wet in the spring and summer.

Dea Armstrong, local bird expert and ornithologist, recently spent time checking for birds nesting in the grasslands habitat of the DeVine Preserve, according to the Parks & Recreation Fall 2005 newsletter. Dea’s sightings of a pair of Dickcissels -- a Michigan Species of Special Concern -- were the first ever reported on a Washtenaw County property.
2008 Massachusetts general election results -
Election results from Mass - county by county map (a sea of blue with a few red splotches)
Diuretic effect and mechanism of action of parsley. [J Ethnopharmacol. 2002] - PubMed Result
This work provides substantial evidence for the advocated diuretic effect of parsley in folk medicine and determines the mechanism of action of the herb. Rats offered an aqueous parsley seed extract to drink, eliminated a significantly larger volume of urine per 24 h as compared to when they were drinking water. These findings were supported by the results of other experiments using an in situ kidney perfusion technique which demonstrated also a significant increase in urine flow rate with parsley seed extract. This effect was still apparent in presence of amiloride, furosemide and in the absence of sodium, but not in the absence of potassium, suggesting that the diuretic effect of the herb is mediated through an increase in K+ retention in the lumen. Parsley extract, was shown on the other hand, to reduce the activity of the Na+-K+ ATPase in both cortex and medulla homogenates.
The Gospel of Consumption | Orion Magazine
There was, for a time, a visionary alternative. In 1930 Kellogg Company, the world’s leading producer of ready-to-eat cereal, announced that all of its nearly fifteen hundred workers would move from an eight-hour to a six-hour workday. Company president Lewis Brown and owner W. K. Kellogg noted that if the company ran “four six-hour shifts . . . instead of three eight-hour shifts, this will give work and paychecks to the heads of three hundred more families in Battle Creek.”
sanfrancisco1915a.jpg (JPEG Image, 1700x2016 pixels)
nice map via USGS and Jerry Michalski
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr's Blog: Who killed the blogosphere?
death of the blog predicted, film at 11
SSRN-The Failure of Models that Predict Failure: Distance, Incentives and Defaults by Uday Rajan, Amit Seru, Vikrant Vig
Why did mortgage default models so severely underestimate defaults in the subprime sector in the 2002--07 period? We analyze data on securitized subprime loans issued in the period 1997--2006 and demonstrate that interest rates on new loans rely increasingly on hard information characteristics -- interest rates become increasingly sensitive to a borrower's FICO score and loan-to-value (LTV) ratio and the distribution of interest rates shrinks over time. A statistical default model fitted in a low securitization period breaks down in the high securitization period in a systematic manner: it underpredicts defaults for borrowers with low documentation, low FICO scores and high LTV ratios. We rationalize these findings in a theoretical model that highlights a reduction in lenders' incentives to collect soft information when securitization becomes common.
In Modeling Risk, the Human Factor Was Left Out -
But the larger failure, they say, was human — in how the risk models were applied, understood and managed. Some respected quantitative finance analysts, or quants, as financial engineers are known, had begun pointing to warning signs years ago. But while markets were booming, the incentives on Wall Street were to keep chasing profits by trading more and more sophisticated securities, piling on more debt and making larger and larger bets.

“Innovation can be a dangerous game,” said Andrew W. Lo, an economist and professor of finance at the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “The technology got ahead of our ability to use it in responsible ways.”
Calendar - a2geeks - Confluence
Add your events to the a2geeks calendar, create a calendar for your group, or add your group's existing ICS calendar as a subscription. (nice shared calendar for tech groups in Ann Arbor.)
The Return of the Root Cellar -
While horticulture may be a science, home food storage definitely can carry the stench of an imperfect art. According to the essential 1979 book, “Root Cellaring,” by Mike and Nancy Bubel, some items like cabbage and pears do best in a moist environment below 40 degrees (though above freezing). To achieve this, a cellar probably needs to be vented, or have windows that open. Winter squash and sweet potatoes should be kept dry and closer to 50 degrees — perhaps closer to the furnace.

Other rules of root cellaring sound more like molecular gastronomy. For example, the ethylene gas that apples give off will make carrots bitter. As a general principle, keeping produce in a cool chamber that is beneath the frost line — the depth, roughly four feet down, below which the soil doesn’t freeze — can slow both the normal process of ripening and the creeping spread of bacterial and fungal rot.
Two weeks in Japan: April/May 2008 - A Travelogue by Doug Burnett
I loved Kyoto. It was easy to get around with plenty to see both day and night. Any travel book or the Internet site can give you a list of places to visit but simply walking around was interesting enough.

I can recommend the place I stayed, the Econo-Inn too. It was the cheapest hotel I had in a country known for expensive accommodations. (I paid $42 a night.) It was both convenient and quiet, the most important qualities to me. Up the street was a little café in the lobby of a hotel where I could get breakfast, so I was happy.
NS2: Niche Social Network Sites
NS2 is devoted to documenting the variety of online social network sites and services established to faciliate networking among communities with focused interests or purpose. NS2 is a companion blog to Friends: Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services and SciTechNet(s):Science and Technology Networks.
qburns - Jacob London - Return To Squirrel Mountain (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix) - SoundCloud
Manically funkified remix of the quirky Jacob London 'hit' tune "Return To Squirrel Mountain"
Hathi Trust Digital Library - Collection: Historical Bicycling
Historical Bicycling: A collection of books and journals from the late
19th and early 20th centuries related to bicycles and bicycling. Newly
updated. Searchable.
Hospital has long-term NPfIT problems, warns paper (Tony Collins's IT Projects Blog)
The document "Lessons Learnt from the Royal Free Hospital Emergency Department", refers to multiple problems and says there is a risk "the present situtation will continue indefinitely". The document is a detailed assessment of the Care Records Service implementation at the Royal Free's A&E department. The paper has been disclosed by an NHS employee and is focused on the problems, not any benefits arising from the implementation.
Siukwan's Kitchen 一家之煮: 椒鹽豆腐
Crispy Bean Curd with Salt and Pepper
Squash 101 - Enchiladas | The Farmer's Marketer
So those six squashes in the cupboard? I baked them all at once (saving energy), and with the fillings made squash enchiladas, added some squash to thicken a red lentil soup and put the rest in the freezer for the dark days of January. The other best quality of winter squash? Its warm golden color - a reminder that summer may one day come again.

Once again, the inspiration for this dish was everything in the farm share box. Martha suggested the tomatillo sauce to go with the squash enchilada, but said a red enchilada sauce could also work. The tomatillo sauce was delicious!
The Archdruid Report: <i>Solvitur Ambulando</i>
Solvitur ambulando is an old bit of Latin that still gets a little literary use these days. Taken literally, it means “it is solved by walking;” a more idiomatic English translation might be “you’ll find the answer as you go.” An adaptive approach to the crisis of industrial society might well take this as a watchword.
One Pixel Webcam
This project began with a desired to feel more connected with my environment and particularly with the daylight. By taking one sky-pixel from a webcam in my town and duplicating that colour periodically as my desktop I am continuously reminded of the outside world. My desktop colour changes with the sky.
Winter is Icummen in
Winter is icummen in,
Lhude sing Goddamm,
Raineth drop and staineth slop
And how the wind doth ramm!
Sing: Goddamm.
Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us,
An ague hath my ham.
Freezeth river, turneth liver
Damn you, sing: Goddamm.
Goddamm, Goddamm, tis why I am,
So 'gainst the winter's balm
Sing Goddamm, damm, sing Goddamm
Sing Goddamm, sing Goddamm,
Blogging grows up | Oh, grow up | The Economist
IN THE anthropologically isolated subculture of elite bloggers, it was the equivalent of a watershed, and certainly a tear-shed. With “a heavy heart, and much consideration”, Jason Calacanis this summer announced his “retirement from blogging”, which he believed was “the right decision for me and my family”. Mr Calacanis, a founder of Weblogs, Inc., a blog network that he later sold to AOL, an internet portal, had been a member of the “A-list”—those bloggers with the most incoming links and the highest “authority” on blog-search engines such as Technorati. With the bathos of Napoleon departing for Elba or Michael Jordan bidding adieu to basketball, Mr Calacanis bowed out, reverting to the ancient medium of e-mail to disseminate his opinions.
Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004
paul boutin on the death of blogs for wired
YouTube - Social Actions: How to Pitch Yourself in Two Minutes
a two minute pitch
Threatchaos relaunches! | ThreatChaos
But, a blog buried within Network World’s community is hard to find so as of today I am re-launching With complete control over the technology I use and the features I develop this site will quickly become a valauble resource to the entire IT security industry. In addition to my daily blog posts I will be retaining people to help with news coverage. I am also embarking on several video ventures that will show up here.
The Visioneer "Strobe XP 300" Duplex Scanner
This a very small, lightweight, scanner. Its physical dimensions are about the same as one of those small folding umbrellas, and its weight is not much more than theirs.

It is very good at scanning black-and-white text, and not very good at scanning grey and coloured images. For best results these should be scanned separately, on a flat-bed scanner.
“Single?” Lawn Signs Conquer the American Landscape « The Metric System
Regardless of how you feel about Together Dating’s industry or its methods, you have to appreciate their tremendous, low-profile marketing machine and the data-driven technological infrastructure that supports it. This company brings in 8 solid figures of revenue every year using nothing but yard signs, some parked domains, and a firm grasp of the data that drives their growth. CEO Paul Falzone explained the importance of such data in a recent interview.
Frequently asked questions
The cartograms were made using the diffusion method of Gastner and Newman. ..population to diffuse in the two-dimensional space of the map, carrying the boundaries of the states or counties with it, until it reaches a uniform equilibrium. The diffusion equation is integrated in Fourier space, where it takes a particularly simple form: the initial density function is evaluated on a 4608x3072 lattice, transformed using a two-dimensional fast Fourier transform, convolved with a Gaussian kernel and then back-transformed to give the diffusion field at a later time. I used closed (Neumann) boundary conditions at the edges of the map, so the Fourier transform is a discrete cosine transform.

The diffusion field is then used to calculate the diffusion velocity as a function of position and the velocity integrated over time to give the displacement of the map features. The integration is performed using a fourth-order Runge-Kutta integrator with an adaptive step size and local extrapolation
2008 Election Maps
excellent assemblage of 2008 election maps from Jason Kottke
BeautyDialogues: Power of Place
We started by reading Christopher Alexander’s The Luminous Ground, where he talks about the “life” in everything and how to invite the elements of life to come forward when working with space. Now we're exploring how Alexander's work links to what Peter Block is talking about in his recent book, Community: The Structure of Belonging .
The Little Brown Jug - The Daily Gopher
Saturday should be fun and the thought of watching the Gophers (in their gold pants) sprinting accross the field and hoisting the Jug in celebration is really exciting. Let's not feel sorry for Michigan, there have been dozens of beat downs at the hands of the Wolverines, this is no time to take it easy on them. Let's beat them, beat them soundly and get the Jug back.
Joe Cothrel's Tumblr - Sounds like you have a community up and running...
Sounds like you have a community up and running and want to get others in the company more engaged. Three things I’d recommend:

* Harvest some customer opinions from the community and pass them around the organization — most people really want to hear what customers are saying.
* Communities are often one of the largest drivers of traffic to the company website — do some analysis on your site’s web traffic to show people how much traffic your community drives.
* Publish a weekly report that…
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Meeting Watch: Greenbelt Advisory Commission (5 Nov 2008)
The first major item on the agenda was a presentation by Peg Kohring, Midwest director of The Conservation Fund, which manages the city’s greenbelt program. She gave a brief talk about the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, describing it as a think-and-do tank focused on local land use and food systems. Kohring said that she, city staffer Ginny Trocchio and Susan Lackey of the Washtenaw Land Trust made a trip to northeast Ohio to take an up-close look at this organization, and glean ideas that might be applicable to the Ann Arbor area.
ALA | American Libraries - Obama speech at 2005 ALA Annual
President-Elect Barack Obama keynoted the opening general session at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 23–29, 2005, while a U.S. senator from Illinois. This article, published in the August 2005 issue of American Libraries, is an adaptation of that speech, which drew record crowds and garnered a standing ovation. - Not quite a planet but a state.
OSS Michigan, is the premiere place to aggregate all the people who either hack on open source projects or evangelize them. The catch is that all these guys live in the state of Michigan. If you think you belong here feel free to email: Milosz.
Emergent Chaos: Checking in on the Security of Chequing
I remember a conversation back in 1995 or 1996 with someone who described to me how the Automated ClearingHouse (ACH) for checking worked. He explained that once you had an ACH merchant account, you sent in a message of roughly the form (src, dest, amount, reason) and money got moved. I argued with him that this was inconceivable (yeah, yeah), and he must be mis-understanding. He assured me that no, he was right, and that the reason they ran this way was because it was cheaper, and because only trustworthy people could get ACH merchant accounts.
Emergent Chaos: The Emergent Chaos Jazz Combo of the Blogosphere
good reliable security blog
Preview Wizard - Google Book Search APIs - Google Code
The Preview Wizard is designed to let you quickly, easily, and reliably integrate previews with your site. You can embed a book viewer, link to Book Search, or even add a preview "popup" window to your site—all you need to do is generate the code and paste it onto your page. You can also customize this code using some simple JavaScript functions.
Online Library of Liberty - Money as the Measuring Rod - The Economic Point of View
A definition of economic activity in terms of money that involves more sophisticated (and perhaps more controversial) considerations is that which sees money as a measuring rod. Economic analysis is concerned with that part of human activity, with that area of human welfare, which can be measured by the yardstick of money. The literature citing this definition reveals some confusion as to its origin. Usually this formulation of economics is ascribed to Pigou. In fact, Pigou seems to have simply taken over this definition from Marshall without much ado. It was Marshall who first most thoroughly expounded the conception of economics in terms of the money measure, and this despite the fact that his conception of economics is almost always presented by exclusive citation of the opening references in his Principles to “the ordinary business of life” and the “material requisites of well-being.”8
if:book: On the Virtues of Preexisting Material: A Manifesto, By Rick Prelinger
My partner Megan and I run a research library in San Francisco that we built around our personal book, periodical and ephemera collections. At some point it got a life of its own and started growing like mushrooms in Mendocino. Many of you know it because you’re our honored shelvers. We joke about how it’s a library full of bad ideas; I characterize it as 98% false consciousness. It’s full of outdated information, extinct procedures, self-serving explanations, ideas that never passed the smell test, and lies. And yet that’s where you find the truth. You can’t judge the past at its best, you need to confront its imperfections. And of course that’s true for the present as well.
SOS - Land reminds voters of camera ban

Land pointed out that the use of video cameras, still cameras and other recording devices are prohibited in the polls when they are open for voting. This includes still cameras and other recording features built into many cell phones. The ban applies to all voters, challengers, poll watchers and election workers. Exceptions are made for credentialed members of the news media though certain restrictions remain.

The ban protects voters who may feel intimidated in the polling place by the presence of a camera. Additionally, under Michigan election law, a ballot is rejected if deliberately exposed. A voter who deliberately exposes their ballot will not be allowed to vote in that election. The ban also serves as a deterrent to those who may try to sell their vote which is also prohibited by law. · Tolstoy and the iPhone
It’s a beautiful little machine, which we expect from Apple. As an iPod it’s as good as you’d like — with the nice addition, for me, of video. But the biggest shock for me was how pleasing it was to read novels on the thing. I was surprised by how much I liked the elegant ereader application, Stanza. I read Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, and I started reading - and continue to read - Tolstoy’s War & Peace. I even chose a number of times to read on my iPod in bed, instead of the paperback non-fiction & hardback fiction books I had brought along. War & Peace is, actually, a dream to read on the iPod. (Who would have thought?).
Libraries to Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries - SlideShare
mobile in library preso (for superpatron+mobile)
Broccoli Rabe Without Sausage - Bitten Blog -
But even through the mind-fog, one thing pierced my brain the next morning: orchiette with broccoli rabe and croutons.

Now, I grew up in New York, and I lived most of my adult life in New Haven, and this dish came as a surprise to me, because orchiette and broccoli rabe are almost always cooked, in restaurants at least, with sausage. It’s a fabulous combination, and it never occurred to me to mess with it.
The Subjunctive
"i wish i were toilet trained"
Optimizing The University - Why We Need a New Educational Model For A New Century | Scientific Blogging
The current model of higher education grew in a haphazard fashion that has left us with traditional practices and modes of organization that in some aspects are poorly matched to modern educational needs. It seems likely that the university grew out of the apprenticeship model of an expert working closely with an apprentice, assigning them challenging tasks and then providing guidance as needed to carry out those tasks, as well as offering ongoing feedback on their work. This model, or its modern day embodiment of “the expert individual tutor,” remains the most effective demonstrated approach to education. » New OCLC Policy on WorldCat Records Re-released
OCLC has re-released their “Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat® Records.” Tim Spalding has created a very useful diff on the OCLC policy released today and the one that was released (and taken down) on Sunday. Along with some mostly typographical edits, there are a few major changes that libraries need to be aware of.
Network Weaving: Building on Diversity
Recently, I read an amazing book about Abe Lincoln -- Team of Rivals. In order to deal with a divided nation, Lincoln chose his cabinet from the best minds available. He ended up with a cabinet composed of mostly his rivals to the presidency. He chose these men for their abilities and experience. Lincoln knew the problems he faced were too much for one person. He knew he needed a team of experts -- all more capable than him in their specialities. - Will Albom's woes taint journalism?
In a column April 3, Albom described two former Michigan State basketball players, both now in the NBA, attending an NCAA Final Four semifinal game on Saturday. The players told Albom they planned to attend, and Albom, filing Friday before the game, wrote as if the players were there, including that they wore Michigan State green. But the players' plans changed and they never attended.
The Dark Star Gazette: Al Gore on subjunctivision
Subjunctivision: a term from Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid. Subjunctivision is a sort of "what if" television: by twiddling the controls, you can watch TV as if things had gone differently.

Al Gore opened for Saturday Night Live this past weekend. I hadn't seen the opening sequence until tonight. It's a very funny bit of comedy subjunctivision where he addresses the country as if he were elected President in 2000. You can catch the Quicktime link here.
William Hazlitt's Essay, "Characteristics."
The greatest talents do not generally attain to the highest stations. For though high, the ascent to them is narrow, beaten, and crooked. The path of genius is free, and its own. Whatever requires the concurrence and co-operation of others, must depend chiefly on routine and an attention to rules and minutia. Success in business is therefore seldom owing to uncommon talents or original power, which is untractable and self-willed, but to the greatest degree of common-place capacity.
You Know What Part
I’m Ryan. This site is almost entirely vanity, with a touch of learning tossed in. I live in the Ann Arbor, MI area and work for the University of Michigan (no, I will not be able to help you get tickets). Everything on this site is my opinion and not that of the University. To be honest, the University called me and asked that we not see each other outside of work anymore, and I can respect that; the University is a great gal, albeit a little, uh, touchy-feely for my tastes. We’re just happy to work together and let our personal lives remain that way.
Killer Blog Based Business Model #2 - Smartphone Experts — Patrick
So I can’t get the point above out of my head and here lies the challenge of building a great blog based business: How can you not only build a brand by creating an authority blog for your topic but not stop there… own the traffic that comes in by developing your own product or service that answers a need for that crowd and delivers that product or service yourself?
The Scientist : Libraries 2.0 [2008-11-01]
on lazy searchers and how they frustrate librarians
Vacuum - Edward Vielmetti in Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104: Michigan 2008 election results
where to go for election results parties around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, plus links to local and national media to cover Michigan races.
Tropicana Fresh-Squeezed Tweets!
two things of note; commercial sponsorship of web site (not ad sales, but single sponsor); near real time twitter sentiment analysis U.S.: Starbucks may violate election laws w/free coffee
Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Starbucks Corp., the world's largest chain of coffee shops, may violate federal election laws if it follows through with a promise to give free coffee tomorrow to those who vote.
Explore tags on Delicious: firefighting+blog
this looks like a fruitful place to search for more firefighting blogs
STATter 911
dc area firefighting news
Wildland Firefighting [Archive] - Firehouse Forums - Firefighting Discussion
wildland firefighting forums; goes back to 1998, uncertain if current activity
Thingology (LibraryThing's ideas blog): OCLC Policy Change
Update #5: The terms kill off the Open Library project completely. Not only does it involve viral terms—terms that OL could enver accept—but OCLC libraries are prohibited from participating in anything that "substantially replicates the function, purpose, and/or size of WorldCat, for example for the purpose of providing cataloging services to libraries or other organizations."
vielmetti's Network on Delicious: neogeography
which of my delicious peoples use this tag and what they are tagging with; for @ourfounder's research project
Polenta has long conquered the Venetian plain that stretches from the Alpine foothills to the Adriatic Sea and has made inroads into other areas in northern Italy, Lombardy and Piedmont. It is popular also in the Slovenia region of Yugoslavia and in Austria's Tyrol. A polenta-like cornmeal dish, mamaliga, is fancied by the peasants in Rumania. The Italian nickname for polenta eaters, polentoni, not an ethnic slur, applies above all to the inhabitants of the Friuli region northeast of Venice, where the city of Udine is the administrative and cultural center.
Polenta: Centuries-old Italian dish a proud link to a pleasant past
Since the early 1700s, polenta and beans had nourished peasants and laborers. Not simply a food, polenta consoled the family, soothed it, filled it up. For many Italians, it took post-World War II affluence to finally banish polenta as the mainstay of the diet. Even so, the Italians of the north still are often called polentoni, or "polenta eaters."
ann arbor leaf pickup
Do not rake leaves into the street earlier than the weekend preceeding the scheduled street leaf pickup day. Properties on street bike lanes must store leaves on the extension until the day before the scheduled pickup day, when the leaves may be raked into the street. Please leave one foot of open space between the curb and leaf pile to prevent flooding.
The Turkish Map Fold
As the name suggests, the Turkish Map Fold is a way to fold a map. Generally speaking, we fold maps to make them easier to store and carry. This particular method is interesting because when you grasp the two edges and pull it open, the entire surface of the map comes into view in a way that resembles a blooming flower. And when you push the edges back together, it refolds itself to the way it was. The photo above shows an example of an artist's book constructed from a number of squares of paper folded in this manner, all joined together with adhesive.
Linear Algebra textbook home page
That is, while I wish I could say that my students now perform at the level of the advanced books, I cannot. However, as a teacher I can work steadily to bring them up to it over the course of our undergraduate program. This means stepping back from focussing on rote computations in favor of focussing on an understanding of the mathematics. It means proving things and having students understand, e.g., that matrix multiplication is the application of a linear function. But it means also avoiding an approach that is too advanced for the students: the presentation must emphasize motivation, must have many illustrative examples, and must include exercises with many of the medium-difficult questions that are a challenge to a learner without being overwhelming. And, it means communicating to my students that the change of focus is what we are up to, right from the start.
Jim Hefferon's Linear Algebra: A free textbook with fascinating applications
Everything in Hefferon’s book is superbly motivated. The first chapter begins with two real-world examples: Unknown weights placed on balances, and the ratios of complex molecules in chemical reactions. These examples are used to introduce Gauss’s method for solving systems of linear equations. Further into the book, the examples begin to tie back to earlier chapters. Determinants, for example, are motivated by the usefulness of recognizing isomorphisms and invertible matrices.
joshua's blog: overclocking the lecture
# Enjoy your new lecture! The glacial discussion now arrives at a rapid-fire pace. You'll be too busy trying to keep up to play Desktop Tower Defense, and you'll be done in a half hour.
Why Systems Fail and Problems Sprout Anew
"Systemantics" is such an essential work for those working in (and especially with) international organizations that it is important that they should not be discouraged by any belief that it is primarily concerned with matters outside their frame of reference. For this reason we list below the "Basic Systems Axioms, etc" from the book with indications as to how (in the reviewer's opinion) they relate to the domain of international organizations in particular (rather than to the full range of systems created by humans, for such is the wide applicability of the author's insights). It is however essential to read the text to gain a full understanding of the application of these principles and all the consequences resulting from them.
Following the Script - Obama, McCain and ‘The West Wing’ -
Watching “The West Wing” in retrospect — all seven seasons are available on DVD, and episodes can be seen in syndication — viewers can see allusions to Mr. Obama in almost every facet of Matthew Santos, the Hispanic Democratic candidate played by Jimmy Smits. Santos is a coalition-building Congressional newcomer who feels frustrated by the polarization of Washington. A telegenic and popular fortysomething with two young children, Santos enters the presidential race and eventually beats established candidates in a long primary campaign.
free on election day: a sample
where to go for free stuff on election day; coffee, donuts, ice cream all national, plus whatever odd local and regional
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » A Not-So-Frightful Halloween
Myra Klarman's photo set of trick-or-treaters downtown in Ann Arbor
The Jeff Pulver Blog: There are times when Social Media “Just Tastes Great”
After hosting more than 30 social networking breakfasts in 17 cities around the world in 2008, I thought it would it would be interesting to try something different. So I decided to host a social media lunch. And when thinking about where to have this lunch I started thinking about social foods, which lead me to Pizza, which how the name “Social Media Pizza” was born.
Joho the Blog » Vegetarian restaurant in Beijing
In 2000, I wrote about Gong Di Lin, a fake-meat veggie restaurant. I went back tonight. It’s moved a few blocks. The place is now bright rather than dingy. But it’s still delicious, with a huge menu of foods, from chicken to jellyfish to intestines to “man-made horse feet.” I had Szichuan “chicken,” fried rice with “pork” and a very big bottle of beer. (80 yuan, or about US$12.) The man at the table next to me struck up a conversation — very friendly witha beautiful young teenage son. (I noticed many fathers with sons as I walked for 6 hours today. Maybe that’s only because I brought our son to Beijing when he was about that boy’s age.)
Studs Terkel, Listener to Americans, Dies at 96 - Obituary (Obit) -
Studs Terkel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose searching interviews with ordinary Americans helped establish oral history as a serious genre, and who for decades was the voluble host of a popular radio show in Chicago, died Friday at his home there. He was 96.
White Elephants in the Room « Literal-Minded
“Big white elephant in the room”? In the linguistics blogosphere, idiom blends like it’s not rocket surgery, that’s the way the cookie bounces, under the eight ball, and more recently, green behind the ears have been discussed before, and show that idioms with similar meanings and structure are liable to hybridize. White elephant in the room showed me that for blending to occur, the meanings and structures don’t have to be very similar if the idioms have enough unusual words in common.
Tweetle Poodles and Beetle Noodles « Literal-Minded
When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles and the bottle’s on a poodle and the poodle’s eating noodles, they call this a
muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle.
xkcd - A Webcomic - Bookstore
on the dangers of reading in the bookstore
eat, drink & be vegan: News and Chews
The tofu bathes in a marinade of white wine, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, oregano, agave nectar sun-dried tomatoes, grapes (yes grapes!) and Moroccan dry olives. Do try to use these Moroccan dry olives, rather than kalamata or other olives. They lend a very distinctive taste that is superb in this dish. Also, do try to use organic grapes if at all possible. (they are part of the dirty dozen, remember). While the recipe calls for red grapes, I used organic green grapes this time, and they worked fine. Oh, and use 1/3 cup of grapes rather than 1/4, as per edits here. Serve it with a whole grain, or with roasted potatoes, or polenta. This is also a marvelous dish for those of you that cannot eat garlic and/or onions (I have heard from quite a few of you with this dietary restriction). Plenty of flavor in this dish with no garlic or onion to be found.
Scott's Seafood Palo Alto :: November Newsletter
buy one get one free dinner until the end of november 2008
Ideas In Action Blog: Free Tall Brewed Starbucks Coffee on 11/4 for voters
So, for all these reasons, we're going to implement the idea. It will work like this: After you vote Tuesday (11/4), head to your local US Starbucks and we’ll give you a FREE tall (12 oz) cup of brewed coffee at no charge (limit one per customer). If you live in an area without voting proof, then we'll use the honor system.
VoteReport mapping and data feeds :: High Earth Orbit
twitter-report.pngOver the past two weeks I’ve been working with a great team of people helping to build VoteReport - an open public reporting system to be used during the 2008 US Election to track the situation as citizens cast their ballots. The simple goal is to make it easy for anyone to send in a report describing the wait time, overall rating and any complications that are impairing their ability to participate in the election. For more information check out
Roasted Delicata Squash Stuffed with White Beans, Greens & Sage « eggs on sunday
I couldn’t resist sharing some pictures from the event with you here, as well as a recipe that I was inspired to create after the dinner: roasted delicata squash filled with a garlicky mixture of creamy white beans and sauteed greens, accented with autumn-y sage, dusted with a crispy topping of breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.It was so, so delicious!
Maple-Roasted Apples & Plums « eggs on sunday
apples and plums roasted with maple syrup; or use this as a start for ideas of other things to go into apple-based desserts.
Potato pancakes (Latkes) and apple sauce recipe
apples are here in abundance in early november, which means it's time to make up an extra batch to freeze so that there's some for december
Alex Payne: al3x's Rules for Computing Happiness
4. Do not use software that must sync over the internet to function.
Welcome to the website of Antiquariaat Junk
The large and fine plates are all drawn by A.J. Wendel and lithographed by G. Severyns. Severeyns was one of the most famous Belgian chromolithographers of the period. Belgian lithographers reached the ultimate of craftsmanship during the 19th century. Some of the finest pomological works come from his establishment such as the plates of Bull and Hogg's 'The Herefordshire Pomona', Decaisne's 'Jardin Fruitier du museum', and Berghuis' 'Nederlandsche Boomgaard'. Together with Noort's 'Pomologia Batava' and Berghuis' 'Nederlandsche Boomgaard' it is one of the only three Dutch illustrated works on pomology, which were published during the 19th century. The very fine illustrations depict flowers and fruit growing in the Netherlands. Nissen BBI, 1474.
What is NaNoWriMo? | National Novel Writing Month
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.
Screw You Enterprise Edition: Worst of unicode
Populating Unicode's seemingly bottomless namespace is a difficult task. You'd think with 7000+ languages around the world we'd be able to fill 'er up but there's still room in the damn thing. Seeing this serious problem, the Unicode standards folk have occasionally sought to fill the gap by tossing in a few "bonus features" at no cost to you. Today we will look at some of the symbols that appear in Unicode not to make it easier for other cultures to express themselves, but.... well.... who knows? Let's take a look:
Lucullian delights - an Italian experience: Polenta
a nice recipe, and the comments have more winners - including a way to cook polenta in a rice cooker!
Baked Polenta: "no-stir polenta sounds like no-water soup - possible but unlikely"
pour 4c boiling water over 1c polenta in an 8x8 pan, bake in 425 degree oven, stirring once or twice but not more than that until done. season w/salt, pepper, and anything else you might want to add.
Cook's Thesaurus: Asian Rice Noodles
rice noodles = rice-flour noodles Equivalents: Four ounces fresh rice noodles = 1 ounce dried Notes: Rice noodles are made with rice flour, and are especially popular in Southeast Asia. It's easy to find dried rice noodles in large supermarkets, but you'll probably have to visit an Asian market to find them fresh. Rice noodles should be soaked in hot water before using. When they're soft and transparent, drain them and ...
Hungry Cravings: Cheater Method
I love warm, comforting polenta, but I don’t like making it the traditional way. I don’t know about you, but I have better things to do than whisk the lava-like mixture constantly for 15 minutes or more. So I’ve devised an easy cheater method, which involves the oven and only an occasional stir.
cudighi recipe | BBQ Guru recipes | sausage recipes
This is a sausage that is indigenous to a very small geographic location. The Iron Mountain, Michigan area is populated by many Italians that settled here. These Italians came from the Northern regions of Italy, around the Austrian border, and their cooking was greatly influenced by Austria and France. Northern Italian cooking is quite different than the more popular Sicilian (Southern) cooking. It has sweeter sauces and most of the recipes do not use fennel. This is a sausage that I grew up with and upon leaving found that it is nowhere to be found. So, I had to learn to make it myself. It is rather unique and I am sure you probably never tasted anything quite like it. Hope you enjoy it!
Eugene de Salignac, October 7, 1914 - A Photography Blog.
On September 22, 1914, he photographed a group of painters at work on its lower trusses. He must have had a spark of inspiration that day; two weeks later he returned and posed the men on the web of wires like notes on a musical scale, the result of which can be seen in this photograph. The image was obviously planned, as evidenced by the relaxed nature of these fearless men who appear without their equipment and are joined, uncustomarily, by their supervisor. No vintage print of this iconic photo-the most famous of de Salignac's images-is known to exist."
Green Roof Growers: How to Make a Two Bucket Sub-Irrigated Planter (SIP)
This is a simple, easy-to-do project that will let you grow your own food wherever there’s enough sunlight--on your roof, balcony, back steps, driveway, or vacant lot next door. It doesn't take any special skill and the materials are all readily available. A diagram showing what's going on inside a SIP is here. The fundamentals are the same whether you use buckets, tubs, or Earthboxes.
Skills Continuum
Graphic Organizers that Support Specific Thinking Skills. Structures for capturing data that map to specific evaluation, generation, or decision making efforts. (or, why you should never trust anyone who only thinks in a spreadsheet)
Virtual Protest Threatens Linden Lab’s Profitability - GigaOM
I contacted freshly minted Linden CEO Mark Kingdon for his comments about the protest. In a statement provided by his publicist, Kingdon told me, “We understand that this price adjustment will affect businesses and other projects of some our Second Life Residents,” and emphasized the cost increases were only directed at select landowners, who have until January 2009 to adjust themselves to the new rates. “To be clear,” Kingdon continued, “this price adjustment affects only a portion of land in Second Life; it does not apply to private islands or regular mainland property. We made this change to ensure an optimal Second Life experience for all Residents.”
Subtraction 7.1 Beta: If It’s Too Social, You’re Too Old
After a decade-plus of working in this business then, this is what it means to be an interaction designer: what was once effortless now takes effort. It would be disingenuous of me to suggest that I’m old, but neither am I young anymore. Suddenly the sky is starting to darken with increasingly ominous clouds of obsolesence. In my twenties, new ways of thinking and doing seemed very natural, and adjusting to the landscape was elementary business. Now, fending off stagnation has to be added to my job description. Learning new things takes work.
For president: flawed candidates, no endorsement - Ann Arbor, Michigan Columns, Letters & Opinion - with The Ann Arbor News –
"It appears that the end of the world is about to occur. Signs and portents are all around us including the flaming hundred mile long cross that has been hovering in our skies for the last three days, and the equally spectacular moon and crescent hovering next to it.
Although the overwhelming majority of the people in our community have managed to come to a conclusion about these events, mobbing our churches and temples and crowding the streets wailing and rending their clothing... we at the Ann Arbor News have not been able to work up sufficient fervor or enthusiasm to make a commitment or suggest a course of action.
So as is customary for us, we intend to dither and vacillate. We recognize that the community lo longer expects us to comment with any relevancy or commitment about national events, and so we feel that this course of action is comfortably within the traditions of this newspaper."
Looming digital dark age | Blog | Futurismic
Basically, if your old data is still on offline flexible magnetic media, you're hosed - those media, and the machines that read them, are dead and dying. (Never mind that even at the best of times the failure rate on tape backup was pretty bad.) The only way to keep data alive is to keep it spinning.
Swiss pumpkin (and various baked whole stuffed pumpkin variants)
Notes on a family of recipes that start with a whole pumpkin and that involve stuffing it with something sweet or savory (a pudding, a stew, a soup).
50 Must-Read Blogs for the Conscientious Organic Shopper | Organicasm
*fifty* freaking blogs? sorry, fail. if you need to read fifty organic shopping blogs, you are a problogger, and not an ordinary human who goes shopping a couple of times a week
dunbar's dungeon (tecznotes)
Kellan, what do you do when your mental state changes and you can/can't handle large numbers of people? I feel like there's been all these suggestions of pause buttons for websites or services (notable the microbloggy ones - Twitter, FFeed...), which suggests that it should be possible to build in some form of attenuation to each system. A dial, a button, a switch that rapidly shrinks your horizon when you're feeling too put-out. Sort of the equivalent of a hot cup of tea and a couch in sweatpants. I'm liking how Fire Eagle actually turns your account off when you haven't been around for a while.
more against openID (tecznotes)
The ridiculous thing about OpenID is that it has no value unless loads of people buy in, which I assume is why there have been so many "we will support OpenID mumble-mumble" announcements in recent months. If it gains any traction at all, it's going to be just like the consumer credit system without all that pesky government oversight getting you a free personal report once a year and going after abusers. It's a cute technical approach to a big, hairy social status quo, and I'm sitting here writing a big-ass diatribe about it because I don't want to find myself forced into signing up for a SomeBigCo account two years from now and getting all my shit stolen or sold, ChoicePoint-style.
Google Abandons Standards, Forks OpenID — The NeoSmart Files
OpenID is on tenterhooks as it is, and cannot withstand any more efforts to splinter its adoption. Never mind the fact that almost all the big names adopting OpenID are joining only as providers and not as relying parties (rendering the whole basis of OpenID useless) – now even the provider side of things is chaos.
Methods for our madness - Thinking and Making
The point is that there are seven basic problem solving activities.

1. Generate
2. Disambiguate
3. Deconstruct
4. Synthesis
5. Affinity
6. Priority
7. Context
The Ambiguous Panopticon: Foucault and the Codes of Cyberspace
Is the Internet surveillant? Without question. But is the Internet surveillant after the manner of the panopticon? We cannot answer this question by means of sociological accounts that are simply interested in the government and corporate tendency to get to know us better through Internet spying, The panopticon does not use information just to know us; it also deploys information to create us, to constitute us as compliant workers and consumers. Essentially, if it is panoptic, the Internet must serve the same panoptic/enlightenment function of social control through a physical control of the body in space and a rhetorical control of the definition of subjectivity that other panoptic institutions do.
Art and Search Engine Optimization | Own Page One: Search Engine Visibility Blog - Online Marketing Strategy and Tips
But your site visitors shouldn’t have to be Michel Foucault to be able figure out what your site is about.
The Resistance to Visual Culture  Stephanie Polsky 
Whilst aspects of this regulatory practice may seem to imply a benevolent control of the population through structures such as the Crystal Palace and the Passages des Panoramas, incarceral designs such as the Panopticon reveal such practice had its malevolent side as well.
Those who fail to conform to moral standards for whatever reason would have to have ‘security mechanisms … installed around them,’ once they were identified as ‘the random element inherent in the population of living beings’ (Foucault 2003, p. 246). That the goal of confinement was to
maintain pure visibility says a great deal about the West’s desire to wield its sovereign authority in a way that was perpetual and homogenous
Explain your logo “Visibility is a Trap”. / “It’s actually a quote from Foucault, from ‘Discipline and Punish’. It refers to surveillance, ie. being controlled through being visible to the authorities. So it has that meaning from the original quote but it also has what I think is important, that what I do is part of a collective and there is a certain degree of anonymity, so that it’s an invisible situation.”
Awesome Tapes from Africa
awesome mp3 blog of tapes from africa via new york city
Steven Poole: Working for the Man
On the other hand, there is a café in your village where you can go and sit on a stool at the bar and order a cup of coffee, prepared by a laconic pigeon. Drinking the coffee serves no purpose in the game — indeed, it even costs some of your hard-earned currency. And yet it is an example of pure play, at least on Mark Twain’s definition. You are not obliged to drink the coffee. Drinking the coffee changes nothing. And of course the coffee doesn’t even exist. You can’t smell or taste it. But you can drink the coffee whenever you like (subject to the café’s opening hours). And there is something mysteriously pleasurable about it. It is a gratuitous, interstitial moment, offering the player a chance to admire the scenery, perhaps listen to some Japanese electro-jazz, and meditate on nothing in particular along with her avatar, sipping an imaginary beverage.
LibrariAnne · library tech
Speaking of texting, Ed Vielmetti just wrote a great article about mobile interfaces for Library Journal. Now that I’m addicted to my BlackBerry, I’m always pleased when I find that one of my favorite sites has a site that works well in the BB browser. I use the Internet on my phone more often than I ever thought I would (I actually feel like I get my money’s worth, or close to it, despite the ridiculous charges).
3-2-1 v2 - Countdown Widget for Mac OS X
3-2-1 is a countdown timer for Dashboard (OS X). It displays hours, minutes, and seconds, includes a lap function and is resizable. You can label each countdown (useful if you run more than one at a time), enter your own messages (to appear when a countdown has finished) and choose any sound to play.
Orangette: Pleasantly sogged
In fact, what the waiter set down in front of me a few minutes later was the closest I have ever come, in a restaurant, to my ideal lunch. It was a wide soup bowl - the type my mother calls a cream soup bowl - and in it was a beautifully sloppy pile of kale, stewed into tenderness in a clear, fragrant broth. Beneath the kale was a generous slice of country bread, happily soaking up the aforementioned broth, and atop it all sat a fried egg, waiting to loose its yolk onto the greens below. It wasn’t rocket science, but it was everything I love about Zuni Café: unpretentious, perfectly pitched, and utterly ballsy in its plainness. The best part was, of course, that it was delicious. The kale was sweet and earthy, the egg mellow and rich, and the bread soft, comforting, pleasantly sogged.
Statement Of Fork
As of October 27th 2008, 'TWiki' is no longer the same, its now Commercial open source. The people that have driven TWiki development for the past decade feel the time has come to do so under a different name.

The new project (the name is as of yet undecided, nextwiki, twikifork and notwiki are just placeholders), promises new features that have been long-awaited while maintaining a clear upgrade path for existing installations.
-=SUbWAY=- » Blog Archive » TWiki is dead, long live TWiki!
Hey, you had to fork! You had no other choice. I think the best way to strike back is to keep the the open source “NextWiki”ahead of the commercialized twiki. Keep up the great forums for open source support of nextWiki, this will minimize the need for a commercial twiki and the venture capitalists won’t fund the’s next round. If the VCs are not going to see a profit they will get out quick. What you guys have done is help build a very modular wiki. I use it here at DAFCA with the latex module. You’ve got the GPL on your side. Keep up the fight! Twiki has evolved due to the contributors code while Theony had plans on cashing in on all the hard work that the contributors made.
Hostile takeover of Open Source Project TWiki
@linkorama says " just a minute before the regular TWiki release meeting, the company TWIKI.NET announced unilaterally that the best for the project would be for them to take over governance. With it comes a complete lock down of the community site. From that minute on, all long-time contributors have lost access to their code. Counter-reaction: the community has left the building, leaving TWIKI.NET without a contributing community. "
Blogroll " TWiki is dead, long live TWiki!
twiki project forks after the owner of restructures the community.
Focus on the Interface - 10/15/2008 - netConnect
Superpatron Edward Vielmetti gives a patron's-eye view of mobile library interfaces, along with ideas on putting phones to good use
I think I'm musing my mind - Roger Ebert's Journal
Of course I don't think only about writing. I spend time with my wife, family and friends. I read a lot, watch a lot of politics on TV. But prose is beavering along beneath, writing itself. When it comes time to type it is an expression, not a process. My mind has improved so much at this that it's become clearly apparent to me. The words, as e. e. cummings wrote, come out like a ribbon and lie flat on the brush. He wasn't writing about toothpaste. In my fancy, I like to think he could have been writing about prose.

Yes, I had that cummings line in mind before I began. I knew I was heading for it. By losing the ability to speak, I have increased my ability to communicate. I am content.
Main Articles: 'Being Wired or Being Tired: 10 Ways to Cope with Information Overload', Ariadne Issue 56
overwhelmingly long list of ways to be less overwhelmed
The Politics of Systems » About
Hello. My name is Bernhard Rieder, I’m an assistant professor at the hypermedia department at Paris 8 University and this blog is a public notepad for some of my ideas on actual and potential connections between technology, culture and politics. My personal homepage can be found here.
A2 News | Spark may face repayment to municipalities for spending money on companies outside area
local financing organizations take notice of accounting and management problems. "Earlier this month, LDFA board member Mike Reid - who was treasurer and a member of the LDFA's audit committee - resigned over of what he characterized as the board's decision not to hold Spark responsible for its accounting."
Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over' | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
WASHINGTON, DC–Mere days from assuming the presidency and closing the door on eight years of Bill Clinton, president-elect George W. Bush assured the nation in a televised address Tuesday that "our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over."
Stack's: Rare Coins For Sale: Numismatic Auctions
Dan Freidus's seminal paper on Higley coppers was published in the 1994 ANS Coinage of the Americas Conference on "The Token: America's Other Money." Therein, Friedus listed eight specimens of this die variety (including this piece). Of those eight coins, two are in museums, the British Museum and the Smithsonian Institution, and Eric Newman's is bound for one. Another had not been seen since 1918, leaving a collectible population of only four coins: the Garrett coin, the Robison coin, this coin, and a piece that was sold by Bowers and Ruddy in 1976 and was last seen in a Dana Linett auction in 1985. The Ford collection, long a mystery to Friedus, did not contain any specimens of this variety. The two Broad Axe Higleys in the Ford collection were both Friedus 3.3-C, struck from a different obverse die.
The Reluctant Blogger » From ‘korppu’ to ‘lerppu’
Finnish Fun Fact: The fine, fat and feisty Finns of Finland call those obsolete rigid 3 1/2-inch computer disks korppu, as opposed to lerppu (floppy), the nearly forgotten flexible 5 1/4- and 8-inch disks of our ancestors.
A CD spectrometer
A simple spectrometer can be built from a CD and a box. Cut a slit on one side of the box. Place the CD on the other side with about 60 degree angle. Look down into the openning on the box. The slit should not be too wide, otherwise the spectrum lines will be blurred. It should not be too narrow either, otherwise the spectrum is too dim. I use a 0.2mm wide slit.
TASI :: Resources | Case Studies of Digitsation Projects | Internet Library of Early Journals
Internet Library of Early Journals (ILEJ) is a joint project involving the libraries of the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford. The aims of the ILEJ project were to digitise, and make availa ble on the Internet, 20 year runs of three 18th Century and three 19th Century journals and to evaluate their use by the academic community. Both the images and the associated bibliographic data are available via the Internet. The journals are: Notes and Queries, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine and the Builder (19th Century) and The Gentleman's Magazine, the Annual Register and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (18th Century). The journals were chosen using criteria that included:
IEEE - IEEE History Center: Amos Joel Abstract
Amos Joel was born March 12, 1918 in Philadelphia, but soon moved to Atlantic City and then New York City. As a child, Joel became interested in mechanical and electrical devices, including electric trains and radio. It was Joel’s curiosity about the dial telephone system and circuits, however, which would shape his later career in telecommunications. As a young man he became fascinated with reading patents, particularly in telecommunication switches, and in high school he enjoyed his mathematics and science courses. He even invented his own switching system in the early 1930s.
YouTube - AC/DC Rock N Roll Train - ASCII music video in Excel
Download it at The world's first music video in an Excel Spreadsheet. AC/DC smashes through the corporate firewall with real rock 'n' roll. Watch the video playing back as ASCII art in Microsoft Excel!
Hulu - Saturday Night Live: Update: Fred's Map/Fix It!
"Check out Michigan - I can make it bounce."
Joho the Blog » Emily Dickinson on the semantic brain
THE BRAIN is wider than the sky,
For, put them side by side,
The one the other will include
With ease, and you beside.
Information Sheet - Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease related to Enterovirus 71 - Public Health Agency of Canada
During outbreaks of HFMD related to EV 71, transmission is thought to occur predominantly via the respiratory route. Transmission of enteroviruses may be increased by poor hygiene and overcrowded living conditions. Improved sanitation and general hygiene are important preventive measures. Measures that can be taken to avoid getting infected with enteroviruses include frequent handwashing, especially after diaper changes or going to the toilet; disinfection of contaminated surfaces with bleach (20 ml/litre of water); and washing soiled articles of clothing. The viruses are resistant to many disinfectants so it is important to use chlorinated (bleach) or iodized disinfectants. During epidemics, closure of schools or child care facilities may be considered in order to reduce transmission especially among young children. It is not necessary to restrict travel or trade.
Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease (HFMD) - some facts
Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common viral illness of infants and children. The disease causes fever and blister-like eruptions in the mouth and/or a skin rash.
all manner of distractions » Blog Archive » It is like I made it myself!
So what now? I have no idea. I am not angry. I am not feeling vindictive. I am flattered and amused. This isn’t like that Urban Outfitters incident. I don’t actually feel wronged. I do feel that some designer for the Paul Smith brand committed an embarrassing act of laziness. This should not be excused and I imagine they will be dealt with accordingly. I don’t get a ton of blog traffic but I would be surprised if this didn’t eventually get back to the Paul Smith organization. And Mr. Smith, if you are reading this, Lance and I have always wanted to spend a week in London. Oh, and I am a 42L.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease: Fast Facts | CDC - Respiratory Viral Diseases
Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common viral illness of infants and children. The disease causes fever and blister-like eruptions in the mouth and/or a skin rash. HFMD is often confused with foot-and-mouth (also called hoof-and-mouth) disease, a disease of cattle, sheep, and swine; however, the two diseases are not related—they are caused by different viruses. Humans do not get the animal disease, and animals do not get the human disease.
peHUB » A Q&A with Silicon Valley’s “Undertaker”
How bad do you think it’s going to get?

During the bubble, something like 1,600 companies were funded. I hear in recent years there’s between 1,200 and 1,300, including some older investments. I see VCs clearing out a minimum of one-third plus of those investments. The banks will tell you the same thing. It’s why you have to keep your powder dry. You really have to watch what’s going on.
Amazon Web Services Developer Community : Scalable Media Hosting with Amazon S3
Blue Origin is one small company with a big idea that successfully scaled its web site using Amazon S3. On January 2, 2007, the company posted information and videos on its web site about a test launch for a new vertical take-off, vertical-landing vehicle. Within the next day, the news was covered by both SlashDot and Boing Boing, sending a tremendous amount of traffic to its web site. With its media files stored in Amazon S3, it was able to instantly scale and handle the 3.5 million requests and 758 GBs in bandwidth in a single day.
DBpedia » Blog Archive » DBpedia 3.1 breaks 100 million triples barrier
Apart from the more recent Wikipedia dumps we used, some notable improvements are a much better YAGO mapping, providing a more complete (more classes assigned to instances) and accurate (95% accuracy) class hierarchy for DBpedia. The Geo extractor code has been improved and is now run for all 14 languages. URI validation has switched to the PEAR validation class.
PyAWS, Fermat’s Last Theorem, and search diversity « Jon Udell
I use the Amazon API to check wishlists programmatically, and back in March I mentioned that it was being upgraded in a way that would break the Python wrapper I’d been using for years. Readers pointed me to a new wrapper called PyAWS, but I found that it didn’t offer the one thing I needed: A simple way to retrieve all the ISBNs on a wishlist.
Deuzeblog: The People Formerly Known as the Employers
So what we see happening in the context of todays new media ecology and the emerging global creative economy is power slowly but surely slipping away from those who we rely on for our entertainment (ex.: the recent writers' and actor's labor disputes in Canada and the US), our advertising (ex.: the widely reported power shift occuring in agencies from creative towards account managers, media planners, and digital consultants), and - perhaps most disturbingly, our news.
tylerhall - Google Code
-- This script lets you dial a phone number in Address Book using
-- one of your Grand Central phone numbers. (i.e. the ones GC rings
-- when you have an incoming call.)
Montana Coffee Teepee on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
roadside coffee stand; there must be more of a story
grant opportunities [collaborative spaces]: 17 Teams Invited to Submit Full Proposals Archives
The GROCS 2009 Call for Proposals attracted fifty-six Proposal Abstracts from students representing 47 academic departments. Twenty-nine abstracts received at least one "high priority" mark from reviewers, indicating a generally excellent field of entries. Seventeen teams have been selected to continue the proposal process.
Halfbakery: Shred-o-Scan
I propose the following solution, the scan-0-shred. As the name suggests, it is a combined scanner and shredder. Basically, the scanner has "transient" memory of say, 30 seconds. If you shred something by accident, simply press the "oops" button, plug in the USB cable, and retrieve the document.
Vacuum - Edward Vielmetti in Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104: Panera Bread user agreement: yeah, yeah, I agree, just let me on the net
This list is not intended to be exhaustive. Panera requires that you be a good Internet citizen when using this Service.
BibliOdyssey: Clippings
'A Partial View of London and the Environs'

IN: 'Utopia Found: being an Apology for Irish Absentees Addressed to a Friend in Connaught by an Absentee Residing in Bath', 1813 by (or published by) E Mangin.

This illustration comes from the Image Collection at the ever excellent Villanova University Digital Library - a great source for historic Irish material, among other things. [the whole of the 'Utopia Found' book is available at googlebooks, but there are quite a few botched page scans]
Screen Shots - Pall-Gelman Dioxane Google Earth Map 2008 - Scio Residents for Safe Water (SRSW) | Google Groups
Iso-concentration lines of a PLS-supplied plume map were extruded in Google Earth to as many meters as the ppb value of the boundary. The "plateaus" represent the general lower boundary for each iso-concentration area, but some of the actual readings reach much higher as shown when one zooms out in Google Earth.
Syllabus / UC Berkeley Social Media
Creating a Computer Science Canon: a course of 'classic' readings in computer science - Michael Eisenberg
syllabus for "communication technologies and gender", leslie regan shade
Washtenaw Ypsilanti MI The Huron River downstream from the Ypsi Underwear Factory 1913 H Hutchins & Co Card The Underwear Company Slogan was "Never Rip, Never Tear Ypsilanti Underwear"!!! on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
never rip, never tear / ypsilanti underwear
BBC NEWS | Magazine | Underwear as outwear
Elaborate bra straps. Designer trunks riding above low-slung jeans. The fashion for flaunting one's underwear may have more to do with conspicuous consumption than a decline in decency, says Lisa Jardine.
World Zombie Day Report from Ann Arbor Zombie Walk
The Ann Arbor Zombie Walk, as a part of World Zombie Day, was a great time tonight. Around 50 some zombies circled town, with a quick stop at the local comic shop Vault of Midnight. After buying a few zombie comics, the zombie horde headed back to the streets. Bambi and Colum, the coordinators, did a great job and at the end of the walk handed out prizes for best zombies, including scariest, goofiest and “best medical personal”. Here’s the link to our photo album from the event.
Chicago Reader | The Magic Easel: Twin artists Trevor and Ryan Oakes have invented a new way to draw. By Damien James
One other contemporary artist, Robert Irwin, has explored the splitting of focus. Writing about Irwin in his book Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees, Lawrence Weschler quotes him explaining that he trained himself by “placing a dot on a window and gazing both at and beyond it, thus allowing two planes of focus, one for each eye.” Irwin played with perception in a famous series of paintings of dots and discs, but the Oakes twins are alone in using split focus to draw perspective. They didn’t know this until after they’d done it.
ThinkGeek :: RFID Experimentation Kit
Depending on who you ask, RFID technology is either the "Mark of the Beast", or a global panacea destined to rescue the grocery stores and Walmarts of the world from shoplifting. But any good geek knows that RFID is nothing more than tiny microchips powered by RF induction that store and broadcast a small bit of data. Want to learn more? Rather than rip apart your passport you can pick up this nifty RFID Experimentation Kit with over a dozen types of RFID tags, a USB based RFID reader and instructions for tons of insidious RFID projects. You even get a cool bio-implantable type of RFID Tag which you should never ever load into a blowgun and implant in any of your coworkers because it's not surgically sterilized.
Procrastineering - Project blog for Johnny Chung Lee: More Wiimote Projects - A Brain Dump
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. That’s largely because I’ve been traveling a lot, giving talks, and most recently relocating to a new city. It became clear to me a while ago that I wasn’t going to get around to making more videos anytime soon. So, I figured I would make a post about the projects that I would probably make videos of if I had more free time. The content of this post has been in the talks that I’ve been giving, but I’m just sitting down to write it out now for my trusty blog readers.
Media History Through Gartner Hype Cycle Graphs: 1995-2008 - Advertising Lab: future of advertising and advertising technology
Besides, they illustrate this wonderful quote from David Brooks's "Lord of the Meme" column in NYTimes: "In order to cement your status in the cultural elite, you want to be already sick of everything no one else has even heard of."
Social Media Domination - Business Blogging Made Simple
A minimalist approach is the best approach – with distinctive call to action(s) that leave nothing to the imagination for organic searchers who land there.
HathiTrust - ArborWiki
HathiTrust is a repository for storing digitized books including scans from the Google Book Search Project. It is run by the libraries at Indiana University and the University of Michigan.
Do it Yourself Vacuum Forming For the Hobbyist - Book
learn how to modify a sump pump check valve from the hardware store to combine a vacuum cleaner with a second higher vacuum source. This method uses the speed of a vacuum cleaner, but finishes off with a more powerful vacuum source. The valve is easy to make and works automatically.
building a vacuum /thermoforming machine [Archive] - Ultimate Machinist Community
if i build a vacuumforming table, how big/high must the vacuum be
what kind of compressor/pump do i need?
Two-stage vacuum former plumbing alternatives (in 3 parts) - Ultimate Machinist Community
It's also easy to make an inexpensive pump that doesn't move much air per unit time, but can pump a little air against very high resistance. (It's set up with much more "leverage" against a smaller amount of air per pumping cycle.) As an extreme example, a little $20 tire inflator air compressor generate 200 PSI or so of pressure, and can be adapted and used as a vacuum pump, pulling over 24 inches of mercury, i.e., 5/6 of the way to a perfect vacuum. But it takes a long time to evacuate a sizable tank, and will wear out if you use it that way a lot. (It will probably overheat if you try to evacuate a sizable tank in one go.)
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Column: Waiting Too Long for the Go
The city of Ann Arbor has been installing some new traffic lights around town. Traditional signals display a “Walk” light for as long as 25 seconds. This new type of signal displays a “Walk” light for only four seconds, out of a total cycle of up to 90 seconds. One example of such a signal is the crossing of State Street at Liberty Street downtown.
Seth's Blog: Be careful of who you work for
Where you work is what you market. Work in a high stress place and you're likely to become a highly stressed person, and your interactions will display that. Work for a narcissist and you'll develop into someone who's good at shining a light on someone else, not into someone who can lead. Work for someone who plays the fads and you'll discover that instead of building a steadily improving brand, you're jumping from one thing to another, enduring layoffs in-between gold rushes. Work for a bully and be prepared to be bullied.
Toy lending service may keep Ann Arbor area kids stimulated - Ann Arbor News - The Ann Arbor News Online - Michigan Newspaper -
The library is based, says Doughty, on the "incredibly cool vision" of Fiona Rose-Greenland, an Ann Arbor resident who encountered a toy lending library while a graduate student at Oxford University in England.
Main Street Area Ann Arbor - Halloween Treat Parade
story telling at the library downtown 930a-11a, followed by downtown trick-or-treating at participating businesses 11a-5p. many businesses
DORIE GREENSPAN: Pumpkin, Packed with Bread and Cheese: A Recipe in Progress
As I mentioned, I bought my first pumpkin of the season last week and this is what Idid with it: I hollowed it out and stuffed it with bread cubes, cheese, garlic and cream, slid it into the oven to bake until everything under the cap bubbled away merrily and then served it for lunch.
Motown: 1942 | Shorpy Photo Archive
Detroit, July 1942. "Looking east on Farnsworth Street with the Rackham Memorial Building at right and Detroit Institute of Art on the left." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Arthur Siegel. View full size.
The City That Works: 1943 | Shorpy Photo Archive
Chicago, April 1943. "General view of part of the South Water Street Illinois Central Railroad freight terminal." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.
"A" is for antique apples
Following is a partial list of old-timey apples. If you readers know of additional varieties, or if you can add descriptions, please e-mail
Stalking the Placid Apple’s Untamed Kin - New York Times
That’s a surprisingly high percentage. It took thousands of years of human selection to create the luscious fruits we enjoy today. What natural force could have made such a significant number of wild apples big and tasty?

Bears. So suggest two biologists, Barrie E. Juniper and David J. Mabberley, in their recent book, “The Story of the Apple” (Timber Press, 2006). Mr. Forsline confirmed that brown bears eat large quantities of apples and deposit their seeds intact throughout the Tian Shan forests. A. D. Dzhangaliyev, a Kazakh botanist, has reported that “especially in high-yield years, animals choose the most delicious fruits.” The seeds of the bear’s chosen fruits get the advantage of transportation and a dose of nourishing manure. Over many thousands of years, that advantage may well have nudged apple evolution toward the big and sweet.
everybody likes sandwiches: the mac daddy: apple, onion and cheddar pizza
I kept the cheddar and apples, but did away with everything else and worked with what I had available. I caramelized a whack load of onions, threw on some salty capers along with some chewy sun dried tomatoes and a few dabs of pesto for good measure. The Johnny who?? This pizza was delicious.
de Young Exhibitions
Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes is a major exhibition of new sculptures, drawings, and installations by renowned artist Maya Lin. In 1981, Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial dramatically changed the language and form of commemorative sculpture by infusing minimalist design with the emotional charge of memory. Her subsequent work, whether monument, sculpture, design object, or building is equally characterized by its harmony of message and material. In recent years, Lin has focused on a reconsideration of landscape in a time of ecological tension and change. This new body of work engages the issue of our fragile connection to the environment in timely and poetic ways.
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Blue Tractor Pulls Forward
Busing to stay same in Ypsilanti for 2009 - Ann Arbor News - The Ann Arbor News Online - Michigan Newspaper -
The current level of bus service in Ypsilanti will be maintained next year, city officials said this week as they prepared to vote on a new contract with the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority next Tuesday.
Localism: Ann Arbor, MI
see what town looks like through the eyes of realtors. interesting perspective, quite a bit of residential real estate info mixed in with the odd bit of news and opinion. (compare w/ for contrast)
russell davies: patina
web 2.0 = shiny; web 3.0 = distressed
Techdirt: The Impact Of Having Friends Never Fade Away
For many years, we've wondered about how new technologies may start to change the nature of friendship. In the past, friends would come and go over time, as friendships grew and receded during different stages of life for different reasons -- and that was fine. But in an age where everyone is connected electronically all of the time, and whether or not someone is a "friend" is a binary decision set at the click of a mouse, some are pointing out that it seems weird that social networks are setting up people to remain "friends" forever, even if they're not still friendly in real life. - Photographer Takes Copyright Fight to U.S. High Court
The court majority also specifically rejected an analogy offered by publishers saying that the electronic databases were no different than microfilm and microfiche reproductions. The court found that comparison "wanting."

"Microforms typically contain continuous photographic reproductions of a periodical in the medium of miniaturized film," Ginsburg wrote. "Accordingly, articles appear on the microforms, writ very small, in precisely the position in which the articles appeared in the newspaper."

As a result, a user views an article in context, Ginsburg wrote. In electronic databases, "by contrast, the articles appear disconnected from their original context. ... In short, unlike microforms, the databases do not perceptibly reproduce articles as part of the collective work to which the author contributed or as part of any 'revision' thereof."
Canadian Food Inspection Agency - Consumer Advisory - Sherwood Brands Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate Coins may be Contaminated with Melamine
OTTAWA, October 8, 2008 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume, distribute, or sell the Sherwood Brands Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins described below. This product is being recalled due to positive test results for melamine conducted by the CFIA.
bkkeepr | About
keep track of books you read with bkkeepr; needs only a scanner to make automagical; has an api
Oprah's Favorite New Gadget
As a special offer for Oprah viewers, is giving $50 off the price of Kindle. Enter the promotional code OPRAHWINFREY during the checkout process at to receive the discount. This offer is valid through November 1, 2008.
Housing Blogs Throw Stones -
Last summer, posters grew so "aggressively rude" at Brooklyn blog that founder Jonathan Butler began requiring every user to register with the site before they could post. "It got to the point where I couldn't leave my desk for half an hour," says Mr. Butler, who deletes inappropriate posts on his site.
Brownstoner: Real Estate Blogs "A Great Forum to Vent Anger"
The Wall Street Journal delves into the world of real estate blogs this morning, with a focus on their commenting culture, to see how they're faring as the housing crisis continues. "Thanks to the housing crisis, real-estate blogs are blooming not only in number, but in nastiness, as thousands of strangers swap stinging critiques of high-end homes hitting the market." The paper looks at the fallout from the jabs, citing one house seller who tuned in to Brownstoner and saw his property getting the royal treatment, from us and from the commenters, alike. "Readers quickly chimed in, citing overuse of track lighting and black granite and calling the border on the bathtub 'hideous' and the furniture 'cheesy,'" they write. "'They're probably hipsters — people who live really grungy,' counters Dr. Fernandez, noting that the bathroom tiles are handmade and the 'cheesy' furniture cost over $100,000."
Lotus Elise Press, Comparison with Kit Cars, Extreme Sports
The Caterham Seven can reasonably be regarded as an ancestor of the Lotus Elise. It is, after all, a direct descendant of the Lotus Super 7, one of the best-loved Lotus cars of all time. And if any vehicle epitomizes classic British sports-car-ness, this is it—an undiluted driving experience for the motoring masochist. Stripped of nonessentials, tailored to fit like a golf glove, it delivers the handling purity of a Formula Ford grudgingly equipped for the bare minimum of street legality. Think of it as a four-wheeled motorcycle
Localism provides the environment where residents and business owners can create a micro-social network uniquely attuned to their individual communities. Together, they use multi-media to paint a canvas of local color and texture. Their Localism 'Neighborpedia' becomes an extension of who and what they are.
Update: Fire damages 10 apartments at Lake Village, cause not yet known - Ann Arbor News - The Ann Arbor News Online - Michigan Newspaper -
It's not known yet what caused the fire, which damaged or destroyed 10 units of the Lake Village Apartments off South Main Street between Briarwood Mall and Busch's grocery store. No injuries were reported.
…My heart’s in Accra » Ken Banks on Frontline SMS
FrontlineSMS is more expensive than solutions that depend on the cooperation of local phone operators - it’s expensive for an individual citizen to send thousands of messages, while in partnership with a phone company, you might be able to bring these costs down. But Frontline is very useful for grassroots groups that don’t want to cooperate with the local telcos - Banks tells us about an application in Pakistan, where the organizers sent thousands of SMS messages from a laptop in the trunk of a car that drove thoughout a city to avoid detection.
Michigan Bats and Their Habitats
» Slightly Spooky Wednesday: Bats, Strange Michigan, Kerkorian & Haunted Houses oh my! » Absolute Michigan
halloween in michigan roundup incl. the millie mine
48104 - Google Search
"Just type 48104 into Google and you'll find me"
Ann Arbor-area Realtors 'working smarter,' using technology in soft market -
Ann Arbor Realtors are using everything from technology like Internet search-engine optimization and Web lead generation to basic skills like market research to keep their businesses going through a market characterized by soft prices and low volume.
mamamusings: friendship zero
frankly, the preamble to this is more interesting than the post; I'm intrigued by how delicious moves more slowly and deliberately than twitter to pass things around, and by the ways that the ideas thus shared tend to be paragraph sized or bigger and not just OMG WTF BBQ sized. it's also characteristically interesting to conflate "friendship" with membership in and use of an online service, as though recognizing someone on the street or seeing them regularly on the bus was in some way isomorphic with reading 140 characters of text from them now and again.
Community Music Academy
The Community Music Academy serves every age group in the community, from early childhood classes through adult classes. We also offer private lessons for ages five through adult. Our instructors include faculty and students from EMU's Department of Music and Dance. Early childhood instructors hold certification from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning.
1942-detroit-labor-day-parade-wingsofvictory.jpg (JPEG Image, 500x406 pixels)
float from 1942 detroit labor day parade
The Urban Web on Huffduffer
Steven Johnson’s opening keynote from dConstruct 2008 in Brighton. Deals with local mapping of topic and the ability to zoom between levels of information based on geo and time. Also about relationships between data sets. Begins with cholera but has other good examples later on, including doing more than just restaurant reviews
Introducting Occipital at Occipital
# People that know we do a lot of image processing and that “occipital lobe” is the visual processing center of the brain will understand the connection.
CouchDB - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Like other document-oriented database systems, such as Lotus Notes, CouchDB is not a Relational Database Management System. Instead of storing data in rows and columns, the database manages a collection of JSON documents (early versions of CouchDB used XML). As a result, it is often compared with column-oriented datastores like Google's BigTable; however, CouchDB is not a column-oriented store, since the documents in a collection need not share a schema. Webchat
web-based irc tool; handy instead of managing yet another application
Street Fight: Welcome to the World of Urban Lit - 7/1/2008 - School Library Journal
some amount of agitation about urban lit - some about the subject matter, but in equal parts that there are typoes and misspellings.
Open Source » Blog Archive » Cass Sunstein: for the Homer Simpson in all of us
Cass Sunstein is himself a demonstration of the spread of the new thinking from psychology and economics to law and politics. From the University of Chicago Law School, where he taught alongside Barack Obama for a dozen years, he has just moved permanently to Harvard, where he and Obama seem still to be channeling each other. Sunstein’s new book Nudge, with the economist Richard Thaler, is an introduction to a variety of not-quite-coercive strategies for helping people get what they really want: 401k savings plans, for example, that would be automatic for all workers who didn’t choose to set some of their wages aside. The general trick, Sunstein says, is recognizing that there’s less Immanuel Kant, more Homer Simpson, in each and all us than we’ve been taught.
Sim Daltonism
viewport on colorblindness
Vectors Journal: Ephemera Issue
The images and sounds that pervade our world, indeed the excited electrons that illuminate this screen are, by definition, evanescent — we perceive and make meaning from them in fractions of a second before they flicker, fade or are replaced. Likewise the computer you are now using will one day crash or become obsolete, perhaps taking its prodigious memory with it, an eventuality that suggests the alarming impermanence of digital media while it hints mischievously at our own mortality. There is very little in today's culture — except perhaps for the copyright of Disney characters — that can be counted on to survive the 21st century. Indeed, those of us who study the artifacts and stories of cultural and artistic production may be in the midst of a new dark age, inundated with such a profusion of information that we can never hope to organize or digest it, much less sensibly preserve it for the future.
Gilmer Civil War Maps Collection : Home
The Gilmer maps are an extensive group of Civil War maps, including both manuscript maps and printed maps with manuscript annotations and engineers' drawings of military construction, housed in the Manuscripts Department of The Wilson Library. This site currently includes 161 maps representative of the entire southern region, with particularly large groupings of North Carolina and Virginia maps. Most of the maps are dated 1861-1865. The Gilmer maps available on this site are part of a larger collection of materials called the Jeremy Gilmer Papers, which contains army papers, 1851-1859, about the construction of fortifications on the Georgia and Florida coast; Gilmer's diary, 1841-1842, at Fort Schuyler, N.Y.; a Confederate order book, 1863-1864, from the Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina military district; letters from Gilmer to his wife and family; a few additional maps; and other items.
Emerging Technologies - Day 1 (Aaron Swartz: The Weblog)
Web Archive has tons of data. costs them $2000 a terrabyte. All the stuff is copyrighted effectively forever so they just ignore the copyright. No partcular problems. 10-20M voices, more than one page for every person on Earth. Losing all that stuff is no way to run a culture. People sometimes ask for data to be take out and they comply. Often they come running back and say, yes, I would like to be in the Library of Congress. Tried to demo it but he ran into a bug with the Linux-based proxy server that redirected him to a porn site. “Purge the complainers” or opt-out is the standard policy for the Web.
Writing on the Margins of the Web | Open Culture
Today, the world can begin to explore a new web app that will undoubtedly hold appeal for book lovers on the web. The app is called Reframe It, and it lets you write in the margins of any web page, much as you’d write in the margins of a book. And, even better, it lets you share the comments with others, turning marginalia into something of a public conversation. (Watch the video below to see what I mean.)
Why RAID 5 stops working in 2009 | Storage Bits |
The key point that seems to be missed in many of the comments is that when a disk fails in a RAID 5 array and it has to rebuild there is a significant chance of a non-recoverable read error during the rebuild (BER / UER). As there is no longer any redundancy the RAID array cannot rebuild, this is not dependent on whether you are running Windows or Linux, hardware or software RAID 5, it is simple mathematics. An honest RAID controller will log this and generally abort, allowing you to restore undamaged data from backup onto a fresh array.
U.S. Copyright Office - Copyright Law: Chapter 5
(2) In a case where the copyright owner sustains the burden of proving, and the court finds, that infringement was committed willfully, the court in its discretion may increase the award of statutory damages to a sum of not more than $150,000. In a case where the infringer sustains the burden of proving, and the court finds, that such infringer was not aware and had no reason to believe that his or her acts constituted an infringement of copyright, the court in its discretion may reduce the award of statutory damages to a sum of not less than $200.
Q6: djatoka and the OpenURL Object Model (OOM)
To prove this unlikely claim, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Research Library recently announced djatoka, an open-source JPEG 2000 image server. I especially like that djatoka challenges the prevailing conception that OpenURL is just a citation-linking mechanism. These folks obvious understand OpenURL inside and out, but I am still amazed that they used OOM for their low-level infrastructure with little more than its source code to guide them. That is hard core!
Introducing djatoka: A Reuse Friendly, Open Source JPEG 2000 Image Server
jpeg 2000 is the archival format
Open Library (Open Library)
In partnership with the Internet Archive and, the Boston Public Library is excited to announce a new program to allow users and patrons to "Scan-on-Demand". It's easy and free! Books are delivered to you, electronically, in 5-7 days
Fighting to protect copyright 'orphans' - CNET News
Kahle: There are a couple of major scanning projects in this country: Google is leading one, and a large group of libraries and archives are working together on another. Also, there's the Open Content Alliance, which is attempting to keep the public domain public domain, so if a book passes into the public domain, the digital version is not locked up again as a copyrighted work. There are other projects that are putting perpetual restrictions on what can be done with digitized public domain works.

That's a bit scary from my point of view. We need help keeping the libraries open and unencumbered by new restrictions on public domain works. We have been able to scan books for a total cost of 10 cents a page, so about $30 a book. And what we really need is more folks to want this done or want to scan themselves.
bookreader demo
online book reader (new) demo by brewster kahle at jsb symposium. nice interface.
Mass Digitization of Books, by Karen Coyle
In October 2005, a second library-related mass digitization project was announced: The Open Content Alliance (OCA).3 The OCA distinguished itself from Google in a number of ways. First, it would only digitize works in the public domain. Second, it would be "open." That is, it would make information about its technology available to others. Third, it was library-driven (although it receives funding from significant technology companies like Adobe and Microsoft). These latter two were in direct response to some criticisms of the commercial and secretive nature of Google's project. Scanning would be done by the Internet Archive using a system that they developed called "Scribe." The Internet Archive claims its digitization process costs around 10 cents a page and takes from 30 to 60 minutes for each book, depending on length. Announcements that the
From Greece to Rome: Building a Roman Perseus
A great deal of work remains to be done on Roman Perseus but the outlines of a coherent digital library are now beginning to emerge. Language stands at the heart of any database of cultural materials – culture and language are so inextricably interwoven that any system that sets out to represent a distinct culture must help its users work with its particular language (or languages). But if language is the essential starting point, we also need multimedia materials to document the physical context as well. Such visual materials can include not only still-images but sound, video, and emerging tools for virtual tours or 3D representations of objects. Finally, a system faithful to the needs of the domain must integrate the various elements together. A simple web site where users can search for images and texts constitutes only a first step in this direction.
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Ten major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions have joined to form the Biodiversity Heritage Library Project. The group is developing a strategy and operational plan to digitize the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections. This literature will be available through a global “biodiversity commons.”
Norton - Encyclopedia of Life & Biodiversity
The Encyclopedia of Life is a collaboration between museums, universities and research institutions with five cornerstone institutions: the Ernst Meyer Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard, Field Museum, Marine Biological Laboratory, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Smithsonian Institution and Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) which is in turn comprised of ten major libraries. The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is working on the development of Biodiversity Informatics tools to deliver the Web sites, Harvard is developing the Education and Outreach component of EOL, the Field Museum is the Synthesis Center, and the Smithsonian Institution serves as the administrative body and oversees the species page group for EOL. In February 2008, 30,000 pages were released on the site. This monumental effort is made possible because of the many collaborators and data partners.
John Wilkin's blog " Did I say "theoretical"? Openness and Google Books digitization
"John– while it may not be appropriate to start this in a comment, but I am quite taken aback by your seeming implication that “open” includes what google is doing and what UMich is doing." - Brewster Kahle
Institute for the Future of the Book
We're a small think-and-do tank investigating the evolution of intellectual discourse as it shifts from printed pages to networked screens. We are funded generously by the MacArthur Foundation, and affiliated with the University of Southern California. We are located in Brooklyn, NY and London, UK.
Paul Courant of Michigan Addresses Google Book Search Criticism (The Googlization of Everything)
Economist Paul Courant was the provost of the University of Michigan when it decided to be the first and boldest partner of Google for the library scanning project that has become part of Google Book Search.
UM Library: Buhr Shelving Facility
The Buhr Shelving Facility uses a compact storage arrangement to maintain an optimal environment for library materials and reduce costs. Because books are shelved by size and location number instead of call number, the stacks are closed to the public. However, materials can be paged on demand at Buhr, or requested as explained below.
Chicago Early Voting Site Map! < Scott Van Den Plas : Philosopher
here's where to vote in chicago; vote early, vote often
Upcoming’s disastrous switch from personal-social to general-social « Rashmi’s blog
For me the best part of Upcoming was being able to see what events my friends are going to. With their redesign, Upcoming decided to hide that behind two clicks. Now when you go to the site, I see whats popular in San Francisco, but I have to click to see what my friends are upto. Even on an events page, I can no longer easily see if any of my friends are going there. Instead I am shown the groups and tags. But I have to click to see who is attending.
The dynamics of Machiavellian intelligence — PNAS
The “Machiavellian intelligence” hypothesis (or the “social brain” hypothesis) posits that large brains and distinctive cognitive abilities of humans have evolved via intense social competition in which social competitors developed increasingly sophisticated “Machiavellian” strategies as a means to achieve higher social and reproductive success. Here we build a mathematical model aiming to explore this hypothesis. In the model, genes control brains which invent and learn strategies (memes) which are used by males to gain advantage in competition for mates. We show that the dynamics of intelligence has three distinct phases. During the dormant phase only newly invented memes are present in the population. During the cognitive explosion phase the population's meme count and the learning ability, cerebral capacity (controlling the number of different memes that the brain can learn and use), and Machiavellian fitness of individuals increase in a runaway fashion.
Golden Swamp » Update on universal access to all knowledge
TED has posted a talk from December 2007 by Brewster Kahle, talking on the subject of A digital library, free to the world. The talk is a terrific update on what it takes to digitize all of the world’s books, recorded audio, and movies — and a progress report from Internet Archive on the vast amounts of this work that has already been done. Brewster Kahle is a star of the early Internet era as the quintessential digital librarian. His increasingly towering achievement is essential in fulfilling the promise of a global knowledge ecology.
The Small Object Steno Pad » Storage is no longer an issue.
I found this library card catalog (see the whole thing here) with the stand yesterday at the antique mall. Today was spent removing the interior rods that held the old library cards and putting in a new bottom to each drawer. The good thing is most of my products are small so they fit in drawers like this and in this unit…
Presidio Branch Library History -
Presidio Branch Library was established in 1898 as the sixth branch in the San Francisco Public Library system. The Branch was opened at its current site in 1921. The Italian-Renaissance building was built with $83,228 in Carnegie funds and designed by G. Albert Landsburgh, who designed three other branch libraries - Mission, Chinatown and Sunset - as well as the Golden Gate Theatre and the Warfield Theatre. John McLaren, famed superintendent of Golden Gate Park, designed the original landscaping for Presidio’s picturesque site.
Umbrella Today? 48104 forecast
Do you need to carry an umbrella today? A minimal forecast for 48104. (Note: this really needs to be "mittens today?" for around here.)
Adult Books and Peep Shows, 1970 | Ann Arbor District Library
Signs, Stores & Shops, Wall signs, Businesses, Ann Arbor, American News Co., bookstores . (Ann Arbor's red light district on 4th ave, 1970)
Original Literature of Vintage Mechanical Musical Instruments
Many collectors of this unique slice of our musical heritage also collect original literature associated with the manufacturing and marketing of these wonderous machines. All too often, this segment of our collecting passion tends to be obscured by the highly visibile machines themselves, appealing to the 3 senses of sight, hearing and touch. Very often, these delightfully appealing machines are shared with the general public, be they home tours, local charity events, association events, and/or neighborhood gatherings.

However, serious research into the remarkable history of these music machines can only be realized through access to original literature. Regretably, much of this original literature tends to be hidden away in filing cabinets, workshops, libraries, et al, and all too often not accessible to serious researchers. In my own 40+ years in this delightful avocation, I too accumulated my fair share of original literature.
FriendDA -- Slightly more than a hearty handshake
remember to collect the check for $25k in exchange for not telling anyone else about this (presumably bad) idea » Dept of Blogiology 101: Ann Arbor
Vacuum - A love of the neighborhood library and awareness of local school news, political happenings, tech updates and the occasional recipe make this eclectic blog a must read. (oh, so that's what I write about)
Contagious disease
BATTER BLASTER on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
needs a companion "donut blaster". Oh, and it's organic.
Ann Arbor's 'The Brickyard' brings creative firms together -
Hill Auditorium Renovation
When it opened in 1913, Hill Auditorium was hailed as a “monument to perfect acoustics.” The excellent acoustics, a result of collaboration by architect Albert Kahn with noted acoustical engineer Hugh Tallant, are known world-wide and have made the auditorium a favorite venue for legions of famous musicians and other artists, as well as numerous noted speakers.
Mac O'Lantern
old mac in orange
Everyday Digital Money: Everyday Digital Money Workshop
As a mechanism for efficient, secure, and trusted exchange, money is becoming increasingly digital. As advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) extend and amplify the circuits of global finance, they are also changing the everyday lived experience of money from one of face-to-face cash transactions to one of computer-mediated representations, encounters, and transductions.
1968 Exhibit - a set on Flickr
'The Whole World Was Watching: Protest and Revolution in 1968' exhibit at the University of Michigan. Photos and posters from the Labadie Collection.
TorrVac Technologies, LLC
TorrVac Technologies specializes in feedthroughs, mass flow controller systems, RGA MS, turbo/mechanical pumps and controllers, vacuum components/hardware, and cryogenic valves/controller systems.
But first, a cautionary note: do not be greedy, for there is a threshold. This upper barrier, which I term the Arbesman Limit, is the maximum number of concepts or ideas that can be named after a single person. This boundary is unknown, but I imagine it to hover in the neighborhood of twenty. Johann Dirichlet, a French mathematician from the nineteenth century, is probably somewhere near it, with about fifteen formulas and theorems named after him. Einstein also did well for himself, with probably around ten concepts associated with his name.
Social melting pots foster technological innovation - tech - 14 October 2008 - New Scientist Tech
Now Samuel Arbesman and colleagues at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, have developed computer models of social networking which show that the sheer size of larger cities generates disproportionately more connections between people with very different personalities and backgrounds. Such bonds tend to foster innovation as they link people with complementary skills, they say.
TechAlum News, October 23, 2006
Hey, Dennis.

Any idea if there is an .mp3 or something like that of Heikki Lunta Snow Dance Song anywhere? I could really go for some snow this year in Central

Wisconsin, and thought that might help conjure some up...

John D. Traka

Editor's Note: From the Heikinpaiva (winter festival) website: For the price of $10 (or $13.85 for priority mail) one can purchase the two Heikki Lunta songs--"Heikki Lunta" and "Heikki Lunta Go Away" on a CD from: WMPL, P.O. Box 547, Hancock, Michigan 49930
The Polish Pioneers of Calumet, Michigan
This blog explores the Polish community of Calumet, Houghton Co., Michigan.They were not the largest ethnic group- but many Midwestern families trace their ancestry back to a miner in Calumet. The first settlers were from German Poland. The 1910 US Census enumerated miners hailing from Russian Poland and Austrian Poland, as well.
YouTube - 1913 Massacre
This song was written by Woodie Guthrie. It's about a time when unionization was very unpopular with mining companies. It was neccessary, though. The working conditions were unsafe, the hours were unrealistic and the wages were unfair. If one of the mules that were used for pulling ore cars died, it was considered more of a loss than if one of the employees died. Mules costed money but there were always people willing to work. On Christmas Eve, 1913 the union members and their families had a Christmas party for the kids. That's when the mining company henchmen came in yelling "fire." Then they held the doors so no one could get out. Lots of kids got trampled in the chaos. My great-grandfather was involved in organizing the unions and he helped carry the bodies of the dead children out of the hall. Sorry, the light on my camera shut off at the end!
Airship Convention 2008: Home
The Convention is hosted by the DGLR, German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics and is held in close collaboration with the The Airship Association. Additional support is provided by The Airship Heritage Trust, The American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics and The Lighter-Than-Air Society of America.

The Convention‘s mission is to strengthen industrial alliances and working relationship and to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of all scientific and technical areas relating low and high altitude airships, manned and unmanned.
Invented here
I would rather paraphrase what Spolsky and Atwood said: Figure out what you’re good at. Check that there is a market for what you’re good at, that people want to pay you for doing it. Then make sure you do it. From your perspective, everything else should be non-core. So get others to do the rest, focus very hard on what you’re good at.
Americans Unwilling to Face Reality -- In These Times
Finally, there are the great realist novelists, who often see more clearly than journalists. So far, my Google search has not picked up any excerpts from Zola’s novel Money being read on the nightly news. In this brilliant chronicle of a speculative stock bubble, launched by a character named Saccard in 1860s Paris, Zola cuts right to the heart of America’s boom-and-bust neurosis: “Wasn’t such great and rapid prosperity the result of the methods for which [Saccard] was now being blamed. All of this came together. If one accepted the success, one had to accept the risks. When you overheat a machine, it sometimes explodes.”
Life Less Literary » Blog Archive » How to be Antisocial
Some hints here on how to get a little more downtime into your life. I fear I may already be too good at this.
YouTube - Barnes-Hecker Grave (original)
"The old Barnes-Hecker iron ore mine is only a couple of miles from my home. In 1926 it caved in and was considered one of the worst mining disasters in the country. Many of the bodies were never recovered from the mine. I'm a fifth generation ore miner so here's my tribute to them. "
The Cliffs Shaft History
The Cliffs Shaft Mine, Ishpeming, Michigan: 1867-1967, One Hundred Years of Mining

Paper Prepared for SS3230-Industrial Archeology with Professor Dr. Patrick Martin, for Class Term Paper May 8th, 2002
…My heart’s in Accra » Innovating from constraint
So I offered a talk about some very different types of innovation - African innovations including the zeer pot, William Kamkwamba’s windmill, biomass charcoal, and endless examples of innovation using mobile phones. My argument was that innovation often comes from unusual and difficult circumstances - constraints - and that it’s often wiser to look for innovation in places where people are trying to solve difficult, concrete problems rather than where smart people are sketching ideas on blank canvases.
The Journal of Electronic Publishing: Note To Self: Print Monograph Dead; Invent New Publishing Model
marshall poe on self-publishing and print on demand as an alternative to the academic press
Image:Siren.gif - ArborWiki
siren.gif (GIF Image, 81x80 pixels)
ajturner's pocketmaps at master — GitHub
Ruby library to generate PocketMods and PocketMaps - small foldable paper booklets
If it Works in Africa, It Will Work Anywhere | White African
Here’s one more compelling thought. The challenges brought about by bad governance, poverty, low bandwidth (all the negative things you associate with Africa) also provide an incredible opportunity. The developers who are coming up with solutions in the continent, the ones who are writing software or hacking hardware, are creating for some of the harshest environments and use-cases in the world. If it works in Africa, it will work anywhere.
Zeeff v Ann Arbor
Decision of court in suit seeking in suit seeking copies of computerized real estate assessment records. Records ordered to be released. Attorneys' fees of $25,000 awarded.
Blog before you Think!: Zero social
MyTextFile is a minimalistic online text editor for a single plain text file. If you want to go fancy you can chance the typeface/font size or the color scheme. MyTextFile also has built-in revision control and will autosave your document every five minutes. And that’s about it. I love it.
The Journal of Electronic Publishing: Cyberscholarship: High Performance Computing Meets Digital Libraries
The limiting factor in the development of cyberscholarship is likely to be a shortage of expertise. The convergence of high-performance computing and large-scale digital libraries requires technical skills that few universities possess. During the dot-com boom, universities lost most of their expertise to start-up companies. In particular, the development of automatic indexing moved from universities such as Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, and Stanford to the private sector. Skill in managing large collections of semi-structured data, such as the Web, is concentrated in a few commercial organizations, such as Google, Yahoo, Amazon, and Microsoft, and a single not-for-profit, the Internet Archive.
The Economy Multiple « A (Budding) Sociologist’s Commonplace Book
Today, I was fortunate enough to come across a great language for discussing this problem in a slightly unconventional source - Annemarie Mol’s The Body Multiple. The Body Multiple is a fascinating, interwoven story of medical sociology/anthropology/philosophy and ethnographic work Mol did working with doctors and patients suffering leg pain (artheroscleroses).

The book is unconventional in that the literature review/dialogue with other academics take place in the bottom half of the page, in a two-column format while the top half of the page is devoted to descriptions of her ethnographic work and reflections upon it.
spiked-culture | Article | Conspicuous consumption, a century on
Cranky but hilarious, overstated yet containing a nasty little cinder of truth, the passage couldn't have been written by anyone but Veblen.
Learning to Fear the Semantic Web (
I would say, based on my far-from-authoritative reading of the TOS, and given the suit against George Mason University, there is now a precedent; that is, it is within the realm of possibility that if I passed thousands of web pages through OpenCalais and decided to adapt the resultant format for my own use in a way that Thomson Reuters disliked, I could get a fat letter from some lawyer someday demanding damages, accusing me of creating a derivative work based on their proprietary taxonomy, in violation of their terms.
Data Scraping Wikipedia with Google Spreadsheets « OUseful.Info, the blog…
So to recap, we have scraped some data from a wikipedia page into a Google spreadsheet using the =importHTML formula, published a handful of rows from the table as CSV, consumed the CSV in a Yahoo pipe and created a geocoded KML feed from it, and then displayed it in a YahooGoogle map.
The Health Care Blog: Microsoft Healthvault: Coke, Pepsi or Intel Inside
This week, DiabetesMine caught up with Keith Toussaint, Senior Program Manager with Microsoft HealthVault, for a perspective from inside the Microsoft dynasty.
Health Beat: What Makes Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic Different?
Mayo is the outlier. Its culture is unusual because it is based on “the very egalitarian ethic of the people who established the place,” says Patterson, “and the fact that we’re in Minnesota”—a state with a longtime egalitarian tradition. As a result, “people have the opportunity to develop skills in whatever they want to do. Our nurses are superb at doing spinal taps, and they teach our residents.”
The Saul Steinberg Foundation
The Saul Steinberg Foundation is a nonprofit organization established by the artist's Will. Its mission is to facilitate the study and appreciation of Saul Steinberg's contribution to 20th-century art. Through the development of databases, archives, and publications, the Foundation serves as a resource for the international curatorial-scholarly community as well as the general public.
NYC Subway Historical Maps
archive of maps
A “Presentation Layer” at Bench Press
Cameron Neylon wrote a great post about the difference between recording and presenting data in an online lab notebook. The whole post provides a great analysis of the differences he sees between LaBLog, the UsefulChem wiki and the basic philosophies behind their use.

The end of Cameron’s post really got me thinking about the possibilities that a “presentation layer” could have in an online lab notebook. I envision a presentation layer that leverages recent innovations in webapp technology to automatically generate a flowchart-like view of all posts/data/experiments contained within one’s notebook. This graphic would be interactive, customizable, and could be coupled with methodology excerpts in order to provide a complete view of experiments over time.
Better Late: Online Only: The New Yorker
This week in the magazine, Malcolm Gladwell asks why we equate genius with precocity. Here Gladwell talks about how artistic prodigies differ from late bloomers and the kinds of support over decades that some artists need to realize their gifts.

Listen to the mp3 on the player above, or right-click here to download.
Real Time Economics : Fed Keeps AIG Loan Details Under Wraps
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.), who sought the provision, notes that the two reports he received — on the Fed’s new commercial paper program and its second loan to insurer American International Group Inc. — “make the Fed’s actions more transparent, which protects American taxpayers and allows the public and the market to be better informed during these difficult times.”

But he then goes on to acknowledge that the public actually won’t be informed about the Fed’s report about the $37.8 billion offered to AIG last week, on top of the $85 billion in credit extended initially. The central bank is requiring that it be kept confidential. (Most of the details in the report about the commercial paper program have been released publicly already.)
Let there be markets: The evangelical roots of economics—By Gordon Bigelow (Harper's Magazine)
Critical voices within economics have been making this complaint at least as far back as Thorstein Veblen, the late nineteenth-century economist best known for his theory of “conspicuous consumption.” In The Theory of the Leisure Class, and in a series of essays in the 1890s, Veblen showed that patterns of consumption and work broadly conform to the boundaries set by class and culture. Neoclassical economists acknowledge that the wealthy sometimes buy things just to show off, but they insist that regular people under normal circumstances buy only what they intrinsically desire. Veblen saw that it was impossible to understand individual economic choices without understanding the world in which those choices were made.
The Paupered Chef: Braised Short Ribs in Barolo
drink enough cheap wine, apparently, and you'll enjoy the cheaper cuts of meat more - if by "cheaper" you mean "only $6/pound for what is mostly bones"
Computer science is really a social science
I first remember making this suggestion (somewhat in jest) to Andreas Zeller during a conversation at ISSTA 2000: my response to yet another outbreak of the "math vs. physics" debate was "we don't want to admit it, but we should really be debating whether we're more like sociologists or economists". He noted that he sees himself more as a 19th century 'naturalist" -- in particular, observational as well as experimental, a view that I tend to think of as compatible. A visit by across-disciplinary group from CMU to Microsoft Research sometime in 2002 was a key step towards making me believe that maybe I wasn't joking. Since then, discussions with many people helped refine these ideas and led me to conclude that they are ready toair; I would especially like to thank Jeannette Wing, Jeff Wallace, Mike Howard, Window Snyder, Pierre de Vries for the "consilient" viewpoint, Tony Hoare, Butler Lampson, Mary Shaw, Dan Gillmor, Cornell West
Emergent Chaos: Identity Manglement
To which I thought, "Yes, you scrofulous maroon, she's going to be there at the same time as me. It's not a coincidence, it because I'm married to her. And thank you for the offer to relay a message, but not only do I have her on speed-dial, but she'll be sitting in the window seat next to me, which means she's going to arrive at quite nearly the same time as I do."

That pretty much sums it up. You can't swing a tweet around here anymore without having it mashed up into some new social network, and none of them have even a junior-high school clue about human relationships. You can have friends and secretly rank them by how good a friend they are, but not indicate the relationship that is by definition a public declaration. You can say you're in a relationship and not looking for dates, but you can't put in a link to whom. You can give testimonials, but you can't use a joint checking account in two PayPal accounts.
Lehman's CDS Mess: Who's on the Hook? - Seeking Alpha
the upcoming October 21 settlement dated for Lehman credit default swaps, and what it means to the markets. (mostly an unsourced article, so read with care)
patented fruit picker-upper from 1867
A Computer Scientist in a Business School: mechanical turk
collected blog posts re mturk
The Cottage Smallholder » Quick and delicious spelt soda bread recipe
So here’s my recipe for Spelt soda bread. Much lighter than the no knead spelt loaf. Delicious sampled warm from the oven, spread with Guernsey butter. Hopefully, a tasty companion for breakfast and lunch over the next few days. It keeps best wrapped in a tea towel in a cool part of the kitchen.
all our models involve silly assumptions. Given what we know about cognitive psychology, utility maximization is a ludicrous concept; equilibrium pretty foolish outside of financial markets; perfect competition a howler for most industries. The reason for making these assumptions is not that they are reasonable but that they seem to help us produce models that are helpful metaphors for things that we think happen in the real world.

Consider the example which some economists seem to think is not simply a useful model but revealed divine truth: the Arrow-Debreu model of perfect competition with utility maximization and complete markets. This is indeed a wonderful model -- not because its assumptions are remotely plausible but because it helps us think more clearly about both the nature of economic efficiency and the prospects for achieving efficiency under a market system. It is actually a piece of inspired, marvellous silliness.
angel island - Twitter Search
this phrase currently #1 in twitter search w/lots of news and reports and links streaming in.
Angel Island San Francisco on Fire! (links) | Adam and Laura Go West
link blogging of fire at angel island in san francisco - many links streaming in via twitter
Veggie Bahn Mi Recipe : Eat. Drink. Better.
To take the place of the liver pate, I used homemade hummus. The beat salad stood in for the usual daikon-and-carrot mixture. Instead of meat, I used some extra-firm, marinated tofu (a.k.a. the best tofu ever). The crusty baguette, veggies and tofu are all locally grown/made and picked up at the farmer’s market. Recipe after the jump:
BBC NEWS | Programmes | From Our Own Correspondent | Prosperity driven from Detroit
But this is Motown, the heartland of a car culture so pervasive, that my quest to travel to Detroit by public transport, marked me out as an English eccentric.

Don had no idea how to do it. I asked around. There is no bus service from Ann Arbor - the coach, fine for long-haul if you really had to, but wildly unreliable for a short hop.

"Why not hire a car?" a friend asked, with just a hint of impatience.

But that would be giving in.
Unicode Character 'SNOWMAN' (U+2603)
"snowy weather"
frosty the ☃
Harold Jarche: The social aspect of bookmarks
britta bookmarked it, so this must be good.
jwz - Unicode Snowman
Growing Hops
this is a start
Jiblog: Advanced Notice on Talk Like A Yooper Day
A commenter on an old post asked me when Talk Like a Yooper Day will be this year. Set your calendars for November 30, 2008. That will be this year's Talk Like a Yooper Day as it is the date of the first home Packer game during the Wisconsin gun deer hunt.
Good v. Evil
That may have lead to a peaceful solution to the conflict were it not for the action of the Michigan on April 8. Monroe County authorities began arresting Ohio supporters in the Toledo strip. The chief Ohio patriot in the strip, Major Benjamin E. Stickney and his sons, One and Two, were the primary targets. Michigians broke into Stickney's house, arresting Dr. Naaman Goodsell and George McKey. Stickney's daughter was injured in the fracas. Then, on April 25, a team of Ohio surveyors(Uri Seely, Jonathon Taylor, and John Patterson), along with 50 militiamen were ambushed by a force of 1,000 Michigan militia acting under the Pains and Penalties Act. Most were simply driven past the Fulton line into definite Ohio territory and were not pursued further, but nine Ohio patriots barricaded themselves in a shack, attempting to maintain a foothold in the strip until a force of 500 militia redeployed by Governor Lucas could arrive. The Michigians shot at and arrested them though.
The Great Toledo War Memorial
Toledo, Michigan: How to memorialize a place that never was, at least not beyond the liminal status of "territory"? Here we say a eulogy for a dream--a dirge for a promised land never realized.
ann arbor / knitting / vegan recipe blog
Ezra Pound Cake » Blog Archive » My New BFF: Butternut Squash Risotto
First, there are the sweet, peppery cubes of roasted butternut squash. Delicious on their own. But then you start simmering a little pot of chicken stock and sautéeing the pancetta and minced shallots in melted butter, and the smells mingling in the kitchen are nothing short of intoxicating. After about 10 minutes, you add the Arborio rice and a little champagne. (The recipe calls for dry white wine, but we are rich in champagne – one of the many benefits of getting married on New Year’s Eve.) And then you ask yourself, “What would Ina do?,” and pour yourself a glass.
AATA Gillig Hybrid Electric Bus - Green Public Transportation - Automobile Magazine
When a Route 6 hybrid bus heading southeast toward AATA headquarters whirred to a stop at the Blake terminal, I flashed my student ID (in lieu of paying the $1 fare) to join a dozen other riders enjoying mass transit at its finest. The blue, gray, and white seating area was spotlessly clean. The air-conditioner's cool breeze kept the bus's interior free of diesel noise and odor. Regular riders smile when one of the hybrids appears at their stop, because these buses are smoother, quieter, and cleaner than their diesel-only counterparts.
Michna - Ghostly International
"triple chrome dipped", "swiss glide" tracks. After moving to Miami in the mid-90’s, he co-founded the pioneering Secret Frequency Crew, who deftly mixed instrumental hip-hop and electronic into a coherent whole. Their appropriately titled 12” “Miami Eyes,” became an underground hit and caught the attention of a then-unknown Diplo who would ask him for production work. SFC’s debut LP “Forest of the Echo Downs” also put Adrian on Ghostly’s radar as it was one of label founder Sam Valenti IV’s top LPs in 2004.
It's not Its
it's it, it is.
Where to Look for Ideas in This Market - Seeking Alpha
there's probably enough boilerplate in these texts that you could write something to scoop up the weasel words and characterize them; sounds like a good useful project.
The Online Presence Project
The main concept in OPO is the OnlinePresence. OnlinePresenceComponents are used to define different dimensions of a user’s presence in the online world and describe the nature of the Online Presence. The Notifiability component can be used to declare willingness of a user to receive notifications from applications (on which he/she is logged); the FIndability stands for the ability of other users to find his/her contact details in public listings while OnlineStatus represents the IM status, used on IM platforms. OnlineStatus in turn, has its own components that enable more precise descriptions of different statuses used by IM platforms. Those components are: Activity, Disturbability, Visibilty , and Contactability.
Social Network Size in Humans
These findings suggest that there may be cognitive constraints on network size.
Ok Entrepreneurs, Time to Step Up
When I look back at the dotcom apocalypse that was 2000 - 2002, I realize some of the best companies I've ever been involved in were created during that time. In the midst of this, I remember the endless stream of "the Internet is over" and "the information technology business in now a mature business and there will never be innovation again." Yeah - whatever.
Efficient Markets Hypothesis: History
Around this time, Leonard Jimmie Savage, who had discovered Bachelier’s 1914 publication in the Chicago or Yale library sent half a dozen “blue ditto” postcards to colleagues, asking “does any one of you know him?” Paul Samuelson was one of the recipients. He couldn't find the book in the MIT library, but he did discover a copy of Bachelier’s Ph.D. thesis.
Facility-based financing system - Patent 6154730
A system for employing the projected receipts of a public facility to finance the construction of the facility itself, or the acquisition of a team to play in the facility. A preferred system includes: a method for projecting future cash flows (e.g., gate receipts) associated with the operation of the facility; pooling rights to receive those cash flows; transferring the pooled rights to a special purpose vehicle; and issuing securities on behalf of the special purpose vehicle in order to generated revenues for the construction and/or operating costs of the facility, or for the purchase of the team itself. The system also includes a computerized method for the ongoing implementation of such a financing system, including the steps of: inputting estimated cash flows and actual cash receipts; comparing the estimated and actual values in order to determine adjusted amounts to allocate between investors in the special purpose vehicle and ongoing operations.
Michigan in the News—Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Ross Panel Tackles the Financial Crisis: What Happened? Why? What's Next?
Unicode Snowman for You
this the fez version
Cyrano's Journal Online | THE PACKAGED CONSCIOUSNESS By Herbert I. Schiller (
The fundamental similarity of the informational material and cultural messages that each of the mass media independently transmits makes it necessary to view the communications systern as a totality. The media are mutually and continuously reinforcing. Since they operate according to commercial rules, rely on advertising, and are tied tightly to the corporate economy and its worldview, both in their own structure and in their relationships with sponsors, the media constitute an industry, not an aggregation of independent, freewheeling informational entrepreneurs, each offering a highly individualistic product. By need and by design, therefore, the images and messages they purvey, are, with few exceptions, constructed to achieve similar objectives, which are, simply put, profitability and the affirmation and maintenance of the private ownership consumerist society.
Memeorandum Colors: Visualizing Political Bias with Greasemonkey -
single value decomposition, neatly applied with greasemonkey to colorizing political biases. (want more!)
Saturday Night Live - Update Thursday: Part 2 - Video -
saturday night live (in a special thursday edition) takes on AIG, the bailout and the afterparty
Dow zero? At this rate, we'll almost be there by Halloween | Money & Company | Los Angeles Times
Just 19 more days like this one and the Dow Jones industrial average will be at zero. And we can all start over from scratch.
September Weblog - Acorns
Acorn flour is very much like cornmeal in texture, rather than a fine flour. Therefore, when I bake with it I like to use my favorite cornmeal recipes and substitute Acorn flour. It makes wonderful Acorn cornbread, muffins, and pancakes. I have also made Boston brown bread with Acorn flour, a very special treat. I use the coarser particles that I sifted out of the flour to make a coffee substitute beverage, much like chicory or roasted dandelion root.
Cooking With Acorns
There is first and foremost, the original recipe: AFTER THE ACORNS ARE **COMPLETELY DRY** & REMOVED FROM THEIR SHELLS, the Acorns are ground until the meal is so fine that "it will stick to the basket sifter" when it is turned upside down. When you have determined that you have ground the acorns to "primo" consistency, you must then leach it. This was traditionally accomplished (before we had woven cloth to work with) by building a mound of fine sand, near a spring or the river, and then scooping out the center. The meal you wished to leach was placed in the center of this mound and water poured over a clean cedar bough which was placed or held above the acorn meal. The tannin would leach out of the acorn meal and harmlessly down into the sand. When tasting it showed the tannin had been removed, the meal was carefully removed from its sand "colander" and put into a cooking basket.
Ton's Interdependent Thoughts: Social Software Works In Triangles
2006 article on how various systems let you pivot from place to place along legs of a triangle (still thinking this through myself)
Asterism (typography) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
User Reviews |
emma's book reviews. AWSOME
lrg_rolodex.jpg (JPEG Image, 759x600 pixels) - Scaled (99%)
"the last word in filing convenience"; note the clever circular data structure; remark that current systems scroll a-z but don't wrap around at z to go back to a.
designinmainz – SHOP - decodeunicode — Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP) Map decodeunicode — Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP) Map 070101-map
decodeunicode — Basic Multilingual Plane (BMP) Map

All writing systems currently available on computer now available on a folding map.

51,980 characters of the BMP, Unicode 5.0 compliant, in a protective cover with handmade silkscreen printing.
The scorched-birdfeeder response to information overload | MetaFilter
Twitter zero: One man's experiment in staying connected to the public-soundbite world without becoming overwhelmed by it.
Farmer Barred From Greenmarkets -
But in November, Greenmarket, which runs 45 farmers’ markets in the five boroughs, threw him out of the program. Greenmarket’s organizers took the rare step of suspending Mr. Dines for selling meat he did not raise on his farm, a violation of their rule that vendors must raise, grow or make everything they sell at the markets.

Michael Hurwitz, Greenmarket’s director, who would not detail what Mr. Dines had done, said, “We at Greenmarket take our grow-your-own policy and standards very seriously.”
Special Guest Post: Revisiting John McPhee on NYC's Greenmarkets—The Catbird Seat: Friends & Guests—Emdashes
I saw this news of a vendor ejected from New York City's Greenmarket farmers markets, for offering products not raised on his own farm, just after I read John McPhee's "Giving Good Weight," an article on the markets from the July 3, 1978, New Yorker. (Not online; link is to abstract.) The Greenmarket program had only begun in 1976. McPhee worked for several months for Hodgson Farm of Newburgh, N.Y., manning stands (in "black Harlem," Union Square, the Upper East Side and Brooklyn) and observing the initial interactions between farmers--who were new to selling on the streets of the city--and urbanites, who were often clueless about agriculture but, of course, were also finicky know-it-alls.
How to Read any Type of Document on the Kindle (Almost) - Tools of Change for Publishing
transform (anything more or less) into kindle formats.
Monopoly information
The Hasbro version of the history of Monopoly is bullshit. The real history is closer to this very abridged version, which is supported by patents, Ralph Anspach's research and book, the article excerpted at the link below, and The Monopoly Companion (Philip Orbanes' book): Lizzie Magie invented a game called The Landlord's Game to push Henry George's Single Tax concept. The lesson intended was that only land should be taxed; anything else is bad for the masses and only good for the rich—that this evolved into Monopoly is not too surprising.
Game Images, Game Rules, Articles, Commentary
History of monopoly and Landlords games; popular myths vs. historical facts...

Michigan Law Dean to Lead Cornell - New York Times
A mathematics major at Cornell who spent his junior year in France, Mr. Lehman has a ready sense of humor and was an avid game player in college. As a freshman, he said, he spent many nights playing Monopoly with Jay Walker, a friend across the hall (who later founded During winter break the next year, the two wrote a book, ''1,000 Ways to Win Monopoly Games.''

Mr. Lehman graduated with distinction and went on to earn degrees in public policy and law at Michigan, where he was editor in chief of The Michigan Law Review. Besides working for Justice Stevens, he was a law clerk in Portland, Me., for Chief Judge Frank M. Coffin of the United States Court of Appeals. He also practiced law for four years at Caplin & Drysdale, a Washington law firm, before returning to academe.
Forbes Faces: Jay Walker -
SILICON VALLEY - Lawsuits are nothing new to Jay Walker. While he was a Cornell University student more than 20 years ago, Parker Brothers sued the Priceline founder for publishing a book called 1,000 Ways to Win Monopoly Games.
LRB · Donald MacKenzie: What’s in a Number?
Judged by the amount of money directly dependent on it, the British Bankers’ Association’s London Interbank Offered Rate matters more than any other set of numbers in the world. Libor anchors contracts amounting to some $300 trillion, the equivalent of $45,000 for every human being on the planet. It’s a critical part of the infrastructure of financial markets but, like plumbing, doesn’t usually get noticed. Only a handful of economists, and no other academics, have ever looked in any detail at Libor, and even the financial press didn’t show much interest in how Libor is calculated until this spring, when there was sharp controversy over whether these crucial numbers could be trusted.
delicious search
There is more. If you ever search something you car about (I think of it as stuff about which I have some passion), you will most likely find better results on Delicious search than you will on Google or Y! (or any of the other smaller search engines). Delicious results are fresher, and more interesting. Take "Amazon S3" as a search. Google and Yahoo! treat it as an "informational" or "navigational" query. The top 10 results are dominated by results and one from Wikipedia. On delicious, however, you get results that are all about what you can do with Amazon S3, such as automated backup, top 10 hacks, image hosting, media file hosting, etc. Very cool.
Quit Facebook | Adbusters Culturejammer Headquarters
adbusters story on quitting facebook, for my "get off the internet" series
DigiDave | Communication is Key: If You Don't Have Passion - Get Out Da' Kitchen
you can make a lot of money by pretending to be passionate about something; be wary of the zealous
Seth's Blog: Is effort a myth?
Spend the 120 minutes doing this instead:

* Exercise for thirty minutes.
* Read relevant non-fiction (trade magazines, journals, business books, blogs, etc.)
* Send three thank you notes.
* Learn new digital techniques (spreadsheet macros, Firefox shortcuts, productivity tools, graphic design, html coding)
* Volunteer.
* Blog for five minutes about something you learned.
* Give a speech once a month about something you don't currently know a lot about.
Preserving Video Games - IMLS funded research at UT Austin
the Video Game Archive, housed at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. This project, based at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, will be led by Megan Winget, who has extensive experience with project management, digital library design and development, and representation of complex digital artifacts. Her research strengths include digital preservation, specifically of new media art; and in addition to holding a Doctorate in Information and Library Science; Professor Winget has a Master's degree in the History of Art, with a focus on contemporary aesthetic theory. Brenda Gunn, the Center for American History's Associate Director for Research and Collections, and Video Game Archive's Project Manager, will be the archival manager for this research project, ensuring the development of viable and dependable models of collection, preservation, and access.
We don't need no stinkin' Freebase :-)
Approximately true, except that Inauguration Day has moved - it only started being Jan 20 in 1937, before that it was March 4.
Fred 2.0 » LCSH is to Thesaurus as Doorbell is to Mammal
Doorbells are a Social science. Doorbells are Souls. Doorbells are even Ontologies - which would explain why Protege keeps beeping at me. But most of all, Doorbells are mammals.
The financial crisis, a Pokemon parable
Dave Winer gives reasonably good advice to someone who will ignore it
I'll give Chris Messina one bit of praise though; it's sheer genius to create an identity system (OpenID) so insecure that you can use it for regular purposes but still have a plausible way to deny that it was you.
L33t Cafe - The Mouse's Lair - Photos
"three sizes of shakes - regular, large and buffer overflow"
Village Counter Talk: Loyalty Card Lauched For Magazine Week
This morning we launched our 'Free Magazine Club' promotion in time to have it fully functioning for Magazine Weekwhich runs from 29th September to 5th October. We have borrowed the idea from Mark Fletcher after seeing it on his Australian Newsagency Blog.

The mechanic is simple, we hand a card to any customer that buys a magazine that does not offer one for stamping and tell them about our unique offer. I have to say that Mark has been remarkably helpful as we have worked through the issues of setting the promotion up.
PLoS ONE: A Publish-Subscribe Model of Genetic Networks
We present a simple model of genetic regulatory networks in which regulatory connections among genes are mediated by a limited number of signaling molecules. Each gene in our model produces (publishes) a single gene product, which regulates the expression of other genes by binding to regulatory regions that correspond (subscribe) to that product. We explore the consequences of this publish-subscribe model of regulation for the properties of single networks and for the evolution of populations of networks. Degree distributions of randomly constructed networks, particularly multimodal in-degree distributions, which depend on the length of the regulatory sequences and the number of possible gene products, differed from simpler Boolean NK models. In simulated evolution of populations of networks, single mutations in regulatory or coding regions resulted in multiple changes in regulatory connections among genes, or alternatively in neutral change that had no effect on phenotype.
Outpost24's TCP DOS Attack Explained
1. send SYN 2. victim sends SYN-ACK 3. filter out SYN-ACK from your machine's TCP stack 4. send ACK from userland 5. ??? 6. PROFIT!@!@!
Bunion Derby - OAA -- OSU Library
Once in New York City, the rag tag band of runners, now narrowed to a field of fifty-five, stumbled the last 25 miles around the track at the Madison Square Gardens. On May 24, 1928, two months and 20 days after beginning, Andy Payne from Foyil, Oklahoma was declared the winner. After all was totaled, Payne had run 3,423 miles in 573 hours, four minutes and thirty-four seconds. Claiming his prize money of $25,000.00, Andy headed back for Oklahoma, paid off his father’s farm and married his high-school sweetheart. When asked to what he attributed his victory, Payne simply replied, "cornbread."
Build It Solar - ten projects with one year paybacks - TenOneYearPB
Here are ten+ projects that will payback the money you put into the materials in a year or less.
Deb Merion: Need for sunlight won't fade with summer -
For reputable lightbox information, Arnedt recommends the Center for Environmental Therapeutics at
<nettime> Phil Agre: Building an Internet Culture
Each morning the technicians would come
to work, pick up their company vehicles, and drive to customers'
premises where photocopiers needed fixing; each evening they
would return to the company, go to a bar together, and drink beer.
Although the company had provided the technicians with formal
training, Orr discovered that they actually acquired much of their
expertise informally while drinking beer together.
Cadillac Ranch: Bruce Springsteen
Cadillac, Cadillac
Long and dark, shiny and black
Open up them engines let 'em roar
Tearing up the highway like a big old dinosaur

Hey, little girlie in the blue jeans so tight
Drivin' alone through the Wisconsin night
You're my last love baby you're my last chance
Don't let 'em take me to the Cadillac Ranch
Fred Eaglesmith Official Site
author of "time to get a gun" - lyrics include

last week a government man was there
when I walked out of my back door
he said I'm sorry to bother you son
but it don't matter anymore
'cause even while we're talking
well right here where we stand
they're making plans for a four lane highway
and a big old overpass
Stompin' Tom Connors lyrics - Bridge Came Tumbling Down
Nineteen men were drowned in June of 1958
In old Vancouver town
There were seventy-nine men working
To build this brand new bridge
To span the second and narrows
And connect up with the ridge
Till a big wind hit the bridge
And the bridge came tumbling down
A corporate panopticon? | Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies
Last week there was a disturbing front-page article in the Wall Street Journal about the spreading use of computerized "workforce management" systems in retail to monitor the minute-by-minute activities of salespeople and to allocate schedules.
Jamie Oliver - Recipes - roast squash, sage, chestnut and pancetta risotto
Once the squash has cooled down a little, shake off the pancetta and chestnuts and finely chop the squash – it will be quite mushy but that’s fine. I go for half of it fine and half chunky. Add this to the risotto at the end of Stage 3. Carry on as normal through the basic recipe, season to taste and serve with the pancetta, chestnuts, sage leaves and squash seeds sprinkled over the top.
go!pass Discounts - getDowntown
take the bus, save some money at local stores. "Not only can you use your go!pass to ride all AATA bus routes for free, there is an additional benefit to having a go!pass. Your go!pass can be used as a discount card at a number of downtown businesses. Just show your go!pass and you can get these discounts at the following locations (generally only valid at downtown Ann Arbor locations)."
Translated version of
University of Oslo is planning to burn its collection of 19th century newspapers
Environment Canada: Canadian Hurricane Centre
Welcome to the Canadian Hurricane Centre web site. Located in downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; the hurricane centre specializes in providing information to Canadians on storms of tropical origin that affect Canada or its territorial waters. On this web site you will find the latest hurricane forecasts, hurricane storm summaries, along with a wide range of information related to the science of hurricanes. Learn More...
Outages - Énergie NB Power
power outages in new brunswick; no map, just data, though it's mappable data. prep for hurricane kyle
Chambered Nautilus: "Real" community becoming virtual
Its physical incarnation is now a weekly lunch, meeting every Thursday at the Eastern Accents restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor. Usually between 20 and 30 people attend the lunch. Some are regulars and some show up only occasionally. We range over many professions, ages, and lifestyles, but most of us have some connection with technology or the internet. We do a lot of informal "networking" as we eat our bi bim bap or stir fry or pork buns. Each week, the convener and originator of the group, Ed Vielmetti, asks us to introduce ourselves and to answer a question. The question might be as seemingly trivial as "what do you always carry with you?", or as thought provoking as "what is an important question in your field?" In this way, we come to know each other better.
Post No 1: Access Points
And there are other remarkable things about this initiative… I didn’t hire one person to make this happen!

My staff readjusted their workload to make it happen. They are a truly committed team. We didn’t buy one single new computer. Washtenaw County IT department donated computers from their "technology graveyard". We learned to do more with less.

The volunteers are so great at the Access Points we dub them Ambassadors. USDOL came out for a visit, and gave them and the County Commissioners recognitions and awards as well as a small Performance for Excellence Grant as being an outstanding leader in the field.

We are now taking this to the B-side --getting "business" involved and committed. The Ambassadors meet bi-monthly to review and evaluate its goals and get technical assistance from community specialists. Diane Keller, CEO, Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce visited the Ambassadors to talk about business involvement in the community.
5 Dollar Data Updated
Research testing with Amazon's Mechanical Turk. 10 accounts of using Turk to get research data and experiments; some protocols of use; successes, failures noted; concern about fairness of wages; why do people turk; constructing use cases as turk tasks for beta testing software.
This fall: the White Spaces | Susan Crawford blog
There’s a very real argument white spaces have been used very heavily and consistently over the past twenty years or so as a vital part in content production for consumption by, and delivery to, the general marketplace. In fact, the use of that white space by Part 74 devices in some cases is the only way to bring the audio experience to the consumer they demand with their high priced digital television, surround sound audio system and high dollar monthly cable/satellite subscription.
Renesys Blog: Internet Vigilantism
Atrivo (aka Intercage), a Concord, California-based Internet hosting service, disappeared from the Internet for around two days recently. They didn't go bankrupt or suffer a physical catastrophe. Their providers simply shut them down by refusing their traffic. This might very well be the first time in history that the Internet community, a cooperative association of networks with no governing body, has collectively put someone out of business, if only briefly. The alleged sins of Atrivo have been documented extensively, both in the popular media (e.g., the Washington Post) and in technical forums (e.g., Spamhaus and numerous postings to the NANOG mailing list). It is clear that emotions run high with respect to Atrivo, long accused of benefiting from cyber-crime by hosting purveyors of malware, adware, spam, viruses and other cyber-surges. In this blog, we'll take a quick look at their brief demise and make a few observations.
Promotion of the day - we make money not art
Today in Italy, car manufacturers promise you that half naked ladies will throw themselves languorously over your car hood if you buy one of their models. Back in the 50s in the US, you would get a supply of Kleenex if you purchased a Pontiac. Photograph by Bill Wood - a commercial photographer in Fort Worth, Texas, whose negatives were bought by Diane Keaton and exhibited at the International Center of Photography.
Out telling stories and finding examples
One of the hardest things to do, as an independant contractor, is to convince the person with the check that some of their other stories are too complicated or least not connected. Most of my clients have an inside-out view of the market and often suffer from the category killer disease (CKD). CKD is when no matter what product category they are in, their revenues or what “rank” they have, their product is the best. The reality is sometimes it comes down to that a product is the cheapest, the easiest to use, the highest quality or maybe actually the best. The trick is to connect these benefits to the story or single idea.
Andrew Perrin's Classes
sociology at unc
Yooper dialect
ya, you betcha eh? not a bad article, but it needs work. how can you do this without quoting Da Yoopers lyrics?
Code: Flickr Developer Blog » Flickr Engineers Do It Offline
Currently, we have ten job queues running in parallel. At creation, each job is randomly assigned a queue and inserted — usually at the end of the queue, but it is possible for certain high-priority tasks to jump to the front. The queues each have a master process running on dedicated hardware. The master is responsible for fetching jobs from the queue, marking them as in-process, giving them to local children to do the work, and marking them as complete when the child is finished. Each task has an ID, task type, arguments, status, create/update date, retry count, and priority. Tasks detect their own errors and either halt or put themselves back in the queue for retry later, when hopefully things have gotten better. Tasks also lock against the objects they’re running on (like accounts or groups) to make sure that other tasks don’t stomp on their data. Masters have an in-memory copy of the queue for speed, but it’s backed by mysql for persistent storage, so we never lose a task.
Mark Smolinski - AAAS - Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy
Mark received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, training in Internal Medicine at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan, and training in Preventive Medicine at the University of Arizona where he received his Masters in Public Health. He was a member of the investigation team during the hantavirus discovery in Southwestern United States in 1993. Mark was stationed as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Officer in San Diego, California from 1995-1997, where his experience included epidemiologic fieldwork in the Republic of Georgia.
Mark Smolinski: Detect Epidemics Before They Start
Back in May 1993, as a medical resident at the University of Arizona, Mark Smolinski volunteered for a shift with the state's Department of Health. Right after he started, Arizona and neighboring states were struck by a deadly outbreak of an unidentified respiratory illness. The young doctor found himself face-to-face with an emerging epidemic, part of a team that spent sleepless months struggling to contain the outbreak. "I was going from hospital to hospital trying to determine the patients' exposures," he recalls of his harrowing first assignment. "Almost all the cases were under the age of 30, and it had a very high mortality rate."
YouTube - On Wisconsin (1909) Played by Prince's Band
played on the victrola, a nice touch
Fair Game - First Comes the Swap. Then It’s the Knives. -
The swap that is central to the UBS-Paramax dispute is one of these customized deals, dating from May 2007, well into the mortgage crisis. The swap was created to insure $1.31 billion in highly rated notes that reflected performance of subprime mortgages in a collateralized debt obligation underwritten by UBS. The swap insured these notes, known as the “super senior tranche” of the debt obligation, because they were rated triple-A by both Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service.
The mortgage bank across the street is just the same. It has thousands of these little packages, these bets it has on these streams of sunny days, which are the regular mortgage payments from its homeowners. And these bets are also insured--only it's not insurance, heh heh, it's um, a "credit-default swap." If it were insurance, well, there would be all kinds of annoying gubmint regulations, such as No Payment In A Hurricane.
OpEdNews » Credit Default Swaps: The Insane Problem and the Radical but Sane Solution
The inevitable bankruptcy of A.I.G? What other option exists for a company with a market value of $12 billion and liabilities of about $450 billion on credit default swaps written to hedge funds, many of which are headquartered offshore and thus pay no taxes in the United States. For this, the government is paying $85 billion in taxpayer's money. In return, the government, meaning the taxpayers, will be entitled to receive 80 percent of the company's stock. Stock that is all but assured to be totally worthless.
Dave Chandler's Just the Beginning ... The Derivatives Trap
But now, with so many firms going bankrupt, such bets have turned out to be killers. Literally, it would seem. AIG is mainly an insurance company. So maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise that it wrote lots of credit default swaps. Indeed, it even borrowed money to do so. But when the people with whom it bet - its so-called "counter-parties" - appeared ready to cash their bets, the lenders to AIG said, in effect: "Time for you at AIG to put up more collateral on your loans, because those bets of yours are looking shaky."
Mechanical Harvester Fits Bush-Like Trees
The evaluation began in July using an off-the-shelf blueberry harvester, the Korvan 7420 from Oxbo International, on a mixture of seedling tart cherry trees of all sizes, shapes and descriptions. The trees are part of a large collection at the Clarksville Horticultural Research Station, bred and planted on more than 25 acres by MSU tart cherry breeder Amy Iezzoni. Some are nearly ready for release as named varieties. The candidates used for this test were seedlings in her breeding program that were naturally small in stature and canopy size. Larger, traditional-size trees were not harvested.
Browsing in MBooks? -- [BLT] Blog for Library Technology
some user interfaces for coverflow browsing in libraries
When the Man-In-The-Middle Wants Money | Susan Crawford blog
All of these hypothetical situations have certain key elements in common: you’re communicating, and some intermediary that you thought was mutely, helpfully standing by to assist (the sidewalk, the postal system, the telephone line provider) turns out to have something else in mind. That intermediary may want to copy your datastream so it can target ads or different levels of pricing at you, or it may want to inject information into the datastream you’re seeing or hearing for its own purposes (that’s the phone example, analogous to what Comcast was caught doing late last year).
The New Internet Gatekeepers;Beware, David, the Goliath Providers Are Coming! - New York Times
"If people ask me, I tell them, 'Don't go into the Internet-access- provider business,' " said Smoot Carl-Mitchell, president of Zilker Internet Park, an independent Internet access company in Austin, Tex. "And I'm only half kidding." Zilker has almost 2,000 subscribers. / "It's not the field of dreams any more," said Edward M. Vielmetti of Ann Arbor, Mich., who in 1991 co-founded MSEN, one of the country's earliest access providers.
2035 Long Range Transportation Plan for Washtenaw County: Welcome
Hello and thank you for your interst in the 2035 WATS Long Range Plan Blog. This blog will keep you updated on the development of the Long Range Plan and provide you with an opportunity to participate in developing the Plan.

Meeting times and locations along with other transportation related information will be posted. We'll also work to keep content updated frequently. Click the subscribe button on the right to add our feed or enter your email address in the space provided to receive email updates when we post new information. | More Like This WebLog » “[A]meliorate the evils under which the country is laboring”
“At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, and now for the last 9 years and 10 months past of S. F., Cal., declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these U. S.; and in virtue of the authority thereby in me vested, do hereby order and direct the representatives of the different States of the Union to assemble in Musical Hall, of this city, on the 1st day of Feb. next, then and there to make such alterations in the existing laws of the Union as may ameliorate the evils under which the country is laboring, and thereby cause confidence to exist, both at home and abroad, in our stability and integrity.
Post No. 2
Someone recently told me that the University of Michigan logo, the block M, is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Apparently, holding its own amidst giants like Apple and Microsoft, and beating out the likes of such consumer juggernauts as Nike. Hard to believe. Such high recognition creates momentum that’s measured geographically. Google cited the gravitational pull of U of M among the reasons for establishing a base of operations within Ann Arbor’s boundaries. Imagine if the University of Michigan had remained in Detroit.
HydrAid BioSand Water Filter » Blog Archive » Dow Chemical and International Aid Announce Partnership To Address Global Safe Water Crisis
Dow’s resin contribution provides a vital material component used in the manufacture of the plastic HydrAid™ filter, which, at just seven pounds, is viewed as a major design improvement to the traditional, 300-pound concrete BioSand filter currently in use in more than 70 countries worldwide. Manufactured by Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Cascade Engineering, the injection-molded, non-electric device has no moving or replacement parts, is far easier to transport, and can provide clean, safe water at the rapid rate of 47 liters per hour, meeting all of a family’s daily water needs, including drinking, bathing and washing clothes.
Shaman Drum Events Calendar : Shaman Drum Bookshop, Independent Since 1980
shaman drum events calendar (via @a2chronicle ad)
Toms Essay - Measure for Measure - Opinion - New York Times Blog
So Mr. Brandenberg gets a copy of the song, and puts it through the newly created MP3. But instead of the “warm human voice” there are monstrous distortions, as though the Exorcist has somehow gotten into the system, shadowing every phrase. They spend months refining it, running “Tom’s Diner through the system over and over again with modifications, until it comes through clearly. “He wound up listening to the song thousands of times,” the article, written by Hilmar Schmundt, continued, “and the result was a code that was heard around the world. When an MP3 player compresses music by anyone from Courtney Love to Kenny G, it is replicating the way that Brandenburg heard Suzanne Vega.”
Fultz 'N IT!!!: What is a Scontion?
on wisconsin, on wisconsin / on wisconsin on / wisconsin on wisconsin / on wisconsin on wis / consin on wisconsin on wisconsin on wiscon / sin on wisconsin on wisconsin on
What the 21st Century Will Taste Like - Esquire
If we do, we'll find that our cuisine and eating habits will more closely resemble those of the nineteenth century than the late twentieth. Hunting will be less about the buck points and more about the meat. Nose-to-tail eating will make a comeback--not because of fashion or Fergus Henderson (whom I love), but because of scarcity and price. And small-scale farming--little vegetable gardens in the backyards of homes in cities, suburbs, and the countryside alike--will become not just economically sensible but cool. Hell, maybe foraging for mushrooms and wild fruits will become a seminormal skill again.
scalzi's blog; home of schadenfreude pie » iPhone wallpaper images from the library
lovely pictures of books in iphone wallpaper format
Sun and Shield: A. A. Milne writes about a little boy growing up
. . . Pooh!"
"Yes, Christopher Robin?"
"I'm not going to do Nothing any more."
"Never again?"
"Well, not so much. They don't let you."
-A. A. Milne, The World of Pooh, New York: Dutton, 1957, p. 312. Originally in The House at Pooh Corner, 1928, Chapter 10, "In Which Christopher Robin and Pooh Come to an Enchanted Place, and We Leave Them There." (Public Domain)
Health care crisis needs a solution - Opinion
Here at NMU, as at most college campuses, we have access to a relatively inexpensive health care at the Vielmetti Health Center. But the sad fact is, health centers are not equipped to handle all medical issues and do not have the operating budgets to stay open at all hours. Students are often forced to seek care at hospitals, a place at which medical costs can quickly rack up.
She didn’t sell the plane on eBay | Susan Crawford blog
When you’re inside a phase change, or a hurricane, it’s very difficult to understand what’s going on. It feels, right now, like an important time for online political participation. Yet *policy* itself isn’t being made online. Maybe what’s happening is the growth of the great radar screen of being. Lots of swarms and seething trails of information - too much for any one person to take in, but taken together and understood by machines and algorithms built for benevolent and other reasons, the radar screen is becoming visible.
James Fallows (September 24, 2008) - Worst self-inflicted campaign move ever? (Politics)
To my taste, the strongest moment in John McCain's long debating history happened more than eight years ago, when he took on George W. Bush in South Carolina. McCain was furious at Bush for the underhanded campaign ads the Bush-Rove campaign had run against him in the South. He excoriated Bush (description of the whole scene after the jump) and, with acid in his voice, said "You should be ashamed."If that John McCain were still around, I can guess what he would think about the man now campaigning under his previously-good name.
Trenda Rusher
Trenda Rusher is the Executive Director of the Washtenaw County Michigan Works! / Workforce Development and Community Action Boards in Washtenaw County, and serves as a Washtenaw County Department Head for ETCS. - libraries in Ann Arbor MI
note to self, make sure to know how to add stories to this feed
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Election 2008: Who’s the Sweetest Candid-ate?
The Chronicle envisions an even larger market opportunity here: 1) To sell items that aren’t flying off the shelves, just write “Obama” in icing on the piece of cake or container of soup or whatever, and see what happens. • View topic - Advice for the UP/Marquette MI area?
Congress Pizza offers a good pie and a great atmosphere. The pizza crust is crackery thin and the bland but palatable sauce is spread atop a layer of cheese to maintain the crust's crispness. Though this is an odd pizza, we enjoyed it enough to make two trips during our stay. Part of our enjoyment, though, arose from the feeling of the place. Its paneled walls adorned with countless photos highlighting Ishpeming's athletic, labor and social history and its bright red vinyl-upholstered booths filled with local townspeople happily dining atop formica tables, Congress Pizza draws outsiders into another era, another world, and another way of looking at the world. A more distinct distillation of small town America would be difficult to find, and the place itself seems constructed to make a definite imprint upon visitors. I will gladly return to Congress Pizza--which, incidentally, has a very friendly, gregarious owner and staff--as much for the ambience as for the food.
Tummy Treasure: In Search of Cudighi
Cudighi is a sausage found only in two parts of the world- one small part of Italy, and one small part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. And finding a recipe is just as difficult as finding the sausage. I found two recipes that are very different, but I think by using both recipes as a guide, I could recreate the cudighi we had. Here is the first one, which looks close, but doesn't have the fennel seeds or crushed red pepper flakes that our sausage had. It also has more cinnamon than ours did- as the cinnamon was not noticeable at all.
PLoS Biology - Timing the Brain: Mental Chronometry as a Tool in Neuroscience
How do we relate human thought processes to measurable events in the brain? Mental chronometry, which has origins that date back more than a century, seeks to measure the time course of mental operations in the human nervous system [1]. From the late 1800s until 1950, the field was built almost entirely around a single method: measuring and comparing people's reaction times during simple cognitive tasks. As far back as 1868, Franciscus Donders [2] subtracted the time taken to make a single response to an unvarying stimulus—what he called an instructed reflex—from the time it took to make the same response to one of two events, obtaining the time required to discriminate between the two stimuli. Further, he subtracted the time to discriminate two stimuli from a situation in which there were also two possible responses in order to obtain the time required for choice.
AIG Financial Products
"Less of the same."
As disclosed in AIG’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007 (the “Form 10-Q”), AIGFP values its super senior credit default swaps using internal methodologies that utilize available market observable information and incorporate management estimates and judgments when information is not available. In doing so, it employs a modified Binomial Expansion Technique (“BET”) model that currently utilizes, among other data inputs, market prices obtained from independent sources, from which it derives credit spreads for the securities constituting the collateral pools underlying the related CDOs. The modified BET model derives default probabilities and expected losses from market prices, not credit ratings. The initial implementation of the BET model did not adequately quantify, and thus did not give effect to, the benefit of certain structural mitigants, such as triggers that accelerate amortization of the more senior CDO tranches.
Click Broker: Dissecting AIG’s $5.9B SEC Filing
The AIG SEC filing defines the spread differential as “the difference between spreads implied from cash CDO prices and credit spreads implied from the pricing of credit default swaps on the CDOs.” AIG put this value as a $3.62B benefit, and is now reversing it.

AIG is also taking an additional $732M write down for the accelerated amortization provisions in the CDO tranches that it is insuring. AIG did not consider this previously. The senior tranches are entitled to accelerated cash payments after a certain level of defaults is surpassed. This would change the cash flow assumptions for paying claims.
Click Broker: Super-Seniors take Control of CDOs
A large portion of the of the super-senior tranches are held by major investment banks such as Citigroup (C), Merrill Lynch (MER) and Lehman Brothers (LEH). These tranches were harder to market due to their lower interest rates. The majority of bank CDO write downs were in the super-senior tranches. The super-seniors do have special privileges in the CDO trusts. When a triggering event occurs, the super-senior can call for acceleration or complete liquidation. Triggering events include both ratings downgrades and a threshold of delinquencies.

Acceleration is the option to redirect all cash flows to the senior tranches until they are fully amortized. American International (AIG) Group felt the pain of acceleration in its $5.9B write down. Some banks have opted for liquidation to stop the pain. However liquidation can lead to losses of up to 40%. / Comment & analysis / Letters - State regulation is not to blame for AIG
Sir, I have great respect for your publication and its writers, but I must correct your reporting that AIG is regulated exclusively by state insurance regulators, (“Bigger they come the harder we fall” and “The boring is biting with a vengeance” by Gillian Tett, Sept 17). AIG is a financial services company which owns 71 US-based insurance companies and 176 other financial services companies, including non-US insurers. AIG the holding company by its own choice is regulated by the Office of Thrift Supervision, the federal agency that is charged with overseeing savings and loan associations. AIG’s US insurance subsidiaries are regulated by state insurance departments, including New York. / Columnists / GillianTett - The boring is biting with a vengeance
But the news is even more startling for investors. After all, if there is one part of the financial system which is supposed to understand risk correlations it should be the insurance world. Yet AIG has stumbled at least twice in that respect. On a micro level, the insurance group apparently failed to see that its models underestimated the dangers of “supersenior” debt – the issue here is technical, but revolves around how models track the correlation of defaults.

On a wider level, AIG also failed to see how the fate of supersenior could be linked to behaviour in other parts of the financial world. For what has made the price falls so vicious this year is that all the institutions that had previously piled this “boring” supersenior on their books have needed to sell at once. Hence the development of a vicious, downward spiral.
SSRN-CDO Rating Methodology: Some Thoughts on Model Risk and its Implications by Ingo Fender, John Kiff
Rating collateralised debt obligations (CDOs), which are based on tranched pools of credit risk exposures, does not only require attributing a probability of default to each obligor within the portfolio. It also involves assumptions concerning recovery rates and correlated defaults of pool assets, thus combining credit risk assessments of individual collateral assets with estimates about default correlations and other modelling assumptions. In this paper, we explain one of the most well-known models for rating CDOs, the so-called binomial expansion technique (BET). Comparing this approach with an alternative methodology based on Monte Carlo simulation, we then highlight the potential importance of correlation assumptions for the ratings of senior CDO tranches and explore what differences in methodologies across rating agencies may mean for senior tranche rating outcomes.
Eat Local Food: Growing Hope in Ypsilanti, Michigan
growing hope starting a tool library
Operating systems make it easier for human beings to operate computers. They also make it easier for computers to operate human beings. (Resulting in Richard Foreman's "pancake effect.") These views are complementary, just as the replication of genes helps reproduce organisms, while the reproduction of organisms helps replicate genes. Same with search engines. Google allows people with questions to find answers. More importantly, it allows answers to find questions. From the point of view of the network, that's what counts. For obvious reasons, Google avoids the word "operating system." But if you are ever wondering what an operating system for the global computer might look like (or a true AI) a primitive but fully metazoan system like Google is the place to start. Exclusive
S&P outlined the alchemy of structured finance in a March 2002 paper for clients entitled ``Global Cash Flow and Synthetic CDO Criteria.'' While arguing that the process wasn't ``turning straw into gold,'' the authors said ``the goal'' was to create a capital structure with a higher credit rating than the underlying assets would qualify for without financial engineering.
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Barack Obama Tops the Charts - Politics - Avant News
1. Barack Lobster - The B-52's
2. Planet Barack - Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force
3. Barack Island Line - Lonnie Donegan
4. I Wanna Barack - Twisted Sister
5. Baba O'Bama - The Who
6. Barack Around the Clock - Bill Haley & Comets
7. Barack and Roll - Led Zeppelin
8. Sheena Is a Punk Baracker - Ramones
9. Baracket Reducer - MC5
10. Drop the Obama - Trouble Funk
11. Barack Box - Run DMC
12. Barack This Town - Stray Cats
13. Detroit Barack City - KISS
14. Castle Barack - Barefoot Jerry
15. Barack Steady - Aretha Franklin
Museum 2.0: How Your Museum Can Be an Online First Responder
Let me give you an example. Imagine you are the Boston Museum of Science, and you are ready to make some videos to post on YouTube. Where should you start? When I search for "Boston Museum of Science" on YouTube, I find 83 videos. Sorting them by View Count, I see that two videos--one about wearable technology and the other about C3PO, have generated about 8,000 views apiece, compared to 2,000 or fewer for the rest of the videos on the list. If you scroll down on either of these videos, you'll see that they have generated a few text comments, but no video responses. The Boston Museum of Science could start their own YouTube channel and post videos about whatever they want. But why not link that effort to the videos that are already out there, and focus initial energy towards creating responses to the videos in which others have already expressed interest?
Vacuum - Edward Vielmetti in Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104: The Blogger's Secret: Repetition is the very soul of the net
"Repetition the very soul of the net." alt.config
Vacuum - Edward Vielmetti in Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104: Cindy Kallet and Grey Larson 2008 fall tour schedule
Kallet is also known for playing what she calls the fiola: a hybrid fiddle that uses half- or three-quarters-sized viola strings. "It has the string sound of a viola," Kallet says, "and it has the low string of the viola, which I really love. But it's small enough that I can handle it easily."
PALINET Discovery Tools » Blog Archive » Library Discovery Tools
Today, I gave a presentation at the SOLINET Web 2.0 Conference in New Orleans, LA. I talked about the new discovery tools that many libraries are installing on top of their integrated library systems. These new tools include such features as relevance ranked search results, search facets, spell checking, and enchanced content. Most can import content from Amazon, Google, LibraryThing, OCLC, Baker & Taylor, or Syndetics Solutions. They will display book jackets and reviews, allow users to tag records, enter comments, or make lists. Proprietary solutions include Aquabrowser, Ex Libris’ Primo, Innovative Interfaces’ Encore, and OCLC’s WorldCat Local. Open source options include University of Virginia’s Blacklight, Oregon State’s LibraryFind, and Villanova University’s VuFind. Here’s a link to the slides.
2006 Remote Conference | NetSquared, an initiative of
4pm Edward Vielmetti from the University of Michigan School of Information on "Superpatron: viewing libraries from a patron's point of view" -- chat transcript
Banquet honors 4-H achievers-
Marion Vielmetti, of Greenfield, - library in Washington DC Metro Area
news clips from washington dc area regarding libraries
18 Ed Vielmetti - Next Generation Libraries part 2.mp3 (audio/mpeg Object)
my talk at idea 2006.... "patron behavior in libraries: a handbook of positive approaches to negative situations"
Vacuum - Edward Vielmetti in Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104: for short attention spans and expansive minds
Ed Vielmetti is Ann Arbor's pied piper of Web 2.0 new urbanist geek culture and all round swell guy. A relentless networker and vital strand in the social and high tech spiderweb of A2 start ups and up starts, his blog is really more of a free-for-all of interesting links and informational tidbits. For short attention spans and expansive minds.
Inner Bitch - Glue Amazon to your Library
[This is an excellent book, by the way] Hey: If you're already using one of my Greasemonkey scripts to embed links to the Pittsburgh, Rochester, NY, or Gainesville, FL public library catalogs into Amazon book listings, you may have noticed that they've stopped working. This was due to a change in Amazon's book pages, but I've fixed the problem and updated the scripts. You can just install an updated script to make it all better.
Le Tigre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Le Tigre (French for "The Tiger") is an American dance-punk band, formed by Kathleen Hanna (formerly of Bikini Kill) and Johanna Fateman in 1998. It also featured Sadie Benning from 1998 until 2001, and JD Samson for the rest of the group's run. Le Tigre is known for its socio-political lyrics, dealing with issues of feminism and the LGBT community. The band is currently on hiatus.
Convention | Susan Crawford blog
The convention’s opening night in 1968 - August 25, Chicago - as described in Nixonland, by Rick Perlstein. Just one paragraph:

The convention floor accommodated 6,511 delegates, but was designed to hold 4,850. The air hung heavy with summer sweat, cigarette smoke, the smell of the nearby stockyards. The gavel rang, Aretha Franklin belted out a rock-and-roll version of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the first of many brawls broke out: the compromise on the Georgia delegation voted by the Credentials Committee wouldn’t go into effect until Wenesday, and liberals jumped on their seats and started shouting at Georgia, “Throw them out! Throw them out!” Senator Daniel Inouye delivered his keynote speech, addressed to the hippies infesting Chicago’s parks.
ENT News Online | Archive Article: Boom then Bust: How Electronic Cash Faltered
Edward Vielmetti remembers the heady early days of electronic cash. "It was a zero-, billion-dollar market," says the former assistant director for research at First Virtual who left the company more than a year ago and is now a consulting engineer for Cisco Systems Inc. "The conceit, back when it all was getting started, was that you really needed something new in the way of a payment method with the unique method of doing business on the Internet," Vielmetti says.
For the record 9/11/08
The rains of Tropical Storm Hanna, along with the soaking we had several days prior, were a reminder that years of development and redevelopment place an increasing burden on our stormwater infrastructure and on the creeks and waterways that so many of us cherish.
Language Log » SpinSpotter unspun
Or rather, SpinSpotter does just one of the three things that its founder claims it does (and its press release and its web site likewise). The company has apparently implemented as a system for sharing distributed human commentary on news and other web pages, maintaining a database of which text stretches in which web pages have been flagged by users as allegedly being instances of "spin". That's an interesting thing to do, though anyone who's spent much time reading about politics or language on usenet groups or web forums will be forgiven for wondering whether the resulting annotations will be worth much.
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us military global command structure 2002
DefenseLink News Article: U.S. Northern Command to Debut in October
The biggest change is U.S. Northern Command. The new command will stand up Oct. 1, 2002, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The NORTHCOM commander will be responsible for homeland defense and also serve as head of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, a U.S.-Canada command. The current NORAD commander is also the commander of U.S. Space Command, also at Peterson. That command will not go away, but it will have a separate four-star officer heading it.
Online NewsHour: The ACLU's View of the Northern Command -- Sept. 27, 2002
Civil libertarians and others have expressed concern that the military's new Northern Command may involve the Department of Defense too much in law enforcement and intelligence gathering. The ACLU's Legislative Counsel Timothy Edgar discusses his concerns with the NewsHour's Kwame Holman on Sept. 13, 2002.
Northern Command no longer a startup organization (8/20/08) --
The Pentagon established Northern Command in 2002 to bring focus to and consolidate homeland defense and civil support missions that were previously the responsibility of multiple Defense Department organizations. The command's area of responsibility includes the continental United States and its air, land and sea approaches out to 500 nautical miles, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida.
U.S. Northern Command
The Navy's Global Hawk Maritime Demonstrator takes off from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Sept. 13, 2008, for a 24-hour flight in support of a wide area damage assessment mission following Hurricane Ike's landfall. The unmanned vehicle flew over the area, providing imagery of the destruction caused by the hurricane in support of federal, state and local responders to post-landfall recovery operations. U.S. Northern Command continues to support federal, state and local Hurricane Ike response efforts in Texas. Photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.
Northern Command isn’t happy - The Carpetbagger Report
There’s an interesting BBC World News report (brought to my attention by my friend Darrell) in which NorthCom Lt. Commander Sean Kelly explained the military’s efforts which, in addition to military support, include distribution of medical supplies, search and rescue operations, distributing food and water, and meeting transportation needs. (Note: the server hosting the video seems to be overwhelmed. This is a direct .mpg link, which is also slow right now, but keep trying.)
Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1 - Army News, opinions, editorials, news from Iraq, photos, reports - Army Times
The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,” 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them.

“It’s a new modular package of nonlethal capabilities that they’re fielding. They’ve been using pieces of it in Iraq, but this is the first time that these modules were consolidated and this package fielded, and because of this mission we’re undertaking we were the first to get it.”
T N T — The Network Thinker: Non-Obvious Ties
Even though though we don't know who each of these visitors are [the actual people representing their organization], their behavior reveals much about what is important in their organization and what they are trying to learn. Just like the networks of Amazon purchase data reveal interesting political patterns without revealing who the actual purchasers are, these "choice & search" networks reveal much about the organizations our individually unknown visitors are from.
Connectivism & Connective Knowledge
What is a network? What are the attributes exhibited by networks? How are networks reflected in social and business environments? This week, we're pleased to have Valdis Krebs join us (Wed, 11:00 AM, CST here in elluminate) to discuss business and social networks. The session will be recorded for those that are not able to attend. It'll be a useful presentation/discussion on considering the prominence of networks and their impact in our daily lives. Valdis Krebs, Website, September 23, 2008. [Link] [Tags: none] [Previous][Next]
Wir suchen jetzt anderes in Google « Bibliotan
Eine Studie von Think Eyertraking zeigt, dass das Nutzungsverhalten von Suchmaschinen in letzten drei Jahren stark verändert hat. Wie man auf dem linken Bild feststellen kann, dass die Google-Nutzer vor drei Jahren ihr Suchergebnis aus der ersten Ergebnisseite ausführlich durchlasen und die Abstracts noch als eine wichtige Informationsquelle sahen. 2008, drei Jahre später brauchen wir meistens nur die erst zwei oder drei Ergebnisse von tausenden Suchergebissen.
Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, And Nobody - humor and jokes about life
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done | More Like This WebLog » Not the future I was expecting
This is a band I learned about online. I don’t have a physical copy of any of their music. I bought their albums online as well.

While I write this, Cynthia, sitting in the balcony beside me, has been trading blog comments with a friend stationed in Iraq.

I take this all for granted now.
LibrarianInBlack: A new library website to drool over
Looking for a new library website to "ooh" and "aah" about? If you haven't looked at the new Darien Library website (home of former wondrous creator John Blyberg), then check it out. John blogs about it as well, pointing to some nice reviews of the site. The new site runs on Drupal 6 and SOPAC 2.0. Open source, open source, open source. The navigation is clear. The design is simple and yet appealing. I am a happy camper, especially as someone just starting a redesign with Drupal 6 myself. Now, if I can just convince everyone here to move over to the SOPAC. :)
Latest Advanced Digital Solutions
Marc Marroquin, LADS' president, demonstrates their RFID readers at the 2005 NACS/PEI Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. LADS introduced their new patent pending In-Dispenser-Module (IDM). This ISO 1443 A&B, ISO 15693 and LF combination reader was demonstrated in a leading manufacturer's legacy and new fuel dispensers.
Spin doesn't belong in the news. It's like putting motor oil in the mojito. We have tremendous respect for journalists, but who would argue that the media circus isn't out of control? A full 66% of Americans think the press is one-sided. Now there's a website and software tool that exposes news spin and bias, misuse of sources, and suspect factual support. At SpinSpotter, you'll experience the news in a profound new way. Yes, the truth is back in town.
64 sq ft kitchen: Rien ne se jete / Nothing goes to waste
Lately, I learned how to make Candied Orange Peels which I am excited to share with you. I used to hate candied fruits peels; I found them too sweet, sometimes too gooey or too dry. But with this recipe I know that I will never go to back to buy candied fruits again. Because mine are so much better, with all modesty of course, and so easy to make.
Weekly Salad 20: Fresh Peas with Lettuce « Hot.Sour.Salty.Sweet. And Umami
With the green shells, I made a quick soup by cooking them with some chicken broth, one small peeled potato (to add body to the soup), one garlic clove, some onion, and S&P until soft. I blended the whole thing and strained it through a sieve. You can add a little milk or cream to the mix before serving. Nothing to waste - rien ne se jete. » Web Color Tools Round-up
A friend recently asked me for my favorite color picker tool so I thought I’d go ahead and compile them here plus some sites I use for color inspiration. Want more? Check out my delicious collection of webcolor links.
Entergy power restoration / The Business Newspaper of Metropolitan New Orleans
More than 828,000 Entergy customers were without power following Gustav, placing it among the most-damaging weather events as measured by power outages in the utility’s 95-year history, second only to Katrina, which left 1.1 million Entergy customers in the dark.
The Future Of Ideas
The Future Of Ideas
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Track stories about police in Ann Arbor with Radar
Integrated Kinetic Energy: A new metric for tropical cyclone destructive potential
Tropical cyclone damage potential, as currently defined by the Saffir-Simpson scale and the maximum sustained surface wind speed in the storm, fails to consider the area impact of winds likely to force surge and waves or cause particular levels of damage. Integrated kinetic energy represents a framework that captures the physical process of ocean surface stress forcing waves and surge while also taking into account structural wind loading and the spatial coverage of the wind. Integrated kinetic energy was computed from gridded, objectively analyzed surface wind fields of 19 hurricanes representing large and small storms. A wind destructive potential rating was constructed by weighting wind speed threshold contributions to the integrated kinetic energy, based on observed damage in Hurricanes Andrew, Hugo, and Opal. A combined storm surge and wave destructive potential rating was assigned according to the integrated kinetic energy contributed by winds greater than tropical storm force.
GACL | Linux Journal
For those of us old enough to remember, Chrome's symbol calls to mind Simon, one of the earliest electronic game toys with a digital brain:
Govt in talks with Canadian firm to make plated coins - Economy and Politics -
The life of a coin is said to be about 15 years and India introduced stainless steel coins back in the late 1980s to counter rising nickel prices. In March 2007, the government switched to stainless steel for production of the chubby Rs5 cupro-nickel coins, as copper and nickel prices zoomed.
Orwell: Politics and the English Language
Each of these passages has faults of its own, but, quite apart from avoidable ugliness, two qualities are common to all of them. The first is staleness of imagery; the other is lack of precision. The writer either has a meaning and cannot express it, or he inadvertently says something else, or he is almost indifferent as to whether his words mean anything or not. This mixture of vagueness and sheer incompetence is the most marked characteristic of modern English prose, and especially of any kind of political writing. As soon as certain topics are raised, the concrete melts into the abstract and no one seems able to think of turns of speech that are not hackneyed: prose consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated henhouse. I list below, with notes and examples, various of the tricks by means of which the work of prose construction is habitually dodged:
Paulson 419 |
I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.
Library 2.0 Roundup « Life as I Know It
Straight Answers from Edward Vielmetti. American Libraries, 37(9), September 2006, p.15.
Stephen's Lighthouse: An ATM of Books
Library users at the University of Michigan will soon be able to order print-on-demand copies of books from the university's collection-and get them in about the time it takes for a barista to whip up a latte. The Espresso Book Machine, a book-printing machine described as "the ATM of books," goes online at Michigan's library Oct. 1. Michigan says it's the first university library to install the machine.
ScoutPal quickly gives you up-to-the-minute values on your cell phone for books and merchandise listed on; wireless lookups can also optionally report marketplace prices from and, as well as lookup by title or Library of Congress Catalog number. For instant database lookups on a Pocket PC (cell phone connection not required), we offer ScoutPalDB.
Inside Google Book Search: Book Search everywhere with new partnerships and tools
Library catalogs. It is now possible to preview books—including a huge number of works in the public domain—right from the online catalogs of the University of California and the University of Texas, as well as through, a service that lets you search across the collections of more than 10,000 local and institutional libraries worldwide.
Google Book Search APIs - Google Code
Google Book Search is our effort to make book content more discoverable on the Web. You can easily and reliably integrate with this repository from your site, in a number of ways.
mein wochenende « fabi’s blog
am samstag konnte ich dann endlich mal ein bisschen ausschlafen, bevor es auf den farmer’s market im kerrytown-district von ann arbor ging (natuerlich bei schoenstem wetter: strahlender sonnenschein und ca. 27 grad). wir haben einen riesigen pumpkin-muffin gegessen und dazu apple cider getrunken, lecker! anschliessend waren wir dann im zingerman’s kaffee bzw. iced tea trinken - ein wahnsinns-laden! man kann aus 200 verschiedenen sandwich-sorten waehlen und die schlange am counter war ewig lang. gluecklicherweise gab’s eine extra schlange fuer die getraenke, so dass wir nicht so lange warten mussten. in der schlange habe ich dann wieder einen deutschen getroffen, der gebuertig aus frankfurt stammt! auch das war natuerlich ein nettes erlebnis!
I wasn't that impressed with Ann Arbor | OrangePolitics
was fortunate enough to be a scholarship participant on the Inter-City Visits to Madison and Ann Arbor. I thoroughly enjoyed both experiences, but I found that I am unable to stop comparing the Madison experience to the Ann Arbor experience. / This exercise, of course, is completely unfair. Mainly because, in my opinion, Madison wins. In everything. Hands down. Period. Ann Arbor doesn't stand a chance.
Michigan 2008 election information / MeL: The Michigan eLibrary
election information with links to as much stuff as they can find
Jiblog: Talk like a Yooper Day
In discussing Talk like a Pirate Day, Lance Burri has brought up "Talk like a Yooper Day." (For those of you not from the upper Midwest, a Yooper is a citizen of Michigan's U.P.) I love the idea. I propose that it take place on the first Sunday (or Monday) of the Wisconsin gun deer hunting season with a home Packer game. In the case of those rare seasons where the Packers do not have a home game during deer hunting, then it should take place during the second week of deer camp. Ya der hey!
Homemade: Sauerkraut | The Farmer's Marketer
Gargantuan government bailouts this week and economic crises notwithstanding, I'm not in survivalist mode yet. But this era of ubiquitous convenience and concomitant de-skilling makes it seem like a good idea to know how to preserve food with few or no energy inputs and to have at least some of the kitchen mojo my Grandma had. So a few weeks ago, when my friend Vivienne offered her hands-on sauerkraut-making tutorial and a generous donation of her own cabbage, it was an offer too good to refuse.
LibraryTechNZ: Tagging in real life
I was in a session with Stephen Abram earlier this week, where he talked about how people describe their use of libraries. For many, it's not about getting books out – it’s about the human contact, the community. This tagging project seems to me to be a great way to up the human interaction element, online and in real life.
Hazel Mail, A Dead Simple Way To Design And Ship Custom Postcards Worldwide
compare w/hippopost; $1.50 ea postcards mailed globally
Talk:A2b3 - ArborWiki - agenda_for_18_September_2008
wiki based agenda planning and news gathering
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Meeting Watch: County Board (17 Sept 2008)
meeting notes.
Danny O’Brien’s Oblomovka » Blog Archive » reload fever
Spoolfeed's really evil part, its elevator pitch for cackling VCs, would be that it would always change when you hit reload -- no matter how quickly you hit reload. Stories that hadn't changed between page views would be discarded, so only new items would appear. If you really did use up all the top stories, the space would be filled with the strange edge stories -- clumsily translated Portugese news, crummy press releases from business wire. Just make every reload do something.
Map Gallery of Ethnic Groups in the United States
simple michigan test look for the ratio of "Maki" to "Hill"
Day 156: Slow-Roasted Tomatoes ♥ | A Veggie Venture
From mid-September through early October, the house was aromatic with a gentle tomato scent from 15 batches of Slow-Roasted Tomatoes.

Each batch was a little different. I played with oven temperature, oven time, a little oil and a lot of oil, fresh herbs and dried herbs. I even experimented with Fast-Roasted Tomatoes but quickly returned to these. - home
car·tic·i·pate (cär·tĭs´ĕ·pāt˝)
v. car·tic·i·pat·ed, car·tic·i·pat·ing, car·tic·i·pates
1. To take part in ride share via social mobile web based application: carticipated in the drive to work.
2. To share in car pool: If only I could carticipate in your daily trip. Archaic
To cartake of.
Caring for Elderly Parents - The New Old Age Blog -
In The New Old Age, Jane Gross explores this unprecedented intergenerational challenge and shares the stories of readers, the advice of professionals, and the wisdom gleaned from her own experience caring for her late mother in her waning years. You can reach Ms. Gross at
ElderLaw Answers Blog » Blog Archive » Check Out Jane Gross’s Blog in the NY Times
After caring for her mother during her final years, New York Times reporter Jane Gross wrote an article on her experience and what she would have done differently if she knew then what she knows now. Her article elicited more than 300 responses on-line and became the first posting in her on-line blog “The New Old Age: Caring and Coping.”

The blog contains both useful information and inspring stories about coping with caregiving. Take a look at
Lessons from the Cincinnati Power Outage : PaulTech Network
As the day turned into night, an eerie scene emerged. The stillness of the night was incredible. It was dark, quiet, and serene. It really did remind me of alien invasion scenes. Or maybe after a tremendous catastrophe. As I walked around the neighborhood, an even more stark scene came to forefront. People were outside again. They were hanging out with neighbors. They were grilling out together. They were sharing beer, wine, food, and fires. I discovered that there were a lot more teenagers in my neighborhood than I could have imagined.
Twitter / OrangePolitics: SPARK tries to do "open sou...
SPARK tries to do "open source economic development." But they are trying to trademark the term. Not very open source!
5 questions: Why AIG matters to you
Role of curcumin in health and disease. [Arch Physiol Biochem. 2008] - PubMed Result
Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) is an orange-yellow component of turmeric (Curcuma longa), a spice often found in curry powder. In recent years, considerable interest has been focused on curcumin due to its use to treat a wide variety of disorders without any side effects. It is one of the major curcuminoids of turmeric, which impart its characteristic yellow colour. It was used in ancient times on the Indian subcontinent to treat various illnesses such as rheumatism, body ache, skin diseases, intestinal worms, diarrhoea, intermittent fevers, hepatic disorders, biliousness, urinary discharges, dyspepsia, inflammations, constipation, leukoderma, amenorrhea, and colic. Curcumin has the potential to treat a wide variety of inflammatory diseases including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, psoriasis, etc, through modulation of numerous molecular targets.
The mission statement of Whitefish Point Bird Observatory is to document the distribution and abundance of birds in the Great Lakes region, with special emphasis on migration.Research projects will focus on asessing the status of bird populations and movements. Information acquired will be used to increase our knowledge of bird migration, to encourage public awareness of birds and their environment, and to further conservation of birds.
Edge 257
Option-theoretic analysis: redundancy is like long an option. You certainly pay for it, but it may be necessary for survival.
Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement | Electronic Frontier Foundation
While little information has been made available by the governments negotiating ACTA, a document recently leaked to the public entitled "Discussion Paper on a Possible Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement" from an unknown source gives an indication of what content industry rightsholder groups appear to be asking for – including new legal regimes to "encourage ISPs to cooperate with right holders in the removal of infringing material", criminal measures, and increased border search powers. The Discussion Paper leaves open how Internet Service Providers should be encouraged to identify and remove allegedly infringing material from the Internet.
The Shifted Librarian » The Back Nine Stacks
The basic idea is that the Library Mini Golf nonprofit group will create a miniature golf course for a library, 80% of which is a standard course. The individual holes are created in such a way that they can be set up and taken down quickly, and they can be folded down for easy storage. LMG plans to work with college design school students to create the other, unique 20% of the course, which might include replicas of local buildings or other items of interest to the community. For example, t’s easy to imagine a Chicago version with a mini Sears Tower and Hancock Building. (Myself, I’d love to see a hole with kitchen utensils as obstacles in the 641.5 stacks.)
Michigan Blueberry Production
where the blueberry crop is grown in michigan,and which varieties
The Wallenberg Endowment
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Eighteenth Wallenberg Lecture and Ceremony, with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
The first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Archbishop Desmond Tutu rose to international fame during the 1980s as a deeply committed advocate of nonviolent resistance to apartheid. In 1995, Nelson Mandela asked Tutu to investigate atrocities committed on all sides during the apartheid years, appointing him chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Today Desmond Tutu is widely regarded as South Africa’s moral conscience. He continues to speak out passionately and courageously around the world on behalf of human rights.
Location: Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (corner of North University and South Thayer Streets)
Time: Doors open at 7:00 pm, lecture and ceremony begin at 7:30 pm
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Phidgets Inc. - Unique and Easy to Use USB Interfaces
PhidgetRFID reads RFID tags that are brought in close proximity.

Product Features:

* Reads tags brought within 3 inches of the reader
* Reads any tag with EM4102 protocol
* Returns the unique number contained in the tag
* Provides 2 Digital Ouputs to drive LEDs, relays, etc.
* On-Board LED
This Blog Sits at the
This Blog Sits at the
Intersection of Anthropology and Economics
DNR - Michigan Snowmobile Trail Maps
Michigan Snowmobile Trail Maps


These maps are accurate as of the most recent date specified. The State Designated Snowmobile Trail information is updated regularly by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) as new trail additions, re-routes, and closures are completed. Please return to this site and review the update dates for each map to make sure you have the most recent version available.
Build a Web Page Monitor with Google Docs and Track Changes Automatically
As you may have seen in the previous tutorial on Google Docs, there’re built-in spreadsheet functions to help you easily import external data into Google Docs. One such useful function is ImportXML that, like ImportHTML, can be used for screen-scrapping.

The syntax is =ImportXML("web page URL", "XPath Expression")

Coming back to the spreadsheet, in order to fetch the price of ‘ipod nano’, we type the following formula:

ESGR Spiders
List of Spiders Likely to occur in
the E.S. George Reserve

(Michigan, Livingston County) Species on list are here either because they have been recorded from the George Reserve itself, or from contiguous counties, or from general distribution in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan
Back To Work: How to Kickstart a Low-Productivity Day
Walk around. Anywhere will do. You can walk around your office. Visit a floor you haven’t been to before. Or maybe you have time to go around the block or visit that park down the street. It’s all about looking for something positive you have never seen. Taking time to smell the roses may be just a cliché, but those roses could be anything. A restaurant you’ve never seen. A friend’s cubicle. Some kids playing ball. Life is going on in the world around you. You just need to notice.
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Chapel Hill, Welcome to Ann Arbor
Trips like these aren’t unconditionally supported, though. This summer, three aldermen from Carrboro, a smaller town neighboring Chapel Hill (think Ypsilanti), questioned the value of the trip. Alderman Randee Haven-O’Donnell had this to say to the local newspaper: “This is the wrong time to be spending on non-specific, untargeted items. I do not think the Ann Arbor trip is a sound investment.”
Create a Bootable Ubuntu USB Flash Drive the Easy Way :: the How-To Geek
I was able to boot all the way into the desktop in about 35 seconds using the flash drive… way faster than using the regular live cd.
The Offices of St. Clair County - Parks & Recreation
The St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission (PARC) is working in conjunction with 13 local units of government to develop a 54-mile paved trail from Lakeport State Park to New Baltimore. St. Clair County helps plan and promote the trail while each local unit of government is responsible for constructing their section of the trail. Most trail construction projects are funded by grants. PARC usually helps to fund the local match required for trail construction grants.

St. Clair County’s eastern border is unique. It showcases over 50 miles of shoreline along some of the best fresh water in the world — Lake Huron, the St. Clair River, and Lake St. Clair. Along that shoreline, we have urban areas, open vistas, beaches, parks, attractions, an international bridge and ferries to Canada, giant lake freighters and now a linear trail — the Bridge to Bay Trail, which will be a paved pedestrian/bike path 54 miles in length. - vimperator: index
vim mode for firefox; ok, now I found it, but do I want to actually use it?
Mr. Verb: Sarah Palin's accent and American dialects
Palin's speech from last night is available at for download and the quality is good, so you can hear easily things and it's good enough for basic acoustic work. Just a few observations. First, she's got the classic western/northwestern features, things that are found elsewhere, but that many of us associate with the region. The first two examples illustrate that, and the next two are Upper Midwestern patterns that people have commented on, including on ads-l.
Zipper Machine on I-95 James River Bridge Project
The Zipper Machine is actually a quite large vehicle, when seen up close. It takes a tremendous amount of power to move a heavy concrete median barrier, and to do it as quickly as this machine does it. It is fairly quiet when in operation, though. The motor is not loud, and the lowering of the barrier segments back down to the roadway provides a quiet 'plunk-plunk-plunk' sound that is not very noticeable even when you are standing under the bridge when the machine passes across the deck overhead.
Labor Markets and Business Cycles
This paper does not speak directly to the cyclicality of unemployment and vacancies; however, the paper, and my recent research more generally, suggests that we should not necessarily think of unemployed workers as engaged in a search-intensive activity. Unemployment may instead be a consequence of adverse shocks to the value of human capital. Symmetrically, job vacancies need not be a sign of firms' effort to recruit new workers, but rather of their inability to do so. I am continuing to pursue the broader implications of these preliminary findings.
Owl Bar - San Antonio, NM
@vaguery insists that for green chile cheeseburgers, this is the place.
ChefMoz Dining Guide -- United_States/NM/San_Antonio/Owl Bar Café and Steakhouse
I grew up in about 2 hours from the Owl Bar. I have since moved to New York, and honestly dream about their green chile cheeseburgers. They are not big, don't expect Fuddruckerian proportions, a small person can order two burgers. Everything is a la carte, so if you want fries order them. If you have the opportunity it is about 15 miles south of Socorro NM and right off the exit on I-25. 4 stars, two thumbs up, if you love hamburgers, it is a great place to go.
MattBites: Down The Hatch
During that trip one of my co-workers suggested we drive out and experience a Green Chile Cheeseburger. All you have to say is burger and I'm down for a food adventure, but little did I know this burger would remain in my memory for over 10 years. She took us to the Bobcat Bite, a small outpost on Old Las Vegas Highway that's been open since 1953. It was so utterly fantastic and perfect and I felt like I stumbled onto a movie or music video set. My co-worker Polly commanded us to order the green chile burger and of course the entire table obliged.
Community Metrics at Community Statistics as of August 1st 2008 NB. These metrics do not relate to activity on
Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog: Medical records and Facebook
It would be nice if an electronic record was designed with the singular focus being the end-user experience. They should make physician's lives immeasurably easier, and significantly decrease the time spent charting and tracking patients. There are very few record systems that meet even this minimal standard. An EMR like Facebook? We can only wish.
Measuring Community | jonobacon@home
typical example is the upstream report in Launchpad which we are readying for beta right now - I will have more details on this soon when it is complete. The upstream report shows a bunch of upstream projects, the number of open bugs, the number of bugs with upstream activities (this means the bug is likely to be an upstream bug), and the number of bugs with upstream watches (a known upstream bug that is linked to the Ubuntu bug). This provides us with useful data for which upstreams need most focus. We are currently getting some additional features into the report for colour coding, sorting the results and removing dupes. Bugs are a metric, they are a mechanic - they are the nuts and bolts of the software development process, and we measure them closely.
Jon Udell: Wikipedia and the social construction of knowledge
Some knowledge is purely factual, but much is socially constructed and therefore inevitably prone to bias and dispute. Wikipedia's greatest innovation is arguably the framework it provides to mediate the social construction of knowledge, advocate for neutrality, accommodate dispute, and offer a path to its negotiated resolution. For this Jimbo Wales deserves -- and I hope will one day receive -- a Nobel Prize.
Ohio Pawpaw Festival - 2008
Mark your calendars! September 13th & 14th, 2008 will be the 10th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival. Come to scenic Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio for the biggest and best pawpaw celebration in the world! Join pawpaw fanatics from around the country at the peak of the season for a day filled with pawpaws, pawpaw foods, pawpaw beer, pawpaw music, pawpaw art, pawpaw history, pawpaw people and much more.
1927 UM Ohio State game story Alumnus Mag.
No account of the day can be complete without a word of praise for the fashion in which the extraordinary traffic -some, 20,000 visiting cars-was handled by the State police. Long before noon Ann Arbor held so many of the trim figures in dark gray uniforms that it looked like a military occupation. At every busy corner there was one of these men; at super-busy corners there were two. And they did the job. They kept traffic moving, both while the city was filling and later as it emptied, 'so that there were no accidents and no really serious congestion. They performed their duty as efficiently as though they too had been trained by the Michigan coaching staff.
Antonio's Live Blog: Breadth-first vs. Depth-first search
But now, as I realize the enormous amount of possibilites available, I realize something else. In my life, I've noticed I have sometimes performed some kind of breath-first search in my life. Huh? Well, I like to do a little bit of everything. I like sports, I like science, I like arts, I like traveling, I like computers, and in the end, I notice I've ended up with not many things that I particularly like or that I'm particularly good at. I can't really identify with a single activity I like the most. On the other hand, there are people who focus throughout their life on a single activity. They are depth-first searchers. Whether it may be running, swimming, playing the piano, or socializing, some people take their favorite activity to heart and practice and develop it throughout long periods of time. They become specialists, experts in their area, though perhaps (not always the case) useless in most other fields.
Dopamine and Glutamate Control Area-Restricted Search Behavior in Caenorhabditis elegans -- Hills et al. 24 (5): 1217 -- Journal of Neuroscience
Both GLR-1 and GLR-2 are expressed in the locomotory control circuit that modulates the direction of locomotion in response to sensory stimuli and the duration of forward movement during foraging. We propose a mechanism for ARS in C. elegans in which dopamine, released in response to food, modulates glutamatergic signaling in the locomotory control circuit, thus resulting in an increased turn frequency.
Tomatoes and Basil: Berry Picking
My brother and I were given our own little buckets to fill with berries before depositing them into the larger containers that we would take home. We raced to see who could fill their bucket the fastest. I adamantly believed that my brother cheated, the proof found in the large flat with nearly ripe or not even ripe berries that I was sure my brother picked to try to fill his bucket quicker. Silly little competitive person that I was, I never took into account that maybe those lighter berries wound up in the flat because he wore a patch over his eye and therefore, he couldn’t always see very well; or maybe, I was the culprit, having been so consumed with “winning” that I didn’t take as much care in picking the ripe berries as I should have.
Hungry In Hogtown: Berried alive: a wild blueberry bonanza
The first dish I prepared with wild blueberries strikes me as a flavour combination straight out of molecular gastronomy: wild blueberry and mushroom risotto. I found the recipe not in an El Bulli cookbook, but in an Italian cookbook sitting on our shelf, Regional Foods of Northern Italy: Recipes and Remembrances. The recipe comes from a chef near Courmayeur in Val d'Aosta, who was inspired by the wild mushrooms and blueberries he discovered growing side by side one day on his way to work.
JSTOR: The Journal of Animal Ecology, Vol. 68, No. 3 (May, 1999 ), pp. 445-459
1. Patch-leaving decisions are of utmost importance in determining parasitoid foraging success. Parasitoids are known to use both marks left by hosts (chemical or otherwise) and ovipositions to assess host availability and to decide when to leave a host patch. 2. Previous studies have shown that, depending on the species, ovipositions either increase (an incremental mechanism) or decrease (a decremental mechanism) the patch residence times of parasitoids. Reports in the literature conflict on which mechanism is used by Venturia canescens, a parasitoid of pyralid moth larvae. 3. We hypothesize that, as a consequence of saturation in the capacity of the parasitoid to discriminate between host densities at high host numbers, V. canescens uses a decremental mechanism at low host numbers and an incremental one at high host numbers. We call this a `switching mechanism'.
To walk or to fly? How birds choose among foraging modes — PNAS
Optimal foraging theory is founded on the proposal that foraging decisions maximize fitness-related currencies (1–3). In the absence of complicating factors such as predation, nutrition, or variance, research focuses on the theoretical and empirical investigation of different currencies based on combinations of energy and time. Depending on circumstances, a variety of combinations may be expected to maximize fitness, but although theoretical models abound, studies providing rigorous empirical discriminations are scarce. This scarcity of precise experimental evidence challenges the status of optimality as a predictive framework in animal decision-making. Here we present a precise quantitative discrimination between energetic currencies, using preferences of starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) choosing among two foraging modes.
Fast & Frugal Heuristics
The theory of fast and frugal heuristics, developed in a new book called Simple heuristics that make us smart (Gigerenzer, Todd, and the ABC Research Group, in press), includes two requirements for rational decision making. One is that decision rules are bounded in their rationality—that rules are frugal in what they take into account, and therefore fast in their operation. The second is that the rules are ecologically adapted to the environment, which means that they "fit to reality." The main purpose of this article is to apply these ideas to learning rules—methods for constructing, selecting, or evaluating competing hypotheses in science—and to the methodology of machine learning, of which connectionist learning is a special case. The bad news is that ecological validity is particularly difficult to implement and difficult to understand in all cases.