Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Detroit Week on Grantland

Friend of Damn Arbor, Chris Primeau, has turned us on to Detroit Week on Grantland. Grantland, as near as I can tell, is a website dedicated to writing about sport. This week they are publishing a series of long-reads about Detroit in honor of ESPN's upcoming "30 for 30: Bad Boys." So far there are articles about Dave Dombrowski, Elmore Leonard, and Berry Sanders. I think I'm most excited for the article about entertainment wrestling.

Seeking furry friends in Ypsilanti

This missed connection pretty much speaks for itself:

furry seeking furry friend on Ypsi !! - m4w (Woodruffs)

I will be waiting outside Woodruffs for you! Meet in full dress and let's hang ten!!! Yeah

The best part is where he describes his hair as: "I'm a raccoon."

Monday, April 14, 2014

Boing Boing finds our local news hilarious

A day after our local news coverage became the topic of a NYTimes article, Maggie Koerth-Baker, science writer at Boing Boing has posted some choice photographs of the Ann Arbor News. Interestingly, she has posted photos of the print edition, which means she must have been in the area.

Detroit gaining popularity in Berlin

A good friend of me and EJ's, who is living in Berlin, posted the above picture to Facebook last night with the caption "Carhartt hat for sale in Berlin's new super trendy mall c. $50." When I asked her if was ok for me to post the Carhartt hat picture, she sent along the following picture of a bakery that is selling "Detroit Banana Walnut Bread:"

Here's what she had to say about the bread:

Went to chat with the owner about the "Detroit" bread, turns out he's from Madrid by thinks Detroit makes the bread sound cool.

Photo credit: H. Evans

Sunday, April 13, 2014

League of Women Voters April 7th Transit Millage Debate

For those of you who missed it, the video of the League of Women Voters' Transit Millage Debate at the AADL has been processed and uploaded to the Library's website. I have not had a chance to watch the video in its entirety, so why don't we watch it together? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Also, here's the wording of the millage proposal from the Washtenaw County Clerk's website:

To improve public bus, van, and paratransit services—including expanded service hours, routes, destinations, and services for seniors and people who have disabilities—shall the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority levy a new annual tax of 0.7 mills ($0.70 per $1000 of taxable value) on all taxable property within the City of Ann Arbor, the City of Ypsilanti, and the Charter Township of Ypsilanti for the years 2014-2018 inclusive? The estimate of revenue if this millage is approved is $ 4,368,847.00 for 2014. This revenue will be disbursed to the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority and, as required by law, a portion may be subject to capture by the downtown development authorities of the Cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, the Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, and the local development finance authority of the Charter Township of Ypsilanti.

The Daily makes the NYTimes

Guys, as local newspapers scale back coverage, colleges papers are picking up the slack, and the Times is on it!

Today's New York Times features an article about the Michigan Daily's breaking the story about Brandon Gibbons becoming "permanently separated" from the University of Michigan. The Times does a nice job using the fact that the Daily broke the story to illustrate the larger death of the American Newspaper.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bitter Transit Now!

Looks like Twenty Pound Carp has decided to weigh in on the May 6th Transit Millage. Unlike other non-ichthyoid ballot question committees, Bitter Transit Now isn't afraid to ask the tough questions on everyone's mind: Do transit millages make voters smellier?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Psych Rock at Arbor Vitae

Tomorrow night there is a show at Arbor Vitae, the venue hidden on state by Ashleys. I endorse this event because people I adore will be playing. You can check the facebook event here or I have a beautiful little blurb below.
"Join us as we get toasty with some psych and garage at Ann Arbor's favorite arts loft. Come one, come all for a night of distortion, delay, and debauchery with...
Mexican Knives (detroit garage and surf)
Heaven's Gateway Drugs (deliciously trippy psych from Fort Wayne, IN)
Buffalo Coven Party (your local psychedelic blues explosion)
The Idiot Kids (Punk+Dance=awesome)
& DJ Dickslap will be crankin out the 90's jams for your booty shakin pleasure pleasure!
Doors@9pm, Bands@9:30pm. $7 336 1/2 State St, Ann Arbor,
Check out the video flyer! http://youtu.be/6Qd5UItdwBE
Come get freaky..."

Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra fundraiser

The Tower Inn Cafe is hosting a fundraiser for the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra this Monday 5-10 PM in the afterglow of their French Connection Concert at Towsley Auditorium on Sunday.
Dine on the Tower Inn Cafe Cuisine between 5pm-10pm and 20% of your check will benefit the YSO! The attached flyer must be printed and presented to participate in the Dine and Donate Campaign. 
Enjoy Karaoke provided by Stoo's Karaoke between 7pm-10pm $2.00 per song - 100% of the proceed's benefit the YSO.
 More information about the fundraiser can be found here.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Michigan FIRST Robotics Competition State Championships at EMU this Weekend

Tonight the FIRST Robotics Competition State Championships kick off tonight at EMU's Convocation Center, featuring 64 of the top teams in Michigan battling it out to see who will advance to the World Championships in two weeks. The competition April 10-12.

Skyline High School's Eagle Imperium Team 3322 squad is one of the 64 teams advancing after qualifying at the Howell District competition two weeks ago. I wrote a story for Concentrate Media on their team preparing for competitions this year that you might enjoy (click away).

The Skyline robot will compete against a bunch of other robots in a game called aerial assist that's basically passing and shooting big exercise balls over goals and smashing into other remote-controlled robots. It sounds awesome and there's no way I'm missing watching this live.

The teams are listed by team number, not high school, so it's tough to see which other area high schools might be competing. It looks like Pioneer, Huron, Ypsi Community and Dexter failed to advance to States (though there's a chance I'm wrong). The Grand Blanc High School EngiNERDs enter the competition with the best district score, so they're pretty much the Empire. Root for the underdogs! Go tech kids, go!