I'm a little jealous of Tom and Jim from the PBS show Michigan Under the Radar. It seems like they just get to travel around our awesome state, do awesome things and talk to awesome people. You should check out the show, which is available for free on line.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Mittenfest is a five day musical extravaganza to raise funds for 826Michigan's youth literacy programs. The festival, which began yesterday, is at Woodruff's in Ypsi and runs through the first of the year. There are some great acts still to come. Tonight Rainbow Vomit Family Band is playing. Tomorrow, Black Jake & the Carnies are finishing off the night. On NYE there is quite a lineup including Passalacqua, Chris Bathgate, Lightning Love and an Absolute Beginners dance party until 4am. Tickets each night are just $10. Pretty awesome.
In November, the guys at Pangea had to paint over their awesome mural after it was vandalized. Like many cities, Ann Arbor's graffiti removal ordinance requires shop owners to remove graffiti on their stores. @DragonMgmt sends word (and picture) that the vandals have struck again. It must be really frustrating to have to spend so much time and money continually repainting the same wall.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Rock Climbing girl - m4w - 23 (Ann Arbor)Wow. Dude sounds a little insecure. Props for the rock climbing-centric pickup line.
Date: 2011-12-23, 5:51PM EST
I have to admit I was memorized by you the whole time I was learning how to climb. You had on a purple headband and some red pants that looked liked sweatpants but only went to your ankles. I have no idea if you have a special person in your life, but if you do not I would LOVE to get to know you better. I felt safer while climbing even if you were close to me. My only regret is that you did not give me my lesson.
Will you be my belay partner in life?
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thanks, 8 Ball. It's good to see you, too.
[Pictured: Fellow Damn Arbor writers.]
Beer People from Alan Torres on Vimeo.
Just saw this on Tim Chilcote's Blog and I'm reposting it because it's so freaking awesome.
Michigan makes awesome beer.
I think we make such awesome beer because of our climate, our awesome agricultural land and diversity of crops and our history of manufacturing and craftspersonship.
Wow, not a ton of women represented in the documentary. Seems like the craft brewing industry is hella dominated by dudes.
Man, Michigan's distributor laws suck. If our state government is going to try to make a better business environment in Michigan, maybe they could do something useful and reform the distributor laws instead of just being bigots.
The title "Beer People" makes me think of that map of the US were Michigan is labeled "Drunk Lake People." Perhaps we should change it to say "Proud to be Drunk Lake People."
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Short Woman with Michigan State Tee at the CCRB This Morning - m4w - 20 (CCRB, Treadmills)More like Weirdo Runner with a bad pickup line, eh?
Hi Cute Short Woman with the Michigan State Tee Running on the treadmill closest to the room divider this morning at the CCRB,
a) Sorry for staring, but you were right in front of me. The machines are at awkward angles and that was the only elliptical with an adjustable angle open.
b) You have good form in your legs. It looks like you're midfoot striking, which is good. But, you have horrible upper body form. Relax your arms and keep them next to you. NEVER HOLD ON TO THE TREADMILL (for a million reasons, just google it). It you feel the need to hold on, just slow it down a bit.
c) Go blue.
-Weirdo Runner with a bad knee
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I own a gallery gift shop in Ann Arbor, Mich., called Heavenly Metal. I actually am the main employee; I do everything, and then I have a handful of part-time people. All of the uncertainty in Washington is hard for small businesses because we're at the bottom of the feeding pool. And all of these decisions, especially what affects us tax-wise, what allows us to either hire or lay off people or invest more money into our businesses, is so much determined by how Congress and the Senate votes. So it's frightening, absolutely.You can listen to the whole piece here on Marketplace's website.
This just in from @DragonMgmt:
...book sale at Hatcher Grad Library, people lined up an hour before the doors opened this morning.According to the library's website they will be selling maps and lightly used extra copies of books from 10am until 10 pm today. Photo via @DragonMgmt
For all you kids out there who aren't hip to the latest traffic engineering lingo, RRFBs are Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons. Ann Arbor's about to get 5 sets of them. You can read more on the Chronicle and the Com. The purchase of the RRFBs was authorized at last night's City Council meeting. The City Council also tweaked the wording in the pedestrian safety ordinance. Now automobiles are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians who are waiting to cross, rather than stop for pedestrians who are approaching the intersection. Personally, I think it's a good change to a law that has the right idea: we should make pedestrian commuting easier and safer, even at the expense of our beloved automobiles. Based on the comments on the Com though, a lot of people are pretty pissed off about cars having to yield to pedestrians waiting to cross at marked cross walks. Go figure.
Monday, December 19, 2011
The Scientist published a piece that explains the signficance of this ruling as well as the reasoning behind unionization.
At bottom, the argument against GSRA unionization that likes of the Mackinaw Center, University President Mary Sue Coleman, Attorney General Bill Schuelte and Professors like Thomas Zurbuchen is paternalistic at best - Graduate students should not be able to establish a formal process to address workplace grievances and negotiate contracts because the University and advisors will always act in the interest of the graduate students when determining wages and resolving workplace conflicts.
The balance of power between GSRAs and the University will change, but only in direction of giving graduate student research assistants basic protections against exploitation and abuse in the event that a graduate student research assistant suffers such exploitation and abuse.
Or, as GSRA Jamie Van Etten simply and forcefully makes the case:
"Having a union is about ensuring that every student gets fair protection, especially if they are in tough lab situations, agreed Van Etten. 'I know students who are really happy in their lab. I am one of them,” she said. 'Our advisor cares about our success as students and as scientists, but I know that’s not the case across the board.'
This sounds like a pretty modest goal to me.
Read the full article here.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Ann Arbor's favorite traveling werewolf bard has started a Kickstarter to raise funds for further travels, recording an album and to help him level up. For the small donation of just $10,000,000,000 he will play you a private concert on the moon. Other rewards include a digital download of Violin Monster's upcoming album ($15) and a personal serenade over the phone ($50).
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Occupy UM held an inaugural demonstration last week at Mason Hall raising the issues of student debt, tuition fees, the casualization of university workforce, among other things. The purpose of the event was to raise student awareness. (video here)
Read the statement Occupy UM will read to the Regents after the jump
Given the controversy over Lowe's pulling advertisements from All-American Muslim, allegedly at the behest of the Florida Family Association, Mr. Connor Barrie and I thought this clip from The Simpsons was apropos.
Yes, crash our websites by overloading them with ecommerce, France. Very sinister indeed.
Happy finals week Michigan (grad) students. This video comes to us from Nate Krefman, my roommate from undergrad, who is currently at UC Berkeley, the U of M of California. Muppets, cell biology, and LCD Soundsystem. Doesn't get much better than that.
Charlie Slick, Duane the Teenage Weirdo, and Rainbow Vomit Family Band with DJ Shelly and Jeremy Wheeler
Tomorrow night at the Blind Pig!
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Twenty well-recognized movie stars half-heartedly trying to peddle two hours of uninterrupted bullshit. That, in a sentence, sums up “New Year’s Eve,” the pointless romantic comedy brought to us by the great minds behind the similarly meaningless “Valentine’s Day.”Daily Arts Writer Akshay Seth went on to give New Years Eve 0.5/5 stars.
Sabor Latino's Taco Tuesday is awesome, and not just because of alliteration. For just one dollar you can get a hard or soft shelled taco with one of eight differ fillings. However, with so many different options, Taco Tuesday can be daunting for a beginner. Fear not gentle reader, with this handy guide, you too can enjoy your very own Taco Tuesday at Sabor Latino.
1. Arrive by 5:55 pm. This way you can make sure you get a seat before things get too busy and get a happy hour margarita ($3) before happy hour ends at 6. The margaritas as a bit on the sweet side, but the make up for that fact by having lots of alcohol. Seriously, these things come as a viscous liquid that is well below 0 C. If you can manage do drink one with your straw, you may very well see frost forming on it. Ice cold.
2. Plan your order. Hard tacos come with filling, beans, lettuce, cheese, tomato and sour cream. They are much more substantial than the soft tacos, which come with filling, cilantro, onion and a lime slice. Two pro tips: the sour cream can be pretty heavy on the hard tacos, so I usually order my tacos without. Though my taco crew heavily favors hard over soft tacos, most of us order a single soft taco. Why? That way we have the lime slice to squeezer on the other tacos. In terms of taco filling, I really like pastor and carnitas. I hear the vegetarian roasted vegetables are a good filling too.
3. Order your tacos. When your server asks what you want, your mind will go black. Just shoot from the hip, or order two of everything if you are really hungry. Make sure you ask them to bring out the special hot sauces with the tacos. This is key. You will probably also want a few extra napkins for step 4.Why did I think I could eat eight tacos?
4. Eat your tacos. This is going to get messy. If you have the skill, eat each taco directly above the taco you plan on eating last. This way all the filler that falls from them will land neatly in the last taco creating the mega-taco. Also, use all the hot sauces if that's your thing. If you become parched, order a Tecate ($2.50 on Taco Tuesday).
5. Tip! You just got a margarita, eight tacos and a Tecate for $13.50 plus tax. Your server was also awesome and brought you the extra hot sauces more napkins without you asking. They work hard on Taco Tuesday, tip on the pre-discounted taco price.
There you have it gentle reader. With this guide, I hope you feel better equipped to enjoy this and every Taco Tuesday at Sabor Latino. For you Taco Tuesday veterans who may be reading this article, do you have your own tips and tricks for Taco Tuesday?
Gallery Project presents Post Apocalypse, a multimedia exhibit in which over 32 local, regional, and national artists explore the aftermath of some cataclysmic event at the various levels from interpersonal to global.
Sounds heavy. I hope it focuses solely on zombie and robot apocalypse themed pieces.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Suburban Sprawl Music is a local independent record label. Originally hailing from Livonia, Suburban Sprawl merged with Ann Arbor based Quack!Media in 2007. Every December, the record label puts out an awesome, free holiday music sampler. This year's sampler is no exception with some great holiday originals sprinkled with some new takes on old Christmas classics. Here are some of my favorite tunes from the double album:
Lightning Love - It's Christmas Behave Yourself. Are you an insufferable cynic who is dampening your SO's youthful joy for the holidays? If so, you can probably relate to this song.
Passalacqua & Doc Illingsworth - A Very Frugal Xmas. An angry and passionate rap against reckless Christmas consumerism.
The Next Door Neighbors - Getting Into The Christmas Spirits. Yes, this is a song about drinking during the holidays. Get it? As a bonus, this song sounds like the awkward love child of indie rock and new jack swing.
The Kick Stand Band - Home Alone - Do you miss the days of the surf rock Christmas song? Try this out on your eardrums.
Joe Hawley - Sleigh Ride Invincibility Star. A rendition of the holiday classic, Sleigh Ride, for the Mario Generation.
Local old-timey folk band, Appleseed Collective is recording their debut album. They've started a Kickstarter to raise funds to pay for recording. For a donation of only $10 you will get early access to a digital copy of the album. It's basically like just buying the album ahead of time. If you are on the fence, you can check out two of their live albums at Bandcamp.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Sometime between Dec. 6th and Dec. 7th, someone or some people came into the Arboretum and cutdown a 3m (10') Serbian spruce (Picea omorika). This really gets my goat. Not only is stealing a tree from a public park a pretty shitty thing to do, the tree happened to be a member of a IUCN threatened species. At least it wasn't endangered like the one that was poached from the University of Washington Arboretum in 2009.
The tree was taken out the Geddes St. entrance but from there the trail of branches got cold. Serbian spruces are very distinctive in appearance: they have a very narrow crown. Unlike the other spruces in the area, P. pungens, P. mariana, P. glauca and P. abies, P. omorika has two-tone needles: the tops are green and the undersides are light with two distinct white bands. Also, the needles are flat in cross section which differentiates it from the above spruces save for P. abies. So if you noticed someone who just got a new, very tall, attractive Christmas tree, AND it has flattened two-tone needles spruce needles, here is the contact information for DPS.
Apparently all the cool (for-profit) bloggers do holiday gift guides this time of year. At Damn Arbor, we're not in the game for the ca$h money. Nonetheless, I think the Dirty Wolverine is pretty cool. Just in time for the holidays, DW has just launched an online shopping feature. So if you are looking for the perfect gift for a Michigan sports fan, consider checking it out.
In summary: video conference with Ellen, lots of screaming, airs on Monday.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
D.I. Ypsi is this weekend at Corner Brewery. Check out the website to see vendor previews. I think it's great the crafting community in the area is so robust we can support two craft fairs in the same weekend. If you are planning on checking out Tiny Expo on Saturday, you can still go to D.I. Ypsi on Sunday. Or just shoot the moon and go to both on Saturday. Bonus: the Lunch Room will be at D.I. Ypsi serving a "limited but special menu."
Babo is open! The market on the first floor of 411 Lofts is run by Sava from Sava's. I stopped by last night to check things out. The market is really nice: great lighting, attractive displays, delicious looking food.
Babo offers a nice range of produce, high quality meat and cheese, a nice range of basic ingredients, and macarons from the Love Confection. I thought some of the prices were a bit high for some items. Then again, I think there is something to be said for the convenience of being able to buy groceries without having to travel so far.
All things considered, I think Babo is a great addition to downtown Ann Arbor. For more pictures from the opening, check out this Facebook album from the Lunch Room.
Rumors about Ellen's visit to Ann Arbor abound. @a2chronicle speculates she will be here to discuss pertinent municipal government issues. Davis Smith says she will be participating in a Toys for Tots program at Walgreens. Others think she is coming to criticize the City Place development. What will Ellen do in Ann Arbor? Only time will tell.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Governor Rick Snyder
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909
phone: (517) 373-3400
phone: (517) 335-7858 - Constituent Services
I've always held you in high esteem. You are a proud Midwestern state and home to a great public university. Your dedication to cheese and beer is admirable. But seriously, you need to take a step back and look at what you are doing. Which of these states looks like a mitten?
I mean, I know you are a great state for winter recreation. That's totally cool. But here's the thing: the whole "our state looks like a mitten" is kind of Michigan's thing. Some people might not think we have a whole lot going for us, but at the end of the day, our state looks like a mitten, and it's freaking awesome.
I'm not saying you're lame Wisconsin. I can totally understand why you would want to look like a mitten, but face it: you just don't really look like one. I think it would be better for both of us if you just found a different thing to say you looked like.
Via: the Kalamazoo Gazette
Tiny Expo is this Saturday from 10 - 7 at 327 Braun Court. (Say, that address looks real familiar.) Billing itself as "Ann Arbor's biggest little indie arts & craft fair," Tiny Expo is a great place to get locally made gifts for friends, family, or yourself.
Check out Quinn's coverage of last year's Expo.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
By the looks of his Facebook page, Violin Monster is traipsing around the French Quarter down in New Orleans. Don't worry kids, he'll be back in the spring. If you're missing Violin Monster too much, you can check out this recording he uploaded yesterday.
Monday, December 5, 2011
There are some funny comments up on the Com's article about today's bank robbery and subsequent apprehension of said robbery suspect after he fled on an AATA bus. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the robbery of the TCF branch near Briarwood.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Midnight Madness and Kindle Fest are tonight. As the cool kids might say "it's gonna be tots awesome." Here are the deets:
Midnight Madness 2011 - Main Street and surrounding area - 7 pm til midnight
Why you should go:
- 826 Michigan's BotChoir will be Christmas Carols at the top of the hour from 7-10pm
- The Ring of Steel Action Theater and Stunt Troupe will be preforming somewhere. I hear they are staging a recreation of everyone's favorite Finnish feelgood holiday movie: Rare Exports.
- Santa Claus and Miss Washtenaw County will be prowling the sidewalks from 7-9. Miss Washtenaw County folks, who knew?
Third annual Kindle Fest - Kerrytown - 6 pm til 10 pm
Why you should go:
- Brats, sauerkraut and pretzels
- Beer and mulled wine
- A fire pit
- Kerrytown still has their November event calendar posted, so I'm just going to make some guesses based on Kindle Fest 2010
- Wine tasting at Everyday Wines (highlight of last year's Kindle Fest)
- A Children's Choir singing German Christmas Carols
- An Angela Merkel look alike competition
Rothbart: Tell me how "the big break" came about.
Hawthorne: I wanted to make my own samples so I wouldn't have to pay for song clearances. Really, that's how Mayer Hawthorne started. I recorded a couple of half-baked soul tunes in my bedroom that I could use for sampling purposes in our rap songs. They didn't even have a bridge or a last chorus. I never dreamed that stuff would be released on its own.
Check it out. It's definitely worth a read.
Holiday shopping on a budget? Look no farther than the Really Free Market. Organized by U of M student group EnAct, the Really Free Market will be in the Dana Commons today from 12-4. Last year, I found this great Magic Eye book and Humping Dog USB drive. It's a great way to find a home for gently used items you no longer want.