Saw this at Circus over the weekend. Is this taking advertising too far? A colleague of mine says it's a useful way to provide reading material to folks in the restroom. I'm not so sure.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Do you like short horror films? Personally, I can't handle scary movies--overactive imagination. But if you do like short horror flicks, you should totally check out Three Corpse Circus tomorrow at the Michigan Theater. Check out the trailer below. Watch out though, it's a little NSFW:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Lotsa changes for the journalists in Ann Arbor with The Com going the way of the dinosaur and MLive and The Ann Arbor News doing... whatever it is that they're doing. Now it appears that they're leaving the 301 East Liberty Street location they've been in ever since The Ann Arbor News originally bit it. They're moving into the 111 North Ashley building, which is that seemingly stranded condo complex a block up Huron from the Relaxation Station.
My guess would be that this is rent-related, since Herb David left and Seva will be leaving that block for that reason exactly. Whatever the reason, I'm not sure how I'll give directions in that area now that it's no longer "the AnnArbor.com building."
P.S. I'm fully aware that those aren't the actual lyrics to "Rose's Turn," but that's what I thought they were until today and I can't not put up that gif of Buster.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Ann Arbor's Yellow Barn is looking for a webmaster/social media wrangler/publicist. In exchange for your work, you'll get a free Yellow Card. The card entitles you to free admission to concerts at the barn and half off classes. Pretty sweet. If you're interested, you can contact the Yellow Barn here.
The Com has been dead for nearly two weeks now. I never thought I'd say it, but I do miss the old rag just a little. Seems like the biggest change with the switch to the Ann Arbor News has been a sharp drop in the number of comments on articles. Sure, a good portion of the comments on the Com were problematic. So from one point of view, this could be seen as a benefit to switching platforms. On the other hand, much of the strength of online publications comes from the online communities that grow around them. Even if the Com's community could be overly negative and tended towards hating students and cyclists, the website did manage to create a sense of place. The Ann Arbor News section of MLive.com feels a little empty in comparison.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
This blog will concentrate on political topics for our local Ann Arbor area and occasionally for state and federal issues. The main purpose of the blog is for people to have a place to go to read the truth. It will correct any misinformation that is purposely propagated by others so that readers can know the full story. I will supply references whenever possible to back up specific points that I make in my posts.I have some misgivings about anonymous political blogs. That said, I can understand the urge to make your voice heard if you feel like it's often overlooked in the public discourse. So far, Middle of the Left seems to have focused mainly on calling out the "teapublicans" on Ann Arbor's city council. At the very least, this could make city politics a little more interesting.
There will be no comments allowed on the blog posts. I find that the comments take away from the main point of the article and do not add anything to the discussion (most of the time). Maybe I will change that in the future, but for now the comments will be closed.
Currently, there is a lot of ridiculousness that is being passed off as policy making at our city council meetings. For those of us that pay attention to these things, it is incomprehensible how this happens week after week. This blog hopefully will show the elected officials exactly how their ideas appear to the public.
Monday, September 23, 2013
All in all, pretty accurate. Make sure you check out the whole article to see Mark Maynard's doppelgänger.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
ABC's annual Oktoberfest Block Party is tonight and tomorrow. Do you like beer and polka? If you do (and why wouldn't you?) you should totally check it out. If you're lucky, you can see Matt and Renee wearing lederhosen and dirndl, respectively. And if you come on Saturday night, gentle reader, I'll even save a dance for you.
I'm not even kidding. While getting my bangs trimmed yesterday, I found out that Above Ground Hair Studio is not, in fact, moving into the space where the Pink Pump used to be on Liberty. Instead, they're closing, with all the employees scattering about.
Turns out the HVAC system in their new space didn't meet the standards required for a hair salon. Things aren't going down until the end of October, but still - curly-haired folks, get thee to Cookie ASAP, or call and find out where your favorite stylists are heading.
It's a sad day for curly hair, y'all.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Damn, that's some tasteful side butt there brah. For more on the story, we turn to WZZM 13, Grand Rapid's news leader.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I was shocked to see that the Ypsilanti Food Co-op was already stocking winter seasonal beers. Technically, it's not even autumn yet. Maybe it's the cool weather we've been having, or maybe I'm just a sucker for rich malty beers with a hint of spice. Whatever the reason, I ended up going for a 4-pack of Four Elf. It's a pretty darn good--thick, and malty with notes of nutmeg, clove, and allspice. At around 9% ABV, this beer will warm you up on a chilly night. If you're not a fan of full bodied beers, or abide by the Reinheitsgebot, this beer may not be your favorite. That said, I think Dark Horse really hit the ball out of the park with Four Elf.
Anna Clark, has an interesting article out in the Columbia Journalism Review looking at the state of local reporting in Ann Arbor in light of the shuttering of AnnArbor.com. What’s next in Ann Arbor?, does a great job putting the whole Ann Arbor News to AnnArbor.com back to
AnnArbor.News Ann Arbor News, into perspective both locally and as it reflects a national trend of reorganizing newspapers to "better focus on online content." Least we forget, Advance Publications has been touting the virtues of the "Michigan Model" as it rolls back print papers in other cities.
The article interviews several Ann Arborites and asks them where they get their news now. The gist is this: it's too bad the main news source in town is continuing to decline in quality. Nevertheless, we're quite fortunate to have other resources like The Ann Arbor Chronicle, The Michigan Daily, @vielmetti and ArborWiki, and @juliewbee, to name a few of the people who are contributing to local journalism. Damn Arbor even get's a mention by the Daily's online news editor, Austen Hufford:
...there are also a number of small independent news sites to fill in the gaps: Everything from the Ann Arbor Chronicle for city government coverage to Damn Arbor for its funny commentary.
Monday, September 16, 2013
St. Vladimir's Russian Orthodox Church is hosting their annual Russian Festival this weekend. With borsch, a bounce house, and vodka infusion competition, it's hard to see how you could go wrong at the Russian Festival. In all seriousness, the festival looks pretty cool and has stuff to offer everyone: puppet shows, folk dancing, Russian Food. I assume it'll all be pretty legit. Just check out the directions from the church's website:
Воспользуйтесь выездом 167 (Exit 167 Baker Rd.) с шоссе I-94: (к западу от Анн Арбор), затем поезжайте на юг до Jackson Rd., поверните направо на Jackson Rd и поезжайте на запад. Храм находится справа от дороги примерно в 3 милях от поворота.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Posted: 2013-09-10, 12:37AM EDTThe Missed Connections are getting a lot better now that the students are back.
To the sorority girl who looked at me like I looked like The Elephant Man - m4w (Ann arbor)
I think we have something special. We should hook up! I know that look of disgust was really true love.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Nerd nite a2 - w4m (Live A2)Nerdy love is in the air.
I just wanted to give a shout out to the young guy who acknowledged me with a smile at the bar. When it was your turn to order, you made your selection and so organically turned to me and asked me what I was having.
It was smooth. Smooth in a way only a guy doing that for perhaps the first time in his life can be.
I was honored. You were adorable.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Q. I heard that...
A. Anything you heard is likely 99.9% false.
Chicago based hip-hop artist, Rhymefest, will be speaking at Rackham on Wednesday September 8th. From the Facebook Event Page:
“Bars Against Bars: Hip Hop For Change” will address the relationship between Hip Hop culture and the prison industrial complex. Hip Hop often takes the blame for many societal ills, but Hip Hop is not the problem. It is a symptom of much larger injustices. Rhymefest will call attention to these issues and highlight ways to affect change.Should be pretty cool.
Check out this super old map of Michigan. It's taken from A New Map of North AMERICA According to the Newest Observations by Herman Moll from 1741. I like that Lake Superior is just called "Upper Lake." This map curiously leaves out the Great Michigan Plateau, a prominent feature found in some maps of the region that were made in the early 1800s.
Map from the Glen McLaughlin Map Collection at Stanford.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The gnome pictured above has gone missing from Northwood V. Via Ann Arbor'sCraigslist:
MISSING: Badass Garden Gnome w/Ax (Northwood V)Seriously, if you stole this gnome, you should return him.
Description: all black/grey, bearing an ax for chopping down the tinniest trees in Ann Arbor, seen here protecting owner's home in the middle of Winter.
Last seen on doorstep of owner's home in Northwood V.
If you've seen this badass garden gnome, then please email.
If you're the one who pilfered this badass garden gnome, 1) beware of his ax-chopping skills and 2) return him in the dead of night and no one will be the wiser. You stole a grandpa's gift to his grandkid, you thief. Have some self-respect.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Girl Looking For U of M Guy - w4m - 19 (Ann Arbor)Wow.
I am looking for a university(sic) of Michigan guy who knows girls from the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. I am in KKG and want to get some dirt on some of my sorority sisters in case I ever need to use it against them. If I am satisfied with the information you give me maybe we can meet up for some fun!
While at Dally in the Alley on Saturday, this copper plated bike caught my attention. It's a special edition of the Detroit Bicycle Company's Madison Street. On one hand, it looks pretty hard to ride with that huge cog in the front. On the other, it's a really sexy looking bike.
Monday, September 9, 2013
|Photo From SportingNews|
At first the public believed that this Michigan fan was taunting her but, in a letter posted on Deadspin, it seems that he is aiming for vindication. Lizzy Seeberg was threatened post assault by another member of the team and the investigation into her assault was not started until after her death. This injustice is what brings the author to write:
Which, after all of that, brings me to the topic of the day - that HI LIZZY SEEBERG sign on College Gameday. In short, it was done to show that she isn't forgotten, and that people do know and care about her story. Even if her school refuses to acknowledge it, there are some people out there who do.Much of what else he writes past this point seems to be toting the great morality of Michigan and our Football. I see great hypocrisy in this, and think that without recognizing our faults, we can't grow past rape culture any more than Notre Dame can. Administrators at George Washington University are moving in the right direction by recognizing statistics and implementing sexual assault education for athletes. Something similar, like an expansion of SAPAC, would be a good use of Ross's recently donated money.
I'm pretty excited for Lite Bike, the Critical Mass-lite* bike ride that's coming up on the evening of Sunday the 15th. The event begins at ABC at 7pm. From there, riders will make a short loop of the city, and return to a Beer Garden that will magically appear in front of ABC.
*pardon the pun, but I couldn't resist.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Gentle readers, did you know you can grow kiwis in Michigan? I didn't. Anyway, someone in Pittsfield Township is trying to get rid of their kiwi plants via Craigslist:
Mature LARGE KIWI VINE & smaller vine to Pollinate with. These produce smaller type kiwis with edible skin in MI . They need a lot of sun and are taking up too much space in my garden. I didn't know you needed another to pollinate the female till 2 summers ago. This is the first year it got blossoms to produce fruit but didn't have enough sun to grow.
This is a good time to transplant. You must come and dig them out. Photo of the root area on the large female.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
...by popular demand the panel “Cherchez la Femme” will feature writers Bonnie Jo Campbell, (“Once Upon a River”); Natalie Bakopoulos (“The Green Shore”); and poets Susan Ramsey (“A Mind Like This”) and Lolita Hernandez (“Quiet Battles”) discussing the women’s point of view in writing.There will also be panel discussions on Detroit Music, the auto industry and Detroit's rise and fall. It should be a great time. Hopefully we will see you there this Sunday.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Oh HamNo, why are you so angry? That said, I have never really been under the impression that the Ross School or the Athletic Department have been want for cash. I mean, it's definitely nice that Stephen M. Ross donated the $200 million to Michigan. Still, wouldn't it be nice to see the same amount of money going to fund scholarships for under-represented students, lower tuition, or even just to the endowment?
HomeGrown Fest, the annual celebration of local food, is this Saturday at the Farmers Market. At this point, it looks like they might be a few volunteers short. If you think you'd like to volunteer there, you can signup on this Google Doc.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Sorry to be getting this to you so late, gentle readers. If you're looking for something to do in the greater Ypsi-Arbor area this evening perhaps you'll consider checking out The Saturday Giant at Woodruff's. Hot off his first Daytrotter session, The Saturday Giant is touring from Columbus, but we wont hold that against him. Doors are at 9, music starts at 10 and cover is $5. Other acts include, Tauk, Live Antics, and the Howling Loud.
The Com emerged in 2009 [ed: for those of you who enjoyed the jellyfish metaphor above, The Com, could be considered analogous to the T. nutricula's medusa, or sexually mature, phase] from the closure of The Ann Arbor News. To me, it always seemed stupid to switch from the Ann Arbor News to AnnArbor.com; the name of a newspaper with a 174 year print run has to have some intrinsic value. Also, the idea of a print edition of a website has always seemed, well dumb. So I'm glad to see the Ann Arbor News name coming back. That said, over the past four years, AnnArbor.com has also developed some value. And it appears as if the new
AnnArbor.news Ann Arbor News [ed: polyp stage] will be dropping the site, AnnArbor.com, as it fully integrated with MLive.com. Personally, it seems a little short sighted to get rid of the AnnArbor.com domain. Why not just have AnnArbor.com contain the Ann Arbor News' content using MLive.com's servers and formatting?
The upswing of all this is that you will no longer be forced to watch in horror as unordered print editions of a website continue to pile up in your lawn. Yeah, I'm looking at you @trevorstaples. Instead, you can watch in delight as unordered newspapers pile up in your lawn. Newspapers, they are so olde timey and quaint--such a throwback to 2009.
On The Com's Letter to Readers, lots of folks were posting comments that 1) predicted an impending downsizing of local reporting staff, 2) wishing the local reporters good luck and praising their accomplishments and 3) complaining that MLive.com looks terrible. These all seem to be valid points that add to the depth of the story. Unfortunately, commenting was disabled and the comments have now been lost to the aether. I guess MLive didn't want people saying bad things about it. Seems like they should have probably anticipated some negative comments. Deleting comments en masse that adhere to commenting guidelines seems pretty tacky.
The comments are back.
The Diag was the scene of a pro-mutant protest in the latest issue of Uncanny X-Men (#10). You can read a summary of the issue here, incase your're not up to date on the Marvel Universe. It's nice to know that even in fictional worlds, the U of M is still a hotbed of liberal politics.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
|This is not a delta kite. It is however, in the public domain.|
I lost my 6' delta kite. It's slightly sun faded orange, yellow, green, blue and purple with rainbow tails. It's possibly in a tree somewhere. I was at Forsythe school off of Newport Rd. on the NW side of town. When I had about 1500 ft of string out, the line snapped. Wind is blowing SE at 10-15 mph. I don't know how far it could've gone before it landed, but it would've passed over the Water Hill neighborhood, possibly going as far as Kerrytown, downtown or campus. I've had the kite for 10+ years and it flies well. I'm curious if someone finds it, and where, and if they'll get it back to me. My contact info is on the tag, or PM me.If you have any information, contact JubalLately.
Tickets for "String Up the Moon" are still available at the PuppetART Theater from September 5-8; at Michigan Legacy Art Park on September 14; at the Jam Handy at the Detroit Design Festival September 20 and 21, with a special performance with a Russian tea afterparty September 21.
DAMN ARBOR: Welcome back to Michigan! We’re excited to see you guys back in action together and performing at so many venues around the state. First things first: we want to know what you’ve been up to since we last saw you in The Mute Quire with The New Theater Project last summer. You were both off to adventures abroad, if we remember correctly. What have you been working on?
JIM MANGANELLO: I've been at a theater school called Lassaad in Brussels. But I think of it more as a samurai studio. Our teacher, Lassaâd Saïdi, gives us impossible problems and we try to solve them theatrically. We nearly always fail.
DA: Jim, can you give us an example of a problem you would be asked to solve theatrically? We can’t even begin to imagine what that would look like.
JM: We’re asked to be a lot of things that don’t have legs and arms. Natural things, musical things.
DA: We'll have to see an example in person. Another great reason see the show! Paul, what have you been up to?
PAUL MANGANELLO: I was in Switzerland all year at Scuola Teatro Dimitri. The school comes from a circus tradition, so I was doing acrobatics, mime, and theater projects with classmates from around the globe.
DA: What are you going to take away from your study overseas? Any moments that stand out in your mind?
Arbor Brewing Company's new fall seasonal, Violin Monster Autumn Ale, is being released this evening. It's a strong, spiced, dark wheat beer fermented with a hefeweizen yeast. You can read more about the ABC/Violin Monster collaboration and the upcoming short documentary about the beer on Eclectablog Though I can hardly believe it's time for autumn ales already, I am excited to try this beer. What can I say, I'm a sucker for fall seasonals.