The picture basically says it all. There is more info and a schedule of events here.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The Washtenaw Regional Organizing Coalition has just released When We Catch the Ride. It's sung over Pompeii by Bastille. At first, I wasn't a fan, but there is something about the vocalist's resonant baritone that I find strangely soothing. Now I can't stop watching the video. Gentle readers, are there pro or anti millage campaign videos I should know about?
Monday, April 28, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Gentle readers, remember last December when our friends at JSTORSupport were giving away free beverages? Here are the details:
Anyone who is a student, faculty member or staff at U of M can Tweet their favorite JSTOR article to @JSTORSupport and they will bring you a coffee/tea/hot chocolate/lemonade/smoothie/whatevah.
They need to be in Ann Arbor, but don't have to be on campus.
This is happening today, and then Monday through Wednesday of next week from 8:30 am until til 5:00 pm.
You have to be one of the first two people to tweet @JSTORSupport each day to get the free beverage.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Gentle readers, as you know I am a big fan of naming neighborhoods. SouthTown, according to this new website, is the area north of Eisenhower and bounded by State and Packard. It contains the previously recognized Lower Burns Park Neighborhood. Also, from the SouthTown website:
SouthTown is a self recognized community.
The weaving thread that runs through SouthTown is a speckle of satire, and a shtickel of mirth.
The essence of this community can be communicated as a unique collective. A place to visit. A walkable neighborhood of homes and small, independent, locally owned businesses.
SouthTown is a space for commerce, arts, positive gatherings and ecologically regenerative development.
I applaud the naming of the SouthTown area, but it seems rather and heterogeneous. Perhaps folks will come up with names for the different regions of SouthTown. Current residents (and foremer) of the area, do you have thoughts on SouthTown and/or its microhoods?
H/T: Mary Morgan
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
HOW DOES IT WORK? Download the Uber app and enter the code A2LAUNCH. Already Uber? The code works for you too! Text* A2LAUNCH to 827-222
To request a ride, toggle the slider at the bottom of your Uber app to choose uberX or BLACK. Within minutes, you’ll get a curbside pickup from your own private driver
Each rider will be eligible for 10 FREE Uber rides! (Up to $25 per ride)
FREE rides only available in Ann Arbor and end May 4 at 11:59 p.m.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Slurping Turtle is headed by mini-celebrity Chef Takashi Yagihashi and has won rave reviews for their Chicago location. Tomukun Korean BBQ is the add-on to the popular and delicious Tomukun Noodle Bar, offering communal dining.
My fearless culinary prediction: both locations will do great business and find themselves regularly busy for years to come. Tomukun has the toughest test of the bunch, having to overcome the haunted location (RIP @Burger, RIP Grand Traverse Pie Company) but those guys are smart.
Hooray for food!
The study says the sweet spot for hooking youngsters is age 8-12. Win a championship during those ages and boys are up to 8% more likely to become lifelong fans. But what of the inverse? What if the team your dad and uncles and maybe older brothers follow when you’re eight years-old sucks?
THE FUTURE OF MICHIGAN FOOTBALL FANDOM
Totally Awesome Fest 2014 started yesterday with an Ypsilanti-wide Easter Egg Hunt. Here's some of what's coming up later this week. Via MarkMaynard.Com:
MONDAY, APRIL 21
Ypsilanti District Library – Michigan Ave. Branch (229 W. Michigan Ave.):
9:00 p.m. Ypsilanti Library-To-Library Walking Tour w/ host Mark Maynard Poetry Eating Contest & Pie Reading Competition to follow at Water Street Commons Library
TUESDAY, APRIL 22
Electric Waterfall Castle (308 Washtenaw Ave.):
Doors at 9:00 p.m. 10:00 – 11:00 p.m. “Taco Tuesday Noize Nite”: one hour of simultaneous performances in each room of the venue (with snacks TBA) featuring Andara, Chemical Valley, Croidoid, DJ Homonormal Park, JAV, Magic Markers, MC Trashpedal, Ooze Dude, Princess Xanthipe, Thom Elliott, and more!
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23
Voss Acres (4847 Merritt Rd.):
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Outdoor Film and Pizza Pajama Party. Local films including “Telepathic Telephones“, Totally Awesome Fest 10: Totally Awesome Week Press Conference (Extended Director’s Cut)”, and “Surprise in the Woods” will be shown and free pizza from Voss’s Zas will be served.
THURSDAY, APRIL 24
The Ugly Mug Cafe (317 W. Cross St.):
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Totally Awesome Patio Party
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
A new delivery service is coming to town. DrinkDrivers is for the lazier, alcohol-inclined person in all of us. If you get easily annoyed by the bar scene, or anxiety going into the same liquor store that called your bluff at 19, then this is for you. DrinkDrivers works as a website, or an iPhone app. Their FAQ stresses that these are legal dealings, and every driver can recognize a fake. Download it, and try it out.
Tonight, senior art students are holding receptions for their cumulative thesis work. Art will be displayed at the state street Work gallery, the Art and Design building on north campus, and at off-site galleries like the Yellow Barn. Check out snippets of students work here, and make it to the galleries between six and nine tonight to meet student artists. Tomorrow there will be another reception at 325 Braun Ct, for an exhibition titled Womyn.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Yesterday, @Uber_AnnArbor followed us on the Twitter. If you're interested in disrupting things, you can sign up to be a driver here. I think I remember seeing that Lyft was coming to the area too, but my 15 seconds of googling didn't turn up what I had hoped.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Ann Arbor's 2014 Community & Urban Forest Management Plan is out! At 135 pages, it's definitely worth a read. Highlights include the annual value of Ann Arbor's urban forest (see above) and the usage of scientific names.
Via: Ann Arbor Chronicle
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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.
This missed connection pretty much speaks for itself:
furry seeking furry friend on Ypsi !! - m4w (Woodruffs)The best part is where he describes his hair as: "I'm a raccoon."
I will be waiting outside Woodruffs for you! Meet in full dress and let's hang ten!!! Yeah
Monday, April 14, 2014
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
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.
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
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
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
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!
Some folks have noticed that some Anti-Transit Millage signs have sprouted up at the Old Y Lot that Dennis Dahlmann just purchased. Why would Ann Arbor's premier downtown hotel owner oppose the expansion of the AAATA's bus service? Honestly, I do not know. What I do know is that if the millage passes, it will cost Mr. Dahlmann and his various businesses in the AAATA area a good deal more in annual property taxes. Mr. Dahlmann (1) owns 18 properties in Washtenaw County. 16 of the properties are within the AAATA Millage Area: one, the old Ypsilanti Train Depot is in the City of Ypsilanti and the remaining 15 in the City of Ann Arbor. Those properties have a combined assessed value of about $22 million (2) and a taxable value capped at just under $17.3 million (3). This means that if the transit millage passes, Mr. Dahlmann's taxes will go up about $12,000 per year. Now, that might not seem a lot for someone who owns nearly $25 million of property in the county. However, if we calculate the net present value of the future cost of $12,000 per year over a 15 year time horizon using a discount rate of 4% (4), we get $139,000. So from Mr. Dahlmann's point of view it may be worth it to spend up to 139k to defeat the Transit Millage. Then again, Mr. Dahlmann may not be acting selfishly, perhaps he wants to save us from an expansion of public transit and all the convenience it brings. Nobody really knows except for Mr. Dahlmann (5).
Photo via: @ryanjstanton
(1) And his various corporations: Dahlmann Florida Corporation, Dahlmann Apartments Ltd, Dahlmann Liberty, LLC.
(2) Assessed and taxable value were calculated from County records. I used MapWashtenaw to search for "Dahlmann" in order to identify parcels owned by Mr. Dahlman and his various corporations.
(3) For the purpose of these calculations the assessed and taxable value of the recently purchased Y Lot was assumed to be 1/2 the purchase price of $5.25 million.
(4) I used this web-based annuity calculator for all the hard math. (5) In all fairness, I don't know if Mr. Dahlmann placed the signs on his property. The signs could have been put on the old Y Lot by someone else.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
If you're unfamiliar with Take Back the Night, all you basically need to know is 1) all Justin Timberlake's people needed to do is Google the damn thing to realize how awk his song was gonna sound and 2) it's a march/rally/protest against rape and other forms of sexual assault. I know, I know, sounds like a downer, but it's more like a battle cry, and everyone ends up all smiley and happy and huggy, plus consent.
Here's what's going on this year:
- Outgoing Mayor John Hieftje will be speaking
- The MC is Beth from the S3 Safe Sex Store
- Author and survivor Samantha Soward will be there to speak and basically be as inspiring as the sun FINALLY being here
- Detroit's Ashley Franso will be a-singin'
- Detroit Tap Repertory (which includes EJ and myself) will be a-tappin'
The silver maples (Acer saccharinum) are starting to bloom. These wind pollinated flowers are born in tiny clusters at the ends of branches.
Like most wind pollinated tree species, the silver maple deploys its flowers before it leafs out in the spring. This is so that the trees canopy does not interfere with optimal pollen spreading. Also, like many wind pollinated flowers, these ones are not particularly showy. What they lack in showiness, the make up for in audacity. The pompom like appearance of these flowers comes from the fact that they are literally just dangling their male-bits (stamen) in the wind. Again, this helps them spread their pollen farther.
Silver maple is a fast growing tree native to river floodplains. Its seedlings require nearly full sunlight. It flowers so early in the season so that it can quickly grow and disperse its seeds before the canopy closes.
For those of you keeping track, last year I posted about silver maples blooming on April 1st. Though, based on those pictures, the flowers were a little farther along at that point.