Kalamazoo native and Daily Show correspondent, Jordan Klepper, made a recent trip to the Michigan Daily's news room. Jordan was on a mission to teach the newspaper's budding journalists the tricks of web journalism. You should watch the clip.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
DTE reports that system wide as many as 186,000 customers lost power in the storm, with 85,000 customers still dark as of 9:00 p.m. Monday night. By 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, the outage number was down to 50,000. About 200 Crews from Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin have been called in to help restore power.
At 6:45 a.m., the DTE web pages showed the following outage counts for area zip codes. About 2000 customers are without power in Washtenaw County.
48103 (west side of Ann Arbor): 276
48104 (central and east Ann Arbor): 98
48105 (north Ann Arbor): 817
48108 (south Ann Arbor): 2
48197 (south Ypsilanti): 2
48198 (north Ypsilanti): 175
The biggest outages are in Northfield Township, Barton Hills, north Newport Road, and in Ypsilanti along East Clark Road.
Strong winds, with gusts up to 70 mph, caused more than 1,000 reported power lines to come down. This map courtesy National Weather Service and the Iowa Environmental Mesonet shows the progress of storms.
If you're looking to keep food cold, dry ice is one option. Meijer stores carry dry ice, and in Ann Arbor it's also available from Washtenaw Dairy. Call ahead to make sure it's in stock, and use proper precautions when handling to protect yourself from cold (don't touch it!) and to avoid suffocation.
DTE reminds you to exercise extreme caution and assume that any wire is live. Stay at least 20 feet away from any downed wire and anything it is in contact with. Keep children and pets away. Report power outages, downed lines or other power problems using the DTE mobile application or website, online at dteenergy.com, or call DTE Energy at 800.477.4747 to report power outages or downed lines.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Ravens Club is running a special promotion today. If you order 1 of 6 different meat (beast) based entrees, you can then order 1 or 6 different cocktails for just $6.
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.Clearly Revelation 13:18 was written to inform readers of a future where they could order discounted craft cocktails paired with meaty entrees. Gentle readers, that future has arrived.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Nerd Nite is tonight at Live. Thanks to the AADL, the event will also be FREE. It looks pretty great. I think Moritz Niendorf's presentation on optimizing errands sounds especially exciting. Does it get much better than a German telling you how to be more efficient?
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I recently had a 1986 gray Miyata 310 racing bike with red taped handle bars stolen off of my porch. I contacted the Ann Arbor police and was told that bike theft has been rampant in the last few weeks. They suspect a bike ring has been going around stealing bikes and then disassembling them to sell the parts. Just thought this might be a good place to give people a heads up. If anyone has seen anything suspicious, let the police know.Gentle readers, make sure you lock your bike with a sturdy U-lock.
Monday, July 21, 2014
If you live in Ypsilanti and plan on voting on in the upcoming mayoral primary. Make sure to check out tonight's debate at the Ypsilanti District Library's Michigan Ave. branch. The three candidates who are vying for the Democratic nomination will be sharing their views about the future of our city.
The final meeting agenda (plus or minus a few last minute changes) is printed on Friday at City Hall for Monday's Ann Arbor City Council (#a2council) meeting of 21 July 2014. It's a 10 page agenda. Here are the highlights. A long form preview of the agenda for tonight's meeting has also been published by the Ann Arbor Chronicle.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Does anybody know where I can buy an Emperor Scorpion in or around Ann Arbor?This is by far, the best response:
There's a guy named Quick Rick in the parking lot of the Meijer on Carpenter most days. He repairs screen doors and windows out of the back of his truck, but he's also been known to deal in exotic pets. Just don't make any sudden moves, and don't ask about his politics.Who knew you could just buy exotic pets in the Meijer parking lot? What a great world we live in.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
2014-07-16 19:56:15 -0400 Power is back. UPS running on mains.
2014-07-16 19:55:10 -0400 Power is back. UPS running on mains.
2014-07-16 19:55:49 -0400 Power failure.
2014-07-16 19:55:51 -0400 Power is back. UPS running on mains.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
The City of Ann Arbor has published its FOIA log for 2014. The file is updated monthly. It includes a list of the FOIA requests received by the city for the current calendar year, with the ID of the request, the name of the requester, the subject of the request, and its result (approved or denied). Requests that are still pending are marked in green.
This is a substantial improvement for FOIA followers in the city, as previous to this it was necessary to FOIA the FOIA log to get a copy.
The current system has a copy of the FOIA log using a file name that doesn't look like it will still be the same file once 2015 rolls around, so the best way to get to this file is through the Ann Arbor City Clerk
FOIA page. If you want to be notified when this page changes, a straightforward tool to do this is with the site ChangeDetection.com.
If you find a FOIA request that's of interest, it's easy and cheap to request it. Simply ask the clerk for "a copy of the FOIA request and response 14-082", and you'll generally get it in the minimum time for typical requests. Since the record has already been paid for, you can also get it generally for free.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
I visit you school as exchange student. We dance at Yule Ball. - m4w (Ann Arbor)
You teach me to say your name with proper (Hermioninny! I remember!) You say I best at Quidditch. I show you my wand in shrieking shack and you compliment it for size and heft. you say like oak and dragon heart string).
Then we lose touch.
Viktor never forget you. Please if you see this send owl right away.
Friday, July 4, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Gentle reader, are you looking to celebrate some independence this long weekend? No matter where you are, you can find the closest fireworks display in Michigan over at MichiganFireworks.com. In terms of fireworks displays in Washtenaw County, tonight there are displays at Hudson Mills Metropark and in Manchester. EJ and I are quite fond of the Whitmore Lake fireworks display. It will be tomorrow night and I'd recommend bringing a blanket and finding a nice spot on the southwest side of the lake. Protip: after the fireworks display at Whitmore Lake, traffic getting on US 23 will be terrible. You can avoid all the traffic if you start driving south back to Ann Arbor on Whitmore Lake Road. There are also nice, unofficial fireworks displays in some neighborhood parks in the city.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
|They'd make a scary halloween costume|