Thursday, January 11, 2018

Nerd Nite 51 tonight

The first A2 Nerd Nite of 2018 is tonight. It will feature a very timely presentation by Stephanie Hamilton about the smaller objects in our solar system. There will also be talks about animals that eat their own poo and excitable media. Nerd Nite is at Live. Doors are at 6:30 and presentations start at 7. There is no cover thanks to AADL.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Ypsilanti City Council Preview for Jan. 9th, 2018

Today is the first Ypsilanti City Council Meeting of 2018. Here are the agenda and the meeting packet. The agenda is pretty light. There are no public hearings or first readings. There are two second readings on the consent agenda. One would amend the city's rules regarding purchases. The other would clean up the city's residential tax exemptions. I covered briefly last month. There are also three resolutions extending Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act tax exemptions, or OPRAs. It looks like the meeting will probably be pretty short.

Remember you to check the YpsiLive Facebook Group for a live stream of tonight's meeting.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Ann Arbor City Council Preview for Jan. 8, 2018

Tonight is the first #a2council meeting of 2018. You can check out the agenda here. The council seems to be easing into the new year with a light agenda. There is just one public hearing. It's on a new Ethics Ordinance. The ordinance would govern the removal of council members. Other interesting items include two resignations from city boards. Heather Lewis is resigning from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Will Leaf is resigning as a Housing and Human Services Advisory Board Member. Other than that, the agenda is pretty light. There aren't even consent agenda items at this point.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ypsi Now Unconference this Saturday at Riverside Arts Center

Noted local puppeteer, Mark Maynard, is hosting an unconference to discuss the future of Ypsilanti at the Riverside Arts Center this Saturday at 4:00 pm. If you've never been to an unconference you're in for something new. Instead of having the agenda controlled by conference organizers, at an unconference, attendees get to shape the the event's discourse. So if you're interested in issues Ypsilanti, you should check out this event. Here's a quick interview I did this morning with Mark about the unconference:

Damn Arbor: Who should come to the unconference?

Mark Maynard: Some unconferences are private affairs. We chose to open this one up to the public. Maybe we'll regret it. Who knows? I've lived here for the better part of a quarter century now, though, and I'm always amazed by the new people I meet, and the cool and interesting things they're doing. So why not open up the doors and see what happens, right? Someone new could walk in that the other organizers and I have never met before, and she could have more energy and vision than the rest of us put together. Like anything, it's a leap of faith, but this community constantly surprises me in a positive way when I try stuff like this.

DA: What topics will be discussed at the unconference?

MM: You never know until you get there, as all the ideas come from the folks who show up. I think, however, there will likely be 12 different discussions taking place over the course of the 3 hours. Assuming people want to have one of the discussions be about how we share news as a community, I intend to suggest that as one potential topic.

DA: Can people from Ann Arbor come to the Ypsilanti Unconference?

MM: We don't intend to keep anyone our, or check IDs at the door. So, yeah, I guess anyone can come. I think folks will get the most value out of it, however, if they have an interest in Ypsi, like if they don't live here, but they go to college at EMU, work in town, own a business here, etc. But, yeah, I think anyone can come.

If you'd like more information about the unconference, check out Mark's article about it, or the Facebook page for the event.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Check out the AADL's new website


Gentle reader, the Ann Arbor District Library has a brand new website. It's the first redesign of the website since the last version launched in 2005. If you want to see what the AADL website looked like before 2005, check out the image below. There is a lot of new stuff to check out on the website. Avid book lovers will love that they can now freeze and unfreeze their requests. With this you will be able to keep your requests from moving forward if you have so many books checked out that you can't check out, or if you're going on vacation. There's also AAMPS, the Ann Arbor Music and Performance Server. It will allow you to stream music from local artists.

Other features include bookable rooms, and as a special New Year's treat, the AADL has waved all outstanding late fees.

The original AADL website, prior to the launch of the 2005 edition.