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Tuesday, March 30, 2004


CHUD - Cinematic Happenings Under Development:100 MOVIES THAT DESERVE MORE LOVE:

Friday, March 26, 2004

Bad behavior on the agenda: "In Warren, it has not been unusual for council members to clip their nails, eat potato chips, read the newspaper or tap their pencils loudly when a colleague they didn't support was speaking.
At one point during the last year, a third of the council was under federal indictment, which led to frequent name-calling and backstabbing.
In January, Councilman Michael Wiecek called Warren Mayor Mark Steenbergh a drunk and offered to help pay for alcohol abuse counseling.
This week, Wiecek proposed a motion to jail the mayor for ignoring a council edict to keep the city pool and a recreation center open. The measure failed. "

Thursday, March 25, 2004


The Jam: The Larry Graham & Graham Central Station Anthology - liners: "Larry Graham, Jr., is one of the least known yet most recognizable artists of modern music. As the bass player for Sly & The Family Stone in the '60s and '70s, bandleader of Graham Central Station in the '70s, and top-selling solo singer in the '80s, he is a living legend several times over. And into the 21st century, his work continues to be as innovative and surprising as it was in the 1960s. " [ One of my heros - Barry ]


Yahoo! News - Technology Photos - AFP: "A Japanese company unveiled a 3.5-metre (11.55-foot) tall robot that can forage its way through a heap of debris as a trailblazer for rescue workers following a disaster such as an earthquake" [via diepunyhumans ]

Council rivals get in uproar: "The two women have been combatants since McPhail joined the council in 2002. But Wednesday's exchange escalated to the point that two security officers stepped between the council members to break up the verbal volley.
'Please be quiet,' Everett told McPhail. She was chairing Wednesday's council session and was upset that McPhail kept interrupting her. 'Please don't tell me what to do,' Everett said.
'You're not doing it, so somebody's got to tell you what to do,' McPhail responded. "

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide

ALA | 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Wired News: Supremes Weigh In on ID Debate: "'The government could require name tags, color codes,' Hiibel's lawyer, Robert Dolan, told the court.

At the heart of the case is an intersection of the Fourth Amendment, which protects people from unreasonable searches, and the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Hiibel claims both of those rights were violated.

Justice Antonin Scalia, however, expressed doubts. He said officers faced with suspicious people need authority to get the facts.

'I cannot imagine any responsible citizen would have objected to giving the name,' Scalia said.

Justices are revisiting their 1968 decision that said police may briefly detain someone on reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing, without the stronger standard of probable cause, to get more information. Nevada argues that during such brief detentions, known as Terry stops after the 1968 ruling, people should be required to answer questions about their identities. "

DESIREE COOPER: Channel 56 is on a roller-coaster ride in search for home: "The problem, he said, has been his emphasis on finding a private development partner.
'We've learned that collaborations with a for-profit entity are hard,' Antoniotti said. 'We're not in a position to hand over $15 million in 90 days. If that's what a private developer needs, then we can't be part of that development. It's not that we don't have the money; we just can't deliver it on their time schedule.' "

Monday, March 22, 2004

Oral Disco

"Get dazzling teeth without spending a fortune at the dentist. There's a party starting in your mouth! "[ via diepunyhumans ]

BRIAN DICKERSON: Court race turning into ho-hum affair: "The nonpartisan charade
Though nominally nonpartisan, candidates for the state's highest court are nominated by the major parties and tend, once elected, to favor interests and constituencies important to those parties.
Since assuming working control of Michigan's judiciary in 1999, the current Republican majority has dramatically restricted plaintiffs access to the courts and upheld controversial legislation designed to reduce the exposure of insurance companies, negligent manufacturers and other deep-pocket defendants. "

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Jesus Plus Nothing ( "Originally from Harper's Magazine, March 2003. By Jeffrey Sharlet. "


Saturday, March 20, 2004



sciart seeks to support arts projects informed by biomedical science

Collaborations between art and science is a buoyant field of activity. Visual art, music, digital media, film, creative writing and the performing arts provide fresh and exciting ways of interacting with scientific research, intriguing and captivating spectators and engaging a wide range of audiences in scientific issues. In turn, science - with its vivid history, complex contemporary advances and the social, ethical and emotional implications - offers an inexhaustible supply of inspiration for the arts. "

Friday, March 19, 2004




Thursday, March 18, 2004

DL Research: A Conceptual Framework: David Levy - Information and the Quality of Life: "Falling behind is a middle-class anxiety that is tied to a value judgement; a fear of becoming a 'bad person.' "

Monday, March 15, 2004


Belle Isle History: "In 1752, the French governor granted title to the island to M. Douville Dequinder. By 1760, the British had gained possession of Detroit and King George III, in 1768, gave George Mcdougall permission to live on the island as long as Detroit was maintained as a strategic military post. Lt. Mcdougall purchased the Island from the Chippewa and Ottawa Indians for five barrelsof rum, three rolls of tobacco, three pounds of red paint and a belt of wampum. In 1793, Mcdougall's heirs sold Belle Isle to William Macomb for 1600 English pounds.
Then in 1817,Macomb's sons sold the island to Barnabas Campau. It was his descendants who sold Belle Isle to the City of Detroit in 1879 for $200.000. Some Detroiters opposed the purchase, arguing that the price was too high. It is believed the Island was renamed by Campau in honor of Isabelle Cass, the daughter of Lewis Cass, former Michigan territorial governor and later U.S. Senator."


Belle Isle: "Known as Wah-na-be-zee(Swan Island) to the Chippewa and Ottawa Native American tribes, today Belle Isle reflects the late 19th century movement to create metropolitan parks begun in Paris and emulated in America by landscape architects like Frederic Law Olmsted. "

Friday, March 12, 2004


Thursday, March 11, 2004


Wednesday, March 10, 2004 "In his right pocket, he carried a loaded .32-cal handgun, which he had told James would be used to knock over the cans.

In his left, was a .22-cal gun, similar in size and weight, but filled only with blanks. It was the gun he was intending to fire, Fitzpatrick said. The plan was to fire the blanks at the same moment a member standing behind James would knock over the cans with a stick.

But, in a tragic misstep, Eid reached into the wrong pocket and pulled out the loaded pistol, then fired a single bullet that struck James in the nose and killed him, Fitzpatrick said."

Ask MetaFilter | Community Weblog: "Just made the switch to Mac OS X (12' Powerbook) -- my first Apple. For the Mac crowd -- any 'standard build' recommendations? Favorite app, apple script, etc that I should be checking out? Just installed Office, but that's about it so far....."


Tuesday, March 09, 2004

What's in Your Gadget Bag, Cory?: "Cory Doctorow is the Nerd Prince of Blogging: co-editor of the popular, acclaimed science fiction author, and advocate for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. A man this busy needs as much helps as he can get, and Cory isn't shy about what gadgets he finds useful (or awful):"

Thursday, March 04, 2004


ADD - The Weblog of Alan David Doane - "A Cornerstone of the Comics Blogosphere.": "Alan Moore -- When the man I consider the best writer ever to work in comics took over eight minutes to thoughtfully answer my first question (and, apparently psychic, the subsequent three or four questions as well), I knew this was going to be longer than the average 5Q interview, and almost certainly involve more than five questions. So be it, format be damned -- Alan Moore recreated comics in the 1980s, quite by accident, as you'll learn here, and has ever since been known for comics much more intelligently and passionately created than the vast majority of their contemporaries on the stands. It was a huge honour and a genuine thrill for me to speak to Mr. Moore, and I owe a huge debt of thanks not only to Alan himself but to the man who arranged it for me, Chris Staros of Top Shelf Productions, not coincidentally the publisher of many fine Moore works, including his transcendent prose novel Voice of the Fire. Special thanks also to Chris Hunter of Broken Frontier for his excellent and expedient transcribing of the interview, and to Ed Cunard of Comic World News for help in creating the logo for this and other ADD Blog features. "

MIKE WENDLAND: Laptops propel students, research shows: "Because of state budget cuts, the initiative will no longer provide a laptop for every sixth-grader in every district. Instead, the program has been scaled back to focus on Michigan's neediest schools. About $68 million of federal funds will be used during four years to put new, wireless-equipped Hewlett-Packard laptops in the hands of as many as 44,000 Michigan students by September."

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Kilpatrick: Depot will be renovated for police without tax increase: "Voters do not need to approve the plan, but City Council does." - [ "uh oh" ]

MIKE WENDLAND: Detroit's mayor to turn city into wireless hot spot: "Kilpatrick wants to turn downtown Detroit into a wireless Internet hot spot.
'By the end of 2004, when you bring your laptop downtown, you can leave all the cables and cords at home,' the mayor said in announcing plans to build out and eventually network a string of downtown hot spots.
At Cobo Center, meeting rooms went wireless this week. Parts of the Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center already offer wireless Internet access.
'Hart Plaza will be wireless in July, Campus Martius in October and Grand Circus Park -- and the area within the boundaries of the People Mover -- by the end of the year,' Kilpatrick pledged. "

BRIAN DICKERSON: Reading and legislating just don't mix: "Their objective is not to enact legislation, but to attract publicity and energize single-issue constituencies that pump money into legislative campaigns.
More and more legislators perform the same function as radio talk show hosts, casting about for a critical mass of public indignation like surfers waiting for a big wave. The difference is that those of us who pay no attention to talk radio aren't compelled to subsidize it. "

Tuesday, March 02, 2004 - Mom finds kidnapped daughter six years later - Mar. 2, 2004: "Police say Carolyn Correa, 41, a resident of Willingboro, New Jersey, a Philadelphia suburb, started the fire and kidnapped Delimar, whom she passed off as her own daughter.
Before the results of the DNA tests were in, officials placed the child in New Jersey state custody.
When police returned to Correa's home to confront her about the DNA results, she had fled, leaving behind three other children.
She remains a fugitive from multiple arrest warrants on charges that include arson, kidnapping and concealing the whereabouts of a child. "

New Scientist - Art, but not as we know it

Why would you give a cactus human hair? Or grow wings for pigs? And as for redesigning the butterfly... Artists are appropriating biotechnology for their own ends. New Scientist tracked down three of them working in this wild new place


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