Category: Local

  • Visualize California Wildfires

    Visualize California Wildfires

    I really appreciate journalism that helps me empathize with people affected by tragedy. That’s what caught me when I saw this map from NBC News: I can read “200 square miles” in a news article and that sort of washes over me. But the map makes me stop and consider that this is going from […]

  • Rustic Campsites in Michigan

    MLive’s 25 of Michigan’s must-visit rustic campgrounds is great, except for one thing. In a state as big as ours, location matters. So I mapped the campsites on that list. It’s pretty clear that almost all the rustic campsites are within a few hours of the Mackinac Bridge (the bridge that connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas). […]

  • 2018 Harold Hotelling Memorial Lecture

    The 2018 Harold Hotelling Memorial Lecture is coming up on October 15th. This year is the first time one of dad’s former students will be giving the lecture. Douglas Harris will be giving a lecture titled “Charter School City: What Detroit Can Learn From New Orleans”: The changes in New Orleans schools after Hurricane Katrina represent […]

  • The Great Lakes are Great (meaning large or immense)

    This is a cool visualization of the size of Michigan and the Great Lakes: Now I see why it takes so long to get from Detroit to Marquette. I found it linked from this reddit post about Lake Michigan but the original source is the Great Lakes Century Vision.

  • Driverless Bus Prototype Coming to Ann Arbor

    This is cool, a prototype autonomous bus is coming to Ann Arbor in the fall. The service will use two fully automated, 15-passenger, all-electric shuttles manufactured by French firm NAVYA to transport students, faculty and staff on a nonstop two-mile route between the Lurie Engineering Center and the university’s North Campus Research Complex on Plymouth […]

  • Detroit Tourism Roundup

    2017 seems to be the year to visit Detroit. New York Times puts Detroit as #9 on its list of places to visit. The QLine streetcar seems to have been part of that decision, so maybe there’s hope yet for a regional transit authority. Maybe… National Geographic made Detroit their North American pick for Unexpected Cities […]

  • R.I.P. Marvin

    Marvin Yagoda, founder of Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum, has passed away. For those who have never been, Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum is a hidden gem of the Detroit area. It is hidden behind a strip mall and overflowing with cool stuff. There are the standard video games, classic and current, but there’s so much more: One of […]

  • Detroit Roundup

    < dl> Houses cheaper than cars in Detroit “At least 16 Detroit houses up for sale on Sunday sold for $30,000 or less. A boarded-up bungalow on the city’s west side brought $1,300. A four-bedroom house near the original Motown recording studio sold for $7,000.” Even better is the MetaFilter discussion about that link (and […]

  • Ann Arbor Blogger meetup

    If you’re in or around Ann Arbor, MI you should clear your calendar next Tuesday (Jan 10, 2006) so you can make it to the Ann Arbor blogger meetup at Leopold Bros.. You might also notice that event is part of the Ann Arbor Bloggers group on Upcoming, which will be the place to find […]

  • Looking to upgrade ArborBlogs

    ArborBlogs is starting to get a little long in the tooth, and I’m not too happy with the Drupal aggregator codebase. The ability for people to post to the site was under-utilized, to say the least, so I’m looking for a pure-aggregator to replace it. Some of the things I’m looking for are: Support for […]