This is a cool visualization of the size of Michigan and the Great Lakes:
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 Road.
Mcity will study how passengers react to the vehicle as a way to gauge consumer acceptance of the technology. Exterior cameras will capture the reaction and behavior of other road users, especially bicyclists and pedestrians. Mcity will also track ridership and usage patterns, and survey users about their experience.The data gathered will help researchers understand how to design safer vehicles and how to operate them more efficiently.
The shuttle service will run on U-M roads during business hours to start. There will be no cost to riders, and the two shuttles will cover the route roughly every 10 minutes. Hours of operation and the service area could be increased later if the technology proves effective and consumer acceptance supports expansion.
The article says it’s a 2 mile route but this is my best guess for the route:
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 for the Food Lover. They pick up on a few of the standard restaurants (I’m post-post-Slows hype) but miss out on a gaggle of favorites. I don’t miss the commute downtown but I do miss the options at lunch time.
There’s so much good food downtown, I wish I had more opportunities to explore them. My personal list of Detroit dining this weekend consists of Buddy’s Pizza (no, Little Caesar’s doesn’t count as Detroit-style), Tubby’s Submarines and maybe Gold Cash Gold. I should figure out a way to sneak a coney dog in there.
One final word of warning. If you do come to visit Detroit, don’t come here during the winter…
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 my favorite displays is P.T. Barnum’s Cardiff Giant – a fake of a fake.
I hope that Marvin’s legacy lives on. Once my kids are a little older this place is high on my list for family outings.
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 others): Will The Last Person To Leave Detroit Please Turn Out The Lights?
A butane heater and CD player were turned on inside the golf cart.
According to the police report, Vanbuskirk replied to a question about who can legally drive a golf cart on the road, saying, “Gov. Granholm.”
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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 other meetups and events of interest to local bloggers. See you there.
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:
Ability for non-admins to add feeds. I don’t want my disinterest in my inbox to prevent people from getting added. Bonus points if people can put in their blog’s URL or a username for hosted services and have it auto-detect the feed.
Extendibility. While I’d like features like a blog directory, tagging or the picture aggregator to be built in, as long as the package supports some easy way to add new modules I’ll be happy to put in a few hours adding the stuff I want. Prefer Ruby or a scripting language that starts with “P”. Ben Trott may have made Perl the perfect choice with WWW::Blog::Metadata, but Technorati’s web services gather a lot of the same info.
Any suggestions, Lazyweb?
Bruce Schneier posted his response to a call for the media to pipe down about terrorist attacks. The argument goes that by publicizing terror attacks the media is creating terror, so why not short-circuit the terrorists’ goal? Mr. Schneier explains that the consequence of doing so would cause worse things than terrorism.
He also discusses the nature of the news media in general:
If the press did not report the 9/11 attacks, if most people in the U.S. didn’t know about them, then the attacks wouldn’t have been such a defining moment in our national politics. If we lived 100 years ago, and people only read newspaper articles and saw still photographs of the attacks, then people wouldn’t have had such an emotional reaction. If we lived 200 years ago and all we had to go on was the written word and oral accounts, the emotional reaction would be even less. Modern news coverage amplifies the terrorists’ actions by endlessly replaying them, with real video and sound, burning them into the psyche of every viewer. [emphasis added]
Kathy Sierra says “you can’t be afraid and rational at the same time.” She writes about how the brain deals with fear at low and high levels, and how the media sidesteps higher brain functions to appeal directly to the reptilian brain.
Unlike television shows, movies, and video games–which your brain knows aren’t real–a brain perceives the news as “real” and often concludes that things are far more dangerous than they really are, [emphasis added] thanks to the dramatic statistic imbalance (reality distortion field) between what is displayed on the news and what is actually happening outside your front door. It’s not like you’ll ever hear, for example, a nightly new run down of all the people in your city who were NOT in fact killed in a drive-by shooting that day.
Since I’m a geek, I’m constantly applying technical solutions to social problems. The social problem is that it’s unthinkable for a 24 hour news channel to announce “It’s a slow news day, so we’re taking a break for a while. Enjoy this test pattern until something happens.” Instead, they’ll latch on to whatever story they can because they need to keep people tuned into their advertisements.
The buzzword-compliant solution to this problem is RSS. Well, RSS or something like RSS. RSS provides the model, and it might even provide the format. Chris Anderson wrote about how RSS changes blog posting styles: “in a subscription age, where publishers don’t have to entice you back each day with a flood of new content, quality trumps quantity.” Why wouldn’t the same thing happen to TV?
It snowed a lot on Sunday. While this isn’t unheard of in April, a lot of people thought that winter was over because on Tuesday it was 81°. A lot of people write it off as “LOL it’s just Michigan weather” but I think that’s a cop-out and that plenty of other places have unpredictable weather and people who say that desperately want to believe that they don’t live in a flyover.
Anyway, see if you can spot a common theme in these posts that I spotted on the ArborBlogs picture aggregator (Scott, linked below as S. S. Trudeau, picked up on it too):
- Mark Maynard – fucking michigan
- Things Hated: What in the World is Going On?
- ypsi~dixit: Flowers in Snow
- S. S. Trudeau » Michigan Spring
- mousemusings: Today
- Kempa.com: Michigan Weather
- The Lynne Show – Photos from today
- ann_arbor_ypsi: Snow
- Asquared AirBeagle – In Which I Make Up With Mother Nature
(As an aside, when I’m signed into Yahoo! and they know damn well what my ZIP code is and I go to Yahoo! Weather, why don’t they just show me the damn weather? Am I the only person who goes there for the weather around me? Are there that many people going there to find weather in places they aren’t that they need to provide a general view of the weather?)
I hear that Yahoo! doesn’t infer ZIP codes or birthdays (for, Yahoo Astrology, for example) from user info because those are used for password reset requests. While I certainly appreciate the thought Yahoo gives to security and identity in general, I wonder if life would be better if there was no overlap between “general facts” and “protected information.” Yahoo has almost certainly given this issue more attention than me and concluded that the general public needs some overlap in the balance between security and usability, but I hope that they are considering what Bruce Schneier has to say on the subject as well.
My employer is looking to hire and has two open positions posted on our website:
- Web Developer
- The ideal candidate will have experience developing cross-browser user interfaces and well rounded technical experience with scripting for web application development. This person will work with the Software Developer and the Graphic Designer to integrate the user interface with back-end systems and with the Project Manager to meet the functional needs of our customers.
- Software Developer
- The ideal candidate will be versatile and adaptable with well-rounded technical experience. This person will work with the team to integrate the UI with back-end systems, and with the Project Manager to meet the functional needs of our customers.
If you’re interested send your resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two items of disclosure: I’m writing this at work which technically means I’m being paid to do so (although I was not asked to post it, I volunteered) and comments are off because this isn’t really the place to discuss the positions.