29 April 2006

Things you can never find when you need them

  • Keys to the safe

  • A spare keyboard

  • 3D glasses

  • Time

  • Something quick for dinner


This list brought to you by this post.

26 April 2006

I Didn't Know UoM had an Exchange Program with UCLA

The anti-Coke fantasy continues, this time in California. Unfortunately, there's actual news coverage over there so they don't look like the righteous Crusaders they appear as in this clime.

Anti-Coke protesters’ logic falls flat

25 April 2006

DIY NAS

Sort of... (personnel bookmark)

NETGEAR - Storage Central

Bigfoot Nuts get Reamed By Penn & Teller, Not Happy

The folks over at Crytomundo are none too happy with Penn & Teller. Penn & Teller's April 24 episode of "Bullshit", their hilarious Showtime show, skewered the "Cryptozoology" movement. For those who don't know, cryptozoology is the pseudo-science of investigating fictional creatures such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the chupacabra.

Penn & Teller went so far as to fake their own Bigfoot video, front it with an pretending to be the video shooter, and fooled a number of people in the process. They then proceeded to, well, be Penn & Teller and laid waste to most of the bunk that is cryptozoology. Crytomundo takes issue with Penn & Teller's style, engaging in ad hominem-esque attacks on the show and the quality of comedy. Penn & Teller even managed to expose one Cryptozoologist as "arrogant, elitist, and obnoxious"; imagine that.

Anything that mocks these pseudo-scientists can't be all bad. Penn & Teller have a pretty solid track record of exposing hoaxes and the hoaxers; the self-righteousness from the hoaxers only cements the validity of the shows content in my mind. Looks like I need a BitTorrent link.

20 April 2006

17 April 2006

Density maps of religions

Very cool maps made from survey research about the denisty of religious populations throughout the country. West Michigan, you are officially and island (link to image 61K) Link to main site.

[via BoingBoing]

Memorial Services Planned for Chelsea's Fallen

Thanks to an email tip (thanks Terri), a link to lots more information about memorial services on the City's website. One thing to note:

All City Facilities will be closed on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Closing of City Facilities on Thursday, April 20, 2006 are to be determined.


Visitation for Matt Tuttle end today and 9pm at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home. Visitation for Scott Sumner start tomorrow and go through Wednesday.

There are also addresses for cards and donations.

16 April 2006

15 April 2006

Jackass Who was Catalyst for Chelsea Deaths Arrested

Jerry Lee Stacy Jr., the jackass who ran from police and necessitated Chelsea police chief Scott Sumner and Chelsea Fire Captain Matt Tuttle to aid in his pursuit using Tuttle's helicopter, has been arrested. Tuttle's chopper crashed, apparently due to engine failure, killing both men. The deaths marked the first losses of on-duty police or fire personnel in Chelsea's history. My question is, can he somehow be charged for initiating events that led to the deaths of these men? Somewhere in the chain of causality, he is the reason for their being in the air. Isn't there a crime in there?

J-- and I were stopped at the light at US-12 and M-52 last night coming home from the store, when a long processional of police and fire units came south on M-52 going into town. They were, we're assuming, an honor guard for the two, black SUVs that, to me, looked like Medical Examiner vehicles. A unit from the County Sherriff and another Chelsea policeman blocked traffic to allow the processional through, the whole time saluted by the far-too-young looking Chelsea officer. I wanted to get out of my car and shake his hand, tell him how bad I felt, how bad the town felt, for him and all the other officers and firemen.

The rock has been changed to say "Touch the face of God, Scott and Matt". Awful, terrible tragedy in this town.

And, a quick note to the Detroit TV stations: go home. You're annoying and unwanted. I didn't know either of these two, and I got a little choked up watching the line of police and fire units bearing their fallen into town. I can't even imagine how insensitive you seem to those in town who did know them. Word is you were asked to leave Cleary's; it's a rumor, but God I hope it's true.

Lastly, for anyone from Chelsea or beyond who may know, is there a fund being set up for the families? I heard that Scott Sumner had children and that Matt Tuttle had recently gotten married and I'm guessing the families could use some help. If so, either leave a comment here or drop an email to ryan@youknowwhatpart.com; I know both J-- and I would be happy to donate.

Freep: Chelsea mourns 2 deaths
AP Story

14 April 2006

Chelsea Fire Captain and Police Chief Killed in Helicopter Crash

Police Chief Riley Scott Sumner and fire Capt. Matt Tuttle were killed yesterday when Tuttle's private helicopter crashed about 5 miles outside of Ann Arbor, near Zeeb and I-94. The two had volunteered to look for a suspect who had run from a traffic stop.

I never had the pleasure of meeting either of them (that I know of), but the police and firemen here in Chelsea have always been nothing but responsive, helpful, and all-around nice people. Our sympathy goes out to the families and friends of both men.

Best coverage so far is at the Freep. More at WWJ.

13 April 2006

South Park censored over Mohammed Joke

It's official... Comedy Central, who was brave enough to air an episode where Jesus craps on Bush, would not allow Matt and Trey to air a cartoon image of Mohammed. Congrats, Comedy Central, you have validated every, single right-wing nutjob who can now rightfully point out that it's ok to engage in any kind of heresy against Christianity, but you can't even show a stylized version of an Islamic prophet. Well done.

Speaking of right-wing nutjobs, Michelle Malkin has a ton of links and video of the offending episode. (Yes, I'm linking to Michelle Malkin). And before someone flames on about the "conservatives", I will gladly link to any "liberal" blog, site, fileserver, what-have-you that points out this hypocrisy with the venom it deserves. (scans Daily Kos.) Thought so.

Frankly, this shouldn't be a religious argument. Comedy Central caved to pressure (real or imagined) over consequences of airing the images. Come on, even the Danes had the canjones to publish those cartoons; grow a set, Comedy Central.

More at Volokh and Instapundit.

11 April 2006

Coke Returns to the U

About fuckin' time, too. The primary link on this goes to Arbor Update, whose comments around the story should degrade into either a flame war about Israel or how this was somehow the fault of the CIty Counci, but only the Republicans.. Oh wait, there aren't any.

Arbor Update: Coke Back at U-M

Frank Turner was a crackhead?

Ok, being sort of new to the area, I didn't know that (is this a well known thing to Detroiters?).

Apparently Frank may become well-known for something, it just might not be his preaching. He's filed a federal lawsuit against Channel 7 to host his evangelical radio program

Experts say the case is a unique one and could be an important test of the protection of religious rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


Wow, a test case for a 1964 law in 2006? Go Frank. (note, that's not an endorsement of his case, just the general "Way to pick your fight" type of comment.)

Frankly (HA!) I don't see why it hurts the station. It's not like there's going to be a large cross-over audience. If anything, it might bring them more viewers. People still watch Channel 7 despite Steve Wilson's continued employment.

Link [via Dvorak Uncensored]

07 April 2006

Freep to Jenny - Stop Being an Idiot

The law was a bad idea from the start, a feel-good solution for a complicated social problem that was obviously unconstitutional. Appealing this ruling or reintroducing similar legislation is a waste of time and money.


The whole Op/Ed is short and sweet, but basically says what any reasonable person knows: parents need to know what their kids are playing and enforce their own rules. And the politicians are wasting time and money better spend on other things with this idiotic crusade (word used on purpose) to somehow ban "bad" video games.

So, Freep, to you I say "Woot!" and thanks for adding a rational, forceful voice to this sad situation.

Opinion: Video Violence

05 April 2006

Detroit Sold For Scrap

Buwhahahahahahaha!

DETROIT—Detroit, a former industrial metropolis in southeastern Michigan with a population of just under 1 million, was sold at auction Tuesday to bulk scrap dealers and smelting foundries across the United States.
"I did them a favor," [Al Ranneke, an Allegheny, PA scrap peddler] said. "Believe me, Detroit's been around the block. I was willing to take it off their hands for six grand, but I caught a glimpse of that Ambassador Bridge and I said 'no way.' I am not Santa Claus."


Of course, you know it's not true because of this line:

The decision to demolish and cull Detroit for scrap was approved last month by a 6-3 City Council vote after a cost-benefit analysis revealed that, as a functioning urban area, it held a negative cash value.


No one on the City Council would just vote; there'd have to be some racially-charged rhetoric before any vote took place. And then the revote after the council members realized that no one's buying their BS. And then the new charges of racism and denunciation of the take-over by the suburbs... And 6-3? When have they ever been so decisive?

Read the whole thing.. well done, Onion, well done.

Detroit Sold For Scrap | The Onion

IMAX Comes to Ann Arbor

Good news or example of the demise of the Ann Arbor lifestyle? I bet they'll be some funny letters to the editor in the next few weeks.

Link [via DataWhat]

03 April 2006

Michigan Game Law Ruled Unconstititional

At least there's one judge in Michigan who's not cow-towing to the fear-mongers that have apparently found a toe-hold in Lansing.

Link