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If you have anything to say to the baby kraken, you’d better say it now…

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  1. Esther
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know that it’ll interest the Kraken, but it looks like Rick Snyder has picked a running mate.

  2. Sandra Beecher
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Dear Baby Kraken,

    I love Loooove travel. At least I love the idea of it and fantasizing that someday I can afford to travel. I am a huge sucker for travel shows whether it’s Anthony Bordain eating the world or the next Bachelorette eating love in the isles. I want to go, eat, digest!

    But I’m also worried about global warming. The best thing about being poor is I already turn off the lights, down the thermostat, scrimp on gas and can’t afford to travel farther than Birch Run. But I really try, too, even when it doesn’t save me money.

    Here’s my dilemma. Why do people who drive Priuses fly everywhere? Don’t they know that taking a plane to anywhere pretty much is the worst thing you can do? I mean, I’m pretty sure the guy (okay, my Dad) who drives a big Ford pickup EVERYWHERE but is a teaparty spendthrift who never leaves town has a lower carbon footprint than all my friends who “shop local” but vacation in Italy (and bring back “local” wines and fashions). And why do all the famous lecturers (Hollywood, politicians, academics) fly everywhere? Why do they get to spew a jetstream of carbon and make me feel guilty for shopping at Kroger and driving a 94 Sunbird? (Seriously! I’ve had folks with hybrids be like, “Um, can you drive my car, it’ll save on carbon” when they ask me for a ride to the airport).

    I guess what I’m getting at is can’t we give everyone a carbon allotment, like the WWII rations, and once they’ve run out they have to downsize and stay home or buy rations off someone else? I’m pretty sure I’d quickly earn enough to pay for my once-in-a-lifetime trip to Thailand.

    It just seems like folks with money pretend to care when they can afford it, but aren’t really willing to give up anything that many of us don’t even have.


    Broke and Craving in Ypsilanti

  3. Knox
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Mark, you must open a bar called The Baby Kraken. You must do this immediately. You must do it with passion. It should serve one kind of beer, and platters of cheese.

  4. Randall
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Trailer for the movie “Conviction” filmed at Sidetracks among other places in the area.

  5. Keefer
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    We haven’t talked about prostitution here in a while and I’m wondering if anyone else has noticed increased activity lately.

  6. Sims
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Kraken, whatever you do, don’t look at this.

  7. Question for Kraken
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 9:50 am | Permalink


    My little brother told my parents that it was me who ate up all the honey we’d put by for winter, and now I’m being punished. I want to get back at him, but I don’t know how. Do you have any suggestions?

  8. Edward
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I like a Kraken that likes Cheap Trick.

  9. AA
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Keep it classy Ypsi.

    Ypsilanti police say a teenager struck a pedestrian in the head for no apparent reason Tuesday afternoon as they were passing on the sidewalk near the Ypsilanti District Library.

    The victim told police he was walking in the 200 block of West Michigan Avenue at about 4 p.m. when he passed a teenager on the sidewalk. With no provocation, the teen struck the man in the back of the head, reports said.

    Police officers identified a 17-year-old suspect and arrested him a short time later, reports said. He was taken to the police station and was later released pending charges of assault and battery.

    The victim was not injured, police said.

  10. Burt Reynolds
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Does anyone have any in depth reviews of Smarty Catz? I still have not been there.

  11. Andy C
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Smarty Catz has the decor a strip mall restaurant but with beer signs between the art and a stripper pole in the middle of the floor. Very confusing. The bar area was nice. and so was the person working.
    I didn’t know stripper poles rotated. I guess it makes sense. It was fun to play on. Go there for that alone.

  12. Hepititas ABCD
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Is it true that you can eat your lunch off the belly of a stripper there?

  13. Hepititas ABCD
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    As for your brother, I’d suggest hanging him in his closet and making it look like autoerotic asphyxiation. Be sure to leave some really nasty gay porn at his feet. This will be especially funny if he’s seven years old or younger.

  14. Larry Seven Larry
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Damn. When did go all 4Chan? Don’t kill the kid. Just cover him in honey and stake him to an ant hill.

  15. Meta
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Permalink, the terrific political statistics blog, was just gobbled up by the New York Times.

  16. Grettel
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Is that really what sperm looks like when it comes out the tip? And what’s with all those grooves on the penis? I’ve never heard it described like that.

  17. Amanda
    Posted August 25, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    during an otherwise terrible week, my night is a little better after seeing the preview for ‘conviction’– i can proudly report that the button i made for the propmaster during filming made the cut. you just barely see the older woman wearing it at 1 minute 9 seconds, and 1 minute 19 seconds. …it’s the little things… those are my two seconds of hollywood fame.

    that, and that my cousin, jimmy griffin, was in the band ‘bread.’ when i was at the cemetery burying my grandmother last week, the staff person working with us was very excited to learn our relation to him. he’s buried there too and featured in their “famous people buried at memorial park in memphis” booklet. while there a memorial for isaac hayes was also going on, because they’re naming a section of highway after him.

  18. Betty
    Posted August 27, 2010 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    I found out today why I never get raises. Apparently my vagina isn’t clean enough.–_women%27s_day_magazine%27s_ultra-sexist_ad

  19. Alfie
    Posted August 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I’ve have had very good luck bathing my balls during my annual reviews. I put a small tupperware dish on my bosses desk, fill it with tonic water, drop in a few denture cleaning tables (that’s my secret), then slowly lower my balls into it. I let them float around of a few minutes, and then we’re done. I always get my raise.

  20. whatsupwithMi
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I had a meaningful open-thread comment but… I’ll wait until next time.

  21. Kevin Paul
    Posted September 6, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Evolution caught in the act.

    Australian lizard species making the transition from eggs to live birth.

  22. Robert
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    The early predictions of self-proclaimed psychic Joseph Delouise were nothing but a morbid parlour trick. I’m curious if anyone else can see the revealing patterns and clues.

  23. Robert
    Posted September 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    It’s late September and the specticle that is Michigan football is in full swing.

  24. Robert
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    Breaking News:
    Former President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized

  25. Elton Jacoobs
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Knowing you, Robert, I’m sure there’s a conspiracy theory.

  26. Posted October 25, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    I think I’m coming down with a cold.

  27. Tim T
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Someone must have opened a hatch in the atmosphere. The earth is depreassurizing.

    Goodbye everyone.

  28. Knox
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    Can someone please verify that this photo is real?

  29. Art
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Terrifying. I will never visit my grandfather again. As of this moment, he’s dead to me.

  30. Eel
    Posted December 2, 2010 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    We may have found life in space.

    No word if it looks like baby kraken.

  31. Ted
    Posted December 2, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    It wasn’t in space. As I understand it, it was here on earth. Scientists found a parallel kind of life that’s builds its DNA, RNA, proteins, and cell membranes from arsenic. Here’s an article. It’s pretty trippy stuff.

  32. Knox
    Posted December 3, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    It looks like Elvisfest is gone.

  33. Ted
    Posted December 3, 2010 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    According to this comment left after the article, it might not be dead after all.

    The New Elvis Festival will move forward. This is the 11th year of the Festival, which was started by the Depot Town Association. The CDC has been in operation since 2006, do the math. If you want to be a Sponsor, contact Mary Decker at the Visitors and Convention Bureau.

  34. Frank Nibbles
    Posted January 30, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    I have a great new glove.

    Wanna see it?

  35. Codeine
    Posted September 23, 2014 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    All I wanted was a Coke, and now I have tickets to a UM football game. Does anyone want them?

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