Author Archives: Mark

Can we at least agree on this much?

I know we don’t agree on much, but I’d like to think that most of us can at least agree on the following two points. 1. Leaving aside to what extent it helped Donald Trump, or whether or not members of the Trump campaign encouraged its happening, I’d like to think that we can all […]

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“It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it.”

I was going to take the night off and watch Double Indemnity with a glass of scotch, but then the President of the United States went and said on the record that he would accept the assistance of a hostile foreign power in order to stay in power, and now my night is pretty much […]

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OK, so they were toads…

When people ask me why I keep posting here after all of these years, I generally respond by saying that I keep at it because, every once in a while, when I least expect it, something really cool and wonderful happens as a result of something that I’ve shared… like the time someone wrote to […]

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Washtenaw Community College’s plan to outsource IT services

Over the past week or so, I’ve had several discussions with people at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) about declining enrollment and what it might mean for the future of the institution. As for why fewer people are enrolling, there are numerous contributing factors; the population of college-aged people is dropping, the cost of tuition has […]

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The tadpoles are now frogs

About two weeks ago, as you may recall, Arlo and I collected a bunch of tadpoles from a vernal pool in Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park. Well, things seemed to be going pretty well for our amphibian friends up until yesterday… Two days ago, things were awesome. We had about eight tadpoles that had sprouted back legs, […]

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