Author Archives: Mark

Democratic debate open thread

I don’t like primary debates, but I listened last night, and I’m listening again tonight. I have nothing terribly interesting or insightful to say, but, as I suspect that some of you might want to weigh in, I thought I’d start uo an open thread. So, have at it.

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Has there ever been a mirror store on the planet earth?

At some point during the 1964 film The Last Man on Earth, Vincent Price, who portrays a character by the name of Dr. Robert Morgan, has to leave his fortress of a home, and head into the city in order to restock his vampire repellant supplies. [A virus has swept across the word, killing everyone, […]

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The uberization of the American workforce

A few weeks ago, as a part of Ann Arbor’s annual, multi-day A2Tech360 event, there was a session called “2029: What the Future Holds,” during which a number of folks from both the University of Michigan and industry speculated as to how technology may evolve and change our lives over the coming decade. Of the […]

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“Herp Talk” with local amphibian biologist Katy Greenwald

Over the past few weeks, I’ve posted here about both tadpoles and frogs that my son and I had found in Riverside Park. Well, as a result of these posts, I’ve come into contact with Eastern Michigan University amphibian biologist Katy Greenwald, who, I guess, felt professionally obligated to write in and correct me, informing […]

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“The IT Outsourcing at WCC is a Scam. As a Taxpayer, You Should Fight It. Here’s Why and How.”

Every once in a while, I’m reminded of the fact that we live in a pretty wonderful community. About a week or so ago, I heard about proposed layoffs at Washtenaw Community College, and I posted something here on the site about what was happening. As I said at the time, I don’t have a […]

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