Tag Archives: History

A copy of the Prehensile Monkey-tailed Skink video has surfaced, ending any congressional aspirations I may have had

I’ve lived in fear of this moment for the past twenty years… Today, by way of Facebook, I received a message from a man in Oregon who claims to have in his possession a copy of “Fears of Practice,” the 1993 performance video of my band, Prehensile Monkey-tailed Skink. While he hasn’t yet made his […]

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Race, Wrongs, and Remedies

I don’t talk a lot about “personal responsibility” on this site. To do so, I think, makes me sound like a Tea Bagger. The truth is, though, I don’t think the government has the power, try as it might, to eradicate poverty. I think they can, and should, put safety nets in place, but, at […]

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There weren’t many humans on the earth a million years ago

Tonight I’m fascinated by this article in the New York Times on what the human genome is teaching us about our evolution as a species. According to the article, now that we have two completely mapped human genomes, we’ve begun to make a number of significant observations based on the genetic variation between the two. […]

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Putting the heritage back in Heritage Fest

Ypsilanti’s Heritage Festival used to be about more than just ugly people in too tight clothing, funnel cakes, moon walks full to the brim with mouth-breathing hooligans, and the inhalation of elephant ears. In decades past, it was about… well… the actual heritage of Ypsilantians. It’s been lost slowly over time, but, as I understand […]

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Introducing the Dusty Diary

Some of you may remember Laura Bien. Up until about a year ago, she blogged as the YpsiDixit. Well, I’m happy to report that she’s come out of retirement. Laura has launched an engaging new site dedicated to the research of local Ypsilanti history, mainly though the exploration of surviving first-person narratives. The site is […]

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