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Stephen Kunselman with his daughters Sophia and Sabrina
The Michigan Daily's endorsement of Stephen Kunselman and other candidates for City Council was the top story about local elections held during 2013.
There is also a slideshow: Looking ahead to Washtenaw County elections in 2014
The five most shared stories about Washtenaw County Elections for 2013 all looked ahead to 2014. Here are the politicians running for federal and state office to watch next year based on the Facebook likes of the readers.
Top Washtenaw County election stories of 2013 look ahead to 2014
As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to look back on the top stories from the past year. Based on the number of Facebook shares, five stories stood out, all of which share a common theme, looking ahead to 2014.

All of them were also about elections for federal or state office, such as Senator, U.S. Representative, Governor, even University of Michigan Regent. No county or municipal candidates or issues broke into the five most liked list for 2013.

Three more tied for sixth. Two of those were also about next year's elections, while one managed to be the most popular article about local elections actually held in 2013. This last got an honorable mention in this year's countdown.

Here are the five most shared stories on Facebook along with an honorable mention.
1. Walberg losing to generic Democrat by nine percent: poll
2. Schauer declares 'he's in' the race for Michigan Governor
3. Michigan Democrats already campaigning on Labor Day for 2014
4. U-M Regents: Gratz considers running while Weiser consolidates support
5. Peters endorsed by Stabenow and Levin for U.S. Senate
Honorable Mention: Michigan Daily issues endorsements for city council, millage renewal

In addition to the two commonalities I mentioned in the article, four of the articles (1-3 and 5) are good for Democrats, while only #4 is good for a Republican. May that be a sign of things to come.

Now, I shall close out my calendar year here the way I did in the article.

"So long, 2013. On to 2014!"

Originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News. Crossposted to Michigan Liberal.
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Challenge:
1) Identify the song that was #1 the week you were born.
2) Find that song on YouTube.
3) Post that video on your wall without shame.




Sleep Walk's Wikipedia entry
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Just received this in my inbox.

Your Facebook account has been disconnected due to the following error: (#100) FBCDN image is not allowed in stream:

The image in question was in the repost of Since I'm in a Star Wars mood lately.

So, I'm not allowed to post an image hosted on Facebook back to Facebook via LiveJournal. I suppose there is a good reason for this, other than LJ not wanting to cause an infinite loop--probably a copyright agreement with Facebook--but I still think it's ironic, if not downright perverse.

Now I have to reconsider reconnecting my LJ to my Facebook for autoreposts. Maybe I'll just do it by hand from now on. I'll also make sure I don't use images hosted on Facebook for my LJ posts anymore, if LJ doesn't like me doing that.
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HuffPo: 7 Life Lessons You Can Learn From 'Star Trek'

Thanks to George Takei on Facebook for this link.

Crossposted to fandom_lounge on journalfen.


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From Next Media Animation on YouTube:



More than 500 million people use Facebook every day. However, most were annoyed by recent changes that further cluttered the user interface.

The backlash has been fierce. But no matter how disgruntled, users find it hard to leave Facebook because all their friends are there.

At the recent F8 developers' conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced even more ambitious changes, including tighter integration with third party apps.

Another big change is the re-vamp of the profile into a timeline. It pulls all your media and updates into one place.

Zuck also urged developers to demand permission to publish everything from users as a condition for using apps. Where is it all going to lead?
Never forget that Facebook is the Internet on capitalism, which means it has to make its money somehow.



As Barry Commoner wrote, there is no such thing as a free lunch. That means this blog is product, too.

Originally posted as Facebook: There is no such thing as a free lunch on Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
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Back in June, I described how I'm not a fan of driving.
I've already seen the light of how urban living can be a good thing, so I am one of those people who already lives close to a downtown and walks to the store. Six years ago, I drove 48,000 miles a year. Now I drive less than 10,000. I'm much happier driving much less.
...I've been walking to Friday meetings at the nearest worksite, which is a mile and a half away, as well as walking to the grocery store, which is half that distance.
I returned to all of the above yesterday when I posted the following status update to Facebook.
Time to walk to work. I love living only a mile and a half from one of my worksites.
This prompted my wife and two of my friends to express their envy and share their commuting horror stories. All of them hated commuting. My friends wished they didn't have to drive so much for work. My wife was relieved that she didn't have to commute any more. I expanded on how I've been reducing my commute for the past five years.
From 2000-2004, I regularly put 40,000 miles on my car. In 2005, I began driving 1000 miles a week when school was in session to three different colleges and a tutoring service. Then on the weekends, I'd judge marching bands or cover drum and bugle corps shows. From May 2005 to May 2006, I drove 48,000 miles. That was the year I put my house up for sale, stopped seeing my long-distance girlfriend, and eventually sold my house. In June, I moved to the middle of my jobs and cut my driving down to 700 miles a week. Then I changed one of my jobsites and cut it down to 500 miles a week. Then I got a full-time job and quit my part-time jobs and dropped to 300 miles a week. Finally, we moved and I now drive 70 miles a week. I'm so close to work I could ride a bike on a good day.
Yes, the goal for next year is still to buy a couple of bikes. I'll probably pedal to work the two days a week I finish before sunset, which will reduce my driving even more.

As for today's walk to work and back, I thought it was wonderful. I love my walkable neighborhood.

Originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
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On August 1st, I made the following promise on Dreamwidth.
That concludes this irregular status update. Next one whenever I pass 500 on Twitter, 450 on Facebook, 150 on Daily Kos or LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first. If it's Crazy Eddie's Motie News passing 25, I'll crosspost it there, too.
As you can tell both from the bolding and that you're either reading it on Crazy Eddie's Motie News or you're seeing the "crossposted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News" notice while reading it on Dreamwidth or LiveJournal, my Blogspot/Blogger followers hit 25. I'm actually a bit late, as the event happened late last week (thank you John Henry for being the 25th follower), but I had a good excuse--it's final exam time. Notice that my posting rate slowed down early this week, as I was grading. Final exams are now graded, so it's time to post the next update.

Twitter: 478
Facebook: 423 (was as high as 424)
Daily Kos: 140 (still down from 141)
LiveJournal: 124
(down from 125, although the person who defriended me is now subscribed to me on Dreamwidth)
Huffington Post: 107 fans and 106 friends
(I've had this account for a while, but never got around to including it until now)
Dreamwidth: 41
Crazy Eddie's Motie News: 25
YouTube: 18 friends and 12 subscribers
(I could have more, but I'm not impressed by the people who try to friend me on YouTube)
Journalfen: 8 (no movement for months here)
Google+: 5 (New!)
Flickr: 1
Posterous: 1

Now I'm wondering if I should get a Tumblr account. The coolest kids seem to be on that service.

That concludes this irregular update. Next one whenever I pass 500 on Twitter, 450 on Facebook, 150 on Daily Kos or LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth or Blogspot/Blogger, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first.

Above originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
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On June 10th, I wrote:

That concludes this irregular status update. Next one whenever I pass 450 on Facebook or Twitter, 150 on Daily Kos, 125 on LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first.


As you can tell from the bolding, I passed two milestones.  The 125 on LJ happened sometime in July, while the 450 on Twitter happened on Friday.  Time for another update!

Twitter: 453
Facebook: 411 (was as high as 412)
Daily Kos: 140 (down from 141--time to write more interesting diaries!)
Livejournal: 125
Dreamwidth: 40 (the DDoS on LJ really drove this number up)
YouTube: 15 friends and 11 subscribers (I could have more, but I'm not impressed by the people who try to friend me on YouTube)
Crazy Eddie's Motie News: 22
Journalfen: 8 (no movement for months here)
Flickr: 1
Posterous: 1 (new!)

That concludes this irregular status update. Next one whenever I pass 500 on Twitter, 450 on Facebook, 150 on Daily Kos or LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first.  If it's Crazy Eddie's Motie News passing 25, I'll crosspost it there, too.


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My wife and I own a pair of miniature dachshunds. We're such fans of them that when I saw Laney on Journalfen post a link to a video of weiner dogs, I immediately posted the link to our walls on Facebook.

Here's the video.



As an owner, I can tell you that everything the video says about dachshunds (other than the creationist silliness at the beginning) is absolutely true and the breed is that adorable.

Now, everyone sing along with the wiener dog song!

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Last night, I wrote:

Next one whenever I pass 450 on Facebook or Twitter, my Twitter followers exceed my Facebook followers (that could be in a couple of days)
It turns out that it took less than a day, as just happened late this afternoon, when @dkmich (Kid Oakland on Daily Kos and someone who lives in the same county I do), followed me back. I now have 406 Twitter followers to 405 Facebook friends. That means it's time for another update.

Rest of report follows.

Twitter: 406
Facebook: 405
Daily Kos: 141
Livejournal: 123
Dreamwidth: 29
YouTube: 13 friends and 11 subscribers
Crazy Eddie's Motie News: 12
Journalfen: 8
Flickr: 1

That concludes this irregular status update. Next one whenever I pass 450 on Facebook or Twitter, 150 on Daily Kos, 125 on LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first. Time to start posting on Daily Kos. I might be able to get nine more followers there before the end of the month.
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On June 1st, I wrote:
That concludes this irregular status update. Next one whenever I pass 450 on Facebook, 400 on Twitter, 150 on Daily Kos or LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first. Any bets on which one it will be?
No one bet, but they should have bet on the 400 followers on Twitter, because that happened yesterday. I now have 401.

Rest of report follows.

Facebook: 405
Twitter: 401
Daily Kos: 141
Livejournal: 123
Dreamwidth: 28
YouTube: 13 friends and 11 subscribers
Crazy Eddie's Motie News: 12
Journalfen: 8
Flickr: 1

That concludes this irregular status update. Next one whenever I pass 450 on Facebook or Twitter, my Twitter followers exceed my Facebook followers (that could be in a couple of days), 150 on Daily Kos, 125 on LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first.

In other news, my wife installed the latest edition of Firefox on this computer.  I'm much happier already than with Internet Explorer 9.  That program was relatively stable for Exploder, but it was  s o  s l o w.
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Last week, I passed 400 friends on Facebook, which reminds me that it's time to give a social media status update to see how many fans I have. As of the last time I posted one on March 4, I had the following:
Previous status update behind the cut. )

Now, I have these numbers.

Facebook: 404
Twitter: 383
(My Twitter follwership is likely to exceed my Facebook friends list this year).
Daily Kos: 140
(I have to blog there more often than once a week to get good growth in numbers. Still, it's growing faster than LJ).
Livejournal: 123, 121 of which are mutual friends
(it used to be 124, but two people deleted their accounts while people I know from USENET and Facebook friended me. However, I really haven't lost them. One of them is subscribed to me on Dreamwidth while another has me friended on JournalFen. Another person who deleted their LJ account is one of my Facebook friends. This is in addition to the person who unfriended me on LJ but subscribed to me on Dreamwidth. I really could make a claim that 126 people who were my mutual friends on LJ still are in my circle somewhere online).
Dreamwidth: 28
YouTube: 11 subscribers and 12 friends
(I still haven't uploaded videos there).
Crazy Eddie's Motie News: 11
(I didn't even have this blog the last status update).
Journalfen: 8
(No movement since May. No surprise, as I hardly ever post in my own journal there).
Flickr: 1
(I do upload photos there, but no one seems to be paying any attention).

That concludes this irregular status update. Next one whenever I pass 450 on Facebook, 400 on Twitter, 150 on Daily Kos or LiveJournal, 50 on Dreamwidth, or 25 on any of the other services, whichever comes first. Any bets on which one it will be?
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Los Angeles Times: Shakespeare not a hit with voters in online charity contest
Mike Boehm
May 26, 2011

William Shakespeare would be a front-runner if experts were to vote on the greatest creative artist of all time, but he was just an also-ran in the Chase Community Giving competition, an online charity-by-popular-vote contest that ended Wednesday night.

JPMorgan Chase will donate $3.125 million to the top 25 vote-getters; the other 75 -– including the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, which finished 51st -- get $25,000 each for making the final round of 100.
...
Despite some Twitter-based help from Bard-friendly celebrities, including Tom Hanks, William Shatner, Reba McEntire and Christina Applegate, the 1,961 votes the Shakespeare Center mustered left it more than 25,000 behind the winner. Its proposal called for expanding its Will Power program, which provides summer jobs for teens as they learn the ropes of the theatrical trade and also assists Shakespearean learning in city schools. Founding artistic director Ben Donenberg had hoped to extend the job-training to recently discharged military veterans.


So who did beat out Shakespeare in the arts category?

The top arts vote-getter was Pennsylvania-based Youth Education in the Arts, which will use its $225,000 fourth-place money to launch March 4 Music, a nationwide fund-raising campaign for high school band programs. Other arts groups -- apart from four drum-and-bugle corps -- were the National Assn. for Music Education (37th), Music For All (38th), the Wheeling (W.Va.) Symphony (48th), Symphony Silicon Valley (59th), Kansas City (Mo.) Repertory Theatre (75th), Women Make Movies Inc. of New York City (85th) and Architecture for Humanity of San Francisco (95th).

The four drum and bugle corps the L.A. Times neglected to name were The Cadets, who are part of Youth Education in the Arts, and Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Devils, and Glassmen, each of which won $20,000 in the second round on top of the $25,000 in the first round. Also in the competition was the parent organization for competitive junior drum and bugle corps in North America, Drum Corps International, which earned $100,000 in the second round in addition to its $25,000 from the first round.

Those of you who have been reading my journal know that I have a long and emotional history with drum corps. You may not know that this particular story hits closer to home than most. The director of Youth Education in the Arts could have been the uncle to the stepchildren I would have had if we had both married the women we were dating from 2000-2004. They were sisters-in-law. The perverse part of that was that we (the director and I, not our ex-girlfriends) were well-known frenemies on the Internet at the time. Since his ex-girlfriend's real brother wanted nothing to do with him, I decided to pick up the role of annoying brother-in-law and take public pot shots at him. I don't know what he thought of the relationship, but I had fun doing it until I started getting fed up with activity and its fans.

Now that I've walked away from drum corps, we're no longer frenemies. We're just casual friends and have a very pleasant relationship on Facebook with no sniping on my part. I'm a lot happier for it.

Oh, and I'm not planning on seeing any shows this summer, either. The grieving in advance continues.
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Following up on my previous posts in my LiveJournal and fandom_lounge on JournalFen on university teams playing Quidditch, a case of life imitating art.



Right now, the video above has more views than either of the videos UCLA posted about their men's basketball team in the NCAA Tournament within the same 24 hour period.

UCLA Quidditch

Inspired by the famous "Harry Potter" book and film series, Quidditch is the newest sport to sweep the UCLA campus and the rest of the world. UCLA is actively involved in the International Quidditch Association's Western Regional Division. Learn about this unique sport and its players who made Quidditch a bona fide club sport team at UCLA. "Fantasy becoming a reality does not happen nearly as often as it should."
The video above shows that Eastern Michigan University isn't the only one of my four alma maters that plays organized Quidditch. UCLA does as well. The University of Michigan also has a team Even California State University, Northridge, which has the least school spirit of any of my four alma maters, has a Facebook page for people trying to organize a team.

So, three of my four alma maters have Quidditch teams and the fourth is trying. How about yours?

A less graphics-intense version posted at fandom_lounge on JournalFen.
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Still more from yesterday's Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday, the body of which concluded with a series of articles on video games from Michigan State University and Indiana University.

Michigan State as a video game design center, Guitar Hero as a way to teach kids to create art, and another installment of 'While the World Burns, Farmville thrives' behind the cut. )

Speaking of the connection between video games and the world burning, the servers for Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XIV, and Metal Gear Online are shut down because of the earthquake and tsunami near Sendai.

As part of the efforts to conserve Japan's electricity usage in the wake of the Sendai earthquake and tsunami, Square Enix and Konami are temporarily shutting down servers for Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XIV, PlayOnline, and Metal Gear Online.

Final Fantasy XI and FFXIV's servers were shut down at 3 p.m. PST on March 13 and are scheduled to be down for a week. In addition, players won't be billed for the April billing cycle. The FFXIV Lodestone site, official game forums, and Square Enix support center will provide updates when available.

Metal Gear Online servers have been down since March 12. Kojima Productions is unsure about when they'll be brought back online.
Those games aren't thriving while the world burns!
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My wife and I finally got around to watching "The Social Network" last night. It was definitely worth watching, but the screenplay was the star of the show, not the actors, except for (and I can't believe I'm typing this) Justin Timberlake as the creator of Napster. His character was a scoundrel, but he was cool and he was right.

That written, "Inception" was the better movie.

Now, we'll have to get around to watching "The King's Speech."
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"A public union employee, a tea party activist, and a CEO are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies in the middle of it. The CEO takes 11 cookies, turns to the tea partier and says, ‘Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie.’"

There is a recommended diary on Daily Kos about this meme: A Facebook meme I can get behind. I've also seen it tweeted.

Crossposted to madison_fights on LJ.

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