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While I'm watching my wife play this game, I saw the following on the game's YouTube channel.


Plainclothes warriors join the battle among Jedi and Sith in the first ever lightsaber freeze mob duel in the heart of New York's Times Square. Watch as over 100 fans joined the battle to celebrate the launch of STAR WARS™: The Old Republic on 12.20.11
The launch may have been on the 20th, but my wife has been playing for almost a week. The $5 to start early was worth it, and I'm saying that as someone who is just watching the game.
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The prediction is for nice mild weather the rest of this week, which I'm looking forward to. It beats the heat we had late last week along with the storms that hit on Saturday from which the area is still recovering.  It also means that the air conditioning can finally go off.  My wife and I have the windows open and the cool evening breeze blowing through them.

As for the storms themselves, I chronicled Saturday's wild weather and its aftermath in Thunderstorms disrupt Michigan season opener, Arts, Beats, and Eats, and other events and Last night's storm knocked out power to 120,000 customers and damaged mobile homes on Crazy Eddie's Motie News.  Surf over and read about the first calling of a U of M football game for weather and all kinds of other weather-related mayhem that happened all around me.
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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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Now I find out about this!



Detroit Free Press: Sierra Club's Green Cruise draws cyclists, health enthusiasts to Ferndale
August 14, 2011
Hundreds of people turned out for the Sierra Club's Green Cruise in downtown Ferndale on Saturday, the precursor to next weekend's Woodward Dream Cruise.

The seventh annual event included a human-powered parade on West 9 Mile from Woodward to Planavon -- a parade renowned for its unabashed geek value, with its horde of cyclists on every conceivable style of two- and three-wheeler.
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Dozens of displays were set up at the event to highlight organic foods, climate change, wind power and more.
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Virtually everything was free -- even food, beverages and bike maps.
I'm sorry that I missed this event; it looks like exactly the kind of thing someone like me, who is interested in sustainable actions in Metro Detroit, and who really likes Fabulous Ferndale (I was just there this evening), should be attending. Besides, it will make me feel less guilty about enjoying the Woodward Dream Cruise as a spectator.

For two videos and more commentary, surf over to Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
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Yesterday afternoon, I posted a video in Next Media Animation on the Debt Ceiling Hostage Crisis that portrayed Chinese displeasure with the debt ceiling deal, which I'm just going to call the Satan Sandwich from now on (I'm also adding a "Satan Sandwich" label/tag to all my posts about it), along with all kinds of wild financial news from the day before yesterday. Yesterday was even worse, as the rest of the financial markets weighed the deal and wrote "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin" on the walls of the exchanges.


Stock market tumble


Investors flee economic gloom, policy paralysis

Wall Street suffers worst selloff in two years

Gold eases below lifetime high; investors cover losses


Stocks are falling again on more fears of economic weakness in the U.S. and Europe's debt crisis.


More at The financial markets think it's a Satan Sandwich, too and WXYZ has local reaction to yesterday's and today's stock plunge on Crazy Eddie's Motie News.

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A Chinese ratings firm yesterday made financial history and downgraded the US' credit rating from A+ to A. Meanwhile, hot money flowing into hedge funds and gold saw gold prices yesterday shoot to a historic high of US$1,670 per ounce.
It looks like the Chinese think the deal was a Satan Sandwich, too, and that we should have chosen the prize behind Door #3 instead.

More at Next Media Animation on the Debt Ceiling Hostage Crisis on 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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WTNH on YouTube: On Thursday, Borders will ask a judge to begin liquidation of the company.
Reuters has even more details.
Borders Group Inc, the second-largest U.S. bookstore chain, said it has canceled an upcoming bankruptcy auction and will close its doors for good.

The company said in a statement Monday it was unable to find a buyer willing to keep it in operation and will sell itself to a group of liquidators led by Hilco Merchant Resources.

Borders' roughly 400 remaining stores will close, and nearly 11,000 jobs will be lost, according to the company.

"We are saddened by this development," Borders President Mike Edwards said in the statement. "We were all working hard toward a different outcome, but the headwinds we have been facing for quite some time ... have brought us to where we are now."
As someone who lived in Ann Arbor from 1989 to 1999 and hung out in Ann Arbor regularly until earlier this year, spending much of that time in the Ann Arbor flagship store, I find this very sad for me personally, as you can see by my previous two posts on the subject at my LiveJournal.

More at Crazy Eddie's Motie News: Borders Books 1971-2011.
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...between two Tesla Coils, dancing to the theme from Doctor Who. Yes, really.

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Meta note: I chose the following post to promote on Kunstler's blog this past Monday. There, I made the following editorial note.
I figured that you would write about President Obama, along with the rest of the International Energy Agency, releasing oil from their reserves. If I had written a Karnak predicts post, both of those topics would have been in it, but I didn't. However, I did write about that topic and predicted that you'd have something snarky to say about it, and I was right. Unfortunately, I buried the lede and made the title about falling gas prices in Detroit, when the story really was about Obama trying to stimulate the economy to help his re-election while at the same time kicking the oil companies and commodities speculators while the price goes down. So far, it's working.
It worked until yesterday, when the price for West Texas Intermediate went up $5/barrel. As a consequence, unleaded regular at the corner gas station from $3.49 to $3.58 as of yesterday. This morning, it rocketed up to $3.85. By this evening, it had dropped back to $3.79. Can you say overshoot? I knew you could.

Last week, I posted two entries about falling gas prices. From the second post.
If that price holds, AAA Michigan and the Detroit Free Press will have another price drop to report next week.
I'm sure they will, as the price of oil dropped 4% yesterday.
Not only did the price of gas drop this week, it will drop next week as well. On Monday, the price of North Sea oil (Brent Crude) fell because of worries about Greece (West Texas Intermediate had fallen earlier, but went up slightly). On Tuesday, the same two things happened, this time because of fears about Spain. West Texas Intermediate then fell on after-hours trading. As I keep repeating, a price drop like this is not entirely good news; it's a response to bad economic news elsewhere. This is true even for what happened yesterday.

Oil dives to 4-month low as emergency stocks unleashed )

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The first Pirates of the Caribbean movie had most of the most quotable lines in the entire series. Here are some of my favorites.



It's not Jack Sparrow telling off his former crew members, or their response, but what he says at the end that I enjoy and occasionally use.



"But you have heard of me."

I'll let the last one speak for itself.


After watching this movie, one of my daughters would push my buttons by saying "Johnny Depp is a sexy beast."  She was 12 at the time, so I pointed out that he was old enough to be her dad.  That didn't stop her.  Besides, she wasn't wrong about him.
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Last night was the season premiere of "True Blood," so as a fan, I would be remiss if I didn't mention it as part of a series of fan posts. Knowing me, you'll expect a music video, and you'd be right. However, I'm not posting "Bad Things," even though the current opening sequence really does a good job of depicting the sex, violence, and weirdness of both the show and its setting (Vampires in the deep south? Really? Dude, that's so wrong! No, actually, it isn't). Instead, I'm posting "You get what you pay for" the end title theme from season three, which features Felicia Day. Two fandoms in one--you can't go wrong.*



*Actually, three. I checked out Jason Charles Miller's Wikipedia page and it turns out he's the English voice actor for a bunch of anime shows that I've watched. It's always a good day when I learn something new.
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One of my favorite anime series is Scrapped Princess, which was the first running series at University of Michigan's Animania that I saw all the way through at club meetings. Its TV Tropes entry calls it "one of the better series you're probably not watching." I agree. It's in the top 5-10% of all anime I've watched and I've watched a lot of anime. I've even called it "The best series that no one so far doing this meme seems to have watched."

One of my favorite parts of the anime is the end theme. Here's the TV-sized version of it in Japanese.



Now, to make this post extra fannish, here is an English fan dup.



Surprisingly good.
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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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Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He's found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he's taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — including teeth, tails, and even hands — to make a "Chickenosaurus".
I'm a paleontologist by training, so of course I'm a fan of Jack Horner. If nothing else, his discoveries have made dinosaurs more interesting.
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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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Local politics -- schools, zoning, council elections -- hit us where we live. So why don't more of us actually get involved? Is it apathy? Dave Meslin says no. He identifies 7 barriers that keep us from taking part in our communities, even when we truly care.
This is the YouTube version of a video that has been posted to the main page and by Annabel Park to hers. Watch to see how intentional exclusion keeps participation in local government down. Then think about how to improve participation in local govenment.

Crossposted to [community profile] coffeepartyusa  on both Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.
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On Monday, I wrote:

[Optimism] seems to be the theme for nearly all the articles from Model D Media's Buzz page. Of course, one should expect that from a publication whose Twitter profile states:
We love Detroit. We write about Detroit. We photograph Detroit. We film Detroit. We want you to love Detroit, too.
...And whose attitude I characterized as "Optimism but not business as usual." They're certainly living up to both my billing and their own.
Yesterday, I saw that the latest edition of Model D had been posted, with enough sustainablity stories to make up for the magazine skipping last week for the Memorial Day weekend. This prompted me to look for videos on YouTube about Model D Media. I found the following, which is a talk by one of the founders of Model D about the philosophy behind their online magazine.




As you can see, the co-founder had several driving ideas for the publication. First, instead of reporting what the co-founder called "stories about loss," the publication's emphasis is reporting the good news and reward worthwhile behavior. Second, the magazine wants to protray the reality on the ground instead of sticking to the set narrative, hence the kind of stories from Model D, either their original reporting or what they've found reported elsewhere, which shows the grassroots revitalization of the city, not the "Detroit is a disaster zone" reporting typical for the place. Finally, they wanted to show the people in the front rows of change, not the same ten people who always get the press. No wonder I see their tone as "optimism, but not business as usual." That's what they had in mind!

Model D Media, fans of Detroit.

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Above originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
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In which the fan artists fix the ending, which was the only thing really wrong with the original.

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