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Badging at Ann Arbor Maker Faire
Les Orchard, Anya Shyrokova and I decided to implement Mozilla Open Badges, using Les's site, at the Ann Arbor mini Maker Faire. This is the full report on that experiment:
badges  badgus  annarbor  maker 
june 2012 by deusx
What Food Carts Say About Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor is not really the hippie wonderland some people think it is, but not for want of its citizens trying
annarbor  michigan  from google
july 2011 by deusx
Make: Online : A visit to All Hands Active
"Last weekend, I had the great fortune to visit All Hands Active, an up-and-coming hackerspace in Ann Arbor, Michigan."
annarbor  michigan  hackerspaces  hackers  from delicious
march 2010 by deusx
In Ann Arbor, Beer Begets More Beer
"If someone took the time to draw out all the connections between craft brewers in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area, it might look like the incestuous family tree the back country people in Deliverance scrawled in their family bible. But even the most seasoned beer connoisseur probably wouldn't be able to taste those connections while sampling a pint from one of the many local brewpubs and microbreweries. "
annarbor  beer  michigan  breweries  from delicious
march 2010 by deusx
NIGHT AND DAY: Ann Arbor Ignites (but lacks space to innovative)
"I would think that Ann Arbor would be a little embarrassed that it doesn't provide an open and affordable arts and cultural center for its citizens. Even Ypsilanti, which is one fifth our size has managed to create the Riverside Arts Center, which has both a gallery and theater for public use."
annarbor  spaces  events  culture  from delicious
november 2009 by deusx
Summer in Ann Arbor is the 4th coldest on record -
"Just how cool has it been? We're at the tail end of the fourth coldest summer recorded in Ann Arbor since 1880, University of Michigan meteorologist Dennis Kahlbaum said.

The average temperature for June was down 0.8 degrees; average temps were down 4.6 degrees in July, according to National Weather Service data."
weather  michigan  annarbor  from delicious
august 2009 by deusx
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Transitioning Ann Arbor to Self-Reliance
"The assumption behind Transition Towns is that we’re reaching a convergence of three crises: 1) a moment when oil production can’t meet demand, forcing us to confront a future of dramatically lower energy use; 2) climate change, which requires a drastic reduction in carbon emissions; and 3) worldwide economic instability. The Transition Towns movement is all about preparing communities to retool for this future, and the 12-step program is an outline of how to do that."
energy  makers  crafts  selfreliance  annarbor  michigan 
july 2009 by deusx
Ann Arbor Startup Community Report H1′09 | Ann Arbor Startup Blog
"Here’s a brief review of the last 6 months of grassroots tech / startup community organizing in Ann Arbor, MI, originally intended for the July 2009 Ann Arbor New Tech Meetup (but foiled by a blown projector bulb)…"
annarbor  michigan  startups  tech  community 
july 2009 by deusx
A Place Geeks Can Call Home - Concentrate
"Geeks can now find a home, build business success and form strong social bonds with others of their kind in the new private workspaces. Workantile Exchange, a co-working facility on Main Street, and Tech Brewery on the city's north side, have begun to offer workspace, peer support and networking to freelancers and start-ups, respectively. Neither is an incubator."
annarbor  michigan  coworking  tech  geeks  workantile  techbrewery 
july 2009 by deusx
The Benefits of Open to the Detroit Public Schools « Trek
"Think about the whole process in 2009: Patti was able get free consulting and find a solution to a very real problem with, literally, no money changing hands. Open advice, open process, open communications (all the way from teacher Patti to author Cory), open content. End result: Detroit Public School kids get award winning reading material at no cost to the school or any of the people who helped make it happen."
education  detroit  annarbor  michigan  braille  open  corydoctorow 
june 2009 by deusx
Edward Vielmetti - Downtown parking information by telephone project: my part is over
"Sorry I ever brought it up, sorry for any hurt feelings. It was wrong of me to think that I could make any progress without the support of the organization providing the data, and wrong of me to press on regardless of the cost. Someone else will have to care - I give up. It's just not worth it and it's bad for my health to care and to spend too much time around parking structure fumes."
foia  data  openness  opengovernment  annarbor  civics 
may 2009 by deusx
Edward Vielmetti - I am not an "information activist" or a "civic minded data freak", thank you very much
"So if I ask for that page of numbers as the spreadsheet it was originally, and a public records officer for a public body gives it to me as a bitmap, I'm going to ask again and keep asking publicly and perhaps uncomfortably until we both understand that this is a routine request and that compliance with routine requests is much easier than making everything an exception - because maybe, just maybe, I can replace that FOIA letter with a tiny shell script and we can just go about our business."
data  openness  civics  government  foia  annarbor  opengovernment 
may 2009 by deusx
techbrewery ‎(‎
"a community of technologists, entrepreneurs & startups"
coworking  tech  annarbor  michigan 
april 2009 by deusx
a2geeks Movie Night 2 - BBS Documentary - a2geeks - Confluence
"For our second a2geeks movie night, we'd like to host a showing of Jason Scott's BBS Documentary (I already have the DVDs), followed by a tech swap meet / vintage tech fair in the CSE Atrium (in the shadow of the original ENIAC!)."
annarbor  michigan  bbses  movienight  a2geeks 
february 2009 by deusx
Notional Slurry » Mike Kessler’s Ann Arbor Coworking
"I think Mike Kessler can actually do this. He’s already overcome the worst barrier to entry we faced when we were exploring a local coworking facility: the tendency to dilute your decisionmaking by being too communitarian. And I have a feeling he might even beat the second-worst barrier to entry: the cost of commercial real estate in downtown Ann Arbor."
annarbor  michigan  coworking  kessler  awesome 
january 2009 by deusx
Mark Maynard - ArbCamp 08
"It was a great event, and I feel fortunate to have been a part of something so spontaneous and grassroots in nature. It’s a welcomed change from what I generally see in the local business community…. And that’s all I’m going to say about that."
arbcamp2008  annarbor  michigan  barcamp 
december 2008 by deusx
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Column: A Small Slice of ArbCamp 2008
"On Thursday evening, the second floor of Cottage Inn Pizza on William Street in downtown Ann Arbor was cram-packed with geeks and non-geeks alike. But it seemed like mostly geeks – propeller heads, techies, code-freaks, whatever term of endearment you prefer. They were there for ArbCamp 2008, a gathering meant to stimulate discussions around topics mutually agreed upon, on the fly at the event, and to promote connections in the tech community that might prove constructive. If the breaking news of the day – UM’s purchase of the old Pfizer site to establish a medical research hub – represents a big box approach to economic development, then ArbCamp 2008 is a grass-roots approach."
arbcamp2008  annarbor  michigan  barcamp 
december 2008 by deusx
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Jones Drive (near Broadway)
"office furniture and equipment piled on curb; landlord says “chronic non-payment of rent” caused eviction of web hosting company IAS; provides service for AATA; AATA website currently down;"
aata  annarbor  hosting  web  transportation  a2b3  michigan  bus 
december 2008 by deusx
getDowntown Blog»Blog Archive » Talking Telecommuting with L.M.Orchard
"But for a more local perspective, I thought I’d interview a telecommuter in our own community. There are all kinds of telecommuters out there, from moms that telecommute in the evenings so they can watch their kids, to workers who want a day of quiet time away from the office. Then are folks like Les Orchard (pictured here). Les lives in Michigan (Livonia to be exact) and telecommutes for Mozilla (located in California)."
link:rel=me  self  telecommuting  mozilla  michigan  annarbor 
november 2008 by deusx
Design Sense, Local Logic
"While Shana Logic functions as a shopping portal, it sets itself apart from other online shopping venues by delivering products in a fun and creative way, starting with the online marketing (see shopping sections such as "yummy good" and "punk rock sass") and ending with the packaging (lime green bubble wrap, boxes decorated by hand with silly stickers and packed with a free magnet designed by Victor). The online store is as bold and colorful as much of the inventory is. To become a Shana Design product it must be cute, funny, silly, different. There is a heavy Japanese influence in the products, AKA modern craft or studio craft."
shanalogic  michigan  stores  toys  nifty  annarbor 
october 2008 by deusx
Coworking wiki / Coworking-Detroit-AnnArbor
"I am interested in organizing a coworking environment in the Metro Detroit/Ann Arbor area for independent web workers, designers, startup entrepreneurs, writers and freelancers who want to enjoy a shared space and network with like-minded folks."
coworking  detroit  annarbor  michigan 
august 2008 by deusx
A New Way to Work
"four Ann Arbor companies take a similar approach to how their workspaces are unconventionally arranged. SRT Solutions, Google Ad Words, Dynamic Edge, and Menlo Innovations – all leading companies in software development and technology consulting – are kicking down the proverbial walls, and opening up their work spaces to encourage productivity, creativity, and above all, interaction and open, free-form collaboration amongs their employees."
anticube  work  annarbor  michigan 
august 2008 by deusx
"You are invited to microcowork (e.g. work together, or alone but in the presence of others) at any of the times and locations on the calendar. You're likely to see logista, vaguery, edwardvielmetti, bkerr, mitten…"
annarbor  michigan  microcoworking  office  community  coworking  a2b3 
august 2008 by deusx
Lightning Talks at SRT - SRT Solutions
"Our lightning talks are open to any members of the community to speak on tech topics of their choice for 5 minutes (we have a kitchen timer and we use it!). You're free to speak, or simply to listen. The short talks are great for people who have little or no speaking experience to gain confidence in front of a group of people. They're also great for people who have speaking experience but are not accustomed to consolidating their talks to the essential elements."
lightningtalks  srt  annarbor  michigan 
august 2008 by deusx
MASTERMIND: Curtis Sullivan
"Even though our financials were immaculate they just didn't 'get' what a comic shop was and so they wouldn't rent to us. We tried to rent the Wizzywig location near State Street (now closed) but they told us they didn't want 'our kind of business.'"
annarbor  vaultofmidnight  comics  business 
july 2008 by deusx
"If you have happened by 826michigan lately, you may have noticed that we have had people working on our robot store seven days a week, all hours of the day and night."
robots  writing  annarbor  michigan 
june 2008 by deusx
Fry creates 100 jobs in last 18 months, looks to expand payroll even more
"Saying business is doing okay would be a bit of an understatement."
fry  annarbor  michigan 
june 2008 by deusx
When Did Ann Arbor's Library Get So Cool?
"Part of the library's dynamic growth is in its programming - the events it holds at its locations. In fact, the library is much more than a provider of circulating materials. It’s increasingly a venue for speakers, community organizations and a wide va
aadl  libraries  annarbor 
june 2008 by deusx
Concentrate - Guest Blogger: Ed Vielmetti
"There are people here who have been communicating with their neighbors by typing at them for long enough that it's second nature, and that makes writing a local blog about where to go juneberry picking (in front of the library) sound less like something
annarbor  edvielmetti  metablogging  writing 
june 2008 by deusx
Where do you connect with the Michigan Technology community? | Own Page One: Search Engine Visibility Blog - Online Marketing Strategy and Tips
"In a conversation with an out-of-stater earlier this week, I was asked what’s going on in the Michigan technology community, and what were the groups to connect with?"
annarbor  michigan  tech 
may 2008 by deusx
Coworking: Solo But Not Alone
"But being tied to the house isn't the antidote for being tied to the office, which is why coworking – working together, but separately – is gaining momentum in Ann Arbor and around the world."
coworking  annarbor  work 
april 2008 by deusx
Ann Arbor’s public library is a beacon of progress « Jon Udell
"On the Ann Arbor public library’s website you can find a wonderful example of how two local institutions — the library and the police department — can work together to curate an online exhibit"
annarbor  michigan  aapl 
march 2008 by deusx
Not An Employee
"We do not work for you. You do not work for us. We choose to work together."
coworking  employment  work  career  freelance  annarbor 
february 2008 by deusx
SI 658 Information Architecture :: Syllabus
"Office Hour 4:30-5:30 pm Tuesdays, Ashey's pub on State Street"
ia  webdev  informationarchitecture  uofm  michigan  annarbor 
january 2008 by deusx
Superpatron - Friends of the Library, for the net: Library Camp 2008 at Ann Arbor District Library, March 24 2008
"I met with Eli and the team at the AADL about the 2008 Library Camp to be held March 24 in Ann Arbor."
librarycamp  annarbor  unconference 
december 2007 by deusx
Pure Visibility - Own Page One » ArbCamp - A social media community event in Ann Arbor, Michigan
"Most importantly, it got a diverse group of folks meeting each other, making connections, and reinforcing that we do have vibrant community of creative folks here in the midwest"
arbcamp  michigan  annarbor 
november 2007 by deusx
Notional Slurry » ArbCamp
"We need to talk, to establish and then blend and grow communities, and use those interconnections to support our individual goals. We should have fun, and make things: software, businesses, money, social changes, art. And at the same time, we should expl
annarbor  arbcamp  meetups  michigan 
october 2007 by deusx
Main Articles: 'What Happens When We Mash The Library?', Ariadne Issue 50
"OCLC ran their software contest for the second year ... And Talis gathered an international team of judges to invite anyone, anywhere, to use anything in order to demonstrate an interesting new take on the library's online presence."
libraries  annarbor  aadl  mashups  hacks 
october 2007 by deusx
SRT opens Ann Arbor office, more than triples its employees
"The company, which provides software development consulting, has just opened an office in Ann Arbor which will open its doors as a third space of sorts for the local computer community."
annarbor  career  srt 
september 2007 by deusx
Garlic fries - ArborWiki
"Information smells like garlic fries. Here's where you can get them in town."
annarbor  food  garlicfries  michigan 
september 2007 by deusx
Google workers - Ann Arbor News Extra -
Kind of a fluff piece, doesn't tell me much about what's going on at Google A2. It's all "Wow, kooky Californian office space with weird carpet and massage chairs and sunlight! How can you get any work done?"
google  annarbor  jobs  career  video 
september 2007 by deusx
AADL Open-Source Software | Ann Arbor District Library
"We do quite a bit of software development at AADL, and some of the work we've done may be of interest or use to other libraries."
aadl  annarbor  michigan  software  opensource  oss  libraries 
september 2007 by deusx
Developer Blog | Ann Arbor District Library
"Welcome to the AADL Developer Blog! Software Development is a big part of what we do here at AADL, and this section of is the place to keep up with our new features, see what our developers are working on, and find out what kind of tools we're p
annarbor  michigan  aadl  library  libraries 
september 2007 by deusx
CRINGE: Google brings light unto Michigan - Valleywag
"Ann Arbor is to be home to Google's Adwords sales, one of the lowest status groups at the Googleplex. Those jobs, about as exciting as selling classifieds, are unlikely to persuade too many University of Michigan graduates to stay in the Rustbelt."
annarbor  michigan  google  ugh 
may 2007 by deusx
Real Estate Blog - The Death of Retail
"Wizzywig, a downtown Ann Arbor store specializing in Japanese pop-culture collectables is moving. They are relocating their store front to the industrial park by the Ann Arbor Airport where there warehouse is."
sad  annarbor  wizzywig  toys  commerce  economy  jpop  japan 
april 2007 by deusx
GET YOUR GAME ON: New & Used Video Games, Comic Books & Toys, Tabletop Games
"Ann Arbor's one stop shop for new & used video games, comic books & graphic novels, and a wide variety of non-electronic games."
annarbor  gaming  comics  nifty 
april 2007 by deusx
Internet Veteran Sees Clearly at Pure Visibility: Internationally Recognized Web Pioneer Joins Staff at Michigan-based Internet Marketing Firm - Yahoo! News
"Next generation Internet marketing firm Pure Visibility has hired Edward Vielmetti, an Internet veteran recently recognized by the BBC News as a pioneer in Web usage."
vielmetti  annarbor  michigan  google  purevisibility 
january 2007 by deusx
Vacuum - Edward Vielmetti in Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104: Top 10 wireless Internet cafes in Ann Arbor for 2006
"Here's a list of the top 10 places in Ann Arbor to go with a laptop and get some work done."
annarbor  wifi  coffee 
december 2006 by deusx
Catalog Search Cloud | Ann Arbor District Library
"This cloud represents the popularity of searches against the AADL catalog."
via:vielmetti  annarbor  library  search  nifty 
december 2006 by deusx
Web site says liberals beat student GOP leader; police say no
"Police: Student picked fight with friends at party, got punched"
morons  republicans  politics  fights  annarbor 
september 2006 by deusx
Patrons in the driver's seat: Giving advanced tool-sets to library patrons - HigherEd BlogCon
"The trick is assembling the right components to create unique, immersive experiences for our patrons both online and off."
libraries  aadl  annarbor  code4lib 
april 2006 by deusx
Superpatron: the stray bookmarks of previous patrons
"I'd love it if every time I got a book there was some leftover of a previous reader"
libraries  books  annarbor 
january 2006 by deusx (video/quicktime Object)
Loud cosplay live-action pac-man in the libraries
packman  gaming  annarbor  video  funny  nifty 
december 2005 by deusx
A Partial History of Computer Conferencing in Ann Arbor
"Starting in the research labs of the University of Michigan, and moving out into the surrounding community, Ann Arbor's conferencing systems were among the first to make sophisticated computer conferencing systems publicly available."
annarbor  oldschool 
october 2005 by deusx Ira Glass at Michigan Theater (Saturday, December 10, 2005)
"The acclaimed host of NPR's "This American Life" visits the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor for an evening of engaging recollections.""
npr  iraglass  annarbor  events 
october 2005 by deusx
Create and Maintain Web Sites More Efficiently Using Pearl Comments
"the Pearl Comments Browser Extension, which adds a sidebar to popular web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer."
webdev  annarbor 
october 2005 by deusx
Arbor Update: Google to build Ann Arbor tech center?
"Ann Arbor may become home to a new technology center for up to 1,000 employees from Google Inc., the Internet search engine giant that was recently hired to digitize the University of Michigan’s 19 libraries." Whoa. Neat, if true.
google  annarbor 
june 2005 by deusx (Mariokart Double Dash)^8
"Eight Gamecubes were networked together in a LAN, and the S-video outs of each station were taken to a Video Toaster rig, which in turn had its output fed to a projector."
annarbor  gaming 
august 2004 by deusx
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