Monthly Archives: September 2010

Things I wish I had written, September 2010 edition

A travel guide from here to South Bend via US-12, with roadside geology and history; ditto, the road south on US-23 and its cross-section through the surface of the earth towards Bowling Green.

A look out the window of the Oxford Shuttle, a bus that goes around the University of Michigan central campus.

A reprise of the "top 10 internet cafes" post from 2006, updated with a lot of 2010 details.

10 bed and breakfasts in the area, plus a long list more, all based on first hand research.

Where to watch the Michigan-Notre Dame Game anywhere in the country, with notes on which of the places serve Michigan beers.

Which little place between here and Amherst, Mass. serves a mean Michigan dog, and what exactly do they mean by Michigan dogs there?

How to ship a shipping container on the Great Lakes, and how to float one downstream from Ann Arbor to the sea or up the lakes to the UP.  Portaging might be hard, especially with low water.

There will be a chance to write all these again, but sometimes the idea is overtaken by events, and then you have to have a new idea.


landscape with prepared camera, postcard emv-001

My old camera now always takes pictures that looks like the Northern Lights. It went into the closet after it failed and after cell phone cameras started taking good enough photos, but perhaps it’s time to restore it to art photography use for the postcard series.

Canon PowerShot S200 "Digital Elph" with macular degeneration

postcard thoughts

If I were to hive off another blog from this one, today I'd do the postcard blog; one that somehow every single post in the blog had the word postcard in the title and postcard in the first paragraph. All postcards all the time, and a design that looked like it was made for postcards.

Prettyman Boarding House postcard

Herriman Fire (Utah) map and current news

There is a large fire near Herriman, Utah, known as the Herriman Fire or the Machine Gun Fire. Some details.

On twitter, follow #herrimanfire .

Maps are being produced with evacuation zones. Look for one that loads fast, which means that a typical output from a GIS system with every road marked in loving detail is not what you want.  See e.g.

Note to self, it would be worthwhile to GIS managers to have an option for "emergency map" that automatically produces a space-efficient map that can be used in the field.



I must learn to love the fool in me (Theodore Rubin)

I must learn to love the fool in me—the one who feels too much, talks too
much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks
self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks
promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly
self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of
human aliveness, humility and dignity but for my fool. -Theodore Rubin