Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Onion leaves Ann Arbor, three months after it arrived

The Onion‘s local arts and entertainment section AV Club Ann Arbor is leaving town, only three months after it set up shop. Michigan Radio had the news, though they were too polite to run their recording of a conversation with the franchisee, Bobby Mitchell of Bopper Media. I spoke with the director of sales who referred questions to Mitchell who wasn’t available for comment (i.e. I didn’t have his phone number).

Mark Maynard notes the collapse of the Onion franchise and is as surprised as I was about how short lived the stay was. If you want to pick up where Bopper left off, Onion franchise terms are available for perusal.

On a happier note, local satirists News of Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Newshawks, and doubtless dozens more waiting in the wings of Ann Arbor’s booming fake journalism industry are expecting to press on, regardless of this temporary setback in their midst.

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snow day links – how to get information

If there is going to be a snow day in the Ann Arbor area, where do you look?

My first inclination is on twitter, in the hopes that someone knows better than me in real time.

Snow days go on television: Channel 2 snow day listings, Channel 4 snow day listings, Channel 7 snow day listings. These all cover greater Metro Detroit.

Snow days go on the radio; check 24 hour news stations like WJR 990 and WWJ 760.

Snow days are announced without the assistance of the media, e.g. Ann Arbor Public Schools which publishes directly.

Ann Arbor area snow day links

If there is going to be a snow day in the Ann Arbor area, where do you look?

My first inclination is on twitter, in the hopes that someone knows better than me in eal time.

Snow days go on television: Channel 2 snow day listings, Channel 4 snow day listings, Channel 7 snow day listings. These all cover greater Metro detroit.

Snow days go on the radio; check 24 hour news stations like WJR and WWJ.

Snow days are announced without the assistance of the media, e.g. Ann Arbor Public Schools which publishes directly.

Public hearing December 7, 2011 to discuss increase of hourly parking rates in Ann Arbor

Notice of Public Hearing

Under Paragraph 8 of the City/DDA Parking Agreement, the public must be provided with an opportunity to speak at a public hearing before changes are made to hourly parking meter rates. A public hearing has been scheduled to elicit feedback on a proposed change to increase the hourly parking meter rate $0.10/hour, from $1.40/hour to $1.50/hour in September 2012.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 12 noon

Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority Office

150 S. Fifth Avenue, Third Floor Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Power outage information from DTE Energy on your Android phone

This news release follows an earlier notice of an iPhone app, also available on the app store. For outage information from your browser, go to the DTE Energy outage map.

News Release Issued: November 28, 2011 3:00 PM EST

DTE Energy Introduces a New Android App to Get Outage Information

DETROIT, Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – DTE Energy has introduced a new interactive mobile Android application (app) for customers to access a variety of up-to-the-minute information, including outage information from their smartphones.

The DTE Energy Outage Center Google Android App is available free of charge from the Android Marketplace.

Located at dteenergy.com, the Outage Center is a central area online where consumers interested in getting the latest information about power outages, can go to get tips on what to do during a storm or find out answers to other frequently asked questions. DTE Energy is one of the first utilities in the country to allow customers to report power outages via a downloadable native mobile smartphone application. 

Using the app, DTE Energy customers can report power outages, view the status of a reported problem and explore a map illustrating the number of outages reported throughout the area.

DTE Energy has added this mobile capability to our existing suite of outage-related offerings to bring useful information to customers in the way they want or in an outage situation, where they are able to see it. In September, DTE Energy introduced an iPhone app.

"We have a variety of tools for our customers already available on the DTE Energy website and we want to extend those tools in new and engaging ways," said Patrick Duffy, Customer Service Manager with DTE Energy.

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on gas storage and pipelines, unconventional gas production, power and industrial projects, and energy trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com,twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.

SOURCE DTE Energy

For further information: CONTACT: Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, +1-313-235-3202

 

 

Fran, restarting

Fran has been going through a lot; here’s what I wrote to her tonight.

Thank you so much for writing your way through your chemo treatments. I don’t often see anyone with such power to look at what is going on and make sense of it, never mind the subject matter. I wish only that I could write with a fraction of a clear mind in such a circumstance.

Read more at Fran Battles The Pink Robots: Restarting, with chemo at an end.

I can feel what it will be like to be normal again and it’s just so completely overwhelming.