Monthly Archives: June 2013

“The Power Of The Blog”, Ann Arbor Observer, June 2013

The Power Of The Blog“, Ann Arbor Observer, June 2013

Vacuum’s subject material is a hodgepodge, but that’s because Vielmetti sees the blog very much in the classical context: as a personal, yet very public, journal. A longtime notebook keeper, Vielmetti sees Vacuum mostly as just another way to record and archive his own thoughts–although it recently hit a traffic milestone, with one million total page views.

Patrick Dunn’s story also has accounts from A2Gastroboy, Ben Connor Barrie of Damn Arbor, and Mark Maynard.

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June 27, 2013 flooding in Ann Arbor

Several streets in Ann Arbor have flooded as a result of slow-moving storm cells that passed through the city on the afternoon of Thursday, June 27, 2013. Reports are still filtering in, but here’s what I know about right now.

The City of Ann Arbor is building a “Citizen Storm Corps” volunteer group to assist in stormwater/flooding data collection. Volunteers will visit Large Event Data Gathering locations after significant rain events, record visual observations about the stormwater’s behavior at that location using a LEDG Stormwater/Flooding Reporting Form, and submit the data to the city. If interested in volunteering, e-mail stormmodel@a2gov.org.

US-23 at Warren Road

From the National Weather Service, all caps in original.

STREET FLOODING HAS BEEN REPORTED IN ANN ARBOR FROM AROUND 2 INCHES
WITH THE WARREN STREET UNDERPASS OF US 23 FLOODED & CLOSED. WITH
ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED FROM STORMS.ANY FLOODING WILL
BE EXACERBATED WITH FLOODING PROBLEM MOST LIKELY SPREADING IN AREAL
COVERAGE AS A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS DROPS SO. INTO THE AREA.

Depot Street.

Depot between North Main and Fourth has flooded. This is an ambulance route, and at least one ambulance had to turn back because of the high water.

 

State Street.

South State Street near Yost Arena has flooded. U of Michigan athletes were out pushing stalled cars.

Huron and Washington near the Ann Arbor Railroad

South Fifth near Fingerle Lumber

Behold Lake Fingerle

Hatcher Library basement

The basement of the University of Michigan Hatcher Graduate Library took on some water; a truck from Belfor was there later in the evening.

Hill and South Division

Detroit Street at Beakes>

South Industrial

Just south of Kroger

Hoover and Mary

N. Ashley and Felch

A 55mb .MOV file showing the flooding at that corner; it plays on Macs with Quicktime. From @voxphoto, via the Ann Arbor Chronicle.

South Main between Packard and Madison

Looks like this was taken from inside Hook Logic.

More local coverage: AnnArbor.com.

Related articles

AnnArbor.Crowdmap.com – collaborative analysis of storm impact
March 28, 2013 North Quad flood

Joyent Manta: map/reduce for Unix natives

Joyent has released Manta, a computing environment that includes a powerful map/reduce system which leverages native Unix commands. Unlike a Hadoop world where you have to spin up a Java environment to get anything done, Manta makes map/reduce as simple as possible for those of us who know the Unix shell pretty well.

Some examples may be useful.

for n in $HOME/doc/books/*
do
wc -l $n >> $TMP/wc-tmp
done
awk '{ t += $1 } END { print t }' < $TMP/wc-tmp

has an equivalent in Manta as something like

mfind -t o /$MANTA_HOME/stor/books | \
mjob create -o -m "wc -l" -r "awk '{ t += \$1 } END { print t }' "

where the word count command "wc" is the "map" step, and the awk summation is the "reduce" step.

Some other commentary on the system, which I'm still learning, is scattered around the net.

Joyent: Big compute for Big Data with Manta (screencast)

Joyent: Hello Manta: Bringing Unix to Big Data

Wanelo: A Cost-effective Approach to Scaling Event-based Data Collection and Analysis

Thanks for pointing this out, Alan Gutierrez!

Related articles

Inside Manta: Distributing the Unix shell
Joyent Launches Manta Service For Cloud Computing, Storage
Joyent goes big on big-data computing and storage with Manta service

Stand with Wendy

 

The Texas legislature failed to pass SB 5, which would have drastically restricted access to abortions and closed a number of clinics in Texas. Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) filibustered the bill for nearly 13 hours, and a series of parliamentary moves kept the legislature up until 3 a.m. until the Republicans finally conceded.

Better coverage:

Texas Tribune: Led by Davis, Democrats Defeat Abortion Legislation

Texas Observer: Live Blog: Senate Filibuster on Anti-Abortion Bill

Twitter was abuzz all evening, with tags including #sb5 and #txlege trending all evening. A live stream on YouTube had more than 150,000 viewers at one point.

Singapore haze map for 24 June 2013

The BBC World Service has reporting on the dense haze that’s covering Singapore and parts of Malaysia as a result of land-clearing fires in Indonesia. The map below is from the Meteorological Service Singapore. The Indonesian president has apologized for the haze, notes the Straits Times.

Singapore-haze-map-24-June-2013
Singaporeans are advised to wear masks when going outdoors, and to stay indoors if at all possible. SingPost has issued masks for postal workers.

 

Related articles

In Battle Against Haze, Indonesia Turns to Helicopters and a Plane
Indonesia Says Singapore ‘Behaving Like a Child’ Over Haze
Singapore PM Says Haze from Indonesia Fires May Last for Weeks
The horrible HAZE in Singapore is bad for…
Singapore blanketed with worst ever haze

Bookgate in Urbana, Illinois at the Urbana Free Library

People in Urbana Illinois are up in arms that the Urbana Free Library director decided to discard a large portion of the library's non fiction collection. Shelves were left bare after books older than 10 years old were summarily discarded. Citizens, up in arms after their library collection was decimated, packed a library board meeting to demand answers.

Every library weeds old books from their shelves, partly to make room for new ones, partly to remove surplus copies of no longer popular titles, and partly to get rid of texts that are no longer accurate or true. The last is most critical for nonfiction, where old works in science or medicine can be misleading or even dangerous.

Weeding is one of those arcane skills that is taught in library school. (Back off, man, I'm a library scientist!) The problem happens when you don't pay attention to a wide range of factors when looking at what to get rid of.

My own bookshelves get sorted through from time to time, and I count on the library to backstop my collection when it's time to make room for new materials. It would be horrible to have that extra set of shelves full of books laid bare by an overzealous discard policy.

Details: 

#bookgate detailed timeline of links (Google Doc)

Twitter: #bookgate

Chicago Sun-Times: Why do the shelves at the Urbana Free Library look so empty?

Book Riot: Bookgate: When Urbana Free Library Purged Thousands of Books

Smile Politely: Miscommunication, or mismanagement?

Smile Politely: “Public officials do not have the luxury of lying”