Category Archives: Halloween

Snowtober: power outage maps for Halloween 2011 storm

THIS WEEK IN MAPS, for Sunday, October 30, 2011: A late October snowstorm is heading up the East Coast of the United States for Halloween. Here’s maps of the affected areas, showing what parts of the electrical grid have had the worst impact from the heavy, wet snow in the forecast.

New Hampshire

As of 2:00 a.m. Sunday, 32% of PSNH customers are without power.

Picture 28


NSTAR list of power outages by town (PDF) for midnight, Sunday; no map. The NSTAR outage center lists contacts. Over 52,000 customers without power out of 1.1 million served (5%).

National Grid at 1:30 a.m. on Monday shows substantial outages statewide.

Picture 30


Connecticut Light and Power, a Northeast Utilities company, has a map that shows that the outages from the storm are worse than from Hurricane Irene. Over 700,000 of CLP’s 1.2 million customers are without power (56%) as seen on this map as of 1:38 a.m. Sunday, October 30. Area codes affected include 203, 475, and 860.

Picture 27 - CLP outages for Snowtober

The Ridgefield Press storm live blog notes trees down, power outages, traffic accidents, electrical fires due to trees falling on live wires, and other storm-related damage in Ridgefield, CT.
More local news coverage of southwestern Connecticut news from papers in the Hersam Acorn Newspapers chain.
Power consumption, actual and forecast, from CT Energy Info.

New Jersey

Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

The story about the outages has photos of the tree damages in Bucks and Montco counties. PECO spokesman spokesman Ben Armstrong told the paper that Saturday’s storm was the worst October storm in the utility’s history.

West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania

Is Your Power Out? Call 1-800-Allegheny (1-800-255-3443) and let us know.

Map as of 8:06 a.m., Saturday, October 29, 2011.

Map as of 8:17 a.m., Saturday, October 29, 2011. / Allegheny Energy / 1-800-255-3443

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== Updates ==
* Tue 8:30 a.m. PA, NJ, CT updates
* Sun 2:25 a.m. More CT including Hersham Acorn news chain for SW CT
* Sun 2:00 a.m. Connecticut Light and Power
* Sat 8:21 a.m. start work on map collection for Sunday “publication”; Allegheny Electric


Typepad on iPad, edited elsewhere

No support for rich text editing in safari, but otherwise performant. Kind of nice.

I’ll need to really learn markdown for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is that it descends from setext.

Ann Arbor

A2B3 lunch is Thursday as always.
Ann Arbor Parks did trick or treat today, Sunday, noon to 4pm on the Huron River.

Arborwiki makes a good companion as you go for errands around town.
Ann Arbor City Council elections and a millage are coming up. The Ann Arbor Chronicle has characteristically thorough coverage of the League of Women Voters forums.
Some project, not yet identified, has North Main torn up at Catherine. A second project has North Division down to a single lane. Expect delays.

No one was hurt in last week's fire on Harpst.
I'm trying a neighborhood LinkedIn group to see what kind of density I need to get enough people to make a group worthwhile; it might make sense to grab people closest first and then out by distance.

Metro Detroit

Tigers lost in the ALCS, and I’m looking forward to spring training.

Power outages from the Saturday windstorms were worst in Warren.


Occupy Chicago has had a lot of protest, via the Chicago Tribune which was on the scene.

Occupy Wall Street took over Times Square.


I am tracking steps with a pedometer again, thanks to Paul Resnick and a research group at UMSI.
Statler and Waldorf have taken over the Muppets twitter account. New movie due for Thanksgiving. Cue the Muppets.


The wind on Saturday made farmers market blustery. Squash of all sizes and varieties were there, and there’s nothing like a big old Hubbard squash to keep the corner of a table down. A farmer was doing the frost dance but said they had none at the last full moon. Traditionally, it’s said that the best way to open a Hubbard is to take an axe to it, or to throw it down into the cellar.


It’s hard to have great weird ideas when you are closing trouble tickets.
My new employer Nutshell has an office where my former employer Pure Visibility used to have it's offices.


Steve Jobs, Dennis Ritchie, Einar Steffrud.


Books moved recently include Kawabata’s, Snow Country, to be shelved on the Heikki Lunta shelf to prepare me for winter.


Pinboard now supports Gopher urls in bookmarks.


Michigan football lost to State. It was as good an excuse as any to call my aunt who went to East Lansing.


Wow, I have a lot of categories.

October 26, 2008: Trick or Treat Down The River, Argo to Gallup

Trick or Treat Down the River returns this fall

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 16, 2008 — City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation – Don’t miss
the chance to “Trick or Treat Down the River” with your family on Sunday, Oct. 26. Begin your
trip from the Argo Canoe Livery anytime between noon and 4 p.m. The fee is $22/boat (no pre-
registration required).

Experience the Huron River in all its fall beauty while also enjoying trick-or-treating by canoe or
kayak. All ages welcome to canoe or kayak from Argo down to Gallup Canoe Livery, stopping
along the way to collect candy and drink swamp muck given out by costumed characters on the
banks of the river. For details call 734.662.9319.

(from a PDF press release; why oh why can’t the city send out press releases as text)
(needs a photo from a previous year)
("swamp muck" ? ugh)

costume (exploding vacuum) from the Terry Jones opera “Evil Machines”, 2008

In the "this might be too weird for this year’s Halloween costume" department:

from Live Design Online, "No One Meaner than a Vacuum Cleaner"

The opera (Evil Machines) features wild cars and other evil machines, pitted against
friendly household appliances, including a beautiful egg whisk and the
alarm clock that loves her. Veteran costume designer and Monty Python
movie alum James Acheson had a hand in designing the opening chorus of
six evil vacuum cleaners. The chorus is joined by a 15′ giant evil
vacuum cleaner, who — with the help of an inflatable body, a fan, and
some CO2 — literally bursts with pride, showering dust and bed bugs over the orchestra and the first few rows of the audience.

The BBC has a video with a Terry Jones interview and some of the dancing vacuums (sorry, can’t embed it).

Opera singers appear as giant appliances in Monty Python creator Terry
Jones’ new ‘opera’ Evil Machines which is being premiered in Lisbon,

The Guardian weighs in (in Jan 2008)

Evil Machines, a new opera devised and directed by Monty Python star
Terry Jones, looks set to come to London. Starring singing
tumble-dryers, a giant red telephone and a 15ft-tall vacuum cleaner, it
has just opened in Portugal, to standing ovations.

Too weird for words, but topical and seasonally appropriate in the oddest way; see at 2:40 in the video below.

Halloween costume: vacuum with attachments

in some extremely silly world, here are practical ways to get dressed for Halloween as a vacuum cleaner with attachments.

From "coolest homemade costumes dot com" in their home appliances section:

My husband started with an empty box, free from the grocery store
and cut it down to fit her. He then wrapped it in some black vinyl,
attached some parts from old vacuums we had in the garage (handle, hose
and attachment, caddy with brushes). The red Hoover emblem was a piece
of red sticky-backed felt.

The feet (power head) were two
pieces of 4" foam hollowed out, one on each foot for movement. We
decorated them with more red felt displaying 12 amps and aluminum foil
for a headlight. While trick or treating so many people asked her to
clean their houses for fun!


A red upright Hoover costume for a 3 year old (photo at link)

Disney’s Family Fun has this one, submitted by Julie L of Arglye TX:

Made with a black sweatsuit and red felt, the vacuum bag portion of
this costume gets its full shape from newspaper stuffing, while foam
core is used to make the sweeper. Toilet paper rolls painted black and
attached to a knit cap create the handle, and a black cord is the final
touch to the wearable appliance.

Finally, here’s a twist I hadn’t expected: rather than you dressing as a vacuum, dress your vacuum (in this case the Roomba robot vacuum) in a Frogger costume from myRoomBud.

The video commentary:

since Phillip Torrone
and Limor Fried played
Roomba Frogger down in
Texas, we wanted to play
it too except we could
not afford to use one
of our Roombas … so
we hacked a Frogger game
to use one our RoomBud
costume characters, Roobit
the Frog. Well that wasn’t
good enough so using a
from RoombaDevTools
for the wireless bluetooth
connection to our computer
and a bit more coding,
we put together a game
that we can play on the
computer and have Roobit
the Frog RoomBud actually
run along the floor doing
the same maneuvers as
the Frogger character.
When you get your little
Roobit across the river,
your Roomba will start
to vacuum!

Ann Arbor Halloween hours and events for October 31, 2008

As promised here's a collection of Halloween information for Ann Arbor and the area for 2008.  I'll be updating this page as new stuff comes in.

City of Ann Arbor – offical hours

ON FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2008, BETWEEN 5 AND 8 P.M.

more on the halloween pdf press release for 2008 for ann arbor

Burns Park – Costume Parade

from the Burns Park Elementary PTO newsletter:

Our annual Halloween Costume Parade is a much-awaited event in the  neighborhood. The parade will begin at 2:15 on Friday, October 31.  Weather permitting, we will parade into the park and around the block. Students bring costumes to change into at the end of the day for the parade. We encourage you to come and enjoy.

Ann Arbor District Library

Celebrate Halloween all week at AADL: Kids in grades 4-5 can join us for an alien autopsy at our Weird Science Halloween party on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 3-4 p.m. at the Pittsfield branch or make pirate costumes and treasure maps on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Traverwood branch. Grades 6-adult will hear chilling tales of investigations
by the SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society on Thursday, Oct. 30,
from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room, and
younger kids can dress up for our annual Halloween Party
on Friday, Oct. 31, with stories, songs and treats at 9:30-10:00 a.m.
or 10:30-11 a.m. in the Downtown Multi-Purpose Room (just prior to the
Main Street Area Association's Downtown Treat Parade at 11:00 a.m.).

Halloween stores

Year-round costume stores:

Packard and Platt: Fantasy Attic

Enjoy these temporary stores, temporarily:

W Stadium near Pauline (in the former Ace Barnes Hardware): Halloween USA

Other event listing

Ann Arbor realtor Missy Caulk has a list of events around the area.