Category Archives: Muppets

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.


Hockey: Michigan 2 Colorado College 1 (final), NCAA West Regional Final #goblue

Michigan beats Colorado College 2-1 to go to the Frozen Four. Third period Colorado College goal by Schwarz, with two first period Michigan goals by Scooter Vaughan (Placentia, CA) and Lee Moffie (Wallingford, CT).

The Muppet Glee Club will now render Temptation.

And because you can’t have one without the other, Hawaiian War Chant.

A live blog. I have ESPN3 in the other window, which makes me a sports blogger, I guess.

Twitter hash tag: #goblue

Follow: @Michigan_Hockey . The team includes goaltender @Shawn_Hunwick .

Sports reporter and my former co-worker Jeff Arnold is always worth following for hockey coverage. 

They are there: Michigan Daily live blog. Jake Fromm is taking photos, and Casandra Pagni is writing from St. Louis. Follow @mark_j_burns, @casandra_pagni, @michaelflorek, @stephenjnesbitt

They live blog hockey all the time: .

Preview from MGoBlog: Hockey Opponent Preview- CC (not that CC)

Third period underway.

0:28 Timeout.

0:40 Colorado pulls a goalie

2:48 Colorado College penalty, Michigan power play.

3:35 Colorado College scores (Schwartz)

3:44 Penalty on Michigan (2:00, boarding). 4 on 4 for 0:09, then a 1:51 Colorado power play.

5:35 Michigan power play, 2:00 minor on Johnson.

6:13 Power play ends, even handed.

8:13 Tripping call, Colorado College power play.

8:18 No penalties for the last 9:02 , which makes for fast-moving hockey.

17:20 Michigan fails to capitalize on power play; even handed.

19:20 Penalty on Colorado College ; Michigan power play.

Second period ends with Michigan leading 2-0.

0:47 Save by Joe Howe (Colorado College) on breakaway by A.J. Treais.

0:58 Colorado College fails to convert on power play, even handed.

2:00. Power play continues.

2:58 Penalty on Michigan (Lynch 11, 2:00 for holding), Colorado College power play.

6:47 Colorado College fails to convert on power play, even handed.

8:47. Penalty on Michigan, Moffie (2:00). Colorado College power play.

15:15. Michigan fails to convert on power play, back to even handed.

17:15. Penalty on Colorado College, #24 Ryan Lowery 2:00 for elbowing. Michigan power play.

18:05. Michigan fails to convert on power play, back to even handed.

19:30 Michigan power play chance.

At the end of the first period, Michigan leads Colorado College 2-0.

0:08 Penalty 2:00 for hooking on Colorado College.

2:27 Michigan power play goal! Hail to the Victors!, here sung by the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club. “Moffie blasts home a shot from the right faceoff dot during the 5 on 3 PP at 17:33. 2-0 Michigan. assist to Langlais” – @Michigan_Hockey 

3:57 Michigan with 4 on 3 for 0:44.

4:14 Michigan kills penalty, Colorado takes a penalty, 4 on 4.

5:13  Colorado College 2 man advantage with Michigan leading 1-0.

Edward Vielmetti hits the “save” button on the Vacuum, the weblog he has been writing since 1999.

Frozen Four Hockey: Michigan 3, U Nebraska Omaha 2 (OT)

The University of Michigan hockey team defeated the University of Nebraska Omaha 3-2 in overtime in Frozen Four action in St. Louis. The winning goal was scored by Kevin Lynch at 17:25 in overtime. Officials reviewed the replay for ten minutes before declaring the goal a winner.

Preview: Hoover Street Rag.

Live blog: Michigan Daily. The Daily runs a photo of a Rust v Hudson faceoff taken tonight by Jake Fromm, and has a full period by period scoring run down.

Jeff Arnold via Twitter:


@Michigan_hockey awaits the winner of Boston College-Colorado College in Saturday night's @NCAAIceHockey regional finals in St. Louis


NHL.COM/AP: Michigan beats Nebraska-Omaha 3-2 in OT; this is the 8:51 p.m. version.

It wasn't clear why it took officials so long to make a call on the play. Apparently, Lynch nudged a rebound past goalie John Faulkner after Greg Pateryn's shot from the point. has a story written by staff, updated with game details but running only a file photo; in a later update, they run a photo from Tim Vizer via Icon SMI

The Icon SMI album of images from tonight's game has 14 photos. Do not use them in your blog, but look at them – just look at them.

FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. Icon SMI reserves the right to pursue unauthorized users of this image. If you violate our intellectual property you may be liable for: actual damages, loss of income, and profits you derive from the use of this image, and, where a

Official game recap: Flower Mound, TX is wrong; Lynch's bio says he's from Grosse Pointe, and forward Chris Brown is from Flower Mound. A later edit gets it right.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – In overtime, sophomore center Kevin Lynch's (Flower Mound, Texas) shot deflected underneath the Nebraska-Omaha netminder, and after a lenghthy video review, it was confirmed it crossed the goal line, sending the No. 6-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team past the 14th-ranked Mavericks, 3-2, on Friday (March 25) and into the NCAA Regional final at the Scottrade Center.

MGoBlog: Hockey WOOOOOOOOOO thread.

Live chat:

The Muppet Glee Club will now render Temptation.

And because you can't have one without the other, Hawaiian War Chant.

Edward Vielmetti sang the National Anthem with the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club at Tiger Stadium in the final game of the World Series.

ed note: update 1:15 with final story, update with photo credits, Lynch home town fixed, ICON SMI photo gallery

The Muppet Glee Club’s version of Temptation

After every Michigan football win, the band plays Temptation.  Here’s a version from practice.

And, after every Michigan win, the blog MGoBlog posts the Muppet Glee Club’s version of Temptation.. Alas, MGoBlog usually gives you the abbreviated version minus the first half of the sketch.
Here’s the whole thing. “It really doesn’t matter what song you’re going to sing, as long as we all agree the song we’re going to sing.” (Alas, that was an embedded Youtube video that’s gone; here’s another one.)

Definitive answer from the Swedish Chef: what is a bumbershoot?

Dan Cooney had a question at the last a2b3 – “what is a bumbershoot?” Here’s a definitive answer from the Swedish Chef on that topic:

More on “bumbershoot” from World Wide Words:

It seems to have been yet another of those gloriously facetious bits of wordplay so characteristic of America in the nineteenth century. Quite how it came about is a matter of some guesswork, but it looks moderately certain that the first part derives from the beginning of umbrella, with a b put in front so that it makes the evocative and forceful first syllable bum; the second half, as you surmise, is a respelling of the final syllable of parachute, presumably because of the similar shape.

No need for your bumbershoot today, though a parasol would do you nicely.

Credit to Al Abut for snagging the Chef from YouTube.