Thursday, April 06, 2006
Flygirls in Wales by Find The River
Find The River writes: From across the pond:
Wales is playing a pioneering role in ensuring the gentle splash of hook and sinker is created by a new breed of angler - female, young and from ethnic minority backgrounds.
As part of a £1m scheme by the Environment Agency to "diversify" our river banks, Muslim women and children living in the centre of Swansea have been sent on free trout fishing trips.
The aim is to encourage them into the male-dominated world of angling.
He continues: Not all Welshmen are thrilled about this
Read A New Breed Of Flygirl
Satellite Radio Boom by PC Mike's E-Journal
Mike Wendland writes: The satellite radio craze is continuing to grow. XM Satellite announced this week that is now has a subscription base of 6.5 million - up some 68,000 since the end of 2005.
Read Satellite radio rolls on
Whooping Crane hopefuls by GLRC Environment Report
GLRC writes: Dozens of whooping cranes are heading north this spring, as an experiment continues to develop a migrating flock of the birds in the Eastern U.S. Wildlife experts hope this'll be the year the effort will produce its first successful hatch of a crane egg. The GLRC's Chuck Quirmbach reports.
Read or listen to Experts Hopeful for Whooper Eggs
Times Like These [podcast] by Grand Rapids Podcast
GR Podcast writes: by Jill Stevenson
Great Tune from the Podsafe Music Network!
Listen to Times Like These by Jill Stevenson (mp3)
Also listen to Sugar Sweet by Jill Stevenson (mp3)
Ben Wallace blow-up doll by Detroit Bad Boys
Detroit Bad Boys writes: Remember when we mentioned how the Pistons don't have a lot of product endorsements? Well, fear not. Ben Wallace still may not have a shoe contract, but he does have a seven-foot tall, inflatable replica of himself for sale. Introducing the Inflatable Defender!
Read All the fun, half the bruises: the Ben Wallace blow-up doll
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
This Week on Absolute Michigan
OK, we're trying something new for comments on the Michigan news stories that we post in our "Five Things You Need to Know About Michigan". We'll list the links to all of them here and encourage you to post your comments about them (or any Michigan subject).
Monday, April 3, 2006:
X Prize for Efficient Cars?, DeVos Discloses Finances, Is Indeed Very Rich, Cox Launches Probe of Ford Foundation, Granholm Vetos Single Business Tax Repeal, Detroit's Sufjan Stevens Wins New Music Award
Tuesday, April 4, 2006:
Beat the Train Bikes Detroit, Wrestling's Main Event Coming to Detroit, Michigan in Line for Arabic Language Pilot, Warmer? Colder? Is It a Partisan Issue?, Fife Lake Man Crosses the UP on Snowshoes
Wednesday, April 5, 2006:
New Biography of Michigan Governor William Milliken, Lobbyists Get Creative, Law Gets Bent, Wind Energy Update, Lake Huron & St. Clair Dropping, Cause Unknown, International Paper Sells 440,000 Acres in UP
Thursday, April 6, 2006:
Michigan in Pictures: Michigan Photographer Profile II, Granholm Wants to Market Michigan Tourism Now, Bill Introduced to Combat Zebra Mussels and Sewage in Great Lakes, DeVos Saturates the Airwaves, Big Annie a Big Winner!
Friday, April 7, 2006:
New State Treasurer Helped Design SBT, Michigan Energy Plan to Include More Renewables, Michigan Sports Hall Announces 2006 Inductees, Gardening Season Kicks Off in Michigan, Strong 2005 4th Quarter for Michigan Tourism
Pedophiles we know? by Detroit Wonk
DetroitWonk writes: Anyone watching CNN? There's a kid on who claims to have been molested by a computer enthusiast in Ann Arbor, MI named "Ken Gourlay."
Coincidentally, I have a "Ken Gourlay" from Ann Arbor located in my blogroll over on the right side of the page. I'm truly hoping these two people are not one and the same.
Read Two Ken Gourlay's?
Link to the House Committe Hearing page (webcast pending)
NOTE: I happened be watching C-SPAN this morning, which I never do, and the House Committee Hearing was being rebroadcast from yesterday. Parents should watch this!
Also read New York Times article Child Sex as Internet Fare, Through Eyes of a Victim (requires registration) as well as the related articles by Kurt Eichenwald, who testifed at yesterday's House Committee Hearing
Watch CNN Video
A most unusual item by ypsi~dixit
Y. writes: AS IF this day weren't already exciting enough, Y. is getting an early birthday present today! Her friend is picking it up at this very moment, from the Ann Arbor ReUse Center, where we spotted it last week. I made my family guess what it was, and they guessed right away, which made my jaw drop since it's the most unusual item in the tri-state area.
What's your guess?
Read Early Birthday Present (and comments) to find out if you're right
Cross Beams [photo] by Michigan in Pictures
michpics writes: Cross Beams, photo by Ogemaniac.
The photographer, Chad Brick, says he's something of a cross between Mr Bean and Spiderman and that this photo is of "A unique angle on the Mackinac Bridge joining the two peninsulas of Michigan".
I'm believing the Spiderman thing...
Read Cross Beams and be sure to view it large!
iChat AV demo buddies needed by PC Mike's E-Journal
Mike Wendland writes: I want to do a video on iChat and it's amazing video capabilities on the MacBook Pro. I need several iChat folks using the MacBook Pro and it’s built in iChat camera. We'll sked a conference call and I'll video tape it. Send me an e-mail with your availability and screennames and location (send to mwendland AT mac DOT com). We'll have some fun.
Read the rest of the post and check out his silly PhotoBooth image
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Keweenaw for sale? by Dave's Blog
Dave Dempsey writes: HANCOCK - While Wisconsin conservationists are breathing easier after a massive land sale Wednesday, their colleagues in the Keweenaw fear Michigan may not be as lucky.
A release from Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle's office Wednesday announced the sale of 64,633 acres in the state from International Paper to the Nature Conservancy and the state's Department of Natural Resources.
The "Wild Rivers Legacy Forest" project represents the largest land conservation effort in the state's history, according to the release, preserving 101 square miles of forest, lakes and rivers in Florence, Forest and Marinette counties in northeast Wisconsin.
Read Keweenaw National Park (unofficial) for sale...
ARTnews articles of interest by detroitarts
detroitarts writes: Artnews has a couple really good articles in the current issue. The first story Slides and Prejudice talks about the on going debate with painters who choose to use slide projections and pictures to work with versus those who do not. Although a lot of artists work from a main image or a sketch some go as far as projecting images onto the canvas and tracing the beginning outlines.
Read pick up a copy of...
Give peeps a chance by Stone Soup Musings
Stone Soup Musings writes: The morality police are at it again. Blogger John LaPlante, libertarian-leaning conservative at the Detroit News, brings us the latest controversy about religion and public life:
Is the Easter Bunny an offensive endorsement of Christianity?
Read Oh, Those Wascally Wabbits
West Canfield Historic District (photos, history & renovation) by dETROITfUNK
dETROITfUNK writes: One city block between Second and Third streets. All houses are C19 built between 1870 and the 1890's. The styles range from Queen Anne to Second Empire and Gothic Revival. This area became Detroit's first historic district in 1970 and was also added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
Read West Canfield District
Also read West Canfield Details
Gotta love Rasheed by Detroit Bad Boys
Detroit Bad Boys writes: We got a little nostalgic last week reminiscing about Bill Laimbeer and the rest of the old school Bad Boys. But of the current Pistons, no player more closely embodies Laimbeer's attitude and spirit than Rasheed Wallace.
Read 100 Reasons (and more) to love Rasheed Wallace
Monday, April 03, 2006
Michigan Foster Care System by Jack Lessenberry's Interviews and Essays
Jack Lessenberry writes: How much do you know about Natalee Holloway, the hard-partying Alabama teenager who disappeared on Aruba last year?
I'll bet it's more than you know about the 19,000 kids in Michigan's foster care system. Ten thousand of those kids are black, and I'll bet that you don't know any of them. I don't know any personally either.
Read or listen to Essay: Does Anyone Care
Also listen to companion Interview: Sharon Peters
Also read More Problems for Michigan's Foster Children by Red Tape Blog
Thailand is well-connected by PC Mike's E-Journal
PC Mike writes: I'm back from a 10-day trip to Thailand where I was never out of e-mail or cellphone range. Whether in remote mountain villages or even riding on the back of an elephant in a jungle stream, my cell phone was getting e-mail and calls.
Read The connected world by Mike Wendland
Springtime poem by ypsi~dixit
To what purpose, April, do you return again?
Beauty is not enough.
You can no longer quiet me with the redness
Of little leaves opening stickily.
Read the entire Edna St. Vincent Millay poem entitled Spring
Better hospital food by GLRC Environment Report
GLRC writes: Some hospitals are trying to heal the food that they serve. The GLRC's Stephanie Hemphill takes us to one hospital that's making efforts to spice up their menu.
Read UPGRADING TIRED HOSPITAL FOOD
lifeblood #2 [photo] by there is no happy here
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