The Clinton River on Monday morning, taken from Doug's balcony.
Returning to The Buckley Old Engine Show this year, i realize that what i love most about it is the unexpected geekiness of it all. The museum of steam engines, the framed displays of spark plugs, the awesome Pony Brake (NOT pictured above), and the application of a well maintained tractor engine to nearly any mechanical task imaginable. Here are a few of this year's highlights, with a shout out to all steampunks viewing - this event should definitely be on your calendar for 2009.
Doug is my scale dude. Here is a shiny video of this tractor pulling a plow.
More bigger and smaller stuff after the jump~
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One of Michigan's two Art-O-Mats found a new home in Ann Arbor last night, at the mysterious and wonderful Libert Street Robot Supply and Repair, the storefront for 826michigan, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students ages 6 to 18. Follow the 826 link for more information about the 826 mission, which is also presently active in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Venice, Seattle, Chicago and Boston. It was a wild and noisy night, as the event coincided with the Rolling Sculpture Car Show. You can see some of the cars through the windows of the space. Take a spin with the 'bots, and see more after the bump~
The robot in the window displays faces of the young writers.
Just so you know, i would NEVER make a robot cry.
And here is the robot of the evening (with me in his mirror), Greeny.
See more mad 'bots after the jump`
We got the parasols in the mall. Many other shoppers went home with pictures of this gang on their cell phones. Sushi or cinnabon was had by some; a good time had by all.
Wondering what to do with your kids all summer - or the rest of the year?
Makes me smile just thinking about some of these things... thanks Suburban Bliss !
In comments and emails through this website, people ask me where to go for information on purchasing or making Asian style ball jointed dolls. Now, when i google "asian ball jointed dolls", there are least two great references before this site. But, as different searches give different results, here are a few suggestions for the people who come to this site from a search.
Den of Angels Go to the forum. Register, and read all the rules. You will have to be registered for a few weeks and have made 40 posts before you will have marketplace privileges, but that gives you time to get acquainted with this ginormous international board. Yes, it can be a dramatic and frustrating place, but also an indispensable resource and inspiration. Explore the galleries. If you need to know how to make or fix something, someone can help. And there are waiting rooms with others blowing off steam while awaiting their next doll. Also comprehensive links to doll company websites, group orders, and consumer discussions and advice in dealing with Asian sellers. If you really need to know something about the hobby you can find it here.
Resinality is a much more intimate version of Den of Angels. If over time the noise at the big forum leaves you frazzled, you can chill with a slightly more adult discourse and a strong gallery. Another forum worthy of mention is Zone of Zen, which has a friendly, chatty, old school bulletin board feel. Michigan area people have our own forum, Disjointed Images, where you can find out about our public meets - though we mention those on Den of Angels as well. If you like some kink with your resin, ControversialDoll has photos of subjects disallowed on other boards - this is one of those "If you have to ask, you don't want to know" kind of things. Posting is light on this board, so it's nice to bookmark for when you're in the mood. If you're looking for trouble, or just need to rant about the stupid doll fandom, there is Den of Demons, the legendary snark board. A shadow of its former self, it's till fun. Asbestos gear suggested.
There are lots of databases on and off the forums, where you can examine and compare different kinds of dolls and their elements. But big ones to know are Gigglegeek's Modern Asian Ball Jointed Dolls, which isn't complete but is pretty damn comprehensive, and the Volks database Where Angels Lie. Sooner or later, you're likely to look at Volks dolls, and this excellent resource will give you a broader picture than the Volks site.
Hope this helps, and the key players in this post have been added to the blogroll.
Farhad Manjoo's Machinist blog at Salon didn't impress me at first, but has been rapidly winning me over, and cracked me up today. If you live anywhere in Metro Detroit it's been impossible to avoid the snippets of text messages revealing a sexual affair between Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his Chief of Staff Christine Beatty.
Not such a big deal, or big surprise, but a whistleblower lawsuit has cost the city over 9 million dollars, after two police officers claimed they were fired for investigating the Mayor's horseplay. The over 14,000 text messages between Mayor and CoS confirm perjury about their affair and removal of the snoopy officers. There is at least one other pending federal lawsuit connected to the Mayor's alleged hosting of a party at the Manoogian Mansion, brought by the survivors of a murdered exotic dancer said to have performed at the party. Until last night hearings have found no actionable connection between the mayor's office and the stripper's unsolved death, but now the text messages will be subpoenaed in an updated complaint.
So. As Manjoo wisely points out - "please, for the love of all things good, refrain from text messaging your booty calls". Thank you and amen! i mean, my heart goes out to the poor overtaxed, depressed, overburdened citizens of Detroit at this time. They surely deserve the truth, and the expanding County Prosecutor's investigation commencing today. But what baffles me is that otherwise smart, tech-savvy folks like Kwame and Christine don't know that what's done in cyberspace remains in cyberspace. Phone calls, emails, and, duh, text messages. If you're so lame in covering up your cheating, please do not use texting to discuss the coverup.
Even if "all" you're guilty of is a little mess around, disgracing two cops doing their jobs, and squandering millions in one of the nations most cash-strapped cities, assume someone is watching. Because in the unlikely event that the frustrated and heartbroken citizens who reelected you on a mountain of lies decide to forgive you, they will still have to laugh at you, because TEXTS LOOK DUMB.
KK: That's the first time that I couldn't fully seduce you. My game is off. LOL! Thanx for the conversation and the QT! Love you!
CB: LOL! Your game is way on baby! "you had me at hello!" Jerry McGuire 2000. LOL.I just didn't want to get caught.
Just a word to the wise. And Jerry Maguire came out in 1996.