Friday, September 30, 2011

Missing Links

For the end of September; some things I find pertinent but don't have time to write about.

-TCArtichoke: TC's Right Brain Brewery Automates with New Serving Options [satire]

This is a response to personnel changes at RBB that were not handled very well on Right Brain Brewery's Facebook page so they just deleted a bunch of comments.

-Kind of related and also on Facebook, Brewery Terra Firma says they'll be open in the first quarter of 2012

-Crain's Detroit: Cherry Republic’s ‘ambassador’ has ambitions that involve more than just fruit
“Does the city stay 100 years ago, and all the buildings look like they did 100 years ago, or is there room for some newness in a city?” Sutherland said. “We believe there is room for an iconic building for cherries for Traverse City that is inspiring, that says good things are happening downtown.”

Well, thanks, but no, thanks, says one local city official: Jim Carruthers, a member of the Traverse City Commission and an outspoken critic of the project.

-Crain's Detroit: The pitfalls of being the Cherry Capital — why northern Michigan should diversify its diet

-Slate: Lunch With Michael Moore: He hugs Republicans almost every day
Moore comes to the city to work, most recently on a memoir, and "to get some privacy". He is a public figure in Traverse City, his home on Lake Michigan, not just for his Oscar and Palme d'Or wins but for starting a film festival in 2005 that has given its economy a much-needed boost. He relishes the irony of the Republican-dominated local business association naming him businessman of the year, an unexpected accolade for the man behind leftwing film, television and print polemics including Capitalism: A Love Story (2009), a post-crash indictment of big business.

-Sad stats: 30.5% of Michiganders are obese; 1.2% more than last year. In 1999 not a single state was over 15%. See TheAtlantic: The 10 Fattest States in America

-AtlanticCities: Debunking the Cul-de-Sac
the safest cities had an element in common: They were all incorporated before 1930. Something about the way they were designed made them safer. The key wasn’t necessarily that large numbers of bikers produced safer cities, but that the design elements of cities that encouraged people to bike in places like Davis were the same ones that were yielding fewer traffic fatalities.

These cities were built the old way: along those monotonous grids.

-For a an economic and geological explanation of peak oil see The Oil Drum: A Brief Economic Explanation of Peak Oil

-Green Car Congress: Study shows that urban cyclists have higher levels of black carbon in lungs than pedestrians