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Edward Vielmetti
Ann Arbor, MI
Networker, Internet old-timer, and parent of two small boys, living in Ann Arbor, MI.
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After getting one too many political ads in my Facebook newsfeed, I started paying closer attention to the "Paid for by" language that I expect to see on every paid political campaign message. The mayoral candidates for the City of... Continue reading
In my case, that means in part going through my inbox with a sharp eye and saying "can I unsubscribe from this?" I was astounded to figure out just how many times I was able to say "yes" to that... Continue reading
This eulogy was read for my great-uncle Alfio (Auch) by his nephew Zorba. Alfio Vielmetti died in 2008 at the age of 96. I think of him when I am out on my walks, and I miss him when I... Continue reading
If you are interested, please contact Rusty at [email protected] . He writes on April 16, 2014: I used to belong to the Vacuum Cleaners Collector Club a few years back. I live in Ann Arbor on the west side, and... Continue reading
A dam broke in Roscommon County Michigan, flooding a downstream creek and washing out roads. I am on the lookout for a map of the area, because I know that dried out flooded lands often yield good mushroom hunting. Some... Continue reading
I've unsubscribed from a local politics mailing list that I've been on for a while. Out of an abundance of not wanting to name names, I'm not naming names; chances are there's one of these in your community too. The... Continue reading
Getting things done includes deciding what not to do. In my case, it's a matter of going through my todo list and striking off the well-intentioned tasks from two or three months ago that took a moment to write and... Continue reading
The latest in cryptocurrencies is the Juggalocoin, proposed to handle the transactional needs of the fans of the Insane Clown Posse. From [Billboard] (because after all this is an entertainment story): > Whoop whoop! A very tech-savvy Juggalo by the... Continue reading
The story is [Local News, Off College Presses], from April 13, 2014. > The constant changes have muddled The Ann Arbor News’s identity and, according to some residents, eroded its standing as the go-to source of news in the community.... Continue reading
The [Chicago Sun-Times] has given up on publishing reader comments on its stories, at least for now. > Starting this weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times and the other titles in the Sun-Times Media group will temporarily cease to run comments with... Continue reading
Facebook is changing; in this particualr case it's a reorganization of the messaging functions into their own app. From [Techcrunch], the predictable cries of frustration from people who are used to what they have. [Techcrunch]: http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/09/facebook-messenger-or-the-highway/ > Still, a unilateral... Continue reading
I am trying to write something about the sad state of local news, but it's pretty discouraging. A bad mix of unfiltered PR, unedited political invective, endless stenography, and tedium is par for the course. Why oh why don't we... Continue reading
Every day, read the email. Answer, as best you can, yesterday's email. The [yesterbox] technique helps out, though it's not perfect. [yesterbox]: http://vielmetti.typepad.com/vacuum/2013/05/yesterbox-answer-yesterdays-email-today.html Follow interesting people on Twitter, but not too many interesting people. Manage the tricky relationship of "friending"... Continue reading
I spent some quality time playing the dreadfully addictive game "2048". (No, I won't link to it.) After beating it a few times, I went looking for higher dimensional versions and found a 2048 3D, 4D, and 5D version. And,... Continue reading
BREAKING: Special Event Press Conference today @ Noon (EDT). Historic event to be held at Michigan Stadium. #BigHouse— Michigan Tix Office (@umichtix) April 4, 2014 The working assumption is that this is the long-rumored summer soccer game between Manchester United... Continue reading
Putting together a [Twitter list] and a set of Broadcastify radio feeds for Skywarn networks. I'll only be adding these when I have confirmed to listen to traffic. There are also Skywarn twitter lists from [KE4KMD] that were used to... Continue reading
We had 11 in attendance for the April 2014 edition of the [Ann Arbor Web Analytics Wednesday] group, which meets roughly monthly at [Enlighten] on the west side of Ann Arbor. This month's meeting was sponsored by [Tealium], a tag... Continue reading
An 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit 95km NW of Iquique, Chile, generating a tsunami with waves estimated at up to 6.9 feet as measured on coastal towns in Chile including Iquique, Pisagua, and Patache. Warnings are in place as of 10:45... Continue reading
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Developed in 2008 by Brian Solis, The [Conversation Prism] is a visual map of the social media landscape. It’s an ongoing study in digital ethnography that tracks dominant and promising social networks and organizes them by how they’re used in... Continue reading
This interview of Douglas Perlin, author of the [a2parking] Android application for locating Ann Arbor parking structures, was done via email. It is lightly edited to include hyperlinks. [a2parking]: http://vielmetti.typepad.com/vacuum/2014/03/a2parking-app-provides-android-users-with-access-to-real-time-information-about-ann-arbor-parking-st.html 1. When did you get the idea to do an... Continue reading
From Dan Romanchik KB6NU - lightly edited: Dan Romanchik, KB6NU will be conducting the next One-Day Tech Class will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9am to 3pm at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St.... Continue reading
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Please share this Save the Date with your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues across the area. Now in its sixth year, the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire features dozens of makers from across the region and draws over three thousand... Continue reading
Aka [KD8OQG], my ham radio call sign. I use it most frequently on Sunday nights, for the [W8UM net] (145.230 MHz, -600 kHz shift, 100 Hz PL) every Sunday at 8 PM Eastern run by the University of Michigan Amateur... Continue reading
Big Data for Diabetes Research Charity Azure Bootcamp Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Washtenaw Community College A free day of learning Windows Azure and Cloud Computing and support diabetes research (with a big data project)... Continue reading
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"a2 parking" is an Android application that provides real time updates of available parking spaces in Ann Arbor parking structures. It is based on data published on the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority web site, and in addition to showing... Continue reading