Remain in light.

This weekend was Dlectricity, a biennial festival of light installations and other twinkly art up and down Woodward Avenue and thereabouts. I took my camera, but my friend Dustin has a better one, and an enormously better eye, and captured this:


That’s Rodin’s Thinker, for those who aren’t familiar with the Woodward face of the Detroit Institute of Arts. It only looks like he’s wearing a baseball cap.

So, a little bloggage:

I once assigned a long article on a digital movie pirate to my students, and in passing, asked how many of them illegally watched/listened and traded copyright material like movies and music. Nearly every hand went up. I asked if any felt guilty about this. All hands went down. Which maybe is why Hana Beshara, the woman profiled in this NYT story Sunday about the fallen proprietress of an online copyright-theft site, is still so unrepentant about her crimes, even after a prison term. Me, I’m baffled. Pay the artist! But we’ve discussed this before.

I don’t know if anyone else is watching “The Knick” on Cinemax — it’s a channel we hardly pay attention to, but Steven Soderbergh always gets my attention — but I think the most recent episode, “Get the Rope,” is one of my absolute favorites of any show this year. The series is about a New York City hospital c. 1901, and it’s fascinating for a number of reasons, from the spurting blood to the opium dens. The most recent episode was about a race riot, and perhaps captured the nature of riots, at least as they happen on television, with a small cast and not a lot of budget for extras, as well as any. If you want to discuss, feel free.

Book work continues, slower than I’d like. But expect fresh threads every day or couple-of-days for a while.

Posted at 4:35 pm in Detroit life, Television |

60 responses to “Remain in light.”

  1. Deborah said on September 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    What a pleasant surprise, a new post on Sunday afternoon. Nice photo.

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  2. beb said on September 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    You lost me at “spurting blood.” I don;t think blood, or gaping wounds or any of the CSI stuff belongs on TV. You don;t drag a corpse into the middle of dinner. And that how I feel about that.

    My big achievement this weekend was mowing the front lawn. Now for a shower since I’m mildly allergic to cut grass. *sigh*

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  3. brian stouder said on September 28, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Pam’s “Outlander” show is on Starz – and we subscribed to them just for that.

    Someone hereabouts referred to it as a bodice-buster, and really – I cannot disagree. The Scottish accents are affecting, although we watch it with subtitles on – which is actually worth more than a few chuckles, most shows.

    They had what they called a “Mid-Season Finale” – which is a particularly moronic oxy-moron, given that the next new episode is next April.

    So, we’re being played, but – whaddayagonna do, eh?

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  4. Jolene said on September 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I watched the first few episodes of The Knick and liked it. I don’t mind spurting blood when it’s for a good cause, such as making you aware of the gory history of medicine. I hadn’t been a subscriber, but saw the first three or four episodes for free. Your description tempts me to sign up to see the rest.

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  5. Sherri said on September 28, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Haven’t seen The Knick yet, but I’ve watched the first couple of episodes of Transparent, available on Amazon Prime Instant Video, and it’s really good.

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  6. basset said on September 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Never seen CSI and don’t care to but I believe we have previously discussed here why there is no CSI West Virginia…

    and why hasn’t that statue been sold off to pay for infrastructure improvements and job creation? Damn liberal crybabies.

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  7. Sherri said on September 28, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    BTW, Dexter, did you watch the Michigan game on Saturday? Not trying to rub it in, just wondering what the hell is going on with Hoke leaving Shane Morris in after that brutal hit when the kid needed help standing?

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  8. Dexter said on September 29, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Sherri: Hoke lives in lala land, I am afraid. Postgame presser, he says he didn’t hear the cascading boos raining down on him and his screwed-up team. After Morris dropped the football, you should have heard Dan Dierdorf , the new color man in the radio booth. ( I listen and watch TV even if the feed is not synched due to dump policies and satellite relay variations) Dierdorf, a star on the 1969 Bo team that beat Ohio State in that thriller, was adamant about how Morris could not continue to be out there if he can’t even hold the ball. Oh yeah…Hoke said he expects his team to win the Big Ten championship. He has to go.

    The first time the music theft went to the top of the big newscasts was the Napster file-sharing fiasco of what? Ten years ago? I still have at least one friend who will not click on any YouTube or link to any music unless there is a way to pay the artist. Sunday I heard Steve Earle chatting with John Mellencamp. Mellencamp said the industry was thriving, artists were getting paid, everything was OK until CDs arrived as the newest delivery system. The market was flooded by so many CDs that prices dropped and money began being squeezed out of the artists’ income stream. He acknowledged that YouTube and iTunes are just new delivery systems, but with Spotify and YouTube, people do not pay for music anymore. If it’s out there for free, people will take it for free, and when Mellencamp asked Earle how his son is doing in his recording career as an artist, Earle said “he isn’t doing well at all…it’s just hard to make a living as an artist these days.” Both said they have, in their older age, sold their work to commercials in order to have a huge payday once in a while. Earle said he was offered the Chevy Silverado gig first, but was booted out when it was discovered he had spoken out politically somewhere and upset the applecart, so GM hired Mellencamp to sell those Silverados and Mellencamp got “a really huge bunch of money”. Earle said he will sell his art to promote some things, just not the military an child labor-made products and union-hating companies, such as foreign car makers.

    Sometimes-commenter “Mouse” is a big fan of “The Knick”. He recommended it to me but I had to draw the line somewhere and I don’t get that station.

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  9. Jolene said on September 29, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Ted Danson, who appears in CSI, was on David Letterman last week talking about how the dialogue on the show is all a matter of “laying pipe.” Apparently, comedians use that phrase to describe the set-up in a joke. Without the set-up, of course, the punchline, which is what the comedian lives to say, won’t make sense or be funny.

    I thought that was an interesting observation, as I’d thought much the same thing. It’s been years since I watched one of those shows, but, when I did, I remember remarking to the friend I was watching with that the dialogue was all exposition. They were forever saying things about the direction of blood spatter, what the light would have been like at a certain time, which direction the body would have fallen, and on and on. All this struck me as not only rather tedious, but also as improbable. In real life, detectives wouldn’t likely be spelling out these details for each other as the meaning of these clues would be immediately obvious. Or, they would just point and say simple phrases like, “Take a look at this.” The audience, however, needs to be told what clues they’re looking at and how to interpret them.

    In describing the extensive pipe-laying required of him, Danson was clearly torn between not wanting to criticize the source of his no doubt handsome paydays and wanting to say how boring he found it to be working in a world with no punchlines.

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  10. coozledad said on September 29, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I guess the Republicans would have preferred Chelsea Clinton to abort her baby. They’re fucked up that way:

    It’s a kind of cultural anhedonia. Nothing means anything to them, even their own dreck.

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  11. Jeff Borden said on September 29, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Rupert Murdoch and his properties are a pox on the civilized world.

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  12. brian stouder said on September 29, 2014 at 9:37 am

    As Basset and I were discussing in the last thread, that ol’ Rupert Mendacity rag is just doin’ what they do, in their echolalia empire. I think, at the apex of that irony-free empire of imbecility is the shining slogan: “Fair and Balanced”.

    The ridiculousness of that bit of dreck is akin to the term “clean coal” or (with a nod to George Carlin) “jumbo shrimp”

    But, a self-contradictory worldview works for them, and there’s lots of money to be made on feeding it…and indeed, not only DID ‘they build that’, but they shall never be done renovating all their hypocrisies and contradictions

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  13. brian stouder said on September 29, 2014 at 10:13 am

    James Trafficant, RIP.

    Reading this article, I recall his hair, and his blunt speaking style.

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  14. coozledad said on September 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Brian: He was a favorite of Rush Limbaugh. I don’t know whether it was because he was a mobbed-up sack of crap or because he was an early incarnation of teatrash.

    There’s been a slew of angry old white guys perishing on or beneath tractors around here lately. A tractor is a dangerous thing anytime, but particularly for an overgrown child.

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  15. brian stouder said on September 29, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Cooz – several years ago, we were on vacation, or more precisely a modified ‘stay-cation’, wherein we went two counties over and bothered Pam’s folks for a few days. So – it was a Wednesday afternoon, and Pam’s Uncle John and two young hired fellows were out in the field baling hay – and they asked me if I’d like to help. They had a John Deere 4440 pulling an ancient Harvester hay baler, pulling a flat wagon. The baler’s knotter was having a problem, so Pam’s Uncle John was riding the baler, and the two fellows were stacking the bales on the wagon, and they offered me the high honor of driving the damned 4440!

    Uncle John began showing me about how to adjust the air conditioning(!), and the radio – and I interrupted him to ask “If you yell ‘STOP!’ – what do I do?”, whereupon he indicated I hit the breaks and the clutch, and throttle down (the thing had three pedals on the floor, and none of them was an accelerator!).

    Mind you, that same hayfield has been farmed continuously for the last century (this year it’s in soybeans, last year it was in corn, and presumably next year it will be hay again) – and I distinctly recall following the windrow (so – indeed, someone had driven the exact same way before me) just to the side of the apex of a hill, and the tractor leaned and leaned until I was almost sure it HAD to roll over on its side (I believe I yelled an obscenity or three – not that anyone could hear me)…but it didn’t.

    When the wagon was full and it was time to go to the barn and stack it, I volunteered to give up the tractor and work on the wagon – and the two young fellows fairly LEAPED at the chance to trade places!!…and everyone ended up happy!

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  16. Julie Robinson said on September 29, 2014 at 11:30 am

    What a stunning photo, and the headline is just perfect. One small moment of grace.

    Indeed, farm accidents almost never have happy endings. My Dad lost his arm as a youngster when his sleeve was pulled into the corn harvester, and he though he never, ever talked about it, a vivid imagination is unnecessary. Of course, when you’re the oldest of six on a farm during the Depression and war years, there’s no slacking off just because you’re missing an arm. He could do/make anything, except tie his shoes, but the psychological damage was deep.

    And there, I’ve harshed the mellow of that splendid photo. Sorry.

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  17. Deborah said on September 29, 2014 at 11:32 am

    When I went to my niece’s wedding this summer in Minnesota I got an up close look at some monstrous farm machinery. My niece married a farmer and they had the reception in a gigantic metal building on the farm. The building was brand new, so it was clean. It was meant to hold the machinery which was parked outside for the occasion. They took some cute photos with the wedding party all standing on one of the huge machines. A couple of the guests had missing limbs, I can imagine how that happened.

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  18. Kirk said on September 29, 2014 at 11:41 am

    As a senior in high school, I had lunch with the Nationwide board of directors to receive a merit scholarship from them (my dad worked there). When I went to shake hands with the chairman, an old farmer from my home county, I discovered that he had only a thumb on each hand, no fingers left. Corn-picker, of course.

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  19. Sue said on September 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Kirk – sometimes there’s a silver lining, God works in mysterious ways, etc.:

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  20. Judybusy said on September 29, 2014 at 11:53 am

    When I was about 7, my mom got clipped by a bale of straw when dad sent her to the back end to see what was wrong. (Torn nostril, repaired with stitches.) I believe this is where my great terror of machinery developed (better now) and I absolutely refused to work any farm machinery. As the oldest girl, I was likely destined for the kitchen and laundry room anyway. This turned out really well, because I gained confidence as a cook, a skill I consider a no-brainer and a must for good living.

    Moving parts do not even need to be involved. When I was perhaps 10, my dad lost a finger unloading metal culvert which slipped and hit his fingers against a tractor tire. It made his hand smaller, and I always held his right hand as a kid because it fit better. Funny what becomes normal, huh?

    Following up on the sad cat tale: First, thanks to all of you who shared your condolences. It brought a lot of comfort to me. I met with two animal control officers yesterday and made the report. The dog will be declared a dangerous animal, taken into custody until the following conditions are met: the owner will have to always have him on a 3-foot leash, the dog will need to be muzzled and the owner will have to purchase $300,000 worth of liability insurance. There is also a $350 fine for having your dog off-leash per the website. Since he’s a pathetic loser, at age 49 renting a room in someone’s house because he can’t afford an apartment, the financial impact might be the deal killer. I would love him to have to give up the dog to a pitbull rescue, cared for by responsible people. (And you know me well enough that I am usually more circumspect when talking about people struggling financially, but this guy just makes a lot of bad choices.) Thanks again for listening!

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  21. LAMary said on September 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Brian, that was only his hair in the sense that he paid for it.

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  22. brian stouder said on September 29, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Judybusy – I thought of you this weekend, as Pam had an experience with a loose dog.

    She’s a walker (fit-bit* and all) and a yip-yip dog of some sort came after her. She didn’t turn her attention to the dog until it leapt at her legs…the fellow wasn’t attacking so much as demanding attention – but it (rightly) irritated her, especially as the owner was standing and watching

    *Pam and her sister went walking a weekend ago, and Pam’s FitBit said she had done 9 flights of stairs – amongst (however many) steps. Her sister got her laughing with the theory that Pam’s breast-size somehow fooled the Fit-Bit)

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  23. brian stouder said on September 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Mary – True!

    I liked Cooz’s “early incarnation of teatrash”.

    I’ll say again – the one guy I loved back then, and who I betcha would be either an official Democrat now, or else pilloried as a “RINO”, is Jack Kemp (who also probably spent more on his hair than any woman you care to point to!)

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  24. Kirk said on September 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Sue@19: The Three-Finger Brown story became a favorite piece of baseball lore for me when I was about 8. As for the guy I tried to shake hands with, losing all those digits didn’t keep him from becoming chairman of the board of a major insurance company.

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  25. coozledad said on September 29, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Kirk, Sue:

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  26. brian stouder said on September 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Well, tix (which are free) for the next Omnibus Lecture Series became available today, for Neil deGrasse Tyson.

    We had an elaborate plan – since Grant wouldn’t become free until this afternoon, and although they became available at the window at 11:30 am, they would accept computer reservations beginning at 1:30 pm.

    At 1:30, the message came up on the computer that all tix were out, and that was it.

    A guy I work with had gone there at noon to get tix, and saw the line extending all the way down the sidewalk from the box office into the parking lot of the Gates Athletic Center….and this was reassuring to me, as I’d have thought there was double-dealing going on otherwise.

    So – on one hand, I’m very happy that Fort Wayne has embraced the Ominbus Lecture Series, which has always been superb.

    On the other hand, now that it’s “A-List” stuff, I guess I’m out of the game!

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  27. Julie Robinson said on September 29, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    We didn’t get any either. Our son was trying, but got a tweet at 12:20 that they were all gone. We’ll have to content ourselves with reruns. Or at least they will; I have to confess that though I think Tyson’s a rock star, most of what he says goes over my head.

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  28. Kirk said on September 29, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Cooz@25: Better than “The Stratton Story,” and a hell of a lot shorter.

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  29. Kirk said on September 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    appropos of Nancy’s comments re: digital piracy …

    NEW YORK, Sept 29 (Reuters) — The online streaming service Grooveshark suffered a legal defeat on Monday when a U.S. judge found its operators liable to nine record companies for having directed employees to upload thousands of copyrighted songs without permission.

    The judge held Grooveshark’s parent company, Escape Media Group Inc, and its founders Samuel Tarantino and Joshua Greenberg, responsible for the illegal uploads of 5,977 songs by musicians such as Eminem, Green Day, Jay-Z and Madonna.

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  30. Jolene said on September 29, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Wouldn’t it be possible to buy a season ticket to the lecture series? Seems like you go to quite a few of them, Brian. Probably wouldn’t be too hard to find someone to take any that you don’t use off your hands.

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  31. Dexter said on September 29, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Being from farm country, but not being from a family of a farmer, it was my classmates’ dads who were frequently being killed and maimed by those cornpickers. My brother and I were devastated when the dad of the two girls we loved (as in little-boy love, meaning with who we played childhood game like tag, and hide and go seek), and kissed on the cheek whenever the time was right, lost his fingers in a cornpicker and could not farm anymore, so he sold his place and moved to a little town just east of Indianapolis where he became a very successful and rich corn marketer…he owned all the stored corn in the county as I heard it…just died a year ago a multimillionaire .

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  32. Julie Robinson said on September 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    The lecture series is billed as a gift to the community, with no charge for the tickets, and no way to “subscribe” for the entire series. Though I’d bet some of those freebies are getting sold right about now!

    Wonder how fast Garrison Keillor will go?

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  33. Dave said on September 29, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    They’re gone? Already? What a big disappointment, especially when the lecture is three weeks from tomorrow and it says that they’re available for three weeks before the lecture. I thought three weeks would be tomorrow and I was going to see about them tomorrow.

    No such thing as a season ticket, oh, I see that Julie Robertson has already answered that. I think that Garrison Keillor will also go fast. We’ll most likely be in the Sunshine State then, so it won’t matter, personally.

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  34. Jolene said on September 29, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks for the clarification, Julie. Do they tape the lectures for later viewing? Not that that would be as appealing.

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  35. Suzanne said on September 29, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    We had a friend tasked with getting Tyson tix. No luck. We are already plotting who is going to get to stand in line for Keillor. Gosh, and I remember when tickets were not even required for these lectures. Sigh.

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  36. Kirk said on September 29, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    How many seats does the lecture hall in Fort Wayne have?

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  37. Deborah said on September 29, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that you couldn’t get tickets, Brian and others in Ft. Wayne.

    I finally gave the Democrats some dough, I don’t really know why I waited so long. I’m not sure it will do any good except to make me feel like I did something. With a little more than a month to go, I sure hope the pundits are wrong.

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  38. Julie Robinson said on September 29, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    We were talking about this tonight–the local campus doesn’t have a big hall. I think it only holds 1600. If they go off-campus it defeats the purpose. They didn’t use to have such big names, and they would have six or eight speakers. Then they decided to reduce it to three and get bigger names. But, this year a lot of people are disappointed by not being able to get tickets. I don’t know if they tape the speeches, but I’m guessing some of the speakers might not agree to that. It’s not the end of the world.

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  39. alex said on September 29, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    The price of admission is now the same as the price of tuition. You’ve gotta blow a tenured prof and good luck finding one.

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  40. Minnie said on September 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Judybusy, glad you reported the dog. I, too, hope that he’ll go to rescue and be socialized. Is it possible to rule that this man not be allowed to own a dog? It sounds as if he’s just not able to be responsible for himself, let alone another creature.

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  41. Sherri said on September 30, 2014 at 12:19 am

    “America is a place where the luxuries are cheap but the necessities expensive.” The myth of cutting back on lattes to get rich:

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  42. Dexter said on September 30, 2014 at 3:01 am

    Sherri, as a great football fan, could you stay with the Pats-KC game last night? Talk about b-o-r-i-n-g… I hear that about baseball all the time by the haters of course, and MLB is holding meetings now or soon in NYC to get the game to progress more efficiently, but one-sided blow-outs like that are only fun to the winning teams’ fans I would think. Part of it is the technical aspect…it’s hard for all but the ex-players to sit in the stands and recognize developing plays and get excited at what they are about to witness. All I really know from personal experience is the fact that most college fans just follow the football and just a small percentage recognize missed assignments and most developing plays. Oh, Brady Hoke took a verbal beating at the Monday presser, mostly regarding the incident you mentioned, the QB being creamed and sent right back in three plays later. Hot seat ain’t the word for it…the football community wants Hoke to disappear. If he is fired after this season, he still gets millions of dollars from his contract.

    I watched a little of the game but quickly went to Netflix and watched a doc called “Salinger”. I know all of you have heard of J.D. Salinger and “Catcher in the Rye” and most of you surely read that book in your youth, but this doc explains a lot about Salinger that I did not know, and I highly recommend it…it’s streaming for a while yet.

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  43. Sherri said on September 30, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Nope, I didn’t watch the Pats-KC game. I can barely tolerate MNF football because Jon Gruden just grates on me, so I have to care more about the teams involved to put up with it. I’ll be watching next week for Seattle-Washington.

    Hoke deserved the grilling he took at the Monday presser; nobody on the sideline full of of a zillion staffers managed to see the kid get drilled in the head by an illegal hit by the pass rusher, see him lie there for a few minutes, stagger to his feet, also loose his balance and fall and have to be held upright by his offensive lineman, and several teammates gesture to the sideline that he needs help. AD Brandon finally admitted that Morris suffered a “probable, mild concussion” in the news release he tried to dump at 12:52 am local time. Guess they thought NFL teams had been handling this so well, they thought they’d copy them.

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  44. Basset said on September 30, 2014 at 7:42 am

    “Concussion, hell! Be a man, shake it off and get your ass back in there!” Or something along that line…

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  45. brian stouder said on September 30, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Basset – precisely.

    If Michigan doesn’t summarily fire that head coach, then the NCAA gets to join the NFL in this flat-footed denial dance that seems to have no ending

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  46. Dorothy said on September 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

    At Kenyon they began the practice of live-streaming guest lecturers awhile ago. Since I don’t work there anymore, I’m not sure if they do this for all guests or just really popular ones. I’d hate to be the one to have to tell a speaker “Sorry, you’re not popular enough for us to do a live stream!” But it might be happening there in Fort Wayne. Why doesn’t someone inquire? With social media playing such big parts of college experiences now, I’m willing to bet they are doing it.

    A high school friend lost her father-in-law to a tractor accident. He was working up at his weekend getaway, cutting the grass, when the tractor tilted on a hillside, he fell off and the tractor landed on him. I can’t recall how long it was before someone found him, but he was as dead as Julius Caesar when he was found, as Sean Connery said in The Untouchables.

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  47. Charlotte said on September 30, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Our senator, Jon Tester lost most of the fingers on his right hand — meat cutting accident I think, his folks did butchering for the neighbors. A little startling the first time you go to shake hands. And Livingston, being a railroad/ranching/logging town has more people wandering around with missing limbs than anyplace I’ve ever lived.

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  48. nancy said on September 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Has someone already told Obama’s Rahm Emanuel roast joke? The one about the meat-slicer accident at Arby’s that took off most of the infamously foul-mouthed RE’s middle finger, “rendering him tragically mute?”

    It’s a good ‘un.

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  49. brian stouder said on September 30, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Looks like a thread win…for the Proprietress!

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  50. brian stouder said on September 30, 2014 at 9:46 am

    (Got me laughing out loud, anyway!)

    And – P.S. to Dorothy: in past years, the Omnibus lecture series would show up here and there, on the cable public-access channel.

    You’d never know when one would be…but indeed, a library of them must exist somewhere

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  51. Deborah said on September 30, 2014 at 9:47 am

    When I used to design printed material I would go to printing companies for press checks. A lot of pressmen and diecutters had missing fingers. The guillotine paper cutter was a scary looking machine.

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  52. Kirk said on September 30, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Charlotte, is Livingston anywhere near a place called Emigrant?

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  53. brian stouder said on September 30, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Boy, today is a bit dizzying.

    The news is stocked with missing young ladies (and now the body of the missing realtor) and violent suspects on the lamb (the PA guy is worrisome; but it is good that they got the NC guy who ran off to TX)…

    and on top of that comes the news that a colleague of many years, and who I spoke with just a few days ago, passed away. (61 years old, which got my attention)

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  54. MarkH said on September 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Kirk — Charlotte seems to be offline, so I’ll step in. Emigrant is in the heart of Paradise Valley, about 25 miles south of Livingston on US 89. Go about 30 miles further and you’re in Gardner, north entrance to Yellowstone.,+Mt/@45.3720029,-110.7495415,10z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x534fedf8e9293295:0x18b48424a426a9ec

    I think it was the town of Emigrant that was actually up for sale a couple of years back. It didn’t sell.

    We’re getting ready for our annual October trip to Chico Hot Springs, just up the road from Emigrant (well, in Pray, MT actually). Last sojourn from Jackson through Yellowstone before Winter. Not much traffic, Falls colors still mostly there.

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  55. Sherri said on September 30, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Sigh. Credit card fraud strikes again. I wonder which of the many hacked retailers my number was stolen from. I woke up this morning to notice that there were a bunch of fraudulent charges on my card overnight, so I had to cancel my card and now I’ll have to make the list of all the places that regularly charge the card and fix them.

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  56. Bob (not Greene) said on September 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    MarkH, Taking a look at a Google Map of Emigrant, it doesn’t look like there’s much to sell!

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  57. Kirk said on September 30, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    MarkH@54: Thanks. Just curious, because an old friend/colleague/boss and his wife live out that way. Emigrant is their mailing address; they live out in the boonies somewhere.

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  58. brian stouder said on September 30, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    All I know is, when you’re in Haswell, Colorado, you are well and truly in the middle of nowhere

    (albeit a very beautiful and affecting nowhere – but nowhere nonetheless)

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  59. Charlotte said on September 30, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Mark — Chico is just around the corner from Himself’s cabin — glad to hear you’re on the way up, if you’d like to have coffee or a drink, it would be fun to meet in real life. I think the proprietress has my real email address. We’re usually down there every couple of nights in between vacation renters.

    And it wasn’t Emigrant that was for sale — it was Pray, or should I say “Pray” — it wasn’t really the town, it was a couple of lots that comprise the post office and what used to be a general store. Didn’t sell …

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  60. Deborah said on September 30, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Speaking of being in the middle of nowhere, it’s official, our foundation is going to start getting dug out and poured on Oct 6. We signed off with a “contractor” who will be doing all the work with others. I’m ordering all the materials and making sure they get delivered in a timely manner that’s a scary proposition in New Mexico because people here have a very casual attitude about time. It should take a couple of weeks, at most a month, should be done by the time the construction season is over. The rest will get built in the spring. Here’s a Wikipedia link for Abiquiu in case you’re wonderingú,_New_Mexico. Of course this is all happening at the same time as Little Bird’s surgery, but we didn’t know that was going to be happening until recently. My husband is coming to NM on the 8th the day of Little Bird’s surgery so there will be two of us to manage things for awhile.

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