Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I've Got Something To Say!

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Thursday is the Detroit Slideluck Potshow. I guess it's a chance for us trolls to come out from under the bridge and hang out with the other trolls. The deal is you bring some food and look at photos. More info at the website. Happening at the CAID Ladybug Gallery in Southwest Detroit. 7PM Potluck, 9PM Slideshow.

The CAID Ladybug Gallery and Studios
1250 Hubbard
Detroit, MI 48209

His Honor

From the Detroit Free Press:

"Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick plans to emerge from seclusion tonight and apologize to Detroiters from his church after a week of metastasizing controversy, expanding national coverage and a mounting circus atmosphere surrounding his possible perjury in the text message scandal.

The mayor has no plans to quit, aides said Tuesday.

In the speech, to be aired at 7:30 on television and radio from the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ, the mayor will speak from a room before one pool camera. No audience will be present, nor will media members be allowed in the church on Schaefer at West 7 Mile."

No audience or media to be allowed in the church. Now I'm no crisis management expert, but this doesn't seem like a humble attempt at showing contrition. It seems to be more about "managing the situation" and trying to make it go away.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

That's What The World Is Today

A strange and somewhat depressing time to be in Detroit. Yesterday I saw this example of wasted resources (here are more photos) and today a story in the Detroit Free Press about a mayoral perjury scandal which cost the city millions of dollars. Unfortunately, I'm not really surprised by any of it, and that may be the most depressing aspect of all.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Friday Funnies - Deadpan OG

Of all the artists working within the so-called "Deadpan" tradition, one of my favorites is the subject of today's Friday Funnies.

(Sorry, I couldn't embed the video.....)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Friday Funnies

Welcome to the inaugural edition of what will probably not be a weekly diversion, but may.

Since it's January in Detroit, it's officially soup season. This selection is from Steve Martin's book "Cruel Shoes".


First prepare the soup of your choice and pour it into a bowl. Then, take the bowl and quickly turn it upside down on a cookie tray. Lift the bowl ever so gently so that the soup retains the shape of the bowl. Gently is the key word here. Then, with a knife cut the soup down the middle into halves, then quarters, and gently reassemble the soup into a cube. Some of the soup will have run off onto the cookie tray. Lift this soup up by the corners and fold slowly into a cylindrical soup staff. Place the little packet in your purse or inside coat pocket, and pack off to work. When that lunch bell chimes, impress your friends by forming the soup back into a bowl shape, and enjoy! Enjoy it until that day when the lunchpail comes back into vogue and we won't need soup folding or cornstalks up the leg.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Authentic Vernacular Photography

I know what you're thinking, because I've heard it from many of my loyal readers. You're thinking "Sure, this Brian Widdis is an extremely talented photographer who writes a delightful photoblog, but what I really want to see is photos of his dog eating mini marshmallows."

I have heard my people speak.

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