He was doubled-over, crying. He looked up at my mom and simply said, "Play this at my funeral."
Which we did, on Memorial Day, in our backyard beside his trout pond. .."I made this video with and for my father, Larry Zander
, who died a few weeks ago, on May 27, 2011. He was 78. For those of you who knew my Dad, you will instantly recognize him in his natural habitat."
posted by thisisdrew
on Sep 5, 2012 -
A Million Wisconsinites Petition to Recall Scott Walker
: "Petitions with the names of 1 million Wisconsinites were submitted to state elections officials today, in a move that will jump-start the process of removing the nation’s most notorious antilabor governor from office... In all, close to 2 million signatures were submitted Tuesday, building the historic in-the-streets popular uprising that rocked Wisconsin in 2012 into a electoral uprising that has the potential to rock the politics not just of the state but of the nation in 2012. The movement to oust Walker will have secured the support of a higher percentage of eligible voters than has ever before sought to recall an American governor." [more inside]
posted by flex
on Jan 17, 2012 -
The Burton Holmes Archive
has information about Burton Holmes, the travel writer who became the first person to make filmic travelogues. More importantly, they also have a lot of film clips by Holmes
and his associate, André de la Varre
, who was also a great travelogue maker himself. Watching these clips is not quite time travel, but it is as close as we can get. Take a look at Reykjavík, Iceland, in 1926
, Lake Michigan in 20s
, Cairo in 1932
and the 1955 Rio de Janeiro carnival
. The later films have sound and narration, but I prefer the silent ones. [Burton Holmes previously, André de la Varre previously, and the Travel Film Archive, which runs Burton Holmes site, previously]
posted by Kattullus
on Oct 26, 2011 -
After Tuesday's painfully close, still undecided Supreme Court race between JoAnne Kloppenburg and David Prosser, Republicans warned that partisan election officials in certain municipalities might conveniently find bushels of extra uncounted votes after the fact. It has come to pass
-- but the extra votes were found in deep-red Waukesha County, represnting the entire city of Brookfield, and give GOP favorite David Prosser a probably insurmountable 50.2%/48.8% lead. Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus's policy of storing election returns on a personal computer in her office with no backup was criticized last August
. Nate Silver says the new numbers look reasonable
posted by escabeche
on Apr 7, 2011 -
A week ago, University of Wisconsin History Professor Bill Cronon wrote a blog post
about the organization he claimed was driving much of the legislation in Wisconsin: ALEC
. Shortly after that, he wrote an op ed
for the New York Times about the legislation.
Now, the Wisconsin GOP have sent a FOIA request to the University requesting all emails that Cronon may have sent containing the terms "Republican, Scott Walker, recall, collective bargaining, AFSCME, WEAC, rally, union ..." and others. Cronon responds
, calling it an "Attack [on] academic freedom". (via TPM
posted by demiurge
on Mar 25, 2011 -
In over 35 years of friendship and conversation, Walter Michaels and I have disagreed on only two things, and one of them was faculty and graduate student unionization. He has always been for and I had always been against. I say “had” because I recently flipped and what flipped me, pure and simple, was Wisconsin.
When I think about the reasons (too honorific a word) for my previous posture I become embarrassed. ... The big reason was the feeling — hardly thought through sufficiently to be called a conviction — that someone with an advanced degree and scholarly publications should not be in the same category as factory workers with lunch boxes and hard hats. Wisconsin has taught Stanley Fish that academics are workers too.
Marc Bousquet (author of How the University Works
) responds at the Chronicle of Higher Education
with five lessons for academics from Wisconsin.
posted by gerryblog
on Mar 23, 2011 -
Anonymous announces action against Koch brothers.
Anonymous, apparently decided to stand up for something. They have announced their intention to use their internet powers for "good" and to "spread the word of the Koch brothers' political manipulation, their single-minded intent and the insidious truth of their actions in Wisconsin, for all to witness."
I for one, welcome our new anonymous rulers. (via Reddit
posted by daq
on Feb 26, 2011 -
, a 15-year-old student at Marinette High School in Wisconsin, held a classroom of 23 students and a teacher hostage on Monday, November 28th. Without making any demands from police, Hengel released the hostages and shot himself. Early Tuesday morning, Hengel died in the hospital. (1
) [more inside]
posted by MHPlost
on Nov 30, 2010 -
“No, no. Academia is now part of the real world. Everything goes.” Just before dawn, on August 24, 1970
, Dwight and Karl Armstrong, Leo Burt, and David Fine parked a van
outside Sterling Hall at the University of Wisconsin. The van was filled with ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, and when it blew
, it killed Robert Fassnacht
, a young physicist working through the night. The Army Mathematics Research Center, the bombing's target, was untouched. The bombers, known as the "New Year's Gang," went underground, and enthusiasm for the radical movement in Madison was permanently dampened. The University of Wisconsin collection of transcribed interviews about the Sterling Hall Bombing
. [more inside]
posted by escabeche
on Aug 21, 2010 -
Prophetic Pictures from Menominie, Wisconsin.
In 1905, high school senior Albert Hansen took photogaphs of his graduating classmates at Menominie HS. Not as they were -- but as they believed, or hoped, or feared they would be in the decades to come. Dorothy M. Jesse was going to be a mathematician,
and Fred Quilling a pharmacist
. Alice M. Tilleson would be a prominent socialite
, whose "eccentric ideas with reference to danger, force her to cling to that old fashioned vehicle, the automobile, instead of the new wheel-less aerial motor car." William C. Klatt, a future physician, would operate on disembodied heads.
And Hansen himself was destined for the hobo's life.
The Wisconsin Historical Society has the whole collection available online
, together with the text from the yearbook and the truth, as best the Society could learn, of how the graduates' actual future compared with prophecy. (Spoiler: Fred Quilling really did become a pharmacist.) Just one of the many remarkable collections at Wisconsin Historical Images
posted by escabeche
on Feb 7, 2010 -
What's a Coastie?
Two University of Wisconsin undergrads record and post to YouTube an ode to "Coasties,"
out-of-state students who live in expensive off-campus apartments, wear Spandex tights with Uggs, spend their parents' money on designer handbags and Starbucks, and -- oh yeah, like 15% of their classmates but only 1 in 200 Wisconsin natives, are Jews
. Controversy ensues
posted by escabeche
on Dec 24, 2009 -
The town of Shawano, WI claims a local group with a history of controversy
called the Samanta Roy Institute of Science & Technology (SIST)
profiled in this WSAW TV investigative series (part 1
, part 2
, part 3
& part 4
) is a murderous cult that tried to hire a hitman to assassinate 60 prominent citizens
including the mayor, city administrator, city treasurer, city attorney, police chief, judges, investigators & fire commissioners. SIST returns the favor & claims it's the mayor who's running a cult (part 1
, part 2
), calling her the Minister of Propaganda. As a CBS investigative team found out, things are tense
in this sleepy town. The FBI says it's keeping an eye on the situation
posted by scalefree
on Dec 18, 2008 -