Watch Sicko online … if you want
After I read this interview with Michigan’s most controversial filmmaker Michael Moore where he says he has no idea how his new documentary about the health care industry got on the internet, and that he’s “…just happy that people get to see my movies,” I figured it would be OK to link to a site where you can watch Sicko online. Here’s the link to the official Sicko web site and also Absolute Michigan keyword theater (if you want to watch it with someone else making the popcorn).
The Birds of Brush Park
Bootstrap Analysis takes a visit to Detroit’s Brush Park neighborhood to survey for birds and feed an interest in Detroit history. In addition to picking up some surprising birds – a Cooper’s Hawk being pursued by an American Kestrel, and two different Gray Catbirds defending their territories – there’s also a lot of photos and information on what was once the city’s most posh neighborhood.
Brush Park – 291 Edmund Place
While I was tempted to trot out the ever-popular Old Slumpy today, I thought it best to choose a photo that shows the revitalization of Brush Park. The condos pictured are available to rent at edmundplace.com. Zunzuncito has a set of Brush park photos and also runs the blog Urban Dragon Hunters (about dragonflies of SE Michigan).
Michigan wines are a growth industry
In her new Michigan Grapevine blog, Cari Noga says that rather than counting the number of wineries in the state (50 or so), the best measure of success and growth is the total amount of wine these wineries are producing. In 1996, Michigan wineries made about 82,000 cases. 10 years later, we’ve seen almost a tenfold increase, up to 404,276 cases. She also notes that Michigan’s share of wine sold within the state is increasing as well (though not at the rate of overall production). Read How much wine are we talking about, anyway?.
As with most of Michigan, the Fremont forecast calls for a good chance of much-needed rain. The City of Fremont (pop. 4200 or so) is located less than an hour from Grand Rapids and the Lake Michigan shore (view Google map). The Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce says that Fremont is home to the world’s largest baby food company, Gerber Products. In fact, they have a National Babyfood Festival every July which Absolute Michigan keyword Fremont thinks is the coolest thing to do. For the insatiably curious, Wikipedia’s Fremont entry describes how Fremont became home to Gerber Products.