Town Drops Charges Against Woman For Front-Yard Veggie Garden

From The Consumerist:

A woman who faced the prospect of 93 days in jail for refusing to stop growing vegetables in her front yard is sighing with relief after the Detroit suburb dropped all charges against her. All charges regarding her garden, that is. Now they have renewed charges against her for having two unlicensed dogs, even though she got her paperwork taken care of in June.

Julie posted the news in a new post on her blog she set up to cover the story.

The town ordinance says that front yards have to be planted with “suitable, live, plant material.” According to Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski’s interpretation, Julie’s garden didn’t account. “If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster’s dictionary, it will say common,” he told WJBK. “So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what’s common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers.”

Lunchtime Garden Thread

From MangaWitch:

There are two pics of my garden. ‘Before’ – which was a year ago and ‘After’ – which was taken in April this year. It’s now settling in nicely and just waiting for everything to flower. Veggie garden will be at the bottom (Other side of the tree).

From Le Sacre:

Hey Chris, it looks like I’m too late to the party, but here’s a shot
of my happily out-of-control indoor vertical garden.

From Lucas:

konnichiwa sir-

lots happening in our garden just up on the mountain in western Japan. we have onions, squash, shiso, cucumbers, eggplant, asparagus, bell peppers, corn, tomatoes, and some basil growing. battling with the surprisingly smart crows and the ill-mannered wild boars but… satisfied. harvesting our first tomatoes and more cucumbers than we can eat so far. here is to a nice balance of rain and sun, eh? and we have a few mini frogs around to keep us company too.

Google+ Thread

Yes, I still have Google+ invites. If you emailed asking for one and you didn’t get it, resend the request. I found a few requests went to my junk box for some reason and I’m not sure if I recovered all of them. So email if you still want one. If you commented in yesterday’s thread asking for one, your reading comprehension is just awful. Try again.

My initial reaction to Google+ was dislike. It looked like a Facebook clone but trickier to use. And then I started playing around with Circles. YES! Google got it right. I rarely use facebook and have been very selective as to who I add because of privacy issues. As a result, I think I have 20 friends on Facebook and have ignored all family requests resulting in me being banned to all reunions and/or barbecues. Circles solves that problem. You can compartmentalize your relationships and share what you want to whatever circle you want to. You also can choose to view streams (walls) by circles. This is a huge leap over Facebook’s newsfeed where good friends’ updates can get easily lost amongst acquaintances annoying game updates.

It’s definitely the big draw to Google+.

I haven’t played around with Sparks or Hangout yet so I have no opinion of those features. I looked at Sparks for a second, got confused and started to play with a binder clip wondering if it’s animal abuse to use it to deactivate your cat. This is the first I’ve thought about Sparks since.

What does everybody else think of Google+ so far?

I Get Email

From: Todd C.
Subject: Liberty University Banner Ads


Liberty University is the institution of choice for bigots and morons.

I’m guessing you don’t have any control over what banner ads appear on your site, but if you do, you might want to get rid of those ones.

Todd C.
Prepress Coordinator / File Specialist

First World Problem.

My response:

From Chris
To: Todd. C
Subject: Re: Liberty University banner ads?
Two questions.

1. What are you talking about?
2. Who the fuck are you?

Actually, that I don’t know the answer to number 2 means I really don’t care about the answer to #1. And given the way you initiate emailing with somebody you don’t know, I don’t care for an answer to #2 either.

I’m assuming that it was a google context ad for Liberty University that got our Prepress Coordinator in such a tizzy that his complaints exploded into his email like a bad case of digital dysentery where there was no time for such formalities such as an introduction or a salutation. Who has time for such niceties when there’s a CHRISTIAN AD ON YOUR WEBSITE!!!!!!&@&@!!!

Yes, we all know by now that Google Ads are contextual and sometimes are a bad mix for the subject. You can block certain ones but you’re deluded if you think I’m going to spend any time seeking out each ad to block. I have better things to do with my time. (i.e. writing blog posts about assholes who send me ridiculous email)