Saturday, January 22, 2011

Michigan on Digg!


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By Mr. Sig

Michigan made the front page of the popular news aggregation site  I've been checking this site on and off for the better part of 3 years.  While not as popular as it used to be, it is still a major player in the news aggregation market.  Digg allows its user base to submit and vote on (Digg) stories.  The more "Diggs" the story gets, the more likely it is to reach the front page.

You can see an example of the article below.


As a fan of, I was happy to see this get to the front even though the title itself infers that it is strange to see forward-thinking ideas in the state of Michigan.

So what does the article actually say?

Michigan State University will be getting a $600 million heavy ion accelerator... the most advanced in the world.  The article notes that this could be the discovery place for many new theoretical technologies including mini nuclear reactors that could power a far.  It could even be the place where cold fusion is finally figured out.

This sounds a little far fetched to me, but it's certainly good to see this kind of investment coming into Michigan even if it isn't private investment - the real sign of economic health.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hope in Tragedy

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Today, America appropriately honors and remembers the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Millions of Americans will use the day to remember and reflect upon his life and legacy including many who will take up Dr. King's call to serve others and participate in a Day of Service.

I admit, I did not have specific plans to commemorate Dr. King today, but then I came across a story of hope emerging from tragedy and I could not avoid being moved and sharing my thoughts.

Specifically, I reflect today of the amazing endurance of Dr. King's legacy. His message and inspiration could not be deterred despite his assassination in 1968 at age 39. Hate and violence could not quell his message of hope and peace that continues to profoundly move and change individuals over forty years later.

Likewise, death could not stop Andrew Benedict from saving and remarkably changing the lives of others after his family decided to donate his organs after Andrew's tragic death, at age 21, in a snowmobile accident outside of Kalkaska, MI in February, 2008.

Andrew's organs, bone, and tissue donations have directly saved and impacted the lives of over 40 recipients as well as the countless others moved by his gifts and those who received them.

I went to high school with Andrew in Lowell, MI. Every time I drive home to MI to visit my parents, I drive past his house and remember how his life was tragically cut short and say a short prayer for his sister and parents. I will now also be reminded to pray for those who carry Andrew's legacy around with them.

After reading Sue Thoms' column re-visiting the Benedict family almost three years later last night, I spent most of today reflecting on Dr. King's legacy which asks us "what are we doing for others?" in the context of Andrew who grew up in a family that taught him that "our goal in life is to make a difference."

In doing so, I am once again amazed how meaningful life is. Fear, hate, violence, nor death can halt virtuous efforts to serve and inspire just as the legacies of Andrew and Dr. King have transcended their lives cut tragically short.