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Table with yellow teapot and cloth embroidered with blue flowers


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Abandon all sleep, ye who enter here.
Good evening, Kibitzers! This is part 2 of my multi-part Detroit Camera Dump. Here's a link to Part 1, images of specific Kossacks, which I posted last Friday.

Today I will show you pictures of various NN highlights, but please don't take this to mean they were necessarily the moments I valued the most. About half the time, I was so engaged that I forgot I had a camera. (That was the case with the speech of the Rev. Dr. William Barber. I was later shocked to see that I didn't think to take a single picture of him, but then, I was also shocked to see, via others' photos, that there was practically no one in the hall behind me -- it never occurred to me to turn around, either. I'd say that his address was my favorite NN session, by a lot.)

My spotty little history starts below.

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This NN had all kinds of strange things coloring how its events were attended, perceived, etc. I think the weirdness started with the Joe Biden speech, which was substantially delayed because the incident in Ukraine kept the Vice President held up on the phone for nearly an hour, throwing the rest of the day's schedule into disarray. I was glad to have heard him, but a lot of the surrounding circumstances were... unfortunate.

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Joe Biden onstage
I was also glad to hear Elizabeth Warren's remarks. She's wonderful, and I wish there were fifty of her, including one to be President and one to be Chief Justice; the rest could be distributed among the Senate and House, I guess. I believe she is not running for President; the phrase "No means no" is one that carries a very specific meaning and a lot of emotional color for feminists, and I think she was well aware of that in choosing to say it in answer to the White House question. The crew of "Warren for President" people who commandeered the ballroom in advance of her address, removing all the table signs and establishing themselves in front, were not Senator Warren's fault at all, but they certainly didn't do her any public relations favors.
elizabeth warren on screen
Elizabeth Warren on the big screen...
elizabeth warren
...and actually onstage (note that she is NOT blurry in real life.)
I was envious of nomandates' wonderful shirt, and needed a picture, but it felt kinda creepy to be photographing her chest.  ;)
nomandates shirt
nomandates' shirt
On Saturday afternoon, I was lucky enough to be speaking with shanikka and Denise Oliver Velez when Elisa came by. Her organization, MomsRising, was having a reception and she was inviting attendees. It was at Salt & Cedar, a beautiful event space at some distance from the Cobo Center, and there was a shuttle van. shanikka had work to do, so I rode out there with Denise to check it out.

The venue and its neighborhood were visually striking, and Denise wanted pictures. I turned over my camera to her for these pictures...

salt & cedar by dee
Building facade -- always in motion is Denise.  ;)
salt & cedar facade art by dee
Above the door
salt & cedar check in line by dee
The check-in line (the sparkly antennae are a Pub Quiz costume!)
across the street 2 by dee
Graffiti across the street seemed color-coordinated with parked cars.
...and then I took these.
across the street 3
See what I mean about graffiti and cars?
Salt & Cedar is also a letterpress printing studio, and they displayed a lot of printed work along their walls inside.
salt & cedar interior
I didn't think my flash was on, but on the upside, it showed some of the art clearly.
salt & cedar interior no flash
This is what the ambient lighting was like.
The closing event (except for the wrap-up Sunday brunch) was the big dance party at the Michigan Science Center. I was entertained by the sign over the entrance to the bar:
party - bar
STEP INTO HEALTH & WELLNESS!
I didn't see as much of the museum as I'd have liked, but it was more fun to talk with Kossack friends who would soon be scattered again. I took a few pictures as I wandered around.
robot
Robot!
Lumenarium
The Lumenarium contains exhibits about the electromagnetic spectrum.
window wall
This wall of lens "windows" is just outside it.
plasma tube
Plasma tube
ball machine
This should really be a video -- balls are launched into this device continuously.


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