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Justin Berke’s Year in Duluth »

Justin Berke recently celebrated his one-year anniversary of living in Duluth by creating an infographic website at ayearinduluth.tk.
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Help with Duplicator »

No, I’m not trying to copy myself. I have a Model 70 Conquerer Spirit Duplicator which I am trying to figure out. I have never used one but am interested in how the machine works and would love to get this one back in action. If anyone could share some knowledge or point me in the direction of some good resources I would greatly appreciate it.

Happy Eleventeenth Birthday to us! »

Perfect Duluth Day is eleven years old today — Sunday, June 29, 2014. The official celebration is at Carmody Irish Pub tonight at 8 p.m. Fabulous prizes will be awarded to the top finishers of this week’s Pub Quiz, the questions for which will all be related to PDD. It’s a super tough quiz, so study intensively.
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Duluth Scavenger Hunts »

Above is KBJR-TV video from ten years ago today of the Duluth Citywide Scavenger Hunt of 2004. Below is WDIO-TV video from the Scavaganza put on by Youth for Duluth last month.
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“Little Pirate” Turns 15! »

Little Pirate, aka August, began blogging on PDD when he was four.

Gone Berserk! »

I spent the better part of three days at Berserkon. This event is fast becoming a highlight in my annual calendar.
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All-Star Specs: The Biggest Glasses in the 1985 Topps Baseball Card Set »


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At the Minneapolis Comic Con »

File Discrimination »

If I were a jpg, I’d be calling my lawyer.

Speed Research at UMD »

The UMD Visualization Lab‘s monthly Speed Research is up, and ready to be watched.

Talks about telepresent art, Hobbesian political science, and humor in business education. Fun!

Video Archive: How many geeks can you fit into a Kia Rio? »

The third iteration of the Geek Prom happened ten years ago at the Great Lakes Aquarium. As a publicity stunt, we decided to find out how many geeks we could cram into a Kia Rio. Answer: 21. The more important question, however, was: Could we make WDIO anchor Dennis Anderson lose his composure? Answer: Yes.

Nerd Field Report: Firefly, Nerd Nite, Icebox Radio Theatre, Arts Advocacy »

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How many pay phones are left in Duluth? »

Ah, the once-ubiquitous pay phone. I remember when they could be found on every major street corner, but if I needed one today, I would have no idea where to find one.

Are there any pay phones left in Duluth? If so, where? Confirm their existence by commenting below, but please post only current confirmations. If you have a vague memory of one existing a few years ago, that doesn’t count.

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Presenters wanted for Browncoat Mondays »

I’m lining up short (10 minute) presentations on Joss Whedon’s Firefly for Browncoat Mondays at the Zinema 2 starting at the end of this month. These presentations can be on any topic related to the series or the movie.

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Trampled by Turtles’ song deserves Oscar »

There I was, sitting in a cavernous multiplex theater at Duluth 10. The movie, The Way Way Back, is one that I had actually chosen by accident. Or chosen erroneously, I mean. The Mrs. and I were on an impromptu date night and picked The Way Way Back thinking that it was actually another movie I had heard about.

A good 30 minutes in I realized both my error, and that the film was not what I had hoped for, a fluffy summertime coming-of-age story, and that it was instead a sort of dark, introspective coming-of-age story that just happened to be placed in a summer setting. At points during the movie I could actually viscerally feel my own awkward teenage summer loneliness flaring up in some deep, dark buried place in my gut. So the film makers nailed that part.
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Duluth knows how to do snow removal, but where does it all go? »

I was very impressed to happen upon this epic snow removal operation on Second Street on Thursday at about 11 a.m.

You might be able to see in the photo that this clean-up convoy of sorts includes numerous heavy construction vehicles stretching from where this was taken at about Second Avenue East, all the way back to Fourth Avenue West.


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PDD Shovel Cam »

While Cory has been traveling to exotic locations and honing his skills with the PDD Drone, I’ve been perfecting the PDD Shovel Cam.

Save the robots! Volunteers needed. »

On March 6-8 there are two major regional For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology robotics events scheduled at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. High School teams from all over Minnesota and beyond will participate in these events.
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More thoughts on Duluth neighborhoods »

All of the recent postings have reignited my interest in our city’s neighborhoods. Their unique aspects are really interesting. And there are so many things I still don’t know, even after living here for 20+ years.
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North Coast iOS Developers! »

Krekeltronics, a small Minnesota-based firm, is looking for iOS developers! We’d like to talk to independent experienced folks looking for a bit of stability, burnt out corporate subjects seeking a simpler lifestyle, or even skilled recent grads looking to pair with someone.
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