Duluth-Area BBS

Recently, I stumbled on this website, which lists BBS numbers that existed in the 218 area code in the 80s and 90s. The BBS or bulletin board system was a precursor to web forums. People usually used BBSs that were physically in the same area as they were, since their computer would actually have to call the BBS and would incur long-distance charges just like any other landline phone call.

I never used a BBS, but I remember other kids talking about them furtively in my computer programming class in 8th grade. Sadly, my trusty VIC-20 lacked a modem.

Did anyone here use these or other local BBSs, or better yet did anyone actually run one? If so, please nerd out in the comments.

Scarlet Rivera returns to the northland

Scarlet Rivera will be performing at the Weber Music Hall – UMD in May, along with Gene LaFond and the Wild Unknown. Concert presented by Armory Arts and Music Center. Here’s my take on what promises to be an exciting concert.

Political leanings

I don’t recall ever seeing a car covered in bumper stickers that wasn’t expressing a liberal-leaning point of view.

And I don’t recall ever seeing a sheet-of-plywood sign painted in block letters posted outside someone’s home that wasn’t expressing a conservative-leaning point of view.

Feel free to share your own examples and offer theories on why this is or is not true.

Building Your Homegrown Stamina

A couple weeks before actual Homegrown, way down yonder in a town called Winona, there’s a music festival happening called Midwest Music Fest. Charlie Parr, Greg Brown and a slew of others are playing. They appear to be liberally using the term ‘homegrown,’ so maybe the powers that be should consider bartering for their superior web skills, as they have a pretty boss website, though the art could use a little help. The weekend pass is essentially free if you buy the Brown ticket. Solid acts from all over abound. Parr, due to overwhelming popularity last year, is playing multiple sets this year.

Instagram Spotlight on Tim Landis is a Spotlight on the Twin Ports

Not sure why I missed this but my Twitter friend Tim Landis and his amazing instagram pictures were featured a month or so ago on the Huffington Post

Where on the North Shore?

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Lake Superior Libraries Symposium announces a call for posters

The Lake Superior Libraries Symposium is announcing a “Call for Posters” as part of its June 1 Conference in Superior. Librarians, educators and organizations from Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are encouraged to submit a poster proposal to promote their programs, resources, and research. To sign up, visit click here.

Carless in Duluth

A short documentary about people living in Duluth without cars, either by choice or by circumstance.

Retribution Gospel Choir on the Current

Songs performed: “Feel it, Superior,” “Maharisha,” “The Stone” and “Take Your Time.”

Retribution Gospel Choir has a new 7-inch EP coming out March 27. The Revolution EP can be downloaded here or the record can be pre-ordered here.

Far Par driving range and mini golf open

The Far Par golf course now has the driving range and mini golf open. No doubt the best mini golf in the Twin Ports. Noon to 7 p.m. Just west of Woodland Ave on the corner of Calvary Road and Arnold Road.

Toward a Humane Libertarianism

Last night, despite digestive distress and a body temperature over 100F, I crawled out of the tub (I soak when I get a fever — it makes me feel less clammy) to go hear Russ Stewart lecture at UMD about “Humane Libertarianism.”

Russ Stewart

Looking for good handyperson

Have you ever had a section of ceiling fall into your guest bedroom due to water leaking around the bathroom toilet flange and into the subflooring? The Ramos family has! Last night! As the picture shows, I have already fixed the problem. Nevertheless, certain members of the household are insisting on something more.

As such, we are looking for a good, bonded, insured carpenter or handyperson to make the necessary repairs. Price is important, but honesty and dependability are more so. Does anybody have any suggestions?

This week: Jeremy Messersmith, an airplane show, the 4onthefloor, and more

Wednesday, March 21
Celebrate the Equinox at Chester Creek Cafe with a set vegetarian meal and music by Nikki and the Ruemates. Support a good cause and listen to some talented women at the same time at the Twin Ports Female Acoustic Show.

Friday, March 23
Minneapolis musician Jeremy Messersmith plays at Tycoon’s. Dink Tank at the Movies takes on The Happening Friday and Saturday. Rabble rousers, the 4onthefloor and Big Wave Dave and the Ripples take the stage at R.T.’s.

Saturday, March 24
Folk singer Dar Williams plays at Sacred Heart. The Duluth Radio Controlled Club will host a Radio Controlled Airplane Show and answer questions in the Miller Hill Mall. Eight writers create eight one-act plays overnight and premiere them at The One Day Chicken Hat Plays at Harbor City International School.

Keep checking the PDD Calendar for all your Duluth event needs.

Nerd Culture Update

A few Nerd/Geek Culture updates…

Millinery Classes? Learn to make hats?

I’m gauging interest in the notion (ha!*) of teaching some small classes in millinery — that is, traditional hat-making. Not so traditional that you knit and then felt, but rather the kind that leads to possibly a fedora, but with many other shapes and options.

If I find that there is interest, I will go forth and find an appropriately sized space. You can see my work at moesewco.com, which I just mentioned in another post on a mostly unrelated subject, so please bear with me.

* A notion is a sewing item that is not fabric or thread — like buttons or scissors.