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September 30, 2005

Thanksgiving's coming early this year...

Adrian Orange who is the "band" "Thanksgiving" from Portland is coming to Duluth on Monday October 24th. He was supposed to play at UMD, but that fell through and now I'm trying to figure out somewhere else for him to play. He came to town last year and played at the MAC for about 5 people, He's really an amazing kid, he's 19 (or maybe he's 20 by now) and has put out around 10 albums/eps. He is on P.W Elverum and Sun Records (run by Phil Elverum/the guy from The Microphones and Mt. Eerie) and K records distributes some of his stuff.

You can listen to some mp3s at
So, if anyone has any ideas or a space for this show to happen please let me know so I can let him know where the heck he's playing. And if you don't that's okay too but you should still come to this show where ever it ends up because there will probably be a sing-a-long.

Thanks so much!

oh yeah, my name is maria and my email address is "maria.suz (at)"

September 29, 2005

Da Duke.

The Duke!

Hello there. Duke Skorich, local pollster and radio host has a new Blog. Now he needs to make that radio show of his a podcast.

Awwwww...that sounds nice.


You guys go ahead and watch Night of the Living Dead at the Free Range Farm. I'm not into that scary stuff, myself. I'll be enjoying a much more heartwarming picture instead.

(hosted on :: back story here :: thanks Defective Yeti)

September 28, 2005

A $100 of fame

If you donate $100 to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, Brian Wilson (the Beach Boy) will call you on the phone.

"Here's my challenge: For anyone who sends a donation of $100 or more, I will call you personally and answer a question you may have, or just say hello. Also, Melinda and I will match the donation."

The site

and you think you got it bad...

this summer my brother got microscopic mites from a dead raccoon under the front porch floorboards. it was god awful. he did some research on the net and came across this:

HI Betsy,Yes,I do have brain fog lately & have had it since I found that the scabies wouldn't go away.No I don't have any fibers,but I do have some big lesions that got a terrible infection of hookworms.I went to the best infecuios disease doctor & he took one look & took his tweesers out & pulled these worms from around the 4 biggest lesions.He wrote a script for this ointment{that diffinatly works} & 1 box of stromectol,one bottle of Quell shampoo,one bottle of Quell for the body & one bottle of Eurex.I got to the drug store & my husband had his scripts but mine were gone.I called the Dr back & he wasn't so nice & said "I don't know were the hell you lost it"& I'm not at my office & hung up on me.So that was Friday, this morning I got a call from this other downstairs from the other doctor that my husband wanted to go to but wrong insurance & she said she found them & get there by 4:00 today & I forgot.I am having a lot of trouble with my husband lately he had another break down & all we do is fight because he is abuseing his Mental Health medicine & I turned him in to his shrink & for spite he is making my life miserable.Just when the meds were wearing off he went out & bought a bottle of Vocka & got drunk.Now he knows the Board of Health is coming tomorrow & I need him to get rid of the stuff on the floors in the closet because I have to have back surgery soon & can't even unload the dishwasher without pain So you can imagine why I have brain fog.This happens a couple of times a year to him.I can't take it no more.Since he's been skitsafrenic {can't spell it}about 15yrs.I've put up with it but with these bugs & now the bed bugs that I'm deathly afraid of I want to leave him .I have to think for two everyday while he sleeps.2 yrs ago we had a fight & he took all the money we had in the world from his fathers death & lost 10,500 in one night & can't remember what he did or if he hid it.Sorry I'm ramblem on so much but there is no one to talk to now.I'm so afraid he'll get my mothers death money & do it again to me.I want to leave so bad & go back to Hawaii & stay there.But now I don't know what my future holds with these dirty bugs.I try to stay awake all night but about 5:00AM I fall out & we bombed again just the bedroom & they aren't biting for 3 days in that room.Thanks for thinking of me Betsy you seem like a nice person & I wish you the best & hope you find some peace with the Morgellons if thats what it is.JS

poor js.

September 27, 2005

Oh.. So true...

This might offend some, but from a known population of meat eaters, I thought this was awesome...

Agent 86 where are you?


Adams died of a lung infection late Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, his friend and former agent Bruce Tufeld said Monday, adding that the actor broke his hip a year ago and had been in ill health since.

As the inept Agent 86 of the super-secret federal agency CONTROL, Adams captured TV viewers with his antics in combatting the evil agents of KAOS. When his explanations failed to convince the villains or his boss, he tried another tack:

"Would you believe ... ?"

It became a national catchphrase.

Smart was also prone to spilling things on the desk or person of his boss -- the Chief (actor Edward Platt). Smart's apologetic "Sorry about that, chief" also entered the American lexicon.

The spy gadgets, which aped those of the Bond movies, were a popular feature, especially the pre-cell-phone telephone in a shoe.

Smart's beautiful partner, Agent 99, played by Barbara Feldon, was as brainy as he was dense, and a plot romance led to marriage and the birth of twins later in the series.

Adams, who had been under contract to NBC, was lukewarm about doing a spy spoof. When he learned that Mel Brooks and Buck Henry had written the pilot script, he accepted immediately.

"Get Smart" debuted on NBC in September 1965 and scored No. 12 among the season's most-watched series and No. 22 in its second season.

"Get Smart" twice won the Emmy for best comedy series with three Emmys for Adams as comedy actor.

CBS picked up the show but the ratings fell off as the jokes seemed repetitive, and it was canceled after four seasons. The show lived on in syndication and a cartoon series. In 1995 the Fox network revived the series with Smart as chief and 99 as a congresswoman. It lasted seven episodes.

Adams never had another showcase to display his comic talent.

"It was a special show that became a cult classic of sorts, and I made a lot of money for it," he remarked of "Get Smart" in a 1995 interview. "But it also hindered me career-wise because I was typed. The character was so strong, particularly because of that distinctive voice, that nobody could picture me in any other type of role."

He was born Donald James Yarmy in New York City on April 13, 1923, Tufeld said, although some sources say 1926 or '27. The actor's father was a Hungarian Jew who ran a few small restaurants in the Bronx.

In a 1959 interview Adams said he never cared about being funny as a kid: "Sometimes I wonder how I got into comedy at all. I did movie star impressions as a kid in high school. Somehow they just got out of hand."

In 1941, he dropped out of school to join the Marines. In Guadalcanal he survived the deadly blackwater fever and was returned to the States to become a drill instructor, acquiring the clipped delivery that served him well as a comedian.

After the war he worked in New York as a commercial artist by day, doing standup comedy in clubs at night, taking the surname of his first wife, Adelaide Adams. His following grew, and soon he was appearing on the Ed Sullivan and late-night TV shows. Bill Dana, who had helped him develop comedy routines, cast him as his sidekick on Dana's show. That led to the NBC contract and "Get Smart."

Adams, who married and divorced three times and had seven children, served as the voice for the popular cartoon series, "Inspector Gadget," as well as cartoon character Tennessee Tuxedo. In 1980, he appeared as Maxwell Smart in a feature movie, "The Nude Bomb," about a madman whose bomb destroyed people's clothing.

Tufeld said funeral arrangements were incomplete.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

September 26, 2005

Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

THE FREE RANGE FILM FESTIVAL presents "Night of the Living Dead," 7 and 9:30
p.m., October 1 in the Free Range Film Barn at County Highways 1 & 4 in
Wrenshall, Minnesota. Suggested donation of $5. Visit
for more information.

They call him Flipper - Armed Dolphins Released Into Gulf of Mexico

elleand flipper.jpg"The Guardian is reporting on what may be the weirdest Hurricane Katrina story yet. Military trained dolphins may have been released into the wild by the Hurricane's devastation." From the article: "Experts who have studied the U.S. navy's cetacean training exercises claim the 36 mammals could be carrying 'toxic dart' guns. Divers and surfers risk attack, they claim, from a species considered to be among the planet's smartest. The U.S. navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes, but has refused to confirm that any are missing. Dolphins have been trained in attack-and-kill missions since the Cold War. The U.S. Atlantic bottlenose dolphins have apparently been taught to shoot terrorists attacking military vessels. Their coastal compound was breached during the storm, sweeping them out to sea. But those who have studied the controversial use of dolphins in the U.S. defence programme claim it is vital they are caught quickly."

Leo Sheridan, 72, a respected accident investigator who has worked for government and industry, said he had received intelligence from sources close to the US government's marine fisheries service confirming dolphins had escaped.

'My concern is that they have learnt to shoot at divers in wetsuits who have simulated terrorists in exercises. If divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire,' he said. 'The darts are designed to put the target to sleep so they can be interrogated later, but what happens if the victim is not found for hours?'

Usually dolphins were controlled via signals transmitted through a neck harness. 'The question is, were these dolphins made secure before Katrina struck?' said Sheridan.

The mystery surfaced when a separate group of dolphins was washed from a commercial oceanarium on the Mississippi coast during Katrina. Eight were found with the navy's help, but the dolphins were not returned until US navy scientists had examined them.

Sheridan is convinced the scientists were keen to ensure the dolphins were not the navy's, understood to be kept in training ponds in a sound in Louisiana, close to Lake Pontchartrain, whose waters devastated New Orleans.

The navy launched the classified Cetacean Intelligence Mission in San Diego in 1989, where dolphins, fitted with harnesses and small electrodes planted under their skin, were taught to patrol and protect Trident submarines in harbour and stationary warships at sea.

Criticism from animal rights groups ensured the use of dolphins became more secretive. But the project gained impetus after the Yemen terror attack on the USS Cole in 2000. Dolphins have also been used to detect mines near an Iraqi port.

September 25, 2005

This is the Roaster...This is Destoner

I origionally posted this on my blog a couple of months ago, but Brunch w/ Barrett & Co. this morning prompted me to re-publish it to PDD...

This Is The Roaster...This Is Destoner...

It may seem a bit weird, but I enjoy sifting throught the bits of stuff among the roasted coffee beans that don't get sucked up into the destoner hopper on the roaster I work on. Instead, the heavier matter remains on a hinged gate and eventually gets dumped into a shallow metal tray below.

Bits of glass and quartz; sometimes small pieces of bone, which have been almost polished smooth by heat and a few minutes tumbling around inside a drum with a hundred thirty or so pounds of coffee beans; the occasional rivet, spring, nail...all of them travelling from some faroff country...from some estate farm...a button from a shirt or a coin from a pocket...

Chili beans and corn. Seeds from a piece of fruit...all of it coming from someplace that isn't here, and unless we're extremely fortunate to have travelled afar-from someplace that both culturally and geographically exists for us only in books and magazines and in our own imaginations.

What I pick out of that tray puts a personality of sorts on the finished product now waiting for its final journey into a cup in some shop in some town or city in Minnesota.

Someone lost that button off his shirt perhaps-on some farm in Colombia, or Guatemala...some girl who's never even been off the island she grew up on dropped the seeds from her fruit on a hot summer day during the season's harvest in Sumatra, or lost a bead off her necklace in Ethiopia...

Then again, they sometimes dry the harvested green beans on huge concrete slabs and turn them with rakes-or in some countries, they dry the beans right on the side of the road...the jetasm I find then being the tiny bits of gravel and glass that falls through the holes in the cooling tray and transition to the destoner.

There is a circle that is completed in a way when I remove that debris from the remainder of the beans in the tray and toss it into the small cardboard box that sits on top of the destoner-joining the other bits and pieces of other people's lives, or other people's countries, or other people's meals...

I suppose if anything at all, I am humbled in a way knowing that I am one of only a very few who get to see that "face." By the time the coffee makes its way into a bag, coffee shop, or kitchen coffee maker, that image disappears into the steamy vapor of a freshly brewed cup.


mn's own wiki

sent to me by MPR

September 24, 2005

BASIClly cool

Mesmerizing music video done on an Apple ][+ using BASIC. Low tech masterpiece!
Jed's Other Poem (Beautiful Ground)
Jed's Other Poem.GIF

ah... the good ol' DNT

So in today's editorial in the DNT, they consistently referred to Alexander Hamilton as being on the $20 bill.

50 non-redeemable bonus points if you can tell me who's on the $20 bill and which bill Alexander Hamilton is really on...

September 23, 2005

MN Stories in the Rake.

The Rake wrote a nice little article about MN Stories this month, check it out.

September 22, 2005

Trampled by Awards!


Home boys Trampled by Turtles swept the Minnesota Music Awards last night (in the Bluegrass category) at First Avenue. You can watch some video footage on MN Stories. Alas Charlie Parr walked away empty handed but he is a winner in my book.

Read more here, here and here.

September 20, 2005


another lamp... er, computer virus

Fifty non reedemable points to anyone who knows where this lamp was

Oh, dear! Kidsbeer!

So, according to this article in the DNT, Japan has a product called Kidsbeer, a nonalcoholic cola that looks like beer, which is marketed to children.

The drink, which comes in a brown bottle and is advertised with the slogan "Even kids cannot stand life unless they have a drink," is lager-colored and foams like beer, but tastes like cola, the article states, citing what is perhaps the funniest slogan in the history of advertising.

Everyone quoted in the article is emphatic that while the product is available in Japan, and is soon to be available in parts of Europe, it will never be available in the United States. Well, duh.

Cola that looks and tastes like cola, but knocks you on your ass with 6% alcohol, however, is perfectly fine. Apparently.

September 19, 2005

Katrina: the Gathering

Collectable card game and scathing satire all in one! It's Katrina: the Gathering


Amish Drive-By Shooting...

clip-clop clip-clop clip-clop clip-clop BANG! clip-clop clip-clop clip-clop clip-clop...

Talk Like a Pirate day

Avast, me hearties! It be Talk Like a Pirate day!!!
Talk Like a Pirate website



Click here for computer virus.

September 17, 2005

Podsites Rawk!

I just discovered Podsites and I love it. What is it you ask?

Apple's iPod sports a simple, powerful but little used feature, called Notes. iPod's Notes lets you read text files on your iPod. Notes can also link to other Notes, as well as songs and images on your iPod.

A podSite is our name for a collection of text files, with links to other text files, and possibly sound files and image files stored, and accessible on an iPod.

Think of it as a website for your iPod. Or a slice of the web, in your pocket. podSites are much easier to create than web pages, you don't need any special tools, and you can learn the skills to create a podSite in less than half an hour.

If you are a blogger, or web developer, and already creating web content, converting that content into a podSite is simple

So far I have downloaded iPod Bartender and the Tao Te Ching. I was thinking a Duluth Bar Guide would be a sweet idea. Maybe Slim would team up on this idea. Anyone know how to reach him? Or maybe a Duluth band Guide with links to a song by each local band. How about a treasure hunt or a guided tour of Duluth architecture. The possibilities are endless. Check out their site and load up your iPod!

September 16, 2005

What is Garrison thinking?

Has anyone else heard about this?

Apparently, Garrison Keillor is suing a blogger for making a t-shirt that he (Garrison) says is infringing upon his copyright of a "Prairie Home Companion", because the t-shirt, which says "A Prairie Ho Companion," may confuse consumers into believing the t-shirt is endorsed by PHC and Garrison, even though the website where the t-shirt was for sale clearly stated the t-shirt was not endorsed by PHC or GK. Now, my question is: does GK think Minnesotans are really that stupid? I know he's no stranger to the art of parody, satire, and sarcasm, so you would think that he would understand it when it's used against him.

What the hell, Garrison, you're supposed to be our champion Minnesota liberal! Don't give into the the Dark Side!

(Interestingly enough, I found this on a metroblog for Los Angeles - I haven't heard anything about this in the local media!, and just for laughs, it was posted by Wil Wheaton of Star Trek: TNG fame...)

The Gettysbeer Address

Four Score and seven beers ago, my companions and I brought themselves forth on this continent a brew nation, conceived in innebrity and dedicated to the proposition that not all beers are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil debate, testing which of these fine brews’ inebriation so conceived and so delicious can long endure. We are met in the great Brewhouse of that debate. We have come to dedicate a portion of this drink as a tribute to those who here gave us the means that this event might long live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this drink. The brave men living and dead who have perfected and brewed it have consecrated it far above our power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we drank here, but we can never forget that we came here to sip and sup with our fellow men. It is for us the drunkards rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished ales, which were poured out for us, have thus far been so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored men we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these beers shall not have been drank in vain, that this brew fest shall have a new birth of drunkenness and that the beer of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth

Big Lake Brewfest is tomorrow afternoon at the Wessman Arena (Hopefully everyone knows where THAT is by now...if not...shame shame shame!) from 4:00-8:00.

Be There, Drink Beer...

September 15, 2005

that time of year

Anyone have knowledge where I can acquire a cider press locally? Don't need anything fancy, just something that'll help me pulp a medium tree's worth

September 13, 2005

UFO-related art: Call for submissions from weirdo PDD community

PDD types: The second annual "Area 61" UFO Convention is returning to Lakeview Castle on November 5. This year's topics include ghostbusting and Bigfoot as well as UFOs. Please contact [email protected] if interested in having work relating to these themes on display that day. Deadline: Halloween. Thank you!

September 12, 2005

Requiem for a worn out sock...

I'm a sock person. I pretty much love all types of socks...the only exception would probably be those thin nylon dressy things worn by guys who wear suits and ties. My favorite would probably have to be the thick warm wooly socks I get on occasion from some thoughtful soul around christmas time. Why christmas? I'm not sure. I rarely get socks at any other time of the year, and although I love socks, I rarely purchase them for myself. Perhaps I'll have to do better at buying my own socks, given my propensity for pickiness when it comes to my personal attire.

The last pair I got was three years ago I got two pairs of thick wool socks. Both grey, but one had a red stripe at the top with red toes and the other a black stripe with black toes. I've yet to wear the socks as a matched pair. It's always been pretty much one black and one red sock at all times.

I wear socks all year round, with nearly every type of footwear, except my Chaco sandals. There is something so very wrong with men (or anyone for that matter) who insist on wearing socks with any type of ugly chunky teva-style sport sandal (the sport sandal thing is a whole other issue, which I'll spare you the details...for now.) . The only exception to this rule in my opinion (and I know quite a few who would disagree with this opinion) would possibly be a nice thick pair of wool socks and a pair of Birkenstock sandals worn on a chilly autumn morning.

Two pairs of socks worn at the same time can help you avoid the searing and disabling discomfort that can only be inflicted by a blister on your foot when you're out on the hiking trail by adding a little extra cushion and layering between your skin and the inside of a hiking boot...they also, when worn in the proper combination...such as a polyester sock under a heavier weight wool your feet to stay warm and dry in your boots.

I did laundry this past weekend and as usual, I have to wash the socks I wear at work. Standard black cotton socks. I've managed to pretty much keep the same six pairs of socks for a good four years now, without losing one for any longer than a week or so. Occasionally, one would find its way to the back of my sock bin in my closet for a few days and escape being worn and washed a couple of times until I'd find it again and mate it up with its twin. I was sorting out the clean socks and mating them up with their significant others, I noticed a hole the size of a dime in the heel of one of my black work socks. Ordinarily, holey socks wouldn't bother me all that much. I've been known to wear the same pair of wool socks til the feet were completely disentigrated and were nothing more than the necks of the socks on my ankles. My solution to this was generally to wear a pair of thinner cotton socks underneath. This time however, I don't think I have any other recourse than that of disposing of the afflicted hoisery for good. The problem with holes in my cotton socks being that although they can be darned, I wouldn't wear them because the knot of thread patching the hole would feel like something balled up in a tight knot and stuck to the inside of the sock, which would cause me to try and shift the sock around to a more comfortable position. This wouldn't work because as anyone who wears cotton socks can tell you, once that sock has been worn and broken in to the shape of your foot, it's almost impossible to get a comfortable fit in any other position.

So, it appears that I'm off to Target at some point to purchase a new pack of socks. Black socks that come in packs of six or eight and cost five bucks. Unfortuantely, the sock that developed the hole was purchased at the same time as and has seen about the same amount of wear as the five other pairs I have that are just like it, and once one starts to go, the other eleven aren't far behind. So, even though I'll probably wear those other socks til they too disentigrate, another fresh supply of socks is definately in order. Perhaps while I'm there, I'll see if they have any cool wool socks. Winter is approaching and I'd like to scare up another couple of pairs to see me through the cold months ahead. Perhaps they have some toe socks as well. I like toe socks too.

again, Since he is not here, let's talk about him...


Ever notice how similar.......

September 11, 2005

25 Mind-Numbingly Stupid Quotes About Hurricane Katrina And Its Aftermath

I found this article on (but since I really hate their site, I'll post it here for others to read): 25 Mind-Numbingly Stupid Quotes About Hurricane Katrina And Its Aftermath
Some of these make me so damn mad! A horrible mixture of "Not my fault - can't pin it on me!" and "Boy, am I ever glad I'm white and wealthy!"
Twenty-five regrettable quotes, but I think the worst would have to be 13:

"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." –Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA) to lobbyists, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal

1) "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." –President Bush, on "Good Morning America," Sept. 1, 2005, six days after repeated warnings from experts about the scope of damage expected from Hurricane Katrina

2) "What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway so this (chuckle) – this is working very well for them." –Former First Lady Barbara Bush, on the Hurricane flood evacuees in the Houston Astrodome, Sept. 5, 2005

3) "It makes no sense to spend billions of dollars to rebuild a city that's seven feet under sea level....It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed." –House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Aug 31, 2005

4) "We've got a lot of rebuilding to do ... The good news is — and it's hard for some to see it now — that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house — he's lost his entire house — there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch." (Laughter) —President Bush, touring hurricane damage, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005

5) "Considering the dire circumstances that we have in New Orleans, virtually a city that has been destroyed, things are going relatively well." –FEMA Director Michael Brown, Sept. 1, 2005

6) "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." –President Bush, to FEMA director Michael Brown, while touring Hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, Sept. 2, 2005

7) "I have not heard a report of thousands of people in the convention center who don't have food and water." –Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, on NPR's "All Things Considered," Sept. 1, 2005

8) "Well, I think if you look at what actually happened, I remember on Tuesday morning picking up newspapers and I saw headlines, 'New Orleans Dodged the Bullet.' Because if you recall, the storm moved to the east and then continued on and appeared to pass with considerable damage but nothing worse." –Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, blaming media coverage for his failings, "Meet the Press," Sept. 4, 2005

9) "I mean, you have people who don't heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving.” –Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sept. 6, 2005

10) "You simply get chills every time you see these poor individuals...many of these people, almost all of them that we see are so poor and they are so black, and this is going to raise lots of questions for people who are watching this story unfold." –CNN's Wolf Blitzer, on New Orleans' hurricane evacuees, Sept. 1, 2005

11) "What didn't go right?'" –President Bush, as quoted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), after she urged him to fire FEMA Director Michael Brown "because of all that went wrong, of all that didn't go right" in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort

12) "Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?" –House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX), to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans at the Astrodome in Houston

13) "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." –Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA) to lobbyists, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal

14) "Louisiana is a city that is largely under water." –Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, news conference, Sept. 3, 2005

15) "I also want to encourage anybody who was affected by Hurricane Corina to make sure their children are in school." –First Lady Laura Bush, twice referring to a "Hurricane Corina" while speaking to children and parents in South Haven, Mississippi, Sept. 8, 2005

16) "It's totally wiped out. ... It's devastating, it's got to be doubly devastating on the ground." –President Bush, turning to his aides while surveying Hurricane Katrina flood damage from Air Force One, Aug. 31, 2005

17) "I believe the town where I used to come – from Houston, Texas, to enjoy myself, occasionally too much – will be that very same town, that it will be a better place to come to." –President Bush, on the tarmac at the New Orleans airport, Sept. 2, 2005

18) "Last night, we showed you the full force of a superpower government going to the rescue." –MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Sept. 1, 2005

19) "You know I talked to Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi yesterday because some people were saying, 'Well, if you hadn't sent your National Guard to Iraq, we here in Mississippi would be better off.' He told me 'I've been out in the field every single day, hour, for four days and no one, not one single mention of the word Iraq.' Now where does that come from? Where does that story come from if the governor is not picking up one word about it? I don't know. I can use my imagination.” –Former President George Bush, who can give his imagination a rest, interview with CNN’s Larry King, Sept. 5, 2005

20) "We just learned of the convention center – we being the federal government – today." –FEMA Director Michael Brown, to ABC's Ted Koppel, Sept. 1, 2005, to which Koppel responded " Don't you guys watch television? Don't you guys listen to the radio? Our reporters have been reporting on it for more than just today."

21) "I don't want to alarm everybody that, you know, New Orleans is filling up like a bowl. That's just not happening." -Bill Lokey, FEMA's New Orleans coordinator, in a press briefing from Baton Rouge, Aug. 30, 2005

22) "FEMA is not going to hesitate at all in this storm. We are not going to sit back and make this a bureaucratic process. We are going to move fast, we are going to move quick, and we are going to do whatever it takes to help disaster victims." --FEMA Director Michael Brown, Aug. 28, 2005

23) "I don't make judgments about why people chose not to leave but, you know, there was a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans." –FEMA Director Michael Brown, arguing that the victims bear some responsibility, CNN interview, Sept 1, 2005

24) "I understand there are 10,000 people dead. It's terrible. It's tragic. But in a democracy of 300 million people, over years and years and years, these things happen." --GOP strategist Jack Burkman, on MSNBC's "Connected," Sept. 7, 2005

25) "Thank President Clinton and former President Bush for their strong statements of support and comfort today. I thank all the leaders that are coming to Louisiana, and Mississippi and Alabama to our help and rescue. We are grateful for the military assets that are being brought to bear. I want to thank Senator Frist and Senator Reid for their extraordinary efforts. Anderson, tonight, I don't know if you've heard – maybe you all have announced it -- but Congress is going to an unprecedented session to pass a $10 billion supplemental bill tonight to keep FEMA and the Red Cross up and operating." –Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), to CNN's Anderson Cooper, Aug. 31, 2005, to which Cooper responded:

"I haven't heard that, because, for the last four days, I've been seeing dead bodies in the streets here in Mississippi. And to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other, you know, I got to tell you, there are a lot of people here who are very upset, and very angry, and very frustrated. And when they hear politicians slap – you know, thanking one another, it just, you know, it kind of cuts them the wrong way right now, because literally there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats because this woman had been laying in the street for 48 hours. And there's not enough facilities to take her up. Do you get the anger that is out here?"

September 10, 2005

Ni Hao Duluth!

Former chinese national seeks other babies of chaotic nature to form maoist insugency at day care. Must be able to pee at will and melt american adults with powers of cute. Must have special abilities giggle +14, advanced bouncy and wacky parents.

Yea for the Rings! Please also welcome Porter's new cousin Lydia Rose Bacigalupo. She cant date until she's 35 or unless geriatric dad invents hover boots first.

Zoey Look-Alike


I hope Zoey never meets this guy. It could be love at first sight!

Interview with New Orleans Evacuee Dallas Ray

[Note: normally Mark Lindquist's Working Blue column appears as a separate part of this site. But seeing as that is down, too, and seeing as this interview is pretty choice, I decided to post it here. Thanks, Mark.]

Interview with New Orleans Evacuee Dallas Ray
by Mark Lindquist

My friend Dallas Ray, 29, moved to the Garden District of New Orleans four years ago. During that time, he found employment as a night manager of The Hustler Club on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. I was not only happy to see him safe and well upon his return to Duluth, but was also lucky enough to talk to him about Hurricane Katrina that he escaped.

ML: I've been to New Orleans twice and know that it is a crazy party in the French Quarter that never stops. Did the party stop during the evacuation and hurricane or did the party people keep it going?

DR: It was actually "Decadent Week" in the Quarter that week. They just kept going. They still had the parade wading down Bourbon St. I know a guy that owned a bar and he stayed open all through it serving drinks with no ice. He had a shotgun to keep away the looters. Also, the traffic was so slow leaving the city that people would just get out of their cars and have barbecues on the side of the road.

ML:When did you start to think that you had to get out of there?

DR:Sunday morning at 10:30. We found out Friday that things could be bad. Saturday, I went to a lot of gas stations before I could fill up. I had a bag packed, saw the news on Sunday and we left. It took over ten hours to get thirty miles out of town. There was a strange breeze on Sunday. Like a light warm breeze that was always constant. Just a constant breeze and you could see far off that something looked really gloomy.

ML:Your thoughts on the looting and people firing guns?

DR:There's such a transient element to New Orleans. People just sort of end up there and become part of the community. The news only shows the bad stuff. You know, CNN never gives a story about a cool music jam that just started on a corner of any street in the Quarter. That happens everyday at anytime. But the looters. Most of them are poverty stricken and I think I even heard one of them say that looting is how he was getting back at society. It's stupid though. One thing about New Orleans that isn't true of other cities, stupidity is against the law.

ML:And you had to leave your cat behind when you left?

DR:You know, all the material bullshit that keeps you dumbed down like television, computers, stereos, couches, you don't even think about it. You just leave it with hardly a second thought. But the pet thing bothers me. I left food and water for my cat for a week because I thought I'd be back. Luckily my place wasn't destroyed and my landlord is in touch with me, so I don't know yet what happened. I feel lucky. A lot of the Garden District and French Quarter was spared. It's the suburbs and towns that got the most of it.

ML:I'm not sure what can be done to stop a hurricane, but do you think anything could have been done better?

DR:The levee was torn out from the bottom. It was made to hold back 13 feet of water. The storm brought like 20 to 22 feet. Nothing could be really done there except the pump generators were mostly located in basements. Probably a bad place during a flood for the pump generators is in the basement. But the biggest thing is that the State and FEMA let us down. The mayor was begging that how many papers did he need to sign before the help came. There is a new bureaucracy being invented with this.

ML:One last thing, anything you'd like to say to my neighbor's kids who came home drunk and pissed on the boxes of clothes I left out for the Salvation Army?

DR:A simple act of stupidity can really affect other people. I want to say that now I can see how the smallest help can go a long way. So I sincerely thank everyone who gave anything.

September 09, 2005

Welcome to the World Klaus Porter Ring!

Brian and Marisa Ring had their baby boy today. Klaus Porter Ring is happy and healthy and out of his mothers womb.

My Brother Helps People.

My Paramedic brother Jim has been helping with the recovery/relief efforts in New Orleans since last Sunday. Before he left I set up an Audlblog account for him to give updates on his experiences. Cell phone coverage has improved in the last week so he has made regular reports to my new website Starfire TV (formerly Le Garage). He will be replaced by fresh Medics this weekend and I am going down to Austin, MN. to do an interview with him for a future Videoblog post. Stay tuned...

Robot Hand does not equal Dinosaur

When I was very young, my family and I went to the Science Museum (at the old location in St. Paul). There was an exhibit there that had two mechanical hands in a glass tank that you could control by holding levers on the outside of the tank. My sister and brother grabbed them first and spent their time doing positive things like making pyramids and towers out of the foam blocks in the glass tank.
However, when I got a chance to use them, I grabbed them both and pretended they were two dinosaurs attacking each other. The two mechanical hands (and all their gears, pulleys, and cables) managed to get stuck together and no amount of dinosaur head shaking could pry them apart. It took me about 5 seconds of unsupervised time to break thousands of dollars of equipment.
For many years after, whenever I was at the Science Museum, I would point at the glass barrier now separating the two mechanical hands and say "I'm the reason for that!".
Today, I break software for a living. Apparently I'm good at breaking shit.


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September 08, 2005

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