One of my favorite crazy web-stores is having a huge monster sale! Don't walk - run to Archie McPhee and get all crazy in a kitchy goodness buying spree! Make your own lawn gnome band for under $5! Avoid unnecessary exercise when using the computer - buy an Internet Urinal (two for under $5 - give the second to a loved one). It's all here... (And don't get the computer code briefcase and then bring it to Geek Prom thinking you're being all original. If you do, I'll beat you with my slide rule!) They also have a "Nerd Test" - I'm 109% nerd - ouch!
I tried to post this yesterday, but Blogger was being antisocial
David Byrne is one of my favorite artists period. I could blather on about why this is so, mentioning things like: during interviews it is readily apparent that he is a nervous person, however, despite this he continues to perform (and puts on a great show), he continues to experiment with novel ideas, such as turning power point into an artistic tool, started a label (Luaka Bop) that has some cool artists on it, and don’t forget True Stories. Recently he started posting an internet radio stream. Find it Radio DavidByrne.com.
The King and Queen of this year's Geek Prom will win a ride on a Cirrus SR22. Let's hope they're not afraid of flying. I can just see them, taxiing back and forth on the runway, afraid to take off. Geeky, geeky, geeky.
So we want a blog that doesn't suck? What makes our blogging excitable or entertaining? Is it the truth that makes it funny? Or is it the truth that makes it heart wrenching?
Have you ever wondered how painful it would be to have your fingernails torn out one by one. Think about it for a minute if you haven't. Remember that time you bit your fingernail to close and it started to rip the skin from underneath. Remember the pain you feelt a week after that when you accidently brushed the table with that finger. Ouch, huh?
Now imagine this!!!! Whether it is right or wrong. I am not trying to politicize this just want you to IMAGINE!!!!
You are 26 years old and you find yourself in a hospital not being able to communicate with anyone but your own voices in your head. For 15 years you are there day after day, people taking over you like you are not there. Your spouse who so loved you the day you got married is now living with someone else and has 2 kids. They won the lawsuit for your treatment, and then they say the want your tube gone. Are they still in Love???? Now the country is in an uproar, when this happens daily, about little old you. Is it right???????? No one can be the judge but you..........HELPHELPHELPHELPHELPHELPHELPHELPHELPHELPHELPHELPHELPHELP
Now imagine it your brother, sister, mom, dad, best friend, spouse......What would you do?????
For me, pull the tube. Consider that my final answer........................................................................
Get out your bright pink formalwear, your skin-tight superhero outfits, your dental headgear ... you know, what you always wear. There's no need to find a date; you'll be held in higher regard if you come alone.
The video of the walking Octopus is the first thing that has wowed me for a long time. Well, that's not completely true. I saw Ozzy And Sharon Osbourne this week in NY and was pretty wowed by how affective plastic surgery is. They looked fantastic! And Ozzy is kind of short.
Life is tough when you kick it old school like me. We still use 2 beige Macs at home - a first-generation G3, and a Mac clone. Anybody remember Mac clones? Anybody remember beige computers? Anyway, someone in my house spilled liquid into one of the keyboards. The manual we got with the computer had a diagram that showed specifically that you weren't supposed to do that. So now it does funny things when we type with it. Like typing 2 or 3 letters at a time. Or maybe no letters at a time. So I need to find a new or gently used Mac ADB keyboard. I know Goodwill gets them in from time to time, but there was nothing there this week.
Anybody have one they don't want or know where to look other than e-bay? I think I'm willing to shell out as much as $10. That amount may increase with my desperation as the tax deadline grows closer and closer.
It's official, folks. Publisher Brad Nelson has announced the Rasputin-like resurrection of The Ripsaw News. The paper will return in May with the HomeGrown Music Festival edition, to be followed by bi-monthly editions to include Green Man, the Student Living Guide, the Gift Guide, Winter Art & Adventure, and the Sawyer Awards.
"The calendar will no longer appear in the regular issue," Nelson said. "That void will be filled by the Ripsaw Radar, which will be e-mailed weekly and distributed by paper to the entertainment district. The Radar will be the most popular fridge-post in history with the Violet Days cartoon as its centerpiece."
The Ripsaw also plans to get back to its roots as far as content goes. "The personality of the Ripsaw will be more similar to year one, with satire and humor used as a weapon," said Nelson.
Self-described "booze connoisseur" Slim Goodbuzz, who struggled with the Ripsaw's cleaner magazine format, pronounced the return as good news. "This way, if Yvonne Pretner-Solon has too many cosmos and ends up shitting her pants at the Green Mill, I can describe it in a way the public can appreciate," Goodbuzz said.
In addition to "Gettin' Ripped" by Slim Goodbuzz, Ripsaw standards such as Mark Lindquist's "Basement Gloss," Sarah Heimer's "Skull Session," Barrett Chase's "Occam's Razor" and the aforementioned "Violet Days" by Chris Monroe will share space with new columns, including an environmental column by Thomas Donaldson of Sustainable North Shore, and a sex column by Paula Peterson.
Ms. Mary Tennis will be celebrating her birth in the spirit of a 1950's era coctail party. So dress swanky, bring your own martini glass and help us forget how old she really is. March 25th 7pm sharp at Adeline's shop on 1st St. *There will be interesting 50's era hors d'ouvres served.
1. you've got a decent digital camera (something relatively basic, maybe a nikon coolpix 5700). you're in a bar, trying to take photos of a band. maybe you have a tripod; maybe you don't. how do you get the sharpest photos possible? do you simply give up on photos without at least a little bit of a blur?
2. you're in a room that appears to be well lit, but the light meter on your camera tells you it's not--it consistently suggests a shutter speed slower than 1/60. you do NOT have a tripod or any other solid surface on which to rest your camera. can you adjust the camera's settings so that sharp hand-held photos are possible?
this is my museum-quality rendering of chris the german ogre trying to use the internet. yes, so i am traveling, euro-style, until april 15. yesterday the ogre and i rented bikes and pedaled all round amsterdam. the ogre was very considerate of not going too fast for my noodly legs. my bike was too tall for me and it was hard to stop without faling over. i crashed into the ogre a couple times--but just a little each time. a tiny bit, really. * we went to the van gough museum but i think that my paintshop drawing was better than any of that snobby oil crap. * we are staying in a christian hostel with big "jesus loves you" signs on the walls. it is in the red light district. jesus loves you, but he also loves the titties! * we went to a few shops today and admired the euro fashion. the big thing is to wear tallish boots and tuck your pants into them. if the boots have fur or string on them, all the better. * well the ogre is drawing a picture of me in paintshop so i'd better stop typing before he makes it worse. keep it cool, my sweet, sweet babies!
so i had this great idea the other day. what about a pdd member photo scavenger hunt? try to see how many pdd'ers you can capture on film in a 24 to 72 hour period. kind of like the movie TAG but with cameras. it could so many different ways. does any get this or am i just crazy, scratch that, anyone got any ideas......
Several years ago, I was in a math class on St. Patrick's day sitting near two girls of the "large hair" persuasion. They were talking back and forth about how much they were going to party that evening, then they turned to me and asked me what I was planning on doing. "Oh, I'll probably just stay at home and drink some Guinness." They both stare at me with confused doe-eyes. "What's Guinness?" "It's an Irish beer." "Is it green?" "... Uh no. It's black." At that point one girl excitedly turns to the other and says "Ohmuhgod! Did you know that Irish people don't actually drink green beer?" "Are you serious? What color is their beer??" "It's the same color as ours!" "Wooow...!" At this point I turned around shaking my head...
Yesterday morning I was doing dishes. I don't actually mind doing dishes. For some reason, the sight of an empty, clean stainless steel sink is appealing to me. Must come from my youthful days as a dishwasher. Those days were immediately followed by my slightly-less-youthful days as a cook. I washed a lot of dishes for a boss that was extremely difficult to satisfy and cooked a lot of food for people who were much like my boss. Anyone who has ever or is currently working in the food service industry (or any service-oriented business, for that matter) certainly knows what I'm talkin' 'bout.
Anyhow, and I say this with all possible modesty, I became a good dishwasher (big deal, eh? I mean, any moron can wash dishes, right?) and a decent cook. Throughout life I have become, either out of necessity or out of desire, good at a short list of other things as well. I won't go into them because perhaps my list is embarrassingly short. I dunno. Still, there are so many things that I don't do well at all. My son unintentionally pointed out a major one of those to me yesterday.
As is common, my son (who is 3) was repeatedly asking me to let him help wash dishes. I love it when he "helps" me. His help usually consists of suds-scooping. Here's the general outline: I clear everything out of one of the sink basins, adding water and enough dish soap until there is a healthy (almost steroidally unhealthy, now that I think of it) amount of suds in the sink. Then I put in some of his dishes, which are plastic and relatively difficult to break. These he will hide under the suds. Then he takes a spoon and scoops suds into a cup. After rinsing these suds out of the cup in my side of the sink, he repeats the process. Tirelessly. He is usually very careful not to actually wash any of the dishes. His success rate at washing-avoidance is extremely high.
Yesterday was no exception. There was, as always, an abundance of suds. He buckled down and kept at it, though. Soon he had an area cleared away where you could see the water and a couple pieces of silverware that lay beneath. This pleased him to no end. "Look, Daddy! I can see my Spiderman fork under the water!" I looked. Indeed the Spiderman fork could be clearly seen. But the suds were closing in on the open space at a dangerous pace. I pointed this out and told my son that he'd better watch out. He assured me he would. I said "that's an ambitious undertaking, little guy." He sighed and said "I know. I'm good at undertakings."
He's good at undertakings. At age 3. That comment forced me to ask myself "am I good at undertakings?" I don't think I am. Not really. I seem to start a helluva lot more things (undertakings) than I finish. Whether it's a woodworking project, a story or whatever, I often just can't seem to close it out.
Damn. Add one big one to the other list; the list of things I not good at. Undertakings.
ceiling mounted projector wirth software that reveals maps as you progress through them....
" Our gaming area is in the basement. This made mounting the projector a lot less intrusive than if it were in a main living area. I don't think my wife would have been to keen on me hanging it from our dining room ceiling. "
As I near the end of my first year in Madison, visions of theseses (thesi? thesen?) float in my head. I have been thinking about some sort of project involving the Duluth arts. I don't know what it would be, but I have observed the following things recently:
Renegade Theatre is homeless. A new theatre started up w/ the MAC. The MAC closed. The Playground opened. The Ripsaw appears to be in a state of Limbo. (is Transistor still alive?) The Norshor, ah like a phoenix from the ashes, again, and again, and again.... Colder By the Lake performs another show after years of silence. The Depot board fiasco. The emergence of the Free Range Film Festival.
I'm sure there are more. But as you see, there are positives and negatives. I know that will always be the case. My questions are: Is there a lack of cohesiveness in the arts community? Are the local promoters getting burned out? Where is the future of Duluth arts headed? What's good and what needs to change? Why doesn't Duluth have any prominent festivals besides the blues fest? Why not a theatre festival or an art fair (besides the park point art fair, i love it but it also feels like half art fair/half garage sale)?
Please don't think i'm bashing the art scene at all. I quite love it. I'd just like to see a discussion to help me brainstorm some ideas.
The Duluth Public Library is getting rid of all of the framed pictures it had for check-out. Yes, they did have framed pictures for check-out, they used to have sculptures even! There are some good ones. The sale is tomorrow, Tuesday March 15 in the Green Room (basement of the library). It is from 10 am to 7 pm and is a silent auction. So, if you see one you really want come right before 7 and bid up. I believe bidding starts at $5 and increases by necessary increments of $2.
Let me start this post by saying that I watch the show. I enjoy it for the feedback but have yet to vote.
I usually spend my days off by surfing the net, and today was no differrent. I went to my favorite news gathering website, www.drudgereport.com , and what do I see amidst all of the latest gun violence and government news but this title. " FOX 'AMERICAN IDOL' ROCKED; FAVORITE QUITS COMPETITION... . WOWOWOWOW. I had to research more. When I went and did a google search, I found a ton of message boards. There was so many posts on this subject I just about cried. I laughed instead.
And from the mouth of Howard Stern, THAT'S JUST WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So when you are invited to a Zombie-themed birthday bash, obiviously you dress as though you just crawled out of your own grave, right? But I am a little stuck on what to bring as a gift. A birthday cake made from real human brains would be ideal, but difficult. Any suggestions?
Here they are. The tracks were 16-20 inches deep last Friday and had been recently filled with fresh snow.
The last two photos are tracks of a bear(?) whose stride was 1/3 of the distance between the deep tracks. He/she was occasionally stepping in the deep tracks. These prints are on the hard, crusted snow between the deep tracks. Investigations into moose and bear tracks in deep powdery snow suggested the deep tracks were neither. That leaves snowshoes, which generally go one-third to the bottom of the powdery snowpack. The strides were 4-6 feet.
Many this morning Iwas cold and sick and tired and Now The Big Easy ( is that new orleans?) Got on city bus and the driver directed down a long beautiful gettoy street that after many many blocks and beginning to believe the driver played a dirty trick on a turista, I came across the India House , Huge classy old new orleans front porch with pillars and some youth taking pictures- 15bucks a night turtles in apond in a grotto and swimming pool and cool folks --------times upo on this computer
1. The above pic is my new space. I love it. 2. I've driven 2 miles in five days, compared to my usual 40 miles PER DAY in MPLS. This makes me ecstatic. 3. I'm getting more exercise walking to work and running my dog in these urban woods than I've had in ages. 4. There are deer everywhere. 5. There's a dead deer lying near some ruins by my house. It is very interesting to look at. 6. Cabs are cheap. 7. Last night the waves on Park Point were amazing: eight or nine lines of breakers, the furthest ones out were breaking 4-5 feet high. 8. Somehow, I'm not all that jealous of Floridafire
Yesterday I went out to check on the yurt I built in Lake County to see if it had collapsed under the weight of the snow (it was still standing...three winters now...those Mongolinas are so smart!). Sans snowshoes, my dog and I walked through knee-to-hip deep snow for about a half-mile. Even as a tall person my tracks were a foot apart or less. Yes, it was exhausting. My dog loved it.
Along with many obvious deer trails and smaller tracks in the snow, I came upon a single set of very large, wide and elongated human-like tracks. Each "step" was 4 to 5 feet apart and each imprint went to the bottom of the snowpack, unlike snowshoes. My first thought was maybe a moose was "hopping" through the woods, but upon inspection they were clearly single-footed tracks. Not even the tallest person in the world wearing snowshoes could stride like that through such deep snow. What the?
The man who brought the name "exotica" to this genre died March 2nd, Hawaii Kai, Hawaii. The King of the Tiki Hut, Denny not only brought exotica its biggest hit of all time with his #2 single of Les Baxter's "Quiet Village,", he gave two other key figures in exotica--Arthur Lyman and Julius Wechter--their starts, and influenced several generations of lounge performers.
So I came back to Duluth on Monday, leaving behind a job offer, family, friends, dog and storage pod strewn about various parts of Minneapolis. Do you ever have that strange feeling that you just aren't supposed to do something? I guess those things just didn't fit. It's kind of weird, I suppose, being the spoiled, self-centered beast that I am, that I didn't take the first train out of Duluth as I've been want to do all winter. I was pretty sure I would haul ass out of here as soon as possible. I was wrong. I spent the weekend at my brother's in St. Paul, cleaning up after his 16 month old and watching videos with his 7 year old (she climbs into my lap, panting after a great song and dance, and declares "By the way, I love you.") Now I must adventure, Duluth style. I have a job interview this afternoon so, hopefully, I can have well-funded adventures. Today I'm roaming the Duluth public library (free) -- which at first I thought was hideously small but in reality has a great selection of some out-of-print books, maps, programming texts and the occasional staff member smile (though this has been most infrequent). Yesterday I wondered out to Pike Lake to visit a friend -- ALL THE WAY OUT there past the shopping disasters and big boxes.Are there truly 10,000 lakes in MN? Is Gunflint trail as cool as it sounds? What's with the methamphetamine issues in this town? Why are East H.S. students called CAKE EATERS? (I think I can guess this one but it's still odd.) What are the boundary waters? Boundary to Canada? Where can I go learn how to shoot a gun? All this hunting out here makes me nervous -- If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? What's with the potholes? Just curious.
The Free Range Film Festival, an annual celebration of independent film and clean country living, returns this July 29th & 30th to that big old barn outside of Wrenshall, Minnesota.
Which means it's time to send us your movies.
Once again, we're accepting any film, video or kinescope nurtured without the use of pesticides, hormones or a distribution deal from a fancy-pants Hollywood studio. Your Free Range Film can be a full-length feature, an independent short, a provocative documentary or a two-minute video starring your aunt, an old bicycle and a friggin' huge, black, winged unicorn. It's free to enter. And it's good for you.
Free Range Tip: To increase the chances of seeing your film in the festival, consider submitting a short subject of less than two minutes. Our Two-Minute Film Festival of cartoons, documentaries and other assorted oddities was a big hit at last year's event.
So what are you waiting for? Enter your Free Range Film today. Look for the official 2005 entry form at www.freerangefilm.com.
Hello, Jim Hall and I just booked the Norshor Theatre for this saturday night, march 5. 9:00 - close. cover is 3 dollars. If you've never heard Jim's music I highly recommend it. classic folk stuff, slide, solos, harmonicas. we'll be playing some seperately, some foot stomping duo stuff. (too late to list it in the papers so I thought I'd post this up...) Come down for a beer if you want,
As most of you have probably already discovered, Low is not on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC) tonight. They will instead be appearing on Friday, March 11 on the same show. As far as I'm aware, they were recording the show today/tonight to be aired on the 11th. Also, if you haven't already checked, all of their latest videos are now downloadable through the "videos" link on the top menu of their website at www.chairkickers.com Pretty neat stuff. I have dsl here at home and it didn't take long at all.
life on the road has been going pretty good, but i have been trying to catch a show in an exciting, foreign locale! i missed andrew bird playing in san francisco, or rather the show was sold out as he was opening for ani, but so far i keep missing everything! i missed mag fields in austin, tx, i'll also miss rufuf wainwright by a few days, andrew bird again and even zap mama in minneapolis on the first day of her us tour and now this news....low is set to play bossanova in portland on march 23rd!! i was there last night!!!!! i even thought "this would be a great place for a low show." it's kind of like a mix of the dreamland ballroom and that space over the fetus, both circa yesteryear, but come on.....
I am sitting here with my wife tonight doing what we do every Tuesday night. Watching American Idol and the Amazing Race while eating pizza and trying not to let the dog have any. While watching American Idol tonight I am thinking, these girls suck compared to the guys last night. Didn't Bo ROCK??????????? That's because lst night it was the same thing...... American Idol, 24, CSI Miami, and Medium. No Pizza though......Tacos with ground turkey, because it's healthier! Tomorrow night it will be American Idol, West Wing and probably a Law & Order episode. Maybe Beef Strog. with the ground turkey again. Thursday night will be our regular Joey, CSI, and the original Law & Order. Oh did I forget Las Vegas on Mondays also........ Friday is our poker night on FUll Tilt Poker.com and Saturday is Karaoke at the Jade Dragon in Merrimack, New Hampshire. Did I mention the Duran Duran groupie I met there last week. Still wears 100 rubber bracelets on her wrists too. LoL. Suddenly I realize that church is a no go on Sundays because I meet with my priests every other night of the week. Did I mention his name or can you guess it. Father Tivo............
Yeah that's right, I have Tivo and I give tithe every month. 6.95 for the 2nd one because I became a member for a $300 lifetime membership to the church.
I found out what a young mother and father must feel like when they lose a young child and they stray from church these past couple of days. You see my internet went down last week and when that happened we called Adelphia for an intervention on the modem. He came and did some fancy footwork with the cables in the house and our shows were safe, or so we thought, from the demon from below. Little did we know, we were missing phone calls because we have Vonage VoIP. and when I went to watch my shows they were not there. WHY GOD, WHY?????????????????????????????????????
My life is ruled by technology and now I realize I can't live without it... How sad!!!!!!!
So, as almost all of you are probably aware, the Meet the Bloggers page has not been updated in ages. Most of the bloggers on the page haven't made a post in months. I think there is even one blogger on the page who never even made one post. Most of the new bloggers who post all the time aren't shown on the page. No one updates their photos. It really isn't an accurate rendition of who uses this site.
This past month, I received several requests from new bloggers to have their pictures put up on the MTB page. I haven't posted them because I don't like that page and want to change it.
So many bloggers wish to remain anonymous. They choose pseudonyms, refrain from giving a bio, and if they give a picture (which is rare) it isn't one that reflects who they are. This is fine, of course, but it renders the Meet the Bloggers page useless.
This is your site. How would you like to "Meet the Bloggers"? What are your ideas for a new page of this type? Is there another system which would work better? Should we just get rid of it entirely?