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March 31, 2006

Let's try this again...


I'm posting this now because my computer's gonna be out of action for a few days whilst Tamara and I get our stuff moved into the New House. As a treat to myself for a hard weekend's worth of moving a library of both books and music, furniture and miscellaneous household items, I am going to be needing a mental vacation to counteract the boxes' influence on my body.


Edgewood? Barrett? Bad Cat? Anyone else care to join us?

I only have one board, so we'll have to take turns.

I'm still down for a little Go on the usual Wednesday, round 6:30 if there are interested parties...

(non creepy) Music streams

So I don't know if people know about it, but SomaFm has a pretty cool selection of radio streams, my favorite is Secret Agent.

And the April version of Edgeways Productions radio is up, a little Herb Alpert, a little John Zorn.

Renegade Finds a Home

renegade.gifI got news this morning in my in-box that Renegade Comedy Theatre, which has been in exile for a year and a half, has finally found a home downtown at 222 East Superior Street, right across from the Greysolon Plaza, formerly the St. Louis County Health Department building. They hope to start performing there in June with Out of the Hat 7. Huzzah!

March 30, 2006

Creepy Japanese Things


I just thought I would start a new thread regarding this discussion that started under a previous post.

So what do you think? Is the "Creepy Japanese Things" category offensive? Is it just fun? Should PDD be more PC? Are we "Eurocentric numbnuts"?

Let's face it, there are a lot of creepy Japanese things out there on the web, and it's fun to look at them. The gap between our cultures is what makes it fun. (And if you look at trends, we often end up adopting Japanese ideas 10 years later anyway.) Also, if some Japanese people had a blog with a "Creepy American Things" category, I wouldn't be offended at all.

Maybe we should change it to "Creepy Foreign Things" and be equal-opportunity offenders.

Nonetheless, if people feel differently, I will admit that my opinions are stupid, and remove the category.

Geeky Bling

I'm not one for spending thousands of dollars on my vehicle to make it look or sound the best (I drive a Kia with a factory radio - clearly that is not the case). However, seeing these makes me drool with geeky lust.
Ok, at first, you see rims with LEDs that create designs using persistence of vision. Neat, but it's been done before.
But what makes these wheel rims so sweet, is that they have wireless modems in them, so you can use a laptop to change the images and create new images while driving! Be sure to check out the video!
Can something be "pimping" and "geeky" at the same time?

March 29, 2006

Pointless Haiku Letter



This quote from today's DNT ("Kozy license switch OK'd") made me laugh out loud. I love the visual!

"It's going to take more than a guy in a neon shirt and broom to sweep up an army of zombies," Marsden said.
It makes me tempted to organize a zombie flash-mob to drink at the Kozy, something like the Zombie Pub Crawl done in Minneapolis last October.

Total Eclipse

Today many parts of the world will observe a total eclipse of the sun. Above is Hurra Torpedo observing a total eclipse of another kind, though you may be able to see a waxing moon towards the end of the video.

Stanislaw Lem

Stanislaw Lem, a Polish Sci Fi writer, passed away this week. He wrote The Cyberiad, one of my favorite books ever. Solaris, one of his other books was made into a movie twice, he is probably the best sci-fi author not to write in English. During WW II he was an auto mechanic, and resistance fighter. He studied medicine, and it has been reportated his IQ was above 180.
He was 84.

March 29, 1987 in History

Wrestlemania III-93,173 watch Hulk Hogan beat Andre the Giant
Andre the Giant.jpg

It was billed as the biggest main event in the history of sports entertainment . Hulk Hogan Vs Andre the Giant . Hogan , in his third year as WWE Champion , was set for the biggest challenge of his life in the form of the 7-foot-4, 520 pound Andre , who betrayed his former best friend in exchange for his long-awaited shot at the championship . The Pontiac Silverdome was packed with 93,173 fans for this classic , which Andre nearly ended in about two minutes after Hogan failed at an attempted bodyslam . Eventually , Hogan would amaze the audience by slamming Andre ! One leg drop later , Hogan vanquished his greatest challenge to date and beat the previously undefeated Andre the Giant .

Geekprom Band

(The only band that could top this geekiness is They Might Be Giants.)
Ladies and Gentlemen. Allow me to introduce you to Leslie Hall and the LY's. This is a real bonafide group and an internet sensation. They may be perhaps the greatest Geekprom musical contender to ever walk the face of our mostly harmless planet. They have an actual album and occasionally tour.

I expect to see them headlining next year's Geekprom.

Hear some of their songs here. I recommend Zombie Killer. I mean come on, ZOMBIE KILLER! A ballad about zombies? I challenge you to find a greater song for the Geek Prom King and Queen to dance to.

Playing Devil's Advocate

I want to talk about Grandma's, because lately I've been thinking about it and it really baffles me.

Recently, in.dog.neato commented that someone told him the new Dubhlinn bar was "Grandma's with Guinness." Now, I suppose this might also mean that the place isn't very "Irish," but it has another meaning that I think most people who've spent at least a few years in this town understand.

Among many Duluthians, consensus is that Grandma's blows.

But here's where the whole Devil's Advocate thing comes in: I'm not exactly sure why people think that.

If you compare Grandma's to, say, Pizza Lucé, it's different, but it really isn't that different. The prices are pretty similar. Both have very good bartenders and good happy-hour specials. They're both restaurants at heart. Both are small regional chains. Grandma's doesn't have live music and probably doesn't serve any vegetarian fare, but other than that, the main difference is that vastly different types of people frequent each place.

And most people who frequent Pizza Luceé wouldn't be caught dead at Grandma's, I suspect for that very reason.

Another comment in.dog.neato recently made (I'm not picking on you -- seriously -- your ideas just make me think a lot -- it's a compliment, really!) was "Duluth doesn't really have distinct lines between the various social cultures or 'scenes.'" To a certain extent, this is true. But here is an example of an extremely distinct line. Others on this site have often said that Duluth is "clique-y." Maybe this kind of thing is what they were talking about, but I doubt it.

It sometimes seems like there are huge swaths of people we don't even consider when we think about our city or our lives. I can guarantee you that there are thousands of people in this city who do not even know that the Homegrown Music Festival exists, and it isn't for a lack of advertising or hype. I've met a lot of them. They were all very nice.

So what do you think about Grandma's and the people who frequent it? What do you think about other "scenes"? What/who do you hate? Who do you love? What do you want?

March 28, 2006



Wanna Play?

I started learning Go at The Last Exit in Seattle about a decade ago from an old hippie named Tripper John, but haven't bothered with it since I moved out here.
I'm not that good. i suck at it, actually, but I've been learning. I lose a lot. That doesn't discourage me from playing at all because every game I lose teaches me more about it.

If anyone wants to play with the little group we've put together...we're usually at the Brewhouse every Wednesday at about 6:30...Usually upstairs, usually with a pint and a Go board in front of us. All experience levels are welcome to join us.

duluth aint so bad, eh?


March 27, 2006

Duluth Ballet travels to the Big City

Good day PDD'ers.
I work for The O'Shaughnessy [Second largest performing arts venue in St. Paul] and we are presenting Duluth dance company American National Ballet this Firday night. I'm going to throw my weight around here and would like offer some free-bees to fellow PDD'ers and their friends. For those of you in the Cities this weekend looking for something to do, here is a chance to have a classy evening at no cost. Shoot me an email if you are interested - [email protected]
I've enjoyed working with this wonderful company a great deal and hope they have a great turn out.

ps: now you all know i don't actually live in duluth .. but i do in my mind and every time i step on my boyfriends sailboat at spirit lake marina ..

March 26, 2006

Old To Duluth

Barrett posed these questions in rockyboy316's post "New To Site", but I think they are interesting enough to explore on their own (without muddying up rocketboy316's post).

1. Why, specifically, do you find it difficult to make friends in Duluth?
2. How, specifically, are other cities different?
3. What sorts of resources can we invent that would make it easier to make friends in Duluth?

I for one, have to admit that I've found it hard to make new friends since I've moved here. I made my original set (which has grown over the years) through college, medieval geek stuff, and gaming. Most of the new friends I make now are either friends of existing friends, or through work (the two easiest ways to meet new people).
The fact that I'm a bit shy ("shy" does not mean that one can not also be "obnoxious and loud") and a bit awkward meeting new people has only added to my insularization.
Over the last few years(!), I've "interacted" with people on PDD, but I can honestly say that outside of pixels, I haven't really met any of you in person.
People say that Duluth is a hard town to make friends, but maybe it's hard everywhere.
How does one remedy the situation? I obviously don't know...

part-time summer job: youth nordic ski coach

This posting is intended for Jason Cork as I believe he frequents this site. Cork, I heard you were applying for the coaching job at CSS. If that doesn't work out but you end up here this summer anyway, please consider coaching the high school summer program sponsored by the Duluth Cross Country Ski Club . It's not a lot of money but it's not a lot of time either. Good luck with CSS eh.

Now, Run the Gauntlet

Check it out, fools! Remember back in the old days when we used that cheesy third-party comment system whose one cool function was that it displayed the name of the most recent commenter on the main page? Well, I received an email this morning requesting that we bring that sort of thing back. Hmmm, I thought. I bet there's a way to do it.

After combing the web for far too long, I found that there's nothing out there about how to do such a thing. The MT community is big on listing recent comments in the sidebar, which I think is clunky because sometimes people make really long titles, and that throws everything off.

But still ... I knew there was a way to do it. I focused all my brain power on this problem, and behold! Hopefully, this will make it easier to keep track of whether a thread you've been following has been updated.

If you're a real geek or a Movable Type user, check the extended entry for the method.

How to place "recent comment" info under individual posts on the main index, using Movable Type

First, you will need to download and install the Compare Plugin on your server.

Then, put the following code in your Main Index template, where the Entry Footer is located.


The first block of code is the display for "0 comments." The second block is for "1 comment," and contains two tags that display the name (and URL link) of the most recent commenter. The third block of code is exactly the same as the second block, modified for more than one comment.

The entire thing is encased between the MTIfCommentsActive tags, which turn this function on only if comments are allowed on that particular post.

March 25, 2006

New To Site

This is my first time posting on the site, but I have read for a couple of weeks now and I must say that it is a really cool site. You guys do a great job with it.

I currently live in Jupiter, FL (South FL) and I am thinking about re-locating to a place up north, on a large body of water, that doesn't get too warm, and has a lot of outdoor activities available within reasonable distance. I noticed that Duluth was voted as one of the top 10 outdoor dream towns in America by Outside Magazine a couple years back and as the best Golf Town in America a couple years back. Both of these awards really grab my interest, along with the skit on SNL back in January...That was funny!

I was looking for some personal feedback on a few things. I noticed that there are downhill ski/snowboarding slopes in Duluth at Spirit Mountain and I was wondering what the general reaction is to the quality of the slopes. Also, how is the night-life in the city? Are there any good places to hang out at? Finally, how are the water sports on Lake Superior. I love to water ski and wakeboard so going places where there is a large body of water is a must.

I really am looking forward to your replies.

Homegrown: Only 40 (?) Days Away


This is Hotrod Heartthrob, standing next to the lead singer of TOTO, shortly after Hotrod sang "Rosanna" with the band. It may not be the TOTO, as their Web site says they're playing SCHEIDEGG CH tonight. Wherever that is, it's not close to the Forest Lake bar where Hotrod accidentally encountered TOTO. (And yeah, the singer guy -- whatever his name is -- said Hotrod had a better falsetto than him.)

Basically, this post is a reminder that the Homegrown Music Festival exists primarily as a showcase for Bone Appetit. From winning the event to headlining it to saving it (as they did last year, when they filled in for a missing band), Bone Appetit dominates the Duluth music scene, even when they live in the cities and play only sporadically.

Low, assorted bands with the word "Black" in your name, fake punk "grrrl" bands, Northeastern Minnesota rappers: Bow before the alter of Bone Appetit

Dubh Linn Tonight

Are they opening tonight? if so are they doing anything special?

March 24, 2006

Banner Stories 2

I'm curious about some of the scenes in thr banner photos. Where exactly is that train bridge? It doesn't look like the one in Lakeside. Also, what's the story with the train tracks through the lake picture? (the one that doesn't seem to be on flickr yet)

No Emergency Exits


Earth to America...

Blue Man Group takes on Global Warming.

Be at Beaner's Tommorow Night!


Show begins at 8 p.m. and for 5 bucks you can catch these acts:
Bear Clan
JERREE SMALL (pictured above; we love her!)
Mary Bue

Hope to see you there!

More Shirts.

Don't you want one?

Hey you crazy kids. I have gone and made up another batch of PDD shirts. This time on swanky American Apparel T-shirts, which are made in LA by people earning a living wage with health care and all that. Plus, the owner of the company likes to jack off in front of pretty girls so you may want to consider washing your new shirt first.

Barrett Chase and I should have some kind of store up soon but in the meantime you could pop into Bullseye Silkscreen-32 E Superior St. and buy yourself one all in person like. I have small through xl available. 15 bucks

PDD Shirts are so F'ing cool!

March 23, 2006

The Monowheel


I didn't know they made geeks this cool.

MN Stories.


Chuck has a great interview on Minnesota Stories today with Bruce Sterling. A very interesting conversation about shoes among other things.

March 22, 2006

How Long Have You Been In Love?

Sometime near the end of this week I am going to get all the remained copies of this CD. I will be trying to sell them cheap to raise money to go into a fund to promote local shows. $5 for those that performed on the CD $6 for everyone else.

When I get them I'll throw a link up to samples from the CD in case you haven't heard it.

Awhile back there was some talk about how the Duluth music scene has waned a bit, I harbor no illusions I can make it anything like it may have once been, but I do have the desire to do my small part to make it at least nominally better.

At some other point I may ask youse guys for additional ideas.

for those who may not be familuar with the CD, it was a benifit for the now defunct MAC that ANdy S. and I pulled togeather. It featured (mostly) local bands/people doing covers of songs they fell in love with when they where younger.

The line up was:

Trampled By Turtles
Amy Abts
Jerree Small / Scott Starfire Lunt
Cheerup Poems
Little Black Books
Paul Lundgren
Bill Flannagan
Look Down Moon
Ol' Yeller
Mavis Farr
Virgin Marcus
Dirty Knobs

Admittadly I am not unbiased, but I think it was a very good album...

Japan bans synth!

Japan passed a law making the sale of vintage electronics illegal, including synthesizers (beautiful 80's synthesizers!). So what are the disobedient music geeks do? Hold a vintage electronics march! Sweeeet!


Champs TONIGHT at Luce


Portrait of a Drowned Man


Someone Else I Forgot - featuring: Sorry

Get there around 9

Pay $2

Watch Nic play Amy's guitar parts

For Newbies Only

I've created a couple of tutorials to help you kids out there. It's just basic stuff right now, but I know that a lot of people don't know how to post images or make links. If anyone has any suggestions for desperately needed tutorials or any other features, let me know.

Go Army!



Any Nexties in the house?


Is anyone in Duluth into the old NeXT machines? I've been toying with mine and just love it. I think these old machines (from 1988-1993) are still ahead of their time. I dub them absolutely Nerdfect.

btw Mac os X is basically nextstep 6 or7.

For that matter anyone interested in vintage hardware?

this has nothing to do with duluth. it's just...it is.



The tiny Eastern European republic of Molvania was disqualified from the Eurovision Song Contest this year.

Zladko “Zlad” Vladcik was to perform his very popular techno-ballad, “Elektronik – Supersonik” - described as “a melodic fusion combining hot disco rhythms with cold war rhetoric”.

However, the 23-year-old singer was arrested at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport and immediately deported. While Eurovision does not normally test for recreational drugs, unfortunately for Vladcik, Turkish Customs do.

On his return, “Zlad” apologised to everyone in Molvania for letting them down, especially his family, his friends and his dealer.

Zladko “Zlad” Vladcik rose to prominence in 2002 when he won Molvanian Idol in controversial circumstances - the other finalist, Ob Kuklop, pulled out due to a serious throat condition after one of the judges tried to strangle him.

“Zlad” immediately released the megahit, “Juust Az I Amm” – hailed by Rolling Stone as the most incorrectly spelt song of all time.

After barely 2 days on the Molvanian “Rhythm & Polka” charts, the track went platinum – remarkable considering it was only available on cassingle.
Then, in an exciting move, “Zlad” formed supergroup Wow! But while on their very first tour, he decided to go solo again, citing the fact that the rest of the band was “moving in a different direction” (Romania).



Zladko ("ZLAD!") Vladcik’s hopes of representing his country on the world stage have once again been dashed.

The Molvanian heart-throb was informed at the last moment by contest officials that his entry had been withdrawn.

"Satanism has no place at Eurovision", was the terse one-line statement issued by the
Kiev press office.

Clearly-devastated, "ZLAD!" insists his song "I Am The Anti-Pope" is not an attack on Christianity - rather, a light-hearted ballad recounting the short reign of little-known Beelzebub the First – the only Vicar of Christ to have been crucified at the stake.

"In Molvania, this is one of our most loved children’s stories", claimed Zlad!, speaking backwards through a hooded translator.

However, in good news for both him and his hundreds of fans, the singer-songwriter’s record company, "SZPINN", yesterday announced that despite the setback, "I Am The Anti-Pope" will be released in the near future.

Last year, Zlad! had a surprise hit on his hands with the futuristic techno track, "Elektronik – Supersonik", which was also controversially disqualified from Eurovision.

Some reports indicate that "I Am The Anti-Pope" will be accompanied by a blood-chilling video-clip, although the shooting - which was to have commenced last Saturday in the Molvanian capital of Lutenblag - had to be postponed due to the local production crew being double-booked for a wedding.

To Boldly Go Where No MMORPG Has Gone Before

Perpetual Entertainment just released the first screen shots of their forthcoming Star Trek Online MMORPG. The project leader, Darron Stinnet, gave a roughly hour long interview on Hailing Frequency about the development process they are going through. It sounds and looks amazing. The game is set roughly 20 years after Nemesis. My only problem with it is that it is not being produced for Mac, but if the teasers are any indication I may just have to invest in a PC because STO just looks that cool. Oh, and I should mention that Michael Okuda and Andrew Probert (both of whom worked on Star Trek: The Next Generation) are on their design staff.

And before you start salivating too much, release date isn't set yet and probably won't be until 2008. They are hoping to go Beta by Summer 2007. I know. ::sigh::

Sasquach in Ely

According to the author:

I was on highway 169 in Ely, Northern Minnesota. The date was January 26th, 2006. The time that it happened was around 4:30 a.m.

As I was driving down the road I heard screams comming from the woods. It can be compared to an owl type hooting/cry. This caused me to slow down & to see what it was. I was driving about 5 miles an hour or less when in front of my headlights walked this creature which was on 2 legs. When it moved across my headlights it was limping and also walked in a gyrating type manner. Its body was covered in brownish fur and around its face area was black. It looked at me through my windshield then made its way over to the left side of the road, where it stood watching me. I grabbed my camera & turned on the 'nightvision' setting & started to film. As I filmed its back was turned to me & it did something near the pine tree & then limped up the hill into the woods. I am angry because I could only see what showed with my headlights as it was hard to make out details. This thing was large in mass & my guess it was probably stood around 6 feet high. It seemed to me that this creature was very weak or sickly based on its movement & noises that it made.

Alot of people agree that this Sasquatch is actually picking up a 'baby bigfoot' before trudging up the hill.

Watch the video.

[via Coast to Coast AM]

March 21, 2006

The Two Questions

There are two questions that we native Duluthians always ask people when they move here. The first question we ask, usually with a tone of confusion and shock in our voice, is "Why did you move here?" Maybe we don't seem all that confused if you moved here from Ashland or Grand Portage, but if you moved here from any distance -- or even from a foreign country -- we are baffled that you have even heard of this place, let alone chose to live here.

The second question we ask, usually with a bit of sadistic glee, is "Have you spent a winter here yet?" We ask this for obvious reasons.

Because it just officially turned spring (um, yeah) let's assume your answer to question #2 is affirmative. But I would like to hear people's stories about how and why they chose to move to a place like Duluth, Minnesota. If you think your story is too big for the comment section, by all means make your own post. It would be nice to hear from some of the quieter people out there -- maybe some of the member/lurkers who haven't posted yet.

Also, if you haven't seen it, "Why Do You Live Here?" was a recent VoxPop topic on Minnesota Stories. It was a great video with some familiar faces, but I'd like to read some longer, Duluth-centric stories.


About one of the banner photos

What experiment are the Gonzo brothers doing in that blue convertible?

No, really...I'm serious


KISS to open coffee shop... (scroll down a scosh to read)

I found this in one of our trade mags today at lunch...

I couldn't decide between laughter and astonishment.

according to traceydee's PDD bio:

I gave my number to - a jones soda - because that's how I roll.

It's like a spiritual guide. I fared pretty well, some combinations are just plain crude. What's your fortune?

baby want a bottle

tom cruise is officially the biggest tool on the planet.

March 20, 2006


radio.harborcityschool.net:8002 is back online..student driven with final fantasy midis, glam rock and local what not. This is for PDDers to test. full distribution after we take your pounding for a bit. Website soon.

Dear Banner Creators

Many people are uploading their own banner photos so Barrett cannot easily email them to me for the Flickr site. That's cool. That's blogging man. It's like...crazy.

However, I would love to still collect these all on the site. And I figured out a way to do it.

Please email your photos to [email protected](dot)com
(i did not pick the address. flickr auto generates it)

When you upload photos by email, use the subject line to give your photo a title, and the body of the email to give it a description.

Only email one photo at a time.

To keep with the layout of the photos already uploaded please make all subject lines "by (insert name)" Feel free to tell a story about the photo or anything else in the body.

I tested it and it works out perfectly. So upload and be happy. Go forth and spread the good news. And spit on as many girls as you can.



This Tuesday night March 21. At the University of Minnesota Duluth in the Rafters. Music starts at 10:00pm sharp. its free

Fog will be playing live. That is Andrew Broder pictured above, he's pretty much Fog.

and opening the show will be Alan Sparhawk from that band Low.

http://www.fogtimewaster.com if you have doubts.

this is like that time Pavement came to Duluth

March 19, 2006

What is your best $0.99 album?


I bought this LP for 99 cents at the Electric Fetus. Besides missing the sleeve, it is in excellent condition. Can anyone top it?

Happy Birthday War in Iraq!


You are three years old today!

March 18, 2006

Candlelight Hike at Amnicon Falls

There's a candelight hike at Amnicon Falls State Park tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Amnicon is 15 miles east of Superior; that's about all the direction I can give. LP and I will be there, and tentatively a couple other PDDers. You should hike your ass there too.

more boots

i saw these at the bockfest bonfire on thursday night. They were worn by a ditsy reportergirl. she was getting her beer poked for the first time....*/draw your own conclusions*/...I think maria's boots are sexier ... better for beer poking.

This is kind of cool.

March 17, 2006

my mom sent me one of my baby pictures


V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta opens today, and I can't wait to see it! For those of you who think that it is a "dumb comic book movie", you should really go see it. Written in 1989 by Alan Moore, it is almost more relevant to today's political climate.
If you want to read the original V for Vendetta comic, the Duluth Public Library has it in their collection.
"People Should Not Be Afraid Of Their Governments. Governments Should Be Afraid Of Their People."


Anyone know if Rick Boo's bar is doing the grand opening tonight? OK, I know it's really Ed Gleason's bar, but it's still Rick's place to me in my little world. I'm probably harboring some latent nostalgic Norshor memories. Ah.... The Norshor.....

March 16, 2006

Her boots are made to kick your Ass.

I got a new camera and maria got her picture taken

I got a new camera today. I don't even know how to use it but Maria got new boots so I took a picture.

Weird Cookie

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Picked up some food at Chef Yee's tonight and got this fortune. Anyone else out there have any funny/bizarre fortunes they've ever received?

click to have fun with einstein

March 15, 2006

After 2 years of reading this dam thing....

Im finally a member!

St. Paddy's Grub

This is my first St. Patrick's day back in the Twin Ports. I've been grossly disappointed in other towns to find a severe lack of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes served up in a form different than a reuben with fries. So, I'm sending out a plea/census: what establishments dish up a mean, traditional Irish dinner?
Similarly, what locations will have trad bands?
Help me celebrate St.Patrick's right my first year back!

Beware the Ides of March!


Although that band and these folks make it look kinda fun.

March 14, 2006

a geek can dream


Finally, a wrist computer that will get you laid. Leave it to us Italians to make something this hot that cancheck your email.

Check it out here

features include:

  • Direct-access keypad
  • L1 16-channel GPS receiver with active helix antenna
  • IrDa (up to 4Mbps)
  • Bluetooth v1.1 (up to 721 Kbps)
  • LAN 802.11b (up to 11Mbps) with "hardware coexistence handshake"
  • Specific internal antennas
  • Supports "different configurable audio/video user interfaces"
  • Supports Linux or Windows CE

Happy Pi Day

Happy Pi Day everyone!

thoughts on the seasons

I will never move to the south. I have no desire to live among palm trees and year-round green grass (even though this winter still sees green in my back yard). I need the changing of the seasons. Yes I love the summer. I love camping and bonfires and nights on my porch watching kids bike up and down the street while firefly flash over in the park. But there is a sense of peace when fall comes. The colors explode. The winter coat is not yet needed but the knit cap and gloves start to become permanent accessories. A hoodie becomes your best friend. Fall brings the apple festival and colorful holiday window decorations. Fall is the last hurrah of the year. Then one day it’s all dead and brown. And it calms. It signals sleep and quiet. The first snow is pure magic. The first snow should be an official holiday. Who can work when those first few flakes start to drift down only to disappear as swiftly as they were born? Winter brings family gatherings and large meals, the satisfying sweat of shoveling the sidewalk, and the blanketed quiet after a fresh snowfall. Braving the treacherous roads to meet friends and share a pie and company while the world around you curls up under a thick white blanket. Spring is messy. Muddy and wet. It is the ultimate mood swing. One day teases you with chirping birds and warming sun only to wake the next day to howling winds and horizontal rain and ice that stings the cheeks red. Spring is also full of smells. The new grass, the mud, the food merchants that begin to open their front doors as wafts of fresh bread and spices float down the street. The days grow longer and the mind starts to dream of camping and bonfires and nights on the porch....

I like living in Wisconsin. I like living in Minnesota. The changing of the seasons is a cycle of my life that I would feel empty without. It affects those that live here in the deepest way. You can listen to a Bob Dylan song and know exactly what month that he wrote that song. You can feel the summer sun, see the October orange, taste the family feast, and smell the March mud with each word and harmonica note.

They say our climate is changing. Things are warming up. Winters are not winters anymore. Will my children know what it is like to walk down shoveled sidewalks where the snow on the sides is so deep it’s like walking through some secret cavern? Will they get to experience the excitement of testing out a new sled after Christmas dinner? What is childhood without riding a bike through the last remaining snow bank and skidding through mud?

There’s more melting away than just the winter snow.

Banner Story - Simon's Mohawk

I love the new rotating banners and I have been curious about the stories behind some of them, so I thought I'd kick it off with the hopes that some people would share the story behind the picture.

The above head and attached mohawk belongs to my son, Simon. You can see the unbannerized photo here. At the time of the picture he had just turned 6. He had been begging for a mohawk for over a year and in the summer of 2003 we decided, "sure, what the heck." Simon's mohawk was an interesting experience for him. He got a lot of attention, and not all of it welcomed by him. He's basically a very private person and it was weird for him to have strangers talking to him on the street, even if it was overwhelmingly positive.

I loved Simon's mohawk and am kind of sad he has returned to more mundane hairstyles, but it's his head after all. I particularly liked that it annoyed my mother.

Check... Check... Czec...

Anyone out there know how to/know of anyone who can translate Czec to English? I've tried all the free online translators (such as babblefish) and none of them translate Czec.

Any ideas?


March 13, 2006

DNT Adds Red to Web Site


The full story.

and now here's something we hope you'll really like...


we (sleepfarmer) worked hard on this album and it's good. it came out today. it's called "happy(?). you should go to the electric fetus or disc go round and buy one. or contact dan ([email protected]) and i will get one to you. all procedes go toward relocating dan to washington so he can finish college. it's a good cause and, again, a good album. thanks and rock on.

I can't wait...

After I get this one, my collection will be complete!


Feingold calls for Censure of the president. This is the text of the speech he gave in the Senate today. pretty good stuff

March 12, 2006

World Junior Curling Championship

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Chris Plys and company are taking on the world in Jeonju, South Korea. Good curling!



Are we still open to submitting images for the rotobanner? Who is my hookup here? I have a few that I'd donate to the cause.

March 10, 2006

In Search of... Homegrown Photos

Remember that time when everyone rocked their shit out for Homegrown? I want all your fun photos. You can e-mail them to me at adam [at] transistormag.com or I can get them from you and scan them.

I'm working on the Homegrown Music Festival Field Guide, and I'd sure like to have some fancy memories in pictures to use to convey the experience(s).

And don't give me any of that "I don't think I have any... ."


wish me luck...


I just submitted five fine haiku to the Roast Magazine/Ambex 2nd Annual Davis Demitasse poetry contest.

It's perhaps the first big contest I've ever had the minerals to enter. First prize is a 2 kilo Ambex Roaster, second prize is a Nouva Simonelli espresso machine, and third is a rather burly coffee grinder. At the very least, I get a nifty shirt out of the deal, and my haiku published in Roast Magazine.

What the heck am I gonna do with a 2 kilo roaster anyhow? Guess Ill figure that one out if I win it.

I could use a new espresso machine, though. Sucks that the best place to get a shot in this town is at work...and we're only open from 8-4:30 during the week...

If ya wanna read the haiku I submitted...they're on my Northernmost Texan blog...

2005 Geek Prom G4TV Video

It's been almost a year since I promised to transfer the 2005 Geek Prom G4TV video to the web (yiyi!). However, G4TV (thankfully) beat me to it.
Direct Link
G4TV Video (just in case the direct link is disabled - look for "'ATTACK OF THE SHOW' VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS").

March 09, 2006


OK, so let's get real about the sushi restaurant in Superior. Is it good, clean, safe sushi fun?

Geek Prom on Rocketboom


Field correspondent Chuck Olsen at the Science Museum of Minnesota on Geek Prom.

Oh, and tickets went on sale today.

Hoth 2014

"A short time from now (2014), in a galaxy not so far away...

Welcome to HOTH2014.COM. Join our alliance in a bid to have the icy site of Episode V host the XXII Winter Games."


Ok. I don't know how they keep the custard frozen while still inside of the burger, but that is nasty.

I think the real failing of Culvers is that the sound of a buttered burger with frozen custard in it is just straight gross. I just want to point out that I am not an idiot, and there is no comma. Comma equals not nasty custard burger. I see no comma. Any english majors here? Communications?

Is there ever truth in advertising? Cause I'm sure a comma would have set them back, making those nasty frozen custard burgers a few more pennies more.

Breakfast music

tropicalia-l.jpgBeing the manic morning person I am, I've got a certain sort of music I put on every morning... usually something like the Trojan calypso box set or Serge Gainsbourg or even the Divine Comedy. They've kept me going all winter, but now It's feeling very spring-like (here in Leeds at least) I'm thinking about more summery morning music... any recommendations? As long as I can dance to it while making my breakfast I'm happy...

On that thought, I've just bought the new Tropicália compilation on Soul Jazz and I must say it's fantastic. I'm crap at describing stuff so I've stolen this from a record shop review, fascinating stuff...

"In Brazil, army violence that killed three protesters in the opening months of 1968 failed to keep students from protesting the four-year-old repressive Brazilian military dictatorship. It was against this extraordinary backdrop that Tropicália arrived. As a coherent movement allied to worldwide political and cultural unrest, Tropicália lasted little more than a year, yet it had – and continues to have – a profound effect on Brazilian society.

Mixing psychedelic rock, avant-garde musique concrete (tape loops, sound experiments), samba, funk and soul, Tropicália was so radical – and its social implications so politically profound - that its leading protagonists, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, were arrested, imprisoned and finally exiled in 1969."

March 08, 2006


I was goofing around with a new lens tonight and took this untouched shot because I thought the sky looked neat, but the shot also captured something I have been reading about recently called Bokeh, essentially the quality of a blurred background. I've read somewhere where there are people who dismiss Bokeh, but, in a small way this picture catures it for me.

proof at last!

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found at the two harbors culvers by my sweetheart's co-worker.

And Now for Something Completely Groovy

Keeping with the Monty Python theme, here is a newly unearthed clip of four of the Pythons being interviewed in 1975 during a PBS telethon in Texas at the station that introduced the Pythons to America. Check out the groovy clothes and hairstyles and Graham Chapman lighting up on the air. They also discuss censorship, the BBC, commercial television, and the imminent release of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Great stuff.

Geeks gone medieval?

Duluth has many "eccentric" geeks, but I'm looking for some Medieval geeks!
Anyone out there interested in acting, medieval/renaissance history, or just have a fancy for bodices and/or codpieces?
If so, the Olde World Renaissance Faire (in Twig) could really use you!

Selfishly, I would love if people wanted to show up to be "Village Characters" (of which I am in charge of), but if you're not interested in that, there's plenty of other opportunities (ticket takers, children's games, costuming, construction, etc).

So, if you're interested, feel free to show up at an open meeting (the next one being this Saturday). Directions to the Caribou Lake School are below.

If you're interested in being a Village Character, but can't make any of the meetings, there may be alternate meeting times in Duluth for Village Characters. Contact me for more info: mkengstrom(at)gmail(dot)com.

Otherwise, consider coming to the faire on June 10th & 11th, or passing this info on to others you know who may be interested. :)

OWRF Open Meetings:
March 11th 2006, 1pm to 4pm
April 8th 2006, 1pm to 4pm
May 6th 2006, 1pm to 4pm


Caribou Lake Elementary School
6279 Industrial Road (about 15 minutes from Duluth)

The directions for Caribou Lake Elementary are: Take Hwy 53 up to Twig. Take a right at the intersection onto Industrial Road #885 past the Twig Store. Go for approx. 1 mile until you come to a four way stop (land mark: you will cross railroad tracks before coming to the 4way ). Proceed straight about 1/2 block to Caribou Lake Elementary
which will be on your left.

We're talking about unchecked aggression here, dude.


Check it out, yo. ITMFA!


from jerkassclothing.com


exciting news. Fog is going to be coming up here on Tuesday March 21st to play at UMD in the Rafters. He/they(Andrew Broder and company) are from Minneapolis, and they are really really great. Alan Sparhawk will be opening. I'm pretty sure its free, but don't quote me, and i don't know exact set times yet. www.fogtimewaster.com for their site. expect another post or 2 in the next two weeks. thanks for listening.

March 07, 2006

Web Designers

Primadonna writer/artist duo looking to rebuild website. Please contact [email protected] if interested. Big $$$!

speaking recently / had to construct much hailku / it reminded me

Perfect Duluth Day
For haiku the name is great
Ah, past memory

Can't we all just get along just a little bit better?

Why can't we be more like the chimps?!



I never really knew him in life, not in his prime at least. I'm leading Van's funeral today and I can't say I really knew him, but I barely know the people I help bury, or marry, or baptize. I'm a page in their long book, or maybe even a footnote.

I was with Van when he died, though, and there is something in that. I said the words. I touched his brow. I comforted his children and grandchildren. I cried with them.

The next day it snowed. I was sitting in the car with my son and we watched the snow come down on the car. We just sat there for ten or twenty minutes observing with some satisfaction and wonder the snow cover us. I felt warm as the car was embraced by snow. We were buried. We laughed, wiped the snow off, and went on with our lives.

March 06, 2006

Help protect Wild Rice at the Caucuses

In support of the legislation to prevent the genetic modification of wild rice, we forward this for the consideration of the community.- Gonzo Bros

Thank you for your continued support of the Wild Rice Campaign.
As you know, we introduced legislation in 2005 to Ban the Introduction
of Genetically Engineered Wild Rice in the State of Minnesota. We are
gearing up for the the Introduction of Legislation again this year,
that would put a 4 year Moratorium on the Introduction of GE wild rice,
combined with a comprehensive study that would look at the Economic,
Environmental, and Cultural impacts of GE wild rice.

As we're working to build support for this legislation, we need help
from our friends throughout the state. The primary way you can help,
is by attending your local caucus, for whatever party you belong to.
Caucuses are being held throughout the state on Tuesday March 7th, at
7:00pm. You can find the location of your local caucus by searching on
your political party homepage.

We are asking people to introduce a resolution at their local caucus,
supporting the protection of wild rice in our state. This is a small
step that will go a long way in helping us build Statewide support for
our issue. I have an organizing packet that includes the resolution,
fact sheet, and other helpful information for introducing a resolution.
This is a great way to make your representatives and your political
party work for you, making democracy work.

If you are already attending a caucus, or would like to attend the
caucus to introduce wild rice legislation, please e-mail me at
[email protected], and I will send you the organizing packet via
e-mail. Look forward to hearing from you, and Miigwech for your

P.S. Please spread the word far and wide, posting this e-mail on
listservs, or groups that you may belong to, we need as many people as
possible to help us at the grassroots level.

Sarah Alexander
Wild Rice Campaign Coordinator Director
White Earth Land Recovery Project
32033 E. Round Lake Rd.
Ponsford MN 56575
[email protected]

Dixie Duluth

ok, so it's the georgia one, but still, her shirt says "I ♥ Duluth"

Runaway Bride Bobblehead Dolls Go Quickly

Geek Transportation Poll

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As some of you bloggers, cloggers and corn-doggers probably already know, this year’s Geek Prom will be at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul on Saturday, April 22.

The prom committee is trying to figure out if our hometown geeks in the Duluth area need any help with transportation. The obvious thing to do is charter a bus, but it would be expensive and we don’t know if people want to ride back the same night or stay in a hotel and ride back the next morning.

So we’ve brainstormed a few options, and submit to you this poll to help us make a decision.

A) I want to ride a bus to Geek Prom and don’t care how much it costs.

B) I want to ride a bus to Geek Prom and won’t pay more than ten bucks.

C) I think there should be a convoy starting at Thompson Hill where people can jump into cars and rideshare.

D) I just want to drive down and not be involved in any organized mass transportation efforts.

E) I’m not even a geek and have no intention of going to this event. Furthermore, I think Geek Prom is stupid and this blog post is too long. I’m so irritated that I bothered to read this that I feel the need to lash out in some way rather than just ignore it.

Thank you for your help. Live long and prosper.

March 05, 2006

Live Action


It's finally here: live action Simpsons. Well, just the intro, but it's a start.

Only the "low quality" Quicktime file woked for me, but still, there's obviously a lot of attention to detail.

March 04, 2006

International Women's Day

Please help spread the word!

The speaker event and training is SUNDAY with the RALLY on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 4PM

Read on!

The International Women's Day Action Group invites you to two days of nonviolent action and resistance to militarism. For more information (or if you need childcare on Sunday), call 218.728.3771.

Sunday, March 5
Education and Preparation for Nonviolent Action
Held at Trepanier Hall, YWCA
202 W 2nd Street, Duluth

1:00 p.m. Chante Wolf, Gulf War veteran
"My Journey to Peace: a Woman's Perspective on Military Life"

2:30 p.m. Nonviolence and direct-action training
Practice communication skills and methods for de-escalating conflict,
and learn more about Wednesday's civil disobedience action.
Facilitated by Donna Howard.

5:00 p.m. Dinner and community-building
Open to everyone! The meal will be vegetarian/vegan.

Wednesday, March 8
(International Women's Day)
March, rally and nonviolent direct action
in solidarity with women in the military,
women in war zones and women relatives of soldiers
4:00 pm
Gather at the Federal Building
5th Ave W and 1st St, Duluth
Bring a pot and wooden spoon to protest violence in the international women's tradition.

Thank you!

New York Minute

It's a New York Minute

He y'all. Here is a quick view of our trip. Very quick. Might me a bit loud, sorry.

March 03, 2006


Two items:

Long shot-
Does anyone have a Canon speedlight 420ex or 500ex series flash I could borrow for 2 days? I have a decent flash but have been wanting to try the remote multiple flash option, just not enough to plunck down the $ for another flash myself.

Secondly anyone else know of the band LCD Soundsystem? I wasn't paying attention and grabbed a bunch of different new albums online a few months back and at first I thought this was a (good) eighties band, but guess not, they are pretty new(ish). I like them (er actually mainly one person in the studio) quite a bit. (You might have heard Losing My Edge which I guess was pretty popular in certain circles around '02)

March 02, 2006

Sexual favors

Why the hell do they call them 'sexual favors?' Would you ever walk up to someone and ask, "Excuse me, but would you do me a sexual favor?" You might as well drop the last three words and just ask, "Excuse me, but would you do me?"

And would you ever accept a sexual favor from Flavor Flav? I'd like to go up to him someday and ask, "What's your favorite flavor, Flavor Flav?" Say that 5 times fast! Now do it in a Groucho Marx voice. Now stop.

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Yet another reason to hate MN republicans

As if it wasn't bad enough that MN Republicans were sending out videos against gay marriage, but apparently the CD collects information about you without your knowledge!
If those republican jackasses have the nerve to send me one of these in the mail, I'm marking it "Return to Sender" and adding "KEEP YOUR HOMOPHOBIC SPYWARE THE FUCK OUT OF MY MAILBOX!"


I just posted a comment replying to Total Information Awareness and I get a call on my work phone.

I picked it up and said my spiel and he said, "Is this battalion S1?"

I just replied with, "No man, you got some serious problems."

He said, "Sorry I must have the wrong number",

"yeah buddy, yeah, you got the wrong number!"

so... be careful what you write online or someone from the military will call you!
perhaps next time it won't be a wrong number

New York, New York.

V-Nick and I arrived in New York yesterday along with his Swedish friend Yufang. We are staying at a lovely apartment in Brooklyn that I found on Craigslist. The owner told us about a neighborhood Blog that we could read to find out whats happening in the 'hood so I was perusing the site and lo and behold there was a story about our building. He did tell us about the event but it was funny reading about it on a blog not much different than PDD.

Our Brookly Apartment

Last night we went to a neighborhood bar for an event called Cringe. Once a month 20 and 30 somethings get together and read from their youthful journals. It is as awesome as you would expect (video snippit to come.) Barrett Chase and I have long wanted to start Cringe Duluth and now I really want to. It would be awesome if we could drink Brooklyn Lager as well.

Today the Empire State Building and a museum or two.

Total Information Awareness Basketball?


We are so fucked and fucked. Just a heads up.

On the bright side, I can now use nanomolecular paint to keep out their mind control rays out of the inside of my brain. Don't laugh. Turns out the tinfoil hat I've been using all these years actually makes things worse!

March 01, 2006

speaking of elections - mid terms

Still a ways to go, but Pawlenty may be in trouble in this years election.
Mark Kennedy may also be in trouble, he is leaving the House to run for Dayton's open Senate seat.

personal opinion: I've been rather ambivlant about Pawlenty, I kinda like Mike Hatch, know very little about Ford Bell and activly dislike Kennedy. Now if only Al Franken would run (and win) againt that SOB Coleman next time around.

Minnesota gops attack on privacy

what ever happened to the ol' meet and greet the John Q. Public? What kind of Nazis do this sort of shit?
When will this dirty politics stop?