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September 29, 2006

Portrait of a Drowned Man on RADIO K!

Image by Samantha Connolly

Duluth's Portrait of a Drowned Man will be traveling to Minneapolis on Sunday 10.01.06 to perform live on Radio K's program "Now Like Photographs"!

Now Like Photographs

In the Minneapolis/St. Paul area you can tune in on 770 AM / 106.5 FM / 100.7 FM. The show can be streamed world wide on the web at http://www.radiok.org (click on the "Listen" tab").

Sunday October 1st, 2006 | 04 - 06pm CST

More info:

Now Like Photographs
> http://www.nowlikephotographs.com
> http://www.myspace.com/nowlikephotographs

Radio K
> http://www.radiok.org

Portrait of a Drowned Man
> http://www.poadm.com

I'd like to destroy starfire

Wow. Now this is weird I want to destroy both Starfire and starwars. What am I saying.

Administration Researches Laser Weapon

"The White House wants us to do space defense," said a senior Pentagon official who oversees many space programs, including the laser effort. "We need that ability to protect our assets" in orbit.

Does this look familiar?

What I want to know: Starfire are you a "weapon-class beam director." ?

PDD Blog Round Up

pdd-round-up-1again.jpgMany PDDers have their own blogs and I don't often wander off to see what they are talking about on their personal blogs, so here is my first installment of PDD Blog Round Up where I point you to what I think are some notable blog posts on personal blogs by PDD regulars. Feel free to post your own links.

Chef Barrett cooks up the Mac & Cheese o' the Week.

BadCat! gets on the couch and talks about her Semi-Naked Dreams.

And I, Ironic1, manage to piss someone off in a local coffee house.

September 28, 2006

The Kids are Aiiight


Due to some technical difficulties, local hip-hop crew, Kritical Kontact, didn't place in the Bodog Battle of the Bands at First Avenue on Tuesday.

But, fear not, loyal lover of local lyrics: Bodog Wildcard Voting is ongoing until October 4th. A first place win means a chance to play in other parts of the country and receive international exposure.

To throw your support:

* Go to BodogMusic.com
* Sign up (free, blah, blah, blah)
* Click Battle of the Bands
* Go to Wild Card Voting for the September 26th show at First Avenue in Minneapolis
* Vote for Kritical Kontact!
* You can vote once a day, every day, until October 4th.

PEZheads: The Movie

*THIS IS THE OFFICIAL TRAILER (the other one posted has sentimental value because I've been watching it for the last 6 months)

I’ve been tracking the progress of this movie for a while, and it’s finally finished and being sent to homes around the world. Not my home yet, as I’m trying to come up with the money for the complete merch set of stuff. When I do get the film, would there be any interest in having a showing of this at the Playground or any other venue I might be able to set-up?

Duluth in Outside Magazine

This is old, but I thought it was pretty good. The article really makes me appreciate our area:


September 27, 2006


I, for one, will miss the foghorn. It was one of my favorite memories growing up in Duluth. I made a short video titled HARBOR FOG in homage to it a couple years back. Quicktime is required.


Banned Book Week: September 23-30, 2006

Thursday-The Brush Strokes

Wednesday Beaners Central opens the stage for the annual song-writers competition which is judged by the audience. A $500.00 recording package is one of the prizes!!!
Then Thursday listen to Precisely Collaborative Dysfunctional Pop with The brush strokes
They will share the evening with Jon Crocker, Molly Dean and Chris Trapper.
The one week live music fest will continue through Saturday



Lake Superior Brewing Company will be holding a product release party for our newest addition to our seasonal beer lineup. Oktoberfest!! This will be the very first time we have ever done an Oktoberfest and the first time we will have a full temporary liquor license and be able to sell pints of beer at our brewery. We will have Speedy Weenie vending cart providing food. We’ll also have a bonfire, along with a “cowboy golf” tournament. Prizes to be given away as well. Here is the best part $3 Pints with a $1 suggested donation at the door to benefit a local non profit, Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Renaissance.

Saturday, September 30th from 4-10PM at the brewery located at 2711 W Superior St. behind the subway restaurant.

September 26, 2006

SUNDAY, Sunday sunday.

This Sunday!
October 1st!
Duluth Art Institute-Lincoln Park Building (not the depot)


Calvin Johnson




Please do come, and bring your friends, it's going to be art.

September 25, 2006

Infertility Support Group

Beginning on October 10th (and continuing on the second Tuesday of every month thereafter) a support group will meet to discuss issues surrounding infertility. This will be a new, local chapter of the national non-profit group Resolve. Single persons and couples are equally welcome. We will be meeting at the Peace United Chuch of Christ, 1111 North 11th Ave. East. Just go downstairs after entering through the main door. We will meet from 7-9PM. All discussions will be kept strictly confidential and although we are grateful to the Peace Church for enabling us gather, we have no religious affiliation. I look forward to meeting all/any of you!

September 24, 2006

i sign says it all


I remeber driving to target with my parents in 1970 to buy a model of the x-15. We drove past this tree covered hill with a stream running through it. Now, that hill is a barnes and nobel, great american grill and a hot topic. I gaught this sign on the hill facing the mall.

Who ya gonna vote for?

September 23, 2006


Would adding a Shoutcast element and letting a handfull of Pdders use it to broadcast be cost prohibitve for Pdd in general?
I am a member of a different medium sized blog that does thiis and find it pretty cool

September 22, 2006

Human rights ordinance

You probably saw the article in the DNT today about Mayor Bergson and his plans to eliminate the Human Rights Office and Ordinance. Herb's budget for next year has deemed that the city doesn't really need to be bothered by such trivial things, yet I guess they can find money to expand the lakewalk past those damn condos at the bottom of 21st ave E. and the city may well help out with a million and a half in tax-increment financing to good old A&L to "revitalize" the block accross from the gacktacular SoftCenter.

Herb has been a bit snippy in his email responses to this issue, here is his email address [email protected]. And here is the list with the city council members contact info

It is early in the budget process, but if you are at all inclined, I urge you to contact these folks and let them know your thoughts. Even better, show up for the theatre that is the City Council meetin' (Monday 7pm), show up early sign up, say your peice. The council members where a bit...befuddled at the last meeting so the more people that hammer home the need for this the better.

Whiter Than Sour Cream

I am offended by the title of this contest.

Weird Spam

I'm getting a lot of weird spam in my gmail account, and am wondering if anyone knows what it's about. Here's an example of one:

(Subject) Social

Content-Type: text/plain;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7Bit


I've received about 30 of these, all from different addresses, with different subjects and a different word in the body. Anyone else getting these or know what the sender's objective is?

September 21, 2006

So this frog walks into a bank and inquires about borrowing some money. The receptionist directs the frog to have a seat and wait until someone can help him. Pretty soon one of the loan officers, Patty Wack, comes out and greets the frog and leads him to her office. "So I understand you are interested in taking out a loan from us," Patty says. The frog nods in agreement. "Do you have any collateral?" Patty asks. The frog again nods in agreement and produces a mysterious object. Patty takes the object from him and examines it. She can't quite figure out what it is, although it looks somehow valuable if not a bit gaudy. "Excuse me a moment," she says. She calls the Bank President and summons him to her office. She explains her plight: "Mr. Frog here came in seeking a loan and wants to use this object for collateral, but I'm not sure how valuable it is or if we can accept it." The Bank President looks at the object, sniffs, and exclaims quite loudly, "It's a knick-knack, Patty Wack, give the frog a loan!"

September 20, 2006

Evil Jeff For Senate!

Mates of State/Starlight Mints at UMD TONIGHT!!!


This is kind of late but tonight at UMD Mates of State and the Starlight Mints are playing at UMD. The kirby Ballroom I believe. Doors are at 9:30 and music at 10. It is free for the students and 10 bucks for all others.

Here is a video Chuck made of the Mates of State.

What did the ham say to the epoxy?

As a matter of fact...

... It is like seeing it for the first time all over again.

I've had a few days to think it over, and I really, really love it.



... this double disc is completely worth it just for the documentaries.


No Wait Wait CD Release Show...


Good People of Dulearth-

NWW will be celebrating the release of their sophomore effort this Saturday Sept 23rd at Luce with Crew Jones.

CD's and t-shirts shall be on sale...buttons shall be free...

Ye ol' cost to get in shall be $3.

Ye ol' cost to suggest ideas for Marc's public access TV show shall be free.


September 19, 2006

What'd You Guys Do This Weekend??


Amy Abts and I hung out at the mall all day on Sunday for MTV and Epic Record's super hottest new up-and-coming total rock star, Cheyenne Kimball!!!!

The Sizzler, Heiko, myself and that drunken Irish Pirate handed out very exciting stickers and teen girl-oriented magazines to all her total fans!!!!

I personally have never gotten so many dirty looks from so many moms.

Amy A., I hope you got paid better than we did.

Speaking of which, I hear that Amy Abts has a solo gig at 8pm for Beaner's Central One Week Live #5 next Friday, September 29th.

Gonzo Science on the Internets

Gonzoscience.com is back up, with more content in the pipeline, wink wink. Thank you to Edgewood, our esteemed webmaster, who I'm sure is appalled I am telling you about it before it's totally ready. (When it's complete, we'll try and have a party.) Jizz guard, activate!

One and a half pounds

One and a half pounds = misdemeanor possession?

Could it be that Louisiana has a more enlightened judicial system than Minnesota's?

Willie busted

Your Keyboard for the day...

Tried to post this in the "Pirates Day" thread... but it choked on the in-line image...

All you mates lookin' fer yer keyboard? Just in time for Talk Like a Pirate Day...


September 18, 2006

Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 19th is international Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Need a lesson in how to Talk Like a Pirate?
~ Mad Morgan Cash (according to the Pirate Name Generator)

September 17, 2006

Banned Books Week Turns 25

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Banned Book Week: September 23-30, 2006

Google has joined the ALA's attempts to encurage reading freely and discourge the banning of books.

The “10 Most Challenged Books of 2005” :

#1: “It's Perfectly Normal” for homosexuality, nudity, sex education, religious viewpoint, abortion and being unsuited
to age group
#2: “Forever” by Judy Blume for sexual content and offensive language
#3: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger for sexual content, offensive language and being unsuited to age
#4: “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content and offensive language
#5 “Whale Talk” by Chris Crutcher for racism and offensive language
#6 “Detour for Emmy” by Marilyn Reynolds for sexual content
#7 “What My Mother Doesn't Know” by Sonya Sones for sexual content and being unsuited to age group
#8 Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey for anti-family content, being unsuited to age group and violence
#9 “Crazy Lady!” by Jane Leslie Conly for offensive language and
#10 “It's So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families” by Robie H. Harris for sex education
and sexual content.

September 15, 2006

Alcatraz Kid

There are lots and lots of good shows to attend this Saturday night all the way up and down Superior St. from Quinlans to the Brewhouse. Stop in to the Red Lion around 10:00 to catch a set from my friend Jeremy. He plays a sweet kind of folk/pop/electronica that we don't get to hear too often. If you get a chance, check out the article about him in last week's City Pages.

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Princess Bride - Leif Erickson Park - 7:30 p.m.

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Which Princess Bride Character are You?
this quiz was made by mysti

Princess Bride - Leif Erickson Park - 7:30 p.m. - $2 suggested donation

[Video] Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine Crack


Abstract: This paper presents a fully independent security study of a Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine, including its hardware and software. We obtained the machine from a private party. Analysis of the machine, in light of real election procedures, shows that it is vulnerable to extremely serious attacks. For example, an attacker who gets physical access to a machine or its removable memory card for as little as one minute could install malicious code; malicious code on a machine could steal votes undetectably, modifying all records, logs, and counters to be consistent with the fraudulent vote count it creates. An attacker could also create malicious code that spreads automatically and silently from machine to machine during normal election activities — a voting-machine virus. We have constructed working demonstrations of these attacks in our lab. Mitigating these threats will require changes to the voting machine's hardware and software and the adoption of more rigorous election procedures.

The Greatest Album Ever


September 14, 2006

What's Your Favorite?

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I don't watch the show, I don't shop at the store and I don't wear the underwear, but these are three names that I've enjoyed saying for at least 20 years.

Father Mulcahy
Piggly Wiggly
Fruit of the Loom

Many years ago, I was in the middle of a dental procedure, with a bunch of contraptions jammed into my mouth, and for some reason the words "Piggly Wiggly" entered my brain. I couldn't stop laughing. Needless to say, my dentist was unhappy about this.

September 13, 2006

come one, come all.


with Boy Girl Boy Girl and Some People's Kids.

The old milwaukee will be flowing like water.

Are You Sure Dad Said I Could Listen to Megadeath?


We need a babysitter for the kiddo on September 23, 2006 from about
2:30pm until 8:30-9pm (possibly earlier...) You would be paid... :D

Note: Those of you going to the Big Lake Brewfest wouldn't be able to partake in this opportunity to take care of our wonderful baby... :D

Experience with babies a plus....

If anyone is willing, please get in touch with either Ezra or myself....

Al Duvall

Al DuvallAnyone see Al Duvall at the Brewhouse last Saturday? Really wish I could have gone, but I'm in the wrong place. So sad. How was he?

September 12, 2006

House of Flowers


The day after.

It amazes me that with all the people who contribute to PDD, that NOBODY recognized, or cared enough, to note the passing of one of the saddest anniversaries in the US.

I still feel angry that this happened. I am DISGUSTED with GW's handling of the situation. As far as I know, Bin Laden isn't hiding in downtown Baghdad.

Whether or not you agree with US policy, I'm sure we can all agree that nobody who passed on that horrible day deserved what happened to them, nor did their families.


Tell me please

Can anyone tell me who submitted the black and white banner consisting of 3 pictures of the pier and lighthouse being pummeled by an oncoming wave? Fantastic photos! I would love to purchase copies if available.
The photos show the beauty and extraordinary power the big lake holds.
BTW - I love all the banner photos, keep 'em coming.

Angered Hussein: 'We will crush your heads'

We're fighting over there so we won't get our heads crushed here.


CNN.com story about Saddam trial

September 11, 2006


September 10, 2006



No. J2K1215

Oooh! The ladies are fightin' over His divine power like H-Town and Saaphyri on Flavor of Love!

I think that white bearded guy is contemplating joining the cat fight, too. Meow! Easy, Gandalf!

Now, now, disciples. There's enough Jesus for everyone. And His love is worth more than a clock necklace and a gold grill.

September 09, 2006


Beer Tasting Train

Beer Tasting Train Aboard the North Shore Scenic Railroad- Friday September 15th Departs 5:30 pm.
Call 722-1273. you need to make reservations.
21/2 hours of fun...local brews, lots of beer to sample all while enjoying a wonderful train ride.
Pizza by one of our favorite "Beer Train Pizza Folks"

September 08, 2006

Open Mic

Gomez is looking for a Behringer Ultravoice XM8500 mic and mic cable that grew legs and walked off from Carmody's Saturday.

Anyone with leads please e-mail Gomez: [email protected]


small beer \small beer\, noun:

1. Weak beer.
2. Insignificant matters; something of little importance.
3. Unimportant; trivial.

We dined early upon stale bread and old mutton with small beer.
-- Ferdinand Mount,, Jem (and Sam)

I was not born for this kind of small beer, says Joan the wife of the colonial governor, who imagines leading armies or "droves of inflamed poets."
-- Nancy Willard, "The Nameless Women of the World", New York Times, December 18, 1988

Call me a geek, but for biologists, marvels like the parasitic flatworm are on tap every day, making the reveries of Hollywood seem like small beer.
-- Jerry A. Coyne, "The Truth Is Way Out There", New York Times, October 10, 1999
(Word of the day from dictionary.com)

September 07, 2006



with in.dog sittin in on the skins...

I dunno what good I'll be up there...scared to death would be an apt probability...

anyhow, you should come, if for nothing else than to see me make an ass of myself...

In the end, it's all about Brendan and the Antmen...

September 06, 2006

Zimmy in Windy Fargo?


Is anyone taking in the outdoor Dylan concert in Fargo this weekend?

bike co-op

I'm trying to find the location, hours and/or contact info of the newly-launched bike co-op. Help, please. Thanks.

Spirit Lake Poetry Series 2006-07 Season

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The Spirit Lake Poetry Series celebrates its tenth season in 2006-07. A diverse range of poets will present their work during five free events held in Somers Lounge at the College of St. Scholastica. All of the readings will start at 7:30 p.m. and include music and refreshments. Here’s the schedule:

Oct. 7 | Ryan Vine
Nov. 18 | Philip Dacey
Feb. 17 | St. David’s Day Open Reading
March 24 | Poets from “To Sing Along the Way
April 21 | Francine Sterle

Side note: Garrison Keillor will be reading one of Ryan Vine’s poems on the Tuesday, Sept. 12, edition of “Writer’s Almanac” on Minnesota Public Radio.

Oct. 7 | Ryan Vine
Native Duluthian Ryan Vine, an assistant professor of English at the College of St. Scholastica, will read poems from his debut chapbook, “Distant Engines.” The collection is the winner of the 2005 Weldon Kees Award and was recently released from Backwaters Press.

Nov. 18 | Philip Dacey
Noted for his “stand up poetry,” emphasizing humor, performability and accessibility, Philip Dacey is the author of eight full-length books of poems and numerous chapbooks. His latest release is 2005’s “Mister Five-by-Five” a chapbook from Pudding House Publications. His awards include three Pushcart Prizes, a Discovery Award from the New York YM-YWHA’s Poetry Center and numerous fellowships and prizes for individual poems.

Feb. 17 | St. David’s Day Open Reading
The annual St. David’s Day Open Reading honors the anniversary of the canonization of St. David, the patron saint of Wales. Poets of all skill levels, from novice writers to those with established reputations, are invited to read a single original poem and/or a favorite piece by another author.

March 24 | Women’s Anthology Writers
Some of Minnesota’s finest poets will recite works from the first historical and contemporary anthology of the state’s female poets. Soon to be released from New River’s Press, “To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present,” is edited by Connie Wanek, Joyce Sutphen and Thom Tammaro. Wanek and Sutphen will read at this event, along with Anna Meek, Sheila Packa, Jean Alice Jacobson, Ellie Schoenfeld and more.

April 21 | Francine Sterle
Native Minnesotan Francine Sterle is the author of three books of poetry. The most recent, “Nude in Winter,” was recently released by Tupelopress. She has received a Loft-McKnight Foundation Award, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, residency fellowships from the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Leighton Studios at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary, as well as both a Fellowship Grant and a Career Opportunity Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Book signings will follow each reading, courtesy of Northern Lights Books and Gifts. Funding is provided by grants from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the College of St. Scholastica, Northern Lights, and the Lee and Rose Warner Foundation.

September 05, 2006

How Can We Make America Better? [via Chuck at MNStories.com]

September 04, 2006


crochunt.jpgCrocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dead in freak sting ray accident full story here.

September 03, 2006

Saving the Interweb of Tomorrowland

Check here to see how those senators voted (I would have said "our senators," but I don't think we paid enough for one...), and send the bastards an e-mail about what you think.

And speaking of bastards, here's the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's take. Very convincing.

September 02, 2006

Franken on Letterman

So last night, Al Franken was on Letterman, and Dave told (on Al's behalf) a Buddy Hackett joke which apparently is also told in some new documentary. Because the joke was risque (I guess), they bleeped out the punchline. I highly doubt that a documentary about Al Franken will be playing in Colorado, so ... somebody please fill in the blanks.

(And, by the way, anyone want to start a pool on when the "Duluth Answer Man" ads will begin surfacing on TV once Franken decides he will run for senate?)

So, so WRONG

So in a move of brilliance (insert sarcasm here) I am dj'ing my own wedding. Brilliant! And said wedding is a week from today so I am devoting today to pulling all the songs for the wedding and loading them onto the IPOD and burning them on to CD. I am a little light on inspiration for some areas of the festivities so I turned to Wed Alert to help me out. They were very useful for coming up with the song list for the bagpipe guy for the ceremony so I thought I would check out their selections for the Father/Daughter dance. It was your usual schlock-Butterfly Kisses, Thank Heaven for Little Girls, Wind Beneath My Wings etc. Then came this..The Cure-Lullabye. I am sorry, but isn't this song about a child molester coming in and well, molesting little Robert Smith at night?

"...quietly he laughs and shaking his head creeps closer now closer to the foot of the bed and softer than shadow and quicker than flies his arms are all around me and his tongue in my eyes 'be still be calm be quiet now my precious boy don't struggle like that or i will only love you more for it's much too late to get away or turn on the light the spiderman is having you for dinner tonight."

What kind of F*CKED UP Daddy Daughter dance is that?

PS-If anyone has a sound system we could rent please let me know!

I Hate Myself and Want to Die

If you get a chance check this out on Wisconsin Public Radio. Here's a link to the book.

September 01, 2006

grey gardens 2006

my brother has found some interesting subjects down in minneapolis.

mark your calendars, duluth

This isn't for two weeks, but it's important that everyone come, and I'm excited, so I'm posting now.

The legendary RANK STRANGERS from Minneapolis will be playing with some special guests to be announced at The Red Lion on Friday, Sept 15 at 10PM (I think). Two dollar cover! One dollar beer! What more could you possibly want from your friday night?

They're an amazing live band, and their last show in Duluth drew about five people. That's why it's important that everyone come this time.

I'll remind you about this again before the show, don't you worry.

Booking RT's

Hey music lovers.

I've been hearing about a few shows, er, showing up at RT's here in Duluth. What gives? Are they going back to having live music? Some of the best shows ever have been held at RT's, and I know a lot of fellow musicians who are dying to get back in there.

So what gives? Who should I talk to about setting something up? Who else wants to play there? What can we do to get the local music scene back into shape?

Hattie, John Holden and Crew Jones in Bemidji

In this video, Hattie from Hattie and the Blackframes takes a headbutt. And Mic Trout from Crewjones talks about how words have meaning, among other things.