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November 29, 2006


I thought I'd be annoying and make a pointless post about this being the 1000th PDD post on the "new" Movable Type platform. Happy Anniversary to me.

November 28, 2006

Pearl Benefit

With all the stuff going on the weekend of 12/7-12/10, I just thought I'd remind you that the Pearl Swanson benefit stuff is in the mix as well.

The CD is BRILLIANT!!!!! The shows will be mind bendingly cool capping with a Low @ Beaners Limited seating event($15) and a spagetti dinner($10)/Slinet Auction at good ol' Mr. D's. Wrist band for all access to both Friday and Saturday shows, will be $10. Go to pearl.perfectduluthday.com for "tha happs"

get $25,000

IFP MN Independent Film Night in Duluth
IFP Minnesota will host a night of information and fun in Duluth on December 1, 2006. The night will feature two "How to Apply" workshops for the McKnight Fellowships in screenwriting and Filmmaking as well as a special version of the hit screening series Cinema Lounge. Screenwriters, filmmakers, and film enthusiasts are all welcome!

Duluth Playground Theater
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Screenwriting Fellowship "How to Apply" workshop
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Filmmaking Fellowship "How to Apply" workshop
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Cinema Lounge with local short films and filmaker q & a
9:30 PM Party at Pizza Luce

Artist Relief Fund Art Show & Sale


Visit the Artist Relief Fund for more information.

Thanksgiving leftover count

1 tupperware dish full of some sort of cornbread
1 cream cheese container containing slices of jellied cranberry sauce
1 glass baking dish and 1 butter tub full of green bean casserole
1/2 of a pumpkin pie
2 butter tubs full of stuffing
3 large ziplock bags full of turkey
4 tall deli containers full of soup created from turkey leftovers

the pie will be gone tonight!



The Transistor now offers poster hanging & related services. $20 gets yer' gig flyer up at 40+ locations in Duluth/Superior. Full details (PDF) available here!




November 27, 2006

As the poster says

Group Photography show on Dec 13th. 9... count them, 9 different photographers.

Music too, at Hartley Nature Center 6p-9p

be there, or be a small rectangular thing

November 26, 2006

'Tis the Season


November 25, 2006

Hoot Hoot Hoot Hoot Hoot Hoot....

Oh no!

Indogneato broke PDD. I say we put him in a corner and hoot at him.

November 24, 2006

Washington Studios 10 year Anniversary All Coop. Show - Saturday, Dec. 2nd

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Washington Studios Artists Cooperative 10 year anniversary celebration!!


Artforms to include 2 and 3 dimensional arts, performing arts including dance, bands, solo acts, poetry, etc. There will also be numerous vendors showcasing great stuff within the hallways w/ food and beverages provided.



Saturday Dec. 2nd 2006

Schedule of events:
All coop gallery exhibition: 10am-4pm
All coop performances (music, dance, poetry, etc): 11am-4pm
Open Studios Tour: 12pm-3pm

Performing Arts Schedule:
11-12 Russ Sacket (Musician)
12-12:30 Bob Monohan (Poet)
12:30-1 Hattie Peterson (Musician)
1-1:30 Poetry Reading
1:30-2 Sara Softich (Musician)
2-2:30 Spoken Word by ?
2:30-3 Amy Abts (Musician)
3-3:15 Anna Ferguson (dance)
3:15-4 Rob Wagner aka Doc Hyde & Guest (The Rave King)

November 23, 2006


So I was all set to download some music from my favorite music download site, Allofmp3.com, when I found out that I had run out of credit. I like buying music from All of MP3, because it's a Russian site run by a Russian Mafia company, and therefore the prices are, shall we say, discounted.

I click over to the payment option and find that lo and behold, Visa and Mastercard are boycotting All of MP3. Oh, sure, you can still purchase music from All of MP3. If you happen to have a Diner's Club card. Apparantly I'm wrong about this, but I thought Diner's Club went out of business circa 1979.

My question is this: Where can a person go to purchase MP3s at a decent price? I would even pay the prices on iTunes, for that matter, but I'm fed up with the restrictions they place on you. I've heard similar things about the alternative big name sites.

Where do you get your MP3s? I'm not interested in CDs, so that's not an option.

November 22, 2006

You don't have to be a genius...

startrek_poker.jpgFriday night (November 24) I'm hosting a small stakes (nickel ante) poker get together at 8 p.m. It's dealer's choice and silly games made up on the spot are welcome. This is not your Texas Hold 'em pressure cooker variation. This is friendly neighborhood poker. Floosies, malingerers, and kabitzers are welcome as well.

Bring your buy in money (5 or 6 bucks should do it), some beverages, snacks, and a hankering for fun.

If you are interested, contact me and I'll give you details.

My favorite local variation was invented by my friend, Karl. It's called Russian Roulette. It's a simple seven card stud blind variant in which the first player turns over a card to start, he or she then has the highest hand showing. There is a round of betting. The next player then turns over cards until her or she has the highest hand showing, and another round of betting, and so on.

The kicker is this. If anyone turns over the ace of spades, they have to drop out of the game and match whatever is in the pot. It lends to some wonderfully tense play.

The only other action card is the queen of hearts, the lady of mercy. If she is turned over first, the player who turned her over is protected from the bullet (the ace of spades).

Prepare to Believe!


Perhaps we could turn the Great Lakes Aquarium into a... Creation Museum!

"Explore the wonders of creation. The imprint of the Creator is all around us. And the Bible’s clear--heaven and earth in six 24-hour days, earth before sun, birds before lizards.

Other surprises are just around the corner. Adam and apes share the same birthday. The first man walked with dinosaurs and named them all!

God’s Word is true, or evolution is true. No millions of years. There’s no room for compromise."

Just a thought.

November 21, 2006

Don't turn around...uh oh...

Der Kommissar's in town...uh oh...


Tamara's post about tv show tunes got me started thinking about those pesky pop songs that get inextricably wedged in the front of your mind...songs like "The Hustle" or "Close To You" or "Rock and Roll part 2."

Right now, the dagger in my mind has been...Der Kommissar...

What's that tune you can't seem to shake, no matter how much you drink?

November 20, 2006

Diorama-rama 2!


Diorama-rama 2, a collective art show where people are encouraged to display dioramas in a one night show.

Emerson Gym: 1030 West Third street - Auditorium entrance

December 15th, 2006 - 8pm

Anyone who wants to participate, Jamie Ness, Charlie Parr, Best Friends Forever and a few musical surprises.

Hey everyone! Just wanted to send out a message concerning the return of the Diorama-rama. It is happening again and I hope that people out there are interested in creating some new dioramas. For those of you who don't know, a diorama is a box with a scene in it. Ususally they are constructed in grade school using shoe boxes. In this case you can make your diorama however you like.

The lowdown on participating: this event is open to anyone who wishes to make a diorama. I am asking that people get their dioramas to me the two evenings beforehand or the afternoon of to make setting up easier. I live at Emerson so it makes it convenient for people to get their work to me. That does not mean that people cannot just show up with one--that is ok too. There are no size restrictions, no themes, no real rules at all. One thing to keep in mind is the dearth of outlets in the gym. If you want to light up your diorama--which is encouraged--think about one of those little battery packs they sell at any hardware store. The lighting in the gym kind of stinks, but hopefully we'll figure something out by then. Hope to see you there!

-- Sarah

You can contact Sarah Heimer at dioramarama2 [at] hotmail [dot] com if you need more information. If you do send me an email I'll probably be sending out a few mailings before the event.

November 18, 2006


Where do da Yoopers keep der hats?


November 17, 2006

Christmas City .. Wonderful City [part 2]

MPR just played this song ... hee hee ... and I had to google it and a PDD post came up first.
I'm still fairly new in town ... Do people go to this Christmas City of the North parade ... where's the best place to stand ... do they throw out candy ... will I ooohhh and aaaahhh.

tis the season


November 16, 2006

Los Besos and The Starfire Lounge are BACK!!!!

OK... This is just a rumor... but I have it on good authority that the Thursday night scene at the Brewhouse is back on-track...

OUT with the karaoke (does anyone need to see that again?)...

IN with Los Besos and The Starfire Lounge!!!

Sparhawk, et.al. and Starfire will take turns keeping it cool. Cheers!

(Yes... it is true... I am very excited about this positive change...)

Film: Iraq for Sale

The film "Iraq for Sale" will be shown tonight (Thursday 16 November)at 7:30pm at the College of St. Scholastica. It will be shown in Storm's Den. If you park in the Mitchell Auditorium parking lot and come into the doors and keep going straight the room will look like a cafeteria.

For more info see: http://iraqforsale.org/

November 15, 2006

Streaks on the china, never mattered before, who cares.

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All right, admit it, you all have a favorite television theme song that you remember all the words to or one that you currently secretly "dig." I want to know what it is.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Sclemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated.
We're gonna do it!

omfg a TV request

I don't have cable... but I see Tom Waits is going to be on the Daily Show Nov 28th. Is there some kind soul that will tape this for me if I provide a tape?


Quell the Rumors - True West this weekend

True West will be showing at 7:30 p.m. at the Playground this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Any rumors of cancellation due to the Christmas City of the North parade are not correct. The show is still on. Let your friends know. And if you haven't seen it yet, come check it out. It's a rock 'em, sock 'em, piss-your-pants-laughing good time. Working Class Theater Website

Maasai School Project.

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More pictures of Alan Sparhawk and the Rev. Hans Johnson in Kenya can be found here.

November 12, 2006

what i did all night..

Ryan Board

Lundgren Circuit Board

John with Circuit Board

Invitation For Your Anecdote


In my entire life, I have never seen anyone play volleyball outside the Anchor Bar. How about you?

November 10, 2006

Covering my butt

I want to make sure I catch everyone who wrote me awhile back intrested in participating in a group photography show. I just sent an email out to you all, if had written but didn't get the email let me know
edgeways at that gmail dot com

Someone had to post it

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
The lake it is said never gives up her dead
when the skies of November turn gloomy
With a load of iron ore 26,000 tons more
than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
that good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
when the gales of November came early

(is this technically duluth history since it actually left superior?)

The Crew:
Ernest M. McSorley, 63, Captain, Toledo Ohio
John H. McCarthy, 62, Mate, Bay Village, Ohio
James A. Pratt, 44, second mate, Lakewood, Ohio
Michael E. Armagost, 37, third mate, Iron River, Wisconsin
Thomas Bentsen, 23, oiler, St. Joseph, Michigan
Thomas D. Borgeson, 4l, maintenance man, Duluth, Minnesota
John D. Simmons, 60, wheelsman, Ashland, Wisconsin
Eugene W. O'Brien, 50, wheelsman, Toledo, Ohio
John J. Poviatch, 59, wheelsman, Bradenton, Florida
Ranson E. Cundy, 53, watchman, Superior, Wisconsin
William J. Spengler, 59, watchman, Toledo, Ohio
Karl A. Peckol, 20, watchman, Ashtabula, Ohio
Mark A. Thomas, 2l, deck hand, Richmond Heights, Ohio
Paul M. Rippa, 22, deck hand, Ashtabula, Ohio
Bruce L. Hudson, 22, deck hand, North Olmsted, Ohio
David E. Weiss, 22, cadet, Agoura, California
Robert C. Rafferty, 62, steward, Toledo, Ohio
Allen G. Kalmon, 43, second cook, Washburn, Wisconsin
Frederick J. Beetcher, 56, porter, Superior, Wisconsin
Nolan F. Church, 55, porter, Silver Bay, Minnesota
George Holl, 60, chief engineer, Cabot, Pennsylvania
Edward F. Bindon, 47, first assistant engineer, Fairport Harbor, Ohio
Thomas E. Edwards, 50, second assistant engineer, Oregon, Ohio
Russell G. Haskell, 40, second assistant engineer, Millbury, Ohio
Oliver J. Champeau, 4l, third assistant engineer, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Blaine H. Wilhelm, 52, oiler, Moguah, Wisconsin
Ralph G. Walton, 58, oiler, Fremont, Ohio
Joseph W. Mazes, 59, special maintenance man, Ashland, Wisconsin
Gordon F. MacLellan, 30, wiper, Clearwater, Florida

Best Television Show Ever

November 09, 2006

Perhaps he has a future in poetry...

Here's a recitation of my favorite D. Rumsfeld poem. He never titles his poems, but I like to call this one "Epistemology."

November 07, 2006

Beck on SNL.

This performance has finally made it to You Tube. Beck's band plays percussion at the dinner table while he plucks away on the guitar and raps. Brilliant!

November 06, 2006

Hacking Democracy


Google Video has HBO's entire documentary,Hacking Democracy, available online.

November 05, 2006

It Once Was a Palace


Superior's Palace Theater was torn down last week. Jan Provost, who said her first job was at the Palace, stopped by this morning to grab a brick as a keepsake.

"The wrecking ball had a hard time with this building," she said. "It bounced like you wouldn't believe."

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November 03, 2006

The Big Trip...


The Northernmost Texan

read it.




Many of you know Eric Swanson and Patty Sobczak and some of you have met their new twin daughters Ruby and Pearl. Well they are currently at the Children's Hospital in Minneapolis where Pearl is being treated for congestive heart failure due to cardiomyopathy. They need our help so we are organizing a benefit in December.

We are looking at December 8-10 for the benefit which will include live music, a spaghetti feed, silent auction and a children's CD. This is a big project so we could really use some help.

The children's music CD is probably the most time urgent project. We need musicians and recording studios willing to donate their time and talent to this project. Do you have a favorite song from your childhood? Does your studio have any open time? Please contact me ASAP if you would like to be involved.

We also need help with soliciting items for the silent auction. A packet with all the benefit details will be ready next week so if you want to hit the streets for Pearl let me know and I will get you some copies.

If you have any other skills, suggestions, ideas that you would like to contribute feel free to send me an email.

For more info on Pearl's condition and to send your best wishes you can go to this site.

November 02, 2006

Halp Us Jon Carry


Since their is all this talk aboot Jon Carry and what not, I thought I would join in on the posting. Beeing a member of the MN Nashunahl Gard, I found this quite amusing.

Oh, those funny Minnesoohtahns. But honestly, I don't care what he said, if it was mistake or not. I'm not bothered by it. There's waaaay more important things to give a crap about nowadays.


November 01, 2006

Waah waah waah

My pet issue. Waah waah waah. Nobody loves me. I regurgitate White House talking points and dare people to call me on it. Waah. Baby needs bottle.

Update: It's just that with conservative viewpoints dominating the entire government-media complex, it gets my dander up when they creep into my community weblog too.

Kerry backpedals like mad.

I see 'ol horseface Kerry is apologizing left and right for insulting our Armed Forces.

What a worthless elitist POS.

I'm ashamed to admit I voted for that bastard.

I'd love to smash him in the face, but I'm thinking I'd have to wait in a pretty long line.

Fun Size

small.gifB000EOOPOY.01-A3KJJM2O7RGABN._SCMZZZZZZZ_V1140449756_.jpgQ: How can you tell that men still dominate the candy industry?

A: They call a 2 inch candy bar "fun size."

Cross posted from ironic1.com.

What did you go as?


We were Little Vader & Princess Leia PEZ dispenser. I showed you ours, now you show me yours.