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January 31, 2008


Baby, it's cold outside! Doesn't a heaping plate of pasta, with either vegetarian sauce donated by Chester Creek Cafe or a meat sauce donated by Pickwick, sound delicious right now? You're in luck! The Grant School 4th Graders have been working hard all year to raise funds to send the entire class (43 kids and a few brave adult chaperones, not including me) to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in March. The class is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Friday evening, from 5-9 pm at Peace Church. The spaghetti dinner will be served from 5-7 pm, and from 7-9 pm, there's going to be some amazing entertainment, including storytelling by Elizabeth Nordell, and a performance by the band "Clear," with special guest Rudy Perrault, from UMD's music department. This is a great thing, you can feed your tummy, and contribute to a good cause, all at the same time. And it beats having to buy those damn candy bars my kid has been peddling. . . .

Sound card rec?

Been trying to run my guitar through my computer. I've a USB interface (M-audio) but still getting annoying latency, reading about it seems to suggest I need a new, better soundcard. Does anyone have a good recommendation for something that may work but be relatively inexpensive? (Windows, XP)

Jason Minke Jazz Quartet, et al


January 30, 2008

Brag About *This*

A photo that pretty much speaks for itself:

DNT | Grandma's Brag Book | January 30, 2008

That kid's got some serious 'tude.

somebody had to...


Our friend Dean took this a few days ago, shortly before leaving Antarctica:
"Clouds from open ocean of McMurdo Sound spill into the eastern reaches of Victoria Valley." [map].

Ask and ye shall receive...


Sorry I had to drag you into this.

The Duluth Strangler?

Was watching Wrongfully Accused last night and aside from it taking place in Minnesota there's a scene where Leslie Nielsen is getting on a prison bus to get hauled away and everyone is given name tags and someone has one that says 'the Duluth Strangler'.

Looked it up on Google but nothing came up. Anyone know anything about....The Duluth Strangler?

TOMORROW: Former V.P. Walter Mondale Speaks at UMD

Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Annual Memorial Lecture 2008

“Foreign Policy Development and Presidential Candidates”
Presented by Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale
Thursday, January 31, 2008
1:30 p.m. in the Weber Music Hall, UMD

Overflow seating in the Singer Room
Free and open to the public!
Free reception following lecture

Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin and the Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies proudly present a lecture by former U.S. Vice President and U.S. Senator Walter F. Mondale on Thursday, January 31 at 1:30 p.m. in the UMD Weber Music Hall. Mondale's speech, titled "Foreign Policy Development and Presidential Candidates", is the Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Annual Memorial Lecture 2008.

Walter Mondale, drawing upon his vast political experience, will explore the foreign policy problems that the United States is experiencing in a turbulent world. Reviewing the pluses and minuses of working alone versus working with others, Mondale will evaluate the foreign policy stance taken by leading contenders in the race for the presidential nominations. More information about Walter Mondale can be found at the UMD News webpage, http://www.d.umn.edu/news/2008/January/08-A.html.

There is also an article about the lecture in today's DNT.

January 29, 2008

I triple-dog dare you!

CHESTERTON, IN: Single-digit temperatures brought a scene right out of the movie "A Christmas Story" to two students at Jackson Elementary School on Friday morning.

The two fourth-grade boys, who served flag duty to raise and lower the flag for the school, stuck their tongues to the flagpole and spent the rest of the day in pain and embarrassment.

"The nurse called us and said the boys' tongues were bleeding," said Billie Dempsey, mother of Gavin Dempsey, who celebrated his 10th birthday Friday.

"The nurse asked them, 'OK, who double-dog dared who?' But they weren't admitting to what they did and said they just bit their tongues. When she told me there were a couple of layers taken off, I thought, 'Oh no, he's on flagpole duty,'" Dempsey said.

When she arrived at the school, her son admitted to what he did.

"My tongue still sort of hurts from what I did. I decided to try it because I thought all of the TV shows were lies, but turns out I was wrong," Gavin Dempsey said.

Karen Alexander, mother of James Alexander, laughs when asked about the event.

"I thought it was pretty silly of him. I asked him where he got the idea, and he said 'The Christmas Story.' I can't believe he did it, but they learned their lesson," she said.

James said he plans on eating a lot of ice cream to help nurse his wound.

"When you're young, you're just messing around," he said.

Billie Dempsey said the school nurse could not recall having an injury like this at the school.

"You don't think your own kid would do something like this," she said with a laugh.

We knew it all along -- United States of Clumsy


ahhh I love winter school cancelations

January 28, 2008


Only 10 minutes left in my shift, but I had time to skim through this useful site: GovernmentAttic.org.
Lots of government documents, including the often hillarious FCC complaints - check out this gem someone called in on the Simpsons.

practice space for rent

the hog damage collective has a couple of lovely practice rooms for rent in our spacious complex. $250 pays all the bills. covered garage load in on the first floor. convenient locale. infinite networking possibilities with some of duluth's finest/ne'er do well musicians. this could be the big break your band has been looking for. don't be a fool. email me.


State of the Union

How long?

It's About Friggin' Time!

couch surfing

Has anyone ever used the service www.couchsurfing.com? We're doing a trip to the UK in March and we're looking for the best way to save money while also meeting locals. With the current exchange rate, it's expensive to even stay in a hostel. I saw a few Duluthians listed on the site but wanted to see if anyone had firsthand experience.

Find Your Caucus

State of MN Caucus finder: http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us.

Possibly the Best T-shirt in Duluth


I had to do it. These are very limited edition. Available only at.

DANNY DOES DULUTH - EP 11 - Mouth-breathers and Pimps

Sometimes you can just tell when absolutely no preperation was put into an episode. This is one of those times. On today's show:
-Lew Latto is a phony
-Peggy Anderson is a mouth-breather
-The Ness's are ugly turds
-Dennis Anderson is a pimp
All this and more! Enjoy!


Housing needed

A great friend with awesome dogs needs a rental this June/July of 08. Anyone have suggestions? she can be emailed at [email protected]. I know one good folks of Duluth can help her out.

January 27, 2008

Possibly the Dumbest Blogger in Duluth


Under the title: "Is it possible to have a new location for the Kozy or Norshor?"

"...Yes, it could even mean drinking at tables outside of liquor establishments. It means we are allowing serving liquor at restaurants, liquor stores, liquor in strip clubs, and liquor in grocery stores. What’s next? Moving the Cozy and Norshor to Lakeside?"

Ok, so that's straight shill FUD.

Future reference: errant speculation a journalist makes you not. -- "By allowing liquor licenses, we are allowing multiple uses of the licenses. The same license used for the Cozy is used for the Norshor. By passing liquor licenses “wily nilly”, we are inviting multiple liquor licenses in our community. Is this possible?"

  • it's spelled Kozy.

  • NorShor and Kozy have separate liquor licenses. The Orpheum Nightclub and the NorShor Experience may share the same license, since they are in the same physical building, but I doubt it.

  • Duluth is over the state of Minnesota formula for liquor licenses. This is due to the population decline from the 80s. The formula is based on population, but the local municipality has final say about issuing more or less licenses.

  • Don't confuse bar/restaurant liquor licenses and liquor stores.

  • Stop watching the Dateline with Stone Phillips, it makes all you old bats paranoid and disoriented: "Will businesses be putting bars on the windows in the future?"

That said, you can think whatever you want about the Liquor in Lakeside issue. Just don't say dumb things that are not true. Send your thoughts to the city council: council [at] duluthmn [dot] gov.

Northern River Otter at Fitger's during the Beargrease's "Cutest Puppy Contest" Winner Announcement


A cute little otter chewing on a fish near the deck at Fitger's on Saturday at around 2:30pm...

January 26, 2008



Blowing bubbles for the pretty mermaids...


The pretty mermaids in the "live" diorama...

What the Schnitzel?

Blondie vs. Bowie

With respect to Mr Bowie, I couldn't locate a vid clip, but this audio should suffice...

January 25, 2008

looking for things

I going to go out and look at things .
I think we should do a solar intersection at Lake and Superior includeing one of those trees. We should do it with DCB and DS . You know right with left . We could do it with music

Pine marten in my yard


We put our gingerbread house on the back deck for critters to eat, and this pine marten hopped up to it today. We live in Duluth, not far from Hartley Field.
Now I'm thinking I should scrape off all the candy.

Runnin' With The Devil

[via MNSpeak] I present to you the isolated David Lee Roth vocal track from "Runnin' With The Devil."


Duluth Solutions is looking for folks to take part in online book discussions

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Hey, folks! Chris Correia from Duluth Solutions here. I'm looking for folks to discuss books online on the Duluth Solutions discussion forum.

Are you part of an existing club or group which currently meets face to face and is interested in, or willing to, expand your discussion to include other people online? Are you someone who is interested in connecting online to discuss books with others?

I'll set up a specific discussion board on Duluth Solutions for each book that clubs/groups/people want to discuss. My hope is that people are interested in expanding discussion of books and ideas to a broader group than those people with whom we naturally or usually associate.

Contact me at [email protected] if you are interested or have any questions

Early Warning - Next Thursday


January 24, 2008

L. Ron Hubbard is F'd!

"Knowledge is free. We are Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."

--Anonymous [08.01.21]

It's nice to see those wacky guys at the CDC and their friends are still keeping up the good fight.

ATPH @ The Main


Hans Johnson in Kenya Violence

Via Blogumentary.

[P.S. He's OK.]

January 23, 2008

1000' what?



What's everyone doing this weekend?

January 22, 2008


Did you notice those things

Too Cold to Plug His Hole

Today on the Duluth News Tribune's website they had a hilarious title for an article. Here is the screenshot.


Funnier that Cats!

I'd like to encourage everyone to support the Duluth Playhouse by going to see "The Trial of Goldilocks," which is running Thursday and Friday evenings this week, two afternoon performances Saturday, and a Sunday afternoon final show. This show is funnier than Cats, and there are some really excellent performances by this city's finest child actors, including my own daughter, half of a chair that Goldilocks sits on and breaks. Pat Castellano and Jean Sramek are directing "The Trial of Goldilocks," so you know it's going to be brilliant!

Caucus Training


Change To Win Minnesota invites you to join with fellow union members and interested parties at the

Duluth Precinct Caucus Training!

Thursday, January 24, 2008
Duluth Labor Temple Hall A
2002 London Road
Duluth, Minnesota

  • Want to go to Precinct Caucuses but don’t know how it works?
  • Been to your Caucus but want to learn more about becoming a delegate to the State Convention?

Join us on January 24th where we explain the process and ways for you to make sure we endorse candidates who will stand up for working families!

Call Katie Gulley 651-204-4146 or email [email protected] to RSVP or with questions!

The Change to Win Minnesota unites over 140,000 working Minnesotans. Change to Win Labor Federation was founded in 2005 by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, SEIU, UNITE HERE, UFCW, LIUNA, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and the United Farm Workers. Visit http://www.changetowinmn.org for more information.

Early Warning


Friday, February 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Free
Somers Hall, College of St. Scholastica

Denise Duhamel will read as part of this year's Warner Reading Series at the College of St. Scholastica.

Author of 13 collections of poetry, Duhamel has been hailed as one of poetry's most "raucous and unstoppable young voices." Her poems have been featured in over 50 anthologies, including several of the Best American Poetry series, and have appeared in nearly every significant literary journal published in the United States.

A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Duhamel has received numerous awards for her work. Her most
recent titles are Two and Two (University of Pittsburgh, 2005) and Mille et un sentiments (Firewheel Editions, 2005). She is currently an associate professor of English at Florida International University.

Wesly Ngetich

Wesly Ngetich

Photo of Wesly Ngetich by Sjixxxy.

Story from the DNT.

January 21, 2008

no sir, i don't like it.

holy crap was juno one of the worst movies i've ever seen. if you take take obscure boring indi music, vintage t-shirts, made-up phrases, and a desire to make garden state 2, put them in a blender and pour the said contents onto paper, you basically have the "i'm too cool for you" trite guano that is juno. good god, give me the accents in fargo over the dialogue in juno any day.

please discuss. and feel free to make up your own "hipster" phrases.

Support Our Oops v.2.0

Fun with stickers


Firkin of Lake Superior Special Ale at Hell's Kitchen.

One Firkin of Lake Superior Special Ale will be offered for your enjoyment at Hell's Kitchen in Canal Park.
It will be tapped at 4pm Tuesday January 22nd. $3 pints until it's gone. This traditionally made and served beer has been dry hopped with extra Cascade hops.

electric cars

Israel announced today that they plan to install 500.000 recharging stations and battery swap stations in the next 18 months for electric cars being made by Renault . Peres sets goal to be over oil in 10 years thru the use of electric cars and solar power

Duluth Toddler Rockers Unite!

January 20, 2008

if the future Is d00d5p34k, just terminate me now


Here's a still from the most recent episode of Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles which I just watched on my 'puter. It was okay, though fairly humorless, except for this little nod to the geeks out there. As John Connor leaves a computer store we see the address of the store on the glass door - 1337.

Summer Glau, though, is terrific. I just wished she was still playing River Tam, but baring that, this will have to do.

Obnoxious Egregious Promotion


January 19, 2008

Report on NAWC's vigils, forum & potluck

Report on NAWC's vigils, forum & potluck

In support of the ongoing national Iraq Moratorium Project the Northland Anti-War Coalition held 3 events on Friday, January 18. Despite the below zero weather, we went ahead with both of our Twin Ports peace vigils that day. Seven hearty souls showed up at the noon Duluth vigil [Colette K., Tegan W., Carl S., Peter K., Roger C., Penny C., Adam] and two people showed up at the 4pm Superior vigil [Mer? and Adam]. I'd like to extend a very special thanks to those brave souls who risked nose and cheeks for the cause of peace by picketing on such a bitterly cold day!

That same evening, in the nice, heated Central Hillside Community Center, we held a forum titled "Native & African Americans Speak Out on the War." Between 50-60 people attended. While one of our speakers didn't show up unfortunately, the three that did did a bang up job. Tanya Sconniers shared the interesting perspective of being an African American educator and peace supporter married to an Iraqi man. Jim Northrup shared his experiences as a Vietnam veteran, along with some awesome poetry, and Henry Banks powerfully drove home the point that there is a war going on right here at home against people of color, and how before the U.S. goes abroad to fix problems, it needs to clean its own house. Virgil Sohm was the moderator, and also filled in for the missing speaker by sharing some of his own insights and experiences on war and racism. The presentations generated some lively discussion, which continued well after the formal part of the forum was over.

Special thanks to the speakers and moderator for doing such a great job. Thanks also to Colette K., Peter K., Joel K., and Mike R. for bringing snacks and refreshments, staffing the literature and food tables, and helping with the set up and after event clean up. And of course thanks also to everyone who helped to build the forum. Between the great plug in the Duluth News Tribune the day before the event, a spot on KUMD radio that morning, and then the hundreds of leaflets, calls and emails that we sent out, we can be proud that we did a great job getting the word out about this very educational and moving event.

And then, to celebrate, and to kick back and do a bit of socializing, NAWC sponsored a potluck/social gathering the following evening, Jan. 19. About 20 people participated in the event, which was graciously hosted by Joan N. at her magnificent home. In addition to good food and company, we were treated with the opportunity to meet and talk with a young exchange student from Baghdad.

A warm thank you to Joan N., Colette K., Peter K. and Carl S. for helping to set up for the potluck, and clean up afterwards.

We had some great events these past few days, but the fight for a better world, of course, goes on. To borrow the famous words of Maurice Bishop, we must go "forward ever, backwards never!" In that spirit, I invite all who are reading this to attend the next planning meeting of the Northland Anti-War Coalition. That next meeting will be on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2pm at the Chester Creek Cafe in Duluth. And bring a friend!

To Vicarious...





January 18, 2008

tech help

Got a question one of youse might be able to assist with. Every now and again I do a music podcast thingie. To date I've merged all the music into 1 large file uploaded it and made a m3u file to point to it. I was looking at .pls files as an alternative and a little unclear on something. Do you need to upload multiple music/talk/whatever tracks to use a .pls file to tag each section correctly?

I call "Shenanigans"! [Updated! Yea!]


... will not be seen in Duluth.

From the Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee:

Marcus Theatres Corp. is again at odds with Paramount Pictures after failing to reach an agreement with the film distributor on the Friday release of "Cloverfield."

The impasse marks the second time in a month that Marcus locations will not show a major motion picture on its opening release date because it could not reach an agreement with Paramount on a price to moviegoers. This time, the film is the J.J. Abrams-produced modern-day monster film "Cloverfield," which is opening nationwide on Friday.

So... who wants a ride to Cloquet?


Yeah, so, there's this monster and then there's a lot of running and screaming. Lots. Then it ends.

"What does the monster look like?" you ask. Big and designed to defy simple description... and then there's the other things, too. And all that on-line Slusho-T.I.D.O Wave-Tagruato stuff helps a little.

Also... The Enterprise... on Earth? C'mon.




Time for Danny to go back to his roots and embrace his true skill: fecal humor. In this shortened episode, we learn that there immaturity can truly run rampant on Danny Does Duluth:
-Danny rants about mayor Don Donny Ness for what seems like hours
-Ashley discovers the truth behind the new website: www.lewlattolive.com
-Buy an ad on LL's REAL site: $2 for one day, $20 for 7 days. That's 7 for the price of ten!
-The Northland's Premier radio talk host himself stops by the studio to demonstrate an odd "skill"
This episode is not to be missed...enjoy!


January 17, 2008



i'll see your jackhole and raise you a.......




Nice interview, jackass:

  • QUESTIONER: Is it your goal to bring the Constitution into strict conformity with the Bible? Some people would consider that a kind of dangerous undertaking, particularly given the variety of biblical interpretations.

  • HUCKABEE: Well, I don’t think that’s a radical view to say we’re going to affirm marriage. I think the radical view is to say that we’re going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal. Again, once we change the definition, the door is open to change it again. I think the radical position is to make a change in what’s been historic.

Isn't it rich? Isn't it queer?

overheard in the east hillside ...

" ... so i don't have to pay rent, i just have to sell mushrooms. ... i just hope i don't get caught,"

said by one of three partiers. the group then decided to walk, rather than drive, because of what a dui would do to the driver's insurance rate.

January 16, 2008

Amen, brother.

I love movies.


Come dancing Saturday.

Music by the Red Pine Resonators
7pm Families 8pm Adults
YWCA 202 W 2nd St


Sat Night Music

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note: the posters around town say Nordic Waste is playing. a last minute change makes it The Cowards due to the Packers game.


Speaking of old school, remember when scaners were cool? This guy has done the leg work if this is your bag. Now let's start spying on the neighbor.

January 15, 2008

Christian Ghosty Realitor

Kind of slightly askew

Timber Ghost Reality, based out of S. St. Paul

Share your smurfy ideas


In my column in the Transistor this week, I wrote:

Sooner of later, someone is going to make "Smurfs: The Movie." When that happens, it will be essential that some new Smurfs are added to the cast. I recommend the following:

Itchy Smurf, Bloody Smurf, Stinky Smurf, Horny Smurf, Paraplegic Smurf, Tickly Smurf, Suicidal Smurf, Klepto Smurf, Battered Smurf, Cannibal Smurf and Well-endowed Smurf.

Well, a few days later I was informed that International Merchandising, Promotion & Services has a deal with Paramount Pictures for a computer-animated 3-D Smurfs movie. (Yahoo! Movies has the scoop.)

So, you should probably comment on what Smurfs you think should be added to the cast.


Touchdown, you had it comin'.

ObsCuriosities Retro 1st Anniversary Sale

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One more...


The description on the back of this cd says "just remember, never judge a cd by its cover!"

Shameless Political Plug


Join us at an open house celebrating the first presidential campaign on the ground in Duluth. Meet the staff. Get some Obama gear. Find out how to Caucus for Obama. Volunteer. Have some free food!!!

Chasing after Wind

So I saw the headline on my blog reader from the DNT - Police chase winds through Lakewalk, Canal Park - and it really caught my attention. I eagerly read through the article wondering how and why it was that the police were chasing after winds. You know, as in "I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind." (Eccl. 1:14) I mean, how deeply existential, spiritual, and profound. Or was this some strange meteorological phenomenon with criminal intent? And then, after reading the article twice, I figured it out.

I chalk it up to reading the DNT online at two in the morning.

January 14, 2008

Oh, it is so on...

Bucket of Nerds in Chicago not only made an album cover, using the very popular album cover meme, but they recorded a sample track and made a video for it!

I think we've been served. Okay, Duluth, let's rise to the occasion!

The weather has me thinking

I got a digital video camera for Christmas, and I hope to be producing fine work like this someday. If this were mine, I would have found an image of real moon boots.

DANNY DOES DULUTH - EPISODE 7 - Making Connections


A new week means brand new Danny goodness. Joy for you.

On this episode:

-Wrestling Connection on PACT & "Duluth, You're Terrific!"

-Another guest-host try-out featuring new Duluth mayor Don Donny Ness

-WDIO's website needs to get it's crap together

-Sifting through the News Tribune (Kozy!!!)



new world

Didn't scroll down far enough it did work. Made my day.

didn"t work

First attemt to post a picture , Obviously didn't work. Try one more time

Download file

We want to be Fiscal Conservatives!

It's January and New Year's resolution time. I'm trying to get my family on track with a real BUDGET. Does anyone have a software package they adore - or at least not hate? Ideally it could be either networked between computers or online so we can both access it.

Sometimes I think we're remedial adults.

January 12, 2008

One night only

Either Brubeck-ish jazz, or straight Lounge

news bias...constantly making new discoveries [my meme cd with sample track]

news bias cd cover.jpg

Here's my entry, with a sample track called "charisma rising." this was way too much fun and led to a lovely bit of time-wasting. Thanks!

PS--Sorry for the pixelation on the text--working on learning this process.

Are we sharing? Here's my new CD ...

I think I got the worst band name ever, but I like the album title and photo.

January 11, 2008

New CD...

or rather, New CD Cover Meme!

Make your own...

1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random

The first article title on the page is the name of your band. [Mine]

2. www.quotationspage.com/random.php3

The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album. [Mine]
(You may have to refresh the page to get a fresh set of quotes.)

3. www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/

The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover. [Mine, by Christin Allen]

If you upload it to Flickr, tag it: "cdcovermeme".

This meme comes to me courtesy of Fuzzy.

Be very careful. This meme is addictive.

Fonzie Scheme.


In just a few hours....

Chris Koza
Amy Abts
Dave Mehling

will take the stage at Thirsty Pagan in Superior.

The show is free, you just have to be 21 years old.

9pm tonight.

Website help

I am in need of someone who could consult with me over my web site. I have
> the domain name and am pretty savvy with photoshop, but am wanting someone to
> help jump start my site and help me learn how to maintain it. I am a Mac
> person, so that is a requirement. Of course, I am talking about paying
> someone!

My daughter plays a chair that Goldilocks breaks!


Don't miss the event of the season at the Duluth Playhouse: The Trial of Goldilocks! Directed by the irrepressible Pat Castellano and the brilliant Jean Sramek. Call 733-7555 for tickets!

Walter Mondale Coming to UMD

Former Vice President Walter Mondale is presenting the 2008 Annual Memorial Lecture for the Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies on Thursday, January 31 at 1:30 p.m. in the Weber Music Hall. Details:

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Annual Memorial Lecture 2008
Presented by Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale
“Foreign Policy Development and Presidential Candidates”
Thursday, January 31, 2008  1:30 p.m.
Weber Music Hall, UMD
Free and open to the public
Reception following the lecture

Walter Mondale, drawing upon his vast political experience, will explore the foreign policy problems that the United States is experiencing in a turbulent world. Reviewing the pluses and minuses of working alone versus working with others, Mondale will evaluate the foreign policy stance taken by leading contenders in the race for the presidential nominations. More info about Mondale and the lecture can be found here

FYI: The Weber seats around 375. We will have an overflow seating room as well as TVs on both lobby floors broadcasting the lecture. I suggest you come early if you'd like a good seat. If you need additional information, contact me.

DANNY DOES DULUTH - EPISODE 6 - The Epitome Speech


An odd little episode, but still entertaining enough. At least we think so.
On this episode:
-Danny and Ashley read four ads as a part of the Danny Does Duluth Free Advertising campaign
-Danny gives a bit more insight into what happened with the DDD ad on lewlatto.com
-We play the greatest clip on the show yet: former mayor Herb Bergson's farewell speech. It's the epitome of entertainment!


My Client Could Draw That


I'm putting on an art show TONIGHT (1/11) for a couple of brilliant artists I had the privilege of working with over the past couple years. If you like art, or- ya know- art openings (free vittles), come on by. Haus Meeting & Red Mountain are going to tear the roof off around 8. BYOB (though I happened to hear that there are plans to make a super-charged party punch with energy drinks)!!
Washington Studios Gallery, 315 N Lake Ave.


Hi everyone, my daughter is in the 4th grade at Grant School and her class is raising money so that they can go to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in March. They need to raise $6,000 so all 43 students can go. Not only are they writing grants, and selling candy bars, but they are hosting a spaghetti feed fundraiser at Peace Church on Friday, Feb. 1. Dinner will be served 5-7 pm; from 7-9 pm, guests will be treated to a concert featuring the fabulous and talented Rudy Perrault and the band Clear. Please support these kids's effort and plan on attending this fundraiser! If you need more information, call Doug Bowen-Bailey at (218) 722-7166 or email him at [email protected]. Thanks!
Carrboro Claire

Extra Credit:


January 10, 2008



“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things. ”

Sir Edmund Hillary


This Saturday...

Great show this Saturday at Beaner's!

I, Colossus (Minneapolis)
Now, Now Every Children (Minneapolis)
Portrait of a Drowned Man (Duluth)

Both I, Colossu and Now, Now Every Children are on the excellent Afternoon Records.


I have a hilarious story running at the top right now, about the dilemma authors face being booked on Colbert and the Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart during the strike. Al Franken and Duluth even get a mention, as I asked him after he danced on Laurie Johnson's chair at her house what he'd do if Colbert's booker called him and invited him on the show.


Carrboro Claire

The Disco Devils @ Red Star - January 12th

January 09, 2008

Photogeography Quiz!

Accurately identify the location of these four Statues of Liberty:
b)SOL 001.jpg
c)SOL 002.jpg

Native & African Americans Speak Out on the War

COMMUNITY FORUM: "Different Perspectives - Native & African Americans Speak Out on the War"

*Wanda Sayers, Women's Transitional Housing
*Tanya M. Sconiers, community member
*Jim Northrup, author & veteran
*Henry Banks, former candidate for city council

-WHERE: Central Hillside Community Center, Duluth MN [on the corner of Lake Ave. & 4th Street E.]

-WHEN: Friday, January 18 at 7pm.

-SPONSOR: Northland Anti-War Coalition, P.O. Box 16853, Duluth MN 55816, (715) 394-6660, http://northlandantiwar.blogspot.com or www.northlandantiwar.com
You're invited to attend and participate in this community forum on how the ongoing war in Iraq is affecting communities of color across America, including in our own community. A panel of local Native and African American community leaders will be sharing their views on the subject. After the panel gives their presentations, there will be an open, moderated discussion in which the public is invited to share their views on the war. All viewpoints are welcome. This event is free and open to everyone.

Join us in holding signs and handing out leaflets against the war!

-DULUTH ANTI-WAR VIGIL: Noon to 1pm, corner of Kenwood Ave. & College Street in Duluth, near the CSS campus. Join us in holding signs and handing out leaflets against the war.

-SUPERIOR ANTI-WAR VIGIL: 4pm to 5pm, corner of Tower Ave. & Belknap, near the Superior Public Library.

All three of the above events are being organized by the Northland Anti-War Coalition as part of the Iraq Moratorium Project. The Iraq Moratorium Project is a national project that is encouraging concerned citizens to organize events in their community about the war in Iraq on every 3rd Friday of the month until the war is ended.

i'm as popular as corey haim

This week, our loft was redecorated for the HGTV program "Decorating Cents". For two days they redesigned our loft using the inspiration of us as artists and the inspiration of the natural colors of the brick and exposed wood. They did a great job. We were unsure of first at the paint color, but now really love it and it adds so much warmth to the room. They also did a great job of separating the living area from the office/work area while still keeping the flow of the loft. The episode will air sometime in June, July, or August.

Here are the before and after pics: http://picasaweb.google.com/spinler/HGTVDecoratingCents

Of course, now we have to figure out what to do with the rest of the loft.

From HGTV-Decorati...

January 08, 2008

And Laura Ness wore a teeshirt to Donnie's inaugeration


Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, in his leaner years, would hunt wild squirrel and then cook this delicacy for dinner in a popcorn popper, according to reliable media reports,

The Columnist and the Curmudgeon

columnist and curmudgeon 1_small.jpgBarb Olsen, who writes the Out of Order! column about the Duluth City Council for the Reader , has been doing a radio version for us on KUMD. This week she's introducing a segment called "the Columnist and the Curmudgeon" that features former City Councilor Russ Stewart ( the curmudgeon, obviously). They're talking about the Lakeside liquor ordinance this week with brand new City Councilors Todd Fedora and Jeff Anderson. Next week they'll talk about outdoor drinking areas for local bars with Nick Patronas, who owns Aces.

Check it out, Wednesday morning at 8:15. I'd love to hear feedback from any of you political junkies. It will be podcast after it airs, too.

Recording advice needed

Is anybody using Audacity or other freeware/ open source sound editor? I want to record a few simple things but am unsure of how to do so. I’m looking to record a guitar and vocal track so I assume I need to have recording software (Audacity or some other cheap software) , a decent soundcard(already have) and a way to hook the mics to the computer. I think there is a way to do this via a USB gadget but am not sure. Does anyone have any advice?


i'm a die hard rem fan and am the first to admit that their last few offerings have been less than impressive (i think their last great album was new adventures in hi-fi. in fact, it was one of their best albums ever.) well they have a new one coming out on april 1st called accelerate. i'm half excited for it but i'm very impressed with their teaser site called ninetynights.com. it features a short video clip every day until the release of the album. rem and/or video buffs might want to check it out.

backup computer

Boy I hope I don't sound stupid again , but what the hell. Yesterday when I was on the computer there occurred a noise caused by a surge , who knows, but different. It got me thinking about the fact that I haven't backed up my stuff. Having lost my hard drive once and not liking it. I started looking to see how to do that. I see there are many ways. CDs ,DVD, key drive, external hard drive, online backup etc. I kinda like the external hard drive which backs up everything as you use your computer. Is that expensive? Actually, thinking about this, I don't want to try this by myself. Starfire , can you do this and would you still like to trade? I would still like to hear everybodies opinions as I can't be the only one in this position.

January 07, 2008

my 15 minutes of fame

So my loft was picked to be made over for the HGTV program Decorating Cents. They began filming this morning. It’s a very weird experience and we can’t go back to our loft until tomorrow night. I’ll be sure to post links to before and after photos when the process is complete.

I am happy to say that we had a Chris Monroe print on the wall while filming this morning.

the before photo

DDD - EPISODE 5 - A Whole Lotta Latto


HEY! Where's my ad? Today's the day that our new mayor makes his first State Of The City address. But more importantly, it's also the day where you get to listen to Episode 5 of Danny Does Duluth.

On today's show:

-Danny's paid-for text ad is not showing on Lewlatto.com

-Ashley plays yet another clip from Lew Latto Live

-Danny offer's FREE ADVERTISING!!! Email [email protected] if you're interested

-Plugging Duluth sites and the closing of Daugherty's

-Another fake co-host try-out features the badass Dennis Anderson



The other morning


This picture was taken a few mornings ago but I know people on here like this kind of thing. This was taken in my backyard in the middle of Woodland at about 6:50 a.m. I love mornings in the winter in this town!!! Anybody know any other good photo spots for people with point and shoot digital cameras?

Ever been to Chicago?

I'm leaving for Chicago in a week. I've only been there once before for a short weekend and this time its for a week. Since I don't have much planned, I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what I could do or any helpful tips. Any galleries, music, restaurants, shops that you love?

January 06, 2008

Fat Cats and colons

  It was lunchtime by the Miller Hill Mall, and my husband and I divided the kids between us. He took the older two to Old Country Buffet, where they enjoy making multiple trips to the dessert bar. I took the 3-year-old to Starbuck’s in Barnes & Noble, where we could eat quickly and then visit the toy train in the children’s book section.
  While I ate my sandwich, my thoughts were unable to be louder than the conversation occurring behind me. From what I could gather, a man in his 20s and his father had been eating lunch. Then an elderly gentleman who knew them, but just a little, stopped by to give his medical report. And there was more.
  “I have bad news,” the old man said. “So-and-so Johnson is dying.”
  “Who?” the father asked.
  “I don’t know who that is,” the 20-something said to hid dad.
  There were several minutes of confusion, then the old man: “Oh, did I say ‘Johnson’? I meant ‘Olson.’”
  “Oh,” the father said. He kind of knew who that was.
  Then the elderly man went into a long description of Mr. Olson’s health problems. “They had to remove half his colon,” he said.
  The loud story had been going on for some time, but it was at this point that I thought it appropriate to turn my head around with a “hey, I’m trying to eat” look. No one noticed. Ah well.
  Eventually, the father said he had to leave. “I was just trying to finish my book here when you stopped by,” he said. Ouch.
  That evening, I mentioned this conversation to my husband. Coincidentally, he had a similar story to tell.
  “There was a man in the booth next to us,” he said. “I couldn’t see him, but he was talking about the results of the Iowa caucus. In the span of about 5 minutes, he used the term ‘Fat Cats’ at least nine times. ‘Now the Fat Cats will see who has the power’ ... ‘Now the Fat Cats will know they can’t get away with this.’”
  The man’s passionate political diatribe grew louder, and then he started peppering his opinions with “hell.” Not knowing where this was headed, my husband took the opportunity to move with the kids to eat dessert at a different table.
  It was then that he got a look at the guy, a man in a trucker cap who weighed about 400 pounds. It seemed funnier then, him calling someone a Fat Cat.
  It’s good to have common interest with your spouse. Apparently, one thing my husband and I have in common is being annoyed by people and their loud stories.

an even classic-er tune

classic tune

Check out this great video by Tom Petty for "The Waiting" 1981.


January 05, 2008

Free Beer at Depot Helps People with Disabilities

Adventure Film Festival at 8PM (including Hansi Johnson's Cross-country with the Snakes
$13 tickets
FREE beer from 7-9PM
Proceeds benefit Courage Duluth: Physical fitness and leisure activities are a vital part of creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Courage Duluth’s Sports and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of recreation and competitive sports programs to enhance independence, improve self-confidence, and encourage an active, healthy lifestyle for people with physical disabilities. Programs are designed to help participants develop lifelong interests and reach for their highest potential.


When 14.4 Was King

Hello, first time poster here.

The good old days

It's been over ten years since I last called a BBS (aka Bulletin Board System). I actually ran a board for a couple years in 218 called "The Wormhole" with my friends Mark and Carey. I started with BBSes around '92 and enjoyed them until I left for college and discovered the World Wide Web in 1996, about the same time BBSes started to disappear, unable to compete with the scope of the Web.

For those former BBSers interested in a flashback, here's a list of old 218 BBSes. (Remember the get-togethers at Godfathers and the Incline Station?)

There's even a documentary about the hobby in general (which is surprisingly entertaining for a five-and-a-half hour documentary on nerds dialing up to other computers), and a wiki for BBSes.

January 04, 2008

From the Photo Archive | Circa 1995


It’s important to recognize and honor weird, secluded locations for outdoor alcohol consumption. In West Duluth, back in the day, the quarry was the best of those places.

Its full name is Casket Quarry, but everyone in the neighborhood just called it “the quarry.” To teenagers back then, the word “quarry” was synonymous with “kegger.”

The view is great from the top of the ledge, but drinking was always done at the bottom. This decision wasn’t based on safety, but the fact that no one wanted to drag a beer keg to the top.

The main trail to get to the quarry is wide enough to drive a truck on, so there tends to be a few discarded appliances around. It’s fun to stick firecrackers in the rusty old clothes dryer.

Throwing things off the top of the quarry is, of course, irresistible. There aren’t many loose rocks left up there, but finding a dead tree branch isn’t too difficult.

If you roll up a giant snow boulder and shove it off the ledge, you might think it will practically explode after plummeting that far. In reality, it just makes a soft, anti-climatic plop.

On a winter day, you might find ice climbers at the quarry. On a summer day, you might find teenage girls sunning themselves in their underwear. Most of the time, you won’t find anyone.

Then again, you might come across two grown men just standing there confidently, wearing neck braces for no reason at all. Legend has it they stashed a bottle of mead up there somewhere. It’s probably underneath a boulder.

Live Music this Saturday


DannyDoesDuluth-EPISODE 4-Putting the "F" in "Arts"


Congrats to us! We made it to episode 4! On today's show:
-Danny discusses naming the episodes
-Ashley is not liked. A new co-host auditions and it's none other than Pat Kelly!
-A breif discussion about Mike Huckleberry Finn
-Don Donny's transition team from Northland Newscenter
-Advertising on lewlatto.com
-Ashley and Danny shop the Tabernacle


PDD 5K Route.


The 5K route begins at Starfire Screen Printing with a long gradual uphill to Holy Roller's corner at 4th and Wallace. We'll turn left up Wallace and go two blocks to 6th St. We will take another left and starting looping back along 6th to Kent Rd. Continue on Kent until Woodland, then veer down and left along Woodland. Take a right on 4th and bring it home. No guarantees on the presence or conditions of sidewalks.

January 02, 2008

Now this is funny


I just returned from a trip to California. I visited this little town near the Ynez Valley called Solvang. It is modeled after a Dutch town and is surprisingly similar to Bayfield and Grand Marais with the small cafe's and the over crowded knick knack shoppes and all things Scandinavian. I thought some of you would find the name of this store a tad humorous....enjoy!

Hassle @ the Castle

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whats the story? c'mon fess up...anyone who was there, report please...was Gartman invloved? Is Charlie ok? Do tell...

PDD 5K this Saturday!


Announcing the first ever PDD sponsored athletic event. The PDD Resolution Run/Walk will start and end at Starfire Screen Printing Co.-1131 E 4th St at 9:15AM this Saturday January 5th. Show up at 9 for some coffee and conversation. The run starts at 9:15 and will be self timed.

The run/walk is free but the commemorative T-shirt will be $10 and printed right before your very eyes! Put it on warm for extra enjoyment. No need to sign up but an RSVP in the comments will help with food planning.

I will post route info soon.

Open House New Duplex in Hillside - $220,000!!!

Built by Women in Construction Co. LLC
21 East 5th Street
New price! $220,000
Sunday, January 4th NOON-2PM

Rental Unit - 1 bedroom/1 bath
Owner Unit - 3 bedrooms/2.5 baths
- amazing lake views
- large covered porch
- energy efficient
- custom maple cabinets
- ceramic tile, marmoleum, laminate flooring, carpet
- 2-stall detached garage & off-street parking

218.733.1451 or http://www.womenworking.org/forsale/duplex21.htm

viva las vegas

i just got back from a way too long vacation in vegas. if you don't gamble, 5 days is way too many days to spend in that town. however, i did snap this gem of a picture. i suggest you set it as your desktop background.

happy new year pdd.

From Las Vegas

ps. for the geeks out there. i attended a penn and teller show and saw adam savage in the audience. i was hoping he would get up on stage and debunk their tricks, but p&t do that themselves anyway.

Tele Thursdays at Mont du Lac!

Every Thursday night for the foreseeable future, there will be a Telemark ski equipment demo at Mont du Lac. Lift tickets are a mere $5, and you can demo new tele boots, bindings, and skis all night. Then to top it all off, there's also live music and drink specials.

Need a lift, or are you unsure of where the crap Mont du Lac is? Then catch the bus. A bus will run to pick up people from the following locations and take them to Mont du Lac:

5:20pm - The Reef
5:30pm - Continental Ski & Bike
5:35pm - Sir Ben's
5:40pm - Pickwick
5:45pm - Carmody's
5:55pm - Beaners

See the attached flier or call (218) 728-4466 for more info. See yah there.

January 01, 2008

And these signs shall follow those who believe...

They city's gonna start snow removal tomorrow... don't get caught.

Red Rabbit at the Red Mug

Framed, signed, & numbered prints from the Red Rabbit series, etc. by Bridget Riversmith
$3 - $10 posters available at the opening reception

Opening Reception January 5, from 5 — 7 pm
Music by Christian Mcshane begins at 8 pm
Red Mug Coffeehouse
916 Hammond Avenue, Superior, WI

Show runs through January 31, 2008

For more information call (715) 392-2662
or visit Red Mug web site

My Knitting Books And Spinning Wheel Want To Come To Your House

Yeah, arthritis sucks and I've come to the conclusion that I need to get rid of my knitting and spinning stuff. Please visit the list if you're interested...and do you want my cat as well? She's nine and hates our dog and I think she's a bit miserable at our house...

Calling all MJ fans...

"Man in the Mirror," Rhymefest's 24-track tribute to Michael Jackson, was released today as a free download on the Chicago MC's Web site, http://rhymefeststore.com/catalog/. Snatch up this mix tape album (released by Mark Ronson's Allido Records) before it disappears like "The Grey Album."


Mark Ronson presents Rhymefest: MAN IN THE MIRROR (The Michael Jackson Dedication Album)

Track # Title
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01 The Cipher (Rhymefest & Michael Jackson)
02 Can't Make It (Rhymefest) [prod. by Best Kept Secret]
03 "Thriller" Skit
04 Get Up (Rhymefest ft Wale)
05 Dancin' Machine (The Jackson 5 ft Rhymefest)
06 Flip It Skit
07 Never Can Say Goodbye (Rhymefest ft Talib Kweli) [prod. by Best Kept Secret]
08 Mike The Mentor (Rhymefest ft Michael Jackson)
09 No Sunshine (Rhymefest) [prod. by Emile]
10 Caught Up Skit
11 Foolin' Around (Rhymefest ft Dres) [prod. by Mark Ronson]
12 Set The Mood
13 Breakadawn (Rhymefest ft Daniel Merriweather & alpha.)
14 Windbreaker Skit
15 Higher Intro
16 Higher (Rhymefest)
17 Mark vs. Mike
18 All That I've Got (Rhymefest ft Ghostface Killah & Mary J. Blige)
19 Maybe Tomorrow (Michael Jackson)
20 Sunshine Skit
21 Coolie High (Camp Lo ft Rhymefest)
22 Family Reunion (ft Tito, Randy, Mike & Rhymefest)
23 Much Love Skit
24 Man In The Mirror (Rhymefest ft Michael Jackson)