January 29, 2009

Snuggie Redux...


seems somebody's onto something.

January 26, 2009

The Local


Starting February 18th I will be hosting a local music show on KUMD called simply enough "The Local." It will air on Wednesdays from 5-6pm and I will be playing local and regional music as well as a weekly music calendar and interviews. There may also be live performances but I have to get my feet wet first.

In order to make this the best show possible I need your help. KUMD has a pretty good collection of local music but it is far from complete so if you are in a band and have not sent your discography to the station now is the time to do it. Simply send it to the station at the address below or if you see me out and about I will gladly get it there for you.

I am excited to finally be on the air legally and I hope you all give the show a listen. Thanks.

attn: The Local
130 Humanities
1201 Ordean Ct.
Duluth, MN 55812

You may also drop off discs at my shop at 1131 E 4th St.

January 10, 2009

For those of you wondering...

...Takk for Maten - the Scandinavian cafe downtown on Lake Avenue - has suffered a bit of a setback but WILL REOPEN!

A steam pipe malfunctioned, flooded the store with like 200-percent humidity air, and did stuff like warping the floors and melting all the chocolate.

They're cleaning things up and will be closed a few weeks. There already was some ongoing renovation work on the front of the building - so it may kind of look like the place is gone - but they're planning on coming back better than ever.

If you hadn't yet heard about Takk for Maten, here's a link to an earlier PDD post

January 01, 2009

Twin Ports Banks Doing Well

At least according to this list they are. Found on this website, this is a list of all the banks in the U.S. and their corresponding Texas ratios. What's a Texas ratio?

"Developed by Gerard Cassidy, the Texas ratio is a measure of a bank's credit troubles. Basically, the higher the ratio, the worse the situation is for that particular bank. Banks with a ratio of 100 and higher are in very serious danger of collapse, and banks with a ratio of 50 or higher are vulnerable."

Twin Ports-based banks and their corresponding Texas Ratios
Park State Bank - 22
Superior Savings Bank - 15
Community Bank - 13
Republic Bank, Inc. - 13
Superior Bank - 9
Pioneer National Bank of Duluth - 9
North Shore Bank of Commerce - 6
Western National Bank - 5
National Bank of Commerce - 1


December 23, 2008

"The suspects left the scene with an undisclosed amount of money"


Two armed suspects robbed West Duluth's Dollar Tree store last night. I want to be the first to say there's nothing funny about that.

December 14, 2008

I laughed very hard!

December 13, 2008

Everyone Wants Soup!

Habitat for Humanity/Civil Rights Study Symposium Fundraiser:
Soup, Silent Auction, Harbor City Art and Music
December 18th, 2008

There will be a soup dinner followed by a silent auction, art, and music on December 18th to fundraise for the upcoming Habitat for Humanity/Civil Rights Study Symposium. Students will be traveling to Mobile, Alabama, to build with Habitat. Along the way, the group will stop in Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama, to gain a first hand perspective of the Civil Rights Movement. They will also travel to New Orleans, Louisiana, to see how the city has recovered since Hurricane Katrina. On their return to Duluth, students will stop in Memphis, Tennessee, to visit the site of Martin Luther King's assassination on MLK Day. It is sure to be a powerful experience for all participants.

Please show your support for the trip by attending the soup dinner, silent auction, and night of art and music scheduled for December 18th at HCIS. Soup will be served from 5:00-6:00, with a silent auction to follow. Prices for the dinner are $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for students, and $12.00 for families. The HCIS Art Gallery featuring student art will open at 6:30 and the HCIS Chamber Recital featuring a variety of chamber performances will begin at 7:00. Donations will be accepted at the event or anytime at HCIS. Make checks payable to HCIS.

Please join us for an evening of delicious soups, art, and music, in support of a wonderful cause. See you there!

December 09, 2008

Pinewood Racing at Carmody.


Overall winner Anthony and his Beer Truck.
Fastest car-Chad
Best in show-Starfire and his Pirate Ship car/boat.
Best paint-Carolyn and her Partridge Family Bus.
Peoples choice-Steve and the Black Cloud.
Most offensive-Dick and his Bloodstool.

More pics after the jump.

Continue reading "Pinewood Racing at Carmody." »

December 05, 2008

Two Tremendous Twin Ports Readings

Prolific Prose Poet, Louis Jenkins, reads from his newest collection of prose and poetry, European Shoes this Sunday, December 7th, 3:30pm at the Quaker Meeting House 1802 E.1st. Always entertaining - make sure to come out to hear him read and to pick up a copy of his book!

For more information on Jenkins or European Shoes, clik on to Norlight Lit Life

Savvy Short Story Master, Anthony Bukoski, will be reading from his revised and expanded collection of short stories Twelve Below Zeroon Thursday, December 11th, 7pm, in the Multicultural Center at UW-Superior, Old Main building room 232.
(a review of his work to be up on Norlight Lit Life in the not too distant future!)

Hoping you can support local literature as you enjoy local music, theatre, food, crafts, etc. etc.!

Get it Local!

November 22, 2008

Music Heals 2night


Father Hennepin and Giljunko tonight at Pizza Luce. 10PM. Get yer old ass off the couch.

November 20, 2008

Who do these terrorists think they are, feeding people?

November 12, 2008

Vigil in Support of Same-Sex Marriage - THIS SATURDAY!

You're invited to a one vigil in support of equal rights and same-sex marriage. The vigil will be held this Saturday, November 15 from 1 to 2pm. It'll take place at the MN Power Plaza, which is located at Lake Ave. & Superior St. in downtown Duluth.

This event is being held in solidarity with the national call for action for Nov. 15 protests against California's Prop 8 amendment. Given that Wisconsin recently also passed a state constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, and that there is still lingering talk of a such an effort in MN, we've got plenty of local reasons to come out and stand for equality!

I'll bring some extra signs, but feel free to make and bring your own. And be sure to bring your friends!

-For those of you on, you can view the page that has been set up for this event there at this address:

-To find out more about the national call to action for Nov. 15, as well as protest listings for other cities, click here:

For more info about this event, you can contact me [Adam Ritscher] at [email protected] or (715) 394-6660.

November 10, 2008

Twenty Years of Mockery

November 03, 2008

UMD journalism students present 72 hours of election coverage

Check out the first election stories on the Duluth Community News Web site. We'll be posting election updates, photos and video over the next two days.

UMD Journalism students are covering the election Duluth Community News-style -- away from the desk and out on the streets.

This will be a group effort. John Hatcher's Reporting and Writing II class will head out into the community and get people talking. The Advanced Editing students will keep close contact with the reporters up until their deadlines. Later, we'll all meet up in the journalism classroom to set up a working newsroom - reporters finishing their stories, editors touching them up for posting. We're inviting all student reporters who are interested to participate.

Anyway, the Duluth Community News is an online publication run by students at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Our news-gathering method is on-foot and out in the community. We started this semester by dividing Duluth into neighborhoods and sending teams of reporters out to get to know the issues affecting each part of the community.

On Election Night, we want to have fun. Stop by our online newspaper and leave feedback. We're all new at this, and we would love to hear what you think.

Duluth Community News Editorial Staff

October 30, 2008

Election Eve Parties?

I am feeling the need to watch the election results surrounded my food and booze, preferably supplied by someone else (guess it's my socialist background). Where are people going on election night?

October 23, 2008

My bad...

October 22, 2008

Fortunate Wilderness

Filmmaker George Desort will premiere his movie, Fortunate Wilderness at the Marshall Performing Arts Center (UMD) on Nov. 6 at 7 :00 pm (The film premiere is free!). George is a thoughtful artist and delivers a beautiful look at the wolf-moose research of Isle Royale. The human relationship with the natural world is at the heart of the movie.

The movie should provide an added draw to Duluthians, as the band Low has contributed original music to support the images. George has shared that he feels a connection between Low's music and his own work.

Watch for posters advertising other great events scheduled for Nov 5-7. Duluth will be celebrating the 50 years of wolf moose research in a way that honors special wild places.

October 20, 2008

Will Steger, eyewitness to global warming, in Duluth at UMD

Download file

October 14, 2008

INDIE FILM NIGHT Calling for Entries!


October 10, 2008

Eau Claire man was stupid

Shane McQuillan of Eau Claire, Wisconsin will hold up a sign reading "I was stupid" instead of facing jail time for ramming his car into the gate of a waste treatment plant.

In related news, George Bush has not yet admitted stupidity nor is he facing jail time.

Election Season Movie Night

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The YWCA is sponsoring Election Season Movie Night at the Building For Women, 32 E First St., on Thursday, October 16 and Thursday, October 23 starting at 7 pm.

October 16: Iron Jawed Angels-The true story of two women who stood up for their right to vote and ended up shaping the future of America.

October 23: Chisholm '72 Unbossed and Unbought-This POV documentary follows the campaign of the first Black woman to run for President of the United States.

There is no charge for admission. Hope to see you there!

Duluth (unfortunately) in the NYT

The good news: They call us an "artsy shipping city," which is kind of nice.
The bad news: Well, you know the bad news.

"In Duluth, for instance, a $3 million investment the city made last summer through Merrill Lynch, which was sold to Bank of America last month, was liquidated and came back last week $2.25 million short — a devastating setback for a city."

NEW YORK TIMES: Financial Crisis Takes a Toll on Already-Squeezed Cities

October 07, 2008

Jump You F*ckers!


Sign of the times...

October 03, 2008



Join Me!


Please join Hazel and me at the Women for Obama Rally tonight from 5pm – 6pm on the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street (across from Pizza Luce) in Duluth! Let’s get together and help change the world for Hazel and all our children!

And Zac Bentz, can you get in touch with me ASAP? Thanks!

September 30, 2008

NASA Exploration Experience at Great Lakes Aquarium

September 29, 2008

Security Jewelers to auction signed Maria Sharapova Tennis Racquet to benefit Duluth East Tennis program

We are auctioning a Prince Tennis Racquet signed by three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova.
This is the same racquet Maria actually plays with. The racquet and signature are 100% new and genuine.
100% of the proceeds will go to the Duluth East tennis program.
Here is a link to the auction.
You can also get to the off
Thanks for your time.Please pass this on to your tennis loving friends.

September 26, 2008

What's that, up in the sky?

Be careful out there, folks. Lord help us if Lakitu shows up!

September 24, 2008

Employment Opportunity

Lake County DAC, a service provider for adults with developmental disabilities, is seeking a hardworking and dependable individual to hire full time as a program assistant. Experience in human service field desired but not required. Valid driver's license and ability to lift in excess of 50 pounds preferred. Paid training, competitive wage and benefits. Call 834-5767 for more information and/or where to apply.

Where to get Obama yard sign?

I tried to get an Obama yard sign at the office on Superior Street and was told that they haven't had any since the convention I signed up to be called when they come in). I tried on line and found that they can be purchased for $8 but that it costs $8.77 for shipping. Does anybody have an idea where I can get an Obama sign in Duluth? The McCain signs are popping up like mushrooms and it would be nice to counteract this.

September 19, 2008


Talk Like a Pirate Day!

September 15, 2008

Bikers for Boobs!

Come on down to the Rapids Riverside Restaurant and Bar in South Range, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 20th to help save the tatas!

Rapids Riverside is sponsoring a motorcycle ride to raise money for local breast cancer programs. The ride starts at noon and will travel approximately 120 scenic miles to four other bars. Your $10 entry fee covers the ride and a pizza buffet. T-shirts will be $10 and there will be a raffle for some great prizes at $5.00 a ticket.

Rapids Riverside is located 1 mile east of the junction of Hwy 2 and 53.
For tickets, call Rapids Riverside at 715-398-6898.

September 13, 2008

Matt Damon Rips Sarah Palin


YouTube link

September 08, 2008

Monkey at a Café


The original artwork from "Monkey With A Tool Belt" by Chris Monroe is hanging at Lake Ave Café and there is an opening tonight from 5-7PM. Food and wine and Chris Monroe.

Lake Avenue Café
394 Lake Avenue South

The show is hanging though October 12.

September 05, 2008

New Blog on the Block

Northern Lights Books and Gifts in Canal Park recently launched a new blog - Norlight Lit Life - focusing in on literary life in the Northland with book reviews, book news, store updates, author news, and other bookish sundries.

Stop on over and check it out. It's one of the initiatives we're taking to celebrate 15yrs of independent bookselling in Duluth. More ahead this fall - details as they develop.

September 04, 2008

I hrt John Stewart.

August 28, 2008

ride the drunk bus

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August 25, 2008

D/S GLBTAQI Pride starts this Thursday

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Relax, Costas, they didn't mention your hair.


And it really, really happened.

August 16, 2008

Chili Cook-Off


August 15, 2008

Photo Show - Carlson Bookstore

The Duluth Photographers Guild is having a photography opening TONIGHT at Dominic's Downtown Tattoo. This photography show will feature various artists work related to the now closed "Carlson Bookstore".

Where: Dominic's Downtown Tattoo
Where: 132 E Superior St, Duluth, MN

When: TONIGHT (Friday 8/15/2008)
Time: 8-10pm



August 13, 2008

fairly delightful

Raw Horse Power by d_wooden.
(photo of an illinois draft pull stolen from flickr)

the carlton county fair starts tomorrow, thursday the 14th. the first day's events include the draft horse pull at 6pm. horseracing starts at 1:30 on saturday and sunday. this fair (which is in barnum) is much prettier and more laid back than either the head of the lakes or south st. louis county (proctor) fairs. i highly recommend it.

August 12, 2008

My new lawn-scaping plans


What do you guys think? Looks great doesn't it? No mowing that pesky green grass for me! Now that a majority of my "representatives" on the city council have exhibited their continued support of the HOMEOWNERS of Duluth, I can go forward with my plans to maximize profits on my mean remodel my home...I've got new cutsie signs on the front door, "investment, sweet investment" and "there's no place like investment". I've asked Kathyrn Martin and Jeff Anderson to help me with decorating and design ideas for investment impoverishment projects like how to make a basement into an additional rental unit without the expense (and enforcement) of egress windows. I'm REALLY hoping to upgrade my Endion neighborhood property with some light industrial manufacturing in my garage. The only thing bumming me out is the fact that I know the city will soon be hiring more people and beefing up the inspections staff.

August 04, 2008

Pay homage to Cloquet's one-of-a-kind gas station on Thursday, Aug. 7

July 31, 2008

Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign

Just a reminder about the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and invitation to meet them at a pot luck

Saturday, August 2, 2008

March begins: Salvation Army (27th Ave W,) at 9 AM

March ends: Cleighton, Jackson and McGee Memorial (2Ave E and 1st St.) at 11 AM. Press conference at 11.

Pot Luck: Loaves and Fishes Hannah House, 1705 Jefferson St. 6 PM Please call Michele at 728-0629 if you are coming to the pot luck or if you would like more information.



On August 1st the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign will launch "Operation March For Our Lives." Operation March for Our Lives will be a statewide march/bus tour through Minnesota to collect economic human rights violations documentation. The portrait of poverty that this documentation paints will be presented at the Minnesota Truth Commission.
Human Rights Monitors will collect economic human rights documentation. We're encouraging Minnesotans to watch our website and to visit us along our march and to bring us your stories of trying to pay for healthcare, losing your home to foreclosure, high unemployment on your reservation or how you didn't have enough food to feed your children this month.

Operation March For our Lives will also serve as a vehicle to place representatives of Minnesota's various branches of government & opinion shapers on notice about their obligations under human rights treaties.

The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign is building a movement that unites the poor across color lines. Poverty afflicts Americans of all colors. Daily more and more of us are downsized and impoverished. We share a common interest in uniting against the prevailing conditions and around our vision of a society where we all have the right to health care, housing, living wage jobs, and access to quality primary, secondary, and higher education.

For more information about the campaign see

As if there isn't enough to do.


This event starts earlier than all the others so do stop by and have a beverage won't you?

July 25, 2008


From Minnesota-nice peace picnics to lock-down street blockades, there's something for everyone at this year's Republican National Convention!


Here's your chance to learn more...

RNC Protest Forum
Sunday, July 27
Peace Church Fellowship Hall (1111 E 11th St)

- Hear from organizers with the Welcoming Committee, the Coalition to March on the RNC and Stop the War, Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and the Peace Island Conference about their plans to greet the Republicans when they land in St Paul in September
- Meet up with like-minded folks
- Learn about buses and ride-sharing from the Twin Ports, housing options and legal support.

5PM simple (vegan) beans and rice supper and info tables
6PM panel of RNC protest organizers
7PM small groups discussion/action planning

The forum is sponsored by the Northland Anti-War Coalition and is free and open to all. If you plan to join us for the meal, please drop a line to Madeline or Travis (218-728-0629) so they can prepare enough food.

July 22, 2008

Who's the best Tarja twin?*


You can read about the nominees and vote for your favorite over on the Duluth News Tribune website...

*Sorry, Conan, you've already had your turn.

July 15, 2008

Mielestäni teillä on söpö presidentti.

Finn Fest 2008 is coming up next week and I propose a FinnBlogging challenge. Now through the end of the festival let's educate each other about Finland. Music, history, art, strange facts, you get the idea. The festival starts July 23 and goes through the 27th. Oh and it would be a good idea to take in some of the events as well.

I kick off the challenge with the Finland national anthem.


July 10, 2008


Trying to access the DNT site and it's unavailable.
Ran out to check the sky and it's fine (not falling). Anyone know what's up?
I am embarrassed to admit that I need to get my obit info for the day - am I that old?

July 07, 2008

D/S Pride Fundraiser

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July 01, 2008

Happy Birthday PDD.


PDD is 5 today. Anyone up for a little party? Carmody at 7pm?

June 20, 2008

Bell's Cask Night at Hell's Kitchen

Come and join us for a night of unique cask conditioned ales from Bell's Brewery.
Laura Bell and Jason Gillum will be on hand to educate and answer questions.
Prizes and giveaways!!
There will be two casks, Two Heated Ale and a "mystery" cask.

Wednesday June 25 7pm tell it's gone
Hell's Kitchen 310 Lake Ave. South Duluth

June 17, 2008

Stan Winston Dead at 62

Stan Winston, dead from cancer at age 62.
Stan was THE man when it came to making creepy movie creatures in many of my favorite movies.
You've probably seen his work in: The Thing, Terminator, Jurassic Park, Aliens, Predator, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, A.I., Interview with a Vampire, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Constantine, Iron Man, & more.
He's been a legend in the creature/horror/effects worlds since the 70's, and he will be greatly missed.

State Department meets department store

The past few months I've been trying, really trying, to buy products made in the U.S. I've even gone to several stores in search of American-made products, when I could have just bought a foreign-made item at my first stop (which raises a host of issues about gasoline consumption, but we'll save that for another post).

Sadly, more than a few times I've been unable to locate a U.S.-made item, even after visiting two or three stores. So I find myself playing international diplomat, making judgment calls about which nation's product I'm going to buy.

Continue reading "State Department meets department store" »

June 12, 2008

Olde World Renaissance Faire

June 05, 2008

Your Geek Culture Update: D&D 4.0

Today, for your Geek Culture Update, I'm presenting something that has not yet received the Geek King Seal of Approval but it's too important to ignore. Tomorrow Dungeons & Dragons 4.0 launches. I'm ambivalent. I want it to be a great edition. I want it to be the D&D of my dreams, but I have grave doubts.

I've been playing D&D since 1978 and I have gone through every iteration of the system. I love the scope it provided for my imagination and the opportunity it gave me to create and tell stories with my friends. The best things that happened with D&D, or any RPG for that matter, had nothing to do with the system itself, but with the stories we got to tell together. While I enjoy gaming in virtual worlds like World of Warcraft, nothing compares to actual role playing. (And, believe me, there is precious little role playing that goes on in World of Warcraft even on so called "role playing" servers.)

Yeah, I'm going to be one of those suckers plopping down bucks for a new edition. But it's going to be the same old gaming buddies that I game with. And the stories will continue just like before.

So, let me know then if you think 4.0 deserves the Geek King Seal of Approval or not. As always, please feel free to send me nominees for the Geek King Seal of Approval. This concludes this royal announcement.

June 04, 2008

D/S Pride FUNdraiser

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June 03, 2008

I want to believe

Like some of you (especially transplants from a warm environment), I went through the "why the fing is there still snow" depression a couple months ago. One of the things that got me through was watching the first few seasons of The X-Files. Then The X-Files movie brought me through a bad scenario: "Trust No One."

Apparently because of my my self absorption and trust of no one, I completely was unaware that a new X-Files movie was not only filmed, but will be in theaters this summer.

May 28, 2008

Dylan DeSanto Benefit Tonight


Wednesday, May 28 | 4-11 p.m.
Mr. D's Bar & Grill

Spaghetti dinner with live and silent auctions to benefit Dylan Dustin DeSanto's battle against brain cancer. More details here.

May 21, 2008

Say hello to Dorothea and Loretta Lindquist

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Momma, Poppa and babies are doing great. Way to go Brandy, although I will kind of miss that huge belly you had.

May 17, 2008

Stay-at-home summer?

Friday's 70-degree sunshine (I live up over the hill) got me thinking about all the places around the Northland I'd like to explore this summer. And then it got me thinking if this will finally be the year that gas prices will be a primary reason - instead of lack of time, or other commitments, or being sick, or whatever - that causes me to cut back my plans.

Continue reading "Stay-at-home summer?" »

May 16, 2008


A couple weeks ago, a real head-turner drove by me on the road. It was a smart car, one of those unbelievably little cars I've seen only in movies, like, in "The Bourne Identity" or something. I wished I had my camera.
Then today, there it was again. And I had my camera. (No people were harmed in the taking of this photograph, snapped as I entered the highway on-ramp.)
"Is it the same car?" I wondered. "Of course," I thought, "How could there be more than one in Duluth? Do they sell those in the U.S.? Is it street-legal here? How much do they cost? What's the gas mileage?"
These questions and more are answered on the FAQs page of the smart car website.

(They have been available in the U.S. since January. They are sold in Bloomington, Minn. Street-legal, yes. From $12,000 to $17,000. Gas mileage 40/45. The FAQs also include "How does [it] perform in the snow?" I'm skeptical, but at least if you get stuck, you could push it out of the ditch by yourself.)

May 14, 2008

Mother's Day Present

A couple weeks ago my daughter told me she would make me a video for Mother's Day. I think she was expecting I would go for something funny but we've been talking a lot lately about her friend from school who is an exchange student from Iraq and will be going home to Baghdad soon. I pitched her my idea and this is what she came up with. Just thought I'd share.

May 11, 2008

Happy Birthday, Minnesota!

Birthday-Cake-Note-Card-C11.jpgHey, Happy Birthday, Minnesota.

I know I sometimes bitch about you, especially in what you laughingly call "Spring," but I'm kinda fond of you. Some people have argued that you were born out of oppression and that your birthday isn't something to celebrate, but, hey, who doesn't have a dark past?

I've only been hanging out with you for the last 8 years after meeting you at a party about 16 years ago, but, ya know, from the start I liked you. You're kinda laid back and easy-going and you don't take yourself too seriously. That's cool.

And, not to be shallow, but you are absolutely beautiful. You've really taken care of yourself over the last 150 years and it shows, not like some states I could mention.

Anyway, I don't always say it, but you're alright in my book. Happy Birthday.

May 08, 2008

Pray for sunshine... and BYOBBQ!


I'm pretty sure this will be a knockout good time, from beginning to end;
assuming the neighbors don't revolt... but even then...
The fact that we are able to use the park for this show is a moral victory for grassroots
civic/arts groups who just want to enjoy Duluth's many fine green spaces!!

May 07, 2008

Man Runs Over Dog and Sues Dog Owners

I heard about this this morning on MPR and could hardly believe it. This past January Jeffrey Ely hit a dog near Cloquet and kills it instantly. Now he is suing the owners for $1100 to cover damage to car and lost work time. The family is countersuing for $2400.

Um, ya know, crap like this happens, folks. Who's to blame? The driver, probably not. The family? Unlikely. The dog? Hardly. It seems to me when a pet is hit by a car either everyone is to blame or no one is to blame, unless there are extenuating circumstances, which I don't see here.

Anyone want to take a side in this?

DNT | Bemidji Pioneer | Fox 9 (Twin Cities) | WCCO (Twin Cities) | Star Tribune | MSNBC

May 06, 2008



Haven't been to the pancake feed coming up Thursday at the DECC (6am-8pm) for a few years. Anyone know when is the best time to see the local news celebrities who volunteer there? I want to maximize my chances of getting served a cup o' joe by Babs Reyelts in a short red mini.

May 05, 2008

Homegrown Hijynx.




Chris Monroe Homegrown Comic Strip

Posted with permission from Monroe. Click on the strip for larger version.

May 02, 2008

Add To Your Already Busy Schedule:

May 01, 2008

As Seen On TV

April 30, 2008

Buy Local — Farmer's Market

I am particularly excited about the Farmer's Market this year since I will be living only 2 blocks away. The Farmer's Market opens this Saturday—although the good stuff doesn't really start appearing until June, when the yummy foods start growing and being harvested.

The farmers market, on the corner of Third Street and 14th Avenue East, opens at 7 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. I believe it's open until Noon. Here is a handy dandy map (or for most people it's just easier to say it's one block downhill from Burrito Union). Also the DNT posted a nice "In Season" guide here

April 07, 2008

Peace Turns Fifty.


The symbol was simple--a few straight lines inside a circle.

(apologies for the borrowed image.)

March 23, 2008


Seeing I haven't posted anything on my favorite topic for a while this was interesting. Lip Service to Renewable Energy

March 17, 2008

Greg Mortenson to speak at UMD

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Couldn't get a ticket for the Duluth Public Library's event?

If you would like to hear Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea speak while in Duluth, this may be your only chance!

Alworth Institute for International Studies Special Event
Presented by Author Greg Mortenson
Montague 80 Lecture Hall
University of Minnesota Duluth
Wednesday, March 19 2008 - 2-4 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Reception following lecture

*Please email [email protected] if you have a group of 10 or more attending this event.*

Continue reading "Greg Mortenson to speak at UMD" »

March 08, 2008


This is a reminder to set your clocks ahead an hour tonight.

This is also a wake up call that daylight savings time actually wastes energy instead of conserving it, as we've been led to believe.

March 07, 2008

In the Reader

In Barb Olson's column this week:

"'We support the vision of a Lakewalk for everyone,' Beacon Pointe Condos resident Judy Gordon tells the Council. 'But we don't consider it appropriate to have a Lakewalk right in front of everyone's patios.'"

(Apparently, the "everyone" she is referring to is "everyone" in Duluth who currently owns a million-dollar condo.)

Also, on page 5 is another blow-open-the-scandal article (actually, a letter) about the Red Plan. Seems Duluth Architect Robert Aho thinks Johnson Controls is trying to pull some shady, "possibly illegal" stuff with regards to bilking taxpayers. Or rather, the school board basically told him that's what they were doing. Read it and weep. Then get pissed and do something about it before it's too late.

March 05, 2008

Eco Home Open House

The Eco Home built by Women in Construction is hosting another open house this Sunday, March 8th from 12-4 pm. The home was designed to promote sustainable living and energy efficiency through the use of environmentally-friendly materials and products. There is also a lot of other literature about sustainable living and what you can do to reduce energy consumption. Take Superior St. to 52nd Ave East, go up till you get to the dead end, take a right onto Broadwing Drive, take a right onto Snowy Owl Circle, follow to 2809. There will also be an open house for the Coho Cottage built by Women in Construction. The address is 2830 Snowy Owl Circle.To learn more and see pictures visit

Oh, the Horror!

So, I've been an unabashed fan/lover/reader of Dan Savage's Savage Love since way back when his readers used to address him as "Hey Faggot," and he had a day job pulling shots at Cafe Paradisio...

ANYwhooo...back last month for his Valentine week column, he ran a letter concerning sex toys, and the proper etiquette of the proper disposal of such. Within his reply he made a suggestion that any and all old toys could be mailed to a Kandiss Crone, an "investigative" reporter from Jackson MS, who recently staged a raid on an adult book/video/toy store because, apparently Mississippi is one of a few sex-phobic states that has completely outlawed the sale of "three dimensional devices" intended for sexual gratification. The store had been busted a couple of times prior to Ms. Kandiss' story by the JPD, but to her shock and awe, the store had not ceased its immoral retail activity.

Apparently, Ms. Crone went incognito to the adult store, purchased a purple vibe, and then returned later with a camera crew to confront the store's employees. She even went as far as to try to solicit further involvement of the Jackson, MS police department, but they weren't interested. She was rebuffed with a statement from them saying that the citizens of Jackson would prefer the police be involved with rounding up criminals, drug addicts and prostitutes, and that pursuing a criminal investigation on an adult bookstore for selling sex toys wasn't very high on their list.

I wonder whatever became of the purple vibrator.

February 28, 2008

Mother Jones List of Music Used to Torture Detainees.



I don't remember anyone mentioning this. Comments?

I personally thought the use of a Meow Mix commercial was creative.

February 27, 2008

Not So Funny Now

renegade_logo.jpgThere is a battle going on the funny side of the street between Brian Matuszak, the Renegade Board, and Teatro Zuccone (the Zeppa Foundation backed new owners of the venue at 222 E. Superior St.). It has to do with the terms of the lease and who gets what, especially when it comes to running the box office for Renegade productions. Brian has stated he's willing to resign over the issue. More can be found in this Duluth News Tribune article.

I am one of the Renegade regulars mentioned in the article who got the letter from Sue and I have to say, from the letter, I'm concerned. I contacted one of the board members to get a different point of view, but she didn't want to comment on it, understandably. So, without the board coming forward and giving their point of view on the lease, I'm apt to take Brian's side of things. Hey, Renegade Board, I'm all ears.

February 26, 2008

Bitch Is the New Black

If you are like me and don't watch television much you had no idea to what Starfire was referring. So here's the clip.

February 23, 2008



Walter Allen Bennett.

02.22.08 @ 2258

February 20, 2008

The Times (London) journalist speaks tonight at UMD

There are a lot of events happening tonight, but if you have an interest in journalism, British politics or Gordon Brown, I highly recommend tonight's presentation by Gerard Baker, United States Editor and Assistant Editor at The Times (London). And I'm not just saying this because it's my job to promote Alworth Institute for International Studies events.

I'm really excited about this guy (Gerard Baker). He held an informal discussion with journalism, writing studies and communications students and faculty last evening, and I found him utterly engaging. Baker will speak this evening on British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the Library Fourth Floor Rotunda at 7 p.m. Given Brown's recent decision to nationalize troubled U.K. mortgage lender Northern Rock, Baker, who previously wrote for the Financial Times and worked at the Bank of England , will be able to offer insight into the consequences Brown's decision will have on the current economic crisis in both the U.K. and the U.S.

Here's the lecture info:
“What Can We Expect Next of Britains Gordon Brown?"
Presented by Gerard Baker, United States Editor/Assistant Editor, The Times (London)
Wednesday, February 20, 2008  7 p.m.
UMD Fourth Floor Library Rotunda
Free & Open to the Public/ Reception Following Lecture

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February 18, 2008


Siemen Generator Inc. investing 33 ,000,000 dollars to expand it,s windturbine blade plant in Fort Madison, Iowa. In less then a year since opening the new expansion will create 287 new jobs bringing the total work force to 537 with pay of $17.14. I find it ironic that we're not a part of that change.

Input desired.


One of my favorite father/son childhood memories is the time we spent together getting my Pinewood Derby car ready for the annual race. For those unfamiliar with the Pinewood Derby Wikipedia can bring you up to speed.

Last week while reading I noticed they were having an adult Pinewood Derby Race called the Threadle Manss and I knew immediately Duluth needed it's own event. So I have done some checking and I found a track for rent. I have a venue in mind and we have a hobby shop that sells cars. My question to the greater PDD community is would you participate? Also since Pinewood Derby is a registered trademark of the Boy Scouts of America we need a good name.

Leave your feedback in the comments and if anyone would be willing to help out a bit with organizing send me an email. I would like to have the first event this spring if at all possible.

February 16, 2008

Using Corgis for World Domination

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Our Corgi is looking to find other Corgis in Duluth for a regular play date at the Duluth Dog Park out near the zoo. We happened to run into a Corgi there once and it was hilarious. They had a lot of fun and it would be great to get even more Corgis.

Perhaps we could one day organize an all Corgi team and enter the John Beargrease?

Using Corgis for World Domination

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Our Corgi is looking to find other Corgis in Duluth for a regular play date at the Duluth Dog Park out near the zoo. We happened to run into a Corgi there once and it was hilarious. They had a lot of fun and it would be great to get even more Corgis.

Perhaps we could one day organize an all Corgi team and enter the John Beargrease?

February 10, 2008

Take that, Fraser Colorado!


I Falls is now officially the "Icebox of the Nation," legally edging out Fraser CO for bragging rights and the title...

"In 1988, a meteorology professor at St. Cloud State University submitted an affidavit saying Fraser can’t be the nation’s icebox, “because 11 months out of the year its meat would thaw and its ice cream would melt, while throughout the winter all meat and ice cream would be safe in International Falls.”

Incedentally, this morning's low temp in I Falls: -30 with an expected high of -22...and a wind chill of -47 to -44.
Fraser CO: a balmy high of 35, low of 3.

February 07, 2008

Eco Home Open House

This Sunday, February 10th the Eco Home is having an open house. It's a home demonstrating solar power, and basically everything you could do to make a home sustainable and eco friendly and energy efficient by using green building practices. Come check it out and bring some friends. There is also a lot of other literature about sustainable living and what you can do to reduce energy consumption. Take Superior St. to 52nd Ave East, go up till you get to the dead end, take a right onto Broadwing Drive, take a right onto Snowy Owl Circle, follow to 2809. There will be a big Eco-Home sign. visit to see pictures and get more info. Hope to see you there!

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new record year for wind power

U.S. wind companies invested nine billion dollars in 2007 building 5244 mw of new wind power facilities enough to power 1.5 million homes. It's a good thing none of that money is coming to Duluth
On the same vein I have been reading the energy platforms of all the canidates. Macain is nuclear as is Romney, Clinton looks like ethanol and Obama coal gasification. They all mentioned real renewables but all voted against that in the last energy bill.

February 05, 2008

Support our Troop.


Occasionally at work, we get customers who purchase coffee for forward deployed servicemembers over in Iraq or a vet, I can say that good coffee from anywhere is a more than welcome sight when you haven't seen home in a few months.

Anyhow, I'm pretty good at reading and interpreting military addresses, and when we got an order to fill for a Warrant Officer attached to a helicopter squadron stationed in Iraq, I seized the opportunity and slipped a couple of our vinyl window cling logos with "Thank You" written on the back into the box before it was sealed up and sent off to the post office.

This morning, we got an email with a picture showing the WO posing in his flight gear leaning against his H-60F (I think...I'd have to get a look at the fuselage to know for sure) and our Alakef logo in one of the bubble windows of his chopper.


That kinda made my day.

If I can get the photo, I'll post it.

Women in Sports-Programs at UMD and YWCA

Tomorrow is the 10 year anniversary of Title IX. Thought you might be interested in the two programs put on by UMD and the YWCA to mark this event.

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February 03, 2008

New exhibit at the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Archie Manning sperm sample.

January 30, 2008

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,

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

January 28, 2008

Possibly the Best T-shirt in Duluth


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

January 24, 2008

Hans Johnson in Kenya Violence

Via Blogumentary.

[P.S. He's OK.]

January 21, 2008

Support Our Oops v.2.0

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

January 15, 2008

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.

January 11, 2008

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.

January 08, 2008

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.

January 02, 2008

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.

December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

Make your own disco ball

December 24, 2007

Season's Greetings!

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December 04, 2007

Remember Vicki Gowler?

This might interest some of you because Vicki Gowler is quoted in it. She is the former editor of the Duluth News Tribune who left to become editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Now she's the editor of the Idaho Statesman, and making national news with continuing coverage of the Sen. Craig arrest.

December 03, 2007

alternative sustainibility

Anyway i can't get my comment to work after printing pdd amillion times so DDD she's hotter then your going to see. Maybe you should talk about this.

St Petersburg high School , Florida goes solar.
Quaker oats Company goes solar in Columbia
Roth and Roth German based solar cell manufuturing hot on india. So far 1.4 million solar photovoltaic systems installed .
Norways Electrict cars starteing production.

Why have none of the canidates in the past election talked about what sustainability is? Why is this not an issue? Wind Turbines come in from Spain to North Dakota and they come back to Duluth from North Dakota to Spain. But not a single person from anywhere on either side knows what a Tessla Roadster is, much less the implications of this technology. We have patternmakers and welders .We have all that is needed here in Duluth to make windmills. This would be a karmic plus for Duluth. There are many reasons I dote on this. I'm not sure , but if you look out there I would say it,s on more of a downhill slde then uphill. If we stay addicted to oil some will go to the front. Another reason. I like windmills. And I know this is way to far fecthed. Rice Lake dump. Methane, wind and solar. Such a absurb idea. What would keep young people in a community. Do any of them like a green city. Do any of them know what photosynthesis is . How does that relate to Boulavard rain gardens? How does that relate to the orgainic gardeners in our area. George Oshawa said you eat what grows in your area But anyway DDD she's really hot

December 02, 2007

It's baaack...

November 23, 2007


The DNT gets P.C.

alas, the last bastion of "free speech" (read: the ability to slander and slag a person anonymously in an open forum) has fallen.

November 22, 2007

The polls are closed.

Thank you all for participating in the first ever PDD Holiday T-shirt design contest. It was a very close race, so close that I have decided to print the top three designs. So without further ado the winners are (in no particular order.)

The Abominable Snowman goes shopping.



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Smoking Reindeer


The shirts will be available next week at my shop and I will have them for sale at the Buy Local gift fare at the Peace Church on December 1rst.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving


Be thankful you didn't skid out on the exit ramp.


And be thankful your dog didn't skid out on the couch.


Also, be thankful you checked your laundry for hidden ink pens, so they didn't skid out in the dryer.

November 09, 2007

first snow

Not much progress on Arrowhead this morning. . .


Ely needs an MRI


Ely's hospital (Ely-Bloomenson) is in serious need of a new MRI...but these suckers are 'spensive!
Fortunately they're in the running for a new machine, but here's the catch: there's an online contest to award some lucky community hospital the new machine.

it runs on votes (of course) so naturally, the hospital with the most votes wins... conscious PDDers...head on over to and click the link, watch the vid and vote...


November 01, 2007

PDD on Final Edition

The subject of blogs came up last week on KUWS' Final Edition. I held off on posting about it until they posted the full audio on their website.

The discussion about PDD and other blogs happens about halfway through.


Joel Anderson (Moderator): "Do you guys in the working ... working journalists ... do you have to monitor the blogs? I mean, is that something you have to do? No? Just like you monitor the other stations or monitor radio?"

Greg Grell (WDSE - Almanac North): "Myself, I don't monitor them, but if somebody gives me a heads-up then I'll take a look. But ... you know, there's so much. There's a few different ones like Perfect Duluth Day ... that's a particularly liberal one. There's others that go the other way, and really so much of that on there is ... one person's opinion, and many times one person's uninformed opinion, that it's ... it's just not something I think you should spend a lot of time with. Sometimes, though, you know somebody will write something that is absolutely false about your organization and I think in that case, you know, you may want to ... at least keep tabs on it, whether or not you respond to it in any kind of official way ... at least try to set the record straight behind the scenes or whatever."

Ron Brochu (Daily Telegram): "There was a time when I watched one in Duluth, the uh ... what do they call it, the Citizen's Blog or whatever ... I don't know ... you know, really, if I wanted to listen to a bunch of totally uniformed whackos, you know, whose mouth is much bigger than their brain, I'd just go to a bar."

Mike Simonson (KUWS): "Well, you know what? I hadn't really been reading blogs until I ...."

Greg Grell (interjects): "Would you like to refer to a specific whacko?"

Joel Anderson: "Or a specific bar?"

Greg Grell: "Just so we can get something else started here?"

Ron Brochu: "About 95% of them, maybe."

Mike Simonson: "But you know, there is some good conversation on blogs, and it's conversation and people want to find stuff out, and then there's the people who are absolutely sure of everything. That they are absolutely right, and they'll name-call, you know, other people if they disagree. And to me, OK, that's when I'm done reading that blog, because now I'm wasting my time and I'm getting offended, and I'm not learning anything new."

Greg Grell: "I like it if somebody reasons and argues, but argues with an open mind ... and you're absolutely right, Mike ... there are some people that ... the name calling part is the part that really disturbs me. And it seems like in our society today, and I don't know if it's, you know, if it's what's been happening culturally or what it is, but it does seem like there are very few people that can argue a point without getting in, you know, to the mudslinging, to the name-calling. You know, they don't have an answer apparently, so instead they just belittle the person that they're debating with."

Mike Simonson: "You know, and I hope that that is going away. You know, I may be stupid and naive to say that, especially going into the 2008 election, you know that's right around the bend. We remember how awful the 2004 election was."

Starfire Lounge at the Burrito Union


Greetings Comrades!

The Starfire Lounge is moving; for now at least. Starting tonight and every Thursday till the end of the year the Lounge will be at the Burrito Union. DJ Flueck and I will kick things off around 9:30 tonight. Hope to see you there.

If you are interested in a guest DJ slot send me an email.

Trick or Treat!

Fargo Ozzy / Zombie Concert Goers Busted in Sting Party

paullaney.jpgAbout 40 lucky people who were going to the Fargo Ozzy Osborne / Rob Zombie concert earlier this week got a special invitation to a pre-party from PDL productions. These people were all special because they had outstanding warrants, were delinquent on their child support, and so on. When they showed up to this PDL party Paul D. Laney (pictured), the local sheriff, was there to welcome them with open handcuffs.

Once again, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

I have to hand it to the sheriff's office there in Fargo. This was clever.

Rolling Stone

West Central Tribune

WTF Charlie?


DNT: Do you think crime is getting worse in Duluth?

Charlie Bell: Yes.

DNT: Why so?

Charlie Bell: I think people have moved into Duluth that don’t belong here. I think we see people walking the streets that don’t fit the identities, that don’t fit what we normally have, don’t fit the citizens that have lived here for years and years. They do stand out.

Read the whole interview regarding crime in Duluth with Charlie Bell and Don Ness here.

October 30, 2007

Neil Young going electric.

The car is a 1959 Lincoln Mark IV, a 19 foot 2 ton behemoth,. He is converting it to battery power with biodeisel backup. He intends to drive it to it's birthplace in Detroit to demonstate the viability of electric cars.
Also Clipper Windpower of Carpteria Calif. announced today of plans to build the largest windfarm in the world in South Dakota. At a cost of six billion dollars it will have a capacity of 6000 megawatts, enough to power 1.6 millon homes.

October 29, 2007

Ness for Mayor.

October 23, 2007

"Brotherly Love" my foot!

A recent survey in Travel and Leisure Magazine has named Philadelphia the "Least Attractive" city in the U.S.

According to the article, in addition to being the "Least Attractive," Philly is also among the least stylish, least active, least friendly and least worldly.


Tour 6 Homes for Sale by Women in Construction

This Sunday we will have 6 homes for sale on tour. There are all new construction and all are gorgeous. It will be from 1-5. The addresses are 2809 Eco Home & 2830 Coho Cottage Snowy Owl Circle, 21 East 5th St duplex with the best view of the lake and downtown area in all of Duluth, 423-431 N. 50th Ave. W. 3 bdrm 1 1/2 bath homes developed by SVCNDA. They range from 180K-437k. COME!!!

Call 733.1451 or 590.6502 or visit the website to see great pictures at

October 20, 2007

What's new in solar and electric today

Nambia and SouthAfrica leading in solar in Africa. SouthAfrica to build a 100 megawatt solar power plant. Nambia subsidizing the installation of solar systems for domestic use and also have a plan for solar heating program for all government buildings.
Impressive growth in U.S. solar energy. Total solar thermal collector shipments in (thousand square feet) . 1997- 8000 units. 2006- 20,000. Photovotaic cell and modular shipments in (peak kilowatts) 1997 50,000. 2006 -330,000. Solar thermal collector shipments led by Florida, California and Nevada.
Today's best young solar stocks. First Solar(FSLR), JASolar (JASO), Sun Power (SPUR) and Yingli Green Energy(YGE
German University, Technische Universitael Darmstadt winsa 2007 Internationl competition to design solar house. 2nd- University of Maryland, 3rd- Santa Claire University.. Held in Washington D. C. the criteria were a comfortable temperature, adequate lighting, sufficient power for all home electronics, hot water, and powering an electric vehicle. All powered by solar only
Also check out YouTube, the Hooverboard electric skateboard and the White Zombie all electric dragster

October 17, 2007

Left Wing Nut Job

2110-301-603 COLOR.JPGIn a discussion about Al Gore winning the Nobel Peace Prize on KUWS yesterday Karl Spring, chief meteorologist for NBC affiliate KBJR, scoffed at Al Gore and said he wouldn't "pay a dime" to see "An Inconvenient Truth" because Al Gore is a "left wing nut job."

Don't you find it refreshing when scientists can put aside prejudice and examine issues based on cold, hard facts?

Seriously, if this guy as a meteorologist wanted to argue the science behind the movie, I'm all ears. If he just wants to cast aspersions and call people names, then maybe Fox is hiring.

October 14, 2007

recharging stations

Energy giant EDF to put 250 recharging stations for electric cars in England . Manufacture , Elecktromotive to install them this year. You gotta wonder what kind of stupidity drives these people

October 11, 2007

Bring Your Tinfoil Hat!


wind turbine towers

Keokuk Iowa announced today that they are opening a factory to build wind turbine bases. The plant will employ 350 workers at a pay of 23.50 per hour. Three other factories have opened in Iowa this year building wind turbine parts. Accima Energy in West Branch, 110 jobs, Siemans in Fort Madison , 200 jobs and Clipper windpower in Cedar Rapids 140 jobs. It's a good thing that we don't look into this. It's a lot nicer to watch them come in and out of town.

October 04, 2007

The Prius of Public Transport

I meant to post this last week and just never got to it. But since Frank made a hint toward it but never elaborted, I figured I'd get it up.

I use the city bus approximately 10 times a week - and might I add that I love not having to pay for gas, car repairs, etc. Anyway, last week I somehow managed to leave my wallet on the bus. After a frantic search it turns out a kindly passenger returned it to the driver and the driver had it at the transit hub in west Duluth. When I got there I had to wait for about 10 minutes because the driver that had it was apparently training someone. The secretary explained that the DTA received new state-of-the-art Hybrid busses and that all the drivers had to be trained to drive them because they're a little different. I thought that was very exciting news and was wondering why I hadn't heard of it up until now! On my way out I saw one of them sitting in the parking lot. Oh so very shiny and new. Not much different looking except for a little part on the top that says "HYBRID" I've read things about whether or not hybrid busses are actually worth it at the moment but I hold out hope that something good will come out of this. I love that Duluth is always trying to take a progressive step forward.

October 03, 2007

why would they do that

The city of Contra Costa callif. announced today that they have joined (Plug in Partners National campaign) They currently run 27 % of their vehicals on alternative energy. In 2001 they had 47 and today they have 298 vehicules in their fleet. Talk about weird people. I know we have two buses. We,re accelerating into the next millenium so fast that the wind can,t even catch us. Frank

Gotta Love the Smorking Ban.


image via DNT website.

I went to my first Smork free bar last night. It is even better than I imagined. Thank you big Government for depriving us of the right to smoke indoors. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and lungs.

September 28, 2007

First RIAA case to go to trial will be in Duluth

The first jury trial since the RIAA began its litigation campaign more than 4 years ago will be happening in Duluth!
Tuesday, October 2nd, 9:00 AM - Duluth Courthouse
Good luck Jammie!

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Smoke Up!


The statewide smoking ban starts on Monday!

Good? Bad?


September 27, 2007

Colorful Horizons.


Just a reminder that the Chris Monroe T-Shirt show is tomorrow from 5-8PM.

Starfire Screen Printing Co.
1131 E 4th St
Duluth, MN.

In case you have not seen the Duluth News Tribune today there is a nice cover article in the Wave with C. Monroe. She talks about the new show, her children's book and her weekly strip. I for one will attest that the new work is amazing. If you are thinking about buying a Monroe original I would suggest you arrive promptly at 5 tomorrow.

There will also be T-shirts and pennants for those of you on a budget. Hope to see you all there.

September 17, 2007

The T-shirt Show!


Twin Ports Starving Artist Fundraiser

Saturday, September 29th
$5.00 cover
Andervald's Art Studio - Downtown Duluth near the casino.

Please check (and add to friends) for more details and updates.

"A $5 cover will be charged at the door to raise money for the artists presented in the show. More details will be presented soon with more information ie. which bands playing and what time everything will happen. If you are interested in donating to help out local artists in need of financial help, please contact [email protected] "

September 13, 2007

An injury to one...

They're out there every day - sun, rain, wind, or cold, at the entrances to the UMD campus, fighting to hold the line on a decent standard of living. AFSCME-organized workers at UMD are fighting for a fair wage and fair treatment from the University system administration in the face of callous treatment and a cold shoulder. When the Minnesota state legislature allotted a 3.25 % raise for University system employees, all other job classes were given that or higher, but the lowest-paid Universtiy employees were only offered 2.25%, which won't keep pace with inflation. There's a great article on the details that appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune here.

The strikers need messages of support. Their fight is a fight against the continuing erosion of the middle class and the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us. Do you want to live as well as your parents? Want health care? Do you like the idea of a retirement? Weekends? 40-hour work weeks? When the unions were strong and strikes were frequent, most people took these things for granted; now the score is working two or three jobs to make ends meet. But I'm not jealous of unionized workers who won a higher wage through hard struggle; they are my brothers and sisters, and I stand shoulder to shoulder with the strikers because I know that some day I'll be in the same situation and need their solidarity on my side. I'm trying to improve my own standard of living, not by tearing anyone down or trying to get on top of the dogpile, but by helping workers who decide to stand up, and by trying to organize my own co-workers to do the same.

The University and the media (read: DNT) would like everyone to think that these low-paid workers are greedy and unorganized, they have no support in the community, and the strike is having no impact. If you sympathize with folks like Bob Brunicks who make seven-figure incomes and run their business from cushy offices, or if you think it's a good idea to sell UMD workers, your future and your kids' future down the river, go ahead and rant about clerical, technical and health care workers should be thankful for what pittance they have. But if you have an ounce of symphathy for the little guy, at least post some messages of support for our neighbors on the picket line. (They can always use help on the lines or at Strike Headquarters as well. But crossing the picket line, for whatever reason, or asking others to do the same, is NOT supportive).

So, Duluth, which side are you on?

September 11, 2007

It's Time!


I just want to encourage everyone, even Carla, to get out and vote today. We usually have a lower turnout for city primaries, hopefully this heated mayoral race raises it up a bit.

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September 10, 2007

Mayoral Endorsement


With the primary upon us, many of you must be wondering who to vote for. "What would Paul Lundgren do?" you will no doubt ask.

That's why, after careful study of all the candidates, I'm announcing my endorsement and putting up my yard sign.

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September 07, 2007


This is the most amazing story I have heard in a while. Via the DNT.

'The only guy running nude in Duluth': Observation Hill couple recounts how they thwarted burglar
Mark Stodghill
Duluth News Tribune - 09/07/2007

Wayne and Kathie Boniface returned from a dinner at an Observation Hill neighbor’s home Thursday night to find a burglar in their house.

Kathie Boniface asked the burglar who he was? “I’m with the FBI and you are blowing my cover,’’ the burglar said.

When Wayne Boniface got done with the intruder, he had no cover.

The suspect ran from the home carrying less than he came with. A lot less.

Read full story here.

August 21, 2007

Giddyap, Mule!

Lubricating our County Commish

CandDennisFink.jpgYou know, when I'm vouchering for a business trip I always have to ask myself - Are in-room pornos and lubrication reimbursible? Apparently Duluth's County Commisioner, Dennis Fink, thinks so.

From the Timberjay:

The Fink investigation, released to the Timberjay on Wednesday, details a number of incidents in which Fink’s secretary indicates she was subjected to sexual comments or ogled by Fink or others in his presence.

While the secretary had sought intervention from another commissioner several years ago, she indicated in her statements that the behavior continued.

The incident which finally precipitated the complaint occurred in March, 2007, after Fink had returned from a county-sponsored trip to Washington D.C. According to the report, Fink handed his secretary some receipts for reimbursement, including a grocery receipt that included a sexual lubricant and another hotel receipt that indicated Fink had ordered a sexually explicit movie.

The secretary said it was unusual for the commissioner to provide such receipts, since they weren’t reimburseable. Commissioners typically are reimbursed for daily expenses through a per diem, which does not require receipts.

According to the investigation, Fink inquired the next day as to whether his secretary had all the receipts she needed. She said she ignored his comment, but believed that the commissioner was trying to get a reaction from her due to the nature of the receipts.

Fink, in his statement, said the receipts had been given to his secretary in error, and were not intended to harass her.

He further denied making any of the sexual references reported by his secretary or having ogled her.

August 18, 2007

little engine that could

If anyone was going to take The little engine that could ride on the north shore scenic railroad tommorrow I have a extra ticket. Email me asap and save $15.

August 17, 2007



I don't think I'll be asking for this at the Brewhouse anytime soon.

"Azmi...has received complaints that it is cruel to export the monkeys, which are destined for restaurants and research laboratories."

August 14, 2007

Don't Forget!


Tomorrow is the deadline to file for your Property Tax Refund. The MN Department of Revenue website has all the forms you need. You might be surprised at how much you get back.

Good Luck!

August 13, 2007

Wilco Postpones Show.


The Wilco show scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed. Here is the news from WilcoWorld.

We're sorry to report that our good friend and Wilco guitarist extraordinaire Nels Cline has recently contracted a rather nasty case of the CHICKEN POX (not sure that should be in all caps... but judging from the gruesome details in email correspondence we've had with NC, we'll leave it so). He is slowly on the mend but is not quite there yet, necessitating postponment of the Duluth, Minnesota show scheduled for this Tuesday night. That date will be rescheduled for Tuesday, September 4 and all tickets for the original date will be honored. Refunds will also be available to those of you unable to attend the Sept. 4 show.

The show scheduled for this Wednesday in Winnipeg, Manitoba will either be postponed or cancelled but will NOT take place as scheduled. Details on refunds coming shortly.

We apologize for the inconvenience... but we're really glad Nels seems to be over the hump and hope to see you out there soon.


the Wilco HQ staff

I'm glad they rescheduled but that is no solace for my house guests that came all the way from Chicago to see them.

August 08, 2007

More Will Follow

August 06, 2007

Say, has anyone seen my assault rifle?

I've been known to misplace my house keys and even my winter gloves, but they always seem to come back to me...unlike the U.S. Government who, in Iraq can't seem to locate about 190,000 AK47 Rifles and pistols that were supposed to be issued to the Iraqi police forces.

The article also gos on to say that over a quarter million (say it with me: "mmmmmmiiilllliiiooooooonnnn") pieces of body armor are also missing.

Any guesses as to where those rifles and kevlar vests are now?

August 01, 2007

Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis UPDATED

Sounds pretty bad.

UPDATE: And here is the predictable conspiracy theory following in its wake (no endorsement implied).

July 22, 2007

Side by Side by Sondheim

Since the local paper has abdicated its role of informing the public about the local arts scene, we apparently need to do it for them. I'll spare you a lot of details designed to maximize column inches and link to the essential details right off the mark: Side by Side by Sondheim

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July 15, 2007

Protest at City Hall this Tuesday (7/17) at 4:20pm!!


For Immediate Release
From: the Mr. Nice For Mayor Campaign

July 17, 4:20pm Protest at City Hall:
Let Mr. Nice on the Ballot!!

Mid-late afternoon on Friday the 13th, 2007, the Mr. Nice Campaign called the City Clerk’s office of Duluth, MN and inquired about getting on the Mayoral ballot. The nice lady who answered the phone said he’d have to talk to her boss, Jeff Cox, but that he was taking a “very late lunch.” The Nice Campaign called Mr. Cox back after an hour.

And here is where Cox committed the act which propels this race for Mayor into the slime of political gamesmanship: we were told it was “not appropriate” for our candidate, the only blue candidate, to be allowed on the ballot. We were told it would detract from the office. The unspoken implication was that if Mr. Nice showed his face in the City Clerk’s office and tried to exercise his constitutional rights, that he would be immediately killed.

Mr. Nice fulfills ALL the requirements for being on the ballot: he is over 21 and a citizen of Duluth.

Mr. Nice’s sensational proposals to legalize gangsterism in order to fund more police to keep our communities safer, and to sell fighter jet parts from the air base to Iran to offset the retiree healthcare crisis, have led to a vast centrist conspiracy which intends to keep the people’s candidate off the ballot!

Like Hell They Will!

Mr. Nice will be assembling a vast army of chubby white Lutherans to celebrate our outrage at 4:20 PM on Tuesday, July 17th 2007, at the base of the flag by the fountain in front of City Hall!

Be a part of this action! Free “Mr. Nice For Mayor” T-shirts will be provided (while supplies last) and protest signs will be available.

Mr. Nice has proven he is the candidate who can solve the problems that plague our city. He is the Action Candidate with the “New Freshness Plan.” NOW do you want Nice on the Ballot?

Keep track of the campaign and get involved at

July 03, 2007

Sign of the Times...


"the first thing you have to do is quit your job. I don't worry much about the future. There isn't going to be one if we don't do something."

--Patrick "Randal"...former English teacher @ SDSU turned progenitor of

June 22, 2007

PDD Mayoral Campaign Exclusive

Superior Skating

Mr. Nice for Mayor Official Campaign Viral Video Announcement.

Official website.

"I'm in it to win it." -Mr. Nice

Fire video

Here is a video of today's fire. . .

June 19, 2007

2 Bookish Items, Several Tidbits and News of which to be aware

Item One:
For those of you not aware, Harry Potter 7 is due out very soon to the joy of many fans and the hesitancy of many booksellers. Sell at a loss to compete with the big people? Not carry the title and disappoint loyal customers? Even B&N and Borders are hesitant. Locally owned stores face even greater challenges in terms of clout with publishers, advertising, ability to discount, and places to store the tomes in question. Northern Lights Books is throwing a party as a way to establish community and reclaim the joy that should accompany as huge a publishing success as Harry Potter should be to those who love books.
In times that media seems so proud to tote the democracy in our purchasing power, it is disappointing that this has not caught more attention. I'm not calling for a Harry Potter Czar to control prices, but for people who think that they are making statements through their purchases to look above the bottom line in this circumstance in the same way they do with their organic tomatoes.

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June 06, 2007

Poor, poor Scooter


President Bush says he feels terrible for the family of a former high-ranking White House staffer who has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for lying to federal investigators.

"Mr. Libby was the poster child for all that has gone wrong in this terrible war," said defense attorney Theodore Wells.

Libby has maintained his innocence.

I love the smell of a Pardon in the morning. Reminds me of a dead bloated adminstration.

May 30, 2007

Did I Mention?


Did I mention I have started my own business? Why yes, I did. Starfire Screen Printing Co. at 1131 E 4th St. is where I spend my daytimes now. I will happily produce for you high quality Screen Printed goods at a reasonable price. Did I mention I am making buttons too? 1" buttons to be exact for all the Rock and Roll types.

My hours are 9-5 Monday-Friday and I am usually around at some point on Saturdays. My phone number is (218)464-0403. Stop by, I'd love to give you a tour.

Mark your calendar for the grand opening extravaganza on Friday June 22 featuring the photographs of Aaron Molina. There will be food, wine and of course music.

Enjoy the fog.


May 27, 2007

4 Track Films - OPEN HOUSE

I just wanted to invite everyone to the open house of my new film company - 4 Track Films. We're a micro-budget High Def studio located at 222 E. Superior St (same building as Renegade Theater). We're kicking off our first production (GOD ROCKS - filming starts June 1) with this open house/party/soiree.

Wednesday, May 30th
4pm to 8pm
Some food, some wine, some schmoozing, perhaps?

Please RSVP to carrie at carrie(at)4trackfilms(dot)com so I can get a head count. We'd love to see you there! Also - check out our new website: We're always looking for good ideas to produce, technicians (in fact...any lighting designers out there?!?), people to build props, make costumes, do music, extras, etc.

Thanks for letting me post. :)

May 14, 2007

Tangier57 Invites you! Thursday 05/17

photo by rich narum
To our final Third Thursday of the season. This Thursday at the Red Star Martini Bar. 7-10pm. That's right, we're taking th summer off to finely craft our "breezy lounge vibe" and work on our upcoming album workingly entitled "Last Night Never Happened".

May 08, 2007

By the numbers...

I ran across an interesting article on Middle East online, by way of by Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, a professor of Economics at Drake University about the escalation of war and military spending. This economic info should be staggering (to say the least) to anyone on either side of the fence.

He makes some really grim comparisons on military budgets versus government spending in other areas, causing a dramatic shift in the distribution of wealth from the middle and lower income to the already wealthy by noting the impending permanence of tax cuts to the richest 1%, and then the plan to cut vital services and programs in order to make up the difference in money coming in.

For perspective, he quotes comparisons in the article made by William D. Hartung, Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York:

Proposed US military spending for FY 2008 is larger than military spending by all of the other nations in the world combined.

At $141.7 billion, this year's proposed spending on the Iraq war is larger than the military budgets of China and Russia combined. Total US military spending for FY2008 is roughly ten times the military budget of the second largest military spending country in the world, China.

Proposed US military spending is larger than the combined gross domestic products (GDP) of all 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The FY 2008 military budget proposal is more than 30 times higher than all spending on State Department operations and non-military foreign aid combined.

The FY 2008 military budget is over 120 times higher than the roughly $5 billion per year the US government spends on combating global warming.

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May 01, 2007

Complex Genitalia of Waterfowl

From New Scientist:

Female ducks and geese have evolved complex genitalia to thwart unwelcome mating attempts, according to a new study.

Males of some species, such as mallard, have a notorious habit of "raping" females. They and other wildfowl are among the 3% of bird species whose males have phalluses big enough to insert into the vaginas of females, whether or not the female consents.

Now, in the most detailed analysis yet of duck and goose vaginas, researchers have established that females of these species have evolved vaginal features to thwart unwelcome males.

Tim Birkhead at the University of Sheffield in the UK and colleagues examined vaginas and the corresponding phalluses from 16 wildfowl species. They discovered that the longer and more elaborate the male member, the longer and more elaborate its female recipient was.

No-entry signs
Some vaginas had spiral channels that would impede sex by twisting in the opposite direction to that of the male phallus. Others had as many as eight cul-de-sac pouches en route, that could prevent fertilisation by capturing unwelcome sperm. Moreover, these features were only found in species renowned for forced sex. All other species had simple male and female genitalia.

“These structures are wonderfully devious, sending sperm down the wrong road or impeding penetration,” says Birkhead.

He says that the features demonstrate an evolutionary "arms race" in which control over reproduction alternates between the sexes. If the male develops a longer, more elaborate phallus to force copulation, females wrest back control by developing features to thwart males who rape.

“It shows that females are not passive in averting exploitation by males with large phalluses,” says Birkhead.

April 29, 2007

Hi Ho, The Derry-O


What: PDD Game Night
When: Monday, April 30, 2007 at 6pm-ish
Where: Robin Goodfellow's

Come play games with your fellow PDD Gamers. Food will be ordered. Fun, as always, will be had. Some of the games played recently include: Carcassonne, Ticket To Ride: European Version and Munchkin Fu. See you there!

Just for the record, Hi-ho Cherry-O was one of my favorite games when I was a little kid. What was yours?

April 18, 2007

Video+Animation+Games Symposium

atari2600.jpgThe Video, Animation & Games Symposium will be held at UMD on Friday April 27 from 10 am until 7 pm in the UMD Ballroom. This event is FREE and open to the public!

The main audience will be students and professional videographers, artists and programmers. Some of the people presenting from UMD/Duluth are running a vr lab (with helmet), a game usability testing lounge and an animation demonstration. Students will have the opportunity to try the x-box 360 and other games and video equipment. The Symposium will also have a video theatre featuring locally made videos.

Hands-on video production activities may include how to create family history films, TV commercials and learning digital storytelling techniques. Students will have a chance to meet industry professionals and university professors specializing in video, games and animation. There will be about five speakers throughout the day, as well as stations where students can try video, game-making and animation creation techniques.

HCIS Students will be there sharing the wonderful world of blender.

April 15, 2007

PDD Game Night


What: PDD Game Night
When: Monday, April 16 at 6pm-ish
Where: Robin Goodfellow's

Come and play games with your fellow PDD Gamer Geeks. The more the merrier! Food will be ordered! Fun will be had! First level Gully Dwarf Republicans will be destroyed! Bring a new game, bring your own games or just bring yourself! See you there!

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April 03, 2007

Transistor is back online

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

thanks Adam

March 24, 2007

has anyone else seen this?

Now Showing...


Duluth's Newest Blog is now functional. Sort of.

March 19, 2007

Hundreds March Against War in Duluth

Over 250 people marched through downtown Duluth, Minnesota on Sunday.
Protesters called on Congress to stop funding the war in Iraq and
bring the troops home now.

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March 16, 2007

Slow Food


March 14, 2007

Denfeld Auditorium Grand Reopening


The Denfeld Auditorium has been fully restored the grand reopening concert is Saturday night, March 17, at 7:30 p.m.

March 13, 2007

i vil break yoo

Didn't his encounter with Drago teach him anything?
Sly slips the steroids

March 12, 2007

What a Pissing Match!

The Bayfront Blues Festival is leaving Duluth.

According to news release, for financial and business reasons, the festival “has accepted an offer to conduct the Blues Festival at a location minutes from downtown Duluth but outside of the Duluth city limits. Bayfront Blues Festival is excited and grateful to continue its event of 18 years at a new location.”

Blues Festival spokesman and attorney Michael W. Lien said he understands that the new location will be announced in the next few days.

The announcement comes as Duluth administrators and Bayfront Blues Festival President Chris Mackey wrangle over potential fees and taxes owed to the city. City Attorney Bryan Brown said he will take Mackey to court if he doesn’t provide financial documents for an exhaustive audit of the festival.

Mackey and new Bayfront Festival Park director Craig Samborski have also been unable to agree on the terms for this year’s festival.

Lien’s news release said Samborski and the city are asking for more than $60,000 in fees — up from $22,000 in 2006.

“Bayfront Blues Festival, Inc., does not feel it has sufficient time to complete negotiations with Secret Service Entertain-ment, LLC, for the use of Bayfront Park for the 2007 Festival,” the release said.

However, the release said the decision to move the Blues Festival is a financial decision and “is not related to the Duluth City Council’s continuing negotiations with Secret Service Entertainment, LLC, pertaining to the management of Bayfront Festival Park.”

March 02, 2007

“O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?”

Cold drinks, anyone?


February 18, 2007

More on Skating.

Superior Skating

I went skating on the Lake. I brought my camera. I made a movie.

Music by Califone.

February 14, 2007

We are the best at something...

giving our children a terrible place to grow up.

Unicef Report

February 11, 2007

Duluth teams dominate 2007 Junior Nationals

Chris Plys and Aileen Sormunen led their teams to gold medals in the 2007 Junor Nationals in Seattle, WA. Next stop: World Junior Curling Championships in March.


February 08, 2007

bye bye


February 06, 2007

Nobody tells this wookiee what to do!

27711443.jpgSay it isn't so, Chewie!

Chewbacca was arrested this weekend in Los Angeles for headbutting Brian Sapir, a tour guide, after Sapir tried to get him to stop harrassing Japanese tourists. The enraged wookiee was heard to exclaim, "Nobody tells this wookiee what to do!"

Superman, nearby, witnessed the whole exchange, and used his superpowers to call the Jimmy Kimmel Show so they could get footage of it.

Captain Jack Sparrow was not surprised by the wookiee's behavior. "Things like this happen around Chewbacca all the time. I saw him in a fight with a music vendor. They knocked over a baby stroller," Sparrow said.

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February 04, 2007

PDD Game Night

Better than Bingo at the VFW!

Date: Monday, February 5, 2007
Time: 6pm-ish
Place: Robin Goodfellow's
What: Come play a rousing game of Carcassonne (provided by Edgewood) or other games with your friendly fellow PDD members! Pizza or some sort of food substance is usually ordered. See you there!

January 29, 2007

Half Glassed

JUAN WILLIAMS: Well, another question about Vice President Cheney – he said last week that – here I'm quoting – "we've encountered enormous successes and we continue to have enormous successes in Iraq." Two weeks ago you said, quote, "there hadn't been enough success in Iraq." So it sounds like there's a conflicting message there.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Oh, I don't think so. I think that the vice president is a person reflecting a half-glass-full mentality...


January 20, 2007

Let's Shoot Something.

Sharyn Morrow aka Mass Distraction

Hello there! I thinks it's about time we stroll with our cameras again. Yes! The Flickr Photowalk is back. This Sunday Sharyn of Mass Distraction fame will be in town and she will be our honorary guide. I don't have a time yet but I wanted to get the word out early.

Sharyn is the Minneapolis/St. Paul Flickr community representative and has led many a Photowalk in the big cities to our south.

So grab your cameras, start a Flickr account and join us this Sunday.


Let's meet at the Rose Garden at 9:30 and make our way to Pizza Lucé for brunch. Don't feel obligated to have brunch we are just making that our end point. Send me an email if you have any questions.

January 07, 2007

I'm bored....

Pooh & Tigger Playing 3017.jpg

First molesting, now assault.

I ask you, how many more children have to suffer before Tigger is made to pay for his crimes?

And what is up with the photo? Is Tigger adding something new to his rap sheet?

I don't know about you but I'm worried.

January 27 Anti-War March, Washington, D.C.

Join peace activists from across the Northland traveling to the massive anti-war march in Washington, D.C. on January 27! We will be marching to send a strong, clear message to Congress and the Bush Administration: The people of this country want the war and occupation in Iraq to end and we want the troops brought home now!

On Election Day, 2006, the voters delivered a dramatic, unmistakable mandate for peace. Yet the Bush Administration may be on the verge of escalating the war through new troop deployments. The new Congress has the power to end this war through legislation and through cutting off funds for the war. But they need to hear the voice of the people loud and clear, in the streets, to be pressured into taking action. The majority of Americans and Iraqis want the troops home - we have to march to make it happen!

All are welcome and encouraged to attend the protest. The bus will leave Friday morning, January 26, and return Sunday evening. To get on the bus to Washington from Duluth, Minn. or anywhere in northern Wisconsin, or for more information, visit, or call (715) 398-6554. The cost is $125 per person. Reservations must be made by January 19.

December 30, 2006

Wow, THE RAIN...

Crazy weather indeed. The sounds of the "end of the year' down-pour are great,

December 03, 2006

Pearl Billboard!

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December 01, 2006

Why didn't anyone tell me?

pastor ted.jpg

Yesterday was National Methamphetamine Awareness Day!

Funny, I never saw the cards in the store...If I had known I would have thrown a party or decorated or something...must be way overshadowed by all the Christmas and holiday hype, eh?

November 16, 2006

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:

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."

October 19, 2006


We are hosting our 4th Annual Fall Festival & Sale on Friday, October 20th, 1-6pm. This sale is a way to showcase and sell our hand woven rugs and handmade paper. Come out and support a great non-profit organization! We also have a bake sale, silent auction, take a chance game, door prizes every 15 minutes, entertainment by local talent: Wendy Gethen, Lauren Burton, Randy Ellestad, Jim Madison, Jody Anderson & friends.
We are located in the old Knife River school (204 Central Ave - a little over a mile past Tom's Logging Camp - Highway 61 N/Expressway). Watch for signs. Call with questions 834-5767.

October 13, 2006




October 09, 2006

Duluth aka The Legion of Doom

*picture not really from newspaper. i just needed an excuse to post it

On the front cover of today's Star Tribune.

Duluth 'just a different town nowadays

Gangs, drugs and fewer cops have bred a 20 percent increase in crime in the city.

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October 05, 2006

A-dredgin' and a-cappin'


In case you've wondered what things look like down on Stryker Bay, where they're sorting out all the goop in the water, I present this photo.

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September 24, 2006

Who ya gonna vote for?

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.

September 19, 2006

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

September 12, 2006

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.


Angered Hussein: 'We will crush your heads'

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

Headcrusher3.jpg story about Saddam trial

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"

August 30, 2006

Stolen Gear

Ok, this isn't local and the chances that this stuff ends up here are pretty slim, but I got this email and feel compelled to at least try and help one of my favorite bands ever recover their gear. Last time I saw them Murph gave my 13 year-old cousin (attending his first rock show ever) his drum sticks and J gave him a pick, so please help these dudes if you can.




Dinosaur Jr.'s gear was stolen last night, Tuesday, August 26, from their trailer, which was parked outside of their hotel in Long Island City, New York.

The band humbly requests that their music industry friends and colleagues help spread the word and keep their eyes out for the stolen gear. They ask that you contact their management at 303.998.0001 with any information.

The list of missing gear and their descriptions are as follows:

1959 Fender Jazzmaster SN# 38927 - decal coming off. cracked headstock at top near low E peg. color black with purple/bluish sparkle coming through. adonized pick guard gold metal. tuneomatic bridge gold, tuning pegs gold.

1961-3 Fender Jazzmaster SN# 62012 - purple sparkle, black pickup covers. headstock repaired, a whole new piece of wood was glued on for the top part of the headstock under the tuners and up a 1/2" , along the whole top of the headstock. gold tuneomatic bridge, gold tuners

1964-5 Fender Jazzmaster SN# L21581 - orange, white pearl pickguard, stickers all over it, original tuners.

Fender Purple Jazzmaster new SN# R074329 - purple sparkle with matching headstock gold adonized guard tuneomatic bridge.

Rory Gallagher Stratocaster new SN# R25507 - has a big gold grover tuning peg on low E

Rickenbacker 197? Fireglo Bass SN# 4001 - checker-board binding.

B.C. Rich Warlock Bass SN# 4242413

[1] Paiste 20" 2002 medium
[1] Paiste 20" giant beat
[1] Paiste 20" 2002 crash
[2] Paiste 19" 2002 crash
[2] Paiste 15" 2002 sound edge top hi-hats
[1] 15" 2002 sound edge bottom hi-hats

- Also a Custom pedal board with custom audio electronics RS-10 foot controller, Teese RNC2 wah pedal, boss stage tuner, mute box, and cables

- And one black backpack with Sony headphones, tools, etc.

August 15, 2006

Roast dem beans!


We're giving the second of three public tours at work (for those who don't know: Alakef Coffee 1330 E. Superior St.) on Aug 25th at 10:00 a.m.(the next is in late Sept., if you miss this one). Pre register for the tour is required...question? register? give the office a ring @ 218.724.6849.

If you ever wanted to know's a chance to find out! Impress your friends at your next party by tossing out coffee facts like marshmellows at a Grateful Dead show setbreak!

August 08, 2006

It's a Moving Party!


In 30 minutes or so V-NIck and I will be taking possession of a lovely new home. At noon we are picking up a 14' moving van and we were wondering if any of you PDD'ers would like to give a helping hand around 5pm today. We should have a lions share of the work done by then but we could use some help with the furniture and such. Some sort of food and beer bribe will be offered. Plus you get an early preview of the new home and VIP status at the house warming party. We will be at 1217 E 5th St at 5pm and if we are not there just head up the hill 2 blocks to 1201 E 7th St.

OK, now we are off to sign our names a 100 times!

July 27, 2006

Tuesday's Go results

Sorry about the late update Tuesday was fun had his daughter with, get them started youg, she is cute. Enjoyed the getting to play new people, Paul is a good player I hope to play him next time we meet for go. The sorta score card for the night was Nik 1 win out of 1 game, Amarath 1 win, 1 loss out of 2 games, Paul 1 win, 1 loss out of 2 games, 2 losses out of 2 games, Hopper250 1 win out of 1 game. I'm not sure when i'll be available next week as i lost my work schedual somewhere i'll post a comment tonight when i know for sure. The Brewhouse was quite full on tuesday so any suggestions of other places in town to play would be great. See everyone on another day.

July 25, 2006



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July 20, 2006

Thursdays Go results

So it was just me and Amarath (from Kiseido Go Server) there. We looked at my old game a little and talked about some of my sloppy moves, it was an off game for me. He had been playing GURPS for part of the night and was a little distracted at our game. Amarath (W) v Hopper250 (B) H2 result W+26. Amarath and I are going to head down to the Brewhouse Patio to play Tuesday at 7:00pm and look forward to playing with more people.

July 19, 2006

Wednesday's Go results

So the results are Nik (W) v. Hopper250 (B) h9(thats a 9 stone handicap) W+Resign; Nik (W) v. Hopper250 (B) h9 (game 2) Unfinished. It was nice out on the Brewhouse Patio where we were joined by 2 PDD members ironic1 and another who's name escapes me at the moment. We will play again tomorrow at Robin Goodfellow's 7:00pm the more the merrier. I will be bringing one of my old games to review and study. See every one there.

July 16, 2006

More GO

So I was directed over here by one of the many people I have met at Robin Goodfellows while playing Go there last Thursday. He said to lookup the post and see what was up. I did and now am inviting any one to join us on Thursdays to learn and play Go at 7:00 at Robin Goodfellows. We have three players so far and would love to add more to the roster and maybe even get several days and locations to meet and play.

July 13, 2006

I'm selling stuff too...

Rummage Sale tomorrow (Friday, July 14th)
502 N. 81st Avenue West (Norton Park)

Tons of girls clothes size newborn - 5
womens' clothes, furniture, decor, household items
books, games, kids toys, and other assorted stuff

July 11, 2006

Contortionist Ticketed.


Gradishar described the contortionist as ‘‘a really flexible person. She could touch her heel to her forehead.’’

I kinda wanted to go to the NorShor Experience last night. Now I know what I missed. Has anyone out there gone to the New old NorShor yet?

July 09, 2006

Uh Mah Gad.

I know I posted once today already but...this picture and story warranted attention...


I found the full story on my favorite athiest's blog and again on the Tennessee Guerilla Women's blog.

Jaudice James put it this way...It's proof that if you live in America, the Christian Right owns your ass.

Frankly, it scares me.

July 05, 2006

Jean Short Overalls!

Why are the only people who wear jean short overall's these days middle-aged moms with a ten year lapse in fashion sense? I wore a pair on my first day of junior high and saw an instant boost in my popularity. I hereby delclare this Friday, July 7th, Jean Short Overall Revival Day. I hear Little Sara's mom has a spare pair...

July 03, 2006

Roger Wilco.


What a fantastic show. It sure is great to bike home from a show and not drive all night from Minneapolis. Thanks for stopping by Wilco.

July 01, 2006

PDD is 3. August is 7!

PDD is 3, August is 7!

June 25, 2006

We're havin' a Q...

made by tamara

Ezra, Hazel and I are throwin' a Q. Why? Because we can... and because we have a brand-spankin' new Weber...
so come celebrate the grill (and incidentally, the 4th of July) with us! Bring something to grill and a dish to pass - show up anytime after 2pm - coals will be hot at 3pm. (For our veggie friends, don't worry, a portion of the grill will be reserved for you!) We will provide watermelon, dessert, and a limited amount of beer.

Stay as long as you like, but FYI: you can't see the Duluth fireworks from our front yard. We will, however, provide fireworks of our own, which we will set off about twilight.

Contact us at pyntathotmaildotcom for RSVPing and directions!

June 18, 2006

Craigslist Comes to Duluth!


I was wondering when Craigslist would come to Duluth. Sweet. Here is a short article with CEO, CFO, COO, Jim Buckmaster talkling about Craigslist and why they keep it free, mostly.

June 15, 2006

First Herb... Now Bill... Who's Next?


Yesterday Herb Bergson announced that he would not be running again for mayor in 2008. Today Bill Gates said he was stepping down as CEO of Microsoft in 2008. So, knowing these things run in threes, who's next? Does anyone have any abdications of power in 2008 they need to get off their chests? Or who do you suspect will be next to say, "Come 2008, I'm outta here."

June 05, 2006


666 V-Nick is 25!

That's right kids, tomorrow is 6/6/06! It is also V-nick's 25th birthday. To celebrate we are having a very special screening of The Omen. Not the newly remade version debuting in theatres tomorrow but the honest to god 1976 version.

where | The Sailboat Park on West Superior St.
when | 9:30 or as soon as it gets dark enough.
what | A birthday party!
bring | A chair. Bug dope. Beverages. A warm coat.

Remember. This is a public park so if you bring booze keep it discreet. Hope you can all make it. The weather looks hopeful. Stay tuned for an alternate location in case of rain.

June 01, 2006

Come buy my crap!

Garage Sale!
Today - Saturday

Thurs, June 1st - 3pm to 6pm
Fri, June 2nd, 9am - 6pm
Sat, June 3rd, 9am - 2pm

Mulit-Family sale with furniture, books, HH Misc & More!

320 East 5th Street - In alley

May 17, 2006

Second Annual Gonzo Science Paulding Light Expedition

This is a heads up that a few of your fellow bloggers are going camping in Paulding, Michigan this weekend, home of the mysterious "Paulding Light," which is either a ghost, a UFO, or an astounding optical anomaly. Anyway we had a blast there last year, capturing the phenomenon on video and everything. It's easy to see, it's hard to say what it is. If anyone's interested in joining us, you can google the directions yourself and meet us out there, or you can drive out with one of two caravans. Karl and Kim are leading the early wave; meet them in the Rose Garden parking lot on Friday at 3pm and tail them to Paulding. A second wave is being led out by me, Jill, The Candidate, and our ghostbuster Brianna on Saturday at 12:30pm, also from the Rose Garden lot. Bring: your car, your camping gear, food, beer and rain gear just in case.

May 07, 2006

Happy Birthday Starfire



A Mars-Jupiter aspect on your birthday will endow you with huge amounts of energy and enthusiasm. There is little doubt that you will accomplish great things over the coming 12 months but for best results you must be clear in your mind what it is you want out of life and you must be committed to excellence in everything that you do. You must also be aware, at all times, what effect your actions have on other people.

Celebrity birthdays include Gabby Hayes, Gary Cooper, Johnny Unitas and Traci Lords

May 04, 2006

Stephen Colbert has a HUGE pair!

If you haven't heard about Stephen Colbert's roast or haven't seen the video, you MUST check this out!
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central) was invited to speak at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Not only is it dead-on with his roasting of Bush, but it's hysterical!

"Everybody asks for personnel changes. So the White House has personnel changes. Then you write they're just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. First of all, that is a terrible metaphor. This ship is not sinking. This administration is soaring. If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg."
How do I (and 43,539 other people as of 10:45 am 5/4/06) feel about it? Thank You!!!

May 03, 2006

HG8 | Carmody Irish Pub | If Thousands.

homegrown is 8

Here is a short video from Homegrown 8 last night at Carmody Irish Pub. I was able to film If Thousands and then the battery pretty much gave out so no Tangiers 57 footage. Below are a couple of still shots though. Man I stayed up way to late for a Tuesday but the Thunderstorm was worth it.

I used to be in a band with this guy.

Now that's what I call an organ!

May 01, 2006

Now We're Talking.


OK, finally a show I don't mind paying 28 bucks for. Wilco at the DECC, July 2nd. You can get an early shot at tickets here or just go down to the DECC on Saturday morning.

This is so sweet.

April 29, 2006



Anyone know what was going on around 10pm at 7th Ave E. and 2nd St? There were at least 15 squad cars in front of the Apt. building at that intersection.


April 26, 2006

Chernobyl Remebered

Chernobyl nuclear disaster - 20 years ago today.
Chernobyl Disaster: Wikipedia entry
Kidd of Speed: motorcycle rides through Chernobyl area
National Geographic: Chernobyl, 20 Years After the Disaster
Nuclear Nightmares: photos of the effects of the Chernobyl accident
20 Years, 20 Lives: Eyewitness accounts in words and photographs

April 17, 2006

Strange Kingdom

I was passively reading the sad story of the Oklahoma man who killed a 10-year-old girl, until I got to the section where it talks about the killer and his online hobbies:

"He said one of his main interests was the online role-playing game 'Kingdom of Loathing,' in which stick figures battle one another."
Wait a second... I play Kingdom of Loathing! Weird - what are the odds of that...?

Continue reading "Strange Kingdom" »

April 14, 2006

Garage Sale!


Ah spring.

I am having a garage sale tomorrow from 8am to whenever to clear out some of my stuff and my old tenants stuff. You should all come and say hi. I put out a ton of records some of which are pretty damn good. Lots of 70's and some 80's too. I also have a big fish hanging on my garage.

1217 E 5th St. (in the alley)

buy my fish...

Homegrown Volunteer Fun!

Hey kids,

Homegrown is in need of a few folks to help out with a few tasks during the week of the festival.

For starters, Saturday morning around 10ish, we're distributing posters. Come down to Pizza Luce and pick up a few, and put 'em up in places where they need to go...

We're also looking for 10-20 folks to help out with some larger tasks during the festival itself. Particularly, we need a trusty person (in addition to the soundguy) at each venue to make sure things run smoothly, make sure bands show up, help them get in and out, up and down in a relatively timely fashion. Basically, we need venue managers. It could be worth your while...and if anyone is interested, please contact me at...zra_wei (at) yahoo d o t com.


April 08, 2006

What? Again?!?


Seymour Hersh (an investigative reporter for The New Yorker) quotes a white house source as saying:
"This White House believes that the only way to solve the problem is to change the power structure in Iran, and that means war."

President Bush views Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a "potential Adolf Hitler," and sees "regime change" in Tehran as the ultimate goal.

Isn't this starting to sound a little redundant?

read the full story here:

The rest appears in the April 17th issue of The New Yorker, and has also been reported on

April 06, 2006

My Left Irish Foot.

Daniel Day-Lewis - Bild.jpg

Word on the street is Carmody's Irish Pub is opening on Saturday with a special guest. Daniel Day Lewis who is related to Eddie Gleason will be in the house. Anyone going?

April 04, 2006

You think YOU like it cold...?


Thursday, April 6th, 2006 @ 6pm

Polar explorers Lonnie Dupre and Eric Larsen will be hosting a fundraiser shortly before they leave on their latest arctic expedition at Great Lakes Aquarium.

Dupre and Larsen are attempting to complete the first ever summer crossing of the Arctic Ocean. In late April, the two explorers will set off from Siberia and travel to the geographic North Pole, then continue to finish the expedition at the northernmost point of Greenland, Cape Morris Jessup. Dupre and Larsen will pull and paddle specially modified canoes across 1,240 miles of shifting sea ice and open ocean.

In addition to mastering the feat of crossing the Arctic Ocean, the One World Expedition’s mission is to contribute to uniting the world to protect this pristine environment and to better understand global climate change. Part of their journey will include taking documentary footage and collecting scientific data in support of current research on global climate change.

The fundraiser event will begin at 6pm with live music, social hour and a cash bar. Dupre and Larsen will give a presentation about the expedition at 7pm on the conditions of the Arctic Ocean and current global climate trends, with a question-answer session to follow. Much of the gear and tools used on this venture will be on display, including one-of-a kind modified sled canoes the two crafted. Guests will even be able to experience pulling one of these sleds! This will be one of the final and most significant fundraising events for this expedition. Dupre and Larsen need and appreciate the community’s support to help make it happen as their goal is to round out the expedition’s budget with this event.

The “One World – One Night” fundraising event is a unique opportunity to get to know these world-famous explorers and their motivations to risk everything in pursuit of science and adventure.

Tickets available at the door for only $20 for the general public; $15 for GLA members.

More info available at

April 03, 2006

Truth in Advertising

Today on Rocketboom Amanda uses viral advertising against itself and produces her own commercial that may be the finest SUV commercial ever. Watch it on the Chevy site before they wise up and take it down, or check it out on today's Rocketboom. It's the last story.

I've made my own. See what you think. Make your own and post it under comments.


I wonder


March 31, 2006

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 29, 2006


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 24, 2006

No Emergency Exits


Earth to America...

Blue Man Group takes on Global Warming.

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

MN Stories.


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

March 04, 2006

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 02, 2006


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

February 24, 2006

The White Stuff

So, during the course of the day today I seen 1) The USAN building get hit by an SUV 2) A minivan sitting on the sidewalk in front of The Paper Hog 3) a street light get knocked over on Lake Ave, which fell onto a different car.

Has this mild winter made everyong forget how to drive in snow?

February 22, 2006

Good for them.


I love lottery stories like this. My biggest pet peeve is when someone in their 80's wins. If you are gonna win, win young I say. Congratulations you Ham Processors.

February 19, 2006


Lovely Orange Couch

V-Nick and I recently upgraded our sofa situation. We weren't sick of these couches but a sweet deal fell in our lap so we took it. That leaves us with an orange couch and chair that need a new home. I realize orange is not everyones cup of tea but someone out there in Duluthland must find these appealing. I purchased these couches from Duluth Thrift when they were on 4th St and they treated me well. They are very solidly built and the couch is long enough for napping.

We would be glad to help with delivery but you will have to find a vehicle big enough to haul them. So drop me an email and let's get you into a new couch!

Lovely Orange Chair

February 14, 2006

Guns Don't Kill People...

CheneyNRA.gifVice Presidents Kill People

and people in tuxes

with silly grins.

Great article on today about our zany, whacky Vice President.

What will he do next? The mind boggles.

February 06, 2006

Good curling!

Congratulations to Chris Plys, Matt Mielke, Kevin Johnson and Tommy Kent. The Plys Rink won the men's final in an exciting match saturday afternoon, and will be representing the U.S. (and Minnesota and Duluth) at the World Championships in South Korea in March. Way to go!

February 04, 2006

Split Lip Rayfield News.

Split Lip Rayfield

I know it has been a while since Split Lip Rayfield have played in Duluth but some of you out there remember those high octane shows. Now they are on hiatus because of guitarist Kirk Rundstrom's recently discovered Esophogeal Cancer.

From their website.

2/01/06 SPLIT LIP RAYFIELD to cancel current tour dates

We regretfully announce that our guitarist, partner, and friend Kirk Rundstrom has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

With the support of those closest to him, Kirk is seeking immediate and aggressive treatment for his illness. He is in good spirits and has a positive and willful attitude, suitable for the trials ahead.

We know and believe in our friend’s strength. With the added support of Kirk’s family, his many friends, and our amazing fans, he is destined to beat this illness.

If you are able to help financially please click on the “Make a Donation” button below, or send a check or money order, as well as any words of encouragement to:

Kirk Rundstrom
314 N. Volutsia Ave.
Wichita, KS. 67214
[email protected]

The first time Split Lip came to Duluth they arrived all pretty hung over from their previous show in Chicago. It was summer so I took them for a swim in Gitchee Gumee and as always the big lakes healing powers prevailed and that nights show was amazing.

Here's to a speedy recovery Mr. Rundstrom, get back to Duluth just as soon as you can.

January 23, 2006

Former Duluthian Makes the Olympics!


Mason Aguirre makes the Olympic Snowboard team. Read more here.

Way to go Mason.

January 19, 2006

Hungry Cyclist Update.

Remember the Hungry Cyclist? Last summer he made his way through Duluth on his trek from New York City to Rio De Janeiro. He has completed his U.S.A. journey and is now headed into Mexico. You can read his latest update
here. I so want to go to Rio when he arrives.

January 13, 2006

All The Pretty Horses Call it Quits.


All The Pretty Horses will be playing their last show tonight in Minneapolis at the Triple Rock. You can read a letter from Venus here. I'm glad I saw their last Duluth show at the Looch.

Road trip anyone?

January 11, 2006


Did anyone else in Duluth have their water bill spike up last month? I have spoken with several folks whose water bill nearly doubled last month. My water bill is always very steady but spiked up last month and is back to normal this month. I am talking usage and not the price, which is always increasing.

Is this just an anomaly or is there something else going on?

sound off.

January 05, 2006

Passing it Along.

I'm passing this email from Donny Ness to you all in hopes that you musician types are in the know.

Dear friends of Homegrown, Things are changing with Homegrown this year and I wanted to give you a quick heads up. The festival now has non-profit status and is being run by a steering committee chaired by Alan Sparhawk and Amy Abts. Its a really good group, we've have a good plan for the year and I think we can make the festival even better than before. The top priority for the group this year is to be sure that all the bands enjoy the Homegrown experience and are paid for their set. We see Homegrown as a celebration of the local scene and a thank you to everyone who contributes to it throughout the year.

We are also looking for feedback and ideas from everyone who has a stake in Homegrown - we also want to keep in touch throughout the year and give updates on a regular basis with what's going on with the festival. We are planning to have a large gathering sometime in February or March as an opportunity for you and your band mates to share your thoughts on the 05 Homegrown and looking ahead to the 06 Homegrown. First things first, we need to get up-to-date contact information for everyone.

I need full names, e-mail, phone, and mailing addresses of everybody who plays in your band(s), including yourself. We have some contact information, but very little - we want to have a full database of local musicians so that we can send you mailings and other information as it relates to Homegrown. If you could get that to me by early next week, that would be a huge help. We want to mail a letter and survey to everyone by the middle of the month.

Also, if you know of new bands, artists in the area who have not played Homegrown before - send us their name(s) and any contact info you might have for them. Thanks for your help and you can look forward to more information from us in the near future...

Don Ness

Steering Committee Member

January 03, 2006

Luce Cuts Back on Music.


This might be old news by now but not to me. Pizza Luce is cutting way back on music especially lower drawing local bands. You can read a thread aboout this topic here. So what does that leave Duluth with? The Tap Room, Brewhouse, Sir Ben's. Duluth's "scene" continues to shrink. What happened to the glory days? I have pretty much stopped contributing but where is the next generation? What is the next great age of Duluth aRt going to be?


November 11, 2005

Mal Wart

Wow. These guys are organized. What a great way to release a movie. Sell the DVD's for 10 bucks to anyone that would like to show it free to a group. Set up a website that lists all the free screenings, make available tons of Blog resources, press releases and other promotional help. Voila, you have an army of passionate citizens selling your film.

Well, I signed up to go to Chester Creek Cafe and watch the movie next Tuesday. They have room for 50 people. Maybe it should be a PDD field trip.

November 08, 2005



November 06, 2005

Well, that's just plain fun.


An exotic dancer aboard the infamous Vikings sex cruise describes what she saw:

She got a drink from the bar and mingled with people, she said. When she went the bathroom, she said, she opened the door and saw a woman putting on her clothes "real quickly."

"I got the sense she and the man inside had just finished having sex," she said. "There were several used condoms on the floor."

She then went to the open-air top floor of the boat to smoke. That's where she said she saw two people having intercourse. The woman was only wearing mittens, she said.

Say what you want about the scandal, but you have to give that chick some points for flat-out awesomeness.

November 05, 2005

Naughty Naughty.


The Duluth Citizen's Blog is in trouble. I always wanted to take them on in a Kickball game. But seeing as most of them prefer anonymity we would probably have to play at night.

October 29, 2005

open thread.


I am stealing this idea from MnSpeak. What's on your mind?

October 26, 2005

2000 Dead.


In rememberance of the 2000 soldiers killed in Iraq there is a candlelight vigil tonight. Meet at Lake and Superior at 6:30. Dress warm and bring a candle. More info and a sign up sheet are located here.

October 24, 2005

What do we want? BRAINS! When do we want it? BRAINS!

What are we wasting our time with work and food and the sleeping, when we could be having... brains!


Madison is the next city to face the shambling undead hordes.

At 2pm on Saturday, October 22, zombie fans will assemble in full costume to kick off Zombie Lurch 2005. Join us! We'll meet on the Capitol steps (Carroll/Mifflin side), shamble down State Street with stops for tasty brains and beverages, and end at the Union Terrace for even more beverages.

To add a particularly Madisonian touch, it's not just a Zombie Walk but a Zombie Protest. Fight for zombie rights by bringing a protest sign, sandwich board, or customized t-shirt. With slogans like Let Zombies Walk!, The undead are people too! Open your heart and mind to zombies, or even an eloquent ARGH, we'll raise public consciousness for the plight of our cannibalistic brothers and sisters. What do we want? BRAINS! When do we want it? BRAINS!

October 10, 2005

Gonzo Science Expedition to the Paulding Light (UPDATED AGAIN)

Come one come all. The Paulding Light, a ghostly/UFO-like phenomenon unique to Paulding, Michigan, appears nearly every night, sometimes looking like a faraway train light but sometimes coming in close and lighting up the whole area UFO-style. We here at Gonzo Science are field tripping out there this Friday in a caravan of wierdos and funseekers, to spend the night and see what we can see. There may be some hiking involved to get up close to the thing. Any video we get will be shown at the UFO Convention on Nov. 5th. We are also bringing an electromagnetic field reader, a laser thermometer, and my UFO Hunting Suit, which SHOULD act as a UFO magnet, so we're SURE to get some crazy pictures. In particular we want to get more video cameras rolling, so if you have one, consider coming along (it's for science!) or consider loaning it out (crazy I know). Several folks from the Whole Foods Co-op scene are coming along on this escapade to gather data and/or images, and we'd like to extend the invitation to the general PDD community. The drive is four hours both ways and as of this writing the camping facilities are unknown and may be non-existent, so be prepared to rough it/improvise/sleep in your car. Departure time of caravan: TBA, but probably around 2PM, stay tuned for location of the launch pad, or just meet us there using the map below. Updates as events warrant. Professor out.

Directions to the Paulding Light:

UPDATE: We are meeting Friday 14th at Peace Church at 2:45pm to arrange carpooling arrangments. We have permission to leave extra cars in the lot overnight. Blastoff: 3:00pm.

SECOND UPDATE: We saw it and got video and it is genuinely wierd. EM readings were useless because of the nearby powerlines. I will try and get stills or video online soon if I can... lots of fun, there were like 50-75 people there at any given time, a constant baccanalian backwoods party at the spooklights. This will become an annual pilgramage!

October 03, 2005

Vlogging On Da Radio!

Everybody's buddy Chuck Olsen will be on the second hour of the mid-morning MPR show (10am). That's at 100.5 fm for those of you that shun Public Radio.

He will be appearing with 2 other Vlogger's, Jay Dedman and Ryanne Hodson. They live in New York.

September 26, 2005

Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

THE FREE RANGE FILM FESTIVAL presents "Night of the Living Dead," 7 and 9:30
p.m., October 1 in the Free Range Film Barn at County Highways 1 & 4 in
Wrenshall, Minnesota. Suggested donation of $5. Visit
for more information.

They call him Flipper - Armed Dolphins Released Into Gulf of Mexico

elleand flipper.jpg"The Guardian is reporting on what may be the weirdest Hurricane Katrina story yet. Military trained dolphins may have been released into the wild by the Hurricane's devastation." From the article: "Experts who have studied the U.S. navy's cetacean training exercises claim the 36 mammals could be carrying 'toxic dart' guns. Divers and surfers risk attack, they claim, from a species considered to be among the planet's smartest. The U.S. navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes, but has refused to confirm that any are missing. Dolphins have been trained in attack-and-kill missions since the Cold War. The U.S. Atlantic bottlenose dolphins have apparently been taught to shoot terrorists attacking military vessels. Their coastal compound was breached during the storm, sweeping them out to sea. But those who have studied the controversial use of dolphins in the U.S. defence programme claim it is vital they are caught quickly."

Continue reading "They call him Flipper - Armed Dolphins Released Into Gulf of Mexico" »

September 23, 2005

MN Stories in the Rake.

The Rake wrote a nice little article about MN Stories this month, check it out.

September 22, 2005

Trampled by Awards!


Home boys Trampled by Turtles swept the Minnesota Music Awards last night (in the Bluegrass category) at First Avenue. You can watch some video footage on MN Stories. Alas Charlie Parr walked away empty handed but he is a winner in my book.

Read more here, here and here.

September 19, 2005

Katrina: the Gathering

Collectable card game and scathing satire all in one! It's Katrina: the Gathering


Talk Like a Pirate day

Avast, me hearties! It be Talk Like a Pirate day!!!
Talk Like a Pirate website


September 16, 2005

The Gettysbeer Address

Four Score and seven beers ago, my companions and I brought themselves forth on this continent a brew nation, conceived in innebrity and dedicated to the proposition that not all beers are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil debate, testing which of these fine brews’ inebriation so conceived and so delicious can long endure. We are met in the great Brewhouse of that debate. We have come to dedicate a portion of this drink as a tribute to those who here gave us the means that this event might long live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this drink. The brave men living and dead who have perfected and brewed it have consecrated it far above our power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we drank here, but we can never forget that we came here to sip and sup with our fellow men. It is for us the drunkards rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished ales, which were poured out for us, have thus far been so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored men we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these beers shall not have been drank in vain, that this brew fest shall have a new birth of drunkenness and that the beer of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth

Big Lake Brewfest is tomorrow afternoon at the Wessman Arena (Hopefully everyone knows where THAT is by now...if not...shame shame shame!) from 4:00-8:00.

Be There, Drink Beer...

September 13, 2005

UFO-related art: Call for submissions from weirdo PDD community

PDD types: The second annual "Area 61" UFO Convention is returning to Lakeview Castle on November 5. This year's topics include ghostbusting and Bigfoot as well as UFOs. Please contact [email protected] if interested in having work relating to these themes on display that day. Deadline: Halloween. Thank you!

September 11, 2005

25 Mind-Numbingly Stupid Quotes About Hurricane Katrina And Its Aftermath

I found this article on (but since I really hate their site, I'll post it here for others to read): 25 Mind-Numbingly Stupid Quotes About Hurricane Katrina And Its Aftermath
Some of these make me so damn mad! A horrible mixture of "Not my fault - can't pin it on me!" and "Boy, am I ever glad I'm white and wealthy!"
Twenty-five regrettable quotes, but I think the worst would have to be 13:

"We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." –Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA) to lobbyists, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal

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September 10, 2005

Interview with New Orleans Evacuee Dallas Ray

[Note: normally Mark Lindquist's Working Blue column appears as a separate part of this site. But seeing as that is down, too, and seeing as this interview is pretty choice, I decided to post it here. Thanks, Mark.]

Interview with New Orleans Evacuee Dallas Ray
by Mark Lindquist

My friend Dallas Ray, 29, moved to the Garden District of New Orleans four years ago. During that time, he found employment as a night manager of The Hustler Club on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. I was not only happy to see him safe and well upon his return to Duluth, but was also lucky enough to talk to him about Hurricane Katrina that he escaped.

ML: I've been to New Orleans twice and know that it is a crazy party in the French Quarter that never stops. Did the party stop during the evacuation and hurricane or did the party people keep it going?

DR: It was actually "Decadent Week" in the Quarter that week. They just kept going. They still had the parade wading down Bourbon St. I know a guy that owned a bar and he stayed open all through it serving drinks with no ice. He had a shotgun to keep away the looters. Also, the traffic was so slow leaving the city that people would just get out of their cars and have barbecues on the side of the road.

ML:When did you start to think that you had to get out of there?

DR:Sunday morning at 10:30. We found out Friday that things could be bad. Saturday, I went to a lot of gas stations before I could fill up. I had a bag packed, saw the news on Sunday and we left. It took over ten hours to get thirty miles out of town. There was a strange breeze on Sunday. Like a light warm breeze that was always constant. Just a constant breeze and you could see far off that something looked really gloomy.

ML:Your thoughts on the looting and people firing guns?

DR:There's such a transient element to New Orleans. People just sort of end up there and become part of the community. The news only shows the bad stuff. You know, CNN never gives a story about a cool music jam that just started on a corner of any street in the Quarter. That happens everyday at anytime. But the looters. Most of them are poverty stricken and I think I even heard one of them say that looting is how he was getting back at society. It's stupid though. One thing about New Orleans that isn't true of other cities, stupidity is against the law.

ML:And you had to leave your cat behind when you left?

DR:You know, all the material bullshit that keeps you dumbed down like television, computers, stereos, couches, you don't even think about it. You just leave it with hardly a second thought. But the pet thing bothers me. I left food and water for my cat for a week because I thought I'd be back. Luckily my place wasn't destroyed and my landlord is in touch with me, so I don't know yet what happened. I feel lucky. A lot of the Garden District and French Quarter was spared. It's the suburbs and towns that got the most of it.

ML:I'm not sure what can be done to stop a hurricane, but do you think anything could have been done better?

DR:The levee was torn out from the bottom. It was made to hold back 13 feet of water. The storm brought like 20 to 22 feet. Nothing could be really done there except the pump generators were mostly located in basements. Probably a bad place during a flood for the pump generators is in the basement. But the biggest thing is that the State and FEMA let us down. The mayor was begging that how many papers did he need to sign before the help came. There is a new bureaucracy being invented with this.

ML:One last thing, anything you'd like to say to my neighbor's kids who came home drunk and pissed on the boxes of clothes I left out for the Salvation Army?

DR:A simple act of stupidity can really affect other people. I want to say that now I can see how the smallest help can go a long way. So I sincerely thank everyone who gave anything.

September 09, 2005

My Brother Helps People.

My Paramedic brother Jim has been helping with the recovery/relief efforts in New Orleans since last Sunday. Before he left I set up an Audlblog account for him to give updates on his experiences. Cell phone coverage has improved in the last week so he has made regular reports to my new website Starfire TV (formerly Le Garage). He will be replaced by fresh Medics this weekend and I am going down to Austin, MN. to do an interview with him for a future Videoblog post. Stay tuned...