Daily Menu: Bulldog Pizza

The “Daily Menu” showcases local take-out options and Covid-19 related deals. Tune into Perfect Duluth Day tomorrow for yet another social-distance dining option.

Bulldog Pizza offers curbside orders from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Orders can be made online or by calling 218-728-3663. The current special is two single-topping medium pizzas for $15. While families are cooped up inside, Bulldog Pizza is also offering the option to order “pizza party in a box,” which includes ingredients for four mini pizzas for families and their kids to make at home.

This Week in Social Distancing: March 24

Highlights of the ways people were reaching out to each other while keeping their distance.

Muddy Trails and COVID-19: Duluth Hiking in Spring 2020

Duluth’s Parks and Recreation division released guidelines today advising citizens how to use city parks and trails in a manner that will reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. March and April are also the months when snow is melting and trails can be easily damaged.

So, where is it OK to hike and how is it done safely?

Lake Superior Pandemic Surfing

Looking for some social distancing? There aren’t many crowds in the frigid waters of Lake Superior this time of year.

Video by Samantha Lindberg.

Daily Menu: 7 West Taphouse

As we continue adjusting to social distancing practices, Perfect Duluth Day presents episode number two of the “Daily Menu.” Each day, we showcase another local take-out option.

7 West Taphouse offers curbside orders from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from its Miller Hill, Downtown Duluth and Superior locations. All health-care workers, emergency response workers, and grocery store workers can show their ID badge or name tag to receive 15 percent off of their order.

The Slice: Ice Racing

In this clip, Scott and Angie Shober talk about ice racing on Allouez Bay in Superior. In its series The Slice, WDSE-TV presents short “slices of life” that capture the events and experiences that bring people together and speak to what it means to live up north.

Where in Duluth? #184

Masonic Temple, Duluth, Minn.

The Duluth Masonic Temple at 4 W. Second St. opened 115 years ago — March 24, 1905, and continues to operate today as the Duluth Masonic Center.

Thanks for the Tiramisu

Yesterday, I snagged five pieces of tiramisu from Wussow’s through the drive-through window, in a nearly touchless exchange. A few days before, Zhong Hua made some tasty Chinese in, again, a nearly touchless exchange.

Daily Menu: Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub

The social-distance dining era is upon us. This post is episode one of Perfect Duluth Day’s probe into the available options.

Dubh Linn Irish Brew Pub is offering curbside service for food orders from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Anyone who orders gets a $15 ticket to a future Dubh Linn Saturday Night Pro Comedy Tour show, which can be redeemed when the establishment reopens for traditional dining and entertainment.

The Value of Duluth Telephone Service in 1920

This advertisement in the March 9, 1920 issue of the Duluth Herald notes Duluth had 20,706 telephones.

Duluth Album Releases in 2020

Big Into
Cold Fortunes and Warriors Obscura
(Jan. 2)
Available on Bandcamp

Glitteratti
Among the Wild
(March 6)
Available at glitterattiduluth.com

Dance Attic
Livin’ for Today
(April 17)

The Richardson brothers in the book “Haunted Minnesota”

This post could also be called “Bigfoot and Us.”

Starting in 1998, my brother Allen and I wrote a “weird science” column called “Gonzo Science” for the alternative Duluth newsweekly Ripsaw.

Social Connection in a Time of Social Distancing

As we’re facing social distancing for the next little while, it’s looking more and more like social media will be important to many of us for remaining socially connected. As a technology ethicist focusing on social technology and interpersonal relationships, this falls under my area of research. What follows isn’t everything that could be said about relationships and social media, of course, but might be of use as we strive to maintain connection in spite of physical distance. And in case you’re interested in following this up with some of your own research, I’ve included plenty of links to further work on this subject.

First, while it might not be everyone’s first choice as a way to connect with others, reject the narrative that interactions mediated by social technologies aren’t “real.” You can really talk and share and tell jokes and play games together remotely as well as in person. Yes, some things about these interactions will be different, but context is going to color any of your interactions. And don’t think of this as just substituting for “real” interaction: comparing, say, Skype to having lunch with a friend might be frustrating, but there are things you can do in computer-mediated communication that have no in-person equivalent: playing with filters and goofy overlays, daily “roll call” with a bunch of friends all sharing pictures of their pets, Your imagination is the limit. These can be enjoyed on their own merits.

Gaelynn Lea’s Virtual Tour, Show #1

Gaelynn Lea had to cancel her March tour due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Above is the first of two virtual concerts; the second will stream live on March 22 at 2 p.m. The shows are available for free, but you can support the artist by buying a ticket on eventbrite.com.