January 13, 2009

Screen Printing Class


Ever wanted to know more about Screen Printing? I can teach you. I am offering a 2 day screen printing workshop with plenty of hands on instruction. I haven't set any dates yet but we would meet on a Wednesday evening and a Saturday morning. Right now I am just wondering if anyone would be interested. Cost would be $50 plus any shirts you want to print on. Class size is limited to 6. Send me an email if you want to know more.

That is all.

January 09, 2009

real christiany...not!

over at GoodAsYou is a post about a d-nozzle so-called christian literaly up in arms over pepsi-cola. it's time for wing-nuts like these to be held accountable. they really DO encourage violence and WILL hurt folks.

January 05, 2009


While perusing wikipedia tonight I found out that the city of Dassel is a 3.2 town.

(oddly enough, there's no mention of Lakeside.)

December 31, 2008

2008: Bad year for Duluth

We lost Pasek Pharmacy (in its original incarnation), Bayside Market, European Bakery and Daugherty's Hardware. All were long, long-time Duluth business, and I would argue, institutions of the community.

We are all poorer for the loss of these businesses.

What does this say about Duluth? What does it say about the businesses themselves? Is this a factor of the current economy, or has this been a long time coming?


December 19, 2008


December 17, 2008

All-points bulletin

Do you know anyone with a maroon SUV? Do you know if that SUV picked up some unexplained big-time dents and busted radiator today?

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November 13, 2008

Another Family Law Clinic

Hi Folks,

Boyz II Dadz is doing ANOTHER of our very popular Family Law Clinics. We will have a judge, a child support magistrate, some lawyers and even an adoption specialist on hand to answer general questions about things like child support, custody, parenting time and other family related matters. There is a very upbeat and congenial vibe (unlike the experience of court for many people) so if you have questions this is a good place to air them out.

It's today at the building for women (32 East First St) from 6-8 pm. We will have free food, and childcare if you need it. Call or text me if you have any questions: 218.391.8330

JP, Boyz II Dadz Outreach Worker

November 10, 2008

Twenty Years of Mockery

November 06, 2008



Scenesters or PDD Get-Together? You decide!

It is coming soon!


I firmly believe there will be snow on the groung before Thanksgiving and Woodland Ave will look like this for a while!. I am all stocked up with coffee, I got my snowblower all tuned up, winter clothes back out, furnace filter replaced, chimney swept, ski's and snow shoes out, and booties for my dog's paws are in the mail. What else is a Duluthian to do before the glorious, inevitable winter?

It is coming soon!


I firmly believe there will be snow on the groung before Thanksgiving and Woodland Ave will look like this for a while!. I am all stocked up with coffee, I got my snowblower all tuned up, winter clothes back out, furnace filter replaced, chimney swept, ski's and snow shoes out, and booties for my dog's paws are in the mail. What else is a Duluthian to do before the glorious, inevitable winter?

November 05, 2008

more smiles

November 04, 2008

The time my brother accidentally got elected to public office.

November, 1998: My brother was working as an engineer for the early morning music & chatter show at KISS 92.1 (before it went all "Delilah"-y). Election Day rolled around, and the DJs noticed on a sample ballot in the paper that no one was running for a seat on the county Soil and Water Conservation Board.

And then this happened.

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October 20, 2008

Halloween @ the Brewhouse


If you have a costume of Napoleon in Rags, a Motorcycle Black Madonna , or some other Dylan song Character, wear it to the Freewheelers show Halloween night, the 5 best will get a growler of Brewhouse beer. Oh, and we need a judge for the contest, (a Dylanologist) who will earn 3 pints for his or her trouble. Cheers.

October 13, 2008

Gene Lourey

Gene Lourey (Becky's husband) died in his sleep on Saturday night.
This photo is from his son Matt's funeral. (He was killed in Iraq.)


October 02, 2008

october is glbt history month

in honor i give you this gem.

September 30, 2008



September 26, 2008

What's that, up in the sky?

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

September 08, 2008

Scary Iowa

I live in Duluth and don't travel much. But let me tell you, Duluthians, about the first state you hit if you keep traveling south. I spent part of the past weekend driving across Iowa. I have not been to Iowa since I was a kid, and something seems to have changed.


A short distance over the state line, we saw windmills in the distance. They were far away but could be seen clearly. You could tell they were enormous. Scary big.

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September 05, 2008

You Have Ten Minutes to Comply


Pete Scholtes is writing for the Minnesota Independent . We have stop-and-search lists now, apparently. Slideshow here.

September 03, 2008


conservative talking heads busted on a hot mic!

September 02, 2008

john mcain loves arabian horses?


August 28, 2008

Weekend ride share to St. Paul

Almost every weekend I and a woman commuting partner go to St. Paul for weekend classes. We leave at about 11:45 a.m. Friday from Central Hillside and arrive at Hamline University on Snelling and Hewitt avenues about 2:30 p.m. We leave St. Paul from the same location at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, returning to Duluth about 7 p.m. If you or someone you know is interested in riding along and sharing expenses, either one time or on a consistent basis, please have them call 218-206-4699.

We are not going for the Labor Day weekend, but I am going to Twin Cities tomorrow. I will leave Central Hillside at approximately 11:45 a.m., returning to Duluth at about 7 p.m. Wanna share the expense for one way or round trip? Call 218-206-4699.

August 27, 2008

Why August needs a holiday


Two scarecrow decorations just showed up in the front of this Duluth home. I say it's too early for fall decorations. I say it's still summer. I say this might explain why it suddenly got cooler.
I'm just saying ...

August 23, 2008



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August 06, 2008

I'll miss the castle

I'm grateful that other people are working hard to raise money for a playground that my kids will play on. But I'm going to miss this.


And don't know what to think of this.


The Junior League of Duluth is raising money for it. The plan is to replace the wooden playground by next summer.

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

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 18, 2008


...I just got this today and thought that I would pass it on to my fellow PDDers...

DULUTH, Minn. — A coalition of groups and Native American activists will conduct a free public “Walk & Rally for the Lake,” Sunday, July 20 to draw attention to the nearly 1,500 barrels of hazardous military waste that were dumped by the Army Corps of Engineers into Lake Superior near Duluth in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s.


July 16, 2008

Duluth officials debate how late Bayfront shows should go


DNT article:§ion=homepage

"Let Mayor Ness know your opinion(s) on the Bayfront Festival Park concert curfew issue" - Thursday morning on the KQ Morning Show

email: [email protected]

Mayors office: 218-730-5230

City Council: [email protected]

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 08, 2008


I really wanted to respond to Vicarious's comment about his pants with the lyrics to the Arrowhead Auto Body jingle. Unfortunately, I couldn't think of them so I went on an internet search thinking that someone somewhere has written them down and it led me to here. The man who wrote the Arrowhead Auto Body jingle. Click on "Now Hear This" and for a good chuckle, take a listen to the 3 Chevy Amigos and Laser Tennis. Many thanks to Vicarious for causing my good laugh for the day!

June 22, 2008


How in the world I got started on this is anyone's guess...BUT...I started out looking for k'nish recipes, (mainly because I'm all about the pastries. If I'm not eating pastries, I'm thinking about them) and found my way around to checking out some rather amazing looking Japanese pastries.

Other than being horrendously yummy, what the two have in common remains to be seen, but I ask you:



I think so.

Minamoto Kitchoan on 49th St and 5th Ave in NYC serves up these lovely treats.

I've had Japanese pastries before, but nothing to this degree. As usual, they are accompanied by the attention to aesthetic form and detail that the Japanese are well known for.

June 19, 2008


money tree

Are there any street repairs currently being made?

P.S. Bridge(s) do not count

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 09, 2008

Art vs. Life

On a Scale of 1 to 10, Amy Winehouse -- a 9.5 or full on 10! I have to go for the middle here and say a solid 9.75. Also, I hearby state my everlasting love and commitment to her, once the restraining order is lifted.

June 06, 2008

Thank you

To the mysterious stranger who found my paycheck on the lakewalk, and then walked it to my place of employment and gave it to my coworker who left it on my desk: thank you. I would have spent the rest of my summer trying to catch up if I'd lost that check. I probably would have had to sell a kidney, or become a lady of the evening, or something.

I hope that you read the Perfect Duluth Day blog.

June 02, 2008

Quite possibly...

the coolest Wiki that ever was wiki'd!

Sorry for the lack of logo...they were all too small.

May 30, 2008




May 23, 2008

Black and Tan? Goodness!


I think the Burrito Union is possibly one of a very few places in the universe where if you order a black and tan they'll ask you which version you want.

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May 21, 2008

tofu & bombs

From The City Pages:

What they were looking for, Carroll says, was an informant—someone to show up at “vegan potlucks” throughout the Twin Cities and rub shoulders with RNC protestors, schmoozing his way into their inner circles, then reporting back to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, a partnership between multiple federal agencies and state and local law enforcement. The effort’s primary mission, according to the Minneapolis division’s website, is to “investigate terrorist acts carried out by groups or organizations which fall within the definition of terrorist groups as set forth in the current United States Attorney General Guidelines.”

Here's the full article.

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.

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May 05, 2008

Homegrown Hijynx.




Chris Monroe Homegrown Comic Strip

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

April 27, 2008

Homegrown Run -- Friday

Once again, in an effort to reduce acute alcohol poisonings by encouraging physical activity away from bars, I’m hosting the Fourth-Annual Homegrown Social Run.

Everyone is welcome to attend and jog, run, speed-walk and/or stand their truck drinking PBR tall-boys and heckling people for wearing short-shorts.*

+ Meet at the first parking lot at Chester Bowl (by the playground equipment)
+ We’ll leave promptly at 4:45pm on Friday, May 2.
+ Expect to spend about 45-60 minutes in the woods – I think we’ll do the route the NMTC uses for their Chester Creek race
+ The pace should be relaxed, as Al Sparhawk will be out of town

In the past, we’ve had four to 10 people come along (including such luminaries as: Dusty Olson, Tim and Brad Nelson, Matt Livingston, Rich Narum, Al Sparhawk, Chris Godsey, Chad Salmela, Marc Gartman, Jamie Ness and, of course, myself). Will this be the year Starfire graces us with his presence? What about Blah blah blah-ler? Might a certain mayor of Duluth attend? Will Burly Burlesque bust harrier skills like British aircraft? Join us Friday evening to find out!!!

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April 25, 2008

the dreams of a boy

I was about 11 years old and a boy scout (i might have still been a cub scout at that time). like any self respecting scout, i had a subscription to boy's life. if you've never read boy's life, you were missing out. boy's life was the single greatest cause of loss and destruction to every tool in our house. i tried to build so many things in that magazine. that magazine probably gave birth to half the steam punks out there.

boy's life also did something else very well. it flooded the market with cheap greeting cards. yes the back of every boy's life had a catalog of things you could obtain by simply selling overpriced greeting cards. they taunted you with a picture of a go-kart and a 10-speed bike but you could never sell that many greeting cards in your life. no matter, my heart was set on this beauty.

oh how i dreamed of having a calculator on my wrist. the possibilities. i would never again be without a device to do quick calculations. i would be able to tell time and find the square root of 999999 all with one device.

so i signed up. and i sold, and i sold, and i sold. family were more than generous. no one needed that many greeting cards but they loved my effort. i'm fairly certain most of them still have a full box of cards in their basement somewhere. but i did it. i sold enough cards to adorn my wrist with the greatest technological advancement in the history of the world.

the day the watch arrived was one of the greatest days in my life. i opened the box and the smell of new plastic arose from package. i pushed a button. it was a weird rubbery knob that kind of rocked. there were so many buttons! i had never seen this many buttons on a watch before. and there's a stopwatch. sweet! i'm going to time my pinecar derby racer.

i stuck out my left wrist and strapped that baby on. it was too big. i was a scrawny kid and this watch was massive. no worry, one of the useful skills learned in boy scouts was how to punch leather. a plastic watchband is nothing compared to leather. my awl went through that black rubber like butter. now the watch fit. it was like king arthur pulling out excalibur. i hopped on my bike and swiftly rode over to my best friend jason's house. we marveled at it. we did calculations. "what is 1000 times 1000?" "make the alarm beep" "oh cool, spell a word. type 7734 and look at it upside down!"

a year later i went swimming and forgot to take off the watch. it died. i tried to dry it out but it was too late.

you can have your fancy TI scientific calculator. i'll take my casio calculator watch any day.

April 22, 2008

We did not play Stratego... euphemistically or otherwise...


The triumphant return of the PDD Game Night!
Thanks to everyone who came! Thanks to DragonPort Games for allowing us to take over their backroom!
Last night's game: A rousing rout of RoboRally!

(Photos taken with my Blackberry... sorry, Edge, I'll get a good photo of you next time!)

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April 10, 2008

I geek, therefore, I am.

tamara made this stew and took the picture
Pre-Cooked Double Cream Stout Roast with cool beer foam action!
tamara made this stew and took the picture
Post-Cooked Double Cream Stout Roast

If I had to figure what I'm the most geeky at, it'd have to be cooking (and the subsequent eating!) I love to cook. I pore over ritzy food magazines and drool at the knives that cut cans in mid-air. My pasta pot is like my third arm. I belong to the Cooking Club of America. I love making comfort food or food that has unpronounceable ingredients that I can only order online from a great store like Kalustyans... I buy antique cooking implements (and use them a lot!) I have a whisk collection.

Yup, I'm a food geek.

Anyway, I was pondering if a food geek could really be a geek in the traditional sense of the word. So I wikipedia'd geek.

According to said Wikipedia, "Formerly, the term referred to a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken, bat, snake or bugs." Hmm... biting the head off live animals. Food. Biting. Animals. Food.

So it seems to me that a food geek must be the original geek, at least if you believe Wikipedia's account of the word. And I do... oh yes, I do.

Continue reading "I geek, therefore, I am." »

April 02, 2008

Tasting Freedom.

(I dug this up while reading January's Harper's Weekly magazine in the break room today at work.)

From responses by the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, in Fort Greely, Alaska to a recent survey on new MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat).

The vanilla pudding is so good I ripped it open, licked the inside, and rolled around on top of it like a dog.

Am I supposed to add water to the peanut butter dessert?

Shitcan the meat chunk and give out more granola.

I don't personally like the cheese, but I can trade with it.

Should add Copenhagen dip.

Why in God's name would you put a vegetable in a MRE?

It sounded like a flatulence symphony in my tent all night.

The way it turned my mouth blue flooded my mind with childhood memories, and for a moment I was at peace.

March 29, 2008

Kids these days!


I was walking my dog this morning and came across two beer bottles in someone's front lawn on Kent Rd. At first I assumed they were a couple of empties, which I don't mind picking up, but then noticed they had caps on. I kicked one and it was full! What's wrong with people that they can waste perfectly good premium beer like that? If I were ten years younger I would definitely drink them. They are pretty crusty with road salt and that makes me a little nervous. Another thing you should know is that today is my birthday. My wife says that it's a sign. If I were cleverer with this whole internet stuff I would post a survey but I need to know; are these beers drinkable?

March 28, 2008

fear of girls

with geek prom coming up and the death of gygax i though it would be a good idea to present this. it may have been on here before, but it's always good for a laugh.

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March 17, 2008

A Friendly Reminder

Since we were discussing this earlier, I thought it appropriate.

March 11, 2008

Thou Shalt Wash Thy Hands after Ye Pisseth

Stand up, men! Be proud and pisseth erectly! And wash your hands, too.

And, while we're on the subject, what's your favorite urinal stance?

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March 09, 2008

I Heard That.

March 03, 2008

Big boys jumping in

Press release feb. 26, 2008, 09:40 a/m.

Shell oil developing 4 billion dollar wind farm in Texas panhandle. Not to be outdone Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens announced hie own wind project in the same area , a 10 billion dollar project. Pickens made his money on betting early on promising new energy sources.
Our federal government is going to spend 100 billion dollar deal outsourcing the building of flying gas tanks to the french. Meanwhile locally the Decc hocky rink and the gambling sports train move forward at an estimated cost of 500 million dollars. Change you got to love.

February 29, 2008

Garfield Minus Garfield.

"Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness in a quiet American suburb."

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 22, 2008

You need a cup of my Java...

February 18, 2008

the name game...

doesn't someone 'round here have a daughter named hazel? i have a hazel hankie for her that i found at an estate sale. i have a number of monogrammed things, (belts, shirts, and such) but none of them have MY name on them. the ironic-ish fun of wearing things with others names on them has worn thin for me. i think we need a swap spot...

maybe the only real beneficiaries of a swap would be guys named bill or tom who need button-up work shirts, but i think it's worth a ponder. thoughts?


February 11, 2008

Harriers Wanted:


So, I'm going out on a limb here to try to establish a Hash Kennel here in Duluth. Hash House Harriers can only be described as a "drinking club with a running problem."

I used to hash when I was in the Navy many many moons ago, and now that I'm sort of interested in picking up the activity again (running), I find myself unable to commit to the more structured "hoity toity" type running groups.

Hashing is a ton of fun, and the more the merrier. It plays out like a follow the leader run with "hares" marking the course with a 10 minute (or so) head start, and the rest of the pack (hashers) in pursuit. There is most always beer and other libations at the completion of the run, and members of the kennel (hash group) get to have nicknames (which, by the by, is the origin of my post

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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.

January 25, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

January 21, 2008

Support Our Oops v.2.0

January 19, 2008

To Vicarious...



January 16, 2008

Amen, brother.

I love movies.

January 08, 2008

backup computer

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

backup computer

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

December 31, 2007

Trash: (or, another one for Frank)


Ari Derfel of San Francisco started saving his trash in Dec of 2006...just to see how much he'd accumulate.

Check some of the comments on his blog...I find it interesting (and almost humerous) that conducting an experiment of this type really set a bunch of neo-conservative meme trolls on their ears...

December 30, 2007

What Santa Didn't Bring Me

And the worst part is, for all I know, next Christmas might be too late.

December 28, 2007

i can't take it anymore!

in recent light of these dipshits:

i've decided to live the rest of my life like this:

just saying......

December 23, 2007

Happy Hoilday ya Hoseheads

Spent the day NOT driving when I was suppose to, instead I spent the day with the new turntable and Audacity converting a number (what number exactly?) of old LPs into MP3s... including ...


December 11, 2007



December 05, 2007


December 03, 2007

MSN list of top 10 Outdoor Cities


Although Duluth didn't make it ... our friends in Ely did.

November 29, 2007

The A-List*


With all the seriousness lately on PDD, I thought we should bring to the forefront one of the most serious issues facing PDDers today: which A-list stars are going to be on Celebrity Apprentice? Yes, Donald Trump has promised one of the most intriguing Apprentices yet, chockful of A-list celebrities to compete for $250k donated to the celeb's favorite charity. Yes, that's right, A-list stars, the Donald promises!

The A-List:

Stephen Baldwin
Gene Simmons
Tito Ortiz
Lennox Lewis
Carol Alt
Vinny Pastore
John Cena
Marilu Henner

Check out that list - winners, all of them! A-list for sure!

I know, I know, it doesn't *seem* like it will be important but come January when we are all shivering in our hovels and it's pledge season (again) on PBS, you'll be thanking me!

*I feel sick.

John Holden on MPR this morning

20071128_johnholden_2.jpgWell, we saw his featured video on YouTube and now comes the price of fame. John talks with MPR about the pain that comes with being featured on YouTube.

Yeah, I hear ya John. You put yourself out there and often you're being flip and off the cuff and then you get raked over the coals for every little thing you say. Like you said in the interview, most of the comments you can just brush off but some hit home hard. I've had that happen (though I've never had 2400 comments in my inbox) and it can make me feel physically ill. Some comments get in your head and roll around and around like a gerbil in a wheel and you just can't shake it.

Anyway, the interview is worth reading or listening to.

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November 15, 2007

Come on People.


OK. I know the deadline for the contest was yesterday but only one of you have submitted a design so I am extending the deadline till Saturday at 5PM. That should give you folks who were working on something that little extra time you needed.

See you at the Parade!

November 09, 2007

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 06, 2007

To whom it may concern

I almost killed you when I tried to change lanes in the tunnels on 35 today. I think I recognized you but couldn't be sure. Regardless, I'm really very sorry.

I drive a green van, but please don't hunt me down.

If I can do anything to make this right (if its still bothering you), or you just bitch at me, send me an email. Sorry.


November 01, 2007

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 29, 2007

Ness for Mayor.

October 23, 2007

27th Annual PAVSA Art Auction

The Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA) will host the 27th Annual Art Auction this fall featuring all new, original artwork, fine foods, two cash bars, and live entertainment. All of the proceeds will directly help fund support services to victims of sexual assault and PAVSA’s mission to end sexual violence in the Northland.

Where: Holiday Inn Great Lakes Ballroom
When: Saturday, November 10, 2007

Doors Open at 5pm
Silent Auction 5:30-7pm
Dessert/Live Auction 7:30-8:30pm
Exquisite Gourmet Appetizers: All Evening

Live music performed by Sterling Waters

Admission Tickets: $45.00 ($22.50 tax deductible)
To Purchase Tickets: Call 218-726-1442

Visit for up to date auction items available

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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


October 15, 2007

SPECIAL REPORT UPDATE: Mayor’s Lawn Looks Fabulous!


SUPERIOR, WI – Cool temperatures, plenty of rainfall, a low sun angle, and lack of killing frost have conspired against Superior Mayor David Ross in a perfect storm of ideal grass growing conditions. Despite Mayor Ross’s attempts to kill his lawn by cutting it too short and allowing it to bake in the sun, Mother Nature seems to have thwarted his plans – at least for the time being. “I hate foliage as much as I hate taverns and payday loan businesses,” hissed the Right Honorable One, “I hope we get torrents of rain and a hard freeze the next day so all that green stuff dies.” Alfie, a neighborhood whitetail doe, looked up from her browsing of the Mayor’s lawn and noted that the grass tasted “succulent.” She then flicked her tail and made a strange cawing sound signaling some faux danger.

October 10, 2007


summons.jpgGot this in the mail today. I'm on call for Federal Jury Duty during the months of November and December. This, of course, doesn't mean that I am going to serve on a jury. Just that I'm in the pool.

So, I'm wondering... I've never served on a jury before, let alone a Federal jury. Anybody got wisdom for me on this? I'm actually kinda psyched about it. I think it would be interesting and given my job as a man o' the cloth I doubt it would present anything I couldn't work around, unless someone ups and dies and I have to do their funeral.

Am I crazy to be kind of excited about this or just a nerd soon to be disabused of my silly bout of pride in doing my civic duty?

September 27, 2007

now, if this isn't

creepy, i don't know what is.

"Marry Our Daughter is an introduction service assisting those following the Biblical tradition of arranging marriages for their daughters"

I'm a little grossed out right now...and reading some of the testimonials, like this one from Jack M.:

"At first we were worried that Janine was too young to get married, but then her new husband bought her a house and a car and jewelry and the money we got let us buy a house for ourselves. Getting out of the trailer park at our age was the best thing that ever happened to us, and it’s all thanks to Marry Our Daughter!"

...makes me even more so.

September 20, 2007


I say habeas, you say corpus.

September 19, 2007

Because I can...


Looking For Work?

Some new job openings.

September 18, 2007

Terry Freakin Forster


Or as old-school Letterman fans will remember him.. The Fat Tub of Goo.

September 16, 2007


Welcome to the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council.

August 21, 2007

Giddyap, Mule!

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?

July 10, 2007

For the Love of Christ

Are you kidding me?


June 29, 2007


June 09, 2007

Attention Geeks and Tweakers

Gonzo Science website showing signs of life. We've got a few bloggers who've thrown in to post occasionally, with an eye towards turning it into a blog community with an emphasis on science/weird science... The comments just got turned on, so the flame wars should start flyin' any time now. Thanks PDD~

May 22, 2007

Substance Only Please

Please use this post to comment only on substantive matters! We have to play catch-up to how seriously substantive the Duluth Citizens Blog is! If we don't quickly accumulate matters of substance, they will have more substance than PDD. Oh, if only PDD weren't so lacking in substance (boo hoo .. boo hoo hoo...) Please oh please stop hating on us, Duluth Citizens of Substance! Plus, where is the Duluth Citizensopedia entry that will tell me just what is considered substantive enough, and the correct matters for a community blog to blog upon? Update the weblogs of Justice!