Archive for December, 2008

Found Photo: Snowy downtown



Snowy downtown, originally uploaded by Opheliac9.

This captures the essence of shitty, shitty winter driving. Yessir.

New Year’s Eve in the Cities

What are you doing tonight? If you don’t have plans but still itch to go out, Secrets of the City (formerly The Rake) has a huge list of happenings for you in their Guide to New Years Eve 2009.

Most of them are pretty affordable and low-key, though there’s a few rather expensive ones, like the five-course dinner and black-tie gala on the Mississippi.

Then, there’s this:

Toy Story NYE 2K9
@ Envy Nightclub

Doors at 9 p.m.
Cost: $90

Enjoy a premium open bar all night with admission. DJs, dancing, human toy performances, sexy clown doll go-gos, live wind-up toy entertainment.

I’m not really a club person, but really? $90? “Sexy clown doll go-gos”? Although, I guess the cost and the creepy clown/weird human toy thing would quickly become irrelevant with the open bar.

Have a happy New Year, stay safe (and warm)!

Larry Craig at MSP won’t die


Back in February I pointed out MSP has a permanent stigma thanks to Larry Craig and his foot-tapping antics. I also noted the Wikipedia entry didn’t yet list the incident. But thanks to yesterday’s AP story, it is now listed as a tourist destination. Key quote from that story:

One person had offered to buy the restroom stall for $5,000, Hogan said, but airport officials “don’t sell fixtures for novelty purposes.”

Despite what the article claims, my experience in and out of MSP at least once a month often has some soft of Larry Craig anecdote. Just last month, I heard some guys make a Larry Craig joke in the restroom AGAIN.

This video tour of the infamous stall just uploaded to YouTube yesterday:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJHuqSWiYCU[/youtube]

It just won’t die.

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Minnesotans Making an Impression – Garrick Van Buren

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to talk with Garrick Van Buren – Founder of the Cullect reader and pick his brain on social media, blogging, and Cullect.

Anyone that has spoken with Garrick will tell you: Garrick is passionate about what he does, a deep thinker, and an all around great guy. If I covered everything we talked about in just over an hour this would be a 12,000 word rollercoaster of a post. Instead, I’m going to focus on his reader software Cullect.

What is Cullect? Cullect is a web based reader that pulls together all of your favorite sites in one place and ranks them on 14 attributes which he calls “gestures” to determine importance. Or as as Garrick calls it “Separating relevance from timeliness”. His theory is that people with many feeds are often overwhelmed and mark the unread feeds as “read” while with Cullect,although you can sort by most recent, the optimal ranking is by importance. Also you can add Curators to your feed and they can tag and recommend posts and add other people’s reading lists to your reading lists, it’s sort of building an online library.

Who is Cullect best suited for? Web publishers and people that read a lot of web sites in any given day, but it’s also a great tool for those that want to share feeds.

The Details/How it works: The free membership comes with two reading lists which can each contain as many feeds as you’d like to add.  There’s a series of paid options that allow you to do things like name your lists,have private reading lists, and increase the number of reading lists. As a bonus you can dedicate up to 50% of your subscription fee to whichever website you think is worthy. Talk about social media!

What is your favorite band/music site right now? JungleTrain.net, a 24/7 drum and bass radio station.

In summary: if you’re a online publisher it’s time to ditch that Google Reader and switch to the most important reader, Cullect. If you’re looking for some good Bass/Drum music Jungle Train is for you, if you want to talk the future of social media, good beer, great coffee, and software; Garrick Van Buren is a conversationalist extraordinaire.

Many thanks to Garrick for the interview and keep up the great work; you’re a credit to our fine state.

Related: 
Here’s my Cullect feed
Cullect Wiki
Cullect big rules
Culld.us 
MinnPost.com’s Branded URL Shortener Powered by Cullect

eero saarinen: one week left

finally made it to the eero saarinen: shaping the future exhibit that is at both the minneapolis institute of arts and the walker art center.  the work at the MIA focuses on saarinen’s airports and memorials and embassies, while the work at the walker features his corporate companies and college campuses.  saarinen, i learned, designed the dulles international airport and the twa terminal at JFK airport and, oh yeah, christ church lutheran in south minneapolis.

the best part of the exhibit is at the MIA, an excerpt from a documentary about the completion of the st. louis arch, another one of saarinen’s projects.  it’s intensely captivating.

the exhibit closes at both museums on sunday, january 4.  one week left!  hurry!

Were You Aware of It?

I heard an interesting rumor recently about a law about snow on cars. So, I did a quick search of the Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statues’ website and I found two interesting things.

First, there are 68 Minnesota Statutes that contain the word “snow.”

Second, Minnesota Statute, Chapter 169.42, Subdivision 1 reads as follows:

No person shall throw, deposit, [etc.] any snow, ice, … upon any such street or highway.

In other words, it is a misdemeanor to allow snow and ice fly from your car and ruin my ability to see the road. Or even distract me. Or whatever.

So, it’s not only smart and polite to clean all the snow and ice off all parts of your car, it’s the law! The more you know.

Cooks of Crocus Hill – Sunday Suppers

How had I never heard of this?!

According to CityPages, Sunday Suppers are “back” (though this is news to me).

One Sunday each month, Cooks of Crocus Hill invite guests to join in for a homemade feast. The event hosts up to 40 people, and costs just $15/person (wine can be purchased separately).

While cooks prepare the meal, guests are encouraged to “be nosy” about the recipes, help out, and ask questions. Diners are sent home with a recipe packet of the night’s meals so that they can take what they’ve learned and tasted and bring it to their own kitchens.

I’ve done something like this at Kitchen Window in Calhoun Square, but it was an organized work party rather than an open invitation. Still, it was amazing to be a part of the preparation process and then to share the meal you’ve helped create with everyone once it’s prepared.  I anticipate this is much the same, but bigger and louder.

Register here at the Cooks of Crocus Hill website.  CP blogger, Roseanne Pereira offers this tip: call them if the event appears to be full; apparently extra Sunday suppers have been added in months where the demand has been high.

I’m in! Who’s with me?

Water-generated power that doesn’t give a dam in Minnesota

From MPR, an interesting little piece on the nation’s first hydrokinetic power station, now under construction in Hastings, Minn. This differs from traditional hydroelectic power, which we have been making for 100 years or so, in that no dam is required, just the natural current of the river, in this case, the mighty Mississippi. Think of it as an underwater wind turbine.

Merry Christmas!

I hope you and yours are having a wonderful holiday. Peace. Word.

if christmas isn’t your thing…

what to do tonight and tomorrow if you don’t celebrate christmas?

i’m going to eat chinese food and go to the movies.  i want to check out jewbilee tonight.  but what else is open or happening?

all i could find is bowling — i know park tavern in st. louis park is open on christmas.  but with the warmer weather, it might be a good day to have a park all to yourself to build that snowman you’ve been wanting to build!

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