Archive for March, 2005


The Uptown Theater is showing Napoleon Dynamite over the next three Friday nights for a midnight show. It also aired this past Friday at midnight, and there were about 50 people in attendance, including me and my friend Joey. Much joy was had by all, and I saw the scene at the end that I never knew existed.

I really think they ought to have tater tots on sale at the concession stand during the movie, though.

Minneapolis Rated the Top Tech City in America

Full article: Technopolis Found – Popular Science

I was surprised and pleased to read in the March 2005 issue of Popular Science that based upon thousands of data points in six broad categories, Minneapolis is the “Top Tech City.”

I suppose I never really thought of the “Caution…car approaching” recordings at the exits of parking ramps as high-tech… :^)

Seriously, though, it’s a cool article that may surprise you.

Insert “Away” message here…

I leave tomorrow for a week to visit some friends in Florida. I know we are having some great weather here in the TC, so I won’t tell you that the weather is expected to be beautiful down there. I also won’t take a picture of myself in the sun and post it here to make you all jealous…or maybe I will just to be a brat.

I hope to spread the love of Metblogging down in Orlando when i am there. Maybe I’ll write an entry for the Orlando Metblog…I’ll tell you all about it later…

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk…


You’d have to be blind not to have noticed this campaign from BlueCross BlueShield of MN. It’s everywhere.

Just when I thought I was numb to the message and had tuned out all of the TV ads and billboards, they got my attention.

On 7th street just north of Hennepin downtown, they have a billboard about 3 stories above street level with a GINORMOUS mirrored disco ball hanging from it (4-5 feet in diameter). Big ol’ spotlights on it, filling the street with little squares of spinning light. I guess if you’re going for conspicuous…that’d do it.

I didn’t have a camera with me when I saw it, but I’ll try to snap a shot of it before the sign comes down. It’s cute.

pretty pictures

I went to Magers & Quinn today in Uptown and they seem to have been recently inundated with graphic novels. The display table across from the register is filled with various titles from Top Shelf Comics, and there were more in the section devoted to comics. I’ve never read any of these Top Shelf graphic novels, but they appear to be just that: novels, told in graphic form. I’ve seen a couple of them at the library; maybe I’ll have to check them out.

Make the Old New Again…

I spent a little time at the Palace theater this weekend. Most people have never even heard of the place. It is located by Jimmy John’s and the Park Square theater in downtown St. Paul. It is home for only a little while longer to the Brave New Workshop’s dinner show. They have been doing the show in the lobby of the theater because the theater itself isn’t up to code. I had to take a peek inside the dorrs of the main theater. We were not allowed inside because we could get the theater in trouble. It is a beautiful theater!! I can’t believe no one is ponying up the dough to fix it up.

I did some research on it and found out that it was a HUGE part of St. Paul way back in the ’20s. The Marx Brothers did shows there. At one point in time they flooded and froze the stage so that an ice skater could perform. This much specticle reminded me of the Radio City Music Hall. It isn’t quite that large, but you get the idea.

I have heard the figure to remodel the place is a minimum of thirty million dollars. I would so like an investment company to come to the city and fix this place up. It makes me sad that a large theater is just sitting dormant in a city that could use a few more large theaters. So…I am putting out the word to anyone with ideas on how to start a fundraising project or what have you. I think we need to help save this historical site…

I’ve got a Golden Ticket….

Yep, I went and did it this year. After years of seeing one or two or even zero movies at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Internation Film Festival, I bought a Gold Pass for this year. It’s an all access pass for every film, including the opening and closing night galas. A list of films hasn’t been posted yet, but you can check out their past offerings online, and with 150+ movies, I think I’ll be able to make the money well spent. That said, from 1 April to 16 April, all I’m going to do outside of work is watch movies. Anyone want to join me? You can buy gold passes from the website. Currently, they’re $150, and I’m told the price is going to go up before the festival and then go up again once the festival starts.

Mark Wheat Has a Posse

Download a PDF version.
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An homage to Shepard Fairey, I decided to doodle up a bit of propaganda for the current.

I felt like Mark needed some disconcerting attention from the masses, so the Posse was born.

You can download your very own bigass poster (tabloid/11×17) here.

The “Winter Bike Project”

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Bike Tear-Down 101

Bike Tear-Down 101,
originally uploaded by Lex.

A staple of any motorcycle rider who lives in a northern clime like Minneapolis knows that you need to fill the long winter days and nights with something to distract you from your yen to ride.

Enter the “Winter Bike Project.”

In my case, I’m tearing apart a 1990 Kawasaki ZX-6D Ninja sportbike and rebuilding it. With a little help from friends (and eBay), I have gutted the thing and am in the process of cleaning years of grime from it.

Other things I’ve done to stave off the winter blahs have been hitting the indoor go-kart racing at ProKart, and attending the International Motorcycle Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center in February.

I also made a quick trip to San Diego where I rented a Harley and cruised up into the mountains. That helped, too!

Calling all Bloggers!!

Do you like to write? Do you enjoy our glorious city? Think you can write a few posts a week? Than writting for our metroblog may be just the “write” thing for you….sorry about the bad pun.

Yes, that is right. We are seeking some fine men and women to write for the Minneapolis metblog. Sorry, there is no pay involved, but that shouldn’t stop you from signing up!! If you want to sign up or just have questions, you can contact me at I am the captain of this here blog and I will let the powers that be know you are interested. So write me and let’s keep this beast we call a blog rollin’!!

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