Archive for December, 2006

Curbly is Very Pretty

Curbly LogoI first heard of Curbly on an episode of Future Tense. The NPR story was more about how two Minneapolitans, Bruno Bornsztein and Ben Moore, built a website/company in such short order using Ruby on Rails. Which is all fine and dandy. I’m not even sure what that means, exactly, aside from knowing that Ruby on Rails is some kind of programming juju. I think the website itself is far more interesting to most folks.

Curbly calls itself a DIY Design Community. It’s all about creative home projects on the cheap. Garrick van Buren, at MNteractive, describes it as “a Web 2.0-compliant Digg + MySpace + ReadyMade magazine.”

Curbly is not only a neat concept, it’s pretty to look at. People post photos and ask questions and everyone can respond with tips and advice and whatnot, and it’s got a slick and soothing interface to boot. I’m much more inclined to read about home projects than to actually do them, but the first time I visited Curbly I got sucked in and those three hours of my life are gone forever. If you’re more the hands-on type, Curbly will be home improvement crack.

According to Garrick, the sign up process is a little involved. But I, for one, appreciate the efforts of those who have joined, because I spent a good portion of those lost three hours clicking through a daisy chain of people from the TC.

Someone recently asked what exactly “curbly” means, and Bruno answers thusly:

There’s no “official” meaning for the word Curbly. It’s a take on the phrase “curb appeal”, and we think of it as being an adjective for describing a cool house, an awesome room, or an incredible design idea.


“Wow, that house on the corner is curbly.”

“Hey, do you know a place where I can get a curbly picture frame for this Marimekko print?”

“You, your living room was a lot curblier before you covered the windows with tinted plastic wrap”

Plus, Curbly is fun to say. Curbly. Curbly!

Link Roundup

You know you’re Minnesotan…

A little Jeff Foxworthy-style winter Minnesota humor for a Friday. These are great little bits that–yes– were forwarded via e-mail to me at work. But they’re pretty dead on. The e-mail claimed Mr. Foxworthy spawned these himself, but who really knows? (if you have the expertise to answer that question – please do!!)

You know you’re Minnesotan…

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by.

If you’re proud that your state makes the national news 96 nights each year because International Falls is the coldest spot in the nation.

If you have ever refused to buy something because it’s “too spendy.”

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March,

If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don’t work there,

If your dad’s suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead,

Got an e-mail from Mike Woods, who just launched TCWiki – The People’s Guide to the Twin Cities. is the People’s guide to Minneapolis and St Paul Minnesota, and anyone can edit this website, without knowing a lot of html. TCWiki allows for a quickly developing resource for all kinds of local information. Everything on this site has been written by someone in the Twin Cities because they want to share what they love (or loathe) about our city. This entire site is maintained by the people who use it.

Check out the local Davis, CA wiki for an example of what Woods aspires TCWiki to become.

Love it. Seems to be a good complement to MinneWiki. There are lots of stubs here that need your tender love and care, people. Go crazy!

Found Photo

Originally uploaded by tgraph.

From the Twin Cities Flickr Pool. Since some of us are wishing it would snow, here’s what it looks like when it does. I favorited this one.

The Twin Cities from the Sky

minneapolis.jpgFormer (and occasional) Minnesota blogger Josh K. of the duo Josh and Josh Are Rich and Famous took some great pictures of the Twin Cities from a plane his newly trained-in-airplane-flying father was flying. I hate flying, so it makes Josh sharing these pictures extra special for me: I can see the Twin Cities from above without leaving the ground. Be sure to stop over and check them out.

Strib, you’re hurting me.

Not to keep harping on the advertising issue, but I would just like to point out that an industry professional agrees with me that it’s awful.

Seriously, Strib. The advertiser cock-sucking must stop.

Where’s the Snow?

One thing about living in the urban winter wonderland (more likely frozen, paved tundra), is that we get lot’s of snow to go with the bone chilling temperatures. We had the bone chilling temperatures last week, but no snow. This week we’ve got some fall type weather: it might be 50 degress tomorrow.

If it doesn’t snow by next Wednesday, we will have broken the record for the latest half-inch snowfall of the season. As of tonight, we’re already in 5th place. The weather forecast for the next 7 days calls for dry, warmer than average weather. Looks like we’ll break that record.

We’ll still see some of the white stuff though; the least amount of snow we’ve ever gotten in a season was 14.2 inches back in 1930-31. Really, I don’t mind not shoveling or constantly refilling my windsheild fluid from all the salt spray. But it sure does look a lot prettier with some snow for the Holidays.

By any other name…

The Chicago Tribune has an article about the recent switchover of Marshall Fields stores to the Macy’s name. The article explores Macy’s attepts to win back customers that left after the store changed names.

I, for one, am not impressed with Macy’s…that may be the irrational shopper in me, but I feel like Macy’s is a cheaper store than MF used to be. Macy’s ads look outdated to me, not as professional as MF’s. Macy’s attempts to skimp on costs show in their handling of the buyout. In the Chicago Tribune, Macy’s admits to changing the name of the store as quickly as possible to save money on advertising costs.

What is everyone else doing? I’m staying loyal to my old Dayton’s, to tell you the truth.

The New Lynx Coach

The Minnesota Lynx finally found a replacement for their head coach that resigned back in July. A former assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves will step into the role of leading the WNBA’s second-worst team in the 2006 season.

Don Zierden, a big Flip Saunders understudy, was chosen to move from his current position of a talent scout for the Detroit Pistons to the position of head coach.

My favorite quote from the entire Star Tribune article?

Although Zierden never has coached women or in the WNBA, his sister Debbie has been a Lynx season-ticket holder from the team’s start in 1999.

Well, by God, I sat two rows behind a season ticket holder during the games I went to, so I should clearly be eligible for any assistant coaching job that might become available.

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