Archive for July, 2008

Found Photo: At the bus stop this morning

Originally uploaded by twodolla.

It can happen to anyone. Stay alert. Stay aware. Stay informed. Perhaps stay away from the 4.

Seriously, a necrotizing fasciitis PSA at the bus stop?

4 days late and some goldfish short.

Ever get that nagging feeling like you’re forgetting something, but you can’t quite place what it is?

Yeah, me too. I was supposed to pick up some  Pepperidge Farm® – Goldfish® Crackers for the wife while I was out running errands on Sunday.

IAqualand Aquarium Center‎
Thanks Kurt, for the photo that jarred my mind and reminded me what a horrible husband I am.

Photo originally Uploaded on July 26, 2008
by Kurt Peters.  

Frugal things to do you’re in Minneapolis

The Money Life Network has a series called “Frugal things to do when you’re in…“ featuring free or cheap things to do.

From the Minneapolis-St. Paul list:

  • Lake Calhoun: A great place to go for the day to enjoy some sun, a canoe ride, maybe some beach volleyball and a nice walk around the 3+mile lake. It is the place to see and be seen in the summer months (FREE)
  • Minnehaha Falls: The falls are a natural wonder, and definitely a must visit for shutterbugs. In the area surrounding you can take nice long walk from the falls down to the Mississippi river. Beautiful! (FREE)
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: A 1,047-acre garden and arboretum about 20 minutes outside of Minneapolis. Because of it’s natural beauty this is often a chosen as a great spot for weddings and for just getting some great pictures. (15 and under free, $7 adults. Free all day Thursday in the winter, and free on Thursday evenings from 4.30 p.m. until 8 p.m. or sunset in the summer)
  • Lyndale Park Rose Gardens at Lake Harriet: Lake Harriet in south Minneapolis has a beautiful Rose Garden that has been blooming every year since 1907-1908. It’s a popular place for weddings, photography and peaceful reflection. If you’re going to Lake Calhoun anyway, stop by the Rose Gardens, it is just a short walk away. Also, right across the street is a beautiful Japanese Gardens (FREE)

Also on the list, Como Zoo, MOA, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Sculpture Garden, MIA, food, sports, museums, etc. etc. Full list here.

Uh, Yeah. Good Question.

MinnPost asks the best question ever: Franken’s jokes, Coleman’s digs: Do voters really care?

These are old themes: Franken’s not qualified to be a senator because of tasteless humor in the past. Coleman’s not qualified because of relationships – financial and apartment leases – from powerful groups or, in this case, a tainted senator who is tied to powerful groups.

Two questions: Are either of these SERIOUS ethical issues? Do voters care?

I have, in this blog, called Norm Coleman a “spineless, self-serving shell of a human being with no redeeming qualities and, to be fair, no offensive qualities” and I called Al Franken “a capable comedian. And that’s about it.”

Let’s be clear: Al Franken isn’t unqualified to be a senator because of the jokes he told. He’s unqualified because his ego dwarfs Paul Bunyan: he’s running for a top political post because he’s famous (i.e. because he can). Come on! Even Jesse was a suburban mayor before he was governor. Franken should take a note from a man with an ego that rivals his own. Simply having opinions does not make you US Senate material.

As for Coleman, I don’t think any pseudo-scandal about shady business dealings matters. At all. So what? He’s rich; of course he had a shady business dealing. I wonder how many shady business dealings Franken has had. Instead, let’s look at his complicity with Bush Administration policies and his lack of creativity or vociferousness on the really important issues. He’s in there already, so let’s judge him on what and how he’s actually done (or not done) as a senator… seems to me there’s enough fodder for Franken right there.

We’re looking for stopping power — basically, to make people stop

From the Minnesota Independent:

Now the [Hamline-Midway] neighborhood is getting 37 artist-designed signs with oddball imagery meant to make drivers slow down—if only to figure out why a sign that shows a dog says “CAT.”

Got me thinking of this video about how an advertising agency would develop a stop sign from scratch.

Erica’s 2008 Pre-Fringe Priority Show List

fringe2008.pngThis is the list of shows at the Minnesota Fringe Festival that I want to see right away, before everyone else figures out how good they are and they’re impossible to get into.

It’s based on what I saw from both Fringe-For-All Showcases (one I attended at the Ritz Theater, the other I watched on YouTube) and prior experience with the artists. On a scale of 1 to 5 — 1 being “don’t bother” and 5 being “don’t miss” — these are the ones I gave 4s and 5s to. Presented in alphabetical order.

WCCO launches YouReport just released public “beta” of a YouReport UGC site for posting pictures and video.

Early feedback: Great concept. I had to install Silverlight first, which wasn’t very cool. Videos don’t have embeddable technology, which greatly hinders any content on this site from having any viral appeal.

What do you think?

I guess we are lucky in Minneapolis. (Dog Owners that is)

Previously, I had written a complaint or what you would call what I thought was an overreaching fee for being able to use the dog parks in Minneapolis. I guess I actually should be grateful that we have the amount of Dog Parks in Minneapolis we do. My dog still loves the dog park, but if I lived in St. Paul I guess I would have more trouble finding one.

According to this article on the Twin Cities Daily Planet St. Paul has only one dog park, but they are trying to get more. The article also talks about the Minneapolis fees and how they came about.

Introducing The Hub


If Metblogs is a city, hub.metblogs is the playground. We kept hearing from people that one of their favorite parts of Metblogs was meeting and interacting with readers and writers from other parts of the world, as well as getting requests for more ways that readers could be involved besides just posting comments. We thought about this for a while and decided that with a network like this, a giant community area where folks from all over the world could hang out, post photos and videos, talk with each other, form groups, play games, send messages, and do about a million other things was probably a pretty fun idea. The Hub is that.

If you have any tech ideas or suggestions join this group and speak up. See you on hub.metblogs!

"From Minnesota to Puerto Morelos"

That’s the sign on the awning of Caffetto’s. It’s a coffee shop in Puerto Morelos, a town about 20 minutes south of Cancun. There’s a Caffetto’s here, at 22nd and Lyndale. Same owners. There’s a photo on the wall showing all three of their locations.

I had the pleasure of spending a week in Puerto Morelos. Apparently, there’s a huge Twin Cities connection. There are lots of people from here who have houses, condos, hotels, stores, tour outfits and whatnot down there. There are lots of people from here who retire down there. There are lots of people from here who just visit a lot down there.

If you know the right person, you can rent a house or arrange some other things for yourself if you go down there.

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