Archive for March, 2009

P.O.S. Covers Pearl Jam?

This is awesome! Ten Out of Ten: Rapper Covers Pearl Jam

From NyMag

Our long-standing, knee-jerk aversion to undie rap is in peril after hearing this live bedroom performance by a young man who calls himself P.O.S. (quit hatin’ … on yourself, dude). Outfitted in a crisp flannel shirt, Stefon Leron Alexander — his given name; really, what must his mom think of him calling himself piece of shhh? — rips out a startlingly great cover of Pearl Jam’s “Why Go,”

Watch the Video!


Walker Art Center: Experiment Jetset

Looking for something to do tonight? Head to the Walker Art Center Cinema tonight at 7p for what sounds like a pretty unique perspective on the implications of modernism. Huh? Let them describe it:

Based in Amsterdam and founded in 1997 by Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers, and Danny van den Dungen, Experimental Jetset has been consistently reinterpreting the implications of modernism, often from the perspective of a youth-based counterculture. The studio is perhaps best known to U.S. audiences from their appearance in the documentary Helvetica (2007), and their dogmatic use of that typeface has become a defining aspect of their work and has influenced new generations of graphic designers. Experimental Jetset’s iconic print work explores ways in which we are both shaped by and help shape our material environment. Projects for cultural clients include collaborations with the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum, Purple Institute, Centre Pompidou, Colette, Dutch Post Group, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Le Cent Quatre, De Theatercompagnie, and 2K/Gingham, which released their iconic John&Paul&Ringo&George T-shirt design. The studio’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the world, and in 2007 New York’s Museum of Modern Art acquired a large selection of their projects for inclusion in its permanent collection. Since 2000, members of Experimental Jetset have been teaching at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.

This lecture will be webcast live and archived on the Walker Channel (

Learn more about the Walker, view the event details, or check out their other events.

Ignite yourself

No, not like that….

There is a new event series coming to Minneapolis. Matt hinted at it in his interdoctury post, but here are the fully deets:

Ignite Minneapolis is our very own chapter of the Ignite presentation series, which aims to help people develop presentation skills, have a good time, and dispense free beer.

The basic format is a 5 minute presentation. You are allowed 20 slides. Each one changes after 15 seconds, automatically. The result is usually wildly funny, no matter how the presentation goes.

The first event will be at Solera on April 22nd. Full details, and a few videos, can be found on the Ignite MPLS website.

Space is filling up, so RSVP or even sign up to present (which reminds me, should probabally get started on that…)

Minneapolis is less manly than 17 other cities

Flickr CC: Don Solo (

Flickr CC: Don Solo (

We hunt, fish, race snowmobiles and sell out monster truck events. But fellow Minneapolitans, we’re not measuring up on the manly list!

Mars Snackfood recently released their list of “America’s Manliest Cities” – a study commissioned by COMBOS and Bert Sperling, the dude behind the popular “Best Places to Live” studies.

Damn it, you guys — Minneapolis ranked 18 out of 50

Well some sissies may argue #18 is better than #49 or #50, but any real man will tell you there’s only one place to be on that list, and that’s #1.

Listen up, men.

Starting today, let’s all make a vow to stop showering, only eat at BBQ restaurants and spend all day Saturday at the hardware store.

Our wives will love it, and we’ll show the whole world just who has the hairiest chest next year at this time.

Just wait and see, Nashville. That’s right. We’re talking to you.

(Disclaimer: Mars is a client of my company, but I don’t work on this brand and didn’t work on this campaign)

Good morning, Twincy’nam!


Hello greater St. Paul and beyond. Thanks for having me to this bLog. I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal. People know me. I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany. You might recognize me (or my dog) from Twitter. Maybe you’ve seen my bike in your rear view mirror, or pulled over on the side of the road. Maybe we’ve raised a glass of Surly Furious at the Tap. In all likelihood, none of the above are true, but at the very least, I hope you caught the Anchorman reference. I’m not very important, but… (more…)

About the Red River Flooding

By now, most of you have heard about the fears of floodingalong the Red River Valley in eastern North Dakota, western Minnesota, and parts of Canada.  For those unfamiliar with the area and the problem, the primary resason this area is so flood-prone in early spring is the fact that unlike most rivers in North America, the Red River of the North flows to the north. That means meltoff from downriver from is running up against ice farther north. Because the land there (it’s an ancient lakebed) is pankcake flat and is still frozen solid, the water spreads outward quickly, causing massive overland flooding. Add a year of near record snowfall in the Fargo-Moorehead area, a (too) quick thaw, and heavy rains, and we have the potential for the worst flooding ever.

Let’s hope the experts are wrong, that the sandbags and volunteers arive in time, and that the new levees hold.

A personal shout out to my brother-in-law in Valley City, ND, one of the towns threatened by flood waters. Stay safe,  Don!

Can’t stand the heat?

It’s been said that when it comes to local commenters the group commenting on offer the lowest form of discourse.

I like to read the comments for entertainment purposes and occasionally someone actually does make a really good point, sure other times it’s all flames and vitriol.

Today I noticed local gossip “Lifestyle” columnist C.J.’s stories no longer have the comments feature enabled.

I guess using a newspaper column to talk about people’s personal lives is fine, but when someone want’s to comment about the articles, that are often perceived as attacks, well that’s just not copesetic.

Now I’m no fancy big city Lifestyle columnist, but it seems to me if any section of the online paper should have commenting enabled it’s the Lifestyle section.

Is something wrong, C.J.? Did a commenter hurt your feelings?

The irony is palpable.

So here’s your chance to tell C.J. what you think of her column.

Please be civil, this isn’t the STrib comment section.


Vote for new MN license plates.. quick!

This isn’t the most timely of posts since voting ends tonight (Sunday) at midnight, but the Minnesota DNR is asking  residents to choose four new critical habitat license plates. So go vote, if you care.

And is it just me, or does the plate with the loons look exactly like the regular license plates? Maybe I’m completely wrong, because honestly I just don’t pay attention to license plates. I voted, anyway.

How much can a seahorse cost?


You may have heard that the place for fun in your life has added a new seahorse exhibit to Underwater Adventures. The exhibit consists of 5-6 tanks containing different varieties of the sea creatures. As the title of this post suggests, I have no idea how much a seahorse is going for these days, but $250K seems pretty steep for what they ended up with. “Seahorse Kingdom” is inconveniently placed after the more-impressive tunnel aquarium of turtles, sting rays and sharks. Because of this, I had a feeling of “oh, seahorses, gee-whiz” as I walked through the exhibit. But I’ve never seen an actual seahorse before, and it was cool to see. Interesting fact that you probably already know, but I didn’t: Male seahorses carry the young.

Minnesota Manholes (really)

I never really thought about manholes. But did you know there’s an entire industry devoted to manholes and their upkeep — specifically keeping them level and watertight?

I discovered this 8 minute video of the folks at Mr. Manhole giving their pitch low energy pitch to Woodbury civic leaders:


“Woodbury is a very upscale community in the Minneapolis Saint Paul area. It is a beautiful city. It has many manholes in the roadways. We were invited there to demonstrate to the City of Woodbury how the Mr. Manhole System could be used to bring manhole frames and lids to the appropriate level.”


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