Happy Anniversary to me.

Today I was interviewed for the Bullhorn, a local music zine, by Seth from the Undesirables. It dawned on me when he asked how long I have lived in Duluth that today is the 12th Anniversary of my arrival in town.

I was living in Owatonna, MN. previously and had just moved in to an old VW van for the summer when I found out that I could transfer from Gold Cross Owatonna to the Duluth office. Well I drove straight up and have not regretted it since. Thank you Duluth, thank you friends. Heres to the next 12.

Oh, my birthday is a week from today too. No gifts greater than 20 bucks please (kidding, 30 bucks will be fine.)

Jamba Juice

Wow, yesterday in the Cities I had some Jamba Juice with Energy Boost, and today I'm completely wired. the Juice once rescued me, Dr. Thunder, and Regis from severe dehydration caused by throwing a football around and hiking 5 miles in 90 degree weather along Lake Mendota while in the throes of massive hangovers. Regis got the Femme Boost.

Dreams really do come true.

From the absent-minded Professor

What's another word for "pirate treasure"?

Moving up a notch

Tomorrow, Duluth City Councilor Donny Ness gets married. This excites me because it means I move up one notch on the Duluth's Most Eligible Bachelor list. The problem is that the list doesn't really exist yet in any semi-official way. So, feel free to comment with your nominations. Maybe we can use a PDD Poll to organize them.


In case you didn't see what the City Pages had to say about Duluth and PDD, here it is.

Best Weekend Getaway


There are quaint American cities without Duluth's windblown bohemia, lakeside burghs without Duluth's severe beauty, and party towns without Duluth's excessiveness. But combine these fascinations into one place, located less than three hours north of the Twin Cities, and you have an almost obligatory road trip for anyone interested in culture as well as nature. For the latter, by the way, Duluth is cooler than down here even on a hot summer day--like the feeling of going down into your basement. The historic port city on the mouth of Lake Superior is so under-run with tourists in the off season that you can virtually count on seclusion along the beach at Park Point, a six-mile-long spit of sand and wispy grass that looks straight out of a French New Wave film. Cross back over the Aerial Lift Bridge toward Superior St., and stop by Hepzibah's candy store for a truffle (394 Lake Ave. S., www.hepzibahs.com). Then explore the Central Hillside neighborhood, home of most of the city's great bands (including Low and their brother band, the Black-Eyed Snakes), plus enough antique, magazine, and coffee shops to keep geeks geeked. (Speaking of which, Duluth is home to the nation's only Geek Prom.) But don't miss the sights that sink into the mind's eye: the old Glensheen Mansion, the Superior Hiking Trail, Leif Erickson Park's rose garden. And once you've cushioned your stomach for a night's hard living (at any of a dozen good, cheap restaurants), check out the half-dozen great live-music clubs: among them, Beaner's Café (324 N. Central Ave., 218.624.5957), Pizza Lucé (11 E. Superior St., 218.727.7400), Fitger's Brewery (600 E. Superior St., 218.722.8826), and the sporadically reopening NorShor Theatre (211 E. Superior St., 218.727.7585). Pick up copies of The Reader Weekly and The Ripsaw News for full details and events, and check out the web log listed above for a better taste of their flavor, which is often wry, ready for fun, a little on the desperate side.

c'mon thunder, c'mon thunder

Did anyone else catch the *double rainbow* over the lake about an hour ago? I tried to take a picture, but this was the best I could do:

I think it has its charms, though, all gray and overcast -- very northern.

Any storm chasers out there? How do you get good pictures of lightning? Everytime I try, all I capture is endless rain...

Summer's Coming

Day At The Deeps

This video (7.4 mgs) requires QUICKTIME to play.

It's certainly worth mentioning.

Courtesy of commentor FattyT (see post below): Best Weekend Getaway.

And they're right. We can be "a little on the desperate side." But, I'd like to think that we do desperate well and with a sense of style.


Found on Letterman!

Davey and Pete of Found Magazine are going to be on the Letterman show tonight showing off their groovy finds. This is the same Found Magazine that we talked in to coming to Duluth on June 21rst.

I have not finalized all the arrangements yet but it will be happening at the Lafayette square on Park Point. Bring a dish to pass and something to drink. Oh and bring your cool finds and maybe it will end up in their next issue.


Poll Results

1. Blah [16 votes, 29.62%]
2. Blah Blah [19 votes, 25.68%]
3. Blah Blah Blah [39 votes, 52.70%]


Prairie Home Companion Rawks Duluth.

I am not always a fan of PHC. I have often thought they could benefit from some editing, but when my peeps from Dullyouth are hobnobbin with Garrison I say 3 hours more!!

If you did not catch the live performance, it will be repeated today at 11am. Charlie and Jerree were the best. Louis Jenkins also delivered the goods. I loved it when Garrison talked about coming over the hill and seeing the lake, that always tugs at my heart strings.

God bless Duluth.


Bake Sale Report

The MoveOn.org Bake Sale was huge fun. It was especially neat to have people come to the sale because they read about it on perfectduluthday.com! Synergy is in the air.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this little lark in participatory democracy. Together we raised $290.75 for MoveOn.org PAC and met a lot of cool like-minded people in the process.

Peace and Cookies!

Charlie Parr on PHC

Congatulations to all you awesome Duluth musicians and Poets. I'll post some pics of Louis Jenkins later.

Jerree Small live on Prairie Home Companion!

I captured a few photos of Jerree on PHC. Garrison Keillor sang with her, eewww.

I'll try to get some of Charlie Parr too but my computer keeps crashing.


iDuck USB Memory Storage Device

iDuck USB Memory Storage Device
ok, this is just silly, iDucks anyone?

and they glow in the dark when you plug them in.

Bill turns 440 today!

Happy Birthday to Billy the Bard!

If you didn't hear Duluth's own Dominick Papatola's channeling of Shakespeare this morning on Minnesota Public Radio's State of the Arts, check it out here at time code 48:20. Very funny.

Bake Sale!

Fire up your ovens and your imagination!

Let your baked goods tell the world how you feel about the Bush Administration and bring your goodies into the MoveOn.org bake sale tomorrow. Our table will be at the Earth Day Fair at the Farmers' Market (14th Ave East and 3rd Street) on Saturday, April 24 starting at 11am. If you can't bake anything, stop by and buy something. See you tomorrow!


There needs to be more books like this.

(Thanks Alibris)

I can't get it out of my head.

I was listening to the Duluth City Council meeting on the radio a couple of weeks ago. It was the portion of the meeting where people are allowed to address the council. This was a particularly long session because a large group attended to try to sway the councilers votes about the Ten Commandments Monument. I think the theory was if every person spoke they would be representing a good cross section of duluthians, or at least 'the majority' that everyone keeps referring to. Amongst all of the typical thinly veiled prejudice and threatening comments, one fellow had a comment that I still am trying to wrap my head around. Forgive my paraphrasing because it doesn't do justice to the original statement, as this was several days ago. I wish I had recorded it.

His vew was that the ACLU has been preaching a doctrine of 'there are no absolutes.' That people should be doing whatever they want to do. Furthermore, he stated that the ACLU has close ties to the National Education Association and the entertainment industry. These ties result in our children being taught this doctrine, and conditioned to believe it throughout their lives. He realized this while watching an episode of Star Trek that supported this doctrine (I wish I knew which one). Needless to say, it was the last time he ever watched the show. Evidence of this is everywhere, he said, but most notably the Columbine shootings, where the shooters believed that they had the right to do whatever they wanted. Conversely, the Ten Commandments are a doctrine of absolutes and should be fought for because they tell everyone what is truly right and wrong.

Looking back, it probably made as much sense as the rest of the arguments presented that night, but can't we at least leave Star Trek out of it?

Addendum: I know this is a little less lighthearted than the usual discussion on this blog, but I haven't posted anything in a while and I've been in a more serious mode as of late. I would also like to mention that I find this comment to be funny and disturbing at the same time.


So much for the city.

A thermos of coffee. A bottle of Baileys. And this.

There is something somewhere every hour of the day.

(Or there's this for the time being.)


Because there is so much happening this Saturday and I have to work I will be rescheduling this event. Not sure when, but soon I hope.

Good Women and Men of Duluth, the Pirates are here! Karpeles Manuscript Museum has changed exhibits from that boring old scallywag Napoleon, to the exciting world of the Barbary Pirates.

Whaddya say we all don our Pirate duds and head to Karpeles about 1pm on Saturday April 24th.

Lets meet at Sir Benedicts Tavern on the Lake for a pre-visit Grog and walk up to the Karpeles en masse. Casual pirate wear will be fine. For more silly Pirate fun go here.



Now What?

So now that I have become Geek Queen I am wondering: when do me and the Geek King get to move into our Star Trek-themed castle and live geekly ever after? Going back to work and dressing in a socially acceptable manner is such a drag.


A commentary from Blunt Radio.
I love media by youth, and you geeks. Thanks to Barrett who solves all my blogging problems!

Geek Prom King

i've been waiting for an excuse to plug his photos for a while now. being crowned geek prom king is as good of an excuse as any...

hethrael is his website. there you will find the photos. some of my favorites include the ice crystals on windows. and the 'holy lift bridge' photos.

long live the king!


Now what do we say?

With another Geek Prom on the shelf, I think it is more than appropriate to say thanks to those who made the whole event happen.

For quite some days and weeks, Messers Lundgren and Lunt have been planning, plotting, and scheming to adequately deliver an evening like no other.

For these last few months, and for the last three years, I've had the chance to help out in whatever way I could, and I could not be more pleased and proud of the work that they've done... especially this year.

Then there's the countless others who made sure the multitude of details developed, moved ahead, and met up where they needed to. We know who they are and they are equally deserving of our appreciation, as well.

So, if you had a good time, join me in thanking those who made it all possible. Blogging your gratitude will save you the price of a stamp.

More fun with tapes.

Today I present you with Jan's home answering machine tape. Numbers have been edited to protect the innocent.



Have fun






Video, video...

I have a minute & a half avi video of the spaz dance from Sat. If I can find a faster way to upload it I will (10MB), at dial up speed it is tooooo slloowww.

I am not a videographer.

However, here is a longish movie (Quicktime, 26Mb) from last night's Geek Prom. It's a big download, and poor quality, but it does show how much fun we had. If any of you geeks have any hints as to how to make videos smaller without reducing the quality so much, I would love to hear them. But for now, enjoy.



pic from gp3

Uh ... where are all you guys?

Oh! Oh! OK! You're right here!

How do we top this? I just touched a sting ray.

Geek Prom Update!

Spaz Dancing complete! (Congrats to PDDer Zoey on her victory. Some other guy I don't know won, too.)

Trailer Park Queen is rockin the socks off the place.

To quote Dennis DeYoung, "Dreams do come true."

Coronation comin' up!


Live From Geek Prom 3!

What are you doing online, GEEK? Get your pasty butt down to the aquarium, and join your brethren. There are balloons, funky lights, fish, balloons, Ms. Ludwig on the accordion, fish, balloons, a live webcast, bunnies running around outside, balloons, fish, and GEEKS.

More updates later. Now pick up your cousin and get down here!


hey bloggerati, poopers and assorted geeks, freaks and the like. i am sadly stuck in minneapolis and will miss geek prom for the 3rd year in a row. just want to say have tons of spastic fun and i can't wait to see the pictures of all you.


A game of chicken

With Homegrown coming up and all, thought you guys might find this amusing.

Cheap, decent beer

$7.99 longneck 12pks of Huber Bock at Keyport. (I don't work for Keyport, just tellin' ya!)


Poll Results

What's your favorite diet?

1. Atkins [4 votes, 6.90%]
2. Blood Type Diet [4 votes, 6.90%]
3. Juice Fast [1 vote, 1.72%]
4. Binge and Purge [25 votes, 43.10%]
5. Slim Fast [0 votes, 0.00%]
6. The Zone [0 votes, o.00%]
7. 7 Day Bikini [1 voye, 1.72%]
8. God's Diet [10 votes, 17.24%]
9. Subway Diet [3 votes, 5.17%]
10. The Richard Simmon's Diet [ 10 votes, 17.24%]

Duluth’s Girl Editors Rummage Their Way to Washington

Come get your geek prom accessories and support my girls this weekend by going to their MEGA RUMMAGE SALE!
If you'd like to donate items, bring them to the address below today (Thur) or tomorrow (Fri) between 5:30 and 7 p.m.

New Moon Magazine’s Girls Editorial Board (GEB), local girls between the ages of 8-14, are having a rummage sale this weekend to raise money to attend the Turn Beauty Inside Out National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

WHAT: New Moon’s GEB Mega Rummage Sale
New & used items, jewelry, hand-crafted soap, t-shirts, & more

WHEN: Saturday, April 17, 2004

TIME: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

WHERE: Kenwood Lutheran Church
324 W. Cleveland St.

The Turn Beauty Inside Out (TBIO) Campaign began four years ago because these local girls wanted to change the way society views girls and women. The 2004 TBIO Campaign focus is women and girls as political leaders. For the first time, the Turn Beauty Inside Out National Leadership Conference, May 1-3, 2004 in Washington, D.C, is open to all girls through-out the United States. Girls will meet women policy makers, learn about careers in politics, and learn how to be agents of change in their communities.

Besides finding those treasures you can’t live without, you’ll help send these girls on their way to change the world!

A Perfect Duluth Day

I recently made four short videos on spec for the Light Rail station kiosks in Minneapolis. This is one of them. The videos had to be under 1:30 in length and there were two themes you could choose from: "Minnesota Nice" or "The Weather". I chose the latter. I had a lot of footage - mainly of the Duluth area - leftover from a documentary I made in 2001. Anyway, you'll need Quicktime Player to view this (go to Apple's website to download a free copy). The file is 4.7mgs in size so you techno-peasants still using dial-up will have time to clean the house while waiting for the download.


Two part post

Ok, so I know what I consider geeky music, but what about you? I may be part of tonight's Starfire Lounge geek edition (along with the esteemed Mr Chase and our ever gracious host) and while I'm sure I could incite a mass exodus for the door I don't really wish to. So speak up, what's geek in the music world according to vous?

and 2nd topic (two for the price of one) new artwork now up at RedRabbitRiversmith for those that may be interested. As well I wish to extend a thank you to those who made it to Bridget's show last week it was a staggering turnout, merci.

Such a week.

I really like this picture. I like it so much that I'm going to share it.
Thank you Boatnerd... for everything.


What The Hell Is With This?

I open up the Duluth News Tribune, and this is glaring back at me from the front page of the Local section. I'm going to have nightmares for a week.

Questions political

I am curious about something that came up in a discussion recently

Once/if Kerry is elected in Nov, undoubtedly organizations like MoveOn will have played a vital role in getting people to vote. Is MoveOn and other like (quasi-partisan) organizations likely to remain committed to Kerry? Or is this simply a 'anybody but Bush' election year, after which Kerry potentially becomes the next target? I am not sure how other people feel about Kerry (personally he rates about a C+ in my book, as opposed to a F or D- for Bush) and am a little concerned about a Democracy where vast numbers of people either do not vote, or vote reluctantly because a particular candidate is move evil than the other


Our publicity stunt was a smashing success. We packed 21 Geeks in a Kia Rio and all the news stations came to the event.

Only 4 days till the Prom now.

Can I confirm any of you for the Geek Streak?

pictures couresy of barrettchase.com


Bake Sale to Stick it to the Man

New Information!

MoveOn.org is trying to raise money for its Political Action Committee the old fashioned way - they're asking their members to hold a bake sale. You can sign up here.

I have rented space at the Whole Foods Co-op's Annual Earth Day Fair at the Farmers' Market on Saturday, April 24. I'm going out on a limb here, but I hope there will be people who will bring baked goods to sell and will hang out at the booth. I'm bringing my television and dvd player to show the Bush in 30 Seconds ads.

All of the money raised will go to support the MoveOn.org PAC which is dedicated towards defeating Bush in November. Find out more here.


ice dams can do some damage


I can hardly wait.

What to do with those leftover Peeps?

Here's a nifty little game for those geeks among us with too many peeps (which, for me, is one). Each player needs 3-5 peeps of a single color, 30 jelly beans of the same color, two halves of a plastic egg, and a hex map you can download at the website. It looks fun. If anyone is actually interested in playing it, lemme know and I'll try to get a game together at Robin Goodfellow or some other location.


Go Jesus!

Hello little bunnies. On this fine Easter I thought I would pass on some sweet Easter facts.

-Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year for Americans, who consumed 7 billion pounds of candy in 2001, according to the National Confectioner's Association.

-Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year.

-Each Easter season, Americans buy more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps, shaped like chicks, as well as Marshmallow Bunnies and Marshmallow Eggs, making them the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.

-In 1953, it took 27 hours to create a Marshmallow Peep. Today it takes six minutes.

-Rabbits symbolized new life and rebirth in ancient Egypt. They considered it a symbol of the moon as the moon determines the date of Easter. The Easter Bunny's visit is based upon a German Legend. The legend goes that a poor woman decorated eggs for her children to find during a famine. At the moment they found them, they looked up to see a big bunny hopping away.

Here is a horrifying story I found in my research on this holy day.

Finally, I just wanted to say hello to you all. My journey has taken me much farther than I ever thought it would, but I just may be making it home real soon. I miss you all very much.

Peace and love,

Castiron Rabbitt.

If Looks Could Kill

It's Geek Week!

Calling all Geeks, putzes and smallish people without claustrophobia. On Tuesday, April 13, at the Great Lakes Aquarium we will be stuffing as many people as possible into a Brand spanking new Kia Rio. All the news cameras will be there and the stunt will be airing live.

We will need as many spazzes as possible to pull this stunt off so show up at 5:45pm in front of the Aquarium (parking should be free in the lot) and dress geeky but comfortable. Your assistance in our publicity machine will be greatly appreciated.

The difference between us and a computer is that, the computer is blindingly stupid, but it is capable of being stupid many, many million times a second.
-Douglas Adams


craft night

um, i don't know if these photos will work, this is craft night at shanna & mindy's (2/3 of the keepaways)

grocery budget

tonight while exercising i was thinking about how excited i am about going to vintage duluth tomorrow to pick out a geek prom dress, and i wondered why i didn't go to the first one (my attendance was required last year as brian was playing, and i was glad to go).
then i realized it was because the ticket price was so huge to me at that time, when i was spending $5 a week on groceries for the both of us. that $5 was for crap like:
a $1 loaf of bread
$1.50 for cheese
$.80 for eggs
and maybe a cucumber & a tomato, potatoes, onions, pasta, or a jar of jalapenos, or something like that.
i made grilled cheese sandwiches & tomato soup, omelets, spicy pancakes in the oven, fried egg sandwiches, pasta, etc.
obviously, this was the pre-vegan era. we had the occasional splurge like a bottle of ketchup, jar of mayo, a $1 spice, olive oil, salt, fruit, etc. i bet our grocery budget was $25 - $30 a month all together. i now spend $30 - $50 a week on groceries, but it's not because we're vegan. it's because we have the money and can buy whatever we want to eat and do most of our shopping at the co-op. i could totally do $5 a week as an herbivore: rice/lentils/beans (alternating weekly, because $1 - $1.50 worth of any of these lasts more than 1 week), $1.50 worth of tofu, produce . . . nutritional yeast, flour, oil, whatever, when necessary.
it made me wonder about other people's groceries. like, i always used to run into chris whittier in the grocery, and i would always look in his cart. i always look at other people's stuff at the check-out line too. so, for real, i want to hear about other people's food expenditures.

Bad Friday for Purple

Started with a bad morning -- lack of sleep, no coffee in the house, little pirate's attempted mutiny.
Then my sister said the words that brightened up my day: "George Kessler did the weather last night."

My heart jumped. My George. Back in Duluth. What could be more perfect?

KBJR does not have contact info for him. My News 6 contact said that his min-mouse shop was still in business. Figured out it was called Secret Seven, BUT THE NUMBER'S DISCONNECTED!

Dear George, please come to geek prom. GLA has mini-weather center that needs your supervision........

for your Good Friday reading pleasure...

Here's a link to my review of "The Passion" for anyone who's interested. It's on my new as yet unperfected personal weblog.