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Ever feel like there is too much to do?

Save a few hours on the 10th of December and a couple extra bucks.. Details coming soon

Introducing My New Band Name

I was going to call my band Sexual Predator, but I thought this would be more subtle. And the logo is ready to go. Now all I have to do is develop musical talent and find a drummer.


What is it? Part 1

10 (worthless?) blog points to whomever can accurately identify what this is.

Anybody want a pair?

Yo peeps. We have made it to Stockholm and it is really cold here. So cold that we almost bought a pair of these. These are so "Mork calling Orson, come in Orson."

Nicks college friend Yufang is putting us up in her swank highrise pad which is great because Scandinavia is very expensive. We did however get haircuts from a Transgender barber at the Tube station. She was amazing! She did a haircut every 8 minutes all in a mini-skirt.

We also enjoyed some Sushi, which was affordable and delicious.

We will be hanging out here with the beautiful Swedes till Thursday when we head off to meet the Ogre.

Hope you are all doing fine and will someone please open a bakery which makes crusty French bread and sells wine for 2 bucks a bottle. Thanks in advance.

ps. Will you fix the pic size again Barrett, I tried to make it smaller to no avail.

An Interesting Discussion About Everyone's Favorite Topic(s)

I enjoyed this little blog about porn/prostitution, and thought some of you might like to cram the PDD comment section with your thoughts about it.

Why can't you legally pay someone to have sex with you, but you can pay someone to have sex with someone else if you film it?


Oh Target

What won't you do?

click for full ad

And now for something completely different...

I took a motorbike trip last summer to a Tibetan buddhist monestary in Northern California. In the end, a search for solace and enlightenment became a quest to survive: deadly heat and drought in the Western states, a blown tire at 70 mph, a traveling partner completely obssessed by the recent break-up of his relationship (he was dumped, they were engaged), extreme physical discomfort, and my own neuroses which were quite inescapable while I was stuck in a helmet for 14-hours every day.

So I took pictures. Here's three. Hope you all had a swell weekend.


Best Thanksgiving ever.

Joyeux Thanksgiving.

Nicholas et moi sont arrives a Paris. Nicholas was pick-pocketed in Barcelona on the Subway just 12 hours after the mugging, he did the right thing though and asked loudly where the hell his wallet went. We think it was the pregnant woman in front of us that made the bump. Due to his protest the wallet dropped to the train floor just before the doors opened. We would have been screwed without it. Eurail pass, credit cards, passport.

Anyways we took a train to Montpellier and spent a lovely evening in a cheap hotel followed by some amazing coffee on the local square. Then we took a high-speed train to Paris and met Bob Pokorney. He has set us up in his tiny apartment near the Louve.

Today we spent a leisurley morning drinking coffee and looking at famous art at the Love. This was extra great since we picked up the DaVinci Code to read on our train rides.

Currently we are enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner with Bob's friends who are studying in Paris with him. Mashed Potatoes, Veggie torte, Red wine, cheese and bread.

Excuse the random post but I am getting quite drunk and I should be getting back to the party.

Thank you Meghan for the computer and Andy for the Wi-Fi.

Tommorow we head to Copenhagen!

Happy Turkey Day!

If anyone is interested, there is a free turkey dinner at the DECC today (Thursday) from 11AM - 5PM. Come and get your turkey meal served to you by yours truly (and the Mayor, too!)

Happy Turkey Day, everyone!


Why didn't I think of this?!?

This could quite possibly be the greatest idea of all time - perhaps even surpassing the invention of the wheel itself.

Strange, though. I've always heard it called the "Stumble to the Shore," wherein one starts at Belknap Avenue and works his/her/their way down Tower Avenue to the shore of St. Louis Bay.

In the "Stumble to the Shore," then conceivably one would start imbibing at The Dugout. The exact route and end point, though, have always been points of contention. Can the path stray from Tower Avenue, thereby encompassing such establishments at the Temple Bar, Norm's and Twin Ports Brewing Co? If we were to stay exclusive to Tower Avenue, then our last stop would most likely be JT's Bar & Grill. However, if we're to take the straightest route to the shore, then in all probability last call of the Stumble would be Lost in the Fifties. Granted, this is probably an argument that has been raging for years and we'll figure out a solution to satisfy all parties anytime soon.

I would like to take part in this wonderful event, anyone else? Mayhap we can organize some sort of PDD Sup-Town "jaunt?"

PDD Blogger Poems

Haikus are so over, sonnets died, and now (with inspiration from "Elvis Preslly") I propose Poems about PDD Bloggers. I will start out with a slightly modified short poem about our very own predicate nominative:


Marisa Ring was a great person to meet in a coffee shop. She could PAY me, have green hair, and leave to watch The OC.

She is married to a gouty pirate.

Your turn. The only rule is that it must be about a fellow PDD blogger, not a commenter (ugh, that word should really be commentor), and not one of your friends who happens to read PDD. The winner gets a.... hug?

Which is your favorite?


Lovely Apartment Available to Artists

A coveted three-bedroom apartment in the Washington Studios Artist Cooperative will be available in January. It overlooks Lake Superior and the Old Central clocktower. Some of you may know it as the current home of Haley Bonar and David Frankenfeld. Sara Softich lived there not long ago, too.

You don't have to be a musician or hot-looking to get this apartment, but you do have to be an artist and meet a few income guidelines. (It's a three bedroom, but only one person has to be an artist, the rest can latch on, but income is still an issue.)

Fabulous hardwood floors, high ceilings and a cranky old painter next door who is prone to heartattacks are just some of the perks. Rent is $729 plus a little community service.

To apply, call Carla at Bowman Properties, 218-722-3131. She can answer all of the many questions you no doubt have. You can also throw down in the comment section here and I'll answer as best I can. I live in the basement. I know a thing or two.


Howdy folks.

We made it to Barcelona! We walked, we ate an awesome Falafel sandwich and we were robbed at knife Point! It wasn´t the biggest knife in the world but we were staring at the wrong end of it. Of course we had just replenished our funds as well.

It all happened just yards away from our Hostel which when all the stores were open, was a bright cheerful place. When those gates came down, however, the sinister spawn emerged from their holes.

On a brighter note, they didn´t take our wallets or our Passports or my camera bag so we will be fine. We will be leaving this country though a day ahead of schedule. But first we will visit with some Picasso paintings.

Does anyone else have a holdup story to share?


Dead Poem

The third graders at LP's school wrote poems honoring dead people for the Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead. Most kids wrote about their great-grandparents or pets. But not Lp's friend, who gave him this lovely poem (I'd scan this in if I could because the picture is brilliant; I'm not editing it):


Elvis Preslly was a great artist.
He could SING gospel, rok, and pretty much everything.

He died on his toilet from to much Drug consumtion.

"...god-like physique"

The Students have spoken, Godsey is Hot, at least according to RateMyProfessor.Com.

Yay Chris

Chris is the COOLEST cultural studies professor EVER!!

Buenos Dias.


Nick and I are alive and kickin´ in Valencia Spain, waiting for a train to Barcelona. It is warm here and the Oranges are delicious.

Take care all and see ya in a couple of weeks.

scott and Nick.

ps, barrett please fix that huge photo. It is taken in front of the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.

Battleship. The way it was meant to be played.

Putting politics into Battleship sure makes it interesting. Perhaps even making it all too real...

Player 1: Who starts?
Player 2: I do. I presume you to have weapons of mass destruction, and I premptively strike you at B6.

Player 1: That's a miss. I send a small boat filled with explosives to G3.
Player 2: That's a hit. I attack A10.

Player 1: That's a hit.
Player 2: I use "shock and awe" and attack A5-A10, A10-E10, and everything in between.

Player 1: Well you sunk my tiniest ship. But missed everything else.
Player 2: I don't care which ship, we don't do body counts.

Player 2: I land a jet on my aircraft carrier and declare "Mission Accomplished!"
Player 1: Isn't that a little premature?

Player 2: Of course not. My ministry of information declares major combat over.
Player 1: Whatever, we still got a long way to go. I attack G4.

Player 2: 'Nother hit.
Player 1: Not a sink though?

Player 2: Nope. My spies reveal to me that you have forces located at...
Player 1: Hey! No peeking in the reflection. I execute your spies.

Player 2: They were on your submarine.
Player 1: Gah. I just executed one of my own men on the battleship then.

Player 1: There. Now he's dead.
Player 2: Muhahah! I had no spies. You killed your own soldiers!

Player 1: You little...
Player 2: I attack A9 with depleted uranium shells. The whole boat sinks with the one hit.

Player 1: Have you no morals?
Player 2: We'll do whatever it takes to make you free.

Player 1: Isn't that ironic. Your occupation stirs up thousands of gurilla soldiers who want to fight back. Suicide bombers attack F5, I7, and A9 simotaneously.
Player 2: That's a hit.

Player 1: A sink?
Player 2: Well it is, but my ministry of information doesn't announce it.

Player 1: Yeah, yeah, whatever. It's still a sink.

Anyway the game was cut short so no winner could be declared. It's just too bad that our game of battleship represented something with much more serious consequences.



Further Developments

We are proud to report that www.freeduluth.com is live. Not very live yet, but live. Midwifed by me, Allen Richardson's Campaign Manager, it is the child of the Acting Minister of Information, Ironic1, who offers no endorsement (specifically, "Anybody but Allen! 'ABA!'"). The site will feature a blog. Just another example of results from this campaign. Thank you.


Another Poetic Challenge

Well, since we haikued this blog to death, I'll issue another poetic challenge.

I'll award the best sonnet on the topic of Perfect Duluth Day or the Free Republic of Duluth (or any other topic of local interest) to lunch at Thai Krathong.

Reminder 1 - A sonnet is 14 lines of iambic pentameter with alternating rhymes except for the final two lines which are a rhyming couplet.

Reminder 2 - Iambic pentameter is a line of 10 beats with alternating rhythm (tha-thump, tha-thump, tha-thump, tha-thump, tha-thump).

So who's the new Bard of Lake Superior?

Hat tip: -berv, er, and Purple.

Make sure to visit the exhibit "Bonfire of my Vanities."

Link Up With Your Drink Up

Please use the comment section to link the PDD world to your favorite music video's online. It's the best way to waste time at work ever invented.

See you in the unemployment line.

Oh, yeah. I'll get us started with:
Beck | Lost Cause
Gene Simmons | Firestarter
Johnny Cash | Hurt


Vote Penguin 2004!!

When I am elected Secretary of the Internet for the Free Republic of Duluth I will make the internet a better place for everyone. When you vote for me you know you will get a Secretary who cares. I will make some changes around here, making it a law to have as much free porn as pay porn, I will make pop-ups illegal, and government-funded ISPs--DSL for everyone!!

Oh crap

Deleeeete me. Blogger sucks and this double-posted.

Sorry Everybody


An interesting exercise in mass cyber-contrition.

Guess the lyric

You're all on the honor system here: NO SEARCH ENGINES!!!

If it drives you nuts trying to figure it out, too bad!

I'll start with an easy(?) one:

"there ain't no use in pretending, your eyes give you away"

whoever gets the artist and title right first gets to post the next lyric in the comments section. Nothing too obscure please.

Haiku Comic Book

while we're on haikus
I found this online comic
it is pretty cool

Which is your favorite?

let's all judge this person we've never met!

when something disgusts brian, he frequently says, "that makes me wanna light myself on fire," so we were both intrigued by the fbi terror informant who did, indeed, ignite himself outside the white house. his information contributed to a major sting, and his identity was revealed because of it. he's expected to testify in a trial in january. he was protesting inadequate compensation, lack of protection for himself and his family, and not being allowed to visit his dying wife in yemen.

i don't know what to make of this form of protest. is it more effective than standing there with a sign because he's willing to suffer, or less effective because the act is so much more fascinating than the message? can this be called "peaceful protest" or not? quick! someone tell me what my opinion is.


29 minutes and counting...

... since my first Anchor burger experience. Currently cringing in anticipation for the consequences.

$3.50 to the one with the best Anchor story haiku.

Who is your favorite?


I can't believe you people let this post linger for 24 hours without smacking me down for forgetting Joel Hodgson -- the greatest prop comic of all-time. And I thought you people had my back.

edge of the precipice

The interesting (?) people have left – except one, and she's preoccupied.
Still here with the models,
There's no challenge either, only quasi-sexual intrigues and people being led on for ego's sake.
Not that I'm contributing much, maybe I'm wrong.
The alcoholic thinking burning fury...
The pines portend of winter.



Hello everyone, this here is my very first post . . . but a great one none the less!
A NY performance artist coming to Duluth! Plus, they'll serve us FREE FOOD!
I'll be there!

NY Avant Garde artist/composer Fast Forward will direct his Feeding Frenzy in
Duluth, November 21. 

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving in Pilgrim Church basement on East 4th Street a
highly unusual art event will take place – Fast Forward will direct SFA faculty in
his Feeding Frenzy - a celebration of food: "Feeding Frenzy is a 90 minute event
which involves simultaneous activities by 5 chefs, 5 musicians, and 5 waiters.
While music is created by the five musicians, five separate food courses will be
prepared and served to the audience. The actions of the chefs and musicians are
amplified to create a sonic landscape and live video of the event is projected on
a screen within the space." He will also conduct Masterclasses at UMD and give a
public lecture at Tweed during his visit.

Feeding Frenzy
Sunday November 21 2004, 6pm
Pilgrim Church Basement
2310 East 4th Street
Duluth, MN 55812

Tickets: $5 students, $10 others
From Weber Box Office 726-8877
or Pilgrim Church 724-8503

Thank you, whoever you are

On a long Monday of prepping images for a Tucker Rocky online catalog, it doesn't take much to delight me. I tip my hat to the writer of this headline. And, for that matter, I tip my stem nut covers (which are indeed bad ass).

Schedule of Events

Saturday, Nov. 20th, Declaration of Duluth Independence Planning Party
8-9pm: Manifestos Presented
9-10: Flagmaking Competition
10-11: Declaration of Independence Composed
11-12: Duluth National Anthem Composed and Performed
12-1: Bureaucracy Generated
1-2: War Declared on United States
2-3: Terms of Surrender Negotiated
3-4: Billion-dollar Demands Made For Foreign Aid
4-5: Easter-Egg Style Hunt for Weapons of Mass Affection

A 16 MB QT video, claymation (my Fav form of animation), and pretty damn cool imo.

A can't seem to get this computer to upload images so check this link out for a still image

Who Do Voodoo- We Do

Show has moved from the MAC to Pizza Luce

doors at 7pm
music starting between 8 and 9pm
Black Labels
The F-Ups
Big D and the Kids Table
Go Betty Go
Voodoo Glow Skulls

all ages!

Voodoo Tonight Pizza Luce'



Anybody need a roommate? I'm halfway serious as I have just been told I have three months to move out. And then I was yelled at. My life is sweet!

Relief from dull food

I moved here from California about two months ago, and there's a lot I really like about Duluth and not all that much I miss about California. I can admit though that the food here is generally not good, at both grocery stores and restaurants, in terms of both quality and selection and sometimes even price, compared to back home.

Today I found some relief at a new little Asian food market that has opened up on 4th St at 12th Avenue (1131 E. Duluth). It's called Duluth First Oriental and it's run by a nice Filipino lady who quit her job as a nurse to run the store with her husband.

I found things there that I was thinking I would have to go back home for (or to the cities) - a big jar of Kim Chee, jars of Patak's Indian pickles and relishes, Chinese Egg Noodles, rooster brand Sriracha sauce and Sate sauce, pickled mustard greens, a bag of bok choy, assorted pre-cooked indian dishes (a brand I'd never seen), and a small can of broiled eel. Like most Asian markets I've been into, there's also a ton of stuff I have never had and will need a little courage to try.

I hope this store is a success. I plan to shop there occasionally. I want to encourage people to check it out, especially if you are suffering because Duluth is too small-town for you.

Stupid Creatures.

Looks like Zoey has some competition out there.


Seeing Red

So when was it, exactly, that Republicans became red? I mean, when I was growing up we were taught to fear the "red menace" by those self same Republicans, and now they get to wear the red hat?

What's up with that?!?!

Phil Ochs is rolling in his grave.

My thinking is, if they want red, let's give 'em red.

Who's up for shaking off these blue state blues and showing those so-called red states what being red is? I'm up for a little revolution and social upheaval right about now, how 'bout you?

The ex-AG

John Ashcroft's blistering ... funny take on the role of judical oversight... muhahahaha. You gota laugh.


Where should I rent or buy?

UPDATE: I just found out I didn't get the job I wanted in Duluth (bastards!), but something is telling me just to get my ass up there once and for all. Note to J. Liv. if he's around: The eleventh elephant rides the long red wagon to Montreal.

I'm moving to Duluth soon and I need some advice. First, what's the deal with Central Hillside? I've lived in some of the worst neighborhoods in MPLS, so I imagine Hillside is only a fraction the hassle. But folks keep telling me NOT to live in Hillside. Why?

Next, what's your feeling about West Duluth? What about Superior?

Lastly, (WARNING: PASSIVE AGRESSIVE GUILT COMPLEX) I've been posting here quite a bit. Hope I'm not boring anybody.

Thanks, all. All advice is appreciated.

Open Letter to my House

I don't like you very much, you are cold. The furnace is quite large, and the house isn't that big, but somehow you manage to not heat yourself very well. There is something not right when I have to wear mittens to type at the computer. I have your thermostat set at 63, why are you only 58? How many items of clothing must I wear before you give in and heat up? I can't use the xbox in these mittens, I want to play video games, is that too much to ask? I guess so.

Please heat up before I die of hypothermia.


ps to Paul, one shot of poison

Put the Lotion in the Basket

Of the many grusome lines from this nasty little movie this creepy little line pops up in the funniest places. It inspired this tasty morsel from the Greenskeepers .

I love vintage computing

And you should too! Call me "old fangled" but this guy's tie is HOT and her knees are HOTTER! What's on the tape she's holding? What's he looking for? Where can I get one of those Sperry-Univac Model 345s in the background? Is his 5 & 1/4" disk still floppy? I do have a printable 8.5x11 pdf of this so email me if you want one.Here's another un-baci'd from the same source


Allen Richardson Declared Frontrunner

Even before Duluth has formally seceded, Allen Richardson’s dark horse candidacy has surged into the lead, according to recent unscientific poll numbers.

"The secessionists have Weapons of Mass Affection. Well drop a love bomb on me, sugar. Now that secession fever has gripped Duluth, I’m looking forward to embracing my sovereignty. Maybe that way we can get a few minutes peace and quiet before the inevitable implosion of the empire to the south, the United States of … whatever it was. That’s why I’m voting Allen Richardson of the No Weirdos Party for President of the Free Republic of Duluth."
-Wilhelmena Wilhelmenason, 62

The candidate issued a statement.

"To the edge of the cliff - and beyond! We are the party to take you there. Unstable times demand unstable leadership. My candidacy is prepared to offer you, the free citizens of the Free Republic of Duluth, a non-stop barrage of contradiction and cognitive dissonance, including trials, a space program, coups and counter coups, Hillside named capitol of Duluth, and the secession of the Hillside from Duluth. Now printing currency. The barbarians are at the gate, the psychedelic submarine must submerge. All aboard! Down Periscope! Cocktails all around! Fire torpedos! Dive! Dive! Dive!" - Allen Richardson, No Weirdos Party candidate for President of Free Republic of Duluth

Put the dent back in President – Allen Richardson for Duluth President.
Cabinet Positions now available.

www.freeduluth.com imminent.
Declaration of Independence Planning Party, Saturday Nov. 20, Gonzo Science Headquarters.

This is for Berv

I'm not afraid to reveal my bad poetry. I'm not afraid to show you my outhouse.

I went in late October to the hill near Stoney River
woke in darkness to touch the frozen ground

I came for enlightenment
Instead, I listen to mice scurry about the dirt floor
and scold the dog for barking at moose so early in the day

I do my Buddhist practice but it is too much
We sleep next to Tara’s image and we are blessed
But we are cold

Mornings, we walk to the fallen pine
and set to work for firewood

At the lilting yurt I cut and split the logs
Atop an aspen table I set the logs to dry
and return to the pine for more

Inside, logs stacked near the stove
oil lamps hung from poplar rafters
I wind the radio for news from Ely and messages from home

They speak of my yurt having never seen the thing itself
They read my name and the names of those I know

Evenings, I photograph the sunset reflected from lithe young birch
and walk the road when rustling all goes still

Finally, I set the chair near the stove and lay a rug for the dog
reading Hesse and Sunruzi Suzuki
I don’t hear the snow falling on the ground

Geek Prom shuttle?

If Geek Prom continues to exist I think we must buy this car.

Phat Flash Videos

Sweet MC Hawking videos here.