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  • Cleared out 400+ emails, upgraded two servers and patched WordPress during that awesome Wild game 10 hours ago
  • All In with 4onthefloor, now on my hard drive 14 hours ago
  • Unless I get added as an honorary member of the JAMF or Medtronic corporate teams, looks like I will be skipping the TC 1 Mile this year 18 hours ago
  • Two on the glass seats for the Wild game tonight from the official resale site are only $1200 (plus $237 in fees) 20 hours ago
  • “The pace has slowed to a 5:14 mile” 22 hours ago
  • Whoa, Al Bakers no more 1 day ago
  • Good luck to everyone running Boston tomorrow – I still hope to join you someday (even if it takes me until 60) 1 day ago

You couldn’t fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine…

- Homer Simpson

quote posted Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 09:38 am GMT -5

Apple Spring Cleaning

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Nine Years of Publishing Fun

Monday, March 30th, 2015 06:27 pm GMT -5

Today is the ninth anniversary of the first post here at As I tend to do every year, here are the latest stats (based on server logs, not Google Analytics):

  • 5,866 Posts
  • 191 Pages
  • 73,896 unique visitors in 2014
  • 1,248,423 pages displayed

This past year saw a few tweaks here and there – added the last nine Instagram photos to the bottom of the front page, edited and rewrote the biography, made some changes to my résumé, added a new coursework page (with transcripts) and changed the format of the list of lists page. Wanted to add a video post type, but still haven’t quite figured out how to best do that between the smaller, three-column front page and the single post format that appears when you click on a story.

I’ve also been experimenting with options to make the theme “mobile-friendly” per Google’s new guidelines, but 1) the easiest method (the WPtouch plugin) doesn’t work well with my content and 2) I really don’t care all that much what Google thinks about my personal site. That said, I do like some of the responsive design things other people are doing, so I’ll probably make it work eventually.

As always, thanks for visiting!

Things are gonna change, I can feel it…

- Loser

quote posted Monday, March 30th, 2015 07:00 am GMT -5

XXL Taco Salad

image posted Sunday, March 29th, 2015 08:04 pm GMT -5

Black Orchid Forever

image posted Sunday, March 29th, 2015 07:43 pm GMT -5

Let’s! Play! Hockey!

image posted Saturday, March 28th, 2015 06:38 pm GMT -5

MK Uptown Funk

image posted Saturday, March 28th, 2015 02:00 pm GMT -5

Tado Steakhouse intro

image posted Saturday, March 28th, 2015 01:31 pm GMT -5

So many issues

image posted Saturday, March 28th, 2015 01:25 pm GMT -5

I can’t stand the sight of any of ‘em. I wish I could sell this place. I wish I could buy a boat and sail away…

- Cheap Wine

quote posted Friday, March 27th, 2015 02:41 pm GMT -5

Irish lunch with Dee

image posted Friday, March 27th, 2015 02:32 pm GMT -5

Hello golden turtles

image posted Thursday, March 26th, 2015 05:02 pm GMT -5

Welcome back, my friend

image posted Thursday, March 26th, 2015 05:00 pm GMT -5

It happens to Linux too

image posted Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 10:58 pm GMT -5

And when the wind howls at your gate, already it is too late…

- The Storm, It’s Coming

quote posted Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 05:28 pm GMT -5

Dinner at Restaurant Alma

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 08:46 pm GMT -5

Not entirely sure how Restaurant Alma stayed on our food “to do” list for so long: executive chef Alex Roberts is a James Beard winner (2010 Best Chef: Midwest) and my friend Garrett had been singing their praises for several years. Last Saturday was the night to right this wrong, so I booked a reservation for two at 5:45 and we headed over to Minneapolis.

The evening started off on a down note, as we drove up to the big sign next to the parking lot that says you can’t park there. I don’t really mind paying for valet service downtown, but it seemed odd for this neighborhood. Street parking used to be pretty easy to find around St. Anthony Main, but it took a few loops around the block before I found a spot (too many new apartment and condo projects, I guess).

Restaurant Alma has a bar up front and a nice open kitchen in the middle of the room. Ceilings are tall and noise wasn’t really an issue (although the tables are very close together). I was a little surprised at how small the space was overall, but they do have a table upstairs too (we didn’t go up there, but the website says it holds 15).

It appears the food selections change roughly every month, with the primary option a three course tasting menu for $52 per person ($42 for a vegetarian option; a la Carte also available). We both ordered that and got to choose from several options in each course (starters/salads, middle course/grains & pastas, entree/meats & fish). Drinks and desserts are not included in the tasting menu price. There was also a note on the menu that said $1 of every tasting menu purchase will be donated to The True Food Chef Council.

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Here Comes Apple Watch

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 06:50 pm GMT -5

A friend of mine asked me the other day if I was getting an Apple Watch and I actually hadn’t thought about it much (until today). Another friend was very excited when it was first announced and a few co-workers are counting down the days until the pre-order window, but I haven’t been super excited about April 24th. My two biggest reasons for this are 1) you need to have your phone for GPS (which kills the biggest runner reason for having one) and 2) I haven’t worn a watch since my first job out of college.

I do like the design and a few of the bands are very nice. I also like that they are doing both the 42mm and the 38mm sizes, as my wrists have always been rather small compared to the rest of my body. If I was going for the cheap end, I’d probably get a 38mm Space Gray aluminum sport model with a black sport band. For a more expensive (and stylish) option, I’d go for the 38mm stainless steel version with the Milanese loop band. Even if I had the money, I don’t really find the gold edition models any more appealing than a traditional Rolex (or my old Movado for that matter).

My Garmin Forerunner 610 is probably nearing the end of useful life, but right now I’d be more inclined to replace it with something like the fēnix 3 over an Apple Watch. That model retails for $500, though, so I’ll likely just wait and see what develops. I also find it funny how many people out there are already critical of Apple Watch functionality when hardly anyone has actually used one in real life. Apple didn’t get to be a bazillion-dollar company by releasing junk, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now…


The Laptop Holy Grail

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 02:55 pm GMT -5

Looking back in the archives, I’ve written about laptops several times. My current personal machine is still a 17-inch MacBook Pro from 2009 that I call Lapzilla, while my work laptop is a mid 2013 edition 13-inch MacBook Air that I’ve generally considered the nicest computer I’ve ever used. The only things it lacks that I really want are a 1TB SSD and a Retina display. All eyes were on the Apple event earlier this month to see if we’d get a Retina Air, but the new MacBook popped up instead (in addition to speed bumps for the current Air and Pro models).

It seems that industry response has been somewhat negative, but I like the design. It’s not my holy grail machine, but I’d buy a couple of these for the kids in a heartbeat (if Uncle Sam wasn’t demanding a big check next month). I think the look of the gold model in particular is quite nice. It’s hard to tell what day-to-day operations would be like with the new Intel Core M processors and HD Graphics until I see one in the store, but I’m guessing the SSDs would make them seem much faster than Lapzilla on just about everything (even if they are still stuck at 256GB and 512GB capacities).

None of the OS X screens I currently use are Retina and I still think they are more than adequate. My iPhone 5S screen is Retina, but I don’t really notice the high resolution all that much, given the overall small size of the screen. The new MacBook has a resolution of 2304×1440 and I’m sure I’d get spoiled pretty quickly on a 12-inch screen with that much detail. The larger pixel aperture stuff to get better battery life is also nice.

The other design innovations in the new laptop all sound promising: Force Touch trackpad, Taptic Engine, the tiny logic board, terraced battery cells and the butterfly mechanisms under the keyboard all point to the direction the entire Apple laptop line will likely move. I’m not entirely sold on the single USB-C port idea, but I’m not openly hostile like many seem to be. Losing Magsafe isn’t a big deal to me – that invention has caused me much more grief by coming undone accidentally than it ever did preventing a laptop from crashing off a table. The only real issue I see for my use patterns would be the ability to have it plugged in to an outlet and have my iPhone connected to recharge at the same time. Extra adaptors do suck.

Now I just need to decide whether or not to throw Lapzilla a bone with one of these


Unusual marketing partnership

image posted Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 12:39 pm GMT -5

The ghost with the most

image posted Monday, March 23rd, 2015 05:00 pm GMT -5

Spring in Minnesota 

image posted Monday, March 23rd, 2015 05:14 am GMT -5

Web stuff with Soren

image posted Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 02:29 pm GMT -5

Bri in MSP

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Ultra volatile

image posted Friday, March 20th, 2015 12:26 am GMT -5

Tweedy @ First Ave

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 10:39 pm GMT -5

I’ll just skip right over the part about taking a long time to write these longer posts, but my friend DGS and I attended the sold out Tweedy show at First Avenue way back on Sunday, March 8th. The three local reviews did a good job of covering the show, so I’ll just send those interested in reading more to those sites:

As for the more personal stuff, my friend unfortunately fell ill and had to leave before the incredible Jeff solo set. He also missed the part when Dad Tweedy said let’s close this out with a Neil Young song and the part when Gary Louris came on stage for the final four songs (including my favorite song of the night, California Stars). I’m glad he made it out of there and home safely, but all of that extra stuff was just cruel, plain and simple. At least he got to see all of the excellent opening set by The Minus 5 with Peter Buck’s amazing guitar.

A few other notes from the night:

  • We arrived early and had the most comfortable spot I’ve had in a long time (behind the soundboard)
  • The sound guys had a really old Powerbook with Pro Tools loaded and set to record the entire night
  • They also had an iPad with an app that listed decibel levels (current, peak, etc.)
  • There was a big fight by the back bar, so now I know for sure what the red flashing light means
  • Sections of the solo set reminded me of Tracy Chapman singing Fast Cars on the same stage – you could hear a pin drop
  • Son Tweedy was great all night and the bass player next to him had some awesome moves
  • Is it really true you get in for free on your birthday?

Set list (according to Chris) after the jump.

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Cash only breakfast 

image posted Thursday, March 19th, 2015 10:57 am GMT -5

Inching closer to first tee

image posted Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 04:52 pm GMT -5

A more modern treasure

image posted Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 03:23 pm GMT -5

That old ladder of love

image posted Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 09:16 am GMT -5

She said a bad day is when I lie in the bed and think of things that might have been…

- Slip Slidin’ Away

quote posted Monday, March 16th, 2015 10:39 am GMT -5

Journal Moose

image posted Sunday, March 15th, 2015 09:19 pm GMT -5

Post-run brunch @ Rabbit Hole

image posted Sunday, March 15th, 2015 02:46 pm GMT -5

No shit

image posted Sunday, March 15th, 2015 02:44 pm GMT -5

Kingsbury Row

image posted Saturday, March 14th, 2015 09:42 pm GMT -5

Broke to Finals

image posted Saturday, March 14th, 2015 02:44 pm GMT -5

School volunteer day

image posted Saturday, March 14th, 2015 01:32 pm GMT -5

So many scoring chances

image posted Friday, March 13th, 2015 10:32 pm GMT -5

Greg the Butcher

image posted Friday, March 13th, 2015 05:15 pm GMT -5

Hello old friend

image posted Friday, March 13th, 2015 05:14 pm GMT -5

PW at the VC

image posted Thursday, March 12th, 2015 06:32 pm GMT -5

Spring on deck

image posted Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 11:03 am GMT -5

I’m out of my relationship, I’m out of the agency and I only looked like a fool for years!

- Harris K. Telemacher

quote posted Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 12:48 am GMT -5

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