Matt was right againOriginally published by DK on March 31, 2016 at 2:47 pm
Get Some @ Grumpy’sOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2016 at 12:51 pm
Today marks ten years since the first post here at 7minutemiles.com.
Ten. Flipping. Years.
I can hardly believe it. As I do every year, here are the latest stats from the server logs:
61,428 unique visitors in 2015
1,617,437 pages displayed
As of today, I’m running WordPress 4.4.2 with a highly-customized theme and 18 active plugins (Wordfence Security, Twitter Tools, Social and Alpine PhotoTile for Instagram playing key roles on the home page). Just noticed that several of my plugins aren’t really being supported or developed any more, so I should probably start cleaning those out and/or looking for replacements.
Speaking of replacements, I used to use a plugin called WP Audioscrobbler to pull my last played information from last.fm. That feature broke when they updated their API to version 2, so I’ve been looking for a way to replace that. A UK developer named Sam Kitson wrote a nice blog post about using jQuery and JSON to access that data, but I haven’t spent enough time trying to figure it out. He was kind enough to respond via email with an offer of assistance, so hopefully I’ll get that working again shortly.
Also on the list of (hopeful) future development: coding new mobile-friendly data entry screens for the run log and golf scores database, adding my long-delayed video post type and creating a responsive design option for smaller screens. It’s getting tougher and tougher to find free time to work on these things, but it would be good to keep those web development skills somewhat fresh.
I’d also like to give a quick shout-out to Brian Stucki and his company Macminicolo. I’ve been a customer of his operation for many years and have always received great service and fair pricing. This site runs on a five-year-old Mac mini with the AMP stack (Apache, MySQL and PHP) in their Las Vegas data center and has never had any major issues (remote OS upgrades are sometimes a bit scary, but that’s the case with all colocated machines).
As always, thanks for visiting!Originally published by DK on March 30, 2016 at 8:49 am
http://www.archdaily.com/784289/us-bank-stadium-a-game-changing-multi-purpose-nfl-stadiumOriginally published by DK on March 29, 2016 at 7:59 am
When I was little growing up in St. Paul, we had an old turntable that I used as my own personal DJ station. The volume, treble and bass knobs let me create simple “mixes” on the fly, which I thought sounded awesome. The smaller 45 rpm singles were my main source of entertainment, which I eagerly used my allowance on every few weeks at the old Montgomery Ward on University Avenue. Full-size LPs were an expensive luxury, so I only got those a few times a year as gifts (Donna Summer’s On the Radio and Eagles Live were two favorites).
I remember numbering my 45s and hanging them on nails in my closet. One of the early single digit platters was America’s A Horse with No Name, which I loved to mix because it started off so quietly. Played the heck out of that one. When I bought my first bird, Ken the cockatiel, we had a silly inside joke about changing the lyrics to “I’ve been through the desert on a chicken named Ken.”
My parents owned History, America’s Greatest Hits on vinyl, so I learned about all of their other songs: Sister Golden Hair, Ventura Highway, I Need You, Sandman, Tin Man and, one that spoke to me as a personal anthem, Lonely People. Never had seen them live, but that changed last Friday at 7:30pm, when Colleen and I drove up to Grand Casino Hinckley.
Wasn’t really sure what to expect, since one of the original three members, Dan Peek, died in 2011. The two surviving members, Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, were joined by the former touring bassist from Three Dog Night (Richard Campbell), the former drummer from ska band Reel Big Fish (Ryland Steen) and a talented young guitarist named Bill Worrell, who is the son of their sound engineer (Bill’s LinkedIn profile here).
The show had no opener and started right on time with an interesting video collage of vintage photos and videos of their 45+ year career. This was my first show in the ballroom at Hinckley and I didn’t really like it much – the seats were too close together, row 13 seemed really far away from the stage and we couldn’t see behind the tall people in front of us. They also didn’t have the guitars or the lead vocals connected for the first 15-20 seconds of the opening song, which was a bummer.
The biggest letdown, though, were the voices of Dewey and Gerry. The former sounded fine (but would lose power halfway through each song), while the latter just sounded weird (one reviewer said it sounded like a sick chipmunk). Apparently all three original members wrote songs and whoever wrote the song would sing lead. That meant the Dan Peek songs were basically covers (Don’t Cross the River, Lonely People, Woman Tonight) and all of the Beckley songs were weird (I Need You, Sister Golden Hair, Daisy Jane). I thought Sandman and Ventura Highway sounded the best overall and had high hopes for the closing song (which I learned was originally called Desert Song). Dewey was pretty much out of juice by that point of the night, though.
They did have some good between-song banter and it was fun to hear stories about George Martin becoming their producer after the first three albums. Seemed really strange they didn’t have any merch to sell – we heard several people in the crowd wanting to buy stuff.
We stopped for a late dinner afterwards at Grand Grill Americana, which surprisingly had a very short post-concert line. Colleen had a dinner salad and the fish fry, while I had a cup of Marge’s wild rice soup (which had yucky mushrooms) and the Nueske’sÂ® bacon chicken sandwich with fresh-cut chips. I’ve been mostly happy with the food at this restaurant, but the service always seems to be slow. This night had the added frustration of several manager type people just standing around talking to each other and not doing anything to improve service delivery.
After spending a lot more time at Mystic Lake since I’ve been back in the Twin Cities, I have to say I now prefer them in every area: better players club benefits, much better food, better entertainment venues, no comparison between golf courses, nicer hotel rooms and a better gaming floor. We did hit a butterfly progressive on Black Orchid, but I find it harder and harder to justify an hour and 15 minute drive that way (sorry, Mel). The new bar was nice looking, but I just don’t drink those craft beers…
Next casino show: Foreigner at Mystic on 4/9Originally published by DK on March 28, 2016 at 12:38 am
MK vs. DK @ Cedarvale LanesOriginally published by DK on March 27, 2016 at 5:23 pm
Don’t think I have a lot of theseOriginally published by DK on March 27, 2016 at 3:29 pm
Easter Sunday in St. PaulOriginally published by DK on March 27, 2016 at 2:26 pm
Mr. Corleone never asks a second favor once he’s refused the first, understood?Originally published by DK on March 26, 2016 at 8:40 pm
Louis, pickles, comics and CootiesOriginally published by DK on March 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm
Black Orchard @ Grand Casino HinckleyOriginally published by DK on March 26, 2016 at 1:35 am
…and bourbon. WeRunMpls hits 4BellsOriginally published by DK on March 24, 2016 at 8:51 pm
Love this design – Skol VikingsOriginally published by DK on March 24, 2016 at 5:54 pm
Chelsea v. AC Milan in Minneapolis, 8/3/2016Originally published by DK on March 24, 2016 at 5:52 pm
I mean Larry is a wonderful guy, he’s kind, funny, rich – my god he’s the boss. I’d date him if I could…Originally published by DK on March 24, 2016 at 5:47 pm
The fried cod sandwich @ Monello, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on March 24, 2016 at 12:53 pm
Hopefully just a few days of painOriginally published by DK on March 23, 2016 at 7:08 pm
http://summerfest.com/2016-lineup/Originally published by DK on March 23, 2016 at 10:54 am
Like them every game (except when they play us)Originally published by DK on March 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm
Making progress on the upper surfaceOriginally published by DK on March 22, 2016 at 1:39 pm
More scenes from the skyway tourOriginally published by DK on March 22, 2016 at 1:38 pm
Sights from today’s mapping projectOriginally published by DK on March 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm
SK with Grandma and Grandpa in St. PaulOriginally published by DK on March 20, 2016 at 7:15 pm
Pineapple Hi-Chew from Auntie LynnOriginally published by DK on March 20, 2016 at 7:13 pm
So much to shredOriginally published by DK on March 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm
Why can’t I have normal hair?Originally published by DK on March 19, 2016 at 6:25 pm
My aunt and uncle in Preston, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on March 19, 2016 at 6:24 pm
Anfinson 40th Anniversary @ The Branding Iron, PrestonOriginally published by DK on March 19, 2016 at 1:45 pm
My great grandfather CharlesOriginally published by DK on March 19, 2016 at 1:43 pm
The luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day – Mystic LakeOriginally published by DK on March 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm
Work is the curse of the drinking classes…Originally published by DK on March 17, 2016 at 8:10 am
Wish I could remember the name of the original ownerOriginally published by DK on March 16, 2016 at 6:17 pm
MK at the North Eagan DQOriginally published by DK on March 15, 2016 at 10:44 pm
Happy hour with Toyya and DanielleOriginally published by DK on March 15, 2016 at 10:43 pm
St. Patrick’s Day @ Raising Cane’s Apple ValleyOriginally published by DK on March 14, 2016 at 8:47 pm
The very first Eastview principal (1997)Originally published by DK on March 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm
MK @ her beautiful choir concertOriginally published by DK on March 14, 2016 at 8:45 pm
The St. Anthony Park edition – a new dentist tradition?Originally published by DK on March 14, 2016 at 8:39 pm
The new parking ramp and Wells Fargo SkywayOriginally published by DK on March 14, 2016 at 8:35 pm
Brats on the grill, two days in a rowOriginally published by DK on March 13, 2016 at 3:07 pm
SK on her way to workOriginally published by DK on March 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm
You don’t get to be the supermarket king of Minnesota without making a few enemies…Originally published by DK on March 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm
MK and the Cheese Dog @ Apple Valley Ice ArenaOriginally published by DK on March 11, 2016 at 11:10 pm
Happy hour table pull tab winnings = $601Originally published by DK on March 11, 2016 at 7:26 pm
Cactus Blossoms @ TPT St. Paul with MKOriginally published by DK on March 10, 2016 at 11:15 pm
MK before Lowertown Line with the Cactus BlossomsOriginally published by DK on March 10, 2016 at 6:41 pm
Murray’s is a Minneapolis classic – $20 for a perfect steak and au gratinsOriginally published by DK on March 10, 2016 at 3:16 pm
http://twincitieswine.com/2016/03/qa-with-sommelier-erin-rolek-of-the-bachelor-farmer-minneapolis/Originally published by DK on March 10, 2016 at 10:31 am
70F in March. In Minnesota. You betcha.Originally published by DK on March 8, 2016 at 9:45 pm
Tasty – definitely a keeperOriginally published by DK on March 8, 2016 at 9:40 pm
Bravo, MK, beautifully playedOriginally published by DK on March 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm
It’s good to be in love, whatever age…Originally published by DK on March 7, 2016 at 9:32 pm
Blues over Wild, 4-2Originally published by DK on March 6, 2016 at 10:45 pm
SK and MK with the grandparents in EaganOriginally published by DK on March 6, 2016 at 2:35 pm
Room 404 @ the 511 Building, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on March 4, 2016 at 7:47 pm
…make some damn good pretzelsOriginally published by DK on March 4, 2016 at 7:46 pm
Great to visit with Mikey Boom-Boom down @ the XOriginally published by DK on March 3, 2016 at 11:57 pm
…and she even paid! Punch on GrandOriginally published by DK on March 2, 2016 at 6:19 pm
Up on the roof of the IDS Tower, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on March 2, 2016 at 3:28 pm
Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?Originally published by DK on March 2, 2016 at 3:26 pm
Raining ribbons @ C FinalsOriginally published by DK on March 1, 2016 at 8:41 pm