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Regroup, attack & disperse again

Posted Thursday, May 28th, 2020 09:27 am GMT -5 in Design,Games,History,Links,Video at 9:27 AM

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2020 at 9:27 am

100 years of choo-choos

Posted Monday, May 25th, 2020 05:05 pm GMT -5 in History at 5:05 PM

Railroad bridge over the Mississippi

Originally published by DK on May 25, 2020 at 5:05 pm

Ah, Dave’s

Posted Friday, May 8th, 2020 12:15 pm GMT -5 in Food,History,Travel at 12:15 PM

Dave’s Bar, San Francisco, California

Originally published by DK on May 8, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Dynamite Magazine

Posted Thursday, April 30th, 2020 11:40 pm GMT -5 in History,Pop Culture,Reading at 11:40 PM

One of the highlights of grade school for me was Scholastic’s Dynamite magazine. It appears I started to subscribe to that in 1976, lasting until 1982. I found a box of these in the basement of my parent’s house on Lombard as we were getting it ready to sell, but they weren’t in great condition. I scanned and posted the entire issue from August 1979 here, if you want to get a feeling for what it was like.

Now that I have my ancient Canon scanner working again with my iMac, I thought I’d scan the front and back of the issues that survived the trip down to our loft. SK will now get the originals for her art projects and I get to keep the digital scans (which you can see after the jump).


Originally published by DK on April 30, 2020 at 11:40 pm

Back when I was ten

Posted Friday, April 10th, 2020 11:09 am GMT -5 in History,Movies,Reading at 11:09 AM

Dynamite Magazine, August 1979

Originally published by DK on April 10, 2020 at 11:09 am

So long, 1058

Posted Thursday, April 9th, 2020 06:21 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Personal at 6:21 PM

Thanks for the memories…

Originally published by DK on April 9, 2020 at 6:21 pm

It’s a resort. It’s an experience…

Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 09:45 pm GMT -5 in Disney,History,Travel at 9:45 PM

Disneyland Hotel postcard, circa 1983

Originally published by DK on April 8, 2020 at 9:45 pm

Probably not the North Shore

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2020 04:18 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,History at 4:18 PM

But my mom really liked it

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 4:18 pm

The Poor Little Rich Boy

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2020 04:03 pm GMT -5 in History,Reading,Shopping at 4:03 PM

Richie Rich was my Leng’s Fountain go-to buy

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 4:03 pm

The eternal question

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2020 12:25 pm GMT -5 in History,Music,Reading at 12:25 PM

Dynamite magazine – ah, the memories

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 12:25 pm

Coffee is for closers

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2020 11:56 am GMT -5 in Business,History,Personal at 11:56 AM

Always hustlin’

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 11:56 am

Totally forgot about this one

Posted Friday, April 3rd, 2020 10:25 pm GMT -5 in History,Technology at 10:25 PM

PowerBook 5300cs

Originally published by DK on April 3, 2020 at 10:25 pm

Football, steak, stamps & Snoopy

Posted Sunday, March 29th, 2020 02:48 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,History,Personal at 2:48 PM

That’s still about right

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2020 at 2:48 pm

The Greatest Day

Posted Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 10:30 am GMT -5 in History,Hockey at 10:30 AM

Busy day in the neighborhood

Originally published by DK on February 22, 2020 at 10:30 am

It’s like a treasure hunt

Posted Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 08:20 am GMT -5 in History,Movies,Pop Culture at 8:20 AM

…that will take a really long time.

Originally published by DK on February 22, 2020 at 8:20 am

THE most powerful tool

Posted Friday, February 21st, 2020 03:40 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Personal,Technology at 3:40 PM

I wonder if that IIc in the corner will boot up

Originally published by DK on February 21, 2020 at 3:40 pm

Howard Carter (via Kryptos)

Posted Thursday, February 6th, 2020 10:55 am GMT -5 in History,Quotes at 10:55 AM

Slowly, desparatly slowly, the remains of passage debris that encumbered the lower part of the doorway was removed. With trembling hands I made a tiny breach in the upper left-hand corner. And then, widening the hole a little, I inserted the candle and peered in. The hot air escaping from the chamber caused the flame to flicker, but presently details of the room within emerged from the mist…

Originally published by DK on February 6, 2020 at 10:55 am

Logo as old as me

Posted Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 04:01 pm GMT -5 in Design,History at 4:01 PM

1969 was a good year

Originally published by DK on February 5, 2020 at 4:01 pm

Grumpy’s, NO MOR

Posted Monday, February 3rd, 2020 02:32 pm GMT -5 in Food,History at 2:32 PM

That’s just sad

Originally published by DK on February 3, 2020 at 2:32 pm

12 purple minutes at halftime

Posted Saturday, February 1st, 2020 01:21 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Football,History,Links,Music at 1:21 PM

https://deadspin.com/lets-watch-princes-super-bowl-halftime-show-the-best-w-1772302774

Originally published by DK on February 1, 2020 at 1:21 pm

Purple piece of history

Posted Thursday, January 30th, 2020 10:06 pm GMT -5 in Football,History,Work at 10:06 PM

Original turf sample from U.S. Bank Stadium

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2020 at 10:06 pm

Hey, Ladies

Posted Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 10:47 pm GMT -5 in Design,History,Travel at 10:47 PM

Off with his head!

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2020 at 10:47 pm

We found her!

Posted Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 10:17 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 10:17 PM

The Ghost Bride @ Fairmont Banff Springs

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2020 at 10:17 pm

Those golf carts, though

Posted Monday, January 13th, 2020 08:27 pm GMT -5 in Golf,History,Travel at 8:27 PM

Old shot of the Banff Springs course

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2020 at 8:27 pm

The OGs remember

Posted Saturday, November 30th, 2019 05:35 pm GMT -5 in Business,History,Work at 5:35 PM

Thanks for the memories, Mortenson

Originally published by DK on November 30, 2019 at 5:35 pm

Queen of Hearts

Posted Saturday, November 16th, 2019 09:46 pm GMT -5 in History,Movies,Pop Culture at 9:46 PM

I’d say that’s about right – thanks, BK!

Originally published by DK on November 16, 2019 at 9:46 pm

The Chicken and the Banyan Tree

Posted Sunday, October 27th, 2019 10:06 pm GMT -5 in History,Nature,Travel at 10:06 PM

Sounds like a lost Wilbury song

Originally published by DK on October 27, 2019 at 10:06 pm

Henrik Williams @ ASI

Posted Saturday, September 28th, 2019 01:10 pm GMT -5 in History,Museums at 1:10 PM

Vikings and runestones

Originally published by DK on September 28, 2019 at 1:10 pm

Diebold in Old Saint Paul

Posted Saturday, September 21st, 2019 02:08 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,Food,History at 2:08 PM

Rose Street Patisserie

Originally published by DK on September 21, 2019 at 2:08 pm

A little late

Posted Sunday, July 21st, 2019 01:08 pm GMT -5 in History,Science at 1:08 PM

…but happy anniversary moon nerds!

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2019 at 1:08 pm

The Elders

Posted Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10:00 pm GMT -5 in History,Politics,Quotes at 10:00 PM

The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable.

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2019 at 10:00 pm

Big Boy Choo-Choo Tour

Posted Thursday, July 18th, 2019 10:49 pm GMT -5 in History at 10:49 PM

It’s not every day the “Beatles of the train world” rolls into your city, but last night we heard the train whistle blow on the largest operational steam locomotive in the world, also known as Union Pacific’s Big Boy #4014. Currently on a Midwest Tour to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Completion, this Big Boy was on display at Union Depot today. How could I not walk the two blocks from our loft to check out this impressive piece of history?

Turns out there are a lot of choo-choo nerds in these parts, so lines were a little long to view the one car exhibit. There was also another line to view the inside of the engine cab, but I didn’t wait for that one. You could walk around both sides of the train, though, so there was plenty of opportunity to get some cool pictures without nine million other people in the shot (more pics after the jump). They also had food available on the platform and there were a number of vendor booths in the Waiting Room hall with all kinds of interesting stuff for sale.

Built in 1941, the #4014 is the only operating Big Boy of the eight that remain in existence. It was used in revenue service to haul trains weighing up to 4,200 tons over Utah’s Wasatch Range until 1959, traveling 1,031,205 miles during that period. The Big Boys are 132 feet long, weigh 1.2 million pounds (more than a 747), output 6,290 horsepower and have a top speed of 80 miles per hour. After retirement, this Big Boy spent time resting in the RailGiants Train Museum in Pomona, California. In 2013, Union Pacific regained ownership and started a multi-year restoration project in their Cheyenne Steam Shop. The locomotive was converted from coal to oil and in May 2019, Big Boy #4014 completed a successful test round trip from Cheyenne to Nunn, Colorado.

Video: Bringing the Big Boy Back to Life

Originally published by DK on July 18, 2019 at 10:49 pm

Northern States Power Co.

Posted Saturday, July 13th, 2019 01:59 pm GMT -5 in Business,Design,History at 1:59 PM

I remember the old NSP bills (green envelopes too, I think)

Originally published by DK on July 13, 2019 at 1:59 pm

American Pickers + Aerosmith

Posted Thursday, July 11th, 2019 04:51 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Music at 4:51 PM

https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/8519368/american-pickers-host-explains-finding-aerosmiths-pre-fame-tour-van-and-saving

Originally published by DK on July 11, 2019 at 4:51 pm

Summer Shindig

Posted Monday, July 1st, 2019 04:14 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,History at 4:14 PM

Still have to finish the remix level

Originally published by DK on July 1, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Biggest disaster in music history

Posted Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 09:05 am GMT -5 in Business,History,Links,Music at 9:05 AM

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2019 at 9:05 am

Kelly’s, NO MOR

Posted Monday, June 10th, 2019 06:31 pm GMT -5 in Food,History at 6:31 PM

Glad we went when we did

Originally published by DK on June 10, 2019 at 6:31 pm

Big iron, little iron

Posted Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 12:50 pm GMT -5 in Biking,History at 12:50 PM

Bandana Square + Rockhopper

Originally published by DK on May 7, 2019 at 12:50 pm

The Traveling (Ruby) Shoes

Posted Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 03:36 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Movies,Pop Culture at 3:36 PM

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/magazine/wp/2019/04/30/feature/the-case-of-dorothys-stolen-ruby-slippers/

Originally published by DK on May 1, 2019 at 3:36 pm

In calmer times

Posted Monday, April 15th, 2019 07:16 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 7:16 PM

Not our favorite place in Europe, but still tragic news from a historic city

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2019 at 7:16 pm

Peter Criss

Posted Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 09:56 am GMT -5 in History,Music at 9:56 AM

You can take the mask off the Lone Ranger and put it on someone else, but it ain’t the Lone Ranger…

Originally published by DK on March 5, 2019 at 9:56 am

WorldWideWeb nerd coolness

Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 02:32 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Technology at 2:32 PM

https://worldwideweb.cern.ch/

Originally published by DK on February 20, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Today at the stadium

Posted Saturday, February 9th, 2019 04:29 pm GMT -5 in History,Sports,Technology,Work at 4:29 PM

I thought I felt a little déjà vu

Originally published by DK on February 9, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Posted Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 02:19 pm GMT -5 in Food,History,Quotes at 2:19 PM

We may live without friends, we may live without books. But civilized man cannot live without cooks…

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2019 at 2:19 pm

Hooptie flashback

Posted Monday, January 14th, 2019 09:34 pm GMT -5 in Cars,History at 9:34 PM

My very first car – a something Dodge Colt (’84?)

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2019 at 9:34 pm

Everybody does it different

Posted Thursday, January 10th, 2019 07:48 pm GMT -5 in History,Sports,Technology at 7:48 PM

Like the surface charge space, though

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2019 at 7:48 pm

Roy & Moss versus El Chapo

Posted Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 02:03 pm GMT -5 in Business,History,Links,News,Technology at 2:03 PM

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2019 at 2:03 pm

Didn’t know this had a name

Posted Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 12:24 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,History,Links at 12:24 PM

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googie_architecture

Originally published by DK on December 19, 2018 at 12:24 pm

Good Mexican Vittles

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 10:04 pm GMT -5 in Food,History,Travel at 10:04 PM

Elton & Sandra Davis – your fries made my childhood better

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Winston Churchill

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 07:28 pm GMT -5 in History,Politics,Quotes at 7:28 PM

The Admiralty had demanded six ships; the economists offered four; and we finally compromised on eight…

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 7:28 pm

Secret Service nightmare

Posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 10:24 am GMT -5 in History,Politics at 10:24 AM

Can’t imagine the logistical planning required for this

Originally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 10:24 am

Man, he was only 57

Posted Thursday, November 15th, 2018 10:00 pm GMT -5 in History,Music,Personal at 10:00 PM

Feel like it’s almost time to revisit Paisley Park

Originally published by DK on November 15, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Then and now

Posted Friday, September 28th, 2018 10:45 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 10:45 PM

Finally found the “then” pic

Originally published by DK on September 28, 2018 at 10:45 pm

Time for my shot

Posted Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 10:50 pm GMT -5 in History,Music,Theater at 10:50 PM

What a great combination of theater, music and history

Originally published by DK on September 18, 2018 at 10:50 pm

Infinite Loop memories

Posted Monday, September 17th, 2018 05:22 pm GMT -5 in History,Links,Technology at 5:22 PM

https://www.wired.com/story/apple-infinite-loop-oral-history/

Originally published by DK on September 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm

Record-breaking! 2,046,533

Posted Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 02:01 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,History,Links at 2:01 PM

https://www.mnstatefair.org/about-the-fair/attendance/

Originally published by DK on September 4, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Love these public spaces

Posted Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 12:34 pm GMT -5 in Design,History,Travel at 12:34 PM

Union Station, Chicago

Originally published by DK on August 21, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Video Game Metaphors

Posted Sunday, August 19th, 2018 12:26 pm GMT -5 in Games,History,Mini Posts,Technology at 12:26 PM

For the longest time, I’ve had this image of a video game in my mind that I thought was a metaphor for life. It was a racing game that used forced perspective, with the road stretching to the horizon and an endless supply of other cars coming at you that you needed to avoid and pass. I got really good at the game, basically being able to play non-stop, never losing and only quitting when I got bored. Pass, pass, pass…run up the score.

Today I thought I’d research this game, always thinking it was Enduro by Activision. I never had an Atari 2600, though, so if this is the game, I must’ve played it at a friend’s house (I seem to recall using the “paddle” controllers for it). I had a number of Intellivision driving games (Auto Racing, Bump ‘n’ Jump, Triple Action), but none of them fit the look and feel model I’m thinking about…

Originally published by DK on August 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm

My first stadium

Posted Thursday, August 16th, 2018 12:04 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Football,History,Sports at 12:04 PM

Don’t think I saw a Vikings game, but saw lots of Twins there

Originally published by DK on August 16, 2018 at 12:04 pm

How did I miss these?

Posted Sunday, August 12th, 2018 11:01 pm GMT -5 in Art,History at 11:01 PM

They came out *nine* years ago (to celebrate Lincoln’s 200th birthday)

Originally published by DK on August 12, 2018 at 11:01 pm

Historic Height

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018 08:32 pm GMT -5 in History,Sports,Work at 8:32 PM

Highest quarter pipe jump ever @ X Games

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 8:32 pm

A Student of History

Posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 12:09 am GMT -5 in History,Mini Posts,Schools,Television at 12:09 AM

Back in my high school days, I had the option to take more than your average amount of history classes: Ancient Civilizations, Western Civilizations, American Experience. St. Paul Central’s Quest program was an early precursor to AP and IB type coursework and Mr. Demers, the history teacher, was one of my all-time favorites. I also was a fan of geography, so when you mixed in the opportunity to travel that my mom’s work allowed, history literally came alive for me.

This past week I’ve been watching the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick ten-part documentary on the Vietnam War. It amazes me how much I didn’t know about this historical event that played out during my lifetime – especially since my father participated in it directly (and it’s the reason I’m not a native Minnesotan). Now I’m looking forward to lunch with him and having an opportunity to ask questions about a topic we’ve never really discussed much (something I wish I’d done with my grandfather and World War II).

I found it interesting to see so many similarities between then and now politically. We like to think that our current environment is the most divisive ever, but this has really been America for a long time. As Thomas Polgar, the Saigon station chief for the C.I.A. wrote in his last cable from the embassy: “Those who fail to learn from history are forced to repeat it. Let us hope that we will not have another Vietnam experience and that we have learned our lesson.”

Note to self: research how so many Midwest politicians rose to play such prominent roles during this period of history (Humphrey and McCarthy in Minnesota, McGovern in South Dakota).

Originally published by DK on July 11, 2018 at 12:09 am

MK’s first visit to Glensheen

Posted Saturday, July 7th, 2018 02:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 2:47 PM

(Not the Musical)

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Dexter was their favorite

Posted Saturday, July 7th, 2018 11:22 am GMT -5 in History,Travel at 11:22 AM

Glensheen Carriage House

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2018 at 11:22 am

Nice job, Cass

Posted Sunday, June 17th, 2018 09:35 am GMT -5 in Design,History at 9:35 AM

One of the best capitol buildings in the country, IMO

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2018 at 9:35 am

The family tree

Posted Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 09:49 am GMT -5 in Family,History at 9:49 AM

Mom, dad and both grandparents on the marryin’ day

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2018 at 9:49 am

Don’t mess with Samurai

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2018 03:35 am GMT -5 in History,Museums,Travel at 3:35 AM

Great exhibit at BGFA

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2018 at 3:35 am

Mike D, In Conversation

Posted Monday, March 26th, 2018 09:52 am GMT -5 in History,Links,Music at 9:52 AM

http://www.vulture.com/2018/03/mike-d-beastie-boys-in-conversation.html

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2018 at 9:52 am

For all that extra free time

Posted Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 10:43 pm GMT -5 in Games,History,Pop Culture,Technology at 10:43 PM

Donkey Kong Country sure seemed prettier back then

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2018 at 10:43 pm

End of an era

Posted Saturday, January 6th, 2018 03:23 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,History at 3:23 PM

Please don’t mess up the legacy

Originally published by DK on January 6, 2018 at 3:23 pm
 

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