7 Minute Miles

Welcome to 7 Minute Miles, LLC

Posted Friday, September 18th, 2009 01:18 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Longform,Technology,Work at 1:18 PM

As some of you may have noticed, there have been a few changes here at 7minutemiles.com:

  • All of my former .mn sports sites now re-direct to this site. New sections have been created for golf, hockey, running and skiing. Archived posts from each site have been consolidated on 7MM and separate RSS feeds are available for each category.
  • Photo gallery images from the old sites have also been consolidated in the main 7MM gallery.
  • Links to other sites we like have been consolidated in the 7MM blogroll area in the sidebar.
  • I added page anchors to the fetishes page, along with a drop-down selector so you can jump down to the exact section you’d like to read.
  • A new 7 Minute Miles, LLC services randomizer box replaces my personal “to-do” bucket list section, which has moved to the footer.
  • Information on the contact page has been updated to add the new 7MM PO box mailing address and the return of my iChat/AOL account name.
  • Minor updates to the about page and the biography sections.
  • A new company page has been created to describe services the new 7 Minute Miles, LLC, organization is now offering.

Speaking of the LLC, I decided at the end of the summer it was time to start a new company. With the help of Doug Podolak and attorney Kevin Johnson, I founded 7 Minute Miles, LLC, on August 28, 2009.

The legal framework is now in place and I opened new business checking and savings accounts with U.S. Bank earlier this week. A former co-worker from Northwest Airlines, Mumtaz Walli-Ware, will be providing small business accounting and tax services and I will be purchasing business insurance from Tapemark Charity Pro-Am presenting sponsor, Anderson Agency.

The new company is a technology consultancy that specializes in WordPress web publishing and Apple system administration and management. Our first two new clients are the Tapemark Charity Pro-Am and the Macalester College Relations department. With are in negotiations with several other organizations and hope to have more news to announce soon.

Please take a look at the services we offer and contact us for a free initial consultation today!

Originally published by DK on September 18, 2009 at 1:18 pm

7 Minute Miles Turns Three

Posted Monday, March 30th, 2009 08:46 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Mini Posts at 8:46 PM

Today is the third anniversary of the first post on 7 Minute Miles. Wow, how time flies…

The Dashboard reports:

  • 382 Posts
  • 40 Pages
  • 25 Categories
  • 97 Non-Spam Comments
  • 20,787 Spam Comments

We hit a new high for number of pages displayed last month (21,955) and visits this month (5,371). On an average day this month, almost 180 people dropped in to read my ramblings. Crazy.

Note: Due to server maintenance, this site will be off-line from approximately midnight tomorrow until around 8AM Wednesday morning.

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Old Photo Scans

Posted Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 10:20 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Mini Posts,Photography at 10:20 PM

Today I decided to upload all of the old photos I scanned a few months ago to the photo gallery here on 7 Minute Miles. Most of them had already been uploaded to Facebook, but I only allow people on my Facebook friend list to view photos on that site. These are available for all to view and have the added benefit of a link below each photo to download the original, full-sized file.

Lots of great memories in there…

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2009 at 10:20 pm

7 Minute Miles Site Clean-Up

Posted Monday, March 2nd, 2009 12:15 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Mini Posts at 12:15 AM

I’ve finished some site maintenance the past few days:

  • Upgraded to the latest version of WordPress (2.7.1)
  • Upgraded to the latest versions of all my plug-ins (except for Exec-PHP)
  • Added back my office webcams to the contact page (see sample above)
  • Updated and consolidated all of the fetishes information on one page
  • Made some minor edits on the biography and résumé pages
  • Changed the menu bar “stamps” link to start on the 1980 first day covers page (still adding more)
  • Added the 2009 Walt Disney World Marathon medal to the background image

Seems like the new version of WordPress is allowing much more comment spam than before (despite using Akismet)…

Originally published by DK on March 2, 2009 at 12:15 am

Just in Time for Holiday Shopping

Posted Saturday, December 13th, 2008 11:12 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Mini Posts at 11:12 PM

I’ve been a member of the Amazon Associates program for a long time. I publish special links to items in their online store and when people follow those links and buy something, I get a small commission from the sale. This has never been a big revenue source on any of my sites, but it was easy to set up, so why not.

A few weeks ago, I found out that Amazon started offering a new feature called aStores. Associate members can basically build their own custom store: custom look and feel, hand-picked items and a localized shopping cart.

I’ve built a new aStore I’m calling the DK Depot. It’s linked from the banners on this site and all of my MN sports sites (golfing.mn, hockey.mn, run.mn and skiing.mn). There are sections for each of those sports, along with areas of interest such as iPods, laptops, music, movies and cameras. All of the items listed are things I either own, have used or would like to buy.

Visit the DK Depot today for all of your last minute holiday shopping. Cheers!

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2008 at 11:12 pm

7 Minute Miles Turns Two

Posted Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 09:20 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping at 9:20 AM

Last Sunday was the second anniversary of the first post on 7 Minute Miles. My how time flies.

A few stats:

  • 308 posts
  • 5,875 attempted spam comments
  • current average daily visitors: 109
  • current average daily page views: 484

Thanks for visiting!

UPDATE: Here’s a graph of page views and unique visitors since the beginning:
7MM Traffic Chart

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2008 at 9:20 am

On Vacation

Posted Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 07:32 pm GMT -5 in Hockey,Housekeeping at 7:32 PM

This week I am on the road for spring break and will have limited posts, as the only Internet access I have is on my phone (I sound like Russo).

One quick note, though. I was riding the train west just south of Edmonton yesterday night and I could just feel the bad vibes coming from Canada when I read Butch and Demitra were out.

The final score didn’t surprise me, but it’s still disappointing…

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Hockey in Minnesota Now Live

Posted Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 12:25 am GMT -5 in Hockey,Housekeeping at 12:25 AM

Finally decided to just launch the damn thing tonight. Hockey posts I used to write here will now be on the new site (just like what happened with golf before).

Thoughts and opinions on Minnesota high school, collegiate and Wild hockey, plus whatever else I find time for before the season ends…

Originally published by DK on March 12, 2008 at 12:25 am

First Day Cover Update

Posted Monday, March 3rd, 2008 09:25 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping at 9:25 AM

Spent some time this weekend working on the first day cover archive project. I realized it’s been almost 30 years of collecting for me now, so I’d really like to get all of them photographed and added to the database.

This weekend I finished 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985.

Still a long ways to go, but it’s a start.

Originally published by DK on March 3, 2008 at 9:25 am

Things To Do Before I Die

Posted Monday, June 25th, 2007 09:21 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal at 9:21 AM

The past few weeks I’ve been inspired by the TV show (and the ad campaign) that talk about things to do before you die. I’ve been very privileged to do the things I’ve done up to this point and would die a happy man right now, but it’s been fun thinking up new things to do.

I’ve added a new box to the top of the home page that displays a random list item each time the page is loaded. Also, the sidebar now lists my personal best times at various running distances. I plan to work on lowering these in the next few years as I pursue the list item “Qualify for Boston.”

Maybe I’ll make that namesake goal of seven minutes miles after all…

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2007 at 9:21 am

First Day Cover Update

Posted Monday, April 30th, 2007 08:27 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal at 8:27 PM

This weekend I finally got back to working on my first day cover project. I uploaded about 100 new covers and decided to re-work the structure of the collection online. Instead of a huge text listing on one page, I’ve divided it into yearly pages with thumbnail pictures that can be clicked to view a close-up of the stamp.

There are still literally hundreds left to enter, but I like the framework much better now.

Check out the new pages here:

2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999

Originally published by DK on April 30, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Enhancements to the Photo Gallery

Posted Sunday, February 11th, 2007 05:44 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Technology at 5:44 PM

The photo section of 7 Minute Miles embeds an open source photo management application called Gallery 2. It’s worked well for me, but it’s pretty complex and somewhat hard to customize. There are a lot of hidden features and some that don’t work so well. It also supports custom themes, which I’ve done on this site.

This weekend, my sister and my wife both asked if there is a way to view a slideshow. I had experimented with that in the past and didn’t really like it. I just turned the latest slideshow version on and it’s not bad. The full-screen option is clunky, but the regular option is OK. Here are the steps to use it:

  • Go to the album you want to view
  • Use the album actions drop-down box to select “View Slideshow”
  • Change the max size to 640×640
  • Change the delay seconds (if desired)
  • Click the [-] box to hide options
  • Enjoy the show!

I also enabled simple RSS feeds for albums, so if you use a newsreader, you can subscribe to an album to find out when new photos are added. My favorite reader for Mac OS X is still NetNewsWire Lite, now offered by NewsGator.

Two final photo tips: when navigating single photos, you can click on the right side of the photo to go to the next one and the left side for the previous one. Lastly, if you are on page 2 of a multi-page album, you can change the page number in the URL and hit return to jump right to that new page.

Originally published by DK on February 11, 2007 at 5:44 pm

7 Minute Miles Now Validates

Posted Monday, January 15th, 2007 12:15 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Technology at 12:15 AM

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally found the time to research my validation errors and have resolved them all. So now I’m proud to add the W3C logo to the sidebar:

W3C Logo

It’s a nerd thing, but web standards are a good thing. Happy to finally join the club…

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2007 at 12:15 am

Golfing in Minnesota

Posted Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 11:44 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Housekeeping at 11:44 PM

My wife says this website was turning into a golf blog and looking at the post count, she was right. So I have decided to limit golf posts on 7 Minute Miles and started posting on a new golf-only site:

Golfing in Minnesota

Not all of the sub-sections are ready, but the posting mechanism is in place and I have moved all of the old golf category posts from 7 Minute Miles to the new site (they remain in the archives here as well).

We own several Minnesota sports-related domains and are working on potential business models for a new Minnesota sports blog network. Golfing in Minnesota is our first foot in the water to explore what’s possible and we welcome feedback and suggestions…DK

Originally published by DK on August 1, 2006 at 11:44 pm

Quick Links – Golf Scores and Stamps

Posted Saturday, May 20th, 2006 07:57 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping at 7:57 PM

I’ve added two quick links in the sidebar under the Random Photo section. One goes directly to my golf scores database and the other links to the new first day cover database I’m building. I have a huge backlog of first day covers to photograph and catalog, so that project will take a while. There is also a new fetish page for those, in case you are wondering what the heck first day covers are…DK

Originally published by DK on May 20, 2006 at 7:57 pm

City Pages Blog of the Day

Posted Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006 11:34 pm GMT -5 in Food,Housekeeping at 11:34 PM

Today 7 Minute Miles was named the “Minnesota Blog of the Day” by City Pages newspaper. I don’t publish this site with an intent to have a large audience, but it’s always nice to get recognized. For the record, my goal is not to run the Boston Marathon–that’s more of a wish. My times are so slow that I’d have to be about 70 years old to qualify, but I’ll keep trying to get better.

Last week, City Pages published their annual “Best of the Twin Cities” issue. The controversy over “Best Cheap Thrill” was dumb, but I always enjoy that issue because it gives me ideas of new places to eat. Like most people who grew up in Saint Paul, I don’t know much about what’s good on the other side of the river. City Pages seems to favor Minneapolis establishments, so this works out well for me (but why no “Best Wild Player” category?).

Locally-owned restaurants are sometimes more expensive, but they are also more unique and often have better quality food and service. This week I tried two of the winners at lunchtime: Matt’s Bar for best burger and Cafe Barbette for best fries. I had been to the latter once before for dinner and the sirloin burger special with fries didn’t disappoint. I had a Jucy Lucy at Matt’s and got burned by the cheese (despite the warning from our server). It was very good, though, and you can’t beat the atmosphere…DK

Originally published by DK on May 3, 2006 at 11:34 pm

7MM Site Updates

Posted Monday, April 10th, 2006 09:22 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping at 9:22 AM

Based on feedback, I’ve made some changes to the site since the launch. There are several new sections in the fetishes area:

I’ve also added some iTunes functionality to the footer area and the music page and added a webcam image to the contact page. I appreciate the feedback and will continue to make improvements down the road…DK

Originally published by DK on April 10, 2006 at 9:22 am

Site Launch

Posted Thursday, March 30th, 2006 12:14 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping at 12:14 PM

Welcome to 7 Minute Miles!

Today is the official site launch of 7 Minute Miles–my personal site for sharing news with family and friends, improving my writing skills (hopefully), testing new web technologies and discussing various topics I find interesting. Sort of like a virtual Speaker’s Corner, but hopefully not as crazy…

I’m using a wide array of technologies here, with an effort to become as standards compliant as I can so that the experience is the same across platforms. Windows visitors–give the Firefox web browser a try if you can. It is more secure and conforms to web standards better than Internet Explorer. Click on the Firefox button in the sidebar to learn more.

This site is the most I’ve ever published about myself, so please browse around and let me know what you think. Some areas will be private and password protected and some things are better left unsaid. Click on the register link in the sidebar to get a subscriber account that allows you to post comments, if you desire…DK

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2006 at 12:14 pm

Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2021 Run Mileage: 292.1
  • 2021 Bike Mileage: 420.8

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Upcoming Races

  • Milk Run 5K - 8/29/21

Upcoming Sporting Events

  • Saints vs. IND - 8/1/21
  • Vikings vs. Denver - 8/14/21
  • Saints vs. Iowa - 8/18/21
  • Twins vs. Cleveland - 8/18/21
  • Vikings vs. Indy - 8/21/21
  • Saints vs. Omaha - 9/12/21
  • Vikings vs. Seattle - 9/26/21
  • Vikings vs. Browns - 10/3/21
  • Vikings vs. Lions - 10/10/21
  • Vikings vs. Cowboys - 10/31/21
  • Vikings vs. Packers - 11/21/21
  • Vikings vs. Steelers - 12/9/21
  • Vikings vs. Rams - 12/26/21
  • Vikings vs. Bears - 1/9/22

Upcoming Concerts

  • Robert Cray Band - 8/16/21, Canterbury Park
  • Doobie Brothers - 8/31/21, Grandstand
  • Semisonic - 9/10/21, First Avenue
  • Trampled By Turtles & Wilco - 9/18/21, Treasure Island
  • Rollings Stones - 10/24/21, USBS
  • Charlie Parr - 11/5/21, NorShor Theater
  • George Strait - 11/13/21, USBS
  • Dave Simonett - 11/26/21, Fitzgerald
  • Elton John - 3/22/22, Xcel
  • Cloud Cult - 4/1/22, Orchestra Hall
  • The Dirty Knobs - 4/4/22, Fine Line
  • Rage Against the Machine - 5/15/22, Target Center
  • Kenny Chesney - 8/6/22, USBS
  • Def Leppard - 8/14/22, USBS
  • Rammstein - 8/27/22, USBS

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