7 Minute Miles

The Tempest

Posted Monday, December 21st, 2020 10:59 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Reading at 10:59 PM

Hell is empty and all the devils are here…

Originally published by DK on December 21, 2020 at 10:59 pm

2020 Top 7 Online Reads

Posted Friday, October 23rd, 2020 12:35 pm GMT -5 in Mini Posts,News,Reading,Technology at 12:35 PM

Back in 2017, I posted my top 7 online publications. The list today has changed a little:

* paid subscriber

Originally published by DK on October 23, 2020 at 12:35 pm

No virus in the bathtub

Posted Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 10:37 pm GMT -5 in Links,Pop Culture,Reading at 10:37 PM


Originally published by DK on September 22, 2020 at 10:37 pm

The Economist

Posted Monday, August 24th, 2020 05:12 pm GMT -5 in News,Quotes,Reading at 5:12 PM

Published since September 1843 to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress…

Originally published by DK on August 24, 2020 at 5:12 pm

Bill The Gates

Posted Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 10:09 am GMT -5 in Politics,Reading,Science at 10:09 AM

I ❤️ The Economist

Originally published by DK on August 18, 2020 at 10:09 am

Minnesota Lost Courses

Posted Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 08:02 pm GMT -5 in Golf,History,Mini Posts,Reading at 8:02 PM

As I started reading through Joe Bissen’s new book, More! Gone. Minnesota’s Lost Golf Courses Part II, I realized that not only are there a lot of closed courses I actually played, there are also a large percentage of the courses I included in my Minnesota Golden Links CD-ROM back in 1999 that are no longer here (43 by my initial count). Joe was kind enough to include a chapter with a list of all the closed courses he knows about, so I thought it would be fun to go back to my original Photoshop files and post the screens for the ones that are no longer open for play (pics after the jump – please excuse the ancient Photoshop techniques and poor color corrections).

Joe says in the introduction to the new book that he isn’t as interested in the courses that have closed recently, but it’s amazing how many of the entries in my 1999 guide are gone (including a few that opened after my guide and are already closed). There are a number of inconsistencies between his list and my guide, as I only included public courses that were members of the Minnesota Golf Association (MGA). Make sure and check out his original book Fore! Gone: Minnesota’s Lost Golf Courses, 1897-1999, as well as his website. Fun stuff.

Albert Lea Golf Club, RIP 1912 – 2006

Birch Bay Golf Course, RIP 1965 – 2015

The Bridges of Mounds View, RIP 1995 – 2006

Brockway Golf Course, RIP 1935 – 2004

Carriage Hills Country Club, RIP 1967 – 2005

Elm Creek Golf Links, RIP 1960 – 2013

Fort Ridgely State Park Golf Course, RIP 1927 – 2017

French Lake Open Golf Club, RIP 1985 – 2015

The Greens at Howard Lake, RIP 1995 – 2013

Greenwood Golf Links, RIP 1985 – 2006

Hampton Hills Golf Course, RIP 1960 – 2003

Hayden Hills Golf Club, RIP 1972 – 2018

Hidden Creek Golf Club, RIP 1996 – 2009

Hollydale Golf Club, RIP 1965 – 2019

Irish Hills Golf Course, RIP 1985 – 2009

Ironman Golf Course, RIP 1960 – 2017

KateHaven Golf Course, RIP 1981 – 2014

Lakeview Golf, RIP 1956 – 2013

Links of Byron, RIP 1994 – 2013

Lone Pine Country Club, RIP 1967 – 2002

Maplebrook Executive Golf Club, RIP 1974 – ???

Meadow Lakes Golf Club, RIP 1998 – 2012

Meadowbrook Country Club, RIP 1984 – 2008

Meadowwoods Golf Course, RIP 1991 – 2004

Mississippi Dunes Golf Links, RIP 1995 – 2017

Orchard Gardens Golf Course, RIP 1967 – 2004

Parkview Golf Club, RIP 1969 – 2013

Pine Meadows Golf Course, RIP 1921 – 2004

Pine River Country Club, RIP 1981 – 2010

Prairie View Golf Links, RIP 1983 – 2013

Red Rock Golf Course, RIP 1932 – 2016

Rich Acres Golf Course, RIP 1980 – 1999

Ridgewood Country Club, RIP 1987 – 2016

Rolling Green Fairways Golf Course, RIP 1977 – 2003

Rolling Hills Golf Course, RIP 1970 – 2016

Root River Country Club, RIP 1962 – 2014

Sauk Centre Country Club, RIP 1921 – 2013

Silver Springs Golf Course, RIP 1974 – 2009

Thompson Oaks Golf Course, RIP 1997 – 2017

Valley View Golf Club, RIP 1992 – 2015

Wendigo Golf Club, RIP 1995 – 2011

Wilderness Hills Golf Course, RIP 1995 – ???

Woodland Creek Golf Course, RIP 1989 – 2010

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2020 at 8:02 pm

Patterson Hood is a writer

Posted Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 04:57 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music,Reading at 4:57 PM


Originally published by DK on June 17, 2020 at 4:57 pm

Egypt at Highclere

Posted Monday, June 8th, 2020 02:36 pm GMT -5 in History,Mini Posts,Reading at 2:36 PM

I read a lot of words, but not enough of them are in books. This one I took from my parent’s house on Lombard and brought up to Croftville Road for the weekend. Turns out my sister purchased it for my dad when she visited Highclere Castle as part of her Downton Abbey tour. I never knew that the real Downtown Abbey Lord was Howard Carter’s partner (George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon), but I’ve loved Egyptian history ever since the 1982 World’s Fair (and multiple Ancient Civilization courses from Mr. Demers at Central). This was a quick, light read, with a few pictures I know I’ve never seen before (hello, Tutankhamun mummy).

Now on to my pile of Economists…

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2020 at 2:36 pm

Dynamite Magazine

Posted Thursday, April 30th, 2020 11:40 pm GMT -5 in History,Mini Posts,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,Mini Posts,Movies,Reading at 11:09 AM

Dynamite Magazine, August 1979

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

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

Future Farmer?

Posted Thursday, February 13th, 2020 01:04 pm GMT -5 in Business,Reading at 1:04 PM

How did I get on that list?

Originally published by DK on February 13, 2020 at 1:04 pm


Posted Friday, January 17th, 2020 08:49 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Reading at 8:49 PM

I wish I could. I actually have a fair amount of anxiety in claustrophobic spaces. Ever since my injury, I don’t do well with tight spots…

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2020 at 8:49 pm

Arctic day read (h/t Meredith)

Posted Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 05:53 pm GMT -5 in Links,Reading at 5:53 PM


Originally published by DK on January 14, 2020 at 5:53 pm

Look at me buying books

Posted Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 11:10 pm GMT -5 in Reading,Shopping,Travel at 11:10 PM

The woman at Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais was very persuasive

Originally published by DK on June 18, 2019 at 11:10 pm

Need to read Brain World

Posted Monday, June 3rd, 2019 09:25 am GMT -5 in Art,Links,Reading at 9:25 AM


Originally published by DK on June 3, 2019 at 9:25 am

The book of the times

Posted Saturday, August 25th, 2018 05:15 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Reading at 5:15 PM

Thanks, Armon

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2018 at 5:15 pm

Kindle on, dude

Posted Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 06:53 pm GMT -5 in Family,Reading,Shopping at 6:53 PM

Colleen’s Third Kindle

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm

David Rothenberg

Posted Saturday, August 5th, 2017 01:22 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes,Reading at 1:22 PM

Life is far more interesting than it needs to be, because the forces that guide it are not merely practical…

Originally published by DK on August 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm

I need to read Susan Cain

Posted Monday, April 10th, 2017 11:12 am GMT -5 in Links,Reading at 11:12 AM

Introverts aren’t voiceless—they’re quietly powerful

Originally published by DK on April 10, 2017 at 11:12 am

My Current Top 7 Blogs

Posted Monday, April 10th, 2017 12:15 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Mini Posts,Reading,Technology at 12:15 AM
Originally published by DK on April 10, 2017 at 12:15 am

My Top 7 Online Publications

Posted Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 12:52 pm GMT -5 in Business,Mini Posts,News,Politics,Reading,Technology at 12:52 PM

* paid subscriber

(Also just resubscribed to the print edition of The Economist)

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2017 at 12:52 pm

What a great birthday surprise

Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 03:11 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Holidays,Reading at 3:11 PM

Thank you, Mr. Skoglund – made my day 

Originally published by DK on January 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm

Canadian best sellers

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 12:23 am GMT -5 in Reading,Travel at 12:23 AM

Why not?

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2016 at 12:23 am

This might be part of it

Posted Monday, June 13th, 2016 03:05 pm GMT -5 in Politics,Reading at 3:05 PM

The magazine rack at the Winona Shopko

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Need to re-read this one

Posted Thursday, April 21st, 2016 09:53 pm GMT -5 in Music,Reading at 9:53 PM

The definitive tome by Per Nilsen

Originally published by DK on April 21, 2016 at 9:53 pm

William Shakespeare

Posted Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 08:02 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Reading,Running at 8:02 PM

Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast…

Originally published by DK on April 19, 2016 at 8:02 pm


Posted Sunday, April 17th, 2016 09:33 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Reading at 9:33 PM

One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield…

Originally published by DK on April 17, 2016 at 9:33 pm

It’s about Badgers

Posted Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 08:28 pm GMT -5 in Reading,Running,Sports at 8:28 PM

Sad story of undiagnosed mental illness among my people

Originally published by DK on January 3, 2016 at 8:28 pm

My latest completed book

Posted Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 10:00 am GMT -5 in Reading,Science at 10:00 AM

Nice sci-fi story from the local kid made good

Originally published by DK on December 23, 2015 at 10:00 am

One of today’s speakers

Posted Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 08:41 pm GMT -5 in Business,Reading,Technology at 8:41 PM

Jacob Morgan, Futurist and Global Thought Leader

Originally published by DK on December 8, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Posted Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 12:37 am GMT -5 in Quotes,Reading,Travel at 12:37 AM

Buy the ticket, take the ride…

Originally published by DK on October 3, 2015 at 12:37 am

Katie Vagnino

Posted Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 09:21 am GMT -5 in Reading,Sports at 9:21 AM

The pool was much more diverse; there were young professionals of all races and backgrounds, and far fewer Green Bay Packers jerseys.

Originally published by DK on September 9, 2015 at 9:21 am

qz.com charts

Posted Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 09:14 pm GMT -5 in Links,Reading at 9:14 PM

If you thought FarmVille was bad, wait until you try I.T. City…

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Coin World Rocks

Posted Saturday, January 10th, 2015 05:36 pm GMT -5 in Reading at 5:36 PM

Magazine Room @ Saint Paul Central Library

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Library Architecture

Posted Saturday, January 10th, 2015 05:35 pm GMT -5 in Art,Reading at 5:35 PM

Nicholson Information Commons

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2015 at 5:35 pm

That’s a lot of ways

Posted Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 12:50 pm GMT -5 in Reading at 12:50 PM

Antique Mall book

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm


Posted Thursday, December 4th, 2014 12:57 am GMT -5 in Mini Posts,Reading at 12:57 AM

As I sit in a cabin on the remote, frozen shores of Lake Vermilion in far northern Minnesota, I’m wirelessly connected to the whole world via magic (and some thin copper lines). Page after page of great writing awaits to be read, while music by talented songwriters floats by in the background (Sia’s Breathe Me, Kate Bush, The Beatles, Richard Thompson).

Project Reverb has started again and Meredith has already written one of my favorite sentences on day three:

How funny that a stupid electric staircase – a modern marvel! – could come to quietly represent all of my anxieties and fears and failures in one humming, throbbing, metallic, snaggle-toothed loop.

Good writers are such a joy.

Originally published by DK on December 4, 2014 at 12:57 am

Finally finished another one

Posted Monday, November 10th, 2014 01:47 am GMT -5 in Golf,Reading at 1:47 AM

Caddies at the Old Course are an interesting lot

Originally published by DK on November 10, 2014 at 1:47 am

School conference book sale

Posted Thursday, November 6th, 2014 09:43 pm GMT -5 in Family,Reading,Schools at 9:43 PM

Dewey is awesome (and apparently has nine lives)

Originally published by DK on November 6, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Yes, yes it is

Posted Friday, October 31st, 2014 08:24 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Reading,Travel at 8:24 PM

Dillon’s awesome (little) apartment in Queens

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Interesting book titles

Posted Friday, August 15th, 2014 12:54 pm GMT -5 in Food,Reading at 12:54 PM

The Weinery library

Originally published by DK on August 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Second Player, First

Posted Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 11:21 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Links,Reading at 11:21 PM


Originally published by DK on August 6, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Something for SK

Posted Saturday, July 26th, 2014 02:29 pm GMT -5 in Reading,Shopping at 2:29 PM

The Squirrel Book @ Patina

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm

The little reader

Posted Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 04:52 pm GMT -5 in Family,Reading at 4:52 PM

Concussed and all

Originally published by DK on May 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Great Vegas history book

Posted Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 12:36 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,History,Reading at 12:36 PM

Just finished this week – highly recommended. Get it here

Originally published by DK on May 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Nice review for Joe’s book

Posted Thursday, January 9th, 2014 08:43 pm GMT -5 in Golf,History,Reading at 8:43 PM


Originally published by DK on January 9, 2014 at 8:43 pm

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted Saturday, September 7th, 2013 09:01 pm GMT -5 in Reading at 9:01 PM

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall…

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Ayn Rand

Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 10:26 pm GMT -5 in Pop Culture,Quotes,Reading at 10:26 PM

I took fifteen speed pills, and I got into a contest with Liza Minnelli over who could roar most like a jaguar. She simply sounded like a stupid lion.

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Dr. Seuss

Posted Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 09:33 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Reading at 9:33 PM

You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…

Originally published by DK on August 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Kurt Vonnegut

Posted Thursday, July 18th, 2013 11:43 am GMT -5 in Quotes,Reading at 11:43 AM

There’s only one rule that I know of, babies – God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.

Originally published by DK on July 18, 2013 at 11:43 am

Codex Group

Posted Monday, April 1st, 2013 10:15 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Reading at 10:15 PM

19 percent of Americans do 79 percent of all our (non-required) book readin’

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2013 at 10:15 pm

My latest read

Posted Friday, March 8th, 2013 03:23 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Reading at 3:23 PM

From Fields to Fairways, Classic Golf Clubs of Minnesota by Rick Shefchik

Originally published by DK on March 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm

First book I’ve finished in ages

Posted Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 02:41 am GMT -5 in Golf,Reading at 2:41 AM

Amen Corner by Rick Shefchik – very entertaining read for golfers

Originally published by DK on February 13, 2013 at 2:41 am

Tintin au Tibet

Posted Friday, November 9th, 2012 08:01 pm GMT -5 in Reading at 8:01 PM

Used bookstore find of the month

Originally published by DK on November 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Sleeping Beauty

Posted Saturday, October 6th, 2012 11:00 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Reading at 11:00 PM

If a man of pure heart were to fall in love with her, that would bring her back to life.

Originally published by DK on October 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm

How Music Works

Posted Friday, September 14th, 2012 09:53 pm GMT -5 in Music,Reading at 9:53 PM

How Music Works Book Tour, David Byrne and Steve Seel, History Theater, St. Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on September 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

E.B. White

Posted Friday, July 27th, 2012 11:30 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Reading at 11:30 PM

A fair is a rat’s paradise.

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Ray Bradbury

Posted Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 10:31 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Reading at 10:31 PM

You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

Originally published by DK on June 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Hunter S. Thompson

Posted Monday, March 5th, 2012 12:28 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Reading at 12:28 PM

Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only real cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas.

Originally published by DK on March 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Shelves and shelves and shelves of these

Posted Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 09:14 am GMT -5 in Photography,Reading at 9:14 AM

The “relationship” section at Sixth Chamber Books, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

Grand Marais Sheriff’s Report

Posted Saturday, July 26th, 2008 03:30 pm GMT -5 in Reading,Travel at 3:30 PM

My favorite small town newspaper had two great entries from the sheriff’s report in June:

1:17 p.m., Grand Marais: Report of a loose collie mix with no collar downtown, between Boulder Park and the harbor. A deputy determined it to be the same dog she’s been chasing all spring but can never catch. The dog ran away from the deputy when it saw the squad car, and was still on the loose, somewhere downtown.

But here is my all-time favorite:

7:55 a.m., Grand Marais: Complaint about neighbors who started partying outside on their deck at 7 a.m., being very loud, dropping the “F-Bomb,” and taking off their shirts and showing each other their muscles. A deputy spoke with them, and they quieted down.

Instant classic.

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Everest for Kids

Posted Wednesday, March 19th, 2008 12:09 am GMT -5 in Reading at 12:09 AM

While browsing for kid books the other day at Barnes and Noble in Eagan, I came across this three-book series by Gordon Korman about Mount Everest. I pushed my oldest to read them quickly so Dad could have a turn. 🙂

Being a huge fan of the mountain, I enjoyed this fictional account of the “SummitQuest” expedition. As Scholastic describes it:

They come from all across America to be the youngest kid ever to climb Everest. But only one will reach the top first. The competition is fierce. The preparation is intense. When the final four reach the higher peaks, disaster strikes — and all that separates the living from the dead is chance, bravery, and action.

Fun for young and old.

Everest Books on Amazon

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2008 at 12:09 am

Cost Effective Judiciary

Posted Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 07:12 pm GMT -5 in Reading at 7:12 PM

From the February 1, 2008 Cook County News-Herald in Grand Marais:

James Lee Curtis, 63, Grand Marais, was convicted Oct. 26 of attempted murder with intent (not premeditated), and sentenced Jan. 15 to 153 months in the state prison at St. Cloud (minus 290 days credit for time served), and ordered to pay a $50 fine plus $87 in court costs and fees.

They must run a lean and mean court system in northern Minnesota…

Originally published by DK on February 6, 2008 at 7:12 pm

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Posted Monday, December 31st, 2007 02:53 pm GMT -5 in Reading at 2:53 PM

While listening to MPR the other day, the commentators were discussing books for kids that are advanced readers. This book, Al Capone Does My Shirts, was one of the recommendations. I picked it up at Barnes and Noble for my oldest, although I really wanted to read it myself.

A fictional account of life on Alcatraz in the 1930s, the story revolves around Moose Flanagan, the son of a guard. Lots of great historically accurate descriptions of what life was like for the families of the workers who actually lived on the rock.

LOVED the ending too…

Originally published by DK on December 31, 2007 at 2:53 pm

Cook County Newspaper

Posted Saturday, December 8th, 2007 07:00 am GMT -5 in Reading,Technology at 7:00 AM

My parents have the Grand Marais newspaper sent to their home in St. Paul every week and pass it along to me after they read it. The Cook County News-Herald is a great small town paper and often has stories that make me smile. This week, though, they had a story that truly made me laugh out loud.

The November 30th issue had a story about the county website being upgraded to list property tax records online. There was some opposition to this, as the original proposal including the ability to search by property owner name. This was removed after reviewing other county policies in the state, but the final vote included two no votes:

“Commissioners Johnson and Fritz Sobanja voted against the proposal. Johnson said he couldn’t back the plan because of significant opposition he’s heard; Sobanja said he voted no as part of his ‘war against computers.'”

Where do I enlist?

Originally published by DK on December 8, 2007 at 7:00 am

Treadwell Book – The Grizzly Maze

Posted Friday, December 7th, 2007 11:20 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Reading at 11:20 PM

Finished yet another book this week – The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell’s Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears, by Nick Jans.

I first became aware of the Timothy Treadwell story via Richard Thompson’s soundtrack to the Werner Herzog film Grizzly Man. I thought the movie was interesting and was anxious to read another take on this strange guy from California.

The movie contains a lot of the footage shot by Treadwell himself, which is rather eerie. The book goes into more detail on the attack of Treadwell and Huguenard, including the gruesome audio tape that is talked about in the movie (but never heard). I also found the sections about bear behavior and how to survive attacks very interesting.

I love Alaska and want to go back some day, but count me out from getting anywhere near those huge creatures.

Originally published by DK on December 7, 2007 at 11:20 pm

Everest Book – Touching My Father’s Soul

Posted Sunday, November 25th, 2007 08:06 pm GMT -5 in Reading at 8:06 PM

Wow, two full books in a week!

I’ve had a strong interest in Mt. Everest (Chomolungma to the Tibetans or Sagarmatha to the Nepali) for a long time. Some of this was no doubt in part due to the 1996 IMAX film and Jon Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air.

My co-worker and I enjoy watching every television show we can find on Everest and followed the Rest of Everest podcast for some time. Needless to say, I love the new Everest ride at Walt Disney World and have “provide tech support at base camp for an Everest expedition” as one of my lifetime to do items.

Touching My Father’s Soul: A Sherpa’s Journey to the Top of Everest is written by Jamling Tenzing Norgay, son of Tenzing Norgay (who with Sir Edmund Hillary was the first to reach the summit in 1953). It’s a quick read for 310 pages and provides a lot of background on the 1953 expedition, as well as the 1996 IMAX expedition (which Jamling accompanied). I also liked the Sherpa and Buddhist perspective that is absent in many Everest stories.

The internet provides additional insight into some of the places and organizations mentioned in the story:

Now I just need to find a place that will sell me a 3-D scale model of the mountain for a reasonable price…

Originally published by DK on November 25, 2007 at 8:06 pm

Fallon Book – Juicing the Orange

Posted Friday, November 23rd, 2007 01:26 pm GMT -5 in Reading at 1:26 PM

I actually read an entire book in a day and a half this week. We were at the Eagan library, where they had set up a new section on Minnesota books and music. That’s where I found Juicing the Orange: How to Turn Creativity into a Powerful Business Advantage, by Pat Fallon and Fred Senn.

This book was an interesting read for me, as I almost went to work for Fallon about eight years ago. I’ve always been impressed with their work and the stories here give some insight into how they function.

My favorite anecdote was about Northwest Airlines. Fallon won that account in 1991, but dropped them four years later because they “fostered exactly the kind of toxic atmosphere we had set out to avoid.” I wonder who the top client contact was who “was creative and especially connected in the music world.” He is also described as “domineering and indecisive, a bad combination.” Could this be Chris Clouser?

Originally published by DK on November 23, 2007 at 1:26 pm

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