So well written – plus several memorable scenes that were just amazing (The Eye, factory/prison, funeral)Originally published by DK on December 3, 2022 at 12:41 pm
Everyone has their own rebellion…Originally published by DK on November 30, 2022 at 11:05 pm
If you know anything about Minnesotans, don’t mess with their walleye…Originally published by DK on November 27, 2022 at 4:39 pm
Now that I’ve been in my new role as systems engineer at TPT for a month, I figured it was a good time to reflect on this change and write about my experience so far. The organization’s post-COVID return to the office has been branded as a “Return to Lowertown” and it literally is for me too. Hard to believe it’s almost a year already since we left Rayette Lofts to head on down the river…
The commute back and forth has been great so far, usually taking under 15 minutes each way. Next spring, I hope to ride my bike a few days each week if I can sort out the storage issues. I splurged on the expensive parking option in the Lowertown Ramp, which is easy-in on Sibley and easy-out on Jackson (plus covered spots with no winter scraping). I’ve never really had any security trouble in Lowertown, but it is convenient to have a parking spot right next to the office entrance.
Some other logistical things: currently working a hybrid schedule of four days in the office and one day from home (Wednesdays), which has been very nice. While every day has been focused on getting up to speed on systems and technology, I’ve been trying to use the work from home day as a deep-dive research day (which is easier alone). TPT has a nice lunchroom, so I’ve mainly been bringing in frozen lunches to eat. The reawakening of the downtown St. Paul lunch dining scene has been slow, but there are pockets here and there. Still exploring the skyway, but always open to suggestions and recommendations.
Totally digging the culture and mission of the organization:
Enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media.
How can you not smile walking into an office with a two-story Big Bird on the wall? I grew up watching Sesame Street, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, The Electric Company and 3-2-1 Contact, while my kids were raised on Teletubbies, Arthur, Caillou, Zoboomafoo, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Sagwa and Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman. Our family was addicted to the old Action Auction they produced in the former studios across from the fairgrounds on Como, regularly bidding on 25-pound salted nut rolls (among other things).
Looking at some of the other pictures and signs around the office bring back a flood of other positive memories: Downtown Abbey, Rick Steves’ Europe, Nova, Nature, Austin City Limits, Lowertown Line and Almanac. So much good content has been broadcast from this PBS affiliate and I’m really excited to help such a talented and creative crew. My high school friend Terry Gray has been at TPT for 15 years and was a major influence on me considering this role. Super excited to work with him again (we worked together at HSRA Minnesota and I saw him occasionally on the sidelines at U.S. Bank Stadium).
The Information Technology team at TPT is solid and I really enjoy being part of a larger group again. Former McNally Smith veteran Nick Kaihoi is great to work with and we have so many shared tech experiences and philosophies, it’s scary. The team picked out a new M2 MacBook Air for me to use, which was just perfect. I also appreciate that the HR department has an actual “No Jerk Policy” and find the overall vibe just so refreshing. It reminds me of this Mr. Rodgers quote:
There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.
“Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and contributions to your PBS station from Viewers Like You”Originally published by DK on November 17, 2022 at 9:14 am
Contact is the secret; is the moment when everything happens! Contact is the answer; is the reason that everything happens! Contact! Let’s make contact!Originally published by DK on November 16, 2022 at 3:58 pm
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/13/arts/television/pbs-pledge-drive-history.htmlOriginally published by DK on November 3, 2022 at 3:29 pm
Will never get tired of seeing this on the way in to workOriginally published by DK on November 1, 2022 at 8:26 am
https://www.theringer.com/music/2022/10/28/23426969/warren-zevon-late-show-david-letterman-anniversaryOriginally published by DK on October 28, 2022 at 10:53 am
1969 was a hell of a year, no?Originally published by DK on October 25, 2022 at 6:25 pm
https://www.tpt.org/outside-chance/Originally published by DK on October 19, 2022 at 11:33 pm
Damn, I already love this place 🧁Originally published by DK on October 18, 2022 at 1:18 pm
I don’t know what number multiple is, but it’s better than zero…Originally published by DK on October 13, 2022 at 10:11 pm
Day Four ✅Originally published by DK on October 13, 2022 at 4:59 pm
…and beyond!Originally published by DK on October 11, 2022 at 6:29 pm
Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away. On my way to where the air is sweet…Originally published by DK on September 23, 2022 at 2:04 pm
I have no limitations…Originally published by DK on September 6, 2022 at 8:59 am
Different paths up the same mountain…Originally published by DK on August 18, 2022 at 10:12 pm
And that’s when Lincoln said, ‘Don’t diss my homies’Originally published by DK on August 17, 2022 at 7:41 pm
Kinda sad it’s over, thoughOriginally published by DK on August 16, 2022 at 11:40 pm
Multiple interesting Sunday storylines out in Blaine this yearOriginally published by DK on July 24, 2022 at 6:21 pm
Best hockey day of the yearOriginally published by DK on June 26, 2022 at 10:43 pm
Just up the hill from our plot @ AcaciaOriginally published by DK on May 30, 2022 at 10:21 pm
Security at the Toronto Zoo is surprisingly lax…Originally published by DK on May 13, 2022 at 3:55 pm
CK got a present from the boyOriginally published by DK on April 30, 2022 at 3:04 pm
Opinion not shared by the entire household, thoughOriginally published by DK on April 24, 2022 at 2:28 pm
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day 2022Originally published by DK on March 17, 2022 at 8:11 pm
Contact, it’s the secret. It’s the moment, when everything happens. Contact, it’s the answer. It’s the reason, why everything happens. Contact, let’s make contact!Originally published by DK on November 30, 2021 at 9:38 am
Dr. Shrinker, Dr. Shrinker, he’s a madman with an evil mind. Dr. Shrinker, Dr. Shrinker, he’s as crazy as you’ll ever find…Originally published by DK on November 1, 2021 at 6:38 pm
There’s the man and there’s the monkey. And somehow, you gotta be man enough to face down the monkey…Originally published by DK on September 3, 2021 at 9:52 pm
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Saint Paul needs this badOriginally published by DK on July 7, 2021 at 10:21 pm
Yobo, the Jesus know what we thinking. He’s like a X-Man…Originally published by DK on June 26, 2021 at 8:44 pm
You know what we call problems in sales? We call them opportunities…Originally published by DK on June 18, 2021 at 10:52 am
Love, exciting and new. Come Aboard. We’re expecting you…Originally published by DK on May 29, 2021 at 5:41 pm
https://old.reddit.com/r/Muppets/comments/lnwse2/muppet_show_episodes_with_content_advisories/Originally published by DK on April 30, 2021 at 11:38 pm
It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights. It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight…Originally published by DK on April 4, 2021 at 7:49 pm
Here’s some money. Go see a Star War.Originally published by DK on March 25, 2021 at 5:14 pm
Wow. He did not give a fuck. What’s his name again?Originally published by DK on March 21, 2021 at 4:55 pm
You’re a bit of a failure, aren’t you? You come all the way over here in this country to kill Tommy Shelby, but…I mean, well, he’s not dead, is he?Originally published by DK on March 7, 2021 at 8:43 pm
In the not-so-distant past, I was very much an advocate for cord-cutting. Everyone likes to bag on the cable companies, but to be honest, the only real issues I’ve had with them my entire life are cost and channel selection. The former always goes up and the latter never seemed to include exactly what I wanted. Cord-cutting seemed to be the solution – just let me pay for the channels I want. Unfortunately, the TV provider also being the internet bandwidth provider makes it difficult to get one without the other. The last time we moved, Comcast basically offered me internet plus a bunch of channels for the same price as just internet (which also turns out to be a very good deal if you like live sports).
Today, I seem to have a bit of everything (and the amount I pay to Comcast continues to rise). I have an old AppleTV connected to our Sony set, which streams multiple services that I get billed for in addition to Comcast: Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Apple TV+, Disney+ and CBS All Access (which we just added so Colleen could watch The Stand). At some point, I need to catalog all of these accounts, see how much I’m paying in total and decide if we really get that much value out of them. In normal times? Probably not. During a stay-at-home pandemic? Likely a bargain.
- Dark, Netflix (seasons 1-3): Armon told me to watch this German science fiction series about murder and time travel. It’s got subtitles, so you really have to pay attention. That’s good advice even if it was in English, as there is a large cast and it gets confusing very quickly. I did like it overall, but to be honest, it was a battle to finish all three seasons.
- Letterkenny, Hulu (season 9): I love this Canadian comedy and was super excited for a new season, but flew through all seven episodes in one sitting and now it’s gone again. Pitter Patter.
- Disenchantment, Netflix (part 3): Matt Groening’s medieval cartoon series is more Futurama than Simpsons, but the trio of Bean, Elfo and Luci make me laugh. Similar to Letterkenny, season/part 3 was over way too fast.
- Lupin, Netflix (season 1, part 1): Another foreign language Netflix original (France), this mystery thriller with subtitles demands attention. With only five episodes online now (out of ten shot for season one), it’s a quick watch. Cliff hanger warning: hopefully the second half of the season gets released soon so we can find out what happens to Omar Sy’s excellent character Assane Diop.
- Kim’s Convenience, Netflix (seasons 1-4): this Canadian comedy series set in Toronto has some of the best husband-wife and parent-child jokes of any show we’ve watched. Almost done with season four (and very happy to read there will be at least two more seasons coming).
- Night Stalker, Netflix: The New York Post (of all places) said this four-part true crime documentary about serial killer Richard Ramirez was “too graphic,” but we found it very interesting. I believe most of this happened while Colleen and I were in high school, but I only had a vague recollection of the case.
- Snowpiercer (movie): This 2013 science fiction thriller was on my watch list for a long time, as part of our recent Bong Joon-ho kick (Parasite, Okja, The Host). Can’t remember which service it popped up on, but we recently learned this is now also a series on TNT (with two seasons).
- Peaky Blinders, Netflix (season 1): With five seasons of this BBC show available, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to commit the time to a period piece set in post-WWI Birmingham, but now it’s almost like a British Sopranos for me, to be honest. Will continue onward.
- The Aristocats: I like that Disney+ has almost all of the old Disney animated movies to watch whenever you want (no more “available for a limited time on VHS” crap). When I read that some of the old movies now have disclaimers at the beginning, I decided to re-watch this one first. More details can be found on their “Stories Matter” website.
- Behind the Scenes of The Mandalorian, Disney+: I know I just linked to something different on the Star Wars website, but the behind the scenes series on Disney+ is really good (after you’ve watched both seasons). This franchise is in such good hands: Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Carl Weathers, Robert Rodriguez and Jon Favreau (who was a guest on Letterman the one time I got to see it in person) all seem like such cool, dorky people.
Thinking back on how many hours I’ve spent watching these, it’s a good thing at least some were also spent on the treadmill…
UPDATE: Per Kid Two, *she* pays for Hulu and also said I forgot about Amazon Prime Video…Originally published by DK on February 2, 2021 at 12:47 am
Man, after-work drinks taste so much better than instead-of-work drinks…Originally published by DK on January 18, 2021 at 8:20 pm
Damn I love DuluthOriginally published by DK on January 10, 2021 at 8:13 am
HBO + CandylandOriginally published by DK on January 2, 2021 at 5:20 pm
Did you know that China’s having a shortage of ninjas?Originally published by DK on December 26, 2020 at 1:38 pm
https://www.startribune.com/from-play-ball-to-play-bally-s-sinclair-betting-on-legal-gambling-to-boost-viewership/573452881/Originally published by DK on December 22, 2020 at 11:03 am
I’m Mister White Christmas, I’m Mister Snow. I’m Mister Icicle, I’m Mister Ten Below…Originally published by DK on December 11, 2020 at 8:35 pm
With the whole fam tooOriginally published by DK on December 6, 2020 at 6:41 pm
Chris Rock, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Schwartzman (and so many other great actors)Originally published by DK on December 1, 2020 at 4:19 pm
Cue the outrageOriginally published by DK on November 15, 2020 at 9:31 am
From no coverage of the front nine to (perhaps) too much coverage?Originally published by DK on November 14, 2020 at 1:18 pm
…and The ChildOriginally published by DK on November 1, 2020 at 2:08 pm
It’s funny, but it’s also trueOriginally published by DK on October 28, 2020 at 10:53 pm
Ronnie, gentle reminder, the line has been changed to I want to KISS you like an animal…Originally published by DK on October 4, 2020 at 10:47 pm
Ferda, boysOriginally published by DK on September 28, 2020 at 10:28 pm
Gossip is the devil’s telephone, best to just hang up…Originally published by DK on September 11, 2020 at 10:22 pm
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Trust me, people aren’t thinking about you the way that you’re thinking about you…Originally published by DK on August 31, 2020 at 10:43 pm
Um, what the hell, Mickey?Originally published by DK on July 6, 2020 at 5:03 pm
Welcome to the real world, jackass!Originally published by DK on May 20, 2020 at 11:08 am
Every human relationship can be adjusted with the right amount of money…Originally published by DK on April 29, 2020 at 10:02 pm
Everybody counts or nobody counts…Originally published by DK on February 24, 2020 at 8:21 pm
Baby Groot, do me a favor. Keep my name out of your little tree mouth, before I snap you like a twig…Originally published by DK on December 16, 2019 at 9:35 pm
Mood.Originally published by DK on November 19, 2019 at 2:23 pm
The boat no longer goes to Loserville!Originally published by DK on November 9, 2019 at 3:42 pm
Sweargen, you cock-suckaOriginally published by DK on October 16, 2019 at 12:56 am
https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Regina-Spektor-Youve-Got-Time-OITNB-Theme-Song-Video-46425999Originally published by DK on August 9, 2019 at 6:37 pm
http://www.cc.com/video-clips/tw2ltp/chappelle-s-show-wu-tang-financial—uncensoredOriginally published by DK on August 3, 2019 at 2:45 am
So much is said in silence…Originally published by DK on July 21, 2019 at 10:44 pm
Now we just need a win over OaklandOriginally published by DK on July 21, 2019 at 1:01 pm