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🫡 The day after race update

Posted July 7, 2024

For the first time in forever, slept in until 11:40. Sore (in a good way) – wonder how the 80-year-old is feeling today…

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🫡 A concerning list of concert cancellations

Posted June 28, 2024

First Willie, then Neil and now Pearl Jam…

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🫡 At least they stopped saying commiserations

Pic posted June 26, 2024


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🫡 See you soon, Afton

Pic posted June 24, 2024

25KM (15.5 miles)
Net elevation change: 4,670 FT

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🫡 Golfweek’s Best, 2024 Edition

Posted June 23, 2024

This is one of my favorite periodic golf course rating guides (Golf Digest also has a great one). There are some interesting moves on the two lists – I’ve played all of the public-access courses and seven of the ten private courses. Wrote about my personal favorites back in 2020. Might need to review that post again soon…

Best public-access Minnesota courses:

  • 1. Giants Ridge (Quarry), Biwabik (T122m) – hole #2 pictured above
  • T2. Breezy Point Resort (Deacon’s Lodge), Brainerd (m)
  • T2. Madden’s on Gull Lake (Classic), Brainerd (m)
  • 4. Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower (m)
  • 5. Giants Ridge (Legend), Biwabik (m)
  • 6. Chaska Town Course, Chaska (m)
  • 7. Meadows at Mystic Lake, Prior Lake (m)
  • 8. StoneRidge, Stillwater (m)
  • 9. The Wilds, Prior Lake (m)
  • 10. Rush Creek, Maple Grove (m)

Best private Minnesota golf courses:

  • 1. Spring Hill, Wayzata (T47m)
  • 2. Interlachen, Edina (65c)
  • 3. Minikahda Club, Minneapolis (T81c)
  • 4. Hazeltine National, Chaska (T77m)
  • 5. White Bear Yacht Club, White Bear Lake (T89c)
  • 6. Windsong Farm, Independence (T154m)
  • 7. Northland, Duluth (T161c)
  • 8. Somerset, Mendota Heights (c)
  • 9. Minneapolis GC, St. Louis Park (c)
  • 10. Somerby Golf Club*, Byron (m)

Key: (m) modern, built in 1960 or after; (c) classic, built before 1960, * new or newly re-added, number means national ranking

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🫡 Congrats to all the Grandma’s runners

Posted June 22, 2024

The 48th annual event in Duluth had lots of great stories:

  • Elisha Barno winning his record sixth title in 2:10:54
  • New women’s course record by Volha Mazuronak (2:23:52)
  • New Garry Bjorklund men’s and women’s course records: Tebello Ramakongoana from Lesotho in 1:00:17 (!!) and Annie Frisbie from Edina in 1:07:33
  • Superstar Megan in 4:34:32 (10:29 Minute Miles)

I can’t get over that nearly sub-hour half – that’s a 4:37 Minute Mile… 😂

UPDATE: Ramakongoana also won the 2024 Bloomsday in Spokane 💜

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🫡 Discovering new music

Posted June 5, 2024

As I work my way through listening to all of the Apple Music 100 Best Albums list, it’s been fun to listen to things I would’ve never otherwise picked. Currently a quarter of the way through the list…

Another fun source of new songs have been the monthly “David Byrne Radio Presents” playlists that I hear about via email alerts (and are presented on Apple Music and Spotify).

I’m not sure how actively Mr. Byrne participates in the selection and creation of these playlists, but I like to think that he really sits down each month to “produce” these like I do with the holiday samplers…

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🫡 2024 Kickoff to Summer

Posted May 25, 2024

Everything about the actual Milk Run was good (the threatening letters and emails about it not being a fun run this year were terrible). Free parking on Como and the early access to the event post-race was nice. Heard today sold out – they may want to add more stands next year…

Pronto Pup ✅ Fresh French Fries ✅ Sweet Martha’s ✅ Peachey’s donut ✅

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🫡 Apple Music 100 Best Albums

Posted May 14, 2024

Will be fun to follow Apple Music’s “editorial statement” the next ten days. Hard to do this across genres, but I’ll try and listen to all of them.

Here’s the first ten:

100. Body Talk, Robyn
99. Hotel California, Eagles
98. ASTROWORLD, Travis Scott
97. Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine
96. Pure Heroine, Lorde
95. Confessions, USHER
94. Untrue, Burial
93. A Seat at the Table, Solange
92. Flower Boy, Tyler, The Creator
91. Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, George Michael


90. Back in Black, AC/DC
89. The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga
88. I Put a Spell on You, Nina Simone
87. Blue Lines, Massive Attack
86. My Life, Mary J. Blige
85. Golden Hour, Kasey Musgraves
84. Doggystyle, Snoop Dogg
83. Horses, Patti Smith
82. Get Rich or Die Tryin’, 50 Cent
81. After the Gold Rush, Neil Young


80. The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem
79. Norman Fucking Rockwell!, Lana Del Ray
78. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
77. Like A Prayer, Madonna
76. Un Verano Sin Ti, Bad Bunny
75. Supa Dupa Fly, Missy Elliott
74. The Downward Spiral, Nine Inch Nails
73. Aja, Steely Dan
72. SOS, SZA
71. Trans-Europe Express, Kraftwerk


70. Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A.
69. Master of Puppets, Metallica
68. Is This It, The Strokes
67. Dummy, Portishead
66. The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths
65. 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul
64. Baduizm, Erykah Badu
63. Are You Experienced, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
62. All Eyez on Me, 2Pac
61. Love Deluxe, Sade


60. The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Velvet Underground & Nico
59. AM, Arctic Monkeys
58. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, Oasis
57. Voodoo, D’Angelo
56. Disintegration, The Cure
55. ANTI, Rihanna
54. A Love Supreme, John Coltrane
53. Exile on Main St., The Rolling Stones
52. Appetite for Destruction, Guns N’ Roses
51. Sign O’ the Times, Prince


50. Hounds of Love, Kate Bush
49. The Joshua Tree, U2
48. Paul’s Boutique, Beastie Boys
47. Take Care, Drake
46. Exodus, Bob Marley & The Wailers
45. Homogenic, Björk
44. Innervisions, Stevie Wonder
43. Remain in Light, Talking Heads
42. Control, Janet Jackson
41. Aquemini, Outkast


40. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Aretha Franklin
39. Illmatic, Nas
38. Tapestry, Carole King
37. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang Clan
36. BEYONCÉ, Beyoncé
35. London Calling, The Clash
34. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy
33. Kid A, Radiohead
32. Ready to Die, The Notorious B.I.G.
31. Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette


29. The Low End Theory, A Tribe Called Quest
28. The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd
27. Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin
26. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
25. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis
24. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, David Bowie
23. Discovery, Daft Punk
22. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
21. Revolver, The Beatles


20. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys
19. The Chronic, Dr. Dre
18. 1989 (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift
17. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye
16. Blue, Joni Mitchell
15. 21, Adele
14. Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan
13. The Blueprint, Jay-Z
12. OK Computer, Radiohead
11. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac


10. Lemonade, Beyoncé
9. Nevermind, Nirvana
8. Back to Black, Amy Winehouse
7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (Deluxe Version), Kendrick Lamar
6. Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
5. Blonde, Frank Ocean
4. Purple Rain, Prince & The Revolution
3. Abbey Road, The Beatles
2. Thriller, Michael Jackson
1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill

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🫡 May 2024 Apple Updates

Posted May 13, 2024

macOS Ventura 13.6.7 ✅, macOS Sonoma 14.5 ✅, iOS 17.5 ✅, iPadOS 17.5 ✅, tvOS 17.5 ✅, watchOS 10.5 ✅

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🫡 The new Apple iPad Pro

Pic posted May 7, 2024

Not a tool I would probably ever need, but it’s interesting to see the fully loaded 13-inch iPad Pro pricing these days (with the pencil and keyboard)

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🫡 2024 Minnesota Milestone ✅

Posted May 6, 2024

Drove Oliver home from the Twins game with all the windows down and the music blasting – it was glorious 🔥

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🫡 Geezer video game flashbacks

Posted May 2, 2024

The link the other day to the Electronic Plastic site was fun, as I forgot just how spoiled I was as a kid. Out of the 35 games listed, I think I had 12 of them (Brain Baffler, Auto Race, Football and Football 2, Baseball, Space Alert, Armor Battle, Sub Chase, Basketball, Hockey, Soccer and Red Light Green Light).

I also came across a post about the Microvision and I’d completely forgotten about that device. Need to finish the Intellivision book too – so many fun memories of that console too…

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🫡 56th PGA Professional Championship

Posted April 30, 2024

The Minnesota Section had a rough week:

  • CUT (+4): Eric Chiles, Chaska Town Course
  • CUT (+6): Jeff Sorenson, The Minikahda Club
  • CUT (+6): Derek Stendahl, Rush Creek
  • CUT (+7): Thomas Campbell, Swing Lab
  • CUT (+10): Eddie Wynne, Les Bolstad
  • CUT (+13): Blake Lentner, Wayzata
  • CUT (+15): Brent Snyder, Kilkarney Hills
  • CUT (+19): Eric Rolland, Augsburg
  • CUT (+19): Matthew Sandquist, Edina CC

PGA Frisco – Fields Ranch East & West


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🫡 traceroute -m 50 bad.horse

Posted April 30, 2024

9 bad.horse (
10 bad.horse (
11 bad.horse (
12 bad.horse (
13 he.rides.across.the.nation (
14 the.thoroughbred.of.sin (
15 he.got.the.application (
16 that.you.just.sent.in (
17 it.needs.evaluation (
18 so.let.the.games.begin (
19 a.heinous.crime (
20 a.show.of.force (
21 a.murder.would.be.nice.of.course (
22 bad.horse (
23 bad.horse (
24 bad.horse (
25 he-s.bad (
26 the.evil.league.of.evil (
27 is.watching.so.beware (
28 the.grade.that.you.receive (
29 will.be.your.last.we.swear (
30 so.make.the.bad.horse.gleeful (
31 or.he-ll.make.you.his.mare (
32 o_o (
33 you-re.saddled.up (
34 there-s.no.recourse (
35 it-s.hi-ho.silver (
36 signed.bad.horse (

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🫡 Clown app, FTW 🍟

Pic posted April 12, 2024

I know the after work clown fries and diet cokes aren’t healthy, but they sure do make me happy

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🫡 Some big checkmarks on the To Do list

Posted April 11, 2024

  • State and federal taxes ✅
  • Office TV installed before the Masters ✅
  • First outdoor training run of 2024 ✅

Upward and onward!

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🫡 2024 March Madness Music Festival

Posted April 6, 2024

Not quite as good as my year, but still impressive:

  • Leon Bridges
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • The Black Keys
  • Mumford & Sons

Nicely done, Phoenix…

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🫡 Watchguard Mobile VPN with SSL Client ***

Posted April 2, 2024

*** Mobile VPN with SSL Client does not support Macs that have the Apple M1 or M2 ARM-based processors. In addition, macOS 13 (Ventura) and higher do not accept SSL connections to untrusted self-signed certificates. For more information, see this KB article. An alternative is to use the OpenVPN Connect client for macOS.

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🫡 Jon Cheng reviews Bûcheron *** ½

Posted March 29, 2024

He loved the steak and dessert I had on our visit to south Minneapolis. Updated the Jon Cheng reviews post too…

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🫡 March 2024 Apple Updates Part II

Pic posted March 25, 2024

macOS Sonoma 14.4.1 ✅, iOS 17.4.1 ✅, iPadOS 17.4.1 ✅

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🫡 2024 Barkley Marathons

Posted March 24, 2024

I watched that documentary on this crazy-ass race a while ago, but I’m still surprised when it pops up in my social feeds each year (at random times). This year was awesome because of 40-year-old Brit Jasmin Paris, the first woman to finish the 100 mile race (with 99 seconds to spare before the 60 hour cutoff). BBC has a nice story here.


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🫡 Delta Airbus A321

Posted March 18, 2024

So far this plane has stayed in one piece (and has free WiFi for all)

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🫡 Microsoft default font change

Posted March 10, 2024

Thought I was losing my mind, but turns out Microsoft just decided to mess with us, changing the default Calibri font to something called Aptos (previously Bierstadt). Smooth move, Ex-Lax…

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🫡 March 2024 Apple Updates

Posted March 7, 2024

macOS Sonoma 14.4 ✅, iOS 17.4 ✅, iPadOS 17.4 ✅, tvOS 17.4 ✅, watchOS 10.4 ✅

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