Archive for July, 2009

Anatomical Specificity

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Tonight Pat and I were watching TV, alternating between the Twins playing the Rangers in Texas and taped coverage of stage 14 of the Tour de France. At one point, I switched back from the Tour just in time to see the home plate umpire doubled over, with a trainer and another umpire standing at [...]

Highland Fest

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

This morning Pat and I went over the Highland Fest, the community celebration in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul. Among the attractions we went to see was the Highland Water Tower, which was designed by Clarence W. “Cap” Wigington in the 1920′s. Wigington was the city architect for St. Paul, the first African [...]

A Hypothesis From Duluth

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Yesterday I got a catalog in the mail from Duluth Trading Company. They started out focusing on “innovation for the job site” and evolved into a company that strives to “help guys in the trades work smarter, work more comfortably”. The catalog contains an eclectic mix of functional clothing and assorted tools. Their most recent [...]

PETA Goes Off The Deep End

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

The Minnesota State Fair has a long tradition of butter carving, as does the Iowa State Fair. This year Iowa decided to create, in addition to their regular butter carvings, a statue of Michael Jackson. The Associated Press reports that PETA suggested that the carving not be done in butter, but rather in “Earth Balance“, [...]

Osprey Banding

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

This morning as I was hiking around the lake with Hana, Carolyn Stitt stopped me to say that the DNR would be banding osprey chicks this morning. So as soon as I got back from the hike, I grabbed my camera equipment and went over to Wildflower Way to see if I could get some [...]

Geographic Color

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Over the years I have been struck by the fact that some communities have colorful names for traffic choke points. In Missoula, there is an intersection called Malfunction Junction. There is an interchange in Denver known as the Mouse Trap. There was an article in yesterday’s Star Tribune about a construction project to relieve some [...]