Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or treat from the Obama (b)roo-ster



Palin reality

Looks like most Americans finally woke up and smelled the coffee
before it was to late.

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Best Halloween pumpkins from WIRED

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Happy Halloween

Reynolds Unwrapped by Dan Reynolds

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Humor break: Smarter than the average bear

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Get out the vote

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Begin forwarded message

Make sure your voice is heard We have 5 days left to make sure as many people as possible cast their votes for change.

But you'd be surprised how many of your friends and family don't know where to vote in Minnesota, a crucial battleground state.

Take a minute to look up your polling place on our voting website,, then forward this email to your friends, family, and neighbors so they can look up theirs, too.

On you can find out where to vote and get crucial voting information.

This race is too close for you -- or anyone you know -- not to vote.

And the issues we're facing are too important to keep anyone's voice out of the political process just because they didn't know where to vote.

Can you forward this email to at least five friends, family members, or coworkers and tell them to look up their polling location?

Supporters like you can transform this nation, and I'm counting on your help to make sure every Obama supporter in Minnesota knows where they can cast their vote for change on Election Day.

Thank you for your help,


Jon Carson
National Field Director
Obama for America

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Paid for by Obama for America

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Multitasking may not be good for you

Interesting post from PSYCH CENTRAL on the price paid in poor learning
when we multitasking.

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Cardboard art

Cool stuff from NEATORAMA

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Humor: Hunting season

In the Bleachers by Steve Moore 
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Obama endorsement rationale from a relative

I received this message from my father, who received it from one of my, who I believe, has probably been a Republican most of his life. It is a well articulated summary that obviously reflects a systematic and reflective review of the major issues. It summarizes much of my feelings...which I don't article half as well.


A week from now we will know !!!!!!!!
Hi Everyone,
Over the last few months I have seen hundreds of notes regarding the political campaign for president. I usually read them as I like to hear all points of view. My opinion is that some of the info I have received is so virulent that it just simply doesn't make sense to me.
I believe that the fundamental tenets of this nation are our beliefs in equality and equal opportunity. We didn't have it right at the start regarding equality with some people getting 3/5's of a vote, some people getting no vote, and we corrected it. I hope that we don't look at people that are different from us and assume there is something basically evil, because there isn't.
I wanted to let you know that I have decided to support Barack Obama. I didn't want my lack of response to notes that I have been copied on to indicate my support for those views, and I am supporting Senator Obama for the following reasons:
1. The United States needs to improve it's standing in the world. We cannot lead the world alone. It takes the support of the people from many nations. We don't need the go-it-alone, tough guy, no talking approach anymore.

2. The middle class needs help. Growing the economy helps, but during the last 25 years the top 5% of earners have received all the gains. The very top of the ladder got extremely rich at the expense of the large middle class. The government has a responsibility to correct irresponsible capitalism, and it can be corrected.

3. Our country is in a financial mess, now. There is an idea a day coming from both camps. However, I do believe that Senator Obama has moved to garner a wide range of economic advisors and is approaching the problem more logically and more calculating.

4. Alternative energy must be developed and it must stay a high priority even at varying prices of oil. We consume 25% of the oil with 3% of the reserves.

5. The health care system isn't working. Yes, I can access wonderful medical practices but we have nearly 50 million who can't and many are children. I would be willing to pay a little more to support correcting that situation.

6. Finally, I think there are people like Senator Obama who can inspire people to do more for the country. I think he is the right person for this time much like Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy and Reagan were for their time. They inspired the nation when it needed it.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Caribou buzz: 20% off Amy's Blend Merchandise

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Brain teasers

From the always great Sharp Brains

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A beautiful red cardinal at the feeder this morning.

-- This message was composed with PhatWare WritePad.

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Gator grandson experience

Check out latest from my daughter Beths blog.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Palin's gone rogue

A sure sign that a campaign is starting to sink is when insiders start
jumping from the ship to save themselves. This CNN story about the
poorly informed Palin diva VP is one such sign.

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Friday, October 24, 2008


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Friends are like butt cheeks. 
Crap might separate them at times , 
But they always come back together. 

Send this to all your butt cheeks 



Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Amazing-first time ever empty email inbox

My email inbox has zero messages!!!. I can't ever recall seeing this
before. I'm sure it will only be for a few minutes. But for now it is
a rare pleasure.

Humor break: Reverse psych.

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News from Ciatti's

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Begin forwarded message:

From: Paul Brutger <>
Date: October 21, 2008 6:55:45 AM CDT
Subject: News from Ciatti's

Food. Football. Friends.

Watch your favorite football team in the lounge! Ciatti's serves up $4.00 flatbreads and pizzas when the pros are on TV.

'Tis the season. No, not that season...yet. We mean football season. The mighty Purple may not be the team we all thought, but one thing is for sure, nothing beats getting together with friends for football – win or lose.

Cheer on your favorite team with appetizer and drink specials available during every NFL game. Sundays. Monday nights. Even Thursday games. Whenever the pros are on TV, we're serving up big deals for the big game!
Enjoy these appetizer and beer specials during every televised NFL game. And remember, it's okay to cheer with your mouth full.
$4 flatbreads and pizzas
$3.50 20oz. MGD Light drafts
$2.50 14oz. MGD Light drafts

Paul and Ox Are Back At It On KNSI.

Paul Brutger from Ciatti's and Ox go way back. After a break from the radio, Paul and Ox are back serving up delicious news and views from the kitchen of Ciatti's Ristorante. Listen in!

Pasta Parties To Go!

At home or work, Ciatti's Ristorante can feed the whole crew – family-style

Make your next meeting or special event a delicious success with Ciatti's PASTA PARTIES TO GO! Simply call in your order and we'll have it ready to pick up when you need it. And Ciatti's PASTA PARTIES TO GO includes everything you'll need from hot, delicious pasta and fresh bread to cool crispy salads – all prepared family style for easy pick up and serving. We can even provide the plates, napkins and silverware.
Drop Paul a line or call 320-257-7900 for more information.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cool computer code art

Another interesting post from NEATORAMA

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Photos of industrial landscapes

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Bachman is the one to fear

I saw this interview live with Michelle Bachman, a conservative US
representative from MN. Her views are scarier than hell. First her
claims that Obama is unpatriotic are wrong. But what is scarier are
her strong claims that the US Congress may be full of unpatriotic anti-
Americans. This smacks of McCarthyism...a scary chapter in our history
and a profound threat to the fabric of democracy. This lady needs to
be voted out of office.

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Humor break: Poor short term memory (Gsm)

Reynolds Unwrapped by Dan Reynolds

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Pedestrian bridge at U of MN

U of MN room with a view

Had a great view (of the Mississippi River) from a conference room at
my meeting at the U of MN today.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

St. Cloud man dumps dog doodo in McCain truck

Maybe it is time we stop the campaigns and vote. People are getting a
bit wound up.

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Local Blend photo

Interesting reflected images in mirror at the Local Blend in St Joe.

Best microscopic photos

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Internet searching may help aging brains


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Is Sarah Palin qualified? Take 30 seconds to tell PBS "No"

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PBS has an online poll posted asking if Sarah Palin is qualified.

The poll will be reported on PBS and picked up by mainstream media. It can influence undecided voters in swing states. Please do two things -- takes 20 seconds.

Click on link and vote yourself.

Here's the link:

Apparently the right wing knew about this in advance and are flooding the voting with YES votes.

Humor: Plumber butt

hReynolds Unwrapped
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Humor: Bungy jumping

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Snakeproof baby crib



Phil Torrone at Make Blog posted these photos of the Betterbaby snake-proof baby crib from the early 20th century. Betterbaby snake proof crib

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Grandsons do a pumpkin patch

Thanks Beth for sharing the photos of Rowan Ezra picking out their
pumpkins. Click link below to view.

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Fall is here plus albino squirrel

No doubt about it. Fall is here. Many leaves to suck up with the mower.

An interesting sight in the backyard today. An albino squirrel (not in
this picture). Cool.

Great photos of old trains

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Politics: Is this an "empowering election"

Interesting food foe thought over at the CHRONICLE that the current
presidential election may fit into the category of an "empowering
election"---a concept I'd not read about before.

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Caribou buzz: Introducing new bakery items!

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Two New Flavors To Fall For...

Two new flavors to fall for

Grab a refreshing taste of the season at Caribou Coffee.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

MN lake chilhood memories-the out house

Who as a kid growing up in MN doesn't have fond (fearful?) memories of
wandering up to the lake cabin out house in the dark at night with
just a flashlight. And then there was the fear you might fall in.

A sign of fall: Grandpas pumpkin patch

Just north of St. Joe. MN. A great place with a great grandpa who
loves selling pumpkins and making little kids happy.

Shocking pee

Yet another great gem posted at NEATORAMA.

Photo: Whole Wheat Toast [Flickr]

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