Archive for January, 2008

The lakefront won’t be the same

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

They’ve finally scheduled demolition for the old Coast Guard station at Milwaukee’s lakefront. Looks like it’ll be torn down by the end of March.

Milwaukee Streets had a good piece on it (with far better photos than mine) late last year. The Milwaukee DCD’s 2001 study on the building can be found here (pdf). And the WI Historical Society has a photo of the building in better days.

I’ll be very sad to see it go. It’s in terrible shape, but it’s one of my favorite buildings and that stretch of the lakefront just won’t be the same without it. I wish someone had been able to get the money together years ago to help save it. It got a reprieve from last July’s scheduled demolition, but I don’t know if it can pull that off twice. Maybe I should go play the lottery…

Everyone needs more toys

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Milwaukeeans who need a little pop culture fix for your home, listen up. There’s a new store opening in April in the Third Ward that should fit the bill nicely: Hot Pop.

Meet you all over there on the first payday after they open.

(One note to the store owners for their MySpace page, though: If you’re going to claim Shepard Fairey as a hero, you should probably learn to spell his name correctly.)


Ah, Wisconsin

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Temperature when I went to lunch today: 46 degrees.
Right now at 5pm: 39 and raining.
Temperature it will be when I go to bed tonight: 0 to 5 below, with windchills of -30 to -35 degrees.

Don’t like the weather? Wait a minute. It’ll change. (Didn’t say it would necessarily change for the better…)

Understatement of the year

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

“‘I don’t really think I was thinking that much at the time,’ she said.”

Woman Calls 911 To Turn Herself In For Drunken Driving

(Thanks m@!)

News briefs

Monday, January 28th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Two completely unrelated articles from the great web resource that is my friend Tim:

1) How to be the best-dressed guy in your cell. (Story not actually funny. You’re here for the photo.)

2) No, of course the planning commission won’t notice. Why would they notice?

“just a bit of harmless fun”

Monday, January 28th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Jim Stingl had a good column in Sunday’s paper about the whole Bronze Fonz thing.

More people like Jim, less like Brenner, please. Thanks. Also, from everything I’ve read about him, Henry Winkler sounds like he’s an ok guy.

Screw you guys. I’m goin’ home.

Friday, January 25th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Remember the gallery owner who was threatening to close his gallery and leave town because of the Bronze Fonz statue? Well he’s going through with it.

He did have a cool art gallery (though, by some accounts, a struggling one) and I will miss seeing some of the artists he brought to town, but sheesh. Get over yourself, Mike. It’s just a little statue. The world is big enough for both of you to exist. (But I guess maybe your world isn’t, eh?)


More like “too dumb to function”

Thursday, January 24th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

A group of teenage car thieves took a joy ride to a court-ordered counseling program aimed to keep them away from stealing cars, Winnipeg police said on Tuesday.

(Via The Morning News)

Back to normal.

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Ok. We’ve recovered some more lost entries and the template. I put back what’s left of January stuff. Lost a couple weeks’ worth of data at the end of December, but considering I was a blogging slacker for two of those weeks, there isn’t a whole lot of data that went missing. (Sorry in advance to anyone whose links are going nowhere any more.)

Thanks, everyone, for your patience. And thanks to all of you for sending emails and IMs about the outage. I guess people really do read this thing. You all rock.

And big, big thanks to Mr. m@ for the emergency services and for providing a home on the intertubes for the people of Czeltistan.

Hey, I know that guy

Thursday, January 17th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Fun: When someone you know gets interviewed by AMC.

(Another hat tip to Vidiot for this one. He’s just full of good links.)

We do love our Packers

Thursday, January 17th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

What makes Packers special?

Got this article in an email forward from my dad. Figured I’d post it for those of you who hadn’t seen it and for those of you who aren’t Wisconsinites and don’t quite get the fuss.

Your chance to help describe history

Thursday, January 17th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Flickr has teamed up with the Library of Congress for a project called The Commons. The LOC has posted some of their publicly-held photos to Flickr and is asking for Flickr members to add comments and tags that will help describe the photographs.

Great idea. Lots of cool photos to browse through, even if you don’t have info to add.

(Huge tip o’ the hat to Vidiot for the info.)

That’s because clowns are creepy

Thursday, January 17th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

“We found that clowns are universally disliked by children.”

And adults. Don’t forget the adults.

Milwaukee Moments

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

It’s a day too late to enter any photos into the Milwaukee Moments contest the Press Club is sponsoring for the city’s 162nd birthday (I always find out about these things too late), but voting to pick the 10 best photos begins on Friday. You can view the photos submitted here if you want to get a head start on picking your favorites. (Which shouldn’t be too hard. It seems a lot of people are unclear on the concept of “classic moments in our city’s great history.” Lots of pretty pictures. Not much on photos taken at specific events that mean anything except to the photographer.)


HD makes with the funny

Monday, January 14th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

There was a little downtime in the studio recently, so a couple of guys at work whipped up a Ken Burns-style documentary for our holiday party, which was Saturday. It’s got a couple HD inside jokes, but I think it’s still funny enough to outsiders to be worth watching. Enjoy.

Only in Wisconsin

Monday, January 14th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

I love the fact that the main photo in today’s Journal Sentinel was of a 17-year-old in a bar (accompanying this article). Now, admittedly, he was there with his dad, so everything was legal, but what — they couldn’t find anyone over 21 for the shot?


Monday, January 14th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Macworld Keynote Bingo

Words fail me

Monday, January 14th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Keep in mind when you watch this that the final prize in this contest is to perform for the Queen. And if he makes it, I can only hope that someone films the Queen’s reaction and posts it on the web.

(Thanks to coworker Barbra for the linkety amusement.)

Naming rights

Sunday, January 13th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Vidiot created a new cocktail and he picked my suggestion for its name. Yay!

I do find it entertaining that it’s a peach cocktail, which means it’s one I’ll never get to try. Ever since an unfortunate attempt to eat something with peaches in it during a particularly nasty bout of the flu back in fourth grade, even the smell of peaches makes me nauseous. Ah, well.

OMG. Teh cuteness.

Friday, January 11th, 2008 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Baby polar bears