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I write in spurts, mostly at random.

NPR: Wisconsin car dealer Russ Darrow is hiring

There was an inspiring story from our area on NPR's All Things Considered this afternoon. "Wisconsin Car Dealership Hiring Despite Times," reported by Erin Toner of Milwaukee's WUWM, featured the Russ Darrow Group, Wisconsin auto dealers with 15 locations. [includeme...

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Chimpanzee attacks woman in Stamford, Connecticut

There's a really bizarre story in the news this morning about a chimpanzee attack: A 200-pound pet chimp named Travis has been shot and killed by police in Stamford, Connecticut after a violent attack that has left a woman in critical condition with life threatening...

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Food Allergy Mama Kelly Rudnicki is blogging and baking

Meet Kelly Rudnicki, mother of four in the Chicago suburbs. Here's an introduction from her website: My second child, John, was diagnosed at age one with severe dairy, egg, peanut, tree nut and legume allergy. He also is asthmatic, so the likelihood of a life...

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Trader Joe’s commercial: Jobim’s ‘Waters of March’

Above is a catchy little production that's been making the viral rounds for a couple of weeks. Titled "If I Made a Commercial for Trader Joe's," it is described on YouTube by carlsfinefilms as an "Unauthorized commercial for Trader Joe's shot on my Palm Treo before I...

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Joaquin Phoenix on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’

Let's just say there is a lot of buzz. The world is all a-twitter today over the disoriented demeanor of Walk the Line star Joaquin Phoenix on last night's Late Show with David Letterman, but I would like to point out a Rolling Stone post from January 20 which details...

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I’m a PC? (I’m looking to buy a Windows laptop)

All through my idealistic youth, I swore this day would never come. Now, however, I find myself wearning horn-rimmed glasses, classic-fit essential chinos, and bison double-sole slippers. I am also shopping for a Windows PC. It's...

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Hummingbird babies webcam

The Ustream video below is from the Hummingbird Babies Webcam. Go there to chat with other viewers. Here's the description: This is a live webcam at our home in Sunnyvale, California (45 miles south of San Francisco in Silicon Valley). "Hummette" laid two eggs on...

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The Tylenol murders of 1982: Tylenol killer caught?

It was the night before last that I cursed the Tylenol killer for the seven hundred thousandth time. I had just ripped the plastic wrapper off some hoisin sauce with my one free hand, and turned the bottle bottom up. I started shaking it, but nothing came out. Doh!...

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‘Peter Himmelman’s Furious World’

For several weeks now, Amy and I have devoted our Tuesday nights to a friendly little music club in Santa Monica, California. From the comfort of our Wisconsin home, we join with a couple hundred others via live chat and video streaming to enjoy Peter Himmelman's...

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‘No Country for Old Men’ (2007 movie, Javier Bardem)

We have recently endured an insufferable procession of godawful movies. They show up here roughly a year after being added to our Netflix queue, so it's sometimes hard to remember who to blame for muck like Never Been Thawed or Love Actually or Dreamland — or The...

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How Jerry Taft and TweetDeck found me fresh eggs, dead body

We're sitting here this morning watching No Country for Old Men. (We dutifully try to keep our Netflix viewing no more than a year or so behind the Oscars.) We're about 46 minutes in. Javier Bardem has just located the Regal Motel. This movie is so great that we don't...

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Obama inauguration, complete text and video: MSNBC

The video clip above is pretty amazing — and not just because of the sweet ushanka worn by George Herbert Walker Bush, or the fact that President Obama included the "pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off" reference that I suggested eleven days ago. No, the amazing...

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Obama inauguration: Breathtaking images

We're ditching the commentators on the various networks and watching C-SPAN's inauguration coverage today on TV. Meanwhile, over on the computer, I am getting blown away by the astounding seven feeds of HD video streaming from CBS2Chicago.com....

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Oprah Winfrey, crack cocaine, and L. Randolph Cook

The latest blockbuster National Enquirer breaking news exclusive concerns a pair of books called The Wizard of O. Apparently the first volume, My Life with Oprah: The L. Randolph Cook Interviews, is available now through a website and the second volume, The Truth...

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In other news (1/14/2009)

Subzero cold kills Hayward, Wisconsin sleepwalker — The Associated Press reports that the 51-year-old man, known to walk in his sleep, was found barefoot and wearing little clothing 190 yards from his home. "You Light Up My Life" songwriter accused of sex assualts — A...

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Print media getting smaller and smaller

As a teenage hippie, I used to take the bus to downtown Kenosha to buy big, thick, imported vinyl LPs at One Sweet Dream, our local record store/head shop. Print media was part of the ritual too: Picking up the latest issue of Rolling Stone, folding that big, thick...

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In other news (1/13/2009)

California man arrested for trying to sell daughter, 14, for beer and meat — The Salinas Californian reports that Marcelino de Jesus Martinez, 36, of Greenfield, is suspected of arranging for the girl's marriage in exchange for "$16,000, 100 cases of beer, several...

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An economic stimulus package of your own: Grease is golden

I was lying in bed here a few minutes ago, and there was darkness on my radio. The latest unemployment report is due out today. It is expected to be very grim, and the news reader said that employers need to see exactly how bad it is before deciding whether to cut...

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Roland Burris, Senate Trail Blazer

No matter what else I try to do today, my feeble little brain won't stop singing the song in the video above — "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" by Warren Zevon, shown here in his last public performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. [includeme...

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Barack Obama restaurant review: Chicago’s Dixie Kitchen

I just saw this video, one of two posted yesterday by Steve Johnson at ChicagoTribune.com. Apparently, there is no end to the man's coolness. Not only is he appearing on Check, Please!, one of my favorite TV shows (seven years ago, before anyone knew how cool it was),...

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