Mark's blog

Sporadic posts about a wide variety of topics.

Brendan Greeley sighting at Wrigley Field

The following was on my desktop when I woke up this morning: hey mark.... edwardo here.... i was watching cubs game wednesday night and brendan showed up on my screen.... so i took a snapshot of it, thinking i could come up with some sort of photoslop caption for...

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Twitter replies muted, social media squelched

A gigantic revolt has broken out in the Twittersphere over Twitter replies. It began yesterday afternoon with a post on the Twitter Blog, entitled "Small Settings Update": We've updated the Notices section of Settings to better reflect how folks are using Twitter...

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‘Neil Young: Heart of Gold’ (movie, 2006)

‘Neil Young: Heart of Gold’ (movie, 2006)

Neil Young: Heart of Gold is not Jonathan Demme's first concert documentary. He made the Talking Heads film Stop Making Sense in 1984 and Swimming to Cambodia, which captured a monologue by Spalding Gray, in 1987. As in those two previous films, Demme again imposes a...

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Taylor Juniper bushes: Backyard evergreen hedge

Taylor Juniper bushes: Backyard evergreen hedge

  ictured above is our neighbor's fence at the edge of our backyard. It's six feet tall. When we bought our house, there were old and gnarly shrubs hiding the fence — a mundane and invasive honeysuckle, a feeble forsythia, a wild weigela....

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Chicken kebabs on the grill: A quick, low-meat dinner

Chicken kebabs on the grill: A quick, low-meat dinner

For more quick and easy healthy meal ideas, see our list: Easy, healthy recipes With warmer weather comes our desire to grill — but the notion of grilling usually conjures up images of fatty pork, heavy beef or troublesome chicken. We would like to cook outdoors, but...

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May the 4th be with you: Happy Star Wars Day!

May the 4th be with you: Happy Star Wars Day!

To celebrate Star Wars Day, please enjoy the hilarious Late Night with Conan O'Brien segment featuring Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog at the premiere of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones in New York City. You can see more classic Triumph and Conan segments...

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Kevin Pang: Tribune writer hosts ‘The Cheeseburger Show’

Kevin Pang: Tribune writer hosts ‘The Cheeseburger Show’

I first heard of Chicago Tribune reporter Kevin Pang when I worked with Steve Dahl, and the two of them were involved in fish taco-palooza back in September 2007. Late last year, I started following Pang on Twitter (@kevinthepang), and it is through his tweets that I...

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Pancake Day / Lakefront Artist Fair in Racine, Wisconsin

Pancake Day / Lakefront Artist Fair in Racine, Wisconsin

Update: Since this post was written — in advance of Pancake Day 2009 — the Kiwanis Club of Greater Racine has established a Facebook page with information about Pancake Day, which wiil be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 (it's always on the first Saturday in May). For a...

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‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ (movie, 2007)

‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ (movie, 2007)

We are all doomed, all facing annihilation at an hour approaching more rapidly than we would like to admit. In the meantime, we seek to communicate our experiences to our fellow living beings. We want others to know what life feels like from our perspective, perhaps...

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Topeak bike pump: Inflate tires with great bicycle pump

Now and then there's something you buy which, every time you use it, gives you a little thrill because it's well-designed and does exactly what you want it to. Usually these products are a little more expensive, yet you never regret the purchase because you just love...

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Wisconsin has statewide tornado drills today

Wisconsin has statewide tornado drills today

That's Michke in the video. He's up in St. Paul, and you can hear him streaming live this afternoon from 2-4 p.m. Prior to that, as part of "2009 Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week" here in Wisconsin, we'll observe a mock tornado watch beginning at 1:00 this...

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Bay View neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Bay View neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The weather was finally nice the day before yesterday, so, with no plans except to simply get outdoors, we ended up taking Wisconsin Highway 32 north from Racine to Bay View, an interesting little Milwaukee neighborhood that we have passed through a number of times....

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‘Searching for Debra Winger’ (movie, 2002)

Searching for Debra Winger is a documentary made by Rosanna Arquette which, according to the Netflix envelope, originally aired on Showtime. The film explores the dilemmas of movie actresses over an unspecified age, but perhaps older than 35. One issue is the...

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Lorraine Motel in Memphis: Martin Luther King’s last days

Lorraine Motel in Memphis: Martin Luther King’s last days

As I have written here previously, we visited the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis back in 1999. The museum is housed within the former Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down 41 years ago tomorrow evening. This morning, I heard on the...

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Twitter app alternative to TweetDeck: TweetGrid

Previously, here, I blogged about TweetDeck, a Twitter app which remains one handy way to embrace this "Twitter" stuff that all the kids are playing with these days. There are, however, a couple of drawbacks to TweetDeck. One is the limit of 100 API calls per hour...

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The power of now: Eckhart Tolle and a Bike Ride on 35W

The power of now: Eckhart Tolle and a Bike Ride on 35W

A baffling practice on public television here in the USA is the way the program schedule gets swapped out whenever fundraising time rolls around. While public radio stations typically interrupt abbreviated versions of their regular shows to ask for money, public TV...

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Deli Station: Racine’s new Jewish-European delicatessen

Deli Station: Racine’s new Jewish-European delicatessen

Update: Deli Station is closed Deli Station closed in late January, 2010. See the Journal Times story and the LTHForum.com discussion for more information. You can now get a delicious Peppered Beef sandwich in Racine, Wisconsin. The Corned Beef is just as good,...

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