"For the month of March 2010, the city of Topeka will be known as Google, Kansas
." Mayor Bill Bunten says the proclamation is an attempt to stand out from the crowd
, as cities around the United States have until March 26 to tell Google they're interested in participating in the Fiber for Communities
program, part of the company's recently announced plans to build a series of superfast broadband networks across the country [previously on MetaFilter
]. Other cities are trying to get Google's attention, but Duluth, Minnesota, has upped the ante
by pledging to name its firstborn sons "Google Fiber" and its firstborn daughters "Googlette Fiber" in a video [YouTube, 3:34]
spoofing Topeka's efforts.
posted by amyms
on Mar 4, 2010 -
Ya'll remember Johnathan "The Impaler" Sharkey, Minnesota gubernatorial candidate for the Vampires, Witches, and Pagans Party? Of course you do
. But have you seen Impaler
, the documentary about him? hulu
posted by Pope Guilty
on Nov 3, 2009 -
Deliberately turning her camera from the wreckage, That Red Girl
gives us a look at what's going on
in her now quarantined life mere blocks from the recent
Minneapolitan bridge collapse
"Several neighbors and I stood in our driveway late into the night debriefing the day. We now live in lockdown. Police must escort us around. We must meet any guests at the corner, they cannot approach the building alone. Residents are told to ask people they do not recognize to show their keys and prove themselves. We joke about seeing everyone’s “FOBs” to those we know well. The dogs are all leashed, tying themselves together as they try to play like normal. It’s frustrating to everyone that we can’t run around as normal. The word “quarantine” is tossed around. People are nervous. One of the residents hasn’t been seen since Wednesday morning. She may be on vacation… no one knows. We see one of the neighbors being interviewed on the corner and a few young girls trying to flirt with the police to gain entrance to our complex. The dogs continued to wrestle and we continued to talk."
posted by taursir
on Aug 3, 2007 -
Minnesota is a state rich in study material for fans of political oddity. The state has faced famous (and infamous) political news in the last few years, from the legendary surprise independent gubernatorial victory of Jesse "The Body" Ventura
to the tragic death of Senator Paul Wellstone
and its ensuing fallout
, and lunacy
. It holds a unique variation in the usual two-party system with the DFL
replacing the Democratic Party. St. Paul will host the 2008 Republican National Convention
. And now, the ongoing oddity that is Minnesota politics will now enter a new chapter as Comedian Al Franken
, who moved his Air America radio show to his home state of Minnesota a year ago, will be leaving radio in February to run for his late friend Paul Wellstone's old Senate seat
against incumbent Republican incumbent Norm Coleman
. Another unique fact would be should Franken win the DFL nomination, it would be a rare instance of both candidates from the major parties in a statewide race being Jewish- Franken and Coleman are two of the less than 50,000
Jews living in the state.
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Jan 31, 2007 -
So if you run the CD in your personal computer, by the end of it, the Minnesota GOP will not only know what you think on particular issues, but also who you are.
So you finish, and then the phone rings. "Hello, Mr/Mrs. Voters, it's Joe and I notice you support gun control and the marriage amendment, would you like to donate some money to us?" That might startle the person who may have thought he/she was viewing the presentation in the privacy of the computer room. ...
posted by amberglow
on Feb 28, 2006 -
may not be able to do her job anymore. You remember Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey
, the undead, bloodsucking candidate for Minnesota governor, don't you? Julie Carpenter's association with her husband/friend and Wicca affiliation makes her unsuited to drive the school bus, according to the Princeton Schools Superintendent. [by
posted by Captaintripps
on Jan 16, 2006 -
Big Eye in the Sky.
A collection of absolutely incredible 360 degree panoramas by St. Paul photographer Ed Fink of the Twin Cities, Mt. Rushmore, the Post-Katrina Gulf Coast and more. He claims to be the first photographer in the world to do full spherical (180 x 360) panoramas from a helicopter. The effect is truly spectacular. Those with vertigo beware.
posted by panoptican
on Dec 8, 2005 -
The Benedictine Vivarium "
In the Benedictine tradition of reverence for human thought and creativity, the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library preserves manuscripts, printed books and art at Saint John's University and undertakes photographic projects in regions throughout the world." --
Nearly half of HMML's holdings derive from libraries in Austria and Germany, but HMML also houses significant collections from Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, England, and Ethiopia. It holds archival materials, and of particular importance are the Archives of the Knights of Malta, housed in the National Library in Valletta, and the Archives of the Roman Inquisition, located at the Cathedral Museum in Mdina." EXAMPLE PAGES --
and more - if this kind of thing interests you, then search around - I've only begun scratching the surface. Nb. See browser setup info at bottom of page in main link
posted by peacay
on Aug 28, 2005 -
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are a special set-aside in the Superior National Forest
in the north woods of Minnesota. Containing over 1,000 lakes and streams, 2,200 designated campsites, and 1,500 miles of canoe routes, this treasure provides a great place to escape from the world of civilization. It also, apparently, provides a great reason for cool websites.
The Swanson party
website is one of the most impressive feats of private naturalism I've seen. It has everything from the 68 types of ferns and fern allies
you can find in the BWCAW to lake commentaries
for 356 of the biggest (and smallest) lakes that travelers encounter.
There's also the DC3
website, which has diaries and pictures from a group of BW adventurers from 1977 to 2003. A truly impressive effort, if apparently not ...quite... finished. And while the diaries tell a story arc about a group of friends, the distance between the stories always leaves tantalizing details for the reader to imagine. Such as this tidbit at the end of the 1986
trip, which has as its central detail the fact that one of the party's wives received major burns and had to leave early:
They traveled almost ten miles and portaged four times, (a total of 465 rods), before they reached Snowbank Lake. The wind was very strong. They had to cross the lake the long way and directly into the wind. At one point they didn't move for twenty minutes even though they paddled as hard as they could. They finally reached the landing and headed for the A&W in Ely. From there, Tur called home to check on Beeps. There was no answer. But that's another story.
Naturally, there are also messageboards
set up to discuss trips to the BWCAW, advocacy organizations
to make sure it stays wild, and you can even make entry point reservations
online nowadays. The Bee Dub previously referenced here on MeFi
posted by norm
on Aug 25, 2005 -
Before they were nobodies.
There are a few bands who never quite made it huge but influenced everyone who ever saw or heard them (the Velvet Underground, Capt Beefheart, Sonic Youth).
The best were The Replacements
. And recently from their defunct website comes a complete early show of theirs, broken up in bite sized chunks, via quicktime. (more inside)
posted by tsarfan
on Jan 17, 2005 -
Winter in Minnesota
aint nothin like she used to be.
Once upon a time, winter meant more than an extra 15 minutes stuck in traffic in a car with heated seats, a CD player, and a good excuse for getting to work late.
"...After great toil they reached the scene of distress and found many dead; and what was more horrible, the living feeding on the corpses of their relatives."
posted by santiagogo
on Dec 12, 2004 -
Every Child Left Behind:
"The federal No Child Left Behind law is threatening to wreck public education in Minnesota and elsewhere."
"That's what it was designed to do.
Focuses on my home state Minnesota, but the point is relevant to every state in the USA. What do we do to change it?
posted by mooncrow
on Mar 15, 2004 -
The Father of the Shopping Mall
"His most remarkable innovation--unveiled in Edina, Minn.
, in 1956--was the first enclosed shopping mall, a climate-controlled community of retailing under a single vast canopy. But it was intended to be more than just a place to shop. It was to provide a center to otherwise centerless developments, offering community, entertainment and even enlightenment. Gruen lamented that Americans, at the time, were living 'detached lives in detached houses.' With his shopping-center designs, Mr. Hardwick writes, 'Gruen
hoped to offer a corrective to this grim and soulless American environment.' "
posted by jamsterdam
on Dec 24, 2003 -
This Guy in Minnesota just got laid-off
and he's spending his time following around Bush's economic team on their tour of the upper midwest as they share their "upbeat outlook
" on our nation's economy. He's following their tourmobile
with his own tourmobile
and has been chasing them around in parkinglots and at fast food places. He finally cornered the Treasury Secretary whose advice to the job-seeker was to "just wait." What's your economic reality? Is it closer to the sunny optimism of the big shiny tourbus, or the laid-off reality of the homemade minivan? (Check out the particularly funny bit about how he stumbled on the entire press corps only when he was looking for a dumpster.)
posted by amoeba
on Jul 30, 2003 -
of Bloomington, Minnesota was a more modest version of Man Ray – with his family in tow, he documented crime and accident scenes for the local police. (The photo gallery is probably NSFW
and not safe for delicate stomachs.) He also prolifically documented everyday Bloomington life from the 1940s through the 1980s. City Pages
writer Brad Zellar (weblog
) stumbled across Norling's photographic archives while visiting the historical society, tracked down the man himself, and wrote this terrific article
... unfortunately Norling passed away a month before its publication.
posted by kmel
on Mar 21, 2003 -
No Time For Cold Feet
In the land of 10,000 lakes... 10,000 people dig for $10,000 buried in the snow. The 117th Saint Paul Winter Carnival
is under way -- it's day 11 of the medallion hunt and it hasn't been found yet! The modern medallion is made of translucent blue lucite and is approximately two inches in diameter and one-half inch thick.
It's hidden somewhere (on public land) in Ramsey County, which covers over 140 square miles. Here are this year's clues
. Who says Minnesota isn't fun in January? Past medallion locations!
posted by loopy
on Jan 29, 2003 -