December 1, 2005
Stuff and Links of the day
Hey everyone. Sorry for my lack of posts, but I have just been swamped with work and life in general. This UThink upgrade has been a little more painful than I would have liked, but hopefully with time the pain will go away. Here are some random thoughts that I've had recently:
- Go Pack Go! I have never been a bigger fan of the Green Bay Packers than I am right now!
- Zygi Wilf is my new hero. If he can get even one stadium built in this state I will name my next child, boy or girl, "Zymunt" in honor of him.
- Luis Castillo, huh? I like it. Better than Rivas, Boone, Castro, and Punto put together.
- As you might have seen, the Strib is again reporting that Hennepin County is going through with an environmental study for a new Twins stadium. I don't get this one at all. Either Hennepin County thinks a special session will be called, or they are preparing to negotiate with the Twins again for another run at the legislature next session. Whatever the case, I suppose we can take this as good news. I love the quote at the end of the article above: "The stadium's proponents, Bicking said, are pushing to start the environmental review because they are "smelling that they're closer to success." [He added] "I think they're right, unfortunately."
What? You've got to be kidding. Obviously this is a battle of the pessimists, but we are nowhere near "close to success." Not from where I'm sitting.
- Watership Down is one of the best books I have ever read. Exciting, thought provoking, and all about a Greet Machine favorite topic: rabbits. I love those furry little beasts! I may write more about this later, but Watership Down is well worth a read if you haven't read it already. Wow...
- I'm going to watch March of the Penguins tonight. I'll let you know how it is. I have not seen Harry Potter or Walk the Line yet. So, I obviously can't tell you how those are.
And to top it off, here are some "Links of the Day" for your enjoyment. See you later!
- 18 Tricks to teach your body from Men's Health. I like number 17. I'm going to have to try that one.
- From freealonzo, probably one of the strangest flash animations I've ever seen: Bono leading a few other famous people in a rendition of "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." Very strange, yet riveting!
- This one is making the rounds, "Cool Google Maps." Really interesting applications made with the Google Maps API. I like the "toEat" map. Very slick.
- "CouponCabin," a great site of online coupons and discount codes for your online shopping. I'll be back to this one, I'm sure.
- I think I've linked to this before, but it is worth another link: Science toys you can make at home with your kids with simple household items.
- Check out this cool instrument that sorts by color. It's first application, it seems, is to sort M&Ms.
Posted by snackeru at December 1, 2005 9:16 PM | Links of the day
I commented about this earlier, but don't read too much into the County conducting the EIS. It's something they have to do anyway, and there are a bunch of time requirements that are legally required for public review before it can be published. The County is just checking the EIS box while they can, once (or if) they get the go ahead to construct, it is one less thing needed to get done before the County and Twins can move dirt. At $32,000 (paid for by the Twins) it is well worth it to get it done now, delays once a stadium is approved will cost a whole lot more than $32,000. The Gophers stadium EIS public comment period just ended and the final EIS should be in front of the BOR for approval in January or February.
Posted by: freealonzo at December 2, 2005 11:19 PM
17. Breathe underwater!
This may seem strange, or maybe everyone does it, but when I try to hold my breath underwater I'll exhale into my mouth and then swallow the air again. I keep doing this with the theory that I'm sucking all the oxygen out of the air I have - since exhaled breath does contain some oxygen.
It seems to work for me, but it runs a bit counter to the link you posted.
Posted by: bjhess at December 3, 2005 7:40 PM
Frank Deford has some stadium ruminations over at CNNSI:
I don't think he sheds much new ground (he seems to conclude that Minnesota would be a good place for a stadium, whereas it's probably not a necessary public expenditure in coastal or tourism-filled cities like Miami, LA, or Vegas) -- but I think he brings up some very good points about the actual structures we're building. It kinda falls in line with my opposition to the current stadium plan (do we want a corporate behemoth whose sole purpose is to maximize revenue for MLB and Carl Pohlad, or do we want a structure truly built by and for the community?).
I say -- is it possible for the community to propose their own stadium plan? One that would guarantee cheap, quality access for everybody, but offer enough amenities to help the team too? A true partnership? I realize the "geniuses" in the capitol will never take action on this, but should we, as fans? Could we organize, find some support from local architects/contractors, and maybe even pressure the Legislature for some cash to make a feasible proposal? I read about some grassroots efforts like this when they first proposed replacing the old Comiskey in Chicago -- of course, one of the activists was an architect, which helped... but now I suggest to people that we should propose a community stadium, and nobody seems to grasp the concept. It's as if we can only consider what the team/league demands. I'd like for us to CHANGE that, not simply DENY it, and truly negotiate for a better place to bring a community together and watch a major-league ballgame.
Just dreaming on a lazy Sunday afternoon, I guess, but if anyone out there feels the same as me, I'd love to hear about it.
Posted by: spycake at December 4, 2005 5:17 PM
Zygi Nackerud?? Nice name! Molly, your thoughts?
Curt in Grand Forks
Posted by: Curt Hanson at December 5, 2005 8:16 AM