Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Writer, Essayist, Zinester

There are times in my head, for whatever reasons, that my mind goes too many ways and then as a result I need to focus on less things in order to be effective in my creative process.

So this weblog is on indefinite hiatus. My zine and podcast will continue.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Some of Us Do Not Find Every Weathly Person You Can Scrap Up That Interesting
This Is News?

My least favorite part of the Strib re-design? The need to give us a page-and-three-quarters on some 25-year old rich kid who really hasn't done much.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Sports Sports Sports

What a terrific sports weekend. The teams I love won. In football North Dakota beat Minnesota-Duluth to stay unbeaten, remain on top in the NCC, and hold onto their national #1 ranking. In hockey, the Sioux swept Northeastern at home.

But it's as much fun in sports to cheer against teams. And I am blessed in that department also. The Vikings lost a game on the road, to no one's surprise. Les Steckel, please report to Winter Park.

The Gopher football team choked away a game at home against Wisconsin ... oh no, they didn't get Paul Bunyan's Axe!! Good thing they got that Brown Jug! Maybe they can also get the Pig Trophy! They play for such cute nothings in the average football conference that is the Big Ten Little Eleven.

The Gopher hockey team gutted out a split on the road against a tough, tough nonconference opponent. Oh wait, they lost and tied at home againt Alaska-Fairbanks. (The total for the weekend was three points for Gopher freshmen, fourteen for Sioux freshmen.)

And Notre Dame lost at home to Southern Cal. This one might be the best, because Notre Dame has the hoariest cliches (outside of Little Eleven trophies) that you can imagine: wake up the echoes, ghosts present at the field, touchdown Jesus, etc. On Saturday, they broke out another hoary cliche and wore their green jerseys. Big deal! It takes a lot more than a different color scheme to beat the Trojans. My new hero Matt Leinart led a game-winning drive late in the fourth, including a perfect clutch pass on a fourth-and-nine. After the game, Leinart dared suggest that USC is truly the team with the supernatural on its side: "They were looking down from up above and we got in."

Friday, October 14, 2005

They Used the Mann Act on Chuck Berry, Why Not the Purple?

The Vikings sex cruise story gets weirder and weirder every day.

The Strib recently released the names of the players who were allegedly on the cruise and I am proud to say that none of these bums play on my fantasy football team, The Moe Greens. Then again, there are no good fantasy players on the Purple so far this season.

There are also allegations that some of the ladies (of the night?) who attended the party were flown in from out-of-state. I wonder if the players know about the 1099s they will have to send come tax time.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

I'm Eagerly Anticipating This Movie, Think Ann Coulter Will Be My Date?

Good Night and Good Luck opens this Friday. Journalism Legend Edward R. Murrow vs. Slimeball Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Please Please Plug In, Bob

This morning I watched the first hour of the Bob Dylan: No Direction Home DVD and all I keep thinking was: folkies give me the creeps. For every authentic dude like Woody Guthrie, you get a dozen yahoos playing dressup and trying to act all "authentic."

In all the late-fifties/early-sixties footage, easily the most exciting guy I saw was Gene Vincent - who we see kicking rock 'n' roll ass with the Blue Caps while they tear through Little Richard's "Rip It Up." Plus it sounded a ton more authentic than anything happening in the Village.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

But Grand Forks Has One University, Fargo-Moorhead Has Three Colleges

While reading up on The Deaths, I found out that Grand Forks is considered a coke town - at least to Fargo people:

"Fargo is a drinking town. Grand Forks is more of a coke town. There's a saying: It always snows in Grand Forks."