Saturday, December 31, 2005

To My Loyal Readers, I Need a Favor

I started this little slice of the blogosphere six months ago part out of curiousity, part out of ego, and partly because I thought I had content that folks would like to see. In regard to the latter, I am trying to find ways to increase exposure of this blog to a wider audience because I feel there are more people out there who would appreciate viewing the kinds of things I post about. So this is where I need your help.

There is an organization called The Best of Blogs that holds an annual competition with the intent of recognizing the work of the small bloggers like myself and my friends listed to the left. I would be much obliged if you would go to this link, and nominate my blog in the Best Poetry, Photo, or Art category. Important! All nominations must be made by January 3, so don't delay. And if you would like your blog nominated, just leave me a comment and I would be delighted to return the favor. Thank you, and have a Happy New Year.


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What Is This?: Answer

For those out there who replied with or even thought to themselves "jet engine exhaust", you were right! Congrats to Marplanauta for responding with the correct answer. And for having the correct answer, you win a lifetime free access membership to This Blog Title For Sale.

Lockheed F-104C Starfighter from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Food Ain't Great, But There's No Waiting For A Table

Originally uploaded by richmanwisco.

The Blue Moon Restaurant in Columbus, Wisconsin burned on November 29, 2005. The familiar smell of charred wood was still in the air a month later.

Blog Journalism Takes the Next Step

I do not pay much attention to the "mainstream" media; the first I learned of this incident was through Jeff Jarvis' blog. Jeremy gives an excellent first-person account of his harrowing experience. And no, this isn't the first time that witnesses to events have blogged their experiences. But it's the way the "mainstream" media has picked up on Jeremy's story that is a telling portend of the future of both "mainstream" media and blog journalism. Also note the comments. What you see highlight both all that is good, and bad, about participative journalism.
Jeremy Hermanns dot org » Alaska Flight #536 - Rapid De-Pressurization and Panic at 30K Feet
Nothing can describe the helpless feeling you go through during a time like this, when you are absent any control, you cannot breathe, and everyone around is stunned into fear.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Lincoln County Courthouse At Night

Merrill, Wisconsin.

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Monday, December 26, 2005

What Is This?

Leave a comment if you know what this is, the more detail the better. Leave a comment even if you don't know and want to invent something to describe it. Have fun!

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Tracking Santa with Google Earth

For those with Google Earth, check out Santa's travels here, in real time.

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Where's Santa?

Once again, under special Open Skies arrangements, you can track Santa Claus as he makes his way around the world.

NORAD Tracks Santa 2005

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Merry Christmas from This Blog Title For Sale

Friday, December 23, 2005

Knick Knacks at the Market

Watertown, Wisconsin.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Gateway Arch

Saint Louis, Missouri. Designed by Eero Saarinen (who also designed the Milwaukee Art Museum in 1957) and completed in 1965, it's a unique structure that seems to defy gravity. Yet its builders claim it will stand for over 1000 years.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Performancing - A Serious Tool For Serious Bloggers

I am writing this entry using a very useful new Firefox extension called Performancing. Steve Rubel talks about it here. Now I can blog without even having to log into Blogger.

Performancing for Firefox |

Intelligent Design Takes One on the Chin

The federal judge in the Pennsylvania court case debating Intelligent Design ruled against the school board today, saying it cannot be taught in biology classes. I'm sure this isn't the last we've heard of ID. I predict fundies will claim victory based on the scope, and they will find some other way to shove it down the public school child's throat. But at least they can't claim that it is science. And that's the most important thing to me.

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Monona Terrace

Madison, Wisconsin. Based on a design by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Send Your Nuts To Bill O'Reilly

Click here for more information on how he continues to slip out of reality.

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

The Year In Review From Our Friends at JibJab

Famous for their Bush-Kerry duet during the 2004 campaign, the JibJab folks are back with their Year-In-Review. Click the link and enjoy!

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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Christmas at the Market

The Market is a small mall containing gift, craft, artisan and antique shops just off Main Street in Watertown.

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Friday, December 16, 2005

Laclede's Landing, St. Louis

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

17th Street Bar and Grill - Amazing Barbecue

Holy mackeral! Folks who've been following the blog know what a barbecue snob I am. Well, dear readers, I treated myself to some of the finest Memphis style ribs you can find at the 17th Street Bar and Grill in Murphysboro, Illinois. The ribs were dry rubbed then slow smoked, with sauce added just prior to serving. The smoke through was complete; the meat was pink throughout. And boy were they tender, with a mellow but deep taste. The sauce was thin and totally complimentary. Folks, if you come within 50 miles of Murphysboro, you owe it to yourself to partake in this little part of pork heaven.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Travel Thoughts

I'm going to let you in on a secret: I love to fly. My flight today was aboard a Beechcraft B1900D twin turboprop, which I've lovingly referred to as the "flying minivan". It seats just 19, and with every seat being next to a window AND on the aisle, all constituents are happy. There is no flight attendant to serve drinks, which is fine since there are no lavatories. And did I mention it's as loud and bad sounding as a Spinal Tap concert? But the thing that is really endearing me to this particular plane is the intimacy you feel with the skies around you. It's a feeling you never really get when flying in the larger twin-jet aircraft. I really get the sense of just how small we are in the vast volume of our sky, and at the same time seemingly defying gravity. I suppose you can get the same feeling riding a modern roller coaster, but those rides last no more than three minutes. But, when the wheels hit the ground, it's back to reality.

Monday, December 12, 2005


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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Another "life in the small town" treat. The Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train made a stop here in Watertown last night. About 1,000 people showed up in the snow and the cold to donate items to the local food bank and enjoy some entertainment.

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Saturday, December 10, 2005

In Memoriam

Lake Monona, Madison, Wisconsin. 12-10-2005.

On This Day

On this day in December 1967 the world lost one its best soul singers. Otis Redding was not just "The King Of The Soul Singers", he was an incredibly hard working man. The weather between Cleveland and Madison, Wisconsin was marginal even to an optmist. But there was a gig to play, and Otis was not one to let his fans down. He had recorded "(Sittin) On the Dock of the Bay" just three days earlier. While that song made him famous to the mainstream, he was widely renowned in smaller communities as a stellar performer and songwriter ("Respect" became a mammoth hit for Aretha Franklin). His musical achievements were recognized in many ways, including his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. It was his dedication that drove him to make the trip to Madison, with the tragic result of his plane crashing into Lake Monona. He was in the co-pilot seat, my father was in the pilot seat. It was believed that engine failure due to icing caused the crash while the plane was on final approach to Truax Field. The event changed not only the music world, but also my life. This post is dedicated to the memory of Otis, my father, and the others on the plane that fateful evening.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Sweets on the Wharf

Monterey, California.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005


Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport.

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Monday, December 05, 2005

General Mitchell Airport, Monday, 0715

On the way to Wilmington, Ohio. A frigid 5 above zero outside. Another week on the road.

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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Any Chance I Can Park Here?

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Sunday Morning Snow

Watertown, Wisconsin. Light, fluffy, easy to shovel. When I get around to it.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

But What About The Ducks? Does Anybody Ever Think Of The Ducks?

Friday, December 02, 2005

Scene of the Annapolis Fire

One week ago, a section of downtown Annapolis fell victim to a five alarm fire. Yesterday I was able to have a look at the damage. The building in the middle is a total loss, while the flanking buildings may yet be saved. Also while I was in Annapolis, President Bush delivered a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy (just a few blocks from here). It was very interesting to be at the scene of events that are reported around the country. It gives you a bit of a sense of attachment, the ability to say, "I was there."

Late Afternoon On Main Street, Annapolis

Annapolis, Maryland.