I saw this in today’s paper. I think Knute may be on to a brilliant idea!
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I lost my wallet yesterday. I couldn’t find it last night.
This morning I woke up at 3am so that I could pull a 4:30am – 1pm shift. I normally work about 8am-5pm, but I have to be in Stillwater this afternoon at 3pm for my last day of scuba lessons.
At 4am I called the last place where I used my wallet, which was Cub Foods in Stillwater. A nice lady (especially nice for 4am) actually answered, but she told me I’d have to check back in with lost-and-found at 8am.
I left home at 4:05am and started driving to work. About a mile away from home I realized that I needed to turn around to pack a lunch since any lunch money I had would be in my lost wallet. I also snagged a roll of laundry quarters to pay for the $5.50 parking lot fee that I would need at the scuba lesson place.
I arrived at work at 4:45am and realized that my access badge was in my wallet. I sat in my car and played on my iPod and smartphone from 4:45am to 6am. At 6:00 my first coworker arrived and let me into the building.
At 8am I called Cub Foods – they have my wallet! Woo-hoo!
I’m going to get some breakfast to celebrate.
Enjoy some XKCD. This comic is like my morning – it’s the complicated way to get where you’re going.
Let’s start this short week off easy with a few grab bag pieces.
Storefront in a Box
I was alerted to an exciting series of events that is happening this summer in my South Minneapolis neighborhood. In her Stribe article, A new store every week, Kara McGuire describes Arise! Bookstore’s entrepreneurial efforts to keep their small store occupied in a move they’re calling “Storefront in a Box”. This summer they’re renting out their store week by week to various artists and small business owners for approximately $200 a pop.
The summer rental schedule can be found at the Storefront in a Box website. So far the renters include Boneshaker Books, an Art Gallery and Gift Shop, Nerd Party, Bicycle Film Festival Presents, Pop Punk Emporium, Paper Darts Magazine Gallery, Internet Variety Store, Theateropolis, Courtney McClean & The Dirty Curls’ Weeklong Naughtybilly Hoedown, and Art Swap in a Box. Phew! There’s literally something new every week!
From McGuire’s article:
There will be the Pop Punk Emporium, with a pop punk cover band, free punk haircuts and a museum with audio guide. There’s an art swap — for people to bring art and take art — and a bicycle film festival. There’s even a “Weeklong Naughtybilly Hoedown” filled with bad cowboy movies and jam sessions.
The Paper Darts literary journal will sell the summer issue as well as host readings, and the recently closed Play by Play Theatre bookstore of St. Paul will have some books for sale and host Theateropolis — a week of theater-themed classes and events.
This is what I love about living in a big(ish) city – there’s always something to do!
For my favorite mad engineer, Senja.
Source: Cowbirds In Love Click on the link for greater resolution.
And two stories via Pharyngula – One sobering, and one fun:
Everyone is fixated on that one burning mess in the Gulf, which is probably exactly what the oil companies want — they are probably sweating pungent carcinogenic petrochemicals at the thought that someone might look around and notice all of those other rigs, which almost certainly have a paper trail of shortcuts and risks and shoddy management.
Scary. Insert *shudder* here.
And now some FUN from Pharyngula:
Snazzy T-Shirts from HideYourArms.com:
Biology nerdiness and political humor beautifully melded to produce witty sarcasm – well played, sir! (Seen in the Minneapolis Star Tribune by Sack)
Also, I have a new God Pamphlet! It’s been a while since I’ve seen one, so this was kind of exciting. This one wasn’t found at the bookstore, but was given to my friend’s daughter Tuesday by Jehovah’s Witnesses when she made the mistake of opening the door to the kindly-looking men in suits standing on the doorstep.
Okay, I may be the last one ever to discover Tree Lobsters! You can’t prove that they don’t exist, but I just found it today through the magic of the blogosphere and its interconnectivishness. It’s irreverent and skeptical, and very, very geeky. This comic was the clincher; the one that made me want to share it’s magic crustaceaness with you. Apparently this post is all about the made up wordiness as well.