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This is a strange post for a blog that promotes broadband and technology, but I ran into an article in the Huffington Post that did all of the research that I’d like to do on the impact of technology on our brains and skills and who we are – 8 Ways Technology Makes You Stupid. OK they did half the research I’d like to do because I know there are some positive impacts of technology as well.
I know the whole focus of the Tour de Fat is beer and bikes but when you’re hanging with a 10 year old and you live pretty far away from the location, beers and bikes are less appealing than event as a whole. But I’m happy to report that Tour de Fat can be fun with or without the beer and bike.
(Photo by Ann Treacy) Tim Kaiser plays experimental music inside his music box at the Khyber Pass.
Thursdays continue to be the most interesting nights in Mac Groveland at Khyber Pass. That's where Tim Kaiser performed with his music boxes on July 24. Kaiser, who has been playing all over the world for 30 years, specializes in experimental music.
All I knew about Bob Schneider before Friday night was that he was a song writer from Austin whose name sometimes shows up on my Dad’s Sirius Radio and that my friends like him a lot. I was expecting country – and I got a little country, but I also got salsa and rock and dance music and more. I was very impressed. Having a full band helped - and a band that danced as well as they played made it even better. By the end of the night I think we were all dancing like wild people. It was a fun, hot and sweaty night.
Made Here is an ongoing street art festival sponsored by Hennepin Theatre Trust and Andersen Windows. It launched Friday night (July 11) with performances, great food and a tour of visual art stationed around downtown Minneapolis. As a lover of street art, I think it's fantastic. Street art gives people an opportunity to stop and pay attention. It spurs conversation. In a climate where we run from our car to the building to car because it's too cold to stop, it's fun to have an excuse to get out of the car, to visit downtown and to dawdle on the way to a meeting or appointment.
Last night I went to the first in a series of Noise shows at the Kitty Cat Klub. Every Monday in July, Kevin Cosgrove is gathering a wide assortment of Noise performers in what the City Pages called a revival of Noise. I suspect they are right.
I walked down University Avenue from the Capital to the University of Minnesota the week before the Green Line train opened in St Paul. It was a quiet Sunday, not many walkers, not a lot of cars and many storefronts were closed. Quiet and a little sad. The art on University Avenue reveals some of the sadness (such as the tiled tower coming down in Frogtown)...
Here’s an ideological question – would you forgo personal privacy and security for the common good? If you could open up your home wireless router to others would you? I have certainly heard of people finding a way to share access with their neighbors since I’ve been in involved with ISPs. I remember in 1995, customers of MRNet found ways to connect their network through a dialup connection. (Can you imagine sharing a dialup connection now!) But the decision was always on the customer to share. Comcast has turned that around a little; according to CNN…
Our best intentions to walk and take the train from downtown St Paul to Minneapolis and back again were derailed when the rain hit. Once the rain came at us horizontally, staying local made more sense. That was OK since there were plenty of activities at Union Station to keep up hopping!
My best purchase of the week? An umbrella for Northern Spark, the citywide art festival in Minneapolis. Saturday night was soggy and windy and got a little cold. Some art got moved, some obscured, some cancelled but a lot of it happened. And the lightning and tumultuous skies were an art show in themselves.
Last night I saw President Clinton speak to a sold out audience at the Northrup Auditorium as part of the Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice series. OK his main topic might not have been broadband, and really many he never used the word broadband but he had some good advice for a more civil society and I think the lessons he offered would be helpful to adopt when looking at deploying border to border broadband in Minnesota.
Sunday was a gorgeous day for a street festival. Lyndale and Lake was the place to be, where Open Streets Lyndale coincided with the LynLake Festival. LynLake is a music and food extravaganza from noon to 8:00 pm featuring a row of food trucks and local bands such as Dosh and Secret Stash Soul Review.
I love to see Minnesota get selected for cool technology projects –and being able to map indoors based on reading from the drone with a camera is pretty cool. The Line does a nice write up of the project…