Hey, speaking of Wisconsin tourism logos – it’s official – WTF has become TFW. Never heard of the Wisconsin Tourism Federation (WTF)? Before today, neither had I. The newly named Tourism Federation of Wisconsin (TFW) is “a lobbying coalition of trade and promotional associations and organizations actively involved in Wisconsin's tourism industry.” So, what the frak are they doing changing their name? I’ll let the United Kingdom’s Telegraph explain:
- The body charged with attracting more visitors to the midwestern state will now be known as the Tourism Federation of Wisconsin (TFW), in an attempt to put a stop to the jokes.
- It seems that the federation was unaware of - or unconcerned by - the modern meaning of WTF until its acronym featured on a blog that compiles unfortunate corporate logos earlier this year.
- Commenters wondered whether an expression of foul-mouthed astonishment was the best way of boosting tourism to a state that would not be an obvious choice for most holidaymakers.
The federation held its WTF moniker since its inception in 1979, but the times, they have a-changed. I haven’t been able to track down to logo blog mentioned in the story. Let me know if you can.
At the risk of banding myself as a bike loving dirty hippie, you all should check out Eau Claire’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Informational Meeting on Thursday at 7pm (details). If y’all are serious about a bike and foot-friendly Eau Claire, activate your involvement engine and set your systems to GO. Description:
- The City of Eau Claire is looking for input regarding its Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which intends to establish on- and off-road routes that form a transportation network linking neighborhoods and major destinations. In addition, it sets forth the framework for examining the current environment in the community and outlining public and private initiatives over the next 20 or more years.
We do end up talking about bike stuff a lot in this blog, but we really believe it’s important to the area’s future identity, as well as its ability to attract businesses and residents. Also, biking helps you not be so fat from all the beer, and that is a cause that is nestled comfortably next to my red-blooded American heart.
Also, most of the people pushing for bike friendliness around here are not hippies, and from what I've heard, most area hippies are not that dirty.
By the mid to late 90s, the musical sands were shifting in punk rock land yet again. The resultant ennui of a scene saturated with bands either vociferously sermonizing on their politically correct values or rocketing listeners into a sugar coma through their saccharin pop anthems (mostly) about girls gave birth to bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Sense Field, Hot Water Music, Knapsack, The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World and eventually would lead to that musical nadir known as Emo. For a time, though, these sounds were fresh, without the weight of labels, and these bands were consistently spinning in my home and in my car. And perhaps it is the Siren of nostalgia beguiling me here, but Eau Claire’s Passing Shadows share a kinship in sound with those days. The music is difficult to categorize while at the same time it feels familiar. It is brimming with the exuberance of youth, from the charm of the “not-always-in-tune-with-the-rest-of-the-music” vocals (think J Church or Wig Out era Dag Nasty) to the “hair’s-breath-of-falling-off-the-rails” drumming to the catchy and urgent melody lines of the guitars (check out the Buzzcock’s “Airwaves Dreams” moment of song “27 Percent Satisfied”). And you can check the band out for yourself this Saturday October 3rd at the House of Rock and name drop your own semi-obscure band references.