Thursday, Oct. 16th, 2008

Yeah, yeah, yeah. So what?

I have to admit, as someone who has his mind made up as far as the whole “voting for our next president” thing is concerned, last night’s debate was kind of a snoozer. Not as blank-stare-inducing as the last one (with that grey fox Tom Brokaw driving the discussion train), but kind of boring. It’s being called “personal” and “feisty,” but those terms are excruciatingly relative. I guess I should stop expecting one of the candidates to dive across their desk and clutch their opponent’s throat – like the old days. Lincoln and Douglas did that all the time, right?

Maybe I’m being charmingly naive here (feel free to point that out with multiple paragraphs of comment), but are there really enough undecided people out there paying attention? I know there’s  a scientifically estimated ga-billion-jillion Americans out there who have no idea who’s running for office, but how many people (who care) are truly on the fence? I just have a hard time believing there’s enough undecided citizenry to make a difference at this point.

I guess it’s just fun to see these guys make each other smirk. And on a side note, the 5-second pre- and post-debate banter is hilarious and weird. I’m so glad they tape that stuff.

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Wednesday, Oct. 15th, 2008


One of the sweetest lightning storms this summer was completely silent. I didn't know it was going on until I walked outside and saw a constantly flashing cloud. This was my first attempt at catching lightning with a long exposure. It's fun, but it requires a lot of patience.

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Local Guy Appears on Television

A former Eau Claire man who is now a member of the Minnesota Gophers baseball team got the rare and amazing chance of a lifetime when he was invited to stand in a large crowd and cheer on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. From the Leader-Telegram:

  • Fern, 21, a junior at the University of Minnesota and former Eau Claire Memorial High School student, was on hand as the Susan and Dirk DeVries family returned to their rebuilt home near Albert Lea as part of the ABC television program.
  • Fern, a pitcher with the U of M baseball team, was one of about a half-dozen players at the celebration. But he also was interested in the construction of the home, given that he is majoring in construction management.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which attempts to yank your heart stings by quickly building McMansions for unfortunate yet inspiring people, left quite an impression on Fern. As he told the L-T, "I didn't get a chance to look inside, but it sure looks good from the outside." What wonderful memories this young man will have to hold onto forever and ever.

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Tuesday, Oct. 14th, 2008

Exclusive Meridene Download

Meridene returns for its second round. After a year and a half of lineup adjustments, resulting in a "so close to becoming a completely new band" transformation, they're back, ready, and armed with a new debut full-length called You're Not Pretty, You're Worse (out Nov. 25 on Amble Down Records). Amble Down says ...

  • The band's sound has morphed on its most recent effort, from its late and familiar folksy-banjo-pop to its current blend of whimsical, yet hard hitting at times, indie/rock power pop – replacing the acoustics with electrics, the changy banjo with a rockin' piano, and the kid with the glasses with that dude from The Gentle Guest.
  • You're Not Pretty, You're Worse is a ten-song settlement on a band redefined and coming into it's own, portraying a much more mature sound in a town that hasn't expected much from them over the years, but has given so much back. 

We people at are excited to have the exclusive download for album’s first single, "Kill The Memory," before anyone else.

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Monday, Oct. 13th, 2008

The Big Week, October 13

In this episode: Wisconsin’s stalled population, an expelled 11 year old, economic stress by gender, and farmers markets. The big week. How big do you want it?

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Friday, Oct. 10th, 2008

This Weekend: Bent

If you’re in the mood for some profound theater this weekend, the UWEC Theatre Department has your ticket. Their production of Bent covers the Holocaust and sexuality with an eye-opening look at the experiences homosexuals endured in Nazi Germany. Synopsis:

  • In 1934 Berlin Max and his lover Rudy are recovering from a drinking and sexual encounter with a homosexual Sa Trooper. Two Nazi officers burst into the apartment and slit their guest’s throat, beginning a nightmare odyssey through Nazi Germany which ranked homosexuals on a lower human scale than Jews. By Martin Sherman, directed by Richard Nimke.

As for the rest of the day, there’s only a few weeks left for the Downtown Farmers Market, there’s a big Used Book Sale at the Eau Claire Expo Center, Caradori Pottery is having it’s 22nd Annual Fall Show, you got blues at Shari's Chippewa Club, you got rock at the Stones Throw, and you got hip-hop the House of Rock.

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What Is All This Stuff?

As it’s a dark autumn day, and a Friday no less, we’d like to encourage you to take magical and mysterious journey into new parts of the website. Check out the brand new blogs page which let’s you see the latest post from all our local bloggers, like the post about the haunted Lowes Creek area. Perhaps you’d like to waste some time in the Arcade. Maybe you’d even like to snuggle in and listen to a nice podcast, like the episode about ghost hunting. Or maybe just listen to some tunes in the jukebox

We’ve got a lot of local people blogging about stuff and putting together audio shows for you guys, and we’re really proud of them. Check it out!

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Thursday, Oct. 9th, 2008


Pock is interesting. You move the square smiley with the arrow keys and find a way to collect all the stars. But you can only move in straight lines, and you can’t stop once you start. Try it out!

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Me and my sisters took a road trip to Canada this summer. The best part of the trip? Finding a real, authentic Merry-Go-Round in Minnesota. These were the sweetest part of a playground when I was a kid, but they're virtually impossible to find now. People decided that encouraging children to sit on a piece of hot, rusty metal while it spun around wasn't a good idea. Of course, it's not a good idea – that's the point! We had to learn early on that it's a dangerous world out there, and if you couldn't handle the merry-go-round you should just go home.

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