madison moving day madness magnifies mucked-up mid-town milieu

  During the month of August, and particularly August 14-16, U-Haul and other trucking rental companies unleash thousands of trucks on the streets of Madison, Wisconsin--driven by people without licenses to be truck drivers.  Yes, it's Madison Moving Day. Does chaos result?  Yes and no. In many ways its an annual rite of passage, and … Continue reading madison moving day madness magnifies mucked-up mid-town milieu

stunning storms still sweeping southern wisconsin with wild, wet, windy weather

The repetitive nature of the storms stills sweeping southern Wisconsin just beg for alliteration.  This has been a freaky summer.  Ever since the EF2 and EF3 tornadoes came through a couple weeks ago, wild wet, windy weather has repeatedly barrelled through the bottom of the Badger State. Two nights ago around midnight, we and our … Continue reading stunning storms still sweeping southern wisconsin with wild, wet, windy weather

ef2 tornado strikes madison, ef3 tornado strikes verona

Around midnight Tuesday morning, a number of us discovered that our mobile phones were producing sounds that we'd never before heard.  They sounded either like the horn on an ambulance, or a high-pitched noise accompanying a TV test pattern.  The tone lasted not even a second but it caught our attention--just as an unfamiliar sound … Continue reading ef2 tornado strikes madison, ef3 tornado strikes verona

take back your online privacy without asking

Today, on the first anniversary of the first article about NSA mass spying, a number of organizations and Internet companies are promoting ways to take back your online privacy *now,* without asking the government.  The idea--many security tools exist to limit and frustrate the ability of the NSA to collect your personal information.  More details … Continue reading take back your online privacy without asking

time for clear thinking about petition sites and dot-org spams

When unsubscribing from a petition site, please include a link to this article. But first, of course, read the article, and you'll see why you'll want to unsubscribe.It seemed like a great idea at the time.  I first saw the online petition arise in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Back then, President Bush had 90% … Continue reading time for clear thinking about petition sites and dot-org spams

one nice thing about top 40–a great source of awesome cover versions

I absolutely love creative cover versions of familiar songs.  From a DJ's standpoint they're a great way to engage the dance floor while at the same time turning them on to other types of music. Sometimes the cover versions bring a previously undanceable song to the dance floor, and sometimes the cover can be downright … Continue reading one nice thing about top 40–a great source of awesome cover versions