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

Soundtrack in my head: The Primitives, "Really Stupid" hpgruesen / Pixabay 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. … Continue reading madison moving day madness magnifies mucked-up mid-town milieu

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

Soundtrack in my head: The Flaming Lips, "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. 1" The repetitive nature of the storms still 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 … Continue reading stunning storms still sweeping southern wisconsin with wild, wet, windy weather

ef2 tornado strikes madison, ef3 tornado strikes verona

Soundtrack in my head: Game Theory, "Crash Into June" Tornado warning (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 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 … 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

Soundtrack in my head: The Pretenders, "Boots of Chinese Plastic" mohamed_hassan / Pixabay When unsubscribing from any petition sites, 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 online … 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

Soundtrack in my head: Wolf Alice, "Roar" 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, … Continue reading one nice thing about top 40–a great source of awesome cover versions