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Follow the yellow brick link…

February 22nd, 2008 No comments

Lots of snow hits a big city?  Perhaps it’d be easier to just tell us which city it is instead of making us click the link?  Or perhaps the link-clicking is what they’re after.  I don’t like it.

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Into the mouth of babes

February 20th, 2008 No comments

 

I noticed something odd at the Hillary Clinton rally in Madison on Monday.  No one was allowed to bring signs in (the same went for Obama supporters when he was here last week).  I can understand that because signs are large and whatever, but I can’t believe something else.

Hillary campaign staffers provide not only the official-looking Vote for Hillary signs, but also the homemade-looking signs.  Yes, the “Results not Rhetoric” and “I [heart] Hillary” signs that look like Susie Homemaker made with posterboard and markers on her suburban kitchen table were actually made with posterboard and markers by a Hillary staffer in a suburban between campaign stops.

To the viewer at home, these signs look like genuine homemade signs that people toiled to make for the purpose of presenting their heartfelt message to the world.  In reality, they’re carefully crafted messages that the campaign shoves into people’s hands.  No doubt the person holding the sign agrees with the message on it – the people holding them are there, of course, to support the candidate.

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Hillary Clinton came to Madison

February 18th, 2008 No comments

And once again, I got some pics.  Oh yeah, Chelsea was there too.  Along with John Erpenbach, Barb Lawton, Kathleen Falk, and Gregory Meeks.

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Dueling headlines

February 15th, 2008 No comments

As if it’s not weird enough that the two local papers share a website, they now compete head to head in breaking news snow predictions.  Who’s going to win, the Capitol Times or Wisconsin State Journal?  No doubt numerous breaking snow estimates will follow in the coming days.  Good thing we have two papers to make guesses for us.

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Were you expecting…

February 15th, 2008 No comments

an article about fining older people who are not capable of cleaning sidewalks on their own?  I was.  Too bad the author didn’t have the same idea, or a proofreader.  Why does WKOW bother putting this stuff on Madison.com?

With a title of “City fines elderly for not clearing sidewalks enough,” one would expect to hear about how an old bed-ridden person has received numerous fines for snowy sidewalks.  Instead, you get an article about “Nick” (no last name given) and his neighbors, with only a brief mention and a quote from his 78 year old neighbor.  The article is really about unclear definitions of what a clear sidewalk actually is.

The article has no byline – I wouldn’t claim credit for it either.  It redundantly uses a dollar sign and the word dollar: “$109 dollar”.  I have a feeling more of the story is in the video linked on the page.  But, since the video link is to tiny, and the image doesn’t link to the video as well, I’m thinking most people don’t even notice it.  Which means that the article’s text should really explain what’s going on, and it doesn’t. 

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Obama comes to Madison

February 13th, 2008 No comments

He filled the Kohl center, and I got press credentials.  Check out the photos.

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Breaking

February 11th, 2008 No comments

Why must Madison.com constantly have one breaking news item at the top of the page?  Remember the good ole days when only something truly big was considered breaking news?  Every time I visit Madison.com I see the big red box and think “Oh no, did 9/11 happen again?” only to read the headline and realize that a record snow is to fall tonight or someething.  Is that truly breaking news or just a featured story?

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Dear ATT U-verse,

February 10th, 2008 No comments

Please explain why this is titled Upload.

Sincerely,

A potential future customer

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Mmm

February 10th, 2008 No comments

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Catch my drift

February 6th, 2008 No comments

I got home last night (barely) to find about a dozen people on Snowmist pushing cars into the farmer’s driveway at the end of the street.  No one could get up the street.  About six cars did attempt to get up the street, but had no luck.  Three were stopped in front of my house, the rest were strewn up and down the rest of the block.  The dozen people pushed my car into the driveway as well.  When I got out, they asked what time I’d be leaving in the morning.  I told them I’d make sure my car was out before they had to worry about it.

I then spent the next hour and a half doing just that.  After snowblowing my driveway, I did four swaths of the street so I could get my car out of the farmer’s driveway.  Then I went up the block and helped a neighbor up there do his driveway, and then I did my other neighbor’s driveway.  I’m thinking I should start charging folks.

 I took a few pictures of my street and posted them below.

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My ride home

February 6th, 2008 No comments

In the biggest snowstorm in 20 years.

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Third-rate caffe

February 5th, 2008 No comments

For my birthday meal with my parents, I decided to try a restaurant in Milwaukee that I’d passed after Summerfest last year.  It looked nice from the outside and was recommended by a few people online.  The meal didn’t go all that well.  Perhaps the lack of a real website should have been a warning (they do have a menu listing on Foodspot).

We were lucky enough to find two parking spots directly out front, so things did start off on a good note.  That didn’t last long, however, as we found three grungy pieces of silverware before the waitress even came.  When she did come, she didn’t introduce herself or take us through the menu.  She simply asked if we wanted something to drink.

On the table was a small plate of olives, a glass of bread sticks, and two smaller carafes of spiced oil and balsamic vinegar.  I have a feeling the bread sticks were made by Alessi, and stayed there between guests at the table.  The olives were decent, but not refilled once during the meal.  A bread basket eventually arrived at the table, but was full of bread that was no doubt frozen just an hour prior.  The butter accompanying it was well-flavored, but it wasn’t obvious that the butter was better suited for the bread sticks by the way it was served.

We ordered scallops as an appetizer, and were served four U-10 (that’s what the menu said at least) scallops.  The waitress neglected to bring appetizer plates despite our bread plates being littered with breadcrumbs and oil.  The scallops were cooked correctly, but lacked seasoning.  Someone had neglected to salt them it seemed.

After our appetizer, a long wait for dinner began.   It was at least a half an hour before our entrees were served.  The waitress said nothing about the wait, and certainly didn’t apologize once our food arrived.  It was as if it should always take a half hour between courses.  Was our bread refilled during that time?  No.

The entrees proved to be just as saltless as the appetizer.  I’m not one to smother my food with salt, and definitely not the type to reach for salt right away at a restaurant.  I had to this time.  I ordered duck ravioli with duck sausage.  The sausage was great, the ravioli was pretty good.  The pasta tasted fresh and the cream sauce was well done.  It just lacked salt.

My dad’s osso bucco was decent, but was lacking the vegetables advertised on the menu.  Well, not completely lacking, there was just a scarcity of roasted vegetables and to not have that many is disappointing.  My mother’s meal was an atrocity.  She didn’t say much about it at first, but eventually let me try it.  It was disgusting.  She ordered pappardelle pasta with seafood in a butter sauce.  The pasta tasted like it had never been drained and no sauce had been put on it.  It was that watery.  It also lacked seasoning.

The waitress did come back at some point to ask how things were.  I said so-so, but she didn’t inquire further.  So-so?  Wouldn’t you wonder why?  Apparently not her.  When the hostess came over, my mother let her know that her pasta was pretty gross.  The hostess said “Can we re-toss it?” and my mother declined.  No other option was given.  When the waitress came back over, my mother let her know what she had told the hostess.  The waitress said “Aww, I’m sorry.” and basically moved on.

When the waitress asked if we’d like a dessert, I replied that we didn’t want to risk it.  She didn’t inquire further and went to get the check.  No offer was made for a free dessert or even a discount on the meal.  No effort at all was made to make up for the the quality of the food or the service.  Needless to say, she got an extraordinarily small tip.

I won’t go as far as saying that I was disappointed by the meal.  Perhaps I would have been if I paid for it.  To be disappointed would imply that I expect every meal to be excellent.  I don’t.  I realize that some places are better than others and that certain places just aren’t good.  I expected Third Ward Caffe to be good, I realized quickly that it isn’t.

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