Saturday, August 29, 2009

Giant Guitar Pick

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Vote Once

Monday, August 10, 2009


My brother's dog is the prettiest boy around.

Longville, MN

Man and Pink iPod

Tomato Time

Today is the first day of the last part of summer. Above is a photo of
my first tomato harvest of the season. Heirloom goodness.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Money For Nothing

I am so down for picking up an extra 18 mil but I'm tired. Feel free to contact Ang if you need some extra walk around money.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ang Geok Choon, Alison <>
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2009 8:38 PM
Subject: HELLO!

Good Day,

I am MR.CHAO WEI, Bank of China (Hongkong),I have a business proposal of
(US$18,600,000.00) for you from my bank.

Finally after that I shall provide you with more details. Email: Please send email My direct email:
for more information.

Mr Chao Wei.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Another bulldog win! Now we toy with our prey before we take their souls.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

A Day Late

Remember to buy you 5th on the 3rd for the 4th.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Purpose in Life

I just left a liquor store that is 31,000 sq. Ft. (20x the size of my house). Lukas Liquor, Grandview, MO. So many choices.

Why do old guys store their hat collections in the back windows of their Buicks? #fb

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SSDD - Another Day at the Office

Click video to Play.

Coworker Goes Nuts

Click video to Play.

Bryn Mawr Field #11 Superfan Larry

Click video to Play.

Larry is a fixture several nights a week at Field #11 because of it's close proximity to the bike trail and it's tucked away location that's far from the street (less chance of Park Police busting heads for imbibing).

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Life Lesson No. 1

LL1 How to spot a rock musician at an outdoor summer concert.

This person will be wearing jeans and a long sleeves despite full sun and temperatures in the 90s.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Team says, 'let those festering boils heal!'

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

This eve, we outcompeeted a fake college.

All star performance by the bulldogs. Bdogs beat Capella 10-6. MVP to liz, Levi and Todd for a rocket to home plate to finish the game.

My New Cubicle

This has been my office in quarantine for the past month+

My people call it maize.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Our Slots Are Looser

This is my favorite kind of slot machine - spin and you'll find a restaurant that you might have overlooked.

Twin Cities restaurants on Urbanspoon

Friday, June 12, 2009

Local Boy Makes Good

Cam has been pop-fizzed. Does "Twin Citian" make any sense? Personally, I am from Minneapolis. A Twin Citian must live in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Eco-Geek Chic

June 10th, 2009 Issue 131

Todays pic Bags are your bag. Eco is your mantra.
So what's with the gnarly black nylon laptop bag?
That's just what Twin Citian Cameron Henderson and his team at Project Sustain thought too.
They decided the plastic-loving video game and handheld technology world could benefit from accessories that combined eco-conscious materials without sacrificing style.
Now you can take your Nintendo Wii or your DSi with you in a sleek hemp, organic cotton and flax travel bag. They can also carry other handheld devices and come with styluses, made from bamboo, not plastic.
The line of products is now available in Best Buy stores nationwide, as well as online.
So you can carry your games with as much aplomb as you carry yourself.

Project Sustain Wii, DS Lite and DSi cases, $12.99 to $39.99, available at Best Buy stores and

E-mail Eco-Geek Chic to your friends.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bulldog softball blog is blocked in China!

We wouldn’t want to cause an uprising…

Thanks to Cameron for this news. This is very cool. It means we are scofflaw, renegade freedom lovers!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Zen and the Art of Bulldog Softball

If we are going to win games we must remain centered and perform
methodically with precision and merciless execution. Even in the ugly
faces of Capella or sharp toothed eels.

Cameron (from Tokyo Fish Market)

Whale Meat on Display

Monday, June 8, 2009


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Poison's Bret Michaels Flattened at Tony Awards

I wonder if his wig fell off.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sad and Happy

Plagued by mental errors and a lack of assistance from Sick Coach, Bulldog dropped their second game of the year 14-11. After stranding a bases loaded opportunity to end the game things picked up with some post-game fellowship. After being shut out of three food stops (Pineda Tacos - closed, Manny's Tortas - out of business, Little Caesars - closed), Sick Coach and Toddo found wondrous goodness on the appetizer menu at Town Talk Diner. We devoured the lightly breaded cheese curds (bacon fat included for added flavor), duck burgers (who knew mallard's are so good), fresh fried potato chips with bourbon ketchup (I could drink this stuff), and finally pork candy (sweet, tender skewered pig). The meal more than made up for the softball loss.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bulldog Win


Levi HR. 3B drop lead to 6th run for us.

7-7 smells like runs for the Bulldog

Stifado, keftedes, spetsofai. All types of Greek food. Levi also throws out runner headed to 1st from LF.

Todd has a new hat. Blue #2 Nascar.

Game Updates

R Barr 2 straight foul ball catches at catcher.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Pete Could Pass for Walter?

Coach as The Dude?

Phone's ringing, Dude.

Lebowski Fest Minneapolis
September 11th & 12th, 2009

Lebowski Fest rolls into Minneapolis for the first time with the Movie Party on September 11th at First Ave and the Bowling Party on September 12th at Memory Lanes!
Tickets On Sale Now!

Two tickets are available

Fri, Sep 11th - Lebowski Fest Minneapolis Movie Party - Special guests TBA. Followed by a screening of the movie. Ages 18 and over. Doors at 9:00. @ First Avenue - 29 N. 7th St, 55403.
$20 Advance / $22 Day Of

Buy Movie Party Tickets Here

Sat, Sep 12th - Lebowski Fest Minneapolis Bowling Party
- Bowling, costume, trivia and other contests. Ticket includes bowling* and shoe rental. All ages. 8pm @ Memory Lanes - 2520 26th Ave S, 55406.
$25 Advance / $30 Day of

Buy Bowling Party Tickets Here

*Bowling is general admission and not guaranteed. Bowling shoes not required with any non-dark soled shoe.
More details to come.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

We kicked those babies ass?s 21 to 9. They sucked harder than linda lovelace, and they didnt even like the national anthem. commies! - Karl

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bulldog Softball- May 20 2009

May 20, 2009

Dear Diary,

Tonight was Bulldog softball!  WE WON!!!  I can't remember the exact score, but I think it was 18-10…maybe 12-8…but don't quote me on that.  We played the Habitat for Humanity team.  They were really good sports…some of them were really cute (not as cute as the Gong Hitter's pitcher though…heart him!!!)  It was SOOOO hot, Diary, 88 degrees!  Anyway, we (Karl, Michael, and Me) got there early to "scout" the other teams.  Truth be told, Diary, I was looking for boys…Karl and Michael were checking out the competition (although I think Michael has eyes for some of those Capella girls.) Anyway, the game started sooooo late, 9:40PM!!!  It was crazy!  Get this…apparently some dude from another team said "Bulldogs got nothing!" to which Coach Karl replied…"We have a keyboardist (Tyler), an A.V. team (Dave) AND a singer for the National Anthem (Tyler's Dad's Best Friend)."  WE GOT IT ALL!!! HA!!!!

Anyway, everyone played really well.  Janna was a highlight…she's SOOOO good at 3rd base (and I don't mean what you think I mean, Diary…Ha Ha!)  Levi was also a really good pitcher! Todd can throw the ball so F@$%ing FAR!!! My favorite part of the night was when Cameron said to me "is it bad that Janna is better at softball than me?" to which I replied "I'm sure you are better at a lot of things than Janna…like having a penis."  OH…and…the last call of the night was controversial…apparently, Erik might have stepped off the bag but Gordy called the runner out anyway (bulldog win!)…You know Gordy calls 'em likes he sees 'em! 

I 've got to get some sleep, Diary.  It was a late night!  'til next time!


Cam : Gordy wishes you a speedy recovery. He had a pabst with the bulldogs after the game. Oh and bdogs win again.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Longfellow EPA

Here's my English Pale Ale, hand crafted using a combination of raw grain and extract home brewing techniques. This was my last bottle out the five gallons I made this winter. Initially it was suspected of giving me a four day fever but later this proved to be unfounded. Thanks to then-pregnant Alewife for living smell of the boiled malt extract and hops on brewing day. I love that smell, the aroma of accomplishment. Once you get past that first day, the effort require to home brew is non-smelly and totally manageable (this was pre-Sig).

Here's my beer geek review:

Burnt orange color (Hook 'Em Horns!). The head develops fine off white bubbles that quickly dissipate.

Citrus smell from the Cascade hops (similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale). Smells good!

Smoother and less spicy than Sierra Nevada. Hoppy and crisp, slightly sweet, light malt, thirst quenching. Slight yeast, more so as the bottles aged and at the bottom of the glass.

Thin. This is a session brew. Two 22 oz bottles causes a warm tingling sensation in extremities and temperal region (5.4% ABV).

Enhance head retention and creaminess. Rough up the round edges for a greater hop bite and finish without going overboard.

Next brew: Hopefully I can birth an IPA of West Coast Pale Ale in June. Next winter I'd like to make a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale clone and my first lager.

Funny: Miller Lite commercial touting it's superior taste because it's hopped 3x.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Alice in Wonderland Remixed with Three Six Mafia

I have a soft spot for remixed videos featuring classic kid's programming and music with mature themes.

Alice really was Smokin on the Dro/

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Catching On

From 2009.05.14 Bulldog Softball 2009

Uncle Bill

From 2009.05.14 Bulldog Softball 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Final score 14-6.

2nd HR just hit by Levi.

Eric nearly starts denim fire running around the bases.

Sherri hit catcher in the head with a foul tip. Levi - just keep your head elevated.

Larry "Vagrant Superfan" is back. Dogs score much.

Live Game Updates

Stuck in traffic, I hope to share live game updates tonight with the assistance of miniature computer.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Interim Coach Karl: Coach, we won tonight. We have some swingin ladies on our team, good to see. Capella still sux. Bulldog rules the universe.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Man Down

Coach might not be of much use for the next month due to Epstein-Barr beating him down. Rach, can't you pull some strings for me?
According to Wikipedia, my special condition is "caused by multi-tasking and talking to girl named Morgan."

Coach's wife, I multitasked but I swear I never talked to Morgan.

Wednesday's game is at 7pm. If I am awake I can intimidate the opposition with threatened drooling.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

tenders, sir.

We lost a tight one in the final inning, but gordy loved us even though tyler didnt play. We are going to beat the other teams no prob. We are con

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Weather Cancellation Update

Weather Cancellation Update
Originally uploaded by Ghostface CRZA

The Minneapolis Park Board may or may not cancel games with one fell swoop. Otherwise it is up to the discretion of the umpire. There's no more hotline for cancellations, you need to keep checking this interwebs link:
In the past, page update happened between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

2009 schedule released. Capella week 1. - Updated

Is Capella a legitimate university? If they were, why would they own this domain name?

OK, enough enticement. They are in fact real. Remember, they beat us the first game last year.

The 2009 opener puts The Bulldog on the road versus the young upstarts from Capella University. I think we like playing Capella because they seem like they are one of the few (excluding Gonghitters) that have as much fun as us. We play 8 PM at Bryn Mawr Field #11 (same 'ol, same 'ol).
Download the full schedule.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Emily is Super Famous

Here's the Star Tribune article written about her. Interesting facts I didn't know - Emily is Asian American AND some guys only date Asians.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fancy Web

I changed the blog so the header image is randomly selected from one of 5 pictures. Refresh you browser to see how cool we are as individuals and as a team.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I love this game!

Tyler on Keys - The Bulldog Softball Minneapolis from Chris Anderson on Vimeo.

Check out #21 from Capella rocking out in the backgound,

Coach's wife not only staple missing from home opener.

Coach's wife is on a three month vacation from her previous life and will not participate in any way, shape or form in The Bulldog's effort to get better than 3rd place in E Wednesday night E league. Also missing is my beloved green whiteboard marker, believed to have dried out December 2008.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Sigur Rós - "Heima" Trailer (Hoppipolla Version)

Sigur Rós - Signe Rose: purely coincidental. This band and video is from Iceland, land of vikings, consumers of rotten fermented fish.

Jefferson Airplane with Signe Toly Anderson

Far out video from the Filmore in 1966.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Puff Daddy

I found this recipe last night in my surprisingly reliable BH&G cookbook I received as a wedding gift two years. For some reason I haven't been able to master the craft of pancake making. That's why the Oven Puffed Pancake seemed so appealing - let the oven do the work, taking my judgement out of the equation. I didn't realize it until it came out, but I just made a Duth Pancake. Now when I'm in Holland Minneapolis I eat the pannekoeken!

Next time I'll let it brown a bit more, but I was under pressure from a very pregnant woman to produce food ASAP.
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Friday, March 20, 2009

1979 Disco Demolition Night, Local News Coverage

Unless it's a game 7 playoff game, I find watching baseball correlates very highly with inducing sleep. A notable exception is when Chicago White Sox fans rioted inside the stadium Comiskey Park following a radio station promotion on Teen Night to mark the death of disco culture.

Check out the local anchors before they went national - Greg Gumbel, Gene Siskell, and future A&E host Bill Kurtis.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Live Life Like You Mean It!

The State of Wisconsin has a new tourism slogan - Live Life Like You Mean It!

Naysers will be tempted to call it uninspired and unoriginal. Sure it could be better, but it's a statement that couldn't be more true - just look at the photo above of a typical Wisconsin pastime. Now that's living life like you mean it.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Spatchcock in Your Mouth

This is my new favorite way to enjoy chicken. It was excellent but the cabernet and not seeing my own breath while grilling likely enhanced the entire experience.

This came from a Steve Raichlen book called BBQ USA. It involved spatchcocking, hickory smoke, and mopping (basting). Good times.

spatch·cock (spchkk)
A dressed and split chicken for roasting or broiling on a spit.
tr.v. spatch·cocked, spatch·cock·ing, spatch·cocks
1. To prepare (a dressed chicken) for grilling by splitting open.
2. To introduce or interpose, especially in a labored or unsuitable manner: "Some excerpts from a Renaissance mass are spatchcocked into Gluck's pallid Don Juan music" Alan Rich.

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Heart Attack Man

Ever heard of Poutine? It's a Canadian thing.

Since Minnesota has longer winters than much of Canada, I put together an homage to the heart stopping combination of fried potatoes, beef grazy, and cheese to wonderful results (my option, Meg did not sample).

Gravy Cheese Oven Fries with Roasted Garlic

Be sure to cut your fries nice and fat, or they may break during turning. To prevent sticking, toss them carefully in the olive oil, leaving no fry uncovered.

- serves 2 -

3 large russet potatoes (about 1 3/4 pounds), peeled or scrubbed, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-wide planks, each plank cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-wide strips
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
2 bulbs (heads) garlic, intact
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
16 ounces low-sodium beef, chicken, or vegetable stock
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (Cheddar will work too)

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place potato batons in a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil and toss to coat thoroughly.

2. Remove papery, outermost skin from garlic, but keep the bulb intact. Slice off top 1/2 inch of bulb, exposing each clove; discard trimmings. Drizzle each bulb with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and rub with fingers to ensure top is evenly coated. Wrap and seal each bulb in aluminum foil.

3. Roast potatoes and garlic parcels on top rack of oven. After 20 minutes, turn potatoes with spatula. Roast until potatoes are tender and golden around the edges and garlic cloves are soft when pressed, about 20 minutes more. Sprinkle fries and garlic with kosher salt.

4. While potatoes and garlic are roasting, prepare gravy. In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine flour and butter. Stir until incorporated and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is the color of peanut butter, about 3 minutes. Add the stock in small increments, whisking to incorporate after each addition. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until mixture has thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and keep warm.

5. Pile fries on a rimmed plate and top with grated Gruyère cheese and hot gravy (reheat if necessary). Place one bulb of roasted garlic on each plate. To eat, squeeze the cloves from their skins and smear onto fries.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

P.O.S. Is Ruining My Life

P.O.S. Is Ruining My Life
Originally uploaded by Ghostface CRZA

Summit, SAB, etc., contributed to this concert photo taken at First Avenue in Minneapolis 3/7/09.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Does Cooking It Cost Extra?

View from the Passenger Side

[photo of raw t- bone]
20 oz Porterhouse Steak
PETROL PUMPER billboard near Madison

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What Are The Rooms Like?

View From The Passenger Side

Pyramid Liquor Motel
W7459 County Road V
Lake Mills, Wisconsin

The review I found online said "reasonable priced but grungy. Definitely not someplace I'd take children."

Saturday, February 28, 2009

2009 Bulldog Softball Registration

2009 Bulldog Softball Registration $40
(per person)

Use the link above to pay online using credit/debit card or PayPal account. No joke, it's secured through PayPal.

We are 59 days away from this year's opener on April 29. I remembered to register on time this year so we're back at it on Wednesday nights, field 11 Bryn Mawr Park. Since Coach's unborn baby needs to eat, everyone is going to pay before the season starts. Meg is due April 24 so I expect her to be starting at second for the first game. I might even let Baby Coach make the batting order.

Registration was $420 and softballs will cost around $50. Depending on how many we have on the team this year, everyone maybe benefit for a one-time surplus refund taking the form of PBR silos.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

I'm On A Boat (ft. T-Pain) - Album Version


"I never thought I'd be on a boat."

2009 Powerhorn Art Sled Rally

Nerd sled rally. I loved this so much. I even took the video for this. Have you ever seen an art car parade? This is sort of like that but adapted for Minnesota winter. Icosahedron - real word for this oversized Dungeons and Dragons die. I'll post video of some of my other favorite sleds like the Star Wars land speeder and a 6 pack of Grainbelt beer.

Peter invited you to "2nd Annual Powderhorn Art Sled Rally" on Saturday, February 7 at 1:00pm.

Peter says, "I am on team crab, from a group, make an art sled or just come for the fun...".

Event: 2nd Annual Powderhorn Art Sled Rally
What: Night of Mayhem
Host: Art Sled Rally People
Start Time: Saturday, February 7 at 1:00pm
End Time: Saturday, February 7 at 4:00pm
Where: Powderhorn Park, northwest slope

Team Premium

Watch out for that . . . !

2nd Annual Art Sled Rally - Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis

Here's the best video summary of the recent Art Sled Rally held in Powderhorn Park. Being a part of this fun made me want to build a sled for next year.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Being a father in waiting has made me more contemplative about my childhood. It can be triggered by seeing a family in a restaurant or even a PBS documentay.

I sometimes feel like I missed out on being a scientist. There seems to be a more clear sense of success and failure, right and wrong than other professions, including my own. I thought
American Experience on PBS recently aired a documentary entitled The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer. This man gave his all to his country as creator of the atomic bomb but was later destroyed by accusations of Communist Party membership. Actor David Strathaim (Good Night and Good Luck and The Bourne Ultimatum) plays the morose scientific visionary.

I was facinated by this program because it involves the creation of a product so powerful that it could destroy the entire world. I find it hard to believe only 9 counties are currently known to have nuclear weapons in 2009, 64 years after the first. I supposed its not comparable to kids building smoke bombs based off a recipe they found on the internet. Particle accelerators and enriched uranium is quite difficult to obtain, just ask Doc Brown.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Day The Music Died

Is it irony that this video came out on the anniversary of the date when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper's plane went down?

This can't be real. This can't be real. Microsoft is developing software that will turn your voice into Muzak. I could see Christian home schooled kids thinking this was neat. That's about it. Maybe I'm wrong and this will pull Microsoft out of it's prolonged slump. Afterall I was wrong about W 2x.

Pail to Pale

This afternoon I bottled four and a half gallons (I left behind half a gallon with the yeast and spent hops) of English Pale Ale. Cleaning and sanitizing goes faster when using 22 ouncers but it's still a pain in the ass. The first bottle should be lightly carbonated and drinkable in two week. I'm not sure if Pale Ale's are supposed to be copper colored, but I'll drink what I've got.

Here's Northern Brewer's description of the kit I brewed:

Easy to brew, tastes great in a bottle or a keg... it's no surprise that English pale ales are consistently popular with homebrewers. English pale ales are generally maltier, sweeter, and less aggressively hopped than the American version. Our kit produces a slightly caramelly, copper-brown, medium-bodied ale with a flowery, fruity boquet and subtle bitterness from real English hops. We selected Wyeast Whitbread Ale for this kit because of its high flocculation, which makes it possible to package the beer and drink it very fresh — try serving it on tap at a low level of carbonation. Rule Britannia!

Hi, come in. Please take off your shoes.

Inspired by my Uncle G-Man's blog, 1410 Oakwood, I have decided to document life's comings and goings in this new blog. The name take the ringer comes from a line in one of my favorite movies, The Big Lebowski. This movie along with Office Space helped me to feel comfortable and confident that putting off getting a job after undergrad was really in my best interest.

I am going to try consolidating my Bulldog Softball Blog into Take The Ringer. Going times and prosperity are coming. I promise.

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