1) LESSONS FROM A DOT IN THE SKY
We had a great time last night on Twitter as we waited for the International Space Station to fly directly overhead. Twitter friends from all over searched for it -- and most of them spied it -- around the same time. One friend was watching on her rooftop in Chicago, seeing it and tweeting as we stood in our driveways here. A shared experience, indeed.
It's been in orbit for 4,589 days now. There was no Twitter then. The hot start-ups were Yahoo and America Online when it was born. We hadn't reached the millennium yet. But this thing -- this old thing that's been going around and around since the late '90s -- occasionally captures our wonder when we stop to notice that it's up there.
I tweeted 12 minutes before it was to arrive overhead, that in the time it takes a landing jet at MSP to taxi to the gate, the space station will travel from Hawaii to Minnesota. To which Eric Hall provided a wonderful gift: The invitation to learn something new:
Time dilation? You mean Twitter isn't just for telling everyone what you had for breakfast? So I went back in time -- again with the help of technology -- and found a teacher who isn't even alive anymore:
It was just a bright light in the sky, and it allowed us to travel through time in a way not imaginable just a few years ago. We were together, even though most of us have never met.
Ain't life and science grand?
There were two local winners announced today when the national Edward R. Murrow Awards were given out. Overall, though, Minnesota was not particularly well represented in the annual awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association.
Of the 95 awards handed out, these are the two Minnesota winners:
Boyd Huppert, the marvelous storyteller at KARE won for best writing. (See compilation video)
The Star Tribune won for overall online news excellence for local news organizations. The entry (available here) stressed the website's video offerings.
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There are several stages to any political scandal:
4. St. Paul Saints marketing gimmick
Today the Saints announced that the first 1,501 fans 18 and over in attendance a week from Saturday will receive a commemorative pair of "Tweeting Wiener Boxer Shorts." It apparently is National Hot Dog Day, so the boxers will bear "an image on the front of a blue bird taking a photo of a Wiener with his phone."
A few years ago, the Saints offered a "bobblefoot," after Sen. Larry Craig was caught in a Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport bathroom stall, tapping his foot to an undercover cop, earning him a lewd conduct charge and a chance to be a minor league baseball marketing legend.
And, of course, scandals don't have to be political for the Saints to capitalize.
There was the Minnesota Vikings "loveboat" scandal of 2005, for example.
It was Flag Day today and MPR's Nikki Tundel documents how people celebrated the nation's flag in this impressive slideshow.
Not surprisingly, many of those people who are, no doubt, patriotic in their love for the flag, nonetheless assaulted it at the same time.
Here are a few examples from Nikki's slideshow and references to the U.S. Flag Code.
1) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.
We can quibble about what makes a piece of cloth a flag but if you use blue, add some stars, and red-and-white stripes and intend it to symbolize the American flag, you shouldn't wear it.
2) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
3) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.
4) It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.
5) Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
6) When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left.
7) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.