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Objects in Mirror: November 2, 2007 Archive

Time, time, time, what has become of thee?

Posted at 7:50 AM on November 2, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Yet another message about the turning back the clocks this weekend! Actually, I do have some relevant reasons to write this:

1) This week MPR's wordplay & language podcast Grammar Grater looks "at the linguistic components of daylight saving time." Have a grammar or usage question that's grating on you? Send it in, because this is one group that loves to play with ideas.

2) Gather Contributor Sensational Sadie wrote a handy article about the daylight savings time schedule. There's a spirited discussion in the comments, so don't hesitate to share your opinion.

3) Ah, there's that long tail...from the Future Tense Archive February 15, 2007: Will early daylight savings time flummox computers? We seem to have survived, but you tell me.

Discussion topics for the weekend

Posted at 8:55 AM on November 2, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Don't be caught without a topic!

On the radio, whoaa-oohh:
*Don Imus will be back on the air (NPR)
*Indian leaders win concessions from KQRS (MPR)
*According to The Splendid Table's Web Producer (and my cube neighbor) Jeff Harkness, this is the week Jane and Michael Stern "are boning up on their hip-hop" and invoke the term krunk...with a K. *coughing* They're talking about a fish sandwich. I think I'll have to hear it to believe it.

*South Carolina shrugs at Colbert (MPR's Polinaut - Comment away, Bob Collins thrives on your words.)
*"Sen. Norm Coleman called Rudy Giuliani 'ultimately electable,'" (MPR) That's "electable," to you sassy readers out there.
*There's a great photo of Minneapolis City Council Member Gary Schiff on Halloween. Does your city council member have a sense of humor? (Aaron Landry via Flickr)

Mix & Match:
*Can't sleep, digital marketers will eat our kid's social network information (Marketplace commentary)
*The Vikings come from the land of ice and snow! According to MPR's Tom Scheck, Andy Saur's Vikings quest (MPR) has succeeded and Zepplin's "Immigrant Song" filled the Metrodome dome dome. Hat tip, The News Grid
*Best for last: Deer cams showing up on hunting trails (MPR) Discuss.

Join the online discussion to share your own conversation-starters suitable for Day of the Dead parties, that blind date, or to while away time in line at the coffee shop.

Technical issues with MPR blog comments

Posted at 2:28 PM on November 2, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

I hate to announce technical interruptions but always prefer transparency, so here goes:

We're having some trouble with the commenting function on our Weblogs. It might appear fine & dandy, but our blogs will return an error message if you try to post a comment.

Our IT department, Web Developer Matt Thueson, New Media Manager John Pearson and I have heard about the error or observed it in action. I'm sorry for any inconvenience to you, but please know we're aware of the issue and we'll fix it. Our groups at Gather are plugging away just fine and there are still ways you can contact us.


Initial report suspects landfill workers tried to save each other

Posted at 3:55 PM on November 2, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

From MPR's Bob Kelleher, Toxic gas kills landfill workers:

"[Superior Fire Chief Ted] Matheson says the sequence of events isn't clear, but it looks like each worker went in to rescue others."

Another case where we turn to each other - and ourselves - to ask, "What would you do?"

I'll note any story updates.

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