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Objects in Mirror: November 30, 2007 Archive

Watch the winter storm watch on Updraft

Posted at 8:31 AM on November 30, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

It unfolds on Updraft:

*Paul Huttner explains that area meteorologists may be more confident in forecast a winter storm for the Twin Cities this weekend, because there's a model consensus.

*Meanwhile, Craig Edwards basically proves Paul right and says the storm watch for tomorrow is the real deal.

*And if you're looking for a spin on it, Mark Seeley shares Snow Shoveling Trivia.

Have you watched the U of M math video?

Posted at 11:44 AM on November 30, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

While a video blogger John Holden learned YouTube stardom has a price, "Moebius Transformations Revealed," a U of M math video, is a Web hit. And family friendly, unless you have serious issues with mathematics.

Catch Tom Crann's interview with Douglas Arnold (audio link) from the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota.

NPR headlines on MPR.org

Posted at 2:33 PM on November 30, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

National news updates from NPR appear on MPR.org. The recent set includes:

Man Seizes Hostages at Clinton Campaign Office Listen for updates.
Fed Signals Fresh Rate Cut to Calm Markets The Fed meets Tuesday, December 11, so this isn't the final coverage.
New FARC Videos Shows U.S. Defense Contractors Direct from the copy, "The images are the first in years to prove the captives may be alive."
Amtrak Train Rams Rear of Freight Train in Chicago Look for investigation updates.

News discussion topics for the 11/30/2007 Weekend

Posted at 3:38 PM on November 30, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Don't be caught this weekend without a topic! I mean one that isn't the weather!

*Roadside Attractions Fading from Landscape: Road trip photo albums are incomplete without some kitschy picture. To discuss: What are the roadside attractions of the future? Will there be any? And would you buy an Elvis museum off ebay?

*Office Romance Scrolllll down on KPCC's Airtalk page, to the very last clip. It's all about a new book, "Office Mate: The Employee Handbook for Finding and Managing Romance on the Job." And here you thought Cosmo was giving you the best tips. Other than asking people if they think it's cool or not, I'm not sure what to say about this book... at least while I'm at work.

*Drinking with Ian Talk about it? You've probably appeared on the show! Angles: If you hosted a cable access show, what would you call it?

And let's pull a Columbo. One more thing...
*There's a projected Budget shortfall at $373 million. Hmm. I wonder which forecast will get more attention this weekend...the weather forecast or Minnesota's state financial forecast? Contrast and compare.


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