Merry Christmas, 2009 Edition

The Berberich family hopes you had a great 2009, and wishes you the very best in 2010! Like all of our Christmas cards, this one was done by my sister, Tera Christianson, of Blessings Photography.


The View From My Window

I’ve been a regular reader of Andrew Sullivan’s blog for a few years now. His political analysis is top-notch, and I find Andrew’s discussion with readers to be consistently thought-provoking in a way I rarely see on other blogs (here’s a brilliant example from today). One of the daily diversions Sullivan has incorporated into his site is […]


Google Public DNS and FUD

Yesterday Google announced the release of Google Public DNS, the company’s free domain name resolution service (if you’re unfamiliar with DNS, it’s the system that translates the human-friendly domain to the computer-friendly This news came as a surprise to everyone, and has generated a ton of coverage by technology bloggers and journalists as a result. […]


TweetGenius vs Seesmic for BlackBerry

Late last week, Seesmic released new Twitter client applications for Android and BlackBerry. Since I’m currently a happy user of TweetGenius on my BlackBerry Tour 9630, I thought I’d do a quick comparison. It’s worth noting that the version of Seesmic for BlackBerry I’m showing you is currently an Alpha release, so it’s still buggy and […]


Frictionless Personal Data Collection with your.flowingdata

I really like the idea of these diet/fitness journal websites that let you track your weight, exercises, and food/calorie intake. Lots of other people must too, because if you do a quick search, you’ll see hundreds of software tools that promise to help you accomplish these tasks. If you’re a data nerd like me, the […]


Quicken Online and Mint

A few weeks ago, online personal finance site Mint announced that it was being acquired by its main competitor, Intuit (maker of Quicken, QuickBooks, and TurboTax). Since then, the online discussion around the deal has centered on two topics: Whether Mint “sold out” by cashing out early instead of building the business for the long-term […]


Britney in Grand Forks

Last Saturday night Casey and I attended the Britney Spears Circus tour at its stop in Grand Forks. It was quite the experience, and easily one of the city’s biggest events of the year. I’m glad we were able to see Britney once, but I don’t think I’d go again if she came back to town […]


Cutting The Cable

When we got home from our Labor Day weekend at Casey’s parents on Monday, not only was our TV showing static instead of cable television, our TiVo service was inactive – effectively turning the machine into an electronic doorstop. No, this wasn’t some sort of horrible mix-up. This was our family’s final step in breaking-up […]

Health Care

The Food-Health Care Link

This morning I once again had the opportunity to invoke Berberich’s Law: Not only did someone write the blog post I meant to write a month ago on the seldom mentioned relationship between health care and what we eat I, but it showed up as an op-ed in the New York Times by Michael Pollan. An excerpt: […]


Are Natural Disasters a Sign From God?

Last Wednesday afternoon (August 19, 2009), five small tornadoes touched-down in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota. Among the damage – pretty minor by tornado standards – was the cross steeple that sat above Central Lutheran Church for over 80 years. Wednesday also happened to mark the beginning of the 2009 ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran […]