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 […]


SIGG Water Bottles: A Lesson In Destroying Your Brand’s Reputation

Last week we witnessed SIGG, maker of aluminum water bottles, lose the admiration and trust of its core customers in a single day when it admitted that for years, its products contained Bisphenol A (BPA) – despite giving the impression that they did not. Update (8/26/2009): Via The Consumerist,  it appears that SIGG has created a voluntary exchange […]


Tab Sweep – August 2009 Edition

I’ve been reading of great articles on the web lately, and I thought I’d share some of the best with you, my dear readers. Enjoy. Totally Wasted – Mother Jones’ epic special report on the War on Drugs. Damning evidence that our country needs a major shift in drug policies. The Great American Bubble Machine […]


Three Great Uses For Dropbox

Dropbox is one of my favorite little pieces of software. It’s practically invisible, silently keeping your dropbox folder synchronized on all the computers you have it installed on (Windows, Macintosh, or Linux). I can’t recommend it highly enough. Because Dropbox is so easy to use, it’s easy to forget that it’s also very powerful. Here are two […]

North Dakota

Is North Dakota the Recession’s Big Winner?

Last night, Marketplace had a great story about the strength of North Dakota’s economy in this recession. In short, our state is thriving right now: What is happening is a combination of planning and luck that’s left the state with something rare these days: a $700 million budget surplus and a big fat tax cut. […]


What I’m Using On My BlackBerry Tour

After nearly two years of using a Blackberry smartphone, I thought it might be time to once again share the 3rd-party applications I’m using on my Tour 9630. Many of these are pretty common, but you might find a few that are new to you.