A phalanx of teenagers, dull-eyed and dreamy, shambling in circles around the pavement as the shadow of the Dairy Queen sign grows long across the parking lot. Some rolling slowly on sloppily taped decks, practicing ollies and attempting kick-flips that never quite land, others sitting on the curb talking for the sake of talking. Cars … Continue reading Elegy for J.W.
Originally posted on MNArtists.org on January 2, 2015. Photo: Brett Levin Photography, reproduced under Creative Commons license. It's always fun to watch the domino effect of a new technology across the spheres of business and media. In the '90s it was all about companies setting up websites, whether or not they had any idea what … Continue reading Are Podcasts the Future of Public Broadcasting?
Originally published on the Best Buy API blog, April 23, 2015 The Best Buy API team is a pretty close-knit group, and that connection doesn’t always end at the office door. Members of our team are involved with all manner of tech-affiliated events and organizations here in Minnesota and beyond. One of the coolest is … Continue reading Building the future of tech with the Geekettes
Originally published on the Best Buy API blog, April 20, 2015 Open APIs are something of a misnomer, inasmuch as they’re not quite as open as the name might imply. Yes, an open API is available to developers to use more or less as they see fit, but not just anybody can hop on and … Continue reading “Why we love our open APIs” from the Best Buy APIs blog
Originally published by Rivet Journal, September 9, 2014. In those final seconds, feeling His consciousness ebbing, watching the bathroom tile hurtling upward angry at His face, did He perhaps return to two rooms of Tupelo squalor, the only hot water that which He or Mama or Vernon when he was free and sober would boil up … Continue reading Leaving the Building
Originally published at MNArtists.org, November 13, 2014. I didn’t go see the Replacements in September. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Replacements, but I’m a casual fan. When the reunion show at Midway Stadium was announced, I considered trying to grab a ticket but I didn't want a more hardcore fan to miss out on … Continue reading “We On Some Nonstop”
Originally posted at MNArtists.org, August 11, 2014 I'm nervous about Turf Club. The venerable Saint Paul music club has been closed for renovation for a couple of months now, with a re-opening slated for August 28. For Midway residents like myself, the club’s absence has made for an unsettlingly quiet summer on the local music scene. … Continue reading Keeping the Dive Alive