Tag Archives: Minneapolis

One size fits all

What does the author of this sentence think “one-size-fits-all” means? Our economy is too diverse for a one-size-fits-all sick and safe leave policy to work, particularly if enacted differently in each local community. The associated good news is that Minneapolis … Continue reading

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UMN faculty union drive

Faculty at the University of Minnesota are filing to form a union!  It’s a group consisting of tenured, tenure-track, and contingent (adjunct) faculty, looking to join the SEIU education local.  This is the same union that organized Hamline adjuncts in … Continue reading

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Harris Machinery warehouse

One of the things I like about the Minneapolis landscape are the beautiful old industrial buildings.  Some (for example, in downtown) have been repurposed in various ways, but others are just slowly crumbling.  One of the latter is the Harris … Continue reading

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Personal weather report

Number of days spent in the NY area this winter: 12 Number of those days on which I wore my winter coat: 1 Number of those days on which I needed to wear my winter coat: 0 Temperature on Christmas … Continue reading

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4/15 for $15

I spoke at our local solidarity rally: I’m here today because I believe all workers at the University of Minnesota deserve a fair shake — whether they’re the maintenance or clerical workers who keep the U running every day, or … Continue reading

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Summer weekend in the Twin Cities

D and I and some friends from the math department had a nice weekend out. Minnehaha falls: The pretty Longfellow flower garden attracting some pollinator attention: D particularly liked the genetics on display: We crossed the river and ogled a … Continue reading

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Weather

It was -15F or so when we flew in yesterday, with wind chills in the -40 to -60 range.  This beats by several degrees the coldest day since I arrived in August 2012, and in fact led to school closures … Continue reading

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Jaywalking

A trivial epiphany from this afternoon: the theoretical case for jaywalking is identical to the theoretical case for allowing right turns on red, namely, that it’s utterly silly to make people wait around for no reason. At least in New … Continue reading

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For my entire ride home, the man seated near the front of the bus ran a disposable razor methodically (if not compulsively) over the patchy stubble of hair on his head.

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PSA: mass transit

Dear fellow citizens: if you live in a city where mass transit fare payment is enforced by random police sweep, and you have an outstanding warrant, please remember to pay your fare!

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