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State Fair beer robbery

This is just here to note my disappointment that the people who robbed the State Fair beer exhibit stole only cash, unlike the great Canadian maple syrup heist a few years back.

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Phenology

At universities in the northern part of the United States, spring is the brief season in which the bicycle racks are full, following winter (when bicycle racks are covered in snow) and followed by summer (when the bicycle racks are … Continue reading

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A few labor things

The one-day strikes at fast food and other retailers are wonderful and make me optimistic about the world; in DC, they’ve already (by a stroke of luck) resulted in a union for some workers and have been (along with the … Continue reading

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“At all”

My parents (originally from Michigan and Maine; well-educated native speakers of American English) and I agree that the comic above is sufficiently incomprehensible as to be not funny, but also that it’s written in non-standard English: the phrase “at all” … 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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Congrats to all the newly weds!

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Today’s signs of Spring

Sunshine Birds chirping First farmers market of the year (essentially a petting zoo) All the bike racks at the math department filled up in the morning Only one day in the next week has snow in the forecast Undergrads wearing … Continue reading

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Spring break in Minnesota

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On Monday, it was 29 degrees Fahrenheit out when I left for work in the morning; perhaps two inches of snow had fallen the night before.  It got steadily colder all day.  Tuesday night, the low was 1 degree.  I … Continue reading

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Too cold for ice fishing

D’s new lab has an annual ice fishing trip.  It was originally scheduled for this weekend, but is being rescheduled because it is going to be too cold.  I find every part of the preceding sentences to be hilarious. (To … Continue reading

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Today I give thanks to anyone who has ever given me wool socks, long underwear, a winter coat, sweaters, warm gloves, a face mask or a hat with ear flaps — you were responsible for my comfortable commutes at 11oF … Continue reading

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