Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Skyway timeline

This skyway has been built, rebuilt and built again. Currently, St. Paul's new light rail line is being assembled underneath. Click for larger.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Out with the old

The Twin Cities Marathon footrace was represented by an M.C. Escher-inspired Charles S. Anderson-designed logo for 25 years.

But since 2006, the race has been called the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, so this year Medtronic decided the race needed new branding. Hence the new split leaf design.

But the old logo is so beloved it's still used by the people who -- I'm guessing -- actually put on the event and get some money from Medtronic to do that.

What's interesting to me is: the old logo couldn't just be jettisoned. Sure, it's on its way out, but it's still hanging in there on this year's street banners.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wishful thinking about Apple

(Advising other people how to spend their money is just silly. But here I go.)

Apple is now the largest corporation in the world. Bigger than oil companies. Bigger than Microsoft or Google. As of Tuesday, Aug. 9, they had $347 billion in the bank.

With their Apple stores, they are already employing quite a few people. Good for them.

What could Apple do with all that money?

I have a suggestion:

Apple should build manufacturing plants in the United States.

In the '90s they actually made quite a few of their computers in the U.S. They could do it again.

You can tell Apple is a little embarrassed that they make everything in China. On all their products, instead of just printing "Made in China" they put "Designed by Apple in California. Made in China." Sure, the design is important, but so is manufacturing.

Stand tall, Apple. Bring those jobs back. You could print on your computers and iPhones . . .

"Designed and made by Apple in California."

That would be nice, wouldn't it?

Friday, June 24, 2011

"Cars 2" movie review

Haven't seen it yet, but here's my movie review.

"Cars." Music by Randy Newman.

"Cars 2." Music by Michael Giacchino.

I like Michael Giacchino just fine. He does good stuff. He did a great John Barry impersonation for "The Incredibles." His "Lost" music is excellent. But he is a step down from Randy Newman.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Solar power

That sun will power its way through red and yellow inks faster than blue and black inks. "Go S Lar!"

Friday, May 13, 2011

Reasonable prediction

With each more-counterfeit-resistant redesign, American money is getting more colorful. (And one could argue, uglier.) I think it's reasonable to predict our bills will soon feature full-color renditions of our presidents.

(Thanks to Sandra Fj-B for the inspiration for this post.)

Guy in a dress

Note: This is my second try at this post. Not sure where the first one went. Anyway, I've decided to leave out the words this time around. I think it still works.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Cast in concrete

The lettering on the side of a Selby Avenue bridge. The letter "A" is -- unfortunately -- flipped.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Next to Norma

Sun and shadows and design conspired to change the name of this event at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. (As always, click for bigger.)

Monday, April 04, 2011

Last of the snow

At the Rosedale Mall in Roseville, Minnesota, they've leveled some snow piles to speed melting.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mystery on Summit Avenue

I don't know what to think about this little still life on Summit Avenue. But it's interesting.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

World Reserve Monetary Exchange $2 bills

"48-hour distribution: These seldom seen full uncut sheets of never-circulated $2 bills are being moved from the private vaults of the World Reserve Monetary Exchange for immediate distribution to St. Paul area residents."

Quote above and image below from a Universal Media Syndicate full-page ad in Sunday's paper (Sorry, the 48-hour distribution time for this offer has already expired!). This image of a vault could be completely realistic for all I know. But it looks completely fake to me. I've noted why in the second picture.

Click for bigger.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Big Futura Bold Condensed

I like this building.

And I like the big, hand-painted, weather-worn Futura Bold Condensed on the sign. And I like the snowman in the window. And I like the rabbit.

(Click for closer view.)

Friday, February 04, 2011

A couple more Ducks

Found a few more Wisconsin Dells Ride the Ducks postcards. Click for a closer view.

An earlier post on Ride the Ducks postcards.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

When coaster brakes were sexy

Movie star Rita Hayworth sells the New Departure Coaster Brake. The ad is also promoting Hayworth's appearance in the 1940 movie, "Music In My Heart."

I took these pictures while visiting the Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bicycle Museum in Sparta, Wisconsin. NASA astronaut Slayton was born in Sparta and there's a wonderful bike trail built on a railroad bed in Sparta. 2 + 2 = Space and Bicycle Museum.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A broken clock is not always right twice a day*

This clock on the corner of 6th and Cedar is valuable to bus riders. "Am I late?" "Is the bus early?" The clock will tell you. It also told you the temperature. Less directly useful, but still -- nice. But for month or so in December and January, it was broken and bus riders were left to their own devices.

But the clock was broken in an interesting way. Not just dark. It would be dark for the count of five and then quickly flash a -- usually -- non-number. Interesting! For a couple nights, I tried to count along and then snap a photo at just the right moment. The results were not great. Eventually I remembered (again) the camera can take video. So, over a couple nights, I took video to capture the different things flashing. There are actually more than I thought there would be.

Click the image for larger.

*You could argue that this clock was right once a day if you're using a 24-hour clock. But this clock -- when working -- is a 12-hour clock.