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Green & Gold

Green & Gold (Old Town Road Parody)

In honor of the Packers today Charlie Berens brings us the Old Town Road parody we had no idea we needed.

Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions - 35mm - HD

Life has been full. I've spent some time regrouping, making plans, and trying to forge a path for Wis.Community for 2020. As some of you know, it has been a trying year at Cruiskeen Farm. My partner and wife Lorelei died in August. Our doggie Shadow left shortly before that. As a result, I'm learning to manage the farm here, which I've blissfully left to Lori while we have lived here. I've also taken some time out to get used to living alone. 

Pink Slime News Sites

. There is a very large network of algorithmically-driven "fake" news sites around the country.

40 Years of London Calling

The Clash - London Calling (Official Video)

I was reminded on Facebook that the seminal album by the Clash, London Calling, was released 40 years ago today. Oddly, I happened to be listening to the album on the train up from the Google News Initiative Local conference (more on that tomorrow) and did not realize I was taking part in an event. As I was listening to it I thought it felt timely again in a creepy way. I don't live in London, but I do live by the river.

Thanksgiving Vacation

WisCommunity will be taking a Thanksgiving vacation. Through about Dec. 2 expect to see a slower pace here while the publisher/editor makes a trip to New England. 

Happy Halloween

Young Frankenstein (1974) Bloopers & Outtakes

It's one of my favorite films, and appropriate to tonight. Enjoy this set of outtakes and bloopers from Young Frankenstein.

So That Happened - 10/29/2019

This is a semi-regular compendium of thoughts, observations, and events from the Chippewa Valley. 

Attending the Google News Initiative conference

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I was notified yesterday that WisCommunity's application to attend the meeting in Chicago has been accepted. Google will be paying accommodation expenses for me to attend the meeting and find out new ideas for monetization of news, and other initiatives that Google is working on for journalists.

Site Changes

You may have noticed that the site has been down off and on for the last couple days.  You may also have noticed this afternoon that it is a good deal faster than it used to be, or at least it appears that way at Chateau Cruiskeen. I've made some rather serious changes to the way the site is run on this server, and I'm hoping that this will fix some long-standing performance issues.

Like Someone Had Branded My Brain

I was driving from the farm to a gig at Best Buy where I was working as a consultant. It was a normal sunny day in The Cities as I tried to swill down enough coffee to wake up as I was listening to NPR, just like normal.