Saturday, October 15, 2016

UPDATE. Nearly empty Little Free Library has since been replenished and includes 2 Bart Starr biographies



Taking Little Free Libraries to the next level.  (10/20/2015)
An attractively designed, little box of discards on Amherst Road.  (10/13/2015)
Kudos to this Little Free Library design on 13th Street in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.  (7/27/2015)
The Chamber of Manitowoc County offers a Little Free Library.  (7/27/2015)
One of the most colorful little box of discards set-up I've encountered.  (7/10/2015)
Little box of discards with benches.  (5/6/2015)
Get me rewrite: Little boxes of discards have big appeal.  (5/1/2015)
Middleton little free library cleaned out; Independent bookseller suspected.  (12/19/2014)
Charter #5763.  (8/14/2014)
Charter #8443.  (7/25/2014)
Unchartered #2.  (7/24/2014)
Unchartered #1.  (7/21/2014)
Charter #5719.  (7/19/2014)

Charter #0657.  (7/18/2014)


Original 11/2/2015 post, "More taking than returning at this Little Free Library location", starts here.

Note the flashlight for nighttime browsing.  (Sorry, I didn't check to see if it actually works.)



Which is why I'm donating this Jane Austen paperback my wife recently read.  (The first book she hasn't read on her iPhone in over a year.)


Photos by Retiring Guy

Yes, apparently, the hot tub is still for sale.

Taking Little Free Libraries to the next level.  (10/20/2015)
An attractively designed, little box of discards on Amherst Road.  (10/13/2015)
Kudos to this Little Free Library design on 13th Street in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.  (7/27/2015)
The Chamber of Manitowoc County offers a Little Free Library.  (7/27/2015)
One of the most colorful little box of discards set-up I've encountered.  (7/10/2015)
Little box of discards with benches.  (5/6/2015)
Get me rewrite: Little boxes of discards have big appeal.  (5/1/2015)
Middleton little free library cleaned out; Independent bookseller suspected.  (12/19/2014)
Charter #5763.  (8/14/2014)
Charter #8443.  (7/25/2014)
Unchartered #2.  (7/24/2014)
Unchartered #1.  (7/21/2014)
Charter #5719.  (7/19/2014)
Charter #0657.  (7/18/2014)

The Towering Isthmus: 'Boutique' just means you can't afford to stay there


Photos by Retiring Guy

Newly proposed State Street hotel could help downtown retail.  (The Capital Times, 10/12/2016)
The 120-room boutique hotel would take the place of two buildings: 122 State St., the six-story home of The Fountain bar and restaurant and office space, and next-door 118 State St., currently the two-story bar Winedown.


Other "Towering Isthmus" posts:
UPDATE.  Anchor Bank Capitol Square development.  (9/16/2016)
UPDATE.  Uncommon, the final shot.  (9/16/2016)
UPDATE.  Capitol's Edge Apartments, the final shots.  (9/16/2016)
Another development starts to rise along East Washington Avenue.  (8/23/2016)
UPDATE. The Towering Isthmus, Anchor Bank Capitol Square development.  (8/9/2016)
AC Hotel Madison at East Washington & North Webster (view from Capitol observation deck).  (7/4/2016) 
UPDATE. The Towering Isthmus: hubBa with cranes wingspan.  (7/4/2016)
UPDATE:  The Lux on West Johnson Street.  (1/15/2016)
UPDATE:  Madison Plan Commission rejects 10-story boutique hotel to take place of Pahl Tire.  (10/14/2015)
UPDATE:  9 more stories to go.  (9/26/2015)
670,000 square foot development risin' on the 800 block of East Washington.  (4/19/2015)
Sleeping and entertainment destination to rise in the middle of this photo.  (1/11/2015)
A behemoth hogs the skyline from Bascom Hill.  (12/14/2014)
Cranes at dusk.  (12/11/2014)
UPDATE: The Towering Isthmus: The Towers of Porta Bella.  (11/23/2013)
The Hub, the new hulk in town.  (11/16/2014)
North Bedford Street Project Still in the Proposal Stage.  (11/11/2014)
Coming soon: Another chapter in The Towering Isthmus Saga? (9/19/2014)
Blue Velvet.  (9/10/2014)
The New Edgewater Hotel gets ready for its fireworks celebration.  (9/10/2014) 
Among the first wave of towers on the Isthmus.  (9/9/2014)
For those of you who haven't stood at the intersection of West Gilman and State Street in Madison Wisconsin lately.  (9/9/2014)
A tree grows on West Gilman Street.  (9/9/2014) 
Nobly or otherwise, this is no longer the question.  (9/8/2014) 
Deconstruction complete at 17, 19, 25 North Webster and 201 East Mifflin Streets.  (9/7/2014)
The towering isthmus (left to right).  (8/27/2014)
The Towering Isthmus (and the 3 cranes): For folks who can afford the view.  (7/22/2014) 
That Was Then, This is Now: The 400 Block of West Gilman.  (7/18/2014)
New housing rising.  (5/8/2014)
Cranes over Porta Bella.  (4/22/2014)

Product placement in the dentist office?



Photos by Retiring GUy


This week in the cereal aisle: 'Tis the season for Pumpkin Spice Cheerios


Photo by Retiring

Pumpkin Spice Cheerioes are coming soon.  (USA Today, 8/4/2016)


Speaking of reviews....

No surprise that this video has just 366 views since its 8/26/2016 posting.  (That's about 7 per day.)



Related posts:
Wedding bells chimes.  (10/5/2016)
The price of convenience (22.54 cents per ounce).  (8/19/2016)
Make up your mind already!  (8/14/2016)
Remember Nabisco Shredded Wheat?  (7/13/2016)
This week in the cereal aisle features Batman and Superman.  (7/7/2016)
Post wants you to have ice cream for breakfast.  (6/30/2016)
Tiny Toast.  (6/21/2016)

For WISN headline writer, it's all about the money



Mayor Tom Barrett takes a service-oriented view.


Related reading:
Fine forgiveness program.  (Milwaukee Public Library)
Fine forgiveness programs.  (Public Libraries online, 8/9/2016)

UPDATE. Randy Hopp participates in tangle at candidates' debate



Reported in Kane Board candidates tangle at forum.  (The Courier-News, 10/14/2016)

Related articles:
Randy Hopp not running for a library board seat this year, now shooting for Kane County Board.  (2/26/2016)
Randy Hopp may continue to use the Gail Borden Library, but he will not be serving on the board.  (4/9/2015)
The Randy Hopp saga returns.  (1/8/2015)
Randy Hopp is no longer a Gail Borden library trustee.  (5/27/2013)
Elgin Library trustee Randy Hopp not yet fit to stand trial .  (5/23/2013)
Sign this guy up for anger management classes.  (1/19/2012)
Library board member from hell is here to stay. ( 6/19/2011)
Add Elgin Community College to the list of places where Randy Hopp is banned.  (5/2/2011)
Gail Borden's 'board member from hell' is back in the news again.  (3/26/2011)
Crossing t's and dotting i's aren't enough for this library board member. (1/15/2011)
The strange saga of Randy Hopp, library trustee.  (5/23/2010)


Original 3/16/2016 post, "Randy Hopp one step away from joining Kane County Board", starts here.


As reported in Hopp captures Democratic nod in Kane County Board District 22.  (Daily Herald, 3/16/2016)

UPDATE. Blanchardville Public Library holdings, 2011-2015





2011-2015 changes:
  • Books | - 214
  • Audio | +161
  • Video | -149
  • Periodicals | -18
  • Expenditures | +$9,958 (+83%)

Other updates:
Abbotsford Public Library.  (9/20/2016)
Adams County Public Library.  (9/20/2016)
Albertson Memorial Library.  (9/20/2016)
Algoma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Alma Public Library.  (9/21/2016)
Altoona Public Library.  (9/22/2016)
Amery Area Public Library.  (9/22/2016)
Lettie W. Jensen Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Antigo Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Appleton Public Library.  (9/23/2016)
Arcadia Free Public Library.  (9/24/2016)
Argyle Public Library.  (9/24/2016)
Lester Public Library of Arpin.  (9/25/2016)
Vaughn Public Library, Ashland.  (9/25/2016)
Augusta Memorial Public Library.  (9/26/2016)
Baldwin Public Library.  (9/27/2016)
Balsam Lake Public Library.  (9/28/2016)
Baraboo Public Library.  (9/29/2016)
Barneveld Public Library.  (9/30/2016)
Barron Public Library.  (10/1/2016)
Bayfield Carnegie Library.  (10/2/2016)
Beaver Dam Community Library.  (10/3/2016)
Belleville Public Library.  (10/4/2016)
John Turgeson Public Library, Belmont.  (10/5/2016)
Beloit Public Library.  (10/6/2016)
Benton Public Library.  (10/7/2016)
Berlin Public Library.  (10/9/2016)
Big Bend Village Library.  (10/10/2016)
Black Creek Village Library,.  (10/11/2016)
Black Earth Public Library.  (10/12/2016)
Black River Falls Public Library.  (10/13/2016)
Blair-Preston Public Library.  (10/14/2016)


Original 11/12/2015 post, "A to Z through the Wisconsin Public Library Service Data: Collections (Blanchardville Public Library)", starts here.

This series takes a look at the numerical changes in Wisconsin public library collections in 9-year increments:  1996, 2005, and 2014.




All statistical information from the Wisconsin Public Library Service Data.

Blanchardville Public Library

  • Shared online catalog:  Verso  (Southwest Wisconsin Library System)
  • Collection development policy:  Not available online


Photo credit: Google
(shared space in village hall)


Clash UPDATE. Feingold, Johnson rock the casbah, just like they did in 2010





10/10/2016 update, "Rocking the cashbah in La Crosse", starts here.

But Shilling looks far more formidable than she was in 2011. She has served on the Legislature’s powerful budget committee and became Senate minority leader last year. She has stayed scandal-free and has built up such a reputation among Democratic circles that she’s been mentioned as a possible 2018 gubernatorial candidate.
Both the Democratic incumbent Jen Shilling and GOP challenger Dan Kapanke whupped weak opponents in their respective primaries.  Shilling, however, kicked butt in the overall vote tallies



9/27/2016 update, " There was a debate last night, a clash occurred.  Rock the casbah!", starts here.



(Highlights added)





9/8/2016 update, Clinton, Trump rock the casbah, clash", starts here.

The verb continues to get a major workout.






PBS News Hour, 9/6/2016


Original 3/20/2016 post, "GOP candidates rock the casbah, clash at debates", start here.



















Actually, folks, everybody doin' it.





CLASH.  A workhorse of a verb when it comes to presidential debate headlines!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Meet Ken Hambone, America's favorite undecided pervert



America’s sweetheart Ken Bone posted some really gross stuff on Reddit.  (Death and Taxes, 10/14/2016)
Brought to you by the Scott Walker vetting team.  If we’ve learned anything from 2016, it’s that America really sucks at picking the right people to be popular.

The latest on the GOP sexist pig running for President



Quoted in Donald Trump implied Hillary Clinton has a subpar ass.  (Death and Taxes, 10/14/2016)

Pennsylvania place names: It takes up to 4 hours and 30 minutes to get from Intercourse to Climax


And there are at least 3 ways to go by car.


I learned about Intercourse in grade school after a friend returned home from a family trip to Pennsylvania's Amish Country.   We shared more than a few fits of giggles.

On the other hand, I never reached (awareness of ) Climax until today, when I encountered the place name in an obituary in my hometown paper, the Warren Times Observer.

Put another way, Trump pulls out of Virginia




Clinton has won every Virginia poll at least since June of this year.

Related posts:
Trump's support remains stable. Why? Cuz Morning Consult sez so!  (10/11/2016)
UPDATE. Latest national polls, even Rasmussen, show Trump in big, well-deserved trouble.  (10/10/2016)
Pennsylvania UPDATE. Dear Allentown Morning Call, Time to get out of the polling business,  (10/3/2016)
UPDATE. Colorado turns from blue to purple since our last visit there.  (10/3/2016)
UPDATE. Clinton tries to put some space between her and Trump in North Carolina.  (10/3/2016) Live Free or Die UPDATE: Trump still can't crack 40% in 4-way New Hampshire presidential polls.  (9/30/2016)
Clinton keeps Trump at bay in Michigan throughout September.  (9/30/2016)
Clinton gets big bounce in first Nevada post-debate presidential poll.  (9/30/2016)
UPDATE. It's been a Clinton and Trump nip and tuck in Florida Presidential polls all September long.  (9/30/2016)
Latest Florida presidential poll:  Where Trump is lagging.  (8/28/2016)
Trump campaign engine stalls in Michigan.  (8/17/2016)
UPDATE: Trump can't crack 40% in 4-way New Hampshire presidential polls.  (8/15/2016)
Trump seriously tanking in Colorado.  (8/12/2016)
Clinton extends lead in North Carolina polls.  (8/12/2016)
Clinton holds slight advantage in Florida presidential polls.  (8/12/2016)
Trump keeps up his inane, disparaging, name-calling tweets as his poll numbers erode.  (8/7/2016)
Clinton takes big lead over Trump in Virginia.  (8/7/2016)
Clinton takes it to Trump every time in Michigan.  (8/6/2016)
UPDATE: Now pinch-hitting for Rasmussen, the Los Angeles Times.  (8/6/2016)
Trump pisses away his advantage in Georgia, of all places!  (8/5/2016)
Dem. challenger Katie McGinty tightens race against GOP incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey in PA.  (8/5/2016)
New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte can't run away from Donald Trump fast enough.  (8/5/2016)
Latest national Presidential polls has GOP worried.  (8/5/2016)
Clinton starting to put room between herself and Trump in national polls.  (8/4/2016)

Apparently, Bethel Park PA football fans want to "Make American Great Again"



Incorporated as a borough in 1949, Bethel Park is a suburban Allegheny County community located 7 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.


Source:  Wikipedia


Related article:
Woodland Hills remains an NFL football factory.  (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 5/11/2016)