Friday, December 28, 2018

CES 2019: Twice breathlessly promotes the "Clash of the Robovacs"




CES 2019 Preview: Clash Of The Robovacs.  (Twice, 12/18/2018)
Throughout the last year, the retail and online landscape for robotic vacuums has greatly changed with new brands entering retailers’ assortments, as well as existing brands expanding the types of features offered. Through new enhancements and expanding price bands, manufacturers are transitioning vacuuming from a weekly, and sometimes daily, chore to a simple click of a button or touch on a screen for just about any member of the household. And while upright vacuums still represent the greatest shelf share at many retailers, the tide is shifting, pushing robotic vacuums into a new day and age.

Robovac vacuum timeline
  • 1996.  Electrolux offers the first of its kind, the Tribolite (discontinued)
  • 2001.  Dyson gives it a go, but its vac never becomes available for sale due to production costs
  • 2002.  iRobot introduces the Roomba, which now has 52% of the shahre of the robotic vacuum market.


Related reading:
Should You Get a Robot Vacuumm?  (New York, 5/11/2018)
Final verdict.  Don’t ditch your upright vacuum. The robots are best for maintenance on hardwood floors, automatic upkeep throughout entire floor plans, and kid-proofing your home. And you won’t have to deep clean as often. 
“It doesn’t replace physical labor, but it greatly reduces it,” Amos says. “You won’t ever not vacuum again.”

 Other 2019 CES posts:
AVidea Group Safe Zone Gunfire Detector.  (12/5/2018)
FADES auto-darkening eyewear.  (12/7/2018)
Estelle Costanza does not approve of this car porn. (12/12/2018)
Smart smoke detectors.  (12/15/2018)
LG CineBeam Laser 4K projector.  (12/22/2018)
Poopy diaper alarm for harried parents.  (12/25/2018)

Two facts: Fergus Falls is the county seat of Otter Tail County, one of 4 Minnesota counties that voted for Barry Goldwater in 1964


Minnesota Town Defamed by German Reporter Is Ready to Forgive.  (The New York Times, 12/27/2018)
Unlike other American counties that voted for Mr. Trump, there was not a wild political swing in Fergus Falls, making it a strange place for Mr. Relotius to choose to profile. Otter Tail County had also supported Mitt Romney and John McCain. And well-trod story lines about factory closures and population decline, often cited in accounts of Mr. Trump’s success, did not apply in Fergus Falls, where the downtown is bustling and the population is steady.

Source:  Wikipedia (population, map)




Source:  Wikipedia

Trump's margin of victory in Otter Tail County, 35.7 percentage points, is the largest since 1952, when Eisenhower beat Stevenson by 50.4 percentage points.  (In 1964, Barry Goldwater received 51.3% of the vote to LBJ's 48.6%.   Minnesota has 87 counties.)

Related article:
Der Spiegel journalist messed with the wrong small town.  (Medium, 12/16/2018)

Other Trump's America posts:
Alabama
Autauga County.  (6/29/2017
Bibb County.  (11/10/2017)
Covington County. (11/11/2017)
Dale County.  (12/12/2017)
Geneva County.  (11/11/2017)
Marion County.  (11/11/2017)

Arizona
8th congressional district.  (4/25/2018)

Arkansas
Faulkner County.  (3/20/2018)
Mississippi County.  (3/19/2018)
Woodruff County.  (3/26/2018)

California
Mesa County.  (7/20/2017)
Shasta County.  (7/4/2017

Colorado
Morgan County.  (4/25/2017)

Florida
Citrus County.  (3/5/2017)
DeSoto County,.  (9/9/2017)

Idaho
Kootenai County.  (9/25/2017)

Illinois
Effingham County.  (2/15/2018)
Franklin County.  (2/27/2017)
Jo Daviess County.  (5/13/2018)
Knox County.  (5/13/2018)
McHenry County.  (2/5/2017)
Perry County.  (5/8/2017)
Stephenson County.  (5/13/2018)
Whiteside County.  (5/13/2018)
16th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)

Indiana
Granger.  (3/26/2017)
Hendricks County.  (10/1/2017)
Huntington County.  (4/27/2017)
Jefferson County.  (3/10/2018)
Posey County.  (10/21/2017)
Scott County,.  (10/21/2017)

Iowa
Adair County.  (9/16/2018)
Adams County.  (9/16/2018)
Allamakee County.  (7/31/2018)
Appanoose County.  (8/4/2018)
Benton County.  (8/2/2018)
Boone County.  (1/15/2017)
Bremer County.  (8/2/2018)
Buchanan County.  (8/2/2018)
Butler County. (8/6/2018)
Calhoun County.  (9/6/2018)
Cass County.  (4/3/2018)
Cedar County.  (7/31/2018)
Cerro Gordo County.  (8/6/2018)
Chickasaw County.  (8/2/2018)
Clarke County.  (8/8/2018)
Clayton County.  (7/31/2018)
Clinton County.   (10/15/2017)
Davis County.  (8/3/2018)
Decatur County.  ( 7/5/2018)
Delaware County.  (7/31/2018)
Des Moines County.  (8/1/2018)
Emmet County.  (8/19/2018)
Fayette County.  (8/2/2018)
Floyd County.  (9/25/2018 update)
Franklin County, (8/14/2017)
Greene County.  (9/6/2018)
Guthrie County.  (9/16/2018)
Hamilton County.  (4/2/2018)
Hancock County. (8/7/2018)
Hardin County.  (4/2/2018)
Henry County.  (7/9/2018)
Howard County.  (8/2/2018)
Iowa County.  (8/2/2018)
Jasper County.  (8/5/2018)
Jefferson County.  (8/1/2018)
Keokuk County.  (8/2/2018)
Kossuth County.  (8/18/2018)
Lee County.  (8/1/2018)
Louisa County.  (8/1/2018)
Lucas County.  (8/5/2018)
Lyon County.  (4/2/2018)
Madison County.  (8/8/2018)
Marion County.  (5/23/2017)
Mitchell County.  (8/7/2018)
Monticello County.  (1/13/2017)
Muscatine County.  (8/1/2018)
Palo Alto County.  (9/6/2018)
Pocahontas County.  (9/6/2018)
Poweshiek and Webster counties.  (2/7/2017)
Ringgold County.  (8/8/2018)
Sioux County.  (8/26/2018 update)
Tama County.  (7/6/2018)
Taylor County.  (9/16/2018)
Union County.  (9/10/2017)
Wapello County.  (8/3/2018)
Washington County.  (4/2/2018)
Wayne County.  (8/5/2018)
Webster County.  (8/9/2018)
Winnebago County. (12/17/2017)
Winneshiek County.  (8/2/2018)
Worth County. (8/7/2018)
Wright County.  (8/8/2017)

Kansas
Clark County.  (3/21/2017)
Comanche County. (12/22/2018)
Mitchell County.  (1/29/2017)
Sumner County.  (10/1/2017)

Kentucky
Bell County.  (6/4/2018)
Hancock County,.  (10/21/2017)
Jackson County.  (12/9/2017)
Knox and Whitley counties.  (2/17/2017)
Lee County.  (12/9/2017)
Letcher County.  (6/29/2017)
Martin County.  (3/22/2018)
Perry County.  (10/10/2017)
Rowan County.  (6/4/2018)

Louisiana
Calcasieu Parish,.  (5/22/2017)
St. Martin Parish.  (4/26/2017)

Maine
Piscataquis County.  (7/3/2017)

Michigan
Lake County.  (9/16/2018)
Macomb County.  (11/29/2017)
St. Joseph County.  (6/5/2017)

Minnesota
Chisago County.  (6/20/2018)
Itasca County.  (5/12/2018)
Lac qui Parle County.  (7/2/2017)
Mower County.  (5/12/2018)
Nobles County.  (1/26/2018)

Mississippi
Pontotoc County.  (7/19/2017)

Missouri
Butler County.  (7/22/2018)

Nebraska
Sioux County.  (12/22/2018)

New Jersey
7th Congressional District.  (4/14/2017)

New York
UPDATE:  Essex County.  (11/29/2017)
Putnam County.  (2/27/2018)
19th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)

North Carolina
Robeson County.  (12/1/2017)
Union County.  (3/9/2017)

North Dakota
Sargent County.  (10/22/2017)

Ohio
Adams County.  (12/9/2017)
Belmont County.  (7/17/2018)
Columbiana County,  (12/11/2017)
Defiance County.  (3/21/2017)
Highland County.   (3/19/2017)
Huron County.  (6/19/2017)
Jackson County.  (6/6/2017)
Lawrence County.  (2/25/2018)
Marion County.  (7/14/2018)
Morgan County.  (10/10/2017)
Shelby County.  (3/2/2018)
Trumbull County.  (4/3/2017)
Van Wert County.  (4/12/2017)
Wayne County.  (5/6/2018)
Williams County.  (3/21/2017)
Wyandot County.  (5/4/2018)

Oklahoma
Bryan County.  (5/5/2017)
Nowata County.  (5/5/2018)

Oregon
Douglas County.  (5/17/2017)

Pennsylvania
Dauphin County. (4/22/2017)
Erie County.  (10/11/2018 update)
Fayette County.  (7/25/2018)
Greene County.  (5/3/2017)
UPDATE. Luzerne County.  (1/14/2017)
Northampton County.  (7/20/2017)
Wayne County.  (3/1/2018)
Williamsport.  (1/24/2017)

South Carolina
Spartanburg County.  (6/5/2017)

South Dakota
Lawrence County,.  (4/27/2017)

Tennessee
Campbell County.  (12/10/2017)
Lake County.  (12/22/2018)
Marion County.  (4/1/2017)
Maury County.  (10/31/2017)
Roane County.  (5/1/2018)
Union County.  (5/30/2017)

Texas
Gaines County.  (4/26/2017)
Shackelford County.  (2/26/2018)

Washington
Grays Harbor County.  (8/20/2017)

West Virginia
Berkeley County.  (3/25/2018)
Boone County.  (3/23/2018)
Cabell County.  (8/4/2017)
Fayette County.  (1/24/2017)
Greenbrief County.  (12/14/2018)
Jackson County.  (6/18/2017)
Marshall County.  (2/7/2018)
Mason County.  (12/16/2017)
McDowell County.  (7/10/2017)
Mingo County.  (3/25/2018)
Summers County.  (3/25/2018)
Wayne County.  (3/24/2018)

Wisconsin
6th congressional district.  (1/27/2018)
Adams County.  (2/6/2017)
Buffalo County.  (3/19/2017)
Burnett County.  (2/24/2018)
Clark County,.  (8/13/2018)
Crawford County.  (5/14/2018)
Fond du Lac County.  (3/7/2018)
Grant County.  (5/16/2018)
Green Lake County.  (1/26/2018)
Jackson County.  (3/8/2018)
Johnson Creek.  (1/21/2017)
Juneau County.  (2/23/2017)
Lafayette County.  (5/16/2018)
Manitowoc County.  (8/10/2017)
Monroe County.  (3/8/2018)
Oconto County.  (7/24/2018)
Oneida County.  (4/24/2017)
Pepin County.  (12/21/2017)
Price County.  (12/23/2018 update)
Richland County.  (11/10/2017)
Sauk County.  (5/14/2018)
Sawyer County.  (3/20/2017)
Taylor County.  (12/23/2018 update)
Vernon County.  (5/14/2018)
Waushara County.  (2/6/2017)
Winnebago County.  (11/27/2017)
Wood County.  (3/8/2018)

Marilyn Petersen Mimm Pollino (1935-2018) Warren High School class of 1953



1953 Dragon yearbook


1967 Warren City Directory
1983 Warren City Directory

The popularity of Marilyn as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at Laura.

Source:  Social Security Administration

Laura spent most of the 20th century (1935 to 1944 excluded) in the top 100.  In 1945, she received a boost from this popular movie and went on to spend 42 years in the top 30 (1958-1999), peaking at #10 in 1969.  She is certainly losing her cachet in the 21st century.

Other members of the class of 1953:
2018
Rose Raffaele Scala.  (10/23/2018)
Marilyn John Smith.  (4/30/2018)
Elizabeth Simko.  (3/3/2018)

2017
Hazel Kell Martin.  (9/22/2017
Carole Moore Zimmerman.  (9/11/2017)
Carolyn Webster Coates.  (7/7/2017)
Leroy Sorenson.  (5/25/2017)
Carole Weigel Wunner.  (5/10/2017)
Arthur Wagner.  (1/5/2017)

2016
Robert Harrington.  (12/6/2016)
Beverly Taft Littlefield.  (11/26/2016)
Karolyn Lane Stone.  (11/24/2016)
Roberta Leave Troutman.  (6/8/2016)
Grace Tigani.  (5/20/2016)

2015
Nan Perry Fischer.  (6/18/2015)

"Touch Me" by the Doors debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending December 28, 1968


"Touch Me" by The Doors was one of 2 singles that eventually reached Billboard's top 10, the other being by Jay & the Americans, whose 1962 debut single, "She Cried", reached the top 10, one of 4 to do so.  Two other Doors' singles made the top 10, "Light My Fire" (1967) and Hello I Love You" (1968), both reaching #1.

Related article:
The Legacy of Jim Morrison and the Doors.  (Rolling Stone, 4/4/1991)
The legacy of the Doors.  (Chicago Tribune, 12/6/20170




Related posts:
Aretha Franklin's two-sided hit single among the newcomers on Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending August 17, 1968.

Iron Butterfly makes its first appearance on Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending August 24, 1968.

Big Brother and the Holding Company makes its first two appearances on Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending August 31, 1968.

Fire! The Crazy World of Arthur Brown debuts with its only single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. ( For the week ending September 7, 1968)

The Beatles "Hey Jude" debuts in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending September 14, 1968

Jimi Hendrix Experience: "All Along the Watchtower" debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending September 21, 1968

Run for your lives, here come the Archies: Bang-shang-a-lang debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending September 28, 1968

"White Room" by Cream debuts as a national breakout on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending October 5, 1968

"Ride My See-Saw" by the Moody Blues debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending October 12, 1968.

"Love Child" by Diana Ross and the Supremes lead the pack of debut singles on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending October 19, 1968

Abraham, Martin & John, the last big hit by Dion, debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending October 26, 1968

Stevie Wonder outperforms Jackie Wilson: Two versions of 'For Once in my Life' debut on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending November 2, 1968

Booker T. and the MG's "Hang 'em High" debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending November 9, 1968

"Hooked on a Feeling" by B. J. Thomas debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending November 16, 1968

Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending November 23, 1968

'Everyday People' by Sly and the Family Stone debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending November 30, 1968

"Going Up The Country" by Canned Heat debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending December 7, 1968

Tommy James & the Shondells "Crimson and Clover" debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending December 14, 1968

Ramblin' Gamblin' Man by Bob Seger debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending December 21, 1968

GET ME REWRITE: Worldwide, Donald Trump doesn't inspire a lot of confidence




2. Faith in the U.S. president remains low.  (Pew Research, 10/1/2018)


Original 12/26/2018 post, "GET ME REWRITE: America is respected again in Russia", starts here.


America Is Respected Again!’ Trump Tweets as Allies Question His Leadership.  (The New York Times, 12/24/2018)

And as Pew Research demonstrates ("America’s international image continues to suffer"), Trump's tweet is nothing but fake news.

Here's what's really happening.


As Pew points out: A year after global opinion of the United States dropped precipitously, favorable views of the U.S. remain at historic lows in many countries polled. In addition, more say bilateral relations with the U.S. have worsened, rather than improved, over the past year.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

GET ME REWRITE!! Just 403 days left until the meaningless Iowa caucuses


iPhone screenshot with some NBC blithering

First of all, why put mega-resources into a state whose demographics are not representative of the United States?


Iowa has 99 counties, many of them rural, 84 of them losing population.   (And presidential candidates are expected to visit every single one.)  The demographics of Adams County, which has lost 70% of its population since 1900, is fairly typical of the many. 


39 counties have lost more than 30% of their population since 1900 or later:
  • 13 of them more than 50% (purple)
  • 11 of them 40-49% (orange)
  • 15 of them 30-39% (yellow)






ISU analysis of census data shows that majority of Iowa communities are shrinking.  (Iowa State University, 5/27/2014)

For $140 -- on sale!! -- you, too, can abort a Med Flight rescue mission



Med Flight rescue mission aborted, pilot injured after someone shined laser pointer at helicopter.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/26/2018)
While searching for the suspect with the laser pointer, a Columbia County Sheriff's deputy encountered unseen ice and suffered a lower leg injury that will keep him out of work for a while, said Lt. Wayne Smith.

Key words in New York Times article on modern parenting







The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting, by Claire Cain Miller.  (The New York Times, 12/25/2018)

Now you just have to find someone to carry them into the house and put them away




A Toaster on Wheels to Deliver Groceries? Self-Driving Tech Tests Practical Uses.  (The New York Times, 12/18/2018)
Designed by a start-up called Nuro, the vehicle was making a test run as part of a partnership with Fry’s on an autonomous delivery service. Starting this week, Nuro said, two of these small, electric cars will chug along local streets at no faster than 25 miles an hour to deliver groceries to nearby homes. 
If it all looked a bit ridiculous, that’s because self-driving is still a technology in search of a purpose.

Related posts:
Foxconn and self-driving trucks: Wishing won't make it so.  (5/1/2018)
CES 2018: Toyota introduces e-Patette, autonomous vehicle, modular store.  (1/14/2018)

Fair is fair: Campaign contributions given by Craig Thompson, Tony Evers' pick for Department of Transportation secretary



The WDC database includes these namesakes:
  1. Craig Thompson, Pittsburgh PA (Westinghouse)
  2. Craig M. Thompson, Madison WI (Thompson Communications Inc)
  3. Craig S. Thompson, Chagrin Falls OH (retired)

Bio of Evers' nominee Craig Thompson

Related post:
Tony Evers' pick for Department of Transportation could face rough road to confirmation.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/21/2018)
Get me rewrite:  Senate Majority Leader wants DOT secreteary who can be bought and sold. Gov.-elect Tony Evers on Friday added four more faces to his Cabinet — including an advocate of raising revenue for Wisconsin roads to lead the state's Department of Transportation. 
But the GOP leader of the state Senate cast doubt on Evers' pick for DOT just hours after his name was announced, putting the lobbyist's confirmation in jeopardy.

A lame-duck power grab wasn't enough.   Now they want to quash his cabinet picks.  Not to mention this overreach.

Scott Walker: Pay to play the judgeship appointment way (next day edition)


List of donations found at Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

In waning days of term, Gov. Scott Walker appoints two to Milwaukee County Circuit Court.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/26/2018)

Related posts:
Scott Walker: Pay to play the judgeship appointment way.  (12/26/2018)
Chapter 7: Scott Walker's legacy (The pay-to-play, environmental destruction edition).  (12/17/2018)
Pay to play the GOP Scott Walker way (lead paint edition).  (9/2/2018)
Scott Walker about to lose control and he likes it.  (6/10/2018)
Pay to play the UW Regents way.  (3/4/2018)
This just in from the Wisconsin state legislature: Pay to play the rent-to-own way.  (2/22/2018)

Feeling lazy, like wasting your money, and ready to expand your carbon footprint? Meal kits are just the thing for you!


Highlighted ingredients are what a modestly stocked kitchen should have on hand.

Source:  Dave Ramsey
(comparing grocery store prices to one of the big-name meal kit delivery companies)

The 20 most popular things everyone bought this year.  (USA Today. 12/25/2018)
#5 is Home Chet meal kits.


Related post:
E-Commerce: Convenience Built on a Mountain of Cardboard.  (The New York Times, 2/16/2016)
The environmental cost can include the additional cardboard — 35.4 million tons of containerboard were produced in 2014 in the United States, with e-commerce companies among the fastest-growing users — and the emissions from increasingly personalized freight services.

UPDATE: State Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) is no champion of clean water


List of contributions found at Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

Baby’s death sparks water safety fight.  (Star-Tribune, 12/26/2018)
People in the Village of Plover, Wis., saw their favorite trout stream dry up, leaving thousands of dead fish for the raccoons. Nearby, recreational lakes ringed with summer homes have periodically shriveled into wetlands over the past 15 years, depressing property values and pitting lakeshore owners against the state government in a lawsuit over the meaning of public trust. 
And Celina Stewart, a young mother in the tiny town of Nekoosa, lost an infant daughter to a fatal brain malformation that has been associated with high levels of nitrate, a fertilizer byproduct found in the community’s drinking water. Her tragedy led to a community well testing program this year, which found that 40 percent of the homes had nitrate concentrations that, like hers, were far above the legal limit.
Among Wysocki Farms other donations through the years:
  • Scott Walker ($31,126.86)
  • Committee to Elect a Republican Senate ($6,400)
  • Republican Assembly Campaign Committee ($1,750)
  • Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee ($250)


Related reading:
State Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) conducts a Foxconn storytime at the Greenwood Cafe.  (4/26/2018)


Original 12/5/2018 post, "From library champion to "hot mess" chump (The Patrick Testin edition)", starts here.

Latest press release posted on his website is from June 22, 2017.  Latest column from June 16, 2017.


Source:  The Wheeler Report (to be updated)

Original 11/23/2018 post, "It's the GOP in a rout at LLD", starts here.

Apparently, we have a case here of "it's not what you say, it's what you do".

(highlights added)

Sources: 
The rest of the story

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

America! Now! In 2 USA Today headlines



Related reading:
Struggling middle class give less to charity, but donations by wealthy Americans surge.  (MarketWatch, 12/1/2018)
As a result, charities are increasingly relying on larger donations from smaller numbers of high-income, high-wealth donors, which could lead to undue influence of funds in major charitable organizations.
How Top Philanthropists Wield Power Through Donations.  (The New York Times,  4/14/2017)
I think we're beyond 'could'.   “One of the most concerning issues in this is philanthropy is rising as government is falling,” he said. “Ordinary citizens do not feel like their voice counts. They feel the wealthy have too much power and call the shots. That’s one of the things that’s fed the populism of recent years.”

Americans Are Spending Mind-Blowing Money on Lotto Tickets in These Top States.  (The Street, 9/7/2017)
For 2016, the Census Bureau projected there were $323 million people living in the U.S. which means the average amount spent on various types of lottery tickets is $206.69 per year, LendEdu said. 
Some residents are diehard fans of playing the lottery, and Massachusetts natives spend the most money per capita at $734.85 annually while Rhode Island follows a close second at $513.75 each year. The third highest amount was spent in Delaware at $420.82, New York with $398.77 and West Virginia at $359.78.

10 things NOT to do if you win a billion dollars.  (MarketWatch, 10/24/2018)
Numero uno:  Don't tell people.

More than 4 months after the storm in Middleton: Stricker's Park


Park of the soccer field is now suitable for ice skating.

Photo by Retiring Guy

After the storm in Middleton (and Madison) posts:
August 2018
Pheasant Branch Trail at Park Street (part 2).  (8/21/2018)
Powerwashing between the Beltline and Parmenter Street.  (8/22/2018)
Along Pheasant Branch Creek east of Parmenter Street.  (8/23/2018)
Costco and environs.  (8/23/2018 update)
Entrance to Esser Place parking lot, then and now.  (8/24/2018)
Longmeadow Drive and Stricker's Pond, then and now.  (8/24/2018)
Greenway Station is open for business.  (8/24/2018 update)
Views of Pheasant Branch Creek from Parmenter Street bridge.  (8/25/2018 update)
Intersection of U.S. highway 14 and Deming Way.  (8/27/2018 update)
Century Avenue and entrances to Pheasant Branch Conservancy trails.  (8/27/2018)
UW Health administration office building.  (8/27/2018)
Longmeadow Gulch.  (8/28/2018)

September 1-15, 2018
Stricker's Park.  (9/4/2018 update)
Flooding in East Washington/East Mifflin area of Madison.  (9/7/2018)
The dual dead ends of Middleton Street.  (9/10/2018 update)
Stricker's Pond footpath.  (9/11/2018 update)
Confluence Pond expands to become Confluence Lake (and back again).  (9/12/2018 update)
Stricker's Pond.  (9/12/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Creek algae bloom.  (9/15/2018)
Tiedeman Pond access at Pond View Road.  (9/15/2018 update)

September 16-30, 2018
Pheasant Branch Trail at Park Street (part 1).  (9/17/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Conservancy trail and bridge.  (9/17/2018)
Pheasant Branch Conservancy just north of Century and Branch.  (9/17/2018)
Voss Parkway.  (9/18/2018 update)
Tiedeman Pond pumping.  (9/19/2018 update)
Boardwalk access ramp to Tiedeman Pond.  (9/19/2018 update)
Woodside Heights Park.  (9/21/2018 update)
Moving into the 6th week after the storm in Middleton (The Tiedeman Pond doubleheader edition).  (9/24/2018)
Moving into the 6th week after the storm in Middleton (The Stricker's Pond doubleheader edition).  (9/24/2018)
Moving into the 6th week after the storm in Middleton and Madison: Stricker's Pond discharge helps to lower water level.  (9/28/2018)

October 1-15, 2018
Seven weeks after the storm in Middleton (The Park Street/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/10/2018)
Seven weeks after the storm (The Woodside Heights Park/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/10/2018)
Seven weeks after the storm in Middleton and Madison (The Stricker's Pond edition).  (10/10/2018)

October 16-31, 2018
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Park Street/Tiedeman Pond edition) (10/18/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Woodside Heights Park/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/18/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Stricker's Pond edition).  (10/18/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Pond View Road/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/18/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Stricker's Park edition).  (10/18/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton: Woodside Heights Park access to Tiedeman Pond trail.  (10/22/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton: Woodside Heights Park benchmark.  (10/22/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton:  Tiedeman Pond benchmarks.  (10/22/2018)
10 weeks after the storm in Middleton (Park Street/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/31/2018)
10 weeks after the storm in Middleton (Woodside Heights Park/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/31/2018)
10 weeks after the storm in Middleton (Pond View Road/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/31/2018)
10 weeks after the storm in Middleton (Park Street/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/31/2018)
10 weeks after the storm in Middleton (Woodside Heights Park/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/31/2018)

November 2018
Ten weeks after the storm in Middleton: More of the Tiedeman Pond boardwalk reappears.  (11/1/2018)
Ten weeks after the storm in Middleton: Access path from Woodside Heights Park to South Avenue now fully open.  (11/4/2018)
Nearly 3 months after the storm in Middleton: Park Street/Tiedeman Pond edition.  (11/11/2018)
Nearly 3 months after the storm in Middleton: Tiedeman Pond benchmarks.  (11/11/2018)
Nearly three months after the storm in Middleton: Woodside Heights Park access to Tiedeman Pond trail.  (11/13/2018)
Three months later, the Pheasant Branch Corridor trail has reopened (Parmenter to Park edition).  (11/20/2018)
Three months later, the Pheasant Branch Corridor trail has reopened (Park to Century edition).  (11/26/2018)

December 2018
Nearly 4 months after the storm in Middleton: You still can't get there from here.  (12/7/2018)
Nearly 4 months after the storm in Middleton, washout damage to Voss Parkway repaired.  (12/7/2018)
Nearly 4 months after the storm in Middleton (Woodside Heights Park/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (12/7/2018)
Nearly 4 months after the storm in Middleton: Safety fences block access to both sets of wooden stairs to Tiedeman Pond walking path.  (12/7/2018)
Nearly 4 months after the storm in Middleton:  Tiedeman Pond benchmarks.  (12/7/2018)

Three Dog Night is touring


And they are is scheduled to play the Orpheum Theater in Madison.


The band, one of the most popular musical acts during the first half of the 1970s, will have plenty of hits to include on their playlist.


No, Warby Parker is not a bookstore whose shelves have yet to be delivered


Eyeglass and sunglass store Warby Parker joins See and Madison Optometric Center on State Street.


Warby Parker to open Madison location.  (Channel3000, 9/17/2018)
Apparently, Leon has taken on too many clients.  A release said the new location collaborated with illustrator Leon Edler to design the exterior and interior. One the West Gorham Street facing exterior, there will be a foliage filled mural with bespectacled creatures, including a hidden badger. Panels on the State Street facing windows [shown above] will also include greenery.

Scott Walker: Pay to play the judgeship appointment way



Scott Walker passed over 13 applicants to appoint outgoing AG Brad Schimel as judge.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 12/25/2018)
Walker whittled the group down to six finalists, including Schimel. The others were state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Chief Counsel Paul Dedinsky; state Department of Justice assistant attorneys general David Maas and Katherine Spitz, who worked under Schimel; state Department of Administration Gaming Division Administrator Jack Melvin; and Waukesha County Court Commissioner Sara Scullen.