with 'minnesota' tag

i bet he doesn’t like lutefisk, either

ashwin madia is an indian-american veteran of the iraq war running as a democrat for the house of representatives in minnesota’s 3rd district, where i grew up. i find it shocking that the republicans are using racially-loaded language in their campaign. madia has said he didn’t see any coded racism. reading the transcript, i am not convinced. it sounds like this is a tight race, so it is no surprise that it would come to these sorts of tactics. (video via angry asian man.)

vacation photos

japanese macaque (snow monkey) i’m done pawing through my photos, and uploaded the cream of the crop (and more).

i created three photo sets: minnesota zoo, december 2005 (check out the bottlenose dolphin, mid-leap), squirrels in the backyard, and minnehaha falls, cowles conservatory, and walker sculpture garden.

there’s also a few pictures not in the photo sets. you can see all of them by starting with the frozen fountain and hitting next.

not a hindrance

squirrel on squirrel-proof bird feeder there’s a bird feeder (supposedly squirrel-proof) hanging right outside the back window of my family’s house in minnesota.

i took 253 pictures over the last week. or at least, i had saved 253 on the camera — i did delete some as i took them.

a few dozen of those are of the squirrels in the backyard. i didn’t manage to catch one in the act of circumventing the squirrel-proof hood, but i have a few more good ones of squirrels in different contortions on the bird feeder.

i’ll finish sorting through the photos and uploading the best over the next couple of days.

253 photos taken, almost 2000 pages read, four movies watched, lots of food eaten, and a bunch of card games played. it was a good week.

amur tiger at the minnesota zoo

amur tiger

ah, the end of summer

a sure sign that summer is winding down is that a new princess kay of the milky way has been chosen, and her likeness carved in butter.