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Living in northern Minnesota gives one the opportunity to see nature in ways people who live in urban and conjested areas will never experience. Two nights ago the Northern Lights shined and danced in the Minnesota skies. I spent most... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
While I have cloud storage accounts on DropBox and Google Drive, unlike many of you I only ue these services for very specific low risk purposes. When the number of online services which have been hacked rising, and the extremely... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
It was quite the morning on the North Shore of Lake Superior. A convoy of seven ships was stuck in the pack ice near Duluth, Minnesota. Fortunately these ducks phoned in a 911 call, and the US Coast Guard came... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
My first book, Amity, will be published and available via Amazon in approximately seven days. However, I am giving away a pdf version of my book via NorthStarNerd.Org (this web site). Here is the book's description: The Lake Superior wilderness... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
Typepad is under a Denial of Service attack. Testing different features. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
Recently I spent some extended time down in Florida assisting my Dad. He does not have internet access at his home, and is not interested in having a service hooked up to his house. Needing and wanting 24x7 internet access... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
I watched two very skilled, and brave young men kayak down "The Deeps" waterfall this afternoon. The power of this waterfall during the winter snow melt runoff is amazing. If you would like to watch similar kayaking up in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
Back in January I started a 365 day / year long photography project (365 Days of Birds). The goal with this effort, as well as any learning opportunity is to obviously improve one's skills. The idea of taking a photograph... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
Back in 2006 when I started this blog on Typepad, one of the top values delivered was using my analytics to better understand how and why new customers came to my web site. If those new customers / readers spent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
Savvy cities should follow Duluth's example. Our Destination Duluth campaign is really starting to yield benefits. Just like hot consumer items, our team has developed a strategy which helps market our city. Understanding that many people might perceive Duluth as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
What defines beauty in this world? I hope it is not dead habitat. Please take a look at these photographs which were taken within fifteen minutes of each other shortly after sunrise on a Winter morning in Heathrow, Florida. While... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
How many of you rush from one location to another? Stop and consider that sometimes the actual process of travelling can be as enjoyable as your final destination. Recently my wife and I needed to travel to Snow Mountain Ranch... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
Well, not me, but my photos of the Lake Superior Apostle Islands sea caves! I've included one of my photos below (click to view at full size), or link to these national news articles: Weather Channel Article (or) Fox News... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
Folks sometimes wonder how one survives in the frozen Northland. It's actually quite easy and fun given one stays warm. Here are three great activities with photographs which I enjoyed during the past seven days: John Beargrease Sled Dog Race... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
Everyone needs to constantly improve their skills. If you never challenge yourself to push beyond your personal comfort zone, it is guaranteed you will perform at best average in life. With respect to photography, I have started a year long... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
The publishing of my first book has been timed to correspond with my selection as a finalist in the annual Lake Superior Photo Contest! Only 37 photos out of 1,450 entered were selected to received this honor. My award winning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
The news media has been all excited about our current cold snap. Duluth as one of the coldest, most northern cities, has received lots of attention. The last few mornings the temperature at 7 am has been around -25F (not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
For years I have used SnagIt for screen capture, and occasionally capture web pages and then saved that content as a pdf file. While I will still continue to use SnagIt for many screen captures, this dog has finally learned... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at NorthStarNerd.Org
It's a tradition here in the Northland that when the snows fly and the ice thickens, it is time to Nordic ski up some of the rivers that empty into Lake Superior. This afternoon, I had a great time cross-country... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at NorthStarNerd.Org
Well ... sort of. Earlier this week I snowshoed into the backcountry. My goal was to photograph the full moon rising over the snow encrusted trees. As I had never gone into this particular spot before at night in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at NorthStarNerd.Org
Assuming you now have 343 LinkedIn Connections (or more), if your sole use of LinkedIn is as an electronic Roledex you are wasting the knowledge found within your professional network. Most individuals happily agree to new LinkedIn connection requests, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at NorthStarNerd.Org
This week has been a great one for Nordic skiing. Although the daytime highs rarely reached positive numbers, and the winds howled, a true Northener knows that if you find cross-country ski trails that reach deep into snow encrusted pine... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at NorthStarNerd.Org
Exciting Lego Robotics weekend in store. For years I coached my son's team, but now given he is working as an Aerospace engineer for Honeywell, I will judge Lego Robotics design. In fact, almost every former team member is now... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at NorthStarNerd.Org
Molly and I spent the day along Minnesota's Northshore. Our first photoshoot of the day started in the pre-dawn light near the mouth of the Cascade River. After the roaring storm of the prior evening with winds gusting greater than... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2013 at NorthStarNerd.Org
Many of you know that I am gung-ho about the value of Flipboard Magazines. Here is a post from Jeff Bullas which documents great reasons for creating your own Flipboard Magazine. Recently Flipboard has upgraded their bookmarklet which gives even... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at NorthStarNerd.Org