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About a month ago I went to the Walker Art Center‘s Art Lab to participate in some text messaging at the event TXT IMGE BK GNR8TR. This was no ordinary texting action, nooo…using letterpress wood type (stamps), I crafted a unique, analog ‘text message’ for my friend Allison. Once I finished my text, I stepped over to the photo lab, where I was photographed with some mobiles that weighed about 5 lbs each. (I believe these photos were to be a part of an artist’s book, but I am not sure on the details.) I then used the pic to add to my text so Allison could see just what I had been up to. I have to say, this crafty text event was fun, something I’d never done before–I even felt like I was in kindergarten, sitting there taking directions on how to fold my paper and envelope, getting inky and messy, and even stamping a letter down backwards (doh!). After the night I had, I felt a bit de-stressed and calm. What some art-making can do for you 🙂

Unfortunately, this event isn’t running now, but check out other fun and educational events at learn.walkerart.org.

STAMPS!

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HAND-FOLDED – It was harder than it looked.

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TXT SPEAK ONLY…

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PHOTO LAB

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FRONT

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INSIDE

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HAD TO USE THE WORD ‘RAD’.

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THE END.

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I often wonder how people/companies got day-to-day things done at work, decades ago when email and the internet — the horror! — didn’t exist. Today, I also wonder how much more difficult it must have been for people to network and job search…

As far as job hunting in the digital age goes, I would say that, if one is savvy, web 2.0 is a great tool for the job search — as well as networking and simply staying on top of things you should know in your industry. (i.e. I am friends with a past co-worker, who serves me up daily tech trends via Facebook feed. Thanks for the quick sound bite!)

I myself have no shame in admitting I utilize Facebook, LinkedIn, and now even Twitter, into my search. Twitter is trickier maybe (especially if you don’t have a clue as to what that is – but if you’ve found this blog, then you’re probably tuned in). Still, Twitter can be useful. You just need to know how to source the right Twitterers for the content and news you want to keep up with.

Yesterday I gave a phone interview for Minnesota Public Radio‘s Public Insight Journalism. (I’m part of a panel that is contacted every so often and I am asked for story ideas.) So they emailed me the other day and asked for story ideas for their show “In the Loop”. Since it’s relevant to me at the moment, I suggested they dig into how social networking helps in the job search. Turns out they were on the same page, so we talked and an edited piece of my jibber-jabber will air tonight, Fri. 1/30 at 6-6:30 CST.

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Tune in @ 91.1. KNOW. To stream the show live, click “LISTEN” under the news tab at the top of the page. Otherwise, listen to the episode on the page over the next week at http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/in_the_loop.

How is it that I’ve never seen this? Via someone’s Tumblr, via Ning, I stumbled upon Minneapolis Metblogs. This is just one city-focused blog that is a part of over-arching Metroblogging, “the world’s largest network of city-focused blogs, covering local issues in over 50 cities in the world”.

 

What is Metroblogging?

Metroblogging started off as a more locally focused alternative news source in Los Angeles and has turned into the largest and fastest growing network of city-specific blogs on the Web. We got sick of reading local news that was syndicated from the other side of the country, or was just repurposed national chit chat that had nothing to do with our city. We created our first blog as a throw back to the days when a local news paper focused on local issues, and you could walk down to the corner coffee shop and chat up the reporters whose column you read earlier that day. This idea didn’t stay in one city for long and before we knew it there were Metblogs in Chicago, Portland, Karachi, and Vienna. Today there are over 50 Metblogs in countries all over the world. Local politics, event reviews, lunch recommendations and ways to avoid that big traffic jam downtown. If it’s happening in our cities, we’re on it.

They’re featured in Forbes’ “Best of Web” Directory.

With such collectively-sourced blogs like this, it encourages us to consider the validity and power of citizen journalism. And, whether or not this form of content is becoming more of an authoritative voice in whatever its respective category may be. In what way is it becoming a more valuable source as we continue to question the media and increasingly look to peer review and word-of-mouth perspective? 

Also see citizen media, user-generated content, citizen journalism sources.

The past few nights I’ve been sampling tunes on RCRDLBL.com and tonight came across Solid Gold. Since I’m only scanning the reviews in my Google Reader and artists’ bio pages, I didn’t see this group is from Minneapolis until I’d given their song a good listen. Tony Plunkett on RCRDLBL likens Solid Gold’s sound to Culture Club, but there aren’t enough tracks there for me to make a comparison. Hop over to their MySpace page and check it out though.

“Who You Gonna Run To” is worth the [free] download…I couldn’t be a music critic as I’m instrument-ignorant so I’m hard pressed to describe the actual sounds here..There’s one sound that’s a constant in the song…Plunkett says it gives it a “woozy groovy” feel. I’d just have to agree.

If you’re a Minnesota resident, you’re well-aware of the precious summer time we have. Now that it’s almost August (and I’m thinking, but summer just began), I realize I still have not gone to an outdoor movie. For the past few years I’ve put this summer activity on my list of ‘to do’s’ and so far I have never followed through. This summer I’m going to really try and do this. Here’s a list of family-oriented movies, from the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, with park locations: park_movies_schedule1

Find park locations here.

Also see Loring Park’s Summer Music & Movies calendar. The theme is politics, so catch “Hollywood’s take on politics–from scalding satires of authoritarian regimes by the Marx Brothers to the romantic squabbling of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Music by local and national artists begins at 7 pm, movies at dusk/8:45 pm.

All this visual goodness thanks to co-presenters the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board; sponsorship by Lunds; additional support from The Hotel Minneapolis—a Doubletree Hotel, and Elizabeth Redleaf; and media partners City Pages and 89.3 The Current.

Not usually one to post a single rant such as the one that follows, but a helpful warning to anyone looking to park downtown:

Do not park at 501 Marquette (on Marquette Ave. between 6th & 5th streets). For 1 hour I paid $14! I could hardly believe it. Just one more reason (aside from reducing your carbon footprint, stress-level, and helping lessen traffic) to NOT drive in the city and use alternative transportation.

Here’s a map of parking facilities in downtown Minneapolis. 

I’m not a designer but I like looking at design stuff. The Minneapolis design firm Capsule has produced Design Matters/Logos 01, aimed to show the logo-making (right terminology? doubt it) step-by-step. This includes strategy and research for you plannerly types (ahem, see photo). (see Cool Hunting and Amazon.com)

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