20 Aug

Chicago Pictures

I took the kids to Chicago for a night last week. I think I tried to cram too many activities over our two days but we had a fantastic time. We drove down from Madison Wednesday morning and after dropping our bags at the hotel we took the bus to the Shedd Aquarium. They are having a jellies exhibit right now which is just amazing.

Shedd Aquarium

After Shedd we hopped another bus to Willis (Sears) Tower. With just a tiny bit of trepidation we took the elevator up to the Sky Deck. Great views of the city and the walk out on the Ledge glass boxes was very cool.

Willis Tower

After Willis Tower we headed back to the hotel and relaxed for the evening.
The next morning we checked out and headed off to the Museum of Science and Industry. The hands on exhibits were fantastic, though we only had time for maybe a third of the museum. We needed to head towards home but first we stopped at LegoLand Chicago in Shaumburg. By this time we were all pretty exhausted after our busy previous day and the museum in the morning. We had lunch, looked around a bit, of course bought some Legos and headed home.

Museum of Science and Industry

24 Jul

This is why Wisconsin Progressives can't have nice things

Cullen … said he was insulted by not being named chairman of any Senate committees after the Democrats regain control of that chamber.

Mark Miller doesn’t share any toys with Tim Cullen for some reason so Cullen goes to play in his own sandbox. While the GOP is I am sure banding together to be sure to get as much as they can out of a Democratic controlled State Senate the Dems can’t stick together for even a week.

23 Jul

Your United States Senator from Wisconsin Ladies and Gentlemen

Tea party-backed Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) says that the right to own high-capacity ammunitions magazines like the 100-round drum that was used to kill at least a dozen people in Colorado last week is a “basic freedom” that is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

It is amazing to me that the conservative response to gun violence is that we need to make it easier for people to get guns. I saw this information today regarding gun deaths per 100,000 people in different countries. Look at where the United States sits in the list. Embarrassing.

19 Jul

Dear Twitter User

Hi, how are you?

Thanks for mentioning me in your tweet. You probably did not intend to. You see, Twitter has some conventions that may have tripped you up.

When you are at a location or with a person, say someplace or someone you refer to as “sterling”, you may want to state “@ sterling”. Notice the space? Without it you are just mentioning me and I see that in my feed. It happens quite a bit.

You may be looking for tween heartthrob Sterling Knight. I am not him. While the confessions of love are sweet, I am probably quite a bit too old for you. It just wouldn’t work. He can be found at @SterlingKnight I believe.

Do not put a space in someone’s Twitter handle. That seems to trip quite a few people up as well. If your friend is @sterlingjones on Twitter mentioning them as “@sterling jones” doesn’t work. You guessed it, your tweet ends up as a mention to me.

Just mentioning your friend’s name and putting the “@” in front of it doesn’t help them see your tweet. I do though. They need a Twitter account for @ replies to work.