Tennessen warning

What is a Tennessen warning?  In Minnesota the government must give individuals notice when collecting private or confidential information from them, see: Minnesota Department of Administration, Information Policy Analysis Division.

Why is it called a Tennessen warning?  The warning from the Statute, 13.04 Subd 2. is called a Tennessen warning after the original author of the statute, Robert J. Tennessen.

Apparently this is supposed to be intuitively obvious to everyone, but it wasn’t to me, and it took some research with the help of a DNR attorney to figure out why it had this particular name.


A second perfect game in the same summer after a really long dry streak.

OnLevelHighScoreDrops Total
2017/07/22 05:329084,00029984,299

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A high score after a really long dry streak, and I play it all the time.

OnLevelHighScoreDrops Total
2017/05/28 06:569084,00028484,284

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Getting to be a busy day

It used to be that 25 May was just Towel Day, or Geek Pride Day, but now other folks want to use our day to promote the selling of clown noses at Walgreens, “Red Nose Day,” and some goof decided that it would be good for “Brown-bag-it Day.”

According to Parade Magazine in last Sunday’s Star-Tribune, you could save $840 a year if you bring your lunch to work instead of eating out… I think it’s much more than that.  If I paid cafeteria prices for the salad I eat every day I’m sure I’m saving a hell of a lot more money than that.  I’ll have to figure that out some time.

HAPPY TOWEL DAY to all the other geeks like me who love the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!

I’ll be nicer

My horoscope in the Star-Tribune yesterday, 2017-02-22, was, “You’re not the casting director for every scene in the grand play of life&.nbsp; But when you do have the power, use it.  Surround yourself with nice people and you won’t have to teach people to be nice.”

And the best way to teach people to be nice is to use the phrase, “I’ll be nicer, when you are smarter.”


I don’t have to live in fear every day, but the headlines in Google news today are quite disconcerting:

  • Mexican President cancel’s his visit to the White House
  • The Doomsday Clock Is Reset: Closest To Midnight Since The 1950s
  • It’s No Trump Tower, but White House Has ‘Beautiful’ Phones
  • The State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned
  • British lawmakers tell their prime minister: Your groveling in front of Trump is embarrassing
  • Did Trump Just Say That Honoring the Geneva Conventions Is for Fools?

WTF is going on?  It seems like living in an alternate reality; maybe that’s why 1984 is the best seller on Amazon this week.

At least with MTM passing, she upstaged Prince in the Star-Tribune today and I didn’t see a single mention of the purple one; that hasn’t happened in six-months and five days…

Viva Las Vegas!

What was I doing 32 years ago today, 1984-12-16?  I was sitting in a seat at the newly completed Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas watching Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Diana Ross at the grand opening ceremony.  I think I remarked at the time, 4 days from graduation, that now all the students who wanted to watch the Runnin’ Rebels pay basketball should be able to do so, since there were now 18,000 seats instead of the approximately 1,000 seats that that were available to students when the Rebs played at the Las Vegas Convention Center