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Two weekends ago I hung out with my Mom and helped her do some painting. I have never been much of a camera or picture guy but my Mom picked up an inexpensive digital camera and I started to play with it a bit.


Here are some “action shots” of us at work:







#1 Before

#2 Mom in action

#3 Me earning lunch

#4 After

#5 Kissa “The boss”


Kissa (Finnish for cat and a way for us to remember our Grandma’s Finnish heritage) is the family cat who like most felines, does things when she wants whether you do or not.


This afternoon I am off to the Carlson School of Management for an event with Simon Foster of is the only profitable online grocer. Foster will speak at 3:30 pm in the 3M Auditorium about “The Do’s and Don’ts of Raising Capital” as part of the Minnesota Cup. Admission is free but an email RSVP is required. Go to the Minnesota Cup site for more information.


Recruiting and careers:

Jim Stroud with information on taking personal name branding to a whole new level with You’re a Nobody Unless Your Name Googles WellAre You Optimizing Your Employee Referral Program?, I still find many employers think this takes too much effort. Stupid, stupid, stupid … Banish Lowball OffersThe Rules of Blog Branding hits close to home and has been on my mind a lot lately …


Local blogs:

Tuesday the featured blog on TypePad was the Minneapolis based B2B Lead Generation BlogScience Buzz with How the Internet has changed our lives and a link to an article in the USA Today ... Technology Evangelist with Google Analytics Gets a Facelift. I had not logged on to my Google Analytics account in a few weeks. I have put that on my to do list for tonight ...



NHL, even with the Minnesota Wild out of the playoffs I have been watching most of the games. Nothing better than the hockey playoffs. They play every other night and the road to the Stanley Cup clearly is the most difficult of any championship in professional sports … NBA, this is a snoozer although I do find myself cheering for Golden State, Phoenix, and LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then again, I could really care less … Minnesota Twins, on Tuesday night I was once again reminded of a saying I came up with a few years ago, never, ever turn off a Twins game. But I did. The Twins were down 4-1 for some time and I turned away. Fortunately I turned back in time to see them tie it up in the 9th and win on a Justin Morneau home run … NASCAR, don’t laugh. I am an equal opportunity sports lover. I have been very interested in the negotiations between Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his step-mom over ownership of DEI. Looks like as of this moment he is moving on, Earnhardt Jr. to split with DEI; negotiations 'were never close' ...   


Jim Stroud

Thank you for mentioning my site!


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