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I am Billy Madison, high school graduate by the back-room dealings of my father.

That’s sort of how I felt – after an initial jolt of self-absorbed glee – about getting verified by Twitter on Monday.

That’s right – there’s a little checkmark to the right of my name on my profile. A quick search of the UltraNets shows that the social media site has 645.75 million users and roughly 54,000 are verified. If that doesn’t convey a level of pretend importance nothing does. (more…)

I ran the worst timed 5K of my life Sunday afternoon and had the best time doing it.

This fall, my 9-year-old daughter joined Girls on the Run. If you’re not familiar, it’s an after-school program centered on getting girls together to hang out and have fun while exploring ideals like confidence and fitness. The culmination is participating in a real 5K – in this case, held in conjunction with the Nike Heartland Regional high school cross country meet. Same day, same soccer complex, same grass course – mounds, hay bails and all.

The participants are required during the race to pair up with a coach, a friend or a parent. Boom – finally a role I can handle without feeling anxious or awkward or inadequate.


Your boy has a new hangout: The library.

“But you don’t even read, TV.”

No, no, I do not. (Cue sound of future job prospects being flushed down the toilet.) But I do use the Internet. And I like snacks and comfy seats and giant windows and funky decor. And quiet – mostly quiet. (more…)

I set a new personal record – a PR, to those of us in the biz – in the 5K on Sunday morning. But I didn’t realize it for more than 24 hours, time I spent wallowing in mild disappointment about what I considered to be an uninspired result.

And that was the moment I realized that I’m not the athlete I sometimes believe myself to be. And that the training I’d done – running at least a couple of miles for 135 days in a row – wasn’t as intense as it could have been.

Of course, there were extenuating circumstances. For starters, it was warm and humid by September in Sioux Falls standards. At least, that’s what my buddy – a legitimate runner – told me. As you know, I’m all in on natural heat yet I’m more than willing to blame Mother Nature for slowing me down. (more…)

My wife and I will be doing the First Day of School thing this week, and not for the first time. But this one feels vastly different, genuinely nerve-racking.

Kailey is only 3 – she hits that mark today, in fact. That’s why she’s allowed to start school Wednesday. Well, that and being born at exactly 24 weeks gestation and weighing 1 lb., 6 oz., rallying from the brink of death a handful of times and still eating through a gastronomy tube. Her twin, Breley, survived only two days.

The kid has had a tough road, although you’d never know it just by looking at her. She’s got a mop of curly brown hair and these bright green eyes and this vibrant spirit that can dominate our six-person household. (more…)


Remember earlier this summer when TV made his (gripping) debut as an extra in a short film? Well, the piece behind that production – originally penned for McSweeney’s – is part of a soon-to-be-released book by Sioux Falls author Brian Bieber.

That is the subject of this week’s TVFury podcast.

Bieber is, among other things, 1) self-publishing a book called Nickel Plated Gold 2) which is a collection of stories and essays he’s written over the years 3) while not working as an advertising and marketing pro. And 4) he’s tried to push advance sales by putting out a couple of high-quality visual promos, including the aforementioned video that’s been well received at Funny or Die.

It’s an interesting approach and makes for good conversation. Here’s the link. 

Just so you know, when Tiger wins his 15th major this weekend — heh — I won’t be able to watch it because of the Time Warner-CBS fight. Anyway, on to the links.

* Famed script doctor Damon Lindelof explains the new rules in writing a blockbuster. 

* Brandon Sneed writes about a former baseball prospect who spent 27 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. 

* The mysteriously long lives of male Holocaust survivors. 

* Kobe Bryant is shattering the timetable for recovery from Achilles’ surgery. It’s true — I saw him dunking at Dyckman last week. Before you know it he’ll be screaming at Wes Johnson.

* David Remnick on Jeff Bezos buying The Washington Post.

* Fascinating New Yorker piece on the abuse of civil forfeiture.

* A piece of fat weighing 15 tons was found in London blocking the sewers. That’d do it. 

* Slate will no longer call the Washington Redskins the Washington Redskins.

* A dead shark ended up on the subway.

* Dave Zirin points out that MLB is partially to blame for the PED problem by allowing them to run rampant in Latin America.

* Euro powers Chelsea and Real Madrid faced off in an entertaining if meaningless soccer match Wednesday in Miami. Here’s a piece about how two of the principle participants – RM star Ronaldo and Chelsea boss Mourinho – fell out of a friendship.

* You guys like the rap music, right? Sioux Falls’ own Soulcrate Music has started self-leaking tracks from its forthcoming  album. Here’s the first one.

Mark Covert, I am not. Never heard of him? He’s a 62-year-old Californian who jogged at least one mile every single day for 45 years, a foot-crushing run streak that ended in July.

I’m also not Scott Nelsen, a friend and loser of roughly 100 pounds over the course of a nearly year-long streak that ended cruelly due to a car accident. He’s the inspiration for starting a streak of my own.

On Sunday, it reached 101 days. Again, no big deal in the grand scheme of things. But it’s by far the most I’ve ever strung together – probably 10-times over – and an interesting ongoing experiment.


John Meyer paid a pretty penny for these bad boys. And he'd do it again.

John Meyer paid a pretty penny for these bad boys. And he’d do it again.

Google Glass could be the next big thing … or a historically funny moment in fashion. Either way, it’s different enough to be interesting.

That’s the topic of this week’s TVFury podcast as Sioux Falls businessman and Glass adopter John Meyer tells TV – and a random panhandler – how his experience has been so far with the new piece of technology. Seriously, hang with the conversation long enough for the strange interruption.

Here’s the link. Oh, and forgive the lack of intro and outro music. That’s what happens when TV tries to function after drinking a beer.

This week’s links take you around the world. Probably.

* Zach Lowe on the winners and losers this NBA offseason. He was not impressed with the Lakers.

* Via David Grann’s Twitter, incredible photos of “a single tiny house shot at different times of the year.”

* Forget the NBA Dunk Contest and enjoy the theatrics at the Venice Basketball League dunk contest.

* Brittany Griner on adjusting to the WNBA. 

* Usain Bolt on why he can be trusted when it comes to doping.

* Wait, Alex Rodriguez is a slumlord too? This guy.

* I’m not on Gmail. Yahoo! baby. But friends who are have hated the new tabs on Gmail. Of course, Slate — being Slate — says the tabs are the best thing ever.

* Michael Bamberger on how Tiger Woods’ major drought can be traced to his lack of aggressiveness. In another Tiger piece, Jason Sobel on the difference between Phil Mickelson and Tiger and how their personalities lead to different results when they’re trailing in a major. Here’s my issue with Sobel’s piece: Even with this swashbuckling attitude that makes it easier for him to rally than Tiger’s oh-so serious play-it-safe persona, Phil didn’t rally after 54 holes at a major until he was…39 years old. The 2010 Masters. It did nothing for him in coming back until he was two years older than Tiger is now. So is it really a better way to attack? Damn it, Tiger, win a major.

* Jay Caspian King on Reddit and the spreading of a smear during the Boston bombings.

* Slideshow! The 25 best action movies since Die Hard.

* Turns out a former New York Jets receiver and aspiring writer wound up living in Sioux Falls and working at a grocery store after his playing days. The New York Times has the story.

* CNN believes that the HBO show The Newsroom – much mocked and much watched – matters because it expresses idealism that could be important to the future of journalism. That doesn’t mean we have to like Maggie Jordan, right?