Sioux Falls .Net User Group – Things Every ASP.Net Developer Should Know


In follow up to the first SFDNUG Meeting, last night there was a Sioux Falls .Net User Group meeting. (We’ll get a website up for that sometime in the next month)

Robert Boedigheimer presented “Things Every ASP.Net Developer Should Know”.  Robert did a great job in the talk and is a good speaker in general, I highly recommend catching his talks at any event you have the opportunity.

The talk he gave covered a lot of basic troubleshooting and best practices ideas.  If you want to see it in person I suggest checking out Twin Cities Code Camp

There are a LOT of other great talks going on that weekend, and its a free event. 

Cute teddy bear but what’s that smell?


The gauntlet of weird shit I’ve seen marketed has been thrown down.  Let the next challenger compete with PLACENTA BEAR!!!!!

Seriously, no joke.

“After the baby is born and the cooing in the delivery room begins, parents may do a variety of things with the placenta — maybe take a picture, poke it a bit, or just divert their eyes and let the nurse take it away.
Whatever parents do, it probably wouldn’t match London-based designer Alex Green’s idea of turning the baby’s placenta into a teddy bear.”

We watch way too much tv.


Or, maybe other countries just lack good programming.  Most of our TV viewing these days is probably crap reality TV, but there are also at least 4-6 shows any given person I know probably watches.  Other countries seem to average 3-4 and lets face it, when the only good shows are Top Gear, Doctor Who, and the news, that is likely to be the case.


Love the smell of garbage in the morning.


So for those who didn’t hear about this on the news back when swine flu was first thought to be this Destroyer of Worlds™, Egypt decided to kill all their pigs.

I’m not sure why they did it, most of the world realized that much like shaving won’t get rid of crabs, killing all the pigs won’t get rid of H1N1.  Anywho in the end Egypt went on a bacon creating spree in the name of science.

Nowhere along this process did someone stand up and say “hey but we keep pigs randomly all over and they actually are a major part of our organic waste disposal”.  As a result egypt is swimming in its own waste.  Maybe now they’ll import some pigs and help the price out a bit for the farmers in the process.  Sadly there is no chance of that happening.  The Egyptian government claims that getting rid of the pigs was “change we need”.  Everything is much better without them.  Look at how clean those streets are without the pigs.


Our future worries me.


I understand the occasional lawsuit.  A long time ago I thought the dumbest thing I’d ever hear about was someone spilling hot coffee on themselves and seeking money from the coffee maker.

The gauntlet has been thrown down by a teenage girl and her parents.  The girl was dumb enough to walk into a manhole because she was txt’ing and not watching where she was going.  Now the parents are filing suit against the city because their daughter is literally to dumb to walk down the sidewalk.

Many people reading about this blame the city, or the road crew for there not being ample barriers up preventing this.  I disagree, when you’re walking down the street; it is your job not to step in front of the bus, trip on uneven sidewalk, step on the small child playing with chalk, or fall into a freakin manhole.

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Top Gear Series 13


It has begun.  I haven’t watched it yet, and BBC America probably won’t be playing them until at least september[citation needed], but here is the advert for the series.

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Watch Out for Bears


Now they may not have pictures to confirm a bear exists, but they do have cardboard cutouts that look AMAZINGLY like bears. Please make sure you don’t shoot a human carrying one of these cutouts for fox news. The cutout may look like a bear but it is in fact a person like you and me behind it.

Also, if the squirrel head has a human body, that isn’t a squirrel and should not be hunted/fired upon.


A quick message (from captivity)


Day 1 in captivity.

I’m alive and well. Trying to get out a quick message to those who may be worried while I have the opportunity.

It is different in captivity, in contrast to what one may expect, it is much more calm and friendly compared to the few days prior to capture. Things are oddly cordial and affectionate, this may be a clever ruse…

Decent Article: Why Circuit City Failed


Here is a fairly good read on something that most business executives and especially consultants seem to have forgotten about.  Actually providing a good service.  So much money is wasted on meaningless trips for executives and executive bonuses and so little on making sure the people talking to the customer know whats up.

I’ve ordered from in the past, now I definitely want to check out their NYC store next time I go anywhere near that far east.

Sidenote: thats the only place I’ve found online that consistently beats Amazon and Adorama.