Archive for January, 2007


50 hits

January 30, 2007

When I started this blog earlier this year for a class I never expected anyone outside of the class to see it. I definitely didn’t expect to get 50 hits, especially in less than a month. On January 4 I started GeigerCounter and made my first post and today, January 30, I reached 50 hits. Wow! 50 hits in 26 days… I never saw that coming.


Northfield — Where are the Cows?

January 28, 2007

The followings is an article I submitted to Citizen Journalism site about Northfield, MN, and the city’s motto “Cows, Colleges, & Contentment”


Where are all the Cows?




I always enjoy returning to campus after winter break. Each little landmark I pass brings me one step closer to Carleton College. The first is Exit 69, next is the Northfield sign followed by the Malt-O-Meal factory, then finally I catch a glimpse of Carleton and I’m back.

Recently, I was thinking about the Northfield sign and slogan, “Northfield – Cows, Colleges, and Contentment.” I’ve seen the colleges, and Northfield’s community seems pretty content, but where are the cows? I headed over to the Northfield Historical Society to see if I could find an answer to this question.

As it turns out, the motto was originally coined in 1914 after winning first prize in a Commercial Club-sponsored contest. At the time Northfield was known as the Holstein Capital of America.

The first purebred Holsteins arrived in the Northfield area in 1889. The man responsible for bringing Holsteins to the area was William F. Schilling. He had his own nationally-known herd at the Spring Brook Farm. In the early 1900’s the herd averaged 410 pounds of butter per cow annually. W. F. Schilling also played an important role in organizing the Twin City Milk Producers Association. In many ways Northfield, MN influenced the dairy industry and brought about changes in milk production.

By 1916 there were 261 herds of purebred cattle in the Northfield area, but where are they now? Are there still cows in Northfield? Where did they go? I found some answers at the Historical Society, but I still haven’t found any cows.


Life Caching

January 17, 2007

“Life Caching: collecting, storing and displaying one’s entire life, for private use, or for friends, family, even the entire world to peruse.” [Trendwatching]

A myriad of new gadgets from camera phone to video phones to lifeblogging software is making life caching possible.

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Hyper-local Journalism

January 15, 2007

Assignment #5

Citizen Journalism becomes journalism on the hyper-local level, when citizens of a community become their own journalist they write about local matters in that community. I went and searched for 5 solid examples of citizen journalism and found a bunch. Here are just some of the sites I found. Citizen Journalism – Local News and Information Blogs — this site is a good resource for finding sites in your area. It lists citizen journalism sites and blog by region (Asia, Europe, Australia, Canada, and the US – eastern, western, central) so you can find information that matters to you.

iTalk News — a site where anyone can post news and the news is then read and rated by other users of the website.

OhmyNews — this citizen journalism site is based out of Korea, but also contains a good international section for global news and events.

And since I am a Minnesotan kept an eye out for examples of citizen journalism pertaining to MN. — “Twin Cities: all day, all night” Whats going on in Minesota’s Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul. — Citizen produced community news based out of Northfield, MN. The same small Minnesota town that is home to both Carleton College and St. Olaf College.


An Inconvenient Truth

January 14, 2007

I just saw Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth and I believe this is something everyone needs to see.

Global Warming is a real problem that we as human beings need to step up to the plate and take responsibility for. The problem is our collective fault and we have the means with which to fix it. An Inconvenient Truth did a good job pulling together a lot of facts and information, of which many of us were already aware, into a concise and effective 100min film. I highly recommend, if you haven’t already, viewing this documentary, or, if have already seen it, getting a group of family and friends together and watching it. You can also find more information about An Inconvenient Truth, and global warming and what you can do, at


GeigerCounter move

January 12, 2007 is now the official location for the blog GeigerCounter, previously found at all posts have been transferred to this location and deleted from the previous site


Citizen Journalism

January 12, 2007

Assignment #4

Wikipedia – Citizen journalism – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gillmor, Dan – We the Media [Chapter 1] [Chapter 12]

Yu, Yeon-Jung – OhmyNews makes every citizen a reporter

Heaton, Terry – TV news in a postmodern world: the unbundled newsroom


“Every Citizen is a Reporter”