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Tim Dachtera / Public Interest

Telecommuting and why it’s valuable

I'm sure by now almost everyone has heard about Marissa Meyer banning telecommuting at Yahoo! starting in June, and it's created quite a stir in the community of telecommuter, teleworkers, hot-deskers, whatever you choose to call it [us].  I too fall into that category, having the ability to work from home a few days a week.  There are a host of benefits for both the company and the employee, but also come pitfalls if the...

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You Wouldn’t Surrender Your Child To A Shelter, Would You?

That is the question.  At least part of it.  The answer in most certainly NO if you are a decent human being. Everyone would be up in arms if you dropped your kid off at the shelter because you were moving, getting a divorce, were allergic to the kid etc.  That last bit probably tipped you off where I'm going. Why in the hell would you do that to your pet, a part of your family...

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Wal-Mart Not Welcome in Cottage Grove

Yes, that's my personal opinion. Following on the hells of my view of why we're better off letting the Vikings leave instead of spending money we don't have to build a new stadium, I thought it a fitting time to chime in on why the city of Cottage Grove [more-so the residents] don't need a Wal-Mart. There are many reasons why I feel this is a poor idea. 1) You can travel 10 minutes North to Woodbury, South...

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The Vikings Do Not Need a New Stadium

The title could also read "The Vikings Do Not DESERVE A New Stadium" Instead of going on about tractors or convertibles, I thought I'd offer up a topic a little more heated and of interest to more people.  That is the notion that the Vikes get a new stadium. To me, this is a completely stupid, asinine, and moronic consideration.  Why do they need a new stadium?  It's certainly not because they've been an outstanding team and...

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Social Etiquette

As I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep near 11pm, I got a text message from a friend.  It got me to thinking what time is an acceptable time to send a text or call at night, and when is it too late? I understand that if you are in an emergency, you're entitled to call anyone you think will pick up a phone, but on a weeknight, when people have to be up...

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Weekly Recap

Well, it's been a pretty great week overall. It started with a local group I've been providing video services to requesting me to come back for a third year starting Fall, 2011 again.  I of course said yes, because it's a great group, I'm learning while working, and I don't mind a little extra money in the bank. I finally resolved the issue with my recently acquired GoPro camera.  After working with their support and determining the...

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Fall Weight Loss Plan

OK, yes, I'm still on the 'Fatty needs to lose weight' warpath. I did a decent job this spring of losing a few percent of my BMI, a few pounds and adding some muscle in and overall getting in better shape with eating better and drinking less. Then summer came.. The start of the steam show season, being busy and having too many projects on deck that caused me to put my fitness aside. ...

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What is this Rollag thing

[caption id="attachment_623" align="aligncenter" width="447" caption="Photo by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] If anyone has followed me on Facebook, Twitter, read the most boring crap in the Internet, (otherwise known as this blog) or talked to me in person, you would have picked up some mention of the Rollag thing I attend every year and am overly obsessed with. What Is It? Rollag is the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion. It was started back in 1954 and has been going on...

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Photography ~ As If I Need More Projects

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Photograph by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] Many of you know I've dabbled in photography for a number of years. I've done portrait sittings for local Real Estate groups, parties for the Yacht Club, MLS photography via Obeo, and taken thousands of photos camping, outdoors and at Rollag. I've started to collect a number of good photos that I'd like to put a price on, either for a digital copy, or by print or framed...

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DROID ~ The First 48 Hours

[caption id="attachment_546" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Photo by Tim Dachtera"][/caption] I've been eagerly awaiting the switch to the DROID coming at the end of March, however Friday morning I woke up to an ailing Crackberry. Having the TAC insurance plan, and pointing out my New every Two plan was due for renewal in two weeks, I asked about just pushing that date to Friday, vs. getting another new Curve on VZW's dime. The agreed to this...

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