Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Messersmith’

I realize that’s an odd question, but one that pertains to how we buy and value products and services.

Here are some examples:

  • You see a house go on the market in a great neighborhood and it’s sold in 3 days.
  • You hear a song on the radio and think, “Cool band, I’d like to go see them.” Then you find out the show sold out in 2 hours at First Avenue.
  • You attend an awesome networking breakfast that sells out in 20 minutes with 3 ticket drops.
  • Your favorite band is in town, but there are still tickets the day of the show–how can that be?
  • You just need a cheesy hamburger, but the line’s 30 feet out the door and it’s only 20 degrees out.

What do these experiences (all real) say about value?

  • You want to buy a house near Mattock’s Park in St. Paul? Get in line. It’s one of the most popular micro-neighborhoods in St. Paul.
  • The first time I heard Mumford & Sons on the Current, I was intrigued, but too slow to buy tickets in time.
  • The Java Meetup 612 group is entertaining and educational even if it’s at 8 in the morning–but maybe I shouldn’t tell you about it if I ever want a ticket again?!
  • Bob Mould played First Avenue Saturday night. I’ve followed his music since I was not-so-sweet 16. I couldn’t believe the show didn’t sell out until Friday. Doesn’t everyone know how brilliant he is?
  • And the storied, Juicy Lucy. You can buy them all over town, but if you go to the Blue Door in St. Paul, expect to wait.

As consumers, our value perception changes based on product availability. Are Mumford & Sons any better than Jeremy Messersmith just because its slightly harder to get tickets to them? No. But then music is subjective. How do we think differently when everyone’s talking about something? Despite Bob Mould’s stunning show on Saturday night, most of the buzz I heard last week was about Dessa’s sold out lipstick unveiling. I really like her, too, but Bob, well Bob takes precedent and he doesn’t play here that often anymore. Was the buzz shining for Dessa because she’s local and Bob moved away a long time ago? Does she have better public relations? And, oh, Dessa Red is sold out…

My point really is when something is continually sold out, when do we lose interest? How much hype is too much?

If you have an answer, find me Saturday at the Minnesota Blogger Conference — that is if you have a ticket. It’s been sold out for weeks!


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  1. I spent this great, rainy Saturday at the Science Museum of Minnesota because I tweet. Really, I think that’s the real reason I was invited. Me, a bunch of science folks and other interesting people like economics writer, Erik Hare and musician and nerd (not necessarily in that order), Jeremy Messersmith.
  2. I watched 1.5 cubic miles of Greenland glacier melt in 75 minutes with Will Steeger.
  3. I talked politics and partisanship with Shawn Otto because I want to use his book Fool Me Twice in a communications and science course at St. Catherine University.
  4. I listened to Maggie Koerth-Baker of boingboing.net share the history of the light bulb, maybe not so interesting until you realize it failed miserable for THIRTY years…
  5. And lastly, I went all fangirl chatting up Jeremy Messersmith. A gracious and smart rock star. Lucky me.
  6. Thus, below is my storify of interesting Tweets from the the Great Minnesota Science Tweetup.

  7. How can we talk about science?

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    Sorry @ShawnOtto, your chat was just as opinion charged as those you are refuting. If we are to use moral values, faith counts #mnearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:00:41
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    @jmessersmith depends. Evidence does not necessarily equal truth. but neither does belief. Thats the tipping point of the whole thing.
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:54:27
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    @jmessersmith I think I get tired of the idea that faith and science are inevitable opposites. I don’t think the evidence says that.
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:02:06
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    @jmessersmith Felt more like lobbyist/antagonist than scientist. Using partial vid clips, making fun of govnmt, arrogant about solutions.
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:56:10
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    Thank you @willsteger. Need to be more tolerant of differing views. We are all in this together. #MNearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:59:03
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    Facts don’t convince. Emotion, Values, Story Telling all do. #MNEarthDay @ShawnOtto
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:58:57
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    Songwriting 101! RT @Sara_G_N_Kerr: Facts don’t convince. Emotion, Values, Story Telling all do. #MNEarthDay @ShawnOtto
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:00:11
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    “We’re all in on this expedition together.” @willsteger #climate #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:57:00
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    Change science from monologue to dialogue #MNEarthDay Especially in the classroom–I was lucky to have science awesome profs in Jr/Sr High
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:45:18
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    MT “@sciencemuseummn: we spend < 5% of our lives in a classroom; science is constantly changing #MNEarthDay” helps when it’s interactive
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:41:08
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    mT “@wabbitoid: Science is a process vs fixed body of work. The Scientific Method is curiouisty crafted into inquiry. #MNEarthDay” A System
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:57:17
  19. Who was there
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    Thanks to all the #mnEarthDay speakers @willsteger @BoingBoing @ShawnOtto and to our very own Patrick Hamilton.
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 16:01:18
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    @willsteger “We have to solve this problem for our children.” #climate #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:50:13
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    Fool Me Twice, Fighting the Assault on Science, author @shawnotto up now @sciencemuseummn for #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:44:33
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    Politics and science good talk RT @KitchPantrySci: MN Book award winner @ShawnOtto is about to speak! #MNEarthDay #FoolMeTwice
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:47:10
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    Must read!! #MNEarthDay RT @ShawnOtto: Science, a Force for Freedom and Human Rights huff.to/I7ggqS via @HuffingtonPost
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:50:00
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    Super excited to see @maggiekb1 speak at #MNEarthDay! I’ve heard great things. http://twitpic.com/9chax6
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:15:19
  26. What we talked about
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    The average American uses twice as much energy compared to the average European @maggiekb1 #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:31:22
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    Love the idea of bounding and social economics for lay people #MNEarthDay http://pic.twitter.com/0WHsc5q9
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:52:55
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    Buildings and industry count for 70% of energy use in the US. Applying new heat-capturing techniques would lower that number. #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 16:05:14
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    The presentations by @shawnotto and @willsteger are more terrifying than any horror film I’ve ever seen. #whiteknuckles #mnearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:15:22
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    Antiscience forces want to add to their freedom – at the expense of yours. Regulation Science = Freedom. – @ShawnOtto #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:12:04
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    Tools for Arctic exploration in the 1950s, sleds. Now? Canoe sleds. #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:29:05
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    #mnearthday ice the size of land east of the Mississippi broke up in 2007
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:29:37
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    Wow. @willsteger Went kite skiing in Greenland. Unreal. #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:35:21
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    RT @Sara_G_N_Kerr: I am such a science lightweight. @sciencemuseummn allows me to be a student at #MNEarthDay which makes me a better teacher @StKate
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:38:12
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    Marketing/business found ways to profit from #electricity @maggiekb1 #MNEarthDay is #HowThingsOftenChange see Enviro Econ
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:25:52
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    The electric companies had to event things that used electricity in order to create a need for it @maggiekb1 #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:25:28
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    When technology fails, we learn, but have we lost our patience to wait for it? Does it prevent innovation? #MNEarthDay #STEM
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:28:53
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    The US wastes over half of the energy it consumes. Capturing heat waste would add the equivalent of 95 power plants to our grid. #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 16:35:13
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    “The Greenland Effect” a little sun warmth & a bit if snow melt and WHOOSH the snow crashes from the roof. Like the glaciers #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:11:19
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    Fascinating to hear the Big Back Yard is built upon decimeters if societal waste; hard to drill deep pilings through the #junk #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:08:14
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    Could @sciencemuseummn annually be energy neutral? Yes they can! Solar power and energy efficient #MNEarthDay using readily available tech
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:59:40
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    .@sciencemuseummn computer modeled energy efficiency in the design phase back in the 90s #MNEarthDay #HowCoolIsThat next? Waste heat capture
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:47:49
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    Minn science museum started effort to reduce waste by having garbage emptied in a warehouse, dissected, and studied. #mnearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:45:50
  45. Politics and Science
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    RT @maggiekb1: Science is always political because it challenges vested interests. @shawnotto at #mnearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:50:16
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    Oh, wow. Never thought before abt Biblical perspective on rising sea levels vs. “God promised no more global flood.” #mnearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:57:24
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    Great point from Shawn Otto. “Science is never partisan, science is always political.” #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:00:45
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    No. We are not well enough informed. #MNEarthDay I want to see politics exit k-12 education, but not just bash 1 party http://pic.twitter.com/Z1rIJ2YO
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:57:29
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    Of 535 Congress members, less than 2% are scientists. So @sciencemuseummn young visitors, time to start your CAMPAIGNS #MNEarthDay #Problem
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:07:30
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    A bubble economy crashes. What makes us think a bubble environment won’t? #MNEarthDay @shawnotto
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:56:34
  52. Funny Thoughts…
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    “cows don’t fart carbon dioxide” @shawnotto #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:58:17
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    RT @xbryanx: How many of the 3000 questions in the 2008 presidential debate were about climate change? 6. UFO’s? 3! #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 13:09:24
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    RT @jmessersmith: .@sciencemuseummn has a huge digital globe with beautiful data visualizations. Even better than the one in Return of the Jedi. #mnearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:26:36
  56. What we did
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    Watching @KitchPantrySci do her thing at @sciencemuseummn #MNEarthDay http://twitpic.com/9cj9p1
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 16:15:16
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    Husband dimmed lights in @sciencemuseummn Science House by holding phone app flashlight in front of lighting sensor. #mnearthday
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:17:41
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    Awesome! Exhibit design @sciencemuseummn as part of #ProjectNoWaste #MNEarthDay Aiming for 75% waste reduction http://pic.twitter.com/d2YIXvj9
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:44:38
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    DYK: Teachers can checkout materials from and study at the Science House #HowCoolisThat #MNEarthDay Open teacher friendly hours 3:30-6 pm
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:23:06
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    Learning about the flexibility of the outdoor space for messy science @sciencemuseummn #MNEarthDay in the Science Park http://pic.twitter.com/U5TaeMED
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:58:23
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    Next up: background tour of #NoWasteProject @sciencemuseummn catering for #MNEarthDay
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:32:53
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    Compost and recycling @sciencemuseummn #MNEarthDay http://pic.twitter.com/ANEv5DIj
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:28:08
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    Having fun and games at @sciencemuseummn #mnearthday http://pic.twitter.com/6geeZYL2
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 16:56:02
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    In the Science House @sciencemuseummn that is roofed with solar collecting film on the metal roof #MNEarthDay Wow! http://pic.twitter.com/5N9kosgB
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 14:57:05
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    @KitchPantrySci the #MNEarthDay tours have been great! At the Omnimax projection tour now. http://twitpic.com/9ciyr2
    Sat, Apr 21 2012 15:45:53

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People Just Need a Reason to Go Out, to Buy, to Visit, to Shop:  That’s my theory of local retail and dining.

Here’s where it’s worked for me (and Minneapolis/St. Paul businesses) in 2010.

Groveland Tap’s “Save the Nook Saturday” – Backstory:  the venerable Nook burger shop on Hamline  Avenue was gutted by fire on December 14th, closing the restaurant for the next few months. Commiserating with the quickly-out-of-work Nook staff, Groveland Tap hosted a fundraiser on Saturday, December 18th. For every pint of Summit beer purchased, the ‘Tap donated $1.50 to a Nook Employee fund. Why it worked? I waited 45 minutes with my husband and 2 kids for a table in mid afternoon. One of the servers told me it was busier than their Fish Fridays during Lent, St. Patrick’s Day, or  their Facebook Voting Day Special. Twenty kegs of Summit later, they raised $6,700. We had no plans to go out for dinner that night, but let’s just say we did our best to help the Nook employees.

The Grand Avenue Business Association (GABA) shopping spree along Grand Avenue in St. Paul:  The Grand Meander. Did we need to make glittery popsicle stars at Creative Kidstuff? No, but it sure helped me spy on what my kids wanted from Santa.

Shopping parties with Chocolate at Elinor Artful Adornments in St. Paul. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, what business doesn’t have longer hours? Exactly, so how do you get people to come to your place? Make it a party! Make it fun! Bring a friend and save some money! That made Elinor stand out this holiday season.


First Avenue’s Benefit for Brad Kern in October. I had no clue who Brad Kern was, I was just excited to see Semisonic–a band I once flew to Amsterdam just to see–live again. People attend benefits or buy at silent auctions to help the stated cause, but also because they receive something valuable in return. Imagine my surprise in hearing Toolmaster of Brainerd while reading First Ave’s Twitter feed. So what did I receive? A rare chance to hear a mostly reunited Trip Shakespeare and discover a new fave:  Jeremy Messersmith.

The Current’s top 89 of 2010, which is why I’m writing this blog on New Year’s Day listening to the rebroadcast at www.thecurrent.org, marking songs, and bands that I liked, but whose names I never caught over the year.

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