Sailing adventure: Learning to harness the wind

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 27 July 2014 13:55

Sailboats, Inc., on Lake Superior’s southern shore, has been instructing would-be mariners since 1980.

In sailing, the wind is both friend and foe. Its absence can leave you adrift in the doldrums, while too much of it can send you places you never wanted to go. 

1st camping trip? It’s gotten easier

Written by Katherine Roth,
AP writer
Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:34

Urbanites nostalgic about childhood camping trips — or wanting to try tent camping for the first time — are often daunted by logistical challenges, like figuring out where to go and what to bring, as well as anxieties about diving headlong into the unfamiliar wilderness.

Fear not. For those more accustomed to navigating highways than wooded trails, a wealth of online resources, a new generation of camping equipment and a national network of user-friendly campsites make reserving a place to pitch a tent easier than getting around highway construction closings.

Cute and prickly: hedgehogs find homes as pets

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 06 June 2014 02:24

They are tiny animals with cute faces. They're covered in quills. They roll into prickly balls when they are scared. The ideal pet?

Hedgehogs are steadily growing in popularity across the United States, despite laws in at least six states banning or restricting them as pets.

WiGWIRED: Five great features that the Amazon smartphone is expected to offer

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 19 April 2014 04:13

A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.

Real estate deals: No. 1, Bon Jovi's penthouse

Written by Special to Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 25 July 2014 10:07

If a person’s home is the mirror of the person themselves, Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea seem to do everything well.

Now up for sale is the Bon Jovis' 7,452-square-foot New York Soho duplex. With huge glass walls and terraces seen from almost every room, even the kitchen windows will have you looking instead of cooking. Aside from the pure glamour of it all, the layout is unusually well thought out. The family part of the house is on the lower floor with a great room, wood-burning fireplace, marble baths, dining area and a gourmet kitchen. There are five bedrooms on the first floor including the master bedroom suite with rare arched windows.

WigWIRED: Add an app

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 13:36

Popular portraiture apps for smartphones and tablets:

• CamMe: Take photos using hand gestures. Can take several photos sequentially, like the old photo booths. Enhance photos with cutouts. Easy sharing options. 

Raise a glass and a brush at a Wisconsin art bar

Written by From the Wisconsin Department of Tourism Friday, 30 May 2014 14:14

There’s a new trend brushing its way across Wisconsin — art bars. And we can’t think of a better way to unleash your inner Picasso than with a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine or craft beer in the other. Many businesses across the state have opened up to cater to this fun trend. Come for a painting lesson, a drink or two, and leave with a handmade masterpiece all your own. The best part? They handle the clean up.

Whether it’s a date night, girl’s night out or even a corporate event, a painting bar is an exceptional and memorable way to spend an evening. Here are a few options where fun is just a paint stroke away.

Ask a Designer: tips for flea-market shoppers

Written by The AP Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:35

The arrival of spring means that flea markets are reopening for business around the country. Shoppers will hunt for treasures amid acres of used goods. A few will come home with just the right vintage art or quirky piece of furniture to make their home more beautiful.

Jaime Rummerfield, co-founder of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design in Los Angeles, sometimes mixes flea-market finds with high-end new furnishings to decorate the homes of her celebrity clients.

WiGWIRED: Behemoth TVs start to take off

AP Retail Writer
Saturday, 12 July 2014 10:21

Supersized isn’t just for french fries.

Americans increasingly are replacing their once-enviable 50-inch TVs with even bigger screens. Think: 65-inches and up.

Facebook app sends self-destructing photos, messages

Written by The AP Wednesday, 18 June 2014 05:55

Facebook is taking another stab at ephemeral mobile messaging with an app called Slingshot.

The app is designed to appeal to fans of Snapchat and other messaging apps that let people send self-destructing messages to friends.

Netflix joining program lineup of 3 cable-TV providers

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 25 April 2014 06:47

Netflix's Internet video service is about to join the programming lineup of three small cable-TV providers in the U.S., a breakthrough that acknowledges the growing popularity of online entertainment.

The agreements with Atlantic Broadband, RCN Telecom Services and Grande Communications gives Netflix's subscription service a channel on the TiVo boxes that the three cable services provide their customers. Netflix will debut on Atlantic and RCN on Monday and then will expand on to Grande's service by end of next month.

Game developers take up social issues at S.F. conference

Written by The AP Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:37

The video game industry is taking itself more seriously.

Besides the usual talk of polygons, virtual worlds and artificial intelligence at this week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, there are discussions led by game makers about such socially conscious topics as designing for gamers with disabilities, battling depression at game studios and tackling hate speech in online game communities.