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New on Milwaukee's Riverwalk in Downtown.
New on Milwaukee's Riverwalk in Downtown.

New Riverwalk art catches a question

Jeremy Shamrowicz from Flux Design posted his new art work on Facebook today.  So, I walked out of our office at CityCenter at 735  to check it out.

Perched on the Mason Street Landing on the Riverwalk in Downtown Milwaukee, the art piece features Flux's signature metal work as a box, with a question mark captured inside the box's net. As a few on Twitter said when I sent out a photo of the piece it looks as though Riddler and Spiderman came together in way.  

For me, the new piece seems to encourage us to not think outside the box, but inside of it.  It's a good way to think as it helps us meet the needs of others.  

I didn't reach out to Shamrowicz for comment yet, because I'd first like to know your thoughts on this new piece of public art.  

Does it work?  Inspire?  Make you think?  Or, just sit there?  

Chime in, and the next time you're Downtown check it out.  

 

 

 

 

Kmart scores with #shipmypants.
Kmart scores with #shipmypants.

Kmart "Ships its Pants"

I came across this new Kmart "Ship my Pants" spot today on uproxx.  It's great, great stuff. 

And, while I haven’t been inside a Kmart in probably 25 years, I gotta give them props for this spot.

It’s simple, effective and darn funny.  The opening line is great, and unlike some spots it really doesn’t take the gag too far.  The "ship my drawers" line, though, could be cut.  All in all, though, it’s a well done spot.  

It may not make me buy pants at Kmart, but it successfully showcased Kmart.com and brought Kmart into my conversation, this blog and now probably your day too.   Nice work, Kmart.

Milwaukee makes Techie.com's "10 Most Unexpected Cities for High-Tech Innovation."
Milwaukee makes Techie.com's "10 Most Unexpected Cities for High-Tech Innovation." (Photo: shutterstock.com)

Milwaukee makes Techie's list

We've known this since OnMilwaukee.com launched in 1998.  And, it's an honor to be a part of the ever-growing and always creative tech sector in Brew City.  

Today, though, Milwaukee gets its due once again as it's been named on a new list of "10 Most Unexpected Cities for High-Tech Innovation."

Fact, you no longer have to be in Silicon Valley to run a successful Internet company.  

"Silicon Valley has rendered itself obsolete," said techie.com editor-in-chief Dan Blacharski. "With the emergence of cheap, reliable, and available cloud-based infrastructure and services, the tech industry is moving towards the industrial Midwest."

 "When we think of high-tech innovation and startup culture, traditionally a handful of cities always come to mind; but today, there's a different story emerging," said Blacharski. "High-tech development and innovation is being democratized, and midmarket cities throughout the US are rolling out new tech parks, incubators, and programs designed to encourage tech development. Newer collaborative technologies and cloud services mean you can launch from anywhere. Can you launch a great tech company in Silicon Valley? Sure. But you no longer have to be there to succeed."

Here's what the site's Rodney Smith had to say about Milwaukee:

"A 5-year-old prediction proves correct as Milwaukee retains and even surpasses its ranking on Forbes’ list of top 10 Up-and-Coming Tech Cities by landing itself on techie.com’s unexpected tech cities list.  Milwaukee boasts more than just brewing and drinking culture in Wisconsin suburbia.  The city hosts one third of Wisconsin’s technology industry. It is used to being a utopia for technologies pertaining to manufacturing; however, Covenant Healthcare Systems is working with some state-of-the-art technologies that are diversifying Milwaukee’s technology presence in the country.

"People generally don’t expect much booming technology from a city such as Milwaukee because many experts claim man…

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Embrace the playoffs and winning, Milwaukee

What do you want in your community? For me. It’s an easy question with a lot of answers.

I love sports, though, and it’s a major reason why I live in Milwaukee.

I also love winning. So as my favorite team, the Milwaukee Bucks, prepare for a trip back to the NBA playoffs I want to remind you that shared experiences help define community. Sports provide the easiest and best way to create these large scale, collective experiences. Tragedies, of course, do the same. But let’s keep this positive.

I want us all to never take winning in stride. Your city, state or college team doesn't make the post season as much as you think it does. Embrace it. Love it. Own it.

Nothing – I repeat – nothing brings a community together like winning. Civic pride is fueled by winning teams. Fans across Milwaukee and Wisconsin should appreciate and love each and every trip – by all/any of our teams – to the post season.

Wisconsin fans have gotten used to the playoff world because of the Green Bay Packers. But review your sports history and you’ll find that playoff trips are few and far between. Championships are even more elusive.

So, when one of our teams are there, it's our civic duty to cheer them on.

To this, I say let’s go Bucks! Playoffs start April 20. Tickets go on sale Friday.