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'Weird Al' Yankovic partners with Fitchburg's TruScribe to skewer corporate jargon in 'Mission Statement'

TruScribe, based in Fitchburg, is a leading producer of whiteboard videos -- those instructional or promotional videos in which illustrations are created before viewers' eyes to illustrate points made in the voice-over. Their clients include major players in the fields of healthcare, finance, non-profits, and they've even done work for NASA. But they've never had a client like "Weird Al" Yankovic. >More
 Madland: American Movie continues to resonate 15 years later

Let me take a moment and applaud this summer's programming at UW Cinematheque. It is awesome and eclectic as always, with titles that range from the Iranian ultra-meta film Close-Up to This is Spinal Tap. But nothing makes as happy as learning about it screening a 35 mm print of the Wisconsin classic American Movie. >More
 Madland: Downtown Madison food carts keep serving amidst construction

A couple of months ago here on Madland, Catherine Capellaro pointed out the (perhaps unnecessary) removal of trees from the State Street Mall, often referred to more generally as part of UW Library Mall, as part of a renovation project between Lake and Park streets. Now, well into summer, I wanted to check in and see how the construction is affecting food cart owners and their customers who frequent the area. >More
 Madland: We're ignoring the lessons of the past at our own peril

Across the country, parents are seeking exemptions to vaccination requirements because of concerns based on fear and pseudoscience. Thanks to the decrease in herd immunity, measles and whooping cough have started to make a comeback in the United States. >More
 Madland: The new Rhythm & Booms remains a place for Madisonians and their neighbors to come together

For the first time I can remember, Rhythm & Booms won't be at Warner Park. The change has been tough for me. That event, at that location, holds a lot of significance for me. >More
 Madland: Marriage equality is inevitable... that's why the pace of progress can be frustrating

There are many issues I'm passionate about. The environment. Chronic disease. Ludicrous incarceration rates. Money in politics. Mass shootings. The future of public education. A culture of sexual violence. All of these issues are tough, the road is long and the outcome uncertain. >More
 Madland: Epic Systems teams with IBM to bid on Pentagon contract

As reported last week by Bloomberg, healthcare IT giant and local business Epic Systems is teaming with IBM to compete for an $11 billion Pentagon contract. The project would use Epic's software and IBM's hardware. >More
 Madland: How the State Journal uses MTI and teachers as a punching bag

I think the Wisconsin State Journal's editorial board is generally pretty fair. The editorials, mostly written by editor Scott Milfred, come from a fiscally-conservative, socially-liberal perspective. While I often disagree with their views, I admire their principled stance on marriage equality and transparency in all levels of government. >More
 Madland: More transportation options make Wisconsin a better place to live

I had to drive in to work on Tuesday. It was the worst. Some dude flipped me off for not trying to race through a red light. At a different red light, I watched another dude, well above the age of 30, roll down his window to catcall some high school-aged girls. The drive home was worse. Construction on Johnson Street and an accident on John Nolen Drive meant that the Capitol loop was a parking lot. >More
 Why did the Sklar Brothers choose Madison for their What Are We Talking About? comedy special?

In February, the Sklar Brothers came to Madison to film a special called What Are We Talking About? It is now available on DVD and Netflix, and the Majestic Theatre looks beautiful in it. National comedians have been recording in Madison for years. >More
 Madland: Madison's east side movie theater desert

As reported in Isthmus, Marcus Theatres is closing Eastgate Cinema and replacing it with a new theater in Sun Prairie, named Palace Cinema at Prairie Lakes. That means the most eastern theatre in the city of Madison will be Sundance -- or the Marquee at Union South if you are generous. >More
 Madland: Wisconsin's weird elections and their impact on the U.S. Senate

Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin have one of the largest ideological divides between any two senators from the same state. After 18 years of the Kohl/Feingold one-two punch, it seems odd to have two senators dedicated to canceling out each other's vote. >More
 Madland: Willy Street Co-op Reader sock puppets show off the best of neighborhood mania

The residents of the Williamson-Marquette neighborhood care so much. They care about the decibels generated by neighborhood music festivals and dance clubs. They care about an increasing number of residential developments. They care about an increasing number of commercial developments. And they care about the lack of nightshades in the salad bar at the Willy Street Co-op. >More
 Madland: The challenge of covering Brett Hulsey and his campaign for Wisconsin governor

How do you cover a gubernatorial candidate who wants to hand out Ku Klux Klan hoods to his opponents? That is the issue journalists in Wisconsin face when reporting on the campaign of Brett Hulsey, an Assembly member from Madison who is challenging Mary Burke in the Democratic primary to run against Gov. Scott Walker in November. >More
 Madland: Mark Harris' run for Congress could make or break Wisconsin Democratic Party leadership

Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris announced last week he is running as a Democrat for Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District. This is not the first time he's been mentioned for higher office. If you had asked me a year ago to name a theoretical opponent for Walker in the governor's race, I would have said Mark Harris. >More
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