The "twin ports" cities of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., tried to steal some of Topeka's limelight this past week after Mayor Bill Bunten drew national attention by issuing a proclamation calling for Topeka to be referred to throughout March as "Google, Kansas, the capital city of fiber optics."
Duluth officials helped arrange for a tongue-in-cheek video on Youtube in which business executive Dave Orman — pretending to be Duluth's mayor — spoke in a Scandinavian accent about the city's reaction to Topeka's temporarily naming itself "Google."
Orman said: "We in Duluth believe that this sort of obvious pandering and shameless self-promotion is uh, it's really kind of cool. I mean, come on, why didn't we think of it first?"
Orman also said he was seeking to help his community prevail "in the Google pandering arms race" by decreeing that all first-born males there shall be named "Google Fiber," while first-born females shall be named "Googlette Fiber."
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.