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The official blog of Fly By Night Graphics, Ltd.          Serving the Twin Cities since Tuesday!


We’re off to see the Wizard…

My latest project for HHS.
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Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on October 19th, 2009 at 10:59 pm. Filled under: Theatre. | No Comments |

Apple to AT&T… we need to talk?

Just random speculation here (I have NO inside info), but I think Apple is done with their AT&T honeymoon. Apple is a company that prides itself on great customer service and creating rabid fans that do more promoting than their ad agency. AT&T doesn’t share that great reputation and for the last 2 years, Apple has had it’s flagship cool product shackled to a service with a less than stellar image. We hear rumors of AT&T wanting to extend their exclusive contract this and Apple wanting better terms for it’s customers that… and even rumors of Apple talking with other carriers, who’s names start with V. I don’t think the relationship is working. I believe there is some tension behind the scenes and the bitterness is starting to spill out. Three separate times during the WWDC keynote, it was blatantly pointed out that the iPhone has a cool new feature… that AT&T would not be supporting right away in the US. Apple could have just said that MMS and tethering required carrier support and not every carrier would support it right away – then left it up to the press releases and reporter questions to disseminate the details of who and when. But no, they specifically touted the number of carriers in the number of countries that would be supporting these features, and either flat-out stated or left it blatantly obvious that AT&T in the US was not on that list.
I believe that negotiations are not going well and Apple used the WWDC keynote to say to AT&T, “See, people don’t like you and they think you are being a dick. They would love it if we offered them another choice.” I don’t know exactly what kind of leverage Apple is hoping for. Do they want a bigger chunk of revenue sharing from AT&T? Do they really want to extend the exclusive contract? Or are they preparing their consumer base for the impending switch? “AT&T was not able to offer the services that our iPhone customers demanded…” kinda has a familiar ring to it. Now, where did I put that 3GHz G5 processor…?


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on June 10th, 2009 at 8:36 am. Filled under: Geek. Tags: , , | No Comments |

I am the Captain of the Pinafore…

…and a right good captain, too!
Well, for the first time in quite a while, I went to an audition last night night. And today I got a call asking if I wanted to join the cast of Woodbury Community Theatre‘s An Evening with Gilbert & Sullivan — and I even get to sing the Captain’s Song. The revue will feature songs from Trial by Jury and other G&S favorites. The show isn’t until September, but there are only 2 performances on the 12th and 13th, so mark your calendars now! Looking forward to working with old friends and being on stage again.


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on June 3rd, 2009 at 2:08 pm. Filled under: Theatre. | No Comments |

AM 1280 pictures are online

Just a quick update to let anyone interested know that the photos from Tuesday night’s AM 1280 The Patriot event are online. You can go directly to the gallery here. Guests can download low resolution files for sharing via email or posting online for free, and you can also order prints directly on the site as well.


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on May 15th, 2009 at 12:23 pm. Filled under: Photography,Politics. Tags: | No Comments |

An evening with Bennett, Prager and Hewitt

Bennet, Prager & Hewitt Tuesday night I worked an event for local talk radio station AM1280 The Patriot called “Obama: The First 100 Days” with radio hosts Bill Bennett, Dennis Prager and Hugh Hewitt. It was a discussion of how the first 100 days of this historic presidency have gone, and how it will effect this greatest nation on God’s green earth, if I may borrow a catch-phrase from the absent Michael Medved. An outsider might expect this to be an evening of Obama bashing, but that would be discounting the sheer intelligence and wisdom represented by the three gentlemen pictured above. Every criticism they had was backed up by logic, common sense and even history. These guys know their stuff. And they even had some points on which they commended Obama, usually something that didn’t go quite as he campaigned, but rather showing that the president is either more level-headed than we feared, or that perhaps access to higher-level intelligence and advisors have changed his tune. It was great to see people that I have listened to and hold in such high regard, in person.

More photos of the event and portraits of the VIP dinner attendees with the hosts will be available online by the end of this weekend.


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on May 14th, 2009 at 1:15 pm. Filled under: Photography,Politics. Tags: , | 1 Comment |

Dish photos are online

Photos from Second Harvest Heartland‘s Dish event are now online. You can view them here, under “Events.” It was a great evening supporting a great cause: ending hunger in the heartland. They really are a fabulous organization. For every $1 donated, they are able to distribute $9 worth of food to a family in need. An astonishing 96% of their budget goes directly to programs. If you’ve done any research on non-profit groups, you know how awesome that is.


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on May 7th, 2009 at 10:53 am. Filled under: Photography. Tags: , | No Comments |

Happy Star Wars Day!

May the Fourth Be With You!
Congregation: …and also with you!


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on May 4th, 2009 at 12:50 pm. Filled under: Geek. | No Comments |

Louie and me…

Louie Anderson

What a fun night! Second Harvest Heartland‘s “Dish” event is always a blast, but this year was even better. For one thing, I wasn’t just a guest this year – I was volunteering as a photographer (more images to follow), which is always fun. Plus, one of my favorite entertainers of all time, Louie Anderson, was there. As a kid I had Louie at the Guthrie taped and watched it over and over and over. Needless to say, I was very excited when I saw that Louie was the headliner for the evening. When we were just about ready to leave for the night SHH’s Executive Director, Rob Zeaske asked I would mind taking a couple of photos of Louie… Let me think about that… OK! So I took some shots of Louie, Rob, Dawn Marie Nelmark (SHH) and Cookie and Char of Coleman Mason Events. Rob let Louie know that they raised over $367,000 to fight hunger that night and Louie starting a round of high-fives. Well, I was right there, so I put my hand up too and got a high-five from Louie Anderson. He asked my name, shook my hand and asked if I wanted a photo. Char was nice enough to take the below photo for me.
Shawn & Louie


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on May 1st, 2009 at 9:51 am. Filled under: Photography. Tags: | No Comments |

Fight hunger & get a deal on your wedding photography!

If you are looking for a way to give back, a fun evening out, some good eats, some laughter and/or a great deal on your wedding photography… then check out Dish: Cuisine for Change. Dish is the annual fundraiser gala for Second Harvest Heartland. Their mission is to end hunger in the heartland. Dish is a really fun event featuring some of the Twin Cities’ best chefs who let you sample dishes from their upscale restaurants. There is also wine and martinis, silent and live auctions and a performance by Minnesota native, and one of my all-time favorite comedians, Louie Anderson! The event is selling fast, so click the image above for more info today!

OK, so what does all this have to do with wedding photography, you ask? Well, it’s simple… Fly By Night Graphics, Ltd. is donating an $800 credit towards a wedding package. The bidding will start at $300… so you could save quite a bit of money and what you do spend will go towards a great cause. Even if the bidding gets up higher, you’re not out anything and SHH gets a nice donation. I will be at the event taking photos if you have any questions. Or feel free to contact me ahead of time.


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on April 15th, 2009 at 5:03 pm. Filled under: Photography,Wedding Photography. Tags: , | No Comments |

The Two Towers

Membership has its priveldeges. Every now and then you come across a deal so as to make you a fool, should you pass it up. Tonight such a deal was made at the Apple Store and a new Mac Pro found its way into my basement office. I won’t go into the specifics of the price, but let’s say that I’m fairly certain that I can nearly break even when I sell my old one. No, it’s not one of the new models announced last week. It is the “Early 2008” model that they are clearing out. This one has two, quad-core 2.8GHz Xeon processors. Not a huge jump from the 2.66 that I had, but there are 8 cores at work now instead of 4. Can’t wait for Snow Leopard! But in the meantime, Photoshop and Aperture will appreciate the breathing room. And the ATi Radeon 4870 plays nicely with this motherboard, so that will help too! So, watch for my old Mac Pro on the Bay of E someday soon…


Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on March 11th, 2009 at 11:27 pm. Filled under: Geek. | No Comments |