Archive for August, 2007

Sky Deck: Chicago’s Best View?


Originally uploaded by officergleason

Flipping through my in-flight magazine, the one entry on our fair city is a quick blurb about how the Sears Tower Skydeck has the best view in the city. One should not expect a lot from these ad-laden, tourist targeted magazines, but this is just supremely lazy. The average Chicagoan probably has at least one view that they prefer to the Skydeck. Show us what you got–what’s your favorite view of Chicago?

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Photo of the Week

Millennium Stage“Millennium Stage”Photo by Liz Bustamante


Happy Birthday

Totally dignified, you betcha.

Red Line Bootleggers

Maybe you’ve traded CDs with your friends or downloaded some songs from one of those “questionable” internet sites, but you couldn’t have been as bad as these two Bootleggers!

On the corner of Ashland and Addison. . .

Would someone please explain this ad to me?


Seriously, I don’t get it.

Wait, wait, lemme think.

Nope. Still don’t get it.


Cubs Not Showing Me Much

I attended my first game at Wrigley Field last night in about a month and after a 91-minute rain delay could feel the playoff excitement in the air. Just one thing was missing, a Playoff Team!

The Cubs and Brewers seem to be good enough to make it an interesting August and September, but neither looks like they’ll have enough to win the division. My gut tells me that it’s going to be the Cardinals who sit only 3 ½ games back of the division lead as of today.

I’m still going to root for the Cubs to win it all, so here’s to hoping they’ll be able to sneak in with this mediocre team that’s been assembled!

Geek check!

This past Sunday, I got my geek on at the Wizard World comic convention in Rosemont.

I had fun walking around. . .


running into old friends.



I had a grand old time until some jerk Stormtrooper started hassling me and my friend. . .


and I had to give him the smackdown.


But we chose not to let it ruin our day.

How about you? Did you go?

Vocalo is up and running, the website for the new community-driven radio station from Chicago Public Radio, is up and running, accepting audio pieces for broadcast on their webstream and 89.5 FM.

Security Theater

I’m doing a training class downtown in the Loop all week. I won’t say where, because I’ve seen similar setups at a number of downtown buildings.

Yesterday as I walked into the building I saw that there was some sort of letter-sized notice posted on the central reception counter in the middle of the huge lobby. Since my LASIK surgery, my middle-distance vision isn’t terribly crisp and I was running late for class, so I didn’t bother reading the sign and no one stopped me as I headed for the elevator. Going to and from lunch I was similarly unmolested.

This morning the “Director of Security” (according to his name tag) was on duty at the counter and he was not so easily escaped. He called out to me on my way to the elevator and asked where I was going. I answered, “to a training class upstairs”. He asked to see my driver’s license or a state ID and after a glance at it, handed me a badly photocopied piece of paper with the name of training center (which I’d never said explicitly) on it and said I could show that when entering the building for the rest of the week.

This is pure and simple Security Theater — if you don’t think about it much, you might feel comforted that someone is doing something to protect you from… something. But if you think about it for even a moment, it’s just a waste of everyone’s time that protects no one from anything. If only criminals and terrorists had ‘criminal’ stamped across their driver’s license… And were dumb enough to carry them…

It’s not, in the grand scheme of things, a big deal, but it bothers me both because it’s a waste of time, money, and effort and because it’s part what I see as a whittling away of our American notions of freedom. I can’t help it, I’m an idealistic patriot.

Van Halen Visits Chicago

I’ll just put it to you this way. It was very exciting to some when they heard about the Police reunion tour, especially when it was announced that the concert would take place at Wrigley Field. Still others were excited when they found out that Pearl Jam would be headlining Lollapalooza 2007.

Now with the news of a Van Halen reunion (David Lee Roth is back, bassist Michael Anthony has been given the boot in favor of Wolfgang Van Halen), where does this fit in with the big rock shows of the year?

So far the two shows are October 16 at the Allstate Arena and October 18 at the United Center.

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