What’s My Productivity Routine Like? – Chris Thilk
You can keep three different gmail accounts open in the same browser? I always use separate browsers, because I didn't think that was possible.
commented  blogpost  christhilk 
Work of the Week: The Chicago Panels | The Art Institute of Chicago
Oh wow. I never knew those Ellsworth Kelly panels were commissioned specifically for that space on the second floor in the Rice Building.
commented  blogpost  artic  katie  antonsson 
4 days ago
A new study has identified the least affordable neighborhoods in Chicago
To get a more accurate measure of rental's affordability, shouldn't this look only at the incomes of people who rent? Including the incomes of people who live in a house would skew the results.
commented  blogpost  timeoutchicago  zach  long 
4 days ago
Loved and Hated, Old and New, Chicago’s Main Library Still Exudes Controversy | The Chicago Architecture Blog
Other design entries for the library included having the library built around the CTA station, so people could enter the library directly from the train. That would be so much better than having to go up the myriad of escalators just to get to the stacks.

Here's a hot tip. Enter the library on the backside of the west side of the building. There is an entry door there! And you get immediate access to the elevators! They recently changed the elevator policy where you can use those elevators from the first floor to any floor in the building.
commented  blogpost  chicagoarchitecture 
5 days ago
DSC_1847 | A girl draws on the Square pavement at Lincoln Sq… | Flickr
I lived in Lincoln Square for 13 years, and used to walk through Giddings Plaza every day. I miss seeing the chalk drawings on the pavers.
commented  photo  flickr  Kaitlin  Cimini 
6 days ago
I Wrote a Joke! I Wrote An Actual Joke! - Mary Fons
“The. Saurus. reinforces the play on words. "The thesaurus" forces you to say the phrase too quickly, and thus passing over the clever play of words.
commented  blogpost  maryfons 
6 days ago
Is there an antidote to sadness? - LoveYou2.org
Wandering is good. I wish I had something more profound to say about that.
commented  blogpost  loveyou2 
6 days ago
San Francisco stumps  | urban plant research
If I saw one of these, I would sit down on it and say, "I'm stumped."
commented  blogpost  urbanplants 
6 days ago
Errors versus Varieties: About Errors | Coin Collectors Blog
I'm a pocket change coin collector. Seeing all these errors and varieties makes me want to go out and purchase some.
commented  blogpost  coinsblog 
13 days ago
I Am Plain Avocado Toast, And That's Okay - Balancing Kat
Oh wow! I've never made avocado toast. That's a great idea!

Oh! There's more to this blog post! I only read as far as "A delicious, 'basic' culinary treat that seemed to hold a place in our hearts overnight, yet has been around for a bit."

Beyond that point you use avocado toast as a metaphor. Nice! I compare myself to others success online way too much. I need to start as avocado toast too.
commented  blogpost  balancingkat 
16 days ago
Comixology alternatives for digital comics readers | Anthony's Notes
Oh wow, Kobo is a bigger player internationally. Well, you go Kobo! I use Comixology to read comics.

Whenever I can get my hands on hi-res PDF and ebooks (without DRM), i'm super happy. A couple years ago Humble Bundle offered a ton of Transformers comics in multiple-formats, DRM free. That's the best!
commented  blogpost  anthonynotes 
18 days ago
Extreme Croquet: flaming hoop
If I played croquet on this course, I would paint a lion's head on my croquet ball.
commented  blogpost  mikedidonato 
20 days ago
Your guide to Taste of Chicago 2017 - Chicago Tribune
This listing is really nice. I'd like to see the Taste of Chicago release a menu of all the restaurant with the ticket prices for each food item. Right now I go to the Taste and scout out all the prices manually walking up and down the row. I'm less likely to go to the Taste every year, because I don't really want to spend the time manually scouting the prices. Would the Chicago Tribune be able to post the ticket prices for each food item? That would be a tremendous help. I imagine it would help encourage more people to come. Or at least the really crazy-detailed people like me.
commented  article  chicagotribune 
20 days ago
Fun Cards: 1988 Topps All-Star Shawon Dunston | The Writer's Journey
For all the Shawon Dunston cards that I collected, it's funny that I don't recall this one!
commented  blogpost  thewritersjourney 
22 days ago
Two Things Local Chicagoans Do That Tourists Don't Do - Chicago Elevated
Oh wow, what a great question. The things I'm thinking about are things Chicagoans AND tourists don't do. Well, at least most Chicagoans. I really enjoy picking one street in Chicago and walking it for miles. Or on the counter of that, start walking in one direction, and then you just follow the street lights. If you get to a red light, then you go left or right. The idea is continual walking non-stop. Although, both of these ideas aren't really Chicago-specific. You could do this in any town.

Let's see, chicago-specific ideas.
1) Walk around the second floor of the Walgreens inside the Wrigley Building. Awesome views!
2) Wander around the looming shelves and stacks at One Stop Comics in Oak Park.
3) Visit the insane fireworks display at Winnemac Park

Oh wait. I have one thing that Chicagoans do that tourists don't: go to Movies in the Park.
Or go to concerts at Millennium Park. Do tourists do the concerts there? I don't think they do. Although they would have to, right? It's right there in tourist-central.
commented  blogpost  chicagoelevated 
27 days ago
Top six things to do with a leftover pile of dirt - Spudart
I need to carry tiny American flags with me for situations just like this one.
commented  blogpost  spudart 
29 days ago
Defining My Passions – Chris Thilk
Great question. One of my passions is creativity.
commented  blogpost  christhilk 
4 weeks ago
Estonia will back up its government in a 'digital embassy'
I'm proud to have an Estonian heritage. The tech things Estonia is doing makes me want to live in Estonia.
commented  blogpost  engadget 
4 weeks ago
The truth behind Shutterfly's unlimited free prints offer - Spudart
A good deal is @Shutterfly's free 8x8 hardcover photo book. You only have to pay shipping which is $7.99. Compare that to Walgreens' 8x8 photo book $24.99, plus $6.99 shipping.
commented  blogpost  spudart 
4 weeks ago
The last Pay Day bar - Spudart
I tell you what. I will never, ever buy a Baby Ruth candy bar from a @getworkwell vending machine. Ever.
commented  blogpost  spudart 
4 weeks ago
I Want My Smartbed! | sparxMind
Now the queen size cover costs $299. The price alone will not give me a good night's sleep!
commented  blogpost  sparxmind 
5 weeks ago
Free Stock – Get a free stock from Robinhood | sparxMind
I signed up and got one stock of RAD (Rite Aid) worth $2.94. Two seconds later it said it's worth $2.95! I made an extra penny!
commented  blogpost  sparxmind 
5 weeks ago
Having fun crafting your meetup profile - Spudart
Which, by the way, it's very odd how meetup.com suggested a Glen Ellyn meetup group the very week before I move to Glen Ellyn! How did they know?!
commented  blogpost  spudart 
6 weeks ago
How to measure SEO success for your museum’s website | arts & metrics
Oh wow, I haven't heard about Google Data Studio. I'm going to try it out.

Also, great point about homepage/nav vs. specific pieces of content.
commented  blogpost  artsmetrics 
6 weeks ago
The Ramblings of a Chicagoan: Parameters for my Favorite Albums of All Time List
Ah, so the main criteria is re-listenability. It would be interesting to get hands on the last.fm scrobbling data. It wouldn't be the album with the most plays, but I'd sort through the data by pulling every user's top album. And then seeing which album has the most #1 rankings among all listeners.
commented  blogpost  ramblingsofachicagoan 
6 weeks ago
Julius von Bismarck’s pressed plants | urban plant research
With all those plants in the gallery, the center support column starts to look like a palm tree!
commented  blogpost  urbanplants 
6 weeks ago
Three more clubs coming to Wrigley in 2019 | MLB.com
Fun idea making each table have its own player number. "I'm over at the Santo 10 table!"
commented  blogpost  mlb  cubs 
6 weeks ago
List of Blogs – Blogs at Illinois Wesleyan
Whoa! There are a lot of blogs at IWU! Here's hoping someday there will be one for the School of Art. With art being such a visual field, it would be fantastic to regularly see what the students are producing.
commented  blogpost  iwu  Curtis  Kelch 
6 weeks ago
Our digital collections are now part of DPLA! | Archives & Special Collections
I'm so glad you offer your archives online, and now that they are part of a larger group with the DPLA. Just today I discovered the Argus archives, so I shared a JPG one of the Argus stories on our Facebook group for IWU art alumni and students. https://www.facebook.com/groups/87892810994/permalink/10155435555015995/

I plan on sharing more stories about the School of Art on our Facebook group.

Thank you
commented  blogpost  iwu  dpla 
6 weeks ago
Clutch Highlights Walker Sands as Top Chicago Digital Marketing Company | Marketing Blog: FootPrints
Congratulations! It sounds like such a thorough process to get this award from Clutch. I'm glad you guys won.
commented  blogpost  walkersands 
7 weeks ago
Should you buy your comics on Comixology or Amazon? - Spudart
I just bought all four volumes of Darth Vader. That's 25 comics for $8.40 OH YEAH!
commented  blogpost  spudart  star  wars  comixology  sale  amazon 
7 weeks ago
jackson pollock postmodern paintings artist statement - ARTIST JOURNAL
Here's a promo by a certain art museum.

I'm not certain that Jackson Pollock would have wanted his paintings to be used as a backdrop as part of a 20% off Memorial Day sale for an art museum.

At least yours uses paint directly on the surface that matches the paint in Pollock's painting.

This promo puts a 80% opacity hard-edged white square overlapping Pollock's painting. Almost to say, "yeah, this painting didn't really work with MY design, so i put this white square over the painting.
commented  blogpost  unlikelymoose 
8 weeks ago
The Mount Rushmore of the Chicago Cubs
Although Cap Anson has the highest WAR for any Cub, it’s hard to put him on a Cubs Mount Rushmore, because the guy was a huge racist. He played a huge role in why African Americans didn’t play in the MLB for many decades.
commented  blogpost  highheatstats 
9 weeks ago
Starting up a one-line diary - Spudart
I've been doing a one-line diary since 2008. Before I picked up the one-line diary again this month, my most recent entries were from September last year--eight months ago!

My wife is part of the inspiration for me to continue the one-line diary. She recently started a tinybean journal. I really haven't explored tinybean too much yet, but on first glance it looks like a place to share quick memories. My one-line diary is like that! Only I keep it private to myself. With tinybean you can share your memories with a select group of people. Perhaps some of my one-line entries will make it into tinybean entries. :)
commented  blogpost  spudart 
9 weeks ago
Rediscover a 19th-Century Compendium of North American Trees
These are such beautiful illustrations of tress. I would love to have this book as a collection of JPG files. It would be sweet to set them as mobile and desktop wallpapers.
commented  blogpost  hyperallergic  Allison  Meier 
10 weeks ago
under demolition: 1760 West Augusta Boulevard | GXM. | Flickr
They probably could have just taken down the Christmas icicle lighting without tearing down the entire building.
commented  flickr  photo  gabrielxmichael 
10 weeks ago
How to Make a Personal Compass ~ Rebe With a Clause
Sweet! I'm so printing this out, folding it into the zine, and filling it out.
commented  blogpost  rebewithaclause 
10 weeks ago
David Christian’s “Maps of Time” and “Big History” – a Profound Thesis
@chrisaldrich How did you add all your Goodreads highlights, notes, and annotations? Is this a Wordpress plug-in?
commented  blogpost  boffosocko 
march 2017
The Chicago Real Estate Local: One "Tasty" condo development coming to Oak Park (and a look at condo sales)
The houses in Oak Park are affordable? Perhaps compared to the hot areas in the city. Relative to other suburbs, Oak Park's homes are expensive and have VERY high taxes. I'm currently looking for a home in Oak Park, but I had to rule out Oak Park due to the high prices. Instead I'm looking in Elmhurst and Brookfield where the homes are more affordable and taxes more reasonable.

If people think Oak Park's homes are affordable, that's cool. I just didn't see it that way as I'm looking.
commented  blogpost  ericrojasblog 
march 2017
Knitting on the Porch | Mary opened her historic home and po… | Flickr
Delicious! My wife and I are considering Western Springs as a town to move into. This photo just one-notched Western Springs up our list!
commented  photo  flickr  thomasfordmemoriallibrary 
march 2017
ARTifacts: On Trend: Pillow Talk
I love the matching throw pillows and messenger bag! Can you please offer shirts with the same pattern? Ok, that might be crazy. How about socks? Or handkerchiefs?
commented  blogpost  artinstituteshopblog 
march 2017
[Photos] Freezing in Firenze ~ Rebe With a Clause
Couple comments:
1) OMG. Stumbling across a chocolate festival in Italy! Drools.
2) At first I read "Rolex" as "Rolodex." And I thought, wow, a Rolodex shop. That's cool.
3) That dome! Wow!
commented  blogpost  rebewithaclause 
march 2017
I love looking at progress bars - Matt Maldre
I also love charging my iPhone. I try to always keep it above 80%. It's a bit of an obsession of mine.
commented  blogpost  mattmaldre 
february 2017
Where the kids are – City Notes
It would be cool to see these maps animate in a gif.
commented  blogpost  danielkayhertz 
february 2017
Antarctic Photo Editing Tips In Photoshop and Lightroom with Julieanne Kost | Photoshop Blog by Adobe
I love how these examples use Antarctica photos! The tones are very gentle, so it takes a fine touch to adjust them. Also, I forgot all about the PhotoMerge feature. I'll have to give that a try sometime.
commented  blogpost  adobe 
february 2017
How to make money with a 3D printer: a conversation with Professor Joshua Pearce - 3D Printing Industry
I was hoping this article would tell me how to make money with a 3D printer. Instead, it told me how to save money by printing an Insulin belt clip, Pokémon planter, a Deathstar model, an iPhone6 case and an espresso tamper. All five examples I don't really need.

I'm very excited about 3d printing. I've thought about getting a printer, but then I don't think I would make the money back from how much it costs. I was hoping this article would give a plan on how to make money with the 3d printer, but alas, it didn't quite really. This article started to get there, but only gave a couple ideas.
commented  blogpost  3dprintingindustry 
february 2017
The Ramblings of a Chicagoan: The Looking Glass Season 2 and 3
Parisian culture! I know someone that loves Parisian culture! ;)

You can also add public art to the list.
commented  blogpost  ramblingsofachicagoan 
february 2017
Key Art, Key Changes: Trolls – Chris Thilk
The new Trolls poster is certainly, Trollinyourface.
commented  blogpost  christhilk 
february 2017
Thoughts on Super Bowl LI's commercials and halftime show | Anthony's Notes
Thank you for brining up that Coca-Cola ad with “America the Beautiful” sung in different languages. That was right at the beginning of the Super Bowl. Later I was trying to remember that ad. You have now jogged my memory. That's my favorite ad of the Super Bowl!
commented  blogpost  anthonynotes 
february 2017
“On the Road Again” art exhibit | The Andersen Library Blog
I've always wanted to be able to make paintings like Shelby Keefe's. Thick, heavy paint. Excellent color. Great composition. Carries you to a moment in time. Her work is like an optimistic Edward Hopper.
commented  blogpost  uww 
february 2017
Introvert: Why You're Probably Highly Creative - The Creative Introvert
It would be really interesting learning the Myers-Briggs personality types of famous artists. Or perhaps Myer-Briggs might have an reveal the type of artist someone is.
commented  blogpost  thecreativeintrovert 
february 2017
Tight Spaces | urban plant research
When I saw that first photo, I thought someone had built a little house for the top of the cactus. But now I see that the tip of the cactus is just reaching the box. Maybe that box is keeping the cactus from tipping over! Or maybe the cactus is giving that box little cactus kisses! Haha, that's what I should call it when I kiss my wife or my baby with my stubbly beard--cactus kisses!
commented  blogpost  urbanplants 
february 2017
A new birthday tradition, walk around your house - Spudart
Maybe instead of walking around my condo 41 times, I'll take a screenshot of the condo from Google maps, and then draw 41 circles around it.

For my 42nd birthday in November, I'll actually walk around whatever home I'm in at that time. It would be fun to take the same photo on every round. Do it around dusk, and you'll be able to see the light change.
commented  blogpost  spudart 
february 2017
Wish happy birthday on facebook with a tiny balloon image - Spudart
I gotta start using this tiny balloon in my birthday wishes on Facebook!
commented  blogpost  spudart 
february 2017
Using a Calder to wish a happy birthday - Spudart
My writing covered up Calder's signature. Maybe I should have tried to position my message so that Calder would have signed the birthday greeting for @tomsaaristo along with me!
commented  blogpost  spudart 
february 2017
Pompeii ~ Rebe With a Clause
Do you think any of the citizens of Pompeii planked? Perhaps archeologists found some planking citizens, but just didn't realize they were planking. PLANKING! I love saying the word planking and planked.
commented  blogpost  rebewithaclause 
february 2017
Napoli, Italy ~ Rebe With a Clause
That trash you found on the ground is actually Urban Origami ttps://www.flickr.com/photos/spudart/14920761502/
commented  blogpost  rebewithaclause 
february 2017
Rainbow Cone is Chicago's original family dynasty | Our Man In Chicago
This is one sweet photo of the Rainbow Cone! I originally saw it on <a href="https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170202/beverly/original-rainbow-cone-announces-2017-opening-date">DNA info</a>. I wanted to find the original source of the photo, so I Google reverse image searched for it. I grew up in Beverly, so Rainbow Cone is a staple.

Your photo is so excellent. The dripping cone, the colors of the flavors, the pink building in the background, the sign, the architecture of the building. You captured it all!
commented  blogpost  ourmaninchicago 
february 2017
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