Gritty hip-hop documentary lays out Miami's music, gun culture

Gritty hip-hop documentary lays out Miami's music, gun culture
The 53-minute feature uses MCs as tour guides through Liberty City, North Miami, Little Haiti, Overtown and Carol City, aiming to explain the region's wide poverty gap, police tensions and drug and gun cultures. The documentary is intended for a …
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Copperbridge festival of Cuban culture in Miami offers engagement with island
Cuban cultural advocates in Miami have been presenting artists from the island with the aim of fostering exchange and understanding since the mid-'90s. What is new about the Copperbridge festival — the fledgling organization's first public event — is …
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Latest History News

Study of Jewish Women Shows Link to Cancer Without Family History
Women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent who tested positive for cancer-causing genetic mutations during random screenings have high rates of breast and ovarian cancer even when they have no family history of the disease, researchers reported Thursday.
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So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class . . .
A lecture on the Big Bang, for instance, offered a complete history of cosmology, starting with the ancient God-centered view of the universe and proceeding through Ptolemy's Earth-based model, through the heliocentric versions advanced by thinkers …
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Wisch: Let's End The Culture Of Fear Around Derrick Rose

Wisch: Let's End The Culture Of Fear Around Derrick Rose
At least, that's what Rose's critics and fans might tell you today, considering how many of them seem to find reason to fear just about everything involving the Chicago Bulls' electrifying but creaky superstar. They're fearful about Rose's knees when …
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On the road: Chicago's massive Artopia Fest fetes art, music
Artopia Fest says it's Chicago's largest indoor and outdoor music and art festival, completely filling the Chicago Urban Art Society with art, music and culture. Expect to see the works of more than 100 artists plus visual performances by Redmoon …
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Toilets, colorful pants and purpose and culture in the workplace
The event was third in a series designed to bring together Chicago's tech and creative community and share ideas on how to build and grow sustainable organizations through people, culture and space. Chopovsky said Ethos 3.0 also served as career …
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Happenings: Florida history comes to life for three shows
Florida history is a sometimes checkered, always fascinating creature, for as we all know, the rules are different here. Brevard Theatrical Ensemble explores out-of-the-way, out-of-the-box tales of Florida during "Mosquitos, Alligators and …
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I Do, I Do: A wedding with Florida history
When Laura M. Myrick envisioned a wedding steeped in Florida history she had no idea just how distant that history would be. In January 2012, Laura moved to Seattle for a fresh start. Cody Veal crossed the Jacksonville native's path a month later.
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ACEP & Emergency Consultants Join Forces Again to Host ACEP14 Kickoff Party

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 05, 2014

The opening celebration of ACEP’s annual conference, the Kickoff Party draws emergency medicine professionals from around the world. (Last year’s ACEP13 Kickoff Party, which marked the first-ever party partnership between ACEP and Emergency Consultants, attracted more than 5,000 EM attendees to Seattle’s Experience Music Project, a super-charged sensory museum dedicated to America’s rockin’ music history.)

“Our party in Seattle was spectacular, but this year’s Kickoff Party in Chicago promises to be even bigger and better,” says Emergency Consultants’ President Derik King, MD, FACEP. “We’re taking attendees back in time to Chicago’s storied Prohibition Era—treating them to a night of live music, dancing, and criminally delicious food and drinks, 3,300 feet out on Lake Michigan.”

About the ACEP14 Kickoff Party

Opening this year’s Scientific Assembly in Chicago, the ACEP14 Kickoff Party happens Oct. 27 in the historic Grand Ballroom and Lakeview Terrace at the end of Navy Pier. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and don’t close until midnight. Complimentary food, drink tickets, and live music available to all ACEP registrants who attend; bonus perks available to those who pre-register for the party’s elite Bootlegger’s Club at acepkickoff.com.

About ACEP

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Tex., ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies. Learn more about ACEP at acep.org.

About Emergency Consultants

Emergency Consultants is the fourth largest provider of professional staffing and administrative services to healthcare facilities in the United States. It is part of ECI Healthcare Partners, which offers a network of coordinated-care services—staffing and management, billing and coding solutions and software, and more—to support emergency, urgent and hospitalist care, and telemedicine. Physician-owned since 1972, Emergency Consultants connects EM physicians to extraordinary in-hospital and work-from-home opportunities without ever compromising their work/life balance. Learn more at ECIHealthcarePartners.com, (800)632-3496, ext. 3134.







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Event Promotes Chicagos Game: 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame Museum Opens July 19th in Forest Park


Forest Park, IL (PRWEB) July 19, 2014

Sixteen-inch slow-pitch softball, a subculture in the Windy City, will grand open its museum on July 19th in west suburban Forest Park to honor thousands of players, managers, umpires and sponsors who loved and excelled at Chicago’s Game.

Often viewed by out-of-towners as a blue-collar sport, 16-inch softball is a game played by sewer workers and bank presidents, by cops and newspaper reporters, by firefighters and computer programmers, by convicts and priests.

Today, the game’s popularity is growing as a co-ed sport when men and women co-mingle on the diamond and later at the sponsor’s saloon. And thousands more play the game just for fun at Sunday picnics.

The classic sport is played bare handed with a “Clincher,” a zig-zag stitched leather covered ball that is far from soft when taken out of the box. Its 16-inch circumference is as thick as a beefy man’s neck, and the best players have large, gnarled paws along with broad shoulders and beer bellies.

When the Chicago 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame Museum officially opens July 19th in Forest Park, it will honor such legendary greats as Stan “Rabbits” Zajac, Don “Ducky” Dulbis, Joe “Geetz” Gucwa, Willie “Steamer” Simpson, Bobby “The Grip” Garippo, Tony “Buzz” Norka, Vito “Tasty” Yario, Lewa “Rocco” Yacilla and Nate “Sweetwater” Clifton.

The players with evocative nicknames were only a few of the everyday Joes who worked day jobs as cops, baggage handlers, factory assemblers and bartenders, then dazzled the crowds while playing softball up to 200 nights a year.

Some Chicagoans say one of the attractions of 16-inch softball is the latent barbarism of this barehanded sport. In this gladiator-like game, the best players often are grown men the size of Hollywood star Russell Crowe who skillfully whack a ball that is almost the size of a man’s head with a wooden or metal club as the sphere arches its way from the pitcher’s gnarled hand.

Although the game resembles baseball, it really isn’t. Because of the skill necessary to play the game well, veteran players say 16-inch softball really is more like “playing chess with bats” because everyone is going to hit the slow pitched ball somewhere, so players are making defensive moves and adjustments to cover the holes all during the game.

Historians say Chicago’s game of softball was born as an indoor sport in 1887 at the Farragut Boat Club at 31st Street and Lake Park Avenue on Chicago’s South Side when George Hancock drew a baseball diamond on the gym floor, tied up the laces around the boxing glove to form a sphere and the players swatted it with a broomstick.

Although the game started indoors, by the 1920′s it moved outdoors and became a popular sport in tight gravel school yards and small city parks. During the Great Depression, the game flourished because all players needed was a bat and a softball.

In its heyday in the 1970s, Windy City Softball magazine estimated that some 150,000 players were on the rosters of organized teams in the Chicago area. While the popularity of the game slipped a bit in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the sport experienced resurgence in 1999, when Chicago Public Schools adopted the game as a high-school sport.

Today, there are an estimated 200,000 people playing the game nearly every day on about 10,000 Chicago-area teams, ranging from Sunday picnic games and co-ed leagues to public high-school and church league teams, to “B” saloon leagues and the AA nearly professional leagues of Windy City softball.

Al Maag, the co-founder of the Hall of Fame—who organized and led the multi-year capital campaign to build it—expects 2,000 attendees to celebrate the inaugural public opening of the museum Saturday, July 19th at 7501 W. Harrison St. in Forest Park.

Founded in 1995, the Chicago 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame has inducted more than 500 former and current softball players, umpires, managers and organizers who excel in the sport. In addition to honoring the inductees, the organization gives special recognition to supporters and teams, who have made a difference in the sport with their quality of effort, play and longevity.

“Building the Hall of Fame has been a work in progress by dedicated volunteers. We are delighted to show off our new museum and highlight the players who have dedicated themselves to this great sport,” said Ron Kubicki, Hall of Fame president.

The Hall of Fame Museum boasts a graphic timeline of the history of the game in the Windy City, where the game has enjoyed decades of popularity, plus video highlights of great plays, including famous Chicago natives and celebrities recounting stories about players. One exhibit highlights talented women players.

Another exhibit provides an African American retrospective of talented players, who helped break down barriers to the game. The museum displays team photos and uniforms dating back to the roaring twenties—and spotlights Forest Park’s important contributions to making the game as popular as it is today.

“We are grateful for our sponsors without whom this project would not be possible,” said Maag. “The Hall of Fame welcomes any interested family or corporation to step up as the lead sponsor to prominently name the Hall of Fame Museum.”

Major sponsors of the Hall of Fame Museum capital campaign include: MaagCommplus, March Manufacturing, MB Financial, Molex Corp., and Waste Management. In addition to Museum naming rights, there are numerous benefits for exhibit sponsors.

For more information on 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame Museum and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Rachell Entler at rentler(at)pdofp(dot)org.

WHEN: Saturday, July 19, 2014

WHERE: 7501 W. Harrison St. Forest Park, IL.

REFRESHMENTS:    Food and beer court open 10 a.m.-8 p.m.—provided

             by Park District of Forest Park.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Park District of Forest Park “No Glove Nationals” Play-In Games

Noon-1:15 p.m.    BAND: Whiskey’s Quicker (sponsored by Vet Tix).

1:30 p.m.    Opening Ceremonies—Hall of Fame Museum/Inductee Park, Hosted by Ron Kubicki, president of Chicago 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame

Honored Speakers: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn; Anthony Calderone, Mayor, Village of Forest Park, and Eric Entler, Board President, Park District of Forest Park

2:15 p.m.    Unveiling of 2013 Inductee Plaques

2:30 p.m.    Ribbon cutting—Grand Opening 16-Inch Hall of Fame Museum.

3:00 p.m.    Celebrities Chicago Game

4:30 p.m.    Hall of Fame Inductees North vs. South game

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.    Concert featuring Rhythm Method (sponsored by Park District of Forest Park)







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Clifford Law Offices Attorneys Featured on CAN TV


Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 25, 2014

Clifford Law Offices is featured in an educational video series on Chicago Access Network Television (CAN-TV), a cable television service. Two educational videos have already been aired and are expected to re-air soon. One of the videos featured partner and medical malpractice lawyer at Clifford Law Offices, Susan A. Capra who speaks about the various facets of medical malpractice. She explains the common types of medical malpractice, shares what needs to be done if someone believes to be a victim, and describes the elements needed for a lawsuit to be filed.

The other informative video that was featured on Chicago’s CAN-TV spotlights Clifford Law Offices attorney, Keith A. Hebeisen. In the legal education video, Hebeisen, who is also a partner at Clifford Law Offices, educates viewers on tort reform by explaining the history of it in Illinois State. In addition, he explains who is affected by tort reform and what the average consumer can do about it. Both video interviews were filmed by Clifford Law Offices.

This is not the first time Clifford Law Offices airs on CAN-TV. In May 2014, personal injury attorney at Clifford Law Offices, Thomas K. Prindable, was featured on a CAN-TV show called Chicago Counterpoint that provides legal education to members of the Chicago community.

“Educating the public on legal issues is important to us. We are thankful CAN-TV provides us with a platform to educate the Chicago communities on legal issues,” says founder of Clifford Law Offices, Robert A. Clifford.

Susan Capra’s interview on medical malpractice will be airing in Chicago on the following date:

● July 25th, 2014 at 9:40pm on channel 19

Given the large number of recent class actions filed regarding people’s personal data being compromised by major companies, a schedule of upcoming video screenings is soon to be released featuring partner Shannon McNulty speaking on the topic of data breaches.

To learn more about Clifford Law Offices, please visit: http://goo.gl/Olvk7A. For more educational legal videos by Clifford Law Offices, please visit their YouTube profile: http://goo.gl/knWvNL.

About Susan A. Capra

Susan Capra is an attorney for medical malpractice cases, one of our best lawyers for medical negligence, and a partner at Clifford Law Offices. She is also a registered nurse with years of experience in hospitals and with patients. Ms. Capra has been with Clifford Law Offices since 1989, having graduated with Honors from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago in 1990. As one of our most astute lawyers for medical negligence, she primarily handles cases of negligent obstetrical care with meticulous attention to detail. It is for this reason that she has achieved several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements as an attorney for medical malpractice. To learn more about Susan Capra, visit: http://goo.gl/JzJx0b.

About Keith Hebeisen

Keith Hebeisen is a partner at Clifford Law Offices. An outstanding Chicago personal injury attorney and one of the most respected medical malpractice attorneys in Chicago, Mr. Hebeisen is experienced in many practice areas, including complex areas of medical negligence, medical liability and transportation liability. To learn more about Keith Hebeisen, please visit: http://goo.gl/OJm4BO.

About Clifford Law Offices

Clifford Law Offices is ranked one of the top law firms in Illinois as well as in the country in the area of complex personal injury and wrongful death cases such as medical malpractice, aviation litigation, products liability, premises liability and transportation litigation. It also has developed a reputation in qui tam litigation or whistleblower cases and handles class action matters as well as commercial litigation cases. To learn more about Clifford Law Offices, visit http://www.CliffordLaw.com







Viburnum Press Publishes Rapp & Rapp History

(PRWEB) July 18, 2014

The book’s author is Charles Ward Rapp, son of Mason G. Rapp, the last of the family architects who closed the Chicago firm in 1965. The author also curated and cataloged the Rapp & Rapp Archive, now part of the Chicago History Museum’s permanent collection.

“The two separate firms of Rapp architects and their father before them practiced for more than a century, each at the forefront of their industry,” said the author, “an amazing run by any measure.”

Most widely known of the two firms because of their elegant theatre designs was C. W. & Geo. L. Rapp, Architects, opened in Chicago in 1907 at the dawn of a movie industry they helped to shape. Likewise their brothers’ firm, I. H. & W. M. Rapp, Architects and Superintendents of Public Buildings, Trinidad, Colorado, 1891, helped shape the post-frontier Southwest with buildings in Colorado, New Mexico, California, Oklahoma and Texas.

Though they did much else, the Colorado Rapps’ best-known legacy remains the picturesque pueblo revival Santa Fe Style, characteristic of the city for which it is named.

Mason G. Rapp ran the Chicago firm Rapp & Rapp, Architects for 25 years from the 1940s through its closing. Always generalist commercial architects, Rapp & Rapp never left the specialty that time and history had given it, and in 1961 built Detroit’s New Fisher Theatre— a soft and elegant work of its time that changed the notion of what theatres should be, even influencing the course of today’s theatre design.

The book is available for sale on http://www.rappandrapparchitects.com.







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Union Station Kansas City — Celebrating 100th Anniversary Continues to Write a Rare Success Story


Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) July 01, 2014

The rare success of Kansas City’s Union Station is attracting national interest as Centennial Celebration plans are shared. And, this magnificent and monumental example from the “Golden Age” of railroading still has many stories to tell.

In the early 1900′s, a group of visionary entrepreneurs and 12 railroad company leaders came together to formulate a grand plan, a railroad station to rival any in the United States and beyond. The unlikely location for such a monument was to be along a small creek (OK Creek) which meandered at the edge of a dusty, burgeoning downtown Kansas City.

In 1911, construction began on the massive station, designed in the Beaux-Arts architectural style by Chicago architect, Jarvis Hunt. Nearly four years later, on October 30, 1914, Union Station opened to the public. Just after midnight on the morning of Nov. 1, the first train, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Flyer, steamed into Union Station.

Costing nearly $ 6 million, and part of an expansive $ 50 million investment by Kansas City Terminal Railroad, Union Station was declared by the Kansas City Star to be “a magnificent building, elaborate in proportions and monumental in appearance”.

Immediately, Union Station became a regional hub for commerce and transportation. It also became Kansas City’s civic center for major events and celebrations. The phrase, “meet me under the clock” was coined as it was a unique point of reference inside the massive Union Station. The Station measured two blocks across the front façade, 850,000 square feet, and included a 17-acre campus with all variety of support facilities.

Total rail traffic peaked in 1917 during WWI, with 79,368 trains passing through Union Station, including 271 in one day alone.

In 1945, again during WWII, passenger traffic hit a record of 678,363 travelers through Union Station, many of who were uniformed military on their way home from overseas duty.

What followed for Union Station were decades of intense use, famous visits and occurrences and, eventually, a long decline that would challenge even the brightest business leaders to keep the wrecking balls away, as was the unfortunate fate for far too many of the nation’s grand train stations.

In 1996, voters on both the Missouri and Kansas sides of the city voted overwhelmingly for a sales tax to save, restore and redevelop what was an overly neglected and boarded-up Union Station. This bi-state tax, thought to be the first of its kind in the United States, infused $ 118 million into the total $ 250 million project. Determination and a grand vision again shaped a story of success that is now a monument known and beloved across the Midwest and beyond. Too many stories from the golden age of railroading have ended in regret. Not in Kansas City.

Today, 1 million people annually walk the marble floors of Union Station, dine in her restaurants, attend meetings, shape future science and technology, and conduct the businesses of living, learning and leveraging our collective and diverse histories. People from all walks of life still line up, with queues often reaching into Grand Hall itself, to catch a train and travel across the plains, along rivers, over mountains and to destinations made equally special by the rhythm of the tracks.

Union Station Kansas City is a survivor. A young Ernest Hemingway and Walter Cronkite—both of whom found their footings at Union Station—forever held special affection for this architectural masterpiece. Jazz greats Count Basie and Charlie Parker paid their dues here before finding international status. Fats Waller died on a train stopped at Union Station. Presidents Eisenhower and Truman made their ways through crowds of supporters in Grand Hall. Even the infamous Kansas City Massacre of 1933 — involving Frank ‘Jelly’ Nash and several federal agents — added dramatic moments to Union Station’s story.

You don’t have to dig deep to find national significance at Union Station. And to celebrate this 100th year, a number of unique and important activities are planned . . .


September 5th – Kansas City Celebrates at the Station
The free family evening of entertainment and Centennial Kickoff to commemorate 100 years

Live Music Concert
Union Station Revealed – The Monument Comes Alive in Breathtaking Outdoor
Digital Show with Spectacular Fireworks Finale

Presented by Ivy Funds, Waddell & Reed, Inc. and National World War I Museum

October 30th – Centennial Gala
The once-in-a-lifetime exclusive dinner event, celebrating the Station’s history in grand style with world-class entertainment

October 31st – Opening of the Union Station 100-year Historical Exhibition
The unveiling of the permanent exhibit that shares Union Station’s 100-year history

November 1st & 2nd – Open House & Re-dedication of Union Station
Featuring history tours, sneak peeks of new attractions, entertainment from past and present, and historical trains on display

        Presented by Bank of America

Union Station invites all of Kansas City – and enthusiasts from across the nation — to join in the celebration and share in the writing of the next 100-year chapters. This is a success story both rare and worth repeating.







New book explores history of Chicago's swankiest residence

New book explores history of Chicago's swankiest residence
Well, his father was wrong, and now these many decades later Fizdale does live there and has written a fascinating book about one of those buildings, "999: A History of Chicago in Ten Stories." It started modestly in 2010, when Fizdale was asked by …
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History Of Civil Rights In Chicago
1919: The Chicago Whip newspaper for African-Americans is started. It survives until 1939. August, 1919: Chicago's most infamous race riot occurs after an African-American boy drowns on the “white side” of a beach, crossing that invisible race line …
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The 5 Dirtiest Players In Football History
When discussing whether a play is dirty or not, it's difficult to decipher between dirty and aggressive. This is particularly true when examining football. Pro Football has a rich history of “bad boys” and “assassins” that some may have deemed “dirty …
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HOK's Obama library plans: Tapping the history of Chicago's Bronzeville
That's where architects with the Chicago office of architecture firm HOK propose locating the museum. No one knows what site will eventually house the project. But HOK submitted its own museum proposal to the Barack Obama Foundation on June 16. It …
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30 September 2012

NATO 2012 Chicago

A belated post.

Overheard:

"I'm just gonna attack a cop and get arrested!" - a youth
"Did you bring your gun?" "Nah." - two suburbanesque officers of the law
"What is NATO again? National..?" - a woman perusing the protesting crowd
"I am so disappointed that your generation can't do better..." - a man who has likely lived in Haight-Ashbury since the late 1960's

Some photos:


















16 August 2012

Do you like coffee?

Made some simple Twin Peaks (David Lynch, Mark Frost) posters after a rewatch marathon on Netflix (irony regarding previous post noted). The series was in HD, I really couldn't resist. Bonus points if you get every reference.







...and now some more! Couldn't resist.








19 July 2012

Oh deer!

I got some design frustration out via Photoshop therapy. Here are the byproducts.






15 July 2012

Addendum: The Rip Tide

The fact that Zach Condon likely denies the existence of the American Midwest and Southeast is frustrating no doubt, but he's almost made of for it with the latest music video off of The Rip Tide.

Houmam Abdallah's video is a striking companion to Beirut's titular track. Influenced by Dalí, Seurat, and JMW Turner, the work, a living painting, is simple but stunning and I can't deny I've watched it on loop far too many times.


Not that you can ever have enough Beirut.




02 July 2012

Pedantic Social Commentary No. 5: The Netflix Prison.




Ranking amongst the greatest oxymorons of all time, likely somewhere between airplane food and peace force, is television marathon.

TV marathons are probably the furthest from actual physical activity marathons that they can possibly get. Sure, in both cases your vision probably gets a bit blurry, your muscles begin to ache, and you are somewhat closer to death, but the similarities end there.

Personally, the blame falls on Netflix. To me it is the root of all evil. The greatest catastrophe to hit already pop-culture satiated plebeians of all time. The plastic shopping bag in a tree to my personal Liz Lemon.

Netflix is the type of evil which reels you in with the promise of all five million seasons of such and such with the simplest click of a button. Then it… delivers. And soon enough you’ve opened the Pandora’s Box of media overstimulation and you’re being uncannily accurately suggested programs you forgot and/or never knew existed and your Netflix Instant Queue is in the triple digits.

Some British TV program you vaguely remember enjoying years ago? Seven seasons of god knows how many episodes? Sure. Whatever. Let’s go.

I should mention that there should really be a large flashing neon sign of some sort presented to you when you press play on a show of 5+ seasons that reads no stop it’s a trap. Because that’s what it is. A trap. A sort of self-imposed prison of conveniently instant amusement that pushes you more and more towards maximum security every time you press “next episode”.

Before you know it “just a few episodes” has turned into “all the episodes”. You’ve become one with your sofa. A box of gorgonzola chips probably meant for 10 or more party guests is nearly empty and you’re sipping from a plastic bottle of ginger ale like it’s one of those gerbil cage drinking bottle things.

Eventually your net physical movement is reduced to the trifecta of sofa-bathroom-fridge. You actually begin to practice one of the three songs you know on ukulele in a futile attempt to restore your depth perception because rubbing your eyes isn’t helping anymore. The narration of your thoughts is suddenly in David Mitchell’s voice. You shut your blinds to the world because the glare is ruining your picture. You’ve reached the ultimate stage of hermitude. Netflix has won.

In this state you can almost feel the sun’s rays desperately grasping through the gaps in your blinds whispering come back I miss you and the glaring lack of real social contact enveloping your black hole of a soul. There’s this vague incipient sense of shame gnawing at you like a mosquito bite on the back of your thigh that won’t go away.

And yet, you continue searching for new positions on the sofa that don’t ache. You withdraw further and further into television until you’re a dried husk of a human. You consume an amount of programming meant to be spread out over actual human years in a 9-hour timespan.

Then, tragedy strikes. You stare at your screen blankly as any semblance of willpower or purpose drains from your body. The carefully constructed glass castle of entertainment and emergent self-loathing you’ve built for yourself is shattered.

There’s no “next episode” button.

09 June 2012

Faux Mad Men Ads

Mad Men makes fake ad campaigns for a plethora of companies, so I figured why not make some fake ad campaigns for Mad Men itself. Featuring various products of actual and/or Mad Men universe fame, here are some faux magazine ads with whichever character (Betty, Don, Roger, Pete, Peggy, and Joan) and campaign seemed most... fitting. Esoteric plot-related quips included.







01 May 2012

Adventures in Archaic Film Technology

After cherishing the review and autofocus features on my digital camera, I somehow persuaded myself that a venture back into film was a good idea. So I found an old USSR-made Zenit TTL 1980 Olympic Edition, bought some (probably too much to be honest) expired Kodak 100 film, and tried it out. I would go into the trouble I had to go through to get it developed, but I'd rather not.

The first roll of film has all the markings of, well, a first roll of film with a "new" camera. Subject matter is inane, countless photos are out of focus, and a bunch are disgustingly grainy because somehow I decided that shooting in a dark library was a good idea. Here it is anyway.