Wilco and the CTA

February 16th, 2011 1 comment

I was in Chicago over the weekend, and on the way out of town on the purple line I decided to grab some footage with my iPhone 4. I put it together with a live version of the song “Misunderstood” from Wilco, and tweaked the timing of the two to play well with each other. I’ve listened to this song on the EL many times, it’s kind of an autobiographical song for me in many ways, especially when I listen to it on the blue/red/purple lines.

I love how the Hancock is partially visible during the last 2/3rds of the video, then comes into full view after the repetitive resolve – but only for a moment, then the train turns east past North Ave. and the camera looks north at everything that had been contemplated previously. Again more autobiography.

Misunderstood on the CTA

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Obama is a Mac, Clinton is a PC

February 6th, 2008 No comments
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Billy Budd

November 2nd, 2007 No comments

A wonderful sort of review (if you can call simply regurgitating your mood at the time of reading the book a review) of Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, complete with references to The Smiths.

One can almost imagine what this kids dorm room looked like, the standard issue Wittenberg chairs, with requisite posters of both the Simple Minds and Morrissey adorning the wall space not occupied by the hand made bunk beds. The guy sure has a point though.

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The NFL in London

October 29th, 2007 1 comment

Al Michaels once commented during a Green Bay Packers away game (there were quite a few Packer fans in SF, Seattle, or wherever they were playing that week) that if there were to be a Redskins/Dallas game played on Mars, there would be Packer and Cub fans outside the venue in the hotel lobby. This photo, from the Giants/Fish game at Wembley Stadium in the London Borough of Brent this past weekend, confirms this.

This fan is also violating one of GQ magazines top 10 sports fashion fopaws, by wearing a jersey to a game in which his/her team is not playing. I personally think this fopaw is flawed, as the Packer fan is obviously there to cheer against the G men to give the Pack a better position in the overall NFC standings, in the hope of furthering our chances for home field advantage. Any little bit of energy helps.


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Numbers in film

October 10th, 2007 1 comment

A very cool collection of clips from 100 different movies, using numbers starting from 100 in descending order. Very pleased to see the swallow scene from The Holy Grail made the cut (“Listen, in order to maintain airspeed velocity….), very dissapointed to see “nine times Mrs. Bueller, nine times” didn’t. 

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Nasty keyboards

October 9th, 2007 No comments

If you’re a germaphobe and can’t stand the thought of all those nasty little microbes squatting in your keyboard not paying any rent, and you happen to have a dishwasher, you could try this. More than brilliant. Kudos, Coudal.

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Guy launches full size X-wing fighter

October 9th, 2007 3 comments

And it’s hardly surprising what happens next. Brilliant as all hell.

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Be Kind, Rewind

October 4th, 2007 1 comment

Jack Black’s new film about two guys who run a video store. The videos get erased, so just like Hollywood, they remake them. Hilarious.

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In Rainbows

September 30th, 2007 9 comments

Radiohead has finally completed their new album, and has made it exclusively available via their website. It can be downloaded starting 10.10. For downloaded copies of the album (most likely 128kbps crap), they’re using the pay what you can format. The discbox (double heavy gram vinyl+CD+download) is rather pricey at around $80, but at least they’re including a heavy vinyl copy and they throw in the download. Radiohead’s choice of making the album available only from them is a rather obvious and refreshing giant middle finger to the record industry that seems intent on implosion.

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September 17th, 2007 8 comments

The girls and I took the El to Daley Plaza Saturday, and we stopped for a bit to slide down the Picasso. It was a cool day with very low humidity levels, so they picked up quite a bit of speed sliding down the steel sculpture.



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