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Archive | March, 2010

local libraries

local libraries

I’m pretty fortunate to have so many easily accessible libraries. The Wheaton Public Library I frequent most. It’s a two-minute drive from work. It’s my lunch-time refuge. I realized a couple weeks ago that the Glen Ellyn Public Library is also a two-minute drive from work. Back in 1997/8 during my first post-college job, the […]

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best ultracompact camera under 1" thick

best ultracompact camera under 1″ thick

Which pocket camera to buy? The past month or so I’ve been doing extensive research into the best ultra-compact camera. Ultra-compact cameras are generally considered to be 1″ thick or less. This camera will be carried in my pants pocket at all times. So for me, the thickness can not be more than 0.8″. I […]

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ebay stinks

Recently, ebay made a new price structure announcement. Imagine being an ebay store owner and it’s your job, your livelihood. It’s how you pay the bills and everything else. Now imagine opening up an email from ebay saying that if you want your insertion fees to stay about the same for all your store items, […]

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Chicago River Y logo graphic meaning

Chicago River Y logo graphic meaning

Hey Chicagoans, here’s a little factoid you may not be aware of. Look around the city for municipal seals, logos and the such. There’s a good chance you’ll see a “Y” shape. That graphic actually represents the three branches of the Chicago River! It’s also in the Chicago Theater marquee. The Chicago Public LIbrary logo […]

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smaller plates

smaller plates

On Tuesday, researchers announced their observation that the size of the plates shown in a collection of 50 Last Supper paintings has grown larger and larger through time from the year 1000 to present. About a year ago, I started eating some of my meals on salad plates. My logic was that it would look […]

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a new kind of Polaroid film

a new kind of Polaroid film

On Monday, the Impossible Project (the people who rebuilt the Polaroid formula from the ground up) announced the availability of their instant film for Polaroid cameras. It won’t come cheap. Prices range from $18 to $35 a pack. They officially will be available Thursday, but Impossible is taking orders now and they’re selling quickly. Each […]

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interesting art book for $5

interesting art book for $5

You like art books? I mean good art books. The bargain book section at Borders is usually no place to find such books. Besides featuring the same 6 or so artists over and over again, the quality of editing, layout, and printing is usually incredibly poor. Well, I found a little gem yesterday. Actually it’s […]

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best scoreboard font

best scoreboard font

I was recently asked to put a custom message on a score board (or scoreboard depending on your spelling pref). The best solution I came across was the font, Times Square available for free download here. It was designed by Charles Minow in 1996. It’s a TrueType font, so it will work on both Macs […]

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Alien Invades Wrigley Field!

Alien Invades Wrigley Field!

The Cubs want to add a giant Toyota advertisement to Wrigley Field. World-class architectural critic, Blair Kamin, provides excellent insight into why it looks bad. Here’s the comment I left on Kamin’s blog post: The Toyota ad looks like an alien space ship perched on the edged of the bleachers. Because it’s a dimensional form […]

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