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Prison construction released to the public

Ben Katchor has such unique views of urban life. Here he draws the parallel of how the durability of prison construction is eventually adopted by the outside world. Tamper-proof toilets and sinks. Detention grade mattresses with welded seams. My favorite part is when a released prisoner recognizes the riot-proof seating in waiting room. In a […]

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Mother Nature Chicago with a snowball

Chicago’s Mother Nature is on Twitter

How do you check the weather? Mobile app? Watch the tv news? How about twitter? I normally ask Siri what the weather will be for the day. While that is the most direct route, it’s not the most fun. To inject some fun into the weather, instead of using Siri for the next month, I’ll […]

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A collection of found art chicago images

Found art is way more interesting than street art

Every week I check a bookmarked Flickr search for street art Chicago. Even though I try to make the search exclude graffiti, I still end up with mostly graffiti images. Every now and then there might be something remotely interesting in the results. Then today I figured why not change the search term from “street […]

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Preview of the infographic for the Enceladus fake country

The sovereign country on Saturn’s moon Enceladus

If you could invent a country, what would you come up with? How about a country on another planet or another moon? The Saturn moon Enceladus has been in the news lately, as NASA is flying the Cassini probe over this small moon of Saturn. The very unique qualities are worth investigating, like a global […]

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Finished drawing: two hands holding

How would you complete these three drawings?

Help my class assignments to be exhibited in New York. Please like any (or all) of these three drawings. The drawings with the most likes on the Art of the MOOC Facebook Page, will be shown at the¬†Creative Time Summit in New York on November 14-15. Drawing 1: The unfinished drawing features a bunch of […]

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I love asking questions

Asking questions

Asking questions and more questions might help you to brainstorm better. Instead of brainstorming answers, brainexplore questions. Tanner Christenson writes in¬†Focus on brainexploring, not brainstorming, to have ideas: So I recently began experimenting with a new exercise for creative thinking, one that is less likely to lead to biases and much more likely to take […]

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Submission to urbandictionary for: skelbow

New word: skelbow

It’s been a while since I’ve submitted a word definition to Urban Dictionary. I’m digging way back to a word I learned as a child, skelbow. Ten years ago, I was shocked to find out that nobody else has heard of this word. I swear I learned skelow as a child. Even my twin brother […]

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traffic stats for from 2008 to 2015

A new coming soon!

In the coming weeks, a redesigned will be launched. All 25,000 comments will be back on the site–including all the comments from Facebook. I’m also hoping that all the blog posts will be categorized and tagged. Although that feature might come later. From 2008-2011, was regularly pulling in 70,000 visitors a month. But […]

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