The Amazon Kindle allows you to see which parts of a book have been highlighted the most by everyone reading it on a Kindle.
Here's the Bible verses that were had the most highlights for the ESV version.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world,  that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare  and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Ever want to come up with a fun nickname for someone, but draw a blank? Now you have a surefire way of making a cool nickname. Use this simple formula: First syllable of the person's last name + "town"
For me, my name is Matt Maldre. Mal + town = Maltown.
I came up with the idea while in the men's bathroom at work. Marco Buscaglia came in and I wanted to say, "hi." But I have a personal "no talking rule" while I'm at the urinal. (I mean really, I'm peeing, I'm not gonna talk to people while I pee. I'm sorry.) But so I thought in my head, "Hey Bustown!" What a cool name that is. Bustown.
Some examples of other nicknames using this formula from top searches on google:
Mark Ronson = Rontown
Kristin Cavallari = Cavtown
Gina Carano = Cartown
Dolly Parton = Partown
Justin Bieber = Biebtown
Natalie Portman = Porttown
Jason Momoa = Momtown (I like Momtown. "Hey, Momtown!")
James Franco = Frantown
If your last name has one syllable, then use the first two letters.
Adam West = Wetown
Lauryn Hill = Hitown
Taylor Swift = Swtwon
Tiger Woods = Wotown
What's your nickname? Leave it in the comments below. Thanks.
When you rolling out the dough,
Just make sure you roll it slow.
If you make the dough too quick
Bibbibabka make you sick.
When you pour the filling in
Just make sure you wear a grin.
When you smile on what you bake
Bibbibabka turn out swell.
15 years ago a King Kong army was purchased from a Yakutia dealer. These King Kongs laid dormant for all these years until a select few King Kongs were selected among the King Kong army to train. They did King Kong pullups hanging from bridges. They did arm curls with trees. They were getting ready. Ready for one day their Eesti agent brought the select King Kongs along with him waiting for the right moment to be released...
All of the sudden one of the King Kongs stars climbing up the facade of the Wrigley Building! On his way up, he stood to take in the scene and let out a ROOOOOOAR! (wait, is that the sound that King Kong makes?)
A giant dragonfly came to attack King Kong. He landed just underneath King Kong and tried taunting him. But King Kong let out a loud ROOOOOAR and he flew away.
King Kong beat his chest. The master of the Wrigley Building. All the Wrigley Company employees got scared by King Kong. Now they are moving out of the building. King Kong wins.
Badges are cool. Like, actual badges you stitch on and stuff. But you know what's cooler? Medallions. Wearing a medallions around is like being an Olympic superhero.
They should make real-life medallions for the foursquare badges. And then you could walk around with like 15 medallions around your neck. And then when you run into Michael Phelps, you can be like, yo, what's up fellow medallions dude?
I have a package of 25 medallions. Oddly enough all 3rd place ones. They are asking for foursquare badges to be printed and affixed to them. They are begging. But you have a neckful of foursquare medallions, that only means they need to be placed around a neck and worn out in public.
I don't know if I have the boldness to do that. Maybe that's why badges are attractive. Badges are more subtle. If anyone wants to seriously do this project with me and wear the medals around public, I will totally make all your foursquare badges into medallions if you do something like commute to work with them on (without a jacket, wear them proud). Or go out to lunch and walk down Michigan Avenue or something.
Let me know, you foursquare olympic hero.
More related questions about these medallions across social media:
Google Plus: I have 25 medals that want to be used. Anyone have any ideas?
Little swings in public places. Swings are fun. We need more swings in places. These little swings have a figure enjoying the scene around him. It's a reminder to people to enjoy the view wherever you are. If a little wire guy on a swing is enjoying the scene, you can pause for a moment and enjoy it too.
I've been wanting to do figures on swings for quite some time, but I always pictured them being ceramic figures, but then a few weeks ago I saw some paper clip figures on flickr or deviantart (I wish I had the reference). Making them from wire makes it a little easier to implement this series. Sorry, Lill Street Art Center, I really do need to take a ceramics class though.
Originally I was envisioning placing them on the guardrails at CTA stations. But with the sun this weekend, these guys were asking to be put in the park a couple blocks from me.
A few discoveries with this series:
Wire cutters make good twig clippers.
It was nice to sit down and an actually make some art with my hands, and to spend a little bit of time on it.
I prefer the swing to be in an area that is not completely obvious.
It's fun to make the swings look like they are animated. The leg lift of the wire guy in this photo makes it look like he's having fun swinging around.
Where this series will go:
I'm gonna place swings in various public places. CTA stations, street signs, pretty much anthing that's horizontal and can take a swing.
If possible I'm gonna make the swing out of found objects in the area. The CTA station swings could be made out of discarded transit cards.
The wire figure might get more elaborate. I'd really like for it to have a hat. Or to make a girl figure with pigtails.
The figure might be made out of found objects too.
Can you yell at a Hall of Famer from the upper deck and have him wave back at you?
How much info can you fit onto a scorecard?
Do worms celebrate National Gummi Worm Appreciation Day?
What does the world's giantest pretzel named Pretzilla look like?
All these questions are answered from a game at Wrigley Field on Friday, July 15th.
Somehow I ended up on Mat Kearney's single, "Hey Mama." I had to dig this particular photo of me out of my MySpace profile, so I'm not really sure why Mat Kearney's people were trolling my MySpace profile for photos of his new album. Go figure.
I'm glad I really like this song, since y'know, I'm the one singing it. I first heard "Hey Mama" in the gym today. The hand clapping in this song is really nice, so I wanted to add it to my "Hand Clapping" playlist in Spotify. I got back to my desk, searched for the song, and lo and behold, I thought I was looking at myself in the album cover for this single! In other photos of Mat Kearney, I don't really look like him, but the resemblance in this particular photo is really weird.
Hi Mat. Too bad you are missing a t in your name. It's spelled Matt, just so you know.
UPDATE: here's another photo that has an even closer pose:
Radio Shack shoppers with a www.tellradioshack.com receipt can fill out a survey and get a $10 coupon for their next purchase of $40 or more from Radio Shack!
The Radio Shack employees are the best. Just this past weekend I went in there looking for a mouse for my computer. Not only did the employee help me find a mouse, he got to the root of my problem which was that the trackpad on my laptop wasn't working anymore. We discussed the new Macintosh computers coming out in September. He even told me about Radioshack survey where I could win the $1000 sweepstakes.
He also shared with me his experience dropping his iPhone in the toilet a couple days ago. The iPhone could not be saved. He even put it into a bag of rice. But he saw the bright side of things and now he's on an Android phone, so he's able to learn about that platform to better serve his customers.
I wish I could remember the name of this helpful employee. He worked at the Radio Shack at 1965 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL. Store #01-6495. I really hope I win this survey with the $1000. But for now I'm happy getting a $10 coupon. I want to tell radioshack thank you.
The suburban train line system in Chicago recently started a new policy of having a "Quiet Car" on every Metra train. These "Quiet Cars" have signage to indicate that you are on a "Quiet Car" and thus you are to be quiet. If you happen to miss these signs Metra says, "There will also be more on-board announcements on trains with 'Quiet Cars.' These announcements will also include a friendly reminder from the Conductor as he collects fares."
Metra should take this a step further and change the environment of the car so people know they are on a "Quiet Car." They should have bookshelves on the "Quiet Car" so people know to act like it's a library. Or maybe artwork, so it's like an art museum.
They should take out one of the the seats on one side of the train and replace them with bookshelves and paintings and fine art sculptures. Actually they could tear down the second platform on one side and have it be one really big wall that's open. I want to totally redesign the Metra Quiet Car.
My twin brother has not ridden a Chicago public transit train since 1996. Over IM I shared with him 11 things that have changed on the CTA since 1996:
1) They no longer take tokens
2) There is no conductor in the back of the train that opens and closes the doors
3) People go apple picking on the trains
4) You are not allowed to cross from car to car while on the train.
5) The conductor no longer announces the stops (there's a recorded voice)
can i take photos with a tripod?
7) You cannot leave suspicious packages laying around.
8) The following brown line stations have been renovated: Kimball, Kedzie, Fransisco, Rockwell, Western (my stop), Damen, Montrose, Irving Park, Addison, Paulina, Southport, Belmont, Wellington, Diversey, Fullerton, Armitage, Sedgwick, Chicago.
9) All stations are handicapped accessible.
10) All stations have lego boards on the edge of the platform to warn you from falling over into the tracks.
11) People can pay for the train by tapping their wallet against the turnstile
Thanks to lokate's discovery of Brownie Crunch, a new idea has been born. An idea that will revolutionize how you eat cereal--chocolate cereal. It's so incredible, I can't decide what to name it.
Take all the chocolate cereals and combine them into one cereal. Oh chocolatey goodness! This is how to start your morning. This is how you are to end your day with dinner. Combine the following available chocolate cereals: Reese's Puffs, Cocoa Puffs, Chocolate Cheerios, Chocolate Chex, Lucky Charms Chocolate, Chocolate Mini-Wheats, Brownie Crunch, Cocoa Pebbles, Count Chocula. Did I miss any?
What should this chocolate masterpiece be called? Chocolate Explosion. Chocolate Mashup. Cocoa Delight. Chocolate Heaven. None of these are capturing the incredibleness of it. ChocolateSuperCocoaIncredibleFudgeCrunchieCocoaSuperBrowniePowerPowerPower.
If you take nine different types of chocolate cereal and combine them into one, what would you call it? Please leave your name ideas in the comments. Thank you.
For years I have been leaving plastic treasure chests around Chicago with a message inside that says "What is your treasure?" Only recently did I realize that the photos would have more impact if I shot the treasure chest with the note showing.
I really like the idea of having the paper showing in the photo, because then the viewer of the photo immediately gets the idea of what the treasure chest is doing in that location. The only thing is that when the paper is in the jaws of the treasure chest like this, it looks like the chest is eating the message. Which is funny, but weird.
And now, I just had the idea that I could photograph the paper hanging out of the treasure chest closed! It would be like a little tag hanging out. AAAAAND! The part of the message that is inside the chest could be an email address for people to email their answer!
I never include a website address on any of my public art, because I don't want my artwork to be promotions. They are artwork for someone to consider and possibly change their day a little. I don't want them to be self-serving promotion engines for me. Having a URL on any of my public art immediately makes it into a "here's something neat, but i'm putting this here, so you visit my site."
But with an email address, that changes things. Especially if it's a gmail address, because then i'm not promoting a domain. All I ask for is feedback. I've been meaning to put email addresses on some of my pieces, but I'm having a hard time thinking of a good gmail address that will capture the feedback I desire on all my public art projects.
For this particular project with the treasure chests, the hanging out message works great! It captures someone attention. They open the chest to see what's inside, and it's a request for someone to share what their treasure is. I'm essentially asking someone to fill up the treasure chest with their thoughts.
My Spudart logo bears a somewhat resemblance to the Chicago Bean, aka Cloudgate. I find pleasure in this because when I designed the Spudart logo in 1998, I wanted my logo to function like a potato where it has many inherent possibilities--to be able to look like different things. A potato. A plane. A face. And now it looks like the Chicago Bean.
I came across this realization after making a post on the Spudart Facebook Page. The Chicago Bean and my logo are sitting next to each other, and it was like, whoa! (And for those keeping score. My logo was done in 1998. The Chicago Bean's construction started in 2004. Just say'n).
1) Farmers Market Sign
I lived across from the same old "Farmers Market" building for 8 years. It's not really a Farmers Market, as it's more a shack. A couple months ago someone bought the property and has been renovating it. Early this week I was thinking about how it would be cool if they renovated the retro Farmers Market sign. And this morning a guy was on a ladder fixing it! Mind power. I thought about it, and it happened!
2) Stalker garbage truck
A stinky garbage truck passed me in the alley. It was a big stinkeroo. I stood in Giddings Plaza to take a photo of the word "CHICAGO" written in chalk on the brick pavers. But I almost didn't take the photo, because I was thinking, "Gee, this stink is SO BAD." I continue my normal walk to the train station, and the very same garbage truck passes me by on another street! Stalker garbage truck! The truck read my mind and crossed my path again! Jedi mind powers!
3) Sanitation Control Vehicles
Just yesterday a friend and I were talking about garbage trucks! He came up with a new name for them, Sanitation Control Vehicles. Oddly enough that phrase never existed on the internet. And then today a Sanitation Control Vehicle decided to stalk me.
4) Ability to push buttons with my mind
I walk from the Tribune Tower lobby to the elevators and a guy walks out, so I grab the door and hop in. Nobody else is in the elevator, but MY very floor button is already pushed! Floor 14. I exclaimed, "Sweet! Wow!" I MUST have used psychic mind powers to push that button, and I didn't even realize it. Is that dangerous to have this mind ability and not even realize it with your own mind?
5) Tripod duplication
All this time during my commute I was carrying a tripod with me. I get to work, and there's a tripod on the ground already. What! How did another tripod get there? Then I realized my dad loaned me two tripods, but for a couple seconds I thought my mind created a duplicate tripod on the ground. Answer? Superhuman mind powers of duplication.
It's lots of fun shooting with a new lens, especially a funky fisheye lens (from the super-fun photojojo). Everything looks all fun and curvy, especially on the CTA train where you got lots of layering of things. The reflections in the windows. The curving of the windows. Tack on some super sunset clouds and you have a fun train ride!
This particular train was on one of those trains with few seats, so I was standing taking these photos. It was the last car on the train with few people. The conductor was taking the curves really fast, so I was being whipped all over the place. It was pretty funny. One time the fisheye lens popped off my iphone. I learned that lesson to be careful with the magnetic lenses. But they are so handy! And they'll bring you an extra pop and reason to shoot more. I shot 155 photos from this particular train trip.
Shooting with a fisheye lens on a train actually kinda makes sense. A fisheye lens is how a fish sees the world. Riding a train is like being in an aquarium. You are inside a glass enclosed space with other fish. The wide variety of people on the train are like all the colorful different types of fish. You are all swimming together on the tracks, like a school of fish.
Next time you are on a train, imagine you in an aquarium with other fish, it'll be a splashy experience! Maybe next time I'll bring some aquarium gravel with me and spread it on the ground.
I was on a mission to eat a giant turkey leg. A great Chicago tradition at the Taste of Chicago. During this mission, I discovered that Chicagoans love to talk to a guy photographing a turkey leg on a tripod in front of Buckingham Fountain.
We got out of work early, so I went to the gym and then headed on my mission. Going to the gym only prepared my stomach more for giant turkey leg consumption. The booth this year serving turkey legs is Manny's Deli. Strange that a jewish deli would be serving dinosaur legs, but whatevs. I'm glad that a booth--whatever booth it may be--is continuing the Chicago tradition.
Manny's booth is on the far far south end of the Taste. On the hike down there, I passed by Buckingham fountain and noticed how nice it looks. One of the traditions of eating a turkey leg is finding a nice place to consume it. Buckingham fountain would have the location this year.
The five-foot-tall vertical turkey legs attached to Manny's booth made it very clear that I had arrived. No line. I asked for a turkey leg. The guy asked me if I wanted it dipped. I think they only ask that so they can point out that the turky leg is drenched in BBQ sauce. People were gasping at the turkey leg as I walked through the crowd. It's always fun to walk around with a turkey leg. I was about to find out how much fun it is to photograph a turkey leg.
Holding up the turkey leg with one hand, and shooting with the other resulted in some decent shots. But I really wanted an HDR shot to grab all the color depth, and that wasn't going to happen with one hand holding a turkey leg and one holding a camera. For HDR shots, you need the camera very still--and the subject very still.
Balancing a turkey leg on the fence would be impossible. And there was no objects nearby to balance the turkey leg on. Except... well, I do have this tripod with me. I put the turkey leg on the tripod. It looked like some sort of glorified magical food.
I took some shots, but given the angle, you couldn't see the turkey leg. But how could I angle it down without the turkey leg falling off? Why DUCT TAPE OF COURSE. I pulled duct tape out my bag and attached the back of the tray to the tripod. VIOLA! Now we are cooking!
About four or five different groups of people came up to me, all excited. "That's gotta be the best shot of Chicago ever!" "Yeah, that rules!" haha. It was fun. One woman asked me if I was going to eat it. I laughed in reply, "OH YEAH, I'M GONNA EAT IT!" And eat it, I did.
Manny's put together a good turkey leg. It has a good amount of meat. The sauce was good. I hope the turkey leg looks as good in the photo as it tasted.
The Transformers Space Bridge must have opened up yesterday, because it dropped off the two most unlikely characters in Chicago. Bill Clinton and a 5-foot-tall bedbug.
First it was kinda strange seeing a Bill Clinton talking about a bunch of cars parked in Pioneer Court. But that made sense because the Clinton Global Intiative is all about green energy. But who knew Bill Clinton has bed bugs?
While everyone was taking photos of Bill Clinton, a woman asked me, "what's that big bug doing there?" I had no idea what she was talking about. A big bug? But sure enough, on the other side of the cars was a five-foot tall bug watching Bill Clinton!
The insect just stood there admiring Clinton. The bugs hands perched interestingly on the railing while he gazed on. It was so cute. We were debating what it was doing there. To settle the debate I HAD to go over and find out what in the world this bug was doing there.
I couldn't get myself to talk to a five-foot tall bug, so I asked some of the people standing around the bug. A girl started was explaning to me it was a bedbug and I noticed the Hot Shot logo on her shirt. They were walking around Chicago handing out Hot Shot spray when they stumbled upon Bill Clinton. Isn't that how bedbugs just find people? They just happen to stumble across you.
It's kinda ironic that a bedbug would be handing out bedbug spray. He's almost like a renegade bedbug.
A strange day indeed to see a five-foot tall bedbug and Bill Clinton in the same spot. It's no coincidence that just this week the Transformers 3 movie was released with announcing that the Space Bridge is right here in Chicago. Just across the river. It's true! That's how Bill Clinton and this huge bedbug got to the same place. Space Bridge.
After all this happened in the morning, I went out to place sticky notes on where Bill Clinton stood and where the Bedbug stood. "Bill Clinton was here" sort of notes. Just to document it. But then the bedbug was still out there! Just like a bedbug. He finds a place and he likes to hang out there for more than you thought. @rebelliousbird took my photo with the bedbug. I felt really weird putting my arm around him, but he was a friendly bedbug.
Spudart.org has lots of fun stuff by Matt Maldre, a 35-year-old Chicago Christian, artist, designer, illustrator, photographer, webmaster, entrepreneur, curator, goofball, and croquet player. Read more about Matt on the about page.