Year: 2013

My favorite car is the CTA train

What’s your favorite car ever? The Chicago Tribune asked this question on Google Plus. My favorite car ever is the traditional 3200-series CTA train cars. I’m not even joking. There’s plenty of room. Lots of headroom, you can even stand! Always a chauffeur to drive. No maintenance or upkeep. No gas. Community-based. You get to …

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How to be persuasive at work

A friend recently asked online: How do i be persuasive at work without being seen as “difficult”, “uppity”, or “stubborn”? Is it the old “trick them into thinking it’s their idea” thing? Here’s my response: 1) Listen first. Always listen. 2) Be friendly. Not just when you are making a point, but all-the-time friendly. 3) …

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Too many Fast & Furious Autobot cars in Transformers 4 movie

Paramount Pictures released official photos of the Autobots vehicle forms. Seven out of the eight are sleek vehicles. Hound is the only one that is a pure utility vehicle being a Medium Tactical Vehicle from Oshkosh Defense. Even Optimus Prime sports flashy flames. Prime needs to get more down-to-earth and ditch the flames. Why are …

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Microlawns, they’re everywhere

(Photo courtesy microlawns tumblr) Everywhere you look in an urban environment you are bound to see a microlawn. Small patches of grass create a microlawn delight. The blog urbanplants posted a microlawn in Berlin. She also posted a link to a tumblr account that covered a small sampling of microlawns. Oh man! I LOVE these …

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Is Quark dead?

If your company is desperate for new customers, you would probably respond to customer inquiries, right? Quark was the king of the design layout world in the 1990s. Every single professional designer used QuarkXPress for layouts. However, in 1999 Adobe announced a rival layout program, InDesign. By the mid 2000s, InDesign ruled and Quark was …

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How much does the average Twinkie factory worker make?

(clipping from the Chicago Tribune) Twinkies are being produced again. I love how the new Twinkie factory workers look like Twinkies! Look at their white shirts matching the creme and their yellow hard hats matching the yellow cake. Twinkies making Twinkies! ADORABLE! Some people are very upset about how Twinkies didn’t rehire back all their …

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Transformers 4 filming returning to Chicago

A movie-filming helicopter floated above my head while walking home tonight. Memories of Transformers filming in Chicago rushed through my head. Having downtown Chicago taken over by Transformers made the summer of 2010 much fun. Hearing gunshots outside my window. Giant fireballs exploding across the street. The famous scene where Optimus Prime swoops in and …

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The record highest low temperature in Chicago

Waking up to a hot humid summer morning. Walking to work in the dense humidity. The weatherman often reports the record high for the day. But what about the record highest low? I’d like to know what was Chicago’s hottest morning. Does anyone have the answer to: What’s the all-time record highest temperature for the …

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Counting by tens instead of ones

Happy 30th birthday for the 8th time! Perhaps you’ve heard this joke. But what if this was really true? Perhaps there could be a number system that counts that way. Instead of counting on 1s, you count on 10s. What if we turned one year older every 10 years? When you turn “38” you are …

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