Year: 2014

Tron Uprising

My favorite albums of 2014

A great reason to use the free service last.fm is that it tracks your music listening habits across many platforms like Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes. With this database of records the site then gives you insightful analysis to your listening habings. For instance, you can sort your music by most-played in the past 12 months. …

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my day job .@artinstitutechi - this is what I do

Packaging for art is art

Unique styrofoam constructions hand-crafted by artists to support the safe transit of art. A delicate sculptural bust is transformed from a bronze head to a rectangular box. All the space around the head is extended out to conform to cube. From head to cube. Would that make packaging art a cubist artwork? Haha. Once the …

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artinstitutechi collection results

4,715 artworks currently on display at the Art Institute of Chicago

Two years ago the Art Institute of Chicago had 3,976 artworks on display. Now they have 4,715 on display. The Art Institute has a great website that shows their entire collection. You can even search for which artworks are on display or not. By simply going to the “advanced search” section and clicking the “on …

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Matt Maldre quote next to Dr. Suess quote

Dr. Seuss and Matt Maldre

Next to my quote about understanding is this awesome quote by Dr. Seuss I’m very proud that this Dr. Seuss quote is considered “related” to mine.

Indoor basketball court

Five fictional accounts respond to house with indoor basketball court

How would you react to discovering that an indoor basketball court is inside a 9,500 square foot house in the heart of one of Chicago’s most expensive neighborhoods? RT @curbedchicago: This huge 9500 sq. ft. Lincoln Park home has an indoor basketball court. http://t.co/vnenQn0jHc pic.twitter.com/6lIdv20zYa — Paul Biasco (@Paul_Biasco) October 7, 2014   Some of …

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Texture of tiny leaf found on Michigan Ave in Chicago

Which is more valuable: $3000 wagcares sweepstakes or colorful leaf?

What if you found a masterpiece painting laying on a busy sidewalk? Certainly you would look at it. Maybe you might even pick it up, or photograph it. During autumn we have millions of such masterpieces laying on our sidewalks. Filled with bright colors and amazing compositions. And you can actually touch them. They are …

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Ready to leave at Walgreens

Placing origami postcards inside Walgreens with a walgreenslistens receipt

Transform the fun of tourist postcards into something beyond their normal function. Buy a tourist postcard and then fold it into a paper origami and leave it at the same postcard rack in the store. Make sure to leave the receipt with it too, so people know it’s paid for. This sounds like a fun …

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Cracked iPhone Screen

The cracked screen project

Someone on the train is using a phone with a cracked screen. I ask the person to pull up a photo on flickr or instagram. Then I take a photo of the person’s cracked screen showing the photo. People using cracked-glass phones are very interesting to me. How the lines interact with the content on …

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The third house finally starts to burn on the Chicago River at the Great Chicago Fire Festival

Public spectacles don’t always catch on fire

Three wooden mansions floating on the Chicago River to be torched. Fire! Fire! Fire! For entertainment, everyone loves a good fire. A week before the festival, the wooden mansions sat by three Chicago bridges with a sign saying, “watch me burn.” Such is the hype for the Great Chicago Fire Festival. Every couple years Chicago …

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Colored bricks like stained glass

How to worry less by taking more photos

Yeah! Take more photos! Taking photos makes you more observant of your surroundings. Pausing and considering things around you gives you perspective. Often I can get too wrapped up inside my head about life and worrying. To get outside of my head, I’ll simply observe and be in the moment. When I’m not observing and …

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