Outer space

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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Carry gold stars in your wallet

Have some fun and carry a sheet of gold stars in your wallet. They come in so handy to spontaneously award people for something good. At work: Someone suggest a good idea? Give him/her a gold star! At home: Someone loaded the dishwasher? Give him/her a gold star! On the train: Have a good commute? …

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Re-activating your EarthLink email address

Good ol’ Earthlink. Back in the late 1990’s Earthlink was one of the top internet service providers. Chances are you or someone you know used Earthlink to connect to the internet. Today most people use Comcast or AT&T. Blah. Such huge corporate giants. Earthlink was for the people. Just look at that name. Earthlink. It’s …

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Where to find the stained glass Makit & Bakit Christmas DIY kits

You know those really cool stained glass things you can make? You drop little plastic pellets into a wire frame and then throw it into the oven and the plastic pellets melt. When the entire thing cools down, you take it out and you have a beautiful stained glass ornament. They are fun to make …

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Name changes: Willis, Macy’s, U.S. Cellular

Don’t call it Willis Don’t call it Macy’s Don’t call it U.S. Cellular But why? Gapers Block sells a five-pack of “Don’t call it that” buttons. The tagline is “Buttons for true Chicagoans.” To complement this pack, I would like for Gapers Block to release a button pack of “Do call it that.” The buttons …

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Control the path of the Mars Rover

Mars Pathfinder has a $3 stamp. How cool would that be to peel that rover off Mars and then mail it to someone? It would be like you are controlling the destination of the Mars rover.

Images of the newest artwork from Chicago art galleries and museums

I’d like there to be a website that collects images of all the artwork being shown in Chicago art museums and galleries. Here’s the next best thing. A google image search for each of the gallery districts in Chicago. I broke them up into areas, because Google limits how long your search string can be. …

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Alien invasion forecasted by alienese characters in captcha form

An accidental release of alien characters in a captcha field show that aliens have already invaded our planet. They are among us and are getting ready to make themselves known and force their alien language upon us. This captcha form is just the start. Alien workers are certainly working on implementing alien language across the …

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If planets were cars

The fastest planet in our solar system is Mercury, flying around the sun at 107,082 mph. Can you imagine having the windows open while driving at 107,082 mph? Neptune is the Sunday driver of our solar system. 12,191mph. If you knock off the last three digits, it’s equivalent to driving a car. With that method, …

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