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Modern art matched with Star Wars

Star Wars meets the Art Institute of Chicago

Two monumental cultural events are about to happen in the same week: Star Wars is releasing episode VII: The Force Awakens The Art Institute is about to exhibit their largest donation of artwork ever. 44 monumental modern artworks were donated to the Art Institute. These pieces are so massively impressive in the course of art …

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search results for a new hope

Searching for a new hope

Searching for “a new hope” on flickr yields an interesting contrast of flowers and Star Wars photos.

Tweets about Paris and ewoks

Thinking about Paris and ewoks

Here’s a few fun tweets about Paris and ewoks. It's fun saying the phrase "Paris Ewok" — Spudart Matt Maldre (@spudart) August 27, 2015 I want to meet an ewok from Paris. — Ewok Lumat (@EwokLumat) August 27, 2015 On the Death Star, what area would be the equivalent to Paris? — Atour Riten (@AtourRiten) …

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s I'm buying 3 more Muppets comic books, I'm finding comic book taste is skewing more to kids books :)

Muppets the comic book

The Muppets comic book (2009-2012) is EXCELLENT! If you like the Muppets, go to your nearest comic book store and pick up the compilation, “The Muppets Omnibus.” (or get it from Amazon) It’s seriously one of the best comics to ever come out. The Muppets are a perfect fit for the comic book format. The …

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The eleven napkins of the Art Institute of Chicago

The 11 napkins in the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection

The fine art of napkins. Art that you can wipe your mouth with. The Art Institute currently has 11 napkins in their permanent collection. The height of the napkin collecting craze occured from 1983 to 1996. Nine of the eleven napkins were folded into the Art Institute collection during this 13-year span. (the other two …

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croquet you cant touch this

Croquet taught me the lyrics to MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This

The croquet twitter account @HammerTimeCroqu started following me today on Twitter. That is, they are following my croquet-dedicated Twitter account, @mightymauler. Yes, I have a Twitter account dedicated to croquet. Not just croquet, but my superhero alter-ego persona on the croquet courts, the Mighty Mauler. My Twitter account bio calls me “the croquet superhero.” This …

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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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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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idiocy is the essence of the male mind

The truth of Seinfeld can be applied to comic strips

If you say Seinfeld is a show about nothing, then you know nothing about the Seinfeld sitcom. Seinfield is about everything It’s not a show about nothing. It’s a show about everything, says Nico Lang of the Daily Dot’s great article, “Debunking the biggest myth about ‘Seinfield’ that everyone believes” One could be forgiven for …

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Winner of best St. Patrick's Day coat

12 things I love about Chicago’s CTA public transit

We love public transit, we hate public transit. Occasionally there are days that challenge us, as the Chicagoist demonstrates with its post, “9 Unfortunate Thoughts We’re All Are Having On The CTA.” While releasing angst about commuting can be therapeutic; on a daily basis being negative can wear you down. Instead it’s good to be …

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How to count to ten in Estonian and Ewokese

Learn how to count to ten in Ewokese, or Estonian. Which is which? One language is spoken by short furry creatures on the Forest Moon of Endor. The other language is spoken by Finnic people in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. One language is based on Chalmuk, a Mongolian, nomadic tribal dialect. The other …

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