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Cratering

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I’m a tourist. Hi.

I’m a tourist. Hi.

Spot the planet.

It’s probably warmer than here.

Spot the planet.

It’s probably warmer than here.

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Breathtaking time-lapse videos of Chicago.

Take 4 minutes to watch this. You’ll be glad you did.

(Source: chicagomag.com)

Via Commander Hadfield’s twitter.
Look about one inch south from O’Hare and a half an inch east, see if you can spot the smoldering remains of my exploded head.

Via Commander Hadfield’s twitter.

Look about one inch south from O’Hare and a half an inch east, see if you can spot the smoldering remains of my exploded head.

calumet412:

Entrance to the Damen Ave Station, 1958, Chicago.

Some of these CTA signs survived to the early 70’s. I remember them from when I was a kid. They already seemed quaint and old-timey by that point. And how cool are those door pulls?

calumet412:

Entrance to the Damen Ave Station, 1958, Chicago.

Some of these CTA signs survived to the early 70’s. I remember them from when I was a kid. They already seemed quaint and old-timey by that point. And how cool are those door pulls?

calumet412:

The courtyard inside the Burnham and Root masterpiece, the Rookery Building, LaSalle and Adams, built 1888. Photo via www.capturemychicago.com.
It never ceases to awe.

True story: I once interviewed for a job at a company in this building. I hated everything about that job and company, yet I still considered taking the offer just so I could work there because LOOK AT IT.

calumet412:

The courtyard inside the Burnham and Root masterpiece, the Rookery Building, LaSalle and Adams, built 1888. Photo via www.capturemychicago.com.

It never ceases to awe.

True story: I once interviewed for a job at a company in this building. I hated everything about that job and company, yet I still considered taking the offer just so I could work there because LOOK AT IT.

Four Mile Crib.
calumet412:

Nice panoramic view of the city in ruins after the Great Fire, looking east, 1871, Chicago.
For reference, that’s the river on the far left.

According to Rahm, this is how the NATO protestors would leave the city if not for his ham-fisted, protofascist, all-but-declaration of martial law. What a hero.

calumet412:

Nice panoramic view of the city in ruins after the Great Fire, looking east, 1871, Chicago.

For reference, that’s the river on the far left.

According to Rahm, this is how the NATO protestors would leave the city if not for his ham-fisted, protofascist, all-but-declaration of martial law. What a hero.

The city I love and have lived in/near my whole life has shit itself with fear. Stupid, baseless fear.
Everywhere I turn I see hysterics. In the media. On the street. Metra, impressed by TSA, maybe, has banned people from bringing food, drink, and backpacks on the trains. My own company has plans A, B, and C to choose from, indicating various degrees of terror. The pretty plaza downstairs has been fenced off, with signs reminding all and sundry who the Owner [sic] is and that the Property is Private.
Here’s the thing: earlier this year, when it was planned to have the G8 and NATO summits here, the concern was probably legitimate. Previous G8 summits have brought tremendous (and pointless, though that’s another thing) violence and destruction. It was not unreasonable to expect the same here. But, shrewdly, President Obama moved the G8 summit to Camp David, which is in the middle of nowhere. This tactic has proven successful in defusing violence at previous summits.
What we’re left with is NATO. And there will surely be protests. But the difference is key: these are mostly antiwar protestors, not angry anarchists. I know someone involved; these are not brickthrowers. Would it make sense for an antiwar protestor to be anything but peaceful? I mean, these people are organizing educational seminars of their own on universal healthcare.
There could be some hangers on, other knuckleheads, whatever. No doubt. But the level of overreaction I am seeing here is the most embarrassing thing I’ve seen in 45 years as a Chicagoan. Be vigilant, sure, but be smart. We are bigger, braver, and better than this. 
City of Broad Slumped Shoulders.

The city I love and have lived in/near my whole life has shit itself with fear. Stupid, baseless fear.

Everywhere I turn I see hysterics. In the media. On the street. Metra, impressed by TSA, maybe, has banned people from bringing food, drink, and backpacks on the trains. My own company has plans A, B, and C to choose from, indicating various degrees of terror. The pretty plaza downstairs has been fenced off, with signs reminding all and sundry who the Owner [sic] is and that the Property is Private.

Here’s the thing: earlier this year, when it was planned to have the G8 and NATO summits here, the concern was probably legitimate. Previous G8 summits have brought tremendous (and pointless, though that’s another thing) violence and destruction. It was not unreasonable to expect the same here. But, shrewdly, President Obama moved the G8 summit to Camp David, which is in the middle of nowhere. This tactic has proven successful in defusing violence at previous summits.

What we’re left with is NATO. And there will surely be protests. But the difference is key: these are mostly antiwar protestors, not angry anarchists. I know someone involved; these are not brickthrowers. Would it make sense for an antiwar protestor to be anything but peaceful? I mean, these people are organizing educational seminars of their own on universal healthcare.

There could be some hangers on, other knuckleheads, whatever. No doubt. But the level of overreaction I am seeing here is the most embarrassing thing I’ve seen in 45 years as a Chicagoan. Be vigilant, sure, but be smart. We are bigger, braver, and better than this. 

City of Broad Slumped Shoulders.

I felt the urge to see my lake again this morning. I am thinking I should start bringing my real camera for when this urge arises. I’m also thinking I might not want to turn around and go back to the office if I do. And I’m thinking that’s just fine, really.

I felt the urge to see my lake again this morning. I am thinking I should start bringing my real camera for when this urge arises. I’m also thinking I might not want to turn around and go back to the office if I do. And I’m thinking that’s just fine, really.

On my way in today, I felt a strong urge to see the lake.

On my way in today, I felt a strong urge to see the lake.

Haven’t done one of these in a while.
Cicero Avenue (4800W) overpass, 6:39am.

Haven’t done one of these in a while.

Cicero Avenue (4800W) overpass, 6:39am.

chicagobusiness:

From the Associated Press:

Job seekers getting asked for Facebook usernames, passwordsAn increasing number of employers are asking job applicants for access to their social networks, raising questions about the legality of the practice. Some states, including Illinois, have already introduced legislation that would prohibit public agencies from asking for the login information.

Would you give prospective employers access to your social networks?

Credit:Spencer E Holtaway / Flickr

This is absolutely stunning…I can’t find the words.

We really are entering a second robber baron era.