Thursday, October 30, 2008

SUZY SUZY SUZY, the Jalapeno of my Eye - w4w - 24 (Evanston)

SUZY SUZY SUZY, the Jalapeno of my Eye - w4w - 24 (Evanston)
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Date: 2008-10-30, 9:02PM CDT

You weren't here to tell me not to touch my eyes after I handled that jalapeno, and Suzy, I touched my eye! And it stings! Where were you?? You should have been here! But OH NO, you had to go get some crazy barbecue beef pork pulled sandwich because that, apparently, is more important than the health of my now jalapeno ridden eye. Jerk.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Economic recession be damned - let's go get retail therapy!

I couldn't stand the guilt and just pledged $10 to WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio. They had Ira Glass calling people's houses and asking them why they hadn't pledged! Such a thing terrifies I gave them my support to avoid making Ira Glass sad.

Then I went and bought myself another pop-up book, called ABC3D. It was only $12! And it was featured on BoingBoing! Here's a's fantastic! I am so not addicted to pop-up books, honestly, I swear! I can quit whenever I want...!

Abc3D - video powered by Metacafe

Monday, October 20, 2008

Working on a 1930's Chicago Science & Industry Museum book

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Burrito shout-out

Mary is slowly but surely eating her way across the burrito places on Clark St, here in Chicago. She's got a blog to document her (and her burrito cohort, Cortney)progress...I went on the inaugural burrito-eating adventure, but haven't gotten to go out since with them. Despite this, I still made a brief cameo appearance, which I will present here for you, my dear reader(s).

From this post:Burrito? As in a little Burro? Like the animal? A little burro eating carrots?

So, late last night, in a flurry of sleeplessness (because Cortney and I aren't people who sleep very much -- we'd like to, but it just isn't hardwired into our systems, this sleep thing), I made quesadillas. Fried corn tortillas with a slice of queso fresco warm in the center. Yay quesadillas! These are not burritos, but they are also delicious.

I recently made my roommate aware of how awesome queso fresco is. She ate all of mine and bought more, so I ate some of hers last night. I told her this, "Moving to Evanston is a world of changes for you. Ne job, new apartment, new boyfriend, new favorite cheese." For me, moving to Evanston has been a lot more of the same but in a different setting. I'm just tired, but I just don't sleep, and instead I find myself at 3am, when I've been awake for 21 hours, washing my quesadilla pan out, wondering if I will ever figure all of this out. Wondering if I'll ever understand the situation of burritos and how they fit into the greater scheme of things, wondering, wondering, is this it? Is it just me staying up forever and making lovely things and having crises and enjoying the occasional moment of wonder in queso fresco?

So yes, go read Burritos on Clark and taste the adventure.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008



Awesome x 2

  1. A list of Chicago bars that carry Shiner Bock.
  2. This t-shirt, which I want because it's only $10. Oh, and also because it's TOO ENERGETIC FOR NORMAL SPORTS.

Monday, October 13, 2008

My bench today.

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Almost finished with this book...

There were (are) so many fiddly things I had to do to this book. Ugh. I'm almost finished though. Maybe today!
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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Ironic juxtaposition

I need to stop waking up to's just too depressing these days...

From Digital Cellulose

Monday, October 6, 2008

You have acquired...breakfast.

I am a cereal hoarder. I buy cereal even when I don't "need" it, just so I can have more cereal diversity in my kitchen.

My current cereal round-up:

  • Multigrain Cheerios
  • Mother's Peanut Butter Bumpers (it's like organic Peanut Butter Captain Crunch)
  • Jewel-Osco brand Peanut Butter Spheres
  • Fruity Cheerios (eat your heart out, Brendan)
  • Kix
  • Life
  • Mother's Cinnamon Oat Crunch

Saturday, October 4, 2008

I dreamt of electric sheep!

The sheep was performing at the Wired NextFest today, in Chicago's Millennium Park.

This is a better video, perhaps, posted by someone else on the internet:

Also, some photos I took:

LOOK UPON THE FUTURE! From Digital Cellulose

Plastic from citrus.From Digital Cellulose

Spiral water filter by XeroxFrom Digital Cellulose


From the Chicago Craigslist Missed Connections section:

warm cappuccino and buscuits.... - m4w
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Date: 2008-10-03, 12:03AM CDT

I am desperate....I am offering free coffee and buscuits to the first person who will write me my very first own MC....if you make me go 'wow'...then dinner as well :)

Mary says that buscuits are biscuits you eat on the bus.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Preventing Conservation

Oh but do I love Recent Setbacks in Conservation.

Here are some abstracts:

Conservation of the Journal of the American Institute for
Conservation: results of a survey and treatments
by Jeff Peachey

The preservation and conservation of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation(JAIC) is perhaps one of the most vexing and complex problems in all of conservation. Three times a year, these journals arrive with bent corners, torn covers, water damage and, in one case, fire damage. Today’s successful conservator in private practice must be image conscious – after all, what respectable lawyer has his shelves adorned with tattered paper covers? Gold-stamped leather spines mean something. They mean power and money and wealth and fame, all the things conservators secretly crave while spending all day surface cleaning some ruined, worthless, meaningless piece of paper. But I digress. I have lost more than one client, running from my studio, clutching their priceless Victorian Bible after merely glancing at the condition of my JAIC collection. I felt I might not be alone in dealing with this problem, therefore humbly decided to publish the results of this survey and some of the treatments I performed in an attempt to deal with this important, difficult problem.

Institute for Institutional Advancement

A method is described for salvaging both photo documentation, and careers in conservation. I can’t see the point of all these damned abstracts! Why don’t you just read the bloody paper? Or is that too hard?