Olympics 2016 Bid

posted by Stal on 2009.09.26, under Stal

I don’t generally delve into politics here, but as a Chicagoan, I am personally overwhelmed with pride to support the Olympics…in Rio de Janeiro.

It would be exciting to host the Olympics here in Chicago. But you know what would be even better? Rio de Janeiro. Just let Rio host the 2016 Olympics. We don’t mind. Honest.

The site is also chock full of historical facts and enlightening observations such as, “Head to head: signature events? Rio: Naked people dancing. Chicago: Chubby people eating.”


If you are serious about protesting Chicago’s Olympic bid, do show up on Tuesday, Sept 29 at City Hall (121 N. Lasalle) at 5:30 pm.

Broke Hipster

posted by Stal on 2009.05.13, under Stal

Because that sociology degree isn’t paying off too well and the PBR is out of your price range: http://www.brokehipster.com

Also highly entertaining: The Hipster Olympics

[ Hat Tip: KM ]

Sears Tower to get a glass bottom skydeck

posted by Diomedes on 2009.05.01, under Diomedes

In what would certainly creep the snot out of me, the Sears Tower excuse me Willis Tower will be getting a glass bottom skydeck.


Perhaps what the Willis Tower deck will look like, I found the photo on this blog discussing Melbourne’s Eureka Tower

Talk Like Shakespeare Day

posted by Diomedes on 2009.04.21, under Diomedes

The bloggers at the IMO Blog currently reside in Chicago, so what is sure to be relevant news to us is the announcement that in celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday, Thursday will be “Talk Like Shakespeare Day”.

If you do chose to participate (and I know I will) I would encourage you to not mangle the language too horribly by regurgitating the most trite quotes in any tangential context, but rather do a bit of footwork and get into it.

I found a 101-guide for reading Shakespeare although it also includes a great glossary where you might look up a few words to toss into your speech along with some of his more common omissions of letters within words.

Although, if you will just be repeating the couple of quotes you know, please keep in mind the actual meaning of wherefore art thou and consider looking up the quote ahead of time to make sure you got it right as college was quite a few years ago for some of us.

Finally, if you’re more visual you might consider using one of these cool Shakespeare quote icons in your e-mails or online posts for the day. It’s a very cool website that you might enjoy looking over even if you’re not in Chicago.

BaconFest Chicago

posted by Stal on 2009.04.16, under Stal

To celebrate our insatiable demand for bacon, three enterprising fellows have taken it upon themselves to organize BaconFest in Chicago. With a lengthy manifesto driving their mission, this could be quite the bacon and related bacon-product extravaganza. The festival is tentatively slated to take place at the end of October.

From the FAQs:

Um, I’m Jewish.

Excellent question. We think our Facebook friend Paul Libman had some deep insight into Baconfest when he posted this Haiku to our group:
Bacon seduces
all that is Jewish in me.
Mom rolls in her grave.