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  • Trompe l'oeil: Not Just for April Fools | The Art Institute of Chicago

    I would love to see Charles-Antoine Coypel’s "Portrait of Philippe Coypel and His Wife" installed in a window at the Art Institute facing outside. so people walking by the Art Institute, are like, WHAT THE!

    Stored on: April 18, 2018

  • New Stuff Tuesday – April 17, 2018 | The Andersen Library Blog

    Suga, sweet! I'm going to subscribe to Manoush Zomorodi's "Note to Self" podcasts. I like to intentionally zone out on the train for this exact reason. We bury our faces in phones all too much.

    Stored on: April 18, 2018

  • New Libraries Join I-Share | Ames Library News

    Welcome aboard, Abe, Spertus, Moody, and McHenry! I'm glad to see that my alma mater Illinois Wesleyan University has been a member since 1984. w00t!

    Stored on: April 18, 2018

  • I miss talking about architecture... — julie dunne design

    I feel the same way about art. I very much having the always-available group of people to talk about art anytime, for any length of time. I even run an alumni art group to help facilitate some sort of conversation--even if online. Now we have like & heart buttons. Alas. In your post here you say, "Out here in suburbia, though, I see so many opportunities to welcome the landscape into our residential designs, and it seems not many people are interested." Yes, unfortunately there are a great many not interested. However, I bet there are many people who simply don't really know what that means. Or how to implement that in their house. I'm a recent home owner (as of last year) in Chicago's suburbia. And I don't know how I would really welcome the landscape into my residential design. And, I'm a graphic designer. Yipes! But really. The nuts and bolts of how to do this with an existing house. Where do I start? What can I do on my little plot of land? (by the way, I found your blog via your Instagram post)

    Stored on: April 17, 2018

  • Fitting Forty: Re-Born! – CAM Fitting Forty and Beyond

    When I read this back in January, it really inspired me. And this continues to inspire me today. I never really thought about how we often choose death in our every day lives. And we don't have to choose death! We can choose life!

    Stored on: April 12, 2018

  • Blog revision updates (April 2018) | Diverse Tech Geek

    Wow! You were manually updating the most popular posts every week? I'm glad you got a plug-in to do that for you.

    Stored on: April 6, 2018

  • Making your to-do list fun with silly ideas - Spudart

    I couldn't quite decipher all the words it says something like, "Have a _____ day" His cape is indeed very sharp. I like the pen cap as a hat. (Or maybe the pen cap makes him a unicorn)

    Stored on: April 6, 2018

  • The Progressive Scorekeeper: Your 2018 Rule Changes Bulletin - Scorekeepers Union

    Ahhh, good point on the mound visits. I should start noting them somehow in my scorecards. Maybe with a word bubble. Inside the word bubble will the be the sequence number of that mound visit.

    Stored on: April 5, 2018

  • Every Business Has a Company Culture: Here's How to Make it Great - Mavidea Blog

    I love the insight behind how Mavidea runs. I've been following this blog on and off for awhile (I graduated a year after Erik Barnlund at IWU). This is my favorite blog post so far. The flair is a fun and unique idea that I haven't seen from another company yet. I would love to see more examples of what the weekly goals are. Since they are weekly, I would imagine they are client project related. Or are they more development goals? Perhaps taking a class. Or learning a new technique. I would so love to learn more about how Mavidea sets these weekly goals.

    Stored on: April 4, 2018

  • Hear the Wisconsin poet laureate | The Andersen Library Blog

    Oh wow! It's National Poetry Month! Today I just happened to ask the question on Facebook, "How do you tell when poetry is good or bad?" That was good timing! I'm looking forward to this Poem-In-Your-Pocket Day (April 26). I'll keep some poems in my pocket. And then WHAM-BAM! I'll have instant poem majesty. On that day of April 26th, when someone says something to me, WHAM-BAM! I'll take a poem out of my pocket and recite some fine lines of poetry. It won't matter if these lines are out of context. You know why? Because, it's poetry, man!

    Stored on: April 4, 2018

  • A New Design for the Alsdorf Galleries | The Art Institute of Chicago

    Remember when this space displayed the armor collection of George F. Harding Jr.? Known back then as Gunsaulus Hall (before the Renzo Piano renovation). Perhaps we can throw in some of the 56-pound Italian armor from the early 1600s. Or the 35-pounder Polish half armor. They could stand guard at the walls telling people to slow down and meditate on the Buddha.

    Stored on: April 4, 2018

  • The classic sad tale about social media API. - Matt Maldre

    That image in my blog post is a screenshot of what Instagram CURRENTLY has on their developer site as of right now. Here is Instagram totally screwing over developers by limiting their API calls. And they dare to have this promotion welcoming new developers to their service? Hard to make a "high-quality" app when you can't even make a decent amount of API calls to their service.

    Stored on: April 3, 2018

  • All 2,320 Facebook Pages that I have ever liked - Spudart

    People easily follow 2,000 or 3,000 twitter accounts. So liking 2,320 Facebook Pages shouldn't be that strange, right? Yet it feels odd.

    Stored on: March 30, 2018

  • Sunny Side Up Street Egg (Chewing Gum Street Art) - Magical Daydream

    This is so egg-cellent!

    Stored on: March 30, 2018

  • Poll: Why Do You Subscribe to Email Newsletters?

    I like it when a newsletter rounds up all the content from the past week. That way, I only have one thing to check every week, rather than visiting the site multiple times. PLUS, I never have to see the same content twice. I read the newsletter once. Then when I'm done, I'm done. No more repeats.

    Stored on: March 30, 2018

  • Bare-Knuckle Boxing and Crazy Quilting | The Art Institute of Chicago

    If this quilt could talk, it would say, "putemup! putemup!"

    Stored on: March 30, 2018

  • Spring in the Museum | The Art Institute of Chicago

    Zorach’s "Landscape (recto)" reminds me of another painting at the Art Institute: Georges Braque's "Landscape at L'Estaque" (in Gallery 391A)

    Stored on: March 30, 2018

  • Voting helps you feel connected in your new neighborhood - Spudart

    I almost didn't get a chance to vote! The polling place asked to see my drivers license. They gave me a little bit of grief for having my old address on my drivers license. Even though I am registered to vote at my new address. Technically, I believe it's not required to show my ID in the first place--if I'm registered at my current address--which I am. The woman at the counter got confused. I felt like I was going to get kicked out. While waiting for the approval to vote, the thought did run through my head that I don't belong here. Thankfully, they let me vote. And they let me feel like I belong.

    Stored on: March 20, 2018

  • Something Between Want and Desire: A Book I Must Own

    Wow! This Mysterious Letters project is amazing! That is some amazing dedication to write so many custom letters to everyone. What a wonderful idea to write them to every single person in one town, and mail them all at the same time!

    Stored on: March 16, 2018

  • Toys R Us is shutting down | Diverse Tech Geek

    Huh, Target is pretty low compared to the top three. Most of my toy shopping is done at Target. Although I'm very sad for Toys R Us closing. As a kid, and to this day as an adult, I love going to Toys R Us. Being completely surrounded by aisles of toys. I love it... er... I loved it.

    Stored on: March 16, 2018

  • Kirk Vuillemot, the Art Institute's framemaker - Spudart

    Makes you wonder if you are a frame creator, what sort of frames would you have at home? Or maybe it's one of those things where you do it so much at work, you don't want to see work-related stuff at home.

    Stored on: March 15, 2018

  • Youtube kicked me out of their partner program - Spudart

    I wonder if this whole Youtube-kicking-people-out-of-their-partner-platform will actually make it easier to make money on Youtube. Less competition.

    Stored on: March 15, 2018

  • The Long Winter - Scorekeepers Union

    I love hearing the story of your sun with the baseball season. My daughter was born three weeks into the Cubs championship season in 2016. When the Cubs were in the World Series, I did a series of scorecards for Chicago Magazine. Every scorecard featured a drawing of my six-month-old daughter in the corner. Just thinking about how that worked out gives me chills. 🙂 I would be happy to contribute in anyway to Scorekeepers Union. I do some crazy scorecards.

    Stored on: March 12, 2018

  • Two minutes on Dominican flag from a Walgreens window - Spudart

    This Walgreens is across the street from where I work at the Tribune Tower. Coming to this part of the second floor is one of the places that makes me happy.

    Stored on: March 12, 2018

  • My social network usage (Spring 2018) | Diverse Tech Geek

    Nice to hear an update on your social media usage across channels. I've started blogging more, with the general goal of getting myself to appreciate life more. Blogging helps me to view things more constructively. Another reason why I blog is for the comments. I love comments. With that, I've given into Facebook, and have started to post excerpts of my blog posts directly on my Facebook profile. (Not my Facebook Page, because of Facebook's dialing-down on Pages). So far I've gotten a good amount of comments on Facebook for these posts. It makes me feel like what I'm writing is appreciated.

    Stored on: March 12, 2018

  • T3: Kumo Cloud Storage Service | The Andersen Library Blog

    Kumo sounds supero!

    Stored on: March 9, 2018

  • Podcasts of things I've listened to or want to listen to

    The iTunes podcast feature has been so buggy for me, I've been looking for a new podcast routine. I'll give Hufferduffer combined with feedly. I'll subscribe to all my favorite podcasts via feedly. Then every couple days, I'll go through feedly and select which podcasts I want to add to Hufferduffer--which then will populate my phone with audio with the Downcast app.

    Stored on: March 8, 2018

  • Organizing my research related reading

    I was curious where you drafted your blog posts, so I searched your site for “drafts”, and came across this wonderful post. I’m saving this to my Instapaper for further reading. Lots of great workflows here! (You are also slowly turning me on to Webmention–I still need to install and try it out). I have a feeling you will be revolutionizing how I use my websites.

    Stored on: March 8, 2018

  • The Ramblings of a Chicagoan: Happy National Cereal Day

    Oh man, I don't even know how you were able to rank the cereals. Your list inspired me to write my own. I'll be posted on my site in a about a week--the wait is to hype the drama--or that I'm too busy using my bare hands to stuff my face with cereal

    Stored on: March 8, 2018

  • Meet the Staff: Kirk Vuillemot | The Art Institute of Chicago

    What wonderful insights by Kirk Vuillemot. I'd love to read an entire book by him talking about various frame treatments. Would it be possible for Kirk to give a gallery tour, talking about frames in the Art Institute's collection?

    Stored on: March 8, 2018

  • The Mona Lisa transition on Google Images - Spudart

    FYI, I was looking up Mona Lisa images for an art project I'm working on that involves SHA256 hash algorithms.

    Stored on: March 7, 2018

  • Google suggests Mister Rogers to me - Spudart

    I'm looking forward to this movie, however I'm not sure how Tom Hanks will be as Mister Rogers. One thing I am very glad for is Mister Rogers episodes on Youtube! 🙂

    Stored on: March 7, 2018

  • Blogging more helps me appreciate things in life - Matt Maldre

    My lede on this post is really bad. I start by talking about Wordpress desktop applications. When the post is really about the spirit of blogging. The desktop app is just a means to the bigger point. Ah well. Such as the spirit of posting quickly. 🙂

    Stored on: March 7, 2018

  • A Database for the Birds | Ames Library News

    Can IWU alumni have access to this wonderful bird database?

    Stored on: March 5, 2018

  • Work of the Week: An Amorous Festival of Love | The Art Institute of Chicago

    This aspect of the Edo period sounds wonderful.

    Stored on: February 15, 2018

  • Peanut butter brownie cheesecake (low carb) | Bijoux & Bits

    OMG I am drooling on my computer.

    Stored on: February 14, 2018

  • The Ramblings of a Chicagoan: Making a List

    1. Oh yes, I keep a paper notepad to write down ideas and diary entries. Every time at lunch, I try to write at least something. It doesn't have to be a lot. Even just a few lines. 2. You might find the flip phone more annoying in our current era. But who knows? Give it a try! 5/6. Yeah, it certainly seems like Star Trek had a lot more attention in the late 80s and 90s. Especially with tv series like Star Trek New Generation. And now Star Wars is getting all the attention. Part of that attention to Star Wars might be due to the long time where Star Wars pretty much fell off the map. When Star Wars started to come back, it had people a lot more excited, because of that draught. 7. I'm listening to Ghostbusters II now too. Oh man. Bobby Brown. His 1988 album "Don't Be Cruel" was one of the first CDs I ever owned! Man. I can even remember unwrapping it during Christmas that year. Back then CDs came boxed in really long packages, so they could sit inside the old record LP cases. 8/9. Where would you want your essay to be published? 10. Yes. More blog posts in this style. I will take blog posts of any style!

    Stored on: February 12, 2018

  • A report on trees | urban plant research

    The winters are long. Awaiting the days when green plants sprout from sidewalk cracks. (excuse the off-topic comment, but I had to express my yearning somewhere!)

    Stored on: February 12, 2018

  • Breadth vs. Depth – Chris Thilk

    This makes me feel better about being a generalist. I often yearn to dive really deep into one area, to really master it, and have the sense of accomplishment. But your post here excellently explains the value of being a generalist.

    Stored on: February 7, 2018

  • Ames Student Art Award | Ames Library News

    Congratulations to Justice Macklin! I'm glad to see this award continuing onward. I went to IWU when they first created this award in 1996. 🙂

    Stored on: February 7, 2018

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