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Colossus (Part I)

The figure of the colossus is a common trope found in many cartoons. I’ll start this series off with some relatively derivative / repetitive poses from the “as we see ’em” books I came across during research.

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It’s a plane! It’s a car! It’s a… really large shoe?

Researching political cartoons and caricatures inevitably leads to uncovering things I cannot hope to understand. For example, this man is depicted as an ice cream maker: (I mean, I get it, he’s W. H. Ballard of the Ballard Ice Cream … Continue reading

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Things to do / see / eat in Chicago(land)

Sometimes people email me and they are like “HEY I AM GOING TO CHICAGO” and I am like “AWESOME” and then I type them up an email of everything I think they should do. From now on, I’ll just send them … Continue reading

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These are a few of my favo(u)rite things…

Some of my favo(u)rite things are improv, pirates, Canada, making fun of Canada, and exposing (US)American ignorance about Canada. This post combines them all! — Once upon a time, I was hosting some Canadian friends in Chicago. We went to … Continue reading

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Gerrymandering FTW (for the win, for real)

Gerrymandering: a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries to create partisan advantaged districts. (Thanks, wikipedia!) Today, I offer an Ontario / Massachusetts mash-up to demonstrate why I think … Continue reading

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Photo Auto Guides: The Prequel to Mapquest & Google Earth

On our road trip from Chicago to Seattle, I was quite fond of pointing out (usually during periods of inclement weather and / or unusual traffic patterns, such as why are you trying to force us off the road, truck?!) … Continue reading

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Sitting in the library on a Saturday

Woe is me. I’m comfortably seated in the wonderful, window-full, sun-spackled Bellevue Library reading a book, but all I want to do while reading this book for review is browse through and read other books. Some titles that are calling … Continue reading

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Chicago-land Activities

Sometimes people email me and they are like “HEY WE ARE COMING TO CHICAGO” and I am like “AWESOME” and then I type them up an email of everything I think they should do. From now on, I’ll just send … Continue reading

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“What do they do in there? Play hide and seek?” – Mayor Daley

Way back when, I spent a year in the Morgan Park High School International Language & Career Academy, an after-school program focused on architecture. In total, I think I’ve been on the Chicago Architecture Foundation boat tour 9,000 times. During the summer … Continue reading

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This nut didn’t fall far from the nut house.

As the visiting Canadian and I wandered Millennium Park the other day, a parent beside us proudly announced to some other parents: “He’s in the 50th percentile for weight and the 90th percentile for height!  What about your kids?” The other parents … Continue reading

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