GUYS. Downton season 2 is now free on Amazon Prime. I have to go.
“And then again, in London I met Diana Villiers.” Said Dr. Maturin. And Alec Boyle had to put the book down for a minute before continuing. Even though he had already read it. Three times. You’re a tricksy hobbit Mr. O’Brian, tricksy indeed.
What do you despise? By this are you truly known.– Frank Herbert, Dune (via fuckyeah-literature)
jenawithonen asked: lol, childlike idiocy. okay.
Boylemedia will be signing off of our web presence this weekend in order to keep our blood pressure under control. Let us all take a moment of peace though and be thankful that America continues to waddle through history with our sense of childlike idiocy intact.
Thoughts on cognitive dissonance:
The constancy with which Americans become more concerned by acts of violence which are essentially random than those which are chronic and institutional never ceases to enrage. 300 dead is a question for academics. 12 dead is a national goddamn panic attack.
Science: Scientists Invent Wonder Material That... →
Scientists have invented artificial pores as small as the ones in your cells—something unimaginable until now. These sub-nanometer synthetic pores are so tiny that they can distinguish between ions of different substances, just like a real cell. It’s an amazing engineering feat. Well, looks like my argument of “better stay put in the Mid-West, because fresh water will soon be a...
Space Christ →
Trust me, just click the damn link, you’ll never be the same.
CATHERINE WAGNER | Poetic Labor Project →
curate: I AM A POET AND I HAVE one of the jobs that poets are supposed to want at our moment in history. I work at a park-like sharecropper estate called a university. I am not myself a sharecropper; I am an associate professor of creative writing. I make $62,500 a year, wildly more than I made when I was a sharecropper (I was one for thirteen years). $62,500 is supposed not to be very much for...
what I imagine happy hour in Roscoe Village is...
Thoughts on Midwestern Geography:
Every home in the San Francisco Bay area is within simultaneous walking distance of both the ocean and the mountains. Every home in Chicago is within simultaneous walking distance of TWENTY THOUSAND OTHER FUCKING BUNGALOWS.
CHIBOULEVARDS: Malört Cocktails of Note →
chiboulevards: Oh Malört, and your disgusting aftertaste. There’s something about this strange brew that warms the heart of Chicagoans. Maybe it’s buying a shot for an unsuspecting friend who is visiting from out of town? I’ve begun to see all kinds of Malört novelties, including this candle made from a Malört…
Thoughts on the closing of Ciao Napoli
According to @chiboulevards Ciao Napoli will be closing their doors after this weekend. While it is always sad to see a business close, and I feel bad for everyone involved, it is also about damn time. The place is never busy, and its no wonder - every time I’ve tried eating there in the last year my pizza has been a soggy, unimpressive mess. Here’s hoping that the owners and...
Here is my major contribution to urban planning for the day: if you want your city to look like anything other than shit, you need to run your phone cables and power lines underground.
It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times.
Looking at pictures of my my ancestral village (on the German side) and becoming increasingly incensed at America’s insistence on allowing people to build ugly things without interference.
There is in all things a pattern that is part of our universe. It has symmetry,...– Dune (via wearemerelystardust)
It is remarkably hard to fight this momentous feeling, that very soon one will be confronted with a previously unimaginable dwindling of options. There is a slow burning hope though, in vainglorious dreams of self-control.
Chicago: The New Century Struggle →
A brief but interesting take on Chicago’s current state and economic prospects. It dovetails nicely with a lot of things I’ve been thinking on the same subject, which I’m making an effort to write up in a longer form. Stay tuned.
Chicago's segregation, seen via time-lapse on the... →
The video is, as the author says, rather obvious. The interviews and commentary that follow though are intriguing and illuminating.
America's Richest Cities, 1978 and Now →
An exciting bit of numerical cartography. If only Chicago had found a way to keep all those dollars inside the city, instead of letting them spill away over our vast sub-urban moors.
Because a true victory is to make your enemy see that they were wrong to oppose...– Gul Dukat, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, “Sacrifice of Angels” Is it bad that I am with Dukat on this one? (via commodork)
A System of the World
My new goal is to be like one of those Korean pro-gamers who die in their chair, only instead of playing Warcraft I’ll be reading Neal Stephenson.
Worth It: Worth It: Not Having a Driver's... →
This Jezebel article perfectly summarizes the glory of abandoning the burden of car ownership.
Science Journalism Incompetence
Hey guys, lets all write really lazy articles about the H-B research, and make NO EFFORT to explain why what they haven’t found is at least as interesting as what they have. Ok? Awesome. Sweet. Good job.