Archive for April 2013

How not to look dumb on Twitter

How not to look dumb on Twitter
NFL player Mike Wallace tweeted some dumb stuff in the wake of NBA player Jason Collins coming out as gay. Of course, he’s not the only one to tweet dumb things as the all too common appearance of homophobic, racist and sexist trending topics shows. The first rule of how not to look dumb on... Read more »

Online job applications are a pain in the a$$

Online job applications are a pain in the a$$
Looking for jobs usually begins with updating a résumé. Care is taken not only to tout job responsibilities and accomplishments but also to make the résumé visually attractive. Job seekers carefully select fonts and text sizes. They play with white space and bullets. Then when everything is just right these job seekers are forced to upload their... Read more »

New arts festival brings eclectic performers to Edgewater and Uptown

Pivot Arts is bringing a new arts festival to Chicago’s Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods this summer. The Pivot Multi-Arts Festival will run from June 6-22. The three week festival features a wide variety of events including live music, plays, dance, puppetry, improv, a community picnic, and performances for children. The events will be held in a variety... Read more »
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I am 40

I am 40, and my back hurts. Of course that’s probably because I’ve had back problems for over 10 years. I am 40, and I’m tired. Of course that’s probably because I have rarely had a good night’s sleep since having children. I am 40, and I’m out of shape. Of course that’s probably because... Read more »

What is CISPA and what happened to the planned blackout to protest it?

What is CISPA and what happened to the planned blackout to protest it?
The hacker group Anonymous called for a voluntary Internet blackout to protest CISPA, but at this time no major websites seem to be participating. So what is CISPA anyway, and why would anyone want to protest it? Furthermore, why did the CISPA blackout fail to get high profile participants? What is CISPA? CISPA is the... Read more »

An Edgewater birthday with locally sourced gifts

In addition to so much horrible news last week the norovirus spent the week traveling through the gastrointestinal systems of my family. By the weekend my husband and I still weren’t fully recovered, so my birthday celebrations were rather subdued. As someone who prefers her birthday celebrations subdued that was perfectly fine with me. All... Read more »
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My name is Kim. I am addicted to Google Analytics

My name is Kim. I am addicted to Google Analytics
The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? Hi, I’m Kim. (You’re supposed to say, “Hello, Kim!”) I am a Google Analytics-oholic. I am addicted to Google Analytics. I check my pageviews multiple times a day even on days I haven’t posted anything new. I’m obsessed with my Google Analytics. Sometimes it feels... Read more »

Best foreign films for people who don't like foreign films

The Red Riding Trilogy (UK)<br><iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Nx5rqw9tXB8?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br>My first three foreign film recommendations are a trilogy from three different directors. They follow the investigation of a serial killer over the course of a decade.
Foreign films have a reputation for being slow, artsy and introspective, but the truth is the styles and subjects of foreign films vary as widely as the styles and subjects of American films. This gallery highlights some of the best foreign films I know for people who don’t like foreign films. Some of them are... Read more »

List 40: The unwritten lists

List 40: The unwritten lists
I am turning 40 next Sunday. As an odd dedication to that particular milestone birthday I have been making 40 items lists each week for 40 weeks. The lists varied from the personal to the practical to the bizarre. You can see all the lists here. This is the last of those lists, and this... Read more »
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Why do Chicago Park District programs have registration for summer so early?

Registration for summer sessions of Chicago Park District programs starts online April 15 and 16, and in person registration for most parks is April 20. This is absurdly early and not just because most new Chicago Park District programs won’t start until July. The Chicago Park District registration for summer programs is absurdly early because... Read more »