Archive for September 2013

"Listing Toward Forty" to become "Listing Toward Halloween"

"Listing Toward Forty" to become "Listing Toward Halloween"
For the month of October “Listing Toward Forty” will become “Listing Toward Halloween.” Since moving to a neighborhood where we get over 1000 trick-or-treaters a year I’ve come to really look forward to Halloween. This year I’m sharing my excitement with a month’s worth of Halloween posts. “But, Kim,” you may ask, “do you actually... Read more »

Why I love Chicago but hate "Chicagoland"

I love Chicago. I hate Chicagoland. That’s not just because I’m a city snob who hates the suburbs (although I am). It’s because I’m sick of seeing lists of “best things to do in Chicago” that include a bunch of destinations more than a hour away. From my home it takes the same amount of... Read more »

Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers: Who has the best music video?

Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers: Who has the best music video?
The Chicago Bears play the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 22 Sunday Night Football. Both are teams from cities with blue collar roots. Both are teams used to playing in harsh winter conditions. Both are teams with quarterbacks who their fans are often embarrassed by. There are so many ways to compare these teams, but today... Read more »
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Bears, Steelers: Where are the bad guys?

On September 22 the Chicago Bears play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. As a former Pittsburgher and current Chicagoan I cheer for both teams. Since they are in different conferences that is rarely a problem. This week is one of those times when it is. “Mama, where are the bad guys?” At first... Read more »

Pseudonyms and anonymity: A fake name won't protect privacy for long

A lot of people use pseudonyms online. If they don’t use a completely made up name they may omit their last name or only use their initials. People say they do this to protect their privacy or their children’s privacy. That they want to be anonymous. Unfortunately, pseudonyms are pretty weak privacy protections. Think of... Read more »

How to steal a fingerprint

How to steal a fingerprint
Apple announced that the new iPhone will include TouchID to allow users to make purchases by identifying themselves with a fingerprint. Sounds great, right? But while biometrics (such as fingerprints, palm prints, and retina scans) do have some advantages over passwords, they have their weaknesses too. And, yes, fingerprints can be stolen. I’m not talking... Read more »
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Fantasy football week one: Peyton Manning versus my bench

Peyton Manning tied an NFL record by throwing seven touchdown passes in the Denver Broncos season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. In fantasy football leagues two classes of players were defined: those who had Peyton Manning on their fantasy teams and those who did not. The latter category also had the subgroup of people unlucky... Read more »

Get an unprecedented look at what marketers know about you

How much do marketing companies really know about you? A lot. How do marketers know so much about you? They pay data brokers for information that has been collected from financial and legal records as well as your own disclosures. Now you can see that data too. Data brokerage giant Acxiom is offering an unprecedented... Read more »

For kids a perfect day doesn't have to be perfect

I like to take the kids to Millenium Park to splash in Crown Fountain every year. It’s a fun and uniquely Chicago thing to do on a warm summer day, but this year the season had slipped by. Suddenly it was Labor Day weekend, and we hadn’t been to Crown Fountain yet. We decided to... Read more »
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