Archive for November 2014

Top 4 Vins in America

<strong>#4 Vin Diesel</strong><br><br> Even though his real name is Mark Sinclair, I still felt he earned a spot on this list.  It may also be worth noting that every Vin I could think of made this list.
How many Vins can you name? Not a Vince, Vincent or Vint, but Vin. I was able to come up with only four, so I ranked them.

8 Reasons to do a Jigsaw Puzzle This Christmas Season

8 Reasons to do a Jigsaw Puzzle This Christmas Season
Growing up, my family always did Christmas-themed jigsaw puzzles and then as I got older I realized that wasn’t the case for everyone, and in fact, VERY few people do them. I love ’em, so I’m here to evangelize their merits. Here are 8 reasons to do a puzzle this Christmas season. 1. They are... Read more »

Substitutes for Saying "Jesus Christ", Ranked

Substitutes for Saying "Jesus Christ", Ranked
Christmas is coming up and you know what that means: Santa and God are both monitoring your behavior and deciding what kind of presents you deserve on Christmas. Since that means that this is the worst time of year to get caught taking the Lord’s name in vain, I cobbled together a handy list of... Read more »
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Apology Day: My Made-up Holiday for Blogapalooz-hour

Apology Day: My Made-up Holiday for Blogapalooz-hour
A writing challenge was issued to ChicagoNow writers to create a holiday that should exist, and we have one hour to do it. My idea is Contrition Day. It’s not just a day where you sit (or kneel or pray) around feeling guilty for the wrongs you have committed, but a day where you actually... Read more »

Black Friday Violence Fantasy League Rules

Black Friday Violence Fantasy League Rules
Are you tired of thinking, “Sure, I am as amused as anyone when it comes to hearing about fights or stampedes on Black Friday, but I just wish I could somehow make money from them.”? I used to be as well, and then I started my all-new (not just partially new) Black Friday Violence Fantasy... Read more »

Marco Benevento on Sharing New Tunes, Opening the Vocal door, & Bees, Goats and Chickens

Marco Benevento on Sharing New Tunes, Opening the Vocal door, & Bees, Goats and Chickens
If you know about Marco Benevento’s amazing work up til now, you know that he has been almost entirely instrumental.  He is a master of his craft with a background in jazz, funk, jam, rock, and all things behemoth in sound.  But, now, he has come to a turning point inviting us listeners into a... Read more »
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10 things that Republicans Taking Control of Congress Proves

10 things that Republicans Taking Control of Congress Proves
According to my childhood friends and parents (I’m from Oak Park), progress officially died on Tuesday. Here are the 10 things that the GOP unquestionably proved by retaking control of Congress. 1) That psycho guy on your news feed that blamed Obama for everything from trying to steal his machine gun while he was sleeping to the faux Ebola crisis was... Read more »

Profitable Bets Over Last Four Breeders' Cups

Profitable Bets Over Last Four Breeders' Cups
During each Breeders’ Cup there are two betting story lines I always monitor even though I never have the bankroll to play them: would betting $2 to win on every horse be profitable, and would betting every combination in each daily double be profitable? Here are the last four years of that data. During those... Read more »