Archive for August 2011

My Hobby: Hating the Dallas Cowboys

My Hobby: Hating the Dallas Cowboys
In the David Mamet film “State and Main”, Alec Baldwin plays a scummy movie star in his late 40s named Bob Berringer, who reminds himself constantly that “everyone has a hobby”. His hobby, while filming on location, is hooking up with local high school girls. I have a hobby that is less devious, less dirty,... Read more »

America: Dump Reality TV, Get a Life

America: Dump Reality TV, Get a Life
The few times that I paid attention in History class I actually learned a few things about America. I’m not talking about facts about wars or who was the 21st President of The United States. What I remember most is the few things I picked up about Americans and what grabs our attention. I remember... Read more »

Smartphones, Dumb Pastimes at Major League Baseball Parks

Ever since Sony introduced its Camcorder product in the late 1980s, every gadget geek and fool accidentally invited to a Sunday cookout has taken it as an open invitation to capture hours and hours of the mundane on video. Ever since the advent of YouTube, every bad note sung on American Idol, every lousy kung... Read more »
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So, the Bears are back. Football is back.

So, the Bears are back. Football is back.
I saw this bus shell advertizement in Ravenswood the other day, asking us “What’s your favorite little thing about Chicago?”. In the know-it-all asked-and-answered tradition of corporate media, this BP ad told us that baseball must be that favorite thing. The poster must not have been up even a day before the first rebuttal came.... Read more »

Put Your Dukes Up for Fistball!

Put Your Dukes Up for Fistball!
The US national team is knee deep in the IFA Fistball World Cup right now. They’re ready to face the Czech Republic on Friday after knocking off Japan in three straight games a day ago. Watching fistball is so fun you’ll want to jump in and play. And it’s probably easier to watch than explain.... Read more »