I binge watched Lost In Space so you didn't have to

Before I begin my review of Netflix latest series Lost In Space, I want to set the table, so to speak. First, it’s not easy for me to watch anything these days. Movies involve a babysitter and a tight window of opportunity. Our TVs are usually streaming Octanauts or PJ Mask (and whatever the next cartoon... Read more »

Writer's block comes in many forms

If you are a ChicagoNow fan or junkie, you probably have noticed a few changes around here.  Some good like the front page getting updated with new posts more often.  Some questionable like the Ask ChicagoNow posts.  ChicagoNow has always been a Hogwart’s for bloggers and our Dumbledoore left a few months ago (at least he... Read more »

The 7 winter coats you need to survive Chicago Winters - Men's Edition

<strong>Heavy Parka</strong>: this is for single digit temperature days when it hurts your face to be outside.
When it comes to winters in the Midwest, they are something else.  Not as brutal as Antarctica, Alaska or Greenland, but definitely a class of their own.  Chicago is particularly interesting because it is possible to experience all four seasons in one day, even in the winter!   Now the Woman’s Edition will take bit... Read more »
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When to quit a race and when to power through

So I got a newsletter from Athlinks and one of the items was a piece about whether or not to quit a race midway if you are having a bad day. Have you ever wanted to throw in the towel mid-race? If you have, you’re not alone. But what’s the difference between wimping out and... Read more »

Review: Geekbes Smart Socket WiFi Mini Plug

 I purchased a <a href="https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA3525XV4607" target="_blank">Geekbes Smart Socket WiFi Mini Plug 3-Pack </a> (Model YM-WS-1) when it was a flash sale at Newegg.
On a whim I purchased a 3 pack of Geekbes Smart Socket WiFi Mini Plug (Model YM-WS-1) a few weeks ago.  Ordinarily smart sockets are not a thing I  cannot live without, but it was a flash sale at Newegg so I figured a $25 investment wasn’t going to break me. I have been looking for... Read more »

What if Anakin Skywalker didn't kill the Younglings after all?

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YnwkE4trA48" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> <strong>The Evidence Against Anakin</strong><br><br>  After Anakin is brought over to the Dark Side he leads the attack on the Jedi temple, where the Jedi younglings hide from the battle outside, he allegedly murders them, in spite of the adorable youngling asking him for help.
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<em>Or is that really how it happened?</em>
A long time ago in a galaxy very far away some terrible things happened.   A dispute between the Republic and the Trade Federation sowed the seeds for the Rise of an evil Empire; a forbidden love affair between a jedi and a Queen exposed a clone army; Manipulated by a genius Sith Lord, the Galactic... Read more »
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All I could remember was Goodbye Doesn't Mean This has to be The End

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At the end of the movie Oh Heavenly Dog, this song plays at the end, during the credit roll. I could never figure out what the name of the song was.  I only ever watched it on free OTA TV (because I’ve never paid for cable) and they cut the credits before getting to the... Read more »

Things everyone should do for Thanksgiving once in their lives

Thanksgiving is once again upon us.  If you live in the USA you celebrate on the 4th Thursday unlike our more sensible neighbors to the North.  In the US, the holiday is meant to commemorate an event that took place when English colonists held a feast to thank Native Americans for helping them start new... Read more »

Can Larry David Walk it back?

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Curb Your Enthusiasm star Larry David sparked some controversy when he joked about trying to get a date at a concentration camp while hosting SNL last Saturday.  The joke starts about 5:40 into the video clip but there is a reference to the recent fusillade of sexual assault allegations in the new at 3:40. Whenever ... Read more »
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Music is the Ultimate Time Machine: Book of Love's Witchcraft

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It’s really cool listening to an old song and noticing something that you’ve never noticed before. Hat tip to Nina from You Know Neen for the headline idea. Recently, I added 90s Techno Tunes to my Spotify Playlists and have been listening to some old school synthpop while running. I discovered a reference to Dark... Read more »