A Wall Street hedge fund manager puts it in plain language. The US’s current economy and culture have created wealth addiction, and it’s tearing this country, and probably the world, apart. Fantastic piece, read it:

I’d always looked enviously at the people who earned more than I did; now, for the first time, I was embarrassed for them, and for me. I made in a single year more than my mom made her whole life. I knew that wasn’t fair; that wasn’t right. Yes, I was sharp, good with numbers. I had marketable talents. But in the end I didn’t really do anything. I was a derivatives trader, and it occurred to me the world would hardly change at all if credit derivatives ceased to exist. Not so nurse practitioners.

Great article. Brought a different view point to Wall Street and our American culture than I had previously acknowledged. I find myself sometimes feeling like a wealth addict, which scares me, but at the end of day I remind myself that I’m working to allow myself a comfortable life with my wife and hopefully future children. Anything on top of that is gravy, unless it requires me to sacrifice time with my family.


Todd Snyder’s Desk….see more.

Kinfolk mag on his desk. Can’t stress this enough, it’s a wonderful quarterly publication and you should subscribe if you aren’t already.


I’ve held professional positions as a musician, a filmmaker, a professor, and a programmer. A lot of my friends see them as separate disciplines. If I tell a filmmaker I’m programming, they think that I’m no longer in show business. Similarly, most of my musician friends assume I’m just a…

If you’re anything like me, you find “Timber” by Pitbull feat. Ke$ha to be incredibly catchy while also horrifyingly annoying.

Well I write to you today having found a wonderful solution to this problem. I call it the Nullify-Pitbull Solution, or NPS for short. In an attempt to maximize the song’s catchiness and my overall enjoyment of it, I decided to attempt to remove the portions that annoyed me. It just so happens that I enjoy Ke$ha’s parts (something I never thought I’d write) and loathe Pitbull’s (something I expect to write again frequently).

To achieve full NPS bliss, simply blast the volume up while Ke$ha sings, and lower to a barely audible whisper during Pitbull’s portions…then jack it back up when Ke$ha returns and repeat. You’re now able to enjoy the song without the portions that make your ears bleed and your hope for humanity die.


Got the excellent Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly Carbon today from Kessler and the Philip Bloom Movember giveaway! Got the excellent Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly Carbon today from Kessler and the Philip Bloom Movember giveaway! Got the excellent Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly Carbon today from Kessler and the Philip Bloom Movember giveaway! Got the excellent Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly Carbon today from Kessler and the Philip Bloom Movember giveaway!

Got the excellent Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly Carbon today from Kessler and the Philip Bloom Movember giveaway!

You guys, the Music Box ( is celebrating its 30th anniversary by playing some amazing films this weekend. I wish I had time to see them all…hopefully I’ll be able to see two with the wife (TW from here on out).

North by Northwest — maybe my favorite film of all time.

The Big Lebowski — nobody fucks with da Jesus

Citizen Kane — one of the greatest films ever and a masterclass in storytelling, cinematography, and acting. To think Orson Welles was my age (25) when he made this picture blows my mind. Not to mention this was Welles feature debut.

$10 per ticket per show. Get to the Music Box people. It’s something special to see classic films on the big screen.



Ok Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, (yes groan, but listen up) has this new app out (iPhone and Android) that’s for people in abusive relationships. It’s called Aspire News and it’s disguised as a regular news app, but when you go to the “Help” section of the app, it…

This is wonderful technology and I can only hope that no one ever needs to use it, but the fact that it is available to them should the need arise is at least a bit comforting.


Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence was told to diet or risk her career in Hollywood, the Hunger Games star has revealed.

Interviewed in Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Lawrence said she was labelled “fat” and encouraged to lose weight by producers.

"It was just the kind of shit that actresses have to go through," said the 23-year-old winner of this year’s Oscar for best actress. "Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight.

"They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet. They thought that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldn’t still hurt me."

Lawrence said she had developed a technique for dealing with such issues after Academy recognition for her role in David O Russell comedy drama Silver Linings Playbook and box office glory for last year’s The Hunger Games. “If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet, I’m like, ‘You can go fuck yourself,” she said.



She deserves a standing ovation.

(via lucrezialoveshercesare)

I love Jennifer Lawrence so much. I hope I get to meet her and work with her someday.

(via wilwheaton)

She continues to be awesome even if rough around the edges. But at least that abrasiveness comes from brutal straight up honesty.

I had the pleasure of eating lunch with my bride today! This was the first time we’ve eaten lunch together during a work day. I went to get my 30-Day CTA pass fixed and called her to see if she was free for lunch afterward.

She was…so we went to Hannah’s Bretzel right by her work. It was her first time going and she liked it!

It was so nice and relaxing to see her during the work day. I’m a happy camper.

'Merica!! 'Merica!! 'Merica!! 'Merica!!



Tips for Google Reader users migrating to feedly | Building Feedly

Since Google’s taking Reader out back behind the barn in three months, Feedly is one of the alternatives I’m considering. Like every competitor, they’re scrambling to move their sync service away from Google, but to make things easy on yourself you can sign up with your Google Account now and import your feeds. That way you shouldn’t need to lift a finger when Feedly flips the switch away from Google.

Feedly is a different beast in a number of ways, though, so I’m finding articles like this very helpful. Thanks, Tom Reestman.

I’ve already migrated to Feedly and happy I’ve done so. It’s smooth, elegant, and natural for the user.


It’s that time of year again: check out our gallery of LOST valentines and share them with your constant!

Awesome Valentine!


The essence of Chicago captured on the back of a car.

In one week!

That’s all.

This could’ve been a tweet.