Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Someone cut a corner on research.

Insane car crash.

Not even sure this is real.

Stupid Laws.

There are countless stupid laws still on the books and since we are from Chicago, here are just a few from that region...

No one may stand on the sidewalk on the 500 block of Illinois Ave.

Law forbids eating in a place that is on fire.

It is illegal to give a dog whiskey.

It is forbidden to fish while sitting on a giraffe’s neck.

Kites may not be flown within the city limits.

In the Pullman area, it is illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while sitting on the curb.

It is legal to protest naked in front of city hall as long as you are under seventeen years of age and have legal permits.

All businesses entering into contracts with the city must sift through their records and report any business they had dealing with slaves during the era of slavery.

Humming on public streets is prohibited on Sundays.

It is considered an offense to attempt to have sex with one’s dog.

Cars may not be driven through the town.

Crystal Lake:
If one wishes to plant new sod in his or her yard in the summer months, that person may not use the city’s water to water it.

Des Plaines:
Wheelbarrows with For-Sale signs may not be chained to trees.

Bowling is forbidden.

It is unlawful to change clothes in an automobile with the curtains drawn, except in case of fire.

For more stupid laws, visit Dumblaw.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


Eddie Griffin Crashes Ferrari Enzo. A 1.2 Million dollar loss. Only 400 ever made.

Meet Your Meat

I am ashamed that I have not had the strength (after trying several times) to be a vegetarian, but after seeing this, I am going to try again.


Monday, February 18, 2008

Animal abuse.

CNN reports... "Video of workers at Hallmark Meat abusing cows raises food safety questions." How about the ethical treatment of animals!!! The Humane Society of the United States released a video Wednesday it says shows mistreatment of "downed" cows at a California slaughterhouse. (this is very graphic).

Friday, February 15, 2008

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


There's always one. :-)

Britney Blows.

Britney Spears Has blown $60 Million.

Congress vs Clemens

With all of the troubles in this country and in the world, is it really critical that our tax dollars be blown like this from Congress? How pathetic! (image by Reuters).

Running from cops.

Why would you do it. Can't win! (idiot). video

Woman sues BestBuy for $54M.

How much compensation does a consumer deserve for the loss of a laptop computer loaded with personal information? Raelyn Campbell figures it’s $54 million -- if you throw in a little extra for lost time and frustration.

via Red Tape.


WTF sign.

It should be on my front yard.

Bubble vs Smart

The intellectual property battle continues as more and more Chinese cars make their way to Europe. The car at the centre of attention today is the Chinese-built minicar, better know as “The Bubble”.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

We're doomed!

Jesus Lord! If this wasn't so common, it MIGHT be funny. Deep shit... that's where were headed.

Wheel of Fortune Idiots.

Miss Teen USA 2007.

South Carolina answers a question. OMG, we're all going down!

Perfect pictures for an imperfect world.

Sea of Garbage.

The Citarum river, in Indonezia, is possibly the most polluted river in the world, due to mankind’s greed and insensibility regarding environment. via Oddity Central.


The Aerotrain was a hovercraft train developed in France from 1965 to 1977. This project was abandoned in 1977 due to lack of funding and the death of Jean Bertin.

China's iClone.

Cellphones, microchips, cars, even iPhones—there's virtually no high-tech Western product that China's cloners can't copy. via popsci.

Brick Pricks.

On Friday, I wake up to find this... (my new BBS wheels now stand for Bye Bye Sweethearts).

Wrecked Exotics

This turbo charged Audi A6 was involved in a high speed racing crash. The driver was 33 year old Ferenc Potzner, a famous motorcycle stunt rider. More at Wrecked Exotics.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Geometry of Death.

This stunning image by Deborah Lattimore says it all.

Sauron's Kingdom - Moscow.

Photo by Alexander Petrenko. For the second year in a row Moscow has been the world's most expensive city. This is NOT a place you want to live in.


Trust me... I LOVE ART. It moves me in ways that are very difficult to describe. This site claims to showcase "good graffiti" under the "Senseless Acts of Beauty" banner... unless it's your building of course. Then, it's not so good.

The Invisible Bungalow.

A farmer who built a bungalow inside his barn to bypass planning laws has been ordered to demolish the structure. (Strange Harvest)

Hard Work.

This is a bit late, but I love it so much that I have to share it again. When Bush was elected for the second term, this guy was so pissed, he wrote this on the back of his truck. It was parked in front of my bank, and I saw it when I went to make a deposit.

Dirty Wife.


While eating diner at a sidewalk cafe in Bucktown (Chicago) I witnessed the following...

(make note of the Porsche in the photo above)...

The guy who owns the Porsche walked towards his parked car, another car pulled up behind, and assumed he was leaving the parking spot, so he sat there and waited until he pulled away so he could park there. While he was waiting, the white undercover (not) car pulled behind the guy waiting for the parking spot and started sounding the siren. The guy gets spooked and left (don't know why). After he leaves, the cops pulls up to the Porsche and sits there waiting for the same spot!!!!!!!!!.

But better yet, the Porsche guy wasn't actually leaving, he was just putting shit in his car, so what does the cop do. PARKS BY THE HYDRANT. And for what? to go eat at the same place i was at.

So they park and these two FAT ASS women with guns get out. CLASSIC!!!!!! What a bunch of CRAP!!!

Not My Job.

Do Whatever You Want.

Holy crap!

(no pun intended).

Costly Costco.

On a recent trip to Costco I was astonished to see the method of purchasing items they have developed that in my view unnecessarily contributes massive amouts of trash.

For example, if you want to buy a simple roll of stamps, Costco has created these massive palettes full of empty plastic containers (some are as large as 10x13 inches, (example above) for a tiny roll of stamps) that just has the item description on it. You then take this to the cash register, and they give you the roll of stamps.

After this point, the plastic packaging has nowhere to go except the land fill where it can sit there for thousands of years decomposing.

Sadly, they do this for a variety of products, including the Apple iPods (I hope to God Apple isn't in on this) and the Garmin Nuvi.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Clam at Quiznos

Posted without comment.


About a mile down the street from my office is the little store called DISCO UNT. The funny thing is, that it is supposed to say discount, but they ran out of room. I laugh out loud every time I drive by it.

In my eye.

On evening, I went to a local restaurant with my wife. It was quite windy that day so on the way in, something very sharp blew into my eyes. I really needed to get to a bathroom and see what was in there so I could wash out my eyes. I rush in, and find that the mirror was so high, i could barely make out my hair peninsula. (that's the very top of my head).

Children at play.

Near my house is an alley were kids often play. The neighborhood finally got the city to come out and post a sign stating as much so all the speed racers that use that alley as a short cut would slow the fuck down. a few months later, the same city came to install a new electrical line for a building being renovated on the corner. 


I kid you not, this is real. Signs posted at construction site near my house, on both sides of the street! 

City at work.

Parking meters assigned new restrictions by the meter maids.


Seen by the cash register of my local Subway.

Art vs Gangs.

There is an absolutely gorgeous building being restored in Evanston, Illinois and one day I drove by it and noticed this tag on the entire front of the structure, almost a block long.

While graphitti  is objectionable to plenty of people, unless you own your own building (as I do) it is pretty difficult to ignore the level of frustration this causes. Beyond the obvious vandalism and costs, it's impossible to understand how someone gets to the point where they think they can just write (or draw) whatever they want on someone else's belongings. I don't get it.


Posted without comment, except to say... don't ask why I went to McDonalds, i was desperate and in a hurry that day. :-)

Saturday, February 9, 2008

In the details.

I am often asked to speak on the subject of design, typography and advertising and the issue of craftsmanship is always part of it. When it relates to typography, kerning is the main discussion. Most people don't knowingly notice it, but I believe it creates a level of "spiritual disruption" that determines whether you feel at ease with what you are viewing or not.

Some professionals, and certainly beginners don't see the importance of this time consuming duty, believing what you type (on the computer) is what you get. I, of course disagree.

I struggled to explain that this was simply "cutting of corners" and tryed to highlight the importance of this (beyond the obvious). 

One day, while visiting some friends, i noticed workmen filling in an old staircase to a building basement with cement. On the way out, after a few hours, I noticed they had left. I was stunned to see the corner they had cut. They simply left the railing were it was, instead of removing it. It now stuck out of the sidewalk. This became a very physical example, and a good analogy that represents what happens when you don't do something as right as it should be.


Jon Stewart of The Daily Show rules!

Best Craiglist ad ever.

This is so good, it is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.

Sewer caps.

I often comment on an incident that happened in NY on a business trip with a client. While I use this as an example of how being aware of your surroundings fosters greater creativity, It struck me as odd that NY City has to go to China for its sewer caps. We were walking in the middle of Manhattan and came to a cross walk. While crossing the street, along with all the other pedestrians, and with my client next to me, in the middle of rush hour, I stopped in the middle of the street, looked down and took a photo. A few minutes later, my client asked me why I had done that. He thought it was odd (and dangerous) for me to stop in the path of cars to take a photo (I always carry a camera with me).

At first, I was surprised that he didn't see what I saw, but then I began to explain to him that while crossing the street, I noticed that that manhole cover had "made in china" on it, and that I found that amazing that we had to go to china to get NY manhole covers.

He thought my story was even more amazing that I would even notice that, much less take a picture. He went on to say that this is what separates me and him. We often walk through life not noticing our surroundings and we let so much pass us by. I think it's a shame, and we need to make an effort to "see" more. interesting update to this story is that, a few years later, I went to New York for another meeting and noticed that, now, the manhole covers look like this (I guess that China was not cheap enough anymore and we had to go to India).

I then visit Los Angeles and see that they too are going to India.

But the starngest was the one in Las Vegas, were the cap is now from Mexico, but the rim ramings from India.