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I have a snazzy reusable lunch bag made from recycled materials so I don't tend to buy those *smug*

Not that I use the lunch bag that much, I mostly just go out to eat

mh, Monday, 7 May 2012 16:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

these incredibly detailed instructions seem to be saying "you download the epub and put it on your ipad" basically: http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=8920

congratulations (n/a), Monday, 7 May 2012 16:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

That makes more sense than the directions on Overdrive. Thanks!

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 7 May 2012 16:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-dixon-comptroller-to-be-arraigned-on-charge-of-stealing-53-million-20120507,0,2940029.story

Court appointed attorney! Although I guess she can't afford an attorney now that they've frozen all of her assets.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Monday, 7 May 2012 20:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

This could be fun?
http://www.halfacrebeer.com/blog/2012/05/08/the-sands/

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

Jeff and I were just emailing about this. Only 350 tickets, going on sale Saturday morning. Jeff's prediction was that people would start lining up around 4 a.m.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah, with only 350 tickets I don't think I'm even going to bother trying.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yes, and I'm sure the first 175 will all buy two tickets. Then riots.

Jeff, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

Going to be out of town at a graduation anyway on Saturday, so problem avoided!

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

that whole process sounds really stressful
can't i just get tacos and beer and eat them at the time and place of my choosing?

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

well, has anyone every been to The Dock, where the half acre shindig is going down? Sounds like it could be pretty awesome regardless of what's going on.

deploying a sewer otter unit (askance johnson), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

The dock at Montrose Harbor? I've biked along it on many occasions on my way to the bird preserve.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah, at montrose.

deploying a sewer otter unit (askance johnson), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

can't i just get tacos and beer and eat them at the time and place of my choosing?

hah, this is my argument for not going to so many social events. so there's going to be these things, maybe they're cheaper or free even, but isn't it worth the money to pay for things so that I don't have to go somewhere with a bazillion other people?

mh, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

There are going to be hundreds of other events during craft beer week to choose from. Unfortunately the popular ones like this one are going to be complete clusterfucks to get tickets for. I have no doubts that it would be worth the price, I just don't want to compete by seeing who can stand in line the longest.

Jeff, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

It just seems so unnecessary stressful. Maybe if my life were otherwise stress-free I would be like yeah! exciting! but really I just want to do only exactly what I want to do in my free time, not struggle against other humans to get what I want, which is usually fairly modest (a couple of tacos, a couple of beers, a place to sit).

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

I wouldn't really consider being somewhere with 349 other people as being super crowded or anything, I wouldn't mind that part. I just don't want to have to wait in line for hours and hours at a separate time and day for the privilege of going to something.

I mean Dark Lord Day was at least just sitting at my computer trying to get tickets. If I missed out I would've wasted, oh, three minutes of sitting at my computer.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm sure part of the appeal is the availability of beers that would be hard to obtain otherwise. Many times these events are the only place many people can try them. Rare certainly doesn't always equal good, but it does in many cases of establish brands with a history of producing phenomenal special releases.

Jeff, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I understand that appeals to some people -- I just am not one of them. It seems pretty cool and full of excellent food and beer, for sure! I wonder what the entertainment will be? That would be something that could change my mind about whether or not it was worth the trouble.

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

Probably beer nerds doing live readings of their beer advocate reviews.

Jeff, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

I know the guy who runs the Dock and have been there a few times.

Steve Youngblood (dan m), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 18:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

Probably beer nerds doing live readings of their beer advocate reviews.

LOL

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

looks like sarah and i are going to go to pitchfork fest on saturday and sunday this year btw

congratulations (n/a), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

BREAKING NEWS

The ATM lobby of the Chase on LaSalle smells like weed.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm high as hell and I think I accidentally deposited my driver's license into the ATM.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 19:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

You're totally gonna have to fail some pre-employment drug test now b/c of this!

Pita Malört (Je55e), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 20:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

we now have three hungry baby birds chirping in a shoebox in our second bedroom and a crazy cat trying her best to get inside that bedroom. good times.

tomorrow morning I will take the birds to northerly island wildlife rehabilitation, where they should be well taken care of.

deploying a sewer otter unit (askance johnson), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 02:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

Where did the birds come from?

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 03:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

they were nesting in a cable box right outside our (second floor) porch and somehow the whole nest fell down to ground. We kind of suspect it was some cable guy working in the box who just threw it down, because it had been seemingly securely nestled in there. Anyway, the babies somehow seem okay but mama and/or papa bird were nowhere to be found and a rat was poking hungrily around the babies...

So after some massive freaking out we brought the birds up and then googled and then called this place and so hopefully all's well that ends well.

deploying a sewer otter unit (askance johnson), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 03:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

I hope so, too!

When we lived in NC I boxed up an injured woodpecker in our front yard and transported it to safety. I was afraid it was going to peck the shit out of me, so I wore these welding gloves that we use for oven mitts to pick it up.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 12:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2012/may/08/gay-rights-united-states

IL is so close to being awesome. We need to step it up!

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 12:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

Also, BOO NORTH CAROLINA.

I was kind of amazed at how many NC-affiliated twitterers seemed confident that voters would defeat amendent 1, and then subsequently shocked and disappointed when it passed. It's like we lived in different states.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 12:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ooh that Guardian page is nifty.

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 13:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah, those are some high quality infographics.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

A couple FB of my NC FB friends were disappointed too. Perhaps some people thought that Obama getting NC meant that things had changed. Also, people who live in places like Greensboro, Chapel Hill, and Durham might forget which state those relatively liberal towns are part of.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

I wish ENDA were getting as much publicity and support as gay marriage.

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

From some of the stuff I read on Twitter, it sounds like the wording on the ballot might have been really confusing.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Greensboro's rep as a liberal enclave is another bit of NC perception that has always made me smdh. xp

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

the amendment was misrepresented/misunderstood as only being a referendum against gay marriage - people didn't get that it also prohibited civil unions, and polls showed that if that had been better expressed, the amendment would've failed. not that that's any consolation. actually it makes it worse. sorry.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

it's pretty crazy that iowa is the midwest state most supportive of gay rights, is iowa traditionally liberal? i had no idea.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

I don't think so?

It blows that the wording was misleading, but it's also incumbent on voters to know what the fuck they're voting for. And still people who voted for it because they thought it "only" banned gay marriage are still shitty bigots. But that's probably what you meant by "actually makes it worse."

The trend is still towards acceptance of gay marriage so the big picture is comforting, at least.

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

I read that polls said that 7% of people who voted FOR the amendment thought it would legalize gay marriage. lolfart

Pita Malört (Je55e), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

Greensboro's rep as a liberal enclave is another bit of NC perception that has always made me smdh. xp

Truth. On a whole, not liberal.

Jeff, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Perhaps some people thought that Obama getting NC meant that things had changed.

I hate to say this, but a big part of Obama's ability to win NC was the fact that 20%+ of the state is African American. Obama won the state by only 0.3%, and obviously not everyone who voted for Obama is a fan of gay marriage.

it's pretty crazy that iowa is the midwest state most supportive of gay rights, is iowa traditionally liberal? i had no idea.

Yeah, Iowa is weird. IIRC, it's the OLDEST state in the USA (i.e., highest average age of its residents), so you would think it'd be hella conservative, esp. on gay rights. However, it's gone blue for five of the last six presidential elections -- even going for Dukakis. I think maybe what wins out is good old-fashioned Midwestern pragmatism.

Also, though, let's remember that gay marriage is legal in Iowa b/c of a court ruling rather than a legislative decision or public referendum.

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

Iowa has a long history of progressivism dating back to the 19th century, agrarian liberalism etc:

http://articles.latimes.com/2007/dec/30/nation/na-iowa30

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 14:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ah cool, I know a little about the history of progressivism in Minnesota and Wisconsin but barely anything about Iowa.

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

Iowa's not as loud as Minnesota but conservatism of the recent outspoken/judgmental variety is generally a bad look. The east half of the state is traditionally more liberal, the NW side is batshit crazy and keeps electing Steve King.

I actually work for a company founded by Henry Wallace, which is pretty funny because it's corporate now but Wallace was basically a hardcore socialist in his early career until it became a bad look.

mh, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

birds are okay, fyi, dropped them off and apparently they are going to be cared for until they are strong enough to be on their own and then they will be released into the suburbs.

deploying a sewer otter unit (askance johnson), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

Suburban bird diaspora

Polly biscuit face (carl agatha), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 15:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

I forgot we actually have an Iowan on this thread now! I like that the Chicago thread has historically drawn in visitors from neighboring states, like Jordan and Jocelyn. Welcome, mh.

sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:01 (1 year ago) Permalink


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