New York City

Correlation Does Not Imply Causation – unless it is unprofitable

September 22, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V – the brand new, hyper-violent, and incredibly realistic video game… just did the biggest weekend box office of any entertainment offering… ever. Bigger than any movie. Bigger than any musical act. I personally am repulsed by the concept of this entertainment/activity. But I am obviously in the minority. Grand theft Auto V […]

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November 18, 2011

Walking though the Loop. Ear-buds jammed in tight. Tunes cranked. My music shuffling through songs chosen to conjure up feelings and times from my past – like photos in an album, err.. I mean on my screen saver. Eyes in the present. Ears in the past. My mind somewhere in-between, integrating it all. Unlike LA, downtown Chicago is a great walking […]

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The Internet of Things

November 1, 2011

When the stream of media forming our consciousness is indistinguishable from the stream of consciousness forming our most enlightened media we will have arrived at a distinctly new place in human evolution.                                                 […]

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Writing About This Rather Than That (9/11)

September 11, 2011

I have an idea for a 9/11 essay, but will wait until after the event to write it. In the media ramp-up to the anniversary, I am on 9/11 overload. Perhaps not as much as my NYC brothers and sisters, or the survivors, or the families of the victims or other WTC alumni. The mixture of […]

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A Kindle Does Not A Library Make

June 7, 2011

The library is where I learned to dream. As a child, could you imagine walking through these portals to Fantasyland? This is the entrance to what was my local library – the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Grand Army Plaza. It was here I learned about the responsibilities of borrowing and returning […]

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World Class Background Noise

May 23, 2011

There probably are some better places to be a “street musician” than in the NYC subway system.  But when I went back home last week and saw the variety of performing artists and the quality of their music – I can’t imagine there are many. I use the term “street” very loosely.  Here you are […]

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Keeping Up With The Web

May 5, 2011

  The closer you get, the further ahead the finish line moves. I am talking about the impossibility of keeping up with the internet. We all try. Subscribe to a few more feeds. Spend a little more time reading the aggregators. Scan a few more tweets. And voila – almost current. By the way –  […]

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Hail Mary To The Chief

April 7, 2011

Regime change is about to happen in my adopted city of Chicago.  We will be Daley-less for the first time since 1989 – a whopping 22 years. While Rahmbo is trying to figure out his way to the patronage lists, there will be a small municipal power vacuum – kind of like skin ripping off […]

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Old MacDonald Meets AOL

March 5, 2011

Prices for farmland here in the Midwest are soaring, says the New York City-based newspaper of record. Up as much as 23 percent year on year for the prime stuff. And while I live in Illinois, a state that is corporate home to some of the world’s biggest multinational agribusiness operators in part because it […]

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