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Friday, April 29, 2016

Moby Giving Free Music Away

One of my favorite musical artists Moby announced in March he would be giving away a free copy of ambient sleeping music. I just had the chance to download it today, and boy is it relaxing.....

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wrigley Field's New Look

About two weeks ago, I went with a few friends of mine to see Chicago alternative rock legends Local H play at the Metro. (It was the twentieth anniversary shows of their pivotal record As Good As Dead.) The show was terrific.

But one of the more surprising treats was seeing some of the new renovations at Wrigley Field. I absolutely love what they have done to the outside facade. It looks like they are really going through their history books, and making Wrigley look like what it did in the 19 teens. Below are some pics I took.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Podcasting Idea

About a year ago my friend Steve Anderson and I developed an idea for a podcast. The name of this idea is: "The Looking Glass". This potential program would examine how people became interested in their hobbies. We even came up with a tagline. "The Stories Behind Personal Interests". I really like this idea. It's a way to explore a person's story through a very personal mechanism. We all have hobbies, and we all can talk about them. But how we got into them is a much deeper story. Usually a parent, friend, or teacher introduced us to them. And this is the avenue of story-telling that I really want to explore.

Thus far I've been able to produce two episodes. The pilot episodes explores how a man, William Kalush, became interested in magic and Harry Houdini. It's one of my all-time favorite audio pieces I've created. You can hear it hear because Blogger won't let me embed two SoundCloud players in a single post.

The second episode features a person by the name of Nick Soulsby and it tells the story of how he became a fan of Nirvana. This too is an episode full of fascinating stories, and it tells the Nirvana story from a unique perspective. You can hear it below.

One of the top podcasting networks in the work is a network called Radiotopia. It is the home to such great podcasts as 99% Invisible, Love+Radio, and Fugitive Waves by the Kitchen Sisters. About a month ago, Radiotopia announced a contest where you could submit you idea for a podcast, and if you won, you could potential have your podcast join the Radiotopia network. So I decided to do something outside my comfort zone, and earlier tonight (Tuesday, April 12th, 2016) I have submitted the Looking Glass to Radiotopia for consideration.

I don't know what will happen. But I am just really happy that I did it. Of course it would be great if I advanced in the process, but in the end it really doesn't matter. I'm still going to produce this program no matter what. I'm still going to uncover really exciting stories, and share them with the world. That's a real joy.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Arrow 11:59
I literally just finished watching the latest episode of Arrow entitled 11:59. HOLY CRAP!!! What an episode!! This season of Arrow has been outstanding, and the primary reason has to be this season's villain Damien Darhk. He is a dastardly, file character.

This may sound weird, but this season of Arrow reminds me of a wrestling angle. The good guys just keep coming up short in defeating the bad guy every week. The bad guy is charismatic and down right evil. It is captivating and leaves on the edge of your seat every week. I cannot wait for Darhk to get his comeuppance. Such wonderfully done television entertainment. What an enjoyable journey it has been thus far.

If you haven't watched Arrow this season due to the lack lust third season, find it on Hulu immediately and start binge watching. You will not be disappointed.  It is a prime example of superhero storytelling at its finest.