Sunday, February 21, 2016

Chicago Airport

I enjoy long layovers, where I can wander leisurely and enjoy the bustle.

Where I can eat at my own pace and look up why Chicago’s airport has the code ORD:

A defunct community just west of Chicago called Orchard Place became the site of a military (and later, commercial) airport called Orchard Field. In 1949, the airport was renamed O’Hare International Airport to honor Edward O’Hare, the U.S. Navy’s first flying ace and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II. Its International Air Transport Association code, “ORD”, remained unchanged.

Sources: History of Airport Codes & O’Hare on Wikipedia


Saturday, February 20, 2016

No idea

These images are not only unrelated to each other, they don’t really sum up what was a glorious, almost summer-like day.

Heritage Bank eagle

2016 Auto Show

Friday, February 19, 2016

Audi A6

The digital dashboard of the Audi A4 was likely my favorite thing about this year’s auto expo, and that’s only because I’ve never sat in a Tesla. Though I fiddled with the controls of the virtual cockpit and felt like it might not be as neato in driving practice. So yay for pretty, but I’ll take an old fashion gauge, thanks.

Toyota Prius

I can’t take my eyes off the new Toyota Prius taillights.

Chevy Spark

Not sure how I feel about graphic patterns on a dashboard, in this case, the Chevy Spark.

Honda Civic

The Civic has come a long way, and now I can somewhat fit comfortably in the driver seat and have a little headroom. The styling and suite of technology included are impressive. (Save for the chrome plastic thing across the grill.)

Chrysler Pacifica

Somehow this D-pillar blackout treatment on the new Chrysler minivan works.

Jeep Renegade

Finally saw a Renegade up close. That detail in the taillight is suspect, kawaii.

Previous Auto Shows: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015


Thursday, February 18, 2016


I’d been looking forward to this game since the announcement two years ago. As a fan of Panic Software, Olly Moss’ keen design and Jane Ng’s environmental work, I figured it would be a beautiful thing, and it is. I kept pausing in my virtual tracks and taking photographs of the tv to capture the scenery (until I finally realized the Playstation can take screenshots).

I thought the ending wanted a bit more oomph, but really this game was largely about the journey and story. In that regard, it hit the right notes and I hope this is the beginning for many more chapters in the future of developer Campo Santo and team.

R.Ring at MOTR

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Always a pleasure to see R.Ring. This go ’round they were joined by cellist Lori Goldston and drummer Leo Deluca and it was good. Hankering for more. If I could be a groupie and follow them around I totally would, because they’re solid people to boot.

Edie, ever closer

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Edie, consoling the day after the root canal.

She’s been getting friendlier as the years go by. Still not into being petted, but she likes to be near.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Root canal

Got my first root canal. It was surprisingly not horrible; 45 minutes with barely any discomfort during the procedure.

The next day however, the area is swollen and a bit tender.

Had a interesting talk with the endodontist about drill bits and files, how new materials offer greater flexibility.

Root canal files

Lots and lots of files…

Root canal files

Then I got a picture of my beard under the microscope for giggles.

Beard under microscope

Kitchen failure: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Strawberry rhubarb

Why there was fresh rhubarb available at the market, I’m not sure, but it spoke to me as it always does. My first attempt at strawberry rhubarb pie was pretty much a bust. It’s less pie and more fruit soup in a crust. Chalking this up to iteration.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Ingredients along the way

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