Over the weekend, it occurred to me that I haven’t been to the movies in a great long time.  Of course, I’ve been watching stuff — Netflix, FearNet On-Demand, and so forth.

But, being in Chicago, I remembered that there was probably some pretty neat places to see interesting movies around here.  So I went looking on the web.  Here’s some that I found:

  • The Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwalkee Ave).  These guys seem cool.  They have showings of silent and classic films, and an organ for authentic silent film music!  Whoa!  If that wasn’t enough, they also have horror and sci-fi triple features once a month!
  • Music Box Theater (3733 N. Southport Ave.)  New-release independent cinema, along with some sweet classic midnight movies.  Buckaroo Bonzai?  On the big screen?  You betcha.
  • Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark St.)  Straightforward art-house cinema.  At the moment, they happen to be running all the best-picture nominees.  Might be a good place to catch the more “mainstream” alternative cinema, for all the contradiction that sounds like.

Right.  So that’s something to do on the weekends.

A visualization of my social networks, based on Facebook data.  Image generated by Nexus Friend Grapher (http://nexus.ludios.net)

A visualization of my social networks, based on Facebook data, Feb. 2009. Image generated by Nexus Friend Grapher (http://nexus.ludios.net) Click on the image for full-sized graphic

The beach at Loyola Park in Chicago.  It's thawing out, and starting to look really nice.

The beach at Loyola Park in Chicago. It’s thawing out, and starting to look really nice.

Today’s another pretty nice day.  It’s not as beautiful as yesterday, but still pretty nice.

I went and walked around a little bit in Loyola Park, which is actually my backyard.

It’s starting to thaw out, finally, and the park is really great now that it’s a civilized temperature outside.

I wish I had taken my camera out yesterday, when I walked essentially the same route.  There was an excellently creepy old snowman that someone built on the beach, probably a month ago.  It was dirty and melting, and standing in the sand with weather-worn gloves serving as his snowman hands.  The image of a melting, filthy snowman on the beach was kind of horrifying, in a nice way.

Alas, today, the snowman had melted away completely.

Birds use the melting icebergs near the shore as landing pads.

Birds use the melting icebergs near the shore as landing pads.

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timetoopenthewindowsIt’s beautiful today.

The temperature is something like 50 degrees, and all the snow that’s been covering the ground for the last month is melting.

It’s not spring time yet, but you can tell it’s getting closer.  It’s certainly a good day to air out the house.