There’s a lot of work that I need to get done, and I feel like I’m spinning my wheels a little bit. I got a little traction today, but there’s a pile of stuff left to be done.

Argh. I need to make some lists.

Via @hrheingold:

Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist, author, documentarian, will be releasing his new book, Life, Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back on June 2nd.

In this video, the author of Ecstasy Club, Coercion, and others talks about the new book.

It’s available for pre-order on Amazon.

At a certain time of day, specifically, a little bit before 9 AM, if you exit onto the street at the Monroe stop on the Red Line in the Loop, you’ll see that the light reflected off the shiny glass building on the west side of the street illuminating the buildings on the east side of the street.

To me, it looks like glowing sunlight bones.



Well, I asked Google, and I found this metafilter page, which helpfully has an answer from one of my heroes, Robert Anton Wilson:

Robert Anton Wilson called it “metanoia”: Paranoia = “everything wants to destroy me”; Metanoia = “everything wants to help me”. I’m not sure if he was getting that somehow from John Lilly’s metanoia, RD Laing’s metanoia, the New Testament’s metanoia, or just made it up on his own.

Good enough for me.

It’s been seeming like the city’s been talking to me lately.  For instance, there must be an “Ian” that lives (or has lived) in Rogers Park before me, and he’s taken it upon himself to leave little notes stuck all around the city:

Found on a newspaper distribution box outside the Rogers Park Post Office, on W. Devon Ave.

Found on a newspaper distribution box outside the Rogers Park Post Office, on W. Devon Ave.

There’s another one stuck on a newspaper box right on the corner of Sheridan and Lunt as well.  I walk by it practically every day.

Then Tuesday night, I’m having a little bit of supper with some friends between classes, and what do I see as I’m walking out of the restaurant?


It’s actually called ‘The Irish American News’.

So you got my attention, Universe.  What’s the message?


The Sun-Times is reporting that a beggar beat a woman with a 12″ stone crucifix, after the woman refused to give the beggar any money.

Pamela Johnson didn’t have cash for a woman seeking donations Saturday night, but the beggar had something for her: a beating. With a crucifix.

Johnson, 50, of the 2200 block of Tennessee Street, told police she was returning to her car about 10 p.m. when an unidentified woman approached her in the 200 block of East 5th Avenue, Cmdr. Richard Allen said.

“She said she didn’t have any money,” Allen read from the police report.

In response, the woman produced a foot-long crucifix made of stone and started hitting Johnson over the head.