Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Lord of the Rings: Two takes

The Lord of the Rings is like the Civil War, the Boston Red Sox, and Bob Dylan. There's so much to it that even if you don't take a personal interest, you have to respect the many who do.

Their enthusiasm, in turn, can take many forms. Chief among these are the pious, as in graphic artist J.T. Fridsma's painstaking visualization of the intersecting courses charted by the individual members of the Fellowship of the Ring:

...and the silly, as in this video from the popular parody site "How It Should Have Ended":

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I shot the moon

View east from LaSalle Street bridge, Chicago, Illinois

Monday, September 19, 2011

Old school cool

There's Gmail (the best) and there's every other free email service (the rest). Yet some of my favorite people — my brother Justin, an old improv pal, a lawyer buddy, Will Shortz — remain loyal to their old AOL email addresses.

Is it satisfaction with something good enough, old habits dying hard, or retro hip?

AOL email as status symbol

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

America: Made in India

My wallet happens to be made by Perry Ellis America.  I just noticed that the cloth tag, which is folded in half and sewn into the lining, reads "Perry Ellis" on one side and "America" on the other.

And thus did the manufacturer send the inadvertently political message "America: Made in India."

Friday, September 9, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Chicago in the house


Former world #1 junior and Windy City native Donald Young celebrates his fifth-set tiebreak victory over 14th-ranked Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. He's headed to the third round of the U.S. Open.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Ask an expert

This blog doesn't just tell you how to enjoy the U.S. Open, its friends tell you why players are dropping out of it.

In an article yesterday on Venus Williams' abrupt departure from the nation's largest tennis tournament, Karen Crouse of the New York Times quoted the brilliant ophthalmologist and FOBB&B Joanne Shen of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Nice one, Joanne!

An Ailing Venus Williams Exits