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This is the archive page for the month [August 2005]; below you should see headlines and summaries of all entries found here from that month. Click the appropriate link at each to read the entire entry.

Happy BlogDay! | August 31, 2005
So I was reading through my RSS feeds this morning and realized that today is BlogDay 2005 - a result of a group of people to try to get bloggers to "share the love" once a year and to primarily...

Regarding the old-skool pleasures of newsletters. | August 30, 2005
So, like most other people, I too find myself these days on maybe a dozen mailing lists or so, some of which are ones I voluntarily joined, others which are just too big a pain in the ass to actually...

Random notes for August 30th. | August 30, 2005
Some random notes, while I'm here: --I heard from Chris Sharpe yesterday, that reader of mine in Austin TX I was talking about, who has this great DV B-movie coming out soon called Sex Machine. In answer to my questions,...

Odds and ends. | August 29, 2005
Lots of random notes today, including: a big correction about my recent podcast opinions; an encouraging thought about Chicago bus drivers; one of my readers is making a kickass B-movie; I'm fascinated by Joel Osteen; I'm fascinated with Flying Spaghetti Monsters as well; oh, and I'm fascinated with some new television shows too.

Dear podcasters - you suck! | August 26, 2005
I've been listening to podcasts for about a month now, and finally put my finger on why it's so far been mostly an unpleasant experience - that's right, most of them suck. Today, my reasons why I think this, and what podcasters could and should be doing to make their shows not suck so badly in the future. Plus, a few thoughts on my own podcast page, just started for the first time today.

[randommedia]: Interview with Meg Bell of the Chicago Mudqueens | August 25, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one an interview with Meg Bell, founder of the Chicago Mudqueens, a group of hot Suicide-Girl-type punk-rock women who actually do wrestle each other in the mud, then donate the proceeds to a local shelter for battered women. Recorded in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, as Meg and her friends construct a new stage for the group in Meg's backyard.

A few thoughts on "organically grown" companies. | August 25, 2005
I've been meeting up with SCORE recently, a non-profit group of retired corporate executives, to get some advice on this business plan I'm writing for the arts center I want to open. Today, some thoughts on what these meetings are like, plus some ruminations on how fast exactly a small business should grow.

Field report: "City of Destiny" reading at Quimby's. | August 24, 2005
Today, a multimedia report (text, photos and audio) from the recent "City of Destiny" reading event at Quimby's Bookstore here in Chicago. Lots of fun! Many, many mint juleps! Lots of goofy audio posts and photos!

Field report: Lillstreet Center. | August 23, 2005
Today, a multimedia report (text and photos) from the Lillstreet Center for applied arts, near Ravenswood and Montrose here in Chicago. It's a really amazing place; the photos have to be seen to be believed, in fact.

Odds and ends. | August 22, 2005
Lots of random notes today, including: my recent experience posting guest entries at the business magazine "Fast Company;" a few thoughts on how FedEx really, really blew it this week; I want Dodgeball to start setting up local physical clubs around the country; "Hacking Movable Type" made my fuckin' head hurt!; and ugh, I have a crush on one of my readers.

[randommedia]: "City of Destiny" report, part 1: Talk with my friend Jenna, Wicker Park, Chicago | August 20, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 1 of 5 of my report from the "City of Destiny" literary event at Quimby's Bookstore, Wicker Park, Chicago, organized and hosted by Katherine Hodges. Here: a talk with my friend Jenna, co-creator of the funny and bitter blog You Knit WHAT?!, as we traverse the streets of Wicker Park during rush hour.

[randommedia]: "City of Destiny" report, part 2: Smoke-break monologue, Quimby's Bookstore, Wicker Park, Chicago | August 20, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 2 of 5 of my report from the "City of Destiny" literary event at Quimby's Bookstore, Wicker Park, Chicago, organized and hosted by Katherine Hodges. Here: a monologue recorded during a smoke break at the event, about the podcasts I've been recently getting into, why I've been getting into them, and what I hope to achieve with this new podcast of my own.

[randommedia]: "City of Destiny" report, part 3: Interview with Jonathan Messinger | August 20, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 3 of 5 of my report from the "City of Destiny" literary event at Quimby's Bookstore, Wicker Park, Chicago, organized and hosted by Katherine Hodges. Here: an interview with Jonathan Messinger, a man of many talents - a creative writer himself, and the Books editor of Time Out: Chicago, plus the host of an insanely popular literary show at the Hideout, plus the editor of a popular website as well called This Is Grand (true stories from the Chicago transit system). Whew!

[randommedia]: "City of Destiny" report, part 4: Talk with my friends Kate and Joshua | August 20, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 4 of 5 of my report from the "City of Destiny" literary event at Quimby's Bookstore, Wicker Park, Chicago, organized and hosted by Katherine Hodges. Here: a conversation with my friends Kate (a local poet) and Joshua (a local comedian), on the back couch of Quimby's after the event was over, just about nothing in particular.

[randommedia]: "City of Destiny" report, part 5: Talk with Katherine Hodges | August 20, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 5 of 5 of my report from the "City of Destiny" literary event at Quimby's Bookstore, Wicker Park, Chicago, organized and hosted by Katherine Hodges. Here: a talk with the woman herself, back in her apartment after the event was over, on how she thought the event itself went, and where they came up with the idea of serving mint juleps at it (with freshly-plucked mint and everything).

You want radical ideas? I got yr radical ideas! | August 19, 2005
I've been meeting up with a group of retired corporate executives recently, for advice on the business plan I'm writing these days for this arts center I want to open. They've convinced me to shrink the original plan in half, in fact; today, some thoughts on what that's been like, and some radical ideas for fundraising that this new "Lite" plan now affords.

It's raining! No field trip! Boo! | August 18, 2005
I was supposed to visit the Lillstreet Center for applied arts today, but it's raining, alas. So instead, my delayed multimedia report (text and photos) from my recent trip to the Millennium Park bike center, which is muy impressive. Plus some random notes, including: a follow-up on my recent "customer vigilante groups" prediction; guilty television pleasures; and the problem with citizen-based SMS alert groups.

Three subjects; three thoughts. | August 17, 2005
Today, three medium-length mini-entries about three subjects: Bret Easton Ellis' new novel, and why I seem to be the only person in America excited about it; another progress report from my Getting Things Done implementation, and why you should follow David Allen's advice to the letter; and some thoughts on why maybe so many companies seem to be pissing me off so much these days.

Another slice of humble pie, dear? | August 16, 2005
Well, I had my first meeting today with SCORE, a non-profit group of retired executives who give free advice to small-business wannabes like myself. It was...um, a humbling experience, although ultimately positive and constructive as well; read all about it today. Plus: some thoughts on why it's so frustrating to try to sample new podcasts, versus sampling new text-based blogs.

I had a busy Friday. | August 15, 2005
Today, some reports on the busy Friday I just had: first a day spent at the UIC Pavilion, attending the free Chicago Small Business Expo; then an evening spent at Strawdog Theatre, seeing a new play by one of my online readers. Lots of fun in both cases!

[randommedia]: Field report from the Chicago Small Business Expo, UIC Pavilion | August 12, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a field report from the Chicago Small Business Expo, being held in the UIC Pavilion.

Greetings from a much-needed gloomy day. | August 11, 2005
After weeks of relentless heat, sun and drought, we're finally having a cool, overcast day here. Thank God! Anyway, some random notes today, including: my recent long-ass bike ride; news about what's coming up in my life; news about some recent cool things some of my readers have been doing; some podcasts I've recently been enjoying; and some thoughts on why Google News' RSS feed kicks Topix' RSS feed's ass.

A few thoughts on 'rehirement.' | August 9, 2005
I read an article in "Futurist" magazine recently that just blew my mind, about the changing way 'retirement' is being thought of by the Baby Boomer generation. Today, lots of thoughts on why you should be paying attention to this subject too, as well as how this new mindset can be used to everyone's advantage at this arts center I'm trying to open these days.

An open letter to the Lakeview Borders. | August 8, 2005
(UPDATE, August 27, 2006: Just heard from the former manager of this store, who was originally mentioned by name in this entry; she no longer works there, and asked if I would mind removing her name as a result. I'm...

Random notes for August 8th. | August 8, 2005
Lots of random notes today, including: Yes, please invite me to local events if you want, in return for reviews; I can finally listen to podcasts now, and why this is underwhelming information; and jeez, man, am I ever sore these days.

Overwintering. | August 5, 2005
Today, an extended review of the play "Overwintering," being directed by my pal Alyson Lyon here in Chicago right now. Plus: Meetro.com pisses me off; and the latest on my autumn travel plans.

Yeah, but where are the singing waiters? | August 4, 2005
Today's my 11th anniversary of moving to Chicago. In today's journal, some thoughts about that last decade and a year, and what's coming ahead in my life.

I hung out with my friend Mars last night. | August 3, 2005
An evening hanging out with my friend Mars the other night gets me thinking today about friendships - my own, my history with them, and why it seems I have so little of them these days.

Random notes for August 3rd. | August 3, 2005
Random notes for today, including: some initial thoughts on the book "The Case for Democracy;" a pointer to a new English-language interview with Banana Yoshimoto; and I make an announcement about a new format that will be available soon for my electronic books (namely, for the Sony Librie).

Odds and ends. | August 1, 2005
Lots of random notes for today, including: "Desperate Housewives" is a much more entertaining show than what I was expecting; some more thoughts about the Marshall Plan; some more thoughts about Meetro.com; more on Brandy Agerbeck; reader thoughts on bicycling, the Bush Cabal and Bookslut.com; and The Greatest Fan Letter I Have Ever Received, reprinted.