Archives: [August 2008]
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This is the archive page for the month [August 2008]; 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.

More on my fantasy theoretical bookseller/CCLaP shared commercial mini-space. | August 29, 2008
I'm having a particularly crappy year this year, so one of my only highlights these days are of the recurrent pleasant fantasies I keep having each time I pass this empty tiny commercial space in my neighborhood. Today, part 1 of more on what I would build there, and how I would sell the things found within.

I confess: I've been obsessed with the Beijing Olympic Games. | August 23, 2008
Yes, it's true; like millions of other Americans, I seem to be hooked on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in a way I never have with any other Olympics. Why? Well, that's complicated. Click through for more.

Regarding why it's so important to regularly have rosy dreams. | August 17, 2008
Tonight I walked yet again by this tiny little retail space for rent in my neighborhood, and thought yet again about how much fun it'd be to open a rare-book service in the space. Today, a lot more nerdy details on the subject, and why I find it so important to dream about this goal I'm so insanely far away from actually accomplishing.

The suburbs. The horror. | August 14, 2008
A recent walk by an abandoned fast-food place in my neighborhood, plus thinking about a recent article in the New Republic that's been getting a lot of attention, gets me thinking of a nightmarish future world centered around half-abandoned, poor-filled suburbs. Click through for more.

Regarding high-def Olympics, old-man beer, and CCLaP's newest project. | August 10, 2008
It's three days into the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and as a new HDTV owner I've discovered something remarkable: Watching the Olympics in high definition is freakin' SWEET. Here on a Sunday evening, I get drunk on old-man beer, tell you all about it, and by the way announce my arts center's latest big giant publicity-generating project.

Chicago at 14. | August 4, 2008
Well, whaddya know; today is my 14th anniversary of moving to Chicago, a date I celebrate every year as if it were a legitimate holiday. Today, more thoughts on how this year's celebrations are going, and how I feel this most recent year of my life went.