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Notes from a homemade meditation retreat. | September 30, 2016
Today, an extra-long and image-heavy look at my very first self-scheduled, home-based weekend meditation retreat, plus lots more details on what meditation is and why everyone should be practicing it.

The thirteenth overhaul of my website design is finally finished! | March 10, 2016
DevBootcamp finally pays off -- the thirteenth major overhaul of my website's design scheme is finally complete, now for the first time with fancy JavaScript animations and other details I learned while training to be a software developer. Click through for all the details!

My Summer of Museums. | July 18, 2010
My summer project this year is to revisit Chicago's twelve largest museums; as of this weekend I've now visited four of them, including the "Big Three" at Museum Campus (the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History). Today, a photo-heavy look at my trips, and the subjects they've had me thinking about this summer.

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.

[randommedia]: Conversation with my friend Alamar, Chicago Metra train ride to Fermilab | September 17, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a conversation with my visiting German friend Alamar, during our suburban train ride to the campus of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

[randommedia]: Report from an impromptu party at my apartment, 3:30 a.m., Uptown, Chicago | September 10, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a very drunken conversation with my friend Tom, on how it is that I suddenly find myself hosting a rowdy party in my studio apartment at 3:30 in the morning, in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.

[randommedia]: Sidewalk conversation between bars, Belmont and Clark, Chicago | September 10, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a drunk conversation with friends drifting in and out, as we walk down the sidewalk at Belmont and Clark from a horrible karaoke night to a cool indie-rock dive bar.

[randommedia]: Conversation with my friend Alamar, Chicago el ride | September 10, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a conversation with my German friend Alamar during his first-ever visit to Chicago, recorded on the red-line el train.

[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.

[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 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).

[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 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 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]: 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.

Okay, which one of you assholes told Jessa Crispin about me? | July 27, 2005
Hey, I met Jessa Crispin last night! Too bad she already knew of my semi-lecherous crush feelings for her, before I met her; thank God she reacted as well as she did to it. Today, the entire funny, sordid details.

I met a whole bunch of bloggers last night. | July 26, 2005
It was at this great event sponsored by Gapersblock.com, in fact, where they asked five popular bloggers who have had books come out in the last year to talk about the process. Today, my detailed report on how the event was.

God, no wonder I've been such a prick lately. | June 24, 2005
Man, I've been in a shitty mood this week, and I think it's probably been showing a little - see my bitter, self-righteous rant against Wired magazine and my sad ode to a girlfriend who doesn't actually exist for the...

Nextfest: A final thought. | June 23, 2005
A final thought concerning the crap I went through this week as a volunteer for Wired magazine's Nextfest. Caution: bitterness and self-righteous behavior ahead!

Live from Nextfest: I've been fired! | June 22, 2005
What a surprise - somebody from Nextfest actually read my journal yesterday, and I've been asked not to show up again. Today's entry is a short one; you've pretty much learned everything already just by reading this excerpt.

Live from Nextfest: Day 1 | June 21, 2005
I had what could charitably be described as a surreal first day as a volunteer at Wired magazine's Nextfest; read all the pathetically comic details today.

I'm going to Nextfest tomorrow, and I'm trying an experiment. | June 20, 2005
Simply put, I'll be posting small entries in real time throughout the event, straight from my cellphone, instead of once every 24 hours...plus photos and audio in real time as well. Today, an explanation of how you can do the same at your own blog, and how you can follow along at mine via RSS reader, email or instant message.

[randommedia]: Conversation with Katherine Hodges, Quimby's Bookstore, Chicago | May 5, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a conversation with my friend Katherine Hodges, a well-known figure in the world of indie literature. Recorded in front of Quimby's Bookstore, Wicker Park, Chicago, during a literary event called "The Secret Lives of Librarians," sponsored by the American Library Association during their annual convention weekend.

[randommedia]: Interview with GapersBlock.com's Andrew Huff | April 29, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one an interview with Andrew Huff, founder and editor-in-chief of GapersBlock.com, a popular guide to Chicago hipster life. Recorded at one of the monthly Gapers Block social events, this one at Wrigleyville indie haunt Gingerman, on Clark next-door to Metro.

[randommedia]: Shappy poem, "The Soldiers Took My Babies!," Live in Chicago | April 25, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one a performance by my friend Shappy of his hilarious poem "The Soldiers Took My Babies!" Recorded during his recent featured performance at the Mental Graffiti poetry slam, at the Funky Buddha, Grand and Milwaukee, Chicago.

[randommedia]: Report by my friend Shappy of Star Wars Celebration III (part 2 of 2) | April 25, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 2 of 2 of a conversation with my friend Shappy about his recent attendance of Star Wars Celebration III in Indiana. Recorded at Funky Buddha, Grand and Milwaukee, Chicago.

[randommedia]: Report by my friend Shappy of Star Wars Celebration III (part 1 of 2) | April 25, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 1 of 2 of a conversation with my friend Shappy about his recent attendance of Star Wars Celebration III in Indiana. Recorded at Funky Buddha, Grand and Milwaukee, Chicago.

[randommedia]: Meg's party, part 4 of 4: Porn star Daniele | March 18, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 4 of 4 of a report from my friend Meg's party in Bucktown, Chicago. Here, a conversation with partygoer Daniele, who turns out to be an amateur porn star and honest-to-God college student.

[randommedia]: Meg's party, part 3 of 4: Novelist Adam | March 18, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 3 of 4 of a report from my friend Meg's party in Bucktown, Chicago. Here, a conversation with partygoer Adam, a struggling local novelist.

[randommedia]: Meg's party, part 2 of 4: Retired Israeli soldier Josh | March 18, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 2 of 4 of a report from my friend Meg's party in Bucktown, Chicago. Here, a conversation with partygoer and Meg's roommate Josh, a retired Israeli soldier, on what he's doing in Chicago and why he chose to move here in the first place.

[randommedia]: Meg's party, part 1 of 4: Bike messenger Raphael | March 18, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 1 of 4 of a report from my friend Meg's party in Bucktown, Chicago. Here, a conversation with partygoer Raphael, a bike messenger.

[story] A poem to myself on my 32nd birthday | August 4, 2001
An online version of my 2001 story "A poem to myself on my 32nd birthday," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2001-2004."

[story] Tempe | August 4, 2000
An online version of my 2000 story "Tempe," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 2000."

[story] Eight haikus concerning the last night of 'Pow' | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "Eight haikus concerning the last night of 'Pow,'" also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."

[story] Take me out (to the ballgame) | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Take me out (to the ballgame)," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."

[story] For Lisa Hemminger on the occasion of her 38th birthday | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "For Lisa Hemminger on the occasion of her 38th birthday," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."