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Nights (and some sunday afternoons) at The Opera

May 7, 2012

I like opera. I like seeing it live more than listening to it. Opera is music, poetry, narrative, acting and design all in one eye-popping, ear-filling, mind blowing experience. It is also a little bit absurd, but I like that too.

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The Caucasian Satanists, Harry Potter and the Michigan Avenue Bridge

February 16, 2012

Four things (at least) I did, saw, read, heard yesterday inspired this entry.

Exhibit 1: I checked into Foursquare on the Michigan Avenue Bridge yesterday morning. The check-in linked to the Wikipedia article that demonstrates the significance of the structure:

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Where bad ideas meet a watery end

January 31, 2012

Good boy, Rumpert! That’s just the idea I was looking for!

I like it when people say “flush” when they mean “flesh,” as in “I’ll flush out the idea and get back to you.”

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Paint Chips: Life of a different color

January 24, 2012

I like looking at paint colors. I am drawn to those displays of racked samples in hardware, home improvement and paint stores. Read more…

Get Happy with Ella Fitzgerald

January 9, 2012

I like Ella Fitzgerald. I think she’s the greatest singer that ever was. Hold your hand at chest height, fingers parallel with the floor: that’s Sinatra level. Move up to your chin— there’s Sarah Vaughn. Now reach up as high as you can. That’s Ella.

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A Leopard at The Ball. Il Gattopardo by Tomasi di Lampedusa

December 15, 2011

When I finished reading The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) by Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, I went back to page one and starting reading again. The voice of the author, the tone of the narrative and the atmosphere of its world had so captivated me I could not give them up.

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The Fifth Element: Guilty pleasure or cinematic genius?

November 6, 2011

I like the movie The Fifth Element. Luc Besson made it in 1997. It’s a crazy hybrid of a movie. A sci-fi action adventure with slapstick comedy, social satire, high fashion and religious redemption. It’s weird mix of stuff that hangs together thanks to the extraordinary production design, bravura editing and strong presence from the leads.

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Foursquare: Why I’m into Checking in

October 16, 2011

The first part of success is just showing up.

I like Foursquare. Not a lot of people do.

A survey from Pew Research Center in September found that just 5% of adult smartphone users <raising hand> are into checking-in to locations with services such as Foursquare and Gowalla.. The rate for all smartphone users is 12%. And that makes geosocializing the least popular smartphone activity with services such as Foursquare and Gowalla—even less popular than talking to your mother.

I don’t know why the vast majority of adult and adult-like people don’t like geosocializing, but I’ll tell you why I do.

  1. It’s an easy way to find what i’m looking for and see special offers
  2. It’s not a time suck
  3. It’s something I can “win” at

Foursquare is just one tool i can use to find a cup of coffee or post office or whatever near my present location. And checking “tips” is a great way to decide what to order in a new (to me) restaurant. Special offers are attached to the listing for fast access.

But what I like best is having a higher score than my friends. There’s a competitive component to much of social media—having the most friends, being the first to tweet or comment on something, getting more thumbs up for your reviews—and I’m as competitive as anyone else in the blogosphere or bar room. I’m not great at darts or pool or cornholing or other games. I am great at trivia, but it’s a skill that people find more annoying than admirable (like knowing big words).

The truth is: it’s always nice to win. Something. Anything. It’s a better stress reliever than chocolate. Foursquare is one thing i can ‘win.’ I do go places. In fact with relocating to Chicago and a bunch of recent trips, I’ve been to lots of new places which roll up my Foursquare check-in score without much effort. I’m a mayor in a few or 3 places too.

They say a big part of success is just showing up. Outscoring peers on Foursquare proves that.

Beef on Weck Sushi Roll

September 16, 2011

I love this dish! Seabar, on Ellicott Street, has turned one of Buffalo’s signature dishes into sushi.
Beef-on-Weck is a rare roast beef with horseradish on a kimmelweck bun which is a bulky roll with coarse salt and caraway seeds baked on top.
The sashimi masters at SeaBar take a strip of seasoned beef tenderloin, about the width of a crab, sear it fast and wrap it in sticky rice. Then wrap a shaving of raw tenderloin around that. With the salt and seeds sprinkled on top and horseradish cream squiggled around the plate the roll is served.
It is amazing!

My favorite sign

September 14, 2011

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