Favre un-re-retires: The Divisionaries Are Born

August 19, 2009

WTF.

Brett.  Seriously?  Go play for the Birmingham Barons.

So, the Football blog I’ll be writing on is called The Divisionaries.  We’ve already got some bitching going on about Favre-gate3.0.  We’ll be able to make fun of the Lions… lots.

And if a weekly post is not enough to get your fix, we’re also on twitter here: http://twitter.com/Divisionaries

And yes.  Gridiron Girl will be making appearances in the as well.


BPRB Updates – The Fork, The Whistler, and The Nineties

March 17, 2009

New stuff added to the “Bored People Are Boring” things to-do list

Photo from Flickr by Steph Wesolowski

Wow, it’s been a while since I updated.  First July show is up, Pitchfork has announced some of their lineup, and people, namely TimeOut Chicago and Chicagoist, have already begun tittering about Lollapalooza.

I’ll talk about a few of the new exciting ones coming up later (HELLO Yo La Tengo all-request show?!?!), the ongoing free shows at Logan Square’s The Whistler and the continuing resurgence of Early 90’s Alterno-rock… two more of which are from Chicago.  Hi Smoking Popes!  Jesus Lizard! Also, hi Toadies! Make up your mind… MAKE UP YOUR MIND AND I PROMISE YOU!

All dates added on 3/16:

March:

  • Cut Copy (DJ Set)
  • Knightlife
  • Daisy O’Dell
  • Jordan Z
  • Mr. Russia
  • Amrita
  • Raise High The Roof Beam
  • Surrender Dorothy
  • D. Rider
  • Bobby Conn
  • Monica Bou Bou
  • Blue Ribbon Glee Club
April:
  • Barcelona
  • Northpilot
  • Tight Phantomz
May:
  • Ponytail
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Crystal Antlers
  • Vivian Girls
  • Manchester Orchestra
  • Audrye Sessions
  • Winston Audio
  • Loney, Dear
  • Chin Up Chin Up
  • Yea Big
  • Kid Static
  • The Hood Internet
  • Mad Happy
  • Melvins (performing Houdini in its entirety)
  • Toadies
June:
  • Smoking Popes
  • Built To Spill (Pitchfork Music Festival)
  • The Jesus Lizard (Pitchfork Music Festival)
  • Yo La Tengo (Pitchfork Music Festival)
  • Tortoise (Pitchfork Music Festival)
  • The National (Pitchfork Music Festival)
  • Pharaoh Monch (Pitchfork Music Festival)
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Pitchfork Music Festival)

July:

  • Explosions in the Sky

Pay Per Yelp?!

February 19, 2009

GapersBlock reports, via an East Bay Express article, that user-generated review site Yelp.com suppresses bad reviews, but only for good money…. Hmmmm.

John’s restaurant has more than one hundred reviews, and averages a healthy 3.5-star rating. But when John asked Mike what he could do about his bad reviews, he recalls the sales rep responding: “We can move them. Well, for $299 a month.” John couldn’t believe what the guy was offering. It seemed wrong.

GB also posted another a link to about a martial arts specialist blog about what seems like more Yelp scrubbing here in Chicago… either than or rampant flagging by someone.

This is when the problem began. After a few days, the reviews started disappearing one by one on the Yelp site until I went from 28 reviews to 18 reviews. I was pissed. I know you can flag reviews, and I suspected that maybe a competing business who’s reviews weren’t so glowing was flagging my students’ reviews.

Yelp is indeed a cool company, and useful (ed. note; I am a Yelp Elite member).   But I’ve had a few experiences when there definitely seems to be tampering going on, whether it’s internal or with other parties abusing the site.  First instance was the failure of Mojoe’s Hot House in Avondale on Belmont.  It went under new management and the place just went to shit. (As evidenced by not only the reviews on Yelp, but the crafty graffiti stencils found all over Avondale that read “MoJoe’s Sucks Now”).

Despite all the verbal vitriol, and spray paint that spoke the opposite, at some point positive posts started cropping up on Yelp.  While it’s possible they did, indeed “turn it around”, two of the final eight reviews of the place (which eventaully closed) were most definitely “inside jobs” — both 4-star reviews of the place written by people that I knew actually worked at Yelp (Though, I’m not naming names).  This, of course, is just one place I was directly familiar with —  I have no idea how common this is.


Drew Peterson Murder Countdown: Update

December 18, 2008

Hey hey!  Sun Times finally posted a picture

There is also a Chrissy Raines on Facebook but with no real connection to Chicago… and there’s a NUMBER of Christina Raines none with many local connection.

 

 

Yesterday, I gave you a quiz to see if you were good Drew Peterson Date Material… today, in keeping with the Shock-Jock & Peterson tradition, Chicago’s Q101 scored an interview with a gal named Jenny who is, allegedly, Drew Peterson’s fiance’s cousin.  That’s hot.  Check out the audio here: http://www.q101.com/blogs/shermantingle/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10016864

Based on the interview,  here’s what we know now, I guess

  • The unfortunate fiance’s name is Christina “Chrissy” Raines Reigns/Rains
  • Her cousin, who she used to live with, is named Jenny
  • Chrissy’s has a kid
  • She was dating a guy who was taking care of the kid
  • She’s a “hard worker”
  • She likes bad boy types
  • Christmas Dinner will be AWKward

In related news, Chicagoist via the Sun Times dropped that Dead Chrissy’s dad is also (understandably concerned)…

“I said, ‘You need to take that back. If you don’t want to, I will,’ ” said Ernie Raines, 53. “I said, why would you want to marry someone like that anyway? He’s my age for Christ’s sake.”

Ernie makes many good points.  What should make Ernie 80-times madder?  Well… Einstien Wbbm780 reports that Chrissy decided to pop the question to Drew

Hmmm.  I smell a Reality Show that combines the criminal glam of Growing Up Gotti with the assured behind-the-scenes beatings of Being Bobby Brown.

Also just learned alterno-Christina Raines was a 1970s actress.


Stately Designs

December 8, 2008

Fun States

Gotta a tattoo of a State?  My boy Tim’s just created a Flickr pool that’s trying to compile tattoos from every state in the union — cleverly called “The Statoos Pool

BTW, Tim’s already got Wisconsin covered…

the Stattoos group icon

 

Oh, and if you just have a tatoo of a rectangle, I’m sure Time could find some Great Plains/Mountain Time state that it will accomodate.


End of List Year List Best-Of List List

December 1, 2008

NOT YET!!!!  There’s like, 30 days left in the year — who’s to say the blogovironment won’t blow their (impotent?) loads over something else within the next few days.  Here’s to speculating!

So, that’s coming, and I’d have to reccomend that you go here and share your ever-so-valid yet undoubtedly populist opinion:

(and while at it, maybe vote for me maybe?)


Bye Bye Trees

October 3, 2008

As much as Chicago likes to tout its greenness I was very saddened this morning to walk to my El Stop and see that our fine city workers in the “City That Works” cut down all the trees on the plaza.  Granted, it wasn’t the prettiest of grottos but it was nice to have some greenery around.  What gives?

I only now regret not taking a good summery picture of them, because as I peruse Flickr (google maps) there’s really not a good photo.  There are some great photos of the EL Stop, just not of the trees.  Ah well… enjoy what once was:

Image Courtesy of Katherine M. Hill -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/cupcakecaptain/