Thursday, August 30, 2007

Mysterious and Green

as a commenter on Flickr says, alien yet familiar

Mysterious and Green, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

the Canadian Geese converge on the Chicago River's North Branch

Wheel of transformation

If you squint your eye a bit, really looks like a person circling an orb

Wheel of transformation, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

fireworks with slow shutter speed

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


more faded now, I should retake this shot

Arlbor, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Remnant of a street sign on the Halsted Grand and Milwaukee intersection, Chicago


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Cirque Shanghai Goldfinger 2

Cirque Shanghai Goldfinger 2, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Flash photography was banned at the Cirque Shanghai, these are almost better viewed small or medium size.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Cirque Shanghai 3 - Twirl

so fast you can't even see her.

Cirque Shanghai 3 - Twirl, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

went to the Cirque Shanghai the other night. This lady was twirling on a suspended rope.

Colbert Branson interview and fight

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Grit New Mexico Style

from fantastic photographer, David Teter

Grit New Mexico Style, originally uploaded by davidteter.

Dipping into the archives tonight. Too tired to process any of the craptastic shots that I took today. These are the ruins of the St. Rose of Lima Chapel in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. It's a lovely place. You can go inside and stare up at the sky. That deep blue sky. :)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Deep Purple - Child In Time

1973 summer-Seth, the early years

in Frostpocket, no doubt

My dad sent me this scan of a photo my aunt Honoria took- I was 4, and already had the camera 'bug'.

Friday, August 24, 2007

No Presence for Me

Where D and I had our first date (different restaurant at the time)

No Presence for Me, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Wall, West Loop.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Rainbo Club neon

Insane with work - till 11pm last night, woke at 5:30 this morning to dive back in. Am frazzled, dazzled and bedraggled. At least this is only for a week or so - I pity med school interns and corporate lawyers who do this on a sustained basis.

Wish I was here knocking back martinis instead.....

Rainbo Club neon, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Neon is....

An (alleged) hangout of Nelson Algren

Sunday, August 19, 2007


Don't commit a nuisance!

curbs, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Curb your dog

Friday, August 17, 2007

Disappearing Dream of Yesteryear

This view might soon vanish

long exposure of Green Line el on Lake Street

Dick Cheney '94: Invading Baghdad Would Create Quagmire

If you haven't already seen this bit of recent history....In this interview from April 15th, 1994, Dick Cheney reveals the reasons why invading Baghdad and toppling Saddam Hussein wouldn't be a great idea. He also stipulates that "not very many" American soldiers' lives were worth losing to take out Saddam during the Gulf War.

iPod beach joy

I wish this was me right now, instead of waiting for our furnace to be replaced, while working on two major projects both already due.

iPod beach joy, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Hello iPod in the sand
Is this place
at your command

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Shadow Juggler

could retake this with a better tripod setup, but oh well....

Shadow Juggler, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

I can only juggle two orbs at once though, still learning.

No More Number 3

My power might be shut off today for extended periods, as a new furnace is installed.

No More Number 3, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

alley wall, West Loop

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Baltas Wheat Beer

I knew it! Genetic predisposition to drink beer since I'm Irish (and various other sundry ethnic blends)!

Baltas Wheat Beer, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

from Lithuania.



random trip through my vast Flickr archive

Dance, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

West Loop sign, for a dance studio, surprisingly. I don't know why exactly, but I like the type face. Boeing Headquarters in the background.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Honoring Chicago Imagists

Honoring Chicago Imagists, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Public art on train trestle, West Loop

I want to see the Bright Lights

Random stroll through my flickr photo archive. This particular rickety commuter bridge is finally scheduled to be renovated, about 30 years too late.

must hurry to the train, must hurry to the train, must hurry to the train

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Danger! Sound Horn

random visit to through my Flickr archive yielded this favorite of mine

Danger! Sound Horn, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Remnant of the late Industrial Age.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Mr Beef

Chicago style hot beef sandwiches

Mr Beef, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

on Orleans, home of the elegant dining room. Can't say I've experienced it as of yet.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Coffee then Wine

Significant money is at stake.

Coffee then Wine, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

My evening is mapped out.

The joy of being a small business owner: I get to put on my lawyer hat, and pore over several hundred emails to settle a looming contract dispute, hopefully without involvement of licensed attorneys. At least I have air conditioning. And coffee. And wine!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

When I got nothin', I check Flickr scout

44 as of this morning. About 15 of these are new to Flickr Explore.

1. Any Porthole in a Storm, 2. Surgeon of Fades, 3. CTA streaker, 4. Gone Away, 5. Danger! Sound Horn, 6. No More Number 3, 7. Take Your Stand, 8. Circles and Squares,

9. After You've Gone, 10. Odds and Ends infrared, 11. Designated Bird Feeding Area, 12. Station hopping shuffle, 13. It's all in the Motion, 14. Winter, Oh Winter, 15. Drink Up, 16. Chicago at Night,

17. giraffe delivery, 18. Rookery, 19. Flavin yellowizer, 20. Flavin triangle, 21. Ladybug Cow (aka Cowccinella Novemnotata), climbing the wall of the Talbott, 22. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, 23. Sale of Art to Minors, 24. Loneliness is an ATM,

25. Captains of Industry, 26. snow_streets, 27. Broadway Cleaners (sign only - business defunct), 28. Top of the World, 29. Tizzi, 30. Before the Rain blues, 31. ice satellites of love, 32. Stinky Panties,

33. propaganda, 34. curbs, 35. wired_rip_sampler, 36. Haymarket, 37. Fire Hydrant, 38. Flashless wonder, 39. Venetian Night fireworks, 40. Venetian4,

41. Venetian6, 42. Venetian3, 43. Venetian5, 44. Lake Street El to somewhere else

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

Weight of the World

random journey through my Flickr archive, part 3421

Weight of the World, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Shade pine

John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker, circa 1965, based on the earnestness of the studio audience dancers, in their neckties or turtlenecks. JLH looks to be laughing, internally, at least.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Any Bike in a Storm

random stroll through my Flickr gallery

Any Bike in a Storm, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Bicycle locked outside of Inner Town Pub.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Thanks Guys

every little bit....

Thanks Guys, originally uploaded by Trois Têtes (TT).

TT is making the long overdue transition from Windows to a Mac. It has not been too traumatic, but I am especially grateful to Swanksalot, Danny Dot and the Jeepster for their advice. The IT team at work have been helping me as well with this iPod XP Nano thingy.

Apple Store with Tree

Apple Store with Tree, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

in honor of Fake Steve Jobs getting 'outed' as Daniel Lyons

Mr Rabbit

random trip through my photo archives

Mr Rabbit, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Mr. Rabbit looks either scared or annoyed, I can't decide. On the side of a building on Wells Street, near North Avenue.

Andrew and George BW

Andrew and George BW, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Family visit. New rule, all guests must pose for a couple of photos.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Embrace the Gloom

Embrace the Gloom, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Hence the saying: If you know the enemy
and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a
hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy,
for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will
succumb in every battle.
- Sun Tzu

Dead Duck

Nothing political at all. Nope.

Dead Duck, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

or lame duck, or denizen of a duck pit, or whatever metaphor is appropriate.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Self Portrait with Books

Seth Anderson, with beard. Beard is gone however.

Seth Anderson
Self Portrait with Books, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Or, as the Irish Samurai so memorably calls it, part of Narcissism Thursday.

At this point, only one bottle of wine for me, but then I'm not living in Montreal.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


Everything can be related to politics

43, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

a big mess

Those That Sell Dope

something, something something /Homer voice

Those That Sell Dope, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

have seen these all over the city, mostly on street lights, sometimes on newspaper machines.


I've only been through Zürich, which doesn't probably count.

Hardbrücke, originally uploaded by Tal Bright.


北京 - 香山 - 买卖街

my chinese skillz are slipping, I feel like I should know what this means.

北京 - 香山 - 买卖街, originally uploaded by bravobaby.

Staged car accident for The Wire filmshoot

I can't wait for the final season (yet, also can wait, since it is the final season)

Our house is in the background


I especially like the flame

Fire, originally uploaded by StarryMom.


random walk through my photo archive.

Some photos have titles that don't mean much, or are obvious, while some photos, such as this one, practically require the title to make sense.

Ovum, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Alley wall, West Loop