Friday, September 28, 2007

The simpsons - Monorail song


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Let the Games Begin

The Pip vs. The Pope

Let the Games Begin
Let the Games Begin, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

let's get ready to rummmmmmble.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

zero is a percent

I love when real life emulates a Simpsons episode

zero is a percent
zero is a percent, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Google warning that Apple will take zero percent of my Adsense revenue.

"Zero is a percent" borrowed from The Simpsons episode: Guess Who’s Coming to Criticize Dinner? (AABF21, 10/24/99)

Newspaper editor: … And to protect Mother Earth, each copy contains a certain percentage of recycled paper.
Lisa: And what percent is that?
Newspaper editor: Zero. Zero’s a percent!

Monday, September 24, 2007


using a faux Kodachrome effect

Scooter, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

zipping down Randolph St.

Friday, September 21, 2007

test post

ecto 3.A is having trouble finding my blogger installation. i do too, actually, but it does exist.

Wages of Sin and a Pink Caddy

Wages of Sin and a Pink Caddy
Wages of Sin and a Pink Caddy, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Pacific Garden Mission, soon to be moved elsewhere.

Love Fashion

Love Fashion
Love Fashion, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

18th St, Pilsen. The guy looks like he might be rocking the zoot suit.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

35 E Wacker Drive aka Jewelers Building

with the reflection of a crane from from the Trump building construction site in a window....

as seen from the Chicago River

River City Condos

South Loop

River City Condos
River City Condos, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

A building one could recognize anywhere.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Kayaks on the river

Kayaks on the river
Kayaks on the river, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Chicago River, not quite San Antonio's riverfront, thank godz.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Chicago at Night

this is my September wall-calendar image

Chicago at Night
Chicago at Night, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

I was flying into Chicago at night
Watching the lake turn the sky into blue-green smoke
The sun was setting to the left of the plane
And the cabin was filled with an unearthly glow
In 27-D I was behind the wing
Watching landscape roll out
Like credits on a screen
The earth looked like it was lit from within
Like a poorly assembled electrical ball as we moved
Out of the farmlands into the grid
The plan of the city was all that you saw
And all of these people sitting totally still
As the ground raced beneath them thirty thousand feet down

It took an hour, maybe a day
But once I really listened, the noise
Just went away

And I was pretending that I was in a Galaxie 500 video
The stewardess came back and checked on my drink
In the last strings of sunlight, a Bridgette Bardot
There's a hat on my headphones
Along with those eyes that you get
When your circumstance is movie size

-Liz Phair

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Party Crashers

Wacker Drive, Chicago

Party Crashers
Party Crashers, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Uninvited guests (Solarized)

Box of Cherries

Box of Cherries
Box of Cherries, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

At the Farmer's Market

May Day and police

from 2006

May Day and police
May Day and police, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Chicago Police came out in force to witness a few anarchists and communists speak at the Haymarket, May Day.

I watched one officer make an ironic Black Power fist for the amusement of another officer. He looked too young to be reminiscing.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Abstraction in Light, Shadow and Purple spraypaint

abstraction partially because I flubbed the lighting on this, partially because it just was interesting lighting.

Wicker Park

Friday, September 14, 2007

Double Door Liquors

Double Door has been home to a great many mid-level touring indie rock shows. Now they've added this sign.

Double Door Liquors
Double Door Liquors, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

on Milwaukee Avenue

Bil Hicks - Goatboy

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Chicago Transit Authority. I hate you.

flickr pal TheeErin says succinctly what I blathered about earlier.

Ron Huberman can suck my “alternative travel choices." My petite 6.5 mile commute already takes 55 minutes.

Spare a Crumb Guvnah?

Spare a Crumb Guvnah?, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Pigeon toed, and now squawking for spare crumbs too.

In Red Light's outdoor section

Sunday, September 09, 2007


I do so love this building.

Croesus, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

yet another postcarder of the Merchandise Mart

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Rush Hour blues

snowfall in winter

Rush Hour blues, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Some folks had a 4 hour commute home. Bleh.

Thursday, September 06, 2007


I used to go to the one on Adams and LaSalle

Elek-Tek, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

Elek-Tek (a computer goods warehouse - I bought a geoport for my Quadra 660AV there) has been bankrupt for years, but their water-tower ad remains - somewhere.