Thursday, February 24, 2005
It's sad and eerie to see these pictures knowing it was the last thing they ever saw.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Now granted that the primary election was for village trustees only and whittles down the number of candidates to six for the regular election in April.
This is still disappointing. On Election Day in November, I showed up at the same time at the same polling place and waited in line for over an hour. I'm not complaining about that. I'm glad people take the electoral process seriously. I'm just a little disappointed that people appear to be uninterested in these local primaries. To me the local elections have a more direct effect on me than state or national elections. Local ordinances and local taxes have a greater impact on my daily life than national laws.
The polls close at 7:00 PM and I hope a greater number of people make the effort to turn out. I really doubt it. Too bad.
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Friday, February 18, 2005
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
It does make me think about switching my team allegiance to the Cubs...or at least getting Wrigley Field bleacher tickets!
Good news for coffee drinkers. There is a report out that coffee may help protect against liver cancer. There have been other recent reports that moderate alcohol consumption can also be healthful. Plus, I recall a report saying that chocolate is good.
If they ever discover that cigar smoking is good for you, then I'll live forever!
Yes, Wednesday is the day that spring training camps open for both Chicago baseball teams. After the long cold winter, on-field baseball news will begin to dominate sports headlines rather than off-the-field headlines. It wouldn't be Chicago baseball if there weren't questions regarding both teams:
- Can the Cubs finally make it to the World Series?
- How will they replace Sammy Sosa and his boombox?
- Will the new-look White Sox win in homer-friendly U.S. Cellular Field?
- Can they find a reliable 5th starter?
These and other questions will be answered over the next few months. Bring it on!
Monday, February 7, 2005
A lot of people, who otherwise don't follow football, watch the Super Bowl simply because of the ads. I thought the ads overall were weak this year. Because of the fallout from last year's "wardrobe malfunction," the NFL needed to protect us from "indecent" promotional material. They worked in partnership with Fox TV to make sure we were not subjected to halftime entertainment or advertising of questionable taste. Of course, that didn't stop Fox from showing pictures of cheerleaders with skimpy costumes all night or Fox "meteorologist" Jillian Barberie wearing a tight miniskirt during her pre-game weather report. And how many times were we subjected to ads for erectile dysfunction?
One of the more interesting ads was one by GoDaddy.com -- an Internet registration company. This ad featured a rather healthy-looking young lady who experienced her own wardrobe malfunction while appearing in front of some Congressional censorship panel. The ad was clearing a parody of the outcry experienced last year after Janet Jackson left her mark.
I read this morning that GoDaddy was scheduled to run the ad twice. According to their CEO's weblog, Fox pulled the ad -- apparently at the request of the NFL -- substituting another plug for The Simpsons.
Here's a link to the ad including a "web-only" version. All the Super Bowl ads can be viewed at iFilm.com. Also at iFilm is an ad from Budweiser that tried to "explain" last year's Janet Jackson incident. Anheuser-Busch was going to run the spot during the Super Bowl, but they decided against it.
I need to continue further study on the GoDaddy ad to see what all the fuss is about!