as above, so below


Chicago, Illinois, United States
December 31
I'm some things to a few people. Mostly a nuisance but sometimes a zine writer, internet radio host, blogger, musician, and project organizer. I run a small website where you can read mine and other fabulous contributor's words: and also contribute to the Chicagoist ( When not shouting about the falling sky over the internet, reading about government conspiracies or watching b-rate sci-fi, you can find me singing for the band Burning Luck. Direction is only relative to your position in the grand scheme of things. Some day, I'll sort this all out.


APRIL 19, 2009 12:24AM

The Truth About Teabagging

I'm almost saddened I missed out on all the teabagging that took place in Federal Plaza this week. I've stood in the streets many times now for one cause or another. I'm angry, always angry enough for any number of reasons. I'll stand in a plaza, speak at a rally or… Read full post »

If you live anywhere in Chicago and ride a bike or drive a car, you know how dire the pothole situation is. While the mayor busies himself privatizing every possible city service and readies the bulldozers to raze parks to build homes for Olympians, the rest of the city blows out… Read full post »

APRIL 10, 2009 10:07AM

Gaffes and Missteps: Did He Bow?

Meeting someone for the first time is awkward. We all know the feeling, whether walking into a job interview, sitting down at the first meeting with an important client, even meeting a signifigant other's parents for the first time. No matter how confident one feels, the chance to offend someone with… Read full post »

APRIL 6, 2009 10:49PM

Music Is None of My Business

 Yet I have a radio show!


Last night's show featured commentary about the G20, Chicago's Johann's Face Records 20th Anniversary, North Korea's missile launch and Mutually Assured Destruction and the indictment of Timothy DeChristopher. Plus, here's the playlist!

Oi Across America &n… Read full post »

APRIL 1, 2009 12:36AM

Fiddling in the Flames: An Open Call

Stock brokers, wall street fat cats, CEO's and politicians all get plenty of verbal abuse for America's crumbling economy. We hear half assed apologies daily: “We're terribly sorry about the mess and these are tough times for everyone, including us, can we have some more money to fix this?&rdqu… Read full post »




 As the little sidebar in my home here on OS states, I do an internet radio show every Sunday night. Obviously, it's not live. Maybe someday, I'll be able to do that - but for the time being, I record (usually) Sunday mornings and it airs at… Read full post »

I had the pleasure of meeting AaronCynic by virtue of my open call asking OSers if they would like to be interviewed by me. As you may (or may not) know, the response was pretty overwhelming. I sent out a series of questions for the interviewees of which theRead full post »

Barney Frank recently scolded the protest group Code Pink over an interruptions the group made on the House floor. Frank remarked “I do not know how you think you advance any cause to which you might be attached by this kind of silliness.” While I agree with Alex Koppleman that over/… Read full post »

Sometimes, our friends and family feel it necessary to forward a message that they feel needs to be heard. More often than not, it's usually a warning that talking on a cell phone while pumping gas will make your car explode or something about the king of Nigeria's need to offload… Read full post »

We all have those friends or relatives who love to forward email. Maybe it's a funny Youtube clip, well meaning but ultimately sad chain letter or a really sweet lolcat. Most of the time we either ignore them or chuckle a bit before promptly sending them to the trash. Maybe we… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 17, 2009 9:53PM

Sci-Fi Just Can't Seem To Imagine Greater

 As Mad_Typist pointed out, the Sci Fi Channel has decided to give another middle finger to its main viewers. In an idiotic attempt to reach out to people who apparently aren't “geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that,” the Sci/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 22, 2009 9:46PM

Open Call - An OS Live Performance!

Awhile back, I posted an invite to all the Chicago OSers to come check out a reading I was hosting at Quimby's here in Chicago. Of course, events are always open to anyone - but I would hardly expect people to start traveling from afar unless we had Joan and Kerry… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 22, 2009 12:20PM

Life's Lessons

Back in the mid 19th century, a successful but relatively unknown lithographer produced and image of Abraham Lincoln. While pictures of famous people have always helped launch the careers of successful artists, Milton Bradley kind of screwed up by printing a clean shaven Lincoln. Everyone knows that/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2009 7:19PM


From my good friend Billy Roberts

When people ask me where I’m from, I respond immediately and without thinking: “Chicago”. I’m from Chicago. I’ve lived in other places, sure. I was born in Wyoming, spent time in Colorado, grew up in Iowa, got my first apartment… Read full post »

Know what could be better than live blogging? Live reading. 1

We all love to read everyone's blog posts - they make us laugh, make us cry, sometimes make us shake our fists with anger and rage. All the while we're sitting behind our desks, staring at a monitor. Yeah, reading… Read full post »


If you're one of my OS friends - or I'm one of your friends, or even if we casually read blogs posted by each other, you might be asking yourself the following questions:

Hey - what happened to that masked mean bearing middle fingers? Why did he change his avatar? Who's… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 24, 2009 6:59PM

Hello, Customer Service? There's A Penis In My Polly Pocket

Sometimes, it pays to be a jaded, cynical jerk. Okay, it doesn't pay - but I hardly find myself asking questions like "how could this happen" or "who's going to pay me restitution for this issue?!?!?!" when it comes to purchases. After all, I live in America - the land of… Read full post »

This clip from a Fox News affiliate came to me via email. It's quite cute. The Love Doctor wanted us to know that it's important that we show affection to one another and who better than the new first family. No word yet to see if the Drudge Report… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 18, 2009 1:38PM

We Are All Cylons - Updated With New Theories!

All this has happened before and will happen again...and again...and again...and again.

When I saw the first commercial for the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series, I felt beyond excited. I grew up watching reruns of the original series, watching the last vestiges of humanity battle evil tin cans/… Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2009 8:48PM

Acceptable Losses

I can't claim to know much about the day to day of modern warfare. What I know of battle is pretty much limited to run of the mill fistfights and a couple of small riots. None of these incidents included firearms. Okay, once, I had a cop pull a gun on/… Read full post »

I've never worked in a coffee shop - be it corporate or indy. I've pretty much dodged food service altogether. I worked retail for many years, which is another thankless "service" industry job, the kind that pays little and most of the time frowns on accepting tips.
Working any counter,… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 10, 2009 9:51PM

Mr. President, Do You Validate?

Mr. President,

I realize you're a busy man so I won't take too much of your time. Let's face it, like all presidents, you've made plenty of campaign promises and you've got to figure out how to either keep them or shift the public's view from them. Plus,… Read full post »

JANUARY 10, 2009 1:36PM

The Tyranny of Complacency

 I think protesters need to start occupying shopping malls or bars instead of the streets.

Friday morning I remember reading about a pro-Israel rally happening downtown at noon. I also read that a rally against the continued bombing of Gaza would happen later that day at 3:30 downtown.… Read full post »

Image by Ron Edmonds courtesy of the Boston Globe 

First Lady Laura Bush unveiled a nice housewarming gift for the Obama family today, courtesy of the White House Historical Association. In a move reminicent of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, Laura showed off a fabulous new China set, w/… Read full post »

JANUARY 5, 2009 8:09PM

Everyone Sucks But Me


Aside from the open calls for participation in neat group projects like 25 things or that high school photo post, I tend to shy away from meta posts. Don't get me wrong, I heart each and every one of you fantastic people, but I'm just not that interested in… Read full post »