i live in chicago. the largest city left in the rust belt. i work wherever i get the green. it's a good time for new art, new ideas. nuevo surf and tourag music on the rise. even though our politcal future is bleak thanks to an obscenely obstructionist tea-party wind blowing, i take comfort in sturdy airliners, quirky design, food cooked well, big art & itchy scratchy music.

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airliner fans: the last flight of the delta L1011 tri-star →

cheesy but fun vid of the flight to victorville.  the final flight of a delta L101 tri-star. the end of an era for the amazing, wide body aircract. beloved by pilots and passengers but ultimately a commercial failure for Lockheed.  

AND A BONUS:
 a  memory of a family flight on a TWA L1011captured by dad, new york to west palm beach, 1991. here.  priceless. the complexity of the fowler flaps and early “flaperons” is a slice of aviation history alone. 
barbara barry bodice table lamp     34H

barbara barry bodice table lamp     34H

really dark tomato soup

forget the typical tomato soup. delve into a bowl of dark winey goodness instead. take a trip to eataly to stock up on real italian condiments. 

ingredients:

double concentrated tomato paste in a tube
good italian tomato puree (i like isola brand)
red wine: a very fruity/blackberry, dark blend essential
back bacon (i use spencer’s, locally made) or some other italian bacon or pork belly

garlic cloves
bay leaves
dried oregano
dried basil
red pepper flakes or crushed red pepper
fish sauce

to make:

olive oil in a big sauce pan, lots of slices of the back bacon about 1/2 wide, brown off some, add couple 3 sliced garlic cloves to soften, squeeze in a good dollop of tomato paste, pepper flakes, stir and let all brown

deglaze with a good couple cups of wine, toss in bay leaves, dried spices, stir and let reduce

add the tomato puree, splash or two of fish sauce, some water and let simmer.  as it simmers adjust seasonings.  add more tomato sauce or water to desired consistency. 

even better if you stick in the frig and serve the next day. top with a drizze of good olive oil. 

george harrison   —  i’d have you anytime    early take

(Source: thateventuality, via georgeharrisonbeatle)

dead boys   —   ain’t if fun    1977

(Source: suicidewatch)

the ramones   —   sheena is a punk rocker     live 1979

george harrison   —   wah wah        all things must pass rehearsal (boot) 

(Source: kitchenmike)

ich glaube an nichts

ich glaube an nichts

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chicago client, north state street
panelized foyer closet and wall to hallway.swinging 94H door to hall open.  custom foyer table by european millwork on far right.  
wall color:  BM advanced sprayed distant silver satin

chicago client, north state street

panelized foyer closet and wall to hallway.swinging 94H door to hall open.  custom foyer table by european millwork on far right.  

wall color:  BM advanced sprayed distant silver satin