Retrac

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    • Chicago recap

      9 years ago

      Retrac

      SO MUCH TO TELL! Might miss a couple things, and have some random thoughts. Enjoy the photos and words.

      5/27: Flew into Midway instead of O'Hare. Never knew there was a second Chicago airport. We stayed in the Wyndham Chicago, a rather nice hotel, at least compared to what we're used to. The red line, which we ended up mostly using, not so much. Brown line is fantastic, though, oddly. Ate at a restaurant called Topolobampo which has very good food, despite the small portion sizes for the price. Saw a living statue walking around, which was odd and unsettling. Then it was off to the Navy Pier for the Ferris wheel and all that sort of thing. Topped it all off with the Art Institute, home to great works such as "Sunday at Le Grande Jatte," "American Gothic," "Old Guitarist," and so much more. Took a quick second to see Cloudgate, aka the Bean, which was nearby. Oh, and I came across an ad for GrubHub, which sounds like a great concept.
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      5/28: Ate breakfast at the West Egg Cafe, which plasters itself with cutesy egg drawings so the Fitzgerald estate doesn't take umbrage. Went to the LEGO store and bought myself a model of the Sears (now actually the Willis) Tower. Took the train out to the Shedd Aquarium, which led to (no better way to say it) a clusterfuck. CHICAGO MUSEUMS BLOCK ALL CELL PHONE RECEPTION. If you go there with other people, have a plan to meet at a certain time and place, so you all don't get into a fight in the hotel room after the fact. After everyone calmed down, we wanted to try the local pizza, and after discovering an hour wait at Giordano's, ended up going to Pizano's, which has a delicious four cheese tortellini as well as their pizza, and a lemon-lime beverage called Green River.
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      5/29: Met up with two of my Chicago friends, Amanda and Nicole, and walked around some of the less commercial areas of Chicago. We ate at a nice little place called Noodles, which was virtually the sole place where the portion sizes were right on the money, and properly priced. Went to the Landmark theater to see Paper Man, a film which ended up being a slight disappointment. Walking through DePaul was nice, though; it reminded me of FSU a little bit. My family went out to see Billy Elliot, and I met up with Dana, a pastry chef and former Floridian friend of mine and we walked around downtown and caught up a little. Good times.
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      5/30: Back to the West Egg Cafe, since my dad liked it so much. Then it was off to Berry Chill. OH MY GOD THIS PLACE. What's the best ice cream you've ever had? FORGET IT EXISTS. This (cleverly referred to as "yogurt couture") is better. Tastes better, better for you, and the spoons and bowls are recyclable. And I'm not just intensely promoting them because three of my Chicago friends work there, but it's always good to help them out. We walked around a lot that day, saw some other parts of the city. Went by Chicago Comics, which apparently was recently rated the best comic shop in the nation, and it's hard for me to disagree. This place had shelf after shelf of current issues, trade paperbacks, back issues, old rare stuff (single issues worth several hundred dollars), webcomics published in book format, and even stuff that looked like it had been printed off someone's home computer and thrown on the shelf for $3. This last category is what I purchased. Our day ended at the Hancock Center, the second-tallest building in Chicago with the fastest elevator in North America (940 feet in 40 seconds, or about 16 MPH).
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      5/31: Went to the Museum of Science and Industry and saw a ton of great stuff, including early electronics (some made by Edison and Tesla) and a captured U-boat that helped us win the war early, since the Nazis aboard couldn't sabotage it properly. Being the 31st, it was also Amanda's birthday, so I separated from my family once again to heartily enjoy the festivities. Learned a lot about the joys of dry cleaning, Tekken (got to the second round of a three round tournament on my first time playing ever), and Catchphrase, and finished the night (all too early for my liking) with a game of Apples to Apples.
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      6/1: Finally got out to the Field Museum after several failed attempts, which turned out really well despite some of it not having been updated since 1994. Encountered Sue, the most complete T-rex skeleton in the world, liquid mercury for the first time, and a very PostSecretesque photo exhibition of people with partial Asian heritage. Ate our last meal at the Bongo Room, yet another delicious place I highly recommend.
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      Long story short: if you're a person of culture, the big city is a wonderful thing, especially when you know people there. Thanks to everyone who made this trip possible. (See rest of the photos on my Facebook or here.)

    • They beat your women and drink your beer

      9 years ago

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      The above video, a scene from last year's WHIP IT, briefly explains the rules of roller derby. After enjoying the movie so much I wished I could play the sport (a first for me) seven months ago, I finally got to see our local team, the Molly Roger Rollergirls, in action.
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      The beginning of a "jam," what a play is called in derby. MRRG's in black, and the Tallahassee Capital Punishment are in orange.
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      Our jammer scoring points--always a good sign.

      I had a great time at the bout, even though Tallahassee beat us 192 to 58 . All the women really enjoy it, despite looking like a group of angry Suicide Girls, and that's all that matters in the end. More pictures here.

    • Back to the old grind

      9 years ago

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      Spring break's over. A lot of stuff happened, most of it not great, but I'll spare you the details. Instead, you get this.

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      Nikola Tesla (the guy David Bowie played in The Prestige) invented a lot of stuff that Edison stole, as he was working for Edison at the time. Tesla also invented the radio, which people often incorrectly attribute to Marconi.

      Lewis Carroll's poem "The Jabberwock" set to music.

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    • The best-laid plans of mice and men

      9 years ago

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      MegaCon (big biannual nerdfest in Orlando) was today for me. And despite a few mixups regarding who was going, departure times, and who was supposed to be there, it all turned out really well in the end.

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      These are my people.
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      Steampunk makes everything better, even Ash from Evil Dead.
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      This Tony Stark will be my inspiration for May 7th.
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      And I met LANDO CALRISSIAN!

      Rest of the pictures here. I could also tell some stories about not being able to find Ray Park, Lea Thompson, and LeVar Burton, or ones about making people's day via voicemails from anime voice actors or inducting a little boy into the Green Lantern Corps, or maybe even one about my disappointment about not being photographed with any of my fellow Lanterns (ran into Red, Orange, and Green) but I'm so tired right now, I'd rather just go to bed.

    • Le Fabuleux Destin d'Carter Adams

      9 years ago

      Retrac

      Life's been good to me lately.

      Had my Oscar show on Saturday night (now available as show #10-09 on www.theshuffle.org ). Got lots of positive comments about it, as well as a celebratory lobster dinner and hookah later on that night, and 10 of my 11 predictions being accurate, so I've got that going for me.
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      Now I just have to get through this week of work and school, and then it's off to Orlando for MegaCon on Saturday, which I predict being amazing.

    • Let me tell you about the weekend

      9 years ago

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      Friday night: trip to the local hookah bar and Cop Out with these guys:
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      Saturday: played Beatles Rock Band (to great success) for the first time and got a cake
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      Sunday: They Might Be Giants show at Hard Rock Live in Orlando
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      Unrelated: three years is rough on a shoe.

    • Bring it on, little gold man.

      9 years ago

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      The radio show I mentioned in my last post was recorded last night, and I think you'll all enjoy it very much (mostly because the brilliance of editing makes me sound like I actually know what I'm talking about). I know I definitely had a good time tonight, even though 58 minutes of two people talking ended up taking 4 hours to record, plus a promo that will air on the station earlier that week.

      Would you like to hear the promo? chir.ps/3Bx

      Remember:
      Saturday, March 6, 2010
      6 - 8 PM
      89.5 WFIT (Brevard County readers)
      www.wfit.org/listen.php (everyone else)

      Also, all future Twitter updates regarding film will be handled at www.twitter.com/autandova (if you're into that sort of thing).

    • This makes me famous now...right?

      9 years ago

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      As most of you know, I've been keeping a film blog, Auteurs & Ovations, since July of 2009. Thanks to my prolificness (64 posts over 8 months) and alleged knowledge about film, along with some lucky connections, I've been asked to share my opinions vocally for the first time.

      THAT'S RIGHT. I'M ON THE RADIO NOW. Well, not regularly, but just this once. I've been invited to discuss my Oscar choices on the Shuffle, a show on local public radio station WFIT. So if you'd like to hear me stumble over myself while I talk about the best films of 2009 (as deemed by the Academy) with the show's host Todd Gross, tune in "live" (we're recording the show Tuesday night) either on 89.5 FM if you're in the Melbourne area or on the show's website ("Listen Online" button on the upper-left) on Saturday, March 6 at 6 PM. Hopefully, it will be recorded for posterity and posted to the Shuffle's site shortly thereafter, so that everyone can laugh at me forever when my Oscar picks turn out to be as horribly flawed as my Golden Globe selections did.

    • Power to the People's

      9 years ago

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      Recently, after a month-and-a-half uphill battle, I finished reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, a work whose historical value cannot be understated. (For a brief synopsis of the contents, try here.) Upon its release, it was regarded as nothing short of revolutionary: not only did it depict history as a series of events set in motion by the masses, rather than a few big-name individuals, but also shed light into little-discussed areas of history (such as the fact that Jamestown's residents only survived their first winter thanks to the eating of disinterred corpses). Not bad for a man whose education through graduate school failed to mention the contribution of minorities. Facts like this make Zinn's most famous work fascinatingly horrifying; no era of our nation's history is spared of the black marks of abuse of power.

      Near the end of the final chapter (an update from the original 1980 edition), Zinn includes a quote from an article written by a former lieutenant colonel in 1998:

      Instead of sending our sons and daughters around the world to kill...we should send them to rebuild...infrastructure, supply clean water, and feed starving children...In short, we should do good intead of evil. Who would try to stop us? Who would hate us? Who would want to bomb us? That is the truth the American people need to hear.


      Hopefully future generations will heed this warning, even though the late Zinn can no longer witness "the coming revolt of the guards" for which he yearned.

    • The haul

      9 years ago

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      Every year, I make some materialistic post about what I got for Christmas. Times being what they are, that's going to change. I'll stick with a few vague statements from now on.

      1) I'm caught up on both Harry Potter and Monk, as far as released DVDs go.
      2) I can now have a foursome on Rock Band.
      3) I'll be able to trim down my movie list by a few in weeks to come, including the phenomenal 500 Days of Summer.
      4) I have an awesome old-school Marvel comic cover to ogle every month.
      5) A People's History of the United States is depressing from page one.

      Hope you guys all got what you wanted too. See you in 2010.

  • Comments (239)

    • Lacrimosa

      9 years ago

      I just lol'd so hard in an empty computer lab. tyvm, sir!

    • Lacrimosa

      10 years ago

      Yes. But I don't have bangs. And I ain't ever getting them, either.

    • Ben FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      Some people do just come for the RvB series, the community site isn't for everyone. You don't have to participate in the community aspects of the site if you don't want to, but for many other users this is their "home" on the internet.

    • Ben FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      Every site on the internet has a search engine.

      Do you think we shouldn't have user accounts either?

    • DarkJedi375

      10 years ago

      lol, good point. Even if someone told me I looked exactly like Dane Cook, I'd probably want to hit them for it. Not because of the physical similarities, but because Dane Cook is an annoying sonnuva bitch.

    • DarkJedi375

      10 years ago

      He looks too much like a goober. You aren't wiry enough to be McLovin, in my opinion. I don't see it.

    • SCherry

      10 years ago

      Yes. Yes he does.

    • DarkJedi375

      10 years ago

      WOO! PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR THE WIN!

    • Gummo

      10 years ago

      Yeah...

      Role Models or something...

    • Gummo

      10 years ago

      I see you are in a new movie coming.

    • ygrof

      10 years ago

      I love Ren Fest! I go all the time!

    • dasfowler

      10 years ago

      Haha, you were the one person I expected to say they would vote.

      das

    • dragonmanweb FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold What's this?

      10 years ago

      Voting third party is a wasted vote


      You're entitled to your opinion as much as anyone, but I feel that attitudes like that are exactly why we are stuck with a two party system. I didn't just mean politicians when I said the two sides disagree. I know plenty of people who don't ever think about why they are voting for someone or voting on propositions and such, and simply follow party lines blindly.

      If people actually opened their eyes, did a little research, or hell, even just didn't vote on things they knew nothing about, then I think the country would be a better place.

    • DarkJedi375

      10 years ago

      I still love the fact that the same media who criticizes Obama for lack of experience will turn around and back Sarah Palin as a valid choice for a VP candidate. It's so frustrating it makes me want to swallow shards of glass.

    • AceHBKRVD

      10 years ago

      The reveal that Bucky was Winter Soldier was a recent reveal

    • Jengaship FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Travancore on DD

      10 years ago

      If he is, he must be the best debator of all time.

      A master debator, if you will.

    • wonderwall

      10 years ago

      That is a very good reason not to vote for him.

    • dragonmanweb FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold What's this?

      10 years ago

      My bad. Didn't realize the two were so distinct.

      And because that totally sounds like sarcasm when I read it in my head, I would like to add that it isn't sarcasm.

    • Gummo

      10 years ago

      Not sure. Just found it. Thought it was awesome.

    • SCherry

      10 years ago

      dark side? wtf? no I am on the side with a chick. I don't like mccain, or obama... and biden ruined it more.

    • Gummo

      10 years ago

      I do see it as that, and I am starting to think it was a good idea on his part. I think he choose a better VP than Obama. Even though Obama's is so much more qualified. I think he is gonna make a race of it.

    • wonderwall

      10 years ago

      I actually know a lot about theatre as I did a lot of it in high-school.
      Avenue Q was here in Chicago about 2 months ago and we missed it, we both wanted to see a show on Broadway and this is one I have never seen that I have always wanted to :)

    • Gummo

      10 years ago

      Amanda and I both wanted to see it.

      Heard bad things?

    • Michael_JC

      10 years ago

      And the whole viral thing about Slusho and that thing that crashed into the water at the end of the film


      Wait, wait, what? Did I miss something that happened at the end that was important?

      Post edited 8/12/08 8:16PM

    • Gummo

      10 years ago

      I imagine a lot of people vote on whom they feel more comfortable with personality wise. I would love to see data on how many Americans actually vote down party lines 100% or on the issues.

    • ygrof

      10 years ago

      My thoughts exactly.

    • trilli4n

      11 years ago

      back in april.

    • Lacrimosa

      11 years ago

      My source image is NOT Lynda Carter.

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    • wonderwall

      11 years ago

      For the wings.

    • wonderwall

      11 years ago

      If you must.

    • wonderwall

      11 years ago

      As we discovered earlier he loves the MILFs.

    • Lacrimosa

      11 years ago

      Neither. VG Cats.

    • Jengaship FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Travancore on DD

      11 years ago

      I don't know who Guy Ciarrocci is.

      But if he's from Paoli, that's about an hour west.

    • ygrof

      11 years ago

      Also, I've missed a lot in my time away, apparently. When did you get engaged?

    • ygrof

      11 years ago

      What didn't you like about Dorian Gray? I thought it was amazing.

    • SCherry

      11 years ago

      actually. I think both are good movies. smiley0.gif but i was refering to your flick on youtube.

    • wonderwall

      11 years ago

      I dare any of you to get inside our building.

      I actually was getting ready to post the journal and I was like ... Oh snap, better make that friends only so when Nicole's psycho stalker reads it she doesnt come to the house and kill us!

      Plus... I know most of my "friends" pretty well. smiley0.gif

    • Gummo

      11 years ago

      You should. It would be awesome.

    • Jengaship FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Travancore on DD

      11 years ago

      I've seen Clockwork, thought it was brilliant.

      I'll have to add Strangelove, though, because I haven't seen that either.

    • speedy07

      11 years ago

      OH or Sally Sitwell.

    • wonderwall

      11 years ago

      I already knew she was coming near me.
      She is actually going to be in town when I have class, in a class where I can not have any more absences. sad.png

    • wonderwall

      11 years ago

      Carter. 2 Awesome things about you!

      1) You commitment and love for Ashley astounds me. I understand being captivated by young love, but the limits to your care are endless. You hold her most dear to you and would sacrifice anything not only to be with her, but simply to make her smile. You have rearranged your dreams, plans and probably yourself to ensure she would hold you dear. I most certainly hope she is as grateful as you are self sacrificing.

      2) This is a lot less deep, but, every time I think more highly of your intelligence. While I am quick to sacrifice vocabulary in the generic AIM chatting we do, you spat our phrases that I would expect of a Jeopardy participant!

    • AZPE

      11 years ago

      Congratulations on Featured User !! 3369198413

    • abstract_rox

      11 years ago

      YAYAYAYAYAYA!

      CARTER'S FEATURED USER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I'm on the phone with Bill and I saw the homepage and I was like, OMG my friend is featured user on roosterteeth! He has no idea what that is. I'm not even really listening to him... lol. I should be.

      =P *hugs* CONGRATS!!!!!!

    • Drawed

      11 years ago

      youve just been alert raped................ In the a**!
      lol congrats on featured user

    • Terashima

      11 years ago

      congrats on Featured User

    • Jengaship FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Travancore on DD

      11 years ago

      Featured User? That's nice.

      Engaged? That's some serious news. Congrats!

    • cml1983 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      11 years ago

      congrats on fu and may al your alert raping be fun

    • Lacrimosa

      11 years ago

      Someone I know is the new Featured Useeeeerrrr

      Congrats! smiley12.gif

    • simplysweet0

      11 years ago

      go to bed!

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