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George Lara
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Outside my apartment building at about 10:30 a.m. CST, not to long after the winter storm got upgraded to a blizzard.  Chicago could get 12-14 inches by tomorrow morning. 
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That beats our record of 14" in 2011, which was WAY out of the ordinary. We usually get 2 or 3.
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I never was really a fan of vinyl.

Even when I was growing up, and it was the current technology, I never really liked it. It was only a matter of time before I eventually scratched a record. The reverence you had to treat a record, especially if it was a colored vinyl release was really annoying to me. And yes, I stole a few milk crates because that was my only storage option.

Sure I bought Wax Trax, house and techno 12 inches back in the day, but I always preferred the more portable cassettes and eventually CD's when I could afford it. I was happy to sell my Techniques turntable when I was able to finally replace my last remaining vinyl (thank you internet).

The only exception to my meh of Vinyl is Jazz. When I was in my early 20's. I worked and volunteered at a Jazz public radio station (WEMU in Ypsilanti, Michigan). To me Jazz is a very tactile music, and it's a style of music just seems to lend it's self to a medium that requires you mechanically handle it.

One of my favorite Miles Davis songs of all time is "Dual Mr. Tillman Anthony", I discovered one night while going through the stations library. Clocking in at a full 13 minutes, I would always reverently queue it up every time I played it during one of my shows. Sometimes, I would just sit and watch the record spin and find myself slightly hypnotized by the pitch speed light on the side of the turntable. For those of you old enough to know, that's Chick Corea jamming on the electric piano.

There are times I fantasize about getting a couple of turntables and a mixer and being some trip-hop / Jazz DJ. But I'm too old to go out stealing milk crates from the back of fast food joints to store a vinyl collection.
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I've bee thinking about wearables and "health apps" lately.  If you have a chronic disease (mental or physical) you need to keep track of how you are doing and this new wave of apps don't really help in that arena. 
Fitness tracking companies need to start embracing the FDA and making devices and apps for the old, the chronically ill, and the poor.
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Yes, they are just a "gimmick" at the moment, with the price they want for these they should do a lot more. Most of what they do is software anyway, or a few sensors, so it is not too complicated to implement those features. There is so much potential there & the market is wide open for a really smart watch.
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I'm impressed that Microsoft designed Band to work on multiple platforms. If only Samsung had been so forward thinking with the Gear Fit.
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A while ago, I had an idea for doing something like this. But since I have no coding skills (yet), and didn't have any connections in the trans community, I didn't feel like I was the right person to pull this off.  I am glad that someone here in Chicago is trying to help empower a historically marginalized group.  

#chicago   #nonprofitorganizations   #transgendernews   #lgbtq  
TransTech Social Enterprises CEO Angelica Ross says: "We're here to empower."
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An excerpt from an upcoming book detailing the end of the Purple Rain era, brought down by a talented artist who's fame overwhelmed him. 
At the apex of his success, Prince made a high-profile decision that damaged his reputation for years
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I've been reading stories this morning about how the CEO of Uber is promising to create 50,000 jobs if the EU would ease up on regulations. Over the past six years In North Carolina, 100 companies promised job gains that they never delivered on, cut jobs or ended up just shutting down
Years after state leaders announce new jobs spurred by economic incentives, they often fail to materialize. A number of companies named in job announcements have since laid off workers, closed up shop or not reported any hiring at all.
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So AT&T holds back on a fiber deployment they may not have really been serious about anyway in the name of regulations.
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Jux was the hybrid baby of Tumblr and Flickr that was too beautiful to live.
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That sounds like the opening line of a flick...
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I'm looking at being a little more healthy this winter. I was pretty set on getting the new Fitbit Charge, then I saw the Microsoft Band which is very tempting. It has a lot of nice features but it's kind of overkill at the same time.  
Microsoft's first wearable is designed to tell you how unhealthy you are.
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I use Apple products and I'm generally happy with them. I always find it interesting what they do really well and what they don't seem to get. Cloud services that just work, is not one of those things.  
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So is it Logan's Run out in The Valley? Where do tech people over 30 go?
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Works in HR at a public radio station.
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  • Chicago Public Media
    Internship Director, 1999 - present
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Chicago, IL
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Chicago, IL - Berrien Springs, MI - Ypsilanti, MI
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 Interested in media, journalism, technology and video games.
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I'm a gay man that hates show tunes.
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  • Eastern Michigan University
    Art, 1992 - 1993
  • Lake Michigan College
    General, 1991 - 1992
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