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Kay C
Brief? You expect me to be brief? I don't think that's possible. You see, it all started when...
Brief? You expect me to be brief? I don't think that's possible. You see, it all started when...
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Just published a new site yesterday for a local Halloween movement that I've been helping to coordinate. Let me know what you think, and please share!

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This is gorgeous, compelling writing. It starts with Umber (1) and proceeds, so far, up to Umber (43).

The narrator discovers a trove of antique photos at an estate sale. Her life is gradually devoured by the world of the family portrayed within.

http://circuitousroute.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/umber-1/

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From the Oddly Compelling department: I don't know exactly how I wound up here, but I now know more about sock varieties than I ever really wanted to.

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/5000/5544.html

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I don't normally share my own blog entries, but since we've got infographic going on today it's worth a mention. I'm pretty pleased with it.

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This may be the silliest Government-sponsored study I've read in a while.

"Popular culture abounds with uses for duct tape in duct tape calendars, 101 uses for duct tape, duct tape books, etc. Unfortunately, it appears that duct tape should not actually be used to seal ducts."

"Can Duct Tape Take the Heat?" http://epb.lbl.gov/publications/lbl-41434.pdf
14 pages.

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With the NATO summit occurring in Chicago this weekend the downtown area is not quite locked down, but pretty dead. I spent about 4 creepy hours walking around with my phone cam.
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Pre-NATO 2012 Chicago (15 photos)
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This is exactly the type of historical Chicago trivia that makes me happy. http://www.northbynorthwestern.com/story/ask-nbn-sheridan-road/

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This is a fantastic story of growing up in Lawndale in the late 1940's. Love these little slices of Chicago history!

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True facts: I was quite the little steam tunnel spelunker back in college. I've been fascinated by the Chicago Tunnel Company's extensive narrow-gauge train system running beneath the Loop and its surrounding areas for over a decade now. Some great historic footage and a nice overview on the system can be seen in this vid.

Unfortunately Phil O'Keefe's wonderful site about the CTC has vanished from the web, but it can still be found archived in the Wayback Machine at http://web.archive.org/web/20041010061028/http://www.ameritech.net/users/chicagotunnel/tunnel1.html

If anyone can find a copy of the CERA 2002 edition of Bruce Moffat's Forty Feet Below, now unfortunately out of print, I'd love to take a peek at it.

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These are beautiful. Disassembled bits of older technology, meticulously displayed and then chaotically tumbled. It's the order of the images that makes me happy as much as the subject matter.
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