Sunday, February 28, 2010

congratulations to Shani Davis!

As the Olympics come to a close, I'd like to offer my congratulations to Shani Davis on his speed skating medals. He represented Chicago very well. His mother, Cherie, must be very proud right now.

Friday, February 26, 2010

proposed new development at 1557-61 Howard

Joe Moore recently held a public meeting concerning a development proposal for Howard Street. From what I'm hearing, it appears that there's a significant hidden agenda to this proposal, and that it may not really benefit Howard St.

How many of us have asked over and over and over again over many years for retail aimed at the middle class, who currently go out of the neighborhood or out of the city for much of what they need? How many would like to see more jobs in the neighborhood? Apparently Joe Moore and his cronies are still not getting the message. *sigh*

What's your $0.02 on this proposal?

sneaky virus - updated

UPDATE: Since I posted this yesterday, I heard from a friend who is a system admin at a large company. She recommends a different set of steps. See below.

Recently (Feb 2010) some acquaintances who are experienced users have gotten a computer virus. It comes through a pop-up window, and it's very hard to remove! I'm not sure EXACTLY how to avoid it, but here's my best advice:

When surfing the internet you may suddenly encounter a pop-up screen that says your computer is infected with a virus. It looks like it is scanning your system. It may also ask whether you want to continue the scan.

* Do NOT click ANYTHING on the pop-up window!
* Do NOT click the X to close the pop-up window.
* Do a control-alt-delete and end the task.
* Download malwarebytes' anti-malware software and follow the instructions.

My friend the sysadmin says she's fixed several computers that were infected with malware.

Here's a New York Times article the addresses the same (or a similar) problem. Let's all be safe out there!

non sequitur Friday

Two from the Polkaholics:

In Heaven There is no Beer
I am a Polkaholic


Friday, February 19, 2010

non sequitur Friday

It's all about randomness....

Friday, February 12, 2010

non sequitur Friday

It's all about randomness...

Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

free movies for the kids this Saturday

Joe Moore has teamed up with The New 400 Theaters (6746 N. Sheridan) to present an early matinee of four different family movies FREE OF CHARGE at 10 a.m. this Saturday 2/13:

* Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
* Where the Wild Things Are
* Kung Fu Panda
* Monsters vs. Aliens

In addition to the free movies, there will be free popcorn and soda!

The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. You will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

sidewalks are not a luxury

They are one of our most basic forms of transportation. People need to be able to walk to the train, the bus, shopping, etc. Got neighbors who don't shovel their sidewalks? Give 'em a hint. If they don't get the hint, call 311.

Monday, February 08, 2010

NY Times article

In case you haven't seen it, the New York Times ran a nice travel piece on Rogers Park. Very cool!

CAPS meeting, beat 2422

Got concerns about what's happening in the neighborhood? If you live in Beat 2422, your next CAPS meeting is at 7 p.m. on 2/11 at the Gateway senior building, 7450 N. Rogers. Come to the meeting. Speak up about your concerns. Meet some of your police officers and more of your neighbors. Get informed about what's happening. Your input can make a difference. 312-744-6321

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Jazz Links jam session on 2/10

The Jazz Institute of Chicago presents a Jazz Links jam session on Wednesday 2/10. Students get an opportunity to perform with world-class professionals in the Jazz Links house band, led by pianist Ken Chaney. These sessions are both an educational experience for the students and an inter-generational community event, where parents, teachers, students and the general public witness the development of young talent before their eyes and ears.

Come on out and support the next generation of jazz talent in Chicago. If you know any young musicians looking to meet jazz musicians their age and get a chance to play with some of the best talent in Chicago, tell them to bring their instruments.

Come to Randolph St. Cafe in the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E Randolph at 5 p.m. on 2/10 and enjoy. Free admission.

Friday, February 05, 2010