Archive for January, 2008

Chicago is the new Gotham
January 29, 2008

Chicago Skyline
Above: A photo of Chicago’s Skyline I took by boat.

By now, you’ve all heard that actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment recently. I was a fan of his, and he will be dearly missed by many. Heath’s last movie, “Batman: The Dark Knight”, will be released this summer and was filmed in Chicago. This may come as a surprise to many that Chicago be crowned the new “Gotham City”, since New York City has traditionally donned the moniker. Well, seems people are now remembering the forgotten Second City and all her beauty…

Batman: The Dark Knight


The Chicago Spire
January 29, 2008

The Chicago Spire

Currently under construction in Chicago: the tallest residential building in the world at around 2,000 feet. The “Chicago Spire” high rise condominium is designed by starchitect Santiago Calatrava (more info…). He’s one of my personal heroes and his designs are always jaw-dropping, design and engineering-intensive masterpieces. The building is a twisting sculpture of stainless steel and concrete. Chicago, indeed the United States, is lucky to have his work on our soil as Calatrava is already a legend of design and architecture the world over. Another feather in Chicago’s hat for the spirit of one-upsmanship the city has become known for.

Take a look at these well-produced videos below, showing the building in three dimensions and clips of Calatrava and others speaking about the project, it’s inspiration and the location. Wow! Anybody got $40 mil for the penthouse you can loan me?

On the location, the building and the man:

The Spire Itself:

Why Chicago:

For more information on this project:

Mmmm, big salty balls….
January 29, 2008

big salty balls
click to enlarge…

Believe it or not, these are actually real products from Heinz.  “Beanz with Balls, Big Saucy Bangers and Red Hot Balls”… the potential jokes seem endless, and thats exactly what Heinz was banking on when they camped up the packaging for this new line which is targeted at [younger] males.   The products are sold in England, where apparently as many as 1.1 million males eat baked beans every day.   Perhaps that explains the whole bad-teeth thing… lol.

I’m In love…
January 29, 2008

Macbook Air, the world’s thinnest (and purdiest) notebook computer…

How to care for your clothing…
January 29, 2008

via neatorama…

I despise doing laundry, so this care label for clothing is right up my alley. Read it carefully…funny stuff.

The Ring House: Japan
January 27, 2008

ring house

This amazing home, located in the Japanese countryside, was designed by TNA architects and completed in 2006. Surrounded by thick vegetation, The house serves as a weekend house for the owners and respite from the city. I imagine that the 360° views the home affords it’s owners must elevate them into a Zen-like state. Damn, I could soooo imagine such a retreat for myself. I’m a huge nature and architecture buff, so the fusion of the two would just make my brain explode. I love Asian aesthetics, specifically Japanese design sensibilities.

It would be like living in a spa. I wish I had an environment like this to escape to, meditate and be creative in my own little cocoon. Well, one of these days…. I have a collection of drawings and plans that I have done myself for unique home designs that I hope to build one day and share with someone special…

If I am what others say I am…
January 21, 2008

…Then, why am I so afraid? 

 “Superstar” by Lupe Fiasco, featuring Matthew Santos…