The Greatest Christmas Movies of All-Time: #4-A Christmas Story

In life, sometimes you find the journey is far more enjoyable than the destination. Often times Christmas seems the same, with the fevered anticipation leading up to the 25th being far better than the day itself. The hanging of the lights, the trimming of the tree, the baking of cookies, the purchasing of presents, the expectation of gifts, the sightings of Santa and the drinking of eggnog lattes in the run-up to Christmas are what make the season special. Christmas day itself is usually an anticlimax, an almost depressing day marking the end of the good times. No film is a better embodiment of this dynamic than A Christmas Story.

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Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill is one of the oldest and most prestigious Architecture firms in the world, these are the buildings that have left an indelible mark on its hometown, Chicago.

How to turn a bull into a dog

Recently, I’ve done extensive research for a story I’m writing about following a hot dog from pasture to plate. So far I’ve interviewed the President-elect of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (the ‘Beef, it’s what’s for dinner’ people), visited a farm in Western Indiana, toured hot dog factory to see it’s production and for some reason, I thought this would make for a good cartoon. Mind you, I’ve never done this before, but I actually turned this thing in as a final project in my masters journalism program. I don’t think my teacher had seen anything like the weirdness this video contains.

The Airwave of the Future

adamcarollaRadio unceremoniously booted Adam Carolla out the door, but with his podcast finding success and technology spreading the medium at a time when advertisers want in, he’s not looking back Continue reading

Second City is Serious Business

Despite the downturned economy, the world-renowned, Chicago-based Second City Training Center is flourishing.

The Second City Training Center isn’t just doing it for laughs.

For nearly 25 years the Chicago-based company has turned teaching improv into a business, growing from a few workshops to three centers in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles.

Since it began in 1985, The Second City Inc.’s training center has molded aspiring actors and comedians in the improv tradition that has propelled many of its alumni to stardom. However, the instructional arm of the venerable comedy theater has been working to broaden its reach, making itself not just a place for aspiring Stephen Colberts and Tina Feys, but a place for novices as well. Continue reading

The Biggest Loser–Joe vs. Tyler 2008

2 men. 10 weeks. Who will lose the most weight? Who will be crowned the Biggest Loser? Which man has the guts to lose the most gut?

Here’s the lowdown: these fine young gentlemen wish to shed those last few layers of baby fat so they can be lean and mean by the time they hit the slopes this winter. The game is simple, the execution, exceedingly more difficult: whoever loses the most weight by December 17th shall be declared “The Biggest Loser.”

Prizes will be awarded along the way for the man who wins each weigh-in, with the overall loser suffering the terrible fate of having to spend the first part of 2009 as a vegetarian. We encourage you to “pick a horse” and help them along the way to vanquishing their opponent. You can track the fellas’ progress on and we encourage you to vote for who you think the winner will be on the Joe vs. Tyler Facebook Page

United Paint the Town Red

Manchester United claim their third European Club Championship in dramatic style Wednesday night in Moscow

For the red side of Manchester, May 21, 2008 will go down as one of the greatest of European nights in their history. For John Terry, it will be a night he will forever be trying to forget.

Fifty years from the Munich Air Disaster which claimed the lives of seven Manchester United players when their plane caught fire and crashed on its way back from a European Cup match, the Reds capped a season devoted to their fallen legends by defeating Chelsea in the European Cup Final on penalties. Continue reading