Addicted to Mobile Photos

It has been a couple of months since I have pulled out my DSLR. I love it. I really do. Nothing compares to my 50mm lens, but sometimes I feel that I need to be on a specific mission to take photos if I am going to use it — mainly because of its size. This may be why I have been eyeing those new Sony NEX cameras (although I am waiting to see what Nikon brings to the table).

What I always have on me though, is my phone. And with amazing apps like Camera+ I really can’t go wrong if I want to get a little creative on the go. I have been taking advantage of the nice weather the past week or so by venturing out around the city. I find myself back in the groove of shooting again, just hoping it will finally get me back into the mood to pick up my trusty Nikon again soon.





Mythbusters lands in Chicago in 2012

The Discovery Channel show Mythbusters will be coming to Chicago in March of 2012. . . sort of. There will be a Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry. And from watching the show, I do not think the “Explosive Exhibition” will fall short of its name.

Jamie and Adam — the hosts of the show explain that they did not want this to be a typical museum exhibit, it was going to be hands on. Which fits right in with the great exhibits the MSI strives to bring to the city.

Chicago Sun Times reported that some of the key features of the exhibit would be:

  • A blueprint room of the Mythbusters’ headquarters which will include props and drafted ideas from previous shows
  • Hands on workshops for visitors to take part in the experiments
  • Stand-in hosts for Jamie and Adam to run through larger experiments and demonstrations

As a Mythbusters fan, and one who is tuning into the season premiere tonight — I cannot wait to see what they bring to Chicago!

Source: Chicago Sun-times

Playboy and Pan Am aren’t the cure for the Mad Men withdrawal

Over the past few weeks, I have become rather addicted to Mad Men (thanks Netflix). After recently finishing all four seasons I have found myself entranced by not just the wardrobe, style, and excellent film direction but the story lines, in-depth character development, and references to the past ad men, agencies and campaigns that I studied in school.

As season four came to a close, I immediately jumped online to see when I could next expect to follow the ever-changing life of Mr. Draper and the shaky state of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. 2012 seemed a long time to wait for season five as the characters have made me searching for more 1960’s bitter-sweet style and “realities”. So as many others have recently done, I eagerly tuned in to Pan Am and The Playboy Club for a snack to tide me over before Mad Men graces our televisions, computer screens, and tablets once again.

Mad Men — rejected by HBO found it’s home on AMC, a channel not known for popular first run television shows, with a bunch of actors who had yet to make a big name for themselves in Hollywood is now at the top of the heap. As it has gained popularity and credibility, it also gained some Hollywood admirers. No matter how much Pan Am and The Playboy Club may say they are not taking after Mad Men there is no stopping the comparisons.

Pan Am, has all of the glam and glitz as Mad Men but none of the character development or depth. Granted it has potential, since only the Pilot has aired. . . It has yet to have the same spark or magic that Mad Men was able to bring to the table from it’s first airing.

The Playboy Club has a closer feel to Mad Men. Maybe because the director of the Pilot has also directed many episodes of it’s “parent show” or maybe because leading man Nick Dalton seems to be taking lessons from Don Draper himself.

Neither show though seems to have the magic, rawness, and authenticity of Mad Men yet. I am going to continue watching, for now, hoping that both shows will continue to add some character development and flair. I still cannot help but think that it’s Mad Men’s rags to riches story itself that makes us feel as if we are watching Don Drapers life grow and unfold instead of watching another 60’s show just put together for the masses.

Chipotle brings social networking back to reality.

It’s one thing for thousands of customers to “Like” your Facebook page. But why not have some of those fans really engage with your brand by taking them outside of their home and spending the day investing their time with you?

Chipotle is really bringing the idea of social communities back to reality with their Cultivate Festival in Chicago. On October 1st, Chipotle is taking over Lincoln park and giving Chicago some more of what it truly enjoys — music, food, and craft beer.

At this festival from 11am to 7pm, they will be rolling out some new recipes to try as well as teaching about local farmers and sustainable farming, providing free entertainment from five local bands, chats with 11 top chefs, and washing it all down with craft beer from midwest breweries including Goose Island and Bells.

Sounds like a good opportunity to stop reading the continuous feeds from new Facebook and go enjoy the fall weather. I know I’ll be there!

We “Like” change. . . except when it comes to Facebook.

Facebook Dislike ButtonMy generation has been dubbed the Millennials. People have defined this generation as having characteristics such as: confident, liberal, connected, self-expressive and open to change. This open to change characteristic is why so many of us jumped on board with the Obama campaign a few years back. We want to change the world, change society, and encourage progress.

Which is why I grin every time Facebook decides to change its layout, its structure, or anything of the sort and mostly all of my friends in this Millennial generation freak out. If we are so keen on change, why does it bother us so much when something as constantly evolving as Facebook changes even a little? is taking a poll on whether Facebook users love the changes, hate the changes, or don’t care. So far, almost 73% of voters said that they HATE the changes.

This shouldn’t be surprising, it seems every time something changes on Facebook people hate it, then warm up to it. The changes make sense, they are moving forward trying to compete with others as the world of social media evolves, but why is the “change” generation so against it?

Intern’s desk: it’s friday i’m in love playlist

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“I don’t care if Mondays blue. Tuesdays gray and Wednesday too. Thursday I don’t care about you. It’s Friday, I’m in love.” After a gloomy week, it’s Friday and the sun is trying to shine. So as February comes to a close and spring is in the air, we at Stitely are here to bring you a Friday love playlist. So whether you are in love, searching for love, or not a big fan of love, there is a song on here for you!

1. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure

2. Hysteric – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

3. Tainted Love – Soft Cell

4. Let Me Go – Cake

5. Winter Winds – Mumford and Sons

6. Buckets of Rain – Bob Dylan

7. Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova

8. If There Was No You – Brandi Carlile

9. First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes

10. All You Need Is Love – The Beatles


Intern’s Desk: a chicago music playlist

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Music. It’s what fuels life. Music can alter emotions, move a crowd, bring a smile, and simply complement your life. It is so strong in fact, that often times I will be sitting on the train, walking through the city, or spending time with friends and hear a song that fits so perfectly with the moment that it is as if my life had a soundtrack. I believe though that everyone’s life has a soundtrack to some extent, be it music or the bustle of trains mixed in with city sounds.

Chicagoans are very fortunate to be surrounded by music. This is a city that has more street performers, live music events, and start-up bands than you could count. For this reason this blog will be dedicated to those Chicago artists that may not be as known. Give them a listen. They may end up in your playlists or your life soundtrack.

1. The Bright White – Red Summer Rose

2. Gaberdine – 1918

3. I Luv Luv Birds – Flicker

4. California Wives – Blood Red Youth

5. Smith Westerns – All Die Young

6. The Corduroy – Lines

7. Emblems – To Your Door

8. Paper Arrows – Look Alive

9. The Congregation – Save the Wine

10. Dastardly – Villain

Any other Chicago bands to listen to? Leave a comment, I would love to listen.