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Friday Four: Making Connections

by derek on January 14, 2011 · 8 comments

Those that have been around for awhile – or returned after my hiatus – will remember that I liked to use Fridays to share a handful of posts or articles that I stumbled across during the week. Every now and then, we venture out from our inner circle of friends and acquaintances to explore the […]

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New Gig: Chicago Blackhawks Examiner

by derek on November 2, 2010 · 40 comments

Recognize the mug in that picture? No, I’ll give you a hint…look up in the header of this blog and see if there is any resemblance. As October was coming to a close, I learned of an opportunity to become the Chicago Blackhawks Examiner writing for the Examiner.com network. After submitting my application and writing […]

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The BEST Reason To Become Vegetarian

by derek on October 15, 2010 · 33 comments

There really is no need for words as this takes John’s Crappy Web Design and Starbucks Ass Hairs to a (w)hole new level, but this was spotted by one of my wife’s friends in the Chicago suburbs. Better hope you don’t find a hair in this one!

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John's Web Design Is Really Crappy

by derek on October 5, 2010 · 18 comments

Every now and then you stumble across something entirely random and unexpected that makes you laugh. Sure, often times it involves juvenile humor, but isn’t that the best kind? As an example of what I mean, take a look at this mention of Starbuck’s ass hairs. With that I bring you the latest little nugget […]

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Family Fun With The White Sox

by derek on July 9, 2010 · 20 comments

When it comes to baseball in Chicago there is only one choice – well, for those with any semblance of intelligence – and that choice is the Chicago White Sox. Being a lifelong fan, you can imagine how thrilled I was when a friend pulled a few strings for me and was able to set […]

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Chicago Blackhawks – 2010 Stanley Cup Champions! Last night the Chicago Blackhawks culminated their tremendous regular season and run through the playoffs by winning the 2010 Stanley Cup and bringing the Cup back to Chicago for the first time since 1961. Being a Blackhawks fan for my entire life, I was not around in those […]

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Notification Day

by derek on June 4, 2010 · 12 comments

Yesterday was “Notification Day” at work, and while I would like to tell you that this is the code name for a grandiose announcement or exciting revelation, it was anything but as this was the day that we all learned whether or not we still had jobs. From an IT perspective, there were cuts – […]

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Standing On Your Head

by derek on April 27, 2010 · 11 comments

Last night the Chicago Blackhawks closed out the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 5-3 victory over the tough Nashville Predators. Heading into the playoffs there was one significant concern about the Blackhawks and that was the fact that their goaltender, Antti Niemi, had never been tested on the big stage. In […]

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Now that we have cleared the air regarding my bout with analysis paralysis and have agreed (in the loosest sense of the word) to proceed with random ramblings, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit a topic we discussed once before. You might remember that freelance writer Michael Kwan, who interesting enough makes an […]

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Analysis Paralysis

by derek on April 21, 2010 · 8 comments

Over the last few weeks I have been spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about resuming my writing on the blog but not actually doing anything about it. The problem is not so much what to write or having the time to write, but more about where to write. In the time that I […]

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