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On Boredom

By David Rutter

At some moment four years ago, author Cal Newport was so bored that he wrote a book.

The book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, was about how to be bored and also more productive.

I read it. It was boring. I was more bored after I read it than before.

But I soon realized that without planning, or structuring activities and even trying to conduct myself productively, I was very good at boredom. Happy, in fact.

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Posted on July 3, 2020
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Taxicab Journals

Cab #1555

I kept desperately pushing on that sound icon on the TV screen and nothing.
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Posted on January 6, 2016
Open Letter

Open Letter

Dear Asses Of Chicago Commuters:
This crowding reduction plan isn't working at all for your human.
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Posted on January 29, 2013
Life At Work

I Am A Retail Warrior: Throw The Dog A Birthday Bone!

By Jane Harper
At that point, I was kind of hoping the dog was back at home chewing up her hand-sewn Italian leather shoes.
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Posted on October 19, 2015

On Boredom

By David Rutter
"What? Are you just going to SIT there all day?" they would announce as if I had not made my intentions perfectly obvious.

Posted on July 3, 2020

The Chagall Windows

By The Art Institute Of Chicago
One of the most beloved treasures in our vast collection.

Posted on July 1, 2020

Meet These Rising Latino Studies Scholars

By UIC
Seven students working in humanities comprise the 2020-2021 cohort of a national fellowship program designed to mentor Latino studies scholars as they complete their doctoral research and improve their job-market readiness.

Posted on June 29, 2020

Prove Your Paranormal Powers, Win $250,000

By The Center for Inquiry
"And just to help get the word out, we're also offering a $5,000 referral prize to the person who sends us a winning challenger. So you don't even need to have magic powers to get some extra cash. You just have to know someone who does."

Posted on June 26, 2020

Dave's French Foreign Legion Tour Of Chicagoland

By David Rutter
A realm as real as Oz.

Posted on June 25, 2020

Pressure Sensitive Adhesives Market On Fire

By MarketsandMarkets
Hot melt technology!

Posted on June 24, 2020

Dear High School Students And Recent Graduates . . .

By Kat Mam
Unlike the adults we see in the world, we should grow up.

Posted on June 23, 2020

Chicago Rescues 22 Kittens From Overcrowded Shelter In Alabama

By The Tree House Humane Society
Because of the incredible growth Tree House's foster program has seen over the past few months, there are currently an abundance of foster homes available to take in both the local kitten population as well as transfers from outside Tree House's immediate service area.

Posted on June 19, 2020

The Taste Of Subservience

By Abby Zimet/Common Dreams
Aunt Jemima, the minstrel-based, cringey racist "mammy" figure on the classic fake maple syrup of our childhoods - and for some white people, their only black friend

Posted on June 18, 2020

Judge Inexplicably Dismisses Walmart Homeopathy Fraud Lawsuit

By The Center for Inquiry
The grounds of Judge Florence Pan's order are extremely dubious. C'mon!

Posted on June 15, 2020

U.S. Postal Service Releases Dog Attack National Rankings

By The U.S. Postal Service
Chicago dogs holding up their end.

Posted on June 11, 2020

The Fonz Lives And Franco Is Dead: News You Can't Use

By David Rutter
The Planet Earth is a relentless hot mess, and the human creatures living upon it seem unsuited to survive for very long. The news we write about ourselves proves that.

Posted on June 10, 2020

The Elevator Is The Latest Logjam In Getting Back To Work

By Lauren Weber/Kaiser Health News
Product offerings in the works include calling the elevator via cellphone, antiviral stickers for elevator buttons, lobby concierge-run elevators, express service for each elevator ride, ultraviolet-light HVAC purification systems and even elevator buttons that riders can activate with their feet, their voice or hand gestures.

Posted on June 10, 2020

How Studying History Made Me A Stoic

By Kat Mam
I'm not a historian, but I feel qualified enough to assert that the history of human affairs is consistently filled with misery and strife.

Posted on June 12, 2020

Open (Your Wallet) Wide: Dentists Charge Extra For Infection Control

By Phil Galewitz/Kaiser Health News
Say "Aarrgh!"

Posted on June 9, 2020

The Global Premature Ejaculation Market Is Exploding Quickly

By Reportlinker
Expected to grow from $2.3 million in 2018 to $4.3 million by the end of 2025.

Posted on June 4, 2020

A Special "Trump's Bible" Edition Of WTF

By David Rutter
Featuring Spanx, Lorna Doone, bayonets and Area 51.

Posted on June 3, 2020

MUSIC - This Summer's Soundtrack Started Here.
TV - M*A*S*H Theme Song's Weird History.
POLITICS - SCOTUS Blesses Church + State.
SPORTS - Beachwood Sports Radio: Unless Someone Dies.

BOOKS - The Legacy Of Racism For Children.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - On Boredom.


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