Archives: September 2007

This is the archive page for [September 2007]; below you should see headlines and summaries of all entries posted here that month. Click the appropriate link at each to read the entire entry.

Movies for Grown-Ups: Kissing On the Mouth | September 28, 2007
Today, part 2 of CCLaP's mini-feature on Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg; specifically, a review of his 2005 sexually-explicit human-interest drama, "Kissing On the Mouth." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Yamagato Fellowship | September 28, 2007
Today's obsession: The Yamagato Fellowship, a cool fake "viral" website created to support the NBC cult hit "Heroes." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Noto," by "pamperoloco" | September 28, 2007
Today's photo: "Noto," by Italian Flickr member "pamperoloco." | Read entire entry

Mumblecore: A friendly beginner's guide | September 27, 2007
Today, finally, part 1 of CCLaP's mini-feature on Chicago filmmaker and "mumblecore" pioneer Joe Swanberg. Here, a gentle introduction to Swanberg's work, and a detailed look at what the hell mumblecore is anyway, including lots and lots and lots of online samples. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Layer Tennis | September 27, 2007
Today's obsession: The new live design competition "Layer Tennis," produced and sponsored by Chicago-based design firm Coudal Partners. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: Chicago00516, by Eduardo Angel | September 27, 2007
Today's photo: "Chicago00516," by Brooklyn-based Eduardo Angel. | Read entire entry

Book review: "On Chesil Beach," by Ian McEwan | September 26, 2007
Today's book: The delicate "On Chesil Beach" by Ian McEwan, considered by many to be the favorite among this year's Booker Prize nominees. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Song-of-the-day podcasts | September 26, 2007
Today's obsession: Song-of-the-day podcasts, which simply deliver what the title promises. Click through for a better explanation, the reasons why I love such podcasts so much, and links to my six favorites. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lot Light 2," by Ed Luschei | September 26, 2007
Today's photo: "Lot Light 2," by Madison, Wisconsin agronomy professor Ed Luschei. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Consolation," by Michael Redhill | September 25, 2007
Today's book: The Toronto-based family drama / historical tale "Consolation," by Michael Redhill, also a nominee for the 2007 Booker Prize. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Metaplace | September 25, 2007
Today's obsession: The new virtual-reality interface "Metaplace," by revered industry veteran Raph Koster; if it works like he claims, it could very well forever change the way we look at persistent distributed virtual realities online. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The beautious side of Idaho Burning," by "capitalist_b" | September 25, 2007
Today's photo: "The beautious side of Idaho Burning," by Flickr member "capitalist_b." | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Welsh Girl," by Peter Ho Davies | September 24, 2007
Today's book: The World War II British love story (and 2007 Booker nominee) "The Welsh Girl," by Peter Ho Davies. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: ThunderAnt | September 24, 2007
Today's obsession: Online video comedy troupe "ThunderAnt," which just happens to be comprised of former Saturday Night Live comedian Fred Armisen and former Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein. Yeah, I know! | Read entire entry

New keyboard! And it's all thin and aluminum too! | September 24, 2007
Hey hey, CCLaP has a new keyboard! And it's cool, too, a brand-new type of cutting-edge aluminum keyboard just released by Apple. Click through for more details, and to see a photo. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: Lightshow, by Jesse Crockett | September 24, 2007
Today's photo: "Lightshow," by Seattle-based (I think) Jesse Crockett. | Read entire entry

Keyboard broken! CCLaP on short hiatus! Crap! | September 18, 2007
Bad news -- my keyboard at home broke this morning, and I can't afford to buy a new one just yet, so I unfortunately have to put the CCLaP website on hiatus until then. Click through for all the details, if you're curious. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Where to start when you know no one and nothing. | September 17, 2007
A reader email this weekend gets me thinking on my past; specifically, what advice I have to artists just starting out, and who have just moved to big cities where they know no one and nothing about how that "scene" works. Today, I share that advice. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "orseolo" | September 17, 2007
Today's photo: "Untitled," by the mysterious "oseolo" at Flickr. | Read entire entry

CCLaP adds a linkroll | September 17, 2007
For those who don't know, I maintain a list of public bookmarks at del.icio.us, pointing to an interesting collection of artists, projects and the like that I'm always stumbling across. Today, news that I have started reprinting this list in the CCLaP sidebar, via a piece of Javascript code that del.icio.us provides, and why I've decided to do such a thing. | Read entire entry

Gridhopping: Yona Friedman's "Spatial City" | September 14, 2007
Today in Second Life: A faithful 3D recreation of the infamous 1950s cutting-edge architectural project "Spatial City," by noted futurist Yona Friedman, constructed in this case by real-life architect Stephan Lorenz, owner of the experiment DEsign Island. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall," by "TechnoAtheist" | September 14, 2007
Today's photo: "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall," by Chicago-based "TechnoAtheist." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Nerve Video | September 14, 2007
Today's obsession: The very naughty Nerve Video, featuring dozens upon dozens of smart, dirty online videos from very good-looking nerds. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," by Mohsin Hamid | September 12, 2007
Today's book: The terrorist black comedy and 2007 Booker Prize nominee "The Reluctant Fundamantalist," by Mohsin Hamid. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: HBO Voyeur | September 12, 2007
Today's obsession: The surprisingly cutting-edge (but still troubled) online/cable-TV hybrid project "HBO Voyeur." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Mélancolie," by Clara L. | September 12, 2007
Today's photo: "Mélancolie," by Montreal-based Clara L. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Mister Pip," by Lloyd Jones | September 11, 2007
Today's book: The 2007 Booker Prize nominee "Mister Pip," by New Zealander Lloyd Jones. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Julie & Jackie | September 11, 2007
Today's obsession: The Los Angeles comedy duo Julie & Jackie (Julie Klausner and Jackie Clarke), who have lots and lots of free and very funny online video available for your downloading pleasure. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "gas," by Genevieve Renee | September 11, 2007
Today's photo: "gas," by southern Californian Genevieve Renee. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 11: Uptown Writers Space | September 10, 2007
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: An interview with Julie Saltzman and Susan Karp, co-founders of the Uptown Writers Space in my Chicago neighborhood, along with an "audio tour" of the facilities supplemented with still photos. Click through to listen and see for yourself. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: DAVE School | September 10, 2007
Today's obsession: the Digital Animation & Visual Effects (or DAVE) School in Orlando, Florida, which offers its students a real-world project to work on at the end of every school year (and a page of free downloads for the public of all projects completed). Click through for more! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Brian Heiser | September 10, 2007
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago-based Brian Heiser. | Read entire entry

Movies for Grown-Ups: The Short Films of David Lynch | September 7, 2007
Today's movie: The compilation DVD "The Short Films of David Lynch," collecting up six of the celebrated Surrealist filmmaker's experiments over a 30-year period. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 10: PursueThePassion.com's Brett Farmiloe | September 4, 2007
Today's episode: A talk with Brett Farmiloe, founder of the intriguing creativity/business website PursueThePassion.com. | Read entire entry

And speaking of podcasts... | September 4, 2007
It's a podcast-heavy day here at the site, so I thought I'd go ahead and share two more pieces of news concerning the subject: that the CCLaP Podcast is now being listed over at Digg; and that I have finally moved to a streaming-audio service that's a little more reliable than my old one. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Midwest Teen Sex Show | September 4, 2007
Today's obsession: The funny and frank new "Midwest Teen Sex Show" podcast. | Read entire entry