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Trying out the Google Video embed:


Today I was at the Harold Washington Library Center for a meeting and it reminded me of my books. The dedication for my book Memo To All Employees is as follows:

Dedicated to the Public Library

They are in my pantheon. Here's the dedication for BRICKS:

To truth and beauty, in all its forms.

And Economics:

Dedicated to my boys, CXO and CJO, the only forevers God ever gave me.

God bless them all.

Armour Brown & Serve Original > 10 Fully Cooked Sausage Links

Armour_brown_n_serve I pretty much eat one box of these things every day.

Here's what the manufacturer of these breakfast meats has to say about them:

Armour Brown 'N Serve breakfast sausages make your breakfast sizzle. With a perfect combination of great taste, convenience, and exceptional value, it is no wonder Armour's Brown 'N Serve is America's favorite fully cooked breakfast sausage. *

  • Great Taste — whether you prefer links or patties, Brown 'N Serve pre-cooked breakfast sausages come in the delicious flavors both adults and children prefer, including: our best-selling Original — a perfect blend of sage and seasonings — as well as Beef, Maple, Country Recipe, Honey and Bacon Flavor. Three additional flavors, Turkey, Lite Original and Lite Maple offer the great Brown 'N Serve taste with less calories and fat.
  • Convenience — In less than five minutes in your skillet or microwave, Brown 'N Serve lets you enjoy breakfast sausage with less mess and cleanup, so you can focus your morning on the important things.
  • Exceptional Value — Armour Brown 'N Serve is value priced to fit your budget, so you and your family can afford to enjoy sausage anytime.

God bless us all.

Askariya Shrine in Ruins

This is very bad. Like civil war/ no turning back/ Archduke Ferdinand bad. Here's Robert Worth's lead in the NYT today:

A powerful bomb shattered the golden dome at one of Iraq's most revered Shiite shrines on Wednesday morning, setting off a day of sectarian fury in which mobs formed across Iraq to chant for revenge and attacked dozens of Sunni mosques.

A shocking, brazen, crazy thing to do. This is not just another Iraqi bombing:

The shrine is one of four major Shiite shrines in Iraq, and the site has special meaning because 2 of the 12 imams revered by mainstream Shiites are buried there: Ali al-Hadi, who died in A.D. 868 and his son, the 11th imam, Hassan al-Askari. Also, according to legend, the 12th Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi, known as the "Hidden Imam," was at the site of the shrine before he disappeared.

Shades of April Glaspie here:

Most Iraqi leaders attributed the attack to terrorists bent on exploiting sectarian rifts, but some also blamed the United States for failing to prevent it. Even the leader of Iraq's main Shiite political alliance said he thought Zalmay Khalilzad, the American ambassador to Iraq, bore some responsibility. The Shiite leader, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, said Mr. Khalilzad's veiled threat on Monday to withdraw American support if Iraqis could not form a nonsectarian government helped provoke the bombing. "This declaration gave a green light for these groups to do their operation, so he is responsible for a part of that," Mr. Hakim said at a news conference.


Anti-Bush Basement Collage Newspaper Art

  McCain Good, Bush Bad 
  Originally uploaded by juggernautco.

I love collage, a form of derivative works.  I was recently over at the house of an old friend who I hadn't seen in a long time. He is a weird person. He has an intense set of anti-Bush newspaper clippings with doodles and homemade protest signs in his basement. God bless him.

He also is somewhat obsessed with shoes and Iggy Pop.

See complete Flickr set over here.

Hire Corey O'Neil for Media Arts & Animation

  Corey O'Neil 
  Originally uploaded by juggernautco.

My nephew, Corey O'Neil, is graduating this Spring from The Art Institute of Washington with a degree in Media Arts in Animation. He can do all sorts of video & film production/ post-production work, and as you can see from his reel, he's extremely creative as well. Go see his website now and hire him before someone else does.

Things > 1992 BRICKS pencil holder by Mr. Imagination

  Con Pencil 
  Originally uploaded by juggernautco.

In December 1992 I was getting ready to publish my first book of poetry, BRICKS. My friend Mr. Imagination, an amazing artist based (at the time) here in Chicago, made a pencil holder for me so that I could have somewhere to put my pencil during my book signing.

Here's more on Mr. Imagination and more pics of the pencil holder.

This is the first post in a series called, "Things".

CTA Elevator Status & CTA Alerts

  CTA Elevator Status 
  Originally uploaded by juggernautco.

Sometimes the genesis of a feature (whether it is in software or in real life) is obvious in the feature itself. Here at the Logan Square stop on the Blue Line, there is an old-fashioned whiteboard showing the Elevator Status throughout the system.

I'm thinking that this is here because there was trouble in the past for people in wheelchairs who got on the train at one station with an elevator and find themselves trapped at a station without a working elevator. The answer-- the feature that solves the problem-- is to give people up-to-the-minute information about the status of elevators.

The problem is that the information is not available until you get down to the station of origin-- after the person has begun their journey.

It seems to me that this is a classic use for the CTA Alerts system. People could sign up for a special "elevator status" alert and they are notified immediately of any change in status. That way they can make the right decision (take the bus, call a friend, etc.) at the right time. And it infinitely increases the number of people who could contribute to the system. After all, the first people who find out that an elevator is not working is riders!

History of Citizen ICAM

Icam Lots of people know & love the Chicago Crime website, the innovative early Google Maps mashup by Adrian Holovaty. Less well-known is the Citizen ICAM database run by the Chicago Police, which is the goofy-interface, balky, and hard-to-use lookup engine upon which the Chicago Crime website is based. As Adrian notes on his site, without Citizen ICAM there would be no www.chicagocrime.org.

Anyone who's interested in the history of technology would enjoy reading this PDF from the National Institute of Justice. Dated July 1996, it is a very thorough account of the creation of the software that underlies ICAM and also has some good info on how they used it when it was just a PC-based tool based on MapInfo 2.0 only available inside police stations.

Sample Feedburner BuzzBoost CSS

Feedburner is an excellent (Chicago-based) service that is providing a huge bump for how RSS feeds are shared, tracked, consumed, and monetized. One of the best features is BuzzBoost, which allows you to render RSS feeds in HTML-- headlines, full posts, whatever you want. The instructions for how to get past the default styling (indented bullets) are not easy to follow if you don't have a great grasp of CSS.

It took me a while to style the links for the linklog on the lower-right of  my About Page: Here's the CSS I use to style it. Just copy/ paste this into the bottom of whatever CSS file handles your page and you're all set.

div.feedburnerFeedBlock p.date {
text-align: left;
padding: 0;
margin: 0;

div.feedburnerFeedBlock li div {
text-align: left;
padding: 0;
margin: 0;

div.feedburnerFeedBlock ul {
text-align: left;
padding: 0;
margin: 0;

div.feedburnerFeedBlock span.headline {
text-align: left;
padding: 0;
margin: 0;

div.feedburnerFeedBlock ul li {
list-style-type: none;
text-align: left;
padding: 0;
margin: 0;

div.feedburnerFeedBlock p.feedTitle {
font-weight: bold;


Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.


EveryBlock: A news feed for your block.
CTA Tweet: Unofficial Twitter tracker for the Chicago Transit Authority.
CityPayments: Database of all vendors, contracts, and payments that have been posted by the municipal government of the City of Chicago
Wesley Willis Art: Site dedicated to the fact that Wesley Willis was an artist.
Wide Right Turn: An incomplete look at the role of variation in a capitalist society.


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      Site dedicated to the fact that Wesley Willis was an artist.
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      Wireless notifications about service on the Chicago Transit Authority.
    • Wide Right Turn

      An incomplete look at the role of variation in a capitalist society.
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      Humans own their experience of copyrighted content.
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      Simple form for creating Y!Q links to add relevance, annotate text, and provide more sophisticated layers of meaning to web content.