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My First Fisheye Ever: Central Camera

I really do like the Lomography Fisheye Camera I bought at Urban Outfitters. Here is my very first pic, appropriately taken at the coolest and oldest real camera store in Chicago. Here's the complete set here.

Go ahead and buy a fisheye camera from my Amazon store!

Herrick Lake, July 27, 2010 > Duck Snacking on Pond Algae

Duck Snacking on Pond Algae, Herrick Lake, Wheaton > July 27, 2010

Ducks shoor like algae.

Photos, Videos, and Insights from the DuPage County Fair, July 22, 2010

So last Thursday I took the kids to the DuPage County Fair and tried to document the entire thing without any people. I just wanted to capture most I could about the event through the objects that were trucked in to the fairgrounds-- the rides, concessions, animals, and pies. You can see the complete set for 2010 here.

I did the same thing for 2009 (the best thing was the Music Fest ride, with its hand-painted rock illustrations), but I was a bit more complete this year, where I tried to get a shot of every ride and every genus of animal represented. Here are some random thoughts:

  • There is a proud contingent of people running the fair who remember the rural history of the county. I am super-happy to see all the tractors and see which family owned them
  • There was a huge set of 4 or 5 barns full of pigs, rabbits, cows, roosters, sheep, and so on. I always make the kids go up and down every aisle. They always bleat lightly as they weigh the lights of the midway, but they end up seeing things that amaze them in there
  • It's impossible to waste your money at the County Fair
  • I am officially too old for the Zipper. We called that ride "the cages" when I was little. Didn't really like them then, and have absolutely no use for their upside-down-all-the-way-around bullshit now. Too old
  • The Pharoh's Fury, on the other hand, with it's I'm-in-a-boat-swaying-with-stomach-bloop-goodness, is still awesome
  • Conformity in clothing reigns among teens through time and space
  • Fried flour with powdered sugar is a wonder
  • Winning fish at the carnival should never stop, ever

MICKEY: CAUTION: This Vehicle Makes Wide Right Turns (Mickey Truck Bodies)

And still the Wide Right Turns continue...

Zen and the Art of Parking Lot Design

Hulk Need Friend by Bruce Lehto

I love this painting. I got it at David Leonardis Gallery. Huge sale. Get there. Complete set here.

NEWS MUSIC: Lohan 1984

I watch news and I listen to music.

NEWS MUSIC: Lohan 1984 from Daniel X. O'Neil on Vimeo.


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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