Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Feeds Now Full-Text

So, long overdue, I've changed my RSS/e-mail feeds to full-text. Great debates have waged over whether one should drive traffic to their site with teasers in their feeds or if one should give their readers the whole shebang. Since I'm not trying to make money of ads and the like and I personally like reading feeds without having to jump around, I've made the change.

Additionally, I've added to my feed my Web site's URL (to be updated this winter/early spring) and a "ShareThis" link to make it easy to post the content to social networks and to e-mail.

Finally, I've added a favicon to my blog. I'll probably design something in the future, but, for now, it's a 2002 pic of me with a beard. You can tell that, right? Right.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cleveland's Arcade

Cleveland's Arcade opened in 1890 as one of the first indoor malls in America. Obviously, working in retail, I had to check out this testament to time and consumption.

Driving into downtown from Cleveland Heights foreshadowed what was to come. Many once very prominent business, banks, etc. were shuttered on our way in, and the same was true inside the Arcade.

Maybe it is just the Gen-X in me, but I'm a little disappointed to experience the ashes of my predecessors. I echo my coworker's sentiments when she said, "I wish I could have seen this place when my grandparents were young."

The Arcade is gorgeous, and it still well maintained (probably thanks to the Hyatt which has converted many of the offices on the upper levels to suites). However, it is an empty, hollow, and fairly soulless shell of what I imagine it once was.

401 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 696-1408

Tommy's Restaurant

Tommy's lived up to its hype. It's menu has great variety, the staff is friendly (at least when I went when there wasn't much traffic), and the food was fantastic.

Big Fun

Big fun is seriously the best thing about Cleveland. Forget sports, bars, even *gasp* do I dare write...the Grog Shop. Big fun was a favorite of mine in Columbus in the 90's. You could spend days going through 70's Star Wars iron ons alone. Yet, they closed their Columbus location and have remained in Cleveland ever since.

Remember what it used to feel like going into a toy store? Colors, packaging, and toys you could actually use your imagination with all waiting for you to part your hard earned or gifted cash with? Big Fun brings that all back with old-school Spencer's (in a good way) mixed in. From retro toys to gags like "fart gum," one could spend days alone looking, foraging, and buying their wares.

Added bonus: knowledgeable employees like Redwin make shopping there even more fun.

Big Fun
1814 Coventry Rd
Cleveland, OH 44118
(216) 371-4386


Revive offers fair trade goods in a well-designed boutique atmosphere.

Added bonus: Friendly and knowledgeable staff (Danielle and Rose) and a cool founder (Lisa Dunn).

2248 Lee Rd
Cleveland, OH 44118
(216) 371-2778


Howlies played Cleveland's Grog Shop in Dec. 2008. Their presence while performing is magnetic, and, even though the crowd was minimal, they played with more energy than I've seen in a long time.

Grog Shop

I've painfully witnesses a number of bands not hit Columbus and play at the Grog Shop instead. So, when the chance came up to go for a band that I already wanted to see, I jumped at the opportunity (no thanks to Google Maps whose directions were totally confusing).

The space is fantastic. The size is between Wex's black box and Columbus' Newport. The atmosphere has a layered and slightly aged feeling to it, and you can walk right up to the stage. Although a little more sterile than Columbus' beloved Stache's (think more like Little Brothers), the space is terrific to see the next cool band.

Grog Shop
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd # 1
Cleveland, OH‎ 44106
(216) 321-5588‎


So I had the opportunity to go to Cleveland at the first of the month on business. Knowing that I had around three hours of free time the last day I was up there, I decided to find some cool & interesting things in Cleveland.

I tried searching the hip travel sites and shopping blogs, but very little came up. In fact, Gridskipper's advice was just to avoid the entire city. So, I turned to Yelp.

At Yelp, I happily uncovered Revive, Tommy's Restaurant, and a now defunct indie pharmacy that lead me to Dave's Market. There were a few things I didn't get to like the "Guardians of Traffic" and Cleveland's West Side Market, supposedly the largest indoor/outdoor market in the U.S. However, in all, I think it was a solid three hours well spent.

The following posts highlight the stores, areas, and great concert I was able to fit in while doing some research.



Friday, December 05, 2008

Gift of Reading Campaign

See what happens when you don't read!

Here's the copy:

"The new advertising campaign for The Gift of Reading®
was designed by bleublancrouge on the basis of the following message:
“When a child doesn't read, imagination disappears.” To convey this
idea to the general public, the different advertisements show fairy
tale characters, such as Cinderella and Peter Pan, slowly fading away
in hospital. These characters represent the imaginary worlds of
children without access to reading, which are likely to disappear over

Not a great fan of scarevertising, but these are pretty cool.

Literacy Foundation

Via: Brandflakes

Monday, December 01, 2008

The Mile Project

"MILE (Metadata Image Library Exploitation) aims to promote European cultural heritage and make digital art more accessible by improving metadata."

An interesting collective headed by the Bridgeman Art Library. Below is a link to a video that gives a little history on the Bridgeman v. Corel case. (Note: embedding was disabled by themileproject's request...I don't know about you, but that seems a bit excessive to me.)