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Dec. 2, 2010
The bullet ant is not to be messed with -- unless you want "pure, intense, brilliant pain." (Jerry Oldenettel)
“Caustic and burning. Distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.” “Light, ephemeral, almost fruity. A tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm.”
You could certainly be excused if these descriptions sound like they come out of Wine Spectator. But in fact they’re not describing the subtle notes of a good cabernet – rather, they are trying to communicate what it feels like to be stung by a Paper Wasp and a Sweat Bee.
They’re taken from the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, invented by entomologist Justin O. Schmidt. Each sting has a corresponding number, on a scale of one to four, indicating the degree of pain. But without doubt, it’s the more subjective descriptions that make this (semi-) scientific instrument so interesting.
Dec. 2, 2010
I have a new segment. It's called 'Five minutes with the Vocalo bloggers." The idea is to talk with some of the Vocalo blog stars about topics in their respective areas of interest. Last week, I talked to Steve Dolinsky about the Michelin stars. This week: Jim DeRogatis. Jim talks the Grammys, Kanye West and John Lennon, and I ask Jim about his awesome habit of getting into public fights with musicians.
caught up with Jim after his taping of Sound Opinions. He was gracious enough to sit down and shoot the shit...for five minutes.
State Senator Ricky 'Hollywood' Hendon had something to say during the civil union floor debate today in Springfield. And I believe he now rivals Mayor Daley for most 'Sound bite of the day' entries.
He references Rome, Baptism, fairness and of course, hell. I wonder if those in support of civil unions will use this speech as their battle cry? (audio above)
"The Illinois Senate has approved civil unions, putting Illinois on the verge of granting official recognition to gay and lesbian couples." - Associated Press
So how did your representative vote? And better yet, how did our lawmakers who want higher office vote?
- State Senator James Meeks voted "no" on civil unions. He was one of five Senate Democrats who voted "no" (one voted present)
- The only Republican to vote "yes" in the Senate: Your new state treasurer, Dan Rutherford.
- Senator Bill Brady voted "no".
Check out the complete roll calls below under Extras.
Thanks to Illinois Public Radio and WBEZ's Sam Hudzik.
This just in: Danny Davis gets the first big win of the election season. His name will be first on the ballot for Chicago mayor. So that's worth what, 15 percent of the vote? How funny is it that the candidates vie for that top spot and the media makes a big deal. Why? Because I guess the voting public is super stupid.
The blog space will be a little quieter today around 3pm when Steve Edwards (above) & crew (beyond) head over to UIC for a forum featuring the mayoral candidates. Of course, Braun, Meeks, Emanuel and Chico declined (or just didn't even return calls). But Danny Davis will be there. It is open to the public and you can go down and listen to his dulcit tones and learn more about the other candidates. We will be airing some of the forum at a later date.
I'm not going. But if I were, I would direct Steve to just skip the issues and go straight to the lifestyle questions. Think of it like a Facebook profile. What music do you like? Religious views? Who did you go to high school with?
As a matter of fact, here's my list of questions for the Chicago mayoral candidates (who are not Braun, Meeks, Chico and Emanuel). Please add in the comment section.
Dec. 1, 2010
Your theater history factoid of the week: Leonard Bernstein's "Candide," based on the Voltaire novella, opened on Broadway 56 years ago today, Dec. 1, 1956. It had a book by Lillian Hellman and lyrics by Richard Wilbur and John LaTouche, and it was a flop that closed in less than two months. It's brilliant musical score–especially Bernstein's concert version of the show's overture–kept it alive through numerous revisions and revivals until it finally became a hit.
"Candide" has been staged in Chicago frequntly, most recently with yet another new version of the book, this one adapted by director Mary Zimmerman. It opened this year's Goodman Theatre season before moving on to the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., where it continues through Jan. 9.