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Living the Digital Life - Amtrak Edition

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/21/10 (3:10pm)
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Roy's got a post on all the digital paraphernalia he was lugging around on a recent trip to Boston. This reminded me of my own experience going to Springfield -- and how attached I still was to the 'Cloud' no matter what the circumstances were.

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Illinois State Fair in Springfield

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 8/19/10 (1:25am)
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I had a great two days down at the State Fair in Springfield. The town itself is a great place just for walking around. Weather this year was borderline perfect. Now all that's left is going on a diet for the next 18 months.

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Either Libraries or Schools in Illinois, But Not Both

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/16/10 (11:56am)

This doesn't sound encouraging:

But as Illinois' budget problems worsen, lawmakers will have to decide which programs are essential and must be funded and which are not as critical, said state Rep. Ed Sullivan, a Mundelein Republican. It could come down to funding schools or libraries, he said - not both. [Lissau, Russell. "State funding shortage may doom library systems", Daily Herald, 2/14/2010]

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Pictures from the Illinois State Fair

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 8/20/09 (9:24pm)
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I had a great time at the Illinois State Fair. I was there on Tuesday and Wednesday. Usually the first day, I hang around the city and the second day, I hang out at the fair.

It's a pretty city.

Of course, I was bummed out to see that Boone's Saloon had closed. The backyard patio was a perennial stop for me.

One thing you absolutely must do when you're at the Fair is see the Butter Cow in the Dairy Building. This year, the Butter Cow was joined by a youngish Abe Lincoln, this being the 200th anniversary of his birth.

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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Not in Illinois)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 5/16/07 (10:56pm)

Mayor Daley has famously said that the law banning fois gras in Chicago is the "silliest ordinance that was ever passed".

I kind of look at the recent vote by the Illinois State Senate banning horse slaughter in the same light.

The head of the Illinois Department of Agriculture says horse slaughter "is inhumane because our society considers horses to be companion animals or pets".

That's one perspective.

My approach comes from the years I spent in Paris when they served it on a regular basis in the student university restaurants. I was short of money and this meal would literally be my only one of the day. Sometimes they'd serve something really gross like rognons, tripes or cerveaux fouettés which I was unable to eat no matter how hungry I was.

So you can imagine my relief when they'd have something like cheval which kind of resembled boeuf in color if not completely in texture. The truth is, I ate it with relish.

I haven't had the dish since then but it doesn't strike me as the end of Western Civilization to contemplate it being produced here and sent out to the four corners of the world. At least we've got something we can still export.

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Illinois House Votes for Internet Filtering on Library Computers

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 5/12/07 (7:52pm)

The Illinois House just passed a law to require internet filtering on all computers in the public libraries.

From what I understand this would affect all public access computers -- not simply those used by children.

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