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Shawn Ritchie

Lifelong Chicagoan who works on networks to pay for his whiskey and guitar habit. I whine about stuff here. @smr1973

Book Review: 1177BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed

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This book is... decent. Just okay. It doesn't inspire and set aflame the reader's imagination and mind like a good Barbara Tuchman book, nor does it offend and depress like the latest Niall Ferguson.

What is IS, is a nice synthesis of...

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August 19, 2014

Tale of the Work Bathroom: I Really Hope That's Just OCD In Action

While I've heard from every woman I've ever worked with that the lady's bathroom is an exhibit of horrors beyond the comprehension of the male mind, that does not mean that the dude's shitter doesn't present...

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August 10, 2014

Food Review: Redstone American Grill, Oakbrook, IL

A quick post just to note that this place is not worth going to. Lovely location, excellent servers, but the food is pretty bad, man. Garlic mashed potatoes were undercooked and smelled like they had been mashed by bare, unwashed feet. The Prime...

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July 24, 2014

Scenes From A Garbage Commute, Vol. II

Too Much Car For One Young Woman, and The Man Who Does Mornings Right

As everyone I can get within earshot long enough to bitch about it knows, I have a real shitbag commute a coupla days a week. Mostly highway, mostly stop and go traffic, takes far too long.

So, I have to amuse myself somehow. NPR gets repetitive and...

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July 23, 2014

WebUI Annoyances: Fields That Self-Actuate

Nerd Whine Incoming: I have a webform I have to interact with many, many times a day. There is a text field in that form that is a) auto-populated and b) auto-populated with the wrong goddamned data, every single time.

So.

The first thing I do when I get...

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July 08, 2014

The High-Rise Shithead

(or, Put Your Phone Away and Pay Attention, Douchebag)

I'm obviously a huge fan of smartphones and tablets and all the possibilities they provide us, but I'm really saddened at the degradation they've introduced into basic social behaviors.

Everybody's already familiar with the dickhead in the SUV doing...

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July 02, 2014