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Shutter the F*@# Up!

9.26.2011

This almost made me pee my pants laughing.

It took place in Utah. A city councilman had a great view of the mountains in his backyard until a new neighbor built a house that had a roof line that was higher than ordinance allowed. He complained to the city and they made the poor guy remodel the house at great expense. Then the new neighbor installed some new shutters in his house and the councilman complained again. The city went back and discovered the above situation. They ruled that there was no ordinances against the shape of shutters. Now the poor councilman has this for his epic mountain view…

I love when people take civil matters into their own hands. I also think that this is funny as I could totally see my dad doing something like this to a complaining neighbor. Until next time…

-Marty-

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Wicked Expensive

9.26.2011

In this day and age material wealth and excess are the name of the game. Actors and other stars spend millions of dollars on extravagant homes in all the best locales. I’m sure everyone has seen at least one episode of MTV’s Cribs (is that still on?) and been completely disgusted awed by the amount of money spent on the homes. What you don’t really hear about are billion dollar homes! Found one. An artist in Ireland built a home of about $1.8 billion (1.4 billion euros). The building material is what is so expensive. It is made purely of shredded money!

Now that’s a brick of cash!

That one brick is made of about 50,000 shredded euros. The artist, Frank, built the home as a statement about the ill fated Irish construction boom that has since crashed. The home is actually an apartment built in the lobby of a recently built but now abandoned office building. All the decorations are made from other forms of money.

Mountains of cash

He is still working on getting a kitchen addition constructed as the house is just a living room and bedroom right now. Apparently the euro is a great insulator but somehow don’t think that it is up to any sort of fire safety standards. Would you want to live in a house that is literally made of money?

Catch you guys later.

-Marty-

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An Apology

9.26.2011

I wanted to take a second to apologize for not posting this week. I have been pretty busy with work this week and as such haven’t been able to make time for this blog like I need to. Also, I have been helping my girlfriend with a fantastic new opportunity for her burgeoning new business!

Enough with the excuses though. I will get back in the saddle next week and things will be all better. Until then…

-Marty-

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Don’t Do That!

9.26.2011

Everyone knows that Chicago is a huge midwest tourist hub. In the summer months the Magnificent Mile is a mass of humanity oogling the tall buildings and outrageous shopping. Everyone is itching to get to the top of the Willis (read: Sears) Tower or ride the ferris wheel at Navy Pier. What these gullible fools don’t know is that the city is so much more than all the kitschy and cliche tourist traps attractions.

It’s the bean!

I have known this for some time now. Whenever my parents would take my brother and I to visit Chicago we never went to these places, we were always deep in the galleries of River North looking at obscure furniture and art (my parents are design architects). Rather I shouldn’t say we didn’t go to the normal places, we did, once, and then never again. It was the same in other touristy places like Las Vegas and Hawaii. Instead of spending our time in casinos or Wikiki Beach we were going to see shows or driving along some forgotten cliff road to see what was on the other side of the island.

Actual road my poor mother drove on!

If you are coming to Chicago or already live here and want to find something off the beaten path to do then I really suggest you look through this article.

I have been to or done many of the things listed here and I can attest that they are all fantastic. The Lincoln Park Zoo is huge and FREE! The beaches near by are gorgeous and packed in the summer. The restaurants they mention are fantastic! Rick Bayless and XOCO is some of the best Hispanic street food you could ask for at breakfast. If you go to Big Star, get the pork belly taco, it is no joke the best taco I have ever eaten. And to top it off you can wash it down with super cheap but delicious beer and whiskey. What’s not to love!?

Big Star, mmmmm…

Hope you guys all have a great weekend! Maybe even go check out some of these not so well known local attractions. I know that right now I could sure go for a taco!

-Marty-

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And Around We Go!

9.26.2011

So I had a feeling that I was going to find a pretty cool article to talk about today and I boy was right! This is some crazy stuff right here people. Take a second and think about how awesome it is to eat dinner on the top floor of the John Hancock Center. While you’re stuffing your face you get to take in some fantastic city vistas. One problem though, your view never changes, and that’s boring. Enter places like the Toronto Space Needle that has a restaurant on the top floor that rotates! Now while you drink at the bar you don’t have to look at the same view for hours. Pretty cool no? Unless you get motion sickness, then you’re screwed. Only problem here is that you have to go out and spend top dollar every night to get that glorious view. But what if your apartment high rise had a rotating floor that you could live on, or better yet, The whole building could rotate!

BOOM! Thank you Dubai! Look at that crazyiness. How could you not want to live in a building that was the ever changing face of architecture. Could be a boring straight sided building when you leave for work and then be a fantastic double helix looking deal when you get home. The opportunities are endless.

But Marty, what about how much power it takes to rotate it. Think of the children. Problem solved my hippy friends. Between each floor are horizontal wind turbines that can produce pollution free energy to rotate the tower and power homes! See ya later ComEd. If this thing isn’t screaming WINDY City then I don’t really know what is.

And can you imagine this thing all lit up at night! I already love driving through the city at night and seeing different colors on buildings for whatever is going on that month. This thing would look glorious! The article mentions that these things could be built in tons of major cities if the idea takes off in Dubai. I would imagine there are some kinks that would need to be worked out and tested but can’t even fathom what they could be. All I know is that I would love to live here.

Have a great weekend all and I’ll catch you on the flip side.

-Marty-

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Many Options

9.26.2011

Found this article on one of my new favorite websites, www.fastcompany.com. The house is supposed to be modular type home that you could breakdown and rebuild over and over again in dozens of different permutations. Seems like something very cool that you could throw up on your lakeshore property in the midwest during the summer and then pack flat and ship down to your winter place in the South. I wish I had either of those.

It is certainly a weird looking place from the outside. They have apparently only sold it to one person who happened to be an art collector which I guess is what you have to look at this thing like. It looks very cubist and although busy it still has a minimalist feel, check out the inside.

I don’t know how long it would stay like that though, especially with all the useless crap that we as people seem to acquire quite quickly. The video is kind of cool too so check it out!

I look forward to later this week as I feel like I might have something amazing for you! Until then…

-Marty-

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Weird Buildings

9.26.2011

Sorry for the late post today, I’ve been a busy bee. This one will be quick and is just a collection of photos of super strange houses that I have discovered around the Interwebs. You might have seen them before and if so, too bad for you. Enjoy them again!

This is a hilarious building located in Poland. Every time I see it makes me feel a little drunk and I wonder what it would be like after imbibing a little too much vodka in Poland and stumbling past.

This tugs at my heart strings. It is the side of a parking garage in Kansas to both alleviate the eyesore of the open sides of parking garages as well as drive people to go to the library downtown. There are some good books on there.

This is in Montreal and was built for Expo 67 which was one of the largest universal expositions in the world. It contains some 160 residences made of over 300 cubes. It just looks to me like it would be hard to find your apartment. Hopefully they give you a map!

Til next week my friends!

-Marty-