Stars and Bars

Plain and simple. Today is Election day in the United States. Get out and Vote. If you don’t vote, you have no say.


Doing a TED

I love TED Talks. I especially love to collect and binge-watch them when I am traveling. If you are unfamiliar with what a TED Talk is, they are short (less than 20 minutes) presentations about topics on Technology, Entertainment and Design. One of my favorite talks is about flags by Roman Mars which absolutely embarrasses the city of Milwaukee’s flag and has recently spawned a competition for a flag redesign.

The real reason for this post is that I have always thought about what I could talk about If ever given the opportunity to present a TED Talk. I have yet to come up with a topic . . .

What I have come across thanks to a colleague are numerous parody videos on how to mimic a TED Talk. There is definitely a recipe for the video and presentation style that even the Onion caught. Enjoy!

Arena With an Identity Crisis

New Milwaukee Bucks Arena

In case you have not heard, Milwaukee is going through a sort of building renaissance, albeit small compared to other cities like our neighbor to the south—Chicago. There are at least six major projects being built downtown, and one of them happens to be the recently ground-broken new home for the Milwaukee Bucks NBA basketball team as seen in the rendering above.

Milwaukee is home to some pretty unique architecture. The Milwaukee Art Museum’s Quadracci Pavilion, Miller Park, City Hall, Wisconsin Gas Building, Pabst Theater and the Basilica of St. Josaphat are a few of those I would suggest visiting.

BMO Harris Bradley Center

Now, we have a new Basketball-Only arena replacing the 1980’s concrete slab BMO
Harris Bradley Center. 

Don’t get me wrong, the new arena is an improvement over the current one in use, but what do you conjure up when you see the new design above? A wooden keg perhaps signaling back to the once beer brewing capital of the world? A slight pause of a sideways comma? How about a combover much like the one of the 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump?

Side of New Stadium

Either way, I don’t know what to think of our new arena. I like some of it. The Zinc paneled roof which is rustic and yet modern, as well as the plaza entrance area covered in glass with an observation area jetting out near the top, are some of my favorites. But the whole building seems to be forgotten. Just look at the other sides of the arena renderings and I get a feeling it was an afterthought.

What are your thoughts? Do you like the design? Does it speak to you and if so what does it say? Is it “Milwaukee”?

Like I said before, I am torn. I like some of it, but there are parts I feel were ignored. Maybe it was the budget or the time constraints that were limiting (Arena History). I just hope “Milwaukee’s Combover” doesn’t become its nickname.


Sorry, Not Sorry Cubs

Game 1—NLDS

I was flying home from Toronto on October 7, 2016 and I had a short layover in Chicago. If you have ever flown into Chicago, most of the time the wind is coming from the west which means you approach O’Hare International from the east flying over Lake Michigan with the cityscape of Chicago to the left of the plane, which I strategically had knowing the possibility of the view (If you know me, I love aviation).

October 7 is pretty significant for Chicago Fans as it was Game 1 of the NLDS vs the Giants. This picture is of Wrigley Field ablaze in light only a few short hours before the game was to start.

Which is why we are originally here. I am a diehard Milwaukee Brewers fan. And if you don’t know, the Cubs are pretty close to the mortal enemies of the Brewers (as well as the Dirty Birds of St. Louis). Think Packers vs. Bears . . . But recently I have been reading articles about why Milwaukee fans need to cheer on the Cubs:

In short, NO—It is not OK to cheer for the Cubs if you are a Milwaukee fan. Milwaukee, a little more than one hour north of Chicago becomes Wrigley North when the two teams play, and to be honest, they are rude, impolite and if you ever read the papers, out of control at times (see article—Miller Park Brawl Ends In Arrests of Cubs Fans).

So, No I am not rooting for the Cubs. Sorry you haven’t won the World Series in a while. Yes you have a rich tradition and a great stadium rich in history, but in sports, you are not my team and never will be, plus I’m rooting for the small market teams.

Sorry, NOT sorry Cubs. Go Cleveland!