My favorite photo ever – Chicago River and the Loop from Tribune Tower

Here’s a photo I took last week from the 25th floor patio at Tribune Tower while attending a party at ‘The Crown At Tribune Tower – a part of Howells and Hood restaurant on the Pioneer Court side of the Tower.

I posted it to facebook with the privacy set to public, and shared it on reddit and imgur – and it went moderately viral, so that’s fun.  It got around 100 likes on facebook, and was viewed around 13,000 times on imgur.

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My wife is a media darling; coverage of her research.

Dr. Kelly Baron is a very smart lady, and her most recent research is getting great coverage from around the world today – here’s a sample:

USA Today  – August 15, 2013
Exercise Helps Insomnia, But Not Right Away, Study Says
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/15/sleep-insomnia-exercise/2655209/
The small study, published Thursday in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, documents a phenomenon that “frustrates patients,” and discourages many from keeping up their exercise routines, says lead author Kelly Glazer Baron, a clinical psychologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

U.S. News & World Report  – August 15, 2013
One Exercise Session Won’t Bring a Good Night’s Sleep
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/08/15/one-exercise-session-wont-bring-a-good-nights-sleep
“Where the idea to explore this came from is that my patients were coming in and saying that they heard that exercise is good for sleep,” explained study author Kelly Baron, director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program with the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. “But people generally want a quick fix. And they weren’t seeing improvements right way. So, they were getting discouraged,” she said.

CBS News – August 15, 2013
Insomniacs May Need Regular Exercise to Get Sleep Benefits
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57598672/insomniacs-may-need-regular-exercise-to-get-sleep-benefits/
“If you have insomnia you won’t exercise yourself into sleep right away,” lead study author Kelly Glazer Baron, a clinical psychologist and director of the behavioral sleep program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said in a press release. “It’s a long-term relationship. You have to keep at it and not get discouraged.”

FOX News –  August 15, 2013
Exercise Can Help Insomnia
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/08/15/exercise-can-help-insomnia-but-it-may-take-awhile/
People who struggle with sleep problems and insomnia are often told to exercise in order to slumber more soundly. Yet, new research from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine indicates that it might take a few months of hitting the treadmill before the effects kick in.

The Daily Mail – August 15, 2013.
Think exercise will help you sleep? It will – but it’ll take FOUR months to have an effect
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2394431/Think-exercise-help-sleep-It–itll-FOUR-months-effect.html
Study leader Dr Kelly Baron, of Northwestern University in the U.S., said: ‘If you have insomnia you won’t exercise yourself into sleep right away.
‘It’s a long-term relationship. You have to keep at it and not get discouraged.’

The Telegraph  – August 15, 2013
Study shows that long-term daily exercise can help you sleep better
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/10242920/Study-shows-that-long-term-daily-exercise-can-help-you-sleep-better.html
A new study has shown that hitting the treadmill for 45 minutes a day only has a limited effect on insomnia. The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the US found it takes 16 weeks for the full benefits to kick-in.

WebMD UK – August 15, 2013
Exercise is ‘no quick fix for insomnia’
http://www.webmd.boots.com/sleep-disorders/news/20130815/exercise-insomnia
“If you have insomnia you won’t exercise yourself into sleep right away,” says lead author Kelly Glazer Baron, a clinical psychologist at Northwestern University in Chicago. She continues in a statement: “It’s a long-term relationship. You have to keep at it and not get discouraged.”

The Detroit Free Press  – August 15, 2013
Exercise helps insomnia, but not right away, study says
http://www.freep.com/usatoday/article/2655209
The small study, published Thursday in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, documents a phenomenon that “frustrates patients,” and discourages many from keeping up their exercise routines, says lead author Kelly Glazer Baron, a clinical psychologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

The Oregonian – August 15, 2013
Exercise helps insomniacs sleep but only if they stick with it
http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2013/08/exercise_helps_insomniacs_slee.html
Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine analyzed data from a 2010 clinical trial lasting 16 weeks. It demonstrated aerobic exercise’s ability to improve sleep, mood and vitality in middle-aged and older adults with insomnia. They also examined daily sleep data from 11 women ages 57 to 70.

Science Daily – August 14, 2013
Exercise Is No Quick Cure for Insomnia
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130815084841.htm
Exercise is a common prescription for insomnia. But spending 45 minutes on the treadmill one day won’t translate into better sleep that night, according to new Northwestern Medicine research.

Science World Report – August 15, 2013
Does Exercise Cure Insomnia? Maybe, but Not for A While
http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/8845/20130815/exercise-cure-insomnia-maybe.htm
Lead study author Kelly Glazer Baron, a clinical psychologist at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Il., discusses the benefits of exercise and how a regular fitness routine can get you a good night’s rest if you keep at it.

Riding the Amtrak Hiawatha from Chicago to Milwaukee

I spend quite a bit of time on airplanes, but once in a while I get to mix it up and hop on a train as well, and one of my favorite routes is the Amtrak Hiawatha, which connects Milwaukee and Chicago.

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Over the last 5 years I’ve ridden this train line many times, while visiting Fox 6 News in Milwaukee, a TV station that our company owns.

The Hiawatha is just such a nice, easy way to get from Chicago to either the Milwaukee airport or downtown Milwaukee that I can’t fathom going any other way;  driving would take longer (potentially much longer!) and flying isn’t really an option – I mean, there are flights that exist between ORD and MKE but, in the words of Sweet Brown, ‘ain’t nobody got time for that’ – and not taking the MegaBus or Greyhound.  🙂

I don’t really have any particular travel tips for the Hiawatha other than to try to get a seat facing the direction the train is moving, and to remember that it’s not like the L – all the doors don’t open at every stop – just one or two of them, so remember where you got on the train, because that’s where you’ll be getting off it as well.

 

 

Riding UberX Chicago

I’m a huge fan of Uber – let me just say that first.

I recently stopped using a different completely unreliable car service after a very bad experience and switched to Uber for 100% of my airport transport needs.

I’ve used Uber taxi, and used Uber Black (town car) but had not had a chance to try UberX until today.

UberX Chicago is postitioned by Uber as something ‘between’ a cab, and a town car;  needing a ride to Midway I saw an UberX very close (like 2 minutes) from my house and requested the car.

I got a confirmation almost immediately from Sergio, and then a quick voice call – and he pulled up in a nice, clean VW Passat.

It was then I realized – wow, I’m literally just getting into some guys car!

Like, I put my bag in the trunk along with some of his stuff that was already in there.

He was like, “Midway, oh man…yeah, ok, let’s go” – and off we went.

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I’ve got to be honest – it was a little strange – the driver was nice enough, and the trip was pretty much half the cost of using Uber Black, and even about $5 less than using a cab – but hopping into a random guy’s car was just a little too weird for me – I think I’m going to stick with hailing a cab, or Uber Taxi, or Uber Black.

The whole experience reminded me of getting a cab in South America – like anyone can get a ‘TAXI’ sign and become a cab at any moment – I know Uber is more legit than that, but like I said – the idea of UberX is neat, but I’m not totally sold on the execution of it.

 

Finally! It’s possible to transfer iOS apps from one developer account to another!

This is something I’ve struggled with more in the past than I care to remember;  it used to not be possible to move an iOS app from one developer account to another one – but this post I’m reading today:  http://blog.zaheer.me/2013/06/apps-can-now-be-transferred-from-one.html outlines what you need to do to make it happen!

It sounds totally legit and would have made a world of difference for me while launching a variety of apps in the last year, I’m really glad to see Apple make this move, but just wish I had a time machine so I could take full advantage of it.  🙂