uchicagoadmissions:

Indiana Jones Mystery Package

We don’t really even know how to start this post. Yesterday we received a package addressed to “Henry Walton Jones, Jr.”. We sort-of shrugged it off and put it in our bin of mail for student workers to sort and deliver to the right faculty member— we get the wrong mail a lot.

Little did we know what we were looking at. When our student mail worker snapped out of his finals-tired haze and realized who Dr. Jones was, we were sort of in luck: this package wasn’t meant for a random professor in the Stat department. It is addressed to “Indiana” Jones.

What we know: The package contained an incredibly detailed replica of “University of Chicago Professor” Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It looks only sort of like this one, but almost exactly like this one, so much so that we thought it might have been the one that was for sale on Ebay had we not seen some telling inconsistencies in cover color and “Ex Libris” page (and distinct lack of sword). The book itself is a bit dusty, and the cover is teal fabric with a red velvet spine, with weathered inserts and many postcards/pictures of Marion Ravenwood (and some cool old replica money) included. It’s clear that it is mostly, but not completely handmade, as although the included paper is weathered all of the “handwriting” and calligraphy lacks the telltale pressure marks of actual handwriting. 

What we don’t know: Why this came to us. The package does not actually have real stamps on it— the outside of the package was crinkly and dirty as if it came through the mail, but the stamps themselves are pasted on and look like they have been photocopied. There is no US postage on the package, but we did receive it in a bin of mail, and it is addressed to the physical address of our building, Rosenwald Hall, which has a distinctly different address from any other buildings where it might be appropriate to send it (Haskell Hall or the Oriental Institute Museum). However, although now home to the Econ department and College Admissions, Rosenwald Hall used to be the home to our departments of geology and geography

If you’re an applicant and sent this to us: Why? How? Did you make it? Why so awesome? If you’re a member of the University community and this belongs to you or you’ve gotten one like it before, PLEASE tell us how you acquired it, and whether or not yours came with a description— or if we’re making a big deal out of the fact that you accidentally slipped a gift for a friend in to the inter-university mail system. If you are an Indiana Jones enthusiast and have any idea who may have sent this to us or who made it, let us know that, too. 

We know this sounds like a joke/hoax… it’s not (at least, from our end).  Any hints, ideas, thoughts, or explanations are appreciated. We’ve been completely baffled as to why this was sent to us, in mostly a good way, but it’s clear this is a neat thing that either belongs somewhere else— or belongs in the halls of UChicago admissions history.

Internet: help us out. If you’re on Reddit (we’re not) or any other nerdly social media sites where we might get information about this, feel free to post far and wide and e-mail any answers, clues, ideas, thoughts, or musings to indianajonesjournal@uchicago.edu  (yes, we did set up an email account just to deal with this thing). 

Awesome!

filmisgod:

Film is God’s 10,000 follower giveaway! 

In celebration of reaching 10,000 followers, I’ve decided to do a giveaway! 

PLEASE READ EVERYTHING BEFORE REBLOGGING!

What I’m giving away:

First Place Prize:

  • Polaroid Sun 660 camera.  Tested, works.  You do seem to have to hold down the shutter button for a little longer than you should, but it fires. Here’s a photo I took with it long ago.   
  • Impossible Project PX 600 Silver Shade First Flush film to load your Polaroid Sun 660 with. 
  • Minolta Freedom Action Zoom 90 camera.  Tested, works.  Here is a photo I took with it recently.
  • Walgreens 800 iso 35mm colour film to load your Minolta.
  • A Kodak Fun Saver disposable camera, expired in 2009.
  • A dinosaur toy.
  • A mini grabber arm toy.
  • A random print from me.
  • Probably some other do-dads and knick-knacks.

Second Place Prize:

  • Minolta XG-M camera with Sears 1:4.0 80-200mm zoom lens.  Camera is not currently fully functional.  If you can get the battery slot fixed than it should be able to work, but I don’t know how to do this.  Even if you have to pay to get it fixed, at least you got a free camera.  And it’s pretty and in nice shape otherwise, and if you have any other cameras that use MD mount lenses, you can swap out the zoom lens!  Here’s a picture I took with it a while ago.
  • Walgreens 200 iso 35mm colour film.
  • A CVS disposable camera.
  • A Vera Bradley lanyard.
  • A Chinese yo-yo.
  • A random print from me.
  • Probably some other small stuff.

Third Place Prize:

  • Canon AF35M camera.  Doesn’t work, also something to do with battery connections or the battery slot. 
  • Arista Ultra 400 iso 35mm black and white film.
  • CVS disposable camera.
  • A bouncy ball.
  • Some scrapbooking moons or some shit.
  • A moist towelette to wipe away your tears from winning third place.  
  • A random print from me.
  • Probably some other junk too.

All prizes will come with some extra stuff, maybe even an extra camera?  ;)

“How do you enter?” you may find yourself asking.  Be patient, I’m getting to it.

How to Enter:

You may choose to do one or all of the following.

I will ship to anywhere! 

If you want to be a good guy and help pay for shipping and help have a higher chance of a giveaway in the future, donate to Film is God’s Pay Pal.  I will use any donations on shipping or buying items for future giveaways. (I’m poor right now, so anything would be helpful!)  Plus if I get a lot of small donations from a bunch of people, I can buy much, much, much better prizes for the next one! 

How will you pick the winner?

I will number all of the entries from this post, the posts in the Flickr topic, and the Facebook post, then I will use a random number generator.  The first number pulled will be first place, the second second, and the third third. 

I will pick the winners on August 31st, 2012

I will post who the winners are on here and then I will message them.  If for some reason they don’t get back to me within 5 days, I will go ahead and pick another winner in their place. 

If you have any other questions send me a message in my ask box. (No fanmail please though.  I kind of hate that feature.)

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

AND MOST OF ALL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FOLLOWING ME!

via filmisgod
thefluffingtonpost:

Bird Nearly Mistaken for Tennis Ball
Tragedy almost struck the BB&T Atlanta Open this morning when a tournament participant nearly mistook an adorable baby bird for a tennis ball.  
“Andy [Roddick] was about to serve when I yelled, ‘Wait! That’s a bird!’” explained ball boy Toby Sogarten.  Apparently, Roddick was warming up and didn’t realize he had put a baby bird in his pocket instead of a ball.  
“I knew something was wrong when I saw that he was about to serve a ‘ball’ with wings. Tennis balls don’t have wings,” recalled Sogarten.
Via Stephanie Haberman.

thefluffingtonpost:

Bird Nearly Mistaken for Tennis Ball

Tragedy almost struck the BB&T Atlanta Open this morning when a tournament participant nearly mistook an adorable baby bird for a tennis ball.

“Andy [Roddick] was about to serve when I yelled, ‘Wait! That’s a bird!’” explained ball boy Toby Sogarten. Apparently, Roddick was warming up and didn’t realize he had put a baby bird in his pocket instead of a ball.

“I knew something was wrong when I saw that he was about to serve a ‘ball’ with wings. Tennis balls don’t have wings,” recalled Sogarten.

Via Stephanie Haberman.

"Tune in, Turn in, Drop out"
~Timothy Leary
Categories: Timothy Leary,

itsthemusicpeople:

desertmar:

tenleid:

Gosh, i miss this show a lot. I have the first couple seasons on DVD, I guess i know what im watching this weekend

This is a Seth Cohen appreciation blog.

K would tell you that I am basically Seth Cohen. I don’t mind. Nuh uh.

via mknmv

French Onion Soup

Some onions

Some butter

Dehydrate Onions

Add Port Wine + Balsamic Vinaigrette and deglaze pan

Add beef stock + thyme + bay leaf

Simmer 45 minutes

Place hard baguette + gruyere cheese on top

Broil for few minutes

Enjoy!