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jeffName: Jeff C.
City: Chicago, IL

Jeff is from suburban Chicago, and moved to the city to study journalism at Columbia College Chicago. He works as a freelance journalist and photographer, and is active in the blogging community. His blog – called “Fuck Yeah Sharks” – became immensely popular last year, and has since spawned over 3,000 other similar blogs (everything from “Fuck Yeah Tattoos” to “Fuck Yeah Neil Patrick Harris”).  His blog is now one of the most-followed blogs on Tumblr.


Jeff is very passionate about journalism and photography. He is active in the local photography scene, especially the set that focuses on photo-realism and journalistic subject matter.  Additionally he has discovered a passion for cycling and is deeply involved in the local fixed-gear scene –  – large groups of “fixies” who ride in groups together and stop at dive bars along the way.


Jeff’s friends are a mixture of several overlapping circles of foodies, hipsters, bike-riders, school friends, musicians, writers, and photographers. He also loves sports (sports photography is one way he makes money), and is an obsessive blog-reader.


posts by this scout:

Mad Scientist Chef Turns to Mixology

(Mar 28, 2011) What do you do when you’ve become one of the most recognizable chefs in the world, beaten Stage IV cancer of the mouth, hav...

New Mixtape Series and Who is Arcade Fire?

(Mar 17, 2011) Chicago’s DJ Duo The Hood Internet is back at it again with the fifth volume of their mixtape series, and it does not disap...

Chicago the Next Spirit Hub?

(Mar 16, 2011) As a chef, what is there really left to do when you beat cancer of the mouth and then your restaurant earns the coveted three sta...

Fashion and Function Finally Marry

(Mar 11, 2011) I’ve made it no secret that I have a love of cycling. Though I don’t write about it as often, I have a decent eye fo...

The Chicago Code: Still Not Cracked

(Mar 03, 2011) Ever since production started last year, FOX’s new cop show, The Chicago Code has been hyped throughout this fine city. In ...

On Revolutions and the Web

(Feb 22, 2011) What happened in Egypt and is continuing to spread across the Middle East is nothing short of mind blowing. What I saw on televis...

Concert questions

(Feb 16, 2011) 1. Of the list provided, in order, I would like to see My Morning Jacket, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, and Band of Hor...

More Useful Apps, But More Distractions

(Dec 29, 2010) Cyclists have always embraced technology even when they are reconnecting with nature. We wear Lycra jerseys and shorts to wick aw...

On the Entertainment Value of Real vs. Scripted Emotion

(Dec 22, 2010) Usually when I turn a movie off halfway through it’s because it is complete and utter garbage or because I have something b...

What Would We Do Without the Internet?

(Dec 21, 2010) Strange happenings have been abuzz lately. The founder of Wikileaks has been arrested and has threatened the world with a “...

Dexter Delivers Again

(Dec 16, 2010) Now that Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead and Dexter are over until next year, I find myself not knowing what to do with my tim...

Tourist Hotspots Even the Locals Like

(Dec 14, 2010) Chicago’s Daley Plaza is one of its more famous landmarks that don’t really get the dreaded “touristy” la...

The Genius of Kanye West

(Nov 18, 2010) As of this writing Kanye West’s new album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” has yet to be officially releas...

A Villainous hero, and a new ‘Sausage King’?

(Nov 18, 2010) Chicago has had its fair share of villains over the years: Al Capone, Richard J. Daley, any Bears quarterback between Jim McMaho...

On Artsy, Abstract Marketing for Big-Budget Films

(Nov 17, 2010) It’s wrong to pass judgment on a film simply from the trailer or who is starring in the film. My first thoughts when watchi...

Clever Cameos, Gore Galore

(Nov 15, 2010) I’ll be the first to admit I couldn’t really care less about celebrity culture. The only time I really keep up with c...

Earworms Everywhere

(Nov 08, 2010) Earworms only come around for me once every so often. When I listen to a new album for the first time, I make sure to listen to i...

Protected: My thoughts on McDonald’s vs. Burger King

(Nov 08, 2010) To be honest, I don’t often think about McDonald’s or Burger King. I certainly don’t think about eating at eith...

Protected: Setting my fast food place apart

(Nov 08, 2010) You can get French fries at nearly every fast food restaurant across America — hell, it doesn’t even have to be a fast fo...

Protected: What prompts me to go out for fast food

(Nov 08, 2010) Timing, alcohol and how recently I last exercised usually factor into when I go out for fast food. I ride my bike about 150 ̵...

Protected: A Chicagoan’s favorite fast food place…

(Nov 08, 2010) “Fast food” is an interesting term. I think when someone asks you what you consider “fast food” the autom...

HBO Docs Knock It Out of the Park

(Oct 22, 2010) HBO might not be TV, but it shouldn’t sell itself short when it produces movies — documentaries at least.The documentary ...

Not All That Sunny in Philly This Season

(Oct 21, 2010) It’s a funny thing when you hear people making fun of hipsters for making fun of bands for making it big and getting mainst...

Sports bars sporting craft beer?

(Oct 19, 2010) If a beer lover were to pass by Jimmy Greens in the South Loop on any given Sunday — or any time a Chicago sports team was play...

Productivity

(May 16, 2010) Mobile devices and wireless internet have obviously shaped the way people work in today’s world, and I see the trend continu...

The rise of non-traditional cinemas

(May 16, 2010) Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve been to a traditional theater for a movie. I’ve probably seen four o...

Protected: Brands and social networking

(May 10, 2010) Two companies that I think do a great job with social networking are Jimmy John’s and Potbelly, both utilizing separate too...

Protected: The Next Big Thing is here: Foursquare

(May 07, 2010) barista badge from Starbucks The biggest of the Next Big things is Foursquare. After SXSW last month all I have been hearing abou...

Protected: Facebook’s pointless games

(May 07, 2010) I still have a very positive attitude toward Facebook. My friends still use it almost hourly it seems, and though some are a litt...

Protected: New Social Networking Sites

(May 07, 2010) While it’s not exactly new since it’s been around for a year, Foursquare is gaining a lot of momentum, with even som...

Protected: YouTube inadvertently unleashes the vulgarity

(May 06, 2010) 2. How do you feel about social networking sites/applications/services? I have a very positive attitude about social networking s...

Protected: Socializing in General: Less Talking

(May 03, 2010) “Q. How do you tend to socialize with your friends? How has this changed over the past year? How do you expect this to chan...

Dear Sunday TV programming: Spread the love

(Mar 30, 2010) I often brag that I don’t watch much TV. The longest stretch I’ll spend in front of the tube is on Sunday evenings w...

Have a little fun at the expense of others

(Mar 23, 2010) With the explosion of Twitter and and Facebook’s status updates, real estate to get your point across is coming at a premi...

Bombs and bikes

(Mar 08, 2010) Though it took me until it was released on DVD to check it out, I finally got around to seeing The Hurt Locker — a day before ...

Like stepping into a time machine

(Mar 03, 2010) If you’ve ever wondered what Chicago nightlife was like in the early parts of the last century, take a trip to one of Loga...

‘Buzzing’ about ‘staches, sandwiches and …Tom Selleck?

(Mar 03, 2010) What do you get when you mix an actor famous for his mustache, waterfalls and sandwiches? Apparently, all are the ingredients fo...

Indie music steals show at the ‘Big Game’

(Feb 26, 2010) Last month I wrote about mainstream artists scoring points with the indie crowd. This month the roles are flipped, and back to a ...

Hockey Overload!

(Feb 20, 2010) Sometimes I’m not sure if I’m still in Chicago or whether I’m picking up TV stations from Canada. Though I̵...

‘Big Love’ for war on HBO

(Feb 16, 2010) Everyone’s favorite polygamists are back. After a captivating third season that got the show nominated for best drama hono...

Amex Question

(Feb 12, 2010) The best ways to reach people my age would be through new media platforms, especially Facebook. I think it will be extremely toug...

There’s Finally Blood

(Feb 01, 2010) “Twilight.” “True Blood.” “The Vampire Diaries.” You’d think the common demoninator be...

Brew local, drink local

(Jan 27, 2010) Being home for a couple of weeks over the holidays, I got a chance to check out a few of the new establishments that have poppe...

Going indie the mainstream way

(Jan 25, 2010) Musical definitions are so confusing these days. Just check out the Genre Shirt by Carles of Hipsterrunoff if you don’t bel...

Scrabble and memes of memes

(Jan 22, 2010) Where would we be without the internet traveling in our pocket? Some people may like to do a crossword or Sudoku the old-fashion...

Conventional Activities with a Twist

(Jan 05, 2010) When one thinks of awesome things to do in Chicago, going out to the suburbs usually isn’t on the agenda. Unless you’...

Google Wave Elusive to Catch

(Jan 05, 2010) The internet was abuzz in the months and weeks prior to the release of the preview to Google Wave, and once it went live it seeme...

Fist Pumpin, Juice Chuggin, Blood Gushin

(Dec 29, 2009) MTV is known for its scripted “reality” shows, but I can’t figure out whether its new series “Jersey Shor...

Who to listen to?

(Dec 17, 2009) We’ve been hearing about James Cameron’s “Avatar” for what seems like an eternity now. At nearly $300 mil...

‘Glee’ful About Weeds Star

(Dec 04, 2009) True to my word, I’ve spent most of this television season downloading the new episodes of “Dexter” or going o...

Dive in!

(Nov 25, 2009) Dive bars hold a special place in my heart. If I’m going out to drink, I’d like to enjoy some conversation and maybe ...

Mashups and Monsters

(Nov 24, 2009) Gregg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, could be considered the undisputed king of mashup artists, especially now that he’...

Content is King, No Matter the Delivery Method

(Nov 23, 2009) When you’re a hockey fan, you get used to taking the back seat in terms of outlets to find coverage of your sport. But whe...

The Men Who Stare at Movie Screens

(Nov 20, 2009) George Clooney is in for one hell of an Oscar season. I recently went and saw “The Men Who Stare at Goats” and was bl...

Fall Lineup: It’s Not TV, It’s HBO (And Showtime!)

(Oct 27, 2009) Fall TV is back! Who’s excited? Depends who you ask. While the networks roll out the red carpet and bring back their suppose...

Bikes and Babes and Bears, Oh My

(Oct 27, 2009) Though I prefer to rock jeans, t-shirts and canvas sneakers on most occasions, having subscribed to mens’ fashion magazines ...

From Blogs to Books and the Power of the Meme

(Oct 25, 2009) Now that This Is Why You’re Fat has been copied off the internet and pasted onto printed paper, everyone and their brother i...

Expensive Burgers and Cheap Beer, Doesn’t Get Much Better

(Oct 23, 2009) Pretense is the fastest way to lose my business. I don’t care what kind of awards you’ve won, if you thumb your nose t...

Grizzly Bear Rolls Through Windy City

(Oct 16, 2009) I admittedly haven’t hit any shows the past month and from what my friends told me, I certainly missed out. After a spotty p...

‘Paranormal Activity’ Scaring More than Moviegoers

(Oct 16, 2009) Oscar season may be just around the corner, but just in time for Halloween comes what seems sure to be a new cult classic for the ...