Gabatron Morning Briefing – 3-3-16: Flying The Technological Coop

Chick-fil-a wants you to put down your phone and enjoy some family time while you’re eating your delicious chicken. About 150 of their restaurants have added “cell phone coops” to their tables. Everyone puts their phones on silent and puts them in the coop, if they can make it through the whole meal without it, everyone gets a free small ice cream cone.

First Willis Tower had the glass boxes, then the Hancock building added glass boxes that tilt you out over Michigan Avenue, now this:The US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles has decided to add a glass slide to their observation deck. It will be 1,000 feet in the air. Not quite as tall as Willis Tower, but impressive nonetheless. What can Chicago do to take things up a notch? Base jumping from the Willis Tower?

A pizzeria in my former stomping grounds of Alabama has created a special pizza with the face of Republican juggernaut/albatross Donald Trump. The process of making one political pizza is a multi-step and lengthy one. If you would like to order one of these pizza portraits you must get your order in 48-72 hours in advance. The cost is about $59.

Mitt Romney is going to give a “major address” on the 2016 Presidential race in Utah on Thursday. Mitt’s minions say he is not jumping in the race, and he also won’t be endorsing anyone, but it will be “worth covering.” Maybe he will announce Trump’s ransom demands to get Chris Christie back?

Ben Carson is telling supporters that he doesn’t see a “path forward” for his Presidential campaign. He didn’t quite announce that he’s quitting the race though, he just said that he’ll have more comments on his future plans at CPAC. Even when he’s quitting, the man can’t sound decisive.

Google searches for “how to move to Canada” spiked on Super Tuesday. It’s unclear whether the results were triggered by Donald Trump taking seven states or Hillary Clinton also winning seven.

The Texas State Trooper who arrested Sandra Bland has officially been fired. He’s been charged with perjury, but still maintains that he feared for his safety.

The comrades at United Airlines are joining the revolution. They want to provide regularly scheduled flights to Havana from Chicago and three other U.S. cities. The good news is there will be regularly scheduled flights, the bad news is to get you adjusted to life in Cuba, they will fly you down there in an airplane from the 1950’s and redistribute all of your luggage.

Steven Avery’s lawyers from Making a Murderer are taking their show on the road with a nationwide tour… really. They’ll be at the Chicago Theatre on Friday, June 3.

Keith Conrad got his first job in radio in Huntsville, Alabama the day after the 2000 Presidential election when he was a freshman in college. He’s produced radio shows in Huntsville, Milwaukee, WI, Atlanta, GA and finally back in his hometown of Chicago. Currently he lives in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood steps away from the Red Line. The train goes by so often you don’t even notice it. Keith has been dabbling in the Internet arts for a while now, in various roles both professional and just for fun.

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