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What Is a Lollapalooza Anyway?

What Is a Lollapalooza Anyway?

For those of you who don’t know what Lollapalooza means, you need to check the word’s origins. In Latin, Lolla means “Big Assed”, while Palooza means “gigantic party”, so a Lollapalooza is a big-assed gigantic party, and the 2013 edition of this annual music festival is invading Chicago from August 2nd to August 4th. Unless you’re totally into music, you’d better stay away from Grant Park. For those among you who have never missed a Lollapalooza, you know the only other place you might possibly be when the ‘Palozza comes to town is the county morgue, because you’d fall dead if you couldn’t go.

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    Lollapalooza 2013 VIP ALL ACCESS!!

    Before you pop a fuse, consider this: VIP Concierge has VIP passes to the Lollapalooza 2013 throw-down. And these aren’t any VIP passes—these are the best VIP passes with total access to all the zones that are forbidden to the common festival attendee. You can even go places where you probably don’t want to be. By the numbers, all access passes give you access to hundreds of wild performances spread across a handful of massive stages.

    For this magical rock event, Hutchinson Field becomes “southpalooza,” which is taken over by two main stages. Butler Field, on the opposite end of the park, becomes “northpalooza,” which is home to two additional performance areas. Fans also cram into the newly expanded electronic music areas at Perry’s Place and gather around stages that line the area around Buckingham Fountain. Did we mention all the great museums and art exhibits that are also located in the park? Or the nightclubs that light up after the festival ends for the day? You could even head out on Lake Michigan, because the park has its own marina and boat launches, or you could pose with the dramatic bronze warriors that decorate CongressPlaza. Yep, there is a lot to do in Chicago, aside from Lollapalooza.

    No matter where you are when you’re at Grant Park, you’ll be surrounded by music and merriment—over 110 acres of music and merriment, to be exact. Good thing Grant Park has plenty of room, because more than 90,000 crazed music fans cram into the lakeside park each day. The festival is constantly breaking its own attendance records. That will show all those parents who don’t want their teenagers listening to the latest and greatest rock acts. Last year, more than 270,000 fans got to see their favorite bands perform at Lollapalooza. The crowds are huge, it’s party o’clock.

    Check out this bulleted list. (Bulleted lists make things look really impressive, don’t you think?) At this year’s fest, you could see all these bands, depending on how fast you can get from one stage to the next. There are eight stages, and you’ll need to do some serious planning to attain maximum musical saturation.

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    Friday

    • Crystal Castles

    • Disclosure

    • Queens of the Stone Age

    • Band of Horses

    • Chance the Rapper

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    • New Order

    Saturday

    • The Postal Service

    • Dada Life

    • Kendrick Lamar

    • Azelia Banks

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    • Death Grips

    • The Lumineers

    Sunday

    • Phoenix

    • Knife Party

    • Steve Angello

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    • Major Lazer

    • Beach House

    • Cat Power

    • The Cure

    Anyway, we could put many, many more bulleted lists of bands, but that takes up too much space. So before you space it out, pick up a few pairs of tickets to one of the greatest music festivals of any summer.Lollapalooza only comes around once a year, so unless you want to hear all your friends’ stories about this year’s show, don’t miss it. Then you can rain down your good times on those poor schlemiels who didn’t make the show.

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    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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