I’ve been rather silent this Summer, blog-wise. That’s because I spent it in my hometown Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. And…I’m moving back here for a while. Much as I love New York, the peace, quiet, space, affordability, bike-friendliness, and generally easy living of this place have me hooked for now. I couldn’t wait to get out of here when I was 20 but now, 24 years later, it’s a different town and I’m a different woman (I like to think we’ve both improved). Anyway if I get bored and restless New York will still be there.

While I settle in, enjoy this time-lapse movie of a bike ride I took yesterday:


Author: Nina Paley

Animator. Director. Artist. Scapegoat.

7 thoughts on “Illinois”

  1. You have an iPhone? Is that just a practical compromised choice for some reason? Didn’t you consider that the iOS system is much more in the hard intellectual-property camp than Android (which is Free Open Source)? And where was the CC notice for the song and your video? Or are they not CC licensed‽

    Anyway, very intriguing. I’m not sure how I’d feel about living somewhere that flat actually… sure seems like a different feeling to what I’m used to just in moderately hilly Ann Arbor.


  2. no comparison, but i lived in a small provincial city that grew bigger over the years. lots of tourism, students. traffic. noise. i liked the quiet nights when i lived innercity-ish, and nobody bugging me wandering the streets at 3 or 4 AM. can’t do that anymore.

    now i live rural abroad (the other country is just a stone’s throw away) and do not ever want to go back to that city as a resident. for much of the same reasons you mentioned.

    and your old hometown’s name has a very nice ring to it.

  3. I lived in CU for one year, then moved a three dimensional place. I now live in the coastal flatlands of mobile, AL but find it less oppressively flat for some reason–probably the Live Oak trees and Mardi Gras. But CU was quite nice otherwise. Hey, I’d like to make a bike vid. What kinda clamp set-up did you use?

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