3 things, Chicago:
5 THINGS TO WATCH IN TONIGHT'S DEBATE. No. 1 in Politico's analysis: Can Joe Biden draw blood?
* Google image results plague Romney.
* The story behind that photo of Rommney's behind.
* Guy who gave Obama-related super PACs $1 million tells reporter: "We’re going to go after your publication, you, and whatever."
* My long-ago WXRT partner, Garry Lee Wright, and I will be experimenting with a new form of realtime video analysis of the debates, using a Google Hangout. If you'd like to witness all the beta action -- Garry had a breakthrough moment yesterday when he realized he could dramatically improve video quality by removing shrinkwrap from the camera lens -- follow me on Twitter, where I'll Tweet a link tonight. Be warned: My office is a mess.
FREE THINGS. To mark its 50th anniversary, Wendella Boats is offering free rides all day on its Chicago Water Taxi service.
* The aforementioned Garry Lee Wright is offering a few free promotional copies of his new autobiography, "Happiness for Beginners," rich with references to 'XRT, Tribune Co. and other iconic Chicago things. Drop him a note at email@example.com to tell him why you deserve a copy. (Trivia: Garry's book dropped the same day FM News imploded, so it became an instant collector's item in that my back-cover endorsement blurb was dated on publication. Kind of like this 1963 publishing mishap.)
3 THINGS ABOUT JOURNALISM SCHOOL. Is it still relevant? A resounding yes from a journalist in Cleveland.
* "Matt Drudge is arguably the single most powerful individual in the digital news business."
* "No, giving away the news doesn't mean lower-quality journalism"