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Today is the 100th anniversary of the worst Great Lakes disaster in US history -- and it happened on the Chicago river, just a couple blocks away.  The SS Eastland capsized while people were boarding for a summer company cruise and picnic , and 844 people drowned -- mostly immigrants working for Western Electric.  (My own great grandfather was late for boarding, arriving after the disaster already happened!)

In 2012 a few of us wrote a musical about the event, performed at Lookingglass Theater.  This weekend a few songs from the show will be sung down at the riverfront as part of a 100th anniversary memorial event.  The event is open to the public -- Saturday at 8:30pm, right on the new riverwalk at Clark and Wacker.  If you're in Chicago, stop on by.
Please join us this summer as EDHS hosts the 100th anniversary commemoration of Chicago's greatest loss-of-life tragedy. Individuals and families from around the world who are personally connected to the tragedy will be gathering to learn, remember, and build new relationships.
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Sketch of a dramatic photo.

I used ordinary graphite, but also touched it up with "carbon" pencils:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005UKDLB0/

I had never heard of carbon pencils, but supposedly they're sort of in-between graphite and charcoal. You get really sharp lines like graphite, but they're super-dark like charcoal -- hence the eyebrows being so dark. Weirdly, I discovered that graphite and charcoal don't seem to be compatible -- you can't draw charcoal on top of graphite -- it won't stick! Different allotropes of carbon?
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Nicely done, Ben! 
Graphite's crystaline structure creates 'sheets' of carbon that slide readily against each other.  Trying to apply a layer of charcoal on top of it just 'peels' another layer off with it.
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Biked around Chicago's Humboldt Park with kids, our first 75F day. Tried to find our geocache that we planted 2 years ago, but couldn't find it (?!?), even though 30 others have found it...
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Oh, the irony.
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Trying out a new long portrait lens. (Sony Zeiss 135mm f/1.8) Now I understand why reviewers call this lens "legendary". The bokeh is some of the smoothest I've ever seen, and it took me a couple of days to get used to depth-of-field at 135mm (thanks to Peter Tsai for helping me here). Some of these photos are massively cropped, yet still remain tack-sharp. I haven't yet tried it for studio portraits, but I'm in a state of "wow" nonetheless.
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Yep, this is on a Sony A7 II, which is full frame.  If I switch to crop-sensor mode, it becomes a 200mm lens.
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Now sketching famous Internet memes. I think I've developed my own artistic style now.
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Bring your kids to Daley Plaza today! Google is running a huge science fair full of amazing STEM activities for kids! #GeekStreet
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A7ii on tripod with external shutter trigger. ISO 100, f/9, about 3 to 10s exposure via manual BULB exposure.
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Before I return this amazing rented portrait lens, let's try a self portrait.
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this is the shot of camera when you click and release a few second after effect as I was told you 9 years ago...
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Speaking as someone who grew up in St. Louis, if any future space elevator moves as slow as the elevators in the Arch, this would be an epic fail. On another note, a stair step elevator ride is a unique experience.
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Great view of the big cement pond
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Bismuth, 83 protons, the last of the stable elements. Pretty amazing crystal structure, and you imbibe it in your Pepto!
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Also, the only thing besides water to expand when freezing...
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I'm a programmer and musician; I live in Chicago with my wife, kids, and cats.

My friends tease me that I "collect hobbies", but everything I do seems to have three common themes:

  • Art vs. Science: I like activities that require combining both technical problem-solving and artfulness.
  • Collaboration: If the activity isn't social, I'm not very interested.
  • World-building: I like creating and exploring pocket universes.
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    Mathematics, 1990 - 1994
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Ben Sussman
Amazing ramen... the broth is rich and dense almost like egg yolks. Fantastic homemade noodles. This place is one of the best things to happen to Wicker Park in years.
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reviewed 3 months ago
The anonymous reviewer who said it was "overpriced" is simply ignorant: this is what real food costs. Real food raised on local farms, one animal at a time, as humanely as possible. No industrial assembly-line cranking out slime-filled "meat". Whole Foods certainly is a nice halfway point between real and industrial food, but it's still not as tasty. I've bought steaks and burgers from both Whole Foods and Butcher and Larder on the same day and the taste-test comparisons were really striking. This is what real food costs, but also what real food tastes like. I'm a repeat customer, and guests at my cookout have been repeatedly stunned at the quality of what I serve them. You get what you pay for, and you get to support a family business doing right by the world too.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I checked into the Harbor Court hotel craving sushi, and by serendipity Google+ tells me that one of the best sushi restaurants in the city is *right next door*. Amazing. The food was simply incredible -- really fresh ingredients put together creatively. Every dish was outstanding and a taste experience. Quite pricey, but you really get what you pay for. Now I understand why people keep coming back here. The waiter was extremely friendly and made us feel comfortable and relaxed at every turn; truly great service.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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reviewed 2 years ago
This is seriously amazing ramen. I thought I knew what ramen was, but I was mistaken. The broth wasn't the typical translucent stuff you typically see in a pan-asian restaurant; it was fully opaque and truly intense, full of spice and "umame" in a way that's hard to describe. Add homemade noodles, seaweed, egg, and porkbelly, all served at the perfect hot-but-not-too-hot temperature. I am born again.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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Visiting NYC on business, I came here on the recommendation of a friend. He claimed it was "the best Chinese food in all of Manhattan". And holy smokes, I have to agree! Every single dish was just AMAZING. The flavors were so intense and perfect that every time we tried a new dish, our conversation would just come to a halt; there would be a quiet pause of awe as we tasted the food. Not surprisingly, we were the only non-Chinese folk in there, which I suspect is a good sign about the quality and legitimacy of the place. I plan to come here on every future business trip.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Good
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I've been coming here for my "birthday lunch" with co-workers every year, for 10 years now. A real tradition. I love this place -- it's like a museum, the last remnant of a thriving jewish immigrant neighborhood that was here half a century ago. The menus haven't changed (literally -- the signs on the wall are like 70 years old!), and the food is the most awesome jewish comfort food ever. Get the corned beef or pastrami, and your life will be complete.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Poor - FairService: Good
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