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Ben Collins-Sussman
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programmer, Googler, composer, banjo player, book author, public speaker, radio ham, interactive fiction writer, photographer, dad
programmer, Googler, composer, banjo player, book author, public speaker, radio ham, interactive fiction writer, photographer, dad

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Attempting to miniaturize my sketch-in-the-field equipment -- a tiny 7.5" x 6" sketchbook, a tiny watercolor kit, and a tin containing a single mechanical pencil, a fountain pen, a ink brush pen, and a water brush. It all fits into my trenchcoat pocket
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2015-11-01
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The 2nd edition of our book is out! We expanded the contents and tried to make it less software-engineering specific, so as to be useful to a broader audience -- hence the title change from "Team Geek" to "Debugging Teams".
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Good news for +Will Robinson .

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Division Street, Chicago
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Calder's Flamingo
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Trying out a quick-sketch method using fountain pen and brush pen -- exercises in monotone.
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2015-09-02
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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.

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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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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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First time shooting fireworks.
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Fireworks over Oak Park 2015
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