Emmett’s

I’m not into Chicago pizza but this review of Emmett’s by Shauna Lyon is why I read The New Yorker (among other reasons).

Pizza has a fierce tradition in New York. Regional styles have long been kept at bay, but the big floppy slice and the Lombardi’s and John’s coal-fired* pies have lately had to compete with a wave of puffball Neapolitan darlings and their topnotch mozzarella. Now there’s a new game in town: Chicago deep dish. Last year, Emmett Burke, who grew up in the Chicago suburb Lake Forest and went to college at Fordham, opened the first New York restaurant to ardently concentrate on the notoriously over-the-top stuffed pizza.

Crowds swarmed. Yelpers judged (“tasted worse than Play-Doh”). Threatened New Yorkers made fun: Jon Stewart dedicated long swear-filled rants on “The Daily Show” to upbraiding Chicago’s “casserole” passing for pizza. Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, sent Stewart a deep-dish pie, which he fed to a dog, who sniffed it and turned away. The extended bit ended in a truce, when Stewart tasted a slice of the Chicago restaurant Lou Malnati’s deep dish on air, and admitted it was delicious. New York pride aside, the reaction to Emmett’s was split: (1) You call this Chicago pizza? and (2) Thank God you have arrived (because Uno franchises do not count).

There’s more but I mean wow, reading a review of a pizza place is fun when Shauna Lyon writes it. Made me laugh out loud. I still have no desire to go to Emmett’s (I like Keste’s) but I sure like reading about it.

Emmett’s

747 Pass in the Ruth Gorge

747 Pass

Flickr member and climber Eric Dacus posted this excellent image of the Ruth Gorge in the McKinley Massive, Alaska taken with a Canon 5D.

Many years ago a few friends and I flew through and landed in that gorge with the famed bush/glacier pilot Doug Geeting. It was incredible. The Ruth Gorge is one of the deepest on earth: the rock walls on each side rise over 5000 feet off the glacier and the ice of the glacier is thousands of feet thick in the gorge. It’s an incredible place.

Needle ice

Needle ice

Schaghticoke Ridge, Kent, Connecticut.

Loren and I took a hike up the south end of Schaghticoke Ridge and while I looked at the temperature and knew it was cold (and we felt cold), I didn’t expect to see much ice on the trail. However, there were many patches of “needle ice” which seems to grow in loose dirt patches. It’s amazing stuff really and I like the way the Ricoh GR’s high contrast black and white makes it look. Like brush strokes.

Needle ice

Needle ice

Needle ice

Gull on tray

Gull on tray

Venice Beach, California. While walking back to the car I spotted this gull sitting on a tray placed on top of a garbage bin. He/she looked quite calm so I took a series of shots inching closer thinking the gull would fly away. It never did. These were the last two shots I took and I was less than 3 feet away (28mm angle of view on the Ricoh GR). In the end, the gull looked at me and pooped on the tray. That seemed a good time to leave.

I cleaned up the poop in Lightroom.

Gull on tray

Expedition 42 Soyuz Blessing

Expedition 42 Soyuz Blessing (201411220002HQ)

My flickr contact NASA HQ PHOTO posted this brilliant shot.

An Orthodox priest blesses the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad on Saturday Nov. 22, 2014, in Kazakhstan. Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for Nov. 24 and will carry Expedition 42 Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Terry Virts of NASA , and Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency into orbit to begin their five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

Climbing icebergs in Greenland

Hop aboard La Louise as we venture through the arctic waters of Greenland’s Disko Bay in search for the ultimate iceberg to summit with professional ice climbers Klemen Premrl and Aljaz Anderle. The icebergs are very fragile and unstable and to make it to the top the climbers must learn a valuable life lesson.

In another life I was a rock climber but never went in for ice climbing. However, I totally get why people love it.

This video is one of the most amazing climbing videos I’ve seen in years, not just because it’s novel to climb icebergs but because the quality of the video is so good.

If you can watch it on a big screen, zoomed out.

Brilliant production using GoPro Hero 4 cameras on the climbers and on a drone. Wow.

[via Devour]