Urbana always has the weirdest gatherings. First there was the Sweet Corn Festival with its butter drenched, golden ears and tiny carnival rides, and this weekend there was the Beer and Chili Festival. To fully understand what this was like, imagine a wine and cheese party mixed with a good ‘ole fashion country cook off. Tons of people showed up and the chili was pretty good, but the beer seemed somewhat lacking.
Two weekends ago I went to Chicago for a day with some of the other first-years here. Make Magazine was having a small exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, so we stopped by there for a while. The exhibit was mostly geared for kids, but they had a truly impressive ferrofluid demo. I think I will build one sometime in the coming year. It would be interesting to see how it responds to rotating/oscillating fields or more geometrically interesting field configurations. Suggestions anyone? The picture below is of a model train exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Later that day we had delicious Egyptian Food somewhere in Hyde Park and from there drove into the main part of the city where we mostly just wandered around aimlessly for about 8 miles. We stopped in Millenium park and starred at the cool sculptures, had ice cream at a Ghirardelli store, and hung out on Navy Pier.
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