[Sa. 3.7.15] Liz Revision, BenmeR @ Emporium for Chiditarod 1pm-5pm #rodx


Fight hunger this Saturday and partake in the spectacle of “probably the world’s largest mobile food drive.”

Chiditarod is an Epic Urban shopping cart race based on dog sled racing, a charity food drive, costumed beauty pageant, talent show, fundraiser and chaos generator all in one. All proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the CHIditarod Foundation.

Donate at least $10 now to help SGC move up the leaderboard (currently 6th place).

This is a checkpoint for Chiditarod Chicago, so on Saturday there will be sweaty costumed people running around, food for purchase, arcade games to play, and an an actual race in progress. The soundtrack will be provided by real humans:

1-2:30: Liz Revision (Glitchy techno / arcadetronica)
2:30-5pm: BenmeR (Live visuals)

Catch the starting line at 12:30 pm at Wollcot and Hubbard to witness an effluence of creative costumed humanity setting off on their race courses. Racers will arrive at Emporium Arcade Bar around 1pm.

I’ll be playing an upbeat, dancable arcadely-themed set, with melodic minimal techno, 8bit, glitchy weirdness, IDM, etc. And playing some new Quantazelle tracks for fun. Yeehaw.

Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/364415780431841

WHAT: A day party at a barcade (Emporium) with lots of costumed fools running around playing games and racing shopping carts for charity, music and live video.
WHO:  The Secret Gentlemen’s Club host their checkpoint at Emporium for Chiditarod X, featuring DJ sets by BenmaR and Liz Revision.
WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2015. 1pm – 4pm
WHERE: Emporium, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60622

Photos from 2014 at Club Foot

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters: An insanely sustainable LEED Platinum building

I found this documentary on one of the most sustainable office buildings I’ve ever seen and (of course) it’s in San Francisco: 535 Golden Gate.

It only makes sense that it houses the city’s water, sewer and power department, and has  a Living Machine bioremediation / on-site water reclamation system.

Here are some of its specs:


525 Golden Gate consumes 32% less energy than similarly-sized office buildings.

  • An integrated, hybrid solar array and wind turbine installation can generate up to 227,000 kWh/year or 7% of the building’s energy needs
  • A state-of-the-art raised flooring system incorporates the building’s data and ventilation infrastructure and reduces heating, cooling and ventilation energy costs by 51%
  • Maximizing daylight harvesting saves electricity and minimizes artificial lighting
  • Lighting and work station equipment shutoff automatically after-hours

525 Golden Gate consumes 60% less water than similarly sized buildings.

  • One of the first buildings in the nation with onsite treatment of gray and black water
  • An onsite “Living Machine” reclaims and treats all of the building’s wastewater to satisfy 100% of the water demand for the building’s low-flow toilets and urinals
  • The “Living Machine” system treats 5,000 gallons of wastewater per day and reduces per person water consumption from 12 gallons (normal office building) to 5 gallons
  • The building’s 25,000 gallon rainwater harvesting system provides water for irrigation uses around the building.