August 29, 2014

Media Comparison...

I found this artist on Pandora via "Katy Perry's Radio" station.

I am a fan of Katy Perry after watching her documentary ["trailer to the documentary].

I really like the simplicity of this video, and motion graphics/typography, which is poetic [need to investigate]:

Compare this to Lawrence Lessig's style:

Similar in "composition" but the left rail contains text. Is "Queen Bee" a reference to one of my all time favorite shows? Gossip Girl? Watch the show, then read Nymag's analysis [http://nymag.com/arts/tv/features/46225/].

August 28, 2014

"There are good and bad in every organization"

I think I learned this quote in Clay Shirky's class while at ITP, or either interpolated this theory while experimenting with social media on a forum in his "Social Facts" class. In any case, I found this hilarious video on the ITP list on Criminal Penguins:

To bad I don't have a television, or subscribe to National Geographic, not because of the publication itself, but for the sheer space of a New York apartment (metaphor is like living in a shoebox or with other roommates, a sardine can). My mom used to subscribe to this magazine when we were kids, then my colleague MarcinA from Nature Publishing Group told me he took a DNA test. I won't take this test because of the cost, and frankly I don't really care where I come from, only where I'm going. Although the text is dense in these magazines, I really love the photographs. My fascination with penguins come from the Disney movie, March of the Penguins narrated by Morgan Freeman [see trailer: http://youtu.be/L7tWNwhSocE], and my friend CindyJ who worked at a law firm with me. She was a rocker-femme, but was always fascinated with baby penguins. She would just collect miniature crystal baby penguins.

I found this photo on the ITP list:
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And I took a photo of this pin I found and bought at Book Culture in NYC (Harlem/Columbia University). There are 2.5 stores a couple of blocks from each other:
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They sell other cool items related to books and pins, which I will try to post here.


August 25, 2014

[Jazz Musician]: Duane Holmes

Duane Holmes has been playing jazz and classical improvisations on the platform of Columbus Circle on the A/B/C/D lines. When I used to work for Macmillan Science and Scholarly, formerly Nature Publishing Group, I switched trains from the "1" to the "A" and cut my commute by approximately half, from 35-40 minutes to 15 minutes (i.e. 5 stops at 3 minutes apiece). I would listen to Duane play, and wanted my husband, a music composer to go here him play. Btw, I used to see some high school kids in a Trio play "Careless Whispers" by George Michael -- awesome and talented musicians playing in this station.

Anyway, I have since been taking the "A" in the mornings and able to catch his music again. Sometimes he plays new unique music, or sometimes he plays Carlos Jobim's pieces. I saw the cutest photo... a kid slowly engaged in the keyboard. Duane sort of hinted for him to play, but he didn't bite. Now, you know he's good if a kid is interested.

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I'm surprised a music agent hasn't discovered this guy. If you are interested, here's his contact info (he's on sound cloud too):
347.290.9977
duane_holmes@rocketmail.com
youtube: duaneholmes "as" Duke Ellington

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There is so much talent here, it's intimidating. That's how I met my husband. I saw a photo of him playing on one of the "Piano in the Parks" installations (i.e. now "Sing for Hope"), in Long Island City. I have been teaching myself Pachelbel's Canon, some works from the film The Piano [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107822/], and Once. I had been practicing for 6 weeks. I hadn't played for ~20 years, so reading treble and bass clef notes was challenging. I would practice with the right hand, then the left hand, then simultaneously. At the time, I asked my husband what he played, and he said "Baroque." I didn't believe him, but he really did play Baroque. It's like everywhere there is a piano, there are flocks of professional piano players following you. I've seen even kids, ages 10 play Bach.

So if you see those pianos in the future, you better practice, and play in a recital as practice. And whatever you do, do not play the violin in Central Park... I'll save that as another story for another day.

Event: David Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center

Just happened to be at Cynthia Sayer's concert at the David Rubenstein Atrium [http://atrium.lincolncenter.org/index.php/target-free-thursdays]. They have free wi-fi, and I was able to work simultaneously while enjoying great music. She specializes in Banjo music, and was somewhat discovered by Woody Allen.

Cynthia Sayer (Banjo & Vocals)
Bruce Molsky (Fiddle, Banjo & Vocals)
Andy Statman (Mandolin)

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She will be at the City Winery on tomorrow between 5:00pm-7:30pm, as apart of Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival 2014, 2nd Annual Hot Strings Festival, "located at 155 Varick Street (back parking lot)."

August 23, 2014

[Edtech]: STEMteachersNYC: Standards-Based Grading

I have gone to one STEMteachersNYC event on Processing.org [http://processing.org/], and open-source Java based code for artists and designers. First off, STEM is an acronym for (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). I was pretty impressed with the teachers in this group. I worked with two high school teachers, who were teaching Processing, Arduino inputs (software-to-hardware and hardware-to-software interaction), scary that some kids are learning this in 10th grade, when I learned this program in my mid-thirties. Within 20-40 minutes, my group created a simulation of a decaying leaf over 365 days, including day and night. That was one of the issues I had in graduate school. Artists and designers were creating beautiful art, but not using the program to simulate science. I saw some projects simulating Visual Calculus techniques that simulated a presentation from a Caltech Professor, Mamikon Mnatsakanian [New Horizons in Geometry(Dolciani Mathematical Expositions) Hardcover – January 18, 2013 by Tom Apostol (Author), Mamikon Mnatsakanian (Author)]. I also saw cool applications of teachers teaching Trigonometry, sine and cosine by creating the application, and editing the program. Processing is the new Mathematica (this software was $100k at one time).

I am attending this event on assessment. I have been interested in retention. Why can I remember almost every colleagues' thesis or class projects in graduate school, but on a MOOC, I need to review content. In both physical classes and digital classes, assessment was very important, but very different. Since approximately 70k-100k can take one Coursera class, students are often graded by their peers using specific examples of rubrics. Anyway, there are 30 spots: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/stem-workshop-standards-based-grading-tickets-12633570349

More about this event and how to join the group below:


WORKSHOP LEADERS:
• Elizabeth Dowdell (Urban Assembly Maker Academy, Manhattan)
• Steven Carpenter (Avenues: The World School, Manhattan)

DESCRIPTION: Standards-Based Grading (SBG) begins with standards that teachers author/choose/revise and that they apply in their classrooms. Rather than a top-down directive, these standards are a helpful tool that teachers use to make required work and acceptable performance levels transparent. Instead of receiving a traditional letter or number grade on an assessment, SBG allows teachers to provide students with feedback on their mastery of a set of specific skills and content knowledge. With SBG, conversations become more focused on learning itself rather than report card grades. SBG can also be used to help meet the demands of Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and Danielson’s Framework (especially component 3d).

In this workshop, we will share our experiences developing and implementing Standards-Based Grading systems in our classrooms. During the first part of the workshop we will present specific examples and resources from our classrooms, along with discussions regarding why and how we made the shift to SBG and some of the challenges and rewards we experienced. During the second part of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to work in groups to experience the process of developing/choosing standards and to discuss how those standards impact instruction and grading.

Elizabeth teaches physics and Steve teaches physics, engineering, physical science, and computer programming. In addition to using SBG in their own classrooms, both Elizabeth and Steve have experience implementing SBG with interdisciplinary teams. Thus the focus of the workshop will be on a variety of disciplines, and the strategies and tools considered will be useful to any teacher, irrespective of subject.
Receipts and Certificates documenting participation are available.

WHO SHOULD COME TO THE STANDARDS-BASED GRADING WORKSHOP?
STEM (Science-Tech-Engineering-Math) teachers, including physics, chemistry, biology, earth science physical science, and general science teachers
Teachers of any subject interested in making their evaluation of student work more meaningful and transparent as well as in developing explicit standards and connecting them with grading.

Students interested in becoming teachers or engaged in preparing to be teachers.
ACCELERATED MOTION APPARATUS AND WHITEBOARDS. There is a simultaneous workshop at Teachers College on “Accelerated Motion Lab Make-n-Take & Intro to Modeling.” If you wish to do so, you can order whiteboards (6 for $20) and/or one or more of the accelerated motion apparatus setups for $10 each (or 8 for $64) at . The whiteboards and apparatus will be available for pickup in room 414, down the hall from the SBG workshop at 1 pm.

CAPACITY: limited to 30 participants.
ORGANIZER: Fernand Brunschwig, Math, Sci. & Tech. Dept., Columbia Teachers College
To join STEMteachersNYC, fill out survey:

By the way, I met with Fernand Brunschwig, founder of this program, and author of a college physics text book. You can google him, or check out his books on scribd [http://www.scribd.com/intro_physics].

August 22, 2014

NYPL LIVE: Bryan Stevenson & Sister Helen Prejean

When I was a kid, my parents, as most Asian parents, tried to push me to be a doctor or lawyer. I wanted to be a doctor more than a lawyer, but I was also interested in art. Then I watch Inherit the Wind, and really wanted to be a lawyer. Read more about the film here on Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inherit_the_Wind_(1960_film)]. After I graduated, I went abroad to teach, then decided to apply for law school. You have to take the LSATs, which was fun, but before dropping over $100k, I got my paralegal certificate (3 or 6-month overview of Constitutional Law/Statute Law, etc.), and worked at two law firms, and may I say the experience was far from being "an Erin Brockovich." Julia Roberts played her in the film [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erin_Brockovich_(film)]. My experience was paper pushing, coding, and politics. I am glad I have the experience because I can create my own provisional patents, and edit contract templates. If I were to go back in time, I think I would have been an Intellectual Property paralegal/attorney. I like to draw and read about technology. Anyway, I am glad that there are people like Bryan Stevenson and Sister Helen Prejean, advocates for the poor and incarcerated.

Yes, I am a fan of the film, Dead Man Walking, starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Read more about the movie on Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Man_Walking_(film)]. NYPL Live is hosting a discussion with these two authors.

Does our criminal justice system lack mercy? Could the U.S. legal system exact justice if it abolished capital punishment, or eliminated mandatory minimum sentencing? These questions are at the heart of Bryan Stevenson’s new book, Just Mercy, which explores these issues and chronicles his career as founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Joining him at LIVE is Sister Helen Prejean, from The Ministry Against the Death Penalty and author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States.

BRYAN STEVENSON is a public-interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. He's a professor of law at New York University Law School and the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) [http://www.eji.org/], an Alabama-based group that has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent prisoners on death row, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. EJI won an historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court holding that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional (too cool). He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued six times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, and has been awarded 14 honorary doctorate degrees.​ His book is entitled Just Mercy.

SISTER HELEN PREJEAN is the public face of the Ministry Against the Death Penalty. She spends most of her time giving speaking engagements across the USA and internationally, teaching people about the realities of the death penalty and encouraging people to educate themselves on the issue. She is the author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty, which was developed into a major motion picture starring Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen and Sean Penn as a death row inmate, and The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions. Sister Helen has served on the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and is a member of Amnesty International and an honorary member of Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation. Presently, she serves as the Honorary Chairperson of Moratorium Campaign, a group gathering signatures for a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty.

Cited from NYPL LIVE website: http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2014/10/28/bryan-stevenson?nref=56896

NYPL LIVE: Marjane Satrapi

I am soooooo lucky that I scored tickets to see Marjane Satrapi, one of my favorite Graphic Novelist/Author of Persepolis. This book is so good that it even made me cry. I have her collection.

Marjane Satrapi mesmerized audiences with her poignant graphic memoir Persepolis, a narrative that was at once personal and political. Satrapi joins Paul Holdengräber to discuss the unique challenges and rewards inherent in narratives of social protest, and offers a sneak peek of her new film, The Voices.

Produced with support from the British Council and in partnership with the IRCPL at Columbia University. The nature of personal narratives in the context of social movements will also be the topic of conversation in an afternoon session on Friday, October 17 at Columbia University, featuring academics, memoirists, and journalists. Please visit IRCPL.org for details.

MARJANE SATRAPI rose to fame in 2000 with the success of her graphic novel Persepolis, a story about her youth in Iran in the 1970s and '80s. Published in France, the novel won several prestigious comic book awards, including Prix Alph’art Coup de Coeur at Angoulême, Prix du Lion in Belgium, Prix Alph’art du meilleur scénario, and the Prix France Info, and was named one of the "100 Best Books of the Decade" by The Times (London). The animated film adaptation of Persepolis garnered international acclaim, including the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film, and won two Cesar Awards for Best First Film and Best Adaptation. Satrapi’s other literary works include Monsters are Afraid of the Moon, a children’s book, Embroideries, and Chicken with Plums, which was turned into an award-winning live action film. She has worked on a number of films, such as Gang of the Jotas, and The Voices, which stars Ryan Reynolds and will be released this year. A painter in her free time, her work has been exhibited at the Grand Palais in Paris (October 2011) and Galerie Jerôme de Noirmont (January 2013).

Cited from NYPL LIVE website: http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2014/10/18/marjane-satrapi?nref=56896

NYPL LIVE: Fall 2014 Season Tickets are on Sale

In chronological order:

Ben Lerner | Paul Holdengräber
Bio: Fulbright Scholar and author of Leaving the Atocha Station
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014, 7 - 9 P.M.

Joseph O'Neill | Hal Foster
Bio of Joseph O'Neill: Cullman Center Fellow and author of The Dog
Bio of Hal Foster: Townsend Martin Class of 1917 Professor of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University and winner of the Clark Prize and the Frank Jewett Mather Award
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014, 7 - 9 P.M.

Alexei Ratmansky | Paul Holdengräber
Bio: Born in St. Petersburg and trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow; performed with and choreographed for some of the world’s greatest ballet companies, including American Ballet Theater and the Bolshoi Ballet and author of Dreams of Japan
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014, 7 - 9 P.M.

Michael Ignatieff | Paul Holdengräber
Bio: Centennial Chair at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York and the Edward R. Murrow Professor of the Practice of Politics and the Press at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and author of Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (2013)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014, 7 - 9 P.M.

Marjane Satrapi | Paul Holdengräber
Bio: Author of Persepolis and preview of her new film The Voices
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014, 8 - 10 P.M.

Bryan Stevenson | Sister Helen Prejean
Bio of Bryan Stevenson: Public Interest Lawyer, Professor at NYU Law School, and Founder of Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), and author of Just Mercy
Bio of Sister Helen Prejean, author of

Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty
(movie with Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014, 7 - 9 P.M.

George Clinton | Paul Holdengräber
Bio: Recorded as Parliament-Funkadelic, "revolutionized R&B during the ’70s," received a grammy for Grammy, a Dove (gospel), author of his memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014, 7 - 9 P.M.

[SOLD OUT]: Neil Gaiman | Paul Holdengräber
Bio: Author of Coraline and The Graveyard Book
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014, 7 - 9 P.M.

Tehran Noir | Tel Aviv Noir
Multiple authors: Etgar Keret, Gina B. Nahai, Salar Abdoh, Assaf Gavron
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014, 7 - 9 P.M.

William Gibson | James Gleick (attended this event last year, and it's worth every penny)
Bio of William Gibson: Recipient of Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award and Science Fiction author of Neuromancer
Bio of James Gleick: Finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, and author of biographies, Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman and Isaac Newton
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014, 7 - 9 P.M.
He autographed by copy of Pattern Recognition

Robert B. Silvers Annual Lecture: Joyce Carol Oates
Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Carol_Oates
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014, 7 - 9 P.M.

Salman Rushdie | Marlon James (attended this event a couple of years ago, and it's worth every penny)
Bio of Salman Rushdie: 2008 Library Lion and author of The Enchantress of Florence
Bio of Marlon James: Recipient of awards 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and Minnesota Book Award, and author of The Book of Night Women
MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2014, 7 - 9 P.M.

August 17, 2014

9/11 Memorial Museum

Just visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum, which has been opened since May 2014. The tour guide recommended that we start with the 20-minute video, which is why the tickets have the printed showtimes. Then you go downstairs and start with the artistic globe, which was located in a fountain between the twin towers.

The information visualization and timelines were beautiful, yet haunting. As you walk through columns of projections, the audio plays different people's voices. I think each column represented a different time zone.

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There is a beautiful installation of paper tiles representing shades of blue the morning of September 11, 2001, surrounding a quote made out of steel from the twin towers, "No day shall erase you from the memory of time" -- Virgil, referenced by The New York Times.
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There is an interactive kiosk, where you can write a message, and submit a zip code or country, which places the message and messages in a projection. There were messages in different languages projected on different continents.
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There were some timeline information visualizations that were projected on the walls.
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This visualization was accompanied by audio:
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I have seen this visualization before, but not in the context of the attacks on September 11, 2001 by NASA:
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There were great applications of vertical videos, but I was not able to take photos beyond the inner perimeter of the museum. I would recommend a good 4 hours if you are slow to peruse through all artifacts. On Tuesdays, between 5:30pm-8:00pm, the admission is free, but you need to start lining up at 3:00pm-3:30pm.


August 10, 2014

Fashion Designer: Charles James at The Met

I just caught this exhibition with the works of Charles James, which was highly recommended by colleague, Ms. Jacqueline Gordon. It was pretty impressive, and the digital kiosks displaying media on Mr. James' process was engaging in that 3D graphics were used to show how the dresses were made.

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My favorite dress from his collections (front/back):
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Even though some of his styles seem simple, his sketches and construction of these dresses and coats seem complex to me (especially matching a pattern with the seam:
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