December 29, 2013

Khan Academy

Just found this great video on Kahn Academy.

Sometimes the founder, Salman Khan, will study up to 5 textbooks before he creates a video:


Here is a segment on Khan Academy's data driven analysis by former Google Executive, Eric Schmidt:

Bann

I recently found an amazing Korean restaurant in Hell's Kitchen area. The founder had started Woo Lae Oak. So much thought was put into the menu. For example, you will not see overcooked vegetables in the soups and bibimbap. In the soup, they use a prime cut of pork.

350 W 50th St, New York, 10019
(212) 582-4446

This is how the tea is served. I believe the tea was chamomile.
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Calamari, lightly battered in tempura-like batter (not heavy):
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Scallops (Garibi Gu):
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Bulgogi Wrap - the meat was so tender:
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Sides including kimchi, which is prepared without raw oysters or garlic:
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Bibimbap:
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Daenjang Jigae (a Korean version of miso, except with pork and tofu):
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Crème Brûlée (vanilla, ginger and green tea):
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December 26, 2013

Circuit Scribe: Conductive Ink and STEM

Pretty cool project on Kickstarter:

December 11, 2013

Genspace Event: A New Strategy Against Blood Cancers

Dr. Julian Adams on "A New Strategy Against Blood Cancers"

Friday, December 13, 2013 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us at Genspace for a presentation by Dr. Julian Adams, the President of research and development at Infinty Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Adams’s work has led to the development of a new class of anti-cancer drugs, proteosome inhibitors, that target multiple myelomas. Find out how rapid progress being made in the field of anti-cancer drug development is hoped to lead to the eventual eradication of all forms of cancer.

Dr. Adams has been recently honored by The Mass General Cancer Center for his efforts and success in leading the way towards curing cancer: http://www.theonehundred.org/honorees/view/julian-adams-phd/

TED: The promise of research with stem cells

I just found this video which was dated Jun 2012. Susan Solomon, the founder of New York Stem Cell Foundation, speaks about the innovative technology of stem cell research, drug discovery process, statistics of drug discovery and disease-modeling in tissue, use of hardware (automated robot to print thousands of stem cell lines), use of software (to produce avatars to test side effects of drugs on organs). Skip to 13:28-13:40 to see this technology...

December 8, 2013

Malcolm Gladwell's New Book

Malcolm Gladwell just published a new book, titled David and Goliath. They are a collection of stories about the psychology of underdogs.

December 5, 2013

[For Designers]: Very cool icon font

Brian Hochhalter just showed me this url:
Fontello.com

Check out the download and slider button at the top. You can download the font, and check out the spinning icons. Since it is a font, the icons are scalable. Very cool animated ones, see screenshots below.

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To install this font, download the font (extension is .ttf). Open up finder, while clicking on Option key > click the Go (menu dropdown), which will display "Library" -- for Mountain Lion (otherwise you might have to access your Library folder using Terminal). Drop the font into your font folder.

Where was this site a couple of years ago, when I had to create my own icons in Adobe Illustrator, and worry about the scale and concept of each icon? (Sigh), now you have it :)

I believe you can take this font, and modify them using some open source software (exports true type - .vfb or .vfbak), but I have not researched this yet.

November 28, 2013

Conductive ink in the form of a rollerball pen

This is a fun way to learn electronics using conductive ink (silver) by creating paper circuit boards and paper switches. There is a video URL with a demo of the product:
http://mashable.com/2013/11/26/draw-circuits-with-conductive-ink/

November 24, 2013

Ziegfeld Theatre

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Credit: Emily's Last Word

One of my favorite theaters in NYC is Ziegfeld Theatre. If you don't want any hassles waiting in line, finding a seat, or have a pleasant lavatory experience (each stall in the bathroom has a sink) -- then this is the theater to watch your movie in. Last night, I watched the new Suzanne Collins' sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire starring Jennifer Lawrence. I was able to walk right to this theater 12 minutes before the show started, purchase tickets in two minutes, and find a seat with plenty of time to get popcorn or go to the restroom. Also Rosa, the attendant, introduced the movie and the duration of the movie and trailers. So if you can't watch this movie, you still have time to leave and get a refund on your movie tickets.

The theater is enormous:
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In addition, there are historical plaques describing the detail of the theater. I found this one, which reads:

Story of This Wood

Carbon 14-Isotope dating shows this wood has been buried in a peat bog near Cambridge, England since 2120 BC. Rising sea levels flooded the forest and prevailing winds toppled the trees. The forest was replaced by an open sedge fen. Waterlogging the tree and enveloping it in a thick bed of organic peat.

After 4100 years, the bog waters have hardened the wood and changed its color from a natural oaken tone to the rich charcoal hues you see. Although other trees have been found in the same area, none has proven to be as large or well preserved as this one.

Supplied by David R. Webb Co., A division of Walter Reade Organization

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Btw, Jennifer Lawrence is one of my favorite actresses. I was thinking if anyone would be cast as WonderWoman, she could play her. I really like this clip of her at the Academy Awards:

This version of Hunger Games has elements of Blade Runner and The Matrix. Costumes and special effects were amazing, and used appropriately.

A shout out to Jena Malone. I met her when she was 8yo, working on a grad student film for a candidate at the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. I remembered how talented and mature she was at that age. She later starred in Donny Darko.

I thought the elevator banks were shot in NYC, but I was wrong -- in Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

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Found this excerpt, describing these series of books:

The book was released on September 1, 2009, and was later released in Kindle and audiobook format. The book had an initial print run of 350,000 copies. Advance reading copies were available at BookExpo America in New York City, and were sent out to some booksellers, and offered as prizes in Scholastic's "How Would You Survive" writing contest in May 2009. Major themes include survival, government control, rebellion and interdependence versus independence.

Great Product Design by Muji & Sephora

Great designs by Muji an Sephora. One of my favorite stores is the Muji store.

If you love stationary, pens, erasers and assorted office supplies -- this is the store for you. I would describe Muji as an "Adult version of Hello Kitty," except instead of everything pink, everything is clear, simple and minimalist. One of my favorite items is their plastic business card case, which I thought was durable and you can put it in your back pocket without it flattening when you sit (see last screenshot of this post). My latest acquisition are these scissors:
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Price: ~$7

You can read there book by Jasper Morris, Naoto Fukasawa, Kenya Hara

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I typically do not shop at Sephora, but I found this retractable lip brush. I have owned many lip brushes -- ones that belong on the other tip of a lip liner (lost the cap) or a 2-piece version. This lip brush is a 1-piece that when pulled apart, the lip brush extends to a longer brush, and exposes the brush. When closed, everything is contained. The industrial designer even thought of the little cap protecting the brush from dust/remnants from your purse.
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Price: $10

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Muji Business Card Case
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