June 15, 2016

Desk for 1 converts to a dining table for 6

Never mind the 300sq foot apt, check out this functional desk design [2:00-2:05] -- desk of 1 converts to a dining table for 6:

May 21, 2016

Flaws in new FDA nutrition food labels

Here's the source article (nytimes) with the lede image:

While it's nice to see they are making an effort to redesign these labels, they really need a scientist to help design how to present this information in context. Here is a screenshot of a "side-by-side comparison:"

Let's take a closer look

A couple of percent is missing, 2 to be exact:


Not sure if this is the new way of calculating percentages since I learned basic math in elementary school:

Following the numbers... Wha?

I'm actually glad I don't have kids because otherwise I would homeschool them or send them to private school.

May 17, 2016

My first ever big anonymous donation... New York City, Times Square

I just donated my necklace and pendant by L'Atelier to a Buddhist monk. It is worth $5,400.00 as it was a one-of-kind. The pendant had an inscription in hieroglyphics that means peace. It matches my earrings, and was a gift from the artist Berge. The letters are embedded in ebony wood with 18k gold. The monk recorded this transaction.


I need this deduction, so I can acquire more art.

STEAM Event in NYC

I was lucky to get tickets from NYU to a STEAM event at a public school in Brooklyn.

I gravitated away from the new technologies like Arduino and LittleBits, and found this booth. I was able to experience some of these tools that people used in early 19th and 20th Century. It was a like a tangible museum.

This device reminds me of Google Cardboard:

This is what I see in the viewer:

Here's a microscope:

Here's what someone joked as a Ouija board.

But it looks like a mini-printing press or type-plate. It reminds me of a Letterpress class I took at Art Center:

See in context:

They use these tools for teaching. If interested, here's more information:
The Museum of Interesting Things
Denny Daniel
Email: dennydanielx@gmail.com


I was so lucky to have found this event. I was visiting my old hood, and had to make a pit stop for free WIFI at the Atrium. They have free and discounted concert tickets and lecture talks:
61 W 62nd St, New York, NY 10023

I was able to attend the first NY PHIL BIENNIAL: A Player's Guide, where Alan Gilbert hosted conversations with Jennifer Koh, Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, Hilary Purrington, Christopher Theofanidis, Jay Campbell, Dianne Berkun Menaker, Lisa Bielawa, Colin Jacobsen, John Corigliano

Alan Gilbert is a conductor and violinist. He was in season 9 of Mozart in the Jungle
I just wish my nephew was with me because at 18 months, he loves to conduct. And as a novice conductor, he loves to hear me play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on my violin even though it sounds like fingernails scratching a chalkboard. I guess he's a Mozart fan.

Jennifer Koh shared her experience about a community acquiring a violin for her. She was so thankful. I was grateful to take a photo with her:

Real grassroots politics

In the past decade, I've been reassessing my party affiliation. Formerly, a Democrat but in the last election of 2008, I voted Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala (Green Party). I didn't think they got a fair share of press, as they were not represented in any of the debates:
http://www.jill2016.com/openthedebatespetiton It was probably because she attended an Occupy rally and was arrested:

As I was walking in Harlem, I came across this candidate:

and checked out his brochure (front/back):
He passed the SCRIE bill in 2002:
SCRIE is an acronym for "Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption" (SCRIE) Program

If you're concerned about the cost of housing, then:

On Tuesday, June 28th, let's fight right along with him. Vote Adam Clayton Powell for Congress.

--Mary Sweeting, Jose Rivera and Christina Johnson

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend his event this last weekend, Saturday, May 14th, 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Harlem Repertory Theater, 240 E. 123rd St. @2nd Ave. However, if you did, please blog about it, and I'll publish your urls in this post. Thanks!

Good to see you Duane Holmes!

It was a great but brief reunion at Columbus Circle. Several years back I would take the "A" train to Varick Street, and listen to this talented musician. His music engaged little kids.
These photos were taken in 2014, (view playlist)

And here we are in 2016

Duane is playing in a jazz band that experiments with fashion and supports a mental health organization June 4, 2016, 419 W. 150th Street, on St. Nicholas.

If you're interested in learning more about the event, please contact him:
youtube: duaneholmes "as" Duke Ellington

February 16, 2016

Google re-engineered a piano's 88 keys to play just one note

June 1, 2015

Google I/O: Expeditions

This was one of my favorite experiences. I went on a scuba expedition using a cardboard viewer to learn about coral in multiple locations: Australia, Philippines, and Hawaii. To learn more, please visit: https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/

Here's a video:

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.


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):
youtube: duaneholmes "as" Duke Ellington


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.

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