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May 17, 2016

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

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!


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:

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

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.

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.

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