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rikomatic
Brooklyn, New York
Interests: hip-hop, lindy hop, breakdance, international travel, scifi, major foodie, virtual worlds
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I love this animated gif of the weather station on the living roof of the California Academy of Sciences. There's something calming and reassuring about it. Weather stations are part of the automated heating and cooling system of the museum. They monitor wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, temperature and humidity.... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Ranger Rik
Loving this video by mixed styles dancer Odd Sweet of Paris, doing a showcase at the Jazz Roots Festival last April. Apparently this performance won the showcase division, for good reason. So much character, musicality, and unique style. Odd Sweet... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Rikomatic
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Today I tried the "Beyond Burger", a vegan product that purports to be the most beef-like mass-market veggie burger out there. The Beyond Burger is the flagship product of Beyond Meat, a company aiming to "create mass-market solutions that perfectly... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Rikomatic
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I went to see the new film "Blade Runner 2049" at the Alamo Drafthouse last weekend. Although I knew no one else would, I wanted to dress up as one of the characters from the original "Blade Runner." But who... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Rikomatic
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I am thrilled to be returning to the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) conference this year, happening next weekend in San Jose, California. It's been a couple years since I've been to ASTC, one of my favorite science education conventions. And it's great to have it in our... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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I just saw Janet Jackson in concert. And then this comes across my feed, from the incomparable Taiwanese waacker Akuma Diva. These are 11-15 year old students of Akuma's. I just can't.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I love my spiralizer. It turns veggies into paleo-friendly noodles in minutes. And everything is better with noodles. I recently discovered sweet potato noodles and now they are my new favorite thing. Sweet potatoes are full of awesome vitamins, just... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Tomorrow I'm seeing Miss Janet Jackson live in concert for the first time! Let the countdown begin! This is actually a much delayed event, since I originally purchased tickets for a January 2016 show. But Janet postponed the tour to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I went bouldering this morning and had an unexpectedly profound moment. There was what looked like a father-daughter duo of climbers that I couldn't help observe (not the ones pictured). The girl was maybe 13 or 14 and just fearless... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I'm an old fan of Anne Lamott, a writer's writer and a constantly inspiring figure in my life. So I was so pleased to stumble across this TED Talk she did earlier this year on "12 Truths from Life and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Earlier this summer, my friend and awesome photographer Auey organized an impromptu photo shoot in an old abandoned train station in Oakland. We had a blast running around this beautiful, run-down space, in our vintage duds, shooting pics all over.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Did my second bouldering workout at Planet Granite this morning. Last time I went on a Friday night, it was packed with hard core climbers and visitors swarming all over the climbing walls. This morning it was blissfully empty. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I tried out bouldering for the first time today at Planet Granite. I'm pretty terrible! But I can see why people like it. There's a neat set of problems to solve. You are working alone, but people around you are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Rikomatic
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One of the many awesome science fortune cookies given out at the Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability open house at the Cal Academy yesterday. More about the Cassidine beetle and its unique fecal defense: The larvae of tortoise beetles (Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae), so called because of the turtle-like appearance of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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Park rangers are unsung naturalists and science educators. But they serve a critical, front-line role in facilitating public engagement and understanding of natural systems and phenomena. Plus, they get a killer uniform. This beautifully designed poster by Tyler Nordgren emphasizes how bad ass park rangers are. I'm putting a print... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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So a quick update since I took "The Switch" workshop in early August. I've continued to dance the follower role for most of the social dances that I go to for the past couple of months, and it's been a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Check out this adorable Luristan newt or Kaiser's spotted newt, native to Zagros mountains in Iran. He's for the first time on exhibit in the Steinhart aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences. Such a cutie! Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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As a big coffee nerd, I was so excited when my sister and brother-in-law came back from Indonesia with some fresh beans for me. The crown jewel was a small bag of precious kopi luwak, which has been called the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I did my first indoor rock climb using my own gear today! It felt really good getting back into rock climbing at Planet Granite. Climbing with your shoes and a harness that I chose feels quite different than using rented... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I really liked this piece in Slate magazine on citizen science: "Want to Help Shape the Future?" by Darlene Cavalier and Jason Lloyd. They really hit home the idea that not only is it important for science that people everywhere contribute and participate in it, it's also important for society... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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Okay, not really. I'm actually far from tired of eating paleo / low-carb. I enjoy my simple diet rules and look forward to my meals. But I am getting physically tired while following my paleo diet. I have been noticing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Here's my solo jazz team the Shimmy Shakers doing our thing at Camp Hollywood XX last weekend. I could not be more proud of the work that my team presented. I'm so fortunate I got to work with these fine... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I'm drinking a V8 tomato juice for the first time in years while on a short flight. And a flood of food memories suddenly pour in. When I was in college, I didn't do a great job at feeding myself.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I just got home from a long weekend at the Camp Hollywood lindy hop camp in Los Angeles. To be perfectly honest, I have not been a fan of Camp Hollywood. In the past, I found the vibe superficial, clique-ish,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Rikomatic
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On Friday at the museum we are all rushing to finish various tasks before the big holiday weekend. My colleague Lindzy comes by and says, "Hey, Rik, do you have a sec for a nature moment on the balcony?" I walk out to the balcony of our floor facing the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Ranger Rik