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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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The New York Times has an inspired write up about Quaker activist Benjamin Lay, "You’ll Never Be as Radical as This 18th-Century Quaker Dwarf." It really speaks to my condition, as Friends say: "Lay, a hunchback as well as a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Rikomatic
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Spam musubi is one of my favorite guilty pleasures from the Islands. Carb-loaded, greasy, salty, and sticky, spam musubi just make me happy. I was invited to my friend Michael's annual birthday pie extravaganza, where the cost of entry is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I won't always be dancing the way I dance now. I've been thinking about that in mostly a negative ways: My body won't let me b-boy anymore... I'm losing flexibility and power, so I have to make up for it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Check out legendary waacker Princess Lockeroo doing a sick showcase to Ella Fitzgerald's "Air Mail Special." Love that mix of waacking and jazz movement! Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Rikomatic
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For a long time, I've been wanting to put together a nicely produced video of me dancing, showcasing all of the fun dance styles I've been playing with over the past couple of years, including solo jazz, charleston, house, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I am a terrible follower. And I love it. A couple of weekends ago, I got to work on learning the other side of lindy hop, the follower role, at The Switch Workshop in San Francisco. The Switch is one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Check out this sweet video short about b-girl Ayumi of Japan. She holds it down both as a professional hip-hop dancer and as an elementary schoolteacher in Japan. And she's an older dancer in her 30s! She's kind of my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I seriously regret that I didn't have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout as a young person. They seem to get to much cooler stuff than their boy counterparts. According to their website, Girl Scouts has a strong emphasis on building STEM skills in young women: We introduce Girl... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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Yesterday evening I happily kicked in a couple hundred bucks for the crowdfunding campaign "Big Band Revival: Jimmie Lunceford Transcription." Cause what else is money for except to bring beautiful things into the world, like awesome swing music? This is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Today I was in the San Francisco Botanical Gardens for their wonderful "Flower Piano" festival. Pianos are placed strategically all around the beautiful gardens, and anyone can turn up and play whatever they know. I saw lots of young kids... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I dig this video featuring Quest Crew dancing to a live performance by electro-swing band Caravan Palace. Quest always has a great mix of styles, from b-boying to house to locking. There's even some charleston in there. Here's another older... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Rikomatic
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You thought the "Step Up" dance series was over? Nope. It's back... in Chinese! I had assumed from the lackluster box office revenues and poor reviews of "Step Up: All In" (2014) that we had seen the last of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Rikomatic
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iNaturalist is already a "must have" app for nature lovers. Using iNaturalist, anyone can take a picture of any living creature they find in the wild, provide whatever information they know about it, and get help identifying it from professional and amateur scientists. It's a dead simple way for anyone,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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Yesterday, this is what I saw as I biked past the California Academy of Sciences, around 8:30pm. I was in awe of the beauty and grandeur of nature, the magnificence of my city, and the elegance of my museum. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Yesterday, this is what I saw as I biked past the California Academy of Sciences, around 8:30pm. I was in awe of the beauty and grandeur of nature, the magnificence of my city, and the elegance of my museum. I'm such a fortunate human. The blog isn't doing this picture... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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In just four weeks, on August 11, is the one of my favorite events of the year at the California Academy of Sciences: Teen Science Night! For one very special night, teens take over the museum, coming together from parts near and far for the largest teen-run, teens-only night at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Ranger Rik
Across the board, from rock climbing to boxing to dance, getting better at something involves some pretty universal practices: Practice a lot Focus on the edge of your ability Do an action slow, then build up speed as you get... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Rikomatic
I really enjoy my low/no carb diet most days. But if I have a hardest day, it's Sunday. First off, my cheat day is typically Saturday. So that means I have the longest time to wait until my next cheat... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Rikomatic
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On Wednesday, I finally got to see Hamilton the musical at the Orpheum Playhouse, with my dear friend Hanah and her sister Arielle. It's one of the most powerful theatrical experiences I've ever had in my life. Like thousands of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Here's a fun, impromptu dance video put together by my friend Auey, as part of a photo shoot I participated in. The locale could not be more picturesque: an old abandoned train station in West Oakland. And always have a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Just in time for Pride Month, I finally got around to shooting pics of the multi-color breakers mini figures I've had for awhile. Part of the "All City Breakers" set put out by Kid Robot in 2011, they show off... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I'm so proud of my museum and my colleagues for turning out for this year's San Francisco Pride Parade. I had a really fun time last year, but did wish we had a more organized presence. Well the Cal Academy upped our game for this year, I'm happy to report!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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Over the past weeks I've been experimenting with doing a more stringent low/no carb + high protein + high veggie diet. So far, it has resulted in some fairly dramatic weight loss and increased energy. So that's exciting. I've honestly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Cypher Sundays is a semi-regular gathering of urban style dancers getting together and dancing in public that takes place all around the Bay Area. They always put together a dope mix of music to inspire the dancers. And the organizers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Check out this adorable science music video by the California Academy of Science's teen volunteers! What's a pterosaur? Let's the TASC Force kids show you in this sweet "Shape of You" parody video. Awesome job, TASC Force! Original lyrics written and performed by the TASC Force teens. Check out the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Ranger Rik