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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 Science Action Club team that I'm a member of is seeking to hire an instructional designer. It's a great job, on a great team, at a great museum. If you are a bad ass instructional designer who loves science, you should consider applying. More about the position: Reporting to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ranger Rik
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The things we do for science education. Cause it's hilarious. The new Pterosaur's exhibit is coming to the Cal Academy starting on May 19! So excited! Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ranger Rik
Check out this cool video showing how massive the crowds were at the March for Science San Francisco. Love that drone footage! A post shared by March for Science SF (@sciencemarchsf) on Apr 25, 2017 at 9:19am PDT From the March for Science SF instagram feed. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ranger Rik
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I'm so proud of my institution and my hundred or so colleagues who marched as part of the official California Academy of Sciences contingent at the March for Science SF! Seeing my institution stand up for science and for evidence-based science policy makes me so happy. It was an incredible... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Ranger Rik
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I run, dance, and eat healthy for a lot of reasons. One of the most important is that all those activities help me feel strong and capable. I have a good understanding of what my body can do, what my... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Rikomatic
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Jon Foley, executive director of the California Academy of Sciences, gave this speech this morning at the March for Science in Washington DC. So proud of my boss! Text of his speech follows. Across the nation, people are marching to show their support for science, and to oppose attacks on... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ranger Rik
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The New York Times reported recently that researchers had found that running for as little as five minutes a day may add years to your life span. Scientists scrutinized several health studies conducted at the Cooper Institute in Dallas and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Rikomatic
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This Saturday, April 22, is the March for Science, a nation-wide demonstration of support for science and evidence-based science decision-making in society. I am excited to participate along with many of my colleagues from the California Academy of Sciences in the San Francisco March for Science. This is such an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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As you may know, if you follow my other blog, I was recently traveling in South Africa. One of the best parts of my trip was getting to go on a four day safari in Kruger National Park. Being in the Kruger is an incredible experience, one of the most... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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Going on an African safari is something that has long been on my bucket list. Finally getting to South Africa to see animals in their native habitat was beyond amazing! Here's some of the highlights. Penguins We saw African penguins... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Rikomatic
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As part of the benefits of a fancy new credit card I got recently, I now have access to hundreds of lounges at airports throughout the world. When I got my airport lounge access card in the mail, I thought... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I knew a little about South African politics and Apartheid before coming there. But being there in person brought home the brutality of Apartheid and the continuing challenges South Africans face as a multi-racial society. Historic Sites On our second... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Rikomatic
I realized today that one of unexpectedly hard parts of changing my eating patterns has nothing to do with what I eat, it's communicating what I want. Tim Ferriss writes about how important it is when eating out to modify... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Rikomatic
The new PBS series "The Cloud and the Crowd" premieres today on public media stations around the country. A show about the global movement of citizen science, each episode will highlight how everyday citizens are making remarkable contributions to scientific research. Check the website for more info on where to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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I had few expectations about food when I was planning my trip to South Africa. I knew a little about South African cuisine, from having visited a couple of restaurants in the East Coast. But otherwise, I was pretty open.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Last night, I got to see a sneak preview of the new swing dance documentary "Alive and Kicking" at the Brava Theater in San Francisco. A labor of love by director (and swing dancer) Susan Glatzer, the film "explores the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Rikomatic
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My main inspiration for coming to South Africa at this time of year was a dance camp going on in Cape Town called Mother City Hop. Last summer, I met a Swedish woman in Herrang who kvelled about what a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I love this dope science music video on gems and minerals, which features some of our talented young people in the Teen Advocates for Science Communications (TASC) program at the California Academy of Sciences. Warning: it's quite an earworm. Thanks to science Youtubers "Science with Tom" for doing an excellent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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I’m just back from Africa, a bit browner, a bit fatter, and excited to share about all I experienced. There’s so much to write about my two week trip to South Africa, it’s hard to know where to start. So... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I'm way behind on my blogging because we've been so busy having fun in Cape Town! But just a quick shout to the Mother City Hop organizers for putting on a fantastic dance event. It was everything I hoped for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Hanah and I started the first leg of our epic South African adventure in the mega-city of Johannesburg. Home to a rich mix of 4.5 million blacks, "coloureds" and whites, Joburg is a much cooler place than I anticipated. We... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Check this picture out! I'm in my early twenties, a zillion years ago, on my first trip to the homeland of the Philippines with my gramma. That's her in the background wearing one of her many muumuus. As I prepare... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I love this recent radio conversation with our executive director Jon Foley on local NPR affiliate KQED. Jon focuses on what he calls the "war on science" or the "war on facts" being waged in the federal government right now. Jon speaks so eloquently about the importance of scientific inquiry... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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Often I feel very thankful for my health: I can run several miles at a time, I dance most nights of the week, only experience minor aches and pains on occasion. But the past week I've had to face my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I'm so excited to share the news that I will be traveling in South Africa from March 17 to April 3! My friend Hanah and I are headed for a fantastic African adventure, including a four day safari, a week... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Rikomatic