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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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Posted 4 days ago at Ranger Rik
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Sometimes I forget what a cool place I work. And then a lightsaber battle breaks out on the catwalk. Every Thursday the California Academy of Sciences hold our Nightlife party -- an adults-only celebration of science and culture with a different theme each night. Last Thursday was our "Feel the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Ranger Rik
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Here's something to make you reconsider that bowl of pasta. The largest global study looking at environmental, societal and biological influences on obesity and chronic health conditions just released their findings, and it doesn't look good for carb-based diets. Led... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I stumbled upon this clip of jazz dancer Josephine Baker in the Huntley Archives, dated sometime in the 1920s. For those who don't know, Josephine Baker was a legendary American artist and performer who gained her fame in France, primarily... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I love Biographic, an online magazine featuring science-rich, emotionally engaging, and beautifully designed stories about nature and positive steps people are taking to protect it. It's a great read if you are looking for a change from the grind of the daily news and doomsday news reporting from other sources.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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What do you do when you have a bunch of women in science LEGO mini-figs, and it's December? You make a science-y holiday tree! From the women scientists and women of NASA LEGO sets. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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This Winter, the California Academy of Sciences holiday theme is "Life on Ice." We are featuring a new temporary exhibit in the piazza on how plants and animals have adapted to live in icy environments. Our adorable snowman planetarium dome will be showing a short show on the geometry of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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I realize that I haven't written much about my exercise practices, as much as I write about food choices and diet. Obviously exercise is as important to health as diet. (But diet is much more important than exercise for weight... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Rikomatic
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About a month ago, LEGO released one of the hottest new toys of the season: a "Women of NASA" LEGO kit. The kit features astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist and entrepreneur Margaret Hamilton, astronaut, physicist and entrepreneur Sally Ride and astronaut, physician, engineer and jazz dancer Mae... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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I've been bouldering pretty consistently for the past couple of months at Planet Granite, which has been a lot of fun and a very different kind of workout for me. I really enjoy working on a particular route, figuring out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Rikomatic
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On Saturday, two groups of teens from the California Academy of Sciences and Nature Bridge gathered at Pillar Point marine sanctuary in Half Moon Bay. This wasn't a casual beach-day hangout. The goal was to support marine education for our local communities. Nature Bridge is a nonprofit that leads hands-on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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Voon and Veronica at Central Park Swings, 2008 Every once in awhile I feel guilty about all the time and energy I spend on dancing, when I could be out fighting injustice, building homes for the poor or lobbying Congress... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at Rikomatic
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A little while ago, I had the opportunity to catch one of the first local screenings of the new Jane Goodall documentary "Jane" from National Geographic. Jane Goodall of course is a well-known primatologist, environmental activist and head of the Goodall Institute. One of the world's leading experts on chimpanzees,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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About 2 months ago, I was noticing a significant energy drop at around 2-3pm everyday which was bothering me. I had cut out heavy, carb-filled lunches, ate little to no sugar, got a decent amount of sleep (7-8 hours a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Sometimes the Internet is a depressing place. Full of trolls, creeps and evildoers. But sometimes it makes cool stuff happen, like today. Gemini is a young woman who saw my post about creating a Janet Jackson "Rhythm Nation" costume and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Looking back on my life, I would say that most of it has been spent as a single person. Across the span of nearly three decades as an adult, I've only had a few instances where I was in a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Rikomatic
Millie Bobby Brown rapping a recap of Season 1 of Stranger Things is on repeat for me. Just because of the world. Lyrics below: Let's go back to Indiana, circa Nineteen Eighty-Three Just four boys in the basement chillin' playin'... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Dapper Day at Disneyland is an event I have been hearing about for years, looking enviously at pictures of people in their finest vintage duds at the theme park. It's really a very simple idea: let's all show up at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Rikomatic
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It's been awhile since I've done a general health check-in here. Overall, things are going really great. I'm feeling fit, eating smart, and keeping active. I spent a lot of the Summer training for a couple of dance competitions I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Rikomatic
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A couple of weeks ago, I got my hands on the Beyond Burger by the company Beyond Meat, purported to be one of the most meat-like veggie burgers on the market. Check out my review if you haven't read it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Rikomatic
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So in late June, I started seeing social media ads and videos for "The Stretch Suit," billed as "the world's most comfortable suit." Supposedly designed to look good while doing all sorts of extreme activities, it seemed ambitious and kind... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I already mentioned the sessions that I was a part of at ASTC 2017. I'm really excited to talk about my work and projects. But I'm even more excited by the many other sessions that my youth programs team at the California Academy of Sciences are going to be leading... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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I saw these adorable looking sausage-y things in a Korean market on Fillmore and had to try them. I love fish cake. I like things in sausage form. Could be delish! Look at how happy those kids look! According to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Rikomatic
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My organization the California Academy of Sciences has been incredible in supporting those affected by the devastating wildfires that ripped through much of the North Bay earlier this month. Last week, we opened our doors for free to people directly impacted by the fires, resulting in tens of thousands of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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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 Oct 17, 2017 at Ranger Rik