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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'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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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Yesterday I used up my five-pass to Planet Granite in San Francisco, which I am kind of sad about. It's been a really neat experience indoor rock climbing -- getting more skilled and comfortable with ascending those colorful and well-designed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I've been doing pretty great at meeting personal health and diet goals lately. But I have been getting a little bored with my food options, particularly mid-day snacks. Typically I've been eating mixed nuts, a carrot with nut butter, or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Check out this really interesting podcast on the Black roots of house (and techno) music, and the white DJs that adopt fake Black personas and histories to get street cred. It would be appalling if it wasn't such a common... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I'm crushing my weight goals. So, yay for cheat day tomorrow! Source: Tumblr. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I know, my Photoshop skills are OFF THE CHARTS. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Chatting with Rachel Phillips last night at Shimmytown revealed some of my own internal biases and assumptions about dancing. I asked her how the lindy hop class she was taking going. "It's pretty great for my first class," she replied.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I'm toward the end of my trial period of rock climbing at Planet Granite in SF. It's been a really fun and interesting experience so far, and I'm definitely thinking of how I might integrate climbing into my other activities.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Did you watch the first episode of "World of Dance" on NBC? If you are a fan of "So You Think You Can Dance" or "America's Best Dance Crew" or just enjoy watching dance videos on YouTube, you will dig... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Rikomatic
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On Thursday, some friends and I got together to try out the famous "Impossible Burger" at French bistro Jardiniere in Hayes Valley. The Impossible Burger is the first of what a startup hopes will be the mainstream consumption of vegan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Just reminding myself that the March for Science did not end on April 22. I'm rededicating myself to continuing to advocate for science, rational public discourse, fact-based policy making, and protecting our little blue ball for future generations. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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Is anyone still using Pinterest? Given the recent interest in discussing gender norms, inclusivity, and LGBTQ+ issues in the lindy hop scene, it seems to me like it would be good to spread around positive images of people dancing in... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Rikomatic
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I love this SwingNation video short on the occasion of Frankie Manning's 103rd birthday. Frankie had many talents, including one of the most infectious laughs ever. I never grow tired of hearing it. Learn more about Frankie Manning on his... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Rikomatic
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As you may know, the African penguin is in peril of extinction. Where once millions existed, now approximately only 25,000 remain in the world. I was lucky enough to visit one of the few African penguin colonies in South Africa a couple of months ago. It was an amazing experience.... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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For one of our science lessons, I had to create a satellite out of recycled materials. Here's my beautiful creation. I named it POPTART, which (of course) stands for "Planetary Observer for Potentially Tasty And Rad Treats." I'll let myself out... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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On Saturday, I, along with hundreds of others, watched a giant robot punch a car for the first time. Okay, it was kind of a nudge, more than a punch. But small steps! The robot is named the MK.II, and he's getting ready to fight it out against a similar... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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Yesterday my colleague Po and I conducted a really fun photo shoot with three of our Careers in Science interns at the Cal Academy: Citlally, Joel and Jazara. They were as energetic, game, and charismatic as I hoped they would be. We got some nice shots! I love my new... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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I'm excited to share that our newest exhibit, "Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs" is now open at the California Academy of Sciences! It's a really neat exhibit that focuses on pterosaurs, on a group of flying reptiles that were the first and largest vertebrates ever to take flight.... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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On Saturday, I had the pleasure of going on a cool tour of the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant in San Francisco. Visiting a water treatment plant might not seem like the most fun thing to do on a weekend, but the tour was actually quite crowded with several couples,... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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Yesterday morning I got up mad early to get to Planet Granite for my second rock climbing experience. Being there at 7am is so different from going in the evening. The place is nearly empty, the morning light streams in... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Rikomatic
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Today is the one year anniversary of my transition over to the Science Action Club as the Senior Instructional Design Lead. It honestly feels like six months that I've been in this new role, which I am still figuring out. Every day I'm learning something new, exploring new tools, unfamiliar... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Ranger Rik
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Tonight I went indoor rock climbing for the first time. It was a little scary but mostly awesome. The thing I remember not liking about the last time I tried rock climbing (outdoors) was the mental strain of trying to... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Rikomatic