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Quiet dignity and grace

Jul 17 2011 Published by under NYC life

Some of you know that a couple short weeks before I left the United States nearly two years ago, I met my brother for the first time since I had been thrown out of the house (for good) as a teenager. This made me homeless until the state stepped in and gave me a place to stay (nevermind that my "home" had bars on the windows; it was -- marginally -- better than being raped or murdered or being forced into prostitution. Lest you think I exaggerate, let me point out that quite a few of my teenaged colleagues from those times are no longer alive for these very reasons.)

Whilst working on my final preparations to emigrate with my parrots, my brother contacted me unexpectedly (not easy since I legally changed my name and relocated thousands of miles away from the parents!). He was asking if I'd like to meet since he would be visiting my beloved home to run in the NYC marathon for the first time.

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Mosque-Erade

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Why does this hilarious video remind me of Dr. Laura Schlessinger's recent on-air explosion filled with racist epitaphs, followed the next day by her pretend apology, which was followed a few hours later by her bold assertion that her First Amendment rights have been violated?
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The Internet

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The video trailer of this theatre performance, The Internet, looks very interesting, but as usual with anything interesting, I have to be in NYC to see it. If you are in NYC, please do go see it and report back to me what you thought of it, okay?
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NYC Bike Thief

Aug 12 2010 Published by under Cultural Observation, NYC life, Streaming videos

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After watching this video, you will understand two things about NYC: (1) it's really easy to steal a bicycle in NYC and (2) it's really convenient to be a white guy while stealing bicycles in NYC.
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Free Money?

Aug 10 2010 Published by under Cultural Observation, Employment, Ethics, NYC life

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Image: The Baltimore Sun.

I just mailed a letter back to the comptroller for Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital [now: New York-Presbyterian Hospital], which promises a refund for one of several duplicate charges that the hospital levied against me for medical bills that were "unpaid." I know I should be happy about this, but instead, I am very very angry. Why?
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AMNH Separates Iconic Battling Dinosaurs in Rotunda

Aug 09 2010 Published by under Fossils, NYC life, Paleontology, Streaming videos

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The American Museum of Natural History began the process of separating two long-time combatants -- barosaurus and allosaurus skeletons -- that have shared the same display mount in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda since they were first installed in 1991. The separation kicked off with curator Mark Norell overseeing the first ceremonial cut in the mount.
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A Rocket of His Own

Jul 20 2010 Published by under Humor, NYC life, Streaming videos, Your Inner Child

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TIME magazine recently went to interview astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson and noticed a huge crate had been delivered to his office at the American Museum of Natural History. He was kind enough to open it on-camera. The back story of this gift is that Neil was adamant that ABC News include the Saturn V Rocket on its list of The 7 Wonders of America. The folks at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama were so grateful, they sent Neil a replica.

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Walk-Through of NYC's American Museum of Natural History

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This is a rather nice video with a home-made feel to it. It presents a quick view of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, starting on the subway platform (filled with lots of beautiful tile art, all of which I've photographed and shared on my blog). (I noticed that they seem to have finished refurbishing their Indians of the Pacific Northwet exhibit).

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New Species of Giant Flightless Bird Described in NYC

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Years ago, when Zoologist Mike Dickison was in the early stages of his PhD, he gave a joke presentation at a graduate student conference on the taxonomy and evolution of a giant flightless bird. It was the sort of thing you'd see at any conference on avian evolution: a Latin name, reconstructed skeleton, possible place on the great evolutionary tree of birds. The tone was completely serious, despite the subject matter -- the sort of thing that might be found in the Journal of Irreproducible Results back when it was funny.
Then, in the storage cabinets of the Berlin Museum of Natural History one summer's day, Dickison opened a drawer and had a revelation -- an original scientific insight that he is now sharing with the world: he realised what kind of bird he was working with, and figured out something of its evolutionary history.
Dr Dickison's astonishing findings were presented and recorded at the Christchurch PechaKucha #8 in May, and now the audio and (more-or-less) synchronised slides have been uploaded. (A pecha-kucha is a talk in which 20 slides play for exactly 20 seconds each, and the speaker tries to keep up.) All the science is real, and no birds were harmed in the course of this research.

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David Kassan Paints a Live Model on his iPad

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This video is a time-lapse rendering of an Apple ipad fingerpainting demo that was streamed live from artist David Kassan's Brooklyn studio on Monday, 21 June 2010. The model sat for 3 hours as Mr Kassan painted and answered questions on how he uses the iPad and the Brushes applications.

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