Thursday, January 31, 2013

Things I Love: January Favorites

Welcome to the first Things I Love blog feature! I used to do this every Thursday but life simply caught up with me and I did not have time to type it up in my blog but always had time to write it in my notebook. So instead I am going to do this on the last Thursday of the month and list all of my favorites/what I loved for the month! So let us get this started.

Here is what I loved for the month of January

-- Juliet Landau (Drusilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) sent me an invite for her latest film that she directed called DREAM OUT LOUD. The premiere was on Friday January 18th. Problem was it was in Pasadena, CA. I emailed her back asking if there will be a premiere in NYC. Still all in all, I was invited to a movie premiere by Juliet Landau!

--Getting into a band named Asking Alexandria. Here is a video of their song "Not the American Average":

--Going into LUSH Cosmetics and saying "I want big old '80s Jersey kind of hair" and having one of the salespeople recommend products!

--My friend Damian Vargas new web series "Deadpool". I have linked it on my Facebook but just in case you have not seen it, here it is: UPDATE: Due to a troll, Marvel Enterprises has forced Blinky Productions to remove this series as well as 14 other fan films because of some "copyright thing". Whatevs. Join the fight to save fan films! SAVE ONE TO SAVE MANY:

--Getting the opportunity to sit on the red carpet of the 85th Academy Awards. Unfornuately the flight to LA was expensive so I passed on it. But to still have that opportunity is awesome.

--Perfect for January when you make your new years goals, this adorable little girl sings Don't Stop, Don't Give Up for about a minute. Adorable and a nice message

--Becoming a contributing writer for Speaking of the Devils a blog about the New Jersey Devils.

--Receiving my first random compliment from a stranger. Was told not only am I smart (was studying some French at Argo Tea Cafe) that I am also really pretty. Felt good.

--Listening and talking to senior citizen aged men at Argo Tea Cafe. Great learning opportunity.

--Argo Tea Cafe. This place is becoming my local weekend hangout, when I do not have anything else planned or just need some chill time.

--Getting awesome news from my rheumatologist concerning my RA. Yes I still have it but my liver enzymes are normal, my Vitamin D is where it is supposed to be, my anemia is gone. So right now the only thing wrong is my inflammation level. So I was told to continue doing what I am doing which is this for those who have asked -- No red meat, no dairy, no citrus fruits, no strawberries (allergic), no white anything (white flour, white sugar, high fructose corn syrup), no artifical sweeteners, no boxed foods or processed foods, nothing fried. All I eat is chicken, turkey, fish, olives, blueberries, apples,bananas, soy or almond milk pudding, beans, green tea, salad. I also take Vitamin C, D, turmeric, and fish oil supplements as well as my prescriptions. I am on my way to recovery!

--Go Macrobars in Chocolate Protein or Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. Yummy, healthy, and vegan. Thank goodness I found a sweet treat to enjoy besides soy pudding or almond milk pudding!

--Finding a new dentist and having heavy metal music play during my x-rays and cleaning.

--Going to the movies with my father. This used to be our every Saturday date and then I became a teenager. We saw Les Miserables and it was wonderful.

This look book from Wildfox Couture based on the movie Clueless.

--This version of Bad Romance covered by Halestorm:

What did you love in the month of January?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Five Things I'm Looking Forward to in 2013

I saw this on my friend Jay's blog, which is located at The Sexy Armpit -- A Whiff of Pop Culture from New Jersey and thought this would be a great idea for my blog. So lets get this party started.

5: Traveling to San Diego and San Francisco in August 2013. One of my goals is to visit every state in the United States and while I have visited California already, I had a great time in San Diego and I understand San Francisco is beautiful and I will get to tour ALCATRAZ. Can not wait.

4: Scarlett Johansson on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. This is one of my favorite plays by Tennessee Williams and for it to be back on Broadway, I can not wait. Bought my ticket for my birthday! Here is the trailer for it:

3: DRAGON CON! I am always looking forward to Dragon Con.

2: The re-release of Castle Greyskull! When I was younger I was an avid collector of anything Masters of the Universe. I still have some of my old figures but Castle Greyskull and Snake Mountain unfornuately received water damage while in my basement. looks like I might have the opportunity to own it once again! Here it is the trailer:

1: Various Movies! This geek girl is looking forward to -- Thor: The Dark Worlds, Man of Steel, The Lone Ranger, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Warm Bodies, Oz: The Great and Powerful, The Evil Dead (yes it is a remake but it looks awesome), Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Kick Ass 2, Despicable Me 2, The Wolverine, RED 2, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (!!!).

What are you looking forward to in 2013?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My Review of the Museum of Mathematics

New York City is home to many museums covering various institutions and history -- dedicated to everything from Native American history to tenement housing to the very controversial topic of sex. It came to no surprise, well to myself anyway, that a subject most people hate/dread would land a permanent location in NYC.

The Museum of Mathematics is located on East 26th Street between 5th and Madison Avenue and is considered the standing fixture of "Math Midway" -- a traveling exhibition that first showed its factorial edge at the 2009 World Science Festival. While I enjoy a good lecture, MoMath (the Museums nickname) offers 30+ exhibits which ranges in topics from geometry to algebra. The museum's focus is to fulfill an incredible demand for hands on math programming as well as to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics in daily life.

I visited the museum on its opening day which was December 15, 2012 and since it was their first day open to the public there were plenty of glitches. I could not create my symbol for the MoMath Logo Generator so I could not tailor my visit to identify where I was in the building. The gears for the Hyper Hyperboloid exhibit which is a chamber walled by vertical cords and when you spin in a swivel chair the cords come together to create a curved surface around you -- well the cords kept on getting stuck together. Formula Morph exhibit -- the computer kept on freezing. The velcro shapes for the Water Frieze (which was my favorite exhibit as I love things with patterns) would not stick properly. Also not all of the exhibits were opened yet. But again, this is reminiscent of having first day of school jitters -- if it can go wrong, it will. Do not let this hinder you from going.
Even with the Dr. House cane (thanks Veronica for the nickname!) with me, I enjoyed the museum. You do have to read the screens next to the particular exhibit you are viewing to understand what you are doing which in my opinion should be S.O.P at every museum but what do I know. The only problem I foresee with everything being so hands on and reliant on technology the museum might not last or hold interest -- unless you are in love with mathematics. Try it out on a Saturday or Sunday in the new year. Give the museum some time though to be open for a while. Hopefully the glitches I experienced will be gone.