365 Grateful Project – Day 1- 2014

Christine and I on the eve of the new year- 2014
 ♥  Day 1: Christine and I on the eve of the new year- 2014. I am grateful to be married to a beautiful woman who loves me, brings out the best in me, and who supports me.  ♥ 

So, today is the first day of the new year- 2014 – and along with my 100 book challenge, I am going to participate in the 365 Grateful project.

The idea is to take one photograph each day of something that I am grateful for. I’m always taking pictures, so this project seems to be perfect. Today’s image is one that is a bit of a cheat. It’s from that liminal state between old year and new year.

Happy February!

February is thought of as a month to appreciate love and loved ones. In celebration of that theme, I am posting the video of the Free Hugs Campaign event that I was a part of back in June 2012. The campaign reaches out to others under the premise that,  “Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.” Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, a man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives. Ultimately, his campaign was successful and my friends and I replicated that in a smaller form in Blue Back Square, West Hartford. That day was one of my top five most memorable days of the summer and of the year. Enjoy!


Nature Is Amazing In Slow Motion

Have you ever taken the time to think about what really happens around us when living things- insects, cats, people move? There is more than meets the eye in these seemingly simple movements. These three videos by The Slow Mo Guys on YouTube show you exactly why that damselfly may have flown off, what really happens when your cat jumps off something, and the tiny saccadic movements of your eye that happen whenever you look at an object. Check it out. It’s brilliant work and it’s amazing to see all the things you don’t see all because they happen too quickly to notice.


This is a reblog from my professional blog.

José Feliciano

Yesterday, I attended my first Berimbrown concert at Central Connecticut State University. I have managed to be too far away every time they have visited the United States, but was able to catch them part way through their current 12-day visit.

Berimbrown is an internationally acclaimed Brazilian Congo pop band.  The name of the group references the berimbau, the Afro-Brazilian musical bow associated with capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art-dance-game, and James Brown, the African-American soul musician.  The band’s sound demonstrates the cultural dynamism of how music from the African Diaspora grew into the sounds of the Latin American music in the present day.  It is also reflective of the vibrancy and cultural dynamism taking place in Minas Gerais, Brazil through the effort of groups like Berimbrown.

If you are in the Central Connecticut area and missed this particular concert, Berimbrown will also be performing at the following locations:

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Happy Beltane/MayDay!

Happy Beltane/May Day, everyone!

In celebration of May Day, I’m posting up a bawdy little song about May celebrating that is straight from the Renaissance. I used to sing this and other madrigal songs when I was in madrigal choir in high school. Really though, pay attention to the words and you’ll see what I mean about it being risqué.  Hint: The “fa la la” in this song is more like the modern day edit for some Top 40 Radio pop songs. You’ve gotta love Elizabethan England for that one.

Hope you enjoy Thomas Morley’s,  “Now is the month of Maying.” I’ll be singing it and smirking all day.

(Oh, and for those of you who are interested in music theory, “Fa La La” can also just be an insert, monophonic repetition that is representing of cheerful music. Then again, there might be a reason other than food and drink for why everyone is so cheerful.)

I had to reblog this post. I am always a fan of giant 1/1 scale statues. (Is it really a statue. I’m waiting for it to come to life and defend Tokyo.)

I missed this by two years the last time I was in Japan and I used all my money to move for grad school, so I was never able to see it in 2009. My brother got to see part of it since it was being taken down by the time he visited. He will be going to Tokyo soon so I’ll have to live vicariously through the pictures he takes there. When he does, you can expect to see a blog post with some of his pictures.

Tokyobling's Blog

I don’t know exactly when they put the giant Gundam statue up again in Odaiba, but it’s now officially open to the public and yesterday when I was there was even a rock band singing songs of praise to the giant! You might remember the last time Gundam was in Odaiba, back in the summer of 2009. I can’t wait to go back and check on it during the evening as well! This time though, the background was less dramatic than the Tokyo waterfront it was placed on in 2009. This time it’s a huge shopping mall. Well, you can’t win every time I guess!

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I couldn’t help, but reblog this having been a CT resident for roughly 90% of my life. The image is part of a series by the creator to make a custom poster design for every state. 50 states, 50 weeks. Check it out!

50 States Design Project

Connecticut. With the 4th highest population density, it’s the place to live. It may not have the flashiest cities or the biggest mountains, but Connecticut is a thriving state than sustains a high standard of living. So let’s hear it for this state of well being. Won’t you be my neighbor? Buy Prints Here.

What do you think of Connecticut? Leave a comment below.

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