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Jul. 21st, 2009 @ 11:14 pm Yes I Did
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
I got to use a flamethrower in the Flamethrower Shooting Gallery at the Fire Arts Festival!

Have you ever seen a two-story tornado of fire from 30 feet away? Beautiful :)

The pendulum is awesome as well. On the last night of the festival, they were able to make it do a complete loop over the top.

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Jul. 16th, 2009 @ 02:01 pm YAY FIRE!
Current Mood: hothot

The Fire Festival is AWESOME this year!

Last night was only the first night, and it runs through Saturday.

I'll be in the Machine Shop area on Main Street every night.
Come by and say hi, or call my cell phone if you can't find me.


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Jun. 24th, 2009 @ 01:47 pm Working on the Gallery
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
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Save the Date:

Grand Opening of the Atrium Gallery

Tuesday June 30, 5:00 - 9:00pm
3rd Floor of the SF Central YMCA Building
220 Golden Gate Ave @ Leavenworth (1 block from the Civic Center Bart / Muni station)

Food, entertainment, and of course, my gallery featuring historic photographs from the YMCA archives and works of art from both our youth and adult members.

This is my first job as Gallery Manager, and I had four rooms to design/curate/install. I worked really, really hard on this show, so PLEASE come by and visit. Its also FREE, so you are sure to get you're money's worth ;)  The show should also be up throughout the summer, but regular gallery hours are still to be determined.

Feel free to contact me for more information:
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Feb. 21st, 2009 @ 01:53 pm Co-Authorship on my First Scientific Journal Article
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

Apparently it takes a REALLY long time to get articles published in the Journal of Ecology, a publication of the Ecological Society of America.


Mine is FINALLY out in February 2009, Volume 90, No. 2: pp 419 - 429.
Cryptic seedling herbivory by nocturnal introduced generalists impacts survival, performance of native and exotic plants

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Jan. 9th, 2009 @ 11:21 am Dracul
Current Mood: impressedimpressed

Go see the Crucible's performance of
"Dracul: Prince of Fire"

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Dec. 31st, 2008 @ 05:00 pm Museums Free
Current Mood: geekygeeky

Joint Member Day

Saturday, January 10, 2009, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

South of Market region, San Francisco

Six cultural institutions are teaming up to offer their members reciprocal admission. All participating museums will be offering free admission to two people per membership. Please bring your membership cards when visiting participating institutions. For more information, contact (415) 581-3740 or members@asianart.org

Asian Art Museum

Cartoon Art Museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Museum of Craft and Folk Art

Museum of the African Diaspora

San Francisco Camerawork

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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Nov. 14th, 2008 @ 05:04 pm Free DeYoung - I'll Be There
Current Mood: artisticartistic

Tonight - 6:00pm - 8:45pm

The DeYoung Museum
in Golden Gate Park is open late and is
to all college students and faculty with ID.

Live Music
Artist Demonstrations
and of course ART!

Come on by and check it out.
Even without ID, its only $10, which also includes admission to the regular galleries.

I'll definitely be there, so look for me :)

For more information -  http://www.famsf.org/deyoung/calendar/day.asp?calendarid=4257&day=11%2F14%2F2008
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Nov. 5th, 2008 @ 02:38 pm Free Opening Reception - Ancient Egypt
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Opening Reception Tonight:  4pm - 7pm

Agatha Christie's Egypt
Egypt in the 1930s

Its all FREE
so come check out our newest exhibit
while enjoying tasty food and beverages

This exhibit focuses on major discoveries during the 1930s and their impact on culture, art, and archaeology, and features ancient Egyptian artifacts from the Sutro collection.

And YES - we do have real human mummies - the only ones currently on display in the Bay Area
Museum of Ancient Civilizations
San Francisco State University
Humanities Building, Fifth Floor, room 510 Font Boulevard at Tapia Drive
For more information, email: museumst@sfsu.edu
I will be there too, so you can also call me with questions
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Sep. 29th, 2008 @ 08:53 pm Family Art
Current Mood: artisticartistic
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October 19, a FREE day of exhibits, art activities and special family friendly performances at five cultural destinations in the Yerba Buena Neighborhood. In addition to regular gallery exhibits, the day will feature hands-on art-making activities and special family-friendly performances.

For more information, see the website:
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Sep. 29th, 2008 @ 08:43 pm Origami Exhibit
Current Mood: artisticartistic

Transforming Kami—The Art of ORIGAMI
Saturday, September 6 – Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Admission to all workshops and exhibits at the NJAHS Peace Gallery are FREE!

According to Curator Linda Mihara, “Origami is magical. Its appeal is worldwide and spans across the globe to include almost every major city. New origami clubs and conventions are planned and formed, and origami exhibits are taking place in more places than ever before.” The exhibit Transforming Kami showcases four key fields of origami as an art form: sculpture, realism, whimsy and fantasy. The exhibit brings forth the talents of current origami pioneers who can transform a simple sheet of paper into a beautiful origami sculpture.

Two of the key participating artists in Transforming Kami are Makoto Yamaguchi of Japan and Dr. Robert J. Lang of the US. Mr. Yamaguchi is the author of numerous Origami books and founder of Origami House in Japan. Dr. Lang is a laser physicist who has bridged Origami with math and science. Both are at the forefront of the current movement—to present Origami as a true art form. Also contributing are members of a newly formed group, Pacific Rim Origami, comprised of professional Origami artists and expert teachers of the art. Many of the models in this exhibit were designed and folded by it’s creators.

Other Transforming Kami Events in the NJAHS Gallery

NJAHS Peace Crane Ornament Workshop
Saturday, October 4, 2008
1 – 5 pm
Space limited—call ahead for reservations at 415.921.5007

Origami Workshop
Saturday, November 1, 2008
3 – 4 pm
Space limited—call ahead for reservations at 415.921.5007

Panel Discussion by Guest Origami Artists
Sunday, November 2, 2008
2 – 5 pm

Mayor’s Tree of Hope Crane Workshop
Saturday, November 8, 2008
3 – 4 pm
Space limited—call ahead for reservations at 415.921.5007

For More Inforrmation, see the website

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Sep. 29th, 2008 @ 08:03 pm Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind
Current Mood: curiouscurious

Runs: Now – October 11, 2008
Chinese Culture Center Gallery
750 Kearny Street, Third Floor (inside the Hilton Hotel)
Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat, 10-4
Admission: Free

Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind is an exhibition of antique Chinese puzzles from the Yi Zhi Tang Collection and will include traditional puzzles, such as tangrams, nine linked rings, and sliding block puzzles. But it will also have examples of puzzling objects, visual puzzles, and cleverly designed practical objects, such as puzzle rings and multi-step padlocks.

Chinese Puzzles will be the first exhibit in the U.S. devoted exclusively to the subject of Chinese puzzles. Bay area residents Wei Zhang and Peter Rasmussen created the Yi Zhi Tang Collection after spending twelve years crisscrossing China and exploring Western antique markets to collect these rapidly disappearing handcrafted objects.

An important part of the Chinese Puzzles exhibition will be its hands-on component. While the antique puzzles on display will please the eye, visitors will also have a chance to challenge their hands and minds by playing with and solving an assortment of newly made Chinese puzzles.

For more information, please see the website

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Sep. 1st, 2008 @ 05:43 pm FREE - Come Watch the Firey Stuff
Current Mood: artisticartistic
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The Crucible:  Fall Open House

Saturday, September 6, 2008
12PM to 6PM

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I will be there working, so drop by and say "Hi"
You will most likely find me in the Glass Flameworking Lab

FYI - the Crucible is just a 1 1/2 blocks from the West Oakland Bart station.

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Jul. 15th, 2008 @ 08:37 pm Co-Author on a paper in Ecology journal
Current Mood: confusedconfused
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Why does everyone either cringe or run away when I tell them the title of the paper???

Cryptic seedling predation by invertebrate nocturnal generalists may underlie survival, performance and fine-scale distribution of native and exotic plants

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Jun. 25th, 2008 @ 09:18 pm I haz fotos
Current Mood: lonelylonely

Photography this time. Totally old school (35mm manual camera, wet lab development, etc.)  Actual prints are 9"x9"
Inspired by the single exposure negative overlays done by Imogen Cunningham way back when...

Let me know what you think of my stuff

                     Reflection                                                                Ghost  Orchid


                     Maple  Dream                                                         Leaf  Spirit

                  Within  Reach

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Jun. 15th, 2008 @ 12:51 am More Art - As Promised
Current Mood: artisticartistic

Ceramic tiles based on the oil painting I did for the 2007 NOW calendar.

Don't know what I'll do with them, (like most of my art stuff)
but they are pretty strong - about 1/4 inch thick and fired at cone 10.
Actual size is about 7"x9"  **Feedback & Comments Much Appreciated**



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Jun. 9th, 2008 @ 09:22 pm Door Mural
Current Mood: artisticartistic
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I have decided to start posting art in LJ. Let me know what you think.

About seven years ago, I co-founded a program which recruits volunteers in order to offer free tutoring to high school students with learning differences. More recently, I added this painting to the door of the main tutoring room.

I was just playing around, and attempting to brighten up the place on a zero budget,
but the kids seem to like it (and teenagers are a tough audience).

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Jan. 15th, 2008 @ 11:20 pm Brand New Journal for 2008
I'll be the first to admit that I am not an exceptional writer. Decisions about content, sentence structure, and overall organization take me so long that I am terribly inefficient as well. For these reasons, I have decided to start this journal.

I honestly do not believe anything I am currently doing is interesting enough to post online for others to read about, but since I hope to have an interesting future that includes professional writing in some way or another, its probably better to start practicing now - even if I have to trick myself into it with this whole LJ thing.

I also hope to use this journal as an excuse to keep in touch with existing friends and possibly even make some new ones.

So, that's the plan for 2008! We'll see how it goes...
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