A new part of them

I’m not alone when I say that I love TEDIf you don’t know about TED already, you are missing out on a great educational resource for presentations that are reminiscent of university lecture halls.  In about 15 minutes, I learn about economy, philosophy, religion, technology, design, comedy, art, international relations, and medicine.

Today, boredom struck while I was at work, and I watched Scott Summit’s lecture.

Courtesy of bespokeinnovations.com

Scott Summit is the co-founder of Bespoke Innovations. He is an industrial designer who works with individuals to help personalize their prosthetics for optimal functionality and aesthetics. Check it out! The lace pattern prosthetic is gorgeous.

Bespoke Innovations and the 3-D printing process to create the prosthetics was also featured in a New York Times article.

Bespoke Innovations is one of a handful of companies that work to create artificial limbs to fit people’s lifestyles.  Special Olympians require prosthetics specifically designed for athletic performance.  An example made famous by the movie 127 Hours is Aron Ralston, whose custom artificial arm was created by Hanger to meet the demands of rock climbing.  Through the combined efforts of doctors, scientists, and deigners, this new realm of art, science, and engineering gives individuals confidence and allows them a way to express themselves, despite the loss of their limb.  Most importantly, these individuals can continue to live empowered and not overpowered by their disability.

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Baguette!!!

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Rainy day = time to bake

Another coworker of mine is leaving, and her supervisor is organizing a potluck party for her farewell on Friday.  I volunteered to bring bread.  To practice, I used this baguette recipe.

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After

This recipe is meant for someone who is more patient than me!  You need a few hours for the various rising phases of dough.  Even though the photo makes it look amazing, my first attempt could have been much better.  I definitely will allow more time for the dough to rise for my party contribution.  Good thing I tested it!

Making a book from scratch

A colleague at my work is moving to Wisconsin to get married and live with her fiance.  As a farewell gift, I made her this blank journal.

I took a printmaking class over the summer as an undergraduate and have been making journals as gifts since. I will come back to this post to write about the exact process, so hopefully you can make one too without paying tuition.

This isn’t the best work I’ve done since it had been a while and I forgot some key steps.  You can see the wrinkles in the end sheets from the glue.  Oh wellies.

I am not a huge fan of book cloths for covers, so I use nice paper instead. At Utrecht art store in downtown DC, I found this white woven sheet with bits of plants meshed in it.  To make it represent DC without being too DC, I pressed some cherry blossom flowers into the cover page and the pocket I placed along the back end sheet.

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World Water Day!

Today is World Water Day!

Go to a participating restaurant of the Tap Project and donate $1 for the tap water usually served free.

For more information on the event and development projects surrounding sanitation and water accessibility issues, click on one of the links below.

Biscuits!

My friend hosted a St. Patrick’s Day potluck on Saturday.  Earlier that day, I had gone out to brunch at Perrys in Adams Morgan where I was served a plate with a vegetarian omelette, home fries and a salad.  Mmmm.  Major bonus was that omelette come with a biscuit!!!  I know the blogging world doesn’t know me, but I looovvee bread -or anything made in an oven for that matter.

With the surprise from brunch on my mind, I decided to make these biscuits for the potluck.  I used this recipe, reducing the cheese and putting in a little bit of oregano.  (I am in an oregano phase).

Unfortunately, my first try didn’t rise that people mistook them for cookies when I walked in with my plate!  Delicious nonetheless.

I suppose where I went wrong was that I didn’t read the part about sifting the flour.  Maybe that and adding a little bit of extra baking powder would have done the trick.  Let me know if you have better luck!

DC Environmental Film Festival!

http://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/

Go check out the 20th Annual Environmental Film Festival going on now until March 25th!!! Most of the movies are free and the venues are all over the city!  Learn something new.  Become inspired to do more in appreciating and protecting the home we share!

Mittens!!!!

My supervisor is having a baby, and as a last minute gift for her surprise baby shower today, I decided to make mittens -no instructions and with just two needles.

For the improved project, I casted on eleven loops for the base of the two mitten halves.  When I thought the mitten base was long enough to cover the wrist, I left three loops for the thumb and continued knitting the eight loops until I decided they were long enough for the fingers.  I tapered off the end by combining two loops on either end and treating them as one (k2tog, in knitting language).  After binding off the finger part of the mitten, I went back to the thumb.  I continued knitting until it was about halfway to the rest of the hand. Finally, I made two other halves, knitting the ends of each row into their partner.  They turned out better than I thought!

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My mom had taught me how to knit while I was in high school, where my friends and I started a knitting club. (Yes, I was kind of nerdy).  To our surprise, the club took off, and we had about 30 members each meeting!

Since then, I have expanded from doing variations of rectangles, decoded the knitting language, and finished blankets for my grandmas using lace patterns.  Lace is definitely my favorite.

A link below to help you decode:

http://www.knittingonthenet.com/learn/abbrev.htm

World Water Week!

March is here! This means that World Water Week (March 19-25) is quickly approaching!

About 800 million people (1 in 8) do not have access to safe drinking water.  The consumption of contaminated water is a health risk and attributes to the death of 4,000 children each day.  With the enactment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, organizations are working to reduce the number of people without access to safe water and basic sanitation recorded from 1990 by 50% by the year 2015.

World Water Week is a time devoted to seminars, events, and conferences that promote awareness of  the lack of basic access to water and sanitation in global communities.  Last year, I attended a seminar with a panel of Dr. Roberto Lenton from the World Bank, Dr. David Winder from WaterAid, and Dr. Greg Allgood from Procter&Gamble  at the George Washington University campus.  They each discussed their work in communities to combat the world water crisis.  Very invigorating!  Much so in fact that I have signed up to volunteer to recruit restaurants for the Tap Project!

The Tap Project is an annual fundraiser hosted by UNICEF in several cities across the US including DC that brings awareness to the ease by which potable water is accessed here that we do not thoroughly appreciate and certainly take for granted.  During World Water Week, UNICEF partners with restaurants to have them ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the glass of tap water that are generally served free.  Prior to the event, volunteers provide printed information and work with restaurants to train its waitstaff so that they are comfortable serving as references regarding Tap Project and the issues of water access.

Each year, the donations from all the restaurants are collected at the end of the week to contribute to relieving water accessibility and sanitation issues and implementing sustainable solution in selected countries.  This year, the donations will be helping communities in Togo, Vietnam, Mauritania, and Cameroon.

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Look for this image in the windows of participating restaurants!

An official list and map of participating restaurants will be announced immediately prior to the event.  Visit the Tap Project website for more information on how you can help.

Go celebrate World Water Day on March 22nd!