The Invisible Bike Helmet

Take a look at this!

In seven years, two women have created the invisible bike helmet! Amazing!

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The Color Run -Philly!!!!!!

My long awaited day of the Color Run has finally passed.

The big question:

Is it the happiest 5k on earth?

Absolutely.

The Color Run is the best social experience ever.  It’s not even the actual run (more walk because of the sheer number of people) but afterwards that is the best.  No, not the Color Extravaganza pictured below.  It is when everyone is making their way home and you bump into other people with colors resembling characters seen on Avatar or comic book superheroes.  You feel as though you are part of a giant flashmob as non-participants eye you and you walk on unfazed by their astonishment/disgust.  You make eye contact with Color Runners, smile, and cheer with more strangers than you do ever in a typical day.

Runs are still happening all over the US, including DC in September.  Do it!!!

PS- I’ll let you in on a secret. For those who don’t want too much powder, this guide is completely wrong. People are also standing in the middle. Just pay attention.

from thecolorrun.com

Rising Sea Level = Competition for Space

Global warming and climate change.  Regardless of what your stance is in the issue, read this article about Kiribati.

Kiribati is an island nation in the south Pacific with a population 103,000.  All of their land is only mere meters above sea level.  With the gradual rise in sea level, soon their entire land will be submerged.

With no indications of sea levels receding, President Anote Tong has been trying to address this issue so that his citizens retain a home.  In September 2011, The Telegraph reported that Tong was considering converting the entire nation to a nation on stilts.  Now, almost a year later, Tong has reconsidered this option of creating new land to using existing land: purchasing land area from Fiji.

Like the more recent article mentions, with the transfer of the Kiribati nation to another land, they will inevitably lose a part of their cultural heritage and identity as they must implicitly adopt and assimilate.  Therefore, it is not only the death of their islands but a toll for the people as well.

The important thing to realize that neither of Tong’s suggestions is a solution.  They are merely an immediate response to accommodate a problem that, for the moment, affects Kiribati more extremely than any other nation.  If sea levels rise even more, all countries will be scrambling for higher ground and overcrowding cities inland.  (Use this map to see how a rise in sea level will affect our islands and coasts).  Being here in southern California and seeing all the mansions scattered  along every bit of the coastline, I worry that if this time of chaos arrives, the competition will become one of wealth.

For the preservation of the world’s cultural richness, biodiversity, or beauty for our children to admire and enjoy…. Whatever the reason, let’s convince our individual nations to change out current way of life and seek a solution together.

Bake sale!!!

This afternoon, my friend and I are hosting a bake sale to help fundraise for Day of Connection and Exchange, the last of three events of the In One Day project.

Day of Connection and Exchange is a festival in Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park devoted to celebrating the DC community.  Some of the stations include an outdoor reading corner with pillows and coffee tables, a music and poetry performance area, a play corner with hula hoops and board games, a clothing swap section, and a slideshow gallery of photos taken by the public either uploaded or hashtagged to commemorate the day of July 7, 2012.

While festivals are fun, we wanted to make this an event that gave back to the community.  Therefore, the toys, clothes, and books collected and left at the end of the day would be donated to various local organizations.

The entire project of In One Day has been designed to be of minimal cost and has relied heavily on donations.  However, we have had to use our own personal funds to supply some of the materials and equipment like a Zipcar rental, paper plates, and posterboard.  The bake sale is intended to not only inform the public of the upcoming event but also help offset the cost of materials we would need to purchase to achieve the very basic requirements of the festival.  Excess funds will go towards continuing the meals for the homeless event in DC parks every month.

If you are in DC, come say hello at our information table set up by the drum circle in the park.  You can learn more about the project and how you can support it.

If you are not in DC, you can also support us by spreading the word and also donating to our paypal account!

Anywho, this is what I made and what you can expect to find if you come to our table!!

I bought self-rising flour so I followed the recipes without adding any baking soda of baking powder.  I reduced the sugar in all and the butter in the cookies.

I also forgot to actually put cardamom in the muffins. oops. They tasted good though. More of a nutty flavor.

My friend is also making some goodies.  Each unit will go for a suggested donation of $1.  Come enjoy a baked good and an afternoon in the park.

Summer means free outdoor movie screenings!

from capitolriverfront.org

I went on a run Wednesday night to try and pick up my paycheck, and across the street from the office was a crowd of people gathered in a park.  That made my day – especially after I found out that my check was in the other office.  It’s summer!!!!

Here is a comprehensive list of all the outdoor movie screenings in the DC:

Screen on the Green on the National Mall

  • Monday, July 16: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Wednesday, July 25: It Happened One Night
  • Monday, July 30: From Here to Eternity
  • Monday, Aug. 6: Psycho
NoMa Summer Screen– Wednesdays, May 23 through August 8, 2012 , L Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, NE. Movie starts at 9pm.  The theme for this year is the end of the world. Food trucks are there for concessions.
Capital Riverfront Outdoor Movies– Thursdays, May 24 through July 26, 2012, Canal Park, M St and 2nd St, SE.  Movies start at 8:45pm ish.
U Street Outdoor Movies – Harrison Field Under the Stars–  V St. NW between 13th and 14th Sts.
  • June 27: DC Cab
  • July 25: Protocol
  • August 22: The American President
  • September 26:  The Pelican Brief

Advances in Stem Cell Research!

Amazing! Some researchers in Japan have claimed to have created a functional human liver from stem cells.  The scientists implantes induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, whose function is not yet determined and can develop into any type of cell.  While controversy exists on stem cells taken from embryos, this discovery could bypass the argument as iPS cells can be obtained from adults.  This would revolutionize the future of health care in eliminating or reducing the wait time for organ donations, replacing damaged or sick cells, and more.  Read the New York Daily News article here.

Bike to Work Day!!!

Today is Bike to Work Day!

Today is an especially great day because I had been without a bike for almost  the past 2 weeks ( a flat and a need for a new brake cable).  With rainy weather that would have prevented me from biking anyway, I actually kind of got comfortable walking everywhere.  Earlier this week, though, I just assembled my new bike, and I am so happy!  I still find myself leaving much too early since I am still on walking pace time though!

DC, check in at any of these pit stops today! Enjoy fruit and get a free key chain while socializing with other neighborhood bikers!  Celebrate a day of gas-free commuting….and maybe make a habit of it!

In One Day

I thought that the plan to bike from DC to LA was going to be the most ambitious project I would have this year. Nope!

My two friends and I got together at a bar on April 1 and created In One Day to bring the people who make the city what it is and celebrate DC.  Since that night, we have been applying for permits, reaching out to sponsors, and recruiting volunteer in preparation for these three events!

Day of Joy– May 19th; a circulating group offering free hugs and laughter exercises in several parks in DC. (I know. Super silly!)

Day of Nurture– June 9th; a picnic for the homeless community with theatrical, poetry, and musical performances

Day of Connection– July 7th; a festival in Meridian Hill Park with workshops, yoga classes, an open air art galleries, an outdoor reading lounge with a mobile library, and much more!

Check us out at www.inonedaydc.wordpress.com for the latest news and information about the project!

If you are/will be in DC for any period of time through the summer, help us out! Become a volunteer by filling out this very short volunteer application form!

National Bike Month

It is an understatement to say that I love biking.  No, I’m not one of those people wearing jerseys, spandex, and aerodynamic helmets.  Since middle school when my brother and I would make trips to the grocery store for my mom for a loaf of bread (and a chocolate bar), I have used it in place of walking, public transportation, and driving.  It’s a great way to travel -especially now with gas prices more expensive than ever and climate change continuing its drastic course.  So do yourself a favor and test out biking as a mode of transportation this month.

From bikeleague.org

Mark your calendars for these special biking days and find an event in your neighborhood!

National Bike to School Day (May 9)
CycloFemme, the International Day of Women’s Bicycling (May 13)
National Bike to Work Week (May 14-18)
National Bike to Work Day (May 18)
National Bike Challenge (May 1-August 31)

You can also get stats on how your city compares to others in miles of bike lanes and the number of residents who are bikers on the League of American Bicyclists website.

And why stop biking after May?  Make it a regular mode of transportation! Ryan Wood presents his 10 reasons to start biking to work.