Charity for the Geek Generation

Geeks to the rescue!  Give a gift—to yourself, to small businesses, and to those in need.  I found some great products on Etsy whose proceeds benefit everything from disaster relief to Bay Area pit bulls.  Online shops like Etsy are so expansive that if you’re in the market for a pair of vintage golf shoes, chances are, they’re connected to a charitable cause.  May as well, right??






Recycled Billboard Banner Wallet, $36.  Proceeds to Global Environment Centre.





Nintendo Wristwire Bracelet, $1. Proceeds to Red Cross Japan.






The Royal Wedding Perler Coasters, $10. Proceeds to Will & Kate’s charity.




Linux Penguin Decal, $6. Proceeds to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.




Eco-friendly Embroidered Gadget Case, $27. Proceeds to BAD RAP (Bay Area Dog Lovers Responsible About Pit Bulls).




Paw Print Reusable Cup Cozy, $10. Proceeds to Alley Cats Allies.




Vintage Footjoy White Fringed Gold Shoes, $38. Proceeds to Red Cross Tornado Relief Fund.


Rising Videographer David Dutton

For David Dutton, film director and editor, multimedia is an understatement. In his latest music video, “Build Me a Place” by the Sherlock Tones, Dutton shoots, animates, and edits until the video virtually sparkles with energy.

I first interviewed Dutton for 944 Magazine. He attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he still lives and works. He’s won awards at the Los Angeles Music Video Festival, and his “Internet Killed the Video Star” video aired on prime time MTV. He has had offers to work on big-budget films in Los Angeles, but feels he still has more to learn. “I almost jumped to it, but I don’t think I’m ready yet,” he says. “I want to learn a little more, make more things in my style, while I have full control.”

Yet Dutton manages to create surreal visual landscapes with the budgets he’s allowed. “Build Me a Place” follows the expanding imaginations of two young boys as they rocket into space and dance with giant cardboard robots. Dutton’s videos re-imagine the world through kaleidoscopic glasses. In his films, he retains a childlike perspective, a fresh, magical break from the foggy lenses of adulthood.

The Chair Project- Week 3

Adventures in sitting, week three:

Quiz: Which decade are you?

Quiz: Which decade are you?

As I walk through New York City, I encounter people who seem to have stepped through a different portal in time. Yesterday I passed by a youth using a wooden cane as a fashion accessory. Last week a few of my friends feathered their hair, dressed in knee socks and discoed at a roller derby uptown. I realize there’s some truth to the maxim, “Everything comes full circle,” but my question is: did it ever leave in the first place?

I created a fun quiz to determine which decade suits you best. Maybe you already have an idea because in your past life, you traveled steerage on the Titanic. I’ve derived personalities from the decades, some of which you may disagree with–but hey, they’re like horoscopes; they don’t always apply.   The purpose is to get oneself thinking about how the 19th century still affects us today, especially in New York.  Based on your decade personality result, I also suggest your ideal tourist destination in New York.

What legacy has been left to us?  In 50 or 100 years, what will our descendants be mimicking from the early 2000s?  I call Bluetooths and thongs.

The Chair Project- Week 2

Well, week two of The Chair Project has passed.  I’m thinking that finals time is not the best choice for a sedentary experiment.  My tush has been sore from all this sitting and studying, and I’m less active than usual.  I have managed to hit up a few fun NYC spots in the past week though: Yankee stadium for the Rangers game and Burger & Barrel for a chickpea burger and sweet potato fries.  But my fave?  Just sitting in Union Square eating an organic apple in my T-shirt.  Yay, spring!

The Chair Project

You’ll be happy (or bored) to know that I’m working on a new project. In it, I’ll be documenting every chair that I sit in every day. My ventures in ass-to-seat will be an experiment in inactivity, something that I’m sadly more aware of now that grad school has rendered me a reading/writing vegetable.

Every week I’ll include a map that tracks my adventures around New York City.  It will be a reverse tour guide, showing you where to sit all over the city, but more importantly, what to do in between the butt padding.

Ultimately, my experiment will be a commentary on the rise in sedentariness, and thus obesity, in America. But I also hope to make it fun!  On my personal blog, I’ll document my travels between chairs: walks around the park, dancing in roller skates, and doing the wave at a Yankees game.  So here goes!

Launch: Last Thrsday April 12, 2011

Subway- M Line

Bus to West Point

West Point


Stretching before vball game
Stretching before vball game

Subway station- Broadway/Lafayette

My Desk

New York Hipsters Celebrate the Decades

For New York newcomers, it’s hard to spot the real hipsters when it seems like all the men in the city have droopy hair and slim-cut blazers.  For women, it’s a little easier to tell…just look at the shoes.  Or use this guide to find out where they are and what they’re thinking.  Then look at them like they’re art projects. Don’t worry, they like it.

00s: Women were finally permitted to smoke in NYC restaurants by 1908.  Since smoking is so hip, celebrate by breaking the law: go to the beach, light up, take one puff, extinguish nervously, throw away in nearest trash receptacle, run away.
10s: The first annual Great Mustache Race was held in 1910.  Grow a mustache as fast as you can, starting now…….Damn!  That was fast.
20s: Buy fur, but only from a thrift store.  It makes environmental sense that way.  Peruse the shops on Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg for furry frocks.  Try Beacon’s Closet.
30s: In honor of the Great Depression, take an artistic recycling class about how to turn bottle caps from your fraternity days into hanging wall art.  Then sit back and congratulate yourself on being a good citizen of Mother Earth–and don’t forget to deny you were ever in a fraternity.
40s: Hipsters are not history dorks, so go ingognito to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.  The Intrepid’s maiden voyage was in 1943, the same day your grandpa predicted he’d have a huge tool for a grandson.
50s: If housewives figured out how to pass off marshmallow whip and canned meat as homemade, you hipsters can do the same with overpriced crafts.  That  glass lightbulb ornament must have taken months to make!
60s: Buy a bucket (instead of taking the time to find it in the dumpster), throw some dirt on the bucket to make it look like you found it in the dumpster, locate a subway station, and bang on it with drumsticks.  Collect tips from other hipsters.
70s: In the spirit of Civil Rights, locate a neighborhood that doesn’t suffer from gentrification.  Move there.  Invite all your friends.
80s: Ovary empowerment!  After recycling the shoulder pads from all your vintage blazers, you hipster gals should participate in this month’s Walk for Women.  It’s a great way to get in your annual exercise!
90s: Buy an old cell phone and turn it into a headband or attach the cord to your man purse.