Saturday, August 15, 2009

Shepard Fairey to exhibit at Andy Warhol Museum

Shepard Fairey— Los Angeles graphic artist— is the creator of the iconic "HOPE" poster that became the unofficial emblem of President Obama's campaign has been exhibited at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and, beginning Oct. 18, The Andy Warhol Museum. Here's a video of Fairey talking about his artwork:

I love that Shepard Fairey's work isn't just art but it makes you think. His work centers around "questioning authority, promoting peace and encouraging people to think about how images affect them in public space." Alot of his work has a political agenda which lets him express himself, his views and inspire thought and introspection among his audience.

I'm so excited that he's gonna exhibit at the Warhol in Pittsburgh. It's one of my favorite museums and I'll definitely be there on October 18It's 3 days after my 19th birthday!


Friday, August 14, 2009

Student Reporter Damon Weaver Interviews President Barack Obama

I love the questions Damon is asking President Obama. He's right on the money and is a very good interviewer. President Obama is on the right trackAmerica's future is dependent on lasting and effective education reform.

As a kid who went to a 'not-so-great' high school I know that we have a major problem. It's an inconvenient truth that there are great disparities between quality of education in America and that should not be so. We need to encourage charter schools so that ALL parents have a reasonable choice in their children's education. Parents need to take responsibility for their children's educationThey can no longer sit back and assume that everything is taken care of. Too many children fall through the cracks. We need to fund our Gifted and Talented programs more while still paying attention to the special education programs. Preschool and kindergarten must be taken overhauled so that kids are prepared to read ad write when the grow older.We have enough money and resources to make lasting and effective education reform possiblethe question is: "Will we?"


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Me and My Afro

I cut my chemically-treated hair in December of 2008. Earlier that year, I got a bad chemical burn during one my routine so-called "relaxers". I was scared out my mind from but then I thought to myself: "Why am I doing this?" I have NEVER liked perms and I have ALWAYS admired natural hair. After a little thought, I transitioned to natural via kinky twists. I planned to keep them up in for a year and then do the 'big chop' but I got inpatient. I cut off my permed hair and was pleasantly surprised to see an awesome Afro.

I am soo much happier with natural hair and I am going to start locs...eventually. In terms of social life, I always get people that want to touch my hair— which I just laugh at. It's funny that they are curious about how it feels. I must admit my hair mesmerizes me. It's not often that many Black women get to see their hair in a natural state. I can't stop myself from playing with it constantly and I love it very much. I have gotten many compliments on my Afro and I love it. My hair is my crowning glory— No matter how corny that sounds.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mo Rocca + Ruffeo Hearts Little Snotty + Martha Stewart = DIY Awesomeness!

Mo Rocca [one of my favorite comedians] endeavors to sew a hoodie from scratch with the aid of Ruffeo Hearts Little Snotty [one of my favorite Etsy sellers] on his quest to discover the underground DIY revolution. After the adventure of a lifetime, Mo Rocca goes on the Martha Stewart Show to show off his handiwork.

I think it's awesome that this video shows the intersection of three different facets of the DIY movementthe "house wives", the hipster youth and the entrepreneurs. Although each group has different motivations as to "Why DIY?" they certainly are all undeserved demographics in mass consumerism culture. With that said, I think it's quite fitting that they've each found their niche, and each other, in the DIY world. This video is just a tantalizing sneak peak of what's yet to come.


Genome:The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley

Have you ever read Genome by Matt Ridley? If you haven't you should. Genome was written shortly after the completion of the Human Genome Project and it goes through each human chromosome— in order dictated by the human karyotype— personifying it, explaining its origins and the traits or diseases that might occur on the chromosome. Ridley has a gift for explaining complex scientific processes in a way that easy to understand especially if you have any background at all in genetics.
I first read it in my senior year of high school for my Honors Genetics class. Each Friday, we'd have a Socratic seminar discussing a chapter the book while snaking on the pretzels my school's chapter of FBLA sold. *daydreaming: "Ohhhhh...the good times"*. But, anyways, It's a really good fast-paced read and a must for anyone even vaguely interested in science or medicine.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Elizaveta's Archie Comic Book Necklace

This necklacehandcrafted by Etsy seller Elizaveta is made of sheets torn from Archie comic books. She folded each sheet into a mini envelope and linked them all onto gold chain necklaces in an explosion of colorful comic strip debauchery.

I love it and would definitely wear it...but I wouldn't pay $55 for it. However, I do have massive amounts of old comic books. Hmmmm...


'60 Minutes' Video: The Pentagon's Bionic Arm

"When Americans are wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq, no expense is spared to save their lives. But once they're home, if they have suffered an amputation of their arm, they usually end up wearing an artificial limb that hasn't changed much since World War II.

In all the wonders of modern medicine, building a robotic arm with a fully functioning hand has not been remotely possible. But as 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley reports, that is starting to change. One remarkable leap in technology is called the DEKA arm and it's just one of the breakthroughs in a $100 million Pentagon program called "Revolutionizing Prosthetics."

This is precisely the kind of stuff I want to get into when I'm done with my Bioengineering degree. In fact, for a Freshman Engineering Conference, I collaborated with a partner and wrote a professional grade paper on the military applications of tissue engineering. Maybe I'm closer to achieving my goals than I think.


Adidas Originals: House Party

This Adidas Originals commercial makes me think that if I buy a pair of Adidas I'll find an awesomely utopian, diverse and quite sparkly dance party filled with idealistic vegan alternative types. It's a nice thought but probably too good to be true... *runs off to buy a pair of high top Adidas*


Sequel to Freakonomics: Superfreakonomics

If you haven't read Freakonomics yet, you definitely should. In Freakonomics, University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt and New York Times journalist Stephen J. Dubner argue that economics is in fact the study of incentives and explore the hidden side of everythingconnecting the economic dots between things like sumo wrestler and teachers.

As if that wasn't enough, there's gonna be a sequel of sorts
Superfreakonomics. I loved the first book. Never before has economics been so interesting. I just can't wait until it comes out in the fall. I think I might pre-order it... The fact that the university I attend might have the authors come to give a lecture makes the upcoming book release infinitely more exciting.



I recently got in contact with one of my older half brothers who lives in Nigeria. I've never met him but maybe I will one day. He forwarded me this little note that I'd like to share with you:


I met this guy who has
a motto he lives by everyday. He said ' listen carefully and
live by these 4 rules: Drink, Steal, Swear, & Lie.'

I was shaking my head 'no', but he then told me to listen
while he explained his four rules. So here they are:

1.. 'Drink' from the 'everlasting cup' every day.

2.. 'Steal' a moment to help someone that
is in worse shape than you are.

3.. 'Swear' that you will be a better
person today than yesterday.

4.. And last, but not least, when you 'lie' down at night
thank God you live in a country where you have religious freedom.

I am not as good as I should be, I am not as good
as I could be. But THANK GOD
I am better than I used to be !


Monday, August 10, 2009

Top 6 Reasons To Nap It Up

Onyxanya is a Youtuber who has an awesome channel where she posts videos about her day-to-day life and her natural hair. Here's her introduction to the Top 6 Reasons To Nap It Up: "I, Dr. Yanni, have done extensive research in all things napptural. I have come up with a coveted list of 6 reasons to get nappy!"

She is too funny! And on top of that, I kinda want to ask for the recipe to her sister's cookies.


"Fly n Natural": Joëlle

This woman, Joelle, has been natural for 10 years and was recently featured on the "Fly n Natural" segment on Afroniquely You. Afroniquely You is a natural haircare blog that "help[s] naturals and aspiring naturals to embrace, love and accept all the beauty of what natural hair has to offer."

I just got into
Afroniquely You and it's a wealth of information on natural haircare is amazing. I'll definitely be following it for tips and tricks. I think Joelle's gorgeous *starry eyed and amazed* and I can't wait until my hair grows some more. That reminds me, I need to buy some shea butter...


Men Take on Female-Dominated Craft World

A recent article in the Denver Post highlights the rise in men taking up sewing and other crafty endeavors. As someone who loves sewing, crafting and all things DIY I can wholeheartedly say that guys crafting is a good thing. It takes a strong man to go against stereotypes that say: "Only women sew" or "Real men don't cook, clean, etc." Through crafting, these men gain independence from factories and mass produced goods AND have something to talk about with cute, crafty chicks. What's there to lose?


Geek Crafts: Domo-Kun Sewing Machine Cover

So...I'm seriously contemplating sewing this Domo-Kun sewing machine cover. I think would suit my sewing machine quite nicely. The site I found it on is called, Geek Crafts aptly named as all of the arts and crafts posted on the site are of the geeky persuasion.

As a nerd who crafts I think we need more websites like Geek Crafts. No longer does being a nerd mean you lack appreciation for the arts Viva la geek renaissance!


Star Trek: The Exhibition at the Franklin Institute

Star Trek: The Exhibition at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA "features the world's most comprehensive collections of authentic Star Trek objects and transports visitors into parallel universities of the future and past." There's even a chance to win a telescope signed by Leonard Nimoy himself. As a Trekie, I have no choice but to drag my family to Philly for a day. I'm sooo excited!


Doctor Journeys to Ghana for Triple Negative Breast Cancer Clues

Dr. Lisa Newman travels 16 hours from Michigan to Ghana in search of cancer clues. She collaborates with other doctors to find the origins of triple negative breast cancer. Women most affected by TNBC are younger, pre-menopausal and of African ancestry. Dr. Newman is conducting ground breaking research on the possible link between Ghanaian women and African-American women with TNBC. It's stories like this that make me excited to go to Medical School and become a doctor.


Shingai Shoniwa

I'm in love with Shingai Shoniwa, the British-born Zimbabwean vocalist and bassist of indie rock band, the Noisettes. I just started listening to their stuff and I love it— It's a unique blend of soulful pop and electro-dance music. I'm enamored with her powerful voice, eclectic style and awesome [natural] hair && She's gorgeous! She's most definitely a hair and fashion inspiration for me.


♥ My First Post ♥

Welcome to ♥ Soul of an ArtistMind of an Engineer ♥ ! I got the name for this blog from a friend who coined the phrase while describing mea person who adores both science and art.

Read along as I explore what I love— Reading, writing, world affairs, music, fashion, sewing, crafting, the DIY movement, natural hair and the arts.

I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I do writing it.