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My Unitarian Universalist church had its annual flower communion (which is a common spring ritual in most UU churches) along with a Maypole Dance. We were all invited to pick up a flower or two after the service. I saw that there were plenty of flowers so I initially picked up two.

After I took that photo I saw that they still had more flowers left over so I picked up one more flower then did an updated photo of my new bunch.

I also shot this video of the Maypole Dance.

After church I ended up with another flower, except this one was an artificial poppy. I purchased this at a table that was set up outside of the local grocery store that was doing its annual fundraising for the American Legion. (It was also shortly before the Memorial Day holiday weekend.)

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Immaculately restored film lets you revisit life in New York City in 1911.

Russian man finds skull in garden. Wife tells him it belongs to her ex-husband.

A glimpse of life inside Prince’s Paisley Park.

America’s drug war is ruining the world.

Judy Blume taught a generation of young girls to be feminists.

Former Trump VP spills the beans on Donald Trump’s awful dealmaking skills.

The BBC is letting you download more than 16,000 free sound effect samples from its archive.

Traditional masculinity officially labeled as harmful by the American Psychological Association.

Teen buys every cupcake in shop after customer fat-shames her.

The wild Baroness of Greenwich Village who was the real artist behind Duchamp’s urinal.

Why this South American company is making laptops in Rwanda.

Religious Trauma Syndrome: How some organized religions lead to to mental health problems.

This Instagram account shows how Instagram photos look the same.

A woman escaped from Saudi Arabia in order to seek a better life.

Teen siblings create app for people struggling with mental health.

Here are 53 songs written or sung by R. Kelly that are now tainted.

Photographers document India’s wondrous and weird church architecture.

This teacher tried to simulate a dictatorship in her classroom. The students crushed her.

These photos of Senegalese in the 1920s and 1950s are a reminder of a forgotten elegance.

The tragic decline of musical literacy and quality.

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Not too long ago my friend and current housemate, Phil Shapiro, decided to commission me to do a special project. Phil is one of those people who has long missed HyperCard, the program that Apple Computer originally released back in 1987. Apple released its final version of HyperCard in 1998 and it stopped supporting the program altogether in 2004. You can learn more about what HyperCard is and how it worked on the Wikipedia.

Recently someone has come up with an open source program that’s based on the old HyperCard called LiveCode. Phil wanted me to do a simple presentation using that software. I found it a challenge at first but once I got the hang of it, I found that it wasn’t too bad. It helped that I watched this tutorial video, which Phil had previously commissioned someone else to work on.

Once I finished it, I showed it to Phil and he loved it. I decided to make a video where I demonstrated that presentation. It should give you an idea of what both HyperCard and LiveCode are like in terms of generating self-running programs.

If you like what you see in that video and wish to give LiveCode a try, you can download a free community version of that program right here.

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I went to the 15th annual Greenbelt Green Man Festival on Mother’s Day weekend. This year the weather was pretty bad but the festival went on despite that. The first day I arrived early to the festival where I took a few photos.

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

It was cloudy when I first arrived but after about an hour or so I felt a few raindrops so I ended up going over to the Mental Health Awareness art event that was held indoors in nearby Beltway Plaza (and which I wrote about in my last post).

The next day it really rained and it poured hard at times. I ended up not arriving to the festival until late in the day and that was because I was curious to see if there were many people who came on the second day (which was also Mother’s Day). Many vendors had put up extra plastic around their canopies in order to keep their wares dry. I also saw that many vendors had decided to pack up and leave early. I couldn’t blame them because there were so few people at the festival due to the heavy rain downpour.

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

Many of the schedule performers ended up moving indoors to the nearby New Deal Cafe. Some of the festival-goers also moved indoors.

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

The vendor who was selling the official Greenbelt Green Man Festival t-shirts also moved indoors where one table was taken up with t-shirts.

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

There was a drumming circle that was scheduled to be held outdoors towards the official end of the festival. That drumming circle was moved to the awning outside of the New Deal Cafe. They had plenty of drums available for people to borrow so I ended up borrowing one and participated in the drumming circle.

The 2019 Greenbelt Green Man Festival

I shot this video covering both days of the festival. It begins with the official opening of the festival, then it moves on to short footage of a hula hooper and a man dancing with his two children. It ends with scenes from the closing drumming circle on the second day. (At times you can see my hand attempting to drum with one hand while holding the smartphone with my other hand.)

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Ramadan

Ever since I got my Instagram account a few years back I would go through phases where I suddenly get a bunch of new followers. I would follow them back out of courtesy but despite all of the attention and new followers, my Instagram follower count had never risen highly. Recently I found out the reason why: There are a lot of people who are trying to become Instagram Influencers play something called the Follow/Unfollow Game. I began to research more into this and learned which new follower is most likely playing the Follow/Unfollow Game. Needless to say that playing the Follow/Unfollow Game is pretty controversial. These days I don’t follow back anyone who meets the criteria that this person is just a wannabe Instagram Influencer who is playing the Follow/Unfollow Game.

Most of the research on this is limited to just blog posts and webpages. I didn’t find any videos on the topic so I decided to make one myself. I made this video especially for people who may not be very computer savvy. I explain what an Instagram Influencer is, what is the Follow/Unfollow Game, and how to detect which new follower is only playing that game. I also provide tips for people who have already unwittingly followed people who were only just playing the Follow/Unfollow Game and now their Instagram accounts are flooded with selfies from total strangers. I ended the video with a brief rant on why Instagram Influencer is not really a valid career option. Anyway, here is the video!

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Ramadan

Mothers' Day

First of all, I want to wish all you moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂 Secondly, I want to show this video I shot at a local Giant the other day. It has got to be the most over-the-top Mother’s Day card of 2019 (if not the most over-the-top Mother’s Day card I’ve ever seen). It is not only a pop-up card that plays music but it also flashes lights as well. Here it is.

I didn’t buy that card for my mom for two reasons: 1) It costs a whopping $9.99 and I’m still on a tight budget. 2) Not too long ago my Unitarian Universalist church gave its annual Earth Day Sunday service that was all abut the environment, climate change, and what steps we all should take to reduce sending stuff to landfill where it either won’t decompose at all or it will take literally decades to do so. That card made me think that it’s an example of something that’s so utterly wasteful in the long-run that I wouldn’t buy it for my mom even if I had the extra cash. I ended up buying a simple card for her that didn’t have any bells and whistles instead.

Ramadan

The annual Sakura Matsuri street festival in Washington, DC is one of the last major events that is held as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival is usually held in the Federal Triangle area (such as the one in 2015). Except when I last attended two years ago, the festival was moved to the Navy Yard.

This year the festival has been moved back to its original location in Federal Triangle. On my way to the festival I saw tourists taking selfies outside of the Trump International Hotel, which had me rolling my eyes. (LOL!)

Selfies at the Trump International Hotel

I arrived at the festival and it was as I remembered from the last time I went in 2017. There were cosplayers dressed in various costumes, a variety of Japanese imported goods available for sale, a variety of performances and demonstrations. The admission fee is now $10 per person. (I remember when this festival used to be free years ago. Then they decided to turn it into a paid event and charge $5 per person. Now the prices are higher.) Here are some photos and videos I shot at this event.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

I shot this video of Ai’s Sakura Band, which is led by a Japanese pianist, composer, and arranger named Ai Yamashita. This group played traditional Japanese music that celebrated sakura (the Japanese word for “cherry blossom”).

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Here are a couple of photos of me standing next to the sign featuring that cute cartoon blob.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

There was this table selling wooden chopsticks with geek sayings on them. Having seen Guardians of the Galaxy, I laughed at the chopsticks that said “I was Groot.”

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

At one point I went over to the science area of the festival where I briefly petted this baby seal robot with one hand and shot this video with the other.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

The next couple of photos show the women who represented each of the 50 states and territories who were chosen to be Cherry Blossom Queens and Princesses for 2019.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

I even shot this short video of the group singing “My Country Tis of Thee.” The lead singer had a very nice voice.

I made my way over to the Wishing Tree where one can write his/her own wish on a piece of paper then hang it on the tree.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

I ended up writing my own wish. I had to do with my latest job being unsteady. (I work for a government contractor that is currently having a hard time with getting new work because many of the government contracting officers have been spooked by President Donald Trump’s recent month-long shutdown. Apparently many of them are afraid of another shutdown happening again so they are holding on to their funds more than they used to.) I wrote this on my piece of paper: “I wish for financial stability with a well-paying job. I wish my new book sells lots of copies. I’m not asking to be rich.”

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

I would’ve written more about how I only wish to be financially stable and I’m not asking to be rich but I ran out of space on the paper.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

The next photo shows the only thing that I purchased at the Sakura Matsuri this year: a small dish of vanilla Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

I briefly checked out a calligraphy show where someone did some Japanese calligraphy in ink while music played. Here’s a video I shot of that event.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

I saw the Yosakoi Dance Project demonstrate their high-energy style of dance. I took a couple of decent shots of the group in action.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

I also shot this video of the group in action.

At one point the leader of the dance troupe took his young daughter on stage where they briefly chatted. She looked so adorable in her little kimono.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

I continued shooting more pictures of the festival.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

I shot this video of Japanese singer-songwriter Rie Tamuro, who played her acoustic guitar and sang. She played a mellow folk style of music. I thought she was quite talented.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

The last video I shot was of the Japanese alternative rock band LUST. The group’s music reminded me of what I used to hear from the Seattle grunge rock scene of the 1990s.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

The last photo I shot at the festival featured a group of people doing the traditional Japanese bow, which was appropriate since in Japan people bow to each other when they are arriving and leaving.

Sakura Matsuri Street Festival

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Ramadan

Last month a musical act known as Frenchy and the Punk performed at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, Maryland. Here’s a photo I shot of the duo.

I also shot a short video of the pair as they performed their music.

You can learn more about Frenchy and the Punk through their website.

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I shot a few photos of The Bachelor and the Bad Actress on stage at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, Maryland last month.

I also shot a short video as well. (As for the first half of that video, the stage was darkened on purpose. The second half has the full stage lighting.)

You can learn more about The Bachelor and the Bad Actress on Bandcamp.

While I was at The New Deal Cafe that night, I also shot the current art exhibition featuring the stick art of Paul Downs.

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Passover

If you’ve missed all or part of my recently concluded series The Drawings of Easter (or if you’re the kind of person who loves to see slideshows set to music), you can now see the entire thing in this short video. Enjoy!

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