Saturday, January 31, 2015

Solution to January's Hat Riddle


The answer: Cassie is wearing a white hat. 

Alex did not know what color of hat he was wearing. This rules out the option of seeing two black hats because then he would know his hat was white. This means that he either saw two white hats or a black and white hat combination.

Even with Alex's information and seeing Cassie's hat, Bobby did not what color of hat he was wearing. Using all of these clues, Cassie knows that if Bobby saw a black hat, he must have known his hat was white. Since he did not know the color of his hat, that means he saw a white hat.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello Kitty at Japanese American National Museum

Last Saturday, my bestie Liz and I drove to Little Tokyo's Japanese American National Museum to check out the Hello Kitty Exhibit. We got our tickets online beforehand for $20 each, and we arrived at our assigned window--11 AM. It was pretty early in the day so the exhibit wasn't too crowded, but there was definitely excitement in the air from our fellow Hello Kitty fans as we wandered from display to display.

The first floor of the exhibit had a ton of Hello Kitty merchandise, which included toys and other tchotchkes.  It was fun to look at, but too reminiscent of the Sanrio stores in the area. However, after passing the displays of goodies and making our way up to the second floor, Liz and I saw the big draws of the exhibit--the Hello Kitty paintings, the giant Hello Kitty statues, and the Hello Kitty fashion. The second floor made this exhibit a must see. 

Overall, I highly recommend checking out the special exhibit which ends April 26, 2015. For more information, check out JANM's website here



Saturday event: 10th Annual Museums Free-For-All

Southern California Museums Band Together
MUSEUMS FREE-FOR-ALL
Free Admission Day I Saturday, January 31, 2015

In a joint effort to present the arts and culture to the diverse and myriad communities in Southern California, SoCal Museums announces the tenth annual "Museums Free-For-All" Saturday, January 31, 2015. Over twenty museums-- presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science--will open their doors and invite visitors free of charge. This offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply. Consult individual museum websites for hours and other visitor information. For the first-time ever, "Museums Free-For-All" will partner with Metro, encouraging visitors to Go Metro to explore the participating museums, many of which are a short walk away from Metro Bus or Rail. Go Metro to more museum destinations at metro.net/discounts.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences yelp.com/biz/academy-of-…
Annenberg Space for Photography yelp.com/biz/annenberg-s…
Armory Center for the Arts yelp.com/biz/armory-cent…
California African American Museum yelp.com/biz/california-…
California Science Center (Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Timed reservations are required for space shuttle Endeavour.) yelp.com/biz/california-…
Chinese American Museum yelp.com/biz/chinese-ame…
Craft Folk & Art Museum yelp.com/biz/craft-and-f…
Fowler Museum at UCLA yelp.com/biz/fowler-muse…
The Getty Center yelp.com/biz/the-getty-c…
The Getty Villa (Timed tickets are required. Visit getty.edu.) yelp.com/biz/the-getty-v…
Hammer Museum yelp.com/biz/hammer-muse…
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions.) yelp.com/biz/los-angeles…
Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial (Hollywood and San Pedro locations) yelp.com/biz/los-angeles…
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) yelp.com/biz/los-angeles…
Museum of Latin American Art yelp.com/biz/museum-of-l…
Museum of Tolerance (Closed on Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, February 1, 2015 as part of Museums Free-for-All.) yelp.com/biz/museum-of-t…
The Paley Center for Media yelp.com/biz/the-paley-c…
The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits yelp.com/biz/page-museum…
Pasadena Museum of California Art yelp.com/biz/pasadena-mu…
Santa Monica Museum of Art yelp.com/biz/santa-monic…
Skirball Cultural Center (Noah's Ark timed tickets will be available first-come, first-served, subject to availability.) yelp.com/biz/skirball-cu…
The Torrance Art Museum yelp.com/biz/torrance-ar…
USC Pacific Asia Museum yelp.com/biz/usc-pacific…
William S. Hart Museum yelp.com/biz/william-s-h…
Zimmer Children's Museum (Closed on Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, February 1, 2015 as part of Museums Free-for-All.) yelp.com/biz/zimmer-chil…

When: Saturday, January 31, 2015 / More information: SoCalMuseums.org

SoCal Museums unites the diverse museums of Southern California in joint marketing and communication efforts to increase visitation and membership in museums in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. SoCal Museums leverages the museums' collective strengths, working together to reach current and potential museum goers.

Information courtesy of Yelp.

Friday, January 9, 2015

A riddle for January: the three hats

My father told this one during the holidays, and I was stumped for two days. Do you know the answer and how did Cassie come to her conclusion?

I'll post the answer on January 31, 2015.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year 2015


3 Gmail add-ons that will make your life easier

Gmail has over 425 million users, and it is known for its ease and simplicity. Since so many people are already using the service, here are three Gmail add-ons to make your email experience even more streamlined.

Boomerang -- With Boomerang, you can schedule your gmails and get reminders to follow up with someone. It's also a great tool to remind yourself to send birthday emails, pay bills, and communicate with people in different time zones.

Doodle -- Scheduling meetings with a large group of people often results in annoyingly long back and forth email chains. With Doodle, you send one link and everyone posts their availability within pre-selected time slots. Then Doodle calculates what works best for the most people. Bonus that it syncs the meeting to your Google Calendar.

Rapporative -- Rapportive puts your contacts' LinkedIn profile inside Gmail so you can connect with people without leaving Gmail. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

NSFW: Chelsea Handler wants to show her nipples on social media; Instagram should let her

Chelsea Handler has waged war against Instagram over their discriminatory practice of barring females from showing their nipples but allowing men to do so, according to Buzzfeed. While social media bars female nipples from being shown because they are viewed as "sexual" in nature, she does have a point that it's not fair for men to be shirtless but not women.

Although I would more than likely never be brave enough to bare all, I do think that all people should be allowed to express themselves equally. If women can't show their nipples, then neither should men.

This is not the first time, Instagram's discriminatory guidelines have come under fire. As I wrote about in July, a young woman who posed in her underwear saw her photos removed, and she believed she was being targeted because she did not fit the traditional standards of beauty. Her argument did seem valid considering that the social media site allows raunchy photographs from celebrities such as Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Jen Selter but felt the need to censor hers. Instagram apologized and reinstated the young woman's account.

Maybe it's time that they review their gender bias as well.
Chelsea Handler points out the hypocrisy of allowing the photo on the right to be shown publicly but censoring her  topless photo on the left. (Photo courtesy of Handler's Instagram account)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Aamer Rahman has the perfect response to anyone accused of being a "reverse racist"

I examine diversity a lot on my blog and in my writing. Being a Chinese-American woman, my life has been defined by experiences that I have had based on these characteristics, and I am aware that there are some privileges and disadvantages that I have had because of this and other circumstances beyond my control. I'm also aware that EVERYONE's life has privileges and disadvantages, and that is why I choose to listen and discuss rather than preach and fight.

However, I have noticed that whenever people of color talk about race, some take it as an attack on white people. I know that for myself that is not my intent, and although I do not know what other writers are thinking, I doubt that is their intent either. Wanting to share experiences to connect with others is a basic human characteristic, and for people of color talking about race will inevitably be a part of the conversation.

Like me, comedian Aamer Rahman also discusses diversity, and he has come up with the perfect response to the people who accuse him of being a "racist to white people" because of his views. What he has to say is brilliant, and I couldn't say it better. See his video below: