1. A Mother Focused on ADHD

    “Oh Fiddlesticks” author, Tanji Dewberry, discusses the inspiration behind her new children’s book…

    "When he was first diagnosed, I have to admit, I had serious doubts about being able to cope with a child with special needs, but not only did I overcome those doubts, I feel ready for any other difficulties in the future."

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  2. sxsweveryband:

    OEB’s 5 SXSW Qs – Chaos Chaos

     

    Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

    OEB 2013 SXSW Review

     

    Brooklyn electronic pop duo Chaos Chaos will be swinging through SXSW in support of their debut EP, S.  Lucas reached out to Asy from Chaos Chaos to discuss how the sibling connection shapes their songwriting, moving to NYC, and using SXSW to break away from what she normally listens to.

     

    As a sister duo, this is your second incarnation in band form.  What is it about being siblings and, considering your siblinghood, do you share any extra sensory links as musicians?

    Being sisters, we definitely have a connection as musicians. I think this can also happen if you’ve been playing music with somebody for a long time. It’s great that during rehearsal we can talk and work out the parts of songs without feeling self-conscious about any ideas. We’ve heard each other say our ideas suck millions of times, and we’ve learned to be totally okay with it. We both feel that our writing environment needs to be a completely open one. The bad thing about being two sisters in a band is that you can feel you don’t have your identity, but we’ve been lucky to be able to collaborate with different musicians on our own, and from this we each gain our own personal experiences to bring to Chaos Chaos.

     

    You’ve been in the city for a minute now.  How does the city influence a musician in contrast to your previous environs?

    It’s funny, I was just talking to someone about how in New York it can feel like home after living here for a week, but after two years you still won’t feel like a ‘complete New Yorker’. So I think we are at that stage. We have been here for a while but it doesn’t feel like HOME home. I suppose that is what’s great about it. Being a musician here is also like that. Feels like there is not time for sitting and doing nothing. You can dip your feet in the music scene but once you jump in, the city kind of sucks you in. That is what you want to happen — you have not experienced New York if you have not felt sucked in to an out-of-control whirlwind. There is so much music and culture that it is almost too much inspiration. You have to decide on a clear idea for what you want to create and then get away to organize your thoughts and channel your inspiration into something!

     

    SXSW is in Austin, Texas.  Do you realize what you’re getting into with SXSW?  Will you drop down in any other Texas towns during your stay in the Lone Star?

    We probably won’t visit any other towns except for whatever town we happen to find a hotel in — probably one that is about 40 miles away from Austin. Haha.

    Do I know what I am getting into? I am a vegetarian going to Austin, but I’m sure I’ll be getting into some brisket. Other than that we want to do as much as we can in Austin, we love the city and the adventurous/free-spirited attitude, and we’re excited to spend a week there!

     

    Ok, time to play what will Chaos Chaos be up to in 2013.  I’ll flip a coin.  Heads means touring in cities you’ve already visited and didn’t especially enjoy.  Tails means ______.  Fill in the blank.

    The blank would be ‘playing in cities we love on a smart-car sponsored caravan tour.’ It would work if we had trailers on the smart cars, right??

     

    Finally, in this order, who is in your record player right now?  Who are you excited to see in Austin during SXSW?  Any types of music you haven’t heard lately but want to get back in to?

    Last question - always the hardest! I don’t have a record player anymore. On my Spotify list is Minutemen, Odd Future, Beans, Gorillaz, Ty Seagull, Pinback, and The Do. I haven’t looked at the SXSW roster. I’m gonna look right now. But without looking, I know I’m excited to stumble upon random bands I’ve never heard of that are amazing! I would like to get back into really electronic music and also music with emotion and feeling bursting out. Sometimes I choose the easy road and listen to music that is easy to listen to and zone out to and just think about things, but I feel as a musician I must challenge myself to listen to music that is out there and requires my full attention.

     
  3. Kevin Selhi’s t-shirts might just teach you something.

    …we also want to stand for something substantive and want to support brands that do the same. There wasn’t anything on the market for people who take pride in their intelligence or worldliness or curiosity… so that created an opportunity.”

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  4. North Korea threatened the US today, but what’s new?  We’re more interested in the fact this photo, courtesy of North Korean state media, is a hip-hop cover just waiting to happen.  We’re getting Rick Ross vibes here but we could be wrong…

    via CNN today.

     

  5. "I was quite close to him, and I was not the only one listening who was in tears. “I have a dream,” he said, over and over again, as he described to us his visions of peace and justice. That night, in my letter to my parents in England, I wrote, “I would be ready to go to jail for him any time.” I did not know then that I had heard one of the most famous speeches in the history of mankind. I knew only that I had heard one of the greatest."
    — In 1979, physicist Freeman Dyson recalled his experience listening to Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech in The New Yorker. Click-through for a look: http://nyr.kr/VLwLit (via newyorker)
     
  6. Previously unreleased tapes of MLK finally seeing the light of day.

    By Andy Lanset

    In 1961 a radio reporter named Eleanor Fischer* went to Atlanta to interview Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She was producing a documentary series on Dr. King and that southern city for the CBC called Project 62.  She spoke to him again in late 1966 and early 1967. Fischer’s raw interviews were given to the New York Public Radio Archives by her estate after she died in 2008 at the age of 73.  As far as we know, these unedited interviews have never been presented in their entirety until now.

    Listen to all four interview tapes here.

     

  7. TEDx Talks Roundup: 4 fascinating talks on education

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    In case you didn’t catch it, this week on the TEDx blog, we featured four talks examining advancements in education.

    It’s a topic we talk a lot about here at TED and it’s a conversation TEDx events have contributed to en masse. Needless to say, there are countless approaches to the issue.

    Check out four of those approaches below and, if that’s not enough, enjoy nine more.

    Preventing forgetfulness after the test: Jamshed Bharucha at TEDxCooperUnion

    “We as teachers often forget that our students forget.”

    If you’re like most students, you probably forget most of what you’ve learned soon after the test. At TEDxCooperUnion, Jamshed Bharucha calls attention to the problem of forgetfulness and explains how new research into memory  and long-term learning could guide the development of a new teaching methods.

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  8. fastcodesign:

    There’s been plenty of oohing and ahhing over the opening of New York’s Museum of Math, and for good reason. It’s remarkable how fun math can be in the hands of the right curator. To wit: The inaugural installation by artist and perceptual scientist Matthew Brand. Brand is the inventor of something called the specular hologram, a type of optical illusion that tricks your eye into thinking a 2-D object is 3-D.

    (via poptech)

     

  9. "If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character…Would you slow down? Or speed up?"
    — Chuck Palahniuk (via criminalwisdom)

    (Source: criminalwisdom)

     
  10. Filmmakers George Pérez & Mohammad Maaty take on child sex trafficking in their new series “The Life.”

    There are a lot of things in the fight against child sex trafficking that we want to cast a light of shame on, starting with the media and their shameful way of referring to this as ‘child prostitution’…”


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