I recently joined the team at Seasons of La Jolla magazine as a freelance contributor. James Tully and Matthew Lyons publish the quarterly glossy. My first piece appears in the Winter 2014 edition entitled “Seven Caves in the Cliffs” and uncovers the history of La Jolla’s famous sea caves. What I enjoyed most about writing the piece was talking with historian and author Carol Olten of the La Jolla Historical Society–and of course–doing my research on site at the beach.
I spoke with visual artist Tara Knight about what robots are doing in Japan, across cultural and digital divides, specifically Hatsune Miku. She is Japan’s most popular teen vocaloid character. Knight recently toured the U.S., including appearances on late night television, talking about her interactive documentary of Hatsune Miku called “Mikumentary“. Knight breaks with the traditional notion of artist and audience as separate from art.
Knight’s work with Hatsune Miku challenges the notion that adolescence is a life stage we outgrow. Miku reveals that digital technology, when applied to art and culture, allows even the most socially fixed among us can regain access to many possible identities through creative expression. Her work also challenges what it means to be an artist.
For more details about how a robot can write and perform songs, read this account published by The Atlantic magazine.
Cooperation in Minnesota between state agencies responsible for food safety on farms and in restaurants has led to a significant reduction in food-born illness at all levels. Read more.
Fresh, raw ‘ahi tossed with sesame oil, toasted macadamia nuts, chili pepper and green onion—a pretty typical ingredient list for poke. But the inspiration—and the winning ingredient—was a simple squeeze of lime. The acid made the flavors of the dish really pop, earning chef James Harris from Orange County the top award at last year’s I Love Poke festival in San Diego. The festival returns this year to a sell out crowd savoring only sustainably-harvested fish….more in Hana Hou!
The 490-seat Kahilu Theater in Waimea on the island of Hawaii plays host once a month to lectures by world-class astronomers who study the sky with the Keck Telescopes, located atop Mauna Kea, and better, the lectures are free and open to the public….more in Hana Hou!