Tag: WaterFire

Day two of RI Comic Con

Ok – this was better. Was there with a couple of people I know so the running commentary banter was better.

It’s definitely got two elements to it.

  1. There’s the retail or flea market like environment. The entire floor of the Dunkin’ Donuts center was all retail and to my surprise has stepped into the 21st century – cash was accepted but cards too. Interesting. Ended up getting a nice leather bound diary type book for Keyron – only $65 (When I know total materials and time were perhaps $15 or so it’s best to keep the peace sometimes.
  2. Then there’s the people watching. My favorite the male Princess Lea slave. I have a distinct feeling it was either done to be witty or it was a ¬†sister. But there were also the requisite Imperial Troopers, Darth Vader, Sith lords, Obi Wan’s as they might look 30 or so years later, etc. Then there was the pink nightmare. Everywhere we went from the Dunkin Donut’s Center (Damnation that name irks me.) to the RI Convention Center to the Providence Place mall we saw this pink nightmare. Then it hit me – Providence is pretty much it other than New Hampshire and New York for northeast people.

Didn’t hit any of the forums because my $!@()*$@#%*& phone was having trouble with RI Comic Con’s web site – it’s not mobile optimized. I should hook them up to the company I work at, they can do mobile optimized web services.

Now would I do it again – because I don’t intend to go back tomorrow. The answer to that is maybe. If I were to do it again I’d get a one day ticket and just go on the saturday. A three day is a waste – as Friday they’re still getting set up – Saturday is the day to go.

Around 3:00PM we left the Convention Center and went into the Providence Place mall and had a late lunch at Nordstrom Cafe. Then tried to get home – the traffic was horrendous. Why? Because Comic Con, Veterans Day celebrations at the RI State House, A Waterfire event this evening and it was hideous.

As I said in the past, if you’re gonna hit all three your best bet is to leave the car parked and hoof it. We”ll probably walk to Waterfire later on. Always fun to see the last full lighting of the year.

I Attended TEDx Providence 2013

I have watched a ton of TED videos online. So when I heard that a TEDx (The x means it’s independently organized) presentation was going on in Providence and I had a discount code for it, I signed up the other day.

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I must say – the program was broken into three main areas, Social Enterprise, Food, and Art & Craftsmanship. In all there were some thought provoking ideas brought forward.

Having a bit of a hard time saying which presentation really caught my attention since all of them did.

I must say though – the presentation had 3 videos that are pulled directly off the TED site above. Okay, they needed to fill time. The speakers were, for the most part, very local.

For example we heard a talk by Umberto Crenca – one of the founding member of AS220, RI’s art leader. His story started with an amusing take on his early career in the art scene and included one critics rough assessment of Mr. Crenca’s work.

Then of course there was the talk done by Rick Benjamin, RI’s Official Poet to speak. Very thought provoking speech on poetry. Gives one a greater appreciation of the art and it’s ability to stimulate the mind, the heart and the soul.

Then we heard from Davide Dukcevich, 3rd generation at Daniele, Inc.

The history of Daniele¬† is very interesting, the family fled Yugoslavia into Italy and there began doing some Italian favorites. Then in 1976 they brought the whole thing to the U.S. and it’s made here in RI.

And then Barnaby Evans, the creator of WaterFire gave his speech. It was an amusing speech as he traced his childhood of building little green spaces with sticks and stones in essence, and creating little rivers by diverting downspouts. Then he explained the fascination with fire, the symbolism of death and rebirth inherent. I must say, I’m still captured by the WaterFire spirit, it’s very ethereal. I like it the later it gets when the crowd thins out.

In the Social Enterprise side we had a talk by Angela Jackson on teaching kids foreign languages like Arabic and Chinese and how it broadens their horizons. I know my high school Spanish opened my eyes to quite a bit. Three years of it I can’t really speak or understand it because I don’t use it. But I can read it. Weird.

Like I said, lots of interesting talks. Makes me want to see the whole weekend long one in California now.