I have a few general goals. I don't want to say "resolution" because it implies there is something to resolve at all. I'm always progressing, always learning, improving. The new year is a great time to reset because the world is slower and you get a bit of breathing room.
I'll probably revisit and revise this all year. Feel free to check back and/or hold me accountable.
- Manage my information better
- Streamline my file storage and workflow
- Plan events strategically
- Balance my diet
- Track & adjust.
- Maybe exercise. Maybe.
- Budget budget budget
- Time, most of all.
- Save more often.
- With less! Reduce the clothes in my closet.
- Can't do this alone. Really hang tough with my friends who matter most.
Again, can't emphasize how bummed I am about not being about to put on our October show but the spirit will live on in this online covers contest! I really can't wait to tell you about our upcoming show in December, all I can say is that we're really going all out for it. Thanks for your support and see below for details about how to participate.
If you need some inspiration, here is a playlist of existing chip music covers we like on Soundcloud:
Pulsewave Halloween SPOOKTACULAR Covers Contest
It has been our October tradition to curate our Halloween SPOOKTACULAR where three of our favorite chip artists would cover a band for an entire set. In years past, we’ve been honored to host epic collaborations like Kris Keyser & Note! as Death from Above 1979, Bit Shifter as The Misfits , Oxygenstar as Led Zeppelin, an0va as Queen, Anamanaguchi as Weezer, glomag as Joy Division & many many others. Due to some logistical issues, we are not putting on a Halloween show this year (bummer, we know!).
However, we’d like to keep the open mic portion alive online. This is our challenge to you: make a kick-ass chip music cover and win a slot to play a full set at Pulsewave in 2016.
How can you participate?
Record a cover of a band you love.
Upload the track to SoundCloud.com
Write a description of what hardware or software you used to make your track and why you chose the song. Make sure to tag @pulsewavenyc (so we’ll see your entry!).
Share your link on your social networks and tag @pulsewave on Twitter, we’ll RT our favorites.
We’ll add your entry to this Soundcloud playlist. On October 26th, we’ll handpick our top 5 favorite tracks and the public will vote on who gets to play Pulsewave in 2016! Winner will be announced on Halloween.
Thanks for your support and we can’t wait to hear what you come up with. Stay tuned for details on our next show, we’re really excited about it.
Dannel, Jenn, Emi & Patrick
Pulsewave, the music series I help curate, is entirely volunteer run and we are in need of design help.
If you have the time, we need help creating our flyers. We’d love to rotate volunteers and showcase our talented community. In exchange, we’ll link you wherever we can with our social accounts and shout out to you at the show (as well as on the livestream). Our deadline is the 15th of every month so here is a list of assets we need in order of importance:
- Horizontal Facebook event image, 784 x 295 px
- Twitter Timeline image with main info in the center, 1200 x 1200px
- Full Page poster 8 x 11” 300dpi CMYK
Eventually it’d be nice to work on stickers and shirts together but we’ll talk about that later. If you’re interested in helping out and sounds like something you can do, email us: email@example.com
For those of you that don’t know Pulsewave, we are the US’s longest running event dedicated to exploring the sights and sounds of chip music’s greatest musicians and motion visualists. Using vintage video game systems and computers as the basis and influence for stunning next generation music and visuals, Pulsewave spotlights emerging and established artists from the international and local community. We are currently presenting shows at Babycastles Gallery in Manhattan.
Watch my 30 minute conversation with Kickstarter about putting together a successful Kickstarter campaign. Here's mine.
I'm also part of the Kickstarter Creator Basics video series for making music projects with Tim Fite and other musicians. I highly recommend that you watch this before launching your own campaign.
If you need a template to plan your project, you can make a copy or download a PDF of my Google Doc here.
I'm really excited to share that I'm participating a special month-long program at NYU called the ITP Innovation Lab. It is an opportunity for professionals, students and creators from all walks of life to collaborate and reimagine museum exhibitions and experiences.
I am documenting my projects and saving important museum related articles in a Flipboard magazine. You can read and comment along as I complete this course (best viewed on the Flipboard App).
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Food & Drink / The Climate Museum
Fresh Kills Park
Low Seeing Communities
Museum of Modern Art
New York Public Library
Week 3 & 4
Not knowing how inaccurate my scale was at home, I kept reading the 12- as 112 and not “120.” Who knows when I grew to 120 pounds? All this time, my perception was a 8 pound difference from reality.
It happened after we opened all the gifts Christmas morning. Eric got a digital scale that recorded his weight and body mass index on his phone. It could also tell between people, so I stepped on. When the 120 flashed three times with my initials under it, it was a shock. Had I gained 8 pounds from this trip? When I got home, I looked closely at my scale. Was it off a little?That's when I noticed the rest of the numbers. I had been reading it wrong.
Since it was nearing New Year's, I decided to make an effort with exercise and tracking my eating. I tried using an app called Lose It and found myself counting calories; vastly under-eating to stay under the calorie quota per week. Skipping meals! Can you imagine the internal debate about skipping a meal when you love food so much? The good habits: I'd decide to walk more to "earn" more calories to spend and I realized what portions equaled what calories. I downloaded an app called "The Walk", which is an audio adventure you unlock as you walk. I can pretty much eat a ton of vegetables whenever I want. A big realization was juice was not as good for you as I had previously thought and several cocktails in a night were as much as a meal.
I did lose a little weight, but I'd obsess over pluses and minuses. It was a signal that I needed to change my habits in general. It's tough to tell a person who is passionate about food, to not eat every damn thing in sight. It also hit me when I started buying clothes a size up. At first, I told myself it was the clothing companies conspiring to make me think I was getting bigger. Perhaps that is partially true but it didn’t help. I was spending more money on buying more clothes than the right combinations of foods.
Losing 5 pounds for a small person is a big deal. Not only is it a visible difference but it the rate is much slower, harder to shed. It took me a month to melt off 2 pounds. consistently without ballooning back. I keep being told that I don’t need to lose weight, which is true. I don't exclaim, "I feel fat!" but more so "I feel gross!" and greasy. I like the way I look already and I'm pretty happy, however, I do want to feel better about how clothes fit me. I’ve lost a little around my bum and my “paunch” which makes dresses fall straight down, instead of bunching in odd places. I don’t feel bloated as much. My pants are a little looser and it doesn’t hurt to breathe when I zip them up. I don’t have the creases in my skin from how tight my clothes hug my arms, legs or waist anymore.
It took a lot of personal examination to figure this out for myself. I had to look at the way I deal with problems and projects, instead of setting a diet and outsmarting myself or tricking myself into eating certain way. Even if I'm talking to myself, I can't even say that I can't do something, like, "Jenn you can't eat that nacho." You know what I'm going to do? Eat the nacho.
I love checklists. It feels so good to cross something off. The way I handle tasks at work is a combination of alarms, calendars and Todoist, a management app. However, I can't relegate my eating habits into that routine -- I feel like I'll ruin it all for myself and I won't want to do anything, ever, at all, anymore. I took a look at diets around the world and what they had in common when it came to aging well and living a balanced life, Italy and Spain especially.
I skew toward meat, salt and carbs. They’re comfortable, my eyes gravitate to them on menus. I don't need reminders to eat those. However, I do need reminders for everything else that I should be eating.
My checklist might be different than yours.
- Fish, not fried
- Fruit, real fresh stuff. Not in a juice or flavoring
- Vegetable, not cooked to hell
- Grain, reach outside of my comfort zone
- Olive oil, cook with or as a dressing
I keep this list visible on a marker board in my kitchen and on a clipboard that hangs on the inside of my room. So when I pass by, I think "Oh, did I have any of those things this week?" It's a great reminder for when I go grocery shopping. I limit my idle binge snacks like Cheez-its and chips. It Influences decision making between that chicken and waffle restaurant or sushi for dinner. If I do decide to eat that greasy fried chicken dinner, the checklists remind me to balance it out next time. And no skipping meals! I don't feel bad about cheating because this system accounts for it. Just be an adult and check yourself, is basically what I'm saying.
I’m still not ready to take the training wheels off and I still glance at my lists. But you know what? It's working. It took me 3 months to lose 7 pounds. Now my goal isn't to lose more weight, but to feel less gross and drive my energy levels up with exercise. I can't confidently do a push up, yet.
Just trying to achieve homeostasis.
It was a big year. Losing my breath just looking at it.
- Launched my first Kickstarter for The Shortsleeves full length cassette.
- Funded aforementioned Kickstarter :)
- Started collaborating with One Thousand Birds: Live!
- Catered our biggest wedding to date for 250 people!
- Curated my first photo gallery show at American Medium
- Catered the wedding of my mentors, Monica and Leisah at Atelier Roquette
- Published a recipe in Put A Egg On It #9
- Stayed up ALL THE HOURS to launch Flipboard 3.0
- Created my first lives cooking segment for Cartoon Hangover's Bee & Puppycat show launch
- I became a god mother, again.
- Joined The Tank's advisory board
- Won 2nd place, people's choice at the Brooklyn Chili Takedown
- My Thanksgiving leftovers were photographed at Flux Factory
- Catered the PGC Alumni Holiday Party
- Commissioned this Flipboard fleece pillow from Lynnmuffin