A Heartfelt Sonata

Artist: Andy Warhol

Publication: dailyRxNews.com 
January 16, 2015

Moonlight captured Beethoven’s heart, but it could have been his heart’s rhythm that affected his music.

According to a new study, Ludwig van Beethoven’s music could mirror the patterns of the composer’s own irregular heartbeat.

This study, written by music historians, musicologists and doctors, including a cardiologist, suggests that the condition of cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, could have guided the rhythms and pacing of Beethoven’s music. Continue reading “A Heartfelt Sonata”


The Best and Worst Smiles at the Oscars

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Publication: dailyRxNews

Some celebrity smiles at the Oscars are just more glorious than others.

At least that’s what cosmetic dentist Dr. Timothy Chase of SmilesNY, a cosmetic dentistry practice in New York City, thinks. He recently released his list of this year’s best and worst Oscar nominee smiles.

Top honors for men went to the American sniper himself, Bradley Cooper. While he might have been a loser on Oscar night, the twinkle in his eye — and on his teeth — has won the shooting star a place in cosmetic dentistry history.

“Bradley Cooper has that classic, boy next door smile,” Dr. Chase said in a press release. “They’re straight, white and the perfect shape for his face, but also completely natural looking, which makes him the winner of the best male celebrity smile of the 2015 Oscars.” Continue reading “The Best and Worst Smiles at the Oscars”

How to Come Up With T-Shirt Ideas that Really Pop

Client: iRepHaiti.net  
May 2013

Pop. Sizzle. Capture.

These are the three stages that transform a T-shirt idea into a statement. Words and images pop into viewers’ eyes, sizzling their minds with questions, capturing them enough to stop and say, “Tell me more.”

We here at iRep Haiti began with a simple concept: spread cultural pride and awareness with Haitian clothing and accessories that speak volumes. The bold use of words and colors on our T-shirts compel those of any background to pause and look. With a little creativity, you too can create T-shirt ideas that ‘pop.’  Continue reading “How to Come Up With T-Shirt Ideas that Really Pop”

Site Provides ‘Spot-on’ Political Commentary

Publication: Online Journalism Review
Spring 2005

Chris Nolan, a San Francisco-based veteran political journalist and the founder of Spot-on.com, began a political blog two years ago as a one-woman project.

“I just get tired of yelling at my TV set about the current state of politics,” Nolan said. “So I started screwing around with commentary online.”

After learning more about how inexpensive online blogging is in comparison with paper media, Nolan decided a year ago to invite other bloggers to create a political commentary website with a unique perspective.

“I realized that this doesn’t just have to be me,” she said. “I looked for people who have something to say and who can express themselves well.”

Thus, other writers were invited, and Spot-on.com was born. Continue reading “Site Provides ‘Spot-on’ Political Commentary”

Scientists Get News, Connect Online at PhysOrg.com

Publication: Online Journalism Review
Spring 2005

Andrew Zi and Alexander Pol were Ph.D. students in the Netherlands when they realized they felt isolated from their colleagues.

“We … felt a lack of scientific news websites for professional scientists,” said Zi.

So the duo created PhysOrg.com, an online scientific community where professional scientists and students can discuss their research and receive the latest news and information in their fields.

“Throughout this year PhysOrg has significantly grown to become a serious project,” Zi said. Continue reading “Scientists Get News, Connect Online at PhysOrg.com”

A Tilt on the Human Condition

Dao Droste
Photo: http://www.leftcoastgalleries.com/artists/

Publication: The Daily Trojan
Fall 2004

Much of Graham Goddard’s work is a tribute to his native Trinidad.

While chatting at Starbucks on Hoover Street and Jefferson Boulevard, Graham Goddard, a fifth-year student majoring in fine arts, excitedly displays one of his latest masterpieces, “As We Arrive and Depart, Our Legacy Shall Ascend.”

The painting depicts a bright coral scarlet ibis, the state bird of Trinidad, where Goddard was born, entering from the left into a deep green forest amid a waterfall – a picture of peace and tranquility.

But looking closer, a secret is revealed – the scarlet ibis isn’t the only thing on the canvas. Hidden among the trees and waterfall, there are three almost invisible ghosts, while the shrubs hide hundreds of others.

Goddard then rotates the painting upside down. Suddenly, the bird and its ghosts, wings now turned down, fly out of the tranquil forest.

“Forty years ago the sky in the forest was all red, but the birds are now dwindling, and they’ve been migrating to Venezuela,” Goddard, who visits the forest when he travels to the Port of Spain, his home until the age of 7, said. Continue reading “A Tilt on the Human Condition”

Work as an Extra No Easy Break

Publication: The Daily Trojan 
Fall 2004

Los Angeles provides unique job opportunities for many students, especially in the film industry.

A job as a Hollywood extra can be an ideal start for those interested in film and entertainment. However, the process of becoming one is a mystery to many. The usual first step is to sign up with a casting agency, but in a media center like Los Angeles, there are organizations that can take advantage of those looking for a taste of show business.

Angela Kwon, a junior majoring in political science who had been interested in extra work as a way to earn some cash, decided to answer a call for models on http://www.craigslist.org for Infinite Talent, an agency located in Laguna, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore. and Bellevue, Wash.

“The ad said it required no experience and that I just had to e-mail them with my height, weight and size, and then I signed up for an interview when they e-mailed me back,” Kwon said. “But I was skeptical because, in the ad, there wasn’t a thorough description of the company, and since I’m not serious about acting and modeling, I didn’t want to waste my time.” Continue reading “Work as an Extra No Easy Break”