Again, I have saved a variety of events to discuss all at once and again, I feel a little overwhelmed.
A couple weekends ago now my mom and I took a nice fall ride out to the pumpkin patch to really get in the fall spirit!
Last weekend, was the 14+ (?) Annual Camping Trip… Filled with geocaching, picnics, a visit to the Amish, a DEEElicious dinner at the Bear Mountain Resort, and rest and relaxation! “I wish we could live in the Alleganys.”
At our picnic spot
Around the lake
Sunset behind the mountains
Visiting the Amish
Reading in the hammock
The following Monday I returned to work – apparently UB doesn’t recognize Columbus Day as a “day off.” Work was the usual and then on Tuesday, October 15th I attended TEDxBuffalo and also celebrated my brother’s birthday!
A little about TED: “TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.
The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK.”
A little about TEDx: “In the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).”
A little about TEDxBuffalo: “Since 2011, TEDxBuffalo has taken place each October at Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center. This year, we’re expanding the format to accommodate 300 attendees (up from 100) and adding an after-party to the fun! TEDxBuffalo is free for all who attend thanks to numerous generous donations from across the city of Buffalo and is put together and hosted by a fabulous team of volunteers, who work tirelessly year-round to get all of the talent, impact and action together in one room.”
With that being said, I submitted an application a couple months ago to attend the event. I was selected to attend and I am so grateful for that! I arrived shortly after 8am when doors opened to [find parking,] register, and get a good seat!
Name tag at TEDxBuffalo
Grateful to have been invited to attend TEDxBuffalo!
There were 14 speakers in total, in addition to some post TEDtalks that are posted on TED.com… they were shown via a video projector. The day went like this:
- Chaz Adams (organizer TEDxBuffalo) – Opening Remarks
- Brian K. Patterson “Everything I Know About Life I Learned at the Dinner Table”
- Bernice Radle “Preservation 2.0: Neighborhoods, Heart Bombs & Engaging Young People”
- TED Video(s)
- Courtney Creenan “Recovery through Design”
- Mike Connelly “Covering the News from 12,000 BC to 2040 AD”
- TED Video(s)
- John J. Hurley (president of Canisius College) – Welcome
- Bryana DiFonzo & Bishnu Prasad Adhikari “The New American Dream: How Refugees are Revitalizing Buffalo”
- Jeremy Speed Schwartz “Imaginary Science: Experiments and Collaborations in Science/Art”
- Gloria J. Zemer “Capitalism Only Works if You Do”
- Chaz Adams – Welcome back from lunch
- Cameron Garrity “The Power of Puppetry”
- Ben Siegel “The Big Bang Theory: Understanding our Renaissance from the Inside Out”
- Stuart Fuchs “Music as a Healing Bridge”
- TED Video(s)
- Matt Petroski “Mental Toughness, Compared to What?”
- Mayor Byron Brown – Special Announcement
- Michael Martin “From Historical Trauma to Empowerment”
- Karen Forster “Stop Worrying About Your Hubcaps!”
- TED Video(s)
- Dan Behrens (Danimal Cannon) “Pushing the Limits Using Constraints”
- Chaz Adams – Closing Remarks
Yes, it was an incredibly long day but totally worth it. TEDs slogan is “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Well, there was something I took away from each and every one of these speakers – and the videos!
Preservationist Bernice Radle
Mayor Byron Brown
Ben Siegel, works with Block Club magazine
A puppeteer! Cameron Garrity
Karen Forster, works at the Priscilla Project
- Bernice Radle works with the Buffalo Young Preservationists to preserve homes around Buffalo. She explained the “Vacancy Vortex” which is basically the process that many homes in Buffalo are stuck in. All of the abandon houses and buildings in and around Buffalo? People want them! They want to fix them up! Some of the abandon homes are beautiful and some of the abandon buildings would make the perfect coffee shop! However, they are in this “vortex,” whether there are back taxes, the owner died, the owner is holding onto it because it is cheap to do so, it could be owned by the City of Buffalo, there may not be information on the house, the list truly is endless. It is quite unfortunate because as time goes on, the houses get more damage, which could totally be prevented! The neighborhoods that many of these houses are in are awesome and I would love to live there!!! I wish the City of Buffalo would be more proactive with this issue, it could prevent the costs for demolition, etc. Bernice also spoke about “Heart Bombs.” Heart Bombs are simply hearts cut out of paper! People make them, maybe accompanied by “Save Me” or “Love Me” or similar message and put them all over these abandon homes in hopes someone saves them! The movement has received attention via blogs and news articles… http://buffalorising.com/2013/02/the-heart-bomb-2013/. Overall, an awesome presentation, possibly my favorite of the day, the passion and mission were evident in Bernice’s speech!
- Another awesome idea worth spreading was the Elevator B… it is located in downtown Buffalo in Silo City… From their blog, “Elevator B is a collaborative project between graduate students from the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning, the Department of Architecture’s Ecological Practices Research Group, and Rigidized Metals, a Buffalo based building material manufacturer. The overall goal of the project was to successfully design for the relocation and habitation of a colony of honeybees occupying a building at Silo City, a dense cluster of grain elevators in Buffalo, NY. Elevator B was selected from a group of ten entries by a mixed panel of jurors, who represented Rigidized Metals, the fields of architecture and planning, and the bees.” For more information, including pictures, see their blog: http://hivecity.wordpress.com What is super cool about this is that the group of five who designed Elevator B and saw through its completion are now amatuer beekeepers and are in talks with people from all over the world to design more of these innovative designs!
- A great video can be seen here: http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_central_la.html – Ron Finley, a South Central LA resident, who created a garden and encourages everyone… “growing your own food is like printing your own money!” I highly recommend everyone to watch the talk! In order to change the community, you have to change the composition of the soil… If kids grow kale, kids eat kale. Awesome talk.
- Like I said before, I really enjoyed all of the talks. If you want to watch them, check out tedxbuffalo.com and the recap: http://www.tedxbuffalo.com/tedxbuffalo-2013-a-quick-recap/
After TEDxBuffalo, I had to run to Weggies and then home before the big 2-7 celebrations began for Justin’s birthday. I took him to the newly opened Lodge down on Chippewea. Everything about it was so nice, I cannot even believe that it was the same exact space that was Bayou… home of the Krista puke festival. 🙂 Not kidding. A mere four years later we were able to class it up a little bit and order some DELICIOUS food… We started with the Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Strudel for our appetizer. I ordered the salmon for my entree while Justin got the pork chop. Then for our dessert we got this s’more platter thing that had bacon and nutella… bomb.
Salmon – bomb.
Also, the INCREDIBLY peppy waitress thought we were dating the entire time we were there, it was a hilariously great evening, complete with dranks and the Sabres first [and only] win!
THE LODGE, yum.
Just me and the Birthday Brother
After dinner drinks
School has been pretty overwhelming since it’s about the midway point of the semester… ugh. Lots of tests, quizzes, and papers are coming up/due… The good news is that I’ve been trying to kill the game and am doing well thus far. Let’s hope I finish out the semester as well as I started it!
Yesterday I went to my Uncle’s suprise 60th birthday party which was very nice!!! I think he really was surprised 🙂 I was also able to talk to my Aunt Lorraine to try to get some information to make a family tree. Hopefully when I have some free time, I will be able to work on it!
Lastly, GO BILLS.