Author: Raven Mai

Field Museum promoting new ancient Greece exhibit

Posted on Dec 08th 2015

While in Chicago for business and walking from the hotel to the office, I noticed something rather unusual. A huge Trojan Horse standing on top of the CTA’s Chicago Red Line station. Closer look revealed it was a promotion to the new exhibit about ancient Greece at the Field Museum. Very catchy and clever advertising.

The Greeks exhibit is co-presented by The Field Museum and the National Hellenic Museum. It will be on from Nov 25, 2015 to Apr 10, 2016 and promises more than 500 artifacts.

Trojan Horse hovering over Chicago Red Line Station

Trojan Horse in Chicago

Entrace to Chicago Red Line covered by Trojan Horse

Trojan Horse head

Trojan Horse promotion of Greek Exhibit

Trojan Horse promotion for Field Museum

Ice Queen

Posted on Nov 05th 2015

The Ice Age is coming and I shall be your Ice Queen !

Team work

Posted on Oct 21st 2015

There is no “I” in Team… Guess what, there is an “M” and “E”

“Lost in Another Space” at Plus 81 Gallery

Posted on Oct 15th 2015

“Lost in Another Space” is a two-person exhibition featuring female artists that I learned about from a co-worker, Shoko Tagaya, who co-curated it. The two artists had completely different styles. Esther Stocker manipulates intuitive and basic geometry into complicated disorientation. Sayaka Maruyama draws on the notion of beauty. The printed on cloth series, called Sakura, incorporated the cherry blossoms with images of a woman creating dreamy portraits.

The exhibit will be open at the Plus 81 Gallery until Nov 15, 2015.

Sakura series by Sayaka Maruyama at the Plus 81 Gallery

One of prints by Sayaka Maruyama

Plus 81 Gallery exhibit reception

Guests looking at the geometry by Esther Stocker

Esther Stocker at the Plus 81 Gallery

Esther Stocker manipulates basic geometry

Sayaka Maruyama at the Plus 81 Gallery

Sayaka Maruyama cloth print in the window

Being better

Posted on Oct 10th 2015

It’s perfectly normal to think you’re better than everyone else. Simply keep that to yourself.

Reunion on Union St in Williamsburg

Posted on Oct 05th 2015

Stumbled across a new coffee shop, Reunion, on Union St in Williamsburg. Nice place to get coffee and lunch and get some work done. It’s a small place with the seating shaped up as a T with tables all around. Something to keep in mind, the windows don’t have blinds or curtains and in the afternoon the place is filled with direct sunlight making it hard to see the computer screen. Nicely decorated with its own flare.

Reunion Cafe coffee grinders

Reunion Cafe and Coffice

Reunion Cafe wall

Reunion Cafe - Coffee and Coffice

Reunion Cafe - coffee cup

Reunion Cafe menu

Team leader

Posted on Oct 04th 2015

“And who made you the team leader?” – challenges One
“I did, by stepping up. And so did all of you by not challenging me when I did. Unless, you had a change of heart and think you can do a better job.” – snaps Two
— Dark Matter, Ep 2

Blood moon eclipse

Posted on Sep 29th 2015

Yesterday I witnessed my first lunar eclipse. Turns out this one was a very special one and a very rare occurrence. It was a combination of a perigee (aka. supermoon) when the moon is closest to the earth and the lunar eclipse.

Carnival Splendor sails from Saint John back to New York

Posted on Sep 19th 2015

We will be sailing back now. One full day at sea and we will be docking in New York.

Map route from Saint John to New York

Saint John Police Museum

Posted on Sep 18th 2015

This would have to be the smallest museum (also free) that I have been to. Worth while visiting, if you’re in Saint John. The entire museum is one small room that’s packed with all sorts of gadgets from the last century. There were a fingerprinting kit, a facial composite sketch kit, badges, IDs, firearms, and an old jail cell door on display. Also a call box, which was a phone hanging on a pole that officers on duty were required use to call in every hour. Let’s not forget, the Volkswagen Police car from 1960s parked on the street right outside the museum.

Original sign of the Saint John Police Museum

Remote phone used by the police in Saint John

Finger printing kit in displayed at the Saint John Police Museum

Close up of the finger printing kit in displayed at the Saint John Police Museum

Facial composit at the Saint John Police Museum

Volkswagen Car 177 used as police car in Saint John

Volkswagen Car 177 used as police car at the Saint John Police Museum