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May 28, 2008

Trunkfish: My favorite fish!

Met two of these thus far on this trip.

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John Jay Fall 2008 classes!

Excited for fall classes!!

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May 24, 2008

Obama to speak at Wesleyan's commencement this Sunday!!

I am so happy for my alma mater!!

Senator Edward M. Kennedy will not give the commencement address he was scheduled to deliver on Sunday at Wesleyan University and will be replaced as the speaker by Senator Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama offered last weekend to speak at the graduation after Mr. Kennedy was hospitalized because of a seizure caused by a malignant brain tumor, an aide to Mr. Kennedy said. Mr. Obama called Mr. Kennedy again on Thursday, and they agreed he would fill in.

Mr. Kennedy’s stepdaughter, Caroline Raclin, will be among the graduates. Mr. Kennedy’s son Edward Jr. graduated in 1983 from the university, which is in Middletown, Conn.

Mr. Kennedy, who received a diagnosis of a malignant glioma in the left parietal lobe of his brain, is resting at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass. Doctors are awaiting more test results to determine his course of treatment.

A statement from Mr. Kennedy’s office said he was “enormously grateful to Senator Obama and the support he’s received from all of his colleagues.”

Mr. Obama said in a statement, “Considering what he’s done for me and for our country, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for him.”

Mr. Kennedy and his wife, Victoria, sailed for the second day in a row Thursday.

May 22, 2008

Schoooooooooool's out. for. summer!!!!!!!

Update: No 'Where in the world is Andrea Harner?' photos available so I will just tell you that we are in St. Barth's and it is fantastique bien sur! We've made many fish friends whom we will post and introduce you to in a few days.

Just finished my last final and am now packing for a one week trip to a warm and splendid place thanks to incredibly generous friends!! I will post pictures and have you guess where I am!

Also, since we're BFF I wanted to update you on my summer plans. I am so excited to tell you that I have a summer job at an investigative firm!!! The name of the firm need not be disclosed, nor does my PI name :-) I will be working there from June through mid-August.

Hope everyone has a fantastic week and that New York's weather controller realizes it's time to move away from the rain and cold to sun and warmth!

May 21, 2008

Who Is The walrus? by Natalie Angier, NY Times

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Oh my god!!! This photo is captioned 'Lovable Lumps' and I didn't even consult on that!! The New York Times wrote that cuteness all on their own!!! And the article only gets cuter!!! Who knew that walruses were so awesome??...

I was about to meet a walrus for the first time in my life, and I felt fabulous. After all, Ronald J. Schusterman of the University of California, Santa Cruz, who has studied them for years, had assured me over the phone that to meet a walrus was to fall in love with walruses — the mammals were that smart, friendly and playful. “They’re pussycats!” he said.

Just as we were entering the walrus house at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif., however, Dr. Schusterman tossed out a bit of advice. “The first thing the walruses will do when they come over is start pushing at you, pressing their heads right into your stomach,” he said. “Don’t let them get away with that. No matter how hard they push, you have to stand your ground.”

I stopped short, confused.

“If you don’t stand your ground, you’ll be knocked over or backed against a wall in no time,” Dr. Schusterman said.

But but ... I sputtered. How was I supposed to stand my ground against an animal the size of a Honda Civic? This sounded less like “friendly and playful” than “aggressive and possibly dangerous.”

“Just push back on the snout with the palm of your hand and blow in its face,” Dr. Schusterman instructed. “A walrus really likes to be blown in the face.” Continue reading...

May 16, 2008

A great quote about Mothers

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. - Tenneva Jordan

This couldn't be more true could it? Until a few years ago I couldn't understand why my mom would act this way at the expense of what I perceived to be her not getting what she wanted. Then I finally realized that she would act selflessly because what she wanted most was for everyone else to be happy which in turn made her happiest.

Trees: Pretty from head to toe

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May 15, 2008

Latarian Milton strikes again: 7 year old beats his grandmother

Remember the disturbing video of the 7 year old who stole his grandmother's car for a joyride?

Check out what he's done to his poor grandmother now.

It's sad how clearly undersocialized he is and to see the devastating effects of failed parenting. Obviously that's why his grandmother now takes care of him but she didn't sign up for beatings!! Poor gramms. This kid needs so much help. I wonder what's going to happen to him. I might send grandma a letter suggesting a little thing called civil commitment...

* Thanks to my brother for the link!

May 13, 2008

Dressed for a Meeting, Ready for Mayhem by Christine Hauser, NY Times

I love this article for combining detectives and fashion - what more could a girl want??! Also, it makes clear what many people seem to have forgotten - that what you wear is what you convey to the world that you are! Remember when Juicy Couture sweat suits didn't exist??!! Those were the days. I practically gouge out my eyeballs every time I see one.

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From his precinct on the fringes of Hell’s Kitchen, Detective Kevin P. Schroeder has cracked the case of a corpse in a Dumpster, wrestled a man into handcuffs on the sidewalk, and chased suspects across rooftops and down fire escapes.

When he prepares for a day at work, he puts his handgun in a holster, clips his cellphone and radio on his belt, and tucks handcuffs into his waistband, letting one of the cuffs dangle outside where he can easily grab it.

And then, in a well-worn tradition that has endured for more than a century, Detective Schroeder adds one more crucial piece of gear. He puts on a tailored suit jacket that has been cut with extra material around the waist.

That way, there are no unsightly bulges from gun and gear.

“I like room in it because of my pistol, my handcuffs, my radio,” Detective Schroeder said. “You want it a little bigger than you normally would get.”

“I try to wear my less expensive suits if I am going out to track a bad guy,” he added. Continue reading...

T Mobile's Share the Love: If you hate your friends this is a good thing to share

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Flowers are as close as I get to believing in god.

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May 12, 2008

Why Your Future Self is an Emotional Mystery: The Projection Bias

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Going to the supermarket when I'm really hungry, and without a shopping list, is a recipe for disaster. It will take an act of iron will to avoid returning without some kind of junk food. Later, after eating, I'll wonder how I could have bought junk food but forgotten healthy staples like rice and pasta.

Why should this be? After all, I know very well what sort of food I should buy; I've been hungry in the supermarket before and bought junk food and regretted it later. The reason is that in the moment, when I'm hungry at the supermarket, I'm out of touch with my future emotional self - something that psychologists have confirmed experimentally. Continue reading.

May 9, 2008

Why Hillary Should Quit

I am still astounded to think, who would have guessed several years back that Dems would become so sick of Hillary and weary of Bill? Go ahead: Claim you predicted it back in '99! None would be the wiser!

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Holy Trinity of Sanity and a bonus!

I am nearing the finish line of semester end and am busy writing a term paper and studying for finals. What's strange is how calm I have been. For anyone that knows me this is entirely uncharacteristic and thus I have even pondered, "am I ok?" The truth is that I have never been better and there are three reasons why (actually there are four but that breaks the brilliant holy trinity analogy so let's say it's three plus a bonus). Perhaps these can be helpful to you - hope so!

1) Nightly baths. I grew up surrounded by the Japanese tradition of nightly ofuro and was always told it's the best de-stresser and I am telling you, it really is. The key is to take hot baths and to submerge fully so that the heat of the water literally forces your neck and shoulders to relax. Every night as I immerse myself in the ritual, it feels like I am adding days to my life. I also sleep better and wake up without any neck tension!

2) Exercise. Jonah's suggestion that we buy an elliptical machine was one of his best ideas (and he has a million for me to choose from!). Consistently working out at least 3 days a week has worked wonders for my mental health.

3) Acupuncture. Call it what you will but it works. I found an incredible practitioner who, just by her nurturing personality does double duty as a therapist. After every weekly session I walk out of her office feeling truly grounded and calm.

Bonus: Switching from coffee to green tea! I was in love with coffee but I've since found a better paramour. Aside from all the well-documented health benefits of green tea, it is delicious and gives me the kick I need to start my day without the edge of coffee. I used to feel anxious while riding the subway but since the switch I almost feel physiologically unable to be anxious anymore! Warning: Most green tea sold here is no good. The green tea I devour every morning is sencha sent from my family in Japan. In terms of flavor and probably greater health benefits, try getting your hands on sencha or macha from Japan. You know you have a good green tea when the color is in fact very green!

My two loves: Dog and horse

The chemistry is palpable...they are desperate to become friends!!

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* Fantastic photo by KO!

May 8, 2008

Me in 50 years

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* Via BuzzFeed!

Fat Choy

I'm sure this is for "gun hei fat choy" but it's more fun to think it's the car of a big guy named Choy.

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* Spotted in Chinatown. Of course.

May 7, 2008

Eyebeam Benefit: Freedom & Creativity! May 2008

The Eyebeam Benefit last night was radical!! It highlighted Eyebeam artists' works, honored Craig Newmark of Craigslist, featured a thought-provoking and inspiring speech by Founder John S. Johnson, showcased Comedy Central's John Mulaney and the band The Walkmen. It was fun and money was raised for freedom and creativity - mission accomplished!

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May 5, 2008

Exercise Your Brain, or Else You’ll ... Uh ...by Katie Hafner, NY TImes

I am both a firm believer in the preventative medicine power of exercise (both in terms of physical and mental health) and a total sucker for these "keep your brain sharp" products. I figure there are worse things I could spend my money on...until I can't remember what I spent all my life savings on!

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SAN FRANCISCO — When David Bunnell, a magazine publisher who lives in Berkeley, Calif., went to a FedEx store to send a package a few years ago, he suddenly drew a blank as he was filling out the forms.

“I couldn’t remember my address,” said Mr. Bunnell, 60, with a measure of horror in his voice. “I knew where I lived, and I knew how to get there, but I didn’t know what the address was.”

Mr. Bunnell is among tens of millions of baby boomers who are encountering the signs, by turns amusing and disconcerting, that accompany the decline of the brain’s acuity: a good friend’s name suddenly vanishing from memory; a frantic search for eyeglasses only to find them atop the head; milk taken from the refrigerator then put away in a cupboard.

“It’s probably one of the most frightening aspects of the changes we undergo as we age,” said Nancy Ceridwyn, director of educational initiatives at the American Society on Aging. “Our memories are who we are. And if we lose our memories we lose that groundedness of who we are.”

At the same time, boomers are seizing on a mounting body of evidence that suggests that brains contain more plasticity than previously thought, and many people are taking matters into their own hands, doing brain fitness exercises with the same intensity with which they attack a treadmill.

Decaying brains, or the fear thereof, have inspired a mini-industry of brain health products — not just supplements like coenzyme Q10, ginseng and bacopa, but computer-based fitter-brain products as well. Continue reading...

Ball of Dog

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* Thanks to my hubby for knowing I can never be sent too many cute animal pics.

May 3, 2008

The Democratic Race in Seven Minutes - a great video!

* Thanks to Eric for the link!

May 1, 2008

Disturbing video: 7 year-old kid ripe for Conduct Disorder

From the media's take to the kid's dangerous cluelessness to his grandmother's candor, there are so many "things that make you go hmmmm" in this clip:

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