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Return to Chautauqua

19 Jun

On Saturday, I returned, as I do every summer, to the amazing Chautauqua Institution on the banks of Lake Chautauqua in western New York.

Here’s a one minute promotional video:

And here is a video of my friend, Chautauqua Institution archivist, Jon Schmitz:


22 Jun

I am back at the Chautauqua Institution for the duration of the Summer. My big projects this summer is analyzing data from a survey of yoga practitioners and learning how to program a micro-controller for some experiments I want to run.

If you’ve never been to Chautauqua you owe it to yourself to see this remarkable place. Here is a video narrated by my friend, Chautauqua archivist  Jon Schmitz.

My Chautauqua talk on Esperanto

25 Aug

This summer I had the honor of giving a talk on Esperanto as part of the Chautauqua Institution’s archives program.

You can hear it here.

Mike Love’s “Pisces Brother”

8 Aug

The Beach Boys performed at Chautauqua last night. They played this song, Pisces Brother,written in honor of George Harrison,:



I had never heard this song before, but was fascinated by its mention of Rishikesh, a city I will be visiting in December. I tried to order it on Amazon but discovered that it has never been released.

(Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies

27 Jul

All last week at ChautauquaDan Ariely, presided over a fantastic series about behavioral economics. Among other things he showed this film.



You can find out more about the Dishonesty Project here.

Doktor Kaboom at Chautauqua

23 Jul

I know the show is for kids, but I always like to see Dr. Kaboom when he performs at Chautauqua.

Dr. Kaboom is the alter ego of science educator David Epley. With a faux German accent and slapstick abandon Dr. Kaboom demonstrates important ideas from science with explosions and madcap stunts.



Chautauqua Summer

21 Jul

Regular readers know that I spend my summers at the Chautauqua Institution. This New York Times article explains why.


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