[Self Discovery] What’s Your Lucky Number?

Numbers entwine into and extrapolate patterns as the building blocks of life; from the formation of universe and spiral galaxy arms of our Milky Way down to the cellular structures of every being inhabiting this beautiful earth is formulaic.  Ever since I was a wee little one, I’ve been a little obsessed with numbers.   Number Theory and Numerology both deal with the relationships of numbers to the cosmos, but in two drastically different ways; the former is a branch of pure mathematics concerned with the correlation of integers, while the later is steeped in mystical tradition.  Either way,considering I see 11:11, 2:22, 4:44 and 3:33 on the clock rather frequently, numbers and their unfolding patterns seem to follow me everywhere – but I don’t mind in the least. In fact I find it comforting that the universe is undulating in harmony and overflowing in frequencies, sonically stringing us into One. Expounded upon by Pythagoras back in 580 B.C., there is inherent mystery and magic to numbers as we know them. If you’re ever in the mood for a great read about numbers, which though it sounds paradoxical is anything but, some of my favorites are:

Anyways, I digress; back to the topic at hand!  Depending on who you’re talking with, a lucky number can be two very different things.  In mathematics, there are Euler’s Lucky Numbers which pertains to prime generating polynomials and Lucky Numbers are a set of natural numbers generated from sieves; but lucky numbers as you and I both know them are vastly different.  From sports jerseys and phone numbers to birth dates and area codes, we all have sorted relationships with numbers – each eliciting an emotional response.  Thanks to Basketball, I have an affinity towards the numbers 23, 55 and 33 (the middle of which was my basketball number for ages growing up)  while life has left me in lust with 13.  Toss in 7 for my Birthday Number and my Age Digit, 5 set as my Life Path and Expression Numbers, 3 as my Heart’s Desire Number and 1 as my Sun Number – and I’m just swimming in odd numbers, repeating numbers and primes.

Speaking of prime numbers, let’s get back to my favorite of all numbers – lucky little 13.  In accordance with all things idiosyncratic, I have an equal affinity towards Friday the 13th as I do towards the number itself.  Last year, there was only one – but now for 2015, we have the maximum possible: 3! And to boot, the February-March Friday the 13th is the only time that you’ll see it on two back to back months. In any given year, there are 13 Full Moons which were ripe with celebration for various occult religions. Unfortunately, modern history hasn’t exactly been kind to 13. Triskaidekaphobia is the irrational fear of the number 13 while paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of the day Friday the 13th.  I’m guessing the lot of you don’t have it, primarily based on the fact you’re still reading this post instead of having an anxiety attack. Many modern high rises omit the ’13th’ floor and skip right on from 12th to 14th – but if you’re ever on the 14th floor, you know what’s really going on.

What’s do numbers mean to you?

What are your lucky numbers?

[Wednesday Watercooler]

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.
Lao Tzu 

Hello, hello! It’s been an awful long time since I’ve done my little cliff notes round-up of the latest and greatest in breaking news, poignant stories, wacky tales and viral media that I love to call the ‘Wednesday Watercooler.’  When I started this segment, I was still frequenting the Disney Studios in Burbank.  As time’s gone on, people have ebbed and flowed from their positions and I’ve moved up in rank within my team; I rarely ever step foot in an office, let alone anywhere near a watercooler.  They don’t come frequently – especially given the vast amounts of freedom in time, wardrobe and scenery I have at home – but I have these fleeting moments where I solemnly wish I was a bigger part of my company’s ‘Corporate Culture.’

Part of it is the camaraderie that comes with a shared pursuit, the other part is that work is typically somewhat miserable – and misery loves company.  At home, there’s no one to coffee break with while I lament about current projects – or anyone in the cubicle next to mine as I plod through spreadsheet after spreadsheet, late into the night.  Instead, I can tan on the job while I work on spreadsheets in the front yard, lug my laptop into bed if I’ve decided it’s to early to put clothes on or get a few last e-mails out before I walk out the door to Coachella.  Some say the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, but I think it’s greener where you choose to water it – so, you know…perspective helps.  But, if I were to be in the office today – these are definitely the stories that I’d be talking about; enjoy!

Mink: Fifth Element, Move Over – The Future of MakeUp Is Here

In the Fifth Element, Lilu picks up a futuristic Chanel makeup contraption, holds it to her face and voila – instabeauty, right at the tips of her fingers.  The movie was made back in ’97 – and now, 14 years later, it seems like we’re finally getting to the tip of the iceberg of how this technology is actually possible.  Right now, we’re living in the very exciting (sometimes, maybe too exciting) world of 3D printing, where almost everything can be created at the snap of our fingers. They’re developing technology to 3D print food, companies like Space-X custom 3D print their pieces internally so, why not 3D printed make-up? That’s exactly what Mink founder Grace Choi pondered.  This past weekend she debuted Mink at TechCrunch’s famed DisruptNY Hackathon.  Even though she wasn’t a winner at the event (those awards go to Vrban, Indulge and Mixtape – 1,2 and 3 respectively), she definitely get’s my vote.

Image: Business Insider



Some Food for Thought: Look Up, Spoken Word Piece

I’m not sure whether this qualifies as a ‘Viral Video’ yet, but I really hope it becomes one.  The message is loud and clear – social media is making us less social.  If you unplug from your electronics and interact with the physical world around you, you’ll finally be able to appreciate the richness that already exists in the world around you.

Seawater x25

Ever wondered what Seawater really looked like? Well, after taking a gander at the picture below you might want to eat your words.  Low and behold, that murky water is host to loads of diatoms, cyanobacteria, crab larva, marine worms, copepods and much, much more…

Daymaker: 100 Days of Dance, Project One Life

I don’t know about you, but music and dancing are a surefire way to boost my mood. Enter ‘Project One Life’ .  This kid’s taken to the internet to document his Bucket List  (which as an only child I love, because it’s asking your community to hold you accountable) and this is line item #117: 100 Days of Dance.  For 100 days, this kid performed the same dance move, in the same room, with different outfits – the result is a mashup meant to move you; enjoy!