Saturday, September 29, 2018

How a Recording-Studio Mishap Shaped '80s Music

Over the past few years a general nostalgia for the 1980s has infiltrated music, film, and television. I deeply love those gated reverb drums of the '80s - you know that punchy percussive sound popularized by Phil Collins and Prince? So for my second episode of Vox Pop’s Earworm I spoke with two Berklee College of Music professors, Susan Rogers, and Prince Charles Alexander, to figure out just how that sound came to be, what makes it so damn punchy, and why it’s back.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Can You Solve the Alien Probe Riddle? - Dan Finkel

Your team has developed a probe to study an alien monolith. It needs protective coatings — in red, purple or green — to cope with the environments it passes through. Can you figure out how to apply the colors so the probe survives the trip? Dan Finkel shows how.

Lesson by Dan Finkel, directed by Anton Trofimov.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

4 Powerful Benefits Of Learning a Musical Instrument After 50

When you think of a “typical” music student, you might picture a 7-year-old girl, sitting nervously in front of a piano, her tiny fingers resting lightly on the keys. Several decades ago, you may have even been that little girl. Well, if you think that musical instruments are just for kids, it’s probably time to update your soundtrack. There are plenty of reasons people over 50 should consider adding a little music to their lives.

Music is for Your Brain what Circuit Training is for Your Body

As the fitter baby boomers among us know, circuit training involves moving from one exercise machine to another, while giving ourselves a total body workout. There are very few activities that can do the same for your brain – and music is one of them.

According to researchers, most activities use only a few areas of the brain at a time. Playing a musical instrument, on the other hand, sets of a symphony of activity all over your brain.

So, if you are interested in keeping your mind sharp in the decades ahead, you may want to put down the TV remote and pick up a set of drumsticks or a violin bow.

Watch this short TEDvideo for an explanation of exactly how playing a musical instrument affects your brain.

Your Choice of Instrument is a Reflection of Your Personality

Were you forced to play a musical instrument as a child? Many of us are first introduced to playing music when we pick up our first recorder in elementary school. Others are required by, occasionally over-optimistic, parents to learn the piano or violin.

There’s nothing wrong with introducing kids to music. In fact, this is a great idea. At the same time, many of us leave childhood with apathy, if not outright distaste, for playing music. There is something about being forced to do something that steals all of the fun from the activity.

Now that you are in your 50s or 60s, you get to call the shots. Is there an instrument that you have always been fascinated with? Have you, perhaps, always wanted to play the drums? Or, did you idolize guitar players in your youth? Do you have a secret desire to be a DJ? Now is the time to turn your musical dreams into reality.

Learning an Instrument is a Great Way to Make Friends

Life after 50 can be a challenging time from a social perspective. With their kids out of the house, many baby boomers find themselves lacking the social ties that they had in other stages of their lives. In addition, many of us have gone through a divorce or lost a partner.

Learning an instrument can be a fantastic way to get out into the world and meet new people on your own terms. In the beginning, your main interaction may be with your teacher. But, after a while, you will start to meet other musicians who share a passion for your instrument or style of music.

Who knows, after several years, you may even decide to join a band or start one of your own.

Music Can Build Your Self-Esteem

Learning an instrument is one of the best ways to build your confidence. For starters, it is something that you can do from the comfort of your home, at least in the beginning. There are tons of online courses that can teach you anything from guitar to electronic music production. Every note you play will ring out as proof that you can do anything that you set your mind to.

One of the biggest myths about aging is that the older we get the less able we are to learn new things. What nonsense! This isn’t true at 70 and it certainly isn’t true at 50. So, why not add a little music to your life? Your body, brain and social life will thank you!

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Positive Psychological Effects of Music - Benefits of Making and Listening to Music

Learn about the positive benefits of listening to music and the creative psychological effects of creating music in this educational animation. Tons of people listen to hundreds of songs a day for lots of reasons, but this video will break down why we do, and reasons we should keep listening to music. Music has tons of effects on the brain, and a book title “Music and the Mind” is a great resource for more information.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Black Holes 101 | National Geographic

At the center of our galaxy, a supermassive black hole churns. Learn about the types of black holes, how they form, and how scientists discovered these invisible, yet extraordinary objects in our universe.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Can You Solve the Rebel Supplies Riddle? - Alex Gendler

You’re overseeing the delivery of supplies to a rebel base in the heart of enemy territory. To get past customs, all packages must follow this rule: if a box is marked with an even number on the bottom, it must be sealed with a red top. One of the four boxes was sealed incorrectly, but they lost track of which one. Can you figure out which box it is and save the day? Alex Gendler shows how.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, directed by Artrake Studio.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Mozart Einstein and Me - Shop Livermore Passport

Well Dang!

Over here at Mozart Einstein & Me - Livermore CA - Livermore CA we found a real gem on 1st St!

They have so much to offer that will keep you and your kids' brains engaged and learning all the time! the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable!

They've got gifts for all ages and all interests. If you have a reason to celebrate a friends b-day or just get a lil gift swing on in and take a look at all the cool stuff!

September 10-21st Omni Fight Club will bring you the “Shop Livermore Passport” Experience!! Shop at any of the participating businesses and earn tickets to WIN amazing prices at our 2nd Anniversary Event September 22nd 6:30PM at OFCL! Visit their Facebook page HERE for more info.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Livermore's 2nd Anniversary Bash & Local Business Expo

Celebrate Livermore Omni Fight Club's 2nd Anniversary Celebration & Local Business Expo:

This will be a full day of events for the community, starting with a morning Saturday workout sampler (open to everyone) and then followed by a Shop Downtown Passport Contest, a small business expo and an evening that includes food, music and dancing.

Super Saturday workout sampler with Joya Yoga & Cycle from 9am - 12pmParticipants will experience 15 minute rounds of each class including; kickboxing, strength training cycle, barre, aerial yoga & inferno Pilates. Transition time will be 3 minutes between each exercise. Participants are not required to complete any of the rounds or go in any specific order. The focus is on having FUN and the opportunity to experience all we have offer.

Fun Fit Kids will be open from 8:30 - 12:30pm and again in the evening from 5- 8pm.

Shop Livermore Downtown Passport Contest (full list of participating locations below)

From September 10th - 21st, shop at any participating local retailer, check in on their Facebook page and validate your passport at as many businesses as possible. Each shopping experience will earn additional tickets for the grand prize drawing. Local Business Expo 5pm - 6:30pm

30+ local businesses will be showcasing their products and services.Purple Orchid Resort and spa will provide free 15 minute Ashi & 10 minute chair massages. Book your free reservation online through MindBody.

2nd Anniversary Celebration from 6:00 - 11:30pm(Family Friendly with childcare available from Fun Fit Kids, 5-8pm)

We are excited to celebrate our 2nd year in the Livermore community. We are bringing our local partners together for an evening to remember. DJ Robbie Rich from Amos productions will be keeping you dancing from the ring inside while Ten Tuesday's brings the party to the outdoor stage. Beer Barron will be serving dinner and drinks with two full bars, a choice whisky list and 6 Altamont Beers on tap. Service will start at 6:30pm. The Steamhouse will be converted into the Steam Lounge for the evening with mellow music and a place to chill and connect with friends.

**All pre registered Omni Fight Club, Joya Yoga and Yoga Fight Club members will receive 2 free drinks**

After party will take place at Beer Barron in Livermore from 11:30pm.

Find a List of All Shop Livermore Downtown Passport Contest Participants HERE

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

How Trees Secretly Talk to Each Other in the Forest | National Geographic

What do trees talk about? In the Douglas fir forests of Canada, see how trees “talk” to each other by forming underground symbiotic relationships—called mycorrhizae—with fungi to relay stress signals and share resources with one another.

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Benefits of Taking Part in Music

The benefits of music are endless! One of the areas that it can make a difference to is physical and coordination.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

What is Imposter Syndrome and How Can You Combat It? - Elizabeth Cox

Even after writing eleven books and winning several awards, Maya Angelou couldn’t escape the doubt that she hadn’t earned her accomplishments. This feeling of fraudulence is extremely common. Why can’t so many of us shake feelings that our ideas and skills aren’t worthy of others’ attention? Elizabeth Cox describes the psychology behind the imposter syndrome, and what you can do to combat it. 

Lesson by Elizabeth Cox, directed by Sharon Colman.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sun 101 | National Geographic

The sun keeps the planets in its orbit with a tremendous gravitational force. What would happen if it disappeared entirely? Learn about the star at the center of our solar system, and how it is critical to all life as we know it.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Will We Ever Be Able to Teleport? - Sajan Saini

Is teleportation possible? Could a baseball transform into something like a radio wave, travel through buildings, bounce around corners, and change back into a baseball? Oddly enough, thanks to quantum mechanics, the answer might actually be yes... sort of! Sajan Saini explains.

Lesson by Sajan Saini, directed by Karrot Animation.

Sunday, September 2, 2018