Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Happy Wednesday!

I wish I was floating away with a huge bundle of balloons (I adore this pic!). Unfortunately my week has been hectic and crazy and this week coming up is as well! It is exciting and crazy all at once. I am looking forward to next Thursday! One more week of work and then some cocktails to celebrate. Thank you ALL for helping me with my move to Florida. Urban Flip Flops will be writing more, once I get moved, packed and settled:)
Enjoy your day!
xoxo ~ Becca

Friday, April 23, 2010

10 Things to do before May 9th

One of my good girlfriends was asking me the other day to make a list of 10 things I would love to do before leaving Washington. Oh my! I told her that recently I do not feel like there is enough time in the day. Between packing, working and trying to sleep, my time in this fabulous city is ticking away. I have SO loved calling Washington DC my home for the last almost 7 years. It was fun for me to put together a list of things I really want to do before I leave. It is pretty funny because of the items include food and beverage...what's new! I hope I can check off my list in the next two weeks!

1. Pictures of the city - everybody who knows me knows I LOVE taking pictures. I would love to be able to get some photos of me and girlfriends around the city. In front of the White House, the Capital, on the terrace of the Newseum, the Kennedy Center.

2. Glass of Champagne on the Lincoln Memorial - Remember the scene in Wedding Crashers where they end their night on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial drinking champagne....well I do. I would like to have a little bubbly there as well.

3. Margaritas at Lauriol Plaza - This DC restaurant gives me memories of being an intern in DC. Margaritas, Sangria and good Mexican food.

4. Run around the mall - I do this now but recently I've been so busy, I need to do this and take it in during the early morning.

5. Drinks out - W hotel, the view is just so wonderful at this hotel! Drinks at the Gibson, outdoors.

6. Cupcake tour of DC - Georgetown Cupcake, Baked and Wired, Hello Cupcake. I think I need to have a bite of each before I leave.

7. Happy hour wine tasting - Zola wine bar and kitchen has wine tastings through out the week. I have been saying I was going to take advantage and go. I should realllllly do this soon.

8. Shopping in Georgetown - no explanation needed.

9. Washington Monument - I have never been to the top of the monument.

10. Tour of the White House - please? Can somebody arrange this?

Ok, I had to add this picture. It was too funny.

I will miss DC. Thanks for being a good home for me.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

In addition to camera models such as DSLR, Canon PowerShot SX series also presents Megazoom-lens compact camera that is more compact in size, small, the PowerShot SX200 IS features 12 Megapixel resolution with a 12x optical zoom equivalent to 28mm to 336mm. Other features of the SX200 IS is also very impressive, 720HD movie mode, 3 inch LCD screen, Optical Image Stabilization, Smart Auto mode, motion detection, face detection, blink detection, and red-eye correction. PowerShot SX200 IS will be available with a choice of colors black, blue and red with a price of USD 350 or equivalent to Rp. 4.2 million, and comes more quickly at the end of next March.

Canon PowerShot SX1 IS

Canon PowerShot SX series products are famous with high optical zoom capability. In this range there are two cameras, the PowerShot SX1 IS and PowerShot SX200 IS.

This camera looks like a professional DSLR camera. Offers up to 20x optical zoom capability indeed appear tough and exciting. Moreover this is the SX1 IS first PowerShot cameras with CMOS sensors and full-HD movie mode that can record 1080p clips and an HDMI output. Held with 10 Megapixel resolution, and enhancements SX1 IS also snapped off a picture and stored at-RAW format and have the LCD Screen 2.8-inch flip-out. Another feature is optical image stabilization, motion detection, face detection and red-eye correction and a lot of features for a beginner again. PowerShot SX1 IS will also attend the upcoming April month with bandrol EUR 600 or about USD. 7.2 million

MB-910 wristwatch phone from Hyundai Mobile

Hyundai which has been commonly known by the vehicle manufacturer getting ready to hit the market in the UK mobile phone and the Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona by issuing a watch equipped with a mobile phone.

In the near future, possibly in the summer, Hyundai will distribute watches MB-910 cell phone in the UK. Although these watches look more traditional than its competitors, the LG Touch phone, but more affordable with prices in the range of 200 ponsterling. Mobile phone weighing 60 grams will be equipped with TFT display touch technology, audio and video player, tri-band, Bluetooth, text messaging and e-mail. May seem excessive for a wristwatch, but with three hours of talk time and standby time of 70 hours a day would not be enough to enjoy it.

For more details, you can view the official website of Hyundai Mobile in

MIT Develops Charge In Second Counts

It was not his day we fill or charge the battery up to hourly. Why? Because MIT has developed a new battery technology that allows small and lightweight batteries that can be used for cellphones and other mobile devices that can be filled in seconds, rather than an hourly again.

MIT says that engineers-engineers have been using the existing battery material and change it to make a "beltway" that allows transfer of electrical energy very quickly.

This technology can also be applied to mobile batteries quickly filled, but the time required depends on the electric grid from the user.

This new technology, together with lithium batteries, rechargeable commonly used, will be available in the market in two or three years into the future.

Although lithium batteries have greater energy density, but slow to charge and discharge process. MIT says that the lithium ions in the material will move faster when closer to the tunnel, whereas those near the tunnel is blocked.

Besarta MIT Professor of MIT students solve this problem by creating a new surface structure which allows the lithium ions move outside of the material so that when it reaches the tunnel ions will be diverted into it. This is necessary because the key to faster charge process is to make the ions move through a tunnel that can be accessed via the surface of the material.

Besides making a charge and discharge process will be happening in just 10-20 seconds, this technology also allows the reduction of the size and weight because the material is more durable.

Coming soon, Charge Mobile With Move Your Hand

Have you sometimes run out of phone battery whilst on the move? Maybe a little bit troublesome for you if have to go anywhere with a phone to die, then how about at the same time there was a sudden important call comes in? Wow! It's really an unpleasant thing is not it?

Washington: It is conceivable that one day to charge the battery or the HP iPod just by moving the hand-movement or pick it up while walking the streets. Yes, it might just happen. Because according to news circulating out there in a minute that it can be realized in real life. Just wait!

The experts are considering the use of technology that can convert mechanical energy (motion) derived from body movement, or movement of blood flow in the body into electrical energy (electricity), which harness the vast range of electronic devices without using the battery.

This research may have a major impact on defense technology, environmental monitoring, biomedical science and personal electronics, such as what has been said by the Leadership Research Zhong Lin Wang from Georgia Institute of Technology.

In fact, "the latest Nanogerator could have many applications, and there is a way to run electronic devices commonly used by the military when troops are far away on the battlefield."

According to the researchers, collecting energy from the environment is to change the low-frequency vibrations, such as body movements, heart rate or wind, into the form of electrical energy using Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanowires that can conduct electricity well.

ZnO nanowires are piezoelectric-wire that produces an electric current as it moved hard. The diameter and length of wire size 1 / 5, 000th and 1/25th, which means the size of the diameter of human hair.

In the production of energy originating motion, the researchers conclude that it is the most effective way to develop a method that works on a low frequency and flexibility based on the material elements.

ZnO nanowires combined with any of these ways. At the same time, the researchers said a significant advantage of this technology is that the nanowires can be grown easily in a variety of surfaces, and nanogenerator will work in air or liquids. Type of surface that could make them grow nanowires of metal, ceramic, polymer, clothing and tents. "Simply put, this technology could be used to produce energy in any condition as long as there is movement. Nanogenerator be especially important when in travel demand, where they are far away from sources of energy and need to use a sensor or communication device. "Said Mr. Quin. Wang. This research was conducted at the American Chemical Society's meeting.

Snakebots, Snake Robot Construction Workers

As we know, the construction of buildings or bridges is not an easy job. Not infrequently also occur during a construction accident is underway. Departure from it all, designed Snakebot. Snakebot can handle a dangerous construction work and maintenance.

Snakebot can slip through narrow places, swimming in lakes, plants, and even glide through the air. Mechanics will not be immediately double sliding, but thanks to rapid technological in climbing ability, Snakebot may soon overcome some dangerous jobs.

Equation: Animals reptiles with additional artificial intelligence with the same snakebot that can keep people from dangerous places.

From Virginia Tech University, Dennis Hong and Gabriel Goldman said their robot, named the Hydras, which can be quickly rolled up and down along the piers and columns, which are designed to inspect bridges, construction sites and high-rise buildings, the tasks injuring more than 1000 people per year.

Combination of innovative design engineers make the Hydras become an ideal climber. More than that, can snakebots rocking long on a series of connected metal and rubber module - back and forth, good joints that move up and down or side to side. Hydras that combines the two movements at each joint, so the tight grip when climbing.

Goldman says that he can easily equip Hydras with ultrasound scanners and cameras, so it can inspect bridges and buildings from possible cracks or damage. But now, Snakebot still in the lab. "We want to make it more flexible, so that these robots can only wrap around the pole and then leave."

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Multitouch Reactable Table, Electronic Musical Instruments

To be able to make music, not forever we should sit at the Major Labels are to be followed by a series of operations and selection. Of course not everyone could get a chance to penetrate the music industry like that. Quite often also, ultimately more musicians making music using the system of Home Recording. Using computers and certain musical instruments, music can be packaged in such a way that its quality may also not be lost compared with the results of recordings Major Label produksidari kitchen.

Several times the research has been conducted at Pompeu Fabra University, which eventually resulted multitouch Reactable Table is a tool that is able to combine electronic music of various types of touch and express the special sounds. This tool is not the first time introduced, but not too similar with similar tools, these tools focus as an instrument. To facilitate users, this means using some kind of rubber ball that each of the rubber ball has a different effect Pasa systems, and rubber balls that can interact with each other when they are in close proximity when the touch on the apparatus. Unfortunately, not yet explained how the price of this electronic musical instrument. Maybe this is the next generation of the turn table that is used by the DJ, but different because here do not use vinyl at all.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Big Changes

I received this small journal as a gift a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. It has been sitting on my desk and I have found myself staring at it during the middle of the day. Most of you know that I have been considering the option of moving for quite some time. I was never sure when the right time was to go but these past few weeks I have really started to feel like it was totally the right time.
I gave my notice on Friday to my boss and will be leaving Washington DC on Friday, May 7th! It is a little scary but also so exciting. After being with same company for 7 years, the company I interned with in college, it was a crazy thing to give my notice and walk away. However, it felt so good and I feel like a weight has been lifted from
my shoulders in a way.

I found this picture of me from when I just started my job 3 years ago. I saw the building come together as a great site for events from a construction site. It has been a great experience,
but I am ready for what is next!
I'll be packing up my desk soon and heading to Florida with beau.
I am sure I will have lots to write on the way!

Friday, April 16, 2010

a day to remember

I saw this print and I felt like it was fitting for my day ahead. (I'll write more tomorrow.) The print is fitting. Today is the beginning of moving forward to living what I love.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday Soirees - Client Birthday Party

It isn't often that you have a client call 2 weeks before and want to plan an over the top, no budget, birthday party. In my industry it is a dream! Friday night I put together an over the top surprise party for my client's wife. The theme was a one night only club "paraNORMAl". Her name was Norma so they played off of that and made it a strange, Twilight Zone, one night of craziness fun. The entrance had bubbles, dancers, absinthe shots, a long dark hallway where LED lights covered hands offered shots and party favors. There was a shot bar with magnetic shots, lounge seating, rolling sushi carts. Long story short the night was fun!

Me, NYX Entertainment and Capital Decor and Events created a night for the family to remember. I can't wait to get the photos back from Bryan at Freed Photography and I will share them with you. It was a fun event to plan!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I Heart Blogs... Mrs. Lilien

My sister got me hooked on this blog, Mrs.Lilien. Mrs. Lilien is a graphic designer and her blog is to do for! I feel as if I jumped into Kate Spade land. Bright, cherry, fun, creative. Enjoy!

xoxo~ Becca

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Lemon Tarts

This year I wasn't able to make it home to my parents ho
use for Easter. Today my bestie from 2nd grade Besse invited me out on her boat for an Easter Sunday trip around the Cherry Blossoms. My assignment....dessert. I browsed through many cookbooks and ended up on my old staple, Martha.
{Start out with Martha's lemon tart recipe but use the mini tartlet instructions.}

{I decided to make lemon tartlets. A pretty apron is a must in the kitchen. My apron flairs out like a little dress. You feel cute baking!}

{Start out making the Pate Brisse recipe. Aren't these the cutest measuring cups! I love this set from Nigella Lawson. Thanks Bran!}

{The mini tarts ready to go in the oven. Watch them closely, about 10 minutes and they are done.}

{While the tarts are cooling whip up homemade Lemon Curd. Yum Yum Yum. Eggs, Lemon Juice, Sugar, Butter, beat beat beat. Once the Lemon Curd begins to get thick, remove it from the heat and let it cool.}

{I could eat this whole bowl of lemon yumminess. Doesn't it look pretty in my Gramie's old bowl.}

{Pour the batter into the shells. Bake for 10 minutes and top with a raspberry. Here is my finished product. We enjoyed them on the boat. There was not a crumb left.}

{A beautiful view from the boat of pink cherry blossoms galore. A beautiful day.}


Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy Weekend

DC is filled with sunshine. I can not wait for the weekend! Easter, Cherry Blossoms, a day on the boat with a bestie and mimosas.
It is truly the beginning of Spring and I could not be happier.
{the beautiful pink trees around Washington}
{The egg cup candles. The bunny napkin fold. Oh Martha I love you}