Monday, June 23, 2014

Are You An Emotional Empath?

Adapted from Dr. Judith Orloff’s New York Times Bestseller, “Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life” (Three Rivers Press, 2011): "Intuition is the filter through which they experience the world. Empaths are naturally giving, spiritually attuned, and good listeners. If you want heart, empaths have got it. Through thick and thin, they’re there for you, world-class nurturers. The trademark of empaths is that they know where you’re coming from. Some can do this without taking on people’s feelings. However, for better or worse, others, like myself and many of my patients, can become angst-sucking sponges." Read the article: Are You An Emotional Empath? -

Sunday, June 22, 2014

MBTI in Sports

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MBTI in Sports - Illustrated by a practical example from UC Berkeley's football team - How MBTI types are represented in team and individual sports and which leadership styles work best respectively. By Khairi Fortt and Miriam Neubauer, UC Berkeley

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The D&D Character Alignment Test

My friends (in this case, all guys) back in the day were into a role-playing game called Dungeons and Dragons, aka D&D. It lost popularity after people started saying it was a dangerous pretend game because some people, particularly young people, couldn't separate fantasy from reality. My pals invited me to play, and I started to but gave it up when I realized the game didn't make much sense to me. Today I came across the Character Alignment system; lo and behold, this personality assessment that looks a lot like the Myers Briggs or Enneagram is unique because it assigns evil roles as potential characters to play, whereas the other tests leave the concept of any type being actually good or evil out.

So I took the Alignment Test from and scored as a True Neutral. I thought I'd be a Chaotic Neutral because someone on Twitter is both a Chaotic Neutral and an INTJ, but no, I'm not anarchist enough to embody what sounds to me like libertarian values.

Related: What's the difference between True and Chaotic Neutral? Read True Neutral -

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Monday, June 09, 2014

Coty L'Effleur

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Whoever said you should never wear cheap perfume? They're missing out. I'm actually gaga over this drugstore perfume I recently discovered called Coty L'Effleur, supposedly a relaunching of a floral perfume called Coty L'Effleurt from 1907. Even the newer launch is now an old and discontinued one, currently fetching considerably more than its original value anywhere you can still find it. Judge me if you will for wearing a cheap perfume the likes of Revlon Charlie, Love's Baby Soft and Coty Emeraude, but Coty L'Effleur is the most perfect perfume in every way. For me, it was love at first sight with the dainty kitsch bottle adorned by the pale pink Victorian design by Cynthia Hart: even with a flimsy tin cap, that glass bottle is a charming objet d'art. Such an adorable thing could have held any perfume inside and I'd still want it on a dresser like a prop, but that bottle combined with a crisp aldehydic Floral bouquet leaning green? I'm sold for life.

To clarify, the scent is kinda soapy, but in a clean floral way. It reminds me of Bill Blass Nude (also launched in 1990), but greener, like Liz Claiborne Realities meets Estee Lauder Beautiful, Bill Blass (1978), Azzaro 9 and Bronnley White Iris. Granted, it's a floral perfume but the clean, "shampoo" type scent which I happen to like. I think the idea is that the high-pitched soapiness keeps the florals fresh and dry when worn. If shampoo-y florals or cheap perfumes in general are off limits for you, kindly pass the L'Effleur over to me, thank you very much. And thanks, Coty N.Y./Pfizer, for preserving this much-loved drugstore classic. If Francois Coty's L'Effleurt was anything like this, it must have been something special.

Added on 6/12: It reminds me of Givenchy Fleur d'Interdit, too.

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

My June Top 8 Fragrance Favorites

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It's gotten warm in NYC, and I'm on a citrus top note kick. Yves Saint Laurent Cinema, which has been my #1 go-to for a while, features a succulent mandarin orange note; Fragonard Eau Fantasque (where has this been all my life?!) is a lovely and refreshing Fruity Floral with a beautifully blended and subtle grapefruit note. Helmut Lang parfum is a heavy musk uplifted by a tiny pinch of bergamot and mandarin orange each, while L'Instant de Guerlain boasts a unique top note called "citrus honey" paired fabulously with "crystalline amber". Creed Spring Flower is my staple lemon-fresh yet spring green-appley and lusciously melony-peachy pink and posh perfume, and the sporty, aqueous Cool Water is a cornucopia of fruits incorporating citrus with pineapple, melon and quince. Armani Code, which has started to feel a bit too densely sweet, is a melange of orange blossom with blood orange to accentuate the candied citric sweetness added to a heap of powdered sugar.

I'm not wearing Prada for Men too often, but since Fred isn't keen on wearing anything but the uberlight 4711 these days, I can rock the pleasant shared scent with notes of mandarin, bergamot and neroli. The 3 perfumes I wear most often these days are the top 3 on my June list. Happy what's left of Spring, dolls!

June Top 8:

1. Yves Saint Laurent Cinema
2. Fragonard Eau Fantasque
3. L'Instant de Guerlain
4. Helmut Lang parfum
5. Giorgio Armani Armani Code
6. Davidoff Cool Water
7. Prada Amber pour Homme
8. Creed Spring Flower

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

PINK MANHATTAN Blog: Goodbye Missing Photos, Google+ and Blogger

When Google+ introduced Photo Auto-backup, I went ahead and erased all of the photos I saw there, not knowing why Google had compiled my photos the way they did, just images without storylines or context. Well, now all of my blog photos are gone, including my original photographs. I should have known Google+, Blogger and Picasa were connected, but I didn't expect this to happen. Seven years of blogging and poof, my work is gone. I think it's time for me to move on, and I will eventually start a new blog elsewhere. I'm so sorry to my readers, for all the photos that I've collected here for 7 years to have disappeared within minutes thanks to the convenient push of a few buttons.

I'll keep you all posted.

UPDATE: Phew, I got 'em back!!!!!!! Go to Google Trash if this ever happens to you...the pics are there for 60 days.

FRED KIMMEL'S ROCK BAND 101 Show @ Starving Artist 6/13

Fred Kimmel's ROCK BAND 101 is going to perform next Friday, June 13th at The Starving Artist Cafe and Gallery at 249 City Island Ave. in The Bronx at 8:00 pm to celebrate the end of the school year and the long-awaited meeting of two ROCK BAND 101 schools: Fred Kimmel's Long Island rockers and the original Bronx members! Fred Kimmel & Friends Show featuring the young talent of ROCK BAND 101 is the scene: See you there!

Monday, June 02, 2014

First 3D-Printed Blood Vessels Bring Scientists A Step Closer To Bioprinting Human Organs

This is way over my head but it's amazing what they're able to do with the technology.

"Bioprinting involves using a person’s own body cells to reconstruct an organ. Three-dimensional bioprinting, like other forms of 3D-printing, involves adding layer on top of layer of a material to create a complete structure." Read the article: First 3D-Printed Blood Vessels Bring Scientists A Step Closer To Bioprinting Human Organs By Philip Ross, IBT June 02 2014

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Fragonard Eau Fantasque

Fragonard Eau Fantasque (Whimsical Water): What a pretty, head-turning floral, as refreshingly light and sweet as a spring breeze--why does it have to be discontinued? Thankfully, even a tiny parfum mini should last me awhile, because what I have is pure perfume. The spiky lavender note I always think I smell in Fragonard Eau Fantasque is most likely freesia. This is a note of the Green olfactive variety, a fresh and vibrant note I love both as a single note and in blends, but often find difficult to wear because, like hyacinth and other greens and some highly indolic florals, it tends to turn on my skin. I wished I could wear Diptyque Ofresia and Caswell-Massey Freesia, so I'm thrilled to be able to wear Eau Fantasque. Clean and a touch spicy, breezy, cool, green and aqueous, this is going to be my Spring-into-Summer transitional Floral this year. So sad to say that just when it finally feels like spring here in New York!

The notes according to Libertine Parfumerie:

By Fragonard
Eau Fantasque is a fragrance now gentle and tender with jasmine and freesia, now sharp and lively with grapefruit and blackcurrant, all delightfully wrapped in amber mellowness. The keynote here is fantasy.

Top notes of grapefruit and blackcurrant buds.
Heart notes of hyacinth, freesia and jasmine.
Base notes of amber.

Scent Type Floral