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Helen Read
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Mathematics Educator, Horn Player, Science & Tech Enthusiast and Citizen of the Universe
Mathematics Educator, Horn Player, Science & Tech Enthusiast and Citizen of the Universe

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Look for me in the horn section.
Video of our Eighth Annual Beethoven's Ninth on New Year's Day.
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It was -15ºF (-26ºC) at my house when I got up this morning, so I did a demo of the Mpemba effect. I filled two bottles with water, one cold and the other hot, and flung the water into the air. Watch!
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In which I appear on the local morning news show on TV.
Conductor Daniel Bruce and horn player / GMMF Vice-President +Helen Read were on the local morning news show this morning to talk about our concerts this weekend.
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Balloon ice balls! The tricky part was knotting the ends of the balloons. I made a huge mess with the first couple of them, squirting food colored water all over the place, but I got better at it by the end. After filling and successfully knotting the balloons, I set them out on the porch, where they froze in short order. It was surprisingly easy to peel off the balloons, which didn't stick to the ice.
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12/29/17
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Playing around with the new Google Storyboard app. I tried it out on videos from my niece and nephew's sleepover at my house about a year and a half ago, when we did diet soda pop and Mentos experiments. For some of the experiments we attached balloons to the bottles.
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12/12/17
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Watch me talk with my hands when I greet the audience. I couldn't quite figure out how to end my spiel!
Video of our November 2017 concert. Music by Verdi, Bach, Debussy, Hindemith and Vermont composer Patricia Julien.
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If you are in the Burlington - Plattsburgh area, come to our concert on November 4.
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Animated GIF made from images of today's solar eclipse taken by the afocal method, holding my Android smartphone over the eyepiece of an 8" Dobsonian telescope.

I have an adapter for mounting my phone on a 1.25" telescope eyepiece but couldn't get the entire Sun in the field of view that way, so I just held the phone by hand over a 2" eyepiece. The exposure was hit or miss, but you can nonetheless see sunspots in some of the frames. The only processing I did was to crop the images and flip them to reverse the mirror image coming from the Dob. I used the Google Photos animation tool to make the animation.

We had a partial eclipse at my location, max coverage 60%.
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Sitting in the back of the orchestra (not to mention I was busy playing!), I missed 90% of what Bread and Puppet was doing. I had no idea! Really cool.
Video from our June 17 performance of the Brahms German Requiem, with Bread and Puppet Theater (one of the oldest nonprofit theater groups in the country), who did an elaborate piece choreographed to the music. Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater also performed. The concert was a benefit for famine relief in Africa and the USCRI/Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Several members of the Vermont Somali community spoke about how and why them came to the USA as refugees.
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I'm a guest on this, talking about my telescope.
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