Dennis Spielman

The real and imaginative adventures of Dennis Spielman

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Arianne C. Hunter - Provided Photo

Yes! Science! Show Announcements​​

I have two announcements today in regards to Yes! Science!

First, I want to invite you to join us at Walker Terrace at 1300 North Walker Avenue in Oklahoma City on Saturday, March 16th for the season premiere of the live-studio audience talk show of Yes! Science! Doors will open at 10 am for coffee and networking, with the show starting at 11 am. Tickets are available now for $10 with no additional fees.

Our featured guest will be Arianne C. Hunter. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Arianne obtained her B.A. in Chemistry and Biological Anthropology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH where she was a member of the Division I Women’s Basketball Team. After graduation in 2014, she joined the Chemistry/Biochemistry Ph.D. program at The University of Oklahoma where she is a fully funded “Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Department of Defense Scholar” and “Nancy L. Mergler Dissertation Completion Fellow”. Her research is focused on the development of synthetic methods to rapidly and efficiently construct pharmaceutical drug molecules in hopes of making them more affordable for the general population. During her graduate studies, she has won multiple awards and scholarships, with the most notable being the Oklahoma NextGen Under 30 Award for her community impact in the State of Oklahoma. She is passionate about communicating science to the general public and gives scientific talks to teenagers in middle school and high school and also 50+ aged adults who continue to have a passion for learning. Arianne truly believes to solve the diverse set of scientific problems plaguing our society, we must have a diverse set of minds contributing solutions.

The other news is that my documentary short, “Yes! Women in Science!” has been accepted to its first film festival, Twister Alley in Woodward! It’s been submitted to about a dozen festivals, so we’ll see where it all goes.

Looking ahead on the science show, I’m currently working on finding guests and venues for April and May’s episodes. I do have a date and venue set for May, but I’m waiting to hear back in regards to April.

That’s all to report!

Shift Happens

Shift Happens

A brother reminds his twin of his past failures of building inventions based on indie movies. Inspired by the following Oklahoma made films: Shifter, Electric NostalgiaThe Posthuman Project, and The Jurassic Games.

Coming in hot in hitting my goal of making at least one Quarter Minute story a month. Schedules didn’t align well this month, so I made this entire film (with the exception of the music) by myself. I’ve had the idea for this story for awhile and I thought I would give it a shot of making it solo. See how it was made in a special behind-the-scenes video by joining me on Patreon!

For future updates, follow Quarter Minutes on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.

Pizza at Banquet Cinema Pub

Banquet Cinema Pub

Banquet Cinema Pub in Oklahoma City is both a restaurant pub and a movie theater, making for a unique social experience. Hear from Hunter Wheat and Jeff Patton about how this place is unique to the state, including why they’re great for a date night.

This is a follow-up video that I did on them a few weeks ago as a personal vlog. We talk more about the food in this video as I interview their executive chef as well.

Banquet Cinema Pub is located at 800 NW 4th Street in Oklahoma City. For more information, including showtimes, visit them at

Ofelia Cancio - photo by Dennis Spielman

Ofelia Cancio – A Civil Engineer EIT

I have a new, previously unreleased Yes! Science! interview from last year. As personal matters came up for Ofelia, I never did get the final approval to publish until recently when I had reached out about the Yes! Women in Science! documentary. Since this video was recorded last year, it’s part of the season two collection, however, I have swapped out the old logo for the new one. Enjoy!

Ofelia Cancio graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Professional Bachelor of Architecture. She spent five years working as part of a structural bridge design team prior to moving into her current position at Huitt-Zollars, Inc. as a Civil Engineer EIT focusing on urban land and infrastructure development. While studying architecture, Ofelia traveled to Europe to study urban planning and conduct analysis of the “walkable city” design sensitivity on different scales of the human environment. In engineering school, she conducted research on the performance of underdrain systems for bridge abutments in Oklahoma and the surrounding states.

She is passionate about place-making, improving infrastructure, and designing healthy communities in which people and businesses can flourish and thrive. She is a sustainability champion for Huitt-Zollars, a member of the Oklahoma Bricktown Design Review Committee, a member of the Oklahoma Chapter for Urban Land Institute, Chair of the Academy of Engineering for Capitol Hill High School, and is actively engaged in her community by mentoring young women and men who are interested in the built environment.

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Season 3 of Yes! Science! premieres Saturday, March 16th!

Chili at The Red Cup

Oklahoma City Chili

In preparation for National Chili Day next week, I visited three restaurants in the Oklahoma City metro that serve bowls of chili as part of their regular menu. For this story, I traveled to Flint in Downtown Oklahoma City for their Bison Chili, The Red Cup in OKC for their vegetarian chili, and The Diner in Downtown Norman for their Championship Chili. The chili featured from each place is completely different from each other. Not only do all of these venues offer bowls of chili, but they also feature it on other menu items such as burgers.

National Chili Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in February, which will be on February 28th for 2019.

Be sure to read the full story at Uncovering Oklahoma for more information about these places, including some recommendations to other places.

I’m planning on doing more themed videos in the future for Uncovering Oklahoma. It gives me a chance to feature older, more established places and to revisit places I haven’t been to in a while. After all, just because a place has been around, doesn’t mean that it’s not new to someone else. As for future themes, National Corn Dog Day is coming up next month…

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