A year ago, my friend Sandra sent me a Quora answer on what it’s like to live in New York. This is the paragraph that resonated the most with me: Welcoming. Someone once described New York to me as the world’s most exclusive club that literally anyone can join. You don’t have to have been born in New York to be a “New Yorker”. If you know how to order a sandwich, negotiate the subway, not block the sidewalk, talk about real estate to strangers, laugh about Post headlines, complain about the weather, exercise basic taxi etiquette, tip properly, help …
Meghan is a high school friend who now lives in NYC. She makes beautiful jewelry. (website, etsy) In fact, at this point, almost all my jewelry is made by her. During September’s New York Fashion Week, Meghan had her first runway show. I was lucky enough to be in attendance, and put together this video of photographs. (As a fun tidbit, the music is by another high school friend of ours – Karin Jue and her band, Painted Face.) Meghan Patrice Riley Axis Munid Collection LES Runway – NYFW Sept 2011
A reminder that artistry is beautiful and transcendent. From Spike Jonze: The other day, I was lucky enough to be at an event to bring the arts back into schools and got to see an amazing collaboration between Yo-Yo Ma and a young dancer in LA, Lil Buck. Someone who knows Yo-Yo Ma had seen Lil Buck on YouTube and put them together. The dancing is Lil Buck’s own creation and unlike anything I’ve seen. Hope you enjoy. –Spike Jonze,http://www.openingceremony.us/entry.asp?pid=3238
Robby Ingebretsen is an old coworker (and officemate!). He just posted about his recent trip to Pixar, and the first rendered 3D film (ever)… which his dad had a hand in. Check it out – it’s very cool!
Today, my apartment in Seattle was packed up and sent into storage. In a few weeks, I’ll be in Buenos Aires, enjoying a South American summer. And then this spring, I’ll settle – at least for a couple years – in New York City. — In college, I went skydiving. I remember being excited about leaping out into the sky… and not afraid at all. But standing at the open exit of the plane 15,000 feet up, I had a moment of terror, thinking: “OK – maybe this is a really, REALLY stupid idea.” Of course, I jumped. With skydiving, …
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I finally finished a photography site! Check it out: Also, thanks to Trevin for pointing me to this Lightroom template!
Thank you xkcd for this deep insight.
BusinessWeek published an article on the top global brands this year. It’s interesting to see who made this list – some of them are pretty obvious (e.g. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon). Others make total sense, but I probably wouldn’t have guessed them (e,g, Heinz, Burberry).
Yesterday, I went to my second Sounders game. I grew up on baseball and tennis – and have been pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy soccer games. My one real complaint is that both games I went to ended in ties. I found out the rationale behind why they don’t just force a shoot-off (to reward defensive playing), but… it still seems weird to have a sport where there isn’t a winner. 🙂