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2009

Sacha Finkelsztayn for a Yiddish Gastronomic Wonder

December 31, 2009 by  

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I ran across legendary Sacha Finkelsztayn in Paris earlier this month. On a mission to find dark chocolate, my tastebuds found taramasalata, mini baguette-like pastries with poppy seeds and some wondrous looking dumpling instead. Imagine trying to get a shot of the place without 6,000 people coming in and out of its regularly visited door on a Saturday afternoon close to Christmas. As I stood there with frozen fingers trying to shoot — and waiting to shoot — more than one Parisian shouted the word “Impossible” at me. Progress at last. Sacha Finkelsztajn on 27 rue des rosiers in Le Marais in Paris (26) The area is old, so this incredibly quaint and adorable shop along Rue Des Rosiers isn’t your only surprise, but it’s so memorable that it had me longing for another visit days later. Taglined La Gastronomie Yiddish D’Europe Centrale et Russie, it’s a Yiddish gastronomic wonderland. Sacha Finkelsztajn on 27 rue des rosiers in Le Marais in Paris (4) Sacha Finkelsztajn on 27 rue des rosiers in Le Marais in Paris (13) Sacha Finkelsztajn on 27 rue des rosiers in Le Marais in Paris (15) Sacha Finkelsztajn on 27 rue des rosiers in Le Marais in Paris (14) They have their own beautiful description: “On y retrouve les saveurs et les senteurs qui ont charmé l’enfance de Chagall, Soutine, Freud, ou Woody Allen. On y entend tous les accents des langues d’Europe de

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Action Shots from Traveling Geeks Paris & LeWeb

December 30, 2009 by  

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A number of memorable moments from the Traveling Geeks tour to Paris….below in trains, at meet-ups, tweet-ups, incubators, startups, dinners, and LeWeb. Beth Blecherman Beth-Blecherman on Traveling Geeks tour (2) Jerome Tranie Jerome-Traine at Orange (2) The Pearltrees team at their Paris’ offices The Pearltrees team in Paris (11) Robin Wauters Robin-Wauters at Orange offices in Paris (3) Meeting with Orange Orange meeting at Orange offices in Paris (12) David Spark David-Spark (1) Eliane Fiolet and Beth Blecherman Eliane and Beth in the train (2) Traveling Geeks at Orange offices Traveling Geeks at Orange office in Paris (1) In the Paris Metro Morning one on way to Pearltrees (6) Olivier Ezratty Olivier-Ezratty (3) Geeks at the Metro – taken by Scoble The Geeks on a train in Paris taken by Scoble Dancers perform at LeWeb dinner Dance performances at LeWeb speaker dinner in Paris Dec 2009 (48) David Spark, Eliane Fiolet and Dell’s Richard

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Fiji Navidad

December 30, 2009 by  

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My eldest and his wife own and run Naia, one of the top luxury dive boats operating today. Good for them, but bad for me; they live in Fiji. I seldom get to see my eldest grandkids, Wrenn and Brigg. But wait, there’s more. The entire family decided to go to Fiji for Christmas. That includes my daughter, her husband, and daughter from Portland, Oregon, and Rona, a 16-year-old exchange student from Germany; my next in line, Chess, from near San Diego; even my former wife. The Portland group arrived in Canyon Country (near LA). It seems their hired van did not show up, and they were lucky to get to the Portland airport. It was raining there. That being said, they arrived at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank in good shape. It was raining. It is summer in Fiji, and with only a week’s notice the government decided DST was a grand idea. The problem? Nobody was quite ready, and Air Pacific had to adjust schedules quickly. When we arrived in Fiji, the cell phones still weren’t updated to the correct time. Good for us, though, as our flight left earlier than expected. Tom Bradley International…

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Why A Mom Should Be Allowed to Be Buried with her Dead Soldier Son

December 30, 2009 by  

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I can think, off the top of my head, of a dozen sad stories this holiday season. But for some reason the story of Denise Anderson won’t let me go. Denise is 42, a single mom. Her son Army Spc. Corey Shea was killed in Mosul last year shortly before Thanksgiving. About a month before his tour of duty would have ended in Iraq. Corey was 21, Denise’s only son. Like many soldiers bearing the brunt of our two wars, Corey was so young he wasn’t married, didn’t have kids. So Denise made a request. To be buried alongside Corey in his plot at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, not far from his hometown of Mansfield. Sounds reasonable enough. But that’s when Denise ran headlong into the enlightened thinking at the VA. They told her there was a policy and the policy was this: only spouses or children could be buried with their loved ones who’d died on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. It came down in the end to a space problem. A matter of concern that when push came to shove, there might not be enough grave slots in the national cemeteries for dead vets and their dependents.…

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White House party crashers board plane for Yemen with champagne strapped to their underwear. Homeland security says the system works!

December 29, 2009 by  

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Champaign, Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, Michaele and Tariq Salahi, Obama, Party Crashers, Political Satire, Polo, White HouseHomeland Security Czar Janet Napolitano shrugged off security lapses on ABC this week defending the work of her agency and associated law enforcement agencies with the statement, “The system worked”. Never the less noted White House party crashers Michaele and Tariq Salahi were able to board a flight to Yemen with little tiny airline sized bottles of Corbel stuffed into their underwear this week with nary a peep from security personnel at the airport. “She’s one hot biotch”, said a security guard who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “I wanted to get a peek down her panties, but we just used that magnetometer instead. I was way disappointed, for sure.”, he added.
Vice President Joe Biden was also quick to come to the Salahi’s defense. “Look people”, he said, “All they did at the White House was swipe a couple of ashtrays. I don’t know why you all have to make a Federal case out of this stuff.” But a Federal case it has become as it seemed that between the two Salahis, they were able to stuff a case exactly of the tiny bottles

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Nicolas Steeghann from Stupeflix Gives GREAT Demo #tg09

December 29, 2009 by  

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I’m looking forward to doing a custom project with the guys at Stupeflix. The Traveling Geeks met with them in London over the summer; I learned about new features and functionality from him in Paris earlier this month at one of the five incubators housing start-ups in the city.


Urbi on Robotics

December 29, 2009 by  

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Gostai.lightbg.20cm.hi Another innovation we saw during the Traveling Geeks tour to Paris was Urbi, robotics software platform and operating system from Gostai, that
makes all robots compatible.
Urbi is already compatible with
numerous robots on the market, including Nao, Aibo, Spykee or Bioloid, and
advanced consumer applications based on Urbi have been demonstrated on the
Spykee robot in partnership with mobile phone operators: home surveillance,
entertainment for kids, or remote presence.
Gostai’s project is to provide a
standard environment for robotic applications development and to contribute to
the growth of a new industry: service and consumer robotics.
Urbi plans to go open source in May 2010 because there is a clear need and strong trends
that calls for an open source OS for robots today.


Food and Wine Matched Tastes of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

December 29, 2009 by  

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Hawkes Bay, a sunny, coastal province, situated in the East of New Zealand’s North Island, is gaining repute as a wine and food locale that marries delicious regional cuisine with a diversity of exceptional wines. Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s second largest producer of wine, after the South Island’s Marlborough region, known around the world for its herbaceous, tropical Sauvignon Blancs. While Marlborough may win acclaim for the country’s best Sauvignon Blancs and Central Otago, the finest Pinot Noirs, Hawke’s Bay produces a wide range of award winning wines and has attracted highly regarded, top chefs and winemakers from throughout Australasia and Europe. Ten of the region’s 35 wineries with cellar doors offer fine restaurant dining. Six, in particular, stand out for their impressive settings and inspired and creative food, along with exquisite wines that match superb local produce and flavours in their seasonal menus. From its elevated position in the hills outside of the village of Havelock North, overlooking rows of old vines, Black Barn Winery invites the discerning gourmet to enjoy tastes of distinction. Black Barn’s signature dish is a pan roasted natural lamb short loin, marinated, filled with an olive, rosemary and lemon stuffing and served on…

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