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Traveling Geeks Are Going to London!

June 30, 2009 by  

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bigben-by-13bobbyAlthough I just recently returned from Internet Week New York, I’m about to set foot on another exciting, new adventure. From July 5 to July 10, I’ll be traveling around London together with my Geeky friends. aka The Traveling Geeks. The TG’s are a small informal group of technology bloggers and influencers who like to travel to various regions around the world, collaborate with technology innovators and leaders on interesting projects and then share everything with the rest of the world via blogs, videos, podcasts and social networks. On this trip, we’ll be on the hunt for innovative uses of new technologies in Great Britain, especially by lesser-known companies, and spotlight how those innovations may improve people’s lives. We’ll also compare the thought leadership in Great Britain’s tech industry and compare it with what’s taking place in Silicon Valley. The highlights of our UK agenda include events such as The Traveling Geeks TweetUp in Chelsea, podcast with the Guardian, and The Techcrunch Europa Awards with Mike Butcher.
This exciting group of jet-setters consists of  myself, JD Lasica (founder of 

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Slow Food & Wine at its Best

June 30, 2009 by  

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Gg_header_2009 Below are a few interviews and takes from last week’s Golden Glass Slow Food event in San Francisco. Also check out my blog post from the event, which is full of photos of the best in slow food and wine, and includes entertaining sommeliers and chefs, largely from northern California.


BRAND YOU Book Signing in Dorking

June 30, 2009 by  

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BRAND YOU at Borders Charing Cross Road (394 KB) David Royston-Lee will be at Waterstone’s in Dorking, England on Thursday July 2, 2009 at 5pm for the launch of his new book: BRAND YOU. He will be speaking for 40 minutes before answering questions and signing books.


Tavvauvutit Iqaluit, Aksunai Ottawa

June 30, 2009 by  

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It’s almost 10 pm and I’m not kidding you, the sun is shining so bright that we had to draw the shades in the living room.  My internal clock is completely bonkers, however I feel that this awesome natural occurrence (and other ones, of course) is what fascinates me about life in the North. For me, being up here is about re-educating the senses and re-discovering what Mother Nature is all about.  What an adventure! After my morning jog and a few minutes of our version of an “editorial meeting,” we decided to rent bicycles and tour Sylvia Grinnell Park.  We rode for about 10 minutes along the river route, passing children playing on parts of the river that were still frozen over.  The tundra was serene, some patches covered in snow, and the sky was painted grey with smudges of blue surrounding it. At first, you’d think the park is flat and just plushy-and-moist earth.  But it’s filled with frequent ups-and-downs, rocky mounts and the rugged terrain is only apparent when you get deep into the park.  You can see where the heavy ice leaves depressions in the landscape. As for the hiking?  The routes are challenging,…

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Locals Know Their Grind & Brew

June 30, 2009 by  

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Whenever I’m in a new place, the first piece of advice I ask the locals for has to do with coffee.  Where do I get a great espresso and where do they go to drink their coffee of choice? In my opinion, coffee houses are indicative of that city’s social DNA.  Interesting characters and great thinkers have always appointed the coffee house as a place to congregate. So, it’s no surprise that many people here recommended for us to visit the Grind & Brew, a coffee shop that not only locals favour, but as we found out, hockey-stars, world leaders and Hollywood-types also like to visit. From the outside, the dust coloured wooden house stands no taller than 6 feet, if that.  The door was ajar and the room was dimly lit.  No Starbucks jazz music playing here, but only the blurry sounds of the CBC entertain those wishing to sit down for a while. The square-shaped room had kitsch:  The canary yellow paint on the walls added a nice accent to the  dozens of pieces of memorabilia on the shelves: hockey-jerseys, ground-coffee displayed in brown lunch bags, and foreign license plates. The most famous one?  The license plate from…

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Geyserville Summer Nights

June 29, 2009 by  

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Just a few minutes north of Healdsburg on Highway 101 is the Sonoma wine country burg of Geyersville which has managed to keep its low-key farm town atmosphere as its better-known neighbor a few miles south gets tonier and tonier. I checked out a few places to stay on weekend getaways last week, each one different from the other so that you get a wide variety of options even in such a small place.
Those who are looking for some elegant comfort in a hotel environment should head to the Geyserville Inn, which, despite the name, is actually more of a resort-like hotel. There is a swimming pool and 38 rooms, many with fireplaces and balconies. Most have nice views of the vineyards. It’s a modern place with a charming bit of Sonoma history attached — the Hoffman House, an early 20th century farmhouse transformed into a restaurant with full bar.
Nearby is something completely different: the Hope-Merrill House (left), a lovely Victorian bed-and-breakfast inn whose rooms are lavishly romantic and accented by silk-screened wallpaper by Bruce Bradbury. An incredible five-course breakfast is served each morning. And, there’s a beautiful swimming…

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Voyij Adds European Destinations: Tons of Deals Under One Roof

June 29, 2009 by  

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Voyij_logo on website Client Voyij.com, the most comprehensive site on the web for travel deals and sales, has now added European destinations. For the first time, travelers now have one central location where they can discover the widest variety and largest number of European travel deals and specials under one roof.’ The concept behind Voyij is simple. Voyij fills a void on the web that people want: “what travel destination is on sale today?” With Voyij, you can explore and discover travel sales and deals you never knew existed independent of origin, destination or dates. Other travel sites concentrate on real-time inventory and the few that do focus on deals have substantially less offerings, focus on one aspect of travel but not another, i.e., hotels, or do not include filters so you can narrow down what you want. Travelers simply enter the city they are leaving from and Voyij does the rest. You can choose to review the deals and specials that are on sale that day, which is a compelling part of the discovery experience Voyij offers. Because the site grabs deals from hundreds of travel suppliers, you often learn about destinations and deals you never knew…

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Obummer!

June 29, 2009 by  

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Yet more responsive advertising by Nandos (the chicken people). This one picking up on the USA’s 3-2 loss to Brazil in the Fifa Confederations Cup. Nandos must have one of the most responsive marketing departments around. It churns these clever little ads out quickly. Click on headline link to visit matthewbuckland.com for full article


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