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DLD Crash : Hunter S. Lives!

January 31, 2010 by  

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Advertising, Michael Conrad and Leo Burnett, Cheryl Cole, Jonathan Harris, Marketing, Playboy bunnies, DLD, internet,  - David Everitt-Carlson As of this writing, the Technorati story covering the opening of DLD (Digital.Life.Design) in Munich is #1 on Google if you search the term “DLD Munich”, and that even beats the BusinessWeek blog by a couple of positions, but to know what a miracle that is would be to know what the Technorati writer had to go through just to get the damn thing. Hearing about the conference from CNBC just days before, said writer, went immediately to the DLD website only to be told that reservations had been closed days earlier and press verification closed in December of 09. So why TF were they running ads the week before if reservations were already closed? Cause CNBC was a ‘conference partner’ and those were free slots? Good guess. Partner agreement partially satisfied. Advertising, Michael Conrad and Leo Burnett, Cheryl Cole, Jonathan Harris, Marketing, Playboy bunnies, DLD, internet, 'Evil Plans' - Hugh MacLeod But the writer was justifiably unsatisfied and justifiably so – so he set about instituting an ‘Evil Plan’ to get press creds to cover the event. Writer’s Evil Plan detailed here:
1) Write Technorati Executive Editor and request approval to cover event 2) Write DLD press contact and apologize for being


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The “Yum Yum Spider” Incident

January 31, 2010 by  

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I thought it was something like a “Blooming Onion.” It wasn’t. I found out the hard way at a Cambodian rest stop somewhere in the middle of nowhere. All day long the rickety bus roared down the dusty roads. We passed beautiful farmland, small hamlets, and the occasional town. The driver drove like Mad Max. I’m on holiday in Cambodia. We’ve been traveling overland from Vietnam and had crossed the border and made a brief stop in Phnom Phenh earlier in the day. Now I’m on my way to Siem Riep and I want to see the ruins of Angkor.I’ll write more about this road trip in another excerpt, but today It’s my “Yum Yum Spider Incident.” Back to the bus. The screech jolted us to a full halt which then followed by the driver muttering indecipherable words, fingers to indicate numbers, and then a gesture to his watch. 15 to 20 minutes sounded like enough time to venture out of this death trap and off the endangered species list for just a little while longer. I looked out the bus window and

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Munich’s Pulse During a Frigid Winter Week

January 31, 2010 by  

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Below are a sampling of colors and shapes and lack thereof during a cold January week in Munich this past month. Central Munich (68) Munich-Germany January 2010 (176c) Munich-Germany January 2010 (176a) Munich-Germany January 2010 (176b) Munich-Germany January 2010 (176ab) Munich-Germany January 2010 (141) Munich-Germany January 2010 (39) Munich-Germany January 2010 (173) Central Munich (87) Munich-Germany January 2010 (81) Munich-Germany January 2010 (116) Munich-Germany January 2010 (99) Central Munich (1) Central Munich (11) Munich-Germany January 2010 (94) Munich-Germany January 2010 (54) Munich-Germany January 2010 (33) Munich-Germany January 2010 (28) Central Munich (60) Central Munich (65) Munich-Germany January 2010 (47) Munich-Germany January 2010 (2) Central Munich (20) Munich-Germany January 2010 (14) Central Munich (79) Munich-Germany January 2010 (158) Munich-Germany January 2010 (20) Central Munich (49) Central Munich (10) Central Munich (6) Munich-Germany January 2010 (164)


Learning about Amsterdam-Based PICNIC Festival

January 30, 2010 by  

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PICNIC Program Director Kitty Leering talks to me about their upcoming PICNIC event, held in Amsterdam, Holland every September. Think of PICNIC as more of a festival or a cross-discipline platform for creative discussion and collaboration than a conference. Bringing together art, technology, innovation and culture, its unique festival format covers strategy as well as hands-on workshops and matchmaking sessions. Learn more from Kitty below.


Zwirbeldirn Gives us a Taste of Bavarian Song

January 30, 2010 by  

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Zwirbeldirn plays and sings Bavarian music at this past week’s DLD Conference in Munich.


2010 FANCY FOOD SHOW – POST #5: Enough, already!

January 30, 2010 by  

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At every Fancy Food Show, I run across a few products or trends I could do without. Here’s a look at this year’s candidates. Enough already!
  • Single origin chocolates. OK, there’s such a glut of SOCs that now even the origins are getting origins. Amano – whose chocolates are superb – tells us which valley in Madagascar one bar is from, and the river basin where another is sourced in Ecuador. What next? Legendary chocolate growers? Sacred mini-plots?
  • Is there ANYPLACE that doesn’t produce olive oil these days? Australia’s into it in a big way – and now Chile is getting into the act, too. There was enough olive oil displayed at this year’s show to turn vast Moscone Center into a huge Slip-n-Slide. Now THAT would have been fun!
Soooo Last Decade
  • I remember being bedazzled by fancy colored salts when they first showed up a few years back. But for the most part, I’m no longer excited. Salt is pretty much salt, once you put a small amount on your food.
  • Would you people PLEASE stop making candy with wine in


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Bavarian Cuisine: Not a Match for the Light Eater

January 30, 2010 by  

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While food was clearly not my on my high list of kudos in Germany this past week, I managed to sample a cross selection of traditional German food in beer halls, restaurants, cosmopolitan bistros, pubs, markets as well as the renown Dallmayr exquisite food shop along Munich’s Dienerstr. A few shares for your virtual taste buds below. Bavarian Food (1) Bavarian Food (2) Bavarian Food (7) Bavarian Food (10) Bavarian Food (16) Bavarian Food (20) Central Munich (15) Central Munich (90) Central Munich (92) Central Munich (97) Central Munich (95) Central Munich (21)


Erotic Chocolate in Germany? You Betcha

January 30, 2010 by  

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Click below to energize your senses with the aromas of homemade German chocolate. Tucked away on a side street not far from Munich’s food market where you are mainly faced with sausage, sausage and more sausage, a little gem called Sama Sama sits. The building itself on Westenriederstr is crooked and crammed inside, every corner filled with homemade delicacies oozing with combinations you are unlikely to have tasted. Not only do they use the best quality ingredients to create dark and milk chocolate masterpieces but they incorporate pistachios, cherries, lemons, ginger, amaretto, pepper, lavender, violets, roses, blueberries, vanilla, strawberries and more. Allow yourself to surrender to chocolate everywhere you travel on this magical globe of ours. In one video, you will also see the chocolate in process as well as the finished product.


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