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Sacramento Wine Guide For Tastes Outside of Napa and Sonoma Valleys

July 31, 2012 by  

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California wine isn’t all Napa and Sonoma. The Sacramento region is home to more than 200 wineries and tasting rooms and is gaining a reputation as a popular wine-tasting destination. To help leverage that momentum, the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau has revised its comprehensive, regional wine-focused guide that will encourage greater exploration of all the region has to offer. Sacramento’s wine guide provides maps and information highlighting the following counties: Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Northern Sierra, Placer, Sacramento/Yolo, San Joaquin. (Photo courtesy of Andis Wines) 


Vers’ 1Q Speaker Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

July 31, 2012 by  

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Want a TINY speaker you can take on the road with you so you don’t have to lug around something big and heavy? The speaker is small, has great technical features and is styled in a wood-cabinet look. Vers’ 1Q is priced at $120 is packed inside a walnut or bamboo casing,and a 6.5W amp powers the audio provided from either Bluetooth or the 3.5mm jack. They include a battery with it of course and it charges via a microUSB, which last you roughly 10 hours of run time after every charge. This battery-powered Bluetooth speaker is so small that it literally fits in the palm of your hand. Additionally, they have the Vers 1.5R radio/alarm clock, 1E ear buds and iPhone/iPad cases, so other nifty gadgets for the traveler.


Ireland’s Food Trail: The Gourmet Greenway

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 Walking or cycling along Ireland’s 42 km Great Western Greenway in the west of the Ireland is sure to work up an appetite. So it is good news that The Gourmet Greenway, a food trail following the same route, now offers even more fabulous fare. The balance of food producers and food providers within the expanded Gourmet Greenway food trail now offers a total experience to lovers of fine food. The Great Western Greenway is the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. It follows the route of the Westport to Achill railway and has been designated as a European Destination of Excellence. People travelling along it are encouraged to visit, sample and purchase the fare of the local food producers and build this gastro experience into their visit to this popular part of Ireland. Among the fine artisan food highlighted on the trail is Murrevagh Honey, a hand-harvested honey produced in Mulranny using nectar from Mulranny Mediterranean heather and fuchsia. Award-winning black and white puddings and sausages are available from Kelly’s family butchers in Newport while fish lovers will delight in smoked Clare…

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PERU: A Deep Dive Into the Transformational World of Ayahuasca Wasi

July 31, 2012 by  

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We arrived at Ayahuasca Wasi just after sunset. The whole day, both The Warrior and I had been uncharacteristically quiet. We were nervous. Despite years of research, many conversations with people who had drunk Ayahuasca before and hours of YouTube videos on the subject, neither of us really knew what was waiting for us. I felt like I was walking the plank, conscious but blindfolded, to the biggest bungee jump of my life. As per usual, we arrived conservatively early and found only one other guy there. He had clear blue eyes and was from Finland, and later in the night he would end up sitting next to me in the temple. We drank some of the tea available on the big wooden table in the beautiful wooden house with its thick wooden bannisters, sweetening the tea with big dollops of honey in hope that it would still our hunger. In preparation for the ceremony, we hadn’t eaten since breakfast and we were starving. More people arrived. All kinds of people from all over the world. There was a young couple from the States, an old couple from Sweden, a lovely couple with six kids back home…

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Share or Die: Voices of the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis

July 31, 2012 by  

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Monks the Lonely Planet in Halin, Burma Every one of you has traveled at some point, or shown an interest in the world around you. You’ve lived on a shoestring, or exchanged ideas with other backpackers. So I know you’ll understand what I wrote in this competition piece: that our community grows stronger when we give and take without cost. And learning a language is one of the easiest,  greatest ways we can share! “Share or Die” is a competition sponsored by Shareable online magazine. As the title hints, it is also a campaign to raise our understanding of a new, growing global system: SHARING to survive."Share or Die" competition, Shearable Magainze  


Singularity University, Women@TheFrontier and 10 Incredible Women Design the Future

July 31, 2012 by  

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Ray kurzweil and daughter amy (11) Singularity University held an event in conjunction with Women@TheFrontier at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley last week. Yvonne cagle (7) The program: “Designing the Future 2012″, brought together some of today’s female game-changers who are designing the future and disrupting the status quo. Women@TheFrontier’s Susan Francesca and KristinaMaria T-Gutierrez introduced inspirational women who had one heart warming story after another to share. NASA’s Yvonne Cagle also paid a sentimental tribute to astronaut Sally Ride who passed away on July 23. Ray Kurzweil kicked things off and also closed the event in a unique appearance with his daughter Amy Kurzweil who interviewed him in fireside chat style. Ray kurzweil and daughter amy (7) Ray’s son was also in attendance with a beaming smile throughout the interview as he watched father and sister chat informally in front of a few hundred people on everything from inspiration and life lessons to technology, health and the future. Ray kurzweil and daughter amy (1) Below is Women@TheFrontier co-founder Susan Francesca. Susan on stage (5) A poised and graceful Kay Koplovitz took the stage with confidence, something certainly not new to her as the first woman to head a television network; she founded USANetworks under…

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Graffiti and Street Art Gone Wild in Berlin

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Any trip to Berlin is going to involve some level of street art and given that I am a true graffiti lover, you can say that I had a field day aimlessly wandering through the city’s lively streets. Here are a few of my favorite sightings. Some you have most certainly seen before but hopefully a few of these are new to you as they were for me. Holly Golightly & Friends - spotted this one in the hipster Friedrichshain neighborhood. Overlapping Color  – a different type of street art generally stuck to walls with a simple solution. The Floating Astronaut – I’d also like to land on the moon one day. (Artist: “Ash” aka Victor Ash of Paris)  A Fateful End – poor Bambi and the other animals of the forrest (Artist: ROA, Belgium-based) Spotlight on Madrid – Iker Casillas Fernández and Raúl González in all their football glory. Welcome to Kreuzberg – a perfect…

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Creativity, Passion & Dance on a Snowy Cold Day in Moscow Russia

July 31, 2012 by  

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This incredible video of music, dance, passion and creativity was taken in Moscow Russia. It’s a beautiful example of something that can be organized, created on the fly on a snowy cold day in Moscow and shared with the world instantly on the web. Watch the whole thing.


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