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Think Fabulous Danish Design in the Middle of Copenhagen

July 25, 2014 by  

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  danish design Danish design work by Arne Jacobsen. Photo courtesy of seier+seier. One thing Copenhagen, Denmark, is well-known for its functionalist design and Neo-Modernist architecture. While buildings incorporate steel, glass, wood, natural stone, brick and gravity-defying layouts into their designs, local artists continuously make advancements with inventions like the Egg Chair and the Swan Chair. For those who want to explore Danish design in Copenhagen for themselves, here are some top experiences.

Danish Museum of Art & Design

Copenhagen is home to the Danish Museum of Art & Design, an institution focused on design and crafts. It’s home to the largest design library in Scandinavia as well as collections featuring Danish furniture; exhibits on how Chinese ceramics, English and French furniture, and 18th-century French and German porcelain influenced Danish design; original design sketches from Danish artists; 16th century ornamental prints from Europe; historical Danish posters; collections on Danish embroidery and weaving; and much more. There are also a number of rotating exhibitions, events and lectures, so check their website for more information. sogreni Sogreni Bike Shop. Photo courtesy of Jessica Festa.

Sogreni Bike Shop

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Original & Unique Ideas Come From Original & Unique Experiences…

July 17, 2014 by  

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IntegrationMural 1 2 I’m adamant that San Francisco shouldn’t be allowed to be made into a bedroom community for Silicon Valley’s business parks. Original ideas require original experiences and companies should take advantage of that and not force their staff onto a bus and ship them to a central holding facility for the day. San Francisco offers a treasure trove of original experiences. Silicon Valley staff should be told to stay off the bus, telecommute, and get out and about. It’ll generate new experiences and possibly new ideas. The same experience every day, waiting for your cubicle to pick you up, won’t generate anything new. Why do we have hundreds of To-Do list apps, Email managers, calendars, get-food-delivered apps…? There’s a cornucopia of mundane and me-too apps. Original ideas come from original experiences. Watching the world on Youtube or from a bus window doesn’t work. You have to be in it which is a good thing. By staying off the bus the tech workers become integrated into their neighborhoods. If they stay off the bus their neighbors might even get to know them. City or Company Culture? Inclusion works better for communities than…

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Aspen Ideas Festival 2014: Challenging Limitations

July 10, 2014 by  

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The 10th anniversary Aspen Ideas Festival, produced by the Aspen Institute in collaboration with The Atlantic magazine, continues to trumpet optimism over the future, as the event has from its inception a decade ago. Yet this year’s theme of “Imagine 2014″ – looking a decade ahead rather than at the decade past – felt tempered also over concerns about the limitations of progress yet to be won, ranging from the perception of Congressional gridlock and Supreme Court setbacks to deficiencies of funding and civil liberties quandaries resulting from medical and scientific advances, to name a few. A theme running across many of the talks and conversations engaging luminaries in the audience as well as on stage was how to address issues of scarce resources in the face of vulnerable infrastructures, underperforming education institutions, opportunities to conduct hugely promising research and  the challenges of war, human suffering and environmental degradation. But before proceeding, let me describe the IdeasFestival a bit more. Begun in 2004, the event seeks to bring together hundreds of leaders in fields of business, government and scientific endeavor, as well as social entrepreneurs, into a weeklong series of talks and conversations. The festive conference…

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Black & White and Working in Monochrome for Travel Photography

July 3, 2014 by  

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My love for black and white photography is strongly rooted in my love for street photography, which is what lead me to begin using the 35 mm lens a few years ago. Since the days of analogue (film) photography, street photographers have presented their work in black and white and some of the greatest and most iconic images ever taken have been shot in black and white. Here are just a few reasons why I personally love working in monochrome:
  • There’s a common expression of ‘ give it to me in black and white’ and I believe that goes straight to the point. What you get is the pure essence of what the artist’s intent was. It’s not disguised by colours, it’s direct.
  • The beauty of black and white photography is that it requires photographers to re-think how they view a scene, it teaches one to consider their composition. Instead of relying on colour in an image you are moved to making sure your composition/subject is what makes your image interesting to the viewer.
  • Simplify: a busy scene can be simplified by changing your image to black and white. I often find that within a busy scene I am able to find a strong black and


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5 Gems on New York’s Upper East Side

June 30, 2014 by  

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I know a lot of people who live on New York’s Upper East Side but I never really thought about it as an area for shopping or dining. While there are some great restaurants in the 80′s and 90′s, most of my favorite haunts are over on Amsterdam. Here’s a few fun finds for your next trip to the Big Apple. Dulce Vida Colombian Cafe & Restaurant on Lexington Avenue between 82nd and 83rd. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also do catering as well as deliveries. In addition to Colombian specialities, they have little cakes and pastries as well upon entry — to eat at a table or to go. The staff is also incredibly warm and inviting. Atlantic Cafe on 1341 3rd Avenue at 77nd Street.  In addition to sushi rolls and salads, they have great seafood including a Maine Lobster Bisque. Also try the Kale Caesar salad with hearts of palm, dill, scallions, romaine, endive, radish cucumber, feta cheese and a lemon vinaigrette. Or the tuna tartare with avocado, sesame, ginger and wonton crackers. There’s also a location near Lincoln Center. While the tables are small on the upper east side, you can

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The Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival in Roswell Georgia

June 10, 2014 by  

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The 15th annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival was held on June 7 and 8, 2014, in the Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road Roswell, Georgia.  Attendees were able to take in “fluttering flowers” in a walk-through exhibit filled with hundreds of free-flying butterflies.
  • Butterfly Crafts and Face Painting – Crafts for adults and kids, who can also get their faces painted with beautiful butterflies and creepy caterpillars!
  • Butterfly Sidewalk Art – Butterflies provide the perfect inspiration for our on-going art project. Create a “butterfly path” from the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion all the way to the “fairy village!”
  • Fairy House Construction – Fairies are among us. Visitors were able to build a fairy house or gnome home during the Butterfly Festival. Fairy houses and gnome homes are made from nature objects for real and imaginary creatures.
  • Butterfly and Caterpillar Costume Parade – People were able to join in on a butterfly parade at the end of festival each day with grand marshal Ms. Chrysalis!
  • Kathy Walton of Steel Arts– Recycled steel whimsical yard art and sculptures!
  • Mary’s Garden Cottages– Butterfly puddlers, fairy and woodland cottages, toad houses, small planters & more!
  • The


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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Dominates the Skies in October

June 6, 2014 by  

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For nine days straight at the beginning of October in Albuquerque New Mexico, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta dominates the scene in this high-desert city along the Rio Grande, drawing some 700 balloonists and more than 100,000 spectators. Every morning, hundreds of brightly colored hot-air balloons lift off into the sky just as the first golden rays of sunlight spill over the purple peaks of the Sandia Mountains. Mariachi musicians greet spectators of all ages, who stare up at the sky as they warm their hands on a cup of hot cocoa or savor a breakfast burrito laced with New Mexico’s signature roasted red or green chiles. What began in 1972 with 13 balloons taking off from a shopping mall parking lot has grown into the world’s largest hot-air balloon event—and one of the most widely photographed events on the globe. The festival is held at the custom-designed 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park, where visitors can browse the booths of food vendors, retailers and artists. In 2000, a record-breaking total of 1,000 balloons went aloft, though since then the number has been capped at 750. A combination of geography and climate makes Albuquerque the ideal…

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Learning to Shoot Sharper Images & Manipulate Your White Balance

June 6, 2014 by  

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  white balance blue The photograph above manipulated the white balance to have the photo appear more blueish, courtesy of Pen Waggener. In taking a photography class, I’m learning how to not just make a photo bluer, but also how to make a water bottle look interesting. My instructor Patricia explains it’s all about the art of seeing. “I have an exercise for you,” she says. “Pick any subject and try to photograph it 40 different ways. If you’re photographing a bottle of water, after 10 shots you’ll probably be thinking ‘well, what’s next?’ but there’s always something else you can do. You’ll begin to see things in a different way.” Another tip she provides for becoming great at photography is taking pictures of what you enjoy. As a portrait and event photographer, she realized that taking pictures of poverty and more somber scenes just didn’t make her feel good, so she doesn’t do it. This made photography easier to pick up. “If you do things with your heart it will all click eventually,” she smiles. We begin the class with a quick review of ISO, aperture and shutter speed — as these are the…

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