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Affinia Hotel in New York’s Mid-Town West Side, a Stone’s Throw From Penn Station

April 7, 2014 by  

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I rarely hang out near Penn Station when I travel to New York but given how much I’ve been going to New York lately, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’d find a hotel I hadn’t tried yet and an event would have me stay on the west side. In this case, it turned out in the end that while I thought my pow-wow’s and events would be on the west side, they all ended up being in mid-town and on the upper east side…..after I had made my reservation with Affinia. The nice thing about Affinia is that they have a property on the east side as well, something else I didn’t discover until after my stay. The properties however are in fact different and while I didn’t check out the East Side property, my sense is that the Penn Station location is slightly older in feel and not quite as updated. While my hotel room looked somewhat like the below shot (minus the flowers on the walls), the room felt a little “dingy” albeit clean. For the most part, this is a common complaint of mine with most Manhattan hotels – they tend to…

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Putting a Dent in the Future in Sun Valley Idaho

April 1, 2014 by  

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When you hear the word DENT, you might have a visual of a dental brand or maybe an auto repair company, but your mind might not automatically jump to a conference in the middle of the Idaho mountains whose goal is to shake things up across industries with technology. Now in its second year, Steve Broback and Jason Preston are the visionaries behind this event, which aims to explore the magic and science of visionary leadership and groundbreaking success. DENT on stage talks (39) While so many events and conferences focus on one main track or trending idea, i.e, mobile apps, enterprise software, wearables or connected devices, DENT the Future has focused on creating an “experience” for its attendees, all centered around entrepreneurship, leadership and having “fun.” DENT on stage talks (21) Sessions and discussions ranged from mobile development, gaming, delegation and goal setting to the art of design, crowdfunding, wearable tech, data visualization and decoding the language of glamour. We delved into education and IPs and then onto the importance of creating support networks when building a startup, before embarking on a dialogue with Richard Douglas “Dick” Fosbury, who is one of the most influential athletes in…

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Head to Columbia Tennessee, the Mule Capital of the World for Annual MULE Day

March 15, 2014 by  

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Mule Day is an annual celebration of all things related to mules and is held in Columbia, Tennessee, the “Mule Capital” of the world. Begun in 1840 as “Breeder’s Day”, a meeting for mule breeders, it now attracts over 200,000 people and takes place over four days. In addition to mules, traditional Appalachian food, music, dancing, and crafts are featured. This year’s event will be March 31-April 6, 2014. Mule Day History
“Mule Day” has been a popular Columbia tradition for nearly 170 years, since the 1840s. It began as “Breeder’s Day”, a single day livestock show and mule market event held on the first Monday in April. Over time, “Mule Day” evolved from a single day event into a multi-day festival, attracting thousands of attendees, lasting almost a week. The heavy involvement of Maury County in the mule industry has caused the event to grow over time into “one of the largest livestock markets in the world.” Mule Day Events
If you visit during Mule Day celebrations, you might see a square dance, a mule-driving contest, a horse show, a crafts festival, or attend a flea market. Other events include “working mule”, “best of breed”,…

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The Viceroy’s Sugar Beach Resort & Rainforest Spa in St. Lucia

March 15, 2014 by  

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Head to St. Lucia for a whole lotta luxury at one of the Viceroy’s property – Sugar Beach Resort, where you can choose from Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms, Luxury Villas, Luxury Beachfront Bungalows, and Residences, all of which have spectacular views of the Pitons or the Caribbean Sea. Offering space enough for families and honeymooners alike, Sugar Beach, St Lucia is the premier choice among Soufriere hotels for discerning travelers seeking seclusion and tranquility amid unsurpassed natural beauty. The spacious Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms and Superior Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms are located close to the heart of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort with expansive views of the resort’s tropical gardens and palm lawn. Each room has a private walled garden and plunge pool and boasts the same plantation elegant styling associated with the resort’s luxury villa category. The 11 Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms and Superior Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms are within easy reach of the resort’s Great House, the swimming pool and the white sands of Anse des Pitons. The majority have lovely views of Gros Piton across the waters of the Sugar Mill lily pond and the ruins of an 18th century sugar mill. The…

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German Festival of Fine Arts Quadriennale Düsseldorf Kicks off April 5

March 14, 2014 by  

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The Quadriennale Düsseldorf is a festival of fine arts which occurs every four years with the participation of Düsseldorf’s leading museums, exhibition venues, and the Art Academy, as well as numerous partner institutions. Each edition of the Quadriennale Düsseldorf has a central guiding theme in relation to which all of the participating institutions orient their programs, which include singular monographic and other exhibitions and a wide-ranging supporting program. The result is a distinctive menu of offerings which is presented at four year intervals for art lovers and producers from around the world. The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalenis displaying an exhibition that includes pieces by Kandinsky, Malevich and Piet. The Kunsthalle art gallery will transpose George Orwell’s futuristic novel ’1984′ to the year 2084. A sound installation on the opening night was composed by artist Rochus Aust using a new instrument called the “Quadraphone”.   The Quadriennale Düsseldorf 2014 takes place from 5th of April until 10th of August 2014 under the title Beyond Tomorrow.


Interview with World Renowned Flutist Viviana Guzman

March 11, 2014 by  

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I had a chance to chat with Viviana Guzman recently about her music and how she got started with her career as a flutist. Her first answer really astonished me, so a dialogue continued. Below, a more recent photo of her playing in Easter Island is a far cry from how and where she played music as a child. Viviana grew up in a body cast so she couldn’t run and play like most kids and as a result, she started music lessons when they flipped her over in the hospital gurney where she lived in Chile. It was here and how she learned how to play piano as a child. Chilean-born, she has been described by the New York Times as “an imaginative artist,” who now performs over 80 concerts a year throughout the world and has performed in 120 countries.  By age 15, she had played as a soloist with orchestra, studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal and was featured on NBC’s nationally televised John Denver music special. She has since appeared as soloist with orchestras in Wisconsin, Vermont, Houston, Khabarovsk Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Filharmoncia de Santiago…

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DryCASE Accessories, Perfect for the Adventure Traveler Who Loves Water…

March 11, 2014 by  

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The DryCASE Waterproof Phone Case (DC-13) is a flexible, crystal-clear reusable case that allows for full use of your device while protecting it from water, sand, mud or pretty much anything else you can throw at it! Designed to create a watertight vacuum seal, this case allows you to use your smartphone underwater (up to 100 feet deep). How it works: you merely slip your device inside the DryCASE and use the vacuum hand pump to remove all the air and then use the included neoprene armband to attach the case to your arm or other secure place. It’s a great way to keep your phone with you while swimming, kayaking, windsurfing and more. A built – in three-way headphone jack lets you use both stereo headphones and a microphone to listen to music or take calls. And because of its flexible shape and size, the DryCASE can be used with almost any size phone, camera or MP3 player. It is priced at roughly $40. The DryBUDS Waterproof Headphones (DB-12) can be used while you’re out doing adventure sports and activities, such as snorkeling, swimming laps or playing water

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The Annual Sharjah Light Festival Transforms UAE City

March 11, 2014 by  

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Over a period of 9 days in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, from February 6th to the 14th, 2014, the night shines and the city is reinvented. Urban space is offered an escape from its daily routine… it becomes a new land of mystery. Streets are lit up, architecture is altered, parks and gardens appear under a new light. Magic, light and sound move the audience. For those unfamiliar with Sharjah (الشارقة‎ (ash-shāriqah), it is the third largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, forming part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. It is located along the northern coast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula and has been ruled by the Al Qasimi dynasty since the 18th century. The festival is a special time for exploration and adventure; in each corner a new image appears – the colours are multiplied and endless. Eyes sparkle, questions arise… let’s take a look at the highlights of this fabulous festival from last month. Below is a video to give you a more alive experience of the event. )


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