Sarah Slocum’s recent experience at Molotov’s, a lower Haight Street bar where an irate drinker snatched her Google Glass off her face, did a lot to boost her popularity as TV and newspapers covered the incident. But the association with someone who called the incident a hate crime, has not been good for Google Glass.
A bouncer outside Molotov’s
Several prominent Google Glass enthusiasts I know have started to leave their digital goggles at home, and I’ve heard others are doing the same. They don’t want to be associated with Slocum even though they like the wearable technology.
It’s not just the Slocum effect: there’s a sense of manners related to the use of any camera in public that requires people to ask permission.
You can generally see if someone is pointing their phone at you yet it’s difficult to tell if a Google Glass wearer is taking photos, or shooting video. This is especially true in the latest version of Google Glass where the bright tiny screen is now very visible to outsiders and is clearly on even though it might not be recording.
For some tourists, seeing the giraffe-like, long neck women Kayans may seem like just another stop on a Thailand adventure of a lifetime. Many tourist agencies stop by these hill villages between jeep rides through snake-infested jungles and tours of elegant temples. Visitors pile out for a quick photo opportunity with exotic-looking women before tour guides shuttle the group to the next destination.
Who are these women? And should you support this controversial tourism attraction?
Kayan child. Photo courtesy of archer10(Dennis).
Who Are The Kayans?
Two decades ago, an intensifying civil war between Karenni separatists and the Burmese army caused Kayar residents to flee Myanmar. Thailand granted the Kayan temporary stay under “conflict refugee” status. Now, the 500 or so Kayans (also known as Padaung people) live in guarded villages on the northern Thai border.
The tribe has a custom where some women wearing rings to create the appearance of a long neck. This exotic tradition inspired the creation of tourism villages in 1985. Some Padaung moved to these artificial hill tribe residencies with work permits to make a living on tourism. But without citizenship, Kayans…
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…
Since INK started four years ago, INK has built an impressive global community of changemakers and thinkers. With so many incredible women who deserve to be in the spotlight, it only felt right to give these women their own platform to connect, share, and learn, and that is how INK Women
celebrates the struggles, triumphs, and passions of women. The program will connect women with cutting edge technology and ideas, presented by speakers from a variety of professional and personal backgrounds. From women working with women’s issues such as public health and safety, to women at the top of their field, be it finance, science, medicine, or fashion, will come together under the same roof at INK Women. It will be held in Mumbai India on March 8, 2014.
INK Women 2014
March 8th, 2014
More Info: inktalks.com/events/inkwomen2014
The Women’s Travel Fest
is a one-day event that aims to inspire & empower women to travel the world, and help them make newfound travel connections. Founder Kelly Lewis who is the founder of Go! Girl Guides
launched the event this year, and while only in its first year, the New York-based event on March 8 is nearly sold out.
Been thinking about traveling but feel intimidated? Want to get passionate about finding your place in the world? Hoping to meet other awesome, empowered female travelers? Then, this is a great event to attend. The Women’s Travel Fest will get you pumped to travel from their agenda that aims to share knowledge and tips on everything from how to travel through the Middle East as a woman to body image and sexuality abroad. The idea is discuss openly about the things that just aren’t addressed elsewhere, so that women can feel inspired, empowered and make new friends around the globe.
Speakers include Samantha Brown, Sonia Gil, Sarah Shourd, Courtney Scott, Beth Whitman, Christine Maxfield, Sally Thelen, Kate Thomas, Christine Gilbert, Colleen Kelly, Mariallen Ward, Adrienne Lee, Teri Johnson, Carol Cain, Sarah Gavin and
Solo female travel can be daunting in and of itself. Couple that with the thought of eating alone in a foreign country, and some would simply not do it. But as they say, life begins at the end of your comfort zone. For those brave enough to take on independent travel, there are always creative ways to calm jittery nerves before heading out to dinner alone.
Dress For The Occasion
There is a certain level of confidence needed to walk into a restaurant and ask for a table for one. If you need an extra boost, why not get dressed up and give those curious eyes something to stare at? Who doesn’t feel confident slipping into a favorite pair heels, donning a whimsical blouse, or applying that “look at me” red lipstick? Or if you’re a man, a fresh-pressed suit, polished shoes and a nice tie. Naturally, when we feel our best, our self-confidence increases. So put on that special outfit you packed and rise to the occasion.
Partake In Aperitivo
Italian Aperitivo, in a way, is synonymous with the American happy hour. It’s a time to…
In the conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Princess Reema Bint Bandar al-Saud, is daring to take on the status quo by actively employing female store clerks in her high-end department store. This is a big deal in a culture where women are restricted from activities that many others take for granted, such as driving and working outside the home.
Just two years ago, only a few women worked at Bandar al-Saud’s luxe Harvey Nichols store in Riyadh. Today, you see several dozen at a time, busily maintaining the displays and mingling with well-heeled shoppers. The Princess isn’t alone in this endeavor. While women now only represent 15% of the Saudi workforce, many other business owners are welcoming a more inclusive staff, not only in the interest of equality but because according to some, hiring female employees is better for a company’s ROI.
“We are promoting recruitment of Saudi women because they have a low level of attrition, a better attention to detail, a willingness to perform and a productivity about twice that of Saudi men,” said a grocery store manager with branches throughout the kingdom. To mitigate concerns…
An international team of heavy hitting women in Street Art are the centerpiece of the Wynwood District this weekend as Jeffrey Deitch returns to Miami
to co-curate Women on the Walls. Reprising a more central role for Wynwood Walls that he played when Tony Goldman first established this outdoor mural playground, Deitch says he is reserving center stage exclusively for the women this year as a way of highlighting their history and growing importance in the graffiti/street art scenes around the world.
“It’s to correct the historical imbalance,” says Deitch as he talks about the new wall murals painted this week and the accompanying gallery exhibition showcase that celebrates the contributions of outstanding women artists in a scene that, with a few notable exceptions, has been primarily run by the guys.
Miss Van at work on her wall. (photo © Martha Cooper for Wynwood Walls)
“After this historical imbalance there was something that needed to be addressed about the misperception that graffiti is just a boys club,” says the enthusiastic bespectacled curator who shares the role for this show with the team of Janet Goldman, Jessica Goldman Srebnick, Meghan Coleman, and Ethel Seno.
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