While I didn’t begin 2014 in Paris (or Savoie or the French Riviera) as I’d hoped, I have been all over the place since January. Writing this from an Amtrak back to NY, I’m thankful (I think) to be looking at at least 3 weeks without an airplane ride in sight.

So far, 2014 has included two trips to Miami, SXSW in Austin (a week that feels like a month-long technology/pop culture/alcohol infused bootcamp), monthly visits to DC combined with as-long-as-I’m-in-the-area, Richmond; and last week, New Orleans. It was such a pleasure to end this round of travel in the Big Easy. One of my most favorite places in the world. 

Here’s the brief recap, work version:

engagelive:

Last week, Frontier Live teamed up with Frontier Culture to host an offsite in the great city of New Orleans. We augmented the executive development imperative (Culture) with on-the-ground experiences that included a jazz lunch, discussions with local writers and authors, museum visits, and a whisky dinner with one of the best bartenders in town. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

But New Orleans proved to be an incredibly rich environment for learning. The city has been through a decade+ of hard times, redevelopment, reinvention, and is now on the upswing. New businesses are starting up all over town, and 8% of the current population are expats who’ve relocated to New Orleans from cities like New York and San Francisco. We heard more than once that New Orleans is the best it’s been in a long time. 

There’s a lot to learn from that.

vintagegal:

Debbie Harry photographed at home by Mick Rock

She, ^^, the amazing Deborah Harry, is going to be @ SXSW this year. 
I. can’t. even.

vintagegal:

Debbie Harry photographed at home by Mick Rock

She, ^^, the amazing Deborah Harry, is going to be @ SXSW this year. 

I. can’t. even.

Video: Bill Cunningham | A Little Seasoning

A delightful video on the color of the season (in NY).

soundcloud:

SoundClouder of the Day | couchwaker 

There are many interesting looping effects going on in SoundClouder of the Day couchwaker's piano composition Wendur, but our favorite is the one where he makes a single piano note sound like it’s skidding to a stop. It’s as if the note were a ball that’s been dropped and is bouncing faster and faster. Keep an ear out. 

Wow, this is gorgeous.