Cocktails in Copenhagen

What can I tell you about Copenhagen that a tour book hasn’t already mentioned?

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: What can I tell you about Copenhagen that a tour book hasn’t already mentioned? The two things that come to mind, one of which might actually be on the pages of a Lonely Planet or Rough Guides already: 1) it is tres expensive, 2) there are some really good cocktails being made there. Continue reading “Cocktails in Copenhagen”

The City of Bath

BATH, UK: I paid a visit to the little City of Bath for the weekend recently; a town by American standards I suppose. For being somewhat small and remote place (think back to a time before National Rail), this little town made a huge reputation for itself. A day meandering the streets and walkways is all you need to understand what makes this unique spot in England so remarkable and special. Continue reading “The City of Bath”

London’s Leake Street

LONDON, UK: As a graffiti spot, Leake Street came about in 2008 following Banksy‘s Cans Festival. Open to vehicular traffic before the Eurostar relocated to Paddington Station, it is now a pedestrian tunnel underneath Waterloo Station. Eurostar’s ownership of the tunnel transferred over to National Rail and a short time after that Banksy received permission to have his Cans Festival; ever since, the tunnel has been a graffiti-legal location in Central London. Continue reading “London’s Leake Street”

Art Impersonating Art: Gerard Byrne

LONDON, UK: While visiting the Whitechapel Gallery in London’s East End I was introduced to the work of artist Gerard Byrne, whose work impressed me enough to do a bit of post-viewing research. Simple enough, the Whitechapel Gallery describes Byrne as:

“Renowned for his films installations which re-enact conversations from specific historic moments, Irish artist Gerard Byrne’s (b. 1969) work explores the way we understand the present through revisiting the past.”

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Notes From “Who Owns the Future?” An Evening with Jaron Lanier

“To my mind an overleveraged unsecured mortgage is exactly the same thing as a pirated music file. It’s somebody’s value that’s been copied many times to give benefit to some distant party. In the case of the music files, it’s to the benefit of an advertising spy like Google [which monetizes your search history], and in the case of the mortgage, it’s to the benefit of a fund manager somewhere. But in both cases all the risk and the cost is radiated out toward ordinary people and the middle classes—and even worse, the overall economy has shrunk in order to make a few people more.”

LONOND, UK: The stage is set: two chairs, bottles of water, a flute, a guitar an an unnamable instrument yet to be unveiled. The gentleman behind me notices the instruments on stage and comments, “What are those doing up there?” He clearly hasn’t done his pre-reading on the main attraction: Jaron Lanier.

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