Sunday, June 24, 2007

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Pictures of Atlanta

The pictures show: My room and my view and a thunderstorms coming in over Atlanta. Also some pictures from the subway and the aquarium.

Hatsa luego!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Play the ball where the monkey drops it

The conference is over and it is with sadness that I leave 3500 participants and designers to their own destiny. I can only say I want to go next year! It is going to be in Boston so that might just work out.

I have had a great time and made many friends here and many BFF (best friends forever). We have discussed topics that are the same all over the world. Such as how to sell an idea to a client, how to make profit and still do the things you love to do, and how to manage creatives. I have gotten a lot of ideas and a lot of things I want to try when I get back home.

I could live on Carrol street
The other night we all went (Jon, Ana, Joanna, Gaia, Damien, Lewis, Kurt and Eric) to a nice restaurant on Carrol Street. The whole street looked like it was a surfers joint with buildings almost coming apart but with nice decorative colors and very artistic. The restaurant itself had different tables with different chairs, each with its own personality. The food was nice too. I ordered a tuna steak with rice. Delicious. Later I had to go to do the CD-swap so I left everybody and found the 40 people that I traded CDs with. So now I have 40 CDs with different kinds of music - that is going to take a year to listen to all of that! So afterwards I was think of meeting up with the people on Carrol Street but decided that I would try the Pub-crawl instead. So I ended up in a cab with Alexis and some other people. Alexis and I had a great time and we had a few beers at Neighbor and at Dark Horse. I also spoke with people from the CD-trade and got to say hello to Smitcat, Jenny Payne and David Schaffer. We had a great time.

A party in an aquarium
Well there has to be a first time for every experience but if some one told me when I was born that I would go to a party in an aquarium I wouldn't belive them. But it was awesome and I got some great pictures that I will post soon.

Let the monkey decide. There is a golfcourse in India where the monkey changed the rules of the game of golf. The monkey kept coming in from the forest and picking up the balls. So the humans created a wall but the monkey came upp with ideas of getting over the wall. So the humans captured the monkeys and took them to other forests further away but then other monkeys took their place and still kept picking up the ball. Finally the humans changed the rules. So from now on my new motto is Play the ballsy where the monkey drops it.

Karen Salomensohn is a great speaker by the way. Visit her website here.

Hasta pronto

Friday, June 8, 2007

The Atlanta Report

This report might not get as much viewers as the news about Paris Hilton reentering court for another session. Hope she gets to stay in jail this time.

But Atlanta is great. I have now been here for almost two days and it feels like I have been here longer. Travelling by myself I thought this would mean I would get a lot of time at the hotel lying by the pool and reading books. But as it turns out the hotel is very boring and so is the pool (and also I forgot to bring books). So I have instead been occupied in trying to figure out what Atlanta is all about. The city held the Olympics in 1998 and is also the home of Martin Luther King Jr. The later raises a lot of questions about how the city is coping with racial issues and I must say that still today it is bad or even worse than it has been just a few years ago. This is just an assumption from my part but I get the feeling the Americas thriving economy and the fact that Katarina destroyed most of New Orleans has gathered many poor people in the streets of Atlanta. I usually use the subway here to get around, the MARTA its called (very silly name) but is very nice and takes me around the city for a reasonable price. The people using the subway are manly black (90% I would say) beacuse all the white people use their cars instead. I can understand why as I walk around down town I constantly get stopped by people asking me for money. It is a bit anoying but then again I get to know the city like it is and not from behind the car window.

Yesterday I was took the subway and bus to a place called Atlantic Station. Here I could definetly feel more european than in the other parts of the city. This is a nice and secure area with a lot of shops and restaurants. I went to a restaurant there called the Grape and the first thing I did was order a beer. The russian bartender Alex told me they only serve wine (that might have something to do with the name). So he gave me a glas of a Shiraz called four sisters. He definetly knew a lot about wines and he also knew what wines I wanted to drink. To go with that I ordered lamb chops. I thought it was going to be a big plate but sadly just three chops and some sauce.

Later on two girls and a guy came in and sat next to me at the bar and we started chatting. They were very friendly and I explained what I was doing in Atlanta. After awhile a couple came in. They wanted to sit by the bar but there was only one chair so I said that they could have mine. They were very grateful and we started chatting aswell. It turned out that they were going to get married in a couple of weeks so the owner of the bar gave us all a glas of champagne and we toasted for them. The two girls and the guy asked me if I wanted to join them and look at a movie at the cinema right across the street. I forgot momentarily that I was still very jet laged and accepted the offer. We went and saw Knocked Up. It was a very funny comedy about a one-night stand going wrong and the girl deciding to keep the baby. After the movie I was very tired and took a cab home to the hotel. I feel asleep immediately and woke up with a slight headache.

Today I went to the CNN building and went on a tour to see how they do the news. It was nice to see but I think the Arts museum that I went to yesterday was a lot more bang for the buck. Especially the Anne Liebovitz (something like that) excibition was very moving and left me startled with amazement. I had no idea what kind of a photographer she was but I definitely feelt a connection with a lot of her work and they way she works.

Tonight I think I am going to just read a new book that I have just bought. When the conference starts on sunday I want to be fresh and awake.