Ural in Big Sur

Big Sur has been near the top of my ‘places to visit’ list for a while now. This video didn’t do anything to change that, but it did make me long for a sidecar motorcycle. Maybe I could even ride through the long Vermont winter if I had three wheels?


Iron and Resin 2013

It’s cold out, zero degrees Fahrenheit cold. There’s only one thing to do: dream about warm weather, riding motorcycles and camping…

via: Scott Toepfer’s Vimeo

PS: This video introduced me to Ben Howard, for which I’m grateful.


An empty A-train heading downtownIt’s been a while since I wrote anything here. That’s not because I haven’t had anything to share, it’s because I’ve been crazy busy and have tried to spend as much time away from the computer as possible this past summer. Don’t worry, I still spend about ten hours staring at my computer screen every day.

Quick update. Since I last wrote here, Laura and I bought a house. As first time home-owners we are both very excited and slightly overwhelmed with this. We’ve been busy settling in and changing some stuff to make it feel like home. So far it’s been great. We are now officially ‘moved to Vermont‘.

It’s hard to believe that I haven’t been back to NYC since we drove out in a U-Haul almost five months ago. Later this week we are finally heading back down there for a few days. I love it here in Vermont and I haven’t regretted our move at all, but I still love NYC so I can’t wait to visit for a few days (after which I’ll, no doubt, be ready to head back up to Vermont to enjoy the quiet life).

Maybe I’ll post some pictures next week, maybe not. But I promise, it won’t be another two months before I write again.

Manual to the world #1

This is the first in a series of little life lessons, productivity tips and ‘life-hacks’ that I’ll try to post every Friday.  Just before the weekend we all need an excuse to procrastinate a little.  It’s always a good idea to mask procrastination with the excuse of learning something that one day might come in handy.

To start of the series, I’d like to introduce you to Fasten Seat Belts.  This beautifully animated and illustrated website explains local customs to help you avoid awkward situations when traveling abroad.  The sample below explains how in France and Belgium people ‘twist their nose’ to indicate someone is drunk.  As a native from the Kingdom of Belgium, I had never even realized that that is what people do.  It just goes to show how deeply embedded these local habits and customs are and how it will really help you blend in if you are familiar with some of them.

What makes it even more appropriate to open the series with this tip, is that Fasten Seat Belts is produces by 43 Films a non-profit organisation from Brussels, Belgium.  Among 43 Films’ other projects is a documentary about the amazing artist Francis Alÿs. A Belgian artist who lives and works in Mexico City.  Check out his work if you are into artsy stuff!

Without further ado, here’s a little taste.  You’ll have to visit Fasten Seat Belts for more.


[via Swiss-Miss]