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Getting Lost in Venice

Venetia author Tiziano Scarpa said: “Getting lost is the only place worth going to.” If you’ve been to Venice you know what I mean. It’s like mardi gras meets Harry Potter’s Hedge Maze from Goblet of Fire. I bet there have been people trapped here for years. Frida Giannini, Creative Director of the Italian fashion...
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The Inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis

Today was the Inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the debut of Indy Car’s on the latest version of the internal road course previously. The old road course was used by Formula One and MotoGP. I’ve had the pleasure of attending and/or working F1, MotoGp, Indy 500, and the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway....
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The Best Shave of My Life

This post is a complete rip off from Gear Patrol’s essay titled, The Best Shave I Ever Had. I’m a big fan of their site and as I read this essay, it got me thinking about the wet shaves I’ve had in Palermo, Capri, Kusadasi, Indianapolis, Goa, and Mumbai. So this is my experience sitting...
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Timeless Racing Stripes and Race Car Paint Schemes

The start of the 2014 Formula 1 season brought expectation and excitement. It also introduced a very cool new car design from Williams Formula 1 FW36, with a Martini inspired livery. It’s a tip of the hat to motor racing history and a time of classic design. Here’s the Brabham BT42 from 30 years ago....
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Sakura Season in Tokyo

When the wind hits the Cherry trees, the petals fall, and it looks like Spring is snowing. It’s beautiful. Or how about this? Blossoms are scattered by the wind and the wind cares nothing, but the blossoms of the heart no wind can touch. Yoshida Kenko Sakura basically means Cherry Blossom season. Hanami is the...
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Black and White Sydney

In all my travels, Sydney has been the toughest opponent when it comes to jet lag. It will lull you to sleep, then dump cold water on you at 2am. This time I played it differently. You can’t fall asleep if you don’t stop moving. I landed in Sydney from LAX at 7am. I grabbed...
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24 Hours in Rio de Janeiro

The day started with a quick trip on TAM Airlines from Sao Paulo over the Rio. Then a taxi ride to Ipanema Beach. Which isn’t too shabby. There are two main beaches in Rio – Ipanema and Copacabana – each is filled with breathtaking views, golden sand, beautiful people and lots of soccer. Amazing. For...
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A Sunny Day in Munich

I don’t drink, but Munich might be the best location in the world for day drinking. I’m also vegan, but Munich might be the best snack spot in the world, where you can find sausages and cheese pretzels around every corner. And everything is walkable. Combine all of these factors, and you’ve got the perfect...
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An Afternoon in Paris

I was in Paris for work and we finalized our meetings around 3pm. That left a few hours of great light on a gorgeous day in France. I grabbed my Fujifilm X-Pro 1, a 8mm, 35mm and 85mm lens a got moving with a few colleagues. First stop was the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower...
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Follow @dailydrawing and get a pet monster

Yep, it’s that simple. Follow @dailydrawing (Steven Kraan) on Twitter and use the hashtag #wantsamonster. Be patient and one day, voila! You’ll have your very own drawing. I don’t know much more about Steven, but this is from his Tumblr page: Hi, I’m Steven. A comic artist living in Vancouver. I’m posting every day a...
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The India Brief

I’m back in the US with lots of stats to share. Here goes… Time difference: Mumbai is 11.5 hours ahead. Number of flights taken: 6 Total number of hours flown: 35.25 Longest flight: Mumbai to Newark, 15.75 hours. Airport Codes: IND, EWR, BOM, GOI Images uploaded to Flickr: 142 Times I heard the Call to...
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A Road Trip to Murudeshwara

The trip from southern Goa to Bhatkal Taluk takes 3 hours, one way. On the way down I saw cows, dogs, chickens, cats, pigs and a peacock. I passed Churches, Mosques and Temples. My driver overtook a hundred cars, mopeds, trucks, 3-wheeled cars, bicycles and avoided disenfranchised cows. It’s a stunning drive with lots of...
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Finally made it to Goa

Goa’s been on my list and I’m finally here. What a gift. Such beautiful beaches. I’m at Agonda Beach in Southern Goa. It’s more laid back than the northern beaches. This is a beach where dogs, cows and horses wander freely. And Europeans. Where the colors of India overflow into all areas of life. And...
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Spending India’s 65th Republic Day in Mumbai

I love Sundays in big cities. They take a chill pill and it makes for great wandering. Mumbai got a good dose of sedatives today, despite it being India’s Republic Day, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Constitution of India. It’s obviously a proud and important day to Indians. I felt lucky to be here...
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Saturday in Mumbai

The traffic is considerably lighter on a Saturday in Mumbai. It’s now on par with rush hour in Los Angeles. Again I spent lots of time in a car and despite no regard for any traffic rules, I witnessed zero accidents. There’s something to be said for that. My first visit of the day was...
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My First Day in Mumbai

It’s definitely been an eye opening day. 29 floors up in my nice hotel room, I can still hear the hustle and bustle including the never ending honking of horns. It’s the language of the streets. And those streets may have been designed for 2 lanes but they now make room for at least 5...
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36 Hours at CES 2014

36 hours isn’t enough, but it makes for a jammed packed visit to Las Vegas. It included two work dinners (with great Vegan options) – Allegro at The Wynn and Jaleo at The Cosmopolitan.  Even the luncheon I attended at the Four Seasons included a great vegan plate with tofu and vegetables. Scott Dorsey was...
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Life is a Roller Coaster

Earlier this summer I had a long weekend to myself. Lea and Oliver were visiting her sister and I was left with a wide open schedule. And I had some travel vouchers from Delta Airlines. I thought long and hard about a new adventure, but ended up with something simple. A visit to a city...
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My best photographs of 2013

Each year I pick my best photographs from the year. Here is 2012. Let’s talk about 2013. It started slowly. Over the past couple of years, I’ve written less.  I’ve been quiet with photography. But this summer, that started to change. I began taking more photos. I bought a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 – with some...
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Professional tips and presenting a live web cast

As part of Salesforce now, lots of the ExactTarget Marketing Cloud marketing team ventured out to San Francisco in November for the 100,000+ plus event, Dreamforce. Myself included. Somewhere between our planning for the event and actually arriving, I agreed to host a segment of their live studio coverage, Salesforce Live. Now, you should know...
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Kilian Martin, skateboarder and performance artist

Quite simply, I wanted to share something with you that made me happy. You may not know Kilian Martin. I didn’t until I discovered one of his videos a few months ago. He’s a professional skateboarder that is part artist, part acrobat, part performer and very much an innovator. I’ve never quite seen skateboarding like...
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Rush the Movie

I’ve written quite a few posts about my father and motorsports on this site. My last post on him was about his time in F1, more specifically, the 1970’s when he was beginning his career and first experienced a World Championship in 1976 with James Hunt. I hope you get a sense of the pride...
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A Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and London

I had good timing in buying a camera. It’s allowed me to experiment in two quite opposite locations; Los Angeles and now London. London offers oodles of charming, unpredictable sun light and ever changing weather. I’m here for work shooting a video. Part of this assignment requires b-roll capture of the city. How lucky that...
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Shooting with a CCTV lens

Why would you do such a thing? Good question. I recently purchased a Fujifilm X Pro-1 camera body. It supports interchangeable lenses from Fujifilm and other brands. With a lens adapter, the possibilities and combinations are endless. So I’m going for it. I’m buying standard Fujifilm lenses, old Canon FD lenses, creating some pinhole options...
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