DAVID BYRNE: How Music Works

Did anyone see David Byrne & Michel Lambot speak at the Concertgebouw Saturday night?  Hosted by the John Adams Institute, the premise of the evening "Are Musicians an Endangered Species in the Digital World? 

The event had a good start, but by Q&A time it seemed that our questions were not really being answered and the premise never seemed to be addressed.  Perhaps we were venturing too far into the future to be able to speculate with any degree of certainty?  Nevertheless, I expected more than what I walked away with, but very much enjoyed seeing this famous musician in person.
Snuck this pic super quick

David Byrne's book "How Music Works" is now available in Dutch as "Hoe Muziek Werkt".  He claims that the chapters are independent of one another and that they do not need to be read in sequence.  If you are not interested in a chapter, he says, by all means skip it.  My curiosity is definitely piqued.   Preview the book here.

DUTCH DESIGN: Woonbeurs 2014

I really have come to enjoy Dutch Design and as you might know, I attend the Woonbeurs every year to snoop around and see what's new.  I no longer camp out for the day like I did in the early years.  Now, I just pop in and whiz around to see some favorite magazine installations (VT Wonen, Ariadne at Home, Eigen Huis) and maybe grab a coffee along the way.  I also enjoy stopping by the kitchen area, although Bulthaup hasn't shown in a few years now, so that I can also grab some free nibbles. 

If you didn't get a chance to see the Woonbeurs this year, here are some things I saw.  Also, today is the start of Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (DDW 2014).  Check it out if you can.

CINEKID FESTIVAL: Film, TV & Media Festival

Had an awesome time yesterday at the Cinekid Festival.  I made my intellectual selections and then gave it over to my 10 year old who made me switch tickets for SHORTS by KIDS, which was super fun, a mini-film festival in one hour. We also really enjoyed the YOU TUBERS who were there in person to share their channels and give tips & tricks on how you can do it too. 

The You Tubers

Nothing compared, however, to the hip Medialab where you could geek out for hours or try various contraptions and wizardry.  Not sure if you can still get into any workshops, but highly recommended if you can.  Unplug those kids and go have them go try out some new stuff.  There is also an APP LAB.  The festival is on NOW and through tomorrow, so check out the agenda HERE.

Have a great weekend!
The Medialab

Super cool dog that reacts to you.

 (9 t/m 18 oktober 2014): 
Pazzanistraat 37
1014 DB Amsterdam

+31  (0)20 - 705 15 13 (dagelijks tussen 12.00 en 14.00 uur) 
of stuur een mailtje naar: cinekid@festivaltickets.nl

E-mail: info@cinekid.nl

#WWIM10: Worldwide InstaMeet 10

It is not easy getting me outta my pajamas on Sundays, until way late in the day, but yesterday I was so excited to go to the Worldwide InstaMeet 10 that I was fresh as a daisy and ready to rock before noon.  Shocking, but true.  

We met at the Central Station and were given a tour of the Royal Waiting Chamber.  We had to wear goofy blue bags on our feet so we could tread on the ancient carpets.  I had no idea this place even existed!  There is so much detail in every little part, I thought you might want to see it.  After we left, we made our way through town enjoying good weather and high spirits. 

Was an awesome day!

You can find me and more images @CaliforniaGirlCG on Instagram.   

Great seeing all of you yesterday and am loving browsing through the hashtag above as well as #damworldwide2014 and #igersamsterdam.  So inspiring!

Detail of one of the paintings bordering the room.
The King went up one side and the Queen went up the other.
Gorgeous flying buttresses and stained glass.
@tristanbogaard making an infinity image of the #igers
@marcyives with her groovy new camera
Funnily, I only just realized that is my friend, Captain Reinhard sailing by on the left!
Thanks @my_life_in_amsterdam, @igersamsterdam for organizing.

@marcyives, @californiagirlcg #selfie

Thanks for a great day!

CAR2GO: Modern Mobility

When I first came to Holland, I was impressed by how tiny everything was.  I mean super dinky.  Everything here is small, except for the people, who are the largest in the world.  The cars were the smallest I had ever seen.  It started with the Cinquecento in Italy, which is super cute.   Here in Amsterdam parking is at a premium and so having a compact car is highly desirable.  I lived here when the Smart Car debuted years ago.  It was so odd, looked like a sneaker to me.  Then of course The Mini came out all revamped and sexy.  (Would love to have one of those in SF!)

The thing is, however, you don't really need to drive in Amsterdam.  We all have bikes and there is an excellent public transportation system, pretty much right outside your front door, trams, buses, trains, taxis.  Yet, once in awhile you want to drive somewhere, but not drive back, e.g. when you go to a party.  That is when we jump in the Car2Go.  This is a fantastic alternative to forking out big bucks for a taxi, which is expensive in Amsterdam.

The cars are parked all over town, so you can just pick one up as needed and then leave it at your destination. You simply sign up (free) and then you receive a membership card which enables you to operate the vehicles.  I just got my own membership today, all you need is a valid driver's license and a passport number.  It is super cool, super fan and super EASY. 

Next time you see me, I just might be zipping around in one of these babies.

Be safe out there!