I’m at the North Sea Jazz festival and it’s been really amazing seeing everyone from Robert Glasper (go Houston!) to meeting Derrick Hodge, Dr Lonnie Smith (72), Benny Golson (85!), Jason Moran (Houston!), and Jonathan Blake. Took a break today and visited the amazing restaurant De Librije from chef Jonnie Boer. Here are some pictures from that trip:
Chris Young of Chefsteps took me up in a glider while I was in Seattle and it was an amazing experience. There are some great organizations dedicated to it like the Soaring Society, and I’m planning on taking some lessons this summer, probably in the Tahoe area. The acrobatics were a blast, but my favorite was just the elegance of the more gentle flight, catching thermals and floating over the world with no engine and super-panoramic views. After gliding I met some fellow Automatticians for drinks, and Sam from Audrey.
Got to see a few of the talks including Harry Shum, Quddus Philippe, and Tony Hsieh, and got a few good pictures of Janelle Monae before my camera broke. Guest photographer: Matthew Spindler.
At the Life is Beautiful music festival in downtown Las Vegas, got to see Knocked Up Kids, Imagine Dragons, Childish Gambino, and San Francisco tech band Cover Flow.
I went to Burning Man for the first time in 2013. It was an interesting experience, to say the least. It is probably the most visually stimulating place on the planet for the week it goes on, but I resisted the temptation to take too many photos and just tried to take it all in. I was mostly successful, here are some snaps I couldn’t resist taken over the course of a few days.
I think it was Dustin Curtis who said something along the lines of “you can learn a lot about someone by their bucket list,” and he had posted his publicly recently. (Posting it is a great idea by the way, people will help you with it.) I began to think about mine, which was a little strange because I’ve been trying to move away from desiring things or experiences and just be more grateful in the present, but immediately a few music ones came to mind: have WordPress name-checked in a major hip-hop song, be in a rap video, and perform with one of my favorite artists (somehow).
It was less than a week later I got an email from a friend who was helping organize a hush-hush event where Jay-Z would sing his song Picasso Baby over and over 6 hours while interacting with various artists and an audience as a performance piece, and there might even be an opportunity to be one of the people he interacted with. My jaw dropped.
Flying into Memphis, I believe.
Visiting 10 Downing (powered by WordPress) with some Web Summit folks and got a few pictures in the entry room. We spoke with Tim Luke, one of the Number 10 policy members focused on business and enterprise. I asked how the UK government thought about cyber security, and he actually thought about it as a growth area because they have a lot of security expertise. Afterward went to East London to visit with the Memrise team at their super-cool office.
Had a cool opportunity to walk up the cable to the top of the the first tower of the Bay Bridge today with folks from the Bay Lights project. You walk right up the cable/pipe to the top, it actually wasn’t that hard. Once on top the vistas were amazing. I tried to grab some photos of the hardware behind the lights at the top of the cables. The top of the tower is 526 feet high, and 280,000 cars drive on the bridge every day, making it the second busiest bridge in the world. Guest photos by Lucas Saugen.
Got to watch the start of the America’s Cup race in San Francisco from a boat, sometimes very up close to the action.
At the David Bouley Test Kitchen in New York.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour flew over San Francisco and I snapped a few pictures of it from my patio.
Day two at the WWW Conference included more great music and conversations including Yo-Yo Ma, Matt Groening, David BRooks, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Norman Lear, Herbie Hancock, Mark Cuban, Dan Ariely, and Quincy Jones.
A few snaps from a day at the grand Automattic meetup in San Diego.