Monday, September 10, 2007

Summertime and the living is easy....

For the past two weeks I was able to luxuriate and learn the meaning of "slowing down" as I drove from the hub of Paris into the lush green countryside of Normandy and then along the jewel-like ocean water coastline of Brittany. While my cares slipped away with each kilometer, I settled into what would be a new experiment for me--relaxing. This was a new concept for me and I had no other choice as I was about to experience the true meaning of "French Holiday" in a foreign land, speaking a foreign language and meeting new people (all foreigners)! I realized that this New Yorker was so used to schedules and timetables and rushrushrush that I was going to have to learn how to live in unstructured time.

...And learn I did. Waking up with no agenda and meandering downstairs for breakfast of coffee and crepes, sometimes I'd get a walk into town to check out the little market or just sit in the sun in the hydrangea-infused garden before lunch at 1:00. Some days we'd ride bikes into town, down to the beach or drive to another spot along the coast to amble on the famous granite rose rocks.

Growing up for a part of my life in Skaneateles, the smallest Finger Lake in Central NY, I was used to chilly water for swimming, but nothing compares to the ice-cold waters in Brittany. Every day my friend's aunt and neighbors would "take a bath" in the frigid manche. And I'd never seen the tide go out such vast differences. Just like in picture postcards with little dingys sitting on their rudders, waiting for the end of the day when they'd finally get to rest again on buoyant waters.

Driving through little towns on little windy roads past hedges and hedges of hydrangeas, quaint little stone houses and churches in town squares, I was beginning to imagine myself in a different life altogether.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Clear flyin'

Thursday, August 2nd I signed up for FlyClear.com, thanks to a discount I get as a Webby Awards Judge. WhooHoo!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Buzzing Business

Starting August off with a kick I had another healthy lunch with WomensBiz (http://womensbiz.us/) president and publisher Elaine Taylor-Gordon. Ms. Taylor-Gordon regaled me with her fascinating professional career as we also chatted about collaborations and other strong business women--like Christine Comaford-Lynch (mightyventures.com)

Friday, July 20, 2007

A WWWACKy-type Reunion

After some trekking, on July 20th, former New Yorker (now San Franciscan) Josh Masur, current New Jersey-er Howard Greenstein and (guess who?!) Tery Spataro and I, found ourselves at the quaint Penelope's Café on Lexington for some super yummy mac and cheese and snacks. Definitely check out the DailyEats video on this one! Cheesy topics included "the good ol' days," "global warming," "politics," "raising kids," "kids at camp," and "pita chips vs. real chips" with guacamole.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Almighty Days

Wednesday, July 4th I saw Evan Almighty. I loved it! (Happy Independence Day too.)

Thursday, July 5th I got my hair trimmed at Bumble & Bumble. If you need a good colorist and stylist, see my peeps downtown: Sarah for hair and Joe for "colah."

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Moving Over to Mac

Tuesday, July 3rd I bought a white macbook. Now what should I do? Is it silly for a girl to buy a macbook just to have video chat with her boyfriend?

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Family Style Fun

Swinging out of June on some spaghetti at Sambucco's on June 30th, I dined on massive family-style dishes with Tery Spartaro (MindArrays.com), Brad Paley (http://didi.com/) Renee Edeleman (Edelman PR) and Mike Meyers (NowPublic.com). Not only were the conversations swirling around enlightening topics and the mundane, but the food was delicious! Check out the food write-ups and pics on DailyEats.com too!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Chillin' wit a cellist

Sideways sprinkles didn't deter birthday revelers for cellist Kate Dillingham's (http://katedillingham.com/) birthday party on the former boat of former president William H. Taft at the 79th Street Boat Basin and the Hudson River on Thursday, June 29th. Not only did I get to catch up with the lovely Kate and her mother, meet her sister and her TV camera-man boyfriend, but I got to meet TV producer Peter Powell and famous actress Rita Gam. Rita and Peter enthusiastically told me about their "World Of Beauty" TV series on PBS and how they are seeking partners to continue the show in other countries. It was such a compelling idea, we met weeks later at a private club for lunch to discuss collaborating.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Social Networking For Real

Global networking was the theme at the Regency Hotel on June 27th as I met PS Capital LLC Chairman (http://pscapital.net) Ron Posner other networking mavens through Liza Svenson (Liza Svenson Communications). Cocktail parties, beach parties, dinner parties here and abroad were the foundations for what turned into broad-based conversations.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

A MORE fulfilling lunch

What could be "more" interesting than a meeting with MORE magazine editor Peggy Noonan? LUNCH with MORE editor Peggy Noonan! On Thursday, June 14th, we dined on the classic Asian fusion fare at Pulse Café in Rockefeller Center while Peggy filled me in on what MORE is doing, their work with the CARE foundation and adventures to Peru for this cause.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Heartpounding Breakfasts

My heart-beat was a'pumpin' as I pumped my bike up to Heartbeat restaurant in the Lexington Ave. W on Tuesday, June 12th. And then my heart was pumping extra hard as I snarfed down a big ol' breakfast of eggs and biscuits with some heart-pounding coffee with Ascend Worldwide Managing Director Gehan Talwatte. Catching up on mutual friends like HighBeam Research, Inc.'s CEO Patrick Spain and the cyber "scene" in general between gulps of coffee!

Friday, June 08, 2007

A Marvelous Makeeva Moment

Product and furniture designer Alyona Makeeva has cause to celebrate, and did so in classic Alyona style on May 11th at Angelos's on Houston. She was recently featured as a visionary designer at the International Design Awards (http://www.idesignawards.com) for her famous sleeping-bag-for-two. Take a look at the running animation where the Adam & Eve Bag scrolls by near the beginning.

Problems with Paypal

Recently I've also had a bout of miserable encounters with Paypal and their policies with transferring money into a bank account. I'm helping a friend set up her account and apparently if the bank account information is entered incorrectly more than twice, there's no way to get your money unless you accept getting it in small increments (like $50 a month till it runs out) or set up another bank account. Not only have the people I've had to deal with at Paypal been less-than-helpful in their "I can't think like a human and do anything outside of the written guidelines in my manual nor can I let you speak with a supervisor who will tell you the same thing," but the timeframes between activity is prehistoric.

Stop the Smoke!

Living in cities challenges anyone to learn how to deal with difficult people and situations. I have been dealing with a cigarette and pot smoke situation that hasn't been resolved for over four years. I am learning how ineffective our city's 311 system for Citizen Complaints has been dealing with this addictive and rageaholic superintendent and an ineffective landlord. Smoke filtering from the basement of my building into my apartment forces me to run an industrial air filter continuously. It's proven that second-hand smoke can cause lung cancer in non-smokers and as an asthma sufferer it's doubly dangerous. Not only do I live with the constant annoyance of cigarette smoke from my super, his teenage son and their cronies also smoke pot at least twice daily. Incidentally, they also think they're in a band and practice their instruments, which is an entirely other annoyance. So, it was a great coincidence to get this link -- http://www.banish.com/ -- from my Austin, TX connection Michael Foster as I was also investigating Ash.org. While my goal is to get the smoking to stop in the basement (which is another building code violation), this product might help him smell better when I have to pass him in the hallway! If anyone else has any other suggestions, please let me know! Thanks!

Fotki's Top 100

Congratulations to Fotki! One of CNET's Top 100 finalist! Vote for them today!
http://www.webware.com/html/ww/100/2007/media.html

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Woes at Woolworth

Thursday, June 7th was an exciting day as I had my credit card cancelled due to an unauthorized purchase for $847.44 at Woolworth's in the UK. Well, *somebody's* got an awful lot of new tube socks! Harumph!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Happy 8 to Angelwish

On June 1 Angelwish turned 8 years old. Learn more about this significant organization helping children with Aids.

Arts and Entertainment

Happy Rainy Friday Cyber Scenesters!

Well, I have been remiss in writing and my last missive, on June 25th, was short of skimpy, so herewith I shall attempt to divulge in various and sundry topics.

It's very exciting when people in your path becoming increasingly (and deservedly) successful Case in point is James Sanders who's book "Celluloid Skyline" was the basis for a Time Warner Classic month-long showcase from May 25th - June 22nd. [http://www.tcm.com/2007/celluloidskyline/index.jsp] The unveiling of a grand multimedia exhibition in Grand Central Terminal was on Tuesday, June 5th and I attended after some tapas at Cinema Restaurant with dear ol' Dad and graphic artist Emmanuel Joubeaud. The soiree was swirling with fans of James'--some old familiar A-listers and some new people like mediabistro.com's Education, Events & Multimedia director Carmen Scheidel. After a swing around the exhibits we were off to Lincoln Center for the ballet. "Fin."

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Cocktails with Courtney ~ Memorable May

Well, as advertised, the May "Cocktails with Courtney" on May 30 was Memorable. There was an international mix of attendees ranging from Barcelona, Paris, Wall Street, France, Connecticut, Wiliamsburg, Jackson Heights and the East Village! Based on a stellar review of the incredible protein ice cream bars L'essence in my December 22nd issue (http://www.pulitzer.com/thecyberscene/2006/12/pulitzercomment-adieu-2006.html), L'essence CEO Richard Guida donated a box of these powerfully good-and-good-for-you treats to the event, hand-delivered by his charming representatives Kathryn Bollmann and Deirdre Samsel. Aleks Jakulin discussed social networking (face-to-face) opportunities in other European countries; Biba Pedron (Biba4Network.com) and Bernardo Joselevich (bernardoslist.com) discussed the tipping point of networking events and actor Christopher King (http://www.apologist-movie.com) entertained Cecilia Vernes. Artist Jillian Corbett (http://www.wingnyc.com/) amused graphic artist Emmanuel Joubeaud with her "shark" bag leading into a conversation about Moby Dick with artist Mark Bloch (http://panmodern.com/).

Friday, May 25, 2007

NYC's World Trade Week

The plethora and variety of events during World Trade Week, May 21-25, kept those interested in international trade occupied as they traversed the city whilst dealing with business travel, tax and trends in other countries. The week was kicked off with an International Awards Breakfast on Monday, May 21 honoring New York companies that have been active in international trade.

Celluloid and

Happy Rainy Friday Cyber Scenesters!

Well, I have been remiss in writing and my last missive, on June 25th, was short of skimpy, so herewith I shall attempt to divulge in various and sundry topics.

It's very exciting when people in your path becoming increasingly (and deservedly) successful Case in point is James Sanders who's book "Celluloid Skyline" was the basis for a Time Warner Classic month-long showcase from May 25th - June 22nd. [http://www.tcm.com/2007/celluloidskyline/index.jsp] The unveiling of a grand multimedia exhibition in Grand Central Terminal was on Tuesday, June 5th and I attended after some tapas at Cinema Restaurant with dear ol' Dad and graphic artist Emmanuel Joubeaud. The soiree was swirling with fans of James'--some old familiar A-listers and some new people like mediabistro.com's Education, Events & Multimedia director Carmen Scheidel. After a swing around the exhibits we were off to Lincoln Center for the ballet. "Fin."

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Roundtable on Silicon Alley 2.0

The Polytechnic University ITE, NYMIEG and Trylon/SMR/NY convergence Roundtable on Silicon Alley 2.0 on May 23rd drew a great crowd and conversation about the relationship between large and small companies in Silicon Alley. The panelists and breakout sessions added a lot to the event and enabled us to learn about different points of view and get a deeper understanding of some of the issues and challenges confronting the different constituents in the Silicon
Alley community. www.thenewnewmedia.squarespace.com

The Best use of Speed Dating

I've heard of speed-networking, speed-dating and now Speed Dating Politique! (http://www.afrik.com/article11789.html and http://www.la-croix.com/article/index.jsp?docId=2303970&rubId=4076) This, I have to say, is the best use of the "speed" concepts. The concept, recently used prior to the French elections gave citizens a chance to hear soundbites from each candidate and then pose questions. Nice and efficient. Voila!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Cocktails with Courtney ~ and others! (event listings)

* "Cocktails with Courtney"
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at MyBefana (116 West Houston St. btwn Thompson and Sullivan). 7:00 - 9:00 PM www.pulitzer.com
Rsvp

* Computers for Youth's 2nd annual Tech Leadership Awards ~
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM ~ www.cfy.org

* Social Media Workshop: NYC
When: June 19, 8:30am - 5:30pm
Where: BB King¹s, Times Square NYC
Hosted by Social Media Club
RSVP: http://www.socialmediaworkshop.com/newyorkcity-june-2007/
***Now through May 25th, use discount code ³COURTNEY² for an additional 5% off By clicking http://socialmediaworkshop3.eventbrite.com/?discount=COURTNEY before you register**

* World Trade Week takes place from May 21-25, 2007 -- "Small Business Success in the Global Marketplace: Strategies, Resources and Networks" -- starts next week! This week is a celebration of international trade and commerce in the greater New York City area. To register for the International Awards Breakfast and to view our calendar of events, please visit www.wtwnyc.org today! Dont miss this unique educational and networking opportunity.

Uli Schmid-Maybach: Maybach Foundation - Tamar Alexia Fleishman


Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to Uli Schmid-Maybach -- who called from Germany -- about all of his philanthropic and business ventures. Uli is the great-grandson of Dr. Wilhelm Maybach, who with business partner Gottlieb Daimler, developed the first Mercedes car. Wilhelm was orphaned at the age of 10. Drawing and making designs in a progressive orphanage, he was discovered and mentored by Daimler, which not only changed his life, but also the world. This is why the Maybach family is so in tune with the concept of mentoring: they know it works.

The very charming Uli described how he had just been a part of the Milliken Conference, piloting a unique medical component to the mentoring program. "We're scrambling to do the follow up!" he exclaims. They are involved in an AIDS project in Uganda, as well as finding medical leaders who are doing post-doctoral work. He is also starting a photography mentoring program that will bring together Israelis and Palestinians. Another program involves architecture to bring together Americans and Middle Easterners. Their main mentoring program seeks out young people - ages 15 to 24 - who are disadvantaged (orphaned like Wilhelm Maybach, handicapped, etc.) or from developing countries. "Somebody has to take an interest in that person. It's the luxury of connecting," Uli points out.

Uli has a chemistry background and an MBA from the prestigious Thunderbird School of Global Management. I wondered what type of family pressures he might have had in picking a career. "You know, my family's values are very strong... and modest. Even though there are Daimler-Chryslers that are $400,000, I am in the market for a Prius, myself. It's socially responsible. My parents were pro education. Out of the 4 kids -- 2 boys and 2 girls -- there's a sculptor, a photographer, artist, and me. My great-grandfather and grandfather never even owned an automobile."

Uli Maybach uses the latest technology in his efforts: "There's a lot of software! We're looking different software packages for outreach. It's hard to automate that, the personal touch is still needed. But we are training people to use Sales Force and Tapestry.

The Maybach family also owns a winery in the Napa Valley with the brand name, "Materium". "We just had our first production, very small, very premium. Less than 500 cases. It's half gone! My brother in involved, too. But I'm involved with the numbers and contracts."

The Maybach Family Foundation is has been working through Daimler-Chrysler in sponsoring the Cannes Film Fest. I asked Uli about that. "With our model, we look for where those people gather." The foundation will be working with Quincy Jones on some projects. Uli points out that The Maybach Family Foundation working in tandem with a corporation for philanthropic purposes may be the first partnership of its kind.

I asked Uli what type of business ventures he'd be involved with if not for the foundation. "Before getting into this project, I was into real estate - sustainable, green projects. I see that people are willing to pay a premium for smart design, environmentally conscious development. I get a great deal of satisfaction from that. I would probably start doing that in California, where we have rose-colored glasses on the coast!"

Wild Things (Rock) Center Stage

There's always something new at Rockefeller Center and while they were in process of tearing down The Players golfing course expo, they carted in a giraffe, an ostrich and a baby zebra for a fashion segment on "Safari."
On Google Video: nbcsafari.wmv

Communing Reunion

While I didn't see many ITPers or fellow Tischers that I knew, for that matter at the NYU Reunion on Saturday, May 12th, I had a fabulous time dancing with Gallatin grad (and actor) Christopher King (http://www.apologist-movie.com/) and Tisch alum (teacher/actor) Christine Drayer. The food wasn't too bad and I even got up close and personal with Bobcat! My first time! Whew! Of course, the 6 degrees of separation connections are always at work -- Christopher's mom (Jeanne King) happens to be the president to the Newswomen's Club of New York! (http://newswomensclubnewyork.com/) Listen up all literary ladies of the Net--join up! They have an Internet division for their Front Page Awards dinner too!

A Stella Opening

If you haven't seen the Frank Stella exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (including his sculptures on the rooftop garden), I recommend a visit. The large and often colorful pieces are intermingled with large natural wood and metal sculptures and challenge our ideas of houses and places to reflect. Having to wander through the new Greek and Roman Galleries to the opening night event, on Monday, April 30th, was a treat as well. Of course, as you'll see from my photos, I was a little more fascinated by the very serious French busts!

A Bike, A Bell and A Buddha

Heading Westward (from the Lower East Side) to NYC's Meat Market District, entrepreneur-turned-VC Marc Bell (http://www.marcbell.com/) was hosting a *fab*ulous dinner party at the chichi Buddha Bar, also on Tuesday, May 15th. Ever the efficient New Yorker I rode my trusty bike over, but can you believe the lock wouldn't work so I had to turn around. Life always presents challenges and I think this night it was important for me to realize not to fight it!

Supernova's Networking

Supernova's tagline is a good call to all tech-dot-com-Internet-emerging businesses: "Be challenged. Be provocative. Be productive." It's over 10 years since our world was challenged, provocative and productive. I think we're heading into a new phase of that, as does Mark Stalhman who was expounding on the 7-year cycle of things at the Supernova NYC cocktail reception on Tuesday, May 15th at the Gallery Bar on Orchard Street. Whilst talking with Tristan Louis, he explained how many cycles he's actually been a part of; let's just say he's seen it all and probably done it all! As we chatted, Social Media Club's Howard Greenstein snapped a photo and behind us were Connie Connors, Daphne Kis and Isabel Walcott Hillborn.

Greeting guests as they arrived were Supernova's Kevin Werbach who I immediately got a pic with. As I ventured forth for what was a quick round I passed Stephanie Agresta, Right Media's Jodie Kahn and MediaKat/Journalist Katherine Heires. There are a lot more snaps online so check out all the other fabulous people (like Innonate.com's Nate Westheimer). Oh. And you can find out more about Supernova at: http://www.supernova2007.com/

Friday, May 11, 2007

"Cocktails with Courtney"

"Cocktails with Courtney"
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at MyBefana (116 West Houston St. btwn Thompson and Sullivan). 7:00 - 9:00 PM www.pulitzer.com
Rsvp: cocktails@pulitzer.com?subject="Yes, Rsvping"

JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS

Occasionally I tap into my network to help qualified people find a job. Today I've got several compelling opportunities for the right person. I'm looking for a great web designer who can support the marketing department at a major media company and create ads and marketing materials. Furthermore, I have some interesting interactive sales opportunities lately - an Eastern Sales Director, a Strategic Sales Director and a Regional Sales Manager. More details on all of these jobs can be found at http://www.hartnicksearch.com/MediaSearch.html. If you are interested in any of the positions, please email kelliott at hartnickconsulting.com and put "referred by Courtney Pulitzer" in the subject line. Thanks and good luck to you!

NY Business Networking! On Espresso!

Thursday, May 10th was a bevy of networking opportunities and it started off early at the New York Business Connection networking event at the New York Bar Association. I met some savvy networkers and based on the level of professionalism I definitely would attend their events again. First, appropriately, I met Beth Phillips who has her own firm consulting others on career transitions and development. Appropriate in that yes, I am looking for some new digs to hang my hat during the days. (If you hear of anything--let me know!) New York Commercial Collections, Inc. president Manny Kyriannis, New England Financial representative Gerald Silberman and KLEAR Electrical Corp's Ira Ketive were all pleasant and friendly as we worked the room. Invited by David Leffler, fellow seasoned networker Bernardo Joselevich and I laughed as I tried to get to one of the desirable croissants in as graceful way possible. David also introduced us to Hit Show Club president Eric Rock. Before heading out I had the fortune of also meeting Sun Communications Group's Paramjit Mahli who was certainly in her element as she organizes networking events for lawyers!

An Expedia-itious Morning!

Well you never know what's going to happen in a day and just after I finished parking my bike Wednesday morning, May 9th, my eye caught the snazzy and jazzy sights and sounds of the Expedia suitcase team. There before my big blue eyes were nearly a bakers dozen of slim attractive men in bright yellow and blue uniforms, sporting Aviators and slicked back hair. And then their dance routine began! Oh my! What a breakfast treat! And then, to add to my amusement and amazement they were looking for volunteers to help sing the jingle. Well, dear readers, you know me--never one to shy away from helping another promote a worthy cause! (And I do love traveling!), so perhaps you'll see me chiming in on expedia.com one of these days. If you do--let me know!

Grimm Tales in the Marines

Lawyers David Leffler and Jennifer Rose recently blogged about a Chicago legal case where a high school boy, Allen Lee, was brought up on criminal charges for writing a paper in his creative writing class that contained a number of violent references. This had repercussions beyond school as well, as the Marine Corps has discharged Allen from his contract, ending his career with the Marines before it ever began.

To kick off their campaign to highlight the absurdity of it all they're asking people to quote what would today likely be controversial language from a classic piece of literature, and post it on their blogs, or if you don't have a blog, leave a comment. For his first contribution, David included a quote from Grimm's Fairy Tales!

For Dogs Only

Unfortunately my dog is fixed, but for anyone who hasn't yet, this item was brought to my attention, and might come in use. Just remember it's "dogs only!"

Calling all WildCats! NYU Reunion

Calling all NYUers!!! It's that time again. Graduations and reunions and this weekend is NYU's reunion. And I know there are a lot of ITPers on this list, so dust off your suit coat (or not) and come to the festivities. Here's the site with all the information: http://alumni.nyu.edu/weekend2007/index.html

Among the many exciting events, you can join fellow NYU alumni and members of the Entertainment, Media and Technology industries for a panel discussion on the trend towards digital media and its effect on the music industry. Panelists for the event include: Chris Barron, Recording Artist and Lead Singer of The Spin Doctors; Steve Masur, Esq., Managing Partner for MasurLaw; Rob Weitzner, VP, Business Development, IODA (Independent Online Distribution Alliance) and Adam Zelinka (BMUS '01), Founder, Fanatical Marketing - a boutique entertainment consulting agency. Catherine Moore, Director of the Music Business Graduate Program, NYU Steinhardt School, will moderate. Hosted by the EMT Committee of the NYU Stern Alumni Council. Schimmel Auditorium, Tisch Hall, Lower Level. 40 West 4th Street. 11:15 AM-1:15 PM

And then I'll see you at the Saturday night gala at the Grand Hyatt Grand Central Empire Ballroom Start the evening at a cocktail reception with alumni from your decade, follow it with a scrumptious gourmet dinner, and then dance to the lively music of The Stingers. This year we're celebrating the reunion classes of '02, '97, '92, '87, '82, '77, '72, '67, '62, '57, '52, and '47! Cost: $100 per person ($65 per person for classes of 1996-2006)

Hope you can make it. It would be great to see some folks there!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Venture Architect's ToggleToolbar

Venture Architects Labs, a new division of Venture Architects released their first product -- ToolbarToggle. Venture Architects LLC managing director Melissa E. Krinzman writes that "Office 2007 has replaced the toolbar and menu system for Word, Excel and PowerPoint with a new user interface called the Ribbon. While there are many benefits to the Ribbon, there are also some drawbacks - namely that Office 2007 users must learn a new navigational system for all the functions performed in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. ToolbarToggle is a utility for Microsoft Office 2007 that enables users to insert the Office 2003 toolbar and menu system into the Ribbon environment and toggle between the two navigation systems. Visit www.toolbartoggle.com to learn more.

RiverWired

dawn-productions.com's Cris Popenoe has launched RiverWired.com, their new website for green and eco living. This online community is exclusively for people interested in living green and helping the environment. Don't forget to set up a profile with an About Me page, start a blog or your upload photos and videos. You can also create a group around a topic you're passionate about. It can be for family and friends only, or you can make it public for everyone to join and share.

Wucker A World Class "Fellow"

Congratulations to World Policy Institute Senior Fellow Michele Wucker (http://www.wucker.com/), who has been named a 2007 Guggenheim Fellow and will be pursuing further research and writing on "Evolving views of citizenship, belonging, and exclusion." http://www.gf.org/newfellow.html

Cocktails at the Hotel du Louvre (Laisser Le Lasso...)

The swanky Hotel du Louvre was the spot to be on Saturday, April 7th as Emmanuel Joubeaud and I joined our good mutual friend Victor Le Broussois for a delicious rack-of-lamb dinner. Victor was the original Cyber Scene Parisian correspondent and host of the Cannes "Cocktails with Courtney" in February 2001. Victor's now running development for Country Corner.
We were joined by Plazastyle's Asumi Ando and her friend who were scouting out "all-things Paris" for their next window displays and catalog. Last month was "New York!" as they sipped Louis Roederer Cristal (http://www.champagne-roederer.com/) Victor generously provided some useful phrases for the girls to throw around during their week-long sojourn.

LA Sneaker Signing in Paris

From the opposite end of the spectrum (and opposite end of the other coast) was a poster and sneaker signing party with an LA-based skateboarding superstar on Thursday, April 12th at the Sneaker Shop near the Chatelet Metro. In addition to hanging out at the café next door with graphic artist extraordinaire Emmanuel Joubeaud and his two friends I got a glimpse into Parisian life. Friends and friends-of-friends and boyfriends and more friends from other far-flung places (like Australia) as they went from sipping sodas to sipping complimentary champagne at the soiree in the store next door.

Red Herring à Paris

You know the saying about bees and honey, well, I have a knack to snoodle out networking events wherever I seem to be and while indulging in an entirely relaxing week in Paris I managed to work in two events. At opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of content and audience they were a great peek into the Parisian scene.

Red Herring held a networking event that brought out venture capitalists and entrepreneurs to mix and mingle, munch on fine Asian seafood hors d'oeuvres and imbibe in a full(bodied) red-wine open bar on Wednesday, April 11th. I got to practice mon Français avec Eyeka ceo co-founder Franck Perrier and Atlas Ventures Fred Destin. Ballou PR president Colette Ballou Lamotte worked her magical PR and networking skills and introduced me to co- Digicompanion co-founder & CEO Jean-Marc Holder and Red Herring VP-EMEA Farley Duvall. I also got to chat with many members of her company including Ballou PR Director of Biotechnology Christina Aplington and LD&A Directeur General Marc Deschamps. Ballou PR co-gereant Lucie-Anne Radimsky chatted with me and newly transplanted Microsoft's Aaron Painter about our favorite places and things to do in Paris. Les Photos

Twittering Away

Sadly I have been twittering away my days here --> http://twitter.com/cpulitzer. If you're bored at work, you can twitter too.

Working Mother walks for America

If you're free this Sunday, come out and join Working Mother Media CEO and Founder Carol Evans and her team for WalkAmerica. She'll be there all decked out in her new Dr. Scholl's shoes (they donate for every pair sold) and ready to walk the whole route to protect babies from the dangerous, life threatening effects of premature birth. If you haven't yet, please take a minute to click on www.walkamerica.org/carolevans and send any amount. Every Dime counts! It is your collective generosity that will save babies, and help all pre-moms to get their Nine Months.

Cocktails with Courtney ~ April 2007

This month's "Cocktails with Courtney" was a most excellent affair of assorted characters and much hilarity at The District restaurant on 46th Street in NYC on Wednesday, April 25th. Morgan Communications' Dan Hall sipped his Makers Mark and watched as I scarfed down some mini-burgers. The rain didn't keep Business Strategy Consultant Jennifer Grant and Media Genesis John Joseph Bachir away. When NYCharities.org's Christine Cronin and CantaloupeProductions.Com's Ellen Azorin showed up there was a massive card-exchange. After more burgers (not mine this time) we made some videos with my amazing camera and discussed sundry topics like generational slang and if girls are "dudes" too. For more enlightening conversation, come join us at the next one on Wednesday, May 30th! Les Photos!

Cyber Scene Intro ~ April 27, 2007

Greetings Cyber-Scene-sters! Apologies in advance for this what will be probably a stream of consciousness diatribe... Today I'm wearing my new favorite shirt and it never ceases to amaze me how sometimes just one article of clothing can affect my attitude in such a positive direction. Of course, sitting here typing this and listening to music that is also feeding my soul helps me stay in ''music video'' happy-typing mode so I may complete this edition in a slightly timely fashion...Okay. Onwards!

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Cocktails with Courtney ~ March 2007

"Cocktails with Courtney," held at the festive Papatzul at 55 Grand Street in Soho, was a lovely intimate affair.  Meredith Cagan (who came to the Cockatils at the Carl Fisher Building in June 2001 -- http://public.fotki.com/pulitzer/cocktails_with_courtney/2001-2/200106_-_new_york/) and friends arrived for some excellent Spanish wines and Cogent Co's Allison Martin and Rodney Settles came a little later for some delicious margaritas.  I highly recommend the chips and guacamole too!  Apparently there was also an equally good-sized group of "Cocktails" attendees who wound up at the first location, but had a good time nonetheless "without Courtney!"  Ici des photos: http://public.fotki.com/pulitzer/cocktails_with_courtney/2007/fabulous-february/

Friday, March 30, 2007

WSJ donates papers!

BTW, in case you didn't know: The Dow Jones School Donation Program provides free copies of The Wall Street Journal to high schools throughout the country when you suspend your subscription (like when you're away on business).

Biology and Art: Two Worlds or One?

Upcoming Conference: Biology and Art: Two Worlds or One? at the The New York Academy of Sciences. Apr 14, 2007 • 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM. [New Location] 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor, New York, NY 10007-2157. The Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye, creator of the Cloaca Project, will give the keynote lecture. The rest of the day will be organized as a series of four conversations between artists and scientists. For each conversation, an artist will appear with a scientist who works with the biological objects that inspire that artist. Short talks and extensive discussions will provide a forum where ideas generated in these two very different spheres of creative endeavors-science and art-are expressed, elaborated and deliberated. Art Submissions can be sent to: artconf@nyas.org

Thin-Schmin. I'm eating!

Even though everyone's commenting on how thin I've gotten, you can read about all my culinary adventures at http://www.dailyeats.com/index.html

An EventMe-aningful Event!

Happy Birthday to Volker Detering!! On Monday, March 19th he celebrated 37 turns around the sun at the uber-satisfying Zum Schneider. More on the incredible Volker can be found at: http://www.eventme.com/AboutUs.aspx

Stephanie Agresta's soloing

That marketing powerhouse Stephanie Agresta hosted a launch party Taj Lounge in NYC on March 20th. Not only did she draw a great crowd, she had door prizes too! http://stephanieagresta.com/

TheFind's Blogger Buddies

TheFind.com is a Discovery Shopping Engine and hosted a little blogger bash at the Soho Grand on March 28th to show off some cool new tools for your blog and chat with Hoyun Kim of PopGadget.net

Computers for Youth TECH LEADERSHIP AWARDS

Save the Date for the Computers for Youth TECH LEADERSHIP AWARDS on Wednesday, May 30th from 6:00 - 9:00 at The Chelsea Piers Lighthouse in NYC. Sponsorship Packages & Individual Tickets are available. For more information contact Kristina at ksilbajoris@cfy.org or visit www.cfy.org

Hometown Baghdad

On the 4th anniversary of the war in Iraq, Salon.com's Karenne Rossi has launched the Iraqi series. Called Hometown Baghdad, there will be 40
episodes as seen through the lives of Adel, Ausama and Saif. The cast and film crew truly risked their lives for what we hope will show the world - "the untold stories/victimization of war." Go to: www.salon.com and watch Hometown Baghdad

Attorney's Blogging NYC and Mexico

Attorneys David Leffler and jennifer j. rose have been blogging with each other, positing comments and observations from NYC and Mexico at: www.staringatstrangers.com. For some unique and fresh perspectives on landmarks in both places, check it out!

Cocktails with Courtney ~ Marvelous March

I'm happy to report that this month's "Cocktails with Courtney" on March 28th was a delightful occasion at MyBefana (http://mybefana.com/). Not only did we have the networking powerhouse and sugar-licious (more on this later) Lydia Sugarman and her culinary dynamo son Justin Ernsberger in attendance, but we also had numererologically inspiring discussions with Mission Assurance's (http://missionassurance.com) Henry Bar-Levav and Michael Tiffany. Old-timeys like David Leffler and Tery Spataro (yea, she's back in NYC with http://www.siegelgale.com/) and even the famous Bernardo (yes, *that* Bernardo) came by! (http://www.bernardoslist.com/). To round out the well-rounded discussion (along with well-balanced snacks prepared before our eyes by Chef Daniele Baliani http://mybefana.com/Info.aspx?pid=4)), were UBS gents Fred Mahe and Ari Baum, Information Architect John Joseph Bachir and Rainier's Kristie Bogle. See all the happy people online!

Friday, March 09, 2007

The Cyber Scene ~ March 9, 2007

Greetings Cyber Scenesters! Happy One-Day After International Women's Day! The first time I was aware of this holiday was when I arrived in Moscow, on March 8th, 1990. What a country! And what a place to be for that day...

Some exciting news on the homefront... I got my LSAT scores back and there will be a "Cocktails" à Paris this April! What a better time, as the song goes, that to spend (part of) April in Paris! As always, stay tuned...!

Wendy Dubit (aka Biodiesel Babe) has launched another note-worthy initiative. She writes, ''Biodiesel Babes is born of the differences she wants to and can make. It’s her salute to the makers of biodiesel and to the drivers, truckers, fleets, buses, cities and states that, just by adding a little or a lot of biodiesel to their blends, better all our lots. It’s a place for your renewable hopes, dreams, energies, stories and solutions.'' Come on and check it out! Everybody's doing it since the "greening of the oscars!" http://biodieselbabes.blogspot.com/

Souls for Soles: Are there shoes taking up space in your closet? You know that you’re never going to wear them – BUT they are in decent shape… SOLES 4 SOULS will take them and distribute them to people in need… They are only two years old and have distributed two million pairs of shoes! Donations are tax deductible! Details at www.soles4souls.org

3rd Annual Québec Biotechnology ConferenceDATE: Tuesday, March 20, 2007TIME: 8:15 AM - 2:00 PMCHAIRS Laurent Waessa, Québec Government Office, New York; Mary Stober, Global Project Resources, LLC PLACE: NYSSA, 1177 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor(between 45th and 46th Streets), NYC. Photo ID required for access to the building.REGISTER/FEE: Free to members and nonmembers. Registration Deadline: March 13

A FAMOUS MOVIE DIRECTOR NEEDS YOUR HELP! This director needs some finishing funds. A-list cast, fantastically marketable premise. Someone with a handful of shekels to spare can have a taste of the big time. All inquiries loveunlimprod1@hotmail.com

Friday, March 02, 2007

Paid Acting Gig

Here's a link to me in my first paid acting job!  Only a mere 16 years after getting my degree in Undergraduate Drama and Acting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, I got my first film job!  Well, like they say, "it's never too late!"  And the pay rate helped chip away at that $40,000+ - tuition, one $50 job at a time!

It was a great experience getting to work with award-winning director Randall Dottin (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/news/04/06/student_academy_awards.html) and an amazingly talented crew and other actors.  I'll let you know when it's on the festival circuit and movie houses!

Movie: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8217614699430133888
Pictures: http://pulitzer.fotki.com/the_cyber_scene/2007/indelible-moments/



Friday, February 02, 2007

** Happy Valentine's Day!

Here I am, all decked out in Valentine-garb to spread the joy!  And here is a "naughty" video, just for y'all.  See? It is possible to be naughty and nice.

** When Elizabeth Meehan came back from a week in New Orleans, working for Habitat for Humanity, she also worked on gutting the St. Bernard Battered Women's Shelter.  She said the staff was full of wonderful, caring people who brought them a warm lunch everyday and talked about how things have changed since Katrina.

As typical after crises, what they've seen is an increase in battered women by first-time offenders.  Men who previously had never abused their wives are unable to cope with the strain of post-Katrina frustration in New Orleans and unfortunately violence has become their outlet.  The police and fire department report the same kind of statistics with increases in violent crimes, suicide and other stress related deaths.

She attended an anti-violence rally and witnessed citizens so angry, frustrated and exhausted.  And unfortunately the city is ill-equipped to deal with the causes or outcome of these problems.  However, the St. Bernard Women's Shelter is trying to renovate a facility that will be a part of the solution.  It will offer emergency housing, day care, counseling, training and transitional housing for women and children.  Elizabeth, always ready to pitch-in where needed, is helping them with their mission through a project called "A Mardi Gras to Remember." This Mardi Gras, please remember the residents of New Orleans, not just the parades, beads and Bourbon street, and help this worthy cause.

Here are four easy steps to help you "remember New Orleanians:"
1) with your prayers and positive thoughts
2) by wearing a purple and green ribbon, February 16th - 20th
3) by visiting the website, www.amardigrastoremember.com and
4) by emailing and telling everyone you know about this website!


** IMG, the world's leading sports, entertainment and media company, acquired Nunet AG, a leading provider of mobile media solutions for 2.5G and 3G mobile network operators.  Nunet is one of the world's leading suppliers of Mobile TV solutions, and currently streams more than 200 channels for over 20 mobile network operators in Europe, Africa and the Americas.  Additionally, Nunet provides both technology and editorial support to leading content owners to help them develop a wide range of mobile content products.  Nunet is based in Cologne, Germany and today employs 50 people.  IMG plans to move its Cologne office into the NuNet facility, expanding the total presence of IMG Media in the German market to over 100 people.

** Columbia University professor and now WNBC technology reporter Sreenath Sreenivasan (www.sree.net/) held, Donahue-like, a "town hall" in WNBC's Studio 6 (also Conan's studio) on blogging for bloggers on Wednesday, January 31st.  Most of the emphasis was on how bloggers can help WNBC with breaking news, acknowledging that these people-on-the-street get the news and break it more than the traditional vehicles, no matter how fast they try to advance.  There were plenty of young whippersnappers espousing how 'snarky' and fabulously irreverent they are.  Regardless, WNBC is making headway and has even offered to feature bloggers they use on their site and in news interviews.  So go out there and find some news, or make some!  Just make sure it's not anything the Department of Homeland Security might get confused by. 

** Don't forget Valentine's....this month's "Cocktails with Courtney" is Wednesday, February 28th.  And, because the response has been so overwhelming, I've moved it to a bigger and better venue!  Mark your calendars and RSVP.  Also--this month I'm feeling generous and am giving y'all a freebie.  (Next month we're back to the $15 admin fee.)

Date: Wednesday, February 28
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Place: Papatzul. 55 Grand St (Btwn W Bway & Wooster) http://www.papatzul.com/
Cost: Cash bar
Rsvp: Spaces are EXTREMELY limited. Rsvp only if you are going to really show up.cocktails@pulitzer.com

Friday, January 26, 2007

Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Nickelodeon? Yes!

And... who says Venture Capitalists don't have a sense of fun? check out Draper Fisher Jurvetson's managing director Tim Draper in a cameo on Nickelodeon this weekend! At 8:00 pm Saturday Jan 27, tune in to his sister's creation, his daughter's major role and his cameo in ''The Naked Brothers' Band'' on Nickelodeon. http://www.nick.com/all_nick/shows/nbb/ Until next week....

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Webby Cocktails

Hi Folks, Just a quickie to say we've got pics from the Webby's cocktail party for new and old judges in the Great Room at the Union Square W on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007. My Photos and theirs, which could be retitled ''Recognition Media's Neil Vogel and Friends.

It was sponsored by dotmobi for the new mobile category and there was plenty of witty banter to go around (as well as tasty hors d'oeuvres). I enjoyed talking with dotmobi's CEO Neil Edwards, marketing & bizdev VP Alexa Raad and director of PR & communications Vance Hedderel and learning about their future plans.

BrandBuzz's creative director Hillary Evans and associate director of Interactive Gwynne Gauntlett and I chatted about changes at Young & Rubicam's interactive division and I learned that apparently 10-year old gossip still exists there! Gucci's Desirée Persson and Niels Meersshaert were quickly learning the who's who (and who were the judges in their category). BusinessWeek's Spencer Ante told me about his upcoming book and the Webby's David-Michel Davies made sure to work the room while Recognition Media's Neil Vogel worked it with his usual posse of lanky beauties on either side. Stay tuned for more webby news!


BTW, if you want to get any prints of the photos--Fotki.com offers such an incredibly low price and the easiest ordering system I've seen for this service! Just $.09 a photo!

Webby's cocktail party

Hi Folks,
Just a quickie to say we've got pics from the Webby's cocktail party for new and old judges in the Great Room at the Union Square W on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007. 

My Photos and theirs, which could be retitled "Recognition Media's Neil Vogel and Friends.

It was sponsored by dotmobi for the new mobile category and there was plenty of witty banter to go around (as well as tasty hors d'oeuvres).  I enjoyed talking with dotmobi's CEO Neil Edwards, marketing & bizdev VP Alexa Raad and director of PR & communications Vance Hedderel and learning about their future plans.

BrandBuzz's creative director Hillary Evans and associate director of Interactive Gwynne Gauntlett and I chatted about changes at Young & Rubicam's interactive division and I learned that apparently 10-year old gossip still exists there!  Gucci's Desirée Persson and Niels Meersshaert were quickly learning the who's who (and who were the judges in their category).  BusinessWeek's Spencer Ante told me about his upcoming book and the Webby's David-Michel Davies made sure to work the room while Recognition Media's Neil Vogel worked it with his usual posse of lanky beauties on either side.  Stay tuned for more webby news!

Until next week....

Friday, January 19, 2007

Courtney Pulitzer's Cyber Scene ~ 1/19/07

Greetings Cyber Scenesters!  Here is this week's edition --
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDt2G1P_G8E)

And the details:
* Some days are Red-Letter days and some are Yellow Star days!  Wednesday, January 17th was a Yellow Star day--I got my Yellow Star from ebay. Yea! I am a good 'lil shopper (and buyer)!

* Many readers know that I take women's and children's issues seriously.  So it was natural for me to attend the Girls Inc. celebration luncheon kick-off breakfast at Mutual of America's lovely ballroom on Park Avenue on Wednesday, January 10th.  After welcoming remarks from MoA Financial Advisory Services VP Virginia Kwiatkoski and Girls Inc. president and CEO Joyce M. RochÈ there were a few opening statements from several of the luncheon's honorees. 

Girls Inc. has been helping our nations girls feel more confident to express their smart, strong and bold natures.  While this program is very successful, they also just published a study that reveals that girls today experience intense pressure to be everything to everyone all of the time.  Following in the footsteps of the 80s SuperMom, "The Supergirl Dilemma: Girls Grapple with the Mounting Pressure of Expectations" shows how girls are particularly frustrated with the growing expectations that they should please everyone, be very thin, and dress "right."  And while stereotypes about girls' leadership capabilities and math and science abilities have diminished, persistent gender stereotypes and escalating stress levels limit girls' potential and undermine their quality of life.  So.  We still have work to do.  If you care about this subject, I encourage you to attend the celebration luncheon on March 20th.
http://girlsinc.org/

* It's not often this reporter ventures to Brooklyn, but when I do I'm always excited about the adventure that lies ahead.  Held at the Brooklyn Borough Hall, the Brooklyn Junior League hosted an informational session about their innovative Court School program.  Designed by the Junior League of Brooklyn for the Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center, this program help prepare child victims of sexual abuse on what to expect when they appear in court. 

After an informative introduction by one of the BJL volunteers, Ilana Sussman of the NYC Law Department provided more details and answered questions.  Utilizing a cute floppy Teddy Bear named Carey, children learn in a group setting about this daunting event.  Together, in a friendly and fun setting, they learn about terms used in court, the roles various people play, how to behave when certain actions are being conducted and to always feel comfortable telling the truth and to say "I don't know," if they don't know the answer to a question. 

This program is not restricted to just children in Brooklyn so please spread the word to your various police precincts, churches and other law agencies!
http://www.brooklynjuniorleague.org/

Chris Bryant is onto new terrain and even if you're not shy, check out his new company ShyCast.  Based in good ol' stinky Joisey (hey, I say that with love!), ShyCast will put a new spin on brand promotion and paid contests.  Check it out and give good comments!
http://www.shycast.com/
http://www.techcrunch.com/tag/ShyCast/

Okay, now for the FOOOOOOOD!
You are invited to witness a fascinating and tempting discussion on the founders of calculus in a most colorful setting!
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8001762960447274765&hl=en

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Creative Good's 10th Anniversary

Well folks, I'm happy today. That's news enough, wouldn't you say?! ;)
And to top it off, last night was a fabulous Silicon Alley Reunion-type party! It was Creative Good's (CG) 10th Anniversary (http://creativegood.com/) and what a "good" party it was. The nicest thing was that, because the co-founders are such nice people, their employees are too and only the nicest people in the Alley (and beyond) were invited. Yeah, that's right, that means if you didn't get invited--or didn't attend--then you're not a nice person. You know who you are! Alright, I'm kidding, but it was a nice party.

So, I started off with all this nice-ness by seeing Creative Good co-founder Mark Hurst, who pointed out his lovely wife (across the room) and proudly announced that he'll also be a father soon! He was chatting with Improv Everywhere's (http://improveverywhere.com/) Charlie Todd and Charlie's girlfriend Cody. Then I bandied about with Todd Varon of the Blue Cross et al and Henry Bator III of Berkshire Builders & Remodelers, both visiting from Virginia. Former CG employee and current JPMorgan associate Alex Bergmann and I also caught up. He's probably known me the longest of anyone at the party since we went to high school together.

Also schmoozing were Cnet's Daphne Kis, Frette's Cecilia Pagkalinawan, Mission Assurance Corporation's Henry Bar-Levav and attorneys Jerry Goldman and Frederick Salek. If you're in the mood for a good cuppa joe in Williamsburg, head on over to Fred's son's joint "Verb Café" or around NYU to "Think." Mention Fred and you'll get a free coffee (or not!). Vfinity's Mark Chackerian and I, who hadn't seen each other in nearly a decade, chatted about current activities and NYC biking tactics.

Well, after all that schmoozing, Digital Pulp's John Bachir and I sampled some hors d'oeuvres during the CG video presentation of their reminisces. Of course, after sampling a small handful of chocolate-covered cacao beans, we were wired...and headed over to the band-set up so I could belt out some Nancy Sinatra before getting a picture of co-founder Phil Terry with his mother and niece. CG financial director Allison Young and her band promptly took over and more soothing Latin tunes ensued.

Based on the size of the party, the niceness and enthusiasm of the guests, I predict another good 10-years for Creative Good!

PICTURES: http://pulitzer.fotki.com/the_cyber_scene/2007/creative-goods-10th/

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Daily Eats Melee

And, while MindArrays.com's and Daily Eats' chief eater Tery Spataro was in town, there was a melee at Wondee Siam! http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6615478180873883543

Friday, January 05, 2007

Working Mother Media acquires another!

An other exciting news piece is Working Mother Media has acquired Public Affairs Group from NBC Universal, a division of GE. PAG is a Washington D.C. based organization founded by Edie Fraser that supports corporate diversity, business women and corporate communications. We are very excited about the work being done by PAG's divisions--Diversity Best Practices, Business Women's Network and Best Practices in Corporate Communications

Welcome 007!

I can say I've truly experience global warming on another level this year. I was in Tucson, AZ for Christmas and it SNOWED there! I noticed that the temperature in Tucson (daytime AND nighttime) was nearly exactly what it was in New York City. And this week, with temperatures in the 50s - 60s, well... all I can say is my heart is going out to all the polar bears, penguins and all forms of life that this climatic change is affecting.

While there, I spent a lovely sunny afternoon (the only one) hanging out with some other New Yorkers. Nick Boris (http://whitenoise.com/) (of ABC) and his lovely wife Elizabeth (a massage therapist at Canyon Ranch) came up to my parents home on Redington Ranch with their Bronx-based friend Alexis (MD-student and photographer) along with Tery Spartao (dailyeats.com). After sunning, we drove for an hour across town to the J.W. Marriot Starr Pass resort with an equally stunning view as my parents house! We froze outside, gathered around gas fire-pits, as we munched on chips and salsa and b-b-q'd spare ribs. Tery and I had hot chocolates and coffee to warm up while the others tried alcohol as the heating-agent (or numbing agent, as it were). Then we trekked upstairs to the restaurant Primo for some lovely dishes. Tery and I split the Niman Ranch steak salad, country salad and bouillabaisse. We were joined by a wonderful man who works for NPR and his wife who's in charge of Tucson's film festival and their son, who's studying film direction at Emerson.

Of course we took pictures!

Snowy Tuscon!

And, the New Year's Eve wanderings...

And then...the most exciting first moment of the year for me-- cooking and eating my New Year's traditional dish--Hoppin John, a southern tradition. If you'd like a good laugh, check out my own version of a cooking show -- and if you have the patience, I promise the finale is just as funny as the ''burning'' middle moment! Video /\ Popcurrent
If you like it, please go to popcurrent.com and Pop (vote for) me. Title: Courtney's Famous New Year's Hopping John. [At popcurrent.com, you can easily find thousands of links to podcasts, music, videos, images and online books, the best of which are voted up in popularity by people just like you! You are the critic.]

Bachir's Limey-Crepe

Okay, now here's my friend John Bachir preparing a delicious topping for a crepe, utilizing his mother's technique:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4935007240156403415&hl=en