Friday, May 21, 2004

Courtney Pulitzer' Cyber Scene ~ 5/21/04

*** It’s been eight years, but the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences hosted their 8th Annual Webby Awards online. From the personal, Best Personal Web Site:, to the professional Best Television:, judges like David Bowie, Vint Cerf, Larry Ellison and yours truly voted on 30 categories. See them all at:

*** Charles Altschul, another judge in the Webbys, and whose stepsister is the former MTV v-jay Serena Altschul, was in town and on Saturday, May 15th over some sangria and paella I got a preview of his new series of panoramic photographs. If you're in New York this fall, you will be one of the lucky ones to view his Nature and Nudes.

*** Prolific Paul Jones ( ventured forth with some inspiring news of innovations stemming from North Carolina. If you haven’t heard about Bo and Sita Lozoff from their The Human Kindness Foundation efforts, then you will now. First they started the Prison-Ashram Project in 1973 (, which has been bringing the concept of inspiring and encouraging prisoners and prison staff to recognize their depth as human beings, and to behave accordingly.  Their most recent campaign is to create a small biodiesel plant, which will be staffed by the ex-cons who have been released to the ashram. This old age, new age, local, international, small but direct organization has had some dramatic results that goes to show if you think global but act local, you can get things done!

*** He went from a musical club to a musical club network but he always had his hands in politics. And now, our debonair Andrew Raisej is producing a conference examining the implications of internet technology on politics.  On Monday, May 24, 2004, netizens and politizens alike will converge at the New School for the Personal Democracy Forum (’s Jerry Michalski is programming this bi-partisan forum, which Rasiej (founder and executive producer of the Personal Democracy Forum) says, “will highlight how new interactive, highly motivated, and personal voter-to-voter relationships are remaking the rules of the electoral process, political action, and communication."

*** Yee-haw! My favorite city, Austin, TX was voted the Best City for Relocating Families! See if your town made it on the list compiled by Worldwide ERC (also known as the Employee Relocation Council), Primacy Relocation and Sperling's BestPlaces. PS. It's also the hottest town for WiFi! *note: I’ll still always love NYC though! (

*** Okay guys, you wanna know how to impress the ladies? You gotta be tough. As tough as nails! As tough as iron! The newest extreme sport? Extreme Ironing. That’s right. No more excuses that ironing is “women’s work.” Get out your ironing boards fellas and start rock-climbing, kayaking, bicycling and obstacle-coursing with your trusty Sears-special. It’s soon to be an Olympic sport and if you’re looking to try out, check it out on Memorial Day at 44th and Broadway in Times Square where the sport’s originator Phil Shaw will be ironing in a cherry picker.

Danielle Cyr is now Associate Counsel to Intralinks, a technology ASP to the financial community (  And in her “downtime” for the past 15 months she has been Managing Director of KerryCore (young professionals) for John Kerry for President.

Some of you may remember my first (and best!) employee was an industrious young man on his way to medical school. Well, as of Friday, May 14th it’s now Ankur Shah, M.D.! Ankur is the brother of Sachin Shan, who’s project manager for Information Planning &
Management Systems, a consulting company in Sterling, VA. Ankur will begin his residency in Pediatrics at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women in Orlando, Fla. And ladies, he's still single ;)

Congratulations to Vikktoria Velasquez who went from Ms. Velasquez, consultant, to Mrs. Vikktoria Velasquez Cooper, Director of The Center for Workforce Development at the YWCA.

Felicitations to Judy Hernandez, a newly minted 3rd party recruiter at Adelantus, Inc.

It’s Deee-Liteful, it’s deee-lovely, it’s D Magazine in Dallas! And this is where the deee-groovy Julie Blacklidge  is now working at, which just launched a few months ago. And she’s happy to report that the Web business is starting to pick up! They’re starting to get advertising dollars in and it just keeps getting better!

Not only is Yvette DeBow president of Women in New but, she’s also recently taken a new job as Director of Marketing for the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corp. Go Yvette!

Emily Nuss is the new culture editor at New York Magazine, not the editor at the New Yorker.