07 June 2013

Notes on the Go

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After two weeks of madness at work, it is time for me to leave for the E3 expo in Los Angeles. Have you ever lived that kind of time bubble where things are so insanely urgent and busy that you feel like floating above time, and, paradoxically, intensely focused? Before I leave for another week of event madness, here are a few notes on the go.


  • I love travel preparations as much as I love travel itself: making travel lists, buying pouches and bottles and other incredible travel stuff at Muji to Go, picking up paperbacks and magazines at the library, getting weird foreign money, synchronizing TV shows and music on my iThings, making little piles of clothes on the bed, packing the suitcase... Anticipation tastes just as good as the moment itself!

  • As you may have noticed, I had a bit of a design change obsession this week. I didn't change much in the layout of the blog, just wanted to harmonize all my sites and blogs. (Yes, I have several. I guess that's the unbound, creative part of myself that always gets scattered in many directions.) So, I gave the Nife an updated look, with the post category list under the title, and a clearer menu for links. Still working on a page dedicated to a "bibliography" - with a Blogroll of my favourite reads, and other books and websites I find interesting.

  • On the subject of blog updates, I have also reorganized a bit the caterogies of posts. All the wardrobe editing stuff is now labeled under "Style", more global, and also shorter for the top menu (I'm very picky about details when it comes to web design). Simplicity, Thoughts and Musings remain unchanged, and I renamed the music and books ones. Mainly because it was boring. Also, I'd like to share more of these finds.

  • The next "new" Star Trek film is finally about to be out in France. I loved the first one, and with Benedict Cumberbatch as villain, I'll run to my local MK2 theater as soon as I'm back in Paris.

  • There is an eerie feeling to airports, especially when you arrive there very early in the morning. As if the whole building was stirring to life, most counters are still closed, travelers are sparse and carry their luggage around like a turtle carries its shell... In the early morning, there is that kind of unsaid rendez-vous point at the airport's coffee shop, everybody queuing up for a freshly squeezed orange juice, black coffee or fancy cappucino, and some breakfast. Did you notice how breakfast choice seems to fit each person's apparent personality? Like master and dog from the 101 Dalmatians, in a way. Also, time feels suspended in an airport. Everybody arrives in early and then waits for one, two hours. A bubble of time with no expectations or obligations, except to show up at boarding when called.

  • Like most people these days, I have been having this persistent melody from Daft Punk in my head for the past month. I have to be admirative of their extremely efficient teasing campaign, even though Random Access Memories isn't my favourite album from them.

"We're up all night to the sun, we're up all night for good fun, we're up all night to get some, we're up all night to get lucky, we're up all night to get lucky, we're up all night to get lucky... "

  • So, I'll be in LA next week. I don't know how much free time I will have, but if you have any recommendations (cultural, shopping or otherwise) please let me know!

  • As a final note on the subject of travel, I'll probably prepare a post about travel experiments, similar to this one from last year, but maybe more "capsule wardrobe" oriented. Packing for 6 days, with the challenge of bringing only a hand luggage, is quite informative in terms of outfit choices and uniforms.

15 comments:

  1. Nice fan. And I like that song too :)

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  2. If you are taking a quick trip from LA to Malibu, stop at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake & Shrine on the way there - you can walk around the grounds for free - it's a really beautiful park and building, and the final resting place of some of Gandhi's ashes.

    Also the Getty is cool! I've heard the music club Largo is a great place to go; especially when Jon Brion's regular show is playing.

    If you are a staunch vegetarian, the Happy Family Chinese restaurant chain (there are two in LA) is really cool for vegetarian versions of really tasty Chinese food.

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    1. Thanks for all the tips! Unfortunately I didn't have much time to explore, and I had to pick restaurants close to my hotel in Downtown so I had to make do with what was around there... But I'll probably go back next year, so I'll keep these adresses around :)

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  3. OMG, you're going to E3? I hate you! The Boyfriend and I were talking about it last night, how we want to one day either go to E3 or BlizzCon. Like the giant nerds that we are.

    Cumberbatch is perfect as the Star Trek villain, you'll love him. I wish there was more of him in the movie. I've been a bit "meh" about him before, but that role changed my mind! Also, he was a guest on Graham Norton's talk show a while back the Cumberbatch was just adorable.

    Random Access Memories is playing a lot in our apartment as well, although lately The Boyfriend has latched onto the new Queens of the Stoneage album. They're both really good :)

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    1. Haha yes it was my first E3 since I'm in the video game business. It was really impressive - they had a huge illuminated archangel statue on the Blizzard booth for Diablo III, and I'm starting to dream about the Elders Scrolls online... But well, I stayed on my company's booth all along and didn't have much time to see around, it must be nice to go there as a visitor and have time to see the games. But even if I didn't have much time there, it's definitely an experience to live as a gamer!

      I just went to see Star Trek yesterday, just as I came back to Paris, to keep me busy and avoid sleeping in the middle of the afternoon (I'm so jetlagged right now) - and indeed, Cumberbatch is fantastic in this film. I like the Star Trek universe a lot, but I have to admit he plays a big part in why I like this one.

      What a coincidence that you'd mention the latest Queen of the Stone Age album, I was starting to get a bit fed up with RAM and I played this one from Deezer's main page right when I was writing this post haha. We have too much in common, this scares me a bit :)

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  4. Love the new design, it's simple and elegant ;) I'm reeeeaally looking forward to your travel experiment post, perfect timing!

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    1. Thank you! I have the impression that my blog design choices are closely related to my aestetic taste in general - just like my style and interior decoration choices... Now that I'm back, I'll start drafting this travel experiment post, I actually learned quite a lot with this one week capsule wardrobe!

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  5. The Getty Museum - although the views won't be as good this time of year we have so much fog in the morning.
    Hiking in Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades off Sunset Blvd.
    3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica
    Mexican Food - El Cholo or Border Grill in Santa Monica
    Architecture Tours
    Old Town Pasadena

    Have fun at E3. My husband used to work for a video game company and he always had fun stories about the convention!

    Leah

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    1. Thanks for all the tips! I had the time to go the the 3rd street promenade in Santa Monica on my last day and it was really great. I missed the sun and sea so much. I also went to a Mexican restaurant, not the ones you recommended as my hotel was quite far from Santa Monica, but I found one downtown, and I'm so stunned how Mexican food is different in California than it is in France, so much better. The waiter would make the guacamole in front of you... Well, LA is close to the Mexican border to it makes sense that Mexican food would be good there.

      E3 was fun! It is true that you go back with a lot of stories and anecdotes haha. I didn't know celebrities came on the show either. I didn't know most of them but Steven Spielberg came to see our games. It's incredible how he seems to be surrounded by cameras and people all the time, it must be a bit tiring...

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  6. I hope you have a fantastic trip; I like preparing for trips as well, although I really hate decanting my toiletries into my travel bottles. I find packing light easier when I'm headed to cooler climes - if you're headed somewhere hot you'd need lots of changes of clothing, unless you wash your clothes on the go a lot, or don't perspire much.

    I highly recommend the new Star Trek movie. Plot is silly, but the cast really makes the movie work for me. And of course I love Benedict Cumberbatch - sexiest voice in the business.

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    1. Thanks, it was a great trip indeed. I find it easier to pack for warm weather, on the contrary, because clothes are much lighter and take less space in the suitcase. Even if you have to take more to change everyday, 4 summer tops still take less space than one heavy knit...

      I agree, I just saw Star Trek yesterday and Cumberbatch was amazing. Much better than the villain in the first Star Trek film. Also, it's the first time I see him outside of his Sherlock role, and he is really a good actor.

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  7. happy travels to sunny LA! i love the little travel prep rituals too. i think you just inspired me to do a new post on that soon.

    and YES to Benedict Cumberbatch in the latest Star Trek movie. his character/performance makes the film.

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    1. I'm looking forward to read your travel preparations post! You always have great recommendations, especially for someone like me who doesn't know much about brands and stuff.

      Yes Cumberbatch does make the film, doesn't he? I was surprised how well he plays the villain - even if his character is a bit stereotypical.

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  8. Happy and safe travels!

    I love travel lists and preparations. The preparation is part of the excitement.

    The Getty Museum is one of my favorites. I also would recommend the Huntington Library and botanical gardens.

    Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks for the tips! Unfortunately I didn't have much time to visit around, being in LA for business, but I'll definitely keep it in mind for next time!

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