Journal

911

Here’s what passion, a healthy dose of OCD and quite a bit of disposable income look like.

 

Felix!

If it’s been quiet here lately, then that’s in part because of this handsome little boy.

Felix

Our beautiful son Felix arrived on Friday, January 24th. It goes without saying that we are overwhelmed with love and joy for having him in our lives.

Best of 2013

With only a few hours to go, here’s my annual ‘Best of’ post.

Music: I hate to repeat myself, but this is always the hardest category. This year it was a real close toss-up between Muchacho — PHOSPHORESCENT, Woman — RHYE, and Nomad — BOMBINO. I guess if I really have to pick, it would be the Bombino album. I can’t neglect to give an honorable mention to The Jazz Age — THE BRYAN FERRY ORCHESTRA, if I had bought that one on 78rpm vinyl (or would it have been shellac?) it would be wearing thin by now. There were many, many, more great albums this year (Savages, Earl Sweatshirt, Chvrches, …) so if you want a more extensive list, check out the 50 best albums of 2013 according to Pitchfork.

Movie: Fiction > The Place Beyond The Pines – DEREK CIANFRANCE
Non-Fiction >  Searching for Sugar Man – MALIK BENDJELLOUL

Book: Fiction > The Circle – DAVID EGGERS. This was not Egger’s best effort by a long shot, but the fact that I plowed through this in under a week must mean something, right?

Non-Fiction > I’m afraid most non-fiction books I read this year were either web design or baby related, so I’m sure you won’t blame me for not picking a favorite among those.

App: iOS 7. Despite all the hate, I think iOS 7 was a great upgrade and therefore deserves the trophy this year.
The honorable mention goes to Notabli, if you have kids you should check it out and send me an invite. 

Website: Feedly. I know, Feedly is not technically a web site, but it’s by far the URL that gets visited most from my browser (and the iOS app was a strong contender for the category above). I still believe in the value of RSS so a good RSS reader is an important tool for me. I’m probably one of the few RSS users that didn’t mind the death of Google Reader, good riddance!
Last year’s Hell for Leather honorable mention Hell for Leather became RideApart and since this meant that the entire web site and business model changed, I believe another honorable mention is warranted.

TV: Fiction > House of Cards (Netflix)
Non-Fiction > TV keeps getting worse and worse, hence the fact that a Netflix series took the fiction trophy this year. I honestly can’t think of anything that’s worth mentioning here, even Nova is too silly to watch now.

As always, please share your ‘Best of’ in the comments, my horizon is in need of expansion.

NYT: Once Around an Island

Todd Heisler walked around Manhattan and took pictures. I forget who did this a few years ago, I even think I might have blogged about it back then. I also recall someone walking the length of Broadway from Battery Park to the edge of Inwood and documenting that walk with photos. So while this might not be the most original idea ever, I still enjoyed this story. From the classical images of the bridges across the East River to the less obvious shots of Inwood, Washington Heights and the cookouts along the Hudson River Bike Path, a lot of these images look very familiar. The series provides a great window into a Manhattan that’s very far removed from the madness of Times Square or the Soho shopping scene. Reading through this story made me realize why the edges of the island are some of my favorite places in NYC.

Riverside Park

Further Reading: New York Times – Once Around an Island – Todd Heisler