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2.8.13 … I am a happy nerd …

UNC Festival of Legal Learning, Hotel Siena, Southern Seasons, Weathervane at Southern Seasons, The Siena Hotel,  Chapel Hill NC: I am a happy nerd … Southern Seasons was a treat … as was shrimp and grits at Weathervane at Southern Season. And finally The Siena Hotel beats the Waldorf Astoria … much better toiletries and turn down service with chocolates.

blizzards, 2013 NE blizzard, NYTimes.com:  Hoping all are safe and warm …

Watching the snowfall forecasts from the potent blizzard sweeping into the Northeast we’re at the western edge of the robin’s egg 12-24 inches zone, I can’t help but think back to March, 2010, when we lost power for five days after the Hudson Valley and other regions were paralyzed by several feet of snow.

via Blizzards as Teachers – NYTimes.com.

Downton Abbey, Valentine’s Day, LOL:

basset hounds, kith/kin, vacations, Madrid: Hidden amongst my son’s vacation pictures … 🙂

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donuts/doughnuts, Firecakes, Chicago:  Sounds like voodoo donuts to me!

DONUTSCreative confections in River NorthThe latest addition to Chicago’s coffee-dunking circuit, Firecakes is a small-batch donut shop from the owner of La Madia, rotating a roster of sweetness like Tahitian vanilla glazed, blood orange and raspberry jelly, and Nutella long johns that’ll provide a comfortable home for your (hazel)nuts. Oh, there’s also a maple-glazed pineapple and bacon donut…

Sallie Krawcheck,  Lessons from My Bosses, LinkedIn:

The best: at one firm, the culture was to hire unconventionally, bringing in people with a broad range of backgrounds. The talent we uncovered, where others weren’t looking, could be amazing. In contrast, a couple of CEOs surrounded themselves with a long-tenured “inner circle” and filtered information through them. One of the many reasons for the financial melt-down was the unexamined groupthink that pervaded Wall Street, enabled by senior managers “breathing the same air.”

via Lessons from My Bosses | LinkedIn.

Sallie Krawcheck, bankers, compensation:

Sallie Krawcheck didn’t pull any punches when she was president of Bank of America-Merrill Lynch’s wealth management unit, and now she’s using her bully pulpit as a LinkedIn blogger to explain why paying bankers in stock is a lousy idea.

In 2013, banks must change the way they compensate their senior executives, Krawcheck (left) argues in her Tuesday blog post, saying that company boards are making a mistake by moving to more equity ownership for senior execs since the 2008 crash. She certainly has an insider’s view of the business: Krawcheck is a veteran not only of BofA, but of Citi Smith Barney and Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.

“Coming out of the crisis, the national discussion focused on ‘pay them less’ and very little on ‘pay them better,’” writes Krawcheck, who was summarily fired in September 2011 when BOFA Chief Executive Brian Moynihan went public with plans to reorganize the bank’s management and operating units. “Instead, the long-term conventional wisdom that senior executives should be aligned with equity holders remained unexamined: the amount they are paid is often based on stockholder metrics (like ROE), and the form of payment is in increasing proportions of stock.”

Claiming that she herself and the rest of the banking world now know that their business is unlike any other, Krawcheck then goes on to list her top 10 reasons paying bank executives in more stock is “a bad idea.” (See No. 10 on the list, where Krawcheck name-checks her former firm.)

10. Look at the evidence. Naming names, Krawcheck points out that the biggest CEO equity holders in 2007 were at Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Countrywide. As she puts it: “‘Nuff said.”

via Sallie Krawcheck: Top 10 Reasons It’s Bad to Pay Bankers in Stock.

Iceland, Family Trip, vacations, bucket list,  National Geographic:  I’m scheming …

Iceland is one of the warmest cold countries you’ll find—especially so toward children. It seems everywhere you look there are pram-pushing moms and blond-haired kids swarming the capital of Reykjavik. The big hit for children (and adults) will be the city’s 18 mostly open-air geothermal pools (82–109°F); most also have slides and fountains. Use a pool visit to introduce the concept of renewable resources. Iceland is on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a belt of mountains and rift valleys where periodic eruptions widen the ocean floor. One of the world’s most tectonically volatile places, it feeds more than 200 volcanoes and 600 hot springs and heats 85 percent of Iceland’s homes. Add to this energy produced by the nation’s rivers and streams, and the country essentially gets all its electricity from nature.

via Iceland’s Ring Road: Best Family Trip — National Geographic.

 Yoda, Star Wars, Stuart Freeborn, The Two-Way : NPR: Funny, I think he looks a little like Yoda.

Makeup Artist Who Created Yoda Dies; Stuart Freeborn Was 98

via Makeup Artist Who Created Yoda Dies; Stuart Freeborn Was 98 : The Two-Way : NPR.

Fashion Week 2013, WSJ.comFashion Week 2013 – WSJ.com.

Star Trek, William Shatner, ISS, Twitter:  kinda cool …

Captain James Kirk of the Starship Enterprise called up an astronaut in space today for a cosmic conversation that began on Twitter and warped all the way into space.

Actor William Shatner, who famously portrayed Kirk in the original science fiction TV show “Star Trek,” called the International Space Station today (Feb. 7) to ask real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield what life is like on a spaceship.

On Jan. 3, 2013, Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency started tweeting with William Shatner, “Captain Kirk” of the original Star trek series, and with other Star Trek cast members, plus one very famous real spaceflyer.

“I’m so moved to be able to speak to you for this brief moment,” Shatner told the astronaut via phone.

You can see a video of Shatner’s call to the space station here.

Hadfield, representing the Canadian Space Agency, is serving a five-month tour on the football field-sized space station orbiting Earth. Last month, he and Shatner struck up a virtual conversation on Twitter when the actor wrote, “@Cmdr_Hadfield Are you tweeting from space?”

Eventually, their conversation pulled in other “Star Trek” notables like George Takei (who played Hikaru Sulu), Will Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) and Leonard Nimoy (Spock).

Today, Shatner and Hadfield connected in real time for a chat about life in space, and life on the stage.

via ‘Star Trek’ Actor William Shatner Calls Astronaut in Space (Video) | Space.com.

Corby Kummer, 15-Course Tasting Menu, Eleven Madison Park, Vanity Fair:  Wow …

As part of his strenuous, on-the-ground reporting for his recent Vanity Fair article about “totalitarian” chefs and their increasingly elaborate tasting menus, “Tyranny—It’s What’s for Dinner,” author Corby Kummer endured a five-hour, 15-course meal at Eleven Madison Park, the Manhattan restaurant owned by chef Daniel Humm. Here is Kummer’s course-by-course, or round-by-round, report, along with the approximate time each course was served.

via Foodies Gone Wild: Corby Kummer’s Annotated, 15-Course Tasting Menu from Eleven Madison Park | Vanity Fair.

 


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