• 31Jul

    Since moving to NY three months ago we have gone out more than we did in the entire preceding 3 years. Whether it is a simple night out for appies and drinks or a trip to see the String Cheese Incident we have definitely been taking advantage of the city life. Tonight we are going to see one of Lana’s favorites, Rocco Deluca at the Bowery Ballroom.

    Cannot wait!

  • 09Jul

    Tim Marman comments

    Oh, as a concert, I think it had a lot of entertainment value.

    It’s the hypocrisy of all of this that kills me, and my complaint there is broader than this specific concert. Being environmentally friendly is the “hip” thing to do, but it’s this “do as I say not as I do” attitude that kills me.

    Gore and others preach the value of conservation, but then at the same time refuse to change their own behavior.

    Sometimes it’s about leading by example. Someone commented on my rant that they apparently DID try to do things more eco-friendly, but the fact remains that – awareness aside – these same people are setting a terrible example.

    Two examples mentioned (http://urltea.com/xue): Madonna has “a fleet of cars, including a fuel-guzzling Range Rover”, and “the
    car-loving rapper Snoop Dogg, who will play in Hamburg, appeared in a commercial for US automaker Chrysler last year”.

    Yeah, I hear you.

    It is certainly not a perfect world. It is much easier to pay a contribution (money, time, etc) to a cause than it is to live and believe it’s ideals. I have been doing a fair bit of reading about Gandhi lately and not many that I have seen in this day and age come close to that kind of devotion to a cause. Certainly Al Gore can never be held to the same yardstick but who knows, maybe someone out there will truly stick up for this cause one day soon (and  hopefully in a constructive meaningful way).

    Anyway, as a closing note, I was actually given the tickets last minute and wound up there completely by accident. If not I probably would have little to no opinion on this. Having gone and seen the bands (at least in NY) I can say that it was a great show and the overall message was very overwhelmingly eco-friendly. If even 1% of the population picks up anything from it I say it was a great success.

  • 09Jul

    Man for something that seems to be trying to spread a positive message Live Earth sure has received more than its share of bashes. Fred Wilson boycotted it, Tim Marman bashed it, Bob Lefsetz went on a rant about it (amongst other various complaints), the Arctic Monkeys called it hypocrisy and about a dozen or more comments or posts I have read have been way less than positive.

    What confuses me is how all of them seem to miss the point that it may have actually raised awareness of some of the issues and simple ways to reduce overall energy consumption. Throughout the concert and on the website there were constant plugs for how to do better on a small scale. Sure a lot of that was mixed with a commercial message but at least the commercial message was for more environmentally friendly products. With the dozens of other summer music festivals I have been to there has never been a positive social message as the theme. Sure there was the typical consumption involved in a concert and of course the performers consumed massive amounts of energy to put on their show but, I say so what, they would have done it anyway right? At least this started conversations and continues to keep global warming in the collective conscience. All the previous big concerts like this have been strictly about entertainment with little to no theme or message.

    Contrast that with Live Earth and the potential benefits of even a tiny percent of the Earths population gaining some knowledge of the little things that they can do in their every day lives to reduce their impact on the environment and I have to say it was worth it.

    Oh and for all of you who say there was no one worth going to see, you sure missed a great show ;-)

    Check out more photos on Flickr here.

    PS We took public transportation there and back along with thousands of others.

  • 14Jun

    This was written by my wife Lana and posted on our family blog. I just had to cross post.

    “Eva is at the great age when she mimics everything that we do, especially Emma. I call her my monkey and she even responds to that name. She thinks it’s pretty funny when I call her that. Emma is the center of Eva’s little world. She wants to be just like Emma. She wants to play with the same toy Emma is playing, eat the same things Emma is eating, get dressed when Emma gets dressed, etc. This morning was no different. Eva saw that Emma was putting on a t-shirt ‘all by herself’ and she wanted to do the same, so she grabbed the first thing that she saw (which was a pair of Emma’s underware) and started to pull them over her head. Jesse had to help her only a little bit. This is what she looked like at breakfast:”