All posts for “travel”


A Classic Lesson on Being Small and Happy

Posted by: leelefever on November 12, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: beingsmall, lessons, travel


When we arrived at our rental house in Mexico, we found well-worn notebook with hints about the town and surroundings.  On one of the pages was a story that I had heard before, but for this particular vacation, and at this point in our careers, it had extra meaning.  It matches, with a bit of exaggeration, our goals when it comes to managing our lifestyle. A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village and an American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how... Continue Reading

We're Off Like the Comments

Posted by: leelefever on November 4, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: spam, thissite, travel


We're taking off for Sayulita, Mexico, where our good friends are getting married next week.  We'll be back in action on November 12th. Until then, we won't be returning emails and answering phones on time. Part of this vacation includes a vacation from dealing the beloved comment spammers.  Comments are off until we return. Adios amigos.   

Beijing Traffic - Explained on Paper

Posted by: leelefever on September 3, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: diagram, inspiration, simplicity, travel


My friend Johnny Klein pointed me to an fun and funny explanation of how traffic works, (or not) in Beijing, China. It's by Henry B and presented in multiple photos of drawings on paper, which work really well to get the point across. Here's one of the simple-but-effective diagrams, followed by the caption. To make a left turn, it is VITAL that [A] cut off all eastbound traffic as soon as possible. The first few brave or foolish legitimate pedestrians step off the curb; this is of no... Continue Reading

China's Three Gorges Dam Project - Our First/Only Documentary

Posted by: leelefever on August 28, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: offtopic, travel, twinf, video


Exactly one year ago, we published the video below - one of our first. We had just finished a six day river trip from Chong Qing to Shanghai, China on the Yangtze River, which goes through the Three Gorges. China is damming the Yangtze River with the Three Gorges Dam Project, the worlds largest dam. It has displaced over a million people and caused a huge and well-deserved global controversy. At this time last year, we had just purchased the camera we use today. I decided I'd try to do a... Continue Reading

Off to the Online Community Unconference

Posted by: leelefever on June 4, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: community, conference, event, Speaking, travel, unconference


I'm heading down to the Silicon Valley for the Online Community Unconference put on by my friends at Forum One.  If you're unfamiliar with an unconference, check out this wikipedia entry.  Basically it's a great way to get people together without all the baggage (and costs) of a "conference." I've signed up to lead a session on "New Community Planning" as I often find myself in the position to help plan a community-oriented sites.  I'm not leading it because I have the answers - I'm... Continue Reading

WebVisions 2007

Posted by: leelefever on April 28, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: event, Speaking, travel


Webvisions is coming this week in Portland Oregon and I hope we'll see you there. From the site: Join the rockstars of design, user experience and business strategy for two days of mind-melding on what's new in the digital world. I'm going to be speaking on How Blogs and Mobile Are Changing World Travel at 2:45 on Thursday. The talk is based on our experiences in blogging our trip around the world in 2006. I'm really looking forward to seeing some old friends and making some new ones. My... Continue Reading

SXSW and Community 2.0: New Friends and Favorite Topics

Posted by: leelefever on March 14, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: conference, newfriends, travel


We're still reeling a bit from back-to-back conferences in two places that don't cater well to sleep or overall health: South-by-Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas and Community 2.0 in Las Vegas. Conferences are a fire hose and six solid days is just too much to document. This entry is focused on some of the people and talks that mattered most to us. One of my favorite sessions of SXSW was called "People-Powered Products" with Derek Powazek of 8020 Publishing (makers of JPG Magazine), Heather... Continue Reading

Putting the NW in SXSW

Posted by: leelefever on March 8, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: conference, event, travel


We've made it to Austin safely and ready for our first South-by-Southwest experience. Looking forward to seeing old friends, meeting new ones and meeting old friends that I've never actually met in person. This should be a few days of fun. We're both so bummed that we're going to miss the SXNW party that is sponsored by our good friends at Blue Flavor in Seattle as well as Bryght and Rain City Studios in Vancouver, BC. We are leaving Austin on Monday for the Community 2.0 conference. That... Continue Reading

New Friends of Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on February 27, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: conference, newfriends, travel


Across a few different conferences I've met some folks face-to-face that impressed me. Here's a shout out to some of these folks... I hope our paths cross again soon. Mark A. Smith is the founder of Mikonoclast, LLC. Mark's idea is all about connecting people through personal icons or Mikons that you can create, share, wear, etc. Look for Mikons at SXSW this year. Denise Wilton is the lead designer for Moo, a UK-based business that prints mini business/contact cards from your Flickr photos... Continue Reading

Meet Us At These Conferences and Events

Posted by: leelefever on February 5, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: conference, event, Speaking, travel


Man, it's so great to see so many community-focused conferences. Having been away for 2006, we knew we would be doing the conference circuit, but didn't know there would be such a great selection. Here's where we'll be over the next few months (in chronological order). I hope we'll see you there. This event is sold out.     February 13th, Seattle, WA (I will be doing a quick talk about the trip)     Northern Voice - I will provide evening entertainment for the pre-conference dinner on... Continue Reading