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5 apps that would make holiday shopping a whole lot better

If there are 5 apps I could have RIGHT NOW, I have to say I’m wondering why no one has invented :

1. The Go-Go Gadget Reindeer App

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the “go go gadget”, first of all, take a trip back to memory lane to rediscover Inspector Gadget, and then imagine a reindeer sled popping out of your hat and flying all of those presents to all of your family and friends…especially those that are overseas. I give you :

Inspector Santa

BONUS : you don’t have to figure out how to pile up 4 large bags and an overstuffed backpack onto the back of a scooter just to get them home.

2. The Invisibility Cloak

There  are multiple benefits to all of these, but for this one it mainly involves no longer waiting in lines to :

  • try clothes on — you can share and they’ll never even know
  • buy stuff (handy-dandily pulling it off at the last moment when you actually get up to the cash register)
  • use the facilities (sorry, but true..especially for girls)
  • buy yourself some hot wine and cannelés
  • buy Christmas cards; postage stamps, or a box to fit 80 lbs of Christmas gifts

3. A virtual reality add-a-Like-to-anything app

We already have the technology to identify objects using virtual technology à la Google Goggles, how much harder can it be to take that, mix in a Facebook Connect, and BAM I have already liked my sriracha sauce, so family can please send me more for Christmas. This could also be integrated into shopping sites, obviously any type of social media, you could receive your family’s “like” lists to make holiday shopping a whole lot easier (Anna- just to make sure – you wanted the sausage baster or the duck thermometer?..)

4. Lose-10-pounds-in-2-days app

I figure, if it worked for the Kardashian sisters, it can work for an app…ESPECIALLY around holiday times when who doesn’t want to indulge in a little extra fois grois or apple pie and be able to download an app that radio-waves your extra jiggle away?..

5. Captain Planet app

This may seem like the m&m that isn’t quite the same color as the bunch, but think about it. Santa only gives presents to children that are good. And you have most likely been naughty seeing as you’re probably an adult. Clean up the earth a little bit this year and maybe Santa will leave you lots of nice presents

Disclaimer : I actually am not a fan of the gift-giving part of Christmas, and yes that pertains to the “getting” side. Especially being so far from home I’d rather just have my family come visit me than send me things. Things come and go. People stay.

That being said, what apps would make your life easier? (Real ones are welcome, too ;) )

LeWeb! 2400 Participants, 60 countries and how you can win some champagne

LeWeb, for me, is Silicon Valley come to France. It’s hosted by Seesmic’s Loic and Geraldine Le Meur and this year is in the north of Paris.

Check out LeWeb program and if you’re not going in person, no worries – it’s going to be livestreamed on UStream and you can always follow the hashtag #leweb on Twitter, and there’s a huge list of “official bloggers” that will be posting about the event.

Gary Vaynerchuck will be there – host of the infamous WineLibrary TV that boosted his family’s company with his crazy fun videos that showcase his knowledge of wine and his fun spirit and that clearly if you watch just one of his videos will see why I’m a huge fan.

My friend Matthieu Blanco is also going to be there podcasting with Christopher Ramel (aka Kriisiis) at LeWeb for NetVibes and broadcasting videos in almost real time.

I have to admit, I’m not 100% sure what to expect, but I’m pretty excited. See you there :)

UPDATE

A colleague has bet me a BOX of champagne if I can meet with Carlos Ghosn.

Luckily, it seems as though there’s an in :

If you or anyone you know can introduce me to Carlos Ghosn…I will share my champagne with you :D

A day in the life – le champagne

One of my favorite subjects..thank goodness there are 5 types of champagne ;)

About the t-shirt (warning, you might be offended)

The rest of the “day in the life” videos are over here ;)

Happy Thanksgiving

Even though I couldn’t be with my family, I had friends that came and helped me celebrate Thanksgiving in Paris

..because who says you can’t find a turkey the size of a small dog (we compared) over here? (a turkontosaurus according to my brother)

And of course the most important is having hungry friends that you’re thankful to be with and have around you :)

A day in the life : Le vin and Civil education

As it’s almost the holiday season, I couldn’t help myself..

I forgot 3 CRUCIAL things though:

1. You must always – under pain of bad sex for 7 years – look in the eyes when toasting

2. You may never – under pain of bad sex for 7 years – cross the arms of another person when toasting

3. You must ALWAYS – under pain of no sex for 17 years – take a drink before setting your glass down

Also!

In order to be able to renew my residency card here in France next year, I got to/had to spend a day in a “civil education” class sponsored by the Office of Immigration. I say “got to” because while the morning was a bit slow (history, symbols of the republic, legislative vs executive vs judicial, etc) the afternoon reserved some pleasant surprises.

For example, did you know :

  • female mutilation is a huge crime in France (as it should be), punishable with up to 20 years in prison and a huge fine, due to the psychological and physical problems the little girl can have later in life, while circumcision is permitted but not enforced and can be refused since it has nothing to do with the little boy’s health
  • Marianne (a French symbol) always shows a part of her breasts to represent that France is supposed to take care of its citizens
  • foreigners were welcomed with “open arms” in the 50s because a huge number of young men had died during World War I (…not so much the case now. “sorry”
  • you have to ask the mayor’s office to expand your house — I didn’t think you had to ask anyone in the U.S. but now I’m wondering, do you??? I can just see some guy going ‘fuck that I’m building a goldfish racing room on to my back deck and the Man can just stick it in his [censored] if he doesn’t like it’
  • you CAN’T sell your body parts in France. Yes, you can pack up your ice kit. Sorry.
  • you can’t have polygamous relationships. Nor, in response to the gentleman sitting behind me (true story), can you PACS multiple women. Again, sorry.
  • it’s actually kind of difficult to be put in jail in France. Immediate reaction: who’s up for skinnydipping in Versailles’ fountains?? (once it gets warmer..clearly.)
  • There’s a separation in the minds of many of Paris vs. the rest of France because it’s only been since the 70s that France’s regional departments have any power! Ah HAH! That clears some things up….
  • hospitals now have ROBOTS that perform the circumcisions
  • some groups talk a lot about circumcision. Paid for with the French peoples’ taxes :) thanks!

I would love to hear your feedback on some of these ;)

 

The rest of the “day in a life” videos are here

Friday day in the life : La Provence

The definition of “Provence” thanks to my Parisian friends.

A confusion has finally been cleared up.

You can find the rest of the “Friday day-in-the-life” videos here ;)

 

UPDATE

THANK YOU to Xavier Moisant that pointed out that there IS a difference between “Provence” and “province” (pronounced exactly the same way). NOW it’s clear!!!

Cool thing geek (or not) – My Little Paris

In a city like Paris there are always so many things to do and see that sometimes it’s actually quite easy to just get a bit lost in it all. I sometimes use sites like Sortir à Paris, Paris.fr, and Facebook/Twitter to know what’s going on, or what’s good to do, but one other handy thing is the Parisian newsletter My Little Paris.


I thought for sure everyone knew this thing existed (especially before I would!) but discovered last week that none of the girls at my office had heard of it! Of course it’s not just for girls, but it sure is fancy to look at :) And probably (no yeah it is) the only newsletter I always read.

Three times a week you get suggestions on the coolest places to go and things to see/do that are always out of the ordinary and usually not well known.
For example:

Whether you’re an American in Paris or a Parisian in Paris, it’s great suggestions every time.

You can also like it on Facebook (check) and download the iPhone app (check) ;D
and check out the story behind the newsletter by my girl Roxanne :)

(Yes, it’s in French. Go go gadget google translate)