Category Archives: Paris livin

Meet Gabriel Hubert from Teleportd – the kickass photo search app Scoble calls “mindblowing”

Working for LeWeb, I realize I haven’t had a second to dedicate to my blog.. BUT I have been able to meet a number of amazing entrepreneurs that I want everyone and their brother to know (maybe their sister).

For LeWeb ’11 (if you haven’t heard of it, I find it hard to believe that you follow me on Twitter ;D), Silicon Valley Bank and Lepe Partners invited a few entrepreneurs to network and get the most out of the event. One of the funniest? Gabriel Hubert who submitted this video to get a ticket:

I had coffee with him yesterday and found out more about what his company, Teleportd, ACTUALLY does!

If you love to travel and always dreamed of teleporting (who hasn’t, really) – -this app is for you.

In a nutshell, it’s the “mind-blowing” photo app (dixit Robert Scoble) that pulls together public, geo-localized photos regardless of what photo app you used. Say, for example, you’re addicted to Instagram like it’s sugar-coated crack. That’s fine. But now you can see all of the photos people are taking around the White House whether they’re also addicted or whether they prefer Foursquare, Lockerz, or any of the other 13 services they pull photos in from in real time.

Agencies, media, and brands can all find something interesting here…

Check it out:

Gabriel is on Twitter as well as his co-founder, Stan.

Give Teleportd a try  – – it’s on the App Store – -and TODAY they will be pulling in photos from Loopcam, an app that let’s you create your own GIFs. Yes. GIFs!!!!!!! It’s…addicting to say the least

Paris Paris n°6 – Moved In !!!!!!!

Unfortunately today is the day of bad surprises… there is no video 😦

Check back tomorrow though… not for any particular reason… but .. you know … we’ll see

The truth is the week’s been spent moving and unpacking and sorting and cleaning and everything that goes into it like I’m sure many people have lived through but that was truly a first for me (as well as starting the 2nd week of my new job!). Yeah I’ve moved a ton of times before, but I never had more than a couple of suitcases at most. This was the big Kahuna of moves. And well worth it !!

I found out that truly… and I mean truly truly truly

friends help friends find nice apartments

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Paris Paris n°5 When geeks need a day off

Being a geek is hard. You’re hunched over all day over your desk, balanced on a Swiss balance ball, living off of coffee and more coffee, and everybody needs a day off once in awhile.

It’s been awhile since I’ve contributed to the (written) part of my blog “living in Paris,” but this afternoon I discovered why I needed to yesterday : massages, yoga, massages..

Do I really need to insist on why this is fabulous ?

No worries

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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 🙂

Paris Paris n°4

Who knew?

Take 2 American Girls.

put em in paris.

it is EXPENSIVE here

good news

You don’t have to get silk drycleaned 🙂

nice. groovy picture

And then my lovely hostess you’re amazing thanks soo much for letting me stay with you tells me.

You know this button and this button?

Don’t touch those.





Just make sure you have hairconditioner and the right button.

And then I realized I needed to start getting bitchy

OK that makes twice now that I’ve been told I’m “too nice” or “too simple”. Just because instead of freaking out that my dails got banged up when I was painting them, I live with it or put on another coat, and because I will eat from the same boulangerie that gave me a crispy fried ladybug in my quiche because..they really are good quiches.

Shoot that is kind of boring.

I had just called it zen..

No one’s perfect but I had my moments of tranquility

But now I’m wondering if maybe I just need to start bringin the drama.

I’ve seen it work for some girls incredibly well.

“What baby wants baby gets” I think is the exact terminology a best friend has for his old roommate.

really good at being bitchy, really, only one person could take her crown


oh but make sure he tells you how amazing you are every morning





What do you do on the day you break up?

Clearly… start blogging. I’ve been meaning to take off more with this blog and everything I’ve been learning since joining the blogosphere last year but then I got..caught up. I moved to Paris, moved in with a new boyfriend, started my job, and thought everything was wonderful. And it pretty much was. I had to go back to the States to figure out some paper-work things and I ended up giving away my puppy so she could have a bigger house to run in and people that were always home, but I figured, I’m in love, what’s the worst that can happen?

The worst that can happen is that one night as you’re getting into bed and snuggling into your favorite spot, just where his arm meets his chest, you hear what you think is the French equivalent of “we need to talk”. And then he tells you about the girl he spent over 4 hours talking with that has made him question where it is that you were going with him. Granted, the move in was too soon. But the part about the other girl really blew. So, as with all great moments, or moments that we’d like to think may have been great if we were in our own movie, have to be  marked with a changing of something. Anything. New hair color, new diet, change of shoes, what’s your treat. For me, it might finally be the push to go native.

Gone native

In anthropology, after the time spent living in a given culture is up, the anthropologist usually needs to pull back from where he or she is in order to maintain their objectivity and report back their analyses. In early cultural anthropology class you’re warned about the dangers of “going native”, mainly being that you wouldn’t publish your thesis because you will have become too close to the subject, I think.

Lucky me, I have a blog. There’s no publishing whatsoever to get tangled up with.

And I’ve realized I’ve held off on publishing more because I wanted this blog to be full of things that I created and I made, but am fed up with some of the limitations of video-blogging ; namely that I usually hate some part of it and it takes me 6-7 hours to edit it and then I still sometimes just can’t make myself edit the damn thing. So I have videos waiting to be edited, some that are almost done, ideas written down, but I have to take the advice of “just do it” and write a little bit every day, because actually I like writing. I’m never sure if it will come out coherent or a dyslexic mess sometimes, but it helps me to clear my head in a way that video blogging just doesn’t. I’m sure that I’ll get back into them now that I’ll be moving into my own space, but in the meantime here’s to spending more time focusing on me, what I’m looking for in life, and what I find out. I know I’ve told myself this before, and I also know that you shouldn’t announce things less you actually just not end up doing it at all, so I’m not annoucing anything. Just moving forward. Actually, one thing I’ve been pondering recently is trends and memes; how one word or phrase seems to catch fire, at least in the world of social media monitoring, and all blog posts are that author’s take on the subject. Once we’ve covered that one a new term has to be reinvented for the people that actually know what they’re talking about to show that they do and that they can manipulate the blogosphere.

These are some powerful people.

The Internet is fully of crazy communities that, with each one that you discover, lets you see another little piece of humanity and what it is that group of people are doing down there. It’s a whole other world sometimes. Last night, even, I was having dinner with a French blogger with eyes wide open because I’m still learning so much about how some of today’s bloggers view its evolution, that 5 years is ancient for a blog and reason for a party (4 more to go – hold on to your socks), and that There are spaces for every kind of taste and then some. There are certain tricks and tools and as we move from millions of web pages to billions of web pages that are going to turn the web into a battlefield, I think, of virtual battles to see who can gain the most notoriety.

But more on that later.

Off for now.


Paris Paris n°4

Discovery of the week(end):

NTM – ie the cool kids on the block in France, rap style

Originally from the north of Paris, Joey Starr and Kool Shen are rap legends in France, and they made their comeback this weekend at the Parc des Princes

I had only heard a bit of music, but this was definitely fun, despite the fact that we had to wear winter clothes in June to go see them

Paris Paris n° 3 1/2

Ladies and gentleman, I’ve found my hero, and his name is Rémi Gaillard.

Those of you in France surely know him.

Those of you outside of France have you seen his videos?

Watch. Laugh. Repeat.

Merci à Nicolas Bordas, it’s thanks to his blog that I have discovered Jackass à la française 😀

Paris Paris n°3

Living in both the virtual and physical world of Paris for a month now, I thought I’d share a couple of French sites that I’ve come upon and since fell in love with. If you can’t read French, learn it or add the Google translate button to your browser so you can just click on it and ta da it’s translated (kind of) 😉


I came upon this blog thanks to a post by Delphine, and fell in love at first sight. I’ve always been a fan of the best of Craigslist and missed connections, and the thought of how we can choose to talk with people or not that we meet in the street, at a café, on the bus, and they may become your next best friend or just another person that passes through your day:

“You ask yourself who this stranger is seated in front of you that looks out the window. Each time you try to look in his/her direction your eyes meet. Embarrassed, you lower your eyes. Your not supposed to stare at people. She asks herself the same thing. Yet you’ll never see him again. It’s the stranger from the metro.

C’est la gêne

“Four friends.

Four oppressed minorities.

Four views of the world.

Four ballbreakers.”

Pretty self-explanatory, but I like any blog that says to me, “f*** that stereotype. And f*** the fact that I just said that. You know what? F*** it and here’s what I think.” I also like that it’s anonymous. Nothing to really get caught up on.

Je vlog en sale

I can’t find out who the guy is in this vlog, but it looks like a channel I would follow 😀

Any tips as to how to find it would be appreciated