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By Rylan Soref
Saturday, 5/23/2009 1:12 PM

I woke up this morning to an overcast sky. I was on the floor of my apartment in the Carleton Hotel. It wasn't because I couldn't make it into bed last night; rather, all the hotels are so booked up that I couldn't garner a comfy mattress for myself. As everyone in the room began to wake up, we discussed last night's amfAR event.

With men in tuxedos and women in ball-gowns, I stood in the hotel lobby yesterday feeling like a father sending his child to prom. I would have loved to attend the amfAR event myself, but the exclusivity of the event forbid the opportunity. So I stood in the atrium absorbing the prefab excitement like a sponge. Within our party there were a few well-known faces.

Doctor James D. Watson, Nobel laureate and former director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, was escorted by his wife Liz, who ... Read More


By Rylan Soref
Saturday, 5/23/2009 1:05 PM

My palms strangled my thighs as I sat in the back of the Mercedes-Benz cab. As we raced through a gauntlet of windy narrow side streets I couldn't help thinking we would crash before arriving at the hotel. Although I'm a bit hungry and overtired from the 7+hour flight, I'm smiling because I just arrived in France for the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival.

As we pull up to the Carleton Hotel my brother turns to me with a look of shock and awe. "This is not what I remember," he says. The scene resembles a Hollywood lot more closely than the Cote d'Azur. It is the middle of May but the hotel lawn is frosted with pearly white snow. Draped between two Christmas trees is a poster for Jim Carey's upcoming film A Christmas Carol. Just across the drive, a statue of "Bumble Bee", a character from this summer's sequel ... Read More

Lifeball '09

By Scott Buccheit
Wednesday, 5/20/2009 12:01 PM

The madness began on Thursday at the Red Bull space in Soho. That's where the chosen few were to meet to take their shuttle to JFK to begin their great adventure. I made my way in and was greeted by an immediate aural assault, there was actually a DJ spinning club music at 1:30 in the afternoon. It was a bit much for that early... right? I was greeted by Dane Steele Green of Steele Travel who graciously arranged the trip for me, along with my full itinerary. I sidled up to the bar and decided to get a sugar free Red Bull while i waited for my travel companions. Being chronically early has its drawback and this day was no exception. While waiting for my group I downed three Red Bulls out of sheer boredom and was ready to bounce off the walls by the time it was time ... Read More

Thank you for (not) sharing

By Layla
Wednesday, 5/20/2009 10:42 AM

The total onslaught of social networking has taken our society by storm and completely changed the way we interact. At first I thought it was all innocent fun. On Facebook we can post pictures, keep in touch with friends, let people know what we we’re up to, etc. But nowadays, the entire phenomenon of information sharing has gone to an extreme. I get the purpose of Twitter and do see how it is both intriguing and relevant for many reasons. But I’ve started to wonder if people are taking it all a bit too far.

One of my good friends summed it up very well recently. Simply put:- “Over-sharing is the new black.” It is one thing when people share exciting news, write an opinion or statement that they want others to know or post something interesting for their networks and followers to read. ... Read More

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