US Airways Sucks.

Posted on: March 26, 2009
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This video is my attempt to express how I feel about US Airways after the terrible experience I had today trying to get back home from DC to San Francisco. I’m not sure why I’m posting this on my blog, except for the fact that I felt and feel really helpless as a traveler in this situation… and I’ve discovered since I started blogging.. that I have a voice and something to say regardless of anyone wanting to listen. In any case, I’m mad, and I want to tell you why.

I quickly want to say, It’s understandable that things go wrong with an airline, I think safety should come first… but from what I experienced today it was just a bunch of disorganization and cheapness on the part of US Airway. I went in hopeful that they would get me home and now I just feel upset and worried. US Airways delays caused me to miss my connection. Now I’m stuck in a town I don’t know without my bags in a hotel I had to pay for that I is freaking me out. I know there are many worse things in te world that can happen, but I think if there was even an ounce of caring from US Airways I would be ok with this just being an extension of my journey. Instead, I feel like I paid money to be mistreated and now stuck. Phheww. Please watch the video and let me know your thoughts. Nothing may ever come of this rant, but it would be nice to know I have friends who I can commiserate with. –sukhjit

PS the thumbnail above is a dead bird I found outside the US Airways terminal while I was waiting for the hotel shuttle to pick me up. It’s a dead bird. That’s a sign of a bad airline if I ever saw one.

Whiskey and Wireless

Posted on: March 24, 2009
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Help celebrate the end of the line for Sukhjit & Rachael’s SXSW and Beyond roadtrip! We made it from San Francisco to Austin to Washington DC. If you’re in the area come out for “whiskey and wireless” on Wednesday.

Where: Busboys and Poets @ 14th & V, 2021 14th St, DC (202) 387-7638

Date: Wednesday March 25th, 2009

Time: 7PM

No host bar.

We’ve had a marvelous time meeting tweeters, seesmicers and all kinds of social media (and non social media) folks. There’s been an adventure at each stop, hugs, food, live music and good times. Here are some quick highlights:


Happy endings & end of nachos… on 12seconds.tv


Visiting @pogobrian. Pogo-ing is good for you! on 12seconds.tv


best coffee in phoenix is at ground control. on 12seconds.tv

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This is real BBQ at County Line!! and the REAL Chimentos! #sxsw on 12seconds.tv

New Orleans

Atlanta

Talking about PeopleBrowsr in Atlanta! on 12seconds.tv

Raleigh

@critter so good to see u in Raleigh and meet your boys! on TwitPic

Washington DC
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Unboxing: Griffin iTrip

Posted on: March 24, 2009
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Well, the cross country drive has come to an end. I am finally in DC after being on the road for 3 weeks. If you haven’t heard of my SXSW and Beyond cross country adventure, let me just quickly tell you: My dear friend Rachael Joy and I drove from San Francisco to Austin for SXSW and then on to DC where she is going to live now. Along with our laptops, Rachael’s little Prius (she calls him Pete) was packed and almost overflowing with her belongings and some must have souvenirs we collected along the way.

Road Trip Essential

One thing I brought with me from San Francisco was a Griffin iTrip so we could share music from Rachael’s iPhone and my iTouch. Needless to say, when I was finally done playing every single Bhangra song I had, we started listening to Rachel’s playlist which included some music from a friend of her’s named Chuck Carrier. (We had a chance to meet Chuck in Atlanta where he played at Eddie’s Attic. We missed the show but where glad to find such a great venue for local music.)

The roadtrip soundtrack was an important part of our travel and we used the iTrip daily. While we were on the road, I decided to do a little product review of the Griffin iTrip. Yes, Rachael did ALL the driving, so I had to keep myself entertained somehow and did this little review as we drove out of lovely North Carolina! Hope you enjoy this episode of Unboxing .. and the soundtrack by Mr. Chuck Carrier!

One more thing I forgot to mention in the featured video above:

Leaving NOLA with great memories

Posted on: March 20, 2009
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Our average Thursday in New Orleans has turned out to be quite magical. I hope you got a chance to see yesterday’s video with the street jazz too!

I’m in NOLA with @RachaelJoyTV

Posted on: March 19, 2009
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This is part 3 of the SXSW and Beyond road trip. And this part involves getting my friend Rachael Joy to Washington DC. She is moving there from Oakland. If you’ve been checking out my blogs or tweets, you know that we stopped in Austin for SXSW interactive conference. Now we’re off for the last section of our journey. We stopped in New Orleans for some food, drink and magic. New Orleans has been full of unexpected adventures. Art and music are just part of every day here. I tried to capture some moments to share with y’all.

So many friends, recommended Cafe Dumonde for coffee and a plate full of French pastries called beignets… so that’s how we started today. I must admit… it was a little late in the morning for me to get my first cup of coffee, so I was cranky and scattered, but once our order arrived, the universe was right again. Also want to shout out to Bob from Alaska for letting us share a table with him.

SXSW and Beyond…

Posted on: March 17, 2009
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I’m driving cross country from San Francisco to Austin for SXSWi and then on to Washington DC  with my dear friend Rachael Joy. (If you remember my days at Seesmic then you probably know Rachael, who hosted and produced a show there called Newspop). Along they way, we are stopping for some good old fashioned in-real-life tweetups.

Where & When

First stop is Los Angeles on Monday, March 9th. We will meet friends at 7pm in Hollywood at a place called the Happy Ending!

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Meeting the Chimentos in Austin!

This is real BBQ at County Line!! and the REAL Chimentos! #sxsw on 12seconds.tv

More details to come including info on the days we will be in each city. We’re taking the Southern Route to DC on this “SXSW & Beyond Roadtrip”. Stops include New Orleans, Raleigh, Atlanta and we’re meeting friends along the way. If you’re in any of the cities I hope to meet you in real life too!

SXSWi

While at SXSW I’ll be reporting for NORG, a citizen powered journalism site. My beat is video and the new innovations and tools that can help people create and distribute content. I’m grateful to NORG for believing in the power of citizen journalism and backing my pitch to cover this content at the biggest interactive conference of the year. I’m a true believer in web tools for video content creation and distribution and am really excited to report on what I discover.

I’m part of 100interviews along with my friends Derek Overbey & Morgan Brown. We’re doing just that, 100 five minute interviews with twitter movers and shakers that are attending SXSW. There are just a few spaces left on this list, so if your interested tweet one of us and let’s get your 5 minutes of twitterdom scheduled!

Here is a video I made for PeopleBrowsr and how to use it to get the most out of SXSW! Thank you to PeopleBrowsr for helping to make my trip to SXSW possible.

What are you doing for lunch today at #sxsw?

Posted on: March 14, 2009
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The Beacon Lounge upstairs on the 4th floor is a great place to have lunch while you’re at SXSW. Money from the deli lunch goes to non profits.

Unboxing: Speck at SXSW

Posted on: March 13, 2009
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My friends at Speck sent me a really plush laptop bag to travel the “SXSW and Beyond Roadtrip” with my beloved MacBook. It’s not easy to find a laptop bag that works for me. I have kind of an eclectic style and I like my bags, laptop or not, to be cleverly designed. I have to say the, pin striped CorePack Messenger Bag from Speck has certainly filled my criteria.

For any of you needing a new way to carry your gear, Speck has a special if you go to their site on Friday, March 13th or Saturday, March 14th! Get 33% off a Speck Bag of your choice. Just punch in the code TWIT33. Also, if you are at SXSW I have a free Pinstripe Speck iTouch case to giveaway. If you see me just say Hi and let me know you want it. The 3rd person to do this gets the case from me!

Learn to make Lebanese Shawarma

Posted on: March 6, 2009
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My dear friends Fatmeh and Adam had me over for afternoon tea. She is an excellent cook of all things Lebanese and runs a blog called Lebanese By Heart. We decided to do a live show that day to share the event on my site sukhjit.me. A lot of my friends around the globe came around for it.  This is the cut down of that video.

The shawarma Fatmeh made was so delicious. In fact, so much so that I didn’t record much of me eating it. If you follow my video blog, then you know I record all the time, so that shawarma was so good it stopped me from vloggin it!!! The meat was so flavorful and tender. I hope if you’re interested in Middle Eastern cooking you will try Fatme’s shawarma recipe or any of her other dishes.

Find the Shawarma recipe and others from the talented chef, Fatme at Lebanese By Heart.

On a side note, I want to point out that this year Adam and Fatmeh have become good friends of mine and I met them because of social media. Adam is a web wiz and use to post to Seesmic when I worked there. He, among a handful of social media friends, helped me get this video blog started after I left Seesmic. When I think about the connections I’ve made since joining the legions of web2.0 addicts I am reminded of why I am such a social media advocate.

Beginners guide to PeopleBrowsr

Posted on: March 2, 2009
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Using twitter and ready to take your tweeting to the next level? Here’s how you can with PeopleBrowsr.com. PeopleBrowsr brings more power to twitter. It takes your single stream page view and turns it into a multi column browser page, where you can view, tweet, sort, group… so many things you can’t do on the basic twitter page.

I made this quick beginner’s guide on how to use PB. If you have questions please feel free to leave a comment. I will help to get your tweeting setup started on PeopleBrowsr!

In this video you will learn:

  1. the basics of the PeopleBrowsr column (AKA stack)
  2. how to open a new stack
  3. use the search bar to customize your stack
  4. retweeting
  5. direct messaging

Unboxing: Sena Cases

Posted on: February 22, 2009
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At Mac World this year I was searching for a case for my iTouch and since it’s a gen 1 touch, it was actually a bit of a challenge. That is, until I found Sena. They do custom cases for the touch, the iPhone, laptops, celphones… you name it. Their demo booth at Mac World really stood out because they had a old fashioned leather artisan pounding away and creating the cases by hand. That’s how it’s done at Sena, hand made custom cases. Arton, is the man making the cases in this video. I want the record to show that I tried to talk to him, but he doesn’t speak English and I don’t speak Turkish. In the end, it really didn’t matter because it was so fun to watch him do his thing and he was happy to show of his handiwork.

Sena sent me a box!

Sena sent me a box!

Sena Case Giveaway

A lot of my friends have iPhones, I know… so I’ve worked out a free giveaway with Sena! Keep your eyes open for a contest on my site this week! I’ll unbox the package I got from Sena on Monday.  This week I’ll collect names from anyone who wants to enter the giveaway. Then I’ll draw a name and give away a custom Sena case to one of my friends. That means the person that wins gets to pick the iPhone or iTouch case they want! (thanks Sena for the generous giveaway!) In the meantime Sena is having some fabulous sales. It’s worth a click over! Remember to enter the giveaway and check out the unboxing on Monday!

Heres my gen1 iTouch

Here's my gen1 iTouch

Leave a comment to enter the contest!

If you want to enter the Sena Case giveaway… leave me a comment and just say so. I’ll enter your name in a drawing like I did for a few weeks ago for my Mimobot Valentine. Extra good contest mojo will go to those that leave a video or picture of the device you want the custom case for! So here are the basics to enter the giveaway!

Leave a comment here saying you want to be entered in the Sena Case Giveaway.

Leave a video or picture of you and device you want the case for and I’ll enter you twice.

I’ll pick a name out of the jar next week and get you set up with Sena!

The giveaway is for an iTouch or iPhone case only.

Note to friends who RSS: There’s a video here! You may not be seeing it cause I’m still figuring that part out. Here’s the link to check it out: http://www.sukhjit.me/post/unboxing-sena-cases/

Pumpkin Enchilada Recipe

Posted on: February 16, 2009
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My friend Lori made pumpkin enchiladas a few months back for one of our usual Sunday night dinners and they were really good. After I posted this picture to flickr I had quite a few people ask for the recipe, so here it is! It comes from Martha Stewart. Now, as most of my friends know, I’m vegetarian on Sunday and Thursday, so of course I the Enchiladas I ate were a veggie version of this. I put some substitution suggestions at the bottom of the page.

Pumpkin Enchiladas

Ingredients

Serves 4.

  • 1/2 leftover Thyme-Roasted Chicken with Potatoes, skin removed, meat shredded
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 jalapeno chile, quartered (remove ribs and seeds for less heat, if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 8 corn tortillas (6-inch)
  • 1 1/2 cups grated sharp white cheddar cheese (6 ounces)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine chicken and scallions. Season generously with salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. In a blender, puree pumpkin, garlic, jalapeno, chili powder, 2 1/2 cups water, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until smooth (hold top firmly as blender will be quite full). Pour 1 cup of sauce in the bottom of an 8-inch square (or other shallow 2-quart) baking dish.
  3. Lay tortillas on work surface; mound chicken mixture on half of each tortilla, dividing evenly. Roll up tortillas; place, seam side down, in baking dish.
  4. Pour remaining sauce on top; sprinkle with cheese. Place dish on a baking sheet; bake until cheese is golden and sauce is bubbling, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Again, this recipe comes from a Martha Stewart cookbook that Lori likes to use. To make a veggie version for me, Lori substituted diced roasted vegetables for chicken. She used a squash, a small onion and some potatoes. I’d also suggest bell pepper & brown or white mushorooms.

Tea Time on my Zannel channel

Posted on: February 10, 2009
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This week I’m starting to use a new microblogging tool called Zannel. Similar to Twitter, Zannel let’s you post quick text updates and video and pictures too. I’m embedding the player here on Sukhjit3.0 but my content post on Zannel’s site and into their international community where users can follow and comment. Are you using it yet?

For the next month, I’ll be using my Zannel channel for tea time. Each day after 4, I will post a tea time video. Why 4 and why every day? I’m one of a group of San Franciscan’s posting to the 420News each day at… well, 4:20 pm.  I know what you’re thinking… “4:20 has some interesting connotations, Sukhjit”. Well, Friends, to me 4:20 means I’m probably having my last cup of tea for the day. That is truly what I’m usually doing around then…. and if I’m on the farm with my family it means I am probably having my 3rd or 4th cup of tea. So whatever 420 means to you, or anyone else,  to me it’s tea time. I plan to post a fabulous afternoon snack each day. If you’re interested, I hope you’ll check it out. I promise… if nothing else, I’ll show you something delicious. My first snack was actually sponsored by the lovely Brian and Keisha of That Takes the Cake. They are a fabulous husband and wife team who earn their living making and selling cupcakes.

One last thing just so you know, the 420News is a 30 day project I signed up for with Zannel and it’s a competition. If I get the most followers out of the San Francisco 420News group I can win a brand new FlipCam (which I really want) and some cash (which I really need). So, feel free to press my follow on Zannel. You’ll be helping to push me closer to the #1 winning spot. Thanks, Friends!

Unboxing: My Mimobot Valentine

Posted on: February 9, 2009
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This is a really sweet gift from Mimobot. They make flash drives that look like fantastic little friends. This one is thier Valentines special. No joke. Since Mimobot was nice enough to send me 2, I want to give one away. If you want it, leave me a comment or send me a tweet. I’m going to do a random pick and send somebody this really cute Valentine Mimobot. =)

Here is the original contest video:

Thank you friends! I am really happy to see so many people I haven’t talked to in a while, but also a lot of new people too. It’s fantastic and I’m psyched to send my little Mimobot Valentine to someone soon!

Visiting Amritsar and Celebrating a Birthday

Posted on: February 6, 2009
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February 5th is my friend Liz’s b’day. Last year (2008), we were traveling in India with my cousins. Among the extended family was a group of Colombian sister’s who kept us in good spirits and song. (Which is why, Liz is getting a birthday serenade in Spanish while we are in a village in India!)

This video “A Day In Amritsar” does not make much sense alone, like my last video “My Punjabi Mela” you’re getting a glimpse of my trip. To fill in the gaps somewhat, I’m writing this post to convey the importance of going to Amritsar and the Golden Temple. To tell you the truth, I’m overwhelmed with how to tell the story of a place that has such great significance. Part of it is growing up a “California Punjabi Girl” and having a distant knowledge of this aspect of my culture.

The Golden Temple, what we call Harmandir Sahib in Punjabi, is the holiest site for all Sikhs. People travel from around the globe to visit and pray at the Golden Temple. It has been the place of worship and peace, as well as the ground of death and massacre when Sikhs have been forced to defend it. The water surrounding the Golden Temple is sacred. Sikh’s, young and old, healthy and hurt, make the pilgrimage to Amritsar. Some come to be baptized in the lake and I’ve often heard of the water’s healing powers.

Harmandir Sahib is filled with Song. Passages from the Guru Granth Sahib, which is  revered by devout Sikhs as a teacher and enlightener and more than a holy book, are sung 24 hours, 7 days a week. Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, believed deeply in harmony and song and used it to share his teachings with the world. I did not get a chance to show the inside of the temple where the song and prayers are being preformed because video cameras are not allowed inside. The song I used in this video is actually from a Sikh Temple in California:

Sikhs cover their heads as a sign of respect. Part of the Sikh Religion is to keep your hair, no haircuts. Sikh men wear turbans, like my Dad, because they don’t cut their hair. A Sikh’s turban is generally a very tidy one. That’s another aspect of Sikhism, to have pride in your appearance. So, although there’s no visits to the hairdresser, there is great care in being clean and tidy. I actually got in trouble from an older cousin that day, for not having my hair tied back! I felt terrible after I realized I hadn’t even thought about it and I didn’t bring a hair tie with me! It’s serious business!

Sukhjit's Dad & Mom

Next door to the Golden Temple is Jallianwala Bagh. It’s one of the few quiet places in the middle of the very busy city of Amritsar. In 1919 a peaceful gathering of Punjabis ended after a British commander had the park surrounded by troops and without warning began shooting into the packed in crowd of unarmed people. Needless to say, this was a pivotal point in India’s struggle for Independence from the British and the park remains a memorial to that day and the thousands of people who died or were injured.

If any of you are worried, that my friend Liz’s birthday was a bummer because we went to such serious places… I want you to know Liz chose to spend that day going to Amritsar! It’s an amazing experience not just for Sikhs but for anyone who is looking to be immersed in a proud and independent culture, to feel great joy and sorrow for the history and sacrifice made by generations of people for their faith and tradition… and of course, we ended the day with cake.

Here, I want to invite any of you who have something to say about Amritsar & Sikhism to share your thoughts. I’ve asked my friend Kulpreet Singh, AKA @KulpreetSingh, to add to this blog post when he has time. He already helped me to get some of my facts straight in this post! As, I’ve gotten a chance to get to know him via his tweets and blog posts, I’ve come to respect his knowledge and view of Sikhism. As I said earlier, it’s an overwhelming task to try and convey the importance of Amritsar, but with various voices and experiences we can share and learn together. Also, wanted to note that the featured image and thumbnail photo is by @lizpayne. Thanks everyone!

Unboxing: Griffin Technology Wireless Speakers

Posted on: February 2, 2009
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Here’s another great innovation I saw at Mac World 2009. These Griffin Technology speakers are really fantastic if you want stereo sound without sacrificing a nice look. My friend Adam from notebooks.com really did a great job explaining why they were cool so I decided to feature him as the guest reporter for this episode of Unboxing! Hope you enjoy. (Hey Adam! When you see this post make sure to let everybody know if you’ve written an article about these speakers.) My favorite thing about the speakers was the lack of wires! Hip hip horaaay for wireless home electronics.

I have a handful of Griffin Technology products and I must say they have been pretty cool. Do you have any? What do you think?

My Punjabi Mela

Posted on: January 28, 2009
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This time last year I was in India. It was a monumental trip for me. Not just because I was on “holiday”, but because I was in need of a shakeup both personally and professionally and India took me by the shoulders and gave me a really good shake. I’m compelled to share my “vacation videos” with you to remember the images and feelings that effected me so deeply and helped me get started in a new phase of my life. There is no way a video or a blog post could convey that trip completely and to be honest, this is a fraction of the video I shot. This is only part of my time in my family’s home state of Punjab. The rest of my trip including Amritsar, the Taj Mahal in Agra, the busy streets of Delhi and the Palaces of Rajasthan will come later. For now, it’s important to me to share images of where my family comes from.

I’ve been thinking about my trip more than usual because it was one year ago exactly that I was there and because of President Obama’s Inauguration and the hope and pride we’ve regained as Americans. As much as I love India and identify with my Punjabi heritage, last year I swelled with gratitude for the decision my parents made to build a life in America. My life & freedom would not be possible if they hadn’t made the journey out of their village to the New World.

I’m calling the video My Punjabi Mela. There is no real story line, it’s just a sampling of some of the things I experienced over the course of a few days in Punjab. The song is called Mela, by Sukshinder Shinda (mela means party in Punjabi). I traveled the first half of the month in India with cousins, my cousin-in-law Patty’s sisters who were visiting from Florida & Columbia and also, the petite blond girl is my dear friend Liz, who traveled with me the entire month.

The opening shots are of the streets of Punjab and then a sampling of one of our many trips to the bazaar. This shopping is in a very hectic city called Jalandhar. I included some pictures from my Aunt and Uncles home & village…my Aunt & Uncle are no longer alive, but my cousins have done an incredible job keeping the village home in great condition and the memory of my dear Aunt & Uncle alive. One of the ways they do that is by giving back to the community. My cousins all live full time in the US, but they spend time and money building schools and colleges in the area. The Sant Baba Bhag Singh Institute is one of those colleges. It’s special to me because it is a college that makes an effort to educate girls as well as boys. To my surprise educating girls is still an issue in parts of India. Again, my gratitude for those who made it possible for me to be born and raised in California.

Thanks for coming to my blog and watching My Punjabi Mela. I’m glad to take friends along on my travels in Punjab and if you have any questions about this video I hope you’ll ask.

Unboxing: Ahnu Footwear

Posted on: January 21, 2009
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I got a box at the farm from a company called Ahnu Footwear. They’re pretty fabulous for people like me who are active and also kind of style conscious. I do a lot of walking and I go to yoga frequently, so I expect I’ll be getting a lot of use from these. I’ll post a review here once I’ve had a chance to wear them around a bit. I noticed too that they have shoes for men and women. Cool.

I’m curious, what do you think about when buying shoes for walking and activity. I’m a sucker for a good price and a unique look. So far, the Ahnu shoes are working for me. Watch the video below and see for yourself.

@Kevsong I like the shoes. on 12seconds.tv