Mon 11.04.13 – I am one of those people who likes my cities a bit spread out and , like London, Istanbul, Mumbai, and Los Angeles. While I have visited New York City four or five times in my life, I have almost always wanted OUT of this city by half a day or less*. I have only ever spent time on Manhattan Island and have only passed through Brooklyn and the Bronx.
When Andrew Sullivan linked to the below Patton Oswalt stand up comedy routine about the horror of New York City, I laughed hard. Really hard.
The following video is definitively Not-Safe-For-Work-or-Religious-Conservative-People (NSFWoRCP – Strong language warning), but it is really funny whether you are a fan of NYC or not:
* This summer, when I went to the Nokia Lumia 1020 launch event in NYC, I wanted out before I even left La Guardia airport. NYC summer plus Ms. Jen’s don’t equal or match or even mildly agree with each other. Chennai just before the monsoon is more pleasant.
Fri 07.12.13 – Last night was the Zoom Party for the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020 at Pier 94 in New York City and here are my photos from the evening.
After meeting up with fellow and fellow-ess bloggers at the hotel, some of the gang taxi’d it over to the venue and a few of us walked. Even though it was hot and humid, it was lovely to get out in the evening light and walk.
Once at the party venue, it was good to hang out with the blogger crew and meet new people as well. The two surprises of the evening was finally meeting Serko in person after knowing him online for 5-6 years and that the blogger crew spent most of the evening hanging out with Nokia’s EVP Chris Weber, who was fun and down to earth.
Due to the migraine that had been trying to attack all day given the lights at the venue, I clipped out early to find food and get rid of the headache, so I missed much of the rest of the party as I heard about this morning before I left for the airport.
It was so very good to see Nokia launch a great camera phone and to see so many lovely folks come out to the event from all over.
Thurs 07.11.13 – And today was the BIG day, the Nokia Zoom ReInvented launch and announcement / demo of the Nokia Lumia 1020 41-megapixel Windows Phone 8 camera phone.
The Zoom ReInvented event was held at pier 94 on the Hudson River in New York City and started nice and early with the announcement and presentation of the Nokia Lumia 1020 by Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop with help from the imaging team’s Kristina Björknäs and Juha Alakarhu.
After a very spectacular announcement, the back of the stage was opened for everyone to proceed down the length of the pier to the demonstration area, lunch, as well as meeting and session rooms. At each turn through the demonstration area were Nokians with Nokia Lumia 1020s to show you and engage about the device. Also along the sides were small rooms with more detailed technical displays and demos on the sound, lens, and navigating capacities.
The afternoon of Zoom ReInvented was taken up with visiting each display, meeting and talking with folks, as well as attending sessions on applications for the Nokia 1020, technical details of the imaging capabilities by members of the Nokia Imaging team, and a blogger’s session.
Within 20 minutes of the event starting, I was very happy to find out that the new Nokia Pro Camera app would have the ability to set one’s own shutter speed (!!!!), ISO, White Balance, and manual focus from close-up to infinity in a very lovely to use interface. My biggest excitements of the day were the announcement of manual shutter speed and seeing that there is a place for a wrist strap on the device, as well as attending the developer/partner session on what applications are being developed with the new announced Nokia Imaging SDK (Oggl).
Big thanks to Nokia and Nokia US for the invitation to attend the Zoom ReInvented Nokia Lumia 1020 launch event.
An official Ms. Jen photo comparison and review of the Nokia Lumia 1020 coming to a browser near you soon…
If you would like to know more about the Nokia Lumia 1020’s imaging technology, here is the white paper for download or reading online.
Wed 07.10.13 – Today was the big travel day of transporting myself and my bags from LAX to DFW to LGA (La Guardia in New York City) for Nokia’s Zoom ReInvented event. While the whole of the day was taken up with travel, the evening was meeting up with friends, fellow bloggers, and Nokians at the R Lounge on the edge of Times’ Square.
It was good fun to catch up, hear what folks have been up to and what they are excited for / about in the world of mobile, as well as be enveloped in the warm almost sauna-like temperatures of NYC in the summer.
Tomorrow is the big day!
This Thursday, July 11th, Nokia will be holding a launch event in New York City in which they are teasing us with “41 Million Reasons” …. hmmm… Will they be making all the folks who had hoped that June 2012’s Nokia 808 PureView release should have been a Windows Phone OS very happy?
Tech bloggers and Twitter folk have been salivating at the mouth and other orifices for weeks now in speculation about what they are calling the “Nokia EOS 1020”.
Thursday, July 11th, in New York will be soon enough to confirm if Mr. Belfiore was sent out over the long weekend with a camera phone with fake metadata or if he was a placed leak or just shivering in Seattle area summer weather and getting a good nose sunburn under cloud cover*.
And yes, I will be in NYC at the Nokia Zoom Reinvented event** and will report back to you all. Hopefully, we will have an equal or greater than camera phone to last year’s Nokia 808 PureView.
I am looking forward to July 11th.
*Yes, cloud cover can deliver equal to or greater than sunburns than bright sun due to the clouds scattering the light.
** I joked to CJ the other day that maybe the leakers and bloggers were wrong and Nokia will announce 41 new headphones on July 11th, wherein CJ joked back, “Boom Reinvented!”