Wednesday, 13 January 2010

I like this word

(NERD.i.stan) n. An upscale and largely self-contained suburb or town with a large population of high-tech workers employed in nearby office parks that are dominated by high-tech industries; any large collection of nerds.

This word made me smile :-)

1 comment:

Brink said...

Hi Nadya!

My name is Marta, and I've been having fun reading your blog :)

I thought I'd run something by you: I work for a BrinkGuides, a web publishing company which is currently developing a Madrid City Guide focusing on all the best unique and funky spots off the beaten track. We're looking for content producers, and I thought perhaps you or some of your expat friends might be interested. Below is the posting we put on craigslist to give you more info.

Best, Marta

Madrid City Guide Editor Needed

We are launching a series of English language city guides on the iPhone and other mobile devices. The Brink Guide series….

We are looking for people with a quite a bit of discernment, common sense and above all… attitude… to help us populate our Brink Guides and become Brink Guide Editors. (

The job is not complex… we provide our editors with a place on the web to login and upload short reviews of unique, hip venues or activities to an easy to use web form. We pay $5 per item uploaded. Some of our editors report being able to upload more than 30 entries a day.

We need original photos and a few original words (but not many - the reviews can be very simple - and certainly not more than 75 or 100 words at the very most. "Best burger the South side of Market Street." would be a perfectly fine entry. - As long as it really is the best burger from that area. Equally good would be, "Howie tells us his burger is the best 1/3 pounder in town. We concur. Try the salty relish."

We do want special attention to the unique, small shops clinging for life - like the barber shop that's been there 78 years, an underground art collective, or a thrift shop or tattoo shop that is somehow less commercial than the rest. We are also interested in the best biking & hiking trails, dance clubs, mechanics, secret spots to watch the sunrise, and other insider tips. We want to be a resource for anyone new to town.

What we don't need to be is exhaustive and complete. We want to feature the 20 best bars, the 5 best hotels, not every bar and every hotel. We'll let Frommer's stake out that territory.

Above all we want the Brink Guide to celebrate the margin, to reveal venues and activities that exist just under the surface of things. If the cemetery in the middle of town is a great place for a picnic, tell us about it. We want the local perspective of experienced space and time travelers… the judgement of gifted amateurs, rather than the jaded opinions of seasoned professionals. We are not at all interested in the starbuckization of cities, rather we want to see the very small businesses and the commerce they produce.

If this interests you please send us 3 sample items from any of Madrid's neighborhood. We need:

1) Name of the Venue or Activity
2) Description
3) Address
4) Phone
5) Email and Web site (if they exist)
6) Photo 500 pixels wide no bigger than 500k.

If we like your samples, we'll pay you for them and hire you to write more. Please send samples to

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