Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

jan
25
2012

The Markup: Notes On The State Of The Union | NPR

President Obama has laid out his vision for the nation. We marked up his speech with fact checking, analysis and reaction — all in the margin.” I worked with Erica Ryan to set up this page within our CMS, tweaking the CSS to narrow the main content column and kick the annotations into the new left margin.

jan
23
2012

Yosemite

Absolutely stunning. Watch it in full-screen mode.

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jan
22
2012

Photo of the Day: Freeze

Yesterday's snow (and subsequent thaw / refreeze) iced over the front yard.

Yesterday’s snow (and subsequent thaw / refreeze) iced over the front yard.

jan
20
2012

Watching Them Watching Me | Modern Love | NYTimes.com

Dean E. Murphy writes, “The death of a spouse rewrites the rules of a family in ways I never could have imagined.” Warning: Have Kleenex at the ready.

jan
11
2012

Photo of the Day: Hydrangea Detail

Hydrangea detail #macro

A close-up photo of one of the hydrangea flowers in a vase in my living room, taken with a magnetic iPhone macro lens. You have to get really close to your subject before the camera will focus. In this case, I think it worked out well.

jan
10
2012

The Joy of Books

I cannot even fathom the amount of work that went into this stop-motion video. Un-shelving, re-shelving, resetting the store the next morning, starting all over again at night… Still, this video is magical. About the project (from the YouTube page): …

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jan
08
2012

Photo of the Day: Election Planning

Quick scribbles. Lots to consider/plan for during election season. #nprlife

From last week: Some quick scribbles in my notebook for ways to internally promote different election-related features on our story and blog pages. Lots of pieces to the Elections puzzle.

jan
07
2012

Back on the Bike

It's 60 degrees in Arlington (and feels even warmer than that). In January. Time to bike.

I don’t know why the temperature is in the mid-60s in January, but I’ll take it.

Rob and I rode our bikes down to Old Town Alexandria, got a late lunch at Paradiso, then biked back home.

We were not the only ones with this idea: The Mount Vernon Trail was packed with joggers and bikers.

What Does Unesco Recognition Mean, Exactly? | NYTimes.com

Steven Erlanger writes, “Independence Hall is a Unesco site, but not the White House. The Grand Canyon, yes. Niagara Falls, no. Inside the odd politics and big business of World Heritage sites.”

jan
06
2012

The Weight

Wilco, Nick Lowe & Mavis Staples rehearse “The Weight” backstage at the Civic Opera House in Chicago in December 2011. Filmed by Zoran Orlic. So very good.

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jan
05
2012

Photo of the Day: Domo

Domo-fun.

Happy Thursday.