Rants & Ramblings

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

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.

jan
04
2012

Washington’s 40 most essential eats | Going Out Gurus | The Washington Post

In this week’s Weekend section, we fully devoted ourselves to the one resolution we want to stick to: to eat every last glorious thing this city has to offer. To that end, we spent months eliciting reader help in pointing us to Washington’s most necessary eats, the dishes no local should go without consuming at least once (and sometimes, at least once a week).”

jan
03
2012

StreetView Stereographic

Explore Google StreetView via stereographic images. Both awesome and mildly nauseating. Click the “+” sign in the upper left to manipulate the code that produces the images.

dec
30
2011

Get Them to the Debate on Time: Reporters’ Tips | Practical Traveler | NYTimes.com

Following the presidential candidates requires a journalist to be the most savvy of travelers.”

dec
29
2011

Photo of the Day: Up in the Air

Denver-bound. Obligatory airplane wing / view photo.

Rob and I flew out to Tucson last week for an always-too-short Christmas visit, then returned to D.C. on Tuesday. This photo was taken just after we departed TUS for Denver.

'It’s A Wonderful Life' | Scenic Routes | The AV Club

Mike D’Angelo muses about how very dark “It’s a Wonderful Life” gets at its hero’s lowest moments. “[T]his venerable holiday classic isn’t as heartwarming and life-affirming as its joyous ending insists, but rather one of the grimmest, most despairing portraits of middle-class compromise ever produced by Hollywood.”

dec
28
2011

Apple's Hottest New Product Can Be Thrown in the Wash | WSJ.com

Jessica E. Vascallaro and Ian Sherr write, “When thousands of fans line up for Apple Inc.’s opening of its Grand Central Terminal store … many won’t be queuing to ogle iPads. They’ll be there for the T-shirts. Since Apple opened its first stores in 2001, it has handed out tees sporting the new store’s name to the first 1,000 or so people through the door.” I have one from the Pentagon City store opening.

dec
18
2011

The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face | NeuroTribes

A look at Susan Kare’s early history with Apple, including some of her gridpaper sketches for the original Mac OS iconography.

I’m starting to think Lego is evil | Dan Sinker

Dan Sinker laments the current state of the Lego product line, dominated by movie tie-in model kits. “The reality is that the unisex, open-ended, building and imaginative creation sets that my peers normally associate with Lego are gone.”