Rants & Ramblings

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

current events

mar
20
2008

march madness

There’s just an hour left to submit your NCAA men’s basketball tournament predictions in post.com’s Tourney Tracker game. Here’s my bracket, with picks made according to who has the best uniform. (Granted, some of the decisions were influenced by just …

nov
15
2006

calm after the storm

Was the election really a whole week ago? The three weeks leading up to the election — and the week before in particular — my work life revolved around the elections, and my personal mantra was a countdown to Election …

oct
17
2006

unexpected … and yet not

We had Monday Night Football on last night because the Chicago Bears (Rob’s team) were playing the Arizona Cardinals (nominally my hometown team). I’m not a huge football fan, but even I know that a) the Bears have a phenomenal …

sep
12
2006

stunned speechless

This morning, I came across this home video some New Yorkers made of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center from the window of their apartment, just blocks from the site of the attack. It’s pretty raw, …

aug
11
2006

a matter of timing

It’s funny how a single event can change how a given thing is perceived. Take, for instance, today’s London terror arrests and the travel restrictions that have been imposed as a result. Before all the excitement, that Sierra Mist soda …

aug
10
2006

holy crap

I woke up this morning to four breaking news text messages from CNN.com and this big story: British authorities said today they had disrupted a “major terrorist plot” to blow up passenger flights between the United Kingdom and the United …

jul
25
2006

mideast mad libs

I meant to post this last week but didn’t get around to it: In its July 17 broadcast, The Daily Show offered a take on Middle East reporting that was sort of funny, in a tragic kind of way… Samantha …

jul
18
2006

following the conflict

This afternoon, we launched an interactive map/multimedia feature on washingtonpost.com that takes a different approach to telling the story of what’s going on right now in Israel and Lebanon. The map highlights the day’s flashpoints and summarizes key developments (with …

jul
10
2006

pourquoi?

Rob, Dari and I got together yesterday afternoon to watch the World Cup finals. We were rooting for France to win over Italy, largely out of distaste for the Italian team’s propensity to dive and generally act like drama queens …

jun
15
2006

soccer brand

German designer Erik Spiekermann doesn’t have very many nice things to say about the branding for this year’s World Cup. First, there are too many messages. The original brief was: we’ve got to fit Germany in there, then 2006, then …

jun
12
2006

are you ready for some fĂștbol?

Most of my week last week was spent working on our new World Cup section, which launched on Wednesday. The section includes tons of reporting from the paper, short dispatches from Germany via a blog, audio updates from the reporters, …

apr
14
2006

faces of the fallen

Faces of the Fallen,” an ongoing feature at washingtonpost.com which lists all the soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, relaunched yesterday afternoon. It’s a sobering look at some of the war’s human toll — 2,574 U.S. soldiers killed …

apr
01
2006

go bruins … er … mason

A couple weeks ago, I never could have known that my haphazard March Madness picks might actually get me somewhere. In one tournament “discussion” I entered using these same picks, I stand a shot of winning if UCLA takes the …

mar
19
2006

in their own words

A multimedia piece I’ve been working on went live tonight, for the 3rd anniversary of the war in Iraq. “In Their Own Words” features personal accounts from Iraq veterans. I did the overall page design and built the module that …

jan
04
2006

out of date

One of my morning e-mails is a daily digest of top headlines from the New York Times. I didn’t notice until this morning that while the e-mail is sent around 6 a.m., the information in it is compiled around 2 …

nov
08
2005

focus on bird flu

One of my recent projects went live yesterday: A Flash-based map of countries affected by bird flu (you can show/hide layers showing countries with bird cases and human cases, and avian migratory routes), with tables showing human cases and a …

sep
25
2005

'bob' no more

The home field of the Arizona Diamondbacks is no longer Bank One Ballpark. JP Morgan Chase’s recent acquisition of Bank One necessitated a name change, as Bank One is being absorbed into the Chase fold. The ballpark’s new name: Chase …

sep
23
2005

theme song

I hate getting songs stuck in my head — particularly songs that correspond to current events because the more I work on graphics related a given event, the more stubbornly that song refuses to disappear. Three weeks ago, the tune …

sep
22
2005

mapping new orleans

Rob’s volleyball friend Brody, a cartographer, is off on an intriguing adventure: He’s flying out to New Orleans to make maps. He’s set up a blog to chronicle his trip. You all have probably heard the news, and if not, …

sep
13
2005

quote of the day: whoops

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power explains how the blackout occurred: A spokeswoman for the utility said workers at a receiving station mistakenly cut one line and then hooked up the wrong wires, causing a …