Rants & Ramblings

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

dec
02
2011

Iceland: Midnight Sun

Yet another reminder that I really need to go to Iceland one of these days.

nov
28
2011

'New York is Not a City of Alleys': A Film Location Scout's Pet Peeves | The Atlantic Cities

Nick Carr, a New York City location scout, explains why ‘Ghostbusters’ captured the city so well and what annoys him the most about certain directors.”

Photo of the Day: Charleston Doorway

While we were in South Carolina for Thanksgiving weekend, Rob, Ashley, Ryan and I took a daytrip down to Charleston — always a favorite. We didn’t do a whole lot — mainly just wandered around downtown on foot — but …

oct
12
2011

Western Landscapes

Watch this in full-screen mode. The time-lapse, HDR footage of some of my favorite natural landscapes in Arizona and southern Utah is amazing. (If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on Vimeo.)

oct
03
2011

Photo of the Day: Hello, Atlantic

My favorite time to go to the beach is in the offseason. No crowds. No traffic. Free parking. Quiet. Yes, it’s cold, but there’s a certain beauty in that. Rob and I drove out to Rehoboth Beach, Del., yesterday to …

sep
22
2011

Western Maryland Rail Trail

Rob and I have been slowly working our way up to longer and longer rides on our bikes, purchased this past May. Rob’s even started bike commuting to work once a week. This month, we started taking the bikes on …

sep
16
2011

Vacation Recap: Bryce Canyon National Park

So I wrote a long blog post about visiting Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah, and then the system timed out and ate it. But I can sum up what I wrote in a few words: Just go there. …

sep
07
2011

U-Haul SuperGraphics

A collection of vintage and modern illustrations printed on the sides of U-Haul trucks and trailers.

sep
05
2011

A Hiker’s Plight: How to Help When Water Runs Low | NYTimes.com

Some hikers say that encountering a thirsty stranger can bring a conflict between showing kindness to someone in need and endangering themselves.”

sep
01
2011

Vacation Recap: Zion National Park, Utah

(Seriously, you should see this photo full-size. Hooray, western “big sky.”) After a week in British Columbia, Utah may seem like an odd place to jump next. But there’s a (vaguely convoluted) reason: A few months ago, Rob earned a …

aug
31
2011

Vacation Recap: Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is a large, mountainous island off the western coast of British Columbia. (Random trivia to underscore just how large it is: Vancouver Island is 12,709 square miles in area. Okinawa, where I lived for 1½ years: 463 square …

aug
30
2011

Vacation Recap: Sea-to-Sky Highway

In some ways, we keep repeating the same trip to Vancouver over and over again — just perfecting it a little more each time. We’ve visited the city enough times that we have our favorite places and things to do. …

Vacation Recap: Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C., is one of our favorite cities, well, anywhere, and we were only too happy to return.

aug
29
2011

Vacation Recap: Seattle

So, back in late July, the weather in the U.S. looked something like this. Washington, D.C. was headed into a nasty stretch of 100+ heat index days (with bonus nasty humidity), and Rob and I were bound for the Pacific …

aug
22
2011

Holocene

This video for Bon Iver's “Holocene” makes me want to visit Iceland. Immediately.

Photo of the Day: Switchback City

Hikers descend into the Bryce Canyon Amphitheatre via the Navajo Loop Trail from Sunset Point. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

aug
21
2011

A Campground Grows in Brooklyn, Bringing a New York Edge to Roughing It | WSJ.com

Barry Newman reports on a National Park Service-administered campground at Floyd Bennet Field, a former airport near Jamaica Bay, that now hosts “41 [camp] sites in the bushes between runways, and six on the tarmac for recreational vehicles.” The new campground is part of Gateway National Recreation Area.

aug
03
2011

The Smithsonian Life List: 43 Places to See Before You Die | Smithsonian Magazine

From wonders of the world to thrills for adventure seekers, we’ve compiled a list of sites that any true world traveler cannot miss.” I’ve only been to four: Grand Canyon, Uffizi, Venice and White Sands. Must get cracking! :)

Back to Reality

Rob and I ran away to the Pacific Northwest at the end of last month, escaping the worst of the D.C. heat wave.

jul
19
2011

A real-time, geotagged Flickr map? Here’s how. | 10,000 Words

This is ridiculously, embarrassingly easy. Awesome. “When reporters are in the field with their smartphones and they have a story to tell where both photo and location are vital, a stream of Flickr photos imported into a Google Map will do the trick.”

jul
10
2011

At Assateague, struggles to keep the horses wild | The Washington Post

Justin Jouvenal reports, “The feral horses have been begging for food for years, but their brazenness has grown worse, increasingly putting people and the animals at risk.”

may
24
2011

Jazz Fest 2011

Rob and I celebrated our fifth anniversary in New Orleans, attending the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and visiting our friend Steve. Great music, great food, great fun, great trip. More Photos »

may
23
2011

Photo of the Day: Mardi Gras Indians

I’m still going through my New Orleans Jazz Fest photos. Here’s one from my first day at the Fest (Friday, May 6), from a performance by the Golden Sioux Mardi Gras Indians at the Jazz and Heritage Stage.

may
12
2011

Back to Reality

Rob and I returned Monday night from our long weekend in New Orleans for Jazz Fest. Photos to come. Suffice to say, it was fantastic. As with all vacations, this one ends with a massive laundry run. (As an aside: …