Rants & Ramblings

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

sep
10
2010

If escalators are busy, feel free to slide down the metal ramp in the middle. Those little round rivets won’t hurt a bit.

— How to Use an Escalator in DC (source)

jul
30
2010

nov
30
2009

Fort Sumter

While in South Carolina for Thanksgiving, Ashley, Aunt Lulu, Rob and I took a daytrip to Charleton, taking a ferry out to Fort Sumter National Monument. Fort Sumter is best known for being the target of the first shots fired …

nov
14
2009

NYC Weekend

Rob’s office has sent him to WordCamp this weekend, and I’ve availed myself of the free hotel room and tagged along for some shopping and museum-hopping. Today I visited the Museum of Arts and Design (which has the awesome domain …

oct
30
2009

Superhero Supply

Rob, Dari and I went up to New York on Sunday / Monday in part to attend a taping of The Daily Show. While in town, we checked out the Vermeer and (very cool) samurai exhibits at the Met, ate …

Marathoner

Earlier this month, Rob ran his first marathon, finishing with a time of 4:39:57. (Our friend Michaela ran as well; this was her second marathon.) Photos from the race and afterwards: (If you can’t see the slideshow above, the photos …

oct
09
2009

Niagara Falls

Last night’s episode of The Office, set in Niagara Falls, reminded me of this beautiful time-lapse video of the city by Matthew Wartman: (If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on Vimeo) You can see the video in …

sep
06
2009

Moraine Lake

On our way out of Banff, we visited Moraine Lake, with its impossibly turquoise glacier-fed water. If you ever go to Banff, I’d list this among the must-sees — but be sure to go early in the morning, before the …

aug
29
2009

Lake Minnewanka

Yesterday evening we went out to Lake Minnewanka, just outside the town of Banff, for a stroll / mini photo expedition. We didn’t spot the famous “crasher squirrel,” but we did see many a ground squirrel and chipmunk, which were …

aug
28
2009

Columbia Icefields

About to hit the road again, but here’s a photo taken from the Athabasca Glacier in Alberta’s Jasper National Park. The glacier itself is behind me in this photo, and the big pool of water is meltwater from the glacier. …

aug
27
2009

Banff Is Beautiful

Monday and Tuesday were travel days for us. On Monday, we took the Amtrak Cascades train from Seattle to Vancouver, a lovely 4-hour train ride largely up the coast.

aug
25
2009

Greetings from the West Coast

We’re taking a summer vacation of sorts in the Pacific Northwest, starting in Seattle and moving up through Vancouver and Banff. This photo was taken at sunset the other day in Seattle’s Discovery Park. Any recommendations for places to see …

jun
28
2009

Tubers on the Shenandoah

On Saturday, Rob and I joined Sue, Charlie, Ashley, Jen and Eric for an outing to Front Royal, Va., to tube down a segment of the Shenandoah River. It was a gorgeous day — perfect for lazily lounging in inner …

jun
17
2009

nola

(Above: Mini Barn Owl in Jackson Square, French Quarter, in front of the St. Louis Cathedral.) I finally sorted through the rest of my photos from our trip to New Orleans last month. And Rob has posted his on Flickr. …

may
31
2009

audubon park

On our second full day in New Orleans, our host Steve took us to local mainstay Commander’s Palace for a fantastic lunch. (I highly recommend the bread pudding souffle. And the 25 cent martinis.) Afterward, we checked out a couple …

may
27
2009

GreekFest, New Orleans

(For Memorial Day weekend, Rob and I flew out to New Orleans to visit our friend Steve. He proved a fantastic tour guide, steering us to all number of fantastic places to eat, drink and wander during our stay. I’ll …

jul
11
2008

Photo of the Day: Sunset at Balanced Rock

Because I felt like posting another dramatic Moab photo… (I can’t emphasize enough how gorgeous that place was.) Taken at Balanced Rock in Arches National Park. More Photos from Arches: June 11 | June 12

jul
07
2008

fisher towers

(In which we resume the recap of last month’s vacation to Colorado and Utah…) After our morning hike through part of the Devil’s Garden Trail at Arches National Park, we decided to take the scenic route back to Denver. Utah …

jun
18
2008

dead horse point state park

On Wednesday afternoon, we ventured out to Dead Horse Point State Park, southwest of Moab, Utah. The origin of the park’s name: Before the turn of the century, mustang herds ran wild on the mesas near Dead Horse Point. The …

jun
17
2008

Arches National Park

For the first phase of our summer road trip, Rob and I headed out to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, at the recommendation of Rob’s friend Morgan. It’s about a six-hour drive from Denver (without stops). The park and …

colorado / utah road trip

For the past week, Rob and I have been road tripping through Colorado and Utah. Our itinerary: June 10: Arrive in Denver, Colo. Rent a car and drive to Moab, Utah, stopping off at interesting viewpoints along the way. June …

mar
17
2008

superhero supply

The next time I go to New York, I just have to check this place out. (Photo by silvertje, found on Flickr.)