Rants & Ramblings

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

feb
20
2008

transit map of the world

I came across the book Transit Maps of the World at the National Gallery last November and was instantly (geekily) enamored of it and its large collection of (as the name implies) public transit (train, subway, etc.) maps — historic, …

nov
27
2007

road games

Rob and I drove down to South Carolina for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a trip that generally entails between seven and eight hours on the road (depending on traffic and pit stops). To help pass the time, we sometimes play …

nov
13
2007

st. mary's

I keep meaning to blog about this, and for whatever reason I keep putting it off. Anyway, one month later… Last month, Rob and I decided to embark on a 24-hour mini-escape. We left work a little early on a …

oct
08
2007

Signal Hill

It only took ten months but I finally went through my photos from a mini-hike that Rob and I took with my parents to Signal Hill in Saguaro National Park West last December. We arrived just in time for sunset. …

sep
16
2007

a beach outing

For the past month or so, Rob and I had been tossing around the idea of going out to Cape Henlopen this weekend. When the appointed day (yesterday) came, though, we overslept. But we’d resolved to go to the beach …

sep
02
2007

photo of the day: city reflected

One last photo from this past Monday in Chicago… This photo was taken at Crown Fountain in Millennium Park. While observing the activity at the fountain, I noticed that the skyscrapers to the north were being reflected in an interesting …

aug
27
2007

my event apart

I’m in Chicago today and tomorrow for An Event Apart, an intensive two-day conference about Web design, from CSS to design to information architecture to JavaScript. It’s certainly been interesting so far, and I’m looking forward to Day Two. It …

aug
15
2007

expiring miles

Rob and I each got really misleading letters from United Airlines’ Mileage Plus frequent flyer program this week: Dear [my name / Rob’s name]: A records review indicates that your Mileage Plus® Miles are about to expire. To avoid forfeiture …

aug
08
2007

town of hurt

On our way to Peaks of Otter on Thursday, we noticed a road sign that mentioned Bedford (the next town) and another town past that called Altavista. Randomly curious, I looked it up in our road atlas and found that …

aug
07
2007

peaks of otter

On Thursday and Friday, Rob and I drove out to Peaks of Otter so he could attend a board retreat for the College Communicators Association. Peaks of Otter is a series of three peaks just off the Blue Ridge Parkway …

jul
29
2007

havre de grace

As we drove home from Delaware last Sunday, Rob and I marveled at the lovely weather and mused about how best to enjoy the day (aside from just sitting in the car). Within moments, an opportunity presented itself, in the …

jul
24
2007

cape henlopen

On Saturday, Rob and I drove up to Delaware to meet up with Rachel and, according to our plan at least, reprise our February outing to Rehoboth Beach. The ridiculously dense beach traffic, however, prompted us to alter course, heading …

jun
26
2007

adventuring

These days, every time something goes a little wrong when we’re on the road — be it a wrong turn or a mis-transcribed driving direction that leaves us 20 miles off-course — Rob and I try to put a positive …

may
26
2007

roundabout chicago

Still catching up on a backlog of photos / blog entries here… After the “Nancerus” wedding on May 12, Rob and I had two days left to enjoy Chicago. On Sunday, we met Rob’s parents in Chinatown for a Mother’s …

may
23
2007

en route

I’m sitting in the Las Vegas airport and happily blogging away thanks to the magic of free wifi. (Can I just say that I love it when airports provide free wireless Internet?) I’ve connected through Las Vegas on many an …

may
22
2007

wedding party

(Photo above of the Indiana University contingent by Rachel Kipp.) Two weekends ago, Rob and I flew up to Chicago to attend the wedding of one of his college friends, Christin, who had gotten engaged during the weekend of our …

may
21
2007

colonial triangle

I keep meaning to post about the second day of our weekend trip to Virginia Beach at the end of April. That Sunday, our actual anniversary, we woke up early to catch what turned out to be a spectacular sunrise, …

apr
29
2007

anniversary

One year ago today — has it really been that long already? — Rob and I tied the knot. To celebrate (not to mention take a much-needed mini vacation), we drove down to Virginia Beach for the weekend. More Photos …

mar
20
2007

memory lane

While I was in Austin, I took the opportunity to revisit some of my old stomping grounds. I lived here for three and a half years, after we moved from Okinawa, and I wanted to see how things had changed. …

feb
28
2007

photo of the day: planetary alignment

This photo was taken at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. I was surprised how much I liked it — much better than the National Museum of Natural History here in D.C.(Though I’m wondering if …