Rants & Ramblings

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

washington, dc

mar
18
2012

Photo of the Day: In Bloom

The cherry blossoms (and tulip trees, and all the other trees that bloom this time of year) have popped a bit earlier than expected this year, perhaps due to our unseasonably warm weather. Even though the blossoms’ appearance also signals …

mar
16
2012

The Science of Cherry Blossoms, Illustrated

I love this video of the Washington Post’s Patterson Clark speed-sketching the phases of cherry blossom blooming. (If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on washingtonpost.com.)

feb
18
2012

The people scurry by in comical little hops and starts, cups of coffee in their hands, cellphones at their ears, ID tags slapping at their bellies, a grim danse macabre to indifference, inertia and the dingy, gray rush of modernity.

— From “Pearls Before Breakfast,” by Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post (source)

feb
06
2012

Photo of the Day: Morning Commute

WMATA Yellow Line. Friday morning.

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).”

dec
06
2011

Photo of the Day: Mr. Lincoln

Our friend Rachel came to visit this past weekend — our first houseguest in the new place! On Saturday, after a trip to Thai Square, we did a nighttime driving tour of the monuments along the National Mall. We did …

nov
13
2011

Happy Trails

Rob and I took advantage of today’s mild weather to go out for a leisurely bike ride. We originally intended to drive out to the Western Maryland Rail Trail but got too late a start. Instead, we stayed a little …

oct
19
2011

Photo of the Day: Music Under the Dome

There’s a synagogue / cultural center down the street from my office that hosts the occasional concert. I was there last night to see singer Alexi Murdoch (and was impressed by opening artist Kishi Bashi). It’s a beautiful space.

sep
21
2011

Photo of the Day: Metro Home

WMATA Archives-Navy Memorial station, Washington, D.C.

aug
23
2011

DC Earthquake

So you may have heard there was a magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia today.

may
03
2011

Paying My Respects

After work on Monday, I stopped by the Newseum to check out the day’s newspaper front pages from around the country, then visited the Pentagon Memorial to pay my respects. More Photos »

mar
28
2011

Warming Up to Spring

Doesn’t quite feel like spring yet (it snowed this weekend!), but it’s slowly peeking through nonetheless. Cherry blossom season — first with the trees just beginning to bud, then scattered bursts of color on street corners, and suddenly everything’s in …

mar
05
2011

Photo of the Day: Teddy

The presidential mascots for the Washington Nationals were wandering about Chinatown on Thursday — I assume to promote ticket packages for the upcoming season.

feb
09
2011

#WMATA #FAIL: A guide to Metro's rough life on Twitter | TBD.com

Dave Jamiesen curates / categorizes tweets about the D.C. Metro system. “…[R]iders take to Twitter to air their transit grievances virtually all day every day, making the subject’s hashtag, #WMATA, one of the most persistent in the Washington region. Since Metro never defends itself, the result is a fascinating and relentless one-way stream of bile. The daily catalog of Metro tweets reads like an interminable and scathing report from the agency’s inspector general’s office, only with more color and less restraint.”

dec
06
2010

Shrine to Ditka

Our friend Steve was in town this weekend. He and Rob are both big fans of the Chicago Bears, having grown up in northwest Indiana, so Rob planned a trip to Union Pub, near Union Station in Washington, D.C, to …

nov
22
2010

U.S. Naval Observatory Tour

Last Monday, Rob and I headed down to the U.S. Naval Observatory for a tour of the facility. (Headed up might be more accurate, as we met in Georgetown for dinner and then walked two miles up Wisconsin Avenue and …

oct
26
2010

Re: Your Brains

I was up late last night working on a project, so I felt a little zombie-like this morning. Coming out of the Metro, I ran into a shambling band of zombies. For a moment I felt like I was among …

oct
23
2010

This Morning's Work

Plate 1 for my January 2011 calendar page — my contribution to a 2011 letterpress calendar being produced to benefit Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Md. I printed about 100 pages today, plus a few more to use …

oct
17
2010

Technology Lock-In with the DC Metro | Sunlight Labs

Tom Lee writes, “Here in DC our primary transit agency, WMATA, issues an RFID card called the SmarTrip which works with nearly all of the area’s various transit systems … Unfortunately, this morning brought news that the SmarTrip has to be replaced. Why? Well, the vendor that our transit planners bought it from has gone out of business, and they’re pulling SmarTrip into oblivion with them: the card incorporates proprietary technology, so it’s impossible to find a new supplier. WMATA has a stockpile of cards that’ll last about two years, but after that it’ll have to start using a new solution.”

oct
07
2010

At Farragut Square, mourning the burrito man who became a friend | washingtonpost.com

For almost 20 years, he was there, a little guy in a metal cart, selling rice-and-bean burritos at 17th and K streets NW on Farragut Square. He was there in all weather, during uptimes and downturns, a dependable rock in the rapids of life in downtown Washington. Until suddenly, this week, he wasn’t…”