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December 15, 2013

November 28
Happy T-Day!

October 16, 2013 (updated)
Ridge Route Matrix
Finally drove the Matrix down to LA, shown here on the return, on that portion of the Ridge Route which still remains accessible.

October 9, 2013
If it drags on too long my tune will change but so far, this is great! Wouldn't mind the government shutting down every October.

September 7, 2013
Do you like maps? I love  maps. Hence, 40 maps that explain the world at the Washington Post . Especially #24, more than half of humanity lives inside this circle And how about the last one, the time lapse? Fascinating.

September 1, 2013
Also, certain tunnels of the Bejing Subway (not Metro) are lined with flat-screen TVs at window-level configured such that the commercials keep pace with you (video)

August 4, 2013
in the Forbidden City
Back from Far Cathay, unsure now if I'll ever get a report about the trip together, but here's a pic and ten observations.
CHINA is a place where...
  • buildings may have blue- or green-glass windows
  • parents may shave their infant male's scalps to stimulate hair growth
  • in public places, groups of people may be dancing together, usually in the park in the morning.
  • there's a distinctive, baseline smell. "A strong, intriguing odour of the East, not disagreeable, but different" (Sir Hubert Wilkins)
  • the scooters are now mostly electric but they drive them in pedestrian zones.
    In the evening, with no lights
  • young men (who want to sell you one) wave green laser pointers around. Once I even saw a blue and only once, a red
  • the traffic is so loud with the goddam honking you wouldn't believe
  • they have bullet trains and convenience stores now, just like in Japan
  • young men pull their t-shirts up around their arm-pits, exposing their rotund tummies to be cooler when it's hot
  • tea isn't served with meals by default. But a hot water spigot is readily available

June 8, 2013
Merry, Mary and Marry, one of the 22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other. Or at least, certain words.

May 22, 2013
We all love the Singing Spaceman but didja know Andrew Kolb recently made 'Space Oddity' into a childrens' picture book?

May 12, 2013

April 15, 2013

April 11, 2013
I've always wondered about this, if a very strong person might shake an egg vigorously enough to scramble it in-the-shell. Seems it's easy, with a sleeve and the right technique.

March 17, 2013
Using now my fifth computer, a Thinkpad T60 replacing the almost-identical T41 which, when it chooses to boot up, still works fine, but only for a few minutes. Really good to have a new (well, newly refurbished) system running the ol' reliable XP with very similar look and feel of the early days on the Win95 Monorail.

February 22, 2013

January 27, 2013

Janaury 9, 2013
on the Ridge Route RIP Huell Howser, lovable doofus, California voice. All his shows are archived by Chapman University so, finally, watching his Ridge Route tour which I could never find at the library. You can read my own notes of driving that road back in the archives, scroll down to October 25 2004. Photo here was somewhere along the way.

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