Good vs. bad globalization

As I traveled around Europe, I saw globalization in action, and made the following observations. Being able to drive through various countries without needing to go through customs checks at the borders was wonderful. Unencumbered travel is a great experience. The preservation of local or national cultures is of the utmost importance as people from [...]

Photos from downtown Baltimore

We made a day trip into downtown Baltimore last week. I had our point-and-shoot with us, and took photos of the architecture. I need to specify that it was our point-and-shoot because you'll see purple fringing on a few of the photos. That can't be helped much when you have a zoom on a digital [...]

Scary stuff is happening in China

As I look at these truly scary images of pollution in China, I realize how big a problem pollution really is over there. For most of us, China's this big country over there in Asia, sort of communist but not really, with plenty of human rights abuses under its belt, but still more decent than [...]

Living in a mad world

There are two things I want to talk about today. The first took place right here in the US, and the second happened in Italy. Both happened recently. We've got a conductor who has forgotten the US still means freedom. Apparently, a tourist, possibly from Japan, who knew very little English, was taking photos of [...]

Meeting Mr. Beaver

So I'm driving back home from work this past July. The highway's ridiculously busy, as usual, and the sweltering heat isn't making things any easier. I'm in the high-speed lane on I-495, somewhere between the 267 and Georgetown Pike exits. I happen to glance over to the side of the road, and what do you [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2007-08-21

Knight News Challenge: Round 2 Launches. The Knight News Challenge, in which winners get grants ranging from tiny to huge, is in its second year. It awards big money for innovative ideas using digital experiments to transform community news. The contest is run by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Last year’s winners [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2007-06-01

Here are the weekend-ready goodies: MS releases the Surface touchscreen computer. Previously code-named Milan, this puppy is manipulated using our hands -- no mouse, no keyboard. You might say, whoopee, these displays have been around for years. True, but this is the first time they're coming to the mass market, and what sets this device [...]

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

Saw Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End last night with Ligia. Superb follow-up to Dead Man's Chest (2006). I loved the plot twists in this one, and thought the script was handled wonderfully to offer closure to the story points from the first and second movies in the series. It seemed to me there [...]

A weekend in Manhattan

Ligia and I spent this past weekend in Manhattan, and got home around 1 am last night, completely exhausted. Was it fun? Yes. Was it worth it? Yes. Are we still tired? Yes. The trip out on Friday morning wasn't bad at all. The traffic was decent all the way through, including the Lincoln Tunnel. [...]