I expected Tiananmen Square to be flooded with nationalist iconography. Unless selfie sticks are the new symbol of the People's Republic of China, it wasn't. The square was flooded with tourists — most of them Chinese — taking pictures of themselves, and taking pictures of each other, and taking pictures of each other taking pictures […]
Blue. That was my first impression of the landscape as our plane made its approach to the improbably gigantic Bejing Capital International Airport, which shortly before the 2008 Olympics turned a bucolic suburb into one of the busiest places in the world. Blue roofs. You don't see a lot of blue roofs in America, but […]
Via one of my favorite science fiction authors, Michael Flynn: I have just one question: after you chop a mutineer up into infinitesimal pieces, don't you just end up with two mutineers? Hmmm. I suppose this would explain the origin of Joe-Jim Gregory.
This is Free Trader Beowulf, calling anyone…Mayday, Mayday…we are under attack…main drive is gone…turret number one not responding…Mayday…losing cabin pressure fast…calling anyone…please help…This is Free Trader Beowulf…Mayday…. Got home late tonight and found a package on the front porch. AWW YEAH! footnotes: 1, 2, 3 #old_school
I have returned, without major incident, from my undisclosed vacation venue, which I can now reveal as Sedona, Arizona. I decided not to identify it contemporaneously to avoid being pursued there as an Illuminati CIA agent and possibly shot. Don't ask. A few thoughts:
Be a shame if somethin' happened to it.
via Bruce Schneier, The TSA Proves its Own Irrelevance.
ELEGANT TROGON SIGHTING! Trust me, it looks better than it sounds.
PHOTOBLOGGING, FROM LAST THURSDAY'S VACATION in eastern North Carolina. Signpost: The First Baptist Church of Soul City. Something tells me these Baptists do not condemn dancing. And a hundred miles to the east: The Higher Plain Cowboy Church, Bladenboro North Carolina. They're Baptists as well, albeit with bigger hats, and cowgirls. Readers ask what sort […]
Look: traveling with children is just different. First of all, if you've got children to travel with, you've got substantially less energy, both because you've reached a certain age and because the kids sap what's left right out of you. Second, you can't do hardcore marathon sightseeing. Or, at least, you can't do it an […]