Archive for January, 2009

Kansas City: Empty Streets

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Kansas City: Night View

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San Francisco: Rat on Cat on Dog

So while I was in San Francisco last week, I walked by this guy with a rat sitting on top of his cat, sitting on top of his dog, while people on the street stopped to take photos of him. I had since regretted not doing the same, since it was so bizarre (and a perfect moblog opportunity!), but hadn’t wanted to be late to meet a friend for dinner. Luckily, Kevin found this photo on Flickr and I’m pretty sure it’s the same guy (I mean, how could it not be?). I can only hope Kevin sees him too while he’s in the Bay Area this week! With that, enjoy!

Dopplr for Logging Travel

Over the last year I’ve been using Dopplr to keep record of my travels. I mainly like it for its neat visuals, like the travel badge I have on my website’s middle column, or for those reading this via RSS:

It also looks at your Flickr feed, grabs photos dated on the same days of your travel and presents them inline with your trip history. (See my public profile for an example.) Brilliant!

However, I just discovered something even cooler–I was just notified I could download an annual report of my travels!

VIew Jamie’s 2008 Annual Dopplr Report

I mean, how sweet is that? What a visually engaging document! And how personalized! Plus now I know I traveled 77 days this year over a total of 29 trips! Anyway, worth checking out if you do some traveling and want a way to archive your adventures. Fun stuff.

Inauguration Day at the Paramount Theatre

Photos by Ryan Prins

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In honor of MLK Jr. Day–

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. … Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. So when Jesus says “Love your enemies,” he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition. … The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, everyone.