Archive for the ‘Environment’ category

Who wants to go for a damn hike?

Are you sitting at a desk right now? Doing a little Internet surfing in between bouts of Candy Crush, or checking your Facebook page, or maybe even some work? Do you want to stop doing those things and go for a damn hike? Come on, dammit! It’s time for some fresh air. Here’s a view. […]

We’re doomed

Why is neither presidential campaign saying anything* about climate change? I know Romney’s party is in thrall to denialists, crackpots, and oilmen. But if I’ve learned anything from listening to NPR, it’s that there are two sides to every story: a Republican side and a Democratic side. Why nothing from the Democratic candidate? Meanwhile, evidence […]

Berlin apartment porn no.1


Stardate: December 5, 2117 I’ve been stuck on this god-forsaken planet for 3 earth-years now. My safety suit was supposed to be state-of-the-art, but the seams leak and my skin itches from the sulfuric-acid dust particles that filter through. All my friends back on earth are watching the black dot move across the face of […]

All Together Now

Last night the hubs and I took a brief respite from our ongoing 30-Rock marathon to watch “Commune”, a 2005 documentary about Black Bear Ranch, a commune that was started in the late-60’s in Northern California. [youtube][/youtube] While the film touches on the political and social upheaval of the time, most of the focus is […]

The inside/out project

You may remember the NYT magazine spread about the French street artist JR, who won the 2011 TED prize for his global innovation in pasting enormous photographs of individual faces in public places: the concrete banks of the Seine, where a giant nude reclines; metal rooftops in Nairobi, where a series of women’s eyes are […]

Irene’s mother

Six years and a week after Katrina, New Orleans is still bustin’ open with music and oysters and muffalettas and floats and masks and slang and cocktails and friendliness. At night the street corners spill over with virtuosic brass bands. In the “right” parts of town, you’d never know anything had changed. Just like always, […]


  The second image was taken after an extreme spring storm in D.C.  As we face a heat index of 115 degrees today, it seems weather patterns have changed dramatically due to climate change. The third image is me in a Zipcar queuing at the monthly toxic waste collection event at Fort Totten to dispose […]

Yea or Nay?

1. Fingertoe shoes: Orthopedically sensational invention that cool people wear? Or fashion disaster?   2. X-Men: Moving allegory for discrimination in our nation’s history? Or goofy comic-book franchise?   3. Anthony Weiner: Resign? Or stay?   4. Lance Armstrong: Doper? Or unfairly maligned champion? 5. Edible gift for Father’s Day? Or… a tie?:  

Snow big deal

So, when we left LA last week, here’s what it looked like: Now, after a brief respite from water falling from the sky, we are in Massachusetts for… Snowpocalypse!: Happy new year everyone! Hope your 2011 starts off with a bang!