Category Archives: travel

Nice moon, wheel

From the back catalog, the Ferris wheel at Nice in the Côte d'Azur in 2007. Does it count as cross-processing if you use a color instagram filter on a scan from a Tri-X negative? Note the not so super moon at 3:30 or so.
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Another miraculous property of peanut butter

I thought I knew a thing or two about peanut butter, but today I learned two new things: Peanut Butter in a jar is a liquid Peanut Butter sandwiched between crackers is not a liquid How can this be, you ask? Three letters: TSA, that's how. On the tragicomic blog, Taking Sense Away, a reader…
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Three and a half hours in a single step, more at the pole

We all know that parallel lines never meet, and it's convenient to think of the lines of longitude and timezones as parallel, but they really aren't. The former because they're inscribed on the (more or less) spherical Earth, and the latter because they're entirely made up, a construct of how we measure time. This trippy…
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In which the TSA is impressed with my wood

en MacBook cover, that is.  Last month, I treated myself and my new MacBook to a spiffy cedar plank of a cover from Karvt. This month, I did some flying, and that included everybody's favorite drill, take out your computer and put it in a bin all by itself.  I did not lose my 'stache…
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Crackpot concept: the TSA confiscation exchange

With the winter holidays ahead, I decided to replace my dangerously dull moustache scissors with a fancy new pair.  Stainless steel, comfort grip, finely serrated blades. My upper lip blinked and squinted in the sunlight. I recall once watching a grown man at a TSA checkpoint in Albany serious lose his cool at the confiscation of his 'stache…
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Kiss my shrunken tube

In another blast from the limepast, I am compelled to revisit my February 2008 post, "kiss my nozzle" in which I complained about the nozzle on the pump of my shaving cream.  One thing I suggested was selling larger or smaller tubes of the stuff. And while we’re rearranging tube sizes, how about a 3-oz…
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Five reasons why Sicily is better than Massachusetts

I've spent some time analyzing the comparison of the Mass Bay area with the SF Bay Area, and occasionally even commented on the Red Sox - Yankees rivalry, but a recent trip to Europe has brought to the fore another instructive comparison. You may not realize it, but it turns out that the Commonwealth of…
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The Spurious Sushi Exclusion Zone

I try not to be too much of a food snob but there are a few things that just sort of make me nervous for no good reason, and having sushi far from the open sea is one of them.  This is bogus for any number of reasons, most notably that a great deal of…
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