Archive for September, 2012

Recently Watched

Third Avenue: Only the Strong Survive, a 1980 DCTV documentary chronicling the struggles of urban life for six New Yorkers. Found via pbump. Baltimore: Anatomy of an American City, from the Al Jazeera documentary series “Fault Lines.” Non-Stop Dubai [Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4] — Seattle KING5 Evening Magazine Travel Feature. Chaos […]

Recent Reading

“God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean.” — by Fred Clark, aka Slacktivist Knocked Over: On Biology, Magical Thinking and Choice — by Martha Bayne, author of the Soup and Bread Cookbook Confessions of a Former Republican — by Jeremiah Goulka Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt […]

Augmented Reality Curiosity

Speaking of Curiosity, JPL has made Spacecraft 3D, an augmented reality app for iOS that projects a simulated Mars rover onto your camera view. Just print out the 3D marker (embedded in the app and emailable from there as a PDF), place it on a flat surface, and point the camera at it with the […]


On November 26th, 2011 — the Saturday after Thanksgiving — NASA JPL’s Mars Science Laborotary, AKA “Curiosity,” lifted off on an Atlas V (541) rocket. It was a familiar sight — almost the same rocket configuration as we had watched launch at the Juno NASA Tweetup, minus one solid booster. (The difference was that Juno […]

Sunday Gardens and Art

It’s been a while since our last visit to Bartholdy Park near the US Botanic Gardens; we don’t live in the immediate area anymore, and for the past few years much of the park and its iconic fountain have been walled off for restoration work. Sunday after church we dropped by to check out the […]

Saturday in NYC

Saturday. We’re halfway to New York City on an NJ Transit bus. To our left is Newark, to our right the brown marshes and post-industrial blight of the Meadowlands, and beyond, the gleaming Manhattan skyline peeks out over a hill, and over it all, the new WTC Tower, still unfinished, its cranes raised like the […]