See You in a Couple of Weeks

I won’t be posting anything here for a couple of weeks. In the meantime, feel free to peruse the archives or fall in love with my most popular posts all over again. And hey, amigos — turn those frowns upside down. I’ll be back before you know it. (Image via

The World’s Worst Airports

“The World’s Worst Airports,” from Foreign Policy, names “five airports around the world that make traveling hell.” They pick those in Dakar, Senegal; New Delhi, India; Mineralnye Vody, Russia; Baghdad; and Paris. Last year A and I visited Indira Gandhi International Airport, in New Delhi. While the crowds massed outside can, indeed, seem chaotic, I […]

“Withnail and I” Redux

“Withnail and I” have been reunited. Times Online: We last saw them together by London Zoo’s wolf enclosure, parting mournfully in the rain at the end of the most memorable drink and drugs bender in British cinema. One film – Withnail and I – was enough to place Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann among […]

Photos from Koh Chang, Chanthaburi, and Around Bangkok

I recently purchased the excellent Nikon D40 camera. And a trip down to Koh Chang and Chanthaburi last week afforded me the perfect opportunity to put my new toy photojournalism tool through its paces. You can see all 40 images in the set here. Following are some of my favorite pics: A ferry sets off […]

Ecuador’s President Wants Military Base in Miami

Reuters: Ecuador’s leftist President Rafael Correa said Washington must let him open a military base in Miami if the United States wants to keep using an air base on Ecuador’s Pacific coast. Correa has refused to renew Washington’s lease on the Manta air base, set to expire in 2009. U.S. officials say it is vital […]

Virtual Airplane Rides in Delhi

Times Online: An Indian entrepreneur has given a new twist to the concept of low-cost airlines. The passengers boarding his Airbus 300 in Delhi do not expect to go anywhere because it never takes off. All they want is the chance to know what it is like to sit on a plane, listen to announcements […]

One-Minute Photography Lessons

“Improve Your Photos 60 Seconds at a Time” offers basic tutorials on subjects such as light, landscaping, people, color, and composition. (Via Popurls.)

Mexican Politician Cheats in Berlin Marathon

IHT: Having spent his life as a stalwart in the corrupt political machine that ruled Mexico for decades, Roberto Madrazo has never suffered from a reputation for honesty. So it provoked laughter here when Madrazo, a former presidential candidate for the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, was disqualified this week for cheating in the Berlin […]

Kim Jong Il: “I am an Internet expert”

AFP: Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has boasted of being an “Internet expert,” reports said Saturday. The communist state keeps itself closed to the outside world to prevent so-called spiritual pollution from subverting its hardline socialist system. Kim told delegates at this week’s historic inter-Korean summit his Internet expertise made him reluctant to allow […]

How to download Skype and get up and running

I get a lot of questions about Skype — people ask me how it works and how I use it. So here’s a description of my setup. I’ve found Skype to be enormously helpful in communicating with friends, family, and colleagues all over the world. And I’m amazed that so many of my friends — […]