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Month: May 2013

And just like that, I’ve completed my Columbia master’s degree

Back in August, I shared the news that I’d be coming here to New York this academic year to study business and economics journalism.

Nine months later — and I can still hardly believe it’s true — I’ve finished. Here’s the proof:

2013 05 24 np diploma

Here I am with some pals before the main Columbia commencement ceremony yesterday morning:

2013 05 24 np cu pals

And below — and on YouTube here — is an especially fun moment from the conclusion of the event.

Once things had ended, Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” blasted from the loudspeakers. And then came this more contemporary New York-related anthem…

Yesterday afternoon was the Journalism School commencement event, which included a talk by Errol Morris and remarks by Nicholas Lemann, our outgoing dean, and others.

You can find more details about that gathering on the Journalism School’s site.

So what comes next for me? Stay tuned.

For now, I can say this: I won’t be blogging for the next couple of weeks. But you can find me, as ever, on Twitter. You can also subscribe to my public Facebook updates.

Thanks, as ever, for reading.

8 Links

  1. Oklahoma Tornado Survivor Finds Missing Dog During Live Interview — Gawker
  2. Myanmar’s Mandela Moment — Bloomberg
  3. High-Intensity Circuit Training Using Body Weight: Maximum Results With Minimal InvestmentACSM’S Health & Fitness Journal
  4. Complete Broadcast Day: “WJSV Complete Broadcast Day On September 21, 1939…” —
  5. Diaries, the original social media: How our obsession with documenting (and sharing) our own lives is nothing new — Nieman Journalism Lab
  6. North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns —
  7. 60 thoughts about turning 60 — Ian Martin, The Guardian
  8. Video embedded above and on Vimeo here: “London in 1927”

(Previous link round-ups are available via the links tag.)

‘The New Myanmar’: First Two Episodes Available Online

I mentioned a few weeks back that Anasuya’s new Channel NewsAsia TV show, “The New Myanmar,” would soon air.

Well, the first two episodes have been broadcast, and they’re now available online.

Embedded above on online here is episode one, “Artistic Freedom,” about music and the arts in the country.

And embedded above on and online here is episode two, “Saving Yangon,” about the city’s architectural heritage.

There are several more episodes to come. You can see them live on Channel NewsAsia on Mondays from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Singapore time.

Video of the Day: “Space Oddity,” Covered…in Space

Embedded above and on YouTube here: “Space Oddity,” by Chris Hadfield.

New Yorker cartoon featuring ‘underwater’ Thai food

This week’s Mother’s Day themed New Yorker magazine cover, which you may have already seen, is remarkable.

But I also found another element of the issue to be notable — for a reason that should come as no surprise given my previous posts about stateside reminders of Thailand.

So: What happens when you combine the often inscrutable New Yorker cartoon aesthetic with a parody of exclusive New York City ethnic dining?

You get this:

2013 05 08 new yorker thai food cartoon

Get it?

One thing, if you’ll forgive my pedantry: Even allowing for the cartoon’s cryptic nature, we all know that except for eating some soups, chopsticks aren’t typically used in Thailand. Forks and spoons are the norm.

But let’s not let that stand in the way of the joke…

Tweet of the Day

Bloomberg has the story.

Here’s a Completely Gratuitous Photo of Our Dog Ashley

File under: Just because.

Here’s a recent photo, supplied by our friend P, of our beloved adopted street dog, Ashley, previously discussed here and here.

Ash dog hotel2

Ashley turns five in August, so she’s technically a middle-aged pooch. But, as you may be able to tell in this image, she still has a youthful face and many puppy-like traits.

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