Saturday, March 27, 2010
Our apartment's stairwell
Barrio la Boca
Beautiful architecture despite the lame commerce (Galeria Pacifico)
My best attempt at recreating a Thai dish (peppers are basically non existent in BA)
Ever-present noise comes with terrific public transportation
The Steve McCurry image that Crimethinc used a while back
Endless irregular reflexive verbs
Twenty pounds of allergens: A cat named Hoffa
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Yesterday marked the 34th anniversary of the dictatorship that gripped Argentina from 1976-1983. The 30,000 desparacidos, persons euphemistically disappeared, were remembered and any number of other causes were celebrated. Here are just a few images of the day.
My wife, Elizabeth, wrote a more extensive piece on the demonstration over at Other Climes where several of these images are cross-posted.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Don't get me wrong, I'm as stoked as the next guy to see dirtbags getting after it, going big in their chosen domain. But I also love finding out about the "everyman" unsung heroes--those who hold down normal jobs, are in functional relationships, and belong to actual communities--who also manage to push the fun meter to 11.
These videos have kept me pretty psyched since returning from Patagonia. Enjoy.
Andrew Skurka, reigning king of the long distance solo walk:
Rafael Slawinski: academic and all around master of those things frozen:
As I come across other inspiring stories, photos, and videos, I'll post them under the "beyond driven" moniker. Stay tuned.
*Neither a direct nor indirect reference to Pantera
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Jem Cohen photo
I didn't know him and can't even say I knew his music well, but hearing of Vic Chesnutt's suicide really hit me hard. Dark Star Deserter was beautiful and haunting and, anyway, knowing that someone doesn't want to go on just plain hurts.
"Suicide kills everyone." Right?
As much as I'd like to think that those who decide to end their life have something to teach us about what will and would make life worth living it's hard to find some other message in Chesnutt's death. Maybe it's not my place to look.
Friends and observers remember:
Constellation Records missive about Vic's passingJem Cohen on the re-issue of West of Rome
Ben Greenman's write-up for the New Yorker