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3 May 2010
by andrew
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parkways

I don’t quite get this post by Atrios. He says he’s often skeptical of urban parks, which is understandable (depending on the park), but to judge by the link he provides, the places he’s talking about aren’t really parks. I’ve … Continue reading

10 April 2010
by andrew
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clarity is cold comfort

It’s just incredible to me that the temperature has fallen to near freezing tonight, and possibly will drop below that. Don’t get me wrong, even though I’m from the mildness of coastal California (the Bay Area, mainly), I’ve spent the … Continue reading

9 April 2010
by andrew
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pointed and shot

I finally remembered to bring “my” camera to the library today. Keep in mind that the windows are  dirty, I’ve actually borrowed this camera and barely used it before, I don’t know anything about how to set lighting/zoom/etc properly though … Continue reading

29 January 2010
by andrew
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and I thought I’d spent a lot of my life around libraries

Apparently, many New York Public Library branches used to have live-in superintendents, some of whose families also lived in the library buildings with them. I wonder how many other non-residential buildings had this kind of set-up – and if other … Continue reading

1 February 2009
by andrew
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сколько лет, сколько зим

I’m a huge fan of re-photography – the practice of re-staging old photographs as precisely as possible and then comparing the earlier and later. Third View, focusing on the American west, is a good example. But these shots of St. … Continue reading

13 January 2009
by andrew
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corruption update

A quick follow-up to the Baltimore post: the mayor has now been indicted too.

9 January 2009
by andrew
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Baltimore, apple core

I couldn’t help but think of the redevelopment and politics subplot in The Wire when I read this (via): A Baltimore grand jury indicted a city councilwoman and a developer with close ties to Mayor Sheila Dixon Wednesday on bribery … Continue reading

22 September 2008
by andrew
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safe investments

Those who have seen Boiler Room, which I just watched last night, can see the irony in this: But systemic corruption—and that is the right word—has been unveiled at lenders across the board. Two of the most revealing stories on … Continue reading

9 September 2008
by andrew
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small town (numerical) values

It’s really sort of remarkable, the lengths some people will go to in order to hide the metropolitan reality of this country. And that’s assuming that Wasilla and all other similarly-sized cities are small towns that are not, as surely … Continue reading

29 July 2008
by andrew
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remodernity

Capitalizing on Russia’s growing economy, Moscow is embracing cafe culture (weather permitting): When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, Russians have always been adept at taking what they can get: sunbathing standing up beside frozen rivers or growing a year’s … Continue reading