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Citistorage warehouse fire
January 31, 2015
A fire has destroyed a waterfront warehouse in Williamsburg. I had a ringside view from across the East River.
July 19, 2014
Recording the police -- simple voyeurism, or public service?
December 13, 2013
Going back to Brussels for the first time in many years, I find that the city has changed far less than I expected.
End of Clarion 2013
August 3, 2013
I think I may have found My People. They are wild and strange and delightful and you will be hearing from them soon.
Comic-Con 2013
July 20, 2013
San Diego Comic-Con: where the typical attendee is not merely nerdier than you, but nerdier than you by several orders of magnitude.
Clarion 2013
July 20, 2013
Some personal impressions of the Clarion Writer's Workshop at UCSD in San Diego.
Two wheels of folly
June 18, 2013
My third and final day of cycling is the shortest in terms of distance covered, but the least forgiving in terms of terrain.
June 10, 2013
A thunderstorm, a double rainbow, and mammatus clouds. Not bad for an evening's work.
Exit, pursued by a bee
June 8, 2013
The flies on the Kolka-Mazirbe Road are very large, totally fearless, and extremely fit.
Cape Kolka
June 7, 2013
Cape Kolka is not the wilderness that I was promised.
June 5, 2013
Between impressive Art Nouveau buildings and lush parks, Riga is a strikingly elegant city.
Another time, another park
June 3, 2013
Watching the protests over Gezi Park in Istanbul reminded me of similar protests centered on a park in Milan: similar, but very, very different.
Half a saunter
May 4, 2013
The first Saturday in May sees another installment of the Great Saunter - but this time I only have time to do half of it.
Anarchy in the L.E.S.
April 6, 2013
Not everyone is welcome at the Anarchist Book Fair.
The bird is back
March 24, 2013
There is a very young hawk in Tompkins Square Park. The squirrels do not take it seriously.
Jorge Selarón
January 10, 2013
The Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón has been found dead on the site of his own unique art project, the Escadaria Selarón.
January 5, 2013
2013 starts with a bang, as a Quadrantid meteor blazes across the skies of the north-eastern United States.
Winter Storm Athena
November 7, 2012
Winter Storm Athena was cold and ugly, but it was no Hurricane Sandy.
Fiat lux
November 2, 2012
Our neighborhood has power again after Hurricane Sandy, and life is beginning to return to normal.
Gridlock Wednesday
October 31, 2012
In which we go north to search for power and warm water.
October 30, 2012
The day after Hurricane Sandy - no power downtown, but life seems fairly normal further up.
October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy comes to New York City.
Gloom before the storm
October 28, 2012
Brace yourselves - Hurricane Sandy is coming.
Rose Pitonof Swim
August 18, 2012
Photographs from Urban Swim's annual Rose Pitonof Swim event.
Coney Island by Night
August 3, 2012
A trip to Coney Island for Jo Weldon's birthday party let me see Coney Island by night for the first time.
Bugs and flowers
July 15, 2012
Some experimental photographs of insects and flowers shot using a macro lens, taken near Niantic, CT
Urban Swim Hudson New Jersey
July 14, 2012
The good-natured athletes of Urban Swim are willing to welcome anyone who's crazy enough to get up early and swim a few miles in the Hudson River.
Space shuttle New York fly-by
April 27, 2012
Photographs of the space shuttle 'Enterprise' and its carrier aircraft performing a fly-by over the Hudson River, New York
Occupy Wall Street N17
November 17, 2011
Photographs and impressions from the November 17th protests organized by the Occupy Wall Street movement.
After Irene
October 2, 2011
Hurricane Irene did a lot of damage: here's one small example.
9/11 Anniversary
September 11, 2011
Ground Zero on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks: the people seem lost and confused.
September 5, 2011
A small collection of photographs taken in Patan, Lalitpur, Nepal.
September 5, 2011
A small collection of photographs taken in the old town of Bhaktapur, Nepal.
Chicken bus
September 4, 2011
Travel by bus in Nepal is slow, uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous. Enjoy.
September 3, 2011
A small collection of photographs taken in the Chitwan National Park, Nepal, showing animals found in the park.
September 2, 2011
The new Maoist prime minister's decision to hand over the keys to the party's weapons stores hasn't pleased everyone in the rank and file - and they've taken to the streets to make their point.
The Bovine Ilk
August 31, 2011
Cows are sacred in Nepal - and they don't mind letting you know it.
August 29, 2011
A description of the Tibetan Buddhist temple at Swayambhunath, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Memorial Day 2011
May 30, 2011
Memorial Day, like many American holidays, is a continual puzzle to me.
House of War
April 14, 2011
Lebanon is militarized to an extraordinary degree, but it's a peaceful place for all that.
April 13, 2011
A small collection of photographs from the town of Saida (Sidon) in southern Lebanon.
April 9, 2011
A small collection of photographs taken in Byblos (Jubayl), Lebanon.
Say you want a revolution
April 6, 2011
Egypt's January 25th revolution changed a lot, but more changes will and must come.
Luxor West Bank
April 5, 2011
A small collection of photographs from sites on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor, Egypt
April 4, 2011
A small collection of photographs from Karnak and Luxor Temple in Luxor, Egypt.
Tahrir Square
April 1, 2011
The Revolution returns to Tahrir Square for the after-party.
March 31, 2011
Border formalities in Beirut: anyone who has visited Israel need not apply.
Snowpocalypse 2010
December 27, 2010
The Boxing Day snowstorm was brief but spectacular, and left New York covered with snow and disabled vehicles.
My neighbors say it with bullets
October 26, 2010
In which our supper is momentarily interrupted by my neighbors shooting at each other on the street.
Up the creek
May 30, 2010
In which a kayaking trip on the Pattagansett River comes to a watery end.
Chinese New Year 2010
February 21, 2010
Lions and dragons and dogs in baby-carriages, oh my! It's Chinese New Year in New York again.
October 29, 2009
The mimes have moved into the neighborhood ... and they're playing kickball.
Fish time
August 13, 2009
Snorkeling in the Perhentian Islands, with fish, sea turtles, squid and more.
Flawed Timing
August 8, 2009
Plagues, insurrections? Guess where I'm going on my vacation ...
Mission to MARS
June 19, 2009
Riding along on MBARI's research vessel 'Point Lobos', on a mission to recover an experimental module from the bottom of the undersea Monterey Canyon.
April 30, 2009
An encounter of the reptilian kind on the road to San Felipe.
April 28, 2009
A small collection of photographs from the Maya ruins at Tulum.
December 17, 2008
Photographs from the 2008 Vigil to End Violence against Sex Workers held in Washington Square Park, New York.
Inflation - Thanksgiving 2008
November 26, 2008
Eavesdropping at the balloon inflation the night before Thanksgiving confirms what most children know: parents don't listen.
Mumbai terrorist attacks
November 26, 2008
The news from Mumbai is ugly, but it may get worse still if the attacks trigger inter-ethnic violence.
Democracy 2K8
November 4, 2008
Democracy is coming to the USA; in bite-sized pieces, once every four years.
What's in a name?
October 25, 2008
Your neighborhood bar is the place where people know your name; if we could just get them to remember the bar's name as well, we'd be onto something.
Lost in translation
October 17, 2008
It turns out that my neighbors don't do irony.
Incident on the LES
October 4, 2008
A shooting on the Lower East Side brings the police out in force.
August 23, 2008
Some pictures from the NYC Chinatown photowalk, part of Scott Kelby's worldwide photowalk.
Disoriented relaunch
July 21, 2008 relaunches with a new look.
June 28, 2008
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has installed four giant waterfalls in New York
Study war no more
April 25, 2008
Internet startups and Pando face off on the paintball field, and everyone gets covered in yellow paint
January 7, 2008
English as she is spoke and written, Indian-style. The subcontinent has some interesting variations on standard English.
Sacred cows
January 6, 2008
India's roads have everything. Really everything.
January 3, 2008
Photographs of the palaces and temples of Orchha in northern Madhya Pradesh
Tea with the sadhu
January 2, 2008
A tea break with the residents of a Hanuman shrine in Khajuraho.
January 1, 2008
Photographs of the Chandela temples at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India
December 5, 2007
Two pictures of unusual atmospheric phenomena - a 'sun pillar' and a 'fallstreak hole'.
Picture of an underachiever
November 14, 2007
It's November again, and that means it's novel-writing time.
Strange days indeed
October 11, 2007
Only in Tajikistan can a ride in a shared taxi turn into an industrial spelunking expedition.
A tale of two trucks
October 11, 2007
A short truck ride in the Fan Mountains.
The Gray Plague
October 8, 2007
The police in Dushanbe are everywhere ... and they have too much time on their hands.
In the Pamirs
October 4, 2007
Photographs taken in the Pamirs, near the Khargush Pass
October 4, 2007
Chance encounters in the desert.
Bibi Fatima
October 3, 2007
A visit to the hot springs of Bibi Fatima in the Wakhan Valley, Tajikistan.
Howo Kush
October 2, 2007
Strange things happen on the road from Kalai Khumb to Khorog.
Tavildara Road
October 1, 2007
Taking the old road from Dushanbe to Khorog.
September 29, 2007
Engine valves: can't live with them, can't cross the Atlantic without them.
Photo Exhibition
September 20, 2007
Some photographs taken during a recent photography course.
San Gennaro
September 16, 2007
The Feast of San Gennaro comes to Little Italy.
Birds and the Bees (and Crabs)
May 31, 2007
Love is in the air (for wild turkeys and mind-blowingly ancient arthropods).
Dance Parade 2007
May 19, 2007
Dancers vote with their feet (hips, hands and other body parts) to protest New York's archaic cabaret laws.
Great Saunter 2007
May 5, 2007
Here we go round the island of Manhattan with the Shorewalkers again.
Fire and Police
April 4, 2007
High drama - and a touch of farce - on the streets of New York.
March 3, 2007
A few photographs of the March 3rd lunar eclipse, taken from New York.
February 8, 2007
I am an unrepentant criminal. Here is my confession.
East London
January 28, 2007
A few photographs from East London.
Alive in Mexico
December 5, 2006
Another friend gets arrested, this time by Mexican police in Oaxaca.
Rhymes with 'Flymo'
November 29, 2006
It's November, and NaNoWriMo has my soul again. Here's a graph showing my lack of progress.
Roller Derby
October 14, 2006
The Bronx Gridlock and the Queens of Pain meet in Manhattan, and I get to take pictures from the ringside.
July 24, 2006
Paraty pushes the envelope in its relentless pursuit of the picturesque.
Pantsed by God
July 16, 2006
The Atlantic ocean wants your swimsuit: the perils of Copacabana.
Miles away
July 14, 2006
Back to South America, for the first time in twenty years.
Ceçi n'est pas un blog
July 9, 2006
A couple of blogs that I'd like you to check out.

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