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July 19, 2014
Recording the police -- simple voyeurism, or public service?
Easter Parade 2014
April 20, 2014
Photographs of people in preposterous hats from New York's 2014 Easter Parade
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.
The art of conversation
June 11, 2013
M. has lost her voice. Communication is difficult, but, thanks to technology, not impossible.
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.
February snow storm
February 10, 2013
A much-trumpeted winter storm delivers a few inches of snow to New York, but nothing more.
Idiotarod 2013
January 26, 2013
Another cold Saturday in January, and the Idiotarod is back on the streets of Brooklyn.
January 5, 2013
2013 starts with a bang, as a Quadrantid meteor blazes across the skies of the north-eastern United States.
Santacon 2012
December 15, 2012
Where the hell did all these Santas come from?
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.
In the blackout
November 1, 2012
Being without power is inconvenient. It also makes the familiar sights and places of my neighborhood strangely beautiful.
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.
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.
Manhattanhenge 2012
May 30, 2012
May 30th's Manhattanhenge fails to live up to its promise, providing a few colorful sunset photographs but little more.
Red-tailed hawk
January 19, 2012
The young red-tailed hawk that lives in Tompkins Square has a pigeon for breakfast.
Occupy Wall Street N17
November 17, 2011
Photographs and impressions from the November 17th protests organized by the Occupy Wall Street movement.
9/11 Anniversary
September 11, 2011
Ground Zero on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks: the people seem lost and confused.
Kathmandu Life
September 6, 2011
A small collection of photographs of daily life in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Chicken bus
September 4, 2011
Travel by bus in Nepal is slow, uncomfortable, and sometimes dangerous. Enjoy.
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.
August 29, 2011
A description of the Tibetan Buddhist temple at Swayambhunath, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
August 23, 2011
Some impressions of the 5.8 earthquake under Virginia, as it was felt in New York.
Memorial Day 2011
May 30, 2011
Memorial Day, like many American holidays, is a continual puzzle to me.
Cairo for Beginners
April 7, 2011
Some things that I have learned about Cairo and Egypt: useful tips for new arrivals.
Say you want a revolution
April 6, 2011
Egypt's January 25th revolution changed a lot, but more changes will and must come.
April 2, 2011
A small collection of photographs taken in Cairo, Egypt.
Tahrir Square
April 1, 2011
The Revolution returns to Tahrir Square for the after-party.
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.
Hostage diary
October 17, 2010
Will Van Dorp's account of his experiences as a hostage in Iraq before the first Gulf War is well worth reading.
Towers of Light
September 11, 2010
A small collection of photographs taken in Lower Manhattan on September 11th 2010.
Elephant Walk 2010
March 23, 2010
It's a rainy night in Manhattan and I'm standing on the corner of 34th and 5th, looking for elephants.
Paris 2000
January 1, 2010
A small set of photographs taken 10 years ago, in Paris on the Eve of the year 2000.
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.
Free Tibet Protest
March 10, 2009
Some photographs from the Tibetan protest march commemorating the March 1959 uprising against Chinese occupation.
Signs of Winter
December 20, 2008
Video of an underground electrical short circuit in New York probably caused by salt corrosion.
Inflation - Thanksgiving 2008
November 26, 2008
Eavesdropping at the balloon inflation the night before Thanksgiving confirms what most children know: parents don't listen.
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.
Cross Bones
October 15, 2008
The Cross Bones graveyard in London was the burial ground for prostitutes working in the licensed brothels of Southwark.
Betelnut Girls
October 3, 2008
Annamarie Ho's installation 'Betelnut Girls' has come to Manhattan.
Notting Hill '08
August 29, 2008
Some photographs and observations from London's Notting Hill Carnival.
August 23, 2008
Some pictures from the NYC Chinatown photowalk, part of Scott Kelby's worldwide photowalk.
Study war no more
April 25, 2008
Internet startups and Pando face off on the paintball field, and everyone gets covered in yellow paint
Carol Jenkins (1945-2008)
January 22, 2008
American anthropologist Carol Jenkins has died at her home, aged sixty-three.
Mumbai Rail
January 10, 2008
The suburban railway system in Mumbai may be the most complex and heavily loaded in the world.
January 10, 2008
A small set of photographs from Mumbai's open-air laundry at Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat.
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.
Juhu Beach
December 30, 2007
Photographs taken on Juhu Beach in the north of the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Picture of an underachiever
November 14, 2007
It's November again, and that means it's novel-writing time.
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.
The view from Bulunkul
October 5, 2007
Bulunkul, in the Pamiri desert: dry earth, a handful of houses, no future.
Photo Exhibition
September 20, 2007
Some photographs taken during a recent photography course.
September 10, 2007
Another day, another website makeover.
Reverend Billy
July 1, 2007
Reverend Billy has reportedly been arrested.
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.
February 8, 2007
I am an unrepentant criminal. Here is my confession.
Power Washer
January 6, 2007
Photographs of the power-washing of 188 Suffolk Street, Manhattan
Best of breed
October 29, 2006
Pictures from the Halloween Dog Parade in Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
September 20, 2006
Today, I start my new job at video hosting startup
July 21, 2006
Note to self: Portuguese is not just a funny kind of Spanish.
Pantsed by God
July 16, 2006
The Atlantic ocean wants your swimsuit: the perils of Copacabana.
Ce├ži n'est pas un blog
July 9, 2006
A couple of blogs that I'd like you to check out.
Gardens on the march
May 13, 2006
A march for community gardens visits the Lower East Side.
Lost in America
April 20, 2006
One thing I like about New York is the chance to see live music.
Enter the sorcerer
March 25, 2006
If rumor is to be believed, the Thai prime minister has resorted to using magic to stay in power.
March 22, 2006
The Brahma statue at Bangkok's Erawan Shrine has been smashed by a mentally-ill man.
Furthur (II)
January 20, 2006
Sissophon to Battambang: the odyssey continues.
Phnom Penh
January 17, 2006
Back to Phnom Penh, which hasn't changed much in a year and a half.
January 13, 2006
There's something ominous about the idea of traveling on Friday the 13th.
Going downhill fast
December 31, 2005
Recent arrests and trials of opposition figures bode ill for Cambodia's fragile democracy.
Sic transit
December 20, 2005
The first day of the New York transit strike wasn't so bad - for me at least.
Election Fever
November 5, 2005
Mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer visits the Lower East Side.
Is it November already?
November 1, 2005
Thirty days; fifty thousand words. You have to be joking, right?
Potemkin East
October 30, 2005
Drug-crazed Hollywood film-makers build Berkeley on the Lower East Side, call it Greenwich Village.
Back to Bangkok
June 13, 2005
Returning once again to Bangkok, via Tokyo.
24-hr party people
May 15, 2005
The first warm (Saturday) night in 2005, and the bands are on the march.
The Great Saunter
May 10, 2005
Walking the outer rim of Manhattan on the Shorewalkers' Great Saunter.
Good Friday
May 1, 2005
Eastern Orthodox Good Friday service, at the Cathedral of Holy Virgin Protection, New York.
April 12, 2005
Chico has a new mural on Houston St.
Crazy white people
January 29, 2005
Photographs from New York's Idiotarod 2005 shopping cart race.
October 8, 2004
I was always afraid that someone would notice just how easily a terrorist attack could be carried out on the Sinai coast around Nuweiba. And someone did.
Occupied Zone
September 3, 2004
In which I get to show my photographs to the Secret Service.
August 29, 2004
Some pictures and comments from Sunday's protest against the Republican National Convention in New York.
July 7, 2004
How to tell where you are in South-East Asia by looking at the vehicles.
Going by the Book
July 6, 2004
Seen from Hanoi, the planet doesn't look quite so Lonely after all.
June 29, 2004
You meet such fascinating people when you travel: a conversation overheard in Bangkok.
May 30, 2004
On Bangkok's roadside shrines, Hindu outposts in a Buddhist country
Khlong Saen Saep
May 16, 2004
The Khlong Saen Saep canal boat - the only form of public transport in the world that runs on toxic waste.

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