Monthly Archives: November 2012

What you do not want to happen to your Canon 5D Mk II

…and its 16–35 f/2.8 L II lens: You do not want it to be collected by a curious lioness. Such was the fate of Ed Hetherington’s camera kit, after he set it up near the lioness’ kill. The interesting part … Continue reading

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A 39-year-old apology

Earlier this year, my home state paper ran a touching story about a long overdue apology. It began: When he was 12 years old, the boy did something he only later realized probably hurt his seventh-grade teacher. It was minor … Continue reading

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Award for best imagery in a tech article: “worm volcano”

As a frustrated city-dwelling gardener who can only dream of having a compost pile, I happily devoured the Atlantic’s article on Jack Chambers. He’s a former airline pilot who, as a preparation for retirement, bought a worm farm. A crash … Continue reading

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Buns of steel

We saw Swan Lake last night (in Portuguese: O Lago dos Cisnes), performed by the touring Russian Ballet. Though I’ve heard Tchaikovsky’s score numerous times, this was the first time I’d seen the ballet itself. It was a very nice … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

Mt. Shasta is unique in the Cascade mountain range due to its solitary location. While the other peaks in the range are surrounded by foothills (which in many places, including Portugal, would count as mountains themselves), Mt. Shasta stands alone … Continue reading

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When pop music meets Cirque du Soleil

I already like Pink’s music. But speaking as a Pilates instructor, I deeply respect her abdominals! And, well, everything else. What a physique, and what a performance. (And if she’s really singing all of that live, then she’s in even … Continue reading

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A lifesaving toy

When Massoud Hassani was growing up in Qasaba, Kabul, he and his brother would play in the desert with toys they made themselves. They favored wind-powered toys, and would race theirs against those the other kids made. But too often, … Continue reading

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Giving thanks for grapes

It was only a matter of time before industry pros figured out what Oregonians already know: Talk about getting crushed — Oregon just blew California off the map when it comes to producing world-class pinot noir. Wine Spectator, the industry’s … Continue reading

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Portugal: The beauty of simplicity

Times aren’t easy in Portugal right now, what with the economic crisis (and random tornadoes ripping up streets), but regardless of the country’s sovereign debt load or international standing, it still has one thing in spades: beauty. In an effort … Continue reading

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Last Friday we had some bodacious weather in the Algarve. Here in Loulé, it manifested as vicious thunderstorms with high winds and torrential rain, and our power went out not once, not twice, but three times. At one point in … Continue reading

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