Category Archives: random

Rapping about Alexander Hamilton

While watching Portlandia the other night – at times hilarious and at other times ridiculous and overly-self-conscious – I came across Aimee Mann, who plays a housekeeper in at least one of the episodes. I’m not sure if she has … Continue reading

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Christmas stories and the growing legend of Amazon

Though I’m fairly certain Santa doesn’t exist, at least, in the context of the story, it’s plausible that he could get the job done. I mean if you take as given Santa’s hearty proportions, the fact that he has workers … Continue reading

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It’s Hard to Take Pictures of Places You Can’t Get to

A friend of mine has an awesome website called 15 sunrises. His basic project is to travel around and take pictures of all sorts of ‘scapes (city, country, mountain, etc.) in all sorts of lights. He’s partial to sunrise, sunset, … Continue reading

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A City of Crooked Houses

Sopot, a town near Gdansk on Poland’s Baltic coast, has a building called “Krzywy Domek,” which means “crooked house.” While it kind of resembles Prague’s famous Dancing House, it also kind of blows it away. It probably costs quite a … Continue reading

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Ways to Describe Things

When it’s really foggy outside Czechs say, “venku je uplný mlíko.” A literal translation is, “outside is full of milk.” A better translation might be, “it’s really milky outside.” Either way, I like the Czech phrase. It’s as if the … Continue reading

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Polish Supermarkets

It’s widely known that grocery stores use various tactics to get people to spend more money. Narrow aisles slow things down, impulse buys are clustered near the checkout lines and the most commonly purchased goods, like milk and other dairy … Continue reading

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Warsaw in 1947

War sucks for many reasons. One of those reasons is that it takes stuff and turns it into not-stuff. This collection of pictures gives some idea of what Warsaw looked like in 1947 and how surreal living in the city … Continue reading

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