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Drop Dropbox

Filed in Apps, Politics by on April 16, 2014 1 Comment
Drop Dropbox

 Dropbox — the cloud-based storage company I’ve supported for years — just added Condi Rice to their board of directors. Having Ms. Rice associated with any company I do business with would concern me. She was, after all, the first Bush administration official to approve extensive use of waterboarding — a role she downplayed when […]

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Goodbye, Lilly (1994-2014)

Filed in Family, Personal by on April 7, 2014 5 Comments
Goodbye, Lilly (1994-2014)

Lilly, our very sweet, very old kitty, passed away today. She was over twenty years old. Like her brother, Tiger, who died in 2008, Lilly came to us when we lived in the McCoy Avenue house in Jackson, Mississippi. Tiger had the bolder name, but it was Lilly who was all about adventure. Not long […]

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The Passion of the BurgerFi (Atlanta, GA)

Filed in Food by on March 30, 2014 0 Comments
The Passion of the BurgerFi (Atlanta, GA)

On Saturday night, we brave near-hurricane force winds, walking two blocks to the newly-opened BurgerFi. The space is wearhousey, with high ceilings, lots of sharp and pointy decor, dangerous-looking chandeliers made of giant fishhooks and free-swinging bare bulbs, and many metal tables large and small. Near the back, behind a wide counter, three young men […]

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“Noah” is Epically, Heroically, Unapologetically Awful

Filed in Movies by on March 30, 2014 0 Comments
“Noah” is Epically, Heroically, Unapologetically Awful

Noah is remarkably ill-conceived: an anti-technology, anti-human, pro-environmental, pro-vegan fantasy epic. Too unfaithful to the Biblical record to please the religious and too talky to please the action-movie crowd, it lurches from scene to scene for two hours before becoming so preposterous it collapses under its own weight. Noah takes place on a planet with […]

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Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Tell When News Organizations Have Given Up on Reporting the News

Filed in The News, TV by on March 26, 2014 0 Comments
Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Tell When News Organizations Have Given Up on Reporting the News

Pseudoscientific analysis. When reporters start probing for hidden messages in Obama’s signature, listening for stress in a pilot’s last communication, or revealing personality through posture, they’ve stopped reporting news and started running a psychic fair. Have Your Say! When a news organization starts reporting comments from their Facebook page, broadcasting your tweets, taking unscientific viewer polls, and inviting […]

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Our Last Breakfast at Murphy’s (Atlanta, GA)

Filed in Food by on March 24, 2014 0 Comments
Our Last Breakfast at Murphy’s (Atlanta, GA)

We’re in Murphy’s, the breakfasty-brunchy joint “where Virginia Highlands meets.” (You know — it’s the place Thrillist.com claims is the best restaurant in the Highlands neighborhood.) We’ve been here before, and know it can get busy on weekends. This morning, though, only three couples are seated out on the patio and perhaps four groups are […]

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Park of the Reserve (Lima, Peru)

Filed in Travel by on March 20, 2014 0 Comments
Park of the Reserve (Lima, Peru)

We’re in Lima, with just a few hours to go before we head back to the airport. Rodrigo, our guide from Peruvian Local Friends, suggests we spend the sunset and early evening hours at the Park of the Reserve. The park is now home to Lima’s “Magic Water Tour,” an outdoor showcase for the world’s […]

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Pachacamac

Filed in Travel by on March 18, 2014 0 Comments
Pachacamac

I’m in the back seat of a car, hurtling toward Pachacamac (say, “pa-cha-CAHM-ack“), the pyramid complex about twenty-five miles outside of Lima. The modern storefronts and well-tended flowerbeds of Miraflores quickly give way to broad, chaotic stretches of highway and block after block of gritty shops and sagging homes. In the Chorrillos neighborhood, we pass […]

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Plaza Mayor (Lima, Peru)

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 15, 2014 0 Comments
Plaza Mayor (Lima, Peru)

Tonight’s stroll takes us to the literal birthplace of Lima — now called the Plaza Mayor. There’s history galore in this space — including a Catholic Church built right smack on top of what once was an Incan huaca (a sacred ceremonial pyramid). But instead of giving you the lecture, I think I’ll just let […]

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Catacombs (Lima, Peru)

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 15, 2014 0 Comments
Catacombs (Lima, Peru)

There was a time when, if you paid enough money, the monks at this Franciscan monastery would bury you in the catacombs beneath the church: If you were particularly wealthy, you would be laid to rest in a private burial chamber. If you weren’t quite wealthy enough for a first-class berth, you’d be laid to […]

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