Thursday, September 13, 2007
Who doesn’t want to be a smooth traveler, nonchalantly moving between countries and customs as if doing so were as simple as paying for groceries? The thing is that when everything proceeds without much of a hitch, the time just kind of passes. You never really get to feel like Jason Bourne. Rather, it’s the Clark Griswold moments that are memorable. Yesterday it was Bourne as far as catching trains—
Today it was a marvelous lunch in a centuries-old courtyard in
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
What a deluge of interesting things to discuss and read this week—about autism, spelling, handedness, the carbon economy, songbird-killing cats, and more—that jetlag recovery will have to wait while I catch up a little. Thanks to Paul Collins for promptly forwarding the New York Times piece about left-clawed crabs. Coincidentally, I’m currently two-thirds of the way through Collins’ book about autism, Not Even Wrong. It’s an easy read and Collins does a terrific job weaving personal discussion and history. It’s also been a helpful primer for a feature assignment to write about autism that I’ve recently taken on.
In other news, my Wired piece about environmental markets has not, thus far, generated nearly the amount of reader interest that the essay about high-speed trains did. Some of that may be a function of the readership, as well as the more theoretical nature of the enviro-themed article. To the end, take a look at the comments on the Wired website (below the story itself). There’s an interesting and rather scathing indictment of carbon trading. Similarly, this recent International Herald Tribune story begins with news that the
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