Friday, April 29, 2011

The 10 creepiest abandoned cities

I wrote this post over at gadling, and it has been wildly popular with almost 1,000,000 hits.  Check it out for sure.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Golden Gate Bridge High Dynamic Range

I just got back from San Francisco.  You can read all about my trip here.  I saw spaceships, met Buzz Aldrin, and took some awesome pictures.  Here is one of hundreds I took of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Where I have been and what I have been doing

Okay.  I admit it.  My transition to bona fide travel writer over at has left this site in disrepair.  But fret not.  I will be posting new pictures next week from an all expense paid trip to Ecuador - my first travel assignment for AOL.  In the mean time, brush up on some of my prose at the link below.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Graduate School Doldrums - Why I have been loafing on the blog

Late in 2010, I applied to 5 MBA programs.  For this, I had to write about fifteen to twenty strange essays about myself.  It was overwhelmingly dull. 

Once I hit the submit button, the real pain of the process began.  Powerless waiting has to be one of the worst pastimes, and the application process slugs along under this banner of futility.  I have been left to strange coping devices.  The options are not vast, but include combing the forums for information leaks and painstakingly reading through submitted essays, hawkishly scanning for errors that may influence an outcome while roleplaying the perspective of an admissions committee.  The things I have done for the illusion of control are feeble and embarrassing. 

The forums are filled with oversensitive overachievers, hyperintelligent Indians, and the whines of north-easterners.  You hesitantly welcome terms like ding (to be denied admissions), WE (work experience), and adcom (admissions committee) to your vocabulary, feeling sorry that the future of the business world hangs out spouting shorthand in seedy dens of speculation.  As the process chugs along, and the days pass with anvil seconds, you pathetically welcome additional comments on your dream school's thread with a strange exuberance.  The other day, I found myself excited about a new page in the MIT role call admissions forum, one that I had yet to read, only to disappointingly read some guy from Bangalore's concern about something so painstakingly mundane and detailed oriented that to type it may cause me to grand mal with boredom.  In general, trying to discern the pixels on your computer screen is more exciting than reading the forums.  But I do it, to the tune of perhaps 25 visits per day.

So where did I apply?

1.  Hong Kong University
2.  Duke
3.  Yale
4.  M.I.T.
5.  Indiana University

I realize this post has little to do with travel beyond the implications of a degree in Hong Kong.  I felt that I needed to address my current plight in some form.  What better place to vent than my own website.

I visited the Indiana University campus in Bloomington this last weekend, and could not have been more impressed.  Below are some pictures that I took while there.

It was cold

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Day at the Zoo - Ft. Worth Zoo

 Just hanging out, contemplating things
I recognize this profile from the evolutionary chart

Meditation in the garden 

Peaking out 

Not on his way to Mardi Gras, made that way 

Narcissism? Unlikely.

What you looking at punk, I dare you to come up in here 

I dare you.

This orang looks very wise, and much larger than the wild ones I saw in Borneo 

Picking grass

A stroll, this beautiful creature is very matted, but that may be the look 

Enjoying the sun 

Eye contact 

The rhinos always seem to be taking the day off 

Gorgeous lion looks fresh from the lion salon (I wrote that one for you Daniel)

A little flirting 

the hell
also, kindly bring us a plate of ribs 


Nature's Freaks 

You never think about their horns, do you?

Creepy bird


Lemurs are such cool animals

A Sunbear 

What a strange tongue

Yep, still here 
A bird looking out at the day