Madeira, Day 2: Paralyzing heights and churning seas 1

Madeira, Day 2: Paralyzing heights and churning seas
The morning broke with sunshine, a glorious blue sky peppered with drifting gray clouds and only a light breeze. After a spot of tea (I know, wrong country; I brought my own) I headed out for a morning run. Rather than go down first, I went up into the mountain. The guest house lies on ...

Madeira, Day 1: Levadas 2

Madeira, Day 1: Levadas
Oh how I wish that I had remembered the USB cable which would allow me to connect my Nikon SLR to my computer. Then you’d see more than just this one picture of the western coast of Madeira, taken with the iPhone while I stood on the precipice of Madeira’s western-most point. When I say ...

From Cloud Covered Madeira 2

It was a long and eventful journey getting here. We actually thought many times that we wouldn’t make it. First, the rain that battered Madeira last weekend and caused massive flooding and mudslides. Then, our third snowmaggedon of the season, fated to strike the very moment we were scheduled to depart in a steel tube ...

Gorilla feet 2

Gorilla feet
I’ve gone barefoot crazy. Yesterday I bought a pair of Vibram FiveFingers and have been wearing them around the office all day. They look a little funky, sure, but they’re also incredibly comfortable. I haven’t tried running in them yet; it’ll be a few months before my feet, I think, are strong enough. I now ...

Little Visitor by Quiet Please 1

I love old time radio. It’s just about all I listen to at work. While the stories are sometimes corny, the acting is almost always tremendous considering these actors have only their voices with which to make a story work. Some of the greatest old time radio shows were penned by some rather famous writers ...

The Best That Ever Did It by Ed Lacy

The Best That Ever Did It by Ed Lacy My rating: 3 of 5 stars Another pulp thriller from Ed Lacy. I enjoyed this one more than the last, perhaps because Lacy has a way of creating detectives that aren’t quite the standard mold. Barney Harris is a widower raising his eight-year-old daughter, Ruth, struggling ...

The Tempest

It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, currently at the Harvey Theatre at BAM. The show is part of the Bridge Project, a cross-Atlantic production by BAM, The Old Vic and Neal Street. This play was produced in conjunction with As You Like It, which I saw a ...

Green screen mania

Prepare to have your mind blown. With all this green screen action, you’d think “24”could film at least a little bit in New York… Thanks to Gizmodo for the tip.

Born to Run

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall My rating: 4 of 5 stars While the book can often read as a too long magazine piece, the story Christopher McDougall tells of the Tarahumara, an indigenous tribe living in the Copper Canyons in Mexico, ...

Fame seeks me out 1

Check the :51 second mark. Orange shorts, Robin Hood singlet. Video courtesy of KXAN TV in Austin.