New Skin

It’s chronic, this blog undergoes plastic surgery every once in a while. As the surgeon – yours truly – uses his mighty scalpel, you will probably notice visual discrepancies on the blog layout. The operation should not affect the post themselves, so content will remain. But everything visual could be a bit off, the sidebar…

Coming soon…

A rant about my barefoot running struggle. A cruise ship medley. More glimpses of the macroverse. Stay tuned! For now, here is a peculiar scene of an ant nursery. I lifted a log recently in Staten Island’s Wolves Pond Park, in search of salamanders. What I found instead was a busy ant nest. As soon as exposed,…

New York City Under the Irene Algorithm

The funny thing is – or maybe it’s not funny – when a hurricane and the Eastern Seaboard interact, the result is an explosion of wild numbers. Here’s the picture so far, gathered from various sources of mitigated reliability: Close to one million people without power in Virginia and North Carolina; Nearly 10,000 flights cancelled; 5…

Coming soon…

Here’s a taste of blog posts currently in the writing oven: • “So I Could Not Afford Everest. I Climbed Table Mountain Instead. Part 2”• “Table Mountain’s India Venster: Don’t Try this at Home”• “Interview with the Astronaut”• “Abalimi Bezekhaya – Township Urban Micro-Agriculture”• “Snapshots of a Drive Around Cape Point”• “Cape Malay colors” Stay…