Tracking path of Hurricane Gustav with some highly detailed Google maps mashup from HeraldTribune.com a newspaper in South Florida
Archives for August 2008
Recently rediscovered this pack of Top Trumps cards from the late 1970s. Prototypes was always my favourite from the popular card series. I wonder if they ever ended up making the Pininfarina Modulo?? Maybe there’s one on Ebay…There is on YouTube at least. What a pack of cards. They don’t make them like that… etc. etc…
UPDATE: And in nostalgia overload, here is the complete set of cards – with bonus cards and reverse images in slideshow form. For the record, I reckon the Pininfirina: Ferari BB is the most startlingly beautiful of the bunch, the above mentioned Pininfarina Modulo the most coolly wacko, but none are a patch on the ultimate driving machine.
I got a bit annoyed this morning about the whole treatment of this Amanda Lindhout Somalia kidnapping story. I think the real story is going under reported. The people with their lives most at risk are for the most part nameless in the western media. Hence this blog post.
Staying with the street food theme for a tick. I stumbled across this Al-Jazeera TV series last week. It covers eight cities around the world; Nairobi, London, New York, San Sebastian, Penang, Beijing, Cairo and Jerusalem. The links to the videos on the Al-Jazeera website don’t work for me, but if you flick through their YouTube channel you’ll find all the shows there. The above clip is from Penang,
Veronica Pedrosa discovers the street really is the place to eat. But the food [in Penang] does more than feed
locals and visitors alike, it tells a story that has developed over
time – influenced by the movement of people, the trade of produce and
the demands of consumerism – it caters not only to the tastebuds but
the hip pocket, where meals are fast and often inexpensive.
And just for the record, never visit Penang during Chinese new year… I did and it was closed 🙁
The photosharing site Flickr has made some changes to the slideshow function. You can now embed a slideshow direct from Flickr and if there’s a video in there the slideshow will play that too. So, I thought I’d test it here with a random slideshow of street food images from Vietnam. I’ve no idea what will come up in this slideshow or even if it will work. The search I ran said there were 2,087 images relating to street food in Vietnam. And no, they’re not all mine and no, they’re probably not all any good 🙂
This is Andrew Brietbart, writing in The Washington Times. His report is remarkable… because of the sheer number of admissions of ignorance… why bother doing any research at all about a place before you go? This amounts to, âBaku is wealthy, Azerbaijan has oil, and my hosts told me a lot about their country.â And he got paid to write this dreck…
Talking to frontline journalists about the possible future use of the Twitterlator Emergency button for use conflict zones.
How can someone disappear without trace on a small island? That is the question nagging the family and friends of Danny Hall, a British backpacker who went missing in the southern Thai resort of Koh Pha Ngan six months ago.
Two foreign journalists are among five people who were kidnapped in Somalia today. A couple of freelancers including Amanda Lindhout.
Been helping the tiniest bit with this documentary film called Blood Trail. It follows the career of war photographer Robert King from 1993 to the present day. My friends and colleagues Vaughan Smith and Richard Parry started work on this 15 years ago… 15 years… blimey… just think about that for a sec… 1-5-y-e-a-r-s
I saw the rough cut of the whole film a couple of months ago and it’s hilarious. I’m reliably told this is what reporting from a war is really like i.e. a bit bonkers with a lot of messed up people in messy places who still somehow manage to have a laugh while they lose little bits of their minds in scary places around the world.
I put together an unofficial website for the film just so that we at least had something up on the web. I’m reliably told a proper website will be up soon at www.bloodtrailfilm.com before its debut proper at the Toronto Film festival next month. This is a bit of a promo I suppose but if your a film hack/blogger and it piques your interest, drop me a line. I’d be more than happy to put you in touch with the film makers.
OOh… just figured maybe i can put the film as a promo in the sidebar?? Hmmm… Those Adify Typepad ads sucked anyway – not that anyone noticed… Something like 7,000 page views earned $1.78. That’s not a good return. So, they’ve gone.
Fixing the economy of Zimbabwe. At least numerically…