New York. I’ve been longing to live there since before I’d ever really been, and especially since college (which I attended in upstate New York and thus traveled to the city quite often). But as I mentioned to friends over brunch Sunday, I know that if I ever move there, I’ll never leave, and so keep putting it off.
I love the grunge, the colors, the concrete. I love the juxtaposition of new and old, foreign and familiar, colorful and drab. I love the smells, the sounds, the people.
I love how it’s the only place in the US where you can find certain things: $5 scarves, knockoff Prada, Hofbrauhaus beer. Squid on the sidewalk.
I love how there are so many tourist shops, which sell absolutely everything, as evidenced from this photo:
I love the whimsy. Grabauskas could take a cue from whomever is running the MTA.
Of course, I didn’t just go to New York for the first time in two years for no reason at all. I went to see this people:
And these amazingly lifelike dinosaurs:
And enjoyed myself immensely.
Seven years ago, during China’s bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the Chinese government promised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) a more open China, with unfettered Internet access for foreign journalists being used as a prime example of China’s commitment to openness.
Observers of China’s Internet filtering practices have long been anticipating how China would fulfill those promises to the IOC. The options were few and clear:
1. China would open the Internet during the Olympic period
2. An open enclave for foreign journalists would be created
3. China would break its promise
Unsurprisingly, China has so far not honored its promises. Not only do the government’s monitors continue to filter hundreds of sites; the press center for foreign journalists offers the same filtered version of the Internet.
With opening day of the Games only a week away and more web sites become accessible,OpenNet will continue to monitor China’s filtering practices. In particular, we will monitor Olympic coverage to examine how coverage within China differs from that accessible from outside the country.
For up-to-date coverage of China’s filtering practices, during the Olympics and beyond, check OpenNet’s China page frequently.
Originally posted on OpenNet.net
So I bought a new camera. And I can’t help but blog about it. Please forgive me.
This appeared randomly on the facade of the pharmacy down the street from me on Comm Ave. Incidentally, some neighbors and friends of mine say that this pharmacy sells liquor.
Next time Voices without Votes does a post on Brazil, let’s be sure to use this.
The other thing I spent a lot of money on this year.
The camera is a Canon Digital Rebel XTI and was a pretty huge purchase for me, admittedly (not so much financially as because I’ve wanted one for a very long time). I asked for advice from a lot of friends (or simply checked flickr to find out what camera they use) and it came down to the Nikon 60D and the Rebel XTI in the end. I did peek at a Sony too, but it felt so cheesy in hand that I immediately disregarded it, despite it being $200 cheaper and coming with a better lens (better zoom, that is, plus Minolta is now owned by Sony).