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Writer and musician with a tendency to wander off the beaten path.
Barcelona KALEIDOLAPSE from myLapse on Vimeo.
This video of Barcelona came from the folks at MyLapse recently. And as much as I like seeing any video of Barcelona, this one is special. Because it's a kaleidolapse. Don't know what a kaleidolapse is? It's simple: it's a time-lapse video, like any other time-lapse video, but the footage presented with a kaleidoscopic effect. The end result is this completely ethereal few minutes of footage that is officially from Barcelona, but might as well be straight out of the Haight-Ashbury Museum of Psychedelic Art and History. Enjoy.
When French photographer Julien Coquentin
decided to shoot street art
, his concept was both well-developed and playful. In his photo series, "Please Draw Me A Wall
," he photographs people interacting with the street art they stand before. A child holding an umbrella stands beneath a stream of blue paint that looks like heavy rainfall; a man sits on a garbage bin with a fishing pole, casting his imaginary line toward the painted fish on the wall. The series is beautiful and helps depict the street art
in Montreal well. A slideshow of some of the images from this series, courtesy of Coquentin, is below.
It's certainly not impossible to travel as a vegetarian
, but it's not always easy. Not only do I not eat meat, but I usually try my best to refrain from animal products of any sort. Navigating this kind of diet abroad can be tricky, but airlines could do their part to make it easier. On one of my most recent flights, my husband was literally mocked for wanting meat-free food, even if that just meant a piece of bread. All maliciousness aside, what always gets me upset about the pitiful selection of vegetarian
food on flights is the pure logistics of it from an airline's standpoint.
While having dinner with a pilot once in Los Cabos, he leaned across the table and told our fellow diners and me, "You know you can actually use your electronics in flights, right? It doesn't affect the plane at all."
I believed him not only because he was a pilot, but also because we've all heard this before, these rumors about the irrelevance of the FAA rules about electronic devices on planes
. But I also like to choose my battles wisely, so I always turn off my music when flight attendants ask me to and eagerly wait for the moment I can return to sifting through my phone for songs I'm not already sick of. Luckily for all of us who don't want to disconnect, the FAA is meeting this week
to complete the details on new and relaxed restrictions for electronic devices on planes
. It's expected that we still won't be allowed to make calls, send texts or use the internet in flight, but more leisurely activities, like music-listening and e-book-reading, should be a go. This will likely make those moments of ascent and descent more peaceful, providing familiar distractions for kids and babies and an escape from unwanted conversations
for many adults.
Snakes on a plane
is a ridiculous movie concept, but the release of the movie has certainly helped us all to pay a bit more attention to real-life snakes on a plane
scenarios. A Qantas flight from Australia to Japan was delayed for a full day recently when a Mandarin rat snake was discovered on board. Mandarin rat snakes are nonvenomous and small -- adults don't usually grow any longer than seven inches, though this particular snake was eight inches long. The snake was removed and eventually euthanized.
Other stories of snakes on a plane:
95 Live Boa Constrictors On A Plane
4 Snakes On A Plane
4 Baby Pythons On A Plane
Thousands Of Snakes On A Plane
14 Royal Pythons On A Plane
A couple of passengers departing Caracas, Venezuela for Paris, France checked 31 articles of luggage on the flight, all of which were tagged under false names. Upon investigation, authorities discovered that the bags were filled with 2,866 pounds of pure cocaine
. Suspicions were apparently only raised when the passengers who checked the bags didn't actually board the plane. The flight date was on 9/11 no less, a date we all know for extra precautions at airports, at least in the United States. The unaccompanied bags of cocaine were eventually detained at the Charles De Gaulle airport.
I recently wrote 10 Ways To Be A Terrible Airbnb Guest
for Gadling. For all of the Airbnb
hosts out there who found themselves nodding in agreement with the atrocities committed by some guests, well, it goes both ways. Making sure you avoid being a terrible guest is just as important as making sure you avoid being a terrible host.
And so I present to you 10 ways to be a terrible Airbnb host (avoid
doing the following to be a good host).
1. Lack scheduling/time-management skills.
If you want to make a profit off of your living space, you're going to have to figure out some way to organize your brain. Don't make guests wait for you if they need to check in, don't double-book guests in the same window of time and don't book guests for dates you'll need to cancel. Use the Airbnb Calendar, Google Calendar, iCal and iPhone Calendar all together if you have to in order to get it right, but whatever you do, don't inconvenience your guests over your inability to properly plan.
Why did a hotel security officer set hotel fires
? It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, except, unfortunately for everyone involved, this was no joke.
When you hear about a former employee of two hotels starting his own hotel fires
, you might assume he or she did so because of job dissatisfaction or revenge. But in the case of Mariano Barbosa, Jr., the suspect simply wanted to make his job a little bit easier. Barbosa was the security officer for both Yotel
and the Soho Grand Hotel in Manhattan. He recently was arrested and charged with setting multiple hotel fires
in both of these hotels dating back as far as 2009. When fire marshals began to grow suspicious of Barbosa's inconsistent stories, they questioned Barbosa further.
Dan Levin wrote a compelling piece for the New York Times about Chinese tourists
. The reports are in and it's now official: the Chinese spend the most on tourism in the world. They outspent both Americans and Germans last year when they collectively dished out $102 billion abroad. Americans have long been one of the most wooed and simultaneously resented (as worded in Levin's title) tourists internationally. While businesses abroad want American money, they haven't always wanted some of the American etiquette that so stereotypically accompanies that American money. Now that very same problem has shifted over to China and Chinese tourists
seem to be the ones who international businesses both love and hate.
As discussed in an article in The Economist
today, airlines should theoretically be becoming more and more "green." Fuel costs
are normally the largest single cost for airlines and rising fuel costs
aren't good for the airline or the customer. One might assume that airlines would pursue fuel efficiency with their bottom line in mind, but that doesn't appear to be the case, at least not with the most profitable domestic Airline (2009-2011), Allegiant Air. Allegiant was found to actually be the least fuel efficient airline for the year of 2010 in a report recently released by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).
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