Same same but different

Same same but different

Messaging apps and 500mph planes deceive us. We have manipulated physical distance to give an appearance: the world is small. The world is not small. From Forbes, 2012: …true to California’s reputation for harboring a pioneering spirit, the state’s wealthiest ZIP codes are home to more Toyota Prius hybrid models than they are to luxury wheels…Century City in southern California (with an average annual income of $751,00) chose the Prius,…

I don’t believe what I just saw

I don’t believe what I just saw

Part IV Part III “1:36:12,” yelled a race marshal. I wasn’t sure which of the six. The one writing with the pad and pencil? Probably the one kneeling down with the stopwatch. 1:36:12. A respectable half-marathon time. But slower than it felt. In modern road races, runners wear an electronic chip — most frequently attached to the bib or, as in our case, laced through a sneaker. The chip serves two purposes: electronic interrogations at…

I don’t believe what I just saw

I don’t believe what I just saw

Part III Part II 30 seconds after introducing myself she was asking about my divorce. North Korean women move fast. Even state-minted tour guides. Han, or Ms. Han, as we were instructed to call her, was our substitute on Monday, the last day of the tour. She told me I looked Canadian. No, Mexican. “Anything but American, right Ms. Han?” I shouldn’t have said that. Please get my humor. Please get my…

I don’t believe what I just saw

I don’t believe what I just saw

Part II Part I Fellow tourist: I have a Kindle with [title of well-known book criticizing North Korea] on it. Should I move it to a hidden folder? Tour guide: They know where to look and how to access hidden folders. You’ll want to delete it. Same tourist, five minutes later: I’m brining a laptop with a copy of The Interview on it… Seoul is 194 kilometers from Pyongyang. Let’s call it 200. I’m trying…

I don’t believe what I just saw

I don’t believe what I just saw

Part I The organizers changed the venue and the course ten days before the marathon. Seemed like a strange move so close to the race. In fact, the decision reeked of incompetence. But, I had a feeling they’d pull it off. And while the email left me scratching my head, I was ultimately thrilled — the new venue is three times bigger. The Rungrado 1st of May stadium sits on the Taedong river in…

What’s happening?

All of the lights 2010 was an exciting time in digital media. Facebook was pre-IPO, Kanye had just joined Twitter <!–in 5.5 years: 320 tweets, 1 Following and 1 Like–>, and brands were still experimenting with social. Those next four years were amazing. Something new seemed to happen every day:  apps & services launched <!–Instagram, Snapchat, Uber–>, advertising campaigns broke new ground <!–The Man Your Man Could Smell Like & Old Spice Man Internet…

Discovering music in 2015

The waiting drove me mad My first tank car was a 1985 Volvo 240DL sedan. Painted some shade of gray blue, we brought it home in the summer of 1993. I drove it four years before handing it down to my sister. The only change I ever made was to replace the CD-less stock radio with a basic Panasonic: single CD player, twelve FM presets, six AM. I used six of the…