Jumeirah Free Beach

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm
By Josh

I just saw this photo on the Gulf News – it’s our former beach in Dubai, the Jumeirah Free Beach. It’s pretty different now. The whole arcing marina is new since we were there.

And I’m not sure what’s up with the very orderly umbrellas, either.

UPDATE: I made a mistake – this is the Jumeirah Beach Hotel beach – closer to the Burj than our free beach. My bad.


New Universal Logo

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 10:30 am
By Josh

Weird, I remember the “new” Universal Studios logo for its 75th year.

Guess that was 25 years ago …

9 years of the Jetta

Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm
By Josh

I bought my darling Jetta nine years and about four lifetimes ago …

One Year’s Worth of Driving

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm
By Josh

I registered the Jetta today and discovered in the last year I drove 5045 miles.

That’s not even 100 miles a week!


Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 12:05 am
By Josh

If any of you visited the site on Wednesday, saw the redirection to the SOPA Strike website and were confused or worried, I apologize.

It was a late-night, last-minute decision to join in on “Black Wednesday” so I didn’t have time to warn you.

For more information about the protest visit SOPA Strike or your local library …

SOPA Strike

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm
By Josh

Just because I like a good protest, this site’s going dark as part of SOPA Strike.

So when it hits midnight you’re going to see some serious shit.

Burj’s King Kong Moment

Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 7:00 am
By Josh

I thought this was a fascinating take on the Burj being in the new Mission: Impossible movie: “The Burj Khalifa two years later: With help from Hollywood, the world’s tallest building asserts its status as a global icon, but real estate and urban planning problems remain“.

No More Presidential Coins

Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 5:00 am
By Josh

Looks like I spoke too soon! Apparently the U.S. Mint is not going to make any more of the Presidential $1 Coins for circulation, check out this article from three weeks ago: “Treasury to stop producing unneeded dollar coins“.

The Administration will still be required, by law, to continue to produce a relatively small number of the coins to be sold to collectors, at no cost to taxpayers. Instead of producing 70-80 million coins per President, the United States Mint will now only produce as many as collectors want.

The program was only 20 Presidents deep when it was canceled, but there is still a 1.4 billion coin backlog hanging out in Federal Reserve Bank vaults.

The real losers are the fans of Chester A. Arthur; his coin is coming out February 16, 2012, but only to collectors.

Another Maine Quarter

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 5:00 am
By Josh

I used to follow coins and collecting more. With so many changes recently in pennies, nickles and quarters my numismatic interest has severely waned.

First we had the 50 State Quarters program.

Then District of Columbia and United States Territories Quarters. The Westward Journey nickel series, the Lincoln bicentennial cent, the Union shield cent and the terribly unpopular Presidential $1 Coin Program (who can wait until 2014 for the Warren G. Harding coin?!?)

Thus I was surprised to read about a new Maine special quarter coming out this year. Apparently the “America the Beautiful Quarters Program” started in April of 2010?


Check out the article in the Bangor Daily News, “Bass Harbor lighthouse, Acadia to appear on new quarter“.

It’s a pretty cool coin, actually:

Happy New Year

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm
By Josh

At some point I’d like to sit down and put together a “Year in Review” for 2011 – it’d be a doozie.

Until then here are some fun facts about Maine from the Bangor Daily News:

The Institute for Economics & Peace ranked the Pine Tree State the most peaceful state in the country in its first U.S. Peace Index. Factored into that: The number of homicides, jailed inmates and police officers.

Related to that ranking: Maine recorded the lowest rate of violent crimes in the U.S. in 2007, according to the U.S. Census. The figure: 118 incidents per 100,000 people. South Carolina, on the opposite end of the spectrum, counted 788.

Read the rest at, “The ways Maine is No.1“.

Lowe’s Feels VERY Dumb Right Now

Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 10:15 am
By Josh

You might have heard how the other week the Florida Family Association protested Lowe’s advertising on TLC’s “All-American Muslim” show until they canceled their ads. Protests on the order of Tahrir Square erupted on the internets.

Now it turns out this hate religious group is only one dude.


Check out the New York Times article: “Waging a One-Man War on American Muslims“.

Sarcasm in Print

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 8:24 pm
By Josh

We talking about this almost two years ago (see SarcMark).

Check out this article from the Washington Post: “Should sarcasm have its own font style?

I may be guilty of using the faux-html code, like: < sarcasm > great idea .

All-American Racism, from Lowe’s

Monday, December 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm
By Josh

Lowe’s has sunk below Walmart in corporate crassness: “All-American Muslim Meets an Un-American Advertising Pullout“.

Lowe’s pulled its ads following a protest campaign from the Florida Family Association, which objects to the show, in essence, because it portrays Muslims too positively. That is, it argues the show is “propaganda” because it portrays peaceful, ordinary Muslims without mentioning horrible things that other Muslims have done. Right: because a decade of news reports, eight seasons of 24 and constant political grandstanding have done a bang-up job of utterly ignoring Islamic extremists.

Bonus points for mentioning the PPH.

Love the Poniewozik …

Clark Color Lab

Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 4:06 am
By Josh

The last few years it’s been harder and harder to get slide film developed. As you all may remember, the last lab in the world to process Kodachrome stopped a year ago this month.

I only shot a few rolls of Kodachrome in my life, I mostly shoot E-6, which folks do still develop.

Except Clark Color Labs.

Sometime in the last six months my old standby has stopped processing E-6 slides, so when I sent them a roll last week they returned it. Frustrating.

I’m beginning to feel like a dinosaur …

Hacker’s Hill Sale in Trouble

Friday, December 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm
By Josh

Oh my: “Religious imagery jeopardizes Hacker’s Hill funding“.

London Removing Sidewalks

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 10:50 am
By Josh

This is a weird, weird idea: “Goodbye, Sidewalks: London Planners Break Down Boundaries Between Cars and Pedestrians“.

Exhibition Road in London—a half-mile strip in the city’s cultural heart that draws 11 million visitors each year to its numerous museums and cultural institutions—will reopen next month without clear lane markers or curbs. As The Guardian describes it, the new design “is about suggestion rather than certainty.” Similar projects on other streets in London have decreased accidents involving pedestrians, showing that both walkers and drivers tend to pay better attention when they realize that they can’t rely on barriers to guide them.


Right or Wrong?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 10:38 am
By Josh

In the last month we’ve wondered quite a bit about Sadie’s handedness, as Liz and I are both lefties.

Here’s an interesting Wall Street Journal article today that’s scary: “The Health Risks of Being Left-Handed“.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:31 am
By Josh

Six decades ago today was the attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base, which led President Franklin Roosevelt on December 8 to give a speech to a joint session of Congress declaring it “a date which will live in infamy”.

Interestingly, that’s not how he put it in the first draft (from the National Archives):



James Niehues

Monday, December 5, 2011 at 10:50 am
By Josh

Wow, so apparently this one illustrator – James Niehues – does like, every ski resort map painting ever.


Doctors per capita

Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm
By Josh

Maine and all of the northeast make out well when it comes to doctors. Check out this Washington Post article: “Where are the doctors?

Apparently by 2020, the US will be 90,000 doctors short … But not the northeast, including our fair state:

Compare that to Maine, a state without a medical school that somehow manages to have one of the highest levels of physicians.

Don’t believe them? Check out the map: