ESRI Education Users Conference: Day 1


San Diego is a city I’ve come to hate to love. San Diego represents the best of urban life and the worst of urban settlement patterns. San Diego is a city wrestling every day with contrasts; wonderful climate, multimodal transportation, eminently walkable, family-friendly, dog-friendly, bike-friendly, LGBT-friendly, yet not environmentally friendly. Not really, but they do…

Book Review: Nemesis


Nemesis by Jo Nesbø. Harper Fiction. 2002. Translation 2008. Paperback. $8 “A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to twenty-five. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies–and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a…

Southwest to San Diego


San Diego is as close to urban paradise as I can imagine. Specifically, the Gaslamp District is a fantastic downtown experience. I’m not a fan of traveling outside of San Diego, and I’ve not actually traveled outside San Diego, thus I cannot really be a fan of something I’ve no experience with. San Diego has…

Amateur Traveler Podcast Entertains & Educates


A perfect job would include reading and writing and traveling. And, eating the local cuisine. And, drinking some local beers. Sounds like the perfect job to me. Traveling the globe, writing, reading, eating and drinking… yeah, Anthony Bourdain has pretty much the world’s best job. I don’t travel much. Teaching geography, one would think I…

Don’t Merely View TV, Watch TV


A segment of the Travel Channel’s popular “No Reservations” show, with Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain clearly has one of the best jobs ever. Travel. Meet. Eat. Drink. Swear. Sleep off the gluttony-induced euphoria and repeat. Bourdain’ shows are brilliant in both content and message: learn about people by talking to them, share their lives through…