Robert MacFarlane's "The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot" is one of the New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2012 and an ideal gift idea for lovers of travel literature.
“Bikini is paradise again, but with an asterisk.”
This fascinating long read from Outside Magazine’s S.C. Gwynne follows the story of Alson Kelen, a native of Bikini Atoll, site of the most famous nuclear bomb test in the world.
Please note I’m trying something new here with my blog. I have been looking to turn my blog into a sort of WordPress/Tumblr hybrid by posting “asides,” or links to articles that I feel are worthy of sharing on MissAdventures. Here, I’ll be able to provide more context or commentary on links I find worthy of a read. Plus I hope to bring into the fold of my blog more quick tidbits without spreading myself so thin on Twitter, Tumblr, and the like.
Please also note, asides in the future will not be this long! Thanks for letting me experiment…
These are my links for June 10th through June 22nd. (This is a longer list than usual – apologize for the delay!)
- Want to Drink a Budweiser BNA? How About a Bud Light LAX? – Budweiser has applied for rights to airport codes, possibly to brew specialty beers in its branded airport bars? Interesting idea.
- Locked Up Abroad Lessons Guyana: The False Allure of Pre-Paid Vacations – I didn’t have a chance to watch the episode that the National Geographic Channel alludes to. But the accompanying article is a word of warning to anyone facing a too-good-to-be-true living abroad opportunity.
- 21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity – I usually hate these kind of listicles, but this one got to me. Have a look. It’ll make you feel better.
- How sticking your thumb out became the universal sign for hitchhiking – Via @davidfarley, an intriguing piece about hitchhiking.
- National Geographic Magazine As An ‘Instrument Of Doom’ – I found information about this old National Geographic Magazine doomsday hoax and wrote about it for Gadling.
- Bodleian Library considers lending books after 410 years – This is seriously cool news. Do you think they should do it?
- ‘You’re not special’: The best grad speech ever? – One of the most bubble-bursting graduation speeches of all time is followed up by Cory Booker’s speech to Stanford graduates, an incredibly inspiring speech.
- Robert King’s Photos of Syrian Violence – The New York Times presents photos from Syria by Robert King of Polaris. We’re not seeing a whole lot of photos about the violence in Syria. These give you a sense of just how terrible the situation is.
- Gin Leads Summer’s Fight – Eric Asimov of the New York Times defends gin (delicious gin!).
- Eater Maine : The Portland and Maine Restaurant, Bar, and Nightlife Blog – Eater just launched its first state food blog, Eater Maine, this month. I’m heading to Maine later this summer, so this is awesome news.
- Photo of the Day – Horseshoe Bend – I took over Photo of the Day duties at Gadling and found this beauty in the Flickr pool.
- ‘This Is The Place Death Delights To Help The Living’ | Gadling.com – I wrote this piece on the National Museum of Health and Medicine (aka the Army Medical Museum) for Gadling. I also took the creepy photos in the gallery.
- Researchers Find Online Photos are Worth Much More than 1,000 Words – All of our photos are being cataloged and spliced together to create 3D images of places around the world. Via @craignewman.
- FunnyJunk is threatening to file a federal lawsuit against me unless I pay $20,000 in damages – The Oatmeal responds to a $20,000 lawsuit the best way he knows how. Of course, the fallout of all of this is that the Oatmeal raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in an IndieGoGo campaign only hours after posting info about this pending lawsuit.
- Watergate Timeline – This is the 40th anniversary of Watergate. Here’s a fascinating look at the timeline via @ngjennings and created by @tjortenzi
- Jailed Turkish Journalists Available for Adoption – Via @ClaireBerlinski on Twitter, an interesting way for the international community to gain awareness about the plight of many Turkish journalists, jailed for their views and words.
These are my links for June 6th through June 10th:
- Our Animal Natures – NYTimes.com – Animals do drugs, get cancer and overeat. What we can learn from that. Via @palafo on Twitter.
- Most beautiful places on earth – A map of the most beautiful places in the world via @spgreenwood on Twitter.
- Top 3 Places In The US To Experience LEGO-Mania This Summer – I’ve been meaning to do some piece about LEGO exhibits for a while. Here’s one I did for Gadling this week.
- Turkish pianist faces trial for joking on Twitter – Via @ProducerMatthew comes this unsettling news about some Turks getting upset over nothing. That country is so edgy sometimes.
- These people really love to fly – Did you aviation geeks catch this? Quotes lots of people I “know” on Twitter, including @nycavaiation and @ryanvb.
- Display outside the hobby store (Taken with… | Guilt and Logistics – Photo: Display outside the hobby store (Taken with Instagram) http://t.co/zs87ywL0
- Right as Rain « Steve McCurry’s Blog – Steve McCurry’s simply gorgeous photos of India during monsoon season.
- Here’s to the generous side of social media – A very nice piece to read when you’re feeling social media overload. Via @travelogged on Twitter.
- Hosts of ‘Car Talk’ to Retire After 35 Years of Automotive Banter – This depresses me deeply. How else will I wake up on Saturdays?
- Photos: Space Shuttle Enterprise’s Epic Final Journey – Very cool photos of Enterprise sailing down the Hudson.
- Doomsday Bicycle Tour Lets You Ride To The End Of The World – I wrote this article for Gadling. I love the epic transcontinental bike tours that this company puts together.
- And the Most Bike-Friendly City in the USA Is… – New on USA Travel: And the Most Bike-Friendly City in the USA Is… http://t.co/5eyrFtFq #about
- ‘Museum Of Endangered Sounds’ Collects Sounds Made By Old Technologies – Go now and listen to a bit of tech nostalgia.
- Textiles Encoded With Text Messages, Using WWII Cryptography – This is so cool.
- How Airbnb Earned Me $20,000 And A Restraining Order From My Landlord | Fast Company – A lesson to all those who are considering making money renting out your property. Via @kressie42 on Twitter.
These are my links for June 4th through June 6th:
- Awesome photo of Enterprise “lifting off” – Space Shuttle Enterprise is finally at its home in the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City. Here’s a really great photo of the shuttle during the final part of its journey.
- Newspaper Map – Here’s a cool tool to find all the world’s online newspapers
- Ray Bradbury: 10 of his most prescient predictions – On the day we learn about the death of writer Ray Bradbury, the Washington Post tells us about the world he predicted. Creepy how these things came true.
- 8 Ways to Make Siri Smarter – I don’t even have a 4S yet, but I really like the suggestions for making Siri (and your phone) smarter.
- American Airlines to reduce July flying – So, American Airlines has a shortage of pilots…
- Photo Of The Day: Street Art In Rome – I filled in on Tuesday for the “Photo of the Day” post on Gadling. I’m kind of proud of how this short piece turned out.
- We Stopped Dreaming (Episode 2) – A New Perspective – YouTube – “We went to the Moon, and we discovered Earth” – Neil Tyson on why we need space exploration
- The Wire: The Musical – Funny or Die gets almost the entire cast of The Wire to do a musical-style parody of the show. Hilarious.
- Princeton University – 2012 Baccalaureate Remarks by author Michael Lewis – “If a professional athlete paid millions of dollars can be misvalued who can’t be?” This is some great inspirational stuff.
So, this week I thought I would try something different with my blog. I am now employing the WordPress plugin Postalicious, which allows me to automatically bookmark all the links that I tweet then publish them in a blog post. It seems a bit redundant, yes. But at the same time, I wish I had a record of some of the tweets that I sent out years or even weeks ago. The Twitter engine keeps on moving and it’s not always easy to go back and find what you’re looking for later on.
I’ve probably been thinking about this post ever since I learned that Bobby Flay doesn’t like lentils.
While that may not instantly trigger in your mind the idea for a blog post about travel, I remember thinking, “He’s a chef – he’s not allowed to not like lentils.”
But of course chefs have their likes and dislikes. While we expect regular people to love and hate certain food items, we typically hold chefs to a higher standard, relying on them to show us the versatility of the celeriac, the beauty of Brussels sprouts, or the depth of flavor of a plate of liver and onions.
The idea for this post came to me again today when I saw Pam Mandel tweet about her recent trip to Antarctica. Even when I was in college at American University learning from renowned and enthusiastic Antarctica specialist Dr. Jack Child or reading about Andrew Evans’ now legendary Bus to Antarctica adventure, I admit to having only a mild interest in visiting the 7th continent at the bottom of the earth.
I feel guilty that the idea of Antarctica does not light a travel spark in me, much in the same way I feel guilty that foie gras just doesn’t send me into throes of gustatory elation. Can I write about travel and not want to visit Antarctica – or anywhere else for that matter?
I realize that this may be a naive stance. Yet, at the same time, I know that my travel days are finite and it is doubtful I will visit every continent, let alone every country or major city. Why not go back for seconds on a place that I do like, getting better acquainted with its streets, people, nature? Berlin, Brazil, and San Francisco are just a few of the destinations I’d like to taste again.
Is there anywhere that you wouldn’t want to travel to or somewhere that just doesn’t thrill you? If you’re a travel writer, would you admit as much? I’d love to have your feedback in the comments or via Twitter.
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