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"The world is so huge, so many things to do and see for us with more money and power and freedom than any other people in history. To be bored is really a crime. It's an insult to everyone who doesn't have money and power and freedom. Don't you think we have a duty to do whatever it takes not to be bored?"
~ Skippy Dies (Paul Murray)

“Keeling was an unscripted local, who without knowing it, fulfilled a role in what turned out to be a hostage-rescue scene staged by the Army at the body shop next door. Other unscripted locals have been chased and rounded up by military operatives who had mistaken them for locals scripted as guerrilla fighters. And one unscripted elderly couple was recently held at gunpoint in their home by soldiers decked out with face paint, camouflage and M-4 carbines.”

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Law Enforcement Training Architecture

I can’t decide if the concept of the “unscripted local” is more Gibson or DeLillo. It’s certainly something.

One more. Airport reunions are my kryptonite. BRB, I must have some dust in my eye.

Speaking of in-flight flash mobs…

A Virgin America flight attendant did the entire safety video dance live on a flight. Where is this man? I want to be his friend.

File Under: One Man Flash Mob


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Dining Etiquette Around The World – An infographic by the team at Restaurant Choice

Handy.

Digging all of the infographics about the search for #MH370 that news orgs have been sharing on Twitter.

See Also: Al Jazeera’s MH370 live blog, that combines original reporting with atomic content pulled from other sites. The clearest, most complete coverage I’ve found to-date.

El Pescadero, Mexico

El Pescadero, Mexico

humansofnewyork:


"I got some purple ones because my yellow ones weren’t feeling too good."

Favourite HONY post to-date.

humansofnewyork:

"I got some purple ones because my yellow ones weren’t feeling too good."

Favourite HONY post to-date.

theatlantic:

For Deer in Germany, the Cold War Never Ended

The barbed wire, electric fences, watchtowers, and heavily armed guards that once lined the Iron Curtain are long gone, but red deer wouldn’t dare jump the border. Behavior learned at the height of the Cold War lives on among the herds that roam land that used to straddle the former Czechoslovakia and West Germany. The once heavily fortified borders separating East from West today traverse national parks and remote landscapes that serve as popular summertime migratory destinations for the imposing beast.
In the spirit of post-Cold War fellowship, Germany’s Bavarian Forest National Park and the Czech Republic’s Sumava National Park established a transboundary wilderness area where animals like the red deer could find refuge. But as it turns out, the deer populations on either side of the former Iron Curtain roam along the border and remain reluctant to cross.
Read more. [Image: Luke MacGregor/Reuters]

theatlantic:

For Deer in Germany, the Cold War Never Ended

The barbed wire, electric fences, watchtowers, and heavily armed guards that once lined the Iron Curtain are long gone, but red deer wouldn’t dare jump the border. Behavior learned at the height of the Cold War lives on among the herds that roam land that used to straddle the former Czechoslovakia and West Germany. The once heavily fortified borders separating East from West today traverse national parks and remote landscapes that serve as popular summertime migratory destinations for the imposing beast.

In the spirit of post-Cold War fellowship, Germany’s Bavarian Forest National Park and the Czech Republic’s Sumava National Park established a transboundary wilderness area where animals like the red deer could find refuge. But as it turns out, the deer populations on either side of the former Iron Curtain roam along the border and remain reluctant to cross.

Read more. [Image: Luke MacGregor/Reuters]

youmightfindyourself:

A Map of the Futuristic Los Angeles Subway From Spike Jonze’s "Her"
Rad subway system designed by Geoff McFetridge. The system ranges from the Angeles National Forest to Malibu over five lines, with stops at some familiar places and some completely invented (I especially love the stations named “Nail Spot” and “Hair Salon”). A new neighborhood, Melrose Center, which I would guess to be around modern-day Koreatown, has become a major hub, bigger than present-day downtown. And for those who bemoan our current transit options at the airport: The train not only goes to LAX now, but it makes THREE stops!
Most notable are the paths of some of the lines. While the gold/teal path almost traces the real-life Gold and Expo Lines (which will bring light rail to Santa Monica in 2015), others seem to mimic current freeway routes. There’s a junction named 101 Freeway Axis, and the orange line running over the Sepulveda Pass looks like it basically traces the 405 Freeway. Who knows? With this system up and running, we might be constructing the light rail lines over abandoned freeways in the future.
McFetridge would especially like to call attention to the fictional transit authority named Los Angeles Metro Light Rail (LAMLR) and the logo he designed for it: “From the Summit to the Sea.”

Love this. I’ve been itching to visit Her’s LA since seeing the film.

youmightfindyourself:

A Map of the Futuristic Los Angeles Subway From Spike Jonze’s "Her"

Rad subway system designed by Geoff McFetridge. The system ranges from the Angeles National Forest to Malibu over five lines, with stops at some familiar places and some completely invented (I especially love the stations named “Nail Spot” and “Hair Salon”). A new neighborhood, Melrose Center, which I would guess to be around modern-day Koreatown, has become a major hub, bigger than present-day downtown. And for those who bemoan our current transit options at the airport: The train not only goes to LAX now, but it makes THREE stops!

Most notable are the paths of some of the lines. While the gold/teal path almost traces the real-life Gold and Expo Lines (which will bring light rail to Santa Monica in 2015), others seem to mimic current freeway routes. There’s a junction named 101 Freeway Axis, and the orange line running over the Sepulveda Pass looks like it basically traces the 405 Freeway. Who knows? With this system up and running, we might be constructing the light rail lines over abandoned freeways in the future.

McFetridge would especially like to call attention to the fictional transit authority named Los Angeles Metro Light Rail (LAMLR) and the logo he designed for it: “From the Summit to the Sea.”

Love this. I’ve been itching to visit Her’s LA since seeing the film.

The Infinite Allure Of Coffee, Captured On Film

A sumptuous new documentary is a global caffeinated highly personal Jiro Dreams Of Sushi for coffee lovers.

This! Matches! My! Interests!

Ghost stations of the London Underground on the classic Tube map

Twitter Tube enthusiast @DylanMaryk has produced a Google map of all the abandoned ghost stations. We wondered what it would look like presented like the real Tube map.

There are at least 40 abandoned stations in the London Underground system.

We spent our last morning in Tokyo at Shinjuku Gyoen Park, a lush, near-empty oasis in the middle of the city.