This is bad news indeed. The BBC’s Czech Service will be ending its broadcasts on Dec. 23; it’s chosen to focus on Arabic services. I know a lot of expatriates in town who will be sad about the news. For me, the BBC was a lifeline in my first days in Prague, and then asContinue reading “BBC Czech Service to close”
I’m back home in Kafkaville now, after an amazing month spent all around California. It was the Wish Fulfillment tour, spent doing all kinds of wonderful California Summer things, visiting friends and family, and being treated like visiting royalty at every turn. I think I’d run out of exclamation points if I had to describeContinue reading “Return to Kafkaville”
I spend a lot of my time listening to the BBC World Service, and one of my favorite shows has always been Alistair Cooke’s ‘Letter From America.’ These informal, sometimes rambling, always interesting radio commentaries have given a much-needed outsider’s view on goings-on back home. So I’m very sorry to hear that after an astoundingContinue reading “No More ‘Letter From America’”
Sorry for the radio silence. I’ve been busy moving. As I was packing, I had a terrible realization: When you’re moved in somewhere, everything is put away and generally has its place, kind of like a giant .ZIP file. But when the time comes to move, it’s like this .ZIP file suddenly expands a hundredContinue reading “Moving”
Jook Leung has an absolutely spectacular 360-degree QuickTime panorama of Times Square on New Year’s Eve that really must be seen to be believed. (Via BoingBoing). Me, I’m still wishing I had some menudo today, or at least the Czech equivalent, drÅ¡tkovÃ¡ polevka.
Christmas eve has come and gone here in Kafkaville, and sometime soon back home, they’ll be opening presents too. I get waves of sentimentality on this day, and so I’ll try to close before another wave comes in. For me, the biggest Christmas present I could have gotten is the ability to make it toContinue reading “Merry Christmas”
I was braving the crowds yesterday at one of the new malls when the news of Saddam’s capture broke. Of course I’m glad he’s caught. You’d have to be truly deranged not to. Many congratulations to 4ID, to the analysts who pieced the puzzle together, and to the farm owner who will probably be enjoyingContinue reading “Catching Saddam”
Warmest congratulations go out to Charlie Hornberger and Bonnie Bills, who were married this weekend in Los Angeles. It couldn’t have happened to two more lovely people. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Tony Pierce, with Dan Kern of Tsar on piano, and music afterward by Ken Layne and the Corvids. I only wish IContinue reading “Charlie and Bonnie”
Cory Doctorow’s right. This is a pretty subversive and excellent document.