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Taxis in Lima, Peru

There is one taxi driver for every man, woman and child in Lima.  They range in size from station wagon down to circus clown transport.  You can identify a taxi by its propensity to slow down and draw near as you walk down the street, similar to a beggar asking you for change; also, they all have a colorful sticker in their front window in one of several biohazard florescent colors.

posted at 2:19 am on Apr. 29, 2004
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The Hotel Ariosto Room Situation

The room we got in the Hotel Ariosto was small but nice.  It was not luxurious by American business traveller standards, but had all the basics—nice tv, phone in room and bathroom, big closet, dresser and chair.  Lima, Peru, has great weather, and it rarely rains, so we could leave the window open—more on that later.

posted at 7:33 pm on Apr. 27, 2004
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I Join the Bob Cauthorn Fan Club

I’m crazy about Bob. Listening to him (ex-vice president of Digital Media at The San Francisco Chronicle) give a speech for the third time now, reminded me of why online news is about 17 times more exciting than traditional journalists think it is, and why it’s worth working so darn hard to build online news sites.

posted at 4:52 am on Apr. 16, 2004
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A Sudden Trip to Peru

Susie and I are headed to a Peruvian jazz festival.  This week. It came about rather suddenly, through a series of friends and coincidences.  Basically, our good friends Robin and Amy have these other two friends who are music students studying (as they are wont) at USC.

posted at 4:35 am on Apr. 12, 2004
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The Origin of TTFN—What Does It Mean?

Over the years, a handful of people have asked me what TTFN means. So here, finally, is the definition of T.T.F.N.

posted at 3:13 am on Apr. 12, 2004
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Who’s Watching “The D.A.”?

Unabashedly, I am.  It’s a mid-season television show about the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, and it’s one of the more compelling hours of television around.  The focus isn’t at all on the gorey details of the crimes (like all those CSI clones out there), but rather on various district attorneys working together and the conflicting balance of politics and justice in their world.

posted at 5:48 pm on Apr. 4, 2004
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