Archive for the 'Travel' Category

03
Jan
09

What’s up with Henry Earl?

Henry Earl, a homeless man from Lexington, KY, was made famous throughout the world of the interwebs for his extensive arrest record, numbering over 1300, most of which are alcohol related incidences. Various records, mugshots, citations, and other mishaps can be found via The Smoking Gun.

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Henry Earl’s Arrest History on alcohol related offenses as of Mon Sep 22 15:25:43 2008 CST:

Number of Lifetime Offenses 1333
Number of Lifetime Days Spent in Jail since 1992 4123
2008 Year to date offenses 35
2008 Days spent in jail 189
Average Days per year spent in jail since 1992 242.47
Average duration of incarceration since 1992 4.13 days
Average duration of freedom since 1992 1.95 days
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29
Sep
08

Has exoticism lost appeal?

Ralph Potts’ new book, Marco Polo Didn’t Go There: Stories and Revelations From One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer.

Of course, the motifs and assumptions of well-told travel stories do change over the years—But I think non-traditional narrative has become a way for writers to wriggle into the complexities of postmodern travel and show the reader things they might otherwise have missed.

The Art of Writing a Story About Walking Across Andorra, a second-person-voice meta-satire about generic travel writing.

Blogs have boomed, so has online video; magazine ad space has shrunk, and traditional newspapers are suffering. Since so much travel media naturally emphasizes consumer and service information, this probably just means that the same kinds of articles are finding their way into new and different venues.

Hat-tip to World Hum; the entire review is here.

14
Sep
08

Expected Delays

Here is the average annual commute for some major metropolitan areas converted into units of time it takes to listen to “War and Peace,” or every note of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle, or to watch the “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy.

This could be considered time better spent.

22
Aug
08

Long queues a determinant of healthy society?

Incentive changes throughout the world and the role of spontaneous action..

Though seemingly chaotic and unnecessary to those of us in the “West”, the truth might be that these “mobs” actually work. Their structure– or lack of it– rewards those who want the ticket or item the most, and only displeases those who weren’t industrious (or ruthless) enough to work their way up to the front. This is a form of price discrimination in which those who were willing to “pay” the most, in this case with time and effort, are rewarded, while those who weren’t, aren’t.

View the article here




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