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Politics, technology, and society. And the seasonal incursion of pro cycling.

Month: June 2012 (Page 1 of 4)

10:15/Saturday Night: Wait

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Maps (acoustic):  

Mexico City

Washington County, Minnesota

Abandoned chair in a snowfield in rural Washington County, Minnesota.

Clarendon Cycles: Investing in Better Communities

In which I express my frustration with the House GOP turning non-motorized transportation into some silly symbolic part of their culture war.  Sure, go on about art funding, or abortion, or imaginary people coming to take your guns away.  But really, making streets safe for all users is now for liberals only?  Christ.

South Coast, Mombasa, Kenya

Flying over the Kenyan coast, just south of Mombasa

Nelly Bay, Queensland, Australia

Looking out to Nelly Bay from Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia

Lost Lake, British Columbia

Hurricane Point, California

Looking north from Hurricane Point.

Weekend Music: Rebuilding

M83 + Men At Work = City Down Under:

Clarendon Cycles: Stupid )(*@#@# Bollards

This week my Clarendon Cycles column touched on a topic that, over the past year, has moved from mildly annoying to outright ridiculous: the proliferation of useless bollards on area trails.  If Arlington County had merely been slow in removing what are obviously pretty useless obstacles, I can't say I'd be terribly moved by the issue.  But someone in Arlington County recently decided that the problem is that we don't have enough bollards.  If I didn't know better, I'd say the new installation at the East Falls Church bridge was an effort at satire, but I don't think it came out of Arlington County's art budget. (Recent bollard ridiculousness isn't limited to Arlington - the new ones in the middle of the Mount Vernon Trail at the base of the Wilson Bridge?  Are apparently there to keep Teh Terrorists away.  That's right, we're worried that terrorists just might drive over the Wilson Bridge.  Christ.)

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