Berlin boat tour photos and mini Canon SD700 camera review

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of taking a river cruise of sorts through Berlin… including both the former East and West parts. I shot the photos with my new Canon SD700 camera (which I’m generally pleased but not thrilled with) and posted them on various services. See my Berlin boat tour photos on…–… Continue reading Berlin boat tour photos and mini Canon SD700 camera review

Pre-Europe-travel grab bag

WARNING:  Mishmash ahead.Haven’t yet packed, which means this is the perfect time to procrastinate with a blog entry.  Or something like that. I’m leaving tomorrow morning for a two-week work-related trip.  See details of that trip, plus enjoy some of my phone, camera, T-Mobile, and other musings below. My upcoming travels for May 29 through… Continue reading Pre-Europe-travel grab bag

Helpful numbers to save in your phone!

I invite you to go grab your cell phone / mobile phone / home phone whatever and program the following numbers into it: – 1-800-555-8355 (“555 TELL” — TellMe)– 1-800-373-3411 (“FREE 411” — Free411)– 1-888-392-7563 (“EZ ASK ME” — AskMeNow – Initial signup on site required)– 46645 (“GOOGL” – Google SMS beta – Google via… Continue reading Helpful numbers to save in your phone!

My review of Song Airlines (Delta’s low cost subsidiary)

My former colleague, Mark Jen, recently wrote about his rather positive experience flying Song Air, the discount wing of Delta Airlines… and this reminded me that I hadn’t gotten around to the review I had planned to write last month. The background:I was searching for an inexpensive flight to New Hampshire to attend a Lindy… Continue reading My review of Song Airlines (Delta’s low cost subsidiary)

Big, Friendly Austin, Texas

It figures that in Austin, Texas, even the graffiti is big and friendly. Edited on January 11, 2003 to add:Wow, little did I know that this picture above was the soon-to-be-famous Frog Mural!

A fascinating look at Morocco

My friend Abeth, who is American with Egyptian heritage, recently spent many months teaching and traveling around Morocco, and with her permission, I’ve decided to share some of her observations with you. As I’ve noted before here, everything you see (aside from quotes) on BLADAM is my own writing unless I note otherwise, and I… Continue reading A fascinating look at Morocco

I can breathe clearly now, the smoke is gone

In a shock to smokers and anti-smoking advocates alike, Ireland’s government has announced a ban on smoking in pubs, effective January 2004. This is, from what I understand, a first throughout all of Europe. Indeed, I selfishly wish other European countries that I frequent (such as Germany and Sweden) would join Ireland in banning smoking… Continue reading I can breathe clearly now, the smoke is gone