Hello and many thanks for visiting. Please note that Piran Café, which has occupied this space on the web from 2006 to 2018, is no longer being updated. Many of the most popular posts – and personal favorites, have been, or are in the process of being moved to BobRamsak.com. You’re most welcome, and indeed encouraged,… Continue reading A quick hello, before a formal goodbye
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Atop the dragon bridge, attracting shadows between storms.
A snap of a crap in its shell just before it snapped at me. Taken on one of the islands in Panama’s sinking San Blas Archipelago, one that will almost certainly disappear within the next 30 years. ~~ Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 893rd straight, was snapped on 14-Jun-2013, three years ago today. Right… Continue reading Crab in its Shell, San Blas Islands
18 images from the opening and the exhibit. In Ljubljana’s Tivoli Park through 28 June.
Still Life at Cherry’s Cafe, Potosi.
A warning to kids who aren’t keeping up with their vitamins.
Keeping Bogota’s vampires at bay.
A humble tribute to one of my greatest mentors.
Still quite busy here in Zurich, so like yesterday I didn’t venture too far beyond the Badenerstrasse where I spotted this in a print shop window. I wish I had taken the original. For the record: the 216th (!!) straight Pic du Jour was taken on 16 Aug 2014 in Zurich. Click the image to… Continue reading Open and Closed (Pic du Jour)
This post isn’t here anymore. It felt more at home here. My apologies for any inconvenience.
If you’re sitting on a pile of research projects like I am, now would be a good time to catch up –at least if you plan to use the New York Times and want to use it for free. To help kick off the International Herald Tribune’s relaunch as the International New York Times, the… Continue reading Free, Unlimited Access to NYT This Week
I found a new home office in Ljubljana yesterday (!) which means I’ll be online sparingly over the next week as I move in, unpack and get situated. I’ve been back in Slovenia for three weeks now but am still feeling a little off-kilter after several months on the road — kind of like a… Continue reading Moving to Stand Still
Saturday Fun Read No. One: Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh on how to fix journalism in the U.S. in The Guardian’s Media Blog:
“I’ll tell you the solution, get rid of 90% of the editors that now exist and start promoting editors that you can’t control,” he says. I saw it in the New York Times, I see people who get promoted are the ones on the desk who are more amenable to the publisher and what the senior editors want and the trouble makers don’t get promoted. Start promoting better people who look you in the eye and say ‘I don’t care what you say’.”
He also discusses lackadaisical coverage of the Obama Administration, Edward Snowden, the NSA and the death of Osama bin Laden. More – Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media.
In an open letter released two days ago, Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who has served her first of a two-year sentence at Penal Colony No. 14 in the Russian state of Mordovia, explains why she’s decided to go on a hunger strike. The prison wardens refuse to hear me. But I will not back down… Continue reading Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on Why She’s Going on a Hunger Strike
13 June – I’m off to Panama this morning on The Independence, an 84-foot sailboat that will be home for the next five days. We’re heading to the port at Carti via the San Blas Islands where we’re to spend two-and-half or three days, something I’m most definitely looking forward to. I’ll be back online on Tuesday or Wednesday. – In the meantime, please be nice to one another. 🙂
Well that sure brightened up my Saturday morning. In my defense of the indefensible, I know where much of that comes from: piles of t-shirts, sweatshirts and backpacks. The vast majority of which I didn’t buy. Gadget geeks, of which I am not one, may as well get out on their window ledges and prepare… Continue reading How big is Your Slavery Footprint?
While tidying up the home office, came across this via boingboing, something that at the moment seems quite practical: Growing mushrooms on old catalogs
Found this 2008 Discover interview with Canadian ethnobotanist and anthropologist Wade Davis the other day, fascinating enough to make me immediately order two of his most recent books. A few excerpts: What is (ayahuasca) like? You are flung into other levels of reality so visceral, so tangible, so all-enveloping, that they become your sense of… Continue reading Wade Davis, ‘Real’ Indiana Jones, on preserving culture, and ayahuasca