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Tijuana Marathon (2013)

After running the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon in 2012, I was curious if there was a marathon in Tijuana. Sure enough, 2012 was the second time they were running the Tijuana marathon. I wasn’t up for running these two back to back, so I had it on my mind to run it next year.

IMDET (Instituto Municipal del Deporte de Tijuana) hosts the marathon for free. I knew I needed to get started training, but I wasn’t sure when the race was until I received this response to my inquiry on Twitter:

They then posted the promo poster (not high enough resolution to read the details):


On Runkeeper, I found last year’s route, too:

Tijuana Marathon Race Map


So. Who’s in? :)

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Mashable Uses Flickr Photo Despite Noncommercial Creative Commons License

A friend noticed one of my photos on a Mashable story and congratulated me on Facebook. The trouble is, Mashable ignored the license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.

Screenshot of Mashable story featuring a stolen photo.

The key here is “noncommercial.” I work for a nonprofit and I like helping nonprofits. I’m happy to allow an underfunded organization to use my photos in their blogs or newsletters. But if someone uses my photos in the pursuit of profit (i.e. Mashable), than I require a piece of the action.

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The photo has been removed. I received this response from the author via Twitter:

  1. Jolie O'Dell
    jolieodell @nathangibbs Honest mistake – I generally look for CC pics licensed for commercial use! Changing the image now.

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Univision Interview on Airport Security Screening

Before flying last weekend to Washington D.C. for Public Media Camp 2010, I had trouble deciding which of the new TSA screening procedures would be worse.

  1. Nathan Gibbs
    nathangibbs Flying tomorrow. Can’t decide whether I want them looking at or touching the #junk.

Leaving San Diego was uneventful. There was no scanner at my checkpoint. They did do a quick pat-down of my upper body, but didn’t go below the belt. Leaving Dulles International Airport, I was diverted to a line that had the new scanners.

I decided to try both options. First, the scanner. Hands raised and feed spaced apart, I stood for my X-ray glamor shot. It was quick and silent. The agent directed me to step out and stand in line for pat-down. “Belt,” she said to the other agent. He asked me to remove it and to send it through the standard conveyor. He then told me he needed to check my waistline by running his fingers inside the belt line.

As I put my shoes on, I watched an older, pot-bellied gentleman get the more rigorous physical search. Standing behind the man, the agent spoke in his ear, “We can arrange a private room for screening if you would like.” He didn’t respond, so the agent knelt down to begin. The gentleman’s pants were falling down in absence of his belt, so the agent struggled to hoist them up. He checked up and down one leg, then hitched up the man’s sagging pants again. “Can you pull up your pants, sir?” The man obliged as well as he could with his curvature. It was sad to see this gray-haired traveler with his pants half off in a crowded airport. “He can’t hear out of one ear,” said the man’s wife.

After arriving in San Diego, Rosario and I headed to baggage claim. Yaoska Machado, a reporter for Univision San Diego, heard us speaking Spanish and asked Rosario where she was coming from. Rosario indicated I was the traveler so Yaoska directed her questions at me. She extended the mic and the videographer aimed his camera. I stumbled to answer her questions, suddenly nervous speaking Spanish on camera. But after the interview, I knew which clip she would use. It was the only usable sound byte I gave her.

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Border Crossing Foursquare Badge

Foursquare Badge: Border Crossing - You evaded the border patrol twice in one week!

As someone who crosses the border between San Diego and Tijuana regularly, it’s a geeky delight to win back the mayorship of the U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing at San Ysidro Port of Entry on Foursquare. Of course, there will be no discounts or special rewards offered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. But it’s still useful to share with friends, and if anything, it’s a fun novelty. (Update: A day after posting this, @dr_chuy regained the mayorship.)

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Custom Border Patrol Hot Wheels Car


“Arizona Border Patrol” by Kenny Harrelson

Kenny Harrelson collects and customizes Hot Wheels diecast cars and shoots with vintage film cameras. He’s an author and musician. Harrelson is also colorblind.

“This Arizona Border Patrol car was customized from a Hot Wheels Sheriff Patrol car. It was drilled, paint stripped, 2 coats of gloss white and the custom decals I created and applied,” Harrelson says in the photo caption on Flickr. He based the custom decals on border patrol cars he’d seen while living in Arizona. “I support the Border Patrol as they fight the tough fight.”

What’s even more impressive about the photo is the technique he uses to shoot diecast cars in scenes like this. Harrelson explains that the photo is indeed one single photograph without the use of Photoshop. The background is a printed photograph formatted to 1:64 Hot Wheels scale. The photo wraps under the car and up behind to form the scene. He then lights and shoots the final image. The effect is seamless and stunning.

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Saturdays in TJ: Los Fútbolistas II

As my nephews become young men, their passion for soccer only increases. Just two years ago, they were playing on small patches of grass in a neighborhood park. Now, they’ve graduated to the harsh dirt fields of the local school league.