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.)
Tag: San Diego
Videos from Trip to Europe in 2006
It is done. I finished editing our vacation videos from 2006! I cut it into scenes, but the total running time is almost an hour. This embedded video player shows all of them back-to-back, but you’re probably better off picking and choosing from the list below. You can also download all of them in iTunes if you prefer.
- San Diego Airport Before Departure: Rosario and I being silly as we wait to board our first red-eye flight to New York.
- Central Park, World Trade Center: We had about 12 hours in NY before taking another red-eye flight to Madrid.
- Madrid: Graciela takes us to Puerta del Sol and Puerta de AlcalÃ¡, with a glimpse of the architecture of the Madrid Barajas Airport.
- Elche, Valencia, Alicante: Gema takes us through a few more Spanish cities, seeing la Dama de Elche, a museum, cathedral, castle, and televised World Cup game.
- Barcelona: Marta gives us a taste of the city’s culture.
- Mercat de la Boqueria: The huge market near la rambla in Barcelona.
- Manamana: Marta and Rosario’s version of the Muppets’ song, with some amazing laughter at the end.
- Leonardo DiCaprio at Parc GÃ¼ell: Only as he was leaving did Marta realize it was him. We went back and found him in a bunch of the shots.
- Dinner with Francisco & JosÃ©: Conversation with some new friends.
- GaudÃ’s Sagrada Familia: Marta walks us through the famous cathedral.
- World Cup Game: Mexico vs. Angola in Hannover, all dressed up.
- Berlin Wall: Wandering around the city on bike, another World Cup plaza.
- Venice: Apparently not as romantic as expected.
- Florence: Roaming the city with a pit stop in Sienna, World Cup on giant screen.
- Rome: Touring the Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican and catacombs. |
Originial blog posts from ’06
- World Trade Center almost 5 years after the fall
- A few hours in Madrid
- Cannons, tigernuts and stone women, oh my!
- Ah, Barcelonaâ€¦
- Berlin during the World Cup
- The journey comes to a close in Italy
Photos from ’06
Jury Duty Fizzle
I left home this morning en route to San Diego’s downtown Hall of Justice. The night’s rain hadn’t clogged the cement arteries as expected, leaving me enough time to do my signature get-lost-everytime-I-go-downtown routine.
After some tired opening remarks, my fellow potential jurors and I waited for our names to be called. Two and a half hours later, I closed another losing game of Vegas-style three-card draw solitaire on the Treo, unplugged the shuffle’s earbud from my left ear, grabbed my $1.50 bottle of water, and made one last pit stop to blow my stuffiness into a paper towel before heading up to a courtroom.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t among the first 18 selected for questioning. I watched the process alongside the other spares. The lawyers didn’t dismiss enough people to give me my shot, so the rest of us went back into the jury pool for another run after lunch.
The post-lunch waiting room was thin enough to find a seat near the TV to watch CNN’s version of presidential race. Another hour later, an amplified female voice fell from the ceiling tiles, “The docket is now clear. You may all head home having completed your service. Thank you.” I stamped my receipt and let myself out, disappointed.
2:45 a.m. Interview on KPBS
I’ve been working from about 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. the last few nights to keep KPBS.org updated. Our web team, along with the news staff and other volunteers, are taking turns to keep everything up and running 24/7. As I was finishing up early this morning, Doug Myrland (KPBS general manager who was working overnight on-air), asked me a few questions about the Google map to give people a sense of how we’re doing it.
Here’s the conversation:
(It’s not exactly an award-winning performance by yours truly, but I thought it was worth a posting for posterity’s sake.)
Much has progressed since this recording. Google has joined the effort to streamline updates, and those who have been updating the county maps will now be contributing directly to our Google map. In addition, a site from Governor Schwarzenegger, calfires.com, has embedded the map directly. Local CBS is linking to the map. Wired bloggers Michael Calore and Kevin Poulsen reported on KPBS’ use of Twitter and Google maps.
(Special props to Joe Spurr for pushing the use of Twitter and Google maps.)
San Diego Fire Updates
KPBS’ broadcast tower at Mount San Miguel (along with several other towers) has burned in the fire. They’re now broadcasting from FM 94.9, streaming online from both kpbs.org and fm949sd.com, as well as through cable television.
KPBS News is using Twitter to post up-to-the-minute information as it comes in:
Check out this Google map for fire perimeter, evacuation shelters and residential evacuations:
My family in Escondido was evacuated but, thankfully, their homes are fine. Here are some of my brother’s pics:
Taken on the evening of 10/21/07. We were forced to evacuate the next morning. Escondido, CA. — Smokey Sunset, originally uploaded by prgibbs.
About 3:30AM looking southeast from Old San Pasqual. This is a very short distance from our house. Escondido, CA. — Fire!, originally uploaded by prgibbs.
An easterly view of our home just prior to our evactuation at approximately 6:30AM on 10/22/07. Escondido, CA. — Evacuation #1, originally uploaded by prgibbs.
About 7:30AM on 10/22/07 looking south on Orange Ave., Escondido, CA. — Orange Ave., originally uploaded by prgibbs.
About 8:30AM on 10/22/07. Looking southeast from my parent’s yard. This is a full color photo, not sepia. Escondido, CA. — Smokey Sky, originally uploaded by prgibbs.
Shortly after 9:00AM, we received another evacation notice. Me posing before we hit the road…again. Escondido, CA. — Evactuation #2, originally uploaded by prgibbs.
In Videos, Minutemen Shown Damaging Migrant Camp: “San Diego Minutemen can be seen pulling down migrant workers’ huts and rummaging through migrants’ possessions in a collection of video clips shot by a former member of the group.”
Minutemen Unvarnished: “The Minutemen and related groups are targeting day labor sites–and the laborers themselves–around the country in what they claim is a campaign to secure our borders.”
Clandestined Insurgent Rebel Clown Army: “We are clowns because what else can one be in such a stupid world. Because inside everyone is a lawless clown trying to escape. Because nothing undermines authority like holding it up to ridicule. Because since the beginning of time tricksters have embraced life’s contradictions, creating coherence through confusion. Because fools are both fearsome and innocent, wise and stupid, entertainers and dissenters, healers and laughing stocks, scapegoats and subversives. Because buffoons always succeed in failing, always say yes, always hope and always feel things deeply. Because a clown can survive everything and get away with anything.”