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Getting caught up on all the blogs I wasn’t able to keep up with during my time in New Zealand. I’ve been following California newsmen Ken Ottmar and Jon Segal’s journal of their training for the Big Sur Marathon — but was mildly alarmed that Ken just took two weeks off from his training with […]

back in new york

so i’m back in da city – where there’s snow on the ground and the temperature is below freezing. dammit, i was hoping i’d manage to skip the winter and go right into spring. sigh…

I’ve been enjoying reading Chelle’s accounts of her trip to Colombia, though.

leaving NZ

Off to the airport in an hour or two. Very sad. Brief sojurn in L.A., then back to New York on Friday. Still, you know it’s been a good vacation when you have tan-lines like these:

Other random thoughts … New Zealand legalized prostitution last year — to go along with its gambling, which […]

such b.s.

This is why I sometimes can’t stand the blogosphere … people just think they can make shit up, speculate on the basis of very little evidence, and generally cherry-pick their facts.

For example, a number of bloggers are claiming that Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena staged her own kidnapping at the hands of Iraqi insurgents.


site upgrade

I’m now running WordPress 1.5. Yay!

back in Christchurch

Back from a Wellington weekend of cricket, rock climbing, drinking, walking and a small amount of dancing, I am now back in Christchurch and have managed to upload my photos of the Heaphy Track.

More here.


dead schmead

From the Washington Post:

“Print is dead,” Sports Illustrated President John Squires told a room full of newspaper and magazine circulation executives at a conference in Toronto in November. His advice? “Get over it,” meaning publishers should stop trying to save their ink-on-paper product and focus on electronic delivery of their journalism.

I used […]

paying attention to blogs

Corey Pein has an interesting letter on Romenesko that takes issue with my and others’ contention that journalists need to pay more attention to blogs. He writes,

Arguing that we need to pay more attention to certain blogs and get on top of non-scandals like “Easongate” is a weasely way of saying that journalists […]

return from the bush

Can I really say I was “roughing it” when I stayed in huts equipped with running water (cold only), flush toilets (mostly), gas burners and foam mattresses?

Well – maybe not – but still, no electricity, Internet, showers, newspapers or telephones for three days …

The Heaphy was a good tramp — […]


i’m on my way to the heapy track, no internet for a few days. will take lots of pics for my return.



Email I just sent to Romenesko:

Okay, I’m sitting here in an Internet cafe in Nelson, New Zealand, rather stunned at what the blogosphere has wrought. First Dan Rather, now the news chief of CNN? Whether or not we agree with what happened, mainstream reporters need to start paying a lot more attention to […]

new zealand musings

Some random musings before I leave for Nelson…

In 1996 this cookie factory outside of Christchurch won the record for baking the world’s biggest cookie! Twenty-five yards in diameter. The woman at the cookie-counter told me that there’s a bit of a cookie-controversy over whether Cookie Time still holds the record. In 2003, this […]


So I’m back (in Christchurch) from visiting sister Meredith in Dunedin. Next up is the Heaphy Track, an 50-mile hike through New Zealand’s Kahurangi National Park. “The Heaphy Track is known for its beauty and diversity. For 82 kilometres it crosses a range of landscapes in Kahurangi National Park, from the junction of the Brown […]


Greetings from a McDonald’s Cyber Cafe in downtown Dunedin! The weather here is overcast but still good for shorts-and-t-shirts. Heading to the Early Settlers’ Museum and then perhaps a tour of the Speight’s Brewery. No Internet access at my sister’s pad, but will post a buncha pictures when I get back to Chch.


I’ve been following this whole “Easongate” scandal with a little bit of awe.

(In case you haven’t been following it, here‘s the post that started it all. Apparently CNN Chief News Executive Jordan Eason told a global forum in Davos that a dozen journalist deaths in Iraq were not “collateral damage” but had been […]

Dylan you’d like this

So spent today with several of my relatives cheering on my stepsister Irene, who was competing in the Coast to Coast, a 151-mile multisport event from New Zealand’s West Coast to its East Coast.

Talk about tough. It starts with a 1.8-mile sprint, followed by a 34-mile cycle; then a 20-mile mountain run across […]

more rabbits

If you look closely, you can see I’m wearing my Rabbit Run 10K T-shirt.

We’re off to the west coast to serve as support for my stepsister Irene, who is competing in the Coast to Coast, a huge multisport event that should take her approx. 11 hours to finish.


rabbit stew

Rabbits were first introduced to New Zealand in 1860 – and without natural predators, soon nearly overrun the country. These things breed like bunnies.

Possum is another pest. The country is trying to get behind possum products “so that it becomes financially viable for hunters to trap the possum and reduce their numbers and […]

greetings from New Zealand

So I have arrived … as I write this it is 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 local time, or 7:40 p.m. Wednesday EST. From the time I caught a gypsy cab to get to Kennedy Airport to the time I passed customs in Christchurch, it was about 27 hours. Ugh. (Five hour flight to LAX; […]

greetings from LAX

so i’m currently at a public internet access terminal (@ $.25/min) at Los Angeles International Airport, killing time between flights to nz. When I tried to view my blog, i was blocked! “adult content monitoring,” dammit.

My little 14-year-old half-brother isaac just wanted me to bring him two things – a Blink 182 album, “revenge […]