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Opening

It’s just come to me that I’ve experienced the very same feeling in four different places. Coming out the top of Pima Canyon trail north of Tucson to suddenly see a valley of hundreds of square miles open below my feet, unfilled by human habitation. Driving south along the winding Penobscot River for miles from […]

Comparing Three Handheld Video Cameras: HTC Ozone, Flip Mino, Canon Powershot Over Rockport Harbor

In the course of having a family, a few years ago I picked up a Canon Powershot A560, a digital still camera that also takes video. As a writer for Irregular Times, last year a sample Flip Mino pocket video camera came my way from CafePress (our subsequent coverage of which goes to show that […]

DC Metro Introduces De Facto Free Speech Restrictions for Inauguration

The Secret Service has authorized people to carry signs as large as 3 feet by 20 feet at the Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC on January 20, 2009. How did the Secret Service arrive at a sign limitation of 3 feet by 20 feet? Does a sign measuring 4 feet by 21 feet conceal a […]

Video of Waning Fascination: Barack Obama Rally Line, 10/10/08 in Columbus Ohio

When Barack Obama came to speak at a rally in Columbus, Ohio on a cold February 2008 morning, he was just a primary candidate, and yet people camped overnight to get a place in line to see him. By 8 AM, hours before he spoke, there were hundreds lined up outside in bitter, windy, subfreezing […]

What Cox, Killmer and Serotta Got Wrong at Jan. 11 DC Anti-Torture Protest

With a few days’ distance, I’d like to offer a couple of thoughts on what Larry Cox, Richard Killmer and Gerald Serotta got wrong when they spoke at the January 11, 2008 protest against indefinite detention and torture by the United States. Don’t get me wrong: I agree with the protest and when I was […]