Posted by – April 12, 2015
I’m doing the smart thing this year and waiting for peak tourism to subside before seeing the cherry blossoms, even if it means missing peak bloom. We did hit the National Arboretum for the first time last week, though. Blooming flowers were scare, though the Korean azaleas were out – and the old sandstone Corinthian columns that used to be part of the U.S. Capitol (until 1958) were impressive.
Other things in my line of sight that didn’t include the Basin cherry blossoms have included the following:
The new Daredevil series on Netflix
This is one of the best casting jobs on a Marvel production yet. And I don’t just say that because people keep messaging me to tell me they think the guy playing Foggy Nelson looks like me. It’s heavy on violence – much heavier that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC ever will be, for instance. But it nails the Hell’s Kitchen of the comics. And I wouldn’t be sad to see Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk (show above) become a fixture within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The world of Metro
D.C.’s entering a brave new world on Monday with Metro reintroducing automated trains to the Red Line. That news came on the heels of word that plans to only run eight-car trains by 2020 area getting scaled back. Though Metro anticipates 84,000 new daily weekday trips by that year, which means capacity shouldn’t be ignored.
DC Comics closed up shop in NYC
I hope the move to California is good for everyone who followed DC’s offices out of Manhattan. But the city is going to be a different place now. And I echo Marvel’s sentiments.
Book critic Salman Rushdie
Maybe the best story I read this week was about Salman Rushdie’s three-star review of To Kill a Mockingbird on Goodreads. Hey, at least he’s being honest about how he feels. More online reviews should reflect that level of candor.
Google wants Android Wear to communicate with iPhones
If this Verge report is true, it could be one of the best developments in recent years for mobile and wearable devices. Apple making iTunes available to Windows computers changed the game – even if the software eventually became a bloated jungle (a “toxic hellstew,” even). As was the case for Microsoft and Apple before, Apple letting Google release that app will be good for both companies (and consumers) in the long run. Here’s hoping Apple does the right thing.
Posted by – April 4, 2015
I’ve been telling people for a while that there are reasons to be skeptical about D.C.’s new streetcars. But the fact is that the city has already encouraged a huge development rush along H Street, and the fact that the line hasn’t opened yet (and that public officials have implied it might not open at all) does a disservice to the businesses there that have sacrificed street parking and patience while waiting to see a better public transit option in the area.
That’s why Mayor Muriel Bowser’s commitment on Tuesday to not only open the line, but also expand it to Georgetown, should be good for everyone involved – especially given that hundreds of millions of dollars have already been spent to get things up and running.
Here’s some more recommended reading:
Cars as property vs. cars as a service
I know many friends and family members who would turn red in the face if you told them that they couldn’t repair and replace parts on their own cars. With computers becoming more and more infused with how cars function, there’s an important legal battleground being set up to determine who gets to do what with automobiles. Here’s a quick briefer on the crucial place where copyright and cars intersect, in case you want to catch up.
The art of He-Man
It’s pretty much impossible to overemphasize how great of a decision Dark Horse Comics made in picking Tim and Steve Seeley to do the writing duties on the new art of He-Man book that’s coming out this month. I’m really looking forward to seeing that.
April Fools’ Day
I actually really loathe April Fools’ Day. But the dev team at Streetwise pulled off a respectably executed gag on Wednesday by getting Clippy to show up in our CMS. I stand impressed.
Chess for peace
The leader of the World Chess Federation thinks he can get North Korea and South Korea to participate in youth chess matches against one another. It’s certainly no crazier than Dennis Rodman’s basketball diplomacy dreams, but I suppose that if anyone can pull it off, it’s Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
Posted by – March 15, 2015
This week was full of housing-, transportation-, and marijuana-related developments in D.C. (But what else is new, really?) Here are a few of the things that interested me in District news:
Posted by – March 7, 2015
I read about these new cans a few days ago. We went out to the DC Brau operation in the eastern part of the District today and picked up a couple of them.
Posted by – March 1, 2015
D.C. has some tough issues on its plate right now. Here are few that I looked at over the last week:
Posted by – February 21, 2015
In between snow doses from the sky this week, I learned during some national research that the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria metro area is sometimes referred to as the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara metro area. For the record, I’m not a fan.
Also, here’s a rundown of some D.C.-related things I covered:
Posted by – January 4, 2015
If you blinked, you might have missed my two appearances last week on FOX 5 WTTG to discuss transportation issues in in Washington, D.C. It was a real pleasure to sit down with Steve Chenevey and Allison Seymour to talk about getting around on New Year’s Eve and the current state of D.C.’s streetcar project on H Street.
Here’s the clip with that first interview.
DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG
Posted by – March 26, 2014
Aside from the overabundance of snow in D.C. in Q1, 2014 has been a great ride so far. If you’re looking for me on a day-to-day basis, check out InTheCapital, where I stepped on as managing editor in January. It’s a daily news site for info about tech, innovation, politics, education and lifestyle goings on in Washington.
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Posted by – November 17, 2013
I’ve never seen Gwar or been to the 9:30 Club. Tonight, all of that changes. Advice is welcome.
Posted by – November 5, 2013
I grabbed this shot on the way to work last week, but it already looks like it was a lifetime ago.