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kathmandu valley rim supermoon

Beauty is a good antidote to generally depressing world news. The Chandragiri ridge from which these pics were taken is favorite trail country for me. They were the closest bit of valley rim from where I used to live, seen … Continue reading

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extreme trails

Addendum: anyone doubting my claim that extreme efforts presuppose an ‘outlier’ body, read Bryon Powell’s interview with Pete Kostelnick who just shattered the longstanding trans-USA record, running an average of more than 115k/day for a consecutive 42 days, 6 hours … Continue reading

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illustrating the endless diversity of cityscapes

One may argue that the most difficult aspect to notice is that which is all and ever present (the fish and water argument). Luckily, I’ve been living in big cities not long enough to run a risk of taking them that … Continue reading

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trekking in Tibetan Sichuan

One of the things we did this summer was join our friends Connie, Ignas and their daughter Josien, whom we know from our shared days in Cambodia, on guided treks around mount Zhakra and across the Laghang grasslands. Our base … Continue reading

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booming Shanghai

The China blog of the Asia Society just published a piece on the Dramatic Urbanization in China Over Decades. This is a partial reblog. Twenty-six years ago, only 26 percent of the Chinese population lived in urban areas. Since then, China’s urbanization … Continue reading

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tourism as an indicator of tragedy

The Kathmandu post recently published a short article on the dramatic downfall of tourism arrivals in Nepal.

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the science business

It may very well be confirmation bias, which would be telling, a strange loop or bootstrapping kinda phenomenon rather than some real change out there, but the science business hanky panky finally seems to be getting more attention in mainstream media. It’s been a … Continue reading

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running movies

One of the trends in the trailrunning scene (to keep up a tradition I should do a 2015 piece but have too much on my plate at the moment) is the abundance of (short) videos being released. Even just a couple … Continue reading

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corporate marketing is about the money

For an all-over-the-place information grazer like me, the digital world is both my greatest nightmare and my favorite playground. All these connections that I come across, just because my confirmation-biased mind puts them in my lap. I’ll skip the nightmare part … Continue reading

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Egypt’s state killers

It happens in many places, it’s nothing much new, I just happen to have lived there for a while and thus notice these kinda tidbits. Worse killing has happened in the recent past, more will happen in the future. Worse … Continue reading

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two great stories about messy politics and story telling

Today my digital grazing delivered two great short stories about the mess of politics. The first,  Fanatics, Charlatans, and Economists, a short poignant opinion piece by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping at the United Nations, and currently President and CEO of … Continue reading

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writing art: Lewis Thomas

Just re-read a slim 1979 volume of essays/columns by Lewis Thomas, and was as taken as the first time. Superb writing, and some thoughts that really get me.  I found one of those online: On Warts Warts are wonderful structures. … Continue reading

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pedestrianism and the fuzzy category of running

As an arm-chair enthusiast trailrunner (ace for you), who thus spends quite some time in the world of running, I may be forgiven for the occasional spring cleaning tendency, the need to bring some conceptual order in all that I come … Continue reading

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