Category Archives: travel

Trip report: BMW IBSF World Cup at Lake Placid

Here’s a different kind of trip report. On Thursday, November 9, I attended the BMW IBSF Bob + Skeleton World Cup races at the Olympic Sports Center in Lake Placid, New York, site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. … Continue reading

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Trip report: Usenix Large Installation System Administration Conference 2017

Hi folks, it’s time for some work- and computing-related stuff. I just recently got back from the 2017 edition of the Usenix Association‘s annual system administration conference, LISA’17, which was held in San Francisco. I’ve gone to most LISA conferences … Continue reading

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A day trip to Turku

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This is nearly the final post about my March–April, 2017, trip to Finland. I should have some Reykjavik pictures to post, if I can find the time and energy to edit them all (and remember what they were), but this … Continue reading

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Some Helsinki architecture

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OK, this is the last post about Helsinki, seriously. Well, until August, because I’m going back there for the 75th World Science Fiction Convention. But for now, this is it. I have one more post from my day-trip to Turku, … Continue reading

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Every American transportation planner should spend a week in Helsinki (part 3 of 3)

As I mentioned in part 1, Helsinki has trams, or as we’d say in American English, streetcars. (I try to avoid the “t” word — “trolley” — since to so many people that now means a diesel bus with goofy … Continue reading

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Every American transportation planner should spend a week in Helsinki (part 2 of 3)

In this post, I’m going to cover the commuter-rail network serving Helsinki, and also (for lack of a better place to discuss it) show a few bits of mainline railway as well — since they share facilities and are operated … Continue reading

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Every American transportation planner should spend a week in Helsinki (part 1 of 3)

That’s what I said on Twitter when I was there, and a few times after I returned. “Every” is perhaps a bit of an overstatement, but certainly anyone involved in transportation planning in a US metropolitan area of a similar … Continue reading

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Some linguistic observations from my trip to Finland

This is about as total a break from the figure skating coverage as I can manage, I think. My first experience in Finland was as an exchange student in 1988–89. I had not been back to the country (or indeed … Continue reading

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Wrapping up: 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki

I promise this is my last figure skating post for a long time. You can review all the others by browsing the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships tag. There will be a few more posts, two or perhaps three, on … Continue reading

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World Figure Skating Championships: Ladies’ Short Program

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Hey, folks, I stayed up way too late editing photos after getting back from today’s pairs free skate so I could bring you yesterday’s ladies’ SP. I think I’m finally getting the hang of Lightroom after five years… Anyway, I … Continue reading

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