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Comment Re:Visibly bad air but great place (Score 1) 137

The best thing about New Delhi is that it's an hour or two in a coach bus to Agra and the Taj Mahal

I think the best thing about Delhi is Hauz Khas, which is, of course, a beautiful historical building, within Delhi. Or a few old ones together. Quiet, somewhat run down and a peaceful spot in a city of awesome chaos.

The flip side is the horrendous air pollution, nonstop coughing for nine to ten days (the lengths of the trips I had there), leading to some of the worst nosebleeds I've had in my life.

Comment Re:Smartphones (Score 1) 202

Here's my idea of proper adult supervision. "Here you go, kid. There's only one thing I want you to remember: Nothing you see on a screen can hurt you, because nothing you see on a screen is real. Have fun."

Spoken like a true human who's never earned the title of parent.

Hey, I do babysitting for $15 an hour... Here's my number, 36-24-36, give me a call...

Comment Microunits Sound Normal (Score 2) 412

21 microunits, each packed with a tiny kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living space into 300-square-feet

I don't get it... Why are they calling 300 square feet "microunits"? Sounds like a relatively normal size to me... Of course, I live in midtown Manhattan, so for $2,200 a month my wife and I get a 350 square foot place in a building with 20 of them (though I think unit 1D, by the stairwell might be smaller). We have a nice kitchen...

Comment Re:Anybody own a light field camera? (Score 3, Interesting) 30

I've got the first generation Lytro. It was a nifty toy for a while, but ultimately I wasn't happy with the quality of most of the pictures. Except for in bright sunlight they were all pretty grainy and dark. The changing of the focus is neat on some where something is very close and others are very far, but if everything is middle distance to far, it's not interesting.

It was very hard to come up with good lightfield images that matched the demo ones on their website.

Maybe I should take it out again, take a break from walking around with my SLR for a weekend or two, see what I get.

Comment Big Trouble (Score 5, Funny) 66

Mt. St. Helens's 1980 eruption was the biggest thing I ever got in trouble for. Really...

Early in the morning, everyone was asleep and the house started shaking, and my father yelled from the other room "quit jumping on the bed!" and I yelled back "I'm not!" and the rumbling didn't stop, the blinds clattering against the windows and he yelled "Dammit! I said quit jumping on the bed right now!" and I yelled, "but I'm not!"...

I was in big trouble... They grounded me practically for life, for not stopping jumping on the bed and lying about that.

Fortunately later that evening we watched the news and I was vindicated... It really wasn't me.

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