Walking/Riding

Narratives of random interactions with New York City while on bicycle or foot.

1
Odd Events
Peculiar things, witnessed.
8 sections.
2
Telescope
Seeing with prose, and letting the cat out of the box.
Monday, August 18, 2003
3
Not GOSPLACS
By Ian Lupo
Feedback on Sadness After the Condiment War.
Saturday, August 16, 2003
4
As Brooklyn Slowly Drunkened
The blackout of 2003.
Friday, August 15, 2003
5
Looking for Something Stable
What we talk about when we talk about fetishes.
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
6
Taking the Edge Off
By Scott Rahin
Things we love that do not love us back.
Monday, August 25, 2003
7
Black Box Theater
By Scott Rahin
Being in the audience can put you on stage.
Thursday, August 28, 2003
8
The Alley Watchers
By Rebecca Dravos
The women who live on Rebecca Dravos' side-street are mothers, and judges of men and women.
Friday, August 29, 2003
9
June-August, 1994
A long summer in upstate New York.
Thursday, September 4, 2003
10
Jerry
Just a college anecdote.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
11
Talking With Mom
Funerals, free meals, and nagging.
Friday, September 5, 2003
12
Planespotting
Refractions on flying.
Tuesday, September 9, 2003
13
Review
Looking at it two years out.
Thursday, September 11, 2003
14
Accordion Time
Time folds and unfolds in the rhythm of heartbearts, which leads to a theory. Originally from NPR's All Things Considered (in an edited form), Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Monday, September 15, 2003
15
Concession Stand
Monday, September 15, 2003
16
Medium of Exchange
Layers of language and millions of dollars, all confounded, all tied together.
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
17
Medium of Exchange (Revised)
“I tried once to imagine the path that a dollar takes when it leaves my wallet, when I buy a can of soup.” Originally from NPR's All Things Considered (in an edited form), Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
18
Progress
From there to here, then to now.
Monday, September 29, 2003
19
Joke
Thursday, October 9, 2003
20
Intercourse
Thursday, October 9, 2003
21
All The Brands Names I Can See While Typing Without Turning My Head or Moving My Eyes
Thursday, October 9, 2003
22
Chinatown and Back
The parade! The perspective! The joy!
Friday, October 10, 2003
4 sections.
23
Chemical Plants
Memories of the chemicals of childhood.
Tuesday, November 4, 2003
24
Jill
A conversation after some events.
Thursday, November 6, 2003
25
The Chinese Cats
Recalling a friend, finding her identity in her early 20s.
Monday, November 17, 2003
26
Losesome, Lonesome
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
27
The Bad Turtles
By Scott Rahin
An inventory of New Years.
Thursday, January 1, 2004
28
Sickbed
By Scott Rahin
A thing that comes from dreams, but would be better forgotten.
Friday, January 2, 2004
29
Predictions
Saturday, January 3, 2004
30
Empire State
A tentative step in a singular direction.
Monday, January 5, 2004
31
Age of X
What time is it? Originally from NPR's All Things Considered (in an edited form), Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Friday, April 9, 2004
32
The Soldiers at Smith & 9th St
Wednesday, January 7, 2004
33
Knowing Your Era
It would be nice to know.
Thursday, January 8, 2004
34
Laundromat
Considering the spin cycle.
Saturday, January 10, 2004
35
Interlude: Victim
Getting some tail.
Monday, January 12, 2004
36
Ceiling
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
37
Smith St. Between Nelson and Huntington
Friday, January 16, 2004
38
Smith St. Between 9th and Nelson
Friday, January 16, 2004
39
Class
How the other 0.1% lives.
Monday, January 19, 2004
40
Three Gates
Reading the story of Empress Theodora.
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
41
Passing Softly
The F train in motion.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
42
The King of the Pigeons
A note from the future Emperor of New York City.
Friday, January 30, 2004
43
Lists
A small selection of hundreds of lists from Wikipedia.
Sunday, February 1, 2004
4 sections.
44
Sleepless
Tuesday, March 2, 2004
45
The Landlord
Sunday, March 7, 2004
46
How I Learned to Swim
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
47
The Law
In honor of ancient Internet tradition, pictures of my cat.
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
48
Commute
Morning events.
Saturday, April 3, 2004
49
The Spy
Protecting myself, and others, from my own geek nature.
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
50
Memory of the New Economy
Back when we were cool, and flush, and full of ourselves.
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
51
Dawn over 9th St.
First the deep blue.
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
52
Shopping
A commercial expedition.
Thursday, April 22, 2004
53
Voice
Learning to speak.
Monday, April 26, 2004
54
Northeast Corridor
Wednesday, June 2, 2004
55
Gallivespians
Some thoughts on geekery. Originally from NPR's All Things Considered (in an edited form), Friday, June 4, 2004
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
56
A Good Thing to Do
Posters in Manhattan.
Friday, August 27, 2004
57
Gone Protestin'
Sunday, August 29, 2004
58
Yet Another
Monday, August 30, 2004
59
Miscellaneous Blues and Oranges
Thoughts on learning a camera.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
60
Crashing a Republican Party
Wandering into the Republican Governor's Association event.
Thursday, September 2, 2004
61
Views of TK
A closer look at the creature.
Monday, September 6, 2004
62
All The Memories I'll Need
Here comes the flood.
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
63
The Vet
Monday, February 4, 2008
64
Flood 2
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
65
The pigs
Monday, October 4, 2004
66
Installing updates
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
67
My Cat Abraham Lincoln
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
68
The Thumb-sized Heart of TK the Cat
A pleasant fellow expires.
Monday, April 4, 2005
69
Benefits
Some thoughts on health insurance.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
70
Metropolitan Dairy
On my way to work last week.
Friday, April 22, 2005
71
Occupation
Filling in the spare forty-five minutes.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
72
Scampering Housewards
Another stroll down Smith St.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
73
We are going to
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
74
Crossed, Tangled, Braided
Thirty-one and focusing.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
75
It was a genuinely pleasant interaction.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
76
Gary Benchley, Rock Star
Monday, October 3, 2005
77
Lost Songs
Loss as gain.
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
78
Laundromat
Some things just suck.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
79
Speaking

Trying to get things rolling again.
Tuesday, January 3, 2006
80
Precinct

Precinct, Danish, Squirrel
Wednesday, February 8, 2006
81
Green Apples Will Explode

Dreams, machines, plans.
Friday, February 17, 2006
82
Sortable Lists

Packing up leads me to think about interfaces and garbage.
Monday, February 20, 2006
83
Five Minutes to Departure

So long, 9th St.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
84
Lung
Monday, April 17, 2006
85
Men standing around broken machines
Monday, September 11, 2006
86
Spinning
Tuesday, January 2, 2007
87
The Weird Thing
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
88
Rowing the Pool
Thursday, January 4, 2007
89
The End of Lazy Christmas
Friday, January 5, 2007
90
Person or Stuff?
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
91
Night Visit
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
92
$5 Chocolate Bar
Monday, October 1, 2007
93
Things Have Rules

(1) Talking to strangers; (2) being a guest; (3) dressing appropriately.
Monday, May 2, 2011
94
Microclimates

Cut weather in half and there is more weather.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
95
The Moral Superiority of the Streetcar

(1) Long-form journalism fixes everything. (2) The moral superiority of the streetcar. (3) I like big bus and I cannot lie.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
96
Bantha Tracks
Thursday, May 5, 2011
97
That Shaggy Feeling

Soon, orphans.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
98
Nanolaw with Daughter

Why privacy mattered.
Monday, May 16, 2011
99
Reading Tonight

Reading!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
100
Woods+

People call me a lot and say: What is this new thing? You're a nerd. Explain it immediately.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
101
“The Age of Mechanical Reproduction”

An essay for TheMorningNews.org.
Monday, July 11, 2011
102
“Facebook and the Epiphanator: An End to Endings?”

Forgot to tell you about this.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
103
Welcome to the Company
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
104
The Swings
Thursday, January 31, 2008
105
Why I Am Leaving the People of the Red Valley
Saturday, April 7, 2012
106
Facebook and Instagram: When Your Favorite App Sells Out
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
107
10 Timeframes
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
108
Rotary Dial
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
109
Recent Offsite Work: Code and Prose

As a hobby I write.
Monday, January 14, 2013
110
Saturday
Monday, January 28, 2008
111
Sleeping Piece
Monday, January 22, 2007
112
Night
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
113
Etc.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
114
Snow day
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
115
The Tour
28 sections.


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