May 2024


Whatchamacallit 147: Sony WH-1000XM3

Last year, after dumping my iPhone, I was suddenly in the market for a new noise canceling headphone that would (a) work with Bluetooth and (b) really work well. Compactness was desired.

After looking at the Bose and Sony offerings, I decided to go for the Sony WH-1000XM3 – a name that really rolls […]

Stateside in November…

After Cape Town, I headed north and west – flying from Johannesburg to Washington Dulles. Non-stop it is 8,134 miles; one-stop (without getting off the plane) in Accra makes it a mere 59 miles further – but the trip takes a very long time.

Perhaps the only building at Virginia Tech that is made […]

My Current Gay Anthems

This coming Saturday is Christopher Street Day in Berlin (for those lacking context: Pride, with the German word for Pride being “Christopher Street Day”) – and while I’m not hugely into attending CSD events (too misanthropic ; plus I’ve never really liked being in huge crowds), I’ll probably watch some part of the parade and […]

I’m a Mile High… and feeling it.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Visiting Denver is a challenge – it’s 5,280 feet above elevation – 1600 meters for those in metric.

I spent much of my first day in downtown Denver, which rests just below this elevation, visiting with a friend. It took only 4 hours before I was winded – breathing heavily, feeling […]

My Brief Week Abroad / A Pause That Refreshed Me / North America

As y’all may have noticed, I was in New Orleans and Montreal last month – a weeklong trip to French parts of North America.

Michel de Broin’s Revolutions: Climb infinitely.

At the same time, the trip had some nice moments of symmetry – things that reflected back and made the overall trip fantastic.

New […]

Berlin’s Hot! 97°F Hot!

…and with no air conditioning, per usual.

June has, to be blunt, hotted up nicely. With temperatures soaring above 30°C daily since Saturday, my ice cream sorbet consumption has soared.

This past weekend was a three-day weekend in Berlin (and, I suspect, most of Germany). Celebrating Whit Monday, this was the last legal holiday for […]

I’m ready to #JoinUs for Eurovision 2014

Holy Cow! The second semifinals of Eurovision 2014 is tonight – with the finals on Saturday, and I have not mentioned them at all on my blog. Or even on Twitter.

I wish I had a good excuse – but I don’t – I should have blogged about it at some point – somewhere between […]

The summer solstice and Fête de la Musique

Tonight Berlin (and the northern portion of the planet) has its shortest night of the year – it’s 11:00 and just now getting dark. It’s also the evening of Fête de la Musique, the annual evening of free concerts around the city.

Hard Beat Five playing crowd favorites.

After an extremely enjoyable dinner with […]

Adam’s Eurovision 2013 Preview Post

Eurovision is shit this year.

Pure unmitigated shit.

Wait – before you give up, hear me out. As most of you know, I’m a Eurovision fan. Perhaps not the most dedicated (I don’t pay attention to within country song selection processes, not even within Germany), but I do buy the music and listen to it […]

The 2012 Fête de la Musique, Berlin, at Rote Beete

June 21st is the annual music everywhere in the city party that is the Fête de la Musique – and I stopped by the Rote Beete and enjoyed the 8pm street concert featuring Mr. Pink & the Lily, with guest Kitty says blue.

The description listed the group as acoustic folk pop, Americana – I’d […]