Friday, August 26, 2011

Adultery Fridays & Bison & Mixtapes

I have a new post up at the Foreign Policy Association. Three short bits on why Vitamin A should be everywhere, the shackling of female prisoners during childbirth, and abuses of workers on South African wine farms (boo). FYI, HRW does not identify the wine farms that are illegally evicting farm workers, among a host of other not great practices. If I see anything else, I'll follow up. You can go read my post (please!) and/or watch this video for more info, though:

Also, I went to Golden Gate Park the other day. Did you know they have a bison paddock there (gift of Senator Dianne Feinstein, former mayor of SF, whose husband gave her the bison)? Well, now you do. See?

And I just found this blog, Turntable Kitchen, and it is INCREDIBLE. Go check out their mixtapes. I'm really digging on this one. Partially for the High Fidelity reference. You're welcome.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Unpacked & Unclear

So, I'm finally in SF full-time. Probably. It's been just over six weeks of traveling, unpacking, packing, re-evaluating, re-packing, driving, wedding-ing, and eating, (of these last two, I'll throw up a few photos soon). Sometimes I think I now spend most of my time hauling things up and down stairs--suitcases, food, and various pieces of IKEA furniture, including a mattress that almost made my sister and me re-evaluate whether we wanted to share genetic material any longer. Overall, it's been great to be "home" (not sure what that means anymore...). A lot of transition and not a lot of time to think, however. But I think it'll all come to me eventually. Whatever that means.

Before I forget, I have a new post up at the Foreign Policy Association. This time, I discuss Human Rights Watch's report on maternal mortality and the public health care system in South Africa.

And here's a cute little video from Andrew Ross Sorkin and Sam Grobart from The NYT. Cute, silly, and a reminder that when you work for the world's best/whatever newspaper, sometimes you get to do stuff like this. In other words, play with smartphones, chill with 50 Cent, and drink a martini in a completely empty Cipriani.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Adultery Tuesdays

New post at the Foreign Policy Association, this time on the famine in Somalia.

I considered putting the video of the first five minutes of "Get Him to Greek" in the post but then decided that it wasn't really appropriate. Except that it so, so is. Which means that I think you should go watch it. Not really safe for work (the naked bits are blurred out, yes, but there are also lots of bad words), but truly hilariously funny. Unfortunately it won't embed, so hop on over here to watch it. You will not be disappointed.

A Cape Town Reunion in Maine

I just got back from Portland, Maine, where I got to visit some of my favorite people in the world. You probably know (or recognize) most of them from various Cape Town antics. A few of them are pictured above. And below.

And this is one of the many lovely views I got to take in:

Thanks to James for the second photo (the one with the whole group).