Archive of Travel

Hello Kitty, hello cuteness

on August 12th, 2015 in Brand and Business, Serendipity by | Comments Off

On my recent trip to Taiwan and Tokyo, the cute factor was inescapable. Buildings, restaurants, museums, you name it. Everything has a mascot. Everything has an animated character. And the queen herself, Hello Kitty, continues to reign supreme. But of course Hello Kitty is more than a mere character. She’s a phenomenon…

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Puppets and pandas

on July 14th, 2015 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

  This summer is off to a unexpected start! I’ve been advising a good friend and colleague, Michael, on a new business he’s starting. It’s based here in Oakland but with an office in Taipei. He asked if I would go with him on his next trip, which was only…

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Desert calm

on October 10th, 2013 in Serendipity by | Comments Off

I have always found the desert Southwest immensely calming. I assumed it was simply the comfortable feeling of being back in my childhood home — it never felt right when I lived in states without mountains — but on my last trip it occurred to me it could be the…

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Hearst Castle meets Wuthering Heights

on May 30th, 2010 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business by | Comments Off

After two years of ambiguity and stretching and perseverance, I have officially earned the designation of Master of Business Administration! That seems like a silly title; administering business is just about the last of my aspirations. It would be nice if I could enjoy a little more R&R, but finding…

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Plugging In to User Needs

on July 12th, 2009 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Brand and Business by | Comments Off

In the Vegas airport there are many Verizon-sponsored “ReCharge Zones” — stools and counters with electrical outlets for charging phones and laptops — yet the stations were empty while hallways were lined with laptop users sitting on the floor, plugged into wall outlets over their heads. It’s not hard to…

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Urban Decay

on October 19th, 2007 in Art, Design, and Architecture, Serendipity by | Comments Off

What is it about decay that’s so interesting on film? Just returned from the Windy City — and windy it was! On this trip I went on the architecture river cruise and I spent most of my time trying to capture the undersides of rusting bridges as we sailed underneath…

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