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Drive North

It's not the safest thing on the world, but I'm posting snaps of the drive to Santa Cruz on my Flickr page ( search Flickr for Fauxmantic)

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What They Hate About Mumbai - NYTimes
What They Hate About Mumbai

But the best answer to the terrorists is to dream bigger, make even more money, and visit Mumbai more than ever. Dream of making a good home for all Mumbaikars, not just the denizens of $500-a-night hotel rooms. Dream not just of Bollywood stars like Aishwarya Rai or Shah Rukh Khan, but of clean running water, humane mass transit, better toilets, a responsive government. Make a killing not in God’s name but in the stock market, and then turn up the forbidden music and dance; work hard and party harder.

If the rest of the world wants to help, it should run toward the explosion. It should fly to Mumbai, and spend money. Where else are you going to be safe? New York? London? Madrid?

So I’m booking flights to Mumbai. I’m going to go get a beer at the Leopold, stroll over to the Taj for samosas at the Sea Lounge, and watch a Bollywood movie at the Metro. Stimulus doesn’t have to be just economic.”

Suketu Mehta, a professor of journalism at New York University, is the author of “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found.

From the NYTimes

So that just happened
i just met Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni...

then i had to ask him to leave the green room
so that leonard could go back onstage
he's a peach, he picked up on my hint
and took the moment to say goodbye
and head back to his seat
i can totally see why the french
(and most of the world for that matter)
totally love this guy, he's the french Obama
and his lady is a sweetheart

A Hotel Lobby In Paris
oh, btw, guess who i ran into in the
lobby of the hotel here in paris?
my sister. yeah. she flew out to
surprise me.
and she did!
talk about going from a total
gloom and doom looking
forward to a shitty week in paris
to a complete 180
stoked to
hobble through the rainy evening streets
looking at the sights and talking
through the night...

color me thankful.

Google Address Book to Blackberry ---> Sync
Google Address Book to Blackberry ---> Sync

For those of you that use OSX and a Blackberry, here's a cool new thinger from Google that will sync your gmail address book with your Blackberry. For those keeping score, the rest of the math is that OSX let's you sync your Mac address book with Gmail automatically. So yes there's an extra step, but you can now get your Mac address book to your Blackberry free and pretty easy...

London, UK
I have two days off in London,
any suggestions?

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose...
WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother's & father's middle names)
Samuel Jane

NASCAR NAME: (first name of your mother's dad, father's dad )
Robert Joseph (or better yet: Bobby Joe)

STAR WARS NAME: (the first 2 letters of your last name, first 4 letters of your first name)

DETECTIVE NAME: (fav color, fav animal)
Black Dog

SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you live)
Samuel Santa Cruz

SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd fav color, fav alcoholic drink, add "THE" to the beginning)
The Blue Branca

FLY NAME: (first 2 letters of 1st name, last 2 letters of your last name)

GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, fav cookie):
Mint Chocolate Oatmeal

PORN NAME: (1st pet, street you grew up on)
Tooshy Hawthorne.

Hurt The Heel
i strained my achilles tendon the other day
this means that i most likely can't run for a week
never in my life have ever, ever, even slightly thought
that not running for a week would be anything other than
complete and utter bliss
today the sun was out and i was so jealous of the people
running along the promenade that i could just spit
i most defiantly have a bad case of the runners bug...

Barack Obama: The 50 facts you might not know
Fifty things you might not know about Barack Obama

• He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics
• He was known as "O'Bomber" at high school for his skill at basketball
• His name means "one who is blessed" in Swahili
• His favourite meal is wife Michelle's shrimp linguini
• He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father
• He is left-handed – the sixth post-war president to be left-handed
• He has read every Harry Potter book
• He owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad Ali
• He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager and now can't stand ice cream
• His favourite snacks are chocolate-peanut protein bars
• He ate dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper while living in Indonesia
• He can speak Spanish
• While on the campaign trail he refused to watch CNN and had sports channels on instead
• His favourite drink is black forest berry iced tea
• He promised Michelle he would quit smoking before running for president – he didn't
• He kept a pet ape called Tata while in Indonesia
• He can bench press an impressive 200lbs
• He was known as Barry until university when he asked to be addressed by his full name
• His favourite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
• He visited Wokingham, Berks, in 1996 for the stag party of his half-sister's fiancé, but left when a stripper arrived
• His desk in his Senate office once belonged to Robert Kennedy
• He and Michelle made $4.2 million (£2.7 million) last year, with much coming from sales of his books
• His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
• He carries a tiny Madonna and child statue and a bracelet belonging to a soldier in Iraq for good luck
• He applied to appear in a black pin-up calendar while at Harvard but was rejected by the all-female committee.
• His favourite music includes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Bach and The Fugees
• He took Michelle to see the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing on their first date
• He enjoys playing Scrabble and poker
• He doesn't drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol
• He would have liked to have been an architect if he were not a politician
• As a teenager he took drugs including marijuana and cocaine
• His daughters' ambitions are to go to Yale before becoming an actress (Malia, 10) and to sing and dance (Sasha, 7)
• He hates the youth trend for trousers which sag beneath the backside
• He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his book deal
• His house in Chicago has four fire places
• Daughter Malia's godmother is Jesse Jackson's daughter Santita
• He says his worst habit is constantly checking his BlackBerry
• He uses an Apple Mac laptop
• He drives a Ford Escape Hybrid, having ditched his gas-guzzling Chrysler 300
• He wears $1,500 (£952) Hart Schaffner Marx suits
• He owns four identical pairs of black size 11 shoes
• He has his hair cut once a week by his Chicago barber, Zariff, who charges $21 (£13)
• His favourite fictional television programmes are Mash and The Wire
• He was given the code name "Renegade" by his Secret Service handlers
• He was nicknamed "Bear" by his late grandmother
• He plans to install a basketball court in the White House grounds
• His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso
• His speciality as a cook is chilli
• He has said many of his friends in Indonesia were "street urchins"
• He keeps on his desk a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg, a Kenyan symbol of the fragility of life
• His late father was a senior economist for the Kenyan government

The Big O
since the big O victory, the weirdest things have been happening here across the pond, cab drivers keep asking us, "did the person you vote for win the election" if you say yes, they get extremely excited and launch into extended riffs on how Obama is the best thing to happen to the world since electricity. I'm not even kidding. Doesn't matter the driver, black, white, indian, they love the O. overnight it's all of a sudden crazy cool to be an american again...