Monthly Archives: February 2010

It’s twue, it’s twue! Bigger is Better!

Posted by on February 7, 2010

Thanks to my friend Jason, PHP ninja and all around programming jedi, I am now launching the feature I announced back in January.

High definition daily photos!

Almost all of the nearly 800 daily photos I’ve put on the site should now be visible in a 1,000 pixel wide format. This increases the area of the photos from 240,000 (600×400) to 667,000 pixels (1000×667), an increase of almost three fold!

To get an idea of the difference a bigger photo makes, click on the image below to see it in its full glory:

If you have subscribed to the site via RSS, you should see the new images show up in your RSS reader every day.

Let me know what you think of the new change.

Operation Street Food – Day 3 & 4 (Khao San Road)

Posted by on February 6, 2010

Pad Thai on Khao San Road

Pad Thai on Khao San Road

Here is my street food breakdown for days 3 and 4:

Day 3

  • 1kg longkong and 1kg rambutan – 200 baht (US$6.02) This lasted two days
  • 1 mystery meat – 20 baht ($0.60)
  • 2 chicken gizzard skewers and 1 roasted fish – 30 baht ($0.90)
  • Pad Thai with chicken – 40 baht ($1.20)
  • Mango with rice – 25 baht ($0.75)

Day 4

  • 3 gizard skewers, 2 pork skewer, 2 grilled fish – 75 baht ($2.25)


World Heritage Site #110: Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Posted by on February 4, 2010

World Heritage Site #110: Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

World Heritage Site #110: Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

From the World Heritage inscription:

Cahokia Mounds is the largest and earliest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico. It was occupied primarily during the Mississippian period (800–1350), when it covered over 1,600 hectares (3,950 acres) and included some 120 mounds. It is the pre-eminent example of a cultural, religious, and economic center of the Mississippian cultural tradition, which extended throughout the Mississippi Valley and the south-eastern United States. This agricultural society may have had a population of 10,000–20,000 at its peak between 1050 and 1150. Cahokia is an early and exceptional example of pre-urban structuring.

Cahokian Mounds is a very odd world heritage site. From a historical standpoint, it is perhaps the most significant settlement north of Mexico in North America. Most native peoples in North America were nomadic so there is little in the way of cities or structures for people to visit today. Cahokian Mounds is the closest thing we have to the ruins of an ancient city above the deserts of the Southwest.

On the other hand, very few people know that this place exists, despite the fact that you can see the St. Louis Arch from the top of the mounds. From a tourist standpoint, there is very little to see other than some dirt hills. As a photographer I had no idea what to take photos of. A few grassy hills in a grassy field. That’s it.

This isn’t my proudest photo, but I didn’t really have a lot to work with.

View all the World Heritage Sites I’ve visited.