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Run on the Victoria Embankment in London

5 a.m. and the jetlag continues in London. The Victoria Embankment curves alongside a loop of the Thames in the city center. It’s a nice run in an old city. Lots of architecture from such a variety of historical periods, built over each other like a layer cake. And even better, there are no traffic […]

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From TianAnMen Square to the Tate Modern

Predawn Beijing is quiet. Under the layer of silvery haze, it is clad in the same diffuse light as smoggy Shanghai. “Zui jing shi yin tian.” is the meteorological equivocation from one of my Beijing friends. It’s been cloudy lately. I think that’s simply a euphemism for air pollution. The factories that supply the clamoring […]

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Visibility in Shanghai

4 a.m. in Shanghai. For the past couple of hours, I’ve been watching barges slinkĀ  down the pitch dark HuangPu river right outside my hotel room window. Now, the sky begins to lighten, although this does not actually presage a visible sunrise, per se. The daytime Shanghainese sky is an unrelenting grey, “the color of […]

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Ghost Drives the Shell – 1000 Klicks on Nike+

Middle of the afternoon, I’m breaking into a server for a customer; just a quick admin password reset on the local SAM database. He’s a cool cat; lots of divergent interests but very organized. He keeps a spreadsheet to track the amount of time he spends on meditation breaks, as if quantifying the amount of […]

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200 Runs on Nike+

I’ve hit 200 runs on Nike+, as tracked by my iPod. These days, there is actually a point in the run when I get “in the zone”, hit the runner’s high. The point where the endorphins in the bloodstream have eaten past the pain and all you do is stride wide; eat up the miles. […]

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