Mapping My Megacity

Mapping My Megacity

Heat map based on time travel to major cities. To this day I stare out the window like a wide-eyed child, amazed by what seems to be equal parts chaos and order. I have practically memorized the 50-minute flight path from Guadalajara to Mexico City. Upon descent into...
Loneliness is Nobody Reading Me

Loneliness is Nobody Reading Me

I keep thinking back to this idea that rather than readers paying for publications, writers will eventually have to pay readers for their attention. Many – maybe most – of my friends consider themselves writers of some type. They hang onto different labels...
[Ars Electronica] Digital Communities Forum

[Ars Electronica] Digital Communities Forum

On Monday I had the pleasure of introducing the three winners of this year’s Prix Ars Electronica in the digital communities category and moderating a forum in which they shared their experiences as communities that have formed around a particular purpose. Video...
A Very Merry Global Birthday

A Very Merry Global Birthday

I’m in Amsterdam right now for three nearly consecutive meetings: Open Translation Tools, a Global Voices team meeting, and State of the Map. I am also now 29-years-old; dangerously close to real adulthood. Last year I spent the first half of my birthday with...
Local Street Art in Barrio El Progreso, Colombia

Local Street Art in Barrio El Progreso, Colombia

A couple months ago a French photographer and street artist who goes by JR gained a good deal of attention for his latest installation in Kibera, one of the world’s largest slums (population 1 million), located on the outskirts of Nairobi in Kenya. His work was...
In Which the Internet Buys Suso a Door

In Which the Internet Buys Suso a Door

I am interested in the capacity of citizen media to capitalize our best intentions by creating a community of good will among individuals who would otherwise likely never meet. Marinade on this: a Trinidadian, Puerto Rican living in NYC, Argentinian living in Canada,...
Warm Thoughts of San Javier La Loma

Warm Thoughts of San Javier La Loma

Hard to believe that the year has almost come to an end. Dopplr just sent me an email to let me know that I took 44 trips to 34 cities in 2008. That’s a lot of city. One of the most frustrating parts of living life at such a fast pace is that you can easily miss...
Campus Party Colombia

Campus Party Colombia

Today I find myself in Bogotá, a metropolis which, with its high elevation, bohemian vagabonds, and surrounding green hills, reminds me quite a bit of Mexico City. Last time I was here I barely got out of La Candelaria and embassy row. This time I’m in Barrio...
A Podcast About La Loma by HiperBarrio

A Podcast About La Loma by HiperBarrio

ConVerGentes, the San Javier La Loma-based group of young journalists who form part of HiperBarrio, have started a podcast. (Subscribe with iTunes.) [podcast]http://blip.tv/file/get/Convergentes-Podcast1341.mp3[/podcast] Their first episode, in Spanish, features the...