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As manifesti go, this one's pretty good: 
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Critically acclaimed Chinese photographer Fan Ho spent the 1950s and 60s taking gritty and darkly beautiful photos of street life in Hong Kong. His photographs, to be published in his new book “Fan Ho:A Hong Kong Memoir,” reach back through time and space to connect us to the everyday sights of this bustling metropolis in a way that many of us have never seen before.
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Hm. More oriented towards the common man, but feels like a variation on Walter Tevis' novel "The Steps of the Sun." 
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So, I know I'm going to cause sniggers right back at me, but... The singular of media is not media. It's medium. Though I did laugh when that went by. And I certainly agree with the spirit of the rant overall, just... That threw me out of the enjoyable narrative. Kthxbye. 
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Now I am annoyed by all those things! Thanks for sharing Hal. Amazing rant. I also enjoyed your mini counter rant.
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A rare selfie, at the more rare venue of 21.
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Well, I can see why you'd say so, but I enjoyed myself a fair bit.  I keep looking much grumpier than I feel.  A shame, but if Orwell is to be believed, this is the year my face is what I deserve.
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Silly IKEA... There is no shortcut to Home Organization... 
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Very nice. I think Sergio Leone "Good, Bad, and the Ugly" grunting would make it even better, though. 
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Bourdain gives good advice. Especially his variation on what I think of as Digby's Law, which I first heard from LA science fiction fan Tom Digby in the early '90s: "The fastest way to get information on the internet isn't asking a question, but posting the wrong answer, and waiting for people to correct you."
 
The idiosyncrasy of travel advice

I almost never find much of value in the "10 Tips to Make Your Travel Better!" articles, because (a) half of them are written for covert sponsors, and (b) travel is a personal experience. What works for me may very well not work for you (and that's okay). So much of what makes a trip (vacation or business) a success is highly subjective that it's nearly impossible to imagine advice that would be universal. What I find comfortable, tasty, a pleasant passtime, interesting to see (or the reverse of all of those) is all about me, not you.

On the other hand Anthony Bourdain travels a lot, and to a lot of places, as part of his chef media duties. So I thought I'd give this one a try. And he does have some interesting things to suggest, though I found this one the best:

'The other great way to figure out where to eat in a new city is to provoke nerd fury online. Go to a number of foodie websites with discussion boards. Let's say you're going to Kuala Lumpur — just post on the Malaysia board that you recently returned and had the best rendang in the universe, and give the name of a place, and all these annoying foodies will bombard you with angry replies about how the place is bullshit, and give you a better place to go.'

Manipulative, sure, but funny. Ask people online for advice and you'll often get chirping crickets. Assert online what the best of anything is and you'll get a lot more reaction.
Because the man travels a lot
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He may not have written it down. My memory is, that was a comment at the LASFS, and Digby throws off lines like that fairly readily. I went searching, and yes, the closest I can find is me telling that line as a quote of Digby at Metafilter in 2000. Tom appears to still be around, at bubbles@well.sf.ca.us
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To the folks mentioning they're actors: Sure. And? Does that make them any less random? Or strangers? Any given cast is usually a group of random strangers. None of these reactions seemed calculated to me. So either they're all exceptionally good actors, or they were truly in the moment. How is either one bad? 
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Oh great. The actors vs. non-actors kerfluffle was bad enough when I heard about it: now I've got Method vs. non-Method kissing debates in my head.
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"A gay player wouldn't be welcome in an NFL locker room."  Well, the NFL has about 1700 players.  So it's statistically likely they already have about 170 gay players, who are presumably all in the closet. And since football is the most homoerotic professional sport in America, it's probably more than that.  Oops.

And oh, yeah, Mr. Hansen: Well done.
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The view from the upstairs bar at Sardi's. 
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The Santa Maria della Salute church in Venice (http://ow.ly/sE5gz).

it’s not all gondolas and (apparently) smelly canals.

This Roman Catholic church, known as the ‘Salute’, is located on the Grand Canal in Venice. The famous city is sited on a group of 118 small islands, all connected via a complex system of bridges and canals. 
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