Italy Sees Declining American Tourism

Europe feels U.S. financial crisis in absence of tourism.

Hey, I did my part to help Italy.

Published in: on 25 January 2009 at 10:14 am  Comments (2)  
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Cartoon Commercials in Italian Train Stations

In my recent vacation in Italy, cute cartoon commercials were displayed in the monitors in the train stations (in Milan as well as in Verona). Here are some snapshots I took with my cell phone. Can anybody out there please translate the sentences in the last two snapshots?












Published in: on 23 January 2009 at 6:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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Tilt-Shift Photography

I learned about this photographic technique via MetaFilter, one of my favorite sites. It results in photographs in which things look like they were tiny toy models. See this MetaFilter post.

And according to this MetaFilter post, you can upload photos to this web site, tiltshiftmaker, and it’ll modify the photo to simulate tilt-shift photography.

I just tried it. Here’s a photo that a friend (K.C.) sent me, of the Siena Piazza:

Siena Piazza, before tiltshiftmaker

Siena Piazza, before tiltshiftmaker

And here’s the result of passing in through the tiltshiftmaker:

Siena Piazza, After tiltshiftmaker

Siena Piazza, after tiltshiftmaker

Hmm, not the best example of the effect I’ve seen, but passable. I’d suggest you check out some of the links in the MetaFilter posts, e.g. 50 Beautiful Examples Of Tilt-Shift Photography.

Here’s a MetaFilter post to a video done using the tilt-shift method. They looks lik Matchbox cars! And here’s a post to More Tilt Shift Videos.

Published in: on 12 January 2009 at 10:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Vacation Summary, 12/30/08 – 01/05/09

Date Restaurant Dinner Location Number of Steps
12/30/08 Al Giardano “Pizza Rustica” Basel 9049
12/31/08 Damas Falafel with Hummus, Baba Ganoush with Pita Basel 4498
1/1/09 Al Treno di Mezzanotte
(Orient Express)
Ossobuco with Risotto Milan 9156
1/2/09 La Malmaison Cafe Tagliatelle with Bolognese Sauce Milan 20338
1/3/09 Kokiaje Zuppa di Pesce Romagna Verona 18523
1/4/09 Pizzeria Italia Pizza with Salami, Anchovies, and Capers Dossobuono 12337
1/5/09 Nooch “Shinagawa Station” Basel 8223
Zuppa di Pesce Romagna

Zuppa di Pesce Romagna

Pizza with Salami, Anchovies, and Capers

Pizza with Salami, Anchovies, and Capers

Published in: on 7 January 2009 at 10:37 pm  Comments (3)  
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