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Guide to stargazing in the southern hemisphere
Guide to stargazing in the southern hemisphere

There are a billion and one reasons to visit the other half of the world. Mary Pfaffko teaches us how to enjoy the night sky down under.The different constellationsThe moon, planets, and most constellations — like those of the zodiac — are visible all over the world. However, constellations that appear closer to the North and South Poles are only visible to the corresponding hemisphere.

The philosophy of liberty explained
The philosophy of liberty explained

In 8 minutes, learn how the philosophy of liberty is based on the hallmark of self-ownership.In the USA, it seems barely a moment passes before you hear references to freedom and liberty. This could be talk about the right of free speech, gun control, property, or any other number of topics.This is not surprising.

Shock, Sink, Freeze: Casio’s EX-G1 Camera is Built for Endurance
Shock, Sink, Freeze: Casio’s EX-G1 Camera is Built for Endurance

Drop it down the chimney or bury it in the snow – this camera can handle it.class>The newly released EX-G1, first in Casio’s new EXILIM® brand of digital cameras, is built to endure shock, water, dirt, and frigid temperatures, all wrapped up in a slender 0.78 inch package.According to the press release, the company is determined to “create digital cameras suitable for top athletes and adventurers.

Chile’s Rigid Importation Laws And Why You Should Be Wary of Them
Chile’s Rigid Importation Laws And Why You Should Be Wary of Them

“Peanuts, almonds, trail mix?” The woman muttering this louder and louder behind me is disturbing me. After an overnight flight from JFK (“home”) to Santiago’s SCL (home base), I’m on autopilot.I walk down a hallway with timeless, placeless airport carpet, ride the escalator down past the reciprocity counter, zip through international police, put blinders on in the duty free shop we have to walk through, pick up a cart and my luggage, and hear it again – “peanuts, almonds trail mix.

Picnicking in Paris is the way to go to save in style
Picnicking in Paris is the way to go to save in style

Night picnic at the Eiffel Tower (also used as feature photo): ryanfbParis is expensive, but there are ways to eat cheaply and well while people watching and sightseeing. You can save your money for the museums and nightclubs, enjoying April, June or August in Paris.BreadStop by an artisan boulanger.

Zizek says your donations to charity are hypocritical
Zizek says your donations to charity are hypocritical

There is a difference between changing the system and keeping it going.When I was about to head off to university, my uncle sat me down all serious-like and warned me not to let it make me a communist. Typing this article on a macbook means that I probably didn’t become one.That said, university courses can force you to really confront the structure of the world you live in.

Tours of Post-Katrina New Orleans: Bringing Awareness or Taking Advantage?
Tours of Post-Katrina New Orleans: Bringing Awareness or Taking Advantage?

The other day I was watching MTV’s Real World, which takes place in New Orleans this season, and in this particular episode the group took a tour of Post-Katrina New Orleans. From a van, with a tour company.I was immediately both angered and appalled.Many of the people affected by Katrina are still putting their lives back together, and companies are taking tour groups through there?

Home at Papa’s House
Home at Papa’s House

All photos courtesy of the author.If you’re lucky, just outside of Kathmandu, you might look up on the roof of a terra cotta colored house and find a herd of boys chanting, “Chet! Chet!” Vinod has cut another kite.It wasn’t long ago that some of these boys had never seen a kite or felt the warmth of a loving adult.

Notes from the Jaipur Literature Festival
Notes from the Jaipur Literature Festival

On his second visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival, Jonathan Yevin gets ground level notes including Orhan Pamuk on the ‘ugliness’ of culture in his novels, Jon Lee Anderson on Che Guevara, and Junot Diaz on writers learning to endure their ‘wackness’.JLF entrance. Photo by AuthorTHE JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL, taking place this week, is intellectual nuclear fusion.

6 reasons to go by bike
6 reasons to go by bike

Photo: Magical-worldTravel by foot, sailboat or bush plane is hard to beat. But it’s the bicycle that gives you the best combination of long-distance, alternative travel and true roadway connection. Here are 6 reasons why.You Can Move Fast. .Somewhere in the transfer of power a slow, burdened hiker becomes inhumanly fast.

Those silly Americans are at it again: KFC’s Double Down Sandwich
Those silly Americans are at it again: KFC’s Double Down Sandwich

Bawk Bawk. Photos by author.There’s probably nothing like Kentucky Fried Chicken’s new Double Down, a bun-less concoction that promises 35 grams of fat and 1,380 mg of sodium. But without bread, for those of your watching your figure.A friend had posted a picture on his Facebook and I became intrigued.

No Impact Week, Day 3: Taking on Transportation
No Impact Week, Day 3: Taking on Transportation

Photo: Rodrigo BasuareIn November of 2006, New York City resident Colin Beavan, along with his wife and daughter, set out to live with no net environmental impact.Fast forward three years later, add the Huffington Post, and you have No Impact Week. According to the website, the goal is to “demonstrate ways in which small actions in our daily lives can have a profound impact on our world.