Category Archives: Video

My Dutch Television Debut… With David Sedaris

In a curious quirk of fate, I happened to hear and get tickets to a filming of a Dutch television show called College Tour.  It’s quite a fun program where they get a bunch of college students together to ask a famous person (Desmond Tutu to Susan Sarandon to the guy who kidnapped the heir to the Heinekin fortune) pretty much anything under the sun… and the show I got tickets to involved the American comedian David Sedaris!

Edit: embedding does not seem to work well with the Dutch news site, so the link to the video is here.

Naturally I had to ask a question if I was already sitting there, and you can see it at around 19:50 in the show itself.  Note that this is a Dutch television show that airs on Friday nights so while my part is ok the entire show not exactly safe for work- for example, at one point they have him read from 50 Shades of Grey

All told my Dutch television debut was also interesting just because it was also a simple introduction to the world of TV editing- my question went as far as the segue into American politics and that part came afterwards, yet I’m still mysteriously shown as standing and nodding the whole time!  So that was interesting in itself, but all in all quite an enjoyable experience and I don’t think I embarrassed myself too badly on Dutch national television debut.

Video: Gauchos in Malargue, Argentina

Taken November 16, 2010

These gauchos (Argentinian cowboys) are just a small fraction of the hundreds who come from miles around to participate in the annual Malargue Day Parade.  They are amazing horsemen who even handle the horses well even when they were spooked by the crowds!

Video: The Big Piano at FAO Schwarz in NYC!

Checked out many a thing in New York City but to kick things off this video turned out really well- the famous big piano at FAO Schwarz! (Well famous if you have your Tom Hanks 80s movies correctly.) The song being played is, of course, The Entertainer because for some reason the two professional piano players couldn’t get things going well for the more famous Heart and Soul.

Alas, before anyone asks I did not get on the big piano myself because there were way too many little kids in line, and somehow FAO Schwarz makes a big kid feel out of place when not accompanied by a little one!

Video: Zipline, Gibbon Experience, Laos

Not a photo today, but I would argue it’s way more awesome!  Last year while in Laos I went on The Gibbon Experience deep in the jungles of northern Laos, which basically involved hiking and ziplines and living in treehouses for a few days.  If you ever find yourself in that part of the world I highly recommend it!  You can read my full write-up of the Experience here, complete with the biggest accident I had on my rtw that somehow involved physics saving my life and my only experience with medical quackery.  Good times.

Brief Interlude

Nothing to do with my travels specifically, but I thought this was really awesome and travel related so why not share?

In short, data for one 24 hour period showing the flight paths of all the planes in the world.  Absolutely mesmerizing- keep an eye out for all the planes arriving in Europe at dawn, the shift in direction at night on the trans-Atlantic route, the early morning flights from Hawaii to the mainland, and a million other details.  Just awesome.