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Like most tourists, I recorded much of my recent trip to the Amazon by camera, capturing the beautiful scenery, fauna, and anything else that caught the eye. Yet sight is only one of our senses, and in the jungle possibly our least useful. It’s hard to see the frogs, toucans & howler monkeys behind the veil of vines and trees – but you sure can hear them (and occasionally smell them). So I brought along a digital voice recorder and tried to capture some of the sounds of the experience. The result is an organic tapestry of chirps, warbles and whistles that will more surely transport you to the jungle than any still image could. Enjoy!
Night jungles sounds from the Amazon (33m41s; 30.8 Mb)
By the way, this is an excellent sleep aid…
A couple of weeks ago I had the fortune of being down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a meeting of the International Astronomical Union. In addition to the great science, scenery and sunshine, we had a few really spectacular meals. Rio isn’t just churrascarias (just skip Porcão); there is a wide mix of styles and tastes to satisfy any palate. Here is a perfect day of eating for anyone going to A Cidade Maravilhosa. Read the rest of this entry »
I was recently on an American Airlines flight from Santiago to DFW when the women next to me started telling me all about her and her husband’s flight around the world in March – 10 destinations in 1 month paid for with frequent flyer miles, and for what seemed to be an incredibly low mileage. So I called AA, checked out the websites, and here’s the scoop (at least as of August 20, 2008).