Andrew Sinclair


Blizzard Time Lapse

+ (February 9, 2013)

The Boston area had a top 10 snowstorm Friday night and Saturday. I documented how it looked out my window with a time lapse video:... more

"We call it life" - still?

+ (March 28, 2008)

The Competitive Enterprise Institutes's pro CO2 advertisements get even more hilarious with age. There was at least some semblance of a debate on this topic two years ago when these ads were made, but there's really not very many people... more

Road Rage

+ (May 21, 2007)

In my last post I mentioned that driving was a big change for me. Since high school, I haven't had any kind of regular access to a car. I went off to college knowing that I didn't want to pay... more

Warm Weather

+ (January 14, 2007)

It's been exceptionally warm in the Northeast this winter, and for a society that generally interested in weather - enough to make it the default small-talk topic and even build a business model around its unpredictability - I've been surprised... more

An Inconvenient Truth

+ (June 3, 2006)

I just got back from seeing An Inconvenient Truth, the film documenting Al Gore's global warming slide show. This is an important and convincing film, and it's definitely worth seeing. (It's also worth my first post in over a month!)... more

Moving House

+ (November 27, 2005)

Sunday morning in Cambridge... the birds are chirping, the strollers are out, and triple-decker apartment buildings are driving down the street. Apparently, even with Man Ray gone, there just wasn't enough room for the ambitious new apartment complex in central... more

I've been watching the former site of Burger King in Central Square with anticipation over the last few months as "for rent" signs were posted, construction began, and a menu has been unveiled behind the tinted glass bubble of the... more

Sprawl Photos

+ (November 8, 2005)

Matt Jalbert has a great collection of sprawl photographs.... more

ManRay Goes Down

+ (October 25, 2005)

Apparently I tend to live not so much in the path of destruction, but rather, across the street from destruction. My first Boston apartment felt the heat of a major fire (pictures), and my current abode was recently rumbled by... more

Nor Cal Trip

+ (August 8, 2005)

I'm back in Boston after a great trip back west to northern California. Congratulations to Graeme and Karenna for marrying each other. Part of my trip included a visit to Lake Tahoe, the second deepest lake in the U.S.. I... more

Print Toner Return

+ (April 20, 2005)

Printer ink is a big scam, and the scam is not limited to ink jet printers. I have a laser printer and recently discovered that the cartridge it comes with only contains half of the normal amount of toner. In... more

Google Satellite

+ (April 8, 2005)

Google Maps now shows satellite images via Keyhole. I knew they would do something like this.... more

Triple Pundit

+ (March 21, 2005)

Nick Aster launches Triple Pundit: Business-focused news to for the triple bottom line: People, planet, and profit.... more

A9 Street Photography

+ (February 2, 2005)

Amazon is taking a novel approach to search engine competition. Instead of trying to make a better website search than Google (which is near perfect already), they seem to be thinking up things to search. Books were an obvious place... more

Blizzard of 2005

+ (January 23, 2005)

There was quite a snow storm last night in much of the northeast United States. Here in Boston, the forecast actually said "blizzard", which is an interesting word because it has no present continuous tense like other weather verbs: raining,... more

First Snow 2004

+ (November 13, 2004)

The first snow of the season was heavy but didn’t accumulate. The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts more snow than usual this year, but I can’t seem to find any other opinions right now. Weather Underground has some interesting charts of... more

Empire State Plaza

+ (July 15, 2004)

I mentioned yesterday that I won’t be taking the bar exam in the Pepsi Arena in Albany. Instead I’ll be taking it at the Empire State Plaza. I’ve never been to Albany, so naturally I might not know about this... more

Ford Rouge Plant

+ (May 13, 2004)

I took a trip to Detroit last weekend and visited Ford’s massive Rouge manufacturing facility. Ford only recently resumed tours of the plant after closing the tour about 25 years ago. The new tour is a Disneyland style “experience” with... more

Annual Street Cleaning

+ (May 6, 2004)

Most street cleaning I’ve seen is done on a weekly or fortnightly basis. For some reason, my street in Boston (Park Drive) only gets cleaned one time each year. It seems the city has mistaken the concept of spring cleaning... more

Munich Trip Report

+ (April 6, 2004)

I just got back from a long weekend in Munich and Salzburg. Amazingly, it was the first time I’ve left the Netherlands since arriving here in January. What I really wanted to see down there was the Neuschwanstein Castle in... more

Most Expensive Zip Codes

+ (October 4, 2003)

Forbes has a ranking of the most expensive zip codes in the United States. (Do they even have zip codes in other countries? Or only the much-less-zippy “postcode”?) The criterion is the median home sale price. Beacon Hill’s 02114 comes... more

Autumnal Equinox 2003

+ (September 22, 2003)

I don’t really have anything to say about the equinox except that my referral logs indicate that a lot of people have been finding last year’s post on the subject and "hey, equinox." I also found a pretty good site... more

Rochester, NY

+ (September 19, 2003)

I went out to Rochester, New York this week for an interview. It was a short but interesting and enjoyable trip. Interstate 90 comprises almost the entire route from Boston to Rochester. In Massachusetts, it’s know as the Massachusetts Turnpike.... more

Outlook: Not So Good

+ (August 5, 2003)

The great tropical rainforests of the world: Amazon - South America Congo - Central Africa Boston - Massachusetts... more

Got a nice little color mailer from the Massachusetts Water Resouces Authority the other day: “Tap into Water”. I’ve never been that concerned with tap water, but we’ve all read A Civil Action (or at least seen the movie),... more

Best Map in/of the World

+ (June 2, 2003)

I was really impressed by the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library last week. It’s one of those things you see in the papers (they recently re-opened it) that you’d probably visit if you were a tourist, but you... more

New Hampshire Trip

+ (May 11, 2003)

To celebrate the end of the school year, I took a little day trip up to New Hampshire and Maine on Friday. I took some pictures of Portsmith, a small town on the New Hampshire coast (which is less than... more

Mountain Rock

+ (April 19, 2003)

I checked out a local bluegrass band at a pub this evening. Afterward, conversation turned to the sociological and geological merits of various mountain ranges. The Appalachians may have music, religion, and culture, but I still gaze in awe at... more

Most Endangered Places

+ (April 6, 2003)

On the subject of rankings, I’m working on a paper right now that lead me to the National Trust website in search of sources (the paper is on the preservation of sculptural works). It’s not new(s), but the 11 Most... more

Baghdad Images

+ (April 2, 2003)

What does Baghdad look like? On television and in movies you never actually get to see what a place looks like. This is the only reason for watching Hideous Kinky, which shows you quite a bit of Morocco at the... more


+ (February 16, 2003)

I have to admit, I love snow. I’m really excited for the big storm that has been heading up this way. The National Weather Service says 10”-12”, says 10”-20”, Weather Underground says 14”-16”, and says… 10”-12”. Hmm. That... more

Driving on the Charles?

+ (February 3, 2003)

The weather in Boston has finally warmed up. For a while it looked like it would never get above freezing. The prolonged cold was enough to freeze the surface of the Charles River, which divides Boston from Cambridge. Some Harvard... more

More Snow

+ (December 6, 2002)

It's been snowing again in Boston and I have to say I'm enjoying it. Snow makes for a nice change of scenery and Boston deals with it well. I keep hoping for a storm big enough to disrupt the routine... more

City Size (Counting the Miles)

+ (December 2, 2002)

A week ago I posted the population data of the 20 largest metropolitan areas. Population is interesting when you're thinking about city economies, cultures, influence, etc.; but it doesn't tell you a damn thing about how far you'd have to... more

First Snow

+ (November 27, 2002)

It's so nice when the weather people predict a big storm and turn out to be right. Last night and today was the first snow of the year here in Boston (I'm not counting some early morning flurries I saw... more

City Size (Counting the People)

+ (November 24, 2002)

The most populated cities of the US (2000 Census Data): New York21,199,865 Los Angeles16,373,645 Chicago9,157,540 Washington D.C.7,608,070 San Francisco7,039,362 Philadelphia6,188,463 Boston5,819,100 Detroit5,456,428 Dallas5,221,801 Houston4,669,571 Atlanta4,112,198 Miami3,876,380 Seattle3,554,760 Phoenix3,251,876 Minneapolis2,968,806 Cleveland2,945,831 San Diego2,813,833 St. Louis2,603,607 Denver2,581,506 San Juan 2,450,292 This isn't... more

I'm quite impressed with the new website by my old co-worker, Nick Aster. The man has some good opinions. Most notable, in my opinion, is his quick write-up of the proposed California High Speed Rail. Car travel always seems cheaper... more

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall

+ (October 21, 2002)

One of the great things about living in New England at time of year is the colorful array of autumn foliage. Boston has no shortage of urban trees, the leaves of which become yellow, orange, and red with life (er,... more

Autumnal Equinox

+ (September 23, 2002)

Today is the official beginning of my favorite season: Autumn. Also known as Fall for some reason. They're both nice. This picture was taken from this evening. Notice that the light-lines at almost a perfect right-angle. I missed the... more

I've been back for a few days, but I never got a chance to report on my trip to San Francisco. It was short, and I probably spent more time traveling than I spent at the actual destination (well, it... more

Cold Words

+ (September 1, 2002)

A lazy day. Cool weather ushers Autumn and Autumn brings the cold. I have a cold.... more

I checked out 13 Conversations About One Thing last night at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. The film was pretty good. I'd recommend it. I'd also recommend the Coolidge Corner Theatre to anyone. It's one of the last remaining classic, independant... more

Color of Space

+ (June 24, 2002)

Most of my evening was wasted fixing my website, which I apparently screwed up on Sunday afternoon by pressing the wrong button. D-oh! Well I *think* it's fixed now. Apparently some scientists figured out the "true color of space", then... more


+ (June 14, 2002)

Still spreading the 'haps of Park Drive... check out my mattress picture on Now that baseball season is in full swing (I think it's in full swing, but I wouldn't really know), the streets in the Fenway tend to... more

Sprawl Introduction

+ (June 9, 2002)

Today I finished reading Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream today. I’ve been reading this book for ages because, well, law school gets in the way of things. For some reason, sprawl is... more

Ben Folds and the Southeast

+ (June 8, 2002)

Just got back from an amazing Ben Folds show. May Ben Folds live forever. About two years ago I was getting interested in the south-eastern U.S. I read Noodling for Catfish and Eric Martin's Luck (I tend not to read... more


+ (May 27, 2002)

I just got back from a family trip to Vancouver. Despite its size, cultural importance, and proximity to Seattle, Vancouver is surprising forgotten in the emerald city. (I’m referring to Seattle for those that don’t know. Vancouver, with its skyscrapers... more

Most Creative Cities

+ (May 14, 2002)

According to Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, I am on a tour of the most creative cities in the U.S. My former domicile, San Francisco, comes in first place, followed by my current domicile, Boston,... more

Lightning Map

+ (May 3, 2002)

There was a bit of lighting (and, of course... thunder) last night. Hopefully the turbulence in the air is no pre-cursor to a turbulent exam. Actually the rain is very calming. The streetlight that is right outside my window is... more


+ (April 17, 2002)

Too hot. It's only April.... more

Arial Photography

+ (April 5, 2002)

Ahh Friday. There's not a whole lot going on today. I got a couple responses to my ad for a summer roommate. It's all in the presentation. There is some really cool arial photography of various cities, freeways, parkinglots, and... more