Author Archives: Adam Nathan

November 15

Scenes from a Yoga Practice

There is a hot yoga studio hidden about a hundred yards from the door of my Fremont office building. The studio is located at the funky convergence of a tattoo parlor, a Burlington Northern train of garbage dumpsters, and, so help me God, a stray alley cat somebody fitted with a nose ring. If nobody has kicked into […]

November 10

Kenneth Katzner’s English-Russian Dictionary (More Notes of the Film Gravity)

(Spoiler alert: if you haven’t seen Gravity, but have plans to, stop here. If you haven’t read my first set of notes on the film, they are here.) Visiting with my son and my brother’s family last night in New Jersey, I saw Gravity for a second time. When I came out the first time, […]

October 20

My daughter Alannah started a blog recently called “miss tweenster.” She’s created a daily theme – Funday Monday, Whatever Wednesday, Saturday Shopping – for girls her age. (She’s 11) I liked today’s post on favorite songs – as much for the shout-out to Dad buried in there (see if you can find it) as to […]

October 05

7 Provocative Comments About the Film Gravity

I am one of those people that gets really enthusiastic about the things he instinctively loves, throws out wild, barely-considered assertions, and then aggressively and vehemently defends them. Here goes: 1. Terrence Malick needs to see Gravity so that he can learn how to incorporate beautiful images into an actual story. Call it poetry class. James […]

October 04

How to Win a Civil War: Advice for the President of the United States of America

When my son turned three it was like a wild west rodeo buzzer went off. One minute I was staining the front deck and my child was kind and lovely and full of blond curls and questions like “what’s daddy’s doing?” and overnight I was the father of the angriest child in the world. It was […]

September 21

Why the Airlines Are Not in Trouble

Thanks to everyone for your help on the exit row dilemma, especially the comment this morning that said I’d only be “panicky” and “I’m unlikely to be of much use” from this fellow who has looked in depth at the challenge of sharing middle seat armrests on international flights. Best advice was to “get out of Dodge” and “I’ll […]

September 19

Read Me, Daniel

From the moment I finished Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs I’ve wanted my son, Daniel, to read it. For one thing my son is a gifted engineer in the making. He has fashioned a whole manner of weird and wonderful things: weed whacker engines turned into RC plane motors, a firefighting robot that he […]

September 18

Exit Row Passenger Protocol

  Everybody knows that if you sit in the emergency exit row you have to agree to the job of clearing the door out, and you need to be a certain age and understand instructions, and if you’re unhappy for any reason they will relocate you. But at dinner tonight the question came up about […]

September 02

Top 10 Reasons To Use 1942 Farkas Vintage Eye Black Grease (Amazon Product Review)

Amazon Product Review: “1942 Farkas Vintage Eye Black Grease“ In no way do I intend any SO-CALLED DISRESPECT, but the previous reviewer has never played football BY HER OWN ADMISSION and has no idea what she is talking about. Basically I COULD wash this product out from my jersey and it did not take FIVE […]

Camino de Santiago Photo of the Week – August 25, 2013

* This half-hour film gives a great feel for the daily life (and sometimes grind) of the Camino. It is recorded in Spanish, but there are functional English translations at the bottom through captions. It covers three friends, the strangers they meet, the fellow pilgrims, and the ducks, geese, frogs, calves, foals, and goats met […]

August 17

Camino de Santiago Photo of the Week – August 18, 2013

People always ask me what’s it like to walk the Camino. What’s it like? What’s it like? Well, it’s kind of like these three pictures all taken at arrival in the great square in front of the cathedral. Thanks to Jean-François Aillet who assembled them as a trio on his site and forwarded the images on to […]

August 12

Camino de Santiago Photo of the Week – August 11, 2013

Honestly, this is what I thought pilgrims looked like by the time they reached Santiago. Ben Heine, a multidisciplinary artist from Belgium, published a set of photos from his Camino here. Home page of the artist here. More on the iconic subject of the photo here. <– July 28, 2013 Camino Photo of the Week […]

July 30

Camino de Santiago Photo of the Week – July 28, 2013

* This is a week when the city of Santiago de Compostela is in the news for the most tragic reasons. There have been powerful pictures from a number of news services, but this one caught my eye because of a detail pilgrims will recognize. The cement wall in the background is adorned with the […]

July 22

Camino de Santiago Photo of the Week – July 21, 2013

* A new follower on twitter this week (Kei Tachibana @Rikka1535135) had a fascinating scroll of images from two separate pilgrimages. The first of her recent pilgrimage to Santiago, the second of a Japanese Buddhist pilgrimage she is currently undertaking. But what jumped out among a number of terrific images was a picture of a […]

Adam Nathan July 17

Camino de Santiago Photo of the Week – July 14, 2013

In March of 2011 I left Rognes, France for Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Nine weeks and a thousand miles later I reached the town of Finisterre on the western coast. This week we returned en famille after two years to the home and town where we spent the year. We reunited with friends, walked the streets […]