holy crap NYC

Wow, so much for a person's rights when out in public. Thousands of foreign tourists to be fined, I'm sure. NYC transit officials are considering banning photography in subway, buses, and metro rail citing “security”. This has gone way too far. How fitting that the RNC will be in NY this year? Full article available here, more coverage from the NYT available here (registration required, that kind of thing…).

People of New York: Welcome to the Police State.

climb everest? That doesn’t take too long, does it?

According to CNN, a Nepalese Sherpa scaled Mt. Everest in 8 hours and 10 minutes. I thought I was doing good to complete the old 20 minute mile. No mention of whether he started at base camp or one of higher camps, anyone have any ideas?

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNN) — A Nepalese Sherpa has broken the record for the fastest ascent of Mt. Everest, scaling the world's highest mountain in 8 hours and 10 minutes.

Pemba Dorji Sherpa, 26, surpassed the previous record by more than two hours, reaching the summit at 2:10 a.m. local time on Friday (2015 GMT Thursday), officials said.

The previous record of 10 hours and 46 minutes was set last year by fellow Sherpa, Lakpa Gheylu.

Pemba and Lakpa had been competing against each other to chip away at the record.