Category: Europe

Riga Near Sunset, July 2013

As many of you know, when I’ve gone to Riga, Latvia in the summer, I’ve spent a lot of time roaming the streets and taking pictures. Below is one of the pictures that I...

First Day at Positivus: A Quick Update

It’s 2:30 in the morning on this festival on the edge of the Gulf of Riga. The wind is blowing, the temps have dropped, and beachside activities have been cancelled. But otherwise the festival...

The Time Wayne Coyne and I Called Latvia, Woke Up My Friend, and Gave the Latvian Tabloids Some Copy!

When I heard the Flaming Lips were playing a SXSW show at Auditorium Shores, I couldn’t help think about the last time that the Flaming Lips played a large show in Austin.

Back in 2010, I was working on a column about people with disabilities at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. I ran across Wayne Coyne, the lead singer of the Flaming Lips in the festival’s media area. He was waiting for an interview with MTV, I was trying to stay in the shade so I didn’t melt.

Photo: Spiral Staircase in Latvia

In the last few weeks I’ve been spending time sorting through the treasures I’ve found on various planets, upgrading various bits of hardware, and dealing with a lot of off camera hooha that has to...