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Puerto Rico Museum of Art

Posted in Puerto Rico,Travel by Elliott Back on February 28th, 2011.

The Puerto Rico Art Museum is a fantastic way to burn a few afternoon hours. Located on 299 Ave José de Diego, just a few blocks from Plaza las Americas shopping mall, el Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10/11 – 5/6 PM (check the website for hours). For just $11 you can see both the regular exhibit and a special exhibit of Campeche.

Regular Exhibition

The permanent collection consists of some 1,100 works of art in various media. A small sample is available at the permanent collection gallery. One of my favorites is Sobrecielo (2000), by Ada Bobonis, which features dried flowers hanging from a ceiling in waves of different colors, illuminated by a long light:

Sculpture Garden

Outside, a large garden and a dozen sculptures await. This is the only place in the museum which permits photography, so I took a few photos while I was there. I also bumped into a couple taking a romantic stroll!

Special Exhibition

Currently showing Campeche alive: 200 years later, a collection of 17 works reinterpreting the art of José Campeche. Campeche, a puertorican who lived from 1701 to 1780, painted many church scenes as well as famous portraits, such as of governor Ustariz.

Check the future exhibitions page for more information going forward.

More Puerto Rico

Check out these other posts in the Puerto Rico travelblog series:

July 4th Fireworks Photos in Washington DC

Posted in Holiday,Photo,Travel by Elliott Back on September 2nd, 2010.

These photos were taken July 4th, in Washington DC, sitting on the lawn underneath the Washington Monument (which is, in my opinion, the best place to watch the fireworks). If you decide to go, arrive at least an hour early to get a good spot on the lawn. Another popular place to sit is on the steps on the Lincoln Memorial, but there’s less space there, and there it’s much more crowded. After the fireworks, many nearby metro stations will be closed, and police out in full force, looking to smash heads. So walk quietly to a farther station, wait in line, and hope to get home!

Original (high res) on Flickr

Original (high res) on Flickr

Original (high res) on Flickr

Original (high res) on Flickr

Original (high res) on Flickr

Original (high res) on Flickr

Original (high res) on Flickr

Original (high res) on Flickr

Original (high res) on Flickr

These photos were taken by me with a Nikon D90 using the kit 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED lens at ISO 400, slow ~1/2s shutter, and f/6.3 at 22mm. My first time taking night fireworks pictures, hope they are OK!

For information about next year’s fireworks, About’s 4th of July page is worth a look!

Obama ’08 iPhone App is Awesome

Posted in Apple,iPhone,Politics,President by Elliott Back on October 2nd, 2008.

I am extremely impressed with Obama ’08: The Official iPhone Application. It’s slick, down-to-earth, full-featured, breathtakingly gorgeous, fast, and functional. Its blue theme coherently extends the Obama ’08 campaign branding to mobile devices. Check out these screens:



It’s interesting that the Obama campaign application shows your friends (classified by zip code) as a checklist to call off and recruit. Will it work to get more people out on voting day? Who can say. It’s certainly aggressive, and the only big turn-off of the application. In a way, it reminds me of the moronic Facebook applications “Vampires and Werewolves” or “Pirates vs Ninjas” which both try to coerce you into harassing your friends.


The local news is what I’m looking for, Obama news and updates for the US and NYC.


The issues pages are also nice; it would be better, perhaps if they included a summary of other candidates views, with rebuttals from the Obama camp, but you can’t wish for everything to be perfectly balanced–this is politics.

Gizmodo rants, “This is something like what politicking at the grassroots level will look like by the next election—local and immediate, but definitely national in scope. It makes you feel like a part of the campaign.” For me, this might be the first opportunity to follow Obama’s announcements without being harassed by email or sms-spammed.

Go download it now in the iTunes store, it’s free!

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