the road

Kansas road

“All roads indeed lead to Rome, but theirs also is a more mystical destination, some bourne of which no traveller knows the name, some city, they all seem to hint, even more eternal.”
~Richard Le Gallienne

“Receptive field mapping studies in cortical area V1 [the primary visual cortex of the brain] indicate that cells are selectively sensitive to orientation, spatial frequency, direction of motion, color, and eye of stimulation.”
~Nakayama, 1996

Colorado Highway

“It is true that… apparent depth can be added to the visual image of a single eye by using a number of indirect cues, such as the angular subtense of an object of known size, motion parallax, accommodative effort, and the obscuration of distant objects by nearer ones.”
~Barlow, 1967

“Each cell has a specific binocular receptive field bestowing it with the ability to respond selectively to real-world targets at specific distances… Assuming that the visual system could monitor the convergence of the eyes with accuracy and precision, the properties of disparity selective neurons could provide for the metrical encoding of perceived distance.”
~Nakayama, 1996

Utah Canyonlands Road

“You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge.”
~Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance




wanderlust quelled, paradise found

“… it hits me how much books and writing have fueled our shared wanderlust… A curious boy reads about deserts and dinosaurs and Eastern intrigue, and the man wants to go find them.”

“Unlike Bangkok, with its huge shiny malls stocked with Maserati dealerships and Starbucks, Chiang Mai retains a provincial feel, its walled old center woven with quiet, narrow lanes.”

“In a corner, a young monk with a saffron robe and a shaved head sits at a table. The Chedi Luang wat holds monk chats — a chance for monks and everyday folks, mostly tourists, to talk. ‘Lay people have a lot of problems,’ says the young monk, Pena Met, ‘but in the temple we follow the middle way, with less problems.’ It turns out he’s got wanderlust. He wants to talk to tourists, to learn English, to read books written in English; he has even downloaded TED lectures onto his computer to find out about other lands and other ways. Finally, he says it: ‘I really want to go to America!'”

Travel is all about stepping through gateways into other worlds, but usually just for a time. You drop in but climb out again. I’m about to leave. My father isn’t — he’s here on the ultimate travel journey, a one-way ticket.”

“… Presenting the world as a place of wonder to be dived into, not feared. To take big mouthfuls of the world. To be an opportunistic omnivore.”

~ Excerpted from Last Goodbye in Chiang Mai