incoherentboy does SDCC

Jul 11th, 2012 On Pop culture, On Travel incoherentboy 1 min read

It’s finally here, and it all begins today at Preview Night! But besides all the obvious reasons to be psyched about SDCC, one other reason I’m buzzed is that my name cards for this blog have just arrived.

Nerd Mecca: San Diego Comic Convention

Jul 11th, 2012 Featured, On Pop culture, On Travel incoherentboy 14 min read

Clearly, the San Diego Comic Convention isn’t the Lazarus Pit, let alone sacred ground. But as far as true believers are concerned, it might as well be. I’m flying to San Diego from San Fran in a few hours for my first pilgrimmage, and already I can feel the buzz and the energy of the place online.

San Francisco: The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project

Jul 9th, 2012 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 5 min read

So I’m currently on my maiden trip to the USA, and gallivanting around San Francisco before I head off to San Diego and the San Diego Comic Convention on Tuesday. Of course, we all know the City by the Bay for the Golden Gate Bridge, impossibly steep hills and cable cars. In my case, I mainly know it from The Rock (1996), the Michael Bay…

The gardens and houseboats of Srinagar

Jun 27th, 2012 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 6 min read

In 2009, after I had visited Ladakh, I moved on to another city in Kashmir that has sometimes been called the Venice of the East: Srinagar. The city is famous for three things: floating gardens, houseboats and the ever-present threat of violence. The latter is evidenced by the constant presence of armed police and soldiers, and the fact that security checks before you can even…

Ladakh part II: The lay of the land

Jun 26th, 2012 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 3 min read

Three years after I visited Leh, capital of the former Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, I remember what my guide said to me: “In Leh, it is so quiet that you can hear your own thoughts.” When I think about Ladakh now, I can still hear the novice nuns we met beneath the apricot tree grove calling out to us: “Jullay! Jullay!” That’s a Ladakhi word meaning…

The wise old man of Ladakh

Jun 25th, 2012 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 5 min read

I’ll be traveling again soon, but I thought I’d start this blog with a blast from the past. Back in 2009, I was traveling with a friend in Leh, which sits in the shadow of the Himalayas in the arid region of Ladakh. Ladakh itself is located in the disputed territory of Kashmir, which you will often see in the same news reports as the…