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An Open Letter to HitchBOT (and family)

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Dear HitchBOT (and family),

I was so saddened to hear of your vandalism and subsequent demise. In your short life you touched so many lives and I know you will continue to do so.

When I first heard about your trek across Canada I was delighted and intrigued. Your family and the strangers who helped you make your way across the country represent the best in humanity. Wide-eyed curiosity, neighborly love, and a passion for the unknown are all things that make humans (and robots!) great.

It’s appalling to think of the inhumanity that led me to write this letter, but here we are. Yes, bad things do happen to good robots, but please know how many of us would have preferred to *never* see a bad thing happen to you. I sincerely hope that your family is able to construct a HichtBOT 2.0. If that’s the case, I’ll be watching for you when you get to Arizona!

Much Love,



Throwback Thursday: London Trip, 2012

BigBen1For TBT here is an excerpt from my travel journal about the first time I saw Big Ben. Enjoy!

I’ve seen pictures of Big Ben my whole life and I thought I knew what it looked like…

As we drove toward it on the double-decker bus, Big Ben seemed how I had imagined it. But as we got closer I began to realize how massive it was. It was so much larger than I had pictured in my mind. It was also so much more intricate.

I’d never seen the face of the clock up close before and was particularly impressed with the golden, flower-like pattern radiating from the center. There also appears to be some sort of wording across the bottom part of the face.BigBen2

This clock tower is simply magnificent and I’ll always remember standing across from it and watching it fade into the sunset.