Monthly Archives: April 2006

29 things in my apartment which beep

Alarm clock Humidifier Electric toothbrush (after every minute brushing) 3 telephone handsets Clock radio 2 desktop computers 2 laptop computers (actually, 3 at the moment) Washer Dryer Fridge Freezer Coffee maker Dishwasher Oven Microwave 2 digital cameras Fax machine 2 … Continue reading

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A ticket to the opera

Karita Mattila and Anja Silja are two of the greatest actresses of their respective generations. You haven’t seen them in the movies, you probably haven’t even seen them on the TV. But if you’ve seen them on stage, the chances … Continue reading

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Equal housing opportunity on Central Park West

Anybody who read Clive Thompson’s excellent and fair-minded piece on Google in China in the NYT magazine this weekend will have flicked past yet another piece of real-estate porn to get there: a double-page spread from Zeckendorf Development, LLC advertising … Continue reading

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Roberta Smith on Donald Judd

Roberta Smith gets the front page of the NYT arts section today to gush over the Donald Judd installation at Christie’s. She’s much less worked up than Tyler Green was over the fact that the Judds aren’t going to museums: … Continue reading

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Revkin on climate change

Andrew Revkin has been covering global climate change for the New York Times since 1988. Today, he gets the front page of the Week in Review section to try to answer the key questions, which he puts this way: Is … Continue reading

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Turntable

It was my birthday on Friday. I’d already got a couple of presents early: a wonderful tough & waterproof watch for when my grandfather’s very fragile one isn’t suitable, and a fabulous lab-flask-to-be-used-as-a-decanter inspired by this post. But then on … Continue reading

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Chesterfield

Warning: highly digressive post ahead. It starts talking about suburbia and ends up in the more familiar realm of meta-media. Feel free to dip in and out… No posts for the past week – I was away on a work … Continue reading

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Public schools are better than private schools

Wow. This is HUGE, and no one seems to have noticed it. Back in May 2005, Sarah Theule Lubienski and Christopher Lubienski published a report in the Phi Delta Kappan saying that after controlling for student background, mathematics achievement in … Continue reading

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NYC question

Here’s a question for Curbed types or anybody else: where’s the best place in NYC for hailing a cab? I’m looking for somewhere you can get a cab more or less immediately, at more or less any time of day … Continue reading

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Antarctica update

My sister’s blog has now been spun off to its own site, rhiansalmon.com – which has just been updated with a fascinating post about the results of all the science she was doing in Antarctica. By measuring lots of different … Continue reading

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