Monthly Archives: May 2006

What’s on the telly?

Dad blogs about the TV going away; Mum blogs about the TV coming back. Apparently it was necessary for the World Cup, which means the grown-ups caved before the kids forced them to. Are there no pubs in Berkeley? I … Continue reading

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The truth about Snack Dragon

Eater has it half right: the amazing, wonderful, fabulous, incredible, delicious Snack Dragon Taco Shack on Avenue B and 3rd Street is no longer. The Taco Shack is dead; long live the Taco Shack! For yes, the Snack Dragon Taco … Continue reading

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Waiting for a new computer

Things have come to a pretty pass when Apple’s entry-level laptop (which doesn’t even officially support Final Cut Pro and runs it in a slowed-down simulation mode) handily beats a dual-processor G5 desktop machine running Final Cut Pro natively. Me, … Continue reading

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New Yorker fact-checking

What’s happened to the legendary fact-checkers and copy-editing at the New Yorker? Flicking through this week’s issue, I first stumbled across a reference to USAID in a piece on telenovelas by Hanna Rosin. Now the New Yorker has a thing … Continue reading

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Let’s go Auntie-bashing!

Let’s say there’s a virtually unregulated business, open to all comers in the private sector, in which a state-owned company, which receives subsidies from the state, competes. We all know that state-owned companies are pretty inefficient, so the private sector … Continue reading

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Vive la France

So Californian wines are still the best, say the experts. That’s good news for those of us on budgets. As Mike Steinberger notes, This new Judgment of Paris comes at a time when a large segment of the French wine … Continue reading

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Fashion models in the Senate

I can’t make head nor tail of the Senate immigration bill. It’s incredibly long, incredibly complicated, and full of references to other bills, making it to all intents and purposes incomprehensible. So I have no idea what I think of … Continue reading

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Hedge funds, alpha, and beta

Hedge fund managers and investors in hedge funds are generally very smart and very sophisticated. They like to talk a lot about risk-adjusted returns, and especially about "alpha" and "beta" – central components of the Capital Asset Pricing Model. And … Continue reading

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New Yorker media kit

Jason Kottke’s found the new New Yorker media kit, and it certainly helps explain why I couldn’t find a copy of the magazine in St Louis. Newsstand circulation is just 46,808, compared to over 1 million subscribers. Looking over the … Continue reading

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The sentence with five full stops

We are editors, yes, but we must be writers as well. And sometimes a stylebook ruling or a factual correction conflicts with the goal of presenting prose that sounds as if maybe, just maybe, it was written by a human … Continue reading

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