Monthly Archives: August 2006

Saturday @ Phillips

In an attempt to stay young ‘n’ trendy, Phillips de Pury has launched a new auction series called Saturday @ Phillips. The idea is that it’s an entry-level auction, for people who don’t have hundreds or even tens of thousands … Continue reading

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Straight outta Charlie Kaufmann

Not only does New York have a Puppet Lending Library, but it’s in the Grand Arch at Prospect Park! Yes, as in inside the arch. It’s open Saturdays from noon to 4pm, and occasionally there are even performances in the … Continue reading

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The Apple recall

So there’s tons of news about Apple’s battery recall, which involves Apple replacing either 1.1 million or 1.8 million Sony batteries. Obviously the source for all this news is Apple itself. But there’s nothing on the apple homepage, nothing on … Continue reading

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Earthlink alternatives

Just as my cable-modem bill increased to $42 per month, my cable-modem service started getting horrible. Connection is very spotty: internet access seems to come and go on a minute-by-minute basis, and is sometimes very fast and sometimes incredibly slow. … Continue reading

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Ushuaia here I come

So after having to cancel my trip at the last minute in March, I’ve now rebooked, and am all set for a trip all the way down to the Antarctic Peninsula in November. Can’t wait! I’m looking to spending some … Continue reading

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Gentle reminder

Jenufa tickets are on sale now. Buy them. (I’m going Wednesday February 14 if you’d care to join: tickets are cheaper Mon-Thu.)

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Rothschilds in the NYT

One of the more minor differences between English English and American English is the way that investment banks are referred to. The English have a weird habit of pluralising everything: Goldman Sachs becomes Goldmans, Lehman Brothers is Lehmans, NM Rothschild … Continue reading

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Diane Shamash, 1955-2006

Two art-world doyennes, Diane Shamash and Annely Juda, died last Sunday. I don’t want to read too much into the coincidence, especially considering that although they died on the same day, they were born 41 years apart from each other. … Continue reading

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You’ve gotta feel a bit sorry for Alice Coote

I just got the Met Opera‘s 2006-7 season guide. Excerpted without further comment: the marvelous tenor Macello Giordani exceptional baritone Dwayne Croft the greatest Rossini tenor of our time, Juan Diego Flores the great Strauss interpreter Deborah Voigt the celebrated … Continue reading

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Luxury amenities

I wouldn’t live in the Sculpture for Living if you paid me. (Well, of course I would if you paid me, but I doubt that’s likely to happen any time soon.) I rarely agree with Michael Blowhard on matters architectural, … Continue reading

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Irony in Gawker Stalker

"I was being ironic" really is the last refuge of the scoundrel. If you do a stupid or offensive thing, you can almost always claim that you were being ironic. Once in a while, you might even be right, in … Continue reading

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The WSJ is getting desperate

I got an "exclusive limited time offer for Preferred Professionals" in the mail yesterday: a 1-year subscription to the Wall Street Journal, including online access, for just $99. Seemed like a pretty good deal, so I compared it to the … Continue reading

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Afflicting the afflicted

Claire Hoffman’s LA Times article on Joe Francis reveals the Girls Gone Wild entrepeneur to be a raging id. This is unlikely to come as a great surprise to anybody who knows much about who he is and what it … Continue reading

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RIP, Secret Diary of Steve Jobs

It was hilarious, while it lasted, but now, for unknown reasons, it’s gone. In memoriam, a post from July 30 which I happen to have cached, after the jump.

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Offsetting emissions

I’m flying quite a lot this year, so I used the (not particularly user-friendly) CarbonNetural flight calculator to give me some idea of my total emissions. Most people fly less than this in a year, I’m sure, but then again … Continue reading

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Ayamye

Coming soon to a film festival near you (we hope): Ayamye, a wonderful, heart-warming documentary by my friends Tricia Todd and Eric Matthies, about the Village Bicycle Project. If you want to watch it, let me know, and I’ll see … Continue reading

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