The industry term is actually "breakage." Just send cash.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Man accused of harming rare & endangered turtles by keeping them at his house. State confiscates turtles. Man subsequently acquited. State returns a few injured, sickly turtles; 300 of 500 died under State custody during the trial.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
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Friday, August 21, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
No, really. They thought he was a "weirdo," possibly a "joker or a thief," and he didn't have his ID with him, so the beat cop and her partner escorted him back to his tour bus. Professor Gates, perhaps this is a lesson for you in how to interact with cops?
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
The demands of the industrial food system have redefined "cooking" and the Food Network is turning it into a spectator sport... Nothing new. Michael Pollan says this will ruin us--his song for some time now--and he is probably right. "The skills are already lost. Who is going to teach the next generation how to cook?" And his recipe to cure us? Right from Hippocrates, paraphrased by the Food Network:
I have the diet for you. It’s short, and it’s simple. Here’s my diet plan: Cook it yourself. That’s it. Eat anything you want — just as long as you’re willing to cook it yourself.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The masters of do-it-yourself furniture assembly were out of the bookcases we wanted--how does a furniture warehouse run out of bookcases?--but I was just going to give Ikea a shout-out for their keyboard tray (Summera) and the under-desk cable management rack (Signum), but searches for both on their website turned up nothing, so there you have it.
Monday, June 08, 2009
"Friday & Saturday - June 19 & 20 - the east coast's largest celebration of American craft beer at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston, featuring 75 American brewers, 300 craft beers, and more ..." The American Craft Beer Festival!
Thursday, June 04, 2009
When Hulu stopped playing nice with the Apple, we worried that it was the beginning of the end. And now that there is talk of running the service on a paying basis, we are ending our brief affair with them. SurftheChannel, or there is always TVTorrents.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
and The Right Wing is spending their weekend celebrating the murder--what is wrong with these people? The Ten Commandments--the same Ten Commandments Christianists want displayed in every court house in the nation--explicitly forbid murder, and here they go murdering. In church, no less.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
This is obviously a great idea: A $10 million prize for designing a better healthcare system. Thumbing through the website, this stuck out:
Consumer(1) engagement: Consumers must opt-in to any programs the teams offer. The assignment of people to a team makes high rates of participation a requirement for success.And there's the rub: People do things that are harmful to themselves. And, just as infuriatingly, people irrationally do other things with no demonstrable benefit in hopes of protecting themselves. An X Team can tell people not to smoke, for example, but who hasn't heard that before? In fact, is there anyone in America who smokes but hasn't heard, at least a million times, that smoking causes lung cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, bladder cancer, hastens heart disease, etc, etc, etc? Or food: who would choose hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis over health? Everyone who eats beef more often than once a week, it turns out, and probably everyone who eats McDonald's more than once a month.
1. Healthcare is not a commodity for consumption. Medical care is the energy, skill, and literally care a physician or nurse uses to lighten the load carried by a patient, a sufferer, a fellow human being who bears a burden.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Can we all just agree not to say "as per..." ever again? It is annoying, because no one seems to know what it means. It is impersonal, shifting authority, blame, and responsibility to the cloud.
Next time you are about to say it, just ask yourself if you really need both the "as" and the "per," and since you probably don't, ask yourself if you wouldn't sound like an ass if you said "per." Since you would, and the "as" doesn't add anything, you sound like an ass when you say both together.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
We swear the waiter was German, which would make his thick French accent a complete affectation, but the food here was phenomenal.
Also, the wine, Ramsay Pinot Noir, rocked. If you know where to pick up a bottle or two, let us know.
A Moleskine City Notebook. The combo of map, pocket to hold tickets, and notebook to jot down restaurants, etc, was perfect to navigate the city while we were on vacation this weekend. You are going to want a map in your pocket, so why not grab one of these and fill it with your trip plans a week or so before you leave?
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Apple is trying to innovate its way through the Great Recession, but only just: they shipped a workstation with Intel's latest and greatest chip a full month before Intel officially released the chip to other computer makers, but they tethered it to a neutered graphics card, so it is not clear what anyone would do with the $3000+ MacPro if they could actually afford one.
Microsoft, which doesn't actually make PCs, has answered with a campaign of their own: Settle for us.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Medical workers--by which they seem to mean physicians, physician's assistants, and others--helped the CIA torture prisoners at Gitmo. We are physicians, and we remember the oath we took: the physicians who took part in this should be stoned.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
It is an excellent question, and there really isn't a well-defined answer.
Some combination of negative economic growth, greater than 10% unemployment, and widespread destruction of durable assets for survival, ie, burning furniture for warmth, desperately selling the family land for cash, eating the milk cow--what else? And how to quantify?
Pricier than our usual fare at $25 a bottle, this wine rocked. It's a beautiful purple-red tooth stainer of a wine, but deceptively light on the nose. Then you sip and find it filling your mouth almost to the bursting point. This is some highly structured stuff, with a mix of black pepper and fresh blackberries on a background of moderate acidity. We drank a bottle on its own, but the acidity would be great with most any meal.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Went to ImprovBoston last night and saw this steaming pile of crap. When we think improv comedy, we think of 1) audience interaction and 2) comedy. This had neither. Worse, it amounted to little more than 4 people practicing their Irish accents on stage for an hour--and all of them still need more work.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Could airlines directly post any changes in departure time or expected delays to passengers' twitter accounts rather than announcing them at the gate area? In our experience, each such overhead announced spawns 200 phone calls that all sound roughly like this: "Hey sweetie. I'm at the gate now. We're supposed to be taking off at 7:20, but they just said we'll be delayed 20 minutes... Is that junior? Hey boy-o! Daddy'll call you when I land!... Oh, wait, they are making another announcement. Gotta go!"
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
A 13-year old girl was stripped searched because her middle school principal thought she might be smuggling ibuprofen (aka Motrin or Advil, similar to those other street drugs, aspirin and Tylenol, that the kids go for these days)--seems another girl at school was caught with two pills of the stuff and fingered the girl in question, an estranged friend, as the source. So the school nurse and administrator strip searched her, playing right into the first girl's plan to get her "friend" deeply, truly humiliated and ruining the second girl's life. Or something like that.
Her case is now being argued before the Supreme Court. Asked by the New York Times reporter about the perp's pristine permanent file--straight As until the incident, and not a single disciplinary report--the school said, "Yes, but that does not mean she followed school rules, just that she did not get caught breaking them."
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
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Saturday, March 14, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Wine's first duty, they say, is to be red. If you are going to drink the white stuff, though, riesling really is the way to go. Rieslings actually span a gamut from sweet & apple-scented to nearly dry and spicy, so each new bottle is a little adventure. This Dragonstone was near the dry end of the spectrum and cries out for some hearty pork-roasted-with-apples dish. Wine via.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Sorta. His playlist for an autographed iPod being auctioned for charity:
- Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
- I Get Along Without You Very Well (Carly Simon)
- Bahia (Stan Getz with Charlie Byrd)
- Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)
- Crown Imperial (“The Presidents Own” U.S. Marine Band)
- Angel (Sarah McLachlan)
- Philadelphia Freedom (Elton John)
- English Folk Song Suite [1-3] (North Texas Wind Symphony)
- A Song for You (Willie Nelson)
- Winds of the Old Days (Joan Baez)
- Concierto de Aranjuez [1-3] (John Williams)
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
People's Music Store--a commie-sounding mp3 site--takes amazon's "people who bought this also bought X" to the next level, web2.0 style, by letting you roll your own music store with mp3s from their catalogs. Right now, the stock is mainly indie, with big labels testing the waters. We're exploring the stockroom now and will keep you updated, but expect a forthcoming Notions Oceans Music Store. Via.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Intellectually, it seemed so optimistic when Rose of Sharon put aside all pretensions to help a stranger in need. Viscerally, it made us want to vomit.
Salma Hayak went with the first response, and somehow, Salma doesn't make us want to vomit:
Honor Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot who gracefully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson last month after the plane was struck by geese in mid-flight, by raising one of these:
Two shots Grey Goose
A splash of water
Wonder what Salon's Patrick Smith would say to this...
Monday, February 09, 2009
Practically speaking, we think that if you had 4 "shoulder height" palm trees, 6-8 "waist height" plants, and 1-2 bushy things for good measure per person in your living space, you'd be living in a jungle. Via.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
This has been around for a while, but still compelling in its own way: HSX.com, the Hollywood Stock Exchange. You bet, with fake money, on how much movies will gross at the box office. This has the side effect of keeping you in the know about upcoming flicks.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ;
Rest your weary ones;
Bless your dying ones;
Soothe your suffering ones;
Pity your afflicted ones;
Shield your joyous ones.
O Lord Jesus, who once died in agony, have mercy on those who will die today.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, grant that they may breathe their last in peace with you. †
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
In the early afternoon, the President, with me next to him in the front seat, took his white Lincoln convertible, top down, for a drive around the ranch. It was incredibly hot; the dust clouds made it hard to breathe. But there was relief. As we drove around we were followed by a car and a station wagon with Secret Service agents. The President drank Cutty Sark scotch and soda out of a large white plastic foam cup. Periodically, Johnson would slow down and hold his left arm outside the car, shaking the cup and ice. A Secret Service agent would run up to the car, take the cup and go back to the station wagon. There another agent would refill it with ice, scotch, and soda as the first agent trotted behind the wagon. Then the first agent would run the refilled cup up to LBJ’s outstretched and waiting hand, as the President’s car moved slowly along.See, if we were President, that's what we'd be doing.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times
Friday, January 16, 2009
The iPhone is hot, sure, but we love the QWERTY keypad on our Treo. Also, it only does one thing at a time--can't chat without interrupting whatever else you're trying to do with it, for example, or pull up a webpage while talking on the speaker phone. Enter the Palm pre. Other than the dumbass name, it has lots going for it: it fixes all of the above shortcomings of the iPhone, and adds magic-level synchronization of contact info, calendars, email, and so on. That alone is worth the price of admission.We're getting one as soon as they hit the shelves.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
"Foul cankering rust the hidden treasure frets,
but gold that's put to use more gold begets."
"Love in your heart wasn't put there to stay;
Love isn't love 'til you give it away!"
Posted by Parker at 2:21 PM
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Months ago, happily in love, we posted our relationship status with a gorgeous, wonderful woman on Facebook. She de-friended us on Facebook (and otherwise), and Facebook updates to say we are "in a relationship," the change being that it no longer lists the wonderful, gorgeous woman. Facebook also tells all of your friends the new status, ie, that you are "now in a relationship."
Thanks to all you well-wishers out there, though. We know you mean well.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales breathes a sigh of relief now that 6 million dollars has been pledged, PBS style, to keep the free online encyclopedia afloat until June--but please send more. Even better, if you try to donate a few bucks, you'll find that the suggested minimum donation is $30.
The Wiki project does not lend itself to the usual kinds of advertising:
[Even] companies like YouTube have had serious trouble trying to monetize user-generated content through advertising, and it's not hard to see why; what big-time brand wants to take a chance on appearing above unvetted and potentially libelous entries that could, at any moment, have key words replaced by terms for genitalia?The obvious solution is to allow people and corporations to write their own entries (and have them protected from editing) for a fee, which hasn't been working well to-date. Or you might charge people for the right to edit, may $30/year or $100/life. Anyway, there's no such thing as a free lunch.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Dr Vino rounds up the best boxed wines of 2008, to which we'd like to add Hardy's Stamp of Australia shiraz. One of our favorite restaurants in Harvard Square offers it for about $8/glass, so the prospect of buying 3L in a box for $15-20 dollars rocks.