Archive for October, 2011
Why is the humble umbrella such a conundrum? Can we not come up with a design that can open, close, fit in a purse, and withstand a certain degree of bluster? Having spent a day battling New York winds and rains, I am stumped at the imperfections of this essential object. I propose that we [...]
What if we make some demands? The “we” here is vague. Let’s say it’s those of us who are dissatisfied. For example, we could demand that the economy be harnessed to bring increased benefits to the majority, rather than the small minority at the top of the income ladder. Or that we organize our economic [...]
Am I the last person to see this? It is mesmerizing. (Jump to :30 if you’re impatient.)
This afternoon I was reading the LA Times on line, catching up on Frank McCourt’s latest flailing attempts to maintain control of the Dodgers. When I was done, I scrolled to the bottom and glanced at the links there. Sometimes I’ll make my way through the news like this, instead of returning to the homepage [...]
For all you This American Lifers out there. I am told this is funny; I couldn’t listen to enough of it to find out because it seemed like a good impression of Ira Glass and his vocal mannerisms make me insane. (I wrote a draft of a thing called “Why I Hate Your Favorite Show” [...]
I’m still trying to figure out exactly what this is, but I do know that it’s amazing. There are ones for NY, SF, Chicago, and Montreal, too.