D103.com: Archive
This is an archived page of D103.com, a daily weblog by Daryl Lang.

Come sail away

» The photo above is the view from my office in Manhattan as we watched the gi-normous Queen Mary 2 set sail yesterday. (The QM2 will return to New York this weekend and depart for England on Sunday.) The ship was buzzing with helicopters as it left, which made it seem even more spectacular. For another, more conventional picture of the ship, click here.

» From yesterday... If there is any doubt in your mind that old TVs are cooler than new TVs, check out this web site of vintage sets for sale. Incidentally, I almost bought a model just like to the Sony Pushbutton Triniton depicted on this web site when I was at the Thrift Store yesterday, but went for the Zenith instead.

» There will be no journal entry Sunday. I'm in lovely State College, Pa., for the weekend.

- Daryl

Zenith, this is Houston

» Yesterday I bought a mid-1980s Zenith System 3 19-inch color television set for $35 at the Salvation Army thrift store in Chelsea. The set has has dark wood paneling, a silvered frame, waffle-textured speakers that flare out from either side of the picture tube, and a panel at the top which flips open to reveal the channel tuner. (The remote is missing, but I'm working on that.) Printed on the top of the TV are these words:


Why did I buy this weird-ass TV? In a word: woodgrain. See, I don't watch much TV, so I want my set to look good even when it's off. And new TVs (excluding those cool LCD ones that cost about $1,000) all look like they've been whumped with the ugly stick: Cheap plastic boxes, bereft of charm or style. But then, that's why we have thrift stores, where you can still get a faux bois TV at a good price. Now, if only there were something on.

» NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday is scheduled to air an interview with baseball collector Zack Hample at about 9:40 a.m. ET tomorrow, according to Zack. (Hmm, wonder where the got that idea? My Zack story ran Wednesday.)

» Tomorrow: Off to State College.

- Daryl

Ship a'hoy

» The largest passenger ship ever built, the Queen Mary 2, has just arrived in New York for the first time. This ship is designed to carry 2,620 passengers and 1,253 crew, it's 130 feet longer than the pier where it will be docked, and it clears the Verrazano Narrows Bridge at high tide by a mere 13 feet. The QM2 is now docked at the Passenger Ship Terminal on the west side, where it will stay for a few days. It makes one overnight voyage, then departs on Sunday for its first North Atlantic voyage. Cunard's other North Atlantic ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, will join the QM2 on the voyage home to England.

- Daryl

Give that fan a contract

» I have a story in today's Baltimore Sun about baseball collector Zack Hample. Click here.

» Are you reading Doonesbury this week? If not, start with Monday's panel and read through the week so far.

» An important state-of-the-union story: Ice cream prices are on the rise.

» Quote of the moment: "Popular Science? No such thing man!" - Strong Bad

- Daryl

Go West

» Presenting the top five celebrity shout-outs on rapper Kanye West's new album "The College Dropout":

5. (From "Slow Jamz") "She got a light skinned friend look like Michael Jackson, got a dark skinned friend look like Michael Jackson."

4. (From "School Spirit") "I got a Jones like Norah for your sorror."

3. (From "Never Let Me Down") "I can't complain what the accident did to my left eye, cause look what the accident did to Left Eye."

2. (From "Through the Wire") "They thought I was burned up like Pepsi did Michael."

1. (From "Jesus Walks") "The way Kathy Lee needed Regis, that's the way I need Jesus."

» Other news... Newsday has a thorough story about yesterday's Penn Station train accident.

- Daryl

Pom and circumstance

» In the last couple of months, POM Wonderful pomegranate juice has cropped up in the drink coolers of delis and supermarkets all over the place. POM fruit juice has a deep red color and gives you a warm feeling when you drink it. It's sold in a very cool fruit-shaped bottle that has been brilliantly promoted on subway posters. Problem is, a 16-ounce bottle of POM will set you back about $4. You can drink a bottle of Coke whenever, but POM is reserve stock. For the good times.

I noticed some actual pomegranates for sale yesterday at my friendly neighborhood all-night produce stand, so I bought one. After dinner, I sliced it open. Immediately, blood-red pomegranate juice gushed over my table as if I had severed an artery. I transferred the badly bleeding fruit to a bowl, hoping to contain the mess. Inside, the fruit consisted of white flesh and seeds that looked like red kernels of corn arranged in geometric perfection. How to eat this? Stumped, I turned to the Pomegranate Council web site, which includes a page about how to prepare a pomegranate. Turns out you just eat the seeds, which you extract from the fruit and rinse. The seeds are tasty, but it feels like they have too much seed and not enough sweet stuff. Now I understand why POM is so expensive. It must take at least a dozen of these fruits to squeeze out enough juice to fill a bottle.

- Daryl

You'd think it was the 4th of July

» It's a gorgeous weekend. After a week of work and stress, yesterday was a day of all play and no work. I made pancakes for breakfast then went to the Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea to peruse the outdoor flea markets. (In Chelsea, I always wonder how many of the shoppers are actually magazine writers working on stories about stuff you can buy at flea markets.) Then I met up with my friend Britta and wandered around Union Square, where we got a mozzarepa at a street fair on 4th Avenue and went to see "Walking Tall," The Rock's latest movie. Jeremy, who had just found an apartment in Manhattan, joined us for a drink at Cosí after the movie. Betsy made a brief cameo, then I went to see Christel, Amy, and some other cool book people at Christel's birthday party at DBA on First Avenue. Today looks like another great day.

- Daryl

"I Don't Wanna Know" - Mario Winans - 4.19.04