Archive for March, 2008

Mon 17 Mar 2008 9:00 pm   //   Posted in: Brooklyn, Photos

Six requirements for civilization in one photo


Smiling Pizza, Park Slope, Brooklyn

1. Law
2. Transportation
3. Sanitation
4. Mail delivery
5. Pizza
6. Ice cream




Mon 17 Mar 2008 8:00 am   //   Posted in: Sterling

The kitchen is a place of wonderous things!

Note: This post is by guest writer Sterling the cat.


sterling3.jpgO hai! I want to tell you about a most extraordinary day I had yesterday!

It was an overcast, late-winter’s afternoon. Outside, the street was quiet, and inside, grey light filtered softly through the apartment curtains.

I was napping when I was awakened by footsteps on the stairs and the unlatching of the deadbolt. It was Daryl returning from the store with three plastic bags!

Three bags! And they smelt of fresh things! What did he have in those three plastic bags? He had foods of all sorts! So many shapes and textures!

But what, pray tell, is this one?!

It’s huge! It’s as tall as me! Its base is knobby and rough, and it flares at the top into an explosion of floppy spikes. It smells earthy and sweet, of soil and honey.

Can I push it? Can I tip it over? What sound will it make if it falls to the floor? I am COMPLETELY OBSESSED! This thing is making me CrAzY!

No, wait! Don’t take it away! Don’t cut it up! I have only begun investigate this amazing piece of food! What staggering miracles of life manifest themselves in the kitchen!

Do you not realize what this is?! My dear sir! It is a pineapple!




Sun 16 Mar 2008 7:00 am   //   Posted in: Music

Like hot butter on (say what?) the popcorn!

Even if you haven’t seen it yet, you already love the music video for Gnarls Barkley’s new song “Run.”




Sat 15 Mar 2008 9:00 am   //   Posted in: Photos

Urban decay

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Sunset Park, Brooklyn 2007 




Fri 14 Mar 2008 8:20 pm   //   Posted in: Weather

Spring already?

Just heard the first Mister Softee truck of the year come chirping up my block.




Fri 14 Mar 2008 11:00 am   //   Posted in: Planet earth, TV commericals

General Motors isn’t actually saving the planet

General Motors spends a good chunk of its marketing budget promoting Chevrolet as an environmentally friendly brand. They’re even running ads for the Chevy Volt – an electric car that does not yet exist.

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That ad seems awfully cynical and two-faced when you look at how GM promotes its other brands, like Hummers, Cadillacs and GMC Trucks. The message: Ginormous cars are patriotic and sexy.

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Once in a while, the two messages collide. The clash of ideals is enough to make your head hurt. Behold: the Tahoe Hybrid!

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Thu 13 Mar 2008 6:04 pm   //   Posted in: Failure, In the news, Media

Two more notes on the fall of Spitzer

1. I was curious about those pictures that everybody’s running of “Kristen.” I did some reporting and wrote this story for work: Press Taps MySpace For Photos Of Spitzer Call Girl.

2. I have no further comment on this detail that appeared in The Times today: “Late Saturday afternoon, the governor hopped an Amtrak train to Washington, changing into a white-tie tuxedo in the train’s restroom.”




Thu 13 Mar 2008 1:00 pm   //   Posted in: Labeling

Do you like Stuff White People Like?

An actual e-mail conversation with a (non-white) coworker:


On 3/12/08 4:15 PM, <coworker> wrote:

You tell me…

http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com/


On 3/12/08 4:29 PM, <daryl> wrote:

This is very close to being funny, but I can’t quite put my finger on why it isn’t. There’s something missing. It’s really a blog about yuppies, and most white people aren’t yuppies and not all yuppies are white.

I know what’s missing — we don’t have an up-to-date word for “yuppy” yet.


On 3/12/08 4:30 PM, <coworker> wrote:

How’s “Hipster”?


On 3/12/08 4:36 PM, <daryl> wrote:

Close, but hipster implies a level of coolness, youth and wealth that doesn’t match this list.

We’re missing an all-encompassing word for trendy-nerdy, college-educated, middle-class people.




Thu 13 Mar 2008 7:00 am   //   Posted in: In the news, Media

High-tech Space Shuttle launch pictures

An item of interest I wrote for the PDNPulse blog: Liftoff On Wireless Space Shuttle Pics.




Wed 12 Mar 2008 9:28 pm   //   Posted in: Failure

Great disappointments

The most breathtaking failures are ones that began with such promise, every advantage, every reason to succeed.

– The Edsel

– New Coke

Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace

Talk magazine

– Enron

– Eliot Spitzer