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Boston Globe:

How to make almost anything.

01/31/05 • 03:52 PM • ConsumptionHome & LivingScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Reuters:

Worker salaries losing to inflation.

01/30/05 • 05:36 PM • Home & LivingHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Reuters:

Romeo and Juliet, redux.

01/22/05 • 10:01 PM • HealthHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

US News & World Report:

Pension tension.  “... That sacrifice went unrewarded because shortly after Groff retired in 2002, Bethlehem handed off its underfunded pension plan to the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. But the PBGC backs only standard pension benefits, not those awarded as overtime bonuses. So it cut Groff’s pension from $2,520 a month to $1,420, nowhere near enough to cover his mortgage, car payment, and health insurance. Groff had little choice but to go back to work.”  Think you’ve got a pension socked away and safe?  Think again.

01/21/05 • 09:03 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Press:

Honk if you’re a sociopath.  Then again, it’s the ones that just drive crazy… and don’t honk ... that are dangerous.  In the nine years I worked in Manhattan, I was scooped up on hoods three times, to minor injuries.  SUV’s wouldn’t allow that grace.

01/21/05 • 05:45 PM • Home & LivingHuman RightsPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CNN:

Military machine guns found near Kansas lake.

01/11/05 • 01:49 PM • Home & LivingHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Editorial:

For the record on Social Security.  We’re getting “Iraq’d”, again.

01/10/05 • 02:52 PM • Home & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

“Trading Spaces” auditioned homeowners in Albuquerque.  If they end up in Santa Fe, there’s not much $1K will buy without a *ton* of connections and driving about.

01/09/05 • 03:11 PM • EntertainmentHome & LivingSanta Fe Local • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Drought provokes regional response.  A good small overview of our water woes in the western US.  The headlong pursuit of “growth at any cost” must be curtailed.  What’s happened to vivifying and gentrifying the existing infrastructure?  Plenty of money to be made there.

01/06/05 • 01:14 PM • EnvironmentalHome & LivingNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Daily News:

Rather than ads, high art on the streets in the Big Apple.

01/05/05 • 01:55 PM • ArtsEntertainmentHome & Living • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

American Public Media:

The surprising legacy of Y2K.  Er, ammo and spam do have a shelf-life, but it’s way longer than the whole life of laptops or cellphones.  Interesting bits.  Via Mefi.

01/03/05 • 11:21 PM • HistoryHome & LivingHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Economist:

Meritocracy in America ... Ever higher society, ever harder to ascend.  The term “social sclerosis” will now find its way into my vocabulary ... excellent.

01/03/05 • 02:07 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingHuman RightsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Times Online.UK:

Clever devils get the bird.  Good heavens, don’t make this mistake.  Go for the smart women.  Via Mefi.

01/03/05 • 01:29 PM • Home & LivingHuman RightsPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

I’m already hearing

‘tsunami’ being used in common conversation as a hipper version of ‘disaster’ ...

12/30/04 • 11:09 PM • Home & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CNN:

Pale Male decides the neighborhood is still OK.

12/29/04 • 02:00 PM • Home & LivingNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times:

When a Knife Is the Gleam in a Cook’s Eye.  A fig for Alwin.

12/15/04 • 01:52 PM • FoodHome & LivingWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Wired:

Roads gone wild.  Nice dream, though the American car culture will only come to this endpoint by the application of physical torture. The problem is, the money for re-engineering roads and intersections is often nonexistent.  And emergency vehicles need swift access through roundabouts and over speed humps ... something that is a serious challenge to address.  Nice article, but needs more real-world input.

12/14/04 • 01:25 PM • DesignHome & LivingScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Psychology Today:

A Nation of Wimps.  A parent must learn quick.  Kids can take one hell of a tumble, but if you just hold your breath and wait, most times the child will pick itself up, and go on playing.  If you react, you set up a chain of behavior that is very hard to break.  You can see it in many kids today ... they fall, they misbehave ... always with one eye focused on their particular parental attention-giver.

12/09/04 • 01:52 PM • ChildhoodHome & Living • (7) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times:

“Pale Male” gets evicted.

12/08/04 • 12:25 PM • EnvironmentalHome & LivingNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times International:

How Icelanders stay happy in the dark.

12/02/04 • 12:55 PM • Home & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Sustainability:

Tragedy of the Commons home page.

11/10/04 • 09:04 PM • EnvironmentalHome & LivingHuman Rights • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times:

A Barista Buzz, home-style. I like this bit of description: “Black & Decker’s Home CafĂ©, true to its roots, looks like a drill press.”

11/10/04 • 02:08 PM • ConsumptionFoodHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Mint Museum,

The Penland Experience.  I suggest sitting down first, and clicking “Objects.”

11/08/04 • 10:32 PM • ArtsDesignHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Editorial:

Check this out.  Indeed, do check it out.  The Republican Congress has given the banking industry a new profit center.

10/31/04 • 03:22 PM • EconomicsHome & LivingPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WSJ Opinion Journal:

In Britain, citizens are finally getting a voice against bad architecture.  Michael Graves redid a burned-out Dutch Reform in Princeton; the interior is done in construction-grade metal.  Slanted doorways, the perfect height to rip your scalp off if you’re 5-10 or taller.  I hold grudges against architects who go for pure design over real-world usability.  And don’t get me started on aesthetics ...

10/29/04 • 12:07 PM • ArtsEntertainmentHome & LivingNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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