Archive for July, 2011

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Jul
11

7.31.2011 … Molly parasailing over Lake Annecy … GoGo and I boat it around the lake … Then into the car again … Oh, my … Now Lyon!

Clipping sabbatical …

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Jul
11

7.29.2011 … Drive was worth it … :) … And what a pleasure to hear Molly speak en francais!!

Clips still on sabbatical …

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‎7.29.2011 … Driving signage is not universal … Long, long day from Paris to Tailloires …

Clips still on sabbatical …

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7.27.2011 … Yesterday … I now know know what SOLDES means … Today no SOLDES … but off early to Montmartre

Clips still on sabbatical …

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7.26.2011 … Ah, Paris in the summertime …

Clips are on sabbatical 🙂

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7.25.2011 Au revoir CLT (and Pinky’s fried pickles), bonjour paris (and steak frites) … de Plane… First time I was ever shushed on a plane … :(


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11

7.23.2011 … gathering of the clan …

Davidson, 4th Rich, reunion, Tuxedo NC:  Our second great gathering of the 4th Rich clan … what a delightful evening.  Thanks, McGrady.  For a few pics … Gathering.

green, Dartmouth College:

In June 2010, faculty, staff and administrators at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire had their desk trash cans replaced with six-inch-tall cartons. One year later, Dartmouth has sent 200 less tons of trash to the landfill, and recycling is up by one third.

It’s a simple strategy. Every desk gets one large “zero sort” recycling box for paper, glass, aluminum and plastic and one tiny trash tub for whatever cannot be recycled, which at Dartmouth is essentially a few types of drink lids and certain types of plastic bags and packaging materials. When the trash tub reaches its meager capacity, the owner has to empty it at a disposal area.

via With Tiny Cans, a New Trash Equation – NYTimes.com.

Harry Potter:  In case you can’t remember, like me … “Harry Potter – A Look Back” – YouTube.

Google+:

Forget being friended on Facebook or followed on Twitter. What you really want now is to be Circled—or so Google hopes.

The company’s latest social-networking effort, Google+, lets users organize people into Circles of friends so you can choose what you share with each group. It offers multi-person video chats and a feature called Sparks that encourages users to plug into news that interests them. It integrates with Picasa, Google’s photo site.

Google+ is designed to compete with Facebook, but judging from my non-techie friends’ reactions over the past two weeks, the initial setup can be confusing. Plus, many of them aren’t eager to build another social network. This week, I’ll take a step back to explain Google+, how it differs from Facebook and just what’s with the Circles.

via Going in Google+ Circles. Review of Google+ – Katherine Boehret – The Digital Solution – AllThingsD.

As virtual world expert Wagner James Au has chronicled on his blog New World Notes, this is posing problems not just for political dissidents but for many virtual world users who’d prefer to go by their avatar names. His post was a response to a Second Life user, Opensource Obscure, who had his account suspended for “violating community standards.”

Google spokesperson Katie Watson has confirmed that the company will require real names for Google Profiles, the requisite for people to establish their Google Plus accounts. There is a place in your Google Profile account where you can list nicknames, and that’s what Google suggests users do who are interested in listing their other online names and persona. Those who do establish Google Profiles under a pseudonym face account suspension.

via No Pseudonyms Allowed: Is Google Plus’s Real Name Policy a Good Idea?.

Looking for an easy way to move your photos from Facebook to Google Plus? So were we. That’s why we were happy to discover this Web application, available in the Chrome Web store, that does the work for you. Available only as a browser add-on for Google Chrome, Move2Picasa exports all your Facebook albums and photos and imports them into Picasa for you, for free. You can then share those pictures with your Circles on Google Plus.

via How to Move Your Facebook Photos to Picasa & Google Plus.

food, lobster rolls:  OK I had my first lobster roll in Boston, and I will admit it was pretty good.  I felt stupid paying $25; but honestly, it was so good it was worth it.

Neptune Oyster- Boston Lobster Roll

Leave it to the World Financial Center to host its pumped-up opposite. At Ed’s Lobster Bar Kiosk on the waterfront, 225 Vesey Street (Liberty Street); (917) 364-3787, lobsterbarnyc.com, Ed McFarland’s six-ounce celery-and-chive-dotted blob of musky mayonnaise-y lobster meat bobs atop its butter-drenched roll like one of the sprawling yachts in the adjacent marina ($25). It’s an object of conspicuous consumption as befits the captains of finance.

via New Lobster Rolls – NYC – Restaurant Review – NYTimes.com.

random, Chinese fakes: Guo Meimei: The TIME Cover Girl Who Wasn’t – Global Spin – TIME.com.

Civil War, history, random, quotes: The article was interesting on lots of levels … but the closing quote just made me laugh!

“At Gettysburg, I had one woman who said to me, ‘I don’t understand how they fought this battle with all these statues here,’ ” Chaney said.

via Whatever Happened to … the statue of Gen. Lee at Antietam – The Washington Post.

technology, education: Whole new world …

Cathy Davidson spotted the gorilla but only because, as a dyslexic, she gave up immediately on trying to count the tosses. That shock of seeing what others missed became the germ of her remarkable new book, Now You See It, which offers a fresh and reassuring perspective on how to manage anxieties about the bewildering pace of technological change: “Distraction is your friend,” she says.

Davidson is a Duke University English professor, part of a tribe that’s not known for embracing the future. But she is a cofounder of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory), an international network of academics inspired by new technology, which administers the annual Digital Media and Learning competition with the MacArthur Foundation. Davidson believes that true conceptual innovation is needed to reinvent our homes, schools, and workplaces for the demands of the digital age. She calls her approach “technopragmatism,” or “technorealism.”

In the book, Davidson tells the story of her extensive arm rehab, which includes a fascinating insight from her physical therapist, who found that her patients who sustained injuries toward the end of a decade in their lives — at 29, 39, even 69 — tended to recover more quickly and completely than those who had just passed that milestone, who felt too old. Davidson, then in her early fifties, was determined to be an exception. “What was very interesting was how little relationship there was in rehab between physical damage and healing. Much more important was attitude — not some goofy optimistic thing, but almost some kind of stubbornness about possibility,” she says.

That very stubbornness is what Davidson models. Even as she works with her students to help rewrite the rules, she’s not going to let people of her own generation off the hook for turning their backs on the new reality. “When I hear from those 40-year-old, 50- year-old Luddites, I’m thinking, What else is wrong in your life that you have to make such a wall? If you’re that worried about distraction, something else is going on.”

via Duke’s Cathy Davidson Has A Bold Plan for Change | Fast Company.

NASA Shuttle Program, end of an era, photojournalism:  I really enjoyed this photo essay.

When the end of the program was announced, my father and I knew we had to do something special. We have spent the past three years securing access and photographing scenes few people have ever witnessed. It has been quite a bit of work, but I have felt humbled and privileged every minute I have been at the space center.

In the simplest terms, these photographs tell a story of the work of men and women who showed up every day and launched spaceships. By doing their jobs well, these workers — from much-hailed astronauts to Harley-riding technicians — have made the extraordinary task of spaceflight seem mundane.

via The space shuttle: Portrait of an American era – The Washington Post.

cars, Volvo, green, electric cars, hybrid cars:  OK, I want one.

Volvo is taking a shotgun approach to vehicle electrification, essentially blasting away with a whole lot of concepts to see what hits the bullseye.

The Swedish automaker’s already wowed us with the slick C30 Electric, a car that it really ought to go ahead and sell already. Volvo keepts telling us we’ll see the C30 electric (pictured) in 2013. Then it wheeled out the diesel-electric V60 Plug-In Hybrid, which could be in (some?) showrooms next year.

Now it’s experimenting with extended-range electrics, which are another way of saying plug-in hybrids that use gasoline engines to boost electric range. One is a straight-up riff on the Chevrolet Volt, a car Volvo vp of business development Paul Gustavsson told us is “a milestone in the industry.”

Although range-extended drivetrains are more complex than either internal combustion or electric systems, they offer the flexibility of a conventional car, the efficiency of an EV and the reduced greenhouse gas emissions of a hybrid.

via Volvo Packs More Buckshot in Its Electric Shotgun | Autopia | Wired.com.

National Geographic Traveler,  apps, Above France:  Enjoyable app for someone planning a trip.

Today, National Geographic Traveler and app developer Fotopedia are launching a brilliant new iOS app for wanderlust enthusiasts, called “Above France.” The new app provides a bird’s eye view of France’s beauty including a stunning collection of more than 2,000 photographs taken by helicopter pilot and professional photographer, Frank Mulliez.

via National Geographic Travelers new app: Above France – TNW Apps.

 

22
Jul
11

‎7.22.2011 … NYC has no idea there is a recession. Everywhere is construction and the stores are packed. Another thing, men in NY still dark wear suits and ties and polish their beautiful black leather shoes.

NYC: So today I walked along Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenue … Here is what I saw … Walk About Town.

 

NYC, public art, Sherman Statue:  As a Georgian, I balked when I saw this statue … Peace?

As with many of the sculptor’s works, the allegorical figure of peace leading Sherman is modeled after Saint-Gaudens’s mistress, Davida Johnson. The pine branch at the horse’s feet represents Sherman’s march through Georgia. Disliking statues looking like “smoke stacks,” Saint-Gaudens had the piece gilded with two layers of gold leaf. A frail Saint-Gaudens attended the unveiling on Memorial Day, 1903, eleven years after the monument was first proposed. “Saint-Gaudens is one of those artists for whom it is worthwhile to wait,” the Saturday Evening Post explained, however, as the successful piece was widely praised.

via Grand Army Plaza Highlights – Sherman Monument : New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.


careers, internships, banking:

While hard work has been customary among young finance workers for years, after-hours benefits once made the long days more palatable. In 2006, a group of JPMorgan Chase interns took a firm-sponsored trip in white Hummer limousines to the trendy NoHo nightclub Butter, where they partied before retiring to swank rooms at the Hudson Hotel, according to a person who was present. The next year Lehman Brothers took interns to Jones Beach for a concert featuring OK Go and the Fray, and Credit Suisse paid for its interns to take gourmet cooking classes, according to former interns at the banks.

Those extravagances are gone, experts say, victims of slashed entertainment budgets and increased sensitivity at banks whose reputations suffered during the financial crisis.

“Banks are trying to be a little bit more sensible,” said Geoff Robinson, head of investment banking at 7city Learning and lead author of “The Complete Intern: Navigating the Investment Banking Maze.” “If you look back three or four years at some of the perks, it’s certainly more economical now.”

via Fewer Perks and More Work for Wall St.’s Summer Interns – NYTimes.com.

digital age, changes, end of an era, USPS: 

It seems the digital revolution is finally set to hit postal mail. Due to an $8.3 billion loss this year, reports USA Today, the days of Saturday mail delivery may be numbered.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe continued to warn us that snail-mail could be limited to a three-days-a-week delivery within 15 years.

When asked about the removal of Saturday mail delivery by USA Today, Donahoe reflected that there is “a much better chance today than a year ago.” The postal services have estimated that by cutting down on Saturday deliveries they could save $3.1 billion a year.

via Postmaster General: Saturday Mail Delivery May Be Doomed – TIME NewsFeed.

kids, end of an era:

Full List

KIDS THESE DAYS

Camera Film

Landline Phones

Real Books

Being Lost

Music Videos on MTV

Walkmans

The Glory Days of Nick at Nite

Tan M&Ms

Czechoslovakia

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Terminator

via Full List – Top 10 Things Today’s Kids Will Never Experience – TIME.

tweets, twitter, searches: Snap Bird – search twitter’s history , The Most Hilarious Tweets About The Heat.

random:  OK, really random!

So how can you win more at rock-paper-scissors? Well, knowing that your opponent will unconsciously be copying you, you can close your eyes to avoid being psyched out yourself. Also, males have a tendency to throw out rock on their first try, so if you’re playing a guy, try closing your eyes and throwing out paper. Science and statistics are on your side! Unless, you know, your opponent reads this post too, then he might try to psych you out by going scissors or something.

via How to Win More at Rock-Paper-Scissors (According to Science) – Techland – TIME.com.

21
Jul
11

‎7.21.2011 … On the 6:41 train to Poughkeepsie, actually Garrison and Ossining, to spend the morning with Jeanne, Anne and Mrs. S, then fellow Davidsonian Kim … Then back to the big apple for museum hopping … And have I mentioned it’s HOT!

NYC, Garrison, Boscobel, Metropolitan Museum, Westminster, Davidson College, kith/kin: Day 2 was a train adventure to Garrison to see Jeanne, Anne and their mom at Anne’s home in Garrison … on to Boscobel with Davidson friend Kim … and finally to the Metropolitan Museum with John where I hoped to see the Romare Bearden’s “The Block” (1971), but unfortunately it is being readied for a larger showing.  Overall, a great day.  If you want to see some photos here is a link.

Boscobel, the elegant Federal period house museum set on lovely landscaped grounds with breathtaking views of the Hudson River, has been welcoming visitors to explore its man-made and natural beauty for over half a century. The fact that it remains a gleaming jewel in the Hudson River Valley’s crown is to the credit of its many stewards during that time span: its dedicated boards, its accommodating staffs, and earliest principal benefactors, Benjamin West Frazier and Lila Acheson Wallace.

Boscobel (Italian for “beautiful woods”) is situated in scenic Garrison, NY, on a bluff above the east bank, overlooking the United States Military Academy at West Point.

The mansion house, which originally stood fifteen miles down river, was completed in 1808 for the States Dyckman family and is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the country.

via Boscobel Home Page.

constitutional issues, separation of church and state, Davidson College:  I am interested in the outcome here …

It has been four months since the N.C. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the powers of Davidson College’s campus police, and college officials are awaiting a ruling that could have a big effect on campus security.

It’s not clear when the court might issue a ruling, but a spokeswoman for the state Supreme Court said opinions are handed down on designated “opinion days.” The next one is Aug. 26. If it doesn’t come then, it could be October before there’s any news.

“We hope that the decision will be made in the next several months,” college spokeswoman Stacey Schmeidel said Wednesday.

The court heard oral arguments March 15 in the case, known as State vs. Yencer. In a 2006 incident, Davidson campus police stopped driver Julie Anne Yencer on a road near campus. At first, she pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. But in 2008, she appealed and challenged the authority of the campus police department.

Ms. Yencer’s lawyer has argued that the state of North Carolina improperly granted state authority to the campus police because of Davidson’s religious affiliation, with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

via College still waiting for ruling in police powers case | DavidsonNews.net.

Bones, The Finder, tv:  OK, so The Finder is a Bones spin-off.  I did not like the Finder episode, but I wish them luck.

Mercedes Masohn (Chuck) has landed the female lead oposite Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan in The Finder, the upcoming Bones spinoff series, which is slated to launch on Fox in January. She will play Deputy US Marshall Isabel Zambada, a focused, nuclear-powered cop on the rise – who is a brilliant politician using a career in law enforcement to climb to the top of the heap in life. Also cast in the new series 16-year-old newcomer Maddie Hasson as Willa, a second generation criminal who helps Walter (Stults) and Leo (Duncan) in their investigations.

via Fox’s ‘Bones’ Spinoff Casts Female Leads – Deadline.com.

Julia Child:  Bon Appetit!

French Cooking in the U.S.A.

The chefs had to tackle Julia Child inspired cuisine. Now you decide if they made dishes worth a Julie Powell blog.

via Roccos Dinner Party Season 1 – French Cooking in the U.S.A. – Photo Gallery – Bravo TV Official Site.

20
Jul
11

‎7.20.2011 … New York … New York …

NYC, travel:  Day 1 in NYC and I can recommend Cafe Zaiya, a
small asian fusion restaurant on 41st Street (fried oysters with curry and rice – for lunch)  … and loved seeing Pooh and friends at nypl … Soho for my favorite tea – Harney and Sons … Subway rides … Hot …

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… and John had Katsudon …

A katsudon (カツ丼) is a popular Japanese food, a bowl of rice topped with a deep-fried pork cutlet, egg, and condiments. Variations include sauce katsudon (with Worcestershire sauce), demi katsudon (with demi-glace and often green peas, a specialty of Okayama), shio katsudon (with salt, another Okayama variety), shōyu-dare katsudon (with soy sauce, Niigata style), and miso katsudon (a favorite in Nagoya). Beef and chicken can substitute for the pork.

The dish takes its name from the Japanese words tonkatsu (for pork cutlet) and donburi (for rice bowl dish).

It has become a modern ritual tradition for Japanese students to eat katsudon the night before taking a major test or school entrance exam. This is because “katsu” is a homophone of the verb 勝つ katsu, meaning “to win” or “to be victorious”.

via Katsudon.

… and found this helpful – A Day and Night in New York City

authors, David McCullough:  Interview with McCullough – Author’s Point of View–Your Favorite Book Authors in Video and Audio Discussions.

MBSR, NPR:  I am intrigued by this method of pain relief.

He participated in a research study at the University of California, San Francisco, that tested the effectiveness of meditation — or mindfulness training — for tinnitus sufferers. Previous studies that tested Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, also known as MBSR, with arthritis patients and those living in chronic pain have documented significant improvements in people’s quality of life.

via Rethinking Tinnitus: When The Ringing Won’t Stop, Clear Your Mind : Shots – Health Blog : NPR.

bookshelf:  Someone referenced this book … The Universe Next Door … and I have no idea who.

The Universe Next Door has set the standard for a clear, readable introduction to worldviews. In this new fifth edition James Sire offers additional student-friendly features to his concise, easily understood introductions to theism, deism, naturalism,

via The Universe Next Door: A Basic … – Google Books.




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