September 28, 2012
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February 13, 2012
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January 18, 2012
January 6, 2012
December 23, 2011
December 16, 2011
August 24, 2011
July 29, 2011
NYT's annual list of the most looked-up words by its readers on its website
"Panegyric" tops the list. I had no idea what that meant.
February 21, 2011
January 16, 2011
December 29, 2010
December 22, 2010
November 18, 2010
September 19, 2010
September 10, 2010
August 8, 2010
The origin of the phrase "chip on shoulder"
One of those phrases that I hear all the time but have no idea where it came from and why it means what it means.
July 4, 2010
July 3, 2010
Vanity Fair lists the 21 most important works of architecture created since 1980, as determined by leading architects, critics, and deans of architecture schools
Definitely check out the complete answers from the 52 respondents.
May 15, 2010
Bill Simmons talks Carlton Cuse
Cuse's favorite episode? It's pretty much every Lost fan's favorite as well: "The Constant."
May 9, 2010
April 27, 2010
April 25, 2010
March 29, 2010
March 25, 2010
March 19, 2010
March 17, 2010
Canon announces plan to register ".canon" as a top-level domain name
It's for a new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) registration system that's supposed to go into effect in the latter part of 2011. It's a little odd that they are announcing this more than a year ahead of time. I don't recall any other company announcing intents to register domain names.
March 6, 2010
March 3, 2010
February 23, 2010
Adrià talks in more detail to Time magazine about his plans for the new El Bulli
Now he's saying maybe he'll serve 60 meals per year. I think this is getting silly, the media reporting on every idea that pops into Adrià's head as news. The current El Bulli isn't even going to close for another two years and the new El Bulli isn't set to open until 2014.
February 22, 2010
Garry Kasparov writes about the fascinating history and evolution of machines playing against humans in chess
Long, but well worth a read. I didn't realize he could write so well. I shouldn't be at all surprised, though, seeing how he's one of the geniuses of our time.
February 19, 2010
February 17, 2010
Grant Achatz's reflection on his time at El Bulli
It's a great read, but reading it just makes me sad that I can't experience it myself. I like what Bruni wrote regarding El Bulli's closing: "But was it ever really open in the first place?" It's a good piece on the madness of constantly chasing the latest and greatest in the food world.
February 13, 2010
Instead of a two-year hiatus as previously announced, elBulli is closing permanently after 2011
Adrià is replacing it with an academy for advanced culinary study. He says he's been losing €500,000 per year on the restaurant.
February 3, 2010
Grant Achatz is opening a molecular cocktail bar in Chicago where the food will come second to drinks
An alcohol tasting menu? Awesome.
January 31, 2010
Loooong interview with "Lost" executive producers Cuse and Lindelof
Long as in over 10,000 words long. 10,000 words, but no spoilers. It's a good read for any "Lost" fan. Two things jumped out at me: 1, they're not going to explain the meaning of the numbers; 2, they're "employing a new narrative device" for the final season.
January 28, 2010
Adrià announced that elBulli will close in '12 and '13 and reopen in a different, as yet undetermined, format
2010 is already all booked and with this announcement, you can kiss your already impossibly slim chance of snagging a reservation in 2011 goodbye.
January 17, 2010
There are people living in the 200 miles of tunnels underneath Las Vegas
Reminds me of the mutants of Futurama who live underneath New New York.
December 30, 2009
Love this video interview with Anthony Mangieri talking about his pizza
Una Pizza Napoletana hands down made the best pizza I've ever had anywhere, including Italy. New York magazine's profile of him from July is also worth a read. As a New Yorker, I'm jealous that San Francisco will be its home starting March of next year.
December 20, 2009
Foreign Office Architects is to be dissolved because its husband and wife co-founders are splitting up
I guess the divorce wasn't amicable.
December 17, 2009
NY Times on Shake Shake's imminent expansion
Three more in Manhattan and one in Miami Beach. Plus, there's plans for a Kuwait franchise. Current locations average $4 million in yearly sales.
Jacob and Emma were the most popular baby names of the decade
The top names of '09 were Aiden and Madeline.
December 10, 2009
Gehry designed a hat for Lady Gaga for her performance at a benefit for the MOCA LA
Gehry designed it on his iPhone (!) and the hat was made by Prada.
Sifton claims Madangsui is the best Korean barbecue restaurant in New York in his latest Times review
I miss good Korean food as it doesn't exist in Taipei.
December 1, 2009
November 29, 2009
There are just over 100 people in the world serving sentences of life without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed as juveniles in which no one was killed. All are in the United States. And 77 of them are in Florida.
November 25, 2009
November 23, 2009
November 21, 2009
November 11, 2009
October 24, 2009
An 8-story gallery designed by Foster is under construction on a narrow 25 x 100 feet plot of land on the Bowery
Scheduled to complete by the spring, it will feature a giant 12 x 20 feet elevator that will double as exhibition space.
October 23, 2009
October 22, 2009
Flickr has finally added Facebook-style face tagging
What they need to add now is the ability to search out and automatically tag all untagged photos with a given face, giving you the option of confining the search to your stream, your contacts' streams, or the Flickrverse at large. And they should automatically suggest faces as you upload photos. e.g. "Is this so-and-so?" Face.com already has a Facebook app in beta that does this (minus the recognize-at-upload part).
October 20, 2009
Serious Eats finds New York's best cheesecake
But WTF, a frozen pie from the Cheesecake Factory (the freaking Cheesecake Factory?!) and one from a supermarket are in the top five, but not Eileen's? Not sure if I can trust their broken taste buds.
October 19, 2009
3+1 Bedrooms, a boutique hotel with, you guessed it, 3 rooms and 1 suite, located in the heart of Old Beijing on a hutong.
By the way, is it "on" a hutong or "in" a hutong? NYTimes says "on" but "in" sounds better to my ears. I suppose either works, since hutongs are variously translated as streets or alleys. I think "alleys" when i think "hutongs" so that's why "in" sounds better to me. "In an alley"; "in a hutong".
October 15, 2009
October 14, 2009
October 12, 2009
October 10, 2009
The Times reports on Aronia de Takazawa, a tiny Tokyo restaurant with two tables, no signs and incredible food
The WSJ also wrote about this place almost exactly a year ago. Tokyo really is an endlessly fascinating foodie town. (restaurant website)
October 9, 2009
Serious Eats finds New York's best bagel
Bagel Hole in Brooklyn is declared the ultimate victor.
October 6, 2009
"Unboxing" of an official Apple offer letter to prospective employees
Also see: the welcome package to new employees once they accept the offer.
October 3, 2009
October 2, 2009
September 25, 2009
September 23, 2009
September 20, 2009
The Michelberger Hotel, a new budget hotel in Berlin housed in a converted factory building
Looks great. Rates start at €59 per night.
September 19, 2009
September 16, 2009
September 8, 2009
August 27, 2009
A series of typefaces based on the work of famous architects and designers by graphic artist Chris Labrooy
They're all great, but I particularly like the Frank Gehry one.
August 20, 2009
August 17, 2009
August 12, 2009
Eleven Madison Park has joined the exclusive list of NYT four star restaurants
The other five on the list: Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Jean Georges, Eric Ripert's Bernardin, Masayoshi Takayama's Masa, Thomas Keller's Per Se and Daniel Boulud's Daniel.
August 10, 2009
August 8, 2009
Free parking isn't really "free"
The cost of building all that parking is reflected in higher rents, more expensive shopping and dining, and higher costs of home-ownership. Those who don't drive or own cars thus subsidize those who do.
August 5, 2009
July 24, 2009
July 7, 2009
Ouroussoff's essay lamenting the likely destruction of Kisho Kurokawa's Nakagin Capsule Tower
It's been "likely to be destroyed" for a few years now and it's still languishing there. See my photos of this building.
July 2, 2009
Incredible software video stabilization technology
Watch the video. Amazing stuff. Can't wait for this to be commercialized.
July 1, 2009
June 8, 2009
June 6, 2009
Ouroussoff reviews Cooper's new building by Thom Mayne
Looks great. I can't wait to check it out when I go back to NYC.
May 21, 2009
May 17, 2009
NY Times story about Daniel Boulud opening his first casual restaurant on the Bowery
Apparently this has been big news in New York. Sigh, I'm really starting to miss home.