June 30, 2005
Slide show of food porn shots from some of the fanciest Parisian restaurants
One of these days I gotta try a Parisian 3-star restaurant.
Ouroussoff appraises the new Freedom Tower design
"Somber, oppressive and clumsily conceived, [it] suggests a monument to a society that has turned its back on any notion of cultural openness. It is exactly the kind of nightmare that government officials repeatedly asserted would never happen here: an impregnable tower braced against the outside world."
June 29, 2005
China's limited reserves of architects and Big-Bang-like explosion of its cities are forcing building designers to work harder and faster than their Western counterparts
"Photoshop allows us to make collages of photographs—this is the essence of [China's] architectural and urban planning," says Koolhaas. "Design today becomes as easy as Photoshop, even on the scale of a city."
June 28, 2005
Ouroussoff reviews the East River esplanade master plan
I hadn't realized that Richard Rogers is involved in this.
iTunes 4.9 is out
Features integrated podcasting support, as expected.
June 27, 2005
June 25, 2005
Video of Tom Cruise's appearance on Friday's Today show with Matt Lauer where he got all pissy
I know he's a Scientologist, but he really sounded like a cultish nut-job here.
June 24, 2005
June 23, 2005
June 22, 2005
NYT on how the black market for stolen credit card numbers and identities works
Not sure how accurate it is, but an interesting read nevertheless.
The Rent Guidelines Board approved increases of 2.75% for one-year leases and 5.5% for two-year leases
Lowest hikes since 2002. Last year, the increases were 3.5% for one-year leases and 6.5% for two-year leases.
June 21, 2005
Unsurprisingly, Tokyo is the world's costliest city
The rest of the top 25 is interesting though. Osaka is second and London is third. Hong Kong is 9th. New York is all the way down at number 13.
Hilarious profile of Chodorow in the Times
He called himself a "lesbian trapped in a man's body" when he talked about how he is misunderstood. I also loved the backhanded compliments by Danny Meyer and Drew Nieporent.
June 19, 2005
Berlin is the third most visited city in Europe
With 13m visitors, edging out Rome, but still far behind Paris (30m) and London (60m).
June 16, 2005
June 15, 2005
Nice guide to the myriad of options available in Foobar 2000
Foobar 2000 is a great audio player. I use it to play single files when I don't feel like loading iTunes.
Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer PowerToy for Windows XP
Supports Canon and Nikon RAW files. 48mb download! For an image viewer? No, Microsoft doesn't make bloatware at all...
Slate on Lucas and Spielberg's friendship and rivary
"George makes his visuals come to life through montage," [Spielberg] said. "That makes him unique in our generation, since most of us do it instead with composition and camera placement." A superb bit of faint praise—like one painter praising another for his "unique" method of applying paint with his knuckles, rather than the more traditional brush. Heehee.
June 14, 2005
Instructions for a homemade air conditioner for $25 in parts from the Home Depot
Ah, Canadian ingenuity at work.
June 10, 2005
Ben Afflect likes to "fruit basket" Kevin Smith
I don't know why, but I'm laughing way too hard at this.
June 9, 2005
Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years is all grown up
You might not want to click on this at work.
June 8, 2005
NYT article about BBQ joints in NYC
The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party returns to Madison Square Park this weekend.
June 7, 2005
Manhattan apartment prices still at record highs
The median price for all sales in Manhattan that closed last month was $750,000, which was 23% higher than the median price for May 2004. Average price also reached a new high, at $1,276,202, which was 34% higher than the same month a year ago.
I want to train my cats to use the toilet
This system looks like it might work.
June 6, 2005
June 4, 2005
News.com is reporting that Apple will announce on Monday at the WWDC that it is transitioning to Intel chips
Monday can't get here faster.
June 2, 2005
"Appoggiatura"—a melodic tone—was the winning word in this year's Spelling Bee
2nd place finishers (it was a tie for 2nd) couldn't spell "trouvaille", meaning windfall, and "roscian", meaning skilled in acting.
This site lets you comparison shop amongst all the international Amazon sites to find the best deals
Sometimes it's cheaper to buy something from Amazon.uk, for example, even with the international shipping charges added, than to buy the same item from Amazon.com Stateside with the free shipping. Probably works best with import CDs or books. [Thanks, Rajiv!]
AppleInsider is reporting that iPod photos will get Tetris in the next update
Plus some new transitions for the slideshow.
The New Yorker will publish its entire 80-year archives on a DVD this fall
The $100 collection, titled "The Complete New Yorker," will consist of 8 DVDs containing high-resolution digital images of every page of the 4,109 issues of the magazine from February 1925 through the 80th anniversary issue, published last February.
June 1, 2005
Herman Miller is about to market a voice scrambling device that makes it impossible for a listener standing nearby to eavesdrop on a conversation
Yes, that's Herman Miller, the furniture company. Makes sense, actually, since this device is intended to function as a substitute for walls and acoustic tiling.