August 30, 2005
August 29, 2005
The New Yorker on the tipping versus service charge debate
Some interesting tipping history in there. I really don't care one way or the other about this issue. My biggest problem is that I think Per Se's 20% is a little steep.
August 28, 2005
Metropolis interviews the man who facilitated the computer modeling behind Gehry and Serra's works
The Q&A ends with this: "[Architects] aren’t taught to work in teams. They’re taught to work against each other, so they come out with a competitive drive rather than a collaborative one." Thoughts, anyone?
August 27, 2005
Bite my shiny metal casemod
Dude made a full-size replica of Bender from Futurama and stuffed a computer inside.
August 23, 2005
Nikon Capture updated to 4.3.1
I have to say Nikon Capture is more impressive than what Canon provides for processing RAW files.
Shakedown on Perry Street
Perry Street Association managed to get some money from the people who run the Sex and the City tours that come around their block every day.
August 22, 2005
What's happening to the old Con Edition steam plant on the East Side after its demolition
A commercial tower by Childs and an apartment building by Meier, each of which would rival the height of Trump World Tower, are planned there.
August 19, 2005
August 18, 2005
Gas prices around the world
12¢s; a gallon in Venezuela????
A Fung Wah bus burned down on way back from Boston to New York
No one was injured, luckily.
August 17, 2005
Three jobs that cost a lot in time and money to learn but pay like crap
I'll give you one guess what the first job listed is.
Babes of Flickr.
August 16, 2005
August 14, 2005
August 12, 2005
Downtown Vancouver faces the prospect of becoming a residential-only area
Main reason being: According to one developer, there is now a five-to-one ratio between the economic return per square meter of new condominium apartments built in downtown Vancouver versus a square meter of new office space.
The Trump Blog
August 11, 2005
August 10, 2005
August 9, 2005
August 8, 2005
Daylight time in the States will begin three weeks earlier and end a week later as an energy-saving measure starting in 2007
The bill is about to go into law and this is the first I have heard of it. So if the Canadians don't follow, that means 4 weeks a year they will have different times as us?
August 7, 2005
August 6, 2005
Audio interview with Tony Leung about 2046 on The Leonard Lopate Show
I didn't realize Tony Leung spoke such fluet English. Very HK, though. [Thanks, ccz!]
August 5, 2005
Apparently people order a smaller size of Coke when passing through the drive-through than when ordering indoors at the counter
Frustratingly, this guy doesn't tell us why.
The Post's Cuozzo rebuts the recent print-only article in GQ that leaves out New York as one of the four best places on Earth to eat in
I'm not sure if I can take seriously a list that leaves out not only New York, but London and Paris as well. Though to be fair, the quality of non-high-end dining in New York is really not that great. I won't speak to other ethnic cooking, but New York's Chinese food scene is absolutely pathetic. LA's is leagues better. So perhaps these GQ guys are onto something after all.
August 4, 2005
Apple is having a hard time getting a store built on Fifth Avenue between 18th and 19th
I'll give you one guess why. I'm not saying that Apple's proposed store facade is anything special (in fact, it's not), but New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission just pisses me off. And stories like this just make me want to rail against their facist grip on the New York architecture scene. Meanwhile, monstrocities like the Sculpture for Living gets built. Where is the commission on good taste? But in the end, I rather have a bunch of forward-looking buildings with questionable aesthetics (or even questionable "forward looking"-ness) than more bland, faux-19th Century reproductions. I certainly understand the need to preserve the past, but we also need to look to the future. We need a commission to promote innovation in New York architecture.
A design critique of the English alphabet
Kind of a funny read.
Google Maps Pedometer
Link goes to a typical route that I run. So I guess I run about 4 miles a day.
Adidas to buy Reebok
For €3.1 billion in cash.
August 2, 2005
The guy who founded easyJet opened the first easyHotel in London
Rooms come in three sizes: small, very small and tiny. The rates start from £20 a night and varies with demand and how early or late a booking is made.