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August 30, 2005 simulates the rest of the MLB season a few million times—every day—to arrive at percentage chances that each team will win either its division or the wild card

The Times on the deals people have gotten to move out of their rent controlled apartments

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

Origin of the phrase "waiting for the other shoe to drop"

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.

Flash Earth
Wrapping Google Maps with Flash. [Thanks, Rajiv!]

August 19, 2005

Those of you lucky bastards in NYC, don't forget that the Barney's Warehouse Sale just started

So who invented the hamburger?

August 18, 2005

Gas prices around the world
12¢s; a gallon in Venezuela????

Photos and descriptions of beautiful subway stations around the world

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.

Photoshop's origin

August 16, 2005

The August 22 issue of The New Yorker will only feature ads from Target

August 14, 2005

I want this carpet

Fantastic (and futuristic) new automatic door design

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

Robert Parker and his love of "hedonistic fruit bombs"

Robert Parker's 100 Point Wines

August 10, 2005

Apple Canada to refund the digital music player tax that was charged from December 2003 to December 2004

August 9, 2005

A first-hand account of working in Bouley's kitchen

Page Six is reporting that Keller will start charging a flat rate of 20% for service in lieu of tips

August 8, 2005

Two straight Canadian men to marry for tax benefits

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

The structural engineering behind Apple's glass staircases

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.

The Second Annual Tiger Beer Singapore Chili Crab Festival on the Brooklyn waterfront this Sunday

New York magazine "NYC Cheap Eats 2005"

Short profile of Banksy in Wired

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.

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon to open at the Four Seasons next spring

NY Times' picks of 10 good wines under $10

Explore interesting Flickr photos from the last 24 hours

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory vs. Nolita Ice Cream Factory