Posts filed under “Weekend”

William Safire: How to Read a Column

When I was a kid, my father challenged me to read the NYT as an exercise.

My response: Bor-ing!

Years later, he extended the challenge to William Safire’s Sunday NYT Magazine columns, On Language.

Good scribes learn early on that half of writing is extensive reading: I credit Safire with expanding my vocabulary, and teaching me how to construct a solid article. He also showed that sometimes you have to write what want, regardless of what the readership (thought it) wanted.

He passed this weekend.

A few items:

• Be sure to see this Safire column, circa 2005:  How to Read a Column

• Safire was criticized for his erroneous linkage of Saddam Hussein and al Queda: The Propaganda of William Safire.

• His TDS appearance:


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Category: Weekend

Dear Lily

heh heh: boingboing: Lily Allen’s anti-piracy rant has made her notorious among copyfighters, who have subjected her site and her words to close scrutiny, discovering that Allen’s website is chock-a-block with infringing scans of newspaper articles, infringing mix-tapes (even the rant she posted was lifted from Techdirt). Her all-caps responses (“I THINK ITS QUITE OVIOUS…Read More

Category: Music, Weekend

Honda’s U3-X Unicycle

Looks like a single wheel segway: Honda has developed a new personal mobility technology, U3-X. It is a compact experimental device that fits comfortably between the riders legs, to provide free movement in all directions just as in human walking forward, backward, side-to-side, and diagonally. Honda will continue research and development of the device including…Read More

Category: Technology, Weekend

COMBO a collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis

A collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis blu, 2009 produced by studio cromie made at Fame festival 2009 see also

Category: Weekend

Jackson Pollock’s Hidden Name?

Did the Abstract Expressionist hide his name amid the swirls and torrents of a legendary 1943 mural? That is the case an art historian makes for a signature gesture: > click for interactive photo > > Source: Decoding Jackson Pollock Henry Adams Smithsonian magazine, October 2009

Category: Weekend

Tracking New England Fall Foliage

Yes, there is a website for this: > click for updated map

Category: Travel, Weekend

Your Coffee Sucks!

Note:  I originally published this in 2004, but since it was orphaned at the old site, I figured I should bring it here. > I’ve been to your home or apartment. We’ve broken bread, drank some wine or beer, had a few laughs and a good time. Its getting late, and some caffeine would be…Read More

Category: Food and Drink, Weekend

Protect Insurance Companies PSA

Hollywood speaks out to help insurance companies: Protect Insurance Companies PSA from Will Ferrell

Category: Humor, Weekend

Ultra Low Cost Space Photography

> 2 MIT students put together Project Icarus — an ultra low cost rig which they lofted a digital camera via weather balloon to the edge of space. Ingredients: Helium, a styrofoam beer cooler, a cheap Canon A470 camera, and instant hand warmers to prevent the camera batteries from freezing. They added a prepaid GPS-equipped…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend

Curb Your Enthusiasm/Seinfeld Tonite

I am totally looking forward to tonight’s premiere episode of the new Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO. I was a big Seinfeld fan, and am now an even bigger Curb fan. I love the concepts Larry David uses in the show — the Restaurant/Tourettes finale, the Mel Brooks/Producers arc, and now the Seinfeld reunion. Just…Read More

Category: Humor, Television, Weekend