Tuesday, June 19, 2012 Friday, June 8, 2012

File under “stranger than fiction”

From A23 of today’s New York Times: “A self-described magician and escapist who once set a record for eating a household light bulb in fewer than 34 seconds was arrested and charged with committing a string of Brooklyn bank robberies, the police said Thursday.”

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

More monkeys

It seems like the Times runs an “India’s monkey menace” story every two years or so, but I still can’t help but giggle at lines like this: “he had 65 langurs urinating on prominent homes and buildings throughout Delhi.” (Full story here.)

Friday, May 18, 2012
The property owner nakedly flouts all responsibility!

The property owner nakedly flouts all responsibility!

Trash-bound Birkenstocks. Somewhere in Long Island City, a barefoot free spirit roams.

Trash-bound Birkenstocks. Somewhere in Long Island City, a barefoot free spirit roams.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

The NYT on the tech beat

From Sarah Lyall’s “Murdoch Confidante Recalls Chummy Ties With British Leaders”:

"Rebekah Brooks, a former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper subsidiary … found herself cheekily lecturing a future prime minister, David Cameron, about how to avoid humiliating himself by text message, she said.

“‘Occasionally he would sign them LOL — “lots of love,”’ Ms. Brooks told the Leveson Inquiry on media ethics and practices, speaking of Mr. Cameron’s text messages to her when he was the leader of the opposition, ‘until I told him it meant “laugh out loud.” Then he didn’t use that anymore.’”

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Pffft. Amateur purveyors just give you country-dressed beef. Our cattle: in top hats and tails!

Pffft. Amateur purveyors just give you country-dressed beef. Our cattle: in top hats and tails!

Saturday, May 5, 2012
Cartoony sketch on a gate in Astoria

Cartoony sketch on a gate in Astoria

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Science can give us knowledge, but it cannot give us wisdom. Nor can religion, until it puts aside nonsense and distraction and becomes itself again. Marilynne Robinson, When I Was A Child I Read Books
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
He’s a big thinker. When he gets drunk, he talks about important things. An unnamed friend of Bo Guagua, according to a hilarious NYT story (“Son’s Parties and Privilege Aggravate Fall of Elite Chinese Family,” http://nyti.ms/HOLqUZ). Also of note? “He appeared on a Chinese talk show to discuss his family and allowed himself to be photographed partying bare-chested and with young women.”
Friday, April 13, 2012
The mistyped “porcess” in the fourth graf will surely be corrected soon, but for now, I will chuckle a bit about the society’s editing flub. (I’m a member, and I wish I were in New Orleans for the conference, and because I am criticizing their mistake, I will surely make one of my own in this post.)

The mistyped “porcess” in the fourth graf will surely be corrected soon, but for now, I will chuckle a bit about the society’s editing flub. (I’m a member, and I wish I were in New Orleans for the conference, and because I am criticizing their mistake, I will surely make one of my own in this post.)

Thursday, April 12, 2012
My new mission: accumulate enough thrift-store teacups to make my own teacup chandelier. (This one, from a shop in Valencia, Spain, and highlighted on La Petite Nymphea, is great great great.) More tea-related home decor at Offbeat Home.

My new mission: accumulate enough thrift-store teacups to make my own teacup chandelier. (This one, from a shop in Valencia, Spain, and highlighted on La Petite Nymphea, is great great great.) More tea-related home decor at Offbeat Home.