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Nutella ... and guilt....

See this image from Mr. Toledano.

Mmmmmmmm, Nutella




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Posted May 26, 2008 08:27 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)


Save Tony!

Tony Dragonas has been a vending fixture on the East Side of Manhattan (62nd and Madison) for nearly 25 years.

Last year, a jealous restaurant owner down the street started making complaints to the Department of Health.

Now the City wants to revoke Tony's vending permit and license. For good. For real.

"Save Tony!" The Street Vendor Project



"Tony Dragonas - best grilled hamburger in NYC?" A Guy In New York, January 10, 2006

"Food Fight: City Hall vs. Vendor," by Colin Moynihan, The New York Times, May 22, 2008

"From Silver To Street Vendors," by Elizabeth Benjamin, News Blog, NY Daily News, May 22, 2008

The Department of Health will ask the judge to revoke Tony's license and permit. Tony will be there, with his lawyers, making a defense. The hearing is open to the public for people who want to observe and/or testify in support of Tony. Please come!

You can support Tony by appearing at his hearing, scheduled for June 5, 2008, 9:30 am. NYC Office of Administrative Tribunals and Hearings (OATH), 40 Rector Street, 6th floor, New York , NY 10006

Posted May 24, 2008 06:47 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Redneck Update, er, Red State Update

A few videos from Red State Update....

Catching Up With Edwards, Biden, Huckabee:

Hillary Wins Kentucky, Obama Takes Oregon:

From Red State Update

Posted May 22, 2008 08:57 PM  ·  Permalink   ·     ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Red Hook taco vendors

We've not tried any of the food from the Red Hook taco vendors, but if it's sold around a soccer field we're confident that it is worth trying. Thanks for the tip Ed!

Ikea Hack: Free Ferry and Bus Service Will Give Easy Access to Red Hook Ball Field Vendors," Ed Levine's New York Eats, May 16, 2008

Posted May 19, 2008 08:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Brooklyn , Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

And you thought your divorce was acidic....

A biochemist was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday for killing her estranged husband by knocking him out and stuffing him into a vat of acid, possibly while he was still alive.

Larissa Schuster was convicted in December of murdering Timothy Schuster with the special circumstance that the murder was committed for financial gain. At the time of his death in July 2003, the Schusters were in the middle of a divorce after nearly 20 years of marriage.

"Chemist gets life for husband's acid vat murder," CNN, May 16, 2008

Posted May 18, 2008 07:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Football, er, soccer, and promotion

For the promotion-phobics, the Premiership is a gilded fake while the Championship represents authentic football. ‘In my years as a supporter I have seen seven relegations and six promotions’, recounts Watford fan Graham Smith. ‘That is what being a football fan is all about. It is about supporting your team through thick and thin. It is about suffering the bad times and enjoying the good times. That’s why I like being a fan of a team that basically belong in the Football League rather than the Premier League. It is real football.’

"Every team wants to be promoted, right? Wrong," by Duleep Allirajah, Spiked!, May 9, 2008 [emphasis added]

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Posted May 9, 2008 10:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

"Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn?"

In the late 1800s, a German scientist named Hermann Ebbinghaus made up lists of nonsense syllables and measured how long it took to forget and then relearn them. (Here is an example of the type of list he used: bes dek fel gup huf jeik mek meun pon daus dor gim ke4k be4p bCn hes.) In experiments of breathtaking rigor and tedium, Ebbinghaus practiced and recited from memory 2.5 nonsense syllables a second, then rested for a bit and started again. Maintaining a pace of rote mental athleticism that all students of foreign verb conjugation will regard with awe, Ebbinghaus trained this way for more than a year. Then, to show that the results he was getting weren't an accident, he repeated the entire set of experiments three years later. Finally, in 1885, he published a monograph called Memory: A Contribution to Experimental Psychology. The book became the founding classic of a new discipline.

Ebbinghaus discovered many lawlike regularities of mental life. He was the first to draw a learning curve. Among his original observations was an account of a strange phenomenon that would drive his successors half batty for the next century: the spacing effect.

Ebbinghaus showed that it's possible to dramatically improve learning by correctly spacing practice sessions. On one level, this finding is trivial; all students have been warned not to cram. But the efficiencies created by precise spacing are so large, and the improvement in performance so predictable, that from nearly the moment Ebbinghaus described the spacing effect, psychologists have been urging educators to use it to accelerate human progress. After all, there is a tremendous amount of material we might want to know. Time is short.

"Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm," by Gary Wolf, Wired, April 21, 2008

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Posted May 4, 2008 10:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)