End of an era: Kodak to stop making cameras

For those of us who grew up having our childhoods captured on these wildly popular, affordable cameras — and who remember them as fixtures at countless birthdays, Christmases, baby showers, vacations — this is really sort of sad. Details: The Eastman Kodak Company said on Thursday that it would stop making digital cameras, pocket video [Read More...]

Nevermore: did you know you can actually see the raven that inspired Poe?

I sure didn’t. Details: When it comes to literary greats, inspiration can come from anywhere. For famed gothic writer Edgar Allen Poe, one idea came from a raven, which inspired his famous poem of the same name about the foreboding bird. Now that little black muse is enshrined in a history exhibit for all to [Read More...]

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Just what you need for the Super Bowl: Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes

I kid you not: After hearing that I was going to bake buffalo chicken cupcakes for the Super Bowl (with hot sauce and blue cheese in the cake and a blue cheese buttercream frosting), one of my friends asked if I would be baking the cupcakes as as a joke.  “Are they just supposed to [Read More...]

What’s the matter with kids today? Not that much, actually

A new study may surprise you: By several noteworthy measures, today’s teenagers are growing increasingly conservative. While marijuana use has recently had an uptick, teenagers are smoking far less pot than their parents did at the same age. In 1980, about 60 percent of high-school seniors had tried marijuana and 9 percent smoked it daily. [Read More...]

Skirting the issue: parents protest Catholic school replacing skirts with pants

At one Catholic school in Connecticut, those plaid skirts we remember are becoming a thing of the past: Parents at St. Bernadette Catholic School are up in arms over a new uniform policy that eliminates the trademark plaid skirts and jumpers for little girls in favor of less traditional female garb — khaki pants. The [Read More...]

“The Amish Project”: life without a cell phone, computer, social media

What happens when a college student walks away from modern life for 90 days?  Jake Reilly did that.  And what he found was a revelation: In the end, having finished this whole thing, is your life different now or did you fall right back into old habits? Reilly: It’s definitely different, but I catch myself doing [Read More...]

Does your life sound like this?

Mine does. Oscar Hammerstein once wrote, “All the sounds of the earth are like music.”  Here’s the 21st century version of that idea, cleverly conceived and executed. [Read more...]

From the Department of Excessive Excess

For the really really rich executive who has everything:  a smart phone that’s so smart, it costs $2,400. A review: Let’s begin digging into what will interest the business elite — the phone’s design and hardware. First off, we’ll need to answer the first burning question: does the P’9981′s cost have anything to do with [Read More...]

Designing women: creating a fashionable habit for nuns

The result strikes me as closer to Little Red Riding Hood than the Little Flower.  Which, I guess, is the point. Details, from the Paris Review: Modest, natural, and snazzy—those were the three directions Mother Mary Magdalene gave artist Julia Sherman for designing the habits for the Community of Compassion, Mother Mary’s new Anglican Catholic [Read More...]


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