Learning a New Language

There’s an interesting piece in The Curator about our new brains—new, that is, because of technology—and some of the positive possibilities inherent in technologies we usually decry: It is too easy to play doomsday prophet and long for a day of Luddite purity. Von Ahn and people like him hope to use the advance of technology [Read More...]

Reading More Carefully

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find that there’s way too much to read—on the internet, on my desk, on my coffeetable, in my mailbox, and everywhere else. So I read, with interest, this post about a new system for reading: All the information we have available only increases our stress levels and diminishes [Read More...]

Got a Few Extra Days With Nothing To Do? How About Waiting in Line for an iPhone 5!

Eager iPhone 5 buyers camping out on Monday night, September 17, so they can buy their phone on Friday morning, September 21.

Last night, I was walking along Fifth Avenue in New York. As I came upon the flagship Apple Store near Central Park, I notice that several people are already camping out to get first dibs on the iPhone 5 . . . which comes out on Friday morning at 8:00. That’s more than three days [Read More...]

New York Limits Big Drinks . . . What’s Next?

A girl enjoys way too much cotton candy for her own good at Coney Island, New York. http://www.flickr.com/photos/edenpictures/4697408476/

As expected, the New York City Board of Health approved the recommendation of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, banning the sale of oversized sugary drinks. This means that in some restaurants and other venues, you will no longer be able to purchase a sugary soda larger than 16 ounces. Now, for the sake of clarity, this also [Read More...]


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