Today was to be the day I would buy my Leica. I found the perfect one:
chrome finish, Leitz logo, great condition, good price. I called today.
“Sorry, we sold that one yesterday.”
Everyone I’ve talked to so far says that getting one will be a matter of
luck. Evidently they are usually bought within a day or two of being listed.
For someone accustomed to a consumer culture, this is extremely
Where the heck is the 3-5 inches of snow we were promised last night? The
NWS never acknowledges errors in their forecast products, but fortunately you
can also read the technical discussion:
BASED UPON RADAR TRENDS AND LATEST MODEL GUIDANCE WE ARE BACKING OFF
ON ACCUMULATIONS FROM PREVIOUS FORECAST...AND WILL DROP ADVISORIES
FOR I-95 CORRIDOR AND LOWER WARNINGS TO ADVISORIES FOR S COASTAL
IF WE WERE ALL AT 10KFT THIS WOULD BE A GOOD SNOWSTORM...BUT LOW
LEVEL DRY AIR HAS BEEN WINNING THE BATTLE ALL NIGHT AND WILL LIMIT
NORTHWARD EXTENT OF SNOW SHIELD THIS MORNING. SURFACE MESOANALYSIS
SHOWS RIDGING WORKING DOWN INTO NORTHERN CT...NW RI AND MUCH OF SE MA
WHICH CAN ALSO BE SEEN BY A LACK OF ECHOES ON KBOX 88D.
As a matter of desperation, I ate lunch at Au Bon Pain today. They were
playing painfully slow Sinatra-esque renditions of AM radio favorites like
“Silver Bells.” Who knew torture could take the name of “holiday cheer.” In my
mind I was moments away from gunning down everyone in the room when the music
made an abrupt change to that of the Raymond Scott Quintette. For real!
Somewhere near the Illinois-Indiana border, where endless fallow cornfields
meet the lifeless highway, I spotted a new line of roadside billboards in the
style of Burma-Shave. I
think they speak volumes about America. Here is one example of a five-sign
LIKE GUN CONTROL
ARE THEIR GOAL
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The subject of this week’s political controversy here in Boston is a tree.
The official Christmas tree has been newly re-minted as a “Holiday Tree.”
Everyone has something to say about it. Regrettably, nobody seems to have
noticed that we can settle this problem without delving into the issue of
religious sensitivity. The proper question to ask is, “What holiday, besides
Christmas, is symbolized by a giant conifer?”
SBC, which (incredibly!) now owns AT&T, decided to rename itself
AT&T. The change evidently warranted a newer, more ridiculous logo. I will
not attempt to defend 1984’s “Death Star” version,
but I’m not fond of the new “sliced ribbons” look either.
For starters, where I went to first grade, we were taught that acronyms,
initials, and the first letters of proper nouns should be set in uppercase.
They might have missed that lesson.
Most annoyingly, the new typeface is distinctively European. That, to me,
seems pretty dumb for a company whose first name is “American.”
It’s curious to note also how printing technology has changed the rules for
what is an “acceptable” logo: for the new spherical shape to appear on paper,
the printing press must be capable of accurately reproducing a very tight band
of grayscale around the periphery. That would not have been quite so trivial a
task 20 years ago. I’m curious to see how it will appear on vehicles, since it
can be neither painted (easily) nor cut from vinyl.
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The complete absence of editorial discretion in Wikipedia can bring a
ridiculous breadth of information to a single, seemingly simple topic.
Take, for example, the biography of King Abdullah II of Jordan. How else
would you find out that he appears as an extra in a 1995 episode of Star