This is what happens when the terrorists win.
It’s one thing to verbally protest unreasonable rules (as I do nearly every time I travel), but it’s another thing entirely to be wrongfully arrested and intimidated for no just cause. I can’t believe that there are still people (in this case, cops) who live by credos like “remember 9/11.”
As national retailers plan to kick off the holiday shopping season earlier than ever with hours on Thanksgiving Day, some Massachusetts merchants are starting to question whether the state’s Colonial-era blue laws, which prohibit Thanksgiving openings, are becoming outdated. “Merchants say Massachusetts blue laws are outdated with national retailers opening on Thanksgiving,” Boston.com
I think it’s great that we don’t enforce laws about dancing and selling liquor on Sundays. But for small businesses, it wouldn’t be fair to let pressure from big national chain stores lead to employees giving up their holidays. Let’s keep Thanksgiving a shopping-free day in Massachusetts.
He made a bunch of rights and lefts through the forest before getting out to unlock the gate. Others might have an electronic gate, but Young likes the mechanical experience of slipping a key into a padlock and swinging something open. He is fundamentally analog, despite the occasional electronic excesses in his music. He likes amps with knobs that go to 12 and things that click when you touch them.
[…] Young picked up a controller that appeared to be capable of landing a rocket on an asteroid and reminded me that, as an investor in Lionel Trains, he invented Train Master Command Control (which allows you to run multiple trains at once), as well as RailSounds (which provides realistic railroad audio). Young lost a lot of money on his investment, but he’s still a board member at Lionel and ended up with a lot of cool gear, so it all sort of worked out.via Neil Young Comes Clean – NYTimes.com.
I think I would get along with this guy.
According to a statement released by the Division of Student Life last week, landline telephones will be removed from all on-campus dorm bedrooms by the end of summer.via Landlines set to be removed from dorm rooms – The Tech.
It makes me a little sad when a major piece of infrastructure is retired. Telephones were a tangible part of my college experience. Like dialing the front desk. Calling for pizza and hoping to hear the phone ring from the lounge. Asking ridiculous questions of Nightline. Having the campus police dispatcher mistakenly dial me instead of the housemaster nearly every time the police needed faculty intervention.
Amusingly, MIT’s forward-thinking solution is to return the dorm to its 1980s configuration, with common phones in the hallways and lounges replacing private phones in the rooms.
Kodak announced today that it is selling its Eastman Gelatine
plant in Peabody, Mass. Could this be the beginning of a big
At the time of a fantastic 1999 Wall Street Journal article
(which I can now find online only here), Eastman
was processing 80 million pounds of bovine skeletal remains a year
to keep up with the world demand for photographic film. (And
selling the rejects to make Jell-O, which apparently does not
necessitate the same level of purity as the photo industry.)
Andy Rooney died today. I’ve always felt a strange sort of
connection with the guy. In my TV-watching days, I would regularly
tune in for his 60 Minutes commentary. I have read most of
The popular opinion has pronounced him the archetype of the
grumpy old man, but those who look more carefully will find that
his voice—his writer’s voice, that is—was
something quite different. Rooney was a keen observer of the world
around him. He wasn’t just curmudgeonly in his
pieces—he was incisive and witty and clever. He was also a
serious woodworker with a deep appreciation for craftsmanship.
His best book, My War, is one of my favorites. It
offers a deeply personal and completely fresh perspective of life
in World War II. Go out and read it!
It turns out that everything we used to say about business
is really true.
Hello, readers! I’m still here—just a little more
distracted than usual.
Following the coverage of Egypt’s revolution has been
gripping. The big 3-D map of Cairo in Sunday’s Times
brought a stream of memories flooding back. The Nile Hilton, where
all the media was holed up? I’ve stayed there! Midan Tahrir
(Tahrir Square)? I’ve crossed the street there! (According to
one travel guide, my survival means that I can safely negotiate a
street-crossing anywhere else in the world.) Revolution, to
Americans today, is such a distant concept—something seen
only in photographs and shaky video. It’s weird to see it
unfolding in a place that feels familiar.
On a related note, one wonders why Al-Jazeera English is not
available in the USA. I don’t have cable or satellite, but if
I did, I would harass my provider endlessly about this channel. My
usual hotel in Hong Kong has it and it is 1,000% more interesting
and more cerebral than any American news channel. And, in my
limited experience, much more objective.