Friday, September 30, 2005

Rent or buy?

The never-ending question, is it better to buy or rent?
read this NYT article

As much as I would love to own my place, with prices sky high, things just don't seem affordable...

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Dire News

A New Deadly, Contagious Dog Flu Virus Is Detected in 7 States [NYT]:
"The virus, which scientists say mutated from an influenza strain that affects horses, has killed racing greyhounds in seven states and has been found in shelters and pet shops in many places, including the New York suburbs, though the extent of its spread is unknown.

Uh oh! Watch out!

Jet Blue flight from Burbank to JFK almost crash lands [Newsday]

It could've been me on that flight!!!
Yikes. Bravo to the pilot.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Google Desktop Search

Have you tried Google Desktop Search?

It's actually pretty cool.. I installed it on my machine at home a couple of weeks ag, and one especially neat thing it does (beyond finding lost files on computers) is it optically recognizes scanned documents!

So for example, when I lost my one-year Metrocard, I was trying to find the statement that came with the card when I first got it. I had scanned it, but as a pdf file, so normally it would be a huge challenge to find (since obviously the scanned document is just an image.)

Well Google Desktop Search found it! It recognized the words in the document and pulled it up as a result when I searched for "Transitcheck."

Isn't that awesome?!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Another Startup?

From Google to Noodles: A Chef Strikes Out On His Own [NYT]

The NYT reports on the chef who left Google is planning to open a healthy cafe offering sustainbly farmed food near Stanford. Wow.

"Mr. Ayers has worked at expensive restaurants and middle-brow chains, cooked privately for families and ran the prepared foods department at a Whole Foods Market. But it is his Google friends - lawyers, business development professionals, engineers and financial experts - that he expects to draw on most of all.

Born in Chicago and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Ayers had a varied résumé even before he started cooking for Google. His love of music led to behind-the-scenes cooking jobs at various music festivals, and Google says on its Web site that Mr. Ayers formerly cooked for members of the Grateful Dead. (It was after Jerry Garcia's death, when the band dissolved, Mr. Ayers said.)"

Sunday, September 18, 2005

A girl and her therapist

A Girl and her Therapist [NYT]
"Susan Mae Polk was 15 when she visited a therapist, 16 when they had sex, 25 when they married and 44 when she killed him. "

Friday, September 16, 2005


"Without optimism, you're not going to make it. You're just not. I don't think you can acquire it. I've always been optimistic, and not fearful. Don't be afraid to walk across that board across the ravine. And don't be afraid to carry a gigantic bowl of water. Figure out how you have to do that... You never look at the bowl -- look at where you're going and you'll get there."
-- Martha Stewart

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Sunday Times

The latest Freakonomics article -- about a self-experimental professor [NYT]
Hmm, this professor found the solution to weight loss as being taking a couple tablespoons of unflavored oil or sugar water several times a day:
"The results were astounding. Roberts lost 40 pounds and never gained it back. He could eat pretty much whenever and whatever he wanted, but he was far less hungry than he had ever been."

Sounds interesting.. if you're struggling with weight loss, I guess it doesn't hurt to try this.. except for drinking oil (which on the face sounds like it would be bad for you) -- maybe it's worth an experiment? I suppose if you drink olive oil, you could even argue it might be beneficial! :)

Suddenly those Solar Panels Don't Look so 1970's [NYT]

Two small literary-intellectual magazines [NYT]

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Tragedy in Washington Heights

Man Stabs a Baby Girl in Her Stroller [NYT]


"A man with a knife walked up to a nanny pushing a 10-month-old girl in a stroller in Washington Heights last evening and plunged a knife into the baby's stomach, critically injuring her, the police said...

The nanny, a 20-year-old woman, according to the police, screamed for help and cradled the baby, who was bleeding profusely, in her arms. She flagged down a car and was about to get in when a police cruiser arrived and drove them four blocks south to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital."

Goo, nanny! What a hero!

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Lucky Peach!

Went to Momofuku a couple of weeks ago -- the ramen is delicious! Okay, well you can't really think of it as ramen, because if you do, you will be disappointed. The noodle soup they serve is *not* ramen. It's just pork noodle soup, but they use Berkshire pork and Berkshire pork is soo good. The noodles they use aren't ramen noodles! They are like regular Chinese noodles...

Their BBQ pork buns are yummy as well.. sort of like eating Peking duck, but with with Berkshire pork instead! Aaah, good food.

I have to warn you though, the food at Momofuku isn't very affordable though. But they do provide a LOT of noodles.. which is pretty unusual I think. So if you are a carb-lover, this is a good place to go. But watch out for the sodium levels! They are high!

Oh and check out the peaceful wooden decor. Very relaxing.


Friday, September 2, 2005


Newest Export From China: Pirated Pay TV [WSJ]
"China has become the hotbed of a new technology that distributes live television signals over the Internet, exposing the world's pay-TV operators to the kind of online piracy that has plagued the music and movie businesses.

The technology, called peer-to-peer, or P2P, streaming TV, enables viewers anywhere in the world to watch cable, satellite or broadcast TV on the Web free of charge. Pirate services offer the programs to anyone equipped with a high-speed Internet connection who downloads some simple software.

The most active of these services are based in China, where a rising number of people are using them to watch channels such as HBO, ESPN and MTV. Now, the practice is spreading to Europe, where users have begun tapping into the Chinese services to watch European soccer matches unavailable on their local TV channels. Much of the programming is in Chinese, but HBO, ESPN and some other Western cable channels offered on the mainland are in English with Chinese subtitles."

If they could figure out a way to do this legitimately, I think it could revolutionize the way content is distributed. Can you imagine? Any user with high speed Internet would be able to access any TV channel from anywhere in the world!

Castles in the Air

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
- Henry David Thoreau