Month: May 2018

  • Social Shaming in Cape Town

    Social Shaming in Cape Town

    Cape Town South Africa is facing the third year of an unprecedented drought. Water levels have dropped to such levels that city officials predict the city wells will run dry sometime in 2019. There is, of course, a ban on filling your swimming pool or washing your car and individual consumption is limited to 50 […]

  • Anna Sorokin – a story for our age

    Anna Sorokin – a story for our age

    Grifters. The term seems to belong in the past. A word used to describe men in zoot suits and fedoras. Three-card monte guys hustling on turned-over cardboard boxes in front of Penn Station or the guy in the parking lot trying to sell you a “used” laptop for cheap. That was then. This is now. […]

  • NHL – Vegas Style

    NHL – Vegas Style

    I have not been paying attention to the inaugural season of the new expansion NHL team in Las Vegas, the Golden Knights. You can imagine my surprise when my sports fan son gave me a taste of how hockey has changed when he showed me how hockey has been transformed for the Las Vegas audience. […]

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    Last week we learned of a 69-year old double amputee that climbed to the summit of Mt. Everest. This week it’s a veteran Sherpa guide who just finished his record 222th time up the mountain. For the first time in its 226-year history, a woman will lead the New York Stock Exchange. Also, the Fearless […]

  • Robin Williams – little spark of madness

    Robin Williams – little spark of madness

    How did I make it this far without ever hearing this Robin Williams bit? I really miss him. The world is a darker place without him. You got to be crazy, It’s too late to be sane, too late You got to go full-tilt bozo Cause, you’re only given a little spark of madness If […]

  • The week that was, Royal Wedding edition

    The week that was, Royal Wedding edition

    The United Kingdom will shut down this weekend for the Royal Wedding. Punters are betting on everything with 2:1 odds that the queen will be wearing a blue hat while the appearance of a white hat is a long 33:1. While doing research for the wedding, a staff writer for The New Yorker discovered that […]

  • Tony Hawk at 50

    Tony Hawk turned 50 last Saturday. To celebrate, he did 50 of his original tricks, in succession. “Maybe I can raise some awareness about being active and old,” Hawk said with a laugh (interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune)

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    California passed the UK to become the 5th largest economy in the world. An Israeli settlement camp in the West Bank was the first to deploy miniature drones to secure its borders. Feliks Zemdegs from Australia has broken the world record for solving a Rubik’s cube. He did it in just 4.22 seconds. It took […]

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    May-the-Forth be with you edition