Category: Current Events

  • Ride of the Valkyries

    Ride of the Valkyries

    I’m not normally a muscle bike type of person but the image of the new 1800cc Honda Valkyrie caught my eye. I think I feel a mid-life crisis coming on!

  • Paul Krugman on Japan

    Poking around to look for the latest Krugman column in which he illustrates the arrogance of President Bush’s one page request for an additional $25 billion for adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq, I see that he’s also brought together the best of his writings on Japan into one place. The state of Japan is a […]

  • The Extraordinary Private Cellar of Doris Duke

    Bottles of the first ever Vintage (1921) of Dom Pérignon, 1929 Château d’Yquem, 1934 Romanée Conti (pictured), all these and more from the cellers of Doris Duke, the tobacco heiress that made her home several miles up the road in Somerville on a 2,700 acre estate. The bottles will be auctioned off at Christies in […]

  • ebay wedding dress

    ebay wedding dress

    Just when I thought I was going to close out my posts for the day, a colleague sent me a link to an eBay auction for his ex-wife’s wedding dress. “One Slightly Used Size 12 Wedding Gown. Only worn twice: Once at the wedding and once for these pictures.” is closing it’s bid in 3 […]

  • E-book revival

    E-book revival

    Sony has just released it’s LIBRE e-book based on the Boston-based company, E-Ink technology which they have licensed. This is a recycling of an old concept that Sony has tried before (remember their custom-sized CDROM Databook?) and hope to make a successful go of it this time. At 40,000 yen a pop with 300 yen […]

  • Ford Sportka

    I can see why these Evil Twin Ford Sportka advertisements got them into hot water.

  • Rummy Blustered

    Rummy Blustered on Face the Nation SCHIEFFER: Well, let me just ask you this. If they did not have these weapons of mass destruction, though, granted all of that is true, why then did they pose an immediate threat to us, to this country? Sec. RUMSFELD: Well, you’re the–you and a few other critics are […]

  • Sushi Bar Cam

    Our old neighborhood sushi shop in Tokyo now has a webcam! Gosh, this makes me miss Japan. . .

  • Train Station Melodies

    Update (Aug. 2012): replaced link. A charming site that plays back a collection of Japanese Station Melodies. In Japan, special melodies play when trains pull into or pull out of train stations. These melodies are unique, depending on the station. This website is devoted to these sounds, giving samples of them. Please look through this […]

  • Blackout

    They’re calling it the largest blackout the Northeast has ever seen. The Blackout captures the event from the perspective of moblogs all across NYC where thousands were stranded without a way to get home. Safe in the Factiva offices, all we noticed was a brief flickering of the lights and a sev alert email calmly […]