Saturday, October 11, 2014

orange is the new jack o' lantern

winter’s coming

Remember that fruit galette I made awhile back?

The farmer's market will fade soon so I made another, a savory one this time, with tomatoes and zucchini and corn.

Drain the chopped tomatoes of their juice in a colander, then soften them in a skillet in a bit of butter with the chopped zucchini and some red onion. Salt and pepper.

Mix in the corn freshly cut from the cob. 
Spoon into the center of your pastry. 

Grate with reggiano parmagian.

Now fold the edges up.

Brush with milk and add grated cheese all over the top. 

Again, 350〫for about an hour. 

I’m gonna miss the farmers market.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kutiman is a YouTube artist


He scans the site, selects short musical clips and then repeats/edits/overlays them together into insanely great musical compositions all his own.

It’s like an aural, quilted tapestry made from found scraps. 

And it works!

“The Mother of all Funk Chords” from 2009 was named one of the “50 Best Inventions” by Time Magazine.

It’s been viewed 1,700,000 times.

Now he’s released his second effort, “Thru You Too” 
with this single called “This is how I feel.”

Remember, he found these unrelated clips and patched them all together, but he didn’t write a single note you hear. 

It’s beautiful. 

If there was ever a case to be made for the Fair Use doctrine in copyright, this is certainly it.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

renewable is doable

And not just for the birds!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I was born too late


not my job

According to wikipedia "thermoplastic road markings" are thick, and embedded with glass beads.

The binder resin is heated to 400〫F in the machine pictured below, and layed down in two 30mill thick ribbons, creating a depth of 60mills, about twice as thick as your credit card.

The lines need thickness to hold the glass beads, and the optics are actually improved as the covering paint wears away.

But lines like this last only a couple years in an urban environment, and need to be reapplied every 24-30 months.

After years of illegal U-turns, Lincoln Avenue is finally earning its stripes.

But remember that Lincoln Avenue pot hole?

They are not actually fixing it just yet.

They painted around it.

Seems legit.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

makes my head swim


The Surgeon General told us smoking kills as far back as 1966, while big tobacco made huge money on human suffering.

But it took 40 years and a shift in restaurant/office
law under Bloomberg to turn the tide.

Today the facts are clear.

Avoiding cigarettes is just adult, common sense if good health is important to you.

But some folks want what they want and don’t care about facts until it kills them.

It’s a Darwinian flaw in human nature, 
and it takes the weakest first to improve our human gene pool.

C’mon in, the water’s fine.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Cash is king

Marriott is being hailed in the Bronx these days as some kind of savior. 


Because they are building a 125 room hotel in the Pelham section of the Bronx, the first of its kind.

Then why did the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) fine them $600,000 cash last Friday?

Because they did an incredibly lowlife thing in Tennessee, that’s why.


Their employees at a Nashville Marriott used monitoring technology to identify their guest’s cell phones, tablets and laptops, and then secretly jammed their data-plan so they couldn’t get online.

No Problem! said the Marriott. 

Pay us between $250 and $1000 and you can use OUR fee-based wifi instead!


Except that’s illegal you see, a problem the FCC looked into.

Bear in mind Marriott is a $12.7 billion dollar company. 

To contextualize that $600,000, 
if you earn $100,000 a year that fine was the equivalent of $4.69. 

Or about the same as 2 hotdogs at Papaya King.

Hey Marriot.

W’re not quite as genteel here in the Bronx as you’ll find in Tennessee.

Try that in your new Pelham hotel 
and you’ll need more than Cash.


Happy Monday!