Friday, January 9, 2015

let’s do this

Take this up:

Luge this down!

Half toboggan, half go-kart, all extreme!

or maybe a dog

Inside every man, a boy.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

nous sommes charlie

snow reason to lose your sled

Folks who don’t have a FaceBook page have always had a hunch FaceBook might not be good for you.

Now evidence is mounting this is true.

Studies at both the University of Michigan and the Swedish University of Gothenburg have confirmed each other’s findings. 

It gets worse. 

Besides depression, FaceBook has taken FOMO through the roof.

“Fear of missing out” has never been so acutely felt since teens, many anxious already, went mobile and feverishly try to be everywhere and everything and unsurprisingly, fail.

Shut it down. Go outside.

Make a snowman!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

what goes around


what’s in YOUR wallet?

Can you recall what you were doing at 19?

Elizabeth Holmes, can. 
She was applying for her first patent.

FORBES released their “Richest” list for 2014 and there are no surprises at the top.

Gates leads as he has for the past 21 years, with Buffett right behind him and Ellison after that. 

The Koch brothers combined business actually tops Gates, but their fortune split between them places at #4.

Our ex mayor is not too shabby, either, rounding out the top ten.

But Holmes is the youngest woman billionaire in the country, 
and she’s a college drop-out.

Born to a medical family but with a personal fear of needles, as an undergrad she used a Stanford lab to experiment and wound up patenting a new way to take a blood sample. 


Her company, founded while she was still a teenager is called Theranos, an amalgam of "therapy" and "diagnosis." 

Using her method, a cholesterol count costs just $2.99.

Walgreens is rolling out Theranos Wellness Centers in their 8,100 stores, a major coup.


She still owns half after several rounds of venture capital, so a 2014 Theranos valuation of $9 billion puts her at $4.5b in personal holdings.

She just turned 30.

And the rest of the 400 wealthiest? 
Together they are worth $2.29 trillion, about the same Gross Domestic Product as Brazil, a country of 200 million people.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

backed up plumbing


The NYPD again turned their backs on hizzonner bringing the number to thousands who have shown their disrespect for a man who holds the highest office in our city.

“The police disrespect the grieving family.” the mayor countered, while Bill Bratton fell in line behind his boss.

This is delicate for a master cop who must walk a tightrope between his own rank and file and the man to whom he owes his current job.


NYPD turned their backs on the mayor but not on their own and certainly not on his devastated widow.


DeBlasio’s spin has him circling the drain after just one year in office.


Commissioner Bratton must not get caught up in that current or he’ll sacrifice his integrity.

Defending indefensible was never Bratton’s job.

Monday, January 5, 2015

prime rib

You remember the TWA Terminal out at JFK, right?

Did you know there’s a direct link from that 1962 modern masterpiece by Eero Saarinen to a new transit building going up at Ground Zero?

Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava has based his whole career on buildings made of exposed, rib-like rafters.

Check out his 1994 Saint-Exupéry train station at the Lyon Airport:


His Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2001 was his first building in America. 


So it is not surprising his new transportation hub at the World Trade Center follows suit.

Inspired by Saarinen, budgeted at an astonishing $3.75 billion and designed to recall a bird released from a child’s hands, this transit hub was scheduled to open in 2014 but is still under construction.

When completed it will connect subway lines and the PATH train with public spaces, retail stores and a connecting plaza for weather protection among the Ground Zero buildings.

And this part is great: 

The building is angled precisely so that every September 11th the sun will align with a slender skylight along the spine and allow a wedge of light to fall on the concourse below, as a memorial to those who died that day.

The PATH platform “B” is scheduled to open this Spring.

It'll be worth a trip.

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