Saturday, May 30, 2015

Paris when it sizzles

With an average “on hoof” market weight of about 1,250 pounds, a steer will yield about 62.2% in “dressed weight” carcass meat.

That’s about 775 pounds of which the tenderloin is less than 1%.

No wonder, then, it is one of the more expensive cuts.

But chef’s don’t actually like it. 

Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain sat down to talk about it.

Said Bourdain,

“There’s no fat, no marbling and it’s dry, with very little flavor.”

Batali replied,

Friday, May 29, 2015

two way street

After 8 years of photographing more than 6 million miles, Google Street view is adding a new feature.



“It’s a 3-D mirror of the world,” says Luc Vincent, 
Google Director of Street View.

“Now with this, we’re finally adding the fourth dimension, time.”

Street View cars have been all over NYC, 
but I finally caught up with one in San Francisco.

This one was parked, the camera folded down and the protective hood zipped up.

Unpacked and ready to shoot it looks like this:

The imagery merges from 15 different cameras forming a data stream that enters the car through a rear window.

Right through the glass.

In some places a specially equipped tricycle has been employed.


Australia’s Great Barrier Reef used underwater apparatus but the reef has been shot only once.

Any place Street View has visited multiple times can now be seen in their archive imagery, showing “Before and After” throughout 55 countries.

Just not in... Germany.

Germany has such strict privacy law Google had to give citizens an option to blur their homes or property or businesses.

So many hundreds of thousands of German’s have opted to be blurred on StreetView, Google just gave up, stopped shooting and left the country.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

we the people get the camshaft

just in time

Remember bandleader Michael Arenella?

He’s the history buff and founder of the Jazz Age Lawn Party we attended last summer on Governor’s Island:

Last evening he and a select group of musicians launched their new cd “Just in Time” with two sets at the Clarkson Restaurant, in Greenwich Village.


We slurped raw oysters and crunched calamari, 
swilled down with chilled rosé and icy prosecco. 

He crooned hits from the 1920’s like

It was a good time! 

The windows were open and the smell of city rain passed through and for an hour Clarkson felt like a old speakeasy.

We are attending the lawn party again, on June 13th.

Anyone know where I can find a good vintage skimmer?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

that leads us to who-knows-where, who-knows-when?

Ever feel as if you work all day
 but never get anywhere worth going?

You are not alone.

According to the US Department of Labor, 
we now have 37% of the US workforce not working.

Not “unemployed.” That’s a different category.

By “Not Working” the USDL means over the age of 16, 
able-bodied and making a choice: not to go to work.

We’ve crossed the tipping point to where it now takes more than two workers to be responsible for someone else.

Not counting disabled, retired or unemployed.

We keep telling ourselves.