Entries tagged with 'new york times'

Swans of all Colors

The Times Magazine discusses the debate over Value at Risk, or VaR, a popular across-the-board measure of risk on Wall Street, and the area in which I currently work. I haven't read "The Black Swan", but Taleb certainly comes across...

Dream House

In the Times, a piece about the Pumpkin House, which juts out over cliffs above the Hudson at 186th Street. I've sometimes wondered at it while walking along the river. The nickname is an imaginative one considering its oblong shape;...

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The first half of this article about Corsica in the Times, and the photos showing its ridiculous natural beauty, had me pretty tempted to go there. The second half, about the nightclubs, DJs and billionaires who hang out there? Not...

Achery Zen

This Times piece on archers interests on a few levels: An amazing number of archers are at one time or another plagued by "target panic," a condition in which they can't help releasing the arrow as soon as they see...

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Maya's brother Bert made it into the local news Friday when, near the end of a kayaking trip in the East River, his kayak capsized near one of Olafur Eliasson's waterfalls and he and another man had to be rescued...

Have you thought about a career in protesting?

I generally avoid the political here, but a recent Times article (what can I say, they're giving me a log of blog fuel lately) about the Olympic protests is too rich with irony and questionable reasoning. The [Olympic] committee members...

Finding Yourself

According to the Times's article on Googlegängers, In studies involving Internet telephone directories, Social Security death index records and clinical experiments, Brett Pelham, a social psychologist, and colleagues have found in the past six years that Johnsons are more likely...

Frangibility

Nice use of the word "frangible" in this otherwise disturbing Times article about deadly equestrian accidents: The current debate over safety comes nine years after another rash of deaths shook the eventing community. In 1999, five British riders died in...

The newspaper calls me a hipster

This morning, as soon as I got on the A train to go to work, a New York Times reporter came on and asked to interview me. I was happy to comply, though I didn't feel I had anything fascinating...

Slideshows are the bane of my existence

There's an odd design quirk on the New York Times web site that's been bugging me for a while now. When you open a slide show on the site (this gift guide, for example) you immediately see a count of...

Just What I Wanted

Every so often, the New York Times really pisses me off by seeming to cater to the idle rich and pretend that they are the middle class. It happens a lot in the Real Estate section, with the stories...

Lynne Truss would not approve

An example of none-too-careful comma usage in the first paragraph of the Times Magazine's upcoming article on Guantanamo: "He figured it would mean spending at least a year away from his family, managing the petty insurgencies of hundreds of angry,...

Topology for Dummies

I really need to get a good introductory book on mathematical topology. Ideally one for laymen like "A Brief History of Time" did for physics, but I don't know if such a thing exists. Every time there's a story in...

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