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Tag Archives: The New York Times

THE BEST OF LINES

“I WISH I HAD said that,” Oscar Wilde remarked. “You will, Oscar, you will,” responded James McNeill Whistler. I’ve often shared Oscar Wilde’s wish, though the fear of stumbling into … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

HOORAY FOR SCHMALTZ

IT’S OFFICIAL. Even The New York Times acknowledges that “Schmaltz Finds a New, Younger Audience.” Nutritionally incorrect though it may sound, author Melissa Clark and photographer Andrew Scrivani make a … Continue reading

December 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

ONE HUGE PRELUDE

WHEN IS a ship more than a ship? When it’s the Prelude F.L.N.G. There’s fascinating technology in this Floating Liquefied Natural Gas facility, described in “The Biggest Ship in the … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

ON BILINGUAL TROLLEY ACCIDENTS

DO OUR morals depend on which language we’re speaking? Can something be ethically acceptable in a second language, but not in our native tongue? Researchers in cognitive sciences say “yes,” … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

CIVILIZATION, IN A FEW WORDS

AN OP-ED piece in The New York Times, March 30, 2014, “Civilization’s Starter Kit” by astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell discussed an interesting question. It was first posed by physicist Richard Feynman: … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

THERE’S A WORD FOR THAT

ALL LANGUAGES, not only English, are subject to evolution, often by borrowing words or concepts from other languages. A recent article in The New York Times, July 25, 2013, (http://goo.gl/PA8ktc), … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 3 Comments

THIS RECTANGLE IS GOLDEN

WHICH RECTANGLE do you think is aesthetically more pleasing? Most people believe it’s the one on the left. The rectangle on the left is an example of the “golden rectangle,” … Continue reading

March 3, 2013 · 3 Comments