Category Archive for 'Science'

I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Sept. 19 I walked with zombies at the Public Market this morning. Dozens of them, their faces white, huge bloody gashes on their foreheads and cheeks, poking among the booths at Artisan’s Row, sniffing at oil paintings and quilts and jewelry and garden […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Sept. 12 When I first heard the sound early this morning, I thought someone had tossed a dead pig on the stoop. But it was the delivery of the Sunday Times, particularly bulky this morning, with three separate Arts & Leisure sections. These […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Aug. 29 Still no end to these awesome Upstate New York global warming mornings. The coffee’s on, last of the stuff from some island in the Flores Sea. First music of the day: Now is the Hour, Charlie Haden Quartet West. 1, In […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Aug. 15 The coffee this morning comes from an island off  Sumatra. “You get a geography lesson with every cup,” said my coffee guy, Java Joe, as he filled my usual order for a pound of whatever beans he was roasting that day, […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Aug. 8 I generally don’t remember my dreams; but last night, John Mellencamp came to stay at our house while he recorded his new album. He was kind of a talkative guy, and while we were sitting around the dining room table, listening […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: July 18 It is 7 a.m., and already two beef-broth injected brisket are on the smoker. First music of the day: The Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Between Nothingness & Eternity. The coffee is Costa Rican. It is a beautiful morning on the deck. 1, Today’s […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: June 27 I’m back to reading The Sunday Times for you, after a two-week absence that I’m blaming on barbecue and jazz. This morning, Miles Davis’ Miles in the Sky is drifting out the deck speakers, chicken thigh quarters are marinating in a […]

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Stephen Hawking is a Peeping Tom I see where Stephen Hawking (Hailed in an April 28 post by The Critical Mass as “an astrophysicist so brilliant I can’t understand how he puts up with the rest of us”) says that time travel may be possible.  I’ve known it for a decade. My garage is a time machine. I was […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: May 2 It is a morning of scents here. A salmon, for my friend Frank’s 70th birthday later today,  is in the smoker on the deck. The lilacs have peaked, the flowering crabapple tree is an explosion of white blossoms. 1, No one’s […]

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Planet Earth: A prime candidate for elimination By all accounts, Stephen Hawking may be the smartest man on Earth, an astrophysicist so brilliant I can’t understand how he puts up with the rest of us. I’m sure he could read our minds, if he wanted to put up with such trivia, or just kill us […]

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