Category Archive for 'Technology'

The Critical Mass

Only John Agar can save us now I’m staring now at the alien presence in my living room. Smart TV. I’ve been fighting this thing for a couple of months now. This alien presence, which the impotent folks at Time Warner Cable have been unable to keep from bugging out while I’m watching a show. […]

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The Critical Mass

Why do today’s cars look like shit? I went to a car show recently. A couple of hundred vintage vehicles, strong on low-slung Studebakers with chrome-studded front ends. Some excellent ’55 T-Birds, a ;’50s-era Hudson and, as always, the candy-colored ’57 Chevy Bel Airs. And cars of the early ’60s, like the 1963 Plymouth Belvedere, […]

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The Critical Mass

OK, so call me a Twit I continue to arrive in the the 21st century: Follow me on Twitter @jeffspevak1. I started Tweeting last month because Steve Martin wasn’t doing interviews. But Martin is a big Tweet guy, with 2.7 million followers. Maybe, if I sent him some Tweets, he’d respond. That would be like […]

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The Critical Mass

I hate Jackie’s new friend My friend Jackie’s Christmas Day potato pierogies were awesome. She’d also spent the day watching a couple of the big Christmastime epics. No, we’re not talking Elf. This was Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments. Jackie may be Jewish, but she’s really into the holiday. As an educator at one of […]

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The Critical Mass

The dim bulbs of Congress Republicans had a bright idea: Tuesday night, they orchestrated a vote in the House of Representatives calling for repeal of light-bulb efficiency standards that will take effect at the beginning of 2012. Their argument was that these regulations were an assault on liberties dating back to the Founding Fathers. Thomas […]

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The Critical Mass

I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Oct. 31 This morning’s coffee was imported from Mexico, which you may interpret as a statement on immigration policy if you wish. First music of the day, the Debussy opera Pelleas et Melisande. It’s in French. The dog is chewing on a rawhide […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to First music of the day, the smoky saxophone of Ben Webster. He also worked well Saturday afternoon on the deck, as I wound down a beautiful day with a cigar and a glass of whiskey, while a pork shoulder relaxed in its smoker […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Sept. 5 This morning’s coffee is from the island of Java. I’ve loaded the five-CD changer with all John Coltrane. 1, Page One at a glance: Democrats are calculating which of their candidates are hopeless causes in the November election and will abandon […]

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The Critical Mass

I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: July 25 First music of the Day: The Flaming Lips’ re-interpretation of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, in its entirety. 1, Scholars who have analyzed the Supreme Court of Chief Justice John Roberts, now in its fifth year, say it is […]

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The Critical Mass

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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