This is a real, unaltered photo taken yesterday afternoon behind New Rochelle City Hall by my colleague Prince Guerra. Best. Rainbow. Ever.
Three cheers for the Wayner kids, Arielle and Alfie, who are competing in a special siblings episode of Food Network’s Chopped. There’s more about this impressive New Rochelle family in this article from Westchester Magazine. Full disclosure: their mom Ayanna is our former Deputy Commissioner of Development, so I’ve also got a sorta professional reason … Continue reading Why Can’t My Kids Cook Like This?
I don’t ordinarily hawk books, but when a good friend – author Alan Burdick – gets a glowing review like this from the New York Times, how can I not share it? I’m about a third of the way through Why Time Flies right now. Catie is almost done. A unique blend of science, philosophy, … Continue reading Why Time Flies
A group of billionaires and scientists is reportedly planning an interstellar mission to Alpha Centauri involving a fleet of iPhone-sized ships that would be accelerated to a fifth of the speed of light by ground-based lasers. They would travel 600,000 miles in the first two minutes of their journey and reach Alpha Centauri in about … Continue reading 600,000 Miles in 2 Minutes
This recent article from the New Yorker is horrifying, and yet so brilliantly written that it also makes for a gripping read. It describes a major fault in the Pacific northwest that is sure to produce a devastating earthquake and tsunami — probably within our lifetimes. The article contains a pulse-pounding description of rolling catastrophe … Continue reading Some Light Weekend Reading
New Rochelle history buffs will love this old U.S. Army film describing activities at Fort Slocum on Davids Island. In substance, the film is a fascinating portrait of a facility that was a big part of our city’s life. Stylistically, though, it’s very much a relic of its time, with swelling music and cheesy voice-overs … Continue reading This is Not a Simpsons Parody
Maps mesmerize me. Put one in my field of vision, and I’ll have a hard time focusing on anything else. Maybe it’s the way all the messiness of history can be made to seem neat and knowable. Maybe it’s the sense of exploring places one might never actually visit. Maybe it’s the “Here Be Monsters” … Continue reading Maps, Maps, Maps
Read these three paragraphs from an article in today’s Times: Using atomic clocks on Earth, the scientists measured the radio frequency with enough precision that they could discern changes in the velocity of Cassini [orbiting Saturn], hundreds of millions of miles away, as minuscule as 14 inches an hour. They found that the moon’s [Enceladus, … Continue reading Enceladus or Bust
This week, there was a breakthrough in the study of the very early Universe. From observations conducted at the South Pole, scientists obtained the first hard evidence of the theory of “inflation,” which holds that the Universe experienced a period of faster-than-light expansion in its first micro-second, about 14 billion years ago. This has major … Continue reading In The Beginning . . .