Monthly Archives: November 2001

Euro watch: I haven’t been watching the news since the invasion of Afghanistan. It’s just too horrifying, and probably inaccurate as well. I keep an eye on metafilter, I keep an eye on adnan, and that’s all I need to … Continue reading

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New York Memories: The Ladies Who Lunch, Part Four of Four During the entire time I worked at The Magazine, I cannot remember having lunch with anyone. There were multiple reasons for this. One was that the office was in … Continue reading

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Moved! Well, 97% moved. 48 hours ago it seemed there weren’t enough cardboard boxes in the world to support this move, and now I’m looking at a recycling problem. Anyone want 30 slightly used Xerox boxes? I don’t live in … Continue reading

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New York Memories: The Ladies Who Lunch, Part Three of Four I worked with quite a few WASPy matriarchs in my New York jobs. They tended to be divorced from high-flyers (often referred to as “that bastard” and addressed through … Continue reading

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”Ex-patriots are such an unhealthy lot,” I said. ”They hang out in incestuous little groups and drink too much, complaining about the country they live in, having untidy affairs with each other and regretting it.” (from How To Learn Swedish … Continue reading

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New York Memories: The Ladies Who Lunch, Part Two of Four Fourteen years ago this month, I resigned to the senior editors at Trade Media Publishing and went to work at The Consulting Firm. On my first day, I was … Continue reading

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I admit that I’m barely able to keep up with Tinka lately; but one thing that struck me in passing as definitely worth revisiting was her post about fan cuts of films. If you’ve ever thought, “I could edit that … Continue reading

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New York Memories: The Ladies Who Lunch, Part One of Four Where: The canteen at Trade Media Publishing on Long Island. When: Spring 1986. Who: Me (newly arrived from Boston), and the other two reporters, Charmaine and Michelle. The food: … Continue reading

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A couple of my projects are out of control, such as the course that was supposed to be over but now has several levels of grading bureaucracy attached to it, and the group for the Chamber Music Cavalcade that I … Continue reading

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Linguists’ example sentences #4: Helena Halmari (1998) There is a snake in the garage. The cat is easy to wash. It is easy to wash the cat. The cat appears to be stupid. The cat happens to be stupid. The … Continue reading

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Lunch conversation during my offsite teaching day: Person 1: Helsinki people tell jokes about Turku and Turku people tell jokes about Tampere. Me: Oh really? What do they say? Person 1: Helsinki people say Turku people are so closed-up you … Continue reading

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Has anyone else noticed the VT100 nostalgia meme in graphic design this month? Suddenly it’s 1982 again (the last via David Gagne). Moby Lives! has more on the demise of Lingua Franca.

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