Re the link to the new beekeeping site: You might find this interesting — David Yassky, an up-and-coming Brooklyn city councillor, has taken up the crusade to legalize urban beekeeping.  Apparently there are quite a few underground (or more precisely rooftop) apiculturists operating in the shadows of the city.  Two links below — the secondcontinue reading

Thoughts for thinking…

Engrossing piece from below (linked in aldaily, where I found it), with a large number of thinkers answering the question “What will change everything?”  Interesting for the variety of perspectives as much as the content of some of the answers.  Guaranteed to make your brain get bigger, or at least provide some perspective oncontinue reading

Beer cheer for depressionary times

There’s a very entertaining profile in the New Yorker of the great Dogfish Head microbrewery and its founder, Sam Calagione — link below.  I’ve been a fan for a long time, but I’m not enough of a beer geek to know they had this kind of following.  My only concern is that this kind ofcontinue reading

Too kind…

Really, I think she’s done her bit already for the Democrats… Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has said that she would be honored to help President-elect Barack Obama in his new administration.  Last Updated: 1:00AM GMT 13 Nov 2008 The Alaska governor said she would be willing to help if Mr Obama asked her forcontinue reading

A is for Aisle

A good new kids’ album for those interested who haven’t run across it – Snacktime by Barenaked Ladies.  Tested on a recent long car trip with success.  Worth getting just for the alphabet song, which starts with “A is for Aisle” and goes downhill from there.  The kids may not get it but they’ll want tocontinue reading

From the WSJ, not about Wall Street

From the back page of the WSJ last week, buried under all the financial meltdown news, a thoughtful and evocative piece, if sad in the context, which has been reproduced in a few other places:

It was Glaukos who spoke first, dude…

Here’s an entertaining and very weird website, with a whole new take on the Iliad. I ran across it in a review, in New York Magazine, of a book called Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks From the Wild Web, by one Sarah Boxer (review also linked below).

best typo ever

This *almost* makes you wonder whether it was planted by a disgruntled soon-to-be-ex-employee… Spotted on the title page of an (otherwise perfectly good) kids’ book in the Corgi Pups series: “Series Reading Consultant: Prue Goodwin, Lecturer in Literacy and Children’s Books, Univeristy of Reading”

Unintended consequences…

Here’s an economic side effect that one might not have seen coming — business is good for Texans selling paraphernalia to cowboy-mad Germans following the wind boom: “Dandy’s Western Wear, the local cowboy attire shop, cannot keep enough python skin and cowhide boots in stock because of all the Danes and Germans who have comecontinue reading