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Thursday, February 28, 2002

Tech & Science

Achilles' Heel Found In Legs Of The T. Rex
by John Noble Wilford, New York Times
Contrary of what had been thought, T. rex was slow of foot.

Designers Take Robots Out Of Human Hands
by Anne Eisenberg, New York Times
Researchers are working to create independent robots that are able to work out complex problems without help from their creators.


Keeping Our Distance
by Linton Weeks, Washington Post
Bad news for the small-world crowd: More than 6 degrees separate us.


by William Boyd, New Yorker

Wednesday, February 27, 2002


That Old Feeling: Remembering Chuck Jones
by Richard Corliss, Time
How lucky we children of the 50s were in our comedy mentors!

Of Crust And Custard
by Sylvia Thompson, Los Angeles Times
From a 1909 women's club cookbook comes a dessert revelation: pies that are exquistiely textured, deeply delicious and easy to make.

DVD Pirates And Hobbits In Southeast Asia
by Jeff Radice, Salon
A backpacking tourist in Laos gets his hands on "The Fellowship of the Ring" just two weeks after its U.S. release.

The Pilgrimage To Ground Zero
by Lynne Duke, Washington Post
Officials and tourists walk a fine line on solemn ground.

Do You Otaku?
by Amy M. Spindler, New York Times
A modest proposal: Tokyo is the real international capital of fashion.

Stolen Restaurant Napkins Are Just A Start
by Donna Paul, New York Times
Restaurants have become temples of design, filled with beautiful objects. And diners are helping themselves to more than just the bread. A lot more.

Tuesday, February 26, 2002


An Artist's Best Work, Figuratively Speaking
by Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times
Elmer Bischoff began and ended his career as an abstract painter. His strongest images date from the years between.

Robert Philip Hanssen's Dirty Little Secrets
by Benjamin Schwarz, New York Times
Reading these three books on the Robert Hassen espionage case is like viewing pornography.


Magic Glass
by Ellen Bryant Voigt, Slate

Monday, February 25, 2002


The Sun Also Sets
by Tim Larimer, Time
Shadows have been gathering over Japan for more than a decade. Only now is the country facing up to the devastating turth: the future is probably not going to be any brighter.


Sky City Fantasies
by Erik Baard, The Village Voice
For the fallen world of September 12, visions of a vertical future.

The Chrysler Building
by Stephanie Zacharek, Salon
New York's most glorious skyscraper, its art deco eagles poised for flight, is a timeless work of jazz Age poetry in steel.

Rising In The East
by Janine Defao, San Francisco Chronicle
Long a tortoise to San Francisco's hare, downtown Oakland gains momentum despite downturn.

With Pen In Hand
by Lynell George, Los Angeles Times
Put it in writing? Wielding anything but a keyboard makes some people nervous. Make peace — and practice, experts say.

Saluting All The King's Mentors
by jay Parini, New York Times
Writers, perhaps like anyone trying to learn a craft, look anxiously around them for mentors.

Sunday, February 24, 2002


Everybody's All-American
by Winfried Fluck, Straits Times
Hyperbolic rhetoric about invasions misses the complexity of the cultural change taking place all around us.

Tech & Science

Web Site Helped Changed Farm Policy
by Elizabeth Becker, New York Times
Throughout the angry Senate debate about whether to limit subsidies to wealthy farmers, lawmakers kept referring to "the Web site" to make their points.

First Tower To Fall Was Hit At Higher Speed, Study Finds
by Eric Lpton and James Glanz, New York Times
Researchers trying to explain why the WTC's south tower fell first, though struck second, are focusing on new calculations.


Letterman In The Lead
by Rick Kushman, Sacramento Bee
Dave skates circles around the competition as he enters his third decade of late night.

Even The Whales Are Gay Down Mexico Way
by Peter Tachell, The Observer
Seduced by Puerto Vallarta's beaches, plam trees and live and let live attitude.

The Music Isn't Live, Either
by Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
Cold weather and a global audience require performers to try to match recordings during the opening and closing ceremonies.

So, They're All Gay, Right?
by King Kaufman, Salon
Former U.S. figure skating champion Rudy Galindo talks about the Salt Lake Olympics, the sport's effeminate image and the reactions to his coming out. And no, they're not.

A Woman's Place
by Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post
At a Kabul clinic, childbirth means a cold table and a tireless doctor.

Who's To Judge?
by Laura Miller, New York Times
The questions are fundamentaly unanswerable — which may explain why we just can't stop talking about them, especially when the official judgment conflicts with our own.

Words Of 9/11 Go From Coffee Shops To The Dictionaries
by Janny Scott, New York Times
Every catastrophe begets its own linguistic fallout — words and phrases forged by the awful novelty of the moment or catapulted from obscurity into everyday speech.


God's Goodness
by Marjorie Kemper, The Atlantic

Friday, February 22, 2002

Tech & Science

Mickey Mouse Vs. The People
by Damien Cave, Salon
How an antiquarian bookseller and a Nathaniel Hawthorne fan sued Congress and ended up before the Supreme Court.

NBC, Synchronizing Its Watchers
by Paul Farhi, Washington Post
Network's SimulCam gives viewers a two-for-one look.


After A Star's Death, A Delicate Marketing Task
by Lorenza Munoz, Los Angeles Times
The makers of "Queen of the Damned" try to honor Aaliyah and cope with a backlash among Anne Rice fans.

A Perfectionist's Pupil With A Major In Creepy
by Rick Lyman, New York Times
Watching movies with Nicole Kidman.

Black Mischief
by Christopher Hitchens, The Nation
"How should nigger be defined? Is it part of the American cultural inheritance that warrants preservation?"


Lost And Found
by Tessa Hadley, New Yorker

Thursday, February 21, 2002


Will Chinese Repression Play In Peoria?
by Claudia Rosett, Wall Street Journal
Beijing's campaign against an "evil cult" comes to America.

Tech & Science

The Pirates Of Prime Time
by Anita Hamilton, Time
Anyone want to trade some episodes of The Simpsons online? TV Land is getting Napsterized.

Tube Tied
by Fred Kaplan, Slate
We still want our HDTV.

Dialing, Without Fingers
by David Pogue, New York Times
The idea of voice dialing is so good, it's not surprising that at least three companies have tackled it more or less simultaneously. But their approaches are radically different.


Toyland Is Tough, Even For Robots
by Barnaby J. Feder, New York Times
For toy creator, Mark Tilden, simpler is better when it comes to robotic toys. But navigating the road from lab to market, he learned, was anything but simple.

In Lean Times, E-Books Find A Friend: Libraries
by Lisa Guernsey, New York Times
E-book publishing may be on the skids, but digital book collections continue to grow at libraries.

CNN's Tips For Visiting Cuba Cross The Line
by Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald
This is the first time I've ever seen a network provide a detailed blueprint on how to violate the law.

Wednesday, February 20, 2002


This Economic Slowdown Hasn't Hit Home
by Robert J. Samuelson, Washington Post
Is housing's bull market genuine? Or is it another "bubble"?

Tech & Science

From PlayStation To PC
by Nick Montfort, Technology Review
Whether you play them or not, video games are good for you.


Ceci N'est Pas Surrealism
by Carol Kino, Slate
Even if you don't know Surrealism, it knows you.

Anti-Telemarketers Send Out A Very Busy Signal
by Don Oldenburg, Washington Post
With the explosion in telemarketing, people who were once content to say no and hang up have instead created a cottage industry of activists.

An 'Eat More' Message For A Fattened America
by Mary Duenwald, New York Times
Dr. Marion Nestle is a food scientist distrubed by the ways the food industry encourages Americans to eat large amounts of non-nutritious food.

Where Have You Gone, Jerry, When We Need You?
by Susan Orr Braudy, New York Times
I long to return to the innocent days when scores of unseen "Seinfeld" episodes were part of my future.


Day Of Needs
by Jennifer Clarvoe, Slate

Tuesday, February 19, 2002


The Wrong War
by Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times
The real aim of the American mission in the Philippines is political to reach a feel-good declaration of victory in the war on terror.

Tech & Science

Here, Kitty, Kitty!
by Jeffrey Kluger, Time
If the first cloned house pet can melt your heart, how will you react to the first cloned child?

New York's Newest Night Owls
by John B. Forbes, New York Times
A young group of pint-size predators has begun to make a home in Central Park.


Bill Cospy Chuckles His Way Into Old Age
by James Sullivan, San Francisco Chronicle
The comedian still finds life quite ridiculous.

The Chill Is Gone
by Richard Blow, Salon
The once-great Stephen King has been recycling his plots and characters for 20 years now. It's time he made good on his threats to retire.

Continental Divide
by Robin Givhan, Washington Post
Why don't Europeans cotton to American designs? The New York shows offer no satisfying answers.

Chinese Retreat Yields Handiwork Fit For An Emperor
by Elisabeth Rosenthal, New York Times
An emperor's retirement lodge in the Forbidden City in Beijing that survived the Cultural Revolution is being preserved.

The Last Cargo Cult
by Mike Jay, Mighty Organ
Sulphur Bay is one of a handful of villages who live with a god of their own: a spirit messiah known as John Frum.

Monday, February 18, 2002

Tech & Science

Record Labels' Answer To Napster Still Has Artists Feeling Bypassed
by Neil Strauss, New York Times
Performers still don't get a dime.

U.S. Tightening Rules On Keeping Scientific Secrets
by William J. Broad, New York Times
Hope of keeping weapons of mass destruction out of unfriendly hands.


Surrealism Revisited
by Peter Schjeldahl, New Yorker
A new retrospective at the Met looks back on a once fashionable genre.

White Men Can Bitch
by Joan Ryan, San Francisco Chronicle
Thank goodness for the Winter Olympics.

In The Wonderland Of Libraries Are Cats Like Alis
by Duane Noriyuki, Los Angeles Times
Carrying on feline tradition, the Silverado calico found a home in a reading room.

Matters Of The Heart
by Phil McCombs, Washington Post
The Caring Awards honor those who make compassion their business.

Plot Twists Paid Off For 'Friends'
by Bill Carter, New York Times
Right creative choices, involving some life-changing experience for its characters, paid off again.

Sunday, February 17, 2002

Tech & Science

Intellectual-Property Ecology
by Seth Shulman, Technology Review
What tree huggers can teach us about the public domain of ideas.

The ABC's Of In-Dash MP3's
by Ivan Berger, New York Times
Cars have taken the names of all sorts of places and things, but the Mazda MP3 is probably the first model to be named after a feature of its sound system.


At Play With Night And Day In The Desert
by Wade Graham, Los Angeles Times
James Turrell is about to unveil his life's work — a natural crater carved into a celebration of light and space. Try hanging that in a museum.

A Passage To Freedom
by Mary Kay Ricks, Washington Post
During Washington's era of rampant slave trading, two sisters embarked upon a remarkable journey and became a cause celebre for the abolitionist movement.

Into Thin Air
by Roger Lowenstein, New York Times
Airlines have always been a hard business. But a case study of United shows why they have been so extraordinarily successful at making profits disappear.

Saturday, February 16, 2002


In China's Market Transition, Some Pay Price
by John Pomfret, Washington Post
The rise and fall of Wang Xuebing are emblematic of the malfeasance, corruption and political infighting that have infected China's financial and political systems as the country moves into a free-market economy.

It's A Watertight Agreement, Please
by Han Fook Kwang, Straits Times
If you've been reading what Malaysian newspapers are saying about Singapore-Malaysia negotiations on water, and are totally confused by the reports, don't despair.

Dangerous To Treat Pyongyang Like Taleban
by Tom Plate, Straits Times
The current administration has a solid point. But it may be a domestic political one, rather than a useful launching pad for serious international diplomacy.

Tech & Science

Einstein & Godel
by David Berlinski, Discover
Oh, to be a fly on a textbook when the century's greatest physicist walked home from work with its most influential mathematician.


Family Harmony
by Justino Aquila, San Francisco Chronicle
Music is the tie that binds Mazmanians of Orinda.

The Naughty Boy Of Europe
by Economist
Britain's unruly teenagers are the price of progress.

At NBC, Spring Forward, Fall Back And Winter Up
by Lisa de Moraes, Washington Post
Just because NBC has removed national advertising from those seven half-hours doesn't mean you're in for a full half-hour of ad-free Olympics coverage on any of the remaining nights of competition.

Secrets Confided To The Clergy Are Getting Harder To Keep
by Emily Eakin, New York Times
Thanks, in part, to a spate of sexual abuse scandals involving priests, clergy-penitent privilege is no longer considered inviolable.

In Geneva, Good Eating From Fondue To Foie Gras
by Jacqueline Friedrich, New York Times
A trip to Geneva in December convinved me and my travelling companion that this noble Swiss dish is overdue for a comeback.

Friday, February 15, 2002


The Threat To Patriotism
by Ronald Dworkin, New York Review Of Books
What has al-Qaeda done to our Constitution, and to our national standards of airness and decency?

Jiang Looking To US For Help In Preserving Legacy
by Ching Cheong, Straits Times
China's No 1 leader Jiang Zemin and his supporters are making sure his influence is preserved after his retirement later this year.

The Philippine Wars
by Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times
I didn't know how to explain to Filipinos the need to add firepower to an island already bristling with machine guns.

Tech & Science

Gender Vendors
by Samar Farah, Christian Science Monitor
Electronics marketers are eager to answer a question that even Freud had trouble with: What does a woman want?

Losing The War On Patents
by Damien Cave, Salon
Attempts to fix the intellectual property system from below are faltering. Is it time to bring in the feds?


Shape Of Things To Come
by Michael Quintanilla, Los Angeles Times
Two newcomers to Fashion Week cause a buzz with bracking contrasts and fierce femininity.

Getting Under Your Skin
by Eve Zibart, Washington Post
Modern day spas are to beauty salons as Dean & Deluca stores are to convenience marts.


Lost And Found
by Tessa Hadley, New Yorker

Thursday, February 14, 2002


Warring Doubts
by Jack Beatty, The Atlantic
Many have died in Afghanistan to make us more secure. Are we?

Who's Hu In Beijing
by William Safire, New York Times
In all likelihood, the Americans will be looking beyond Jiang at the meeting to get some kind of fix on the man most likely to succeed: Hu Jintao.

Tech & Science

Uproar Over A Sliced, And Revered, Meteorite
by Kenneth Chang, New York Times
"Would someone want to auction off a crucifix, one of the holy satues out of the Catholic Church or something like that?"

The Iceberg Secret, Revealed
by Joel Spolsky, Joel On Software
It's pretty clear that programmers think in one language, and MBAs think in another.


The Quest For Fire
by Roy Rivenburg, Los Angeles Times
What does a guy have to do to get a girlfriend before Feb. 14? You have no idea.

Loving A Ghost
by A.R. Torres, Salon
I believed that if I could get through the trifecta of holidays after Sept. 11 without Eddie, I could get to the finish line of my grief. But I'd forgotten about Valentine's Day.

A Television Valentine For Charlie Brown Fans
by Suzanne C. Ryan, Boston Globe
"Peanuts' was one of the nicer things about the 20th century. It's nice to see it come into the 21st century."

Strike Up The Brand
by Hank Stuever, Washington Post
From athletes' jackets to shuttle vans, Salt Lake is awash in corporate logos.

Wednesday, February 13, 2002


North Korea: Threat Or Menace?
by Anne Applebaum, Slate
Does North Korea deserve its ranking as a member of the "axis of evil"?

It's Not Reform, It's Deception
by Robet J. Samuelson, Washington Post
"Washington think" is less about logic than political hustle.

Crazier Than Thou
by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times
Reading Europe's press, it is really reassuring to see how warmly Europeans have embraced President Bush's formulation that an "axis of evil" threatens world peace. There's only one small problem. President Bush thinks the axis of evil is Iran, Iraq and North Korea, and the Europeans think it's Donald Rumsfled, Dick Cheney and Condi Rice.

Tech & Science

Still Dreaming Of Star Power
by Diane Martindale, Discover
Fusion could solve all our energy problems, if only we could get it to work.

Springtime, Taxes, And The Attack On Irqa
by Richard A. Muller, Technology Review
UC Berkeley physicist and former MacArthur Fellow Richard A. Muller teaches a course called "Physics for Future Presidents — what every world leader needs to know." Here he adapts his latest musings on why a U.S. attack on Iraq is inevitable.

The Worldwide Computer
by David P. Anderson and John Kubiatowicz, Scientific American
An operating system spanning the Internet would bring the power of millions of the world's Internet-connected PCs to everyone's fingertips.


Voices From The Fringe
by Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal
Who's nuttier, director Robert Altman or the head of the NRA?

Interior By Curbside Unlimited
by Carol Lloyd, San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco residents recycle their lives.

Giving It Up For Lent: The Cuisine Of Denial
by Mary Rourke, Los Angeles Times
Most of the 2 billion Christians in the world live in countries where Lent and special foods go together.

Daddies' Girls
by Beverly Beyette, Los Angeles Times
At a magical Valentine's gathering, fathers and daughters make memories on the dance floor.

What Makes Johnny Write?
by Dahlia Lithwick, Slate
For one thing, Grisham proved with A Painted House that he could write serious fiction. For another, The SUmmons is not the same old legal thriller.

Why Is Jennifer Connelly A Supporting Actress?
by Chris Suellentrop, Slate
How does the Academy decide who is in a "leading role" for the Oscars and who is a "supporting role"?

Big Brother Is Watching You Read
by Christopher Dreher, Salon
Increasingly, the government is demanding that bookstores reveal what books their customers have purchased. Bookstore owners and privacy advocates say that's scarier than a Stephen King novel.

A Restaurant Called 'The Last Meal'
by Bob Levey, Washington Post
The menu would consist of the final food that famous people consumed.


Finish This
by Mark Cox, Slate

Tuesday, February 12, 2002


Europe Sheds Crocodile Tears For Africa
by Barrack Muluka, East African Standard
The crocodile has a strange eating way. You can never quite tell whether the gigantic reptile is happy or not, as he tackles his meal. Why, he seems to shed tears even as he eats.

A New Kind Of Justice
by Charles Tureheart, The Atlantic
Although not even idealists would have predicted it a decade ago, something like this tribunal may soon become a permanent feature in the world.

Jobs Built To Last
by Matthew Benjamin, U.S. News
Stability, purpose, and a bevy of openings make Uncle Sam an employer of choice for many.

Wind Power
by Brendan Miniter, Wall Street Journal
Enron's collapse generates a surplus of hot air on Capitol Hill.

Tech & Science

BattleBots In The Bedroom
by Katharine Mieszkowski, Salon
At a San Francisco porn studio, industrial sex toys run rampant.


Zooted And Booted
by Duncan Campbell, Guardian
Much has changed for Latinos in LA since the zoot suit riots of 1943, when young Mexicans were attacked in a clash of race and style.

Who Gets 10,000 Valentines Too Many?
by Moira Redmond, Slate
The travesty of elementary-school valentines.

New Year's Not The Same In New York's Chinatown
by Josh Getlin, Los Angeles Times
Despite a slight economic rebound, some observers fear that growing pressure to convert failing businesses into upscale offices and condominiums may eventually turn New York's Chinatown into an ethnic theme park.

Michael Kinsley Is Logging Off As Editor Of Online Slate
by Howard Kurtz, Washington Post
Two months after telling the world that he's battling Parkinson's disease, Michael Kinsley said yesterday that he was stepping down as editor of Slate.

Making Toys For Children Too Mature For Most Toys
by Jennifer 8. Lee, New York Times
In a world where Barbies have become oh, so first grade, toymakers are struggling to deliver items that appeal to rapidly maturing 8-year-old girls.

Oh, The Heartache! They Want Cupid Banished
by Somini Sengupta, New York Times
The Shiv Sena, the radical Hindu political party that is a powerful force in the city and state governments, sees in Cupid the very avatar of Western culture, a symbol of its corrupting influence over traditional Indian society.


The 'Times' Front Pages, They Are A-Changing
by Peter Johnson, USA Today
"It's a little like your 70-year-old grandmother trying to be hip by wearing sunglasses and a miniskirt."

Monday, February 11, 2002


Private Lives
by Jane Kramer, New Yorker
Germany's troubled war on terrorism.

Beijing's Latest Look
by Melinda Liu, Newsweek
China is making nice ahead of a Bush visit this month. A glimpse behind the charm offensive.

Eye Of The Storm
by Simon Elegant, Time
Disturbing revelations throw a spotlight on Malaysia as the region's key meeting place for al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists and an exporter of jihad.

Tech & Science

In Ohio School Hearing, A New Theory Will Seek A Place Alongside Evolution
by Francis X. Clines, New York Times
The latest challenge to evolution's primacy in the nation's classrooms — the theory of intelligent design, not the old foe creationsism — will get a full-scale hearing next month before Ohio Board of Education members.


Blog Ad Nauseam
by The New Standard
A parody.

An Unhealthy Addiction To Work
by Torri Minton, San Francisco Chronicle
U.S. workers have fewest vacation days, but have trouble even taking those.

A Little Risky And Wry
by Michael J. Ybarra, Los Angeles Times
Calvin Trillin's latest novel reflects the author's characteristic blend of New York attitude and Midwestern sensibility.

Rethinking Breast Cancer
by Chrstine Gorman, Time
New detection techniques and treatments are exciting — and confusing.

'War And Peace' With A Cast Of 346 And A Horse
by Ralph Blumenthal, New York Times
Deep under Lincoln Center the Russian army was learning how to march.

The Price Of Freedom
by Alasdair Palmer, The Spectator
What Nozick did in it was to deliver a series of fatal blows to the concept of social justice that had been more or less taken for granted, not just by me and most of my contemporaries, but also by practically the whole liberal intelligentsia in the universitites, the civil service and the BBC.

Sunday, February 10, 2002


Blunt Question, Blunt Answer
by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times
Blaming someone else is not a substitute for analyzing or coping.

U.S. Against The World
by Betsy Pisik, Straits Times
America going it alone - that was a key concern that emerged as elites from around the world gatehred for the World Economic Forum last week.


The Predator In The Plastic Cigar
by Paul D. Kretkowski, San Francisco Chronicle
Sure, it looks tranquil now. But what happens when birds, seals, otters and jellyfish are confronted by a human in a precariously balanced, glacially slow-moving piece of plastic shaped like a cigar?

In The Bedrooms
by Kevin Roderick, Los Angeles Times
Are your sleeping quarters just that? Or are they places for multi-tasking or entertaining or making a statement? Explore the art of the private domain.

Salt Lake's New Glimmer Of Hip
by Susan Spano, Los Angeles Times
Long preceived as Dullsville, Utah's capital is a little sexier, a tad more sophisticated. But when the Olympics clear out, will it be worth a visit?

In Love And War
by Chuck Staresinic, Washington Post
They found each other, then his country started bombing her, and things got complicated.

The His-And-Hers Bibile
by Emily Nussbaum, New York Times
To translate the Bible this way is understandably tempting, but it's also a lie.

Rebel Who Realised The Irrelevance Of Royalty
by Mary Riddell, Observer
Margaret was the first Windsor to realise there wasn't much for a minor royal to do. Her life was devoted to reckless hedonism.

Saturday, February 9, 2002


WTC Victims: What's A Life Worth?
by Amanda Ripley, Time
To compensate families of the victims of Sept. 11, the government has invented a way to measure loss in cash. A look at the calculus.

More Soldiers Wanted
by Economist
Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's new leader, needs help.

Tech & Science

The Maths Behind The Monsters
by John Whitfield, Nature
Fizt is the god of Monstropolis - it knows the rules, and it enforces them.

Beautiful Maths
by Karl Sabbagh, Prospect Magazine
Mathematicians dream of proving Riemann's Hypothesis. Not for the prize money, but just to glimpse the deep beauty of prime numbers.


Something Sinister In The Air Over Manhattan
by Oliver Burkeman, Guardian
There have been isolated threats of litigation over a cough blamed by Manhattanites on substances leaking from Gound Zero, but it is unclear what will happen next.

Fast Food Notion
by Jeremy Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times
A visit by the author of "Fast Food Nation" inspires a 72-mile road trip of repentance past a whopping 141 fast-food joints.

NBC's Opening Night Coverage Is More Limp Than Olympic
by Tom Shales, Washington Post
More and more, NBC is becoming a living monument to execrably bad taste.

The Sex And The City Betting Pool
by Emily Nussbaum, Slate
Will Carrie marry Big? Will Miranda marry Charlotte?

Hot Tubs Among The Blooms
by Hatsy Shields, New York Times
IN the Anzo-Borrego desert, a vactionaing family stays at two inns that blend with the desert landscape and a sprawling, verdant resort that all but ignores it.

Friday, February 8, 2002


Blow Up Your Schwarzenegger
by Mark Morford, San Francisco Chronicle
All hail the return of ultraviolent Hollywood schlock, because apparently you asked for it.

Single-Minded Encounters
by Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
Personal ads, volunteer work, six-minute dates and other unusual ways people hook up.

Showcase For Muppets
by Peter Marks, New York Times
Puppets from the Jim Henson Company join Broadway stars in a production of "Carnival," part of the Encores! series at City Center.

Thursday, February 7, 2002


Olympian Disdain
by Kimberley A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal
The IOC does its best to make a farce of the games.

Tech & Science

Hot-Synching With A Heavenly Presence
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen, New York Times
A growing number of people are finding that pocket-size computers are useful for religious purposes, from saying a virtual rosary to relaxing with a virtual Zen garden while using the palmtop's stylus to rake images of digital sand.

You Can Surf, But You Can't Hide
by Lisa Guernsey, New York Times
Software can already tell your friends when you log on or off. Now, "presence awareness" capabilities are being designed into other devices. Is this technology helpful or creepy?

When PC Still Means 'Punch Card'
by David L. Margulius, New York Times
As unlikely as it sounds in today's digital era, some punch-card-based information systems are clinging to life.


'Tron' Showed The Way
by Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times
The movie, just released on DVD for its 20th anniversary, was a pioneer of computer-generated imagery.

Where Cash And Culture Go Hand In Hand
by Roxanne Roberts, washington Post
Art and money are like two bickering lowers: It's always something.

Wednesday, February 6, 2002


A Doctrine In The House
by Pete Du Pont, Wall Street Journal
Jan. 29 marked an even more enduring change than Sept. 11.


French Study Pooh-Poohs Expert Tasters' Palates
by Gerald D. Boyd, San Francisco Chroncile
A group of French researchers have really got me steamed.

Move To The Rhythm Of Your Heartbeat
by Hilary E. MacGregor, Los Angeles Times
Salsa dancing — along with being fun — can elevat pulse and burn calries. It's a great way to get an aerobic workout.

Now Showing: The Flag
by Sharon Waxman, Washington Post
Hollywood is storming out of its 9-11 foxhole with a barrage of patriotic flicks.

One Film To Rule Them All
by Scott Rosenberg, Salon
Pter jackson's "Fellowship of the Ring" pleases both Tolkien nuts and "Lord of the Rings" virgins. How did he pull off such an unlikely feat?

A Curator Defends His Show Exploring Nazi Imagery
by Sarah Boxer, New York Times
The problem is that at this point "the works are shown only in reproduction" in the catalog. And that is the worst way to see installation art and sculpture.

Tea In Tokyo Salons: A Blend Of Japan And Paris
by Elizabeth Andoh, New York Times
Despite the recent advent of Starbucks and other, domestically spawned chains of inexpensive coffee shops in Tokyo, there still exists a genteel tea parlor culture where utterly divine cakes are consumed with leisure in classy salons.


The Laughter Of The Gods
by John Updike, New Yorker

Last Letter
by Ellen Bryant Voigt, Slate
A proper interval, and then
you must love twice as hard, and fast.


In The Blank Marked 'Sex,' He Wrote 'Yes'
by Bob Levey, Washington Post
He didn't get the job. Now he's talking about suing the company.

TiVO Data Shows Super Bowl Viewers Got Into Replays — With Commercials
by Sam Diaz, San Jose Mercury News
TiVo took note how its subscribers watched the Super Bowl and found the commercials — not the game — sent viewers running for the rewind button.

Tuesday, February 5, 2002


In Bush Plan, A Return To A Golden Era
by Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post
Wartime budget a boon for area defense, health, tech industries, but other agencies would suffer.

Tech & Science

Years Of Research Yield Nothing, And That's Good News For Physicists
by George Johnson, New York Times
"If one were hunting for gold, this would be the map of where not to dig."


Sex And The Scandal
by Art Buchwald, Washington Post
"The trouble with Enron," said Baldwin, an investigative reporter, "is that there is no sex."

A New Lease On Life For An Old Hotel
by Bettijane Levine, Los Angeles Times
A developer throws himself into creating a new kind of high-class, low-income housing — and finds it's a bumpy ride.

Was Presidnet Bush Abducted By Aliens?
by Chris Colin, Salon
When Dubya had his close encounter of the pretzel kind, did he in fact take a trip far, far away?

Lost Boys
by Amy Benfer, Salon
While girls surge ahead in all subjects at school, boys are lagging behind. Is "girl power" to blame? Do boys need their own dose of "empowerment"?

Monday, February 4, 2002


Fears In The 'Un-America'
by Christopher Dickey, Newsweek
Europe doesn't like what it's hearing. As Bush turns up the heat, our transatlantic allies grow uneasy with the us-vs.-them rhetoric.

Bush Awaits History's Judgment
by Dan Balz and Bob Woodward, Washington Post
President's scorecard shows much left to do.

Tech & Science

The Encrypted Jihad
by Barak Jolish, Salon
We can't stop terrorists from using uncrackable codes. So we shouldn't even try.


Never Mind The High Praise. How About A Little Ink?
by David Ferrel, Los Angeles Times
His work is priced as high as $150,000. He's been commissioned to paint by the U.N. But there's no place in the world of fine art for Yuroz and others like him.

Plagiarism, Or A Case Of Something Less Duplicitous?
by Ken Ringle, Washington Post
Could plagiarism be contagious?

After 2-Year Detour, Grishma Returns To Legal Thrillers
by David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times
"The Summons" is a shorter, leaner and less descriptive than his early ones. "I am getting lazy."

Sunday, February 3, 2002


Falling Afoul Of The New American Spirit
by Louise Branson, Straits Times
The fate of Brown seems to be symbolic of something else: a pronounced changing of mood across America which leaves no room for a Queen of Buzz.

Tech & Science

Castles Built On Sand: Why Software Is Insecure
by Josh Ryder, SecurityFocus
Underlying all the causes of insecure software is a simple philosophical flaw: software is not designed with security in mind.

Running Finally Proves Its Worth
by Benedict Carey, Los Angeles Times
A fad that survived the skeptics turns out to have extended lives, lowered risk of heart illness and diabetes, and given people a sense of well-being.


Risque Business
by Joan Ryan, San Francisco Chronicle
Misguided skating officials are cracking down on pelvis-pumping and lap-dancing - as though people actually want to watch Olympians skate.

Booksellers Are Wise To The Value Of A Little Dust On The Jacket
by Beverly Beyette, Los Angeles Times
Dealers know age and public whim often dictate what is collectible — Tolkien's in; Huxley's out.

'We Behaved As Badly As Anybody'
by Lynn Smith, Los Angeles Times
An exhibit details Hollywood's reaction to the 'Red Scare' of 50 years ago.

Belle Of The 'Ball'
by Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
She is a star who before "Monster's Ball" was not always taken seriously as an actress. It was clear she had great talent, but it was obscured by her beauty.

The Patriots Bowl
by Michael Davis, Washington Post
United we sit, watching a football game that's become an American ritual.

Enron Was, In Layman's Terms, A Nest Of Dirtballs
by Dave barry, Miami Herald
Today we're going to explain the Enron story in the Q&A format, using simple financial terms that you can understand, such as "dirtballs."

What Price Success For A Newly Popular BBC?
by Alan Riding, New York Times
BBC1 had beaten its main commercial rival for the first time since privately owned television was introduced in 1954. But just as BBC executives were congratulating themselves, the sniping began.

Weird Science
by Amy Barrett, New York Times
Questions for James D. Watson.


UM Coeds Win Nudity Case
by Renee Ordway, Bangor Daily News
A Bangor judge found that women jogging naked down the street did not violdate the state's indecent-conduct law.

Saturday, February 2, 2002

Tech & Science

Planet Or No, It's On To Pluto
by Kenneth Chang, New York Times
Planetary scientists care about Pluto because, like comets, it may be made of many of the same materials as the primordial solar system.

Man Who Would Be God: Giving Robots Life
by Sarah Lyall, New York Times
Steve Grand, the author of "Creation: Life and How to Make It," is searching for the Holy Grail of artificial intelligence, a way to build a robot that thinks, feels and learns.


John Ashcroft's Perilous Nipples
by Mark Morford, San Francisco Chronicle
It's entirely appropriate that the statues symbolizing Justice and Law be hidden in his presence.

Greta? Is That You? Analyst Moves From CNN To, Uh, Fox
by Lisa de Moraes, Washington Post
Wake up and smell the stench.

Seven Days Along The Mexican Riviera
by Susan G. Hauser, New York Times
The encouraging thing is that the Sea Princess, built in 1998 in Italy with London registry, is as big as a warehouse.

Friday, February 1, 2002


Bush Flies While Democrats Lose Altitude
by Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal
Has the party of FDR had a new idea since the New Deal?


Big Names, Little News — This Is CNN?
by Howard Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times
Have you checked out the new personality-obsessed, format-fixated, talk-driven, graphics-screaming, self-adoring, dumbed-down, less-news-is-good-news CNN? You know, the cable channel you can tune in around the clock and hear chat and opinion responding to chat and opinion?

Irving Penn's Nudes
by David Bowman, Salon
Two New York shows highlight the photographer's brief sojourn into the world of women with lush, fleshy bodies.

A Shuttle Between Chinatowns
by Alice DuBois, New York Times
What could possibly be important enough to persuade me to take this trip? A wedding or a family reunion, perhaps? No, the reason was a flour tortilla filled with chicken, rice and beans.


An Embarrassment Of Riches
by Marlene Mason, Electric Acorn

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