Daily Archive: January 6, 2012

Friday Night Jukebox

Francisco Tarrega’s Lágrima, played by Cesar Amaro

Thermomixed Up, Part 7: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

(Previously, Parts 1,  2,  3 , 4,  5, and 6) My younger daughter asked for a guitar for Christmas, so we put it on her list, and sure enough, on Christmas day, at our family gathering at Grandma’s house, there...

Note on Surge: À la recherche du pop perdu

Surge was a citrus-flavored soda pop launched in the US by the Coca Cola Company in 1996 as an American variant of the Norwegian Urge. It had an advantage over 7-Up and Mountain Dew...

Europe is better than the US

Well, it is the NYT, so I can’t vouch for it: But G.D.P. per capita (an insufficient indicator, but one most economists use) in the U.S. is nearly 50 percent higher than it is...

Liberty and a national identity card (and other stuff)

I live in Singapore and all citizens are required to have an Identity Card. (IC) The IC is very useful. It doubles as a library card, it serves as identification when I apply for overseas...

Leaguefest 2012 — Not To Be A Pest

I once received an invitation to a social event that concluded with the line “RSVP, please, by [x date]” and no apparent irony. Now that I’m in the position of soliciting responses to arrange...

A paragraph for Ron Graff

(This will take more than a paragraph.) Ron Graff was noticeably shorter than me, which puts him on the short side for a man. When I was in his drawing classes, he had a...