Tag Archives: New York Times

“Administrative leave”

So one of the things that has happened in the course of my lifetime is that now everyone carries cameras around with them all the time. And this has a bunch of not-necessarily-foreseen effects, some good and some not good. … Continue reading

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Brooklyn-Queens Day

Evidently it has been long enough that the Times does not feel silly running an explainer on Brooklyn-Queens Day.  As it turns out, this is a rare moment when Wikipedia is not helpful: the article was only created after the … Continue reading

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Is math boring?

I follow the Times in using a completely inappropriate title for my piece; theirs is here.  A friend asked for my feelings about it.  When I finally read it, here were my scattered comments, beyond the terrible title: I thought … Continue reading

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Origami and math in the news

There was a nice little piece in the Times reviewing an exhibition on origami and fractals in LA — if I were a West Coaster, I’d definitely drop by.  As is, just posting to correct the recent deficit of origami-related material … Continue reading

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If one person had 100% of the income, would our tax system be more progressive?

A somewhat strange article in the Times by Annie Lowrey observes that the Tax Policy Center estimates that the average family in the top 1 percent will pay a federal tax rate of more than 36 percent this year, up … Continue reading

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In an article with the bizarre title As Miller Drops Out, Race for S.E.C. Chief Shifts, Ben Protess and Susanne Craig manage to employ the awful Wall St. versus Main St. cliché in a way that’s even worse than usual: … Continue reading

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“The first signs of trouble came without warning”

The title comes from John Eligon, writing in the Times about how the ongoing drought in the Midwest is causing well failures as the water table falls.  Actually the article is well worth a read. The Times also has a … Continue reading

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The headline Romney’s Choice for His Running Mate Shakes Up Contest currently on the front page of the Times website makes it sound like the article was written as a Mad-Lib, just waiting until the announcement so that the name … Continue reading

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Grumpy theater critic is grumpy

Times theater critic Ben Brantley would like to “make the case, officially and urgently, for the return of the sitting ovation”, and the Times lets him do it on the front page today (no kidding!).  Next up in this series, the … Continue reading

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Assorted New York Times blogging

Three disasters, followed by two non-disasters: The Times style guide can’t really require the punctuation pattern in this paragraph, can it? The 44th president is enlisting the 42nd president, both as a historical validator of his own leadership and as … Continue reading

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