Noblesse Oblige

Presented: an advertisement for a stoop sale that I saw yesterday in Greenpoint on my way to the Brooklyn Brewery (passing, on the way, the lively Brooklyn Rhythm Masters). I…

New and Improved!

I'm trying out a new theme because the old one was getting stale. Still a lot to do with this one, but it's slick, no? Opinions? Update: Sunday morning Well,…

Never too old to learn

I'm at Cornell, teaching my now-annual statistics course to a group who have come up from the city and are there enrolled in a Masters program. Cornell requires students to…

On tolerance

Conversation was thick at the Cigar Inn today. Mostly over lunatic James W. von Brunnm who walked into Washington, D.C.'s Holocaust museum and murdered guard Stephen T. Johns, who had…

Shocking Shockley

This week's Science (29 May edition) has an unintentionally hilarious short piece. Seems Auburn, California wanted to name a park after local-boy-done-good William Shockley, the guy who invented the transistor.…