What are eye floaters

The Times answers the import question, “What causes floaters in the eye?

I like to watch them while riding the subway…I wonder what my fellow riders think I’m doing as my eyes dart back and forth?

February 13, 2016

American Pharoah: $200,000 stud

Monte Reel at Bloomberg brings us the details on American Pharoah’s stud life:

The deed itself, here in the hills of Kentucky horse country, is governed by strict rules. Section V, paragraph D of The American Stud Book Principal Rules and Requirements is clear: “Any foal resulting from or produced by the processes of Artificial Insemination, Embryo Transfer or Transplant, Cloning or any other form of genetic manipulation not herein specified, shall not be eligible for registration.” No shortcuts, no gimmicks. All thoroughbreds must be the product of live, all-natural, horse-on-horse action.

Fascinating stuff. I love the little kicking boots.

February 11, 2016

Smile, you’re on Grammycam

This year’s Grammy awards will have a camera in the base of the “trophy” given to winners.

Evan Greene, CMO of the Recording Academy, says that the tagline for this year’s awards, “Witness Greatness,” inspired the organization to try and come up with a dramatic new way to make viewers feel like they’re part of the action. “As we started thinking about the incredible moments, the never-before-seen and unexpected moments that take place, we asked, ‘How can we provide fans access and a point of view they’ve never before experienced?” he explains. “That’s how the idea hatched.”

This is going to be so creepy.

February 10, 2016

2015 In Movies

February 9, 2016

In 2014 I watched over 200 movies, coming close to doubling my yearly average. I blamed that on the fact that there wasn’t much to watch on TV. In 2015, I watched 112 movies, which is one off from the yearly average. I attribute the sudden decline from the prior year to the fact that I did, in fact, watch a lot more television, especially shows that had been recommended to me after having been on for a few seasons, like Vikings, Death in Paradise, Shetland, DCI Banks, etc., and watching all of the seasons of The X-Files in anticipation of the 10th season. Additionally, I did not commit myself to watching all of the movies in a series like Jame Bond or Aliens/Predators, etc. (I say that as I’m just finishing up watching all of the Harry Potter movies).

I think the standout new movie from 2015 was Ex Machina.

Continue reading ‘2015 In Movies’ . . .

Are bubbles bad for you?

Olga Khazan at The Atlantic gets to the bottom of whether non-sugary sparkling water are bad for you:

“For an average, healthy person, carbonated, sugar-free beverages are not going to be a main cavity-causing factor,” he said. “If you are at all concerned, you can always dilute the carbonated water with regular water, or even just swish with regular water after.”

So basically, everything but plain water is bad for you somehow.

February 7, 2016

I love the Times’ mini crossword puzzles, and I love analyzing statistics, so I combined the two. See them here.

Not really sure why that one puzzle took over one hour and 15 minutes. I’d like to think that I fell asleep before finishing it and it kept counting, but then it really should be four or eight hours.

Melting Toht Candle

January 24, 2016

When I saw that someone had made a candle that looked like Toht melting from Raiders of the Lost Ark, I had to get one! And of course, I had to make a timelapse video of it melting. Here’s the important part:

Ziegfeld Theater to close

The Ziegfeld Theater, NYC’s largest single-screen theater, is closing.

The massive Art Deco movie theater, which opened in 1969 and is now showing, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” is expected to shut its doors in just a few weeks.

The theater is expected to reopen in the fall of 2017 as the Ziegfeld Ballroom — a high-end event space for corporate events.

This is such a shame. I first saw The Force Awakens in a small 50-seat multiplex, and again at the Ziegfeld. The Ziegfeld was a much better experience. I’m going to miss this place.

January 23, 2016

Profile of a coat-check clerk

James Barron profiles Nina Rochelle for the Times’ Grace Notes column.

Ms. Rochelle never lost a coat. But she had one close call, when she worked at Sfuzzi, a rather loud cafe that opened on West 65th Street near Lincoln Center in the 1980s and, like Hawaii Kai, has long since closed. The mix-up came at the end of a long evening, and involved a regular customer, his nephew and their coats, which looked alike.

“We finally figured out the uncle showed up with the nephew’s coat,” Ms. Rochelle said. “The switch was made by them, right? Not by me. But they delayed my getting out of there when the uncle said, ‘This is not my coat.’ No, it’s not, it’s your nephew’s coat, but I didn’t realize that. The nephew had already left. I don’t remember whether the nephew called and said, ‘You’ve got my coat and I’ve got yours,’ but it was resolved in my favor.”

She seems to really like purple.

January 21, 2016

The Eagles were the worst band

Gersh Kuntzman at the NY Daily News explains why The Eagles were the worst rock and roll band:

Through the early 1970s, the Eagles defined the “easy listening” genre, as if rock and roll is supposed to be a warm glass of milk to get you to bed.

“The worst” may be going a bit far, but this needed to be said.

January 20, 2016