- COMPETING AT BAKING. (1)
- Nick: What’s fascinating, though, is that there isn’t any cash prize for the winner. It’s purely...
- POETRY AND BASEBALL. (2)
- Nick: Correction! It’s @mornacale on Twitter. Slight typo.
- THE OLDEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE BEGINS ITS NEW SEASON. (1)
- Nick: I believe the live draft has value above and beyond nostalgia and the social benefit of seeing people in...
- THE ETIQUETTE OF EATING PEAS (COMMENT). (1)
- Nick: As is so often the case, the Simpsons have indirectly weighed in on this issue, as Homer clumsily and...
- EATING PEAS WITH A KNIFE. (1)
- milton: What was the origin of eating peas with a knife ? Comic strip ? I remember it from the late 40s.. m “I...
- A MOSQUITO AND DNA. (1)
- Nick: Not to take away from how cool that is, but I’d have to think a defense attorney would have a field day...
- HUNTERS IN THE SNOW (WINTER)—THE PAINTING. (1)
- Nick: I haven’t looked at this painting in years, but upon looking at it again I was reminded of what...
- ECONOMICS IS “A COLLECTION OF FUNNY STORIES ABOUT UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES”. (1)
- Nick: In a Simpsons episode, Bart protects two rare lizards such that they are able to breed. The population...
- A BIZARRE BASEBALL RULE CHANGE IS IMPLEMENTED (COMMENT). (1)
- Nick: And all of this to solve a problem that doesn’t really exist. Intentional walks and extra innings games...
- A BIZARRE PROPOSED BASEBALL RULE CHANGE. (1)
- Nick: I’m not a purist, but the problem with this rule is it seems that it would likely result in a bunting...
- “ŚMIGUS-DYNGUS”—A GOOD WORD FOR THE DICTIONARY GAME. (1)
- Nick: We’ve gotten a lot of joy out of a similar game called “Wise & Otherwise.” Instead of a...
- ARMAGEDDON CHESS AND “ARMAGEDDON BASEBALL”. (1)
- Nick: Given how many arms teams tend to have stashed in AAA, it’s not that hard to call up players as needed...
- COMPETING AT BAKING. (1)
Category Archives: Architecture
RECONSTRUCTING THE ROOF OF A PALACE IN HERCULANEUM. Daisy Dunne has an article on the Daily Mail web site about archaeological finds near Herculaneum, which have permitted the reconstruction of the roof of a palace there. Wood that remains wet … Continue reading
HETEROPHASIA—IT’S THE PANTHEON THAT HAS A CONCRETE DOME (COMMENT). I posted here a couple months ago about how the Pantheon has lasted for centuries because concrete can’t be reused. However, I said “Parthenon” for “Pantheon”. Dick Weisfelder promptly pointed out … Continue reading
WHY THE PARTHENON HAS LASTED FOR CENTURIES. The Parthenon in Rome has already lasted 1800 years. It is made of concrete, but Tim Harford offers an additional explanation for why it has survived when so many Roman buildings have not. … Continue reading
IN PRAISE OF CONCRETE. This article by Tim Harford on the BBC website is entitled: “The Hidden Strengths of Unloved Concrete” (link via Marginal Revolution). It is part of a BBC series “50 Things That Made the Modern Economy”. Harford … Continue reading
CHICAGO IS GETTING A WOODEN SKYSCRAPER. I have posted a number of times about the concrete buildings of the 1960’s and the 1970’s, and I posted here about choices between wood and concrete. Here is an article about an announcement … Continue reading
BRUTALISM—IS IT THE OUTSIDE OR THE INSIDE THAT MATTERS MOST? Ian Mackintosh, who spent over 40 years working on the design of theater spaces, wrote to the London Review of Books (December 15). Mackintosh began his letter by quoting John … Continue reading
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CONCRETE. It occurs to me that Brutalism, more than other architectural movements, depended on the material used rather than design elements. In writing yesterday’s post, I realized how significant the definition of Brutalism was. The name … Continue reading
THE REHABILITATION OF BRUTALISM? Martin Filler, the architecture critic, reviewed eight new books about Brutalism in the New York Review (December 22) (link here via arts and letters daily). The books, he says, “indicate that the rehabilitation of yet another … Continue reading
“…LITTLE BOXES MADE OF TICKY TACKY….” I posted here about “Little Boxes”, a song from 1962 which attacked conformity. The “Little Boxes” were standardized houses which were poorly made. Here are the lyrics, whose first stanza was: “Little boxes on … Continue reading