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Exceptional customer service

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From Business Week:

Like the other 149 passengers on US Airways’ Flight 1549, all of whom survived a harrowing landing in New York’s Hudson River, Baltimore attorney James J. Hanks Jr. was amazed by the pilot’s deft response to losing power in both engines. But Hanks, a partner at law firm Venable LLP, was also impressed with the velvet-rope care US Airways employees provided following the forced landing—from the dry clothes, warm meals, and free hotel room they had waiting for him onshore to their efforts to replace all of his lost possessions, down to his BlackBerry. "I felt completely comfortable in their hands," says Hanks.

For a company that’s not known for its customer service—the Tempe (Ariz.) carrier has perennially finished near the bottom of customer service rankings—US Airways’ handling of the near-disaster has cast a halo around its brand. It provided passengers with everything from flights for loved ones to daily calls from counselors. Crisis-management experts say the carrier’s "Miracle on the Hudson" follow-up will stand as a case study in how to treat customers after a crisis. "The airmanship was spectacular, but US Airways did an outstanding job of helping the passengers with their emotional reentry as well," says airline consultant Robert W. Mann Jr.

Like all carriers, US Airways has a playbook for such incidents. It stages "dry run" emergency exercises at least three times a year at each airport it serves and has a far-flung network of gate agents, reservation clerks, and other employees who double as "Care Team" members who are dispatched to emergencies at a moment’s notice. When news broke of the water landing, US Airways activated a special 800 number for families to call and dispatched more than 100 employees on a Boeing 757 from headquarters. Scott Stewart, managing director for corporate finance, was armed with a bag of emergency cash for passengers and credit cards for employees to buy any medicines, toiletries, or personal items that passengers needed.

Other responders arrived with suitcases full of …

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23 February 2009 at 2:30 pm

Posted in Business, Daily life

Legalize cannabis in California

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From the Marijuana Policy Project via email:

This morning, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) introduced groundbreaking legislation that would remove state-level penalties for responsible marijuana use in California. The bill, A.B. 390, would not only allow personal use and cultivation of marijuana but would also set up a legal system to tax and regulate it similarly to alcohol.

Using MPP’s online action center, writing your state representatives is easy. Just visit the site, enter your contact information, and send your e-mails to your state assembly member and state senator. You can use one of our pre-written messages, or you can write your own.

Just last week, the legislature approved a budget that significantly increases taxes for almost every Californian and makes deep cuts across many vital services. With the state’s imperiled economy, the need to end the costly and ineffective policy of arresting marijuana users and to instead begin taxing California’s largest cash crop is extraordinarily obvious.

This is the first time that legislation calling for marijuana regulation and taxation has been introduced in California’s state capitol. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of California history by supporting A.B. 390!

You can read more about this bill on our blog. Please forward this alert to as many like-minded Californians as you can so that they too can take action. Thank you for supporting MPP and sensible marijuana policy in California.

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23 February 2009 at 12:44 pm

Posted in Drug laws

Hungarian shelves

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Very easy shelving to make, install, and remove. Take a look.

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23 February 2009 at 12:42 pm

Posted in Daily life

Good example of poor reporting

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When the press becomes sycophants. Disgusting.

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23 February 2009 at 11:19 am

Parting shot

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Very bad:

The Los Angeles Times — February 20, 2009:

The Pentagon has concluded that the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay meets the standards for humane treatment of detainees established in the Geneva Convention accords…

The administration official said the report’s primary conclusions supported the Department of Defense’s long-standing contention that Guantanamo was in compliance with the global convention, including Article 3, which requires the humane treatment of prisoners taken in unconventional armed conflicts, such as the war on terrorism.

“The bottom line is that the report found that Guantanamo is in compliance with the Geneva conventions, which we have maintained for several years. So the report essentially validated our procedures and processes,” the official said.

The Guardian, today:

Revealed: full horror of Gitmo inmate’s beatings

Binyam Mohamed will return to Britain suffering from a huge range of injuries after being beaten by US guards right up to the point of his departure from Guantánamo Bay [on Saturday], according to the first detailed accounts of his treatment inside the camp.

Mohamed will arrive back tomorrow in the UK, where he was a British resident between 1984 and 2002. During medical examinations last week, doctors discovered injuries and ailments resulting from apparently brutal treatment in detention.

Mohamed was found to be suffering from bruising, organ damage, stomach complaints, malnutrition, sores to feet and hands, severe damage to ligaments as well as profound emotional and psychological problems which have been exacerbated by the refusal of Guantánamo’s guards to give him counseling.

Mohamed’s British lawyer, Clive Stafford Smith, said his client had been beaten “dozens” of times inside the notorious US camp in Cuba with the most recent abuse occurring during recent weeks. He said: “He has a list of physical ailments that cover two sheets of A4 paper. What Binyam has been through should have been left behind in the middle ages.”

[U.S. Army] Lieutenant colonel Yvonne Bradley, Mohamed’s US military attorney, added: “He has been severely beaten. Sometimes I don’t like to think about it because my country is behind all this.” . . .

For reasons that human rights groups and detainees’ lawyers immediately pointed out, this self-exonerating Pentagon report, from the start, was suspect in the extreme.  But a sign of how broken our discourse is and how in love with ourselves we continue to be is that, on the question of current Guantanamo conditions, the conclusions of the United States Pentagon released this week were treated not only as credible, but authoritative. If the DOD — which has long overseen Guantanamo and continues to do so — says that everything is great there, well, that’s the end of that.  What else is there to know?

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23 February 2009 at 11:16 am

Protecting the marsh mouse

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Via Political Animal: Be sure to read the post at the link, particularly Greg Sargent’s addendum.

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more about "Protecting the marsh mouse", posted with vodpod

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23 February 2009 at 11:05 am

Posted in Daily life

Board game resource site

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Via Cool Tools, which has a good rundown on the strengths of the site. Take a look at BoardGameGeek.com. It has tons of information on board games, including faded favorites such as Teeko, Kensington, and others. Good info. For example, I had no idea that Teeko had been solved. (Regular Teeko: draw with best play; Advanced Teeko: first player wins with best play. Solution was by brute force.)

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23 February 2009 at 10:11 am

Posted in Daily life, Games

Top six reasons to eat organic food

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Heather Harvey lists them:

When you eat organic foods, you provide your body with vitamins, minerals, filtered water, and much more. These provide us with vital foundations for health. Most food sold in stores is grown with pesticides or other toxins. These chemicals have been proven to adversely affect health. In some cases they cause death. They also pollute the Earth and have been associated with mass animal deaths [1-4]. Your choices make a huge difference in the quality of your life. What you eat builds and maintains your body. Also, supporting organics supports a healthy Earth. You help to improve the quality of water, soil, and air. Animals, plants, birds, worms, and other living beings also benefit when you choose organic foods.

1. You Are What You Eat

In 1826, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin originated the ever-famous "You are what you eat" in his book Meditations on Transcendent Gastronomy. We have heard this truism throughout our lives. Have you considered the depths of its wisdom? Eat an apple, and you eat life: vitamins, minerals, water, and more. Eat pesticide residue, and you fill your body with poisons [5, 6]. These toxins accumulate in your muscle and fat tissues. Some of them are nearly impossible to ever remove from your body. Mothers who breast-feed children illustrate an example of these danger potentials, because poisons are passed to the baby. The Journal for Pesticide Reform reports that "pesticides such as chlordane, heptachlor, DDT, DDE and other organohalogen compounds do not biodegrade in the environment. Instead they bioconcentrate and are stored in the fat of human beings, who feed at the top of the food chain." Also, a 1999 Consumers Union report determined that "pesticide residues found in foods children eat every day often exceed safe levels" [7].

Organic foods are grown with no poisons. They are natural foods that have been grown with more conscious care for the health of the soil, the plants, and the people who will eat them. Over 100 studies have found that the nutritional quality of organic foods far surpasses that of conventional produce [8-10]. Why take a chance and risk exposing yourself, your children, or your friends to chemicals that could destroy their health? Why make this even a negotiable point for yourself? Choose organic, choose natural, and you choose health.

2. Food is your best medicine.

In the 5th century BC, Hippocrates taught that "let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." He was highly respected during his lifetime, and he has been famous ever since. His words have stood the test of time and remain deep wisdoms that we can live by. All medical doctors to this day recite the Hippocratic Oath. In this vow, doctors promise to try never to harm their patient and also to work for their patient’s highest good.

We can all make similar choices. We can all seek to bring about our highest good. We can all seek not to harm ourselves. We can live by that oath and also by Hippocrates’ other famous teaching: Food is your Best Medicine. If this is true, then it makes sense that we should choose foods that are known to bring us health, energy, and peace of mind. Scientists have proven in many studies that organic food choices have far superior nutritional quality than conventional food choices [8-10]. Also, they have proven that foods grown with pesticides are definitely linked with diseases and deaths for humans and animals [11-13].
With all that in mind, the choice seems clear: Choose Organic.

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23 February 2009 at 10:02 am

Business is the problem

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From the NY Times:

Biotechnology companies are keeping university scientists from fully researching the effectiveness and environmental impact of the industry’s genetically modified crops, according to an unusual complaint issued by a group of those scientists.

“No truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions,” the scientists wrote in a statement submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency. The E.P.A. is seeking public comments for scientific meetings it will hold next week on biotech crops.

The statement will probably give support to critics of biotech crops, like environmental groups, who have long complained that the crops have not been studied thoroughly enough and could have unintended health and environmental consequences.

The researchers, 26 corn-insect specialists, withheld their names because they feared being cut off from research by the companies. But several of them agreed in interviews to have their names used.

The problem, the scientists say, is that farmers and other buyers of genetically engineered seeds have to sign an agreement meant to ensure that growers honor company patent rights and environmental regulations. But the agreements also prohibit growing the crops for research purposes.

So while university scientists can freely buy pesticides or conventional seeds for their research, they cannot do that with genetically engineered seeds. Instead, they must seek permission from the seed companies. And sometimes that permission is denied or the company insists on reviewing any findings before they can be published, they say.

Such agreements have long been a problem, the scientists said, but they are going public now because frustration has been building.

“If a company can control the research that appears in the public domain, they can reduce the potential negatives that can come out of any research,” said Ken Ostlie, an entomologist at the University of Minnesota, who was one of the scientists who had signed the statement.

What is striking is that the scientists issuing the protest, who are mainly from land-grant universities with big agricultural programs, say they are not opposed to the technology. Rather, they say, the industry’s chokehold on research means that they cannot supply some information to farmers about how best to grow the crops. And, they say, the data being provided to government regulators is being “unduly limited.” …

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23 February 2009 at 9:59 am

Mercury in high-fructose corn syrup? FDA: "Ho-hum"

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From the Ethicurean:

Tom Philpott wonders why, after two studies released last month showed detectable levels of mercury in products containing high fructose corn syrup, the FDA by its own admission has no plans to look into the issue. How nice that the agency would rather trust the claims of an industry hack scientist straight out of “Thank You for Smoking” than the member of its own research staff who blew the whistle. (Grist)

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23 February 2009 at 9:55 am

Sad to read

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From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Bill Niman built a $65 million empire on a simple idea that revolutionized the food world – that meat could be more than just what’s for dinner. It could be raised naturally, humanely and sustainably, better for people and the planet. Niman knew success would take time, but believed his methods would prove profitable.

But in nearly 30 years of existence, despite becoming the darling of high-end chefs and turning the brand into a household name, Niman Ranch never did turn a profit. In fact, it was broke. To save it from Bankruptcy Court, the East Bay company merged last month with its chief investor, Chicago’s Natural Food Holdings LLC, and Niman was officially out.

The 64-year-old Bolinas man said he can live with losing the business he built from scratch. But he can’t stand quietly by, he says, while the new owners fundamentally change the brand that influenced an entire food movement. He refuses to eat their products.

Officials from the company argue that the integrity of Niman Ranch’s meat program has never been better.

"We believe that our protocols are stronger, the auditing of the protocols more rigorous, and the current business model is more financially viable," said Niman Ranch CEO Jeff Swain.

Still, it prompts the question: Can idealism ever pay?

Many say Niman is the epitome of an idealist, whose mission was to change the way people eat and encourage them to think ethically about their food.

"He showed you can raise farm animals with commercial success, without resorting to exceedingly cruel practices," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. "There are some people in the humane movement who don’t think there is any such thing as happy meat. But in the larger vision, Bill Niman led the pathway."

Commercially, Niman’s methods were unorthodox, the ideals of a hippie who had moved out West during the Vietnam War to avoid the draft by teaching school in the heart of farm country. Unlike mainstream producers, Niman forbid growth hormones, used antibiotics only when an animal became sick, and demanded that the livestock be raised on the open range and readied for slaughter in an uncrowded, Niman-owned feedlot…

Continue reading. It occurs to me that Niman couldn’t turn a profit because our food is underpriced, thus the race to the bottom in terms of food quality. To get truly nutritious food, it may be necessary to pay a bit more—as for organic food.

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23 February 2009 at 9:52 am

What the Obamas served the governors

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Always good to know:

Appetizer:

Chesapeake Crab Agnolottis with Roasted Sunchokes
Wine pairing: Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (California)

Entree:

Wagyu Beef and Nantucket Scallops

Sides:

Glazed Red Carrots, Portobello Mushroom and Creamed Spinach
Wine pairing: Archery Summit Pinot Noir "Estate" 2004 (Oregon)

Salad:

Winter Citrus Salad with Pistachios and Lemon Honey Vinaigrette

Dessert:

Huckleberry Cobbler with Caramel Ice Cream
Wine pairing: Black Star Farms "A Capella" Riesling Ice Wine 2007 (Michigan)

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23 February 2009 at 9:39 am

Food safety: they’re doing it wrong

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Very good post in Ethicurean. It begins:

Part 1 of this post found me sitting awkwardly at an FDA meeting on produce safety. Agency reps wanted to know how they could streamline their process for dealing with outbreaks of illness linked to produce like the one in 2006, when nearly 300 poor souls got body-rocked by E. coli 0157:H7 from bagged spinach. By far the most popular proposal at the meeting (the opinion of yours truly notwithstanding): Create a state-of-the-art system that can trace our nation’s produce from field to plate and back. Preferably one that involves lots of bar-code scanners.

A common criticism of this type of system (besides the fact that it’s absurdly expensive) is that it doesn’t actually fix the contamination problem. It merely ensures that if hundreds of people get horribly ill, we can figure out more quickly where the offending product came from. The produce industry likes this approach, because it would help avoid disasters like the Great Tomato Mistake last summer, when the CDC and FDA wrongly publicized tomatoes as the cause of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak. (It ended up being traced to jalapeno and serrano chilies, but only after consumers had stopped buying tomatoes. The tomato sector has still not recovered.)

But the industry also claims to realize the limitations of traceability systems. In California, the leafy greens industry — a category that includes growers and buyers of spinach, lettuce, mixed greens, kale, chard, etc. — has moved forward with an on-farm food safety program that claims to reduce the chance that those crops will become contaminated in the first place. These types of industry-led programs are becoming more and more popular across the country. And while they may sound good, I’m here to report that if they continue to proliferate, things are going to start looking quite dire for small, organic, and diversified farmers, for farm-to-institution arrangements, and for the rural environment.

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23 February 2009 at 9:33 am

Mark Bittman’s Chicken with Rice

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Sounds tasty and easy:

Chicken With Rice, the Easy Way

Yield 4 to 6 servings

Time 30 minutes

When buying saffron, steer clear of the tiny vials that contain a few threads; go to a reputable specialty store and buy either a gram or a quarter of an ounce.

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, about 8 ounces, peeled and sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 chicken, cut up into serving pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups white rice
  • Pinch saffron, optional
  • Freshly minced parsley or cilantro for garnish
  • Lemon or lime wedges

1. Set 3 cups of water to boil. Place olive oil in a large skillet that can be covered, and turn heat to medium-high. Add onions and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions soften and become translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove skin from chicken.

2. Add rice to onions; stir until each grain glistens; sprinkle with saffron, and stir. Nestle chicken in rice, add a little more salt and pepper and pour in the boiling water. Turn heat to medium-low, and cover.

3. Cook 20 minutes, until all water is absorbed and chicken is cooked through. (You can keep this warm over a very low flame for another 15 minutes; it will retain its heat for 15 minutes beyond that.) Garnish and serve with lemon or lime.

Variations: You can easily vary this dish by using any stock instead of water; by substituting another grain, like pearled barley, for the rice; by sautéing or roasting the chicken separately and combining it with the rice at the last minute; by adding sausage or shellfish, like shrimp, along with the chicken, or, most excitingly, by adding strips of red pepper, pitted olives, capers, chopped tomatoes or shelled peas to the initial onion mix.

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23 February 2009 at 9:25 am

Good news: watching where the money goes

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From the Center for American Progress in an email:

President Obama plans to announce today that Interior Department inspector general Earl Devaney is his pick to oversee the recently passed economic recovery plan. Devaney, who is a former Secret Service agent, will become the chairman of the newly created Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board. Obama has pledged that the Board will be "an at-large body to oversee how the government spends billions allocated to help the flailing U.S. economy."  Even though there will be a number of groups meant to monitor how the stimulus money will be spent, "Obama wanted a central group to independently monitor where those funds are going." The oversight reports are expected to be posted on the administration website devoted to the bill, Recovery.gov.  Devaney’s oversight credentials are strong. As inspector general, he "led investigations into a series of scandals" at the Interior Department, leading to such findings as Departmental dealings with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and worker abuses at the Minerals Management Service. Devaney’s investigation led to Steven Griles pleading guilty for lying to Congress in the Jack Abramoff scandal. 

Too bad Bush didn’t do something like this for the money wasted in the Iraq reconstruction.

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23 February 2009 at 9:20 am

No cohesive counter-intelligence strategy

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A major weakness:

John Le Carre’s George Smiley had it easy when he finally bagged Karla, his KGB nemesis in Moscow Center.

Today there’s a hutch full of Karlas, not just in Moscow, but Beijing, Tehran, Pyongyang, and, yes, Jerusalem, dedicated to penetrating the CIA, the FBI, U.S. military services and, probably more important, stealing American technology.

And although whole forests have been chopped down for books, studies and articles about it, we don’t have a cohesive federal strategy to stop them, says Michelle Van Cleave, who headed something called the National Counterintelligence Executive for four years until quitting in 2006. She’s been on the warpath about it, writing articles and studies, talking to anyone who will listen.

Congress, it seems, couldn’t care less.

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23 February 2009 at 9:15 am

Color evolution in humans

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Interesting:

To begin, please point your elbow to the ceiling.

Then imagine yourself naked.

Then look at the patch of skin on the inside of your upper arm, the part of you that almost never sees the sun.

Whatever color you see there is what experts call your basic skin color, according to professor Nina Jablonski, head of the Penn State Department of Anthropology.

And that color, the one you have now, says Jablonski, is very probably not the color your ancient ancestors had — even if you think your family has been the same color for a long, long time.

Different Place, Different Color

Skin has changed color in human lineages much faster than scientists had previously supposed, even without intermarriage, Jablonski says. Recent developments in comparative genomics allow scientists to sample the DNA in modern humans.

By creating genetic "clocks," scientists can make fairly careful guesses about when particular groups became the color they are today. And with the help of paleontologists and anthropologists, scientists can go further: They can wind the clock back and see what colors these populations were going back tens of thousands of years, says Jablonski.

She says that for many families on the planet, if we look back only 100 or 200 generations (that’s as few as 2,500 years), "almost all of us were in a different place and we had a different color."

Over the last 50,000 years, populations have gone from dark pigmented to lighter skin, and people have also gone the other way, from light skin back to darker skin, she says.

"People living now in southern parts of India [and Sri Lanka] are extremely darkly pigmented," Jablonski says. But their great, great ancestors lived much farther north, and when they migrated south, their pigmentation redarkened.

"There has probably been a redarkening of several groups of humans."

Why We Change Color

The repigmenting process is increasingly well understood…

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23 February 2009 at 9:10 am

High-style homes, pre-fabricated

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Interesting:

It’s not often that the terms "prefabricated home" and "modern architecture" are heard together. But a young architect in Missouri has spent a decade figuring out how to bring low prices to the realm of high design.

And Rocio Romero’s homes — with their corrugated metal walls, huge windows and strong horizontal lines — are selling despite a dismal housing market.

One of her sleek designs about an hour’s drive from St. Louis sits in sharp contrast to the neighboring hog barn. Step inside, though, and the grassy rural landscape rolls into a bright, uncluttered interior. All the open space makes the home feel much larger than its 1,200 square feet.

The two-bedroom, two-bath model, called the LV, is the standard house by Romero’s company. But what’s not immediately obvious is that much of the house was flat-packed, like so much IKEA furniture, and trucked here.

Romero says that building her way puts the architect in full control.

"Fabricating my components enables me to ensure that every customer is going to get the home the way that I had envisioned it," she said.

In home design, "modern" usually means expensive. But Romero says constructing the wall panels and other big pieces offsite saves money without sacrificing quality. Her LV house costs about the same or even less per square foot than a normal stick-built home.

New York Times design columnist Allison Arieff says it’s still plenty stylish.

"It’s really simple. It’s really clean," Arieff noted. "And so I think what Rocio’s done is create a design that’s sophisticated, but it’s certainly not overdone." …

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23 February 2009 at 8:58 am

Posted in Daily life, Technology

Movies report

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I mentioned that I watched and enjoyed Dog Park, particularly the pet psychologist’s monologue about what pets do for us and also the counseling session (for the dog) with the two owners, who have split up.

I also watched and enjoyed Pieces of April, a black comedy with Katie Holmes, Oliver Platt, and Patricia Clarkson, and the differences between the two movies is intriguing.

Dog Park had about five things that I really enjoyed. The rest was filler—for example, scenes whose only purpose was to set up a later scene.

Pieces of April had no filler at all: every scene not only sets up later scenes but also delivers its own payoff—a laugh, an insight, a revelatory look or comment, whatever. And Pieces of April is interesting technically as well: at the end, we view what’s happening as though the events were already memory. And when we do, we realize that the movie is about memory—how our memories shape our lives and also shave how we relate to others, who of course work with their own load of memories.

I enjoyed both movies, but Pieces of April is really worthwhile and fully satisfying, which Dog Park is a pleasant distraction.

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23 February 2009 at 8:16 am

Posted in Movies & TV

Megs report

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Yesterday was Megs’s 7th birthday. No big celebration, but quiet amazement at how long she’s lived here. Lately she has taken to demanding a squishing each evening. I’ll be reading or watching a movie, and she will come over and climb up on the right arm of the chair, staring at my chest. I’ll put down the book if I’m reading, recline back, and then she climbs onto my chest, just under my chin: front paws first, testing whether I can take the weight, then back paws and a turn so that she’s sideways, crouched. As soon as I start the squishing, she lies down fully and starts to purr. Much, much squishing, head rubbing, neck scratching, and so on. I find that if I keep it up steadily for six or seven minutes, she’ll stand up, and get down via the left chair arm.

Sometimes—like last night—I’m too interested in what I’m reading, so I don’t lean back. "Not tonight," I say, but Megs has a mind of her own, and she comes on with an implacable expression on her face: front paws, the back paws as well, and the book might as well go. That expression on her face is quite distinctive—it’s as though she’s already in the squishing trance.

This, I think, is what having a pet is all about: you learn their ways, and they learn your ways—and moreover, their ways affect yours, and your ways affect theirs. From the point of view of each—owner and pet—the other is responsive to them. The result is that the home environment with a pet becomes a living environment, in which you respond. The same is true regarding other people that live in the apartment, but other people can talk: request, explain, and in general use words to define the relationship. Having no words, a pet and its ways must be learned by observation. We probably don’t observe other people so closely as we might, being distracted by the fence of words.

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23 February 2009 at 8:07 am

Posted in Cats, Daily life, Megs

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