Peekaboo Barn

December 14, 2009

Finally whittled down all of your suggestions for the best iPhone apps for kids.


iPhone Moms

November 30, 2009

New article on Slate today about the iPhone as the ultimate kid pacification device.

Since writing the article, I’ve had to delete Slotz Racer off my phone due to it’s mind-control over both me and my son.




Sent Mail

November 24, 2009

Does your e-mail reveal how productive you are?

This is an article I wrote about Cataphora, a company of mathematicians and linguists that sifts through e-mail, IMs, and the office communications structure to model your behavior as an employee. This won’t be the last you hear of them.


November 19, 2009

Would you rather have a magic driver that added 20 yards to your drive, or a magic driver that hit your drives 20% straighter? These are the questions I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. I’m trying to expand on this article:

Moneygolf: What can stats tells us about what it takes to win on the links?

Ol’ Dirty Bastard

November 18, 2009

Another one from the vault: I wrote about my friend Russell Jones, who lives in Brooklyn and happened to share the same name as the Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Read “Not Dirty.”

Sarah Palin is a locavore

November 17, 2009

Those who love Michael Pollan and those who wear pink camo are not that far apart:

Fresh Moose!

Robert Altman

November 17, 2009

Back in 2004, I wrote a Talk story about Robert Altman, where he chats with Robert Redford about Fellini. I thought of this recently when I watched Redford’s (surprisingly good) Downhill Racer.

On the Set: Candidate

Fun with Google Suggest

November 17, 2009

From all across this great nation (and Canada), entries arrived in my inbox for Slate‘s Google Suggest contest. The question at hand: What’s the best example of “less intelligent” Google query contrasted with a “more intelligent” Google query?

Sorting through the contenders led to more than a few instances of intellectual whiplash. One moment, I’d be considering a stemwinder such as “Why is it that only part of the energy stored in one trophic level is passed on to the next level?” and the next moment, I’d be learning about “cake farts.”

Without further descent into fetishes, let’s go to the top five.

Read the rest at Slate. . . .