Empire State water tower
9th Avenue, early on a Sunday morning. The green card reads, “Are You Tired of Living Paycheck to Paycheck?”
Arctic Monkeys, covering Amy Winehouse's You Know I’m No Good
I cheated myself
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There used to be the best Chinese sandwich shop on E53rd, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. One day they had written this verse from Pushkin on a chalkboard behind the cashier. It’s slightly mis-transcribed, missing a phrase or two, but I took this picture of it when nobody was looking because it’s a nice thing to see and I knew I’d want to remember it.
The sandwiches were so good, unlike anything I’ve ever had anywhere else, on this amazing Chinese bread. The shop was very small but very busy on this day, and I remember asking the cashier how she was doing with so many customers in such a small space. She said it was not good because they had placed an offer on Groupon (remember them?) and too many people were using the coupon to get a cheap meal (not me!). She said she was worried that it was costing them too much money because they hadn’t put any limit on the number of people who could redeem the offer, and she pointed to a paper spike or spindle stacked high with stabbed coupons people had printed off and brought in. Maybe 75 or 100 sheets high.
The next time I went to the sandwich shop, maybe a month later, they were closed up. The shop was just gone, and I never found another place as good, certainly not in mid-town. But I still had this picture, and I see it sometimes when I’m rummaging through iPhoto, and I’m glad to see the verse on the chalkboard with the 3 hearts drawn and filled in after the word ‘believe’, happy to remember the shop and the sandwiches and the cashier, but always a little sad to remember they went out of business at least partly because they were probably talked into bankruptcy by someone promising them a good deal.
The full verse is supposed to read:
If by life you were deceived
Don’t be dismal, don’t be wild
In the [grief, be mild
Merry] days will come, believe ♥︎♥︎♥︎
Heart is living in tomorrow
Present is dejected here
In a moment, passes sorrow
That which passes will be dear
Ultra Records, which has musicians Kaskade, deadmau5 and Calvin Harris on its books, is suing Michelle Phan. The label and its publishing arm claim she has used about 50 of their songs without permission in her YouTube videos and on her own website. But one of the artists whose work she is alleged to have used has said he supports Ms Phan.
Kaskade, whose work features most prominently in the record label’s complaint, said: “Copyright law is a dinosaur, ill-suited for the landscape of today’s media.”
One of the most vivid arithmetic failings displayed by Americans occurred in the early 1980s, when the A&W restaurant chain released a new hamburger to rival the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder. With a third-pound of beef, the A&W burger had more meat than the Quarter Pounder; in taste tests, customers preferred A&W’s burger. And it was less expensive. A lavish A&W television and radio marketing campaign cited these benefits. Yet instead of leaping at the great value, customers snubbed it.(via Why Do Americans Stink at Math? - NYTimes.com)
Only when the company held customer focus groups did it become clear why. The Third Pounder presented the American public with a test in fractions. And we failed. Misunderstanding the value of one-third, customers believed they were being overcharged. Why, they asked the researchers, should they pay the same amount for a third of a pound of meat as they did for a quarter-pound of meat at McDonald’s. The “4” in “¼,” larger than the “3” in “⅓,” led them astray.
There’s a new development in the story about 12-year-old Lauren Arrington’s remarkable science fair project about the invasive potential of lionfish. A marine biologist is now claiming that the project was based on published work he did back in 2011 — and that the girl is the daughter of his former supervisor’s best friend.
(via Sixth-Grader May Have Stolen Credit For Marine Biologist’s Lionfish Research)
Oh, for christ’s sake…