Why your Uber/Lyft ride in NYC is suddenly costing a fortune

https://www.curbed.com/2021/06/uber-lyft-expensive-new-york-city.html Why Your Uber Ride Is Suddenly Costing a Fortune June 4, 2021 The lockdown ended. The curfews were lifted. And just as New Yorkers started to peel off their masks and make their way back out into the world, they were confronted by a rather rude reopening reality. Ride-hailing prices are up — way … Continue reading Why your Uber/Lyft ride in NYC is suddenly costing a fortune

MoviePass was even more of a scam than we realized

https://www.vox.com/22526008/moviepass-ftc-complaint-password-block-scam MoviePass was even shadier than we thought The service’s most devoted users were apparently getting scammed by the company.By Alissa Wilkinson@alissamariealissa@vox.com  Jun 9, 2021, 3:20pm EDT New FTC complaints allege that MoviePass was up to some shady stuff. Remember MoviePass? Remember that brief, glorious period during which 3 million of us paid about 10 bucks a … Continue reading MoviePass was even more of a scam than we realized

Small population tourist magnets have a tough time managing the hordes

The problem that Venice faces with monstrously large cruise ships whose population and trash threaten to degrade the very place the visitors want to see is neither a new one nor unique. I have a particular interest in the island of Bonaire, a part of a Dutch municipality that happens to be located about 50 … Continue reading Small population tourist magnets have a tough time managing the hordes

Big surprise to iOS 15 is that it includes everything back to the iPhone 6s

bgr.com/tech/ios-15-features-what-iphones-are-supported-5930639/ Tech This is the single greatest thing about iOS 15 and no one’s even talking about it June 9th, 2021 at 9:04 AM By Yoni Heisler Even though WWDC 2021 arguably brought us the most boring WWDC keynote we’ve seen in nearly two decades, the reality is that we’ve gotten somewhat spoiled by Apple consistently … Continue reading Big surprise to iOS 15 is that it includes everything back to the iPhone 6s

Upper West Side has a star with a curry ramen [?] sandwich shop

Top Eater Critic Says UWS Has Best Sandwich in NYC Mike Mishkin  June 10, 2021  Food & Drink Eater NY food critic Robert Sietsema has been documenting his favorite city sandwiches in a series of lists featuring hoagies and heroes throughout the boroughs. In his most recent round up, a new Japanese curry and sandwich spot – Curry Mania – … Continue reading Upper West Side has a star with a curry ramen [?] sandwich shop

Little island beats a big mining company and preserves its home

The little island that won: how a tiny Pacific community fought off a giant mining company A proposal to mine 60% of Wagina for bauxite was met with outrage by locals and became a landmark case in Solomon Islands Mining in the Pacific: a blessing and a curseRead more of our Pacific Plunder series here Dorothy … Continue reading Little island beats a big mining company and preserves its home

Which Apple gadgets are ok to buy now? Or should you wait to buy?

Note that the recommendation about waiting to buy an iPhone assume your current device is a non-smartphone that needs to be replaced now. For those, go ahead and buy that iPhone. https://www.wsj.com/articles/from-iphones-to-ipads-the-apple-gadgets-you-shouldand-shouldntbuy-right-now-11623240000 PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY: JOANNA STERN From iPhones to iPads: The Apple Gadgets You Should—and Shouldn’t—Buy Right Now It’s a bad time to purchase an … Continue reading Which Apple gadgets are ok to buy now? Or should you wait to buy?

Do you own the ebooks you “buy”?

This article focuses on the narrow issue of ownership vs possession. For most people, the easiest way to avoid DRM protection on books is to borrow your reading material from libraries. Costs nothing except the annual donation and you have no ownership rights to be concerned about. One issue that is simply omitted is the … Continue reading Do you own the ebooks you “buy”?

More on the unlikely victory for the world’s climate at Exxon’s annual meeting

I love the argument being made here -- because it makes sense. The climate crisis is already upon us. The fossil fuel companies still have massive assets and a huge amount of power they could exert to move us along the path that MUST be taken to protect the financial and population centers of the … Continue reading More on the unlikely victory for the world’s climate at Exxon’s annual meeting

NYC’s Birdland Jazz Club reopening in July

It's wonderful to see signs everywhere of all the entertainment -- theatre, movies, concerts, and more -- reopening. Some are reopening full bore (Broadway beginning in September) while others are tip-toeing. Was particularly pleased by the news below as several jazz venues have closed permanently. Since this club is one I've often gone to (I … Continue reading NYC’s Birdland Jazz Club reopening in July

3G Kindles on their last days of updating directly from the internet

3G is being phased out by all of the phone companies. Early Kindles used the 3G network to update their Kindles. When the network disappears, internet updating will no longer be possible. However, the alarmist tone in this article is inappropriate as these Kindles can still be updated by occasionally attaching them to their computer … Continue reading 3G Kindles on their last days of updating directly from the internet

Andy Weir and the squishy science of language

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/05/andy-weirs-project-hail-mary-and-the-soft-squishy-science-of-language/ Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary and the soft, squishy science of language A deep dive into xenolinguistics, pragmatics, the cooperative principle, and Noam Chomsky! LEE HUTCHINSON -  5/28/2021, 7:30 AM This piece is filled front-to-back with spoilers for Project Hail Mary. You have been warned! Andy Weir's latest, Project Hail Mary, is a good book that you'll almost certainly enjoy if you … Continue reading Andy Weir and the squishy science of language