• Dept. of spending wisely

    AP: U.S. Boosts Tsunami Aid Tenfold to $350M. The newly announced aid came after some critics claimed that the initial U.S. contribution of $35 million was meager considering the vast wealth of the nation.

  • Tsunami & the Global Village

    The post-Christmas tsunami in Asia, and the resulting devastation, has brought people together on a global basis in what feels like a new way. On one level, the outpouring of information and aid is impressive–There are survivors who have started blogs to share stories, vacationers sharing stories of how they (barely) survived their vacation, and… Continue Reading

  • Cold and Rainy with Wonton Soup

    It’s been cold and rainy all week. I was feeling tired and achey, so I went round the corner to China Chow, a Chinese restaurant run by Chinese Vietnamese, and got a bowl of their Shrimp Wonton Soup. This is a spritual cousin to the chicken noodle soup made by my great-grandma Jennie–a steaming bowl… Continue Reading

  • Noted

    Internet Retailer: CrossMedia Services reports a 43% increase in holiday shoppers who used the web to price check items before shopping in the mall. DM News: Persuasive story about the lack of reader growth in the magazine biz: “We have run out of readers in this country.” (Via Tom Biro) PressThink: Zack Rosen ( Civic… Continue Reading

  • How to prevent terrorism: Don’t let travellers pee

    AP story about a Northwest Airlines Amsterdam-Seattle flight held for 18 hours on a Grant County airport runway. Food and water ran out on the plane and the toilets stopped working, but passengers were not allowed to disembark. Questioned about the massive stupidity of holding passengers hostage on the flight, U.S. Customs spokesman Mike Milne… Continue Reading