On Reviews of White Noise Recordings

Allow me to recommend "Star Trek TNG Ambient Engine Noise (Idling for 24 hrs)".

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm 0

On Year's Best Rap Concert Poster Honors Maurice Sendak

Here's a larger image of the poster.

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm 0

On What The Old-Fashioned Tells Us About Ourselves

@boyofdestiny it's likely you'd be be a fan of the "american trilogy" as well, which is 50/50 rye and apple brandy. the recipe.

Posted on November 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm 0

On The Shortening Lifespan of the American Movie Theater

@Niko Bellic I guess ultimately I just agree with happymisanthrope below—there are few experiences I enjoy more than going to the movies. I also prefer the quality of projected film (be it 16 mm or 35 mm or something more esoteric)—even on the relatively small screens at a place like Film Forum!—to watching a DVD. I have no illusions that I am going to convert anyone to the joys of moviegoing. I've had this conversation enough times now to realize it just comes down to personal preference. Regarding all the complaints centered around going to see a movie in a theater, I do experience these problems from time to time myself, but for whatever reason it just doesn't bother me as much as it seems to bother other people.

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm 0

On The Shortening Lifespan of the American Movie Theater

Wow, people here sure dislike going to the movies! For what it's worth, Lane does acknowledge some of the problems with moviegoing:

“Can you blame us?” they will cry. “Who wants to pay for a sitter, drive twenty miles in the rain, and sit in a fug of vaporized popcorn butter next to people who are either auditioning for ‘Contagion 2’ or texting the Mahabharata to their second-best friends?” And the answer is: me.

Also for what it's worth, I agree with him. I like watching movies at home, but going to the theater is qualitatively different. (Per many of the comments in this thread, a lot of people feel it's not just different but worse.) There's nothing quite like the together/alone, communal/individual experience of going to the movies.

Manohla Dargis wrote about the same subject, more or less, this spring in the NYT. Generally I am not a fan of hers, but I did enjoy this piece: Out There in the Dark, All Alone

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 12:17 pm 1

On If You Like Boiled Eggs Here Is How Long You Should Boil Them For

@Astigmatism Here's my goto science-y take on egg boiling from J. Kenji López-Alt at Serious Eats.

Posted on October 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm 0

On Let's Say the 'New Yorker' iPad Publication Makes $58K a Week

this typically listless bit of reporting

Listless is right. Also: "Making money from digital content has frustrated publishers since the dawn of the Internet." The author of this has a very different conception of what the "dawn of the Internet" was like than I do.

Posted on August 2, 2011 at 11:03 am 0

On Fixing 'Dune'

@DorothyMantooth Yes, this clip mostly made me want to rewatch Dune.

Posted on July 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm 0

On You Should See "Monument Ave."

If you like Boston crime movies you should also see The Friends of Eddie Coyle starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle from 1973.

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm 0