The perfect egg

At Tastings, a local food restaurant tucked into the back corner of Patriot Place, right next to Gillette Stadium: They serve a great linguine bolognese dish. Perched atop this nest of pasta sits the crispy farm egg. Said egg is first soft-boiled — very very soft. Then the shell is painstakingly removed. Waitresses tell us there’s … More The perfect egg

Gorillaz and publishing

Wish I’d written this post about what publishing can learn from Gorillaz – thematically it would fit nicely here on Reassembler, don’t you think? – but alas I am not that smart. (You recall my fondness for Gorillaz.) Maybe I’ll finally knuckle down and write my “3 great misconceptions about Web publishing” series.

And now another commentary on people who rely on formula rather than thinking

I submitted it to one publisher after another as well as several literary agents. It was rejected again and again, always on the same grounds. ‘Older children wouldn’t like it because it’s about rabbits, which they consider babyish, and younger children wouldn’t like it because it is written in an adult style.’ I refused to … More And now another commentary on people who rely on formula rather than thinking

The Google

Google’s synonym system understood that a dog was similar to a puppy and that boiling water was hot. But it also concluded that a hot dog was the same as a boiling puppy. Web search looks simple, but try to write your own search algorithm and you’ll quickly see it’s not simple at all. Wired … More The Google

USATE 2010 round 3: The turducken, and some updates

The Parsippany Hilton is a sprawling facility. So sprawling in fact that two years ago they took the back quarter of the building, roughly, and turned it into a Hampton Inn. One speculates that the Hilton wasn’t able to keep all those rooms filled; having another brand on the premises takes advantage of Hampton advertising … More USATE 2010 round 3: The turducken, and some updates

Official 2010 USATE team name prediction thread

How time flies. It’s nearly time to pack up the sled and mush back to Parsippany, known here in Boston’s metrowest area as “Framingham times infinity”. (A reference to our equally lovely Route 9.) I will again be pseudo-live-blogging the event this year. To recap, US Amateur Team East chess tournament teams give themselves – … More Official 2010 USATE team name prediction thread