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Best of New York City

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My list of NYC places not on the standard tourist beat. Museums Morgan Rubin Tenement Food Bakeries Breads bakery : Get babka and almond croissants Bien Cuit: Overfermented loaf. Chocolate Michel Cluizel Mariebelle Icecream Ample Hills Mikey Likes It — Read more ›

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Better Party Questions

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At a boring party? These questions will mix it up. Are we primed for violence à la video games, mobs, movies? Do we need traumatic coming-of-age rituals? Should we live with our friends à la hunter gatherers? Have men’s gender Read more ›

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Visions of Egypt

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It was impossible to believe. The pyramids rose before me, massive, monolithic, and ancient. Ancient beyond reckoning. So ancient that they appeared like mirages fluttering in the desert wind, as if transmogrified down the march of centuries, shifting in and Read more ›

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Visions of Guatemala

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We stood on the beach and stared at the three phantasmagorical volcanoes. Those volcanos floated on an azul lake; a shimmering cerulean mirage of a lake; a lake of eternal spring; crested by three perfectly symmetrical volcanoes whose veridian verdigris Read more ›

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Visions of Japan

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Read while listening to Ital Tek – Strangelove. I entered the gallery. Rows of gilt, bronze Buddhas arrayed before me. Each Buddha floated in a glass box. Each Buddha was reflected fourthly, by the the four enclosing glass panes. But Read more ›

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What is Technical Writing?

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What is a Technical Writer? A technical writer is the glue between users, developers, marketing folks, and tech support. A tech writer knows a little of everything. A technical writer carefully cultivates a broad lens on their product and fills Read more ›

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Reality is Nested Simulations

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We simulate Earth for several reasons. Economists to model the economy, meteorologists for weather, climate scientists for climate change, quants for financial models etc. The simulations within each class compete for greater and greater fidelity. By necessity, these models grow Read more ›

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Renewing my US Visa

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I hurriedly tear open the packet, eager to see my new US visa. Nothing warms an immigrant’s heart like unfurling to the world a spanking-new H1-B. What is this what is this! A green slip. Oh. No. My beautiful passport Read more ›

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