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January 12, 2008
John Wilcock - January 5, 2008

 

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2011
November 26 2011
November 19, 2011
November 12, 2011
November 5, 2011
October 29, 2011
October 22, 2011
October 15, 2011
October 8, 2011
October 1, 2011
September 24, 2011
September 17, 2011
September 10, 2011
September 4, 2011
August 27, 2011
August 20, 2011
August 13, 2011
August 6, 2011
July 30, 2011
July 23, 2011
July 16, 2011
July 9, 2011
July 2, 2011
June 25, 2011
June 18, 2011
June 11, 2011
June 4, 2011
May 28, 2011
May 21, 2011
May 14, 2011
May 7, 2011
April 30, 2011
April 23, 2011
April 16, 2011
April 9, 2011
April 2, 2011
March 26, 2011
March 19, 2011
March 12, 2011
March 5, 2011
February 26, 2011
February 19, 2011
February 12, 2011
February 5, 2011
February 5, 2011
January 29, 2011
January 22, 2011
January 15, 2011
January 6, 2011

2010
December 25, 2010
December 18, 2010
December 11, 2010
December 4, 2010
November 27, 2010
November 20, 2010
November 13, 2010
November 6, 2010
October 30, 2010
October 23, 2010
October 16, 2010
October 9, 2010
October 2, 2010
September 25, 2010
September 18, 2010
September 11, 2010
September 4, 2010
August 28, 2010
August 21, 2010
August 14, 2010
August 7, 2010
July 31, 2010
July 24, 2010
July 17, 2010
July 10, 2010
July 3, 2010
June 26, 2010
June 19, 2010
June 12, 2010
June 5, 2010
May 29, 2010
May 22, 2010
May 15, 2010
May 8, 2010
May 1, 2010
April 24, 2010
April 17, 2010
April 10, 2010
April 3, 2010
March 27, 2010
March 20, 2010
March 13, 2010
March 6, 2010
February 27, 2010
February 20, 2010
February 13, 2010
February 6, 2010
January 30, 2010
January 23, 2010
January 16, 2010
January 9, 2010
January 2, 2010

2009
December 26, 2009
December 19, 2009
December 12, 2009
December 5, 2009
November 28, 2009
November 21, 2009
November 14, 2009
November 7, 2009
October 31, 2009
October 24, 2009
October 17, 2009
October 10, 2009
October 3, 2009
September 26, 2009
September 19, 2009
September 12, 2009
September 5, 2009
August 29, 2009
August 22, 2009
August 15, 2009
August 8, 2009
August 1, 2009
July 25, 2009
July 18, 2009
July 11, 2009
July 4, 2009
June 27, 2009
June 20, 2009
June 13, 2009
June 6, 2009
May 30, 2009
May 23, 2009
May 16, 2009
May 9, 2009
May 2, 2009
April 25, 2009
April 18, 2009
April 11, 2009
April 4, 2009
March 28, 2009
March 21, 2009
March 14, 2009
March 7, 2009
February 28, 2009
February 21, 2009
February 14, 2009
February 7, 2009
January 31, 2009
January 24, 2009
January 17, 2009
January 3, 2009

2008
December 27, 2008
December 20, 2008
December 13, 2008
December 6, 2008
November 29, 2008
November 22, 2008
November 15, 2008
November 8, 2008
November 5, 2008
November 1, 2008
October 25, 2008
October 18, 2008
October 11, 2008
October 4, 2008
September 27, 2008
September 20, 2008
September 13, 2008
September 6, 2008
August 30, 2008
August 23, 2008
August 16, 2008
August 9, 2008
August 2, 2008
July 26, 2008
July 19, 2008
July 12, 2008
July 5, 2008
June 28, 2008
June 21, 2008
June 14, 2008
June 7, 2008
May 31, 2008
May 24, 2008
May 17, 2008
May 10, 2008
May 3, 2008
April 26, 2008
April 19, 2008
April 12, 2008
April 5, 2008
March 29, 2008
March 22, 2008
March 15, 2008
March 8, 2008
March 1, 2008
February 23, 2008
February 16, 2008
February 9, 2008
February 2, 2008
January 26, 2008
January 19, 2008
January 12, 2008
January 5, 2008

2007
December 29, 2007
December 22, 2007
December 15, 2007
December 8, 2007
December 1, 2007
November 24, 2007
November 17, 2007
November 10, 2007
November 3, 2007
October 27, 2007
October 20, 2007
October 13, 2007
October 6, 2007
September 29, 2007
September 22, 2007
September 15, 2007
September 8, 2007
September 1, 2007
August 25, 2007
August 18, 2007
August 11, 2007
August 4, 2007
July 28, 2007
July 21, 2007
July 14, 2007
July 7, 2007
June 30, 2007
June 23, 2007
June 16, 2007
June 9, 2007
June 2, 2007
May 19, 2007
May 12, 2007
May 5, 2007
April 28, 2007
April 21, 2007
April 14, 2007
April 7, 2007
March 31, 2007
March 24, 2007
March 17, 2007
March 10, 2007
March 3, 2007
February 24, 2007
February 17, 2007
February 10, 2007
February 3, 2007
January 20, 2007
January 13, 2007
January 6, 2007

2006
December 30, 2006
December 23, 2006
December 16, 2006
December 9, 2006
December 2, 2006
November 25, 2006
November 18, 2006
November 11, 2006
November 4, 2006
October 28, 2006
October 21, 2006
October 14, 2006
October 7, 2006
September 30, 2006
September 23, 2006
September 16, 2006
September 9, 2006
September 2, 2006
August 26, 2006
August 19, 2006
August 12, 2006
August 5, 2006
July 29, 2006
July 22, 2006
July 15, 2006

 

 


January 12, 2008

WITH THE HOLIDAYS OVER hopefully we’ll see an end to the ads for all those watches. The hedge-fund crowd doubtless buys them by the bagful to give their pals, which makes me think, sigh, what a pity they don’t hand them out downtown (any downtown) to the homeless who might at least trade them for a bottle of wine.

     Macy’s bought several $50-thousand dollar pages to promote Raymond Weill (“diamond markers on a mother of pearl dial for her, $850”), Longines’ La Grande Classique, $2975, Vacheron Vonstantin (“dedicatd to perfection”), ESQSwiss (“technical watches for him”), Rado, Fendi, Bulgari etc. Ulysse Nardin’s face has blinds in the background; Panerai (laboratorio di idée ) offers a side view of “three string barrels”. Victorinox’ Swiss Army watch is $1295

     The big-ticket watches had faces circled by a neo-baroque style rim known as a bezel, inset with diamonds such as Weill‘s Parsifal, $2995)

     Dior has all that plus “three rows of black sapphire crystal, $5495.

     At least Movado (the art of design) has the grace to sponsor “artists of exceptional” talent, five of whom (dancers, designers) are pictured in their New Yorker ad.

     But what’s with all these extra dials? Dials, dials, dials. Black faces, no figures, “water-reconstructed’ are all things you might understand, but who wants to know when the sun sets or the moisture level of his underwear?

SCIENTISTS REPORT, hardly surprisingly, that having sex with friends tends to complicate friendships, says Harper’s magazine, and 80% of participants in “ex-gay” Christian therapy reported that the treatment had made them gayer than before.

ILLICIT LUNCHTIME ASSIGNATIONS are a big thing in New York these days according to a Page Six report, “The New Lunch Hour Sex” in the saucy New York Post. Married men and women find their short-term partners through such websites as ashleymadison.com, a dating site for EMRs (extra-marital relationships) whose founder, Darren Morgenstern, claims it has 76,494 members in the New York area. Most of these well-heeled cheaters think little of paying the $695 room charge at such hotels as the Mandarin where they stay only two hours. ”High income earners tend to fare better” says Darren, “because they can make an investment in time and money to nurture a relationship”. Excuses for this illicit conduct vary, with men complaining their wives have no drive and women claiming their husbands are boring in bed.

“(One) reality that needs to be addressed is what one might call the logos or essential structure of capitalism as a system of values…the Chinese entrepreneurs who fill our pet food, toothpaste, animal feed and even our Viagra with toxic filler. For the entrepreneur, such filler is poison only if someone dies, otherwise it’s just a profit margin. The game is to take profit as close to the poison line as possible. We see very much the same at work in industrial agriculture. Just how much herbicide and pesticide can we put down before it starts killing something more than bugs and pigweed? Here we see the creed of ‘cost benefit analysis’, presided over with loving kindness by accountants and legions of liability lawyers”Curtis White in Harper’s

THE NEW FAD in the vineyards is the practice of biodynamic (BD) agriculture, its origin dating back to the Austrian occult philosopher Rudolph Steiner’s quest to reintroduce “spiritual” elements into farming. But, according to the Skeptical Inquirer, bio-dynamics—which involves taking into account cycles of the moon and positions of the zodiac—is “not unlike a quasi-religious movement” and is a waste of time, money and effort. Steiner’s agricultural lectures, the mag claims ”are marked by clear falsehoods, digressions and odd fantasies” adding up to a kind of voodoo whose practices have been debunked many times. ”Bio-dynamics theory is barely comprehensible relying on a variety of strange, clearly false and anti-scientific claims”

THE WILCOCK WEB: The micro-needle technology that Hewlett-Packard uses in its inkjet printers has been adapted to a one-inch patch containing thousands of needles which can be programmed to deliver medication…. The New Yorker’s cheesy PR-driven supplement, Movies Rock (68 pages of glossy ads), merely demeans the magazine’s literary reputation…. Opening this month to coincide with Liverpool’s turn as European Capital of Culture, the new hotel called A Hard Day’s Night has wallpaper based on the Sgt Pepper album cover….“A slash of red on the mouth has a clear relation to genitalia, sex and the menstrual cycle and wearing it is a sign of female power” declares Poppy King, described by the Times as ‘the lipstick maven’…..In the Hong Kong branch of Madame Tussaud’s, visitors can dress up, dance and pose for pictures in wax versions of Rembrandt paintings or alongside Tiger Woods and the British Royal family….The long-defunct Delorean gull-winged car is about to make a comeback, revived by a former mechanic from the company, Stephen Wynn, who plans to offer them for $57,500….Alaska Airlines followed by American Airlines and Virgin plan to install satellite-linked onboard WiFi in their plane by spring….Fighting a losing battle in an era when copyright is on its way out, the Entertainment Software Association is targeting kindergarten classes in an attempt to deter illegal downloading. The battle against teenagers is presumed already lost…. Next March, American and British contestants will compete in an Abu Dhabi version of The Apprentice with property tycoon Al Fahim acting in the Donald Trump role…. Almost two decades after Andy Warhol’s brother opened a museum dedicated to the artist in the tiny Slovakian mountain town of Medzilaborce, locals have finally come to accept it and a  hotel has been built across the street to accommodate the rising number of visitors…..”If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing”—Anatole France (1844-1924)

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