Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I wanted to compare Formula-1-Racing.net's own glossary definition of Telemetry ("data from the hundreds of sensors on the car that provides the team with real-time information such as throttle position, speed, braking forces, temperatures, etc.") with an OED definition.

Instead I found today's word (in Volume XI), defined as That department of physiography which deals with peat-bogs.

I was interested in the original word, the Formula 1 word, largely because I like the way "Needing/Getting" sounds in OK Go's "official" video.

Peat bogs have their own appeal, of course, because where would we be without moss?

Thursday, March 22, 2012


Some people make their way around the West Village using regular business markers. Three Lives, there, Corner Bistro, there. This is how they get their bearings.

For those who have clocked their whereabouts using World of Video, time is about to run out, as many know, on April 28. The video rental store will be closing, and the stock, from what I understand, will not be purchased from landlady Linda Samuels by the current employees.

Apparently a hardware store itself driven from its location by a rent increase knew that World of Video's lease was coming up and placed a very healthy bid. So now the store with some 30,000 videos, many of them foreign, many of them documentaries, many not even on DVD (see photo), many of them unconventional in other ways, and whose selection suggests the obsessive knowledge of certain kinds of New Yorkers (as a friend of mine says, Isn't one of the best things about the city the high chance of coming across a neighborhood store whose staff or proprietors are knowledgeable in the extreme?) must clear the way.

I stopped in for three movies: "Napoli Milionaria" (1950), "The Return of Martin Guerre" (have to wait for the movie in a theater), and "Rich Kids" (1979).

Ubiety, first OED citation 1674. Condition in respect of place or location; local relationship; whereness.

[ PHOTO CREDIT DNAinfo/Andrea Swalec from a 2011 article: http://www.dnainfo.com/20110728/greenwich-village-soho/greenwich-avenue-video-store-takes-on-netflix; update on March 21 tells about the closing]

Friday, March 16, 2012


Passed this word as I paged through a thesaurus. It made me think of the final frame (showing the Statue of Liberty) of a movie I saw last night at the city's own modern art museum.

Uberty, liberty.

Though the silent short films (from the Desmet Collection) were sweet, the live music is what made the night, and so the accompanists must be acknowledged: Yaeko Miranda, Ben Model, Peter Bufano, and Mike Dobson.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


From Jesse Green's article about Mike Nichols, "'When in Doubt, Seduce,'" in the March 12-19, 2012, issue of New York magazine.

Another morning, at a restaurant near his Upper East Side home, Nichols asks a waitress if the pancakes are "wet or flannelly."

Makes me think of Elizabeth David frowning upon salmon that's woolly.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


A delightful typo in the flawed document that is the Landmarks Preservation Commission's most recent proposed amendment to its Rules, pertaining to storefronts.

From §2 (3) i. E. : Entrances, including doors, recesses and steps, may be modified to accommodate barrier free access, as long as the design intent of the historic storefront is maintained, except that steps or entrys containing cast iron vault lights must not be removed or modified;

Clearly somebody was attached to the terminal y, didn't want to let it go.

The background for the "statement of basis and purpose of proposed rule" reads: "The Landmarks Preservation Commission is proposing amendments to existing rules that will streamline the review process for new storefront infill applications by authorizing staff to approve certain storefront applications. Currently these applications must be reviewed and approved by the Commission Board members. Allowing Commission staff to review and approve these applications will result in a significant reduction in processing time."

Streamline usually means "bypass the public hearing process."

Staff seems as though decisionmaking power could be handed off to just about anybody on staff, with any level of experience or knowledge--whether the receptionist, a staff member fresh from graduate school, or a seasoned staff member who can still remember the Wagner administration.