Archive for 'John Smock'

Milk: look at the two economies

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All hail the map. I spent part of last weekend ducking in and out of grocery stores, delis and bodegas to get prices on milk, trojans, beans, beer and cigarettes. In a tip of my hat to WNYC’s crowdsourcing project which tracked lettuce, beer and milk, I decided to search for any indication that Williamsburg […]

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Interactive I: To Noodle or not to noodle?

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At Professor Smock’s suggestion, I will use my last post this semester to comment on what I’ll take away from the class. Before J-school, my status as an occasional blogger, my daily visit to the New York Times website, my dependence on email and Google maps amounted to what I thought of as web literacy. […]

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Songs from the Subway: Swing at the market

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In their own words, Johnny Sheppard & Billy Swing are “a Good Time, Old-Timey, Party Flavored Hootenanny-Ho-Downish, Extra Scoop Of Ice-Cream, Bag-O-Fun Flavored Snackin’ Treat!” Most of their audience at Chelsea Market on Sunday morning would probably agree, if they could. But the band’s biggest fans this weekend probably don’t have the vocabulary yet: most […]

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The Cute Problem 3: Resistance is Cutile

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The world of cute is not one open to direct criticism. This is because taking on cute is like trying to arm wrestle an adorable toddler, which in itself, would probably be considered cute. But there are ways in which the culture of cute has, if not delivered itself from its own stifling infantilism, at […]

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The Convenience of Going Green

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With everyone and their mother becoming a little more concerned about conserving the environment, it didn’t take too long for the entertainment industry to get involved. NBC started “Green Week,” where they changed the NBC logo in the corner of the screen to a green shade, had all the shows produce environmentally themed episodes, and […]

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All I want for Christmas is … Good Gift-Giving Ideas.

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It’s true.   Ideas for gifts are really what I want for Christmas (and socks!), and it’s not because I’m selfless. It’s because with a week and a half to go, I’m running out of time. More importantly, though, I’m struggling with ideas. I’m usually a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants gift-giver: when I see something that seems like […]

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The New Wizards Coach…You?

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Earlier today, ESPN.com announced that it is running a contest for its premium members. This contest isn’t exactly related to ESPN directly, though. They’re acting as the middleman for this one. The Worldwide Leader in Sports is helping out a friend in need. The despondent looking fellow in the picture to the right is Washington […]

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Cute Problem 2: Vanity Fair's Trouble With Tribbles

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In the December issue of Vantiy Fair, Jim Windolf goes in depth on the rise of cuteness in society. He doesn’t like it. It makes him 🙁 … But in discussing cuteness as a problem, he can’t do much besides assert his dislike and complain cuteness makes people value appearances of vulnerability and dependence, which […]

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The Cute Problem 1: Adorable Origins

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One of the richer cultural veins to mine on the internet, and one whose development is concomitant with it, is the world of cute.  Part of the cute is evolutionary. Humans are hardwired to appreciate baby-like or paedomorphic forms; things like large eyes, symmetrical heads, small mouths and small noses. Such features are foundational to […]

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Fresh veggies in a food desert

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. The only grocery store that East New York resident Gloria Harvey can get to easily is Junior’s Supermarket—a big store among shuttered row houses and vacant lots on New Lots Avenue. Despite its size, it doesn’t sell fresh fruit or vegetables. That’s a problem for Harvey, 64, a diabetic who relies […]

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