has just launched for wine lovers called Cork’d. I feel a little bit like they’ve read my mind, because I have been thinking about what it would take to build something like it for a few months now, and even wrote up some stuff about the idea to start getting such a site together. Clearly it was an idea whose time was due, though, since Dan Benjamin and Dan Cederholm got to it first – and they’ve done a wonderful job. For more background info, you can also read Benjamin’s discourse on the building of the site and Cederholm’s comments upon launch. Santé!
Archives for May 2006
takes a look at Apple’s new MacBook and likes what he sees. We just bought a new iBook in January, and I’m not disappointed because the investment that we have in power adapters and batteries and such would make the conversion considerably more expensive than simply getting a new machine… but when it is time to update, I can see I won’t be disappointed.
about the US NSA wiretapping stuff, but last week Boing Boing published a great excerpt of a William Gibson interview in which he commented on the story: William Gibson on NSA wiretapping. Pithy quote: “…there aren’t many people really shocked by this. Our popular culture, our dirt-ball street culture teaches us from childhood that the CIA is listening to *all* of our telephone calls and reading *all* of our email anyway.”
we went to the bookstore to browse around for new reading material and I came across Ruth Reichl’s new anthology, History in a Glass, made up of (as it is subtitled) “Sixty Years of Wine Writing from Gourmet”. I’ve been devouring it ever since – it’s a wonderful read, something you can read all at once or come back to again and again. Wine is a bit like baseball – even if you aren’t a huge aficionado, it is a subject that has always provoked wonderful writing. In both cases, as well, any human treatment of the subject invariably pokes into dusty corners of the world that are populated by amazing characters. Highly recommended!